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A Pillar Of Strength Star Back Gives CV More Than A Prayer In Title Game

Wed., Dec. 3, 1997

When Tyree Clowe was 3, he would sit on his mother’s lap as she read the Bible aloud.

“He prayed every night and asked God to make him as strong as Samson,” Tess Clowe said. “And I prayed, ‘Please, God, make him smarter than Samson.”’

Both prayers have been answered.

Tyree, a good if uninspired student, is a sculpted 5-foot-10, 197-pound junior who is going places on a football field no one in Greater Spokane League history has gone.

Clowe is just 20 yards short of reaching 2,000 for the season and has an amazing 32 touchdowns, despite being kept out of the end zone the past two games.

His mother is amazed, but not surprised by her eldest child.

“I expected it. I never said anything about it to him or anyone, I just expected it to be that way,” the Evergreen Junior High teacher said of her son’s athletic success. “One thing was his strength. God has gifted him, I don’t know why. I’ve always told him to, ‘Thank God for the gift he has given you.”’

That gift has helped Central Valley reach the State 4A championship game, only the second GSL school to play in the grand finale.

“It’s real hard to believe,” Clowe said, referring both to the title game and his gaudy personal numbers. “It’s always been in the back of my mind it would be neat, but it didn’t seem like a realistic goal at the time I was thinking of it. Without all the other guys, it wouldn’t happen. It still feels like it is a dream.”

The sixth-ranked Bears (12-1) tackle No. 2 South Kitsap (13-0) at 7:30 Saturday night in the Tacoma Dome in the televised finale of Gridiron Classic III.

“I wasn’t looking for those kind of numbers but I knew he’d be very instrumental in how we did,” CV coach Rick Giampietri said. “I knew he had the talent. He has balance, power and speed.”

Clowe revealed his talent long before his 27 carries, 195 yards, four touchdowns and crucial catch bailed out the Bears in a last-minute 26-21 win over Ferris in the season-opener.

“I saw his ability as a freshman,” Giampietri said. “He showed what his competitive ability is when he placed in the state wrestling tournament at 190 pounds. I can see that at 108 (pounds) but not at 190.”

The revelation came even earlier for parents Jack and Tess Clowe, who were jokingly asked by a doctor if they had their 3-year-old son lifting weights.

“He said he had never seen so much muscle definition,” Tess said.

Tyree only participated in judo before junior high, in part because the family didn’t want to be slaves to youth sports schedules.

“We didn’t want sports to be No. 1, because of our Christian beliefs,” Tess added. “God is No. 1, next is family, then school, then there is sports. I enjoy sports, they have a place, but they shouldn’t be the most important things in life.”

Tyree went to national judo tournaments twice. He was second less than a year after taking up the sport at age 6. Just before junior high, he went again and placed third despite dislocating a shoulder a week before the tournament.

A reoccurrence of that injury hampered his sophomore football season and led to surgery that cut short his wrestling season. Then came poor choices that took him away from the family’s Christian values.

“That really helped me grow up a lot. I had to face reality,” Clowe said of a sequence of misdeeds his mother believes led to her prayers being answered.

“I had to miss some school and that made me realize how important it is. I always used to think I’ll play sports all my life, I didn’t need school. I realized how easy you can lose sports. … You have to have good education to make sure you can go somewhere in life.”

His success in individual sports went a long way in helping Clowe contribute to the varsity football team once he reached high school.

“I was real worried about the upperclassmen being bigger, more powerful,” he said. “Going to state (in wrestling) helped me realize it’s not what class you are. Put age aside, you go for your physical abilities and the way you handle yourself. It comes down to what kind of person you are.”

Prayers have been answered.

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MEMO: Two sidebars appeared with the story: 1. CV STARTERS Offense: WR Todd Millar, 6-0, 151, sr; OT Chris Sullivan, 6-0, 266, sr; OG Kris White, 6-2, 230, jr; C Jason Robisch, 6-0, 228, sr; OG Wil Beck, 6-2, 296, sr; OT Preston Crossman, 6-7, 342, sr; TE Marc Hinckley, 6-3, 191, sr; WR Greg Papich, 6-0, 158, sr; QB Chad Adamson, 6-1, 175, sr; FB Garret Graham, 6-4, 219, sr; TB Tyree Clowe, 5-10, 197, jr. K Papich Defense: DE Hinckley; DT Brandon Bogue, 6-2, 225, sr; DT Beck; DE Colin White, 6-1, 215, sr; OLB Courtney Brown, 6-1, 190, sr; ILB - Patrick Libey, 6-0, 206, jr; ILB - Graham; OLB - Ryan Nelson, 5-10, 175, sr; CB - Nate McFarlane, 5-9, 157, sr; CB - Zac Scott, 5-11, 178, sr; S - Justin Folkins, 5-11, 176, jr; P - Mike Tasca, 6-0, 185, sr.

2. TYREE CLOWE: GAME-BY-GAME Opponent Score Carries Yards TD Ferris W26-21 27 195 4 Shadle Park W56-7 14 129 5 Rogers W47-14 15 163 4 Kennewick W40-29 19 125 2 North Central W49-6 20 189 3 Mead W37-21 31 198 3 University W56-12 13 109 3 G-Prep L24-14 13 6 1 LC W45-14 26 224 3 Wenatchee W21-14 30 204 2 Pasco W17-14 34 212 2 Kamiakin W16-7 33 157 0 Puyallup W10-0 25 51 0 Totals 12-1 269 1,980 32

Two sidebars appeared with the story: 1. CV STARTERS Offense: WR Todd Millar, 6-0, 151, sr; OT Chris Sullivan, 6-0, 266, sr; OG Kris White, 6-2, 230, jr; C Jason Robisch, 6-0, 228, sr; OG Wil Beck, 6-2, 296, sr; OT Preston Crossman, 6-7, 342, sr; TE Marc Hinckley, 6-3, 191, sr; WR Greg Papich, 6-0, 158, sr; QB Chad Adamson, 6-1, 175, sr; FB Garret Graham, 6-4, 219, sr; TB Tyree Clowe, 5-10, 197, jr. K Papich Defense: DE Hinckley; DT Brandon Bogue, 6-2, 225, sr; DT Beck; DE Colin White, 6-1, 215, sr; OLB Courtney Brown, 6-1, 190, sr; ILB - Patrick Libey, 6-0, 206, jr; ILB - Graham; OLB - Ryan Nelson, 5-10, 175, sr; CB - Nate McFarlane, 5-9, 157, sr; CB - Zac Scott, 5-11, 178, sr; S - Justin Folkins, 5-11, 176, jr; P - Mike Tasca, 6-0, 185, sr.

2. TYREE CLOWE: GAME-BY-GAME Opponent Score Carries Yards TD Ferris W26-21 27 195 4 Shadle Park W56-7 14 129 5 Rogers W47-14 15 163 4 Kennewick W40-29 19 125 2 North Central W49-6 20 189 3 Mead W37-21 31 198 3 University W56-12 13 109 3 G-Prep L24-14 13 6 1 LC W45-14 26 224 3 Wenatchee W21-14 30 204 2 Pasco W17-14 34 212 2 Kamiakin W16-7 33 157 0 Puyallup W10-0 25 51 0 Totals 12-1 269 1,980 32



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