A week after the Bellevue High School Wolverines take on Katy High School in Katy, Texas, they will be back in the Seattle area to compete against a California elite football program, Grant High School from Sacramento, California in the 2009 Nike CBA Football Classic. This will be the Wolverines' fourth match-up against a top California team in the past five years. The Bellevue Wolverines have won the WIAA 3A state championships in six of the last eight seasons. In 2004 the Wolverines knocked the biggest king in football history from its reign, ending Concord (Calif.) De La Salle's winning streak at a record 151 games. In 2005 Bellevue followed up their monumental victory by defeating another national power, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. The Wolverines are 4-0 against out-of-state competition under the leadership of Coach Butch Goncharoff. If Bellevue wins the September 4, 2009 game against Earl Marriott (BC) and the September 12, 2009 game against Katy High School, they will enter the 2009 Nike CBA Football Classic with a record of 6-0 against out of state teams. Bellevue's Coach Butch Goncharoff is 100-8 since taking over as head football coach in 2000. Goncharoff collected state titles in 2001, '02, '03, '04, '06 and '08 and is the first coach in state history to win four consecutive state championships.
Goncharoff said, "Our Athletic Director has helped to put together a challenging and exciting schedule for the 2009 season. This game against Grant will be noteworthy because they have an extremely talented program. They have a great coaching staff and some tremendous players. After the game, regardless of the winning team, we know that a game of enormous athleticism and determination will have been played, and a great cross-state relationship will have been formed."
During the 2008-09 football season the Grant Pacers' football team ranked first in its league at 14-0-0 and earned a number two standing overall in the state of California. Grant went on to upset California power house and the state's number one team, Long Beach Poly, in the final game of the 2008 bowl-winning season. Grant's Head Coach for over 40 years, Mike Alberghini, has coached notable NFL players such as Mike Jankowich, Onterrio Smith, Paris Warren, C.J. Wallace, and Reggie Walker.
Alberghini, said, "We are always up for a challenge and Bellevue has traditionally done well against California teams and so it was a welcomed match-up. Last year, we defeated the Idaho and Utah state champions and then we upset the number one California team in Long Beach Poly. We want to build on the excitement of last season and I'm certain that the Bellevue match will be an exhilarating one."
Tournament Schedule (all times listed are PST.)
Friday, September 18, 2009, at Marysville HS
Game 1: Skyview (WA) vs. Marysville-Pilchuck (WA) 7:00PM
Saturday, September 19, 2009 at Seattle Memorial Stadium:
Game 2: Glacier Peak (WA) vs. Miramonte (CA) 11:00AM
Game 3: Lummi Nation (WA) vs. Taholah (WA) 2:00PM
Game 4: Union (WA) vs. Foothill (CA) 5:00PM
Finale: Bellevue (WA) vs. Grant (CA) 8:00PM
Additional Team Information
Skyview: 2008 second place finish in the 4A Greater St. Helens League. Lost in the first round of the 2008 WIAA 4A State Tournament
Marysville-Pilchuck: 2008 Wesco North Champions. Celebrating over 100 years of football play.
Miramonte: A strong winning team with 20 league titles, eight section titles, and two state titles in its 55-year team history.
Glacier Peak: 2008 Wesco 3A Co-Champs; a new school in ‘08 with the first year of seniors on the field.
Lummi Nation: Known for averaging over 60 points per game for the last two seasons and tied the record for most points scored in a game (118) in 2007.
Taholah: 2008 WIAA 1B Quarter Finalist. Went to the playoffs in 12 of the last 20 years.
Union: A three-year-old school team that posted a 2008 13-1 record, an undefeated 3A GSHL Championship and a second-place WIAA 3A finish.
Foothill: Showcases their touted Shotgun Zone Fly Offense. Two undefeated league titles and top five California state ranking in 2007.
Ticket Information Both Friday and all-day Saturday admission tickets can be purchased in advance ($10/student, and $15/adult). Please visit www.bellevuefootball.com or http://fhstore.com/Shopping/FHShop1.aspx?PON=74179&CON=75224&AC for ticket ordering and event information.