The subject of football doesn't often come up in May.
But when a player is invited to participate in the prestigious Les Schwab Bowl, the subject of football isn't easy to overlook.
Hood River Valley High School senior running back Jacobe Krizman, who set the Oregon 4A season rushing record last fall, will play in the annual 4A state all-star game on Saturday, June 28, at Portland's PGE Park.
"This doesn't happen very often, so it's a pretty big deal for Jacobe and for our program," HRV head football coach Mitch Sanders said. "It's been a few years since one of our players has been invited, and it would be really great to see the community get behind him."
As part of the invitation, Krizman and the HRV program are asked to help sell tickets to the event, which is presented by Les Schwab Tires and Fred Meyer. Each program with an athlete involved in the game has been given a ticket-sales goal of $500.
If Krizman reaches that goal, all the money generated from his ticket sales will go back to the HRV football program. In addition, each member of the HRV coaching staff will be invited to the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association hospitality tent before the game if the $500 goal is attained.
"We feel this incentive program is a win-win situation for everyone involved in the game," said game representative Gerrit Wood. "It is also a great chance for coaches to promote the game to their younger players."
Adult general admission seats are $7, student general admission and seniors (65+) are $5. Reserved seats are also being offered at $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. HRV must fax a final ticket order by June 6, and the school will be in charge of distributing the tickets.
Tickets can be purchased through the HRV athletic office at 386-2318. If you have questions, e-mail Sanders at:
Krizman, a three-sport athlete who also wrestles and plays lacrosse, burst onto the state football scene last fall when he led HRV to a 9-2 record, which included the school's first-ever 4A playoff win.
He crossed the 300-yard plateau on five occasions during the 2002 season, and scored more than 40 rushing touchdowns. His final total of 2,845 yards in 11 games easily surpassed the old mark, which was set in 2001 by Lake Oswego's Mark Maher.