Woodland WR Nick Fuller And Mark Morris RB Nikko Asbell To Play In 2012 Earl Barden All-Star Football Classic This Summer

Written by Bryan Levesque on April 18, 2012

This summer in Yakima 2 local players will be participating in the 18th annual Earl Barden All-Star Football Classic.

The Earl Barden All-Star Football Classic features seniors from the 2A, 1A, 2B and 1B classifications and will be held on Saturday June 23rd at Zaepfel Stadium in Yakima with a 1pm kickoff.

Beavers WR/TE Nick Fuller will make the trip east and represent Woodland. Fuller, a 6’4″ 210 WR who also plays TE was a 2A GSHL All-League First Team WR as both a Senior and a Junior as well as a 2A GSHL All-League Second Team WR as a Sophomore. Fuller was also a three-time selection to the Daily News All-Area Team and was selected to the Second Team GSHLFootball.com All Level All-Star Team in 2010 as a Junior.

Woodland WR Nick Fuller (No. 82) catches 11 yard TD pass in 2nd OT to beat Washougal 35-28 at Fishback Stadium - Photo by Steve Piper

Woodland WR Nick Fuller (No. 82) catches 11 yard TD pass in 2nd OT to beat Washougal 35-28 at Fishback Stadium - Photo by Steve Piper

“It’s a great honor for Nick and the Woodland Football Program,” said Woodland head football coach Mark Greenleaf.

Greenleaf was not surprised that Fuller was invited to play in the all-state game, crediting both Nick’s natural size and his hard work.

“I always felt it was a possibility for him to play in the all-state game due to the potential he possessed since his freshman year,” Greenleaf added.

Statistically, Fuller did not have the numbers as a Senior that he had as a Junior, but that does not mean he did not have as good of a season.

In 2011 Fuller hauled in just 18 receptions for 350 yards, but 7 of those were for touchdowns. Those numbers were down quite a bit from 2010 when he caught 40 passes for 605 yards and 10 touchdowns. Greenleaf is quick to point out the teams win-loss records those years (0-9 in 2010 and 5-5 in 2011) and notes Fullers progression from his Freshman season through his Senior year.

“He was one of our go-to guys when we needed yards or touchdown this season, which equated to wins,” said Greenleaf. “At the start of his career he brought size and speed, then as he grew, he became a bigger target and a mismatch for most defensive backs. He was able to make clutch catches in some big games, like this past season as in example the Mark Morris and Washougal games.”

Fuller has left a stamp on the Beavers program that will be felt for years to come.

“I believe Nick came in at the right time of us changing our offense and made a difference in our overall approach to get vertical with our passing game,” said Greenleaf. “He has made some outstanding clutch catches that turned outcomes of games into the win column. He has played a big part of our success within the Woodland Football Program.”

Joining Fuller will be Mark Morris Monarchs RB Nikko Asbell.

Mark Morris RB Nikko Asbell ran 83 yards on 11 carries and 2 TD in the Monarchs 21-7 win over Kelso - Photo by John Hamlik

Mark Morris RB Nikko Asbell ran 83 yards on 11 carries and 2 TD in the Monarchs 21-7 win over Kelso - Photo by John Hamlik

Asbell is a prime example that you don’t have to be huge to be a very good high school football player. At just 5’7 175lb, Asbell was a fixture in the Monarchs backfield the past 2 seasons helping Mark Morris to a 13-9 overall record and a trip to the 2010 2A Semifinals.

“I think it is a great for Nikko, he has worked very hard and put in a lot of time over the past 4 years,” said Shawn Perkins, Mark Morris head football coach. “He should be rewarded for his success and all the good things he did for our team.”

As a Junior in 2010, Asbell was one of four Monarchs RB selected to the 2A GSHL All-League First Team, himself selected as a RB. That season he rushed for 599 yards on 62 carries and scored 6 touchdowns. Fellow backfield mate Dan Feeney played in last years Earl Barden All-Star Football Classic.

This season, Asbell stepped up for the Monarchs and became the featured back, rushing for 609 yards on 101 carries and 7 touchdowns in 4 less games than the year before. He was rewarded for his success by being selected to the 2A GSHL All-League Second Team as a RB in 2011 as well as being selected to the Daily News All-Area Team as a Second Team RB.

Perkins was grateful for Asbell’s ability to play in a loaded backfield, as well as be the teams leader and work horse.

“He learned a ton form the older kids and saw what it took to be a team player,” said Perkins speaking of Asbell’s time as an underclassman. “But he also took to heart what meant to be a leader.  He has great physical skills and worked hard to make them even better.”

At 5’7 you may be asking what are these physical skylls Perkins is talking about.

“Speed!,” said Perkins. “And a desire to compete!”

Nikko may be one of the smallest players in Yakima this summer, but Perkins knows he will be a great help to the East squad.

“He is a great team player and has a desire to win,” added Perkins. “Oh and he flat loves to play the game!”

NOTE: GSHL players will be playing for the East team this season. Our players had been playing for the West in the past. The 4A/3A All-State game also has players from the GSHL play on the East team due to an unbalanced number of schools in the Seattle Metro area.

Here are the full rosters for both the East and West squads.

