Tom Tri has been named football coach at Lake Stevens High School in Snohomish County. The 33-year-old Everett native replaces Ken Collins, who stepped down last month after 15...

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Tom Tri has been named football coach at Lake Stevens High School in Snohomish County. The 33-year-old Everett native replaces Ken Collins, who stepped down last month after 15 seasons to become the school’s assistant principal. The school board is expected to formally appoint Tri at a Jan. 12 meeting.


“It’s been a lifelong dream for me to be a head football coach,” Tri said. “I was lucky enough to obtain the job at a school I’ve been teaching at for seven years.”


In addition to his social studies and P.E. duties, Tri coaches varsity girls basketball and freshman and sophomore boys basketball. He has 11 years of experience as an assistant football coach.


“I love working with kids. It’s my passion,” Tri said. Lake Stevens was 2-7 season last year.


Lake Stevens wins tourney


Competing in the prestigious Tri-State Wrestling Tournament in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Lake Stevens won the team title in the 60-team competition that included schools from Washington, Oregon and Idaho.


Inglemoor’s Mikey Sewell, the 160-pound champion, was named outstanding wrestler of the event.


Other area individual winners included Lake Stevens’ Kelly Kubec (112 pounds), Lester Brown (135) and Clint Osborne (275), and Tahoma’s Andrew Johnson (145) and Mike Johnson (171). Mike Johnson is a three-time Tri-State champ.


Tahoma finished sixth as a team.


Hasty AP state player of year


Bellevue senior running back J.R. Hasty was named Associated Press state football player of the year after he led Bellevue to its fourth consecutive state 3A title.


Hasty had 2,519 yards rushing, fifth all-time in state history, and a state-record 50 touchdowns.


The other state players of the year were Taylor Rank of Evergreen (Vancouver) in Class 4A, Matt Snell of East Valley (Yakima) in 2A, Jeff Jack of Royal in 1A, Nick Ashley of Lind-Ritzville in B-11 and Jeff Bafus of LaCrosse-Washtucna in B-8.


Local players who were two-way selections were Manny Mendoza OL-DL) of 3A Evergreen (White Center and Tony Slater (OL-DL) of 2A Archbishop Murphy.




Note


• Liberty High School is accepting applications for a volleyball coach. Danny Lum-Lung coached the team on an interim basis. The Patriots finished 3-11 in the KingCo 3A Conference. Liberty also is looking for a girls track coach.


Times news services contributed to this report.