Tumwater trio highlight 14 area all-state players

mwochnick@theolympian.comJanuary 4, 2013 

After playing in its second Class 2A football state title game in three seasons, Tumwater High school was recognized with three players on The Associated Press all-state teams, as voted by sportswriters and editors from around the state, including The Olympian.

Seniors Jaimie Bryant (defensive line), a UW football commit, and Andrew Brown (running back, all-purpose player) were selected to the first team, while senior David Durden was a second-team selection at linebacker.

In all, 14 players from eight South Sound-area schools in five classifications were honored.

Capital (in 2A) and Shelton (3A) each had two all-state players. Cougars running back Kai Van Sickle, who set the state rushing record with 2,761 yards in 12 games, and lineman Mat Cox, were first-team picks. Cox was a two-way all-state player at

offensive line (first team) and defensive line (second-team). Shelton’s best season since 2007 was led by tight end David Ajamu (UW commit) and running back Ralph Kinne, who were first-team all-state picks.

Yelm’s Jacob Swilley was selected for three all-state honors in Class 4A – first-team running back, second team defensive back and honorable mention all-purpose player.

Other area first-team selections were North Thurston’s Tru Hicks (3A, defensive back) Timberline’s Brett Woods (3A, punter), Tenino’s Devante Harris (1A, wide receiver) and Mary M. Knight’s Kyle Willey (1B, linebacker). Second-team all-state picks from the area include: Timberline’s Brandon Wetzel (3A, linebacker) and Mary M. Knight’s Cody Thompson (1B, lineman).

TUMWATER’S BROWN COMMITS TO UW

Tumwater’s Brown gave a verbal commitment to the University of Washington in track and field as a sprinter. Brown is the two-time defending Class 2A state champion in the 400 meters. Last May at the state track and field meet, Brown ran a personal-best 48.35 seconds on his way to claiming his second straight 400-meter title. He could become a three-time state champion this spring.

In addition, Brown was The Olympian’s all-area player of the year in football last fall. He led the Thunderbirds in multiple categories, including rushing, receiving and all-purpose yards. He also scored six special teams touchdowns (four punt returns, two kickoff returns) and was part of touchdowns six different ways – rushing, receiving, punt return, kickoff return, interception return and passing.

OFFICIALS HONOR WOLVES

The Black Hills football team earned the 2012 team sportsmanship award from the South Sound Football Association on Thursday. Teams are eligible to win every other year, and this award marks the seventh time the Wolves have won. The honor also comes with two $500 scholarships for two college-bound seniors. The Wolves had a 4-5 record last fall.

Meg Wochnick: 360-754-5473 mwochnick@theolympian.com theolympian.com/southsoundsports @megwochnick

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