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History of Whatcom County Football’s Top 500 Players Project -- 10/10/2014, 1:00 pm

About 18 months ago, Tyler Anderson, who’s been the top contributor to StatewideStats.com for nearly 10 years, opened his excellent History of Whatcom County Football Facebook page.  The page, which is devoted to the past and present greats playing in Whatcom County, quickly took off and currently generates tens of thousands of interactions a week.

What fans didn’t know in April 2013 was that Tyler had something bigger in store.  Tyler is a stats and sports history junkie.  Since he was in junior high, Tyler had been researching football, baseball and basketball. He’d go so far as to take his own stat book at basketball games.  By the time Tyler started helping me hear at SWS in 2005, he’d accumulated a massive archive of newspaper clippings and stats, and his own remarkable memory of games-n-names in WhatCo football history.

All that work came to public fruition in April 2014 when Tyler launched his own website, WhatcomCountyFootball.com and his signature project, The Top 500.  Tyler took all that statistical research, combined with all-league/all-state awards, team achievements, and questionnaire solicited through the Facebook page, and created an systematic way to pick the top 500 players from Whatcom County from approximately 6500 going back to 1975. Starting in May, Tyler’s been counting down with 3 or 4 players posted per day.

The countdown currently stands at 47, Meridian QB Tyler Slesk.

Once the countdown is over, Tyler says that he has other features in the works. He’s conducted one-on-one interviews with dozens of former players.  Incredibly, he’s also been borrowing game film, back to the 1980s, from coaches and digitizing it.

Even if you’re not from Whatcom County, it’s definitely something to check out.  And I hope that other areas might be inspired to do something similar.



David Maley’s 2014 Coaching & Team Changes List -- 08/19/2014, 4:59 pm

Editor’s Note: On the eve of the opening of 2014 practices, David Maley, the state’s unofficial football historian, has compiled a list of coaching and team changes for 2014. If you have any updates for the questions Mr. Maley has below, please email.


Once again, I’m compiling statewide prep football coaching changes.

If a new coach has (1st) next to his name, it is his first head coaching job in Washington.

I’m not sure about the following:

Who’s coaching at Columbia (Burbank)?
Who’s coaching at Inchelium?
Is the southwest Washington football cooperative officially known as Pe Ell-Willapa Valley, Willapa Valley-Pe Ell, or something else?

Any additions or corrections, you know where to go.  Forwarding this his highly encouraged.

David Maley (Rosalia, Wash.)

 

Aberdeen (2A)—New coach: Kevin Ridout (Lake Quinault 1987-1991; Hoquiam 1992-1996; Tenino 2001-2009)

Former coach: Terry Dion (2012-2013)

 

Asotin (B-11)—New coach: Jim Holman (1st)

Former coach: Sal Lopez (2002-2013)

 

Bellingham (2A)—New coach: Ted Flint (Sehome 1998-1999; Eastmont 2000-2003)

Former coach: Steve Wilson (2012-2013)

 

Bethel (4A)—New coach: Mark Iddins (1st)

Former coach: Gavin Kralik (2005-2013)

 

Burbank (1A)—New coach:

Former coach: Rich Harris (2009-2013)

 

Cascade (Everett) (4A)—New coach: Eric Dinwiddie (Granite Falls 2003-2008)

Former coach: Joe Cronin (2012-2013)

 

Cedar Park Christian (1A)—New coach: Bill Marsh (Eastside Catholic 1999-2008; Archbishop Murphy 2012, first 4 games)

Former coach: Todd Parmenter (2011-2013)

 

Chimacum (1A)—New coach: Mike Dowling (1st)

Former coach: Shawn Meacham (2009-2013)

 

Clarkston (2A)—New coach: Brycen Bye (Wahluke 2011-2013)

Former coach: Dave Curtis (1987-2013)

 

Dayton (B-8)—New coach: Jerry Dedloff (Dayton 2001-2003)

Former coach: Dean Bickelhaupt (2010-2013)

 

Eisenhower (4A)—New coach: Gary Jimenez (1st)

Former coach: Dan Eyman (2002-2013)

 

Evergreen (Seattle) (2A)—New coach: Jim Wright (Seattle Lutheran 2011; Franklin 2012-2013)

Former coach: Andy Arena (2012-2013)

 

Fort Vancouver (3A)—New coach: Cal Szueber (Fort Vancouver 2007-2010)

Former coach: Todd Quincey (2013)

 

