February 7, 2013 in Sports

G-Prep’s Sonneborn to walk on at WSU

By The Spokesman-Review


State berths

 By happenstance, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association this year was able to balance four regions so that from 4A through 1A each sends four wrestlers per weight class to state from their respective tournaments this weekend.

 It is a boon for the Greater Spokane League, whose region in particular has been shorted despite its reputation for statewide success.

 Assistant executive director John Miller explained that coaches preferred the balance, but some west-side regions understandably don’t relish having to surrender a berth.

 In order for 3A to work, the Wesco South league will be in Sunnyside this weekend.

 University has 16 wrestlers, Mt. Spokane and Shadle Park nine each, Rogers seven and North Central six in the field beginning with pigtail matches prior to the 10 a.m. eight-man bracket start Saturday.

 Central Valley hosts the 14-team 4A tournament, beginning with pigtail matches at 9 a.m. Semifinals are expected to start at 11:15 and finals about 4 p.m.

 Mead has 16 entrants, 13 of them top-two seeds, including seven district champions. The host Bears bring 13, five of them in first place and two more second. Lewis and Clark has six wrestlers, Ferris four and Gonzaga Prep three.

 The 2A regional is in Ellensburg, beginning Friday at 6 p.m.; 1A is in Chelan and the 2B/1B, which qualifies five per weight to state, is at Reardan.

Mike Vlahovich

Jerred Sonneborn wants to spend the next four years of his life looking through his legs.

Sonneborn, a Gonzaga Prep center, turned down scholarship offers from Colorado and Weber State to accept a preferred walk-on opportunity at Washington State.

A second team all-Greater Spokane League selection last fall, Sonneborn’s future isn’t as an every-down center but as a long snapper. He’s attended camps put on by nationally reknown clinician Chris Rubio the last four years.

“I am a strong competitor,” Sonneborn said. “I want to earn my scholarship, earn my job. It’s tough to turn down a lifetime dream.”

The 6-foot-2 Sonneborn weighed 305 pounds nearly a year ago but has tapered down to 250.

Rubio, who lives in Lewiston, said about 75 of 750 athletes he instructs annually go on to earn scholarships.

“He’s big, strong, smooth, very coachable,” Rubio said of Sonneborn. “He’s got all the attributes you’re looking for. Now he can solely focus on long snapping. It’ll help him advance very quickly.”

He took a visit to WSU last weekend, visiting with coach Mike Leach and special teams coach Eric Russell.

G-Prep coach Dave McKenna sees a good future for Sonneborn.

“It’s been a dream of his,” McKenna said. “I’m proud of him because he’s worked so hard to get to this point. He’s going to work hard and give them his best effort every day.”

Special honor

Jade Redmon and Aaliayah Johnson haven’t played basketball together since seventh grade.

They’ll get one last chance to be together on the court – albeit briefly – tonight when Mead plays host to Gonzaga Prep in a game that will decide the Greater Spokane League championship. Tipoff is at 7.

It’s Senior Night at Mead and Panthers coach Quantae Anderson plans to start Johnson, who has served as the team’s manager for four years.

Anderson said Johnson came down with a career-ending illness in seventh grade.

“She’s been so selfless for four years,” Anderson said. “As a kid, it’s tough to lose something you love at such a young age. I talked with (G-Prep coach Mike) Arte about this at the beginning of the year. Who knew everything would come down to this game? Crazy. But we’re still going to start Aaliayah.”

Anderson said everything has been done to make sure Johnson is eligible. She’s participated in the minimum required practices, had a physical and turned in the paperwork.

“We’re good to go,” Anderson said.

Final night

The 18th and final games in Greater Spokane League boys and girls basketball tonight will settle the balance of postseason seeding.

The only things that were decided Tuesday was the Central Valley boys (18-1, 16-1) capturing a second straight league title and Gonzaga Prep (15-4, 14-3) locking up the second seed. The teams will meet Saturday at CV to decide the district championship.

Ferris (14-5, 12-5) is No. 3 and will entertain No. 4 Mead (10-9, 8-9) in a loser-out game Saturday.

In 3A, the seeds are set for the subregional with the Mid-Columbia Conference. The 3A teams will not stage a district tourney. University (13-6, 12-5) locked up the top seed last week while Shadle Park (10-9, 9-8) is second, Mt. Spokane (7-12, 6-11) is third and Rogers (3-16, 2-15) is fourth.

In the girls, multiple ties can occur in 4A and 3A – so much so that space here doesn’t allow specific explanation.

No. 3-ranked G-Prep (18-1, 16-1) visits No. 1 Mead (18-1, 16-1) to decide the league title tonight. The winner will turn around and host the loser in the district final on Saturday.

There’s a three-way tie for the third and fourth seeds among Central Valley (10-9, 8-9), Ferris (10-9, 8-9) and Lewis and Clark (8-11, 8-9). LC is at Ferris and CV visits Mt. Spokane tonight.

In 3A, Shadle Park (11-8, 10-7) leads Mt. Spokane (11-8, 9-8) and University (10-9, 9-8) in chase for the top seed. North Central (1-18, 1-16) is No. 4. Shadle visits U-Hi tonight.

All the boys games are at 5:30 with the girls following at 7.

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