Sports personalities coming to Tri-Cities

May 5, 2013 

Tri-Citians can see two big-time sports personalities in the Tri-Cities this week when former NFL quarterback Chris Miller and former professional soccer player Roger Levesque visit.

Miller will be holding a quarterbacks and receivers camp on Saturday at Lampson Stadium.

Jerry Mercado, who is an analyst for Washington Sports Network and a coordinator for Tri-City Elite Football, helped hook Miller up with putting the camp together.

There are numerous camps in the Seattle and Portland area, but very few in eastern Washington.

“It’s all about helping these kids on the east side of the state,” said Mercado.

Miller will work high school quarterbacks and receivers from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Lampson; middle schoolers from 12:30-2:30 p.m.; and grade schoolers from 3 to 5 p.m.

The high school session is filled to the maximum for QBs, and include Kamiakin’s Kylle Robertson, Chiawana’s Joey Zamora, Richland’s Zach Whitby, Wenatchee’s Dillon Sugg, River View’s Ruvim Tyutyunnik, Connell’s Austin Forsyth, Quentin Brown of Columbia-Burbank, Eisenhower’s Kolney Cassel and Chris Sawyer, and Christian Olsen of Ferris.

Union’s Nolan Henry and Skyline’s Brandon Parmley are also planning to attend.

Wide receivers of note include Kamiakin’s Brandon Larson, Shadle Park’s Nick Kiourkas, Skyline’s Kason Parmley, and the Kupp brothers from Davis, Ketner and Kobe.

Mercado said Miller was the one who helped with Ike’s Cassel get noticed by colleges.

“Chris was a major contributor to Kolney getting to SMU,” Mercado said. “He talked with June Jones.”

Mercado also said as many receivers can sign up for the camp, but the QBs will need more one-on-one attention.

There are some QB openings for middle school and grade school.

Costs for the camp are $80 per receiver at any level, $180 for grade school quarterbacks, and $200 for middle school QBs.

For more information contact Mercado at

Levesque will meet and pose for pictures from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tri-City Youth Soccer Complex in Pasco as part of the Spring Soccerpalooza.

Levesque is a retired pro soccer player who spent time with the Seattle Sounders.

Attendees to the event are encouraged to bring items to be autographed.

Parking will cost $5 and pictures can be purchased for $5.

Outside cameras will not be allowed. A silent auction will also be ongoing.

Proceeds will go to scholarships for young athletes who cannot afford to play soccer but want to.

For more information call 509-544-0276 or email, or

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