Franklin (3A)—New coach: Juan Cotto (Highline 2008-2012)

Former coach: Jim Wright (2012-2013)

 

Garfield (Seattle) (3A)—New coach: Derek Sparks (1st)

Former coach: Mark Stewart (1992-1993, 2013)

 

Hazen (3A)—New coach: David Kilpatrick-White (1st)

Former coach: Drew Oliver (2009-2013)

 

Heritage (4A)—New coach: Chuck Hawthorne (Mountain View 1981-1989)

Former coach: Jack Hathaway (2011-2013)

 

Hockinson (2A)—New coach: Rick Steele (Hockinson 2004-2012)

Former coach: Brian Schott (2013)

 

Hudson’s Bay (2A)—New coaches: Andy Meyer and Rick Skinner (both 1st)

Former coach: Sylvester Green Jr. (2012-2013)

 

Hunters (B-8)—New coach: Jesse Templeton (1st)

First year of football since 2009

 

Hunters-Inchelium (B-8)—Dissolved cooperative

Former coach: Brian Myers (2013)

 

Inchelium (B-8)—New coach:

First year of football since 2009

 

Issaquah (4A)—New coach: Emanuel “Buddy” Bland (Jefferson 1994-1998; Issaquah 1999-2005)

Former coach: Chris Bennett (2008-2013)

 

Jefferson (4A)—New coach: Jeff Zenisek (Orcas Island 1987-1989; Tenino 2010-2013)

Former coach: Dean Peck (2007-2013)

 

Kiona-Benton (1A)—New coach: Craig Beverlin (Kamiakin 1984-2008)

Former coach: Charlie Hobbick (2009-2013)

 

Lake Quinault (B-8)—Combined with Wishkah Valley to form Twin Valley

Former coach: Darren Marshall (2013, last 5 games)

 

Lake Washington (3A)—New coach: Andrew (A.J.) Parnell (1st)

Former coach: Steve Supple (2010-2013)

 

Lyle-Wishram (B-8)—New coach: Antoine Montoya (1st)

First year of football since 2011

 

Lynnwood (3A)—Keauntea Bankhead and Danny Hawkins were co-head coaches in 2013

Former coach: Danny Hawkins (2013)

 

Monroe (4A)—New coach: Brett Jay (River View 2008-2013)

Former coach: Dick H. Abrams (2011-2013)

 

Mount Spokane (3A)—New coach: Terry Cloer (1st)

Former coach: Mike McLaughlin (1997-2013)

 

Mount Tahoma (3A)—New coach: Ricky Daley (1st)

Former coach: Kevin Hanis (2007-2013)

 

Newport (Bellevue) (4A)—New coach: Drew Oliver (Hazen 2009-2013)

Former coach: Mike Miller (2004-2013)

 

Orcas Island (B-11)—New coach: Justin Frausto (1st)

Former coach: Scott Harris (2010-2013)

 

Pe Ell (B-11)—Combined with Willapa Valley

Former coach: Josh Fluke (2013)

 

Pe Ell-Willapa Valley (B-11)—New coach: Josh Fluke (Pe Ell 2013)

First year of football cooperative

 

Quilcene (B-8)—New coach: Byron Wilson (Hazen 2000-2002)

Former coach: Nic Dahl (2011-2013)

 

Raymond (B-11)—New coach: Luke Abbott (1st)

Former coach: Rob Clements (2011-2013)

 

Renton (2A)—New coach: Tim Tramp (Lake Washington 1998-2005; Arlington 2006-2007)

Former coach: Donald Ponds (2010-2013)

 

River View (1A)—New coach: Kevin Hale (1st)

Former coach: Brett Jay (2008-2013)

 

Rogers (Spokane) (3A)—New coach: Ben Cochran (Lincoln (Tacoma) 2008)

Former coach: Matt Miethe (2007-2013)

 

Rosalia (B-8)—Combined with Tekoa

Former coach: Kaleb Madison (2013)

 

Sammamish (2A)—New coach: Todd Craig (1st)

Former coach: Brian Tucci (2009-2013)

 

Seattle Lutheran (B-8)—New coach: Anthony Stordahl (1st)

Former coach: Jeff Scott (2012-2013)

 

Shadle Park (3A)—New coach: Jim Mace (1st)

Former coach: Alan Stanfield (2010-2013)

 

South Whidbey (1A)—New coach: Chris Tormey (1st)

Former coaches: Andy Davis (2009-2013) and Mark Hodson (2001-2009, 2011-2013)

 

