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FