Two teams impacted by high school shooting invited to work out at Seahawks’ training site
Seattle’s NFL team pays tribute to Marysville-Pilchuck’s players and Oak Harbor’s sportsmanship
Seattle Times staff reporter
RENTON — The Marysville-Pilchuck High School football team is expected to practice at the Seahawks’ training facility Tuesday after accepting an invitation from Seattle coach Pete Carroll.
Carroll reached out to the football teams from both Marysville-Pilchuck and Oak Harbor after the deadly shooting Friday at Marysville-Pilchuck. It has not yet been worked out when Oak Harbor might be able to practice at the Seahawks’ facility in Renton, the Virginia Mason Athletic Center.
The two teams were scheduled to play for the WesCo North Division title Friday. After the game was canceled, Oak Harbor offered to forfeit and give Marysville-Pilchuck first place. Each will advance to the playoffs this Friday.
Carroll said Monday the Seahawks wanted to do whatever they could to offer support to each school.
“Our hearts just opened immediately to try to help in any way that we can,’’ Carroll said. “When they are faced with an opportunity about a playoff situation and the other school decides to forfeit the game, what an extraordinary gesture. And I think it’s a gesture in every direction and an understanding and compassion that it’s good to be recognized. And we hope that we can do whatever we can in our support, our fans’ support.
“You feel so helpless but we wish that we could do something to ease the pain of all of the people that have been troubled.’’
Marysville-Pilchuck will play in the WesCo 3A championship game at 8 p.m. Friday while Oak Harbor plays host to Mountlake Terrace in a matchup of No. 2 seeds Friday at 7 p.m.
Mike Colbrese, executive director of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, said someone in the Seahawks’ front office called the WIAA “to see if there are any restrictions on what they could do” for the teams.
“It’s not a violation of our rules and regulations,” said Colbrese, whose organization oversees high-school sports. “We don’t have any restrictions on where teams practice or play during the regular season. That’s up to them.”
Sandy Ringer also contributed to this article. Bob Condotta: 206-515-5699 or email@example.com.