Squalicum (2A)—New coach: Nick Lucey (1st)

Former coach: Reed Richardson (2006-2013)

 

Stadium (4A)—New coach: Thomas Ford (1st)

Former coach: Jess Nelson (2007-2013)

 

Sunnyside Christian (B-8)—New coach: Jeremy Thomas (1st)

Former coach: Ray Hernandez (2009-2013)

 

Tacoma Baptist (B-11)—New coach: Tim Rasmussen (1st)

Former coach: Mark Smith (1991-2013)

 

Tekoa-Oakesdale* (B-8)—Dissolved cooperative

Former coach: Ken Lindgren (1997-2002, 2013)

 

Tekoa-Rosalia (B-11)—New coach: Bob Bucsko (Highland 1982-1985; Blaine 1986-1988; Zillah 1989-1990; Okanogan 1992-1994; Lyle-Klickitat-Wishram 1995-1997)

First year of football cooperative

 

Tenino (1A)—New coach: Randy Swilley (Hoquiam 1997-2002; Yelm 2008-2012)

Former coach: Jeff Zenisek (2010-2013)

 

Toutle Lake (B-11)—New coach: Art Walsh (Castle Rock 2008-2010)

Former coach: Scott Grabenhorst (1979-2013)

 

Twin Valley (B-8)—New coach: Mike Mitchell (Wishkah Valley 2013)

First year of football cooperative

 

Union (4A)—New coach: Gary McGarvie (Fort Vancouver 2001-2004)

Former coach: Cale Piland (2007-2013)

 

Wahluke (1A)—New coach: Michael Foristiere (1st)

Former coach: Brycen Bye (2011-2013)

 

Willapa Valley (B-11)—Combined with Pe Ell

Former coach: Greg Wonhoff (2012-2013)

 

Wishkah Valley (B-8)—Combined with Lake Quinault to form Twin Valley

Former coach: Mike Mitchell (2013)

 

* Tekoa-Oakesdale did not play any varsity games in the 2013 season

 

 



WIAA Rep Assembly Speeds Up Running Clock Again -- 05/06/2014, 11:57 am

Most valuable commodity is time

The Tacoma News Tribune reports today that the WIAA Representative Assembly has change the running clock rule again for the 2014 season.

* Amendment 57.7.0 alters the rules of the running-clock “mercy rule” in high school football. The clock will now run through official’s timeouts, shortening a blowout game.

The Columbian clarifies a little further on what those “official’s timeouts” mean.

  • The running clock rule in football was amended so that the clock will no longer stop during an official’s timeout (i.e. for a penalty ruling or a first-down measurement).

The end result is to take even more time on the field from players.

I have been opposed to the running clock rule, as it is mandated from the WIAA, since it’s inception.  A high school football player receives a finite allotment of playing minutes during his career.  The top down rule artificially shortens that experience whether either team likes it or not.  For years prior to the state rule, coaches could confer at halftime, or during a timeout even, to agree to move to a running clock.  I have never heard an instance where a request was denied. I have, however, heard of coaches on the winning side suggesting a running clock and the coach on the losing side turning it down so as not to take away time for his players.  Since the running clock rule was established in 2009, coaches and players have lost that flexibility.  More playing time lost.



Arlington “Flash Football” Fundraiser to Benefit Oso Slide Victim -- 04/03/2014, 10:58 am

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Arlington football senior Max Gray is organizing a fundraiser to benefit an Arlington middle school football player missing in the slide.

Arlington High School senior Max Gray is assembling a charity game of flash football and a barbecue at his high school on Friday, April 4 starting at 11 a.m.

The event will take place at Arlington High School in support of Jovon “Jojo” Mangual, a 13-year-old Haller Middle School seventh-grader who went missing during the Oso mudslide on March 22, along with his four other family members.

The donations will go to Mangual’s mother, Jonielle Spillers.

Gray coached Mangual over the summer and remembered the Mangual’s competitive nature, along with his love for football.

“He was the smallest kid on the team, but he had the biggest heart,” Gray said. “He would go up against anyone.”

Max has a Facebook event page set up for information, coordination and ways to help out. Online donations can be made at YouCaring.com.



David Maley Updates Current Winning & Losing Streaks -- 10/25/2013, 10:54 am

Washington football historian David Maley sent along this update to current winning and losing streaks in the state.

