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Originally published December 13, 2010 at 10:01 PM | Page modified December 13, 2010 at 10:13 PM

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Skyline, Bellevue seniors earn state football player of the year honors

Kasen Williams of Skyline is The Seattle Times' overall and Class 4A state football player of the year. Kendrick Van Ackeren of Bellevue is The Times' choice for 3A player of the year.

Seattle Times staff reporter

Seattle Times All-State Defense
Player School Ht. Wt. Yr.
DL Danny Shelton Auburn 6-3 285 Sr.
Shelton, one of the state's top uncommitted prospects, is a two-time selection.
DL Tani Tupou Archbishop Murphy 6-3 265 Sr.
Washington recruit led the Wildcats to the semifinals twice and title game once.
DL Max Hersey Curtis 6-3 240 Sr.
Washington State-bound recruit helped second-ranked Curtis get to 4A semifinals.
DL Odin Coe Camas 6-3 260 Sr.
A finalist for The Columbian's All-Region Player of the Year, Coe was dominant on defense.
LB Zak Browning Union 5-11 215 Sr.
Voted GSHL's 4A offensive Player of the Year and first-team linebacker.
LB Jarett Finau Juanita 6-3 235 Sr.
Washington-bound standout pressured opposing quarterbacks all season.
LB Nick Vincent Chiawana 6-2 205 Sr.
The CBBN's defensive player of the year helped lead Riverhawks to 4A quarterfinals.
DB Michael Foreman Bellevue 6-0 175 Sr.
Finished his senior season strong, with four of his eight interceptions in the playoffs.
DB Ellis Henderson Skyview 6-0 170 Sr.
Voted GSHL's 4A defensive player of the year; gave verbal commitment to Hawaii.
DB Kendrick Van Ackeren Bellevue 6-2 185 Sr.
KingCo 3A/2A defensive player of the year led Bellevue on both sides of the ball.
DB Riley Stockton Ferris 6-4 200 Sr.
GSL's 4A defensive player of the year helped slow down Kasen Williams in title game.
P Tana Pritchard Clover Park 6-4 205 Sr.
Washington State-bound linebacker averaged more than 40 yards per punt.

Players of Year

Overall: Kasen Williams, WR, Skyline

4A: Kasen Williams, WR, Skyline

3A: Kendrick Van Ackeren, QB/S, Bellevue

2A: Kyle Warner, AP, Tumwater

1A: Matt Hadley, RB, Connell

2B: Ryan Vongmixay, RB, South Bend

1B: Eddy Williams, AP, Lummi

Coaches of Year

Overall: Jim Sharkey, Ferris

4A: Jim Sharkey, Ferris

3A: Butch Goncharoff, Bellevue

2A: Sid Otton, Tumwater

1A: Randy Davis, Cascade Christian

2B: Tom Sanchez, South Bend

B-8: Jim Sandusky, Lummi

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Kasen Williams and Kendrick Van Ackeren sit back-to-back in an old freight elevator for a photo shoot.

Between them, they have won six state football championships, enough hardware to surround themselves with trophies. Yet they are several floors apart in terms of recruiting interest and hype.

At 6 feet 2, 200 pounds, Williams is one of the top receivers in the country. The Washington-bound recruit has built a reputation for big plays and state titles. At 6-2, 185, Van Ackeren hasn't garnered the attention or accolades that Williams has, but also has three state titles.

Side-by-side, Williams looks every bit the national recruit. Almost a year older and 15 pounds heavier, he looks like he could suit up for the Huskies right now.

But while the senior standouts sit on a grimy floor, someone says Van Ackeren looks bigger than Williams in that pose.

"Yes!" Van Ackeren says, punctuating it with a fist pump.

Van Ackeren more than measures up to Williams when it comes to high-school success. They have been two of the most productive players from two of the top programs in the state. They were the leaders who helped young teams deal with lofty expectations, getting Bellevue and Skyline back to the Tacoma Dome.

Williams, named on Monday The Seattle Times' 2010 overall and Class 4A player of the year, played in four championship games and won three. Van Ackeren, the 3A player of the year, played in three title games and won them all.

"After freshman year, state was expected and there was always talk about how we're going to be better than the last year," Williams said. "That was always just an expectation."

Van Ackeren knows all about expectations. "Having that happen and winning all those championships, coming in, you've got to expect to win," he said. "If you expect anything less, then you shouldn't be playing there."

All these two have done is win. The big difference is Williams' college future has already been determined, while Van Ackeren waits for the right offer.

"When he gets to the next level, he's going to get developed well and he's going to be one of those guys who will make some plays," Williams said when asked about Van Ackeren. "That Bellevue team is always one of the top teams and they've always got athletes coming out of those teams. He's another one of those athletes that's going to shine."