East

Head coach, Jeff Bartlow – Waitsburg-Prescott

# FIRST LAST HGT WGT POS SCHOOL COACH
2 Matt Hadley 6’1″ 210 RB Connell Wayne Riner
2 Nathan Roberts 6′ 170 WR Burbank Richard Harris
5 Nick Wales 6’2″ 200 TE DeSales Pat Graham
6 Isaac Anderson 5’8″ 170 DB Prosser Benji Sonnichsen
7 Caleb Garza 5’10″ 195 RB Othello Roger Hoell
7 Jason Jorgensen 5’11″ 175 RB Deer Park Keith Stamps
9 Kade Eppich 6’3″ 170 DB Connell Wayne Riner
10 Ben Bissell 6’2″ 200 QB/DB Cheney Jason Williams
10 C J Matthews 6’4″ 175 WR Oroville Tam Hutchinson
11 Zach Bartlow 6’1″ 185 QB Wait/Pres Jeff Bartlow
11 Nathan Nobbs 5’10″ 170 WR White Swan/RSC Andy Bush
12 Victor Flores 6′ 155 WR Warden Erik Skone
12 Jared Sabin 6’1″ 230 DE Wahluke Brycen Bye
14 Kody Berens 6′ 170 WR Quincy Stephen Wallace
15 Alex Pond 6’5″ 220 DE Colville Randy Cornwell
17 Joey Michael 6’3″ 215 WR/RB/DE Cashmere Phil Zukowski
20 Nikko Asbell 5’7″ 175 RB Mark Morris Shawn Perkins
21 Justin Berarducci 6’2″ 180 DB Colfax Mike Morgan
21 Travis Kretschman 6′ 170 DB Cle Elum Tony Kretschman
23 Javier Guillen 5’10″ 185 LB Manson Scott Ward
23 Zach Mohr 6’3″ 175 WR Deer Park Keith Stamps
24 Joseph Walker 6’1″ 190 LB Othello Roger Hoell
25 Kyle Weiler * 6’1″ 180 LB Cashmere Phil Zukowski
32 Dylan Ellsworth 5’11″ 195 DB West Valley Spo Craig Whitney
36 Dylan Green 5’10″ 205 LB Omak Nick Sackman
37 Michael Newman 5’10″ 180 RB Cle Elum Tony Kretschman
40 Tyson Brook 6’1″ 240 DT Connell Wayne Riner
40 Tyson Mollotte 6’2″ 200 DE Othello Roger Hoell
50 Nolin Bare 5’7″ 160 LB Goldendale Don Strother
54 Eshom Estes 6’2″ 254 OL Wait/Pres Jeff Bartlow
54 Justin Hause 6’1″ 215 LB Lakeside Brian Dunn
57 Brandon Heide 6’1″ 190 C East Valley Spo Adam Fisher
63 Casey Sorensen 6′ 215 DT Manson Scott Ward
65 Kroft Sunderland 6’2″ 265 DL Dayton Dean Bickelhaupt
70 Roy Watlamet 5’10″ 210 OL White Swan Andy Bush
72 Avery Smetana 6’4″ 272 OL Freeman Jim Wood
73 Jerry Isenhart 6’1″ 265 OL Chelan Darren Talley
74 Brent Stromberger 6’3″ 215 OL LRS Greg Whitmore
75 Caleb Barnes 6’2″ 235 OL Cashmere Phil Zukowski
75 Cody Roberts 6’2″ 240 OL Selah Jeff Jamieson
82 Nick Fuller 6’4″ 210 TE Woodland Mark Greenleaf

West

Head coach:  Robb Myhre, Nooksack

First Last Height Weight Positons School
Bubba Lara 5’10” 190 RB/LB Adna
Sam Shober 6’3” 215 RB/LB Archbishop Murphy
Oliver Dougherty 6’0″ 180 QB/DB Bellingham
Andy Agen 6’3” 265 OL/DL Burlington-Edison
Jake Archer 6’1” 195 WR/DB Cascade Christian
Joshua Shreffler 6’2″ 195 TE/LB Cascade Christian
Tyler Clark 5’11” 185 RB/LB Concrete
Gabe Gutierrez 6’1″ 190 WR/DB Foster
Alex Afuavi 6’3″ 272 OL/DL Franklin Pierce
Iopu Ignacio 5’9″ 188 RB/LB Franklin Pierce
Jordan Todd 5’7” 180 RB/LB Interlake
Jake Clizbe 5’9” 170 RB/DB Kalama
Sam Byers 6’5″ 249 OL/DL Kingston
Christian Melton 5’9” 215 RB/LB Lakewood
Jequan Hayes 6’2” 245 OL/LB Lindbergh
Taylor Whitman 6’2″ 260 OL/DL Lynden
Denver VanderYacht 6’2” 230 OL/DL Meridian
John Murphy 5’10” 160 RB/LB Meridian
Bo Russell 5’10” 210 OL/DL Montesano
Evan Truax 5’10” 160 RB/DB Montesano
Austin Baker 5’9” 153 RB/DB Montesano
Alec Postlewait 6’3” 265 OL/DL Mt. Baker
Levi Wigg 5’10” 175 RB/DB Mt. Baker
Tucker Stanley 6’0” 185 RB/DB Napavine
Seth Scrabeck 6’0” 255 OL/DL Naselle
Robert Eaton 5’11” 195 OL/LB Naselle
BJ Salmonson 6’4” 270 OL/DL Nooksack Valley
Trevon Myhre 6’1” 205 QB/DB Nooksack Valley
Ben Broeker 6’5” 205 QB/DB North Thurston
Matt Reid 5’9″ 165 WR/DB North Thurston
Robby Padbury 6’2″ 197 QB/DB Orcas Island
Keenan Walker 5’11” 205 WR/DB Port Angeles
Anthony Gold 5’7″ 170 RB/DB Renton
Tyler Forshaw 5’10″ 165 WR/DB Sequim
Levi Bale 5’11” 195 QB/LB South Bend
Jerek Jensen 6’3” 290 OL/DL Squalicum
Jesse Wallace 6’4″ 210 QB/DE Toledo
Josh Hanson 6’7” 250 OL/DL Tumwater
Zach Wimberly 6’3” 225 TE/LB Tumwater
Mitch Gueller 6’3″ 205 QB/DB WF West

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