Various football events on tap in Mid-Columia

July 16, 2013 

It’s the middle of summer, and people are busy doing summertime things like boating, swimming, watching or playing baseball and softball.

But others have football on their minds, and there are plenty of football-like things going on over the next few weeks in the Tri-City area.

For instance:

1. The Seahawks 12 Tour comes to town this week, with a fan forum at The Pub in Kennewick, starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, and featuring Seahawks defensive backs Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner.

The event is free to the public.

On Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Seahawks will hold a Gatorade Junior Training Camp for kids ages 7-14 at Lampson Stadium in Kennewick.

That camp is already full, but if you’re a football fan, it might still be fun to watch.

2. Jerry Mercado — a coach for the Tri-City Elite youth football program and an analyst for the Washington Sports Network — is putting together, with Kamiakin coach Scott Biglin, the first Mid-Columbia 7-on-7 tournament this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Lampson Stadium.

The 7-on-7 tournament will feature the quarterbacks, wide receivers, defensive backs and running backs from Davis, Kamiakin, Kennewick, Pasco and River View high schools.

The five schools will play a round-robin type of format, and games will consist of 20-minute halves with teams using half the field.

After the round-robin, the top four teams will advance to play semifinals, and the winner will be in the championship.

Mercado said more teams were set to play, but when the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association ruled that these type of tournaments will cost a school one non-pads workout, many schools dropped out.

Only the five schools playing will lose one non-pads workout when fall practice begins in August.

The event is open and free to the public.

3. Mercado and Tri-Cities Fever wide receiver Steven Whitehead are putting on a two-day camp called Elite Camp 13, set for Aug. 2-3 at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco.

The camp is for athletes in grades 1 through 9 and costs $100 per participant.

It runs from 9 a.m. to noon both days, and there are some familiar names involved as trainers.

Besides Mercado and Whitehead, former Pasco High standout Leon Jackson — who played at the University of Hawaii — will be a trainer, as will James Canada, the coach of the Tri-City Elite, and former Alaska Wild (IFL) defensive back Jamelle Juneau.

Then there are members of the Tri-Cities Fever both past and present who will be working with the young athletes: defensive linemen Vaalyn Jackson and Brandon Wilson, defensive backs Deleon Gause, Rudell Crim and Lionell Singleton; and former Fever quarterback Houston Lillard.

4. Finally, Fever kicker Brady Beeson is looking to bring ex-NFL kickers Mike Hollis and Michael Husted to Edgar Brown Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 10, for a kicking and punting camp that would run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The camp is a National Camp Series event, which is also owned by Husted.

Beeson said that “NCS helped kickers, punters and long snappers nationwide get rated and ranked individually for college and pro teams to see. We use the Kix Rating System, which is an unbiased and reliable way to rate and rank specialists.”

More information on the camp can be found at

Or call Beeson at 612-799-8568 for more information.

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