(Right- Alex Alamida 6-1 210 Sr. RB of Lakeridge HS, could be one of Oregon’s breakout players of the year in 2012)
We are going to hear a lot about Lakeridge in the coming years as the program will just continue to get better with Head Coach Tom Smythe leading the way. Alex Alamida is a kid that we have listed as a TRL Player of the Year Candidate, and someone we feel could be one of our sleepers of the year. Alamida (6-1 210 Sr. RB/LB) is a big strong kid that more then looks the part, and should see a healthy dose of carries coming out of the Pacers backfield. With four returning starters on the offensive line and a bruising tailback, you have what amounts to a ground game that can keep defenses honest and allow young gun Eric Dungey to do his thing from the QB spot.
Alamida was out at camp a few weeks back and looked ready to get his senior season underway. He didn’t put up big numbers last year, but Blake Dutton and Tommy Knecht kind of did that for everybody. Alamida says, ” We are trying to bring our team closer together and beat Lake Oswego to get that conference championship, and I want to do whatever I can to help my team accomplish that”. He continued, “Personally I want to bring my GPA up and break Lakeridge’s all time rushing record and receive some D1 offers”.
Alex’s dad played Baseball at UCLA in the 60’s, and he very well could play a high level of football if he can put himself on the map this season. Alamida runs a (11.26) 100 and (22.81) 200 with a 20-9′ Long Jump, all very impressive numbers for a kid his size.
More than anything Alex just seems like a very respectful, good kid that should be a senior leader on this years Pacer team. We think the senior class combined with some very talented youth will make Lakeridge better then last season, even without all everything athlete Blake Dutton. Alamida is someone that can play all over the field and do well. Colleges could use him offensively, defensively, or as that crazy special teams guy that knows nothing less then 100%. You don’t want to hit a kid like Alamida as he plays with complete disregard for his body and would like nothing more then to light someone up.
Slowly but surely we have seen Lakeridge climb its way back up towards the ranks of the Three Rivers Conference. Its been a rough decade, but Tom Smythe has been more successful then any other coach in state history for a reason, and it will be kids like Alamida that will make getting back to the highest level of football possible. Alamida will be a sleeper, Marqueese Royster (6-1 265 Jr. DL) and Chase Marshall (6-3 215 Jr. LB) are two of the better juniors in Oregon, and Eric Dungey (6-4 180 So. QB/WR) is going to be nasty and one of the best young players in the region.
NEI has signed on with Bob Akamian to do TV and Web Casts every weekend in Oregon and Washington, and we are excited to announce that we will be doing a week one game in Lake Oswego (Eastlake WA, vs Lakeridge) as one of our first games streaming live on the web. Exciting times for all and we can’t say enough about the Pacer program.