Football: Walla Walla pair set to play in East/West game

June 20, 2013 

Walla Walla’s Logan Reardon was planning to look for a summer job this week.

The last thing on his mind was football, but then he got a call from Blue Devils football coach Eric Hisaw about an opportunity to play in the 47th annual East/West All-Star Game on Friday. The game is for Class 4A and 3A players only.

“It’s quite an honor,” Reardon said. “Being able to play with some of the best kids on the Eastside of the state and against the best kids on the Westside. It’s a sweet thing and should be fun.”

Reardon will start on the defensive line for the East team at Lions Field in Moses Lake at 7 p.m. tonight. Teammate Jonah Hoe will start at running back, while Kamiakin’s Javan Williams was listed on the roster at wide receiver.

“It’s a crazy deal,” said Reardon, who will play at Eastern Oregon University in the fall. “Most guys were invited six months ago, but I was invited last week. It is a pretty lucky deal.”

Apparently the East team needed a lineman, so a call was put into Walla Walla athletic director Don Wilkins. Wilkins talked to Hisaw, who talked to Reardon and now the Blue Devils will be represented by two players tonight.

“It’s just another chance to play more football,” said Hoe, who will play at University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., this fall. “It’s really cool. I’m excited to represent Walla Walla down there and am thankful. I’m just really excited to play with some of the best players in the state.”

The game will be played in Moses Lake for the first time. It has been played in Everett the last few years, while being played in Spokane and the Tri-Cities in the past. Tickets are $7 at the gate.

It isn’t the only all-star game this weekend, either.

The 19th Earl Barden Classic kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday at East Valley High in Moxee.

Ten local athletes are on the roster for that game, including Prosser’s Sterling Clark (WR/DB), Othello’s Derek Gilbert (OL/DL), Juston Lind (WR/DB) and Derek Valdez (OL/DL), River View’s Kody Bartlett (RB/LB) and Kyle Hall (OL/DL), Royal’s Brady Dixon (TE/LB) and Alex Myrick (QB/DB), Waitsburg-Prescott’s Dalton Estes (WR/DB) and Liberty Christian’s Tyler Morris (RB/DB).

Tri-City Team Football Camp: The eighth edition of the camp wraps up Friday with a slew of scrimmages at Lampson Stadium in Kennewick.

There will be two scrimmages at once. At 5:30 p.m. Tri-Cities Prep will play Weston-McEwen and Grant Union will face Waitsburg-Prescott. At 6:30 p.m., Kiona-Benton will play Wahluke and Connell will face Grandview.

At 7:30 p.m., Kennewick will square off with Hanford and Kamiakin will play Chiawana.

Ninth-grade teams and junior varsity scrimmages will be held earlier in the day, wrapping up a week that gives about 750 athletes some summer practice, conditioning and lays the groundwork for games this fall.

“It’s valuable for every team,” Hanford coach Rob Oram said. “We film the games — we have lifts out there. It is a very valuable teaching tool.”

The camp also combined with the University of Idaho camp Tuesday and Wednesday, as Kennewick, Weston-McEwen, Waitsburg-Prescott, Hanford, Kamiakin and Tri-Cities Prep all went to Moscow for additional work there.

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