Statewide winning streak list
Bellevue (3A)   47
Lynden (2A)   20
Lind-Ritzville-Sprague (B-11)   19
King’s Way Christian (1A but playing 8-man)   10
Ellensburg (2A)   8
Many schools   7

Statewide losing streak list
Winlock (B-11)   26
Chief Leschi (B-11)   22
Mount Rainier-Tyee (4A)   20
Wapato (2A)   19
Highland (1A)   17
Mount Tahoma (3A, 4A)   17
Pasco (4A)   17
Sammamish (2A)   17
Lynnwood (4A)   16
South Bend (B-11)   15
Stadium (4A)   15
Ilwaco (1A)   14
Snohomish (4A)   10
Springdale (B-11)   10

David Maley (Rosalia, Wash.)



David Maley’s Update on Brett Rypien’s New Passing Records -- 10/06/2013, 11:54 pm

David Maley, prep historian and custodian of all things notable in Washington football history, sent the update below on Brett Rypien’s new passing records. Also, Vince Grippi at the Spokesman-Review did some research and found that Rypien’s single-game passing numbers would have led Greater Spokane League in season passing as late as 1975, and some other interesting historical trivia. –CA

Shadle Park QB Brett Rypien, NWPrepsNow.com photo

Shadle Park’s Brett Rypien not only broke his own single-game passing yardage record but also the single-game pass completions record.

Rypien tied the large-school mark in single-game passing touchdowns with 8. DeSales’ Brian Lindgren has the all-time 11-man single-game passing TD record with 9 in a 1998 regular-season game vs St. John-Endicott.

David Maley (Rosalia, Wash.)

 

Single-game passing (11-man)

Brett Rypien, Shadle Park (2013) 613 yds.

Brett Rypien, Shadle Park (2012) 577 yds.

Joey Roppo, Monroe (2010) 516 yds.

Ben Dougherty, Elma (1997) 513 yds.

Ty Taubenheim, Lynden (1999) 513 yds.

Conor Plaisance, Jackson (2012) 508 yds.

Mark Mace, Kennewick (2003) 498 yds.

Ryan Bergman, Issaquah (2009) 498 yds.

Ethan Sterkel, Ellensburg (2009) 497 yds.

Deion Wright, Davis (2011) 497 yds.

 

Single-game pass completions (11-man)

Brett Rypien, Shadle Park (2013) 44 comp.

Chris Brown, Bonney Lake (2011) 42 comp.

Max Browne, Skyline (2011) 40 comp.

Dan Lewis, Mountain View (2003) 39 comp.

Max Browne, Skyline (2010) 39 comp.

Brian Foreman, Skyline (2002) 38 comp.

Connor Halliday, Ferris (2009) 38 comp.

Brett Rypien, Shadle Park (2012) 38 comp.

Andy Smith, Arlington (2009) 37 comp.

Joel McKee, Stevenson (1993) 36 comp.

Stefan Walker, Port Angeles (2006) 36 comp.

Kellen Moore, Prosser (2006) 36 comp.

Chris Brown, Bonney Lake (2011) 36 comp.

 

Single-game passing touchdowns (11-man)

Brian Lindgren, DeSales (1998) 9 TD

Drew Miller, Lakes (1996) 8 TD

Kellen Moore, Prosser (2006) 8 TD

Steffin Church, Kentlake (2012) 8 TD

Brett Rypien, Shadle Park (2013) 8 TD



Rypien Sets 11-Man State Record with 613-Yard Passing Performance -- 10/04/2013, 10:18 am

Shadle Park junior QB Brett Rypien went off again last night in Shadle’s 63-42 win over Mt. Spokane, throwing for 613 yard (44 of 59, 8 TDs, 0 INt), a new 11-man state record.

Shadle Park QB Brett Rypien, NWPrepsNow.com photo

Here’s the NW Preps Now story on the game.

In a word, wild.

In another word, unprecedented.

Shadle Park junior quarterback Brett Rypien had another mind-dazzling night, becoming the first 11-man Washington football player to throw for more than 600 yards Thursday night, as the Highlanders knocked off Greater Spokane League-leading Mt. Spokane 63-42 at Joe Albi Stadium.

Rypien completed 44 of 59 passes for 613 yards and eight touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown, accounting for all of the Highlanders’ scoring.

The 613 eclipses the single-game GSL record Rypien set last year when he threw for 577 in an overtime loss to Central Valley.

Most important, though, the Highlanders secured tiebreaking criteria over Mt. Spokane should the teams finished tied. That would give Shadle the top 3A postseason seed.

