Lynden ATH Zach Vis down but not out

With so much on the line this year — a chance to repeat as 2A State Champions and the possibility of breaking several season and career receiving marks — Lynden two-way star Zach Vis was expecting to have a stellar senior season. However, a broken collarbone will put those thoughts on hold a bit for the next few weeks as he heals up and gets ready to contribute to one of the best programs in the state of Washington.

“I was just out running routes and I dove for a pass,” Vis told Northwest Elite Index shortly after the injury occurred. “When I dove I caught it and then tried to roll so I wouldn’t lose it when I hit the ground, but I landed right on my (left) shoulder and it just broke. I also fractured my scapula, so it’s something I am going to have to wait on and just make sure it’s healed before I can get back out with my teammates and help them get back to a state championship.”

As a junior, Vis posted big numbers for Lynden’s explosive offense, hauling in 65 receptions for 1,074 yards and 13 touchdowns and with his size (6’3″, 190) and athleticism he is definitely talented quarterback Josh Kraght’s top target. He helped lead the Lions to a 2A State Championship as well as garnering First Team All-Conference and All-State honors.

“We have a great relationship and we feel comfortable with each other,” Vis noted. “We’ve been playing together for a while and it’s definitely something that plays into our comfort level. It’s great to play with him and the rest of my friends who I grew up with.”

Because of his injury, he said the personal goals are probably out of reach, but winning a state championship is on the top of his mind.

“I had a chance at the career records for our school in receptions and yardage, but with me likely missing the first three or four games, that probably isn’t going to happen,” Vis acknowledged. “It’s fine though. We have a chance to repeat as State Champs and that’s something that no one can take away from you, so that’s what I’m really focused on and I want to be as big a part of it as I can be.”

Because of his outstanding height and athleticism as well as his knack for getting open and soft hands, Vis has been hearing from a few schools, but at this point none have ponied up an offer.

“I’ve talked a lot with Montana and they seem to be the most interested at this point,” Vis said. “I’ve also talked to Washington State a little bit and Utah too. We went to (Washington State’s) camp and I think that’s why they are interested in me because I had a good camp.”

Vis hopes to be back by the end of September in time for Northwest League play and could be a key component in getting the Lions back to the State Championship game in the Tacoma Dome the first Week of December. Zach Vis Highlights