Prep Lacrosse Spotlight: Football standout Rhenton Brimberry brings intensity to Southridge lacrosse

KENNEWICK, Wash. – Built on the backs of exceptional student-athletes, Southridge High School’s athletic teams have few rivals in the Columbia Basin that can match the Kennewick school’s passion on and off the field.

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Southhridge High School junior Rhenton Brimberry is as comfortable scoring goals in lacrosse as laying hits on the gridiron. (Photo: Southridge High School Lacrosse)

This spring, the Suns’ newest sport, lacrosse is expected to add to that tradition.  And it’s the cross-over potential that student-athletes like junior Rhenton Brimberry bring through a deep background in football and other sports that is expected to add luster to the trophy case.

Picking up lacrosse midway through his sophomore season on the then combined Southridge-Richland High School squad before separating into independent school clubs for the 2014 season, Brimberry found a natural spring outlet to the intensity and traditions of fall football.

“(Lacrosse) is the first sport that I genuinely enjoy playing,” said Brimberry who took on lacrosse after watching his 12-year-old brother expand his athletic potential and overall fitness with the continuous running and physicality on community’s local youth team.

And it was no surprise when he immediately saw lacrosse — recognized as North America’s oldest and most traditional sport, improve his athleticism on the football field.

After splitting playing time in football last fall between the Southridge JV, where he boasted his first “pick six,” and the varsity squad, Brimberry found the consistent lacrosse conditioning, readied the 5-10, 185-pounder to move up the depth charts at the physically demanding tight end and linebacker positions.

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Souhtridge linebacker Rhenton Brimberry (#82 right) gets ready to lay a hit on the opposition in Columbia Basin football action last fall. (Photo: Brimberry family)

While Brimberry is as solid of an athlete as you’ll find on the gridiron and lacrosse field who thrives on catching air – a lot of air on his snowboard in the off-season, he’s also busy off the field.

Volunteering time to teach lacrosse to new elementary and middle school students, he is also musical, playing the guitar and bringing the intensity of a gridiron hit to regular jam-sessions on the drums.

All while pushing himself in the classroom.

When he graduates next spring, Brimberry plans to walk through commencement not only with a Southridge diploma but with an Associates degree from nearby Columbia Basin College.

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Southridge junior Rhenton Brimberry thrives on taking his snowboard airborne. (Photo: Brimberry family)

Opening doors to the NCAA in lacrosse, football and perhaps more.

Brimberry and Southridge begin the Suns’ inaugural Washington state high school lacrosse season on Tuesday, March 18 when the Suns travel to Hermiston, Ore. for an inter-state matchup with Hermiston.

The Suns begin Washington state play on Friday, March 21 against 2013 state quarter-finalist King’s Way Christian School in a 7 p.m. contest in Vancouver, Wash.  Their first home game is Tuesday, March 25 against Wenatchee High School in a 6 p.m. start at the Southridge Sports Complex in Kennewick.

About Lacrosse in Washington State
Lacrosse has over 100 years of history in Washington state with clubs playing in the early 1900s and high schools now in their fourth decade of state competition.  With Native American origins, lacrosse is one of the oldest organized sports on the continent and today is considered the fastest growing sport in America.  In Washington state, some 4,000 student-athletes attending over 200 high schools play prep lacrosse, while another 6,000 play lacrosse at the youth, adult and collegiate club levels throughout the state.  For more information on high school lacrosse in Washington state visit http://www.WashingtonHSLAX.com.

 

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~ Patricia Haggard has recently settled in the Tri-Cities of Washington after living the nomad Navy life for 20 years with her husband and four kids. She started writing about her parenting experiences and got caught in lacrosse fever when her son began playing five years ago. She spends her time dyeing lacrosse heads, searching for lost mouth guards, and driving the lacrosse carpool. 

 

 

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