Return from all-star game leads Childs to Ellensburg

todd.milles@thenewstribune.comFebruary 26, 2014 

As a scatback involved in a backfield time share for the Curtis High School football team, Hasani Childs knew he might go unnoticed.

So he went out to be discovered – as the lone South Sound senior to attend any national all-star game during the winter holiday season.

Off a good showing in early January at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Orlando, Fla., Childs saw the effort paid immediate dividends. College recruiters noticed.

On Wednesday, he will sign with Central Washington University as a running back who is also intending to run sprints for the Wildcats’ track and field team.

Childs, 5-foot-6 and 160 pounds, heard about the Offense-Defense Bowl through teammate Peyton Spencer, a junior fullback.

Midway through last season, Childs received a phone call from Matt Whittier, the president of Offense-Defense Life Sports and bowl director. He requested the teenager fill out an application and send game film to get into one of the games.

A few weeks later, Childs found out he was selected as an All-American for the game, and was slated to play in the “Diamond in the Rough” contest for uncommitted senior players still looking for a college.

Paying his own way, Childs arrived Dec. 29, performed three days of two-a-day practices and went through a Friday walkthrough before playing in the game Jan. 4 at Citrus Bowl Stadium.

“After the (Curtis) season ended, I had taken about a month off just to recover from all the wear and tear, all the bumps and bruises, and I slowly started training again,” Childs said. “I was in tip-top shape. The only thing that caught me off guard was practicing in humidity. I was breathing a little heavier than the other guys.”

As a starting tailback and kickoff returner, Childs totaled almost 200 all-purpose yards in the Orlando game.

Soon after, South Alabama, Hawaii, Western Oregon and Central Washington began showing interest.

“It was one of the most fortunate things I have ever been to,” Childs said. “To be called an All-American, that was gold. It opened up so many more doors.”

MOUNT TAHOMA HIRES DALEY AS FOOTBALL COACH

Hawaii native Ricky Daley, an assistant coach at the University of Puget Sound, has been hired to be the new football coach at Mount Tahoma High School, replacing Kevin Hanis, who resigned in December.

Daley, a former wide receiver at the University of Hawaii and Boise State, joined the Loggers’ staff in 2007. He coached receivers, defensive backs, running backs and, most recently, tight ends.

The Thunderbirds finished last season with an 0-10 record, and are on a 20-game losing streak, dating to 2012.

Todd Milles: 253-597-8442 todd.milles@thenewstribune.com

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