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Thursday, December 5, 2002 - 12:00 a.m. Pacific

STAR TIMES
THE DEFENSE

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JIMI LOTT / THE SEATTLE TIMES
graphic 1. Jamie Lee, Everett
2. Jake Darling, Snohomish
3. Sean Gallacher, Bothell
4. Mike Mayer, Snohomish
5. Joey Henley, Kentridge
6. Keandre Magee, O’Dea
7. Lee Driftmier, Bellevue
8. Matt Combs, Bellevue
9. James Harrison, Kentridge
10. Brody O'Connor, Skyline
11. Tahj Bomar, Kentwood
12. Mike Braund, Bellevue
13. Coach Tom Bainter, Bothell.
Star Times players are selected from King and Snohomish counties after the regular season by Seattle Times sportswriters and editors.
PLAYERS
Joey Henley
Kentridge, DL, 6-4, 210, Sr.

All-SPSL North first-team choice at DE and TE. Seemed to have a sack, tackle for loss, pass deflection or quarterback hurry every week for 11-1 Chargers. All-league basketball player cleared 6-6 in high jump as junior.

James Harrison
Kentridge, DL, 6-3, 255, Sr.

Can squat 445 pounds and bench 345. Good quickness to go with size, strength. Moved from DE to DT this season and was voted SPSL North Defensive Lineman of Year. Recorded seven tackles for loss.


Mike Mayer
Snohomish, DL, 6-4, 295, Jr.

Only junior on defensive team. Known for quick feet and run-stuffing ability on best run defense in WesCo. Moved to Washington recently from Minnesota, where he played hockey as a teenager. Will wrestle this season.

Mike Braund
Bellevue, DL, 6-1, 225, Sr.

Three-year starter and standout. Big reason defending state 3A champions allowed just 76 yards rushing per game during regular season. Had 39-1/2 tackles and nine sacks through Bellevue's state quarterfinal game.


Lee Driftmier
Bellevue, LB, 6-3, 225, Sr.

Started every game since sophomore year. Had 81 tackles, including nine for losses, through state quarterfinals for defending state champions. Smart, big and physical player is fierce competitor.

Tahj Bomar
Kentwood, LB, 6-2, 210, Sr.

Set tone for defense that allowed average of just 58 yards rushing per game in regular season. Two-time All-SPSL North selection, and Defensive Lineman of Year this season for defending state champs. Headed to UW.


Brody O'Connor
Skyline, LB, 6-1, 195, Sr.

Arguably the best player in KingCo 3A. Had 54 tackles, including five for losses, and two sacks before suffering hairline fracture in lower right leg in Week 7. Also rushed 72 times for 421 yards and six TDs on offense.

Keandre Magee
O'Dea, LB, 6-0, 240, Sr.

Anchored defense that produced five shutouts and held 3A finalist Bellevue to its lowest point total (17). Defensive MVP of Metro's Mountain Division set school records for tackles in a season (121 as junior) and career (250).


Jake Darling
Snohomish, DB, 5-10, 180, Sr.

Rushed for 1,327 yards, 17 TDs, but is even better on defense. Intercepted six passes at cornerback, and helped Panthers' defense limit opponents to 18 total points in one four-game stretch. Led team to state-playoff berth.

Sean Gallacher
Bothell, DB, 5-11, 205, Sr.

Teams rarely threw his direction. Played on KingCo 4A's best defense statistically against pass. Cougars allowed 80 passing yards per game in regular season. Rushed for 876 yards, 10 TDs as Bothell's primary back.


Matt Coombs
Bellevue, DB, 6-0, 200, Sr.

KingCo 3A Defensive Player of Year. Led KingCo in interceptions (six) and has nine, including playoffs. Knack for making big play. Started season as QB, then switched to HB and has rushed for 991 yards, 18 TDs.

Jamie Lee
Everett, P, 6-1, 201, Sr.

Times' preseason all-state pick for punter lived up to expectations, averaging 40.5 yards per punt. Also played quarterback (538 passing yards, six TD throws) and cornerback. Two-time All-WesCo South punter.

COACH OF THE YEAR
Tom Bainter
Bothell

Third-year coach led Cougars to their first KingCo football championship, first state-quarterfinal berth and an 11-1 record. He's the only Bothell coach since at least 1952 with a winning record each of his first three seasons.





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