Star Times all-area players are selected by The Seattle Times staff and freelancers from schools in King and Snohomish counties, or in Metro and WesCo.
Skyline, QB, 6-5, 220, Sr.
One of the most prolific players in state history, Browne needs just nine yards to become Washington’s all-time leading passer. The USC commit has 45 touchdown passes this season — and 142 in his career — and has completed more than 70 percent of his passes.
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Issaquah, RB, 6-0, 215, Jr.
A bruising running back, Gellatly led KingCo with more than 1,600 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns. Tough to bring down, he was a major reason Issaquah reached the round-of-32.
Marysville-Pilchuck, RB, 5-10, 180, So.
Joyner entered the season under the radar, but isn’t anymore. He rushed for more than 2,000 yards and 22 touchdowns, averaging more than 14 yards per carry. He already has a scholarship offer from Washington.
Skyline, WR, 6-0, 190, Sr.
On a team with plenty of receiving options, Sblendorio still managed to haul in 54 passes for 1,049 yards and 12 touchdowns. He averaged 19.4 yards per catch and had his biggest game in the state semifinals against Camas: eight catches, 192 yards, three TDs.
Mount Si, WR, 6-2, 194, Sr.
After missing last season with a knee injury that threatened to end his playing career, Riley rebounded with 59 catches, 872 receiving yards and a school-record 22 touchdowns. He also returned an interception and two punts for scores.
Lake Stevens, WR, 5-11, 180, Sr.
Crafty but a bit undersized, Coleman had no problem putting up huge receiving numbers. He had more than 1,200 yards on 56 catches with 15 touchdowns.
King’s, OL, 6-5, 275, Sr.
Here are Friedline’s football scholarship offers: Washington, Washington State, Arizona State. Here’s where he’s going: Yale. A consistent and fundamentally skilled lineman, he is a perfect blend of size, talent and smarts.
Roosevelt, OL, 6-2, 260, Sr.
The KingCo 4A Lineman of the Year, Stoudamire powered a Roosevelt team that liked to pound the ball on the ground. His agility and size make him one of the most athletic linemen in the area.
Mercer Island, OL, 6-3, 260, Sr.
Emanuels was a team captain and the anchor of Mercer Island’s line. He’ll join the Cornell football program next year. He had one of the season’s most memorable offensive plays, gaining 34 yards on a hook-and-ladder-play while breaking a tackle.
Newport, Athlete, 6-3, 210, Sr.
Dotson, a quarterback committed to Nevada, averaged more than eight yards per carry while rushing for more than 1,000 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also passed for more than 700 yards and seven TDs and was a hard-hitting safety.
Cameron Van Winkle
Mount Si, K, 5-10, 160, Sr.
A UW commit, Van Winkle is the state record holder for field goals in a career (39) and season (18, last year). This season, he made 10 field goals, 61 of 62 extra points and had all but four of his kickoffs go for touchbacks.
Hazen, OL, 6-4, 260, Sr.
A two-way starter the past three years, Moorhead showed his versatility this season by moving to guard and was voted the Seamount League’s Offensive Lineman of the Year. Moorhead is a vocal leader with a high-end motor who was part of three playoff teams.
Kennedy Catholic, OL, 6-7, 315, Sr.
Since moving from Samoa, Thompson has played only two years of organized football and is considered one of the state’s top up-and-comers. He anchored both the O- and D-lines, at times taking over games, as the Lancers reached the 3A state quarterfinals.
Coach of the Year
Before this season, the Roughriders hadn’t made the playoffs since 1995 and had never won a playoff game. Then Nelsen guided his team to an 8-4 finish and a trip to the state quarterfinals in only his second season at the school. It was one of the area’s best stories.