For years, the Cascade (Everett, Wa.) Bruins had been an afterthought in the WESCO 4A. However, this past season, with a talented senior class, they made the playoffs and that is something that, senior OL Randin Crecelius takes a lot of pride in.
“(Going to the playoffs) was a huge accomplishment for us especially coming from the 0-20 seasons (two seasons with no wins) and being 5-5 last year (2012) and then we were used to the coaches and we knew what they were looking for from us,” Crecelius told Northwest Elite Index recently. “Then we went to the state playoffs and we had the whole school and town behind us. We beat Monroe and then we beat Auburn Riverside and we came out and played Camas tough, but they were just too much for us.
“We feel like it is something that we, as a program, we can build on it going forward. The coaches put the focus on the seniors to be leaders and with all of the juniors and sophomores, we led by example and then after we lost to Camas, after we got past being all emotional and knowing our high school careers were over, we stood up and said ‘you guys have to build off of this and you are the future and you have to do what we did and do it better than us’.”
Crecelius said he plans to visit the school he committed to, Portland State, at some point this month, likely January 17th, and said he is happy to be a Viking, but also noted he’s still open to listeing to what other schools have to offer.
“Before I committed Northern Arizona was on me a lot and I know some other schools liked me but they never really talked to me,” Crecelius noted. “I still get a lot of letters and stuff, but right now, nothing is really that serious. I’m just focused on Portland State and if something else comes up, we’ll just have to see.”
At 6’5″ and 280 pounds, Crecelius was a man among boys most of the season and he dominated his opponent. He’s strong at the point and should be a great fit at right or left guard wherever he winds up.
We will continue to track Crecelius through the rest of the month and on to Signing Day on Februrary 5th and we will update news on him as it happens.