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2017 Prep Football Preview: Who Will Rise?

A selection of headshots from all 12 local football teams. In the top row, from left: Adna’s Chance Fay, Centralia’s Broc Selstrom, Mossyrock’s Justin Gootgeld, Morton-White Pass’ Dylan Pelletier and Napavine’s Noah Lantz. Second row: Winlock’s Nicholas Patching, Rochester’s Bryce Lollar, Toledo’s Keyton Wallace, Onalaska’s Lazaro Rodriguez, and Pe Ell-Willapa Valley’s Matt Smith. Third row: W.F. West’s Ka’imi Henry, Tenino’s Guy Murillo, Adna’s Conner Weed, Centralia’s Jose Pineda and Mossyrock’s Kord Senter. Fourth row: Napavine’s Cole VanWyck, W.F. West’s Nole Wollan, Pe Ell-Willapa Valley’s Tyson Nissell, W.F. West’s Camden Bull, and Centralia’s Kolby Baird. Bottom row: Toledo’s Gannon Madill, Rochester’s Ben Slaymaker, Tenino’s Miles Cannon, Morton-White Pass’ Carson Lewis and Winlock’s Dawson Hall.

2017 Prep Football Preview: Who Will Rise?

By Aaron VanTuyl


One interesting tidbit heading into the 2017 prep football season: There’s been a lot of turnover.

That covers the coaching ranks as well as the top players in the greater Lewis County area. There’s five new head coaches (Centralia’s Jeremy Thibault, Toledo’s Mike Christensen, Mossyrock’s Irvin Stevenson, Rochester’s John Moorhead and Tenino’s Cary Nagel) out of the dozen 11-man football teams in The Chronicle’s coverage area.

Just six players who landed on The Chronicle’s All-Area football team last season — a squad made up of some two dozen players — were juniors, and are back for their senior year. Furthermore, the five football leagues The Chronicle covers — the Evergreen 2A Conference, the 1A Evergreen League and the three divisions of the SWW 2B League — gave out a total of 13 various “MVP” awards in their All-League voting last fall, all to different players.

Twelve of those players have graduated. The only remaining MVP is Montesano running back Carson Klinger, which means Lewis County is MVP-free.

For now, anyway. As the season gets underway Thursday night, a new crop of stars prepares to vie for the spotlight. We’ve taken a look at five of those kids in our annual prep football preview — Morton-White Pass two-way star lineman Carson Lewis, W.F. West quarterback Nole Wollan, tough Winlock running back Seth Lindsey, booming Centralia punter (and now quarterback) Kolby Baird and veteran Tenino signal-caller Miles Cannon.

Who will rise up and emerge as a star as the 2017 season gets rolling? We’re about to find out.



Predictions on the 2017 season, based on an anonymous poll of local football coaches:
Evergreen 2A Conference

1. Tumwater

2. W.F. West

3. Black Hills

4. Centralia

5. Aberdeen

6. Rochester
1A Evergreen League

1. Montesano

2. Hoquiam

3. Tenino

4. Forks

5. Elma
SWW 2B River Division

1. Kalama

2. Wahkiakum

3. Toledo

4. Toutle Lake

5. Winlock

6. Mossyrock
SWW 2B Mountain Division

1. Napavine

2. Adna

3. Rainier

4. Onalaska

5. Morton-White Pass

6. Life Christian

7. Chief Leschi
SWW 2B Coastal Division

1. Pe Ell-WV

2. Ilwaco

3. South Bend

4. North Beach

5. Raymond

6. Ocosta

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