As usual, Rypien spread the praise around – crediting the nine different teammates who caught passes and the five linemen who kept a stout Mt. Spokane defensive line out of his face.

Shadle coach Alan Stanfield knew how many yards Rypien had midway in the fourth quarter. After Rypien completed his final pass – a 14-yard hook up with Skyler Kelley – Stanfield pulled Rypien with about 3 minutes to go.

“That’s pretty crazy,” Rypien said, when told how many yards he had.

Then Rypien talked about the critical accomplishment.

“That was the main goal coming into this game, just getting the first seed for playoffs, (and) home-field advantage is going to be huge for us,” he said. “I felt like our receivers did a great job. Coach Stanfield told us to be patient early, that we’d get our one-on-one opportunities. They can’t be covered one-on-one. They’re very good when they’re in space.”

Three SP receivers had over 100 yards receiving: Tanner Pauly (10 recpt, 243 yds, 4 TDs), Nick Kiourkas (9 recpt, 122 yds, 3 TDs), and Cam Duty (11 recpt, 117 yds, 1 TDs).

It appears that Rypien set two state records last night, per David Maley’s record book.  He broke his own game passing yards (577) set last year, and broke Chris Brown‘s 42 completion record from 2011.

Nationally, the game record is 764 yards, but Rypien’s 613 gets into the top 20 or so.  His 44 completions are a little closer to the national game completion record of 47.

Thanks to the folks below for lighting up Twitter last night.



Fun with Numbers: Week 3 Average Scores & Margins of Victory -- 09/23/2013, 2:56 pm

The table below is a summary of Week 3 games in Washington.  The data set includes games where the victor was a Washington team.  Likewise, the 11-man/8-man breakdown is also predicated on the victor, but I don’t think any crossovers occurred there.  There are a total of 151 games included, which might be missing a few.

A few of the scores are annotated with a link to the winning team.

11-Man 8-Man All
Games 138 13 151
Average Winning Score 37.18 54.85 38.70
Average Losing Score 13.09 18.62 13.57
Max Winning Score 74 94 94
Max Losing Score 40 57 57
Min Winning Score 13 24 13
Min Losing Score 0 0 0
Average Winning Margin 24.09 36.23 25.13
Max Winning Margin 74 82 82
Min Winning Margin 1 5 1


David Maley on Bellevue’s Record Winning Streak -- 09/09/2013, 10:17 am

David Maley, officially unofficial Washington prep football historian, sent out this release yesterday on Bellevue following their 45-7 win over Skyline in the Emerald City Kickoff Classic.

Last season, Bellevue tied and broke the big-school record for most consecutive games won when they beat Ferndale 28-0 (State 3A first round) and Peninsula 40-3 (State 3A quarterfinal), respectively.  After Saturday’s win against Skyline, the winning streak is at 41.
Former 4A/3A record-holder for most consecutive games won
37  Curtis (3A) (9/11/1970 to 11/2/1973; lost on 11/10/1973 to Stanwood 17-0, State 3A quarterfinal)
There are three more records that Bellevue could tie or break this season.
Most consecutive games won (all 11-man schools)
48  Toledo (B-11, 1A) (10/8/1965 to 10/2/1970; lost on 10/9/1970 to Ocosta 36-20, non-league)
Most consecutive games won (all schools)
49  Lacrosse-Washtucna (B-8) (9/13/2002 to 9/1/2006; lost on 9/8/2006 to Garfield-Palouse 46-18, Southeast B-8 League)
Most consecutive games without a loss (all schools)
51  Lake Washington (4A) (9/21/1956 to 10/27/1961; lost on 11/3/1961 to Mercer Island 7-6, Kingco Conference)     (48 wins and 3 ties)
David Maley (Rosalia, Wash.)

Where does Bellevue record stand nationally? According to the National Federation of High School Sports’s football record book, the Wolverines need about a season and a half of unbeaten ball to make the national top 10, at 64 wins.  The overall national record is held by De La Salle at 151 wins, famously broken by… Bellevue in 2003.



Roll Out the 2013 Season #WAFBScores -- 09/05/2013, 5:45 pm

The new season’s here! The new season’s here!

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Looks like nine games kickoff the 2013 season tonight, including South Kitsap vs. Kentridge and Gig Harbor vs. O’Dea.

Remember to update and follow the scoring action on Twitter via the #WAFBScores hashtag.  Go back into the vaults to read the #WAFBScores manifesto.

With any luck, right below here is a real-time feed of #WAFBScores tweets.



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