Seen & Heard on Planet Coug 5/12

JACOB SEALBY, a Wenatchee High senior who will be coming to WSU this fall as a preferred walk on with the football team, has recorded the second-fastest times in the state of Washington this prep track season in the 200 and 400 meters, reports The defending state champ in the 400 will be suiting up for the Cougs as an outside linebacker, as will his nearly-as-speedy twin Lucas.

Jacob Sealby has turned in a blistering 21.81 time this season in the 200 and a 48.20 in the 400 -- marks that are only bested so far this season by Michael Berry of Seattle's Rainier Beach High. Jacob's brother Lucas Sealby has posted the fifth-fastest time in the state in the 400 (49.22). The two bros also comprise half of Wenatchee High's 4x400 relay team that holds the state's sixth-fastest time so far this spring and is the defending state champion.

Jacob also is in the top 10 in the state in the long jump, with a season-best of 22-feet, 4.50 inches.

While Jacob holds the slight edge on his brother in the 200, 400 and long jump, it's Lucas who has turned in the fastest 100 meter time this spring: 11.01 seconds vs. Jacob's 11.02.

The state track and field championships will be held May 27 in Tacoma.

On the football field, Jacob earned All-State and league MVP honors this past season after rushing for a school-record 1,732 yards. Lucas was a standout on offense as well, at receiver, but earned all-league plaudits for his work at linebacker.

At 6-1, 195, the pair figure to bulk up a bit and play outside 'backer at WSU, but with their quicks they could see time at safety.

TWO OTHER LOCAL PRODUCTS who will be walking on at Washington State this fall – Spokane's Jake Miller and Kennewick's Brent Anderson – will be playing in the state's 3A/4A East-West All-Star football in Everett on June 26. Miller, from Central Valley, was an all-classifications All-State kicker and punter in 2009, while Anderson was al All-Area pick and the Columbia Basin Big Nine's Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year. Oregon State-bound grayshirt Connor Hamlett of Meadowdale, the brother of WSU defensive end Casey Hamlett, also is playing in the game.

Some likely candidates for the East-West game, such as WSU-bound stars Connor Halliday and Aaron Dunn, aren't going to be on hand because the trend in major-college football is for incoming freshmen to get a jump-start on their academics by enrolling in summer school. Counting practices, the All-Star game is a week-long commitment. Moreover, the risk of injury in such a game – something that ruined Kevin Freitag's career at WSU before it even started – is a powerful reason for scholarship athletes to think twice about playing.

Rosters for the state's annual 1A/2A All-Star game in Yakima have not yet come out as near as we can tell.


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