Lucke, Diehl win prestigious scholarship


Sehome High School athletes Emily Lucke and Sam Diehl were awarded the 2013-14 Birger Solberg Scholarship, Sehome's Scott Schroyer announced in a press release Thursday, May 8.

The scholarship, which is awarded in the name of longtime Sehome teacher and coach Birger Solberg, is based upon all-around excellence in academics, athletics and character and is worth $4,000.

Lucke was a three-sport athlete, competing in wrestling, diving and track and field. She is the first girl in Sehome history to wrestle for four years. She also owns a 3.76 GPA and is attending Washington State University next fall where she plans to major in criminal justice.

Diehl competed in both football and soccer and was a team captain for both teams. He has maintained a 3.88 GPA while taking a demanding course load including myriad of advance-placement classes. Diehl will attend Boise State University next fall and plans to major in medicine while being a member of the Army ROTC.


Eight of Washington state's top senior high school football players have been nominated to play in the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Those selected will have the opportunity to showcase their talents during the bowl game that matches East vs. West at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3. The game will be televised live on NBC.

No Whatcom County football players were selected, but the list includes Wenatchee lineman Terry Adams, Marysville-Pilchuck running back Austin Odeyingbo, Federal Way running back Chico McClatcher, Lake defensive lineman Benning Potoae, Bellevue offensive lineman Henry Roberts, Shadle Park quarterback Brett Rypien, Newport offensive lineman Calvin Throckmorton and Juanita defensive lineman Toki Thomas.

"The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is a unique celebration of high school athletes, musicians and the American Soldier," said Mark S. Davis, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for marketing, in a press release. "This nomination recognizes the mental, emotional and physical strengths, as well as the leadership qualities these athletes possess both on and off the field; qualities they share with the Army Strong Soldiers. We look forward to the continued opportunity to showcase the talents of America's youth during the All-American Bowl Selection Tour and Bowl game."


Mariners coach Bonna Giller has coached many talented girls' tennis teams and has seen plenty during her many years with the program, but this year's club could be the best ever, she said.

"They were the most talented varsity team that I have seen from any school that I can ever remember," Giller wrote in an email.

Sehome's numbers were mind-numbing.

The Mariners lost two matches the entire season and won 101 times.

They won a Northwest Conference title with a perfect 15-0 overall record and a conference mark of 8-0. Returning doubles champions Andrea Clawson and Lauren Smith belong to the team, and they have a number of other top-caliber talents which will undoubtedly be favorites for both district and state titles.

Reach ANDREW LANG at or call ext. 862.

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