A host of athletes from Spokane Valley schools were named to various All-State football teams.
Leading the way were first-team selections Giorgio Usai, Central Valley’s tailback, on the AAA team and East Valley linebacker-running back Jesse Ewell on the AA team.
Usai, who went from backup to record-setter, had a state best 1,571 yards rushing and scored a league record 24 touchdowns and 146 points.
Ewell, who made first team on defense at middle linebacker, had 83 tackles in nine games, including 16 against West Valley and 13 against Central Valley. He also rushed for more than 1,100 yards and scored 17 touchdowns at fullback.
Second-team selections from CV’s unbeaten league champions were offensive lineman Bob Perkes, wide receiver Ryan Millar, defensive lineman, sophomore Will Beck and linebacker Jeff Allen.
Also selected as a second-team all-state player was AA tight end Ty Gregorak from West Valley.
Time change for JH wrestling
Today’s Spokane Valley Junior High all-league wrestling tournament will begin at 9 a.m., an hour earlier than originally scheduled.
Wrestlers from eight Valley junior high and middle schools will compete in weights from 75 pounds on up for 20 championships.
University High School is hosting the day-long event which will feature matches on four mats simultaneously.
Unbeaten and dominant league champion Mountain View outscored seven foes by more than 60 points per match during the regular season. Evergreen was league runnerup.
The tournament, re-instituted after more than a decade, is free to the public.
Little dramas make up big picture The little dramas within the framework of a wrestling match are often what make the sport so compelling.
Central Valley’s 37-30 victory Thursday night over Mead was a case in point.
Certainly the contests between state veterans at 158 pounds, won by Mead’s James Clark over Rick Giampietri, and between state placers at 115 where Shane Cunanan won easier than expected, 10-4 over Jon Rugan, attracted attention.
But elsewhere, Shane Yackel, who had beaten his Mead foe earlier in the year by pin, was forced to score in the final 10 seconds for victory.
Freshman 101-pounder Matt Danelo, who won by pin, is normally CV’s backup at that weight.
“He wrestled tonight because Trevor Jackson didn’t make weight,” said Danelo’s dad and CV assistant, Paul.
Even in defeat, CV sophomore Courtney Brown acquitted himself admirably against Panther state veteran Lyle Beerbohm, leading 5-2 before getting stacked for a pin in the second round.
CV won the match when Jess Hopson, who decided only two weeks ago to come back out for the team, produced a victory.