Kenny James Update

Dos Palos High School's Kenny James sounded a little bit down when we reached him. His baseball team had just been ousted from the playoffs and James was taking it pretty hard.

"We lost yesterday," said James, who finished the season batting over.420.

"I had a pretty good year, but it was a tough way to finish. I guess you can't win every game, but we went out and played our best."

Now James' attention will focus back to the gridiron and away from the diamond. He will play in two High School All-star games this summer. On June 28th (North vs. South for the State of California) and July 20th (city schools vs. county schools for the State of California) James will be showcasing his talents in the backfield. He is suddenly in a much better mood when he discusses the upcoming football preparations.

"There aren't many times that you get to go out and play against guys you really want to compete against. I think it will be fun playing in those games," said the 5-10 205-pounder.

"I can't wait to get up there to Seattle and start practice to see how much I've improved. I'm not in as good of shape as I want to be but I'll get back into the weight room now. I'll be lifting weights and getting bigger and faster between now and August."

James recalls the day he received his SAT scores and found out that he had met the qualifying standard. "I kind of had a feeling that I had passed it. I worked hard and it was just a matter of time to see the results show. When I got the results, I was so happy I could've probably run through a wall. My mom was very happy for me because now she doesn't have to pay for my tuition."

The Husky coaches, while obviously pleased, weren't too surprised by James' success on the exam. "Coach Neuheisel always told me that he had confidence that I would to it," said James.

"I talked to (running backs) coach Chuck Heater and he also had that confidence, but he told me that he was very proud of me and couldn't wait for me to come up there and show him what I've got."

James is excited about what is to come this fall. "Running out of that tunnel will be like a dream come true. The University of Washington, Husky Stadium, the tunnel, all of those fans . . . I just can't wait."

Dos Palos is not far from Fresno, so James heard the news quickly when former Bullard High School legend Curtis Williams passed away on May 6th. "I heard about it. If it was his time to go, God knew it and you have to respect it," said James.

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