Will Osborn can’t go to the grocery store anymore without people recognizing him.
The Thomas Jefferson High School senior last week advanced to the final round of the American Insurance high school 3-point championship, where he is competing with Jaelan Sanford of Reitz High (Evansville, Indiana).
It’s not an actual 3-point contest. Whoever tallies more fan votes will be awarded the title. Voting ends at 9:59 a.m. Wednesday (March 18) and can be cast at highschoolslam.com.
The winner will compete live on CBS in a 3-point shootout against other high school players in April in Indianapolis during the Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
“In September, few people probably knew about me,” Osborn said. “Now everyone at my school has been voting for me. I go to Fred Meyer; ‘I saw you on the news. You have my vote!’ ”
Osborn was Jefferson’s second-leading scorer this past season at 10.8 points per game. He made 62 of 145 3-point shots while helping the Raiders win 11 games for just the second time in the past 10 years.
Sure, senior teammate Preston Peters shot 45 percent to Osborn’s 43 percent behind the arc this past season. But Osborn made 43 more 3s.
Sanford, the player Osborn is facing in the finals this week, made 78 of 190 3s (41 percent) this year.
“It’s just been an amazing opportunity to get to be on the news a couple of times and have a lot of people talking about you,” Osborn said. “I didn’t expect I’d get this far.”
SPANAWAY LAKE’S WILLIAMS TO PLAY FOR US TEAM
There’s the fútbol that’s so popular in Europe, and there’s the football Spanaway Lake’s Lakiem Williams prefers.
He’s taking his version to Italy. The senior was selected to play on a team made up of U.S. high school football players that will travel to Italy to face the country’s U19 national team on April 4.
In his first year at running back at Spanaway Lake this past year, Williams rushed for 1,120 yards and scored 15 touchdowns. He also had 85 tackles as a linebacker on defense. He will play both positions for the U.S. team next month.
Williams’ father, Larry Williams, said Lakiem was selected because of his performance at a pair of camps through Football University. He was named the top linebacker at its camp at Eastside Catholic in Sammamish, then again after he was invited to the Top Gun Camp in Dublin, Ohio, Larry Williams said.
ALL-STATE GIRLS TEAMS
Inglemoor girls basketball coach John Augustavo has never coached a frontcourt quite like the one he will Saturday.
He will have his own Deja Strother (a McDonald’s All-American and University of Washington-bound 6-foot-4 senior), Bellarmine Prep’s Claire Martin (a 6-foot-4 Washington State volleyball commit), and Gonzaga Prep’s Otiona Gildon (a 6-0 Oregon-bound senior) on his 4A all-state roster that will face the 3A all-state team at 6 p.m. at King’s High School.
The teams were selected by the Washington State Girls Basketball Coaches Association. The 1B team faces the 2B at 2 p.m. and the 1A team faces the 2A team at 4.
Some of the local players participating: Martin for the 4A team; Wilson’s Kapri Morrow on the 3A team; White River’s Amanda Lance, W.F. West’s Tiana Parker and Clover Park’s Zykera Rice on the 2A team; and Cascade Christian’s Savannah Hunter on the 1A team.
Former Stadium and University of Puget Sound standout athlete Tom Names donated $25,000 to the Tacoma Athletic Commission on March 12, which triggered a total of $55,000 in pledges for college scholarships and awards. Some of it will be dispersed at the group’s annual Athlete of the Year event at 6 p.m. June 4 at Curtis High School.
TAC renamed the program The Tom Names Salute to Sports for that evening.
TAC’s male and female athletes of the year will each receive a $10,000 scholarship, and two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded — one in honor of Tom Names, and one in honor of his brother Clint Names, a former Stadium and University of Washington standout.
CC’S TERHUNE TO SIGN
Cascade Christian senior Robert Terhune will sign to play football at Jacksonville University, an FCS school in the Pioneer Football League, on Wednesday. Cougars football coach Randy Davis said a signing ceremony will be held at 8 a.m. Wednesday (March 18) at Cascade Christian.