Skyline lost 24-16 to Ferris of Spokane in the 4A title game, but that can't erase Williams' accomplishments the past four years. He finished his high-school career No. 4 on the state's all-time receiving list with 4,121 yards, No. 4 in career receptions at 235 and No. 3 in receiving touchdowns with 56.

"Amazing athlete," Van Ackeren said of Williams. "He's got everything. He's got the physical and mental aspect of the game. He's a high flyer. He's got good speed. He's strong, everything you need to play the game."

During his senior season, Van Ackeren led a young Bellevue team to its eighth title in 10 years. He set the example on offense and defense that his teammates followed, finishing with 960 passing yards and nine touchdowns, while rushing for 550 yards and five touchdowns. He also intercepted six passes.

The only remaining question: Where will Van Ackeren play his college football? He knows he'll play somewhere and has an offer from Portland State, but hopes a few more will come his way.

"If I don't go where I want, that's life," he said. "You don't always get what you want. The one thing I want out of this whole thing is to keep playing. It's my life. It's my dream. So, wherever I go I'm just going to play my heart out."

Mason Kelley: 206-464-8277 or mkelley@seattletimes.com

Seattle Times All-State Offense
Player School Ht. Wt. Yr.
QB Max Browne Skyline 6-5 200 So.
Super sophomore threw for 4,182 yards and 50 touchdowns, with 13 interceptions.
RB Bishop Sankey Gonzaga Prep 5-11 190 Sr.
Two-time selection and Washington State commit rushed for 2,518 yards.
RB Tyler Sundberg Capital 5-11 195 Sr.
Like Sankey, threatened the state's season rushing record with 2,450 yards.
WR Kasen Williams Skyline 6-2 200 Sr.
Two-time selection played in four state title games, winning three.
WR Rahmel Dockery Curtis 5-11 165 Sr.
One of the most exciting players in the state, Dockery was a star all over the field.
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins Gig Harbor 6-7 253 Sr.
Two-time selection is a Washington recruit and plans to enroll early.
OL Zach Banner Lakes 6-8 295 Jr.
One of the top prospects in the 2012 class, tackle is getting a lot of attention.
OL Marcus Henry Bellevue 6-4 275 Sr.
Boise State-bound senior helped Wolverines win eighth title in 10 years.
OL Dexter Charles Stanwood 6-5 270 Sr.
Stanwood struggled, but the UW-bound prospect stood out on both sides of the ball.
OL Joshua Garnett Puyallup 6-5 280 Jr.
Like Banner, Garnett is one of the top 2012 prospects and has several Pac-10 offers.
OL Cornelius Edison Curtis 6-4 285 Sr.
Edison was the SPSL South's offensive and defensive lineman of the year.
AP Chandler Jenkins Liberty 5-10 175 Sr.
When Jenkins is on the field, big plays happen.
K Daniel Sullivan Jackson 5-10 180 Sr.
Hit eight of 10 field goals, including his last seven. Also hit 37 of 38 extra points.
Seattle Times All-State Defense
Player School Ht. Wt. Yr.
DL Danny Shelton Auburn 6-3 285 Sr.
Shelton, one of the state's top uncommitted prospects, is a two-time selection.
DL Tani Tupou Archbishop Murphy 6-3 265 Sr.
Washington recruit led the Wildcats to the semifinals twice and title game once.
DL Max Hersey Curtis 6-3 240 Sr.
Washington State-bound recruit helped second-ranked Curtis get to 4A semifinals.
DL Odin Coe Camas 6-3 260 Sr.
A finalist for The Columbian's All-Region player of the year, Coe was dominant on defense.
LB Zak Browning Union 5-11 215 Sr.
Voted GSHL's 4A offensive Player of the Year and first-team linebacker.
LB Jarett Finau Juanita 6-3 235 Sr.
Washington-bound standout pressured opposing quarterbacks all season.
LB Nick Vincent Chiawana 6-2 205 Sr.
The CBBN's defensive player of the year helped lead Riverhawks to 4A quarterfinals.
DB Michael Foreman Bellevue 6-0 175 Sr.
Finished his senior season strong, with four of his eight interceptions in the playoffs.
DB Ellis Henderson Skyview 6-0 170 Sr.
Voted GSHL's 4A defensive player of the year; gave verbal commitment to Hawaii.
DB Kendrick Van Ackeren Bellevue 6-2 185 Sr.
KingCo 3A/2A defensive player of the year led Bellevue on both sides of the ball.
DB Riley Stockton Ferris 6-4 200 Sr.
GSL's 4A defensive player of the year helped slow down Kasen Williams in title game.
P Tana Pritchard Clover Park 6-4 205 Sr.
Washington State-bound linebacker averaged more than 40 yards per punt.

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