2013 Star Times all-area football team | Offense
The Seattle Times all-area Star Times football team features athletes chosen from schools in King and Snohomish counties, or in the Metro and WesCo leagues.
Mount Si, QB, Sr., 6-3, 185
Mitchell threw for 2,066 yards, 23 touchdowns and just three interceptions, completing 59 percent of his passes and also rushing for nine touchdowns this season. The Offensive Player of the Year in KingCo 3A, he holds school records for season and career touchdown passes, completions, passing yards and total offense. Mitchell is verbally committed to Oregon State, where he would join his brother Josh, an offensive lineman.
O’Dea, RB, Jr., 5-10, 191
A powerful running back, Gaskin rushed for over 2,000 yards this season and helped O’Dea reach the state semifinals. As a junior, he already has offers from Washington and Washington State.
Newport, RB, Sr., 6-2, 225
Baumann finished the season with 1,696 yards rushing for 22 touchdowns, helping his team to an 8-3 record. He broke his own season rushing record this year, and rushed for 481 yards in a playoff game — second-most all-time for a single game in Washington state.
Marysville-Pilchuck, RB, 5-11, 186
The dynamic junior recently gave a verbal commitment to play for the University of Washington. After rushing for more than 2,000 yards as a sophomore, Joyner ran for 1,521 yards on just 100 carries this year.
Issaquah, WR, Sr., 6-0, 170
Chapman had 46 catches for 862 yards and 15 touchdowns this year, also scoring a touchdown on a kickoff return. A first-team all-league wide receiver and cornerback, he also set the school record for career interceptions. He’ll play baseball at Washington State next year.
Tahoma, WR, 6-3, 204, Sr.
Williams led the SPSL 4A in receiving for the second straight season. This year’s numbers were especially impressive with 62 catches for 1,156 yards and 13 TDs — including one game with 13 grabs, 287 yards, 5 TDs.
Woodinville, OL, Sr., LT, 6-4, 240
Dillard was voted KingCo 4A Offensive Lineman of the Year, and his athleticism has garnered interest from plenty of colleges. He has offers from Idaho, Portland State and Eastern Washington, among others.
Bellevue, OL, Sr., 6-3, 290
The KingCo 3A Lineman of the Year, Griffin was a key reason behind another dominant season for the Wolverines (12-0 and a 3A title-game berth), and has offers from Arizona, California, Washington and Washington State, just to name a few.
Bellevue, OL, Sr., 6-5, 280
Richey was named all-league in KingCo 3A for the second year in a row. He’s a team captain for the Wolverines, going for their sixth straight 3A title this weekend, and a four-year letter-winner. He has multiple college offers, including UCLA, Utah, Colorado State, Air Force and Nevada.
Lake Stevens, OL, 6-3, 245
Miksch plays with a relentlessness on both sides of the line, as he also holds the Lake Stevens record for career sacks (20). He has garnered interest from Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Eastern Washington.
Kentlake, OL, 6-2, 280, Sr.
A three-year starter, Johnson shed nearly 50 pounds prior to his senior season and it paid big dividends. He was a force up front for the Falcons, earning first-team All-SPSL 4A North honors both ways, and was voted offensive lineman of the year.
Bothell, ATH, Jr., 5-11, 187
Sam does it all — he played running back, safety, kick and punt returner and punter for the Cougars. In the KingCo 4A Crest Division, he was named first-team running back, first-team safety, first-team return specialist, Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. He also led the league in all-purpose yards and interceptions.
Glacier Peak, K, 5-9, 155
Pettit’s strong leg made Glacier Peak a scoring threat when it crossed the 40-yard line. The junior hit field goals from 52 and 53 yards this season, and 80 percent of his kickoffs went into the end zone.
Coach of the year
Jeff Schmidt, Cleveland
A first-year head coach, Jeff Schmidt was named the Metro Sound Division Coach of the Year after reviving the Cleveland program and leading it to its first playoff berth since 1979, and second overall. The Eagles finished second in their division with a 5-1 league record and won more games this season than they had in 2009-12 combined.
Capsules by Josh Liebeskind, Sandy Ringer, Kaelyn Sayles