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Bergstrom playing in All-State game
Among the top 3A football players in the state will be one of the Valley's own: Brett Bergstrom.
Bergstrom was selected by 3A coaches to play in the East-West All-State football game this year for the West as a special teams player. He will also be playing the position of receiver.
Bergstrom, who graduated last week from Mount Si High School, began his football career in the eighth grade at Snoqualmie Middle School. It was obvious at that point in time that he would be a standout among football players, garnering most valuable player honors for his efforts that year.
He still holds the school record for a field goal at 43 yards.
From eighth grade he went on to play football for Mount Si, just like his father, Leroy, did in the 1970s.
He has had many favorite moments, like winning the Valley Cup against Cedarcrest High School this year, and putting his name in the record books by scoring the most points in a game this past season against Interlake. The previous record holder had been assistant coach Eric Riley.
His success, though, was met with a fair measure of pain.
"I was hurting everywhere this year, my knee and back, and at Interlake I dislocated something in my side," Bergstrom said.
Receiving the news that he had been selected to play in the East-West All-State game came as an honor, with Bergstrom saying, "I was pretty excited."
Recent Mount Si players selected for the game include Jess Fowler, Justin Odom and Geoff Hise.
Bergstrom has lettered in other sports as well at Mount Si. He was on the basketball team that took fifth in state and continued on the team until hurting his thumb this past season.
He played soccer through his junior year but a knee injury forced him to quit.
Bergstrom credits a lot of his success to the coaches at Mount Si.
"[Charlie] Kinnune makes you work hard and you always know he is there for you outside of school and football. He is someone to talk to," Bergstrom said.
Wayne Lewis was also an inspiration, Bergstrom said, adding, "He is like a kid - one of the boys - and likes to goof around."
The senior plans to continue his football career at a junior college in California as a walk-on. "I want to try either Shasta or College of the Redwoods," Bergstrom said.
In college, he will carry with him many memories of playing on the high school's natural grass field, overshadowed by the looming Mount Si.
"A game on a fall night is a lot better than many other schools. It's such a small town and everyone is at the game," Bergstrom said.
"Everyone is there and cheering, and it's such a good feeling. It's hard to explain, but it's a great place to play a game."
The East-West All-State game will be held in Everett on June 28. Tickets for the game are available at Mount Si High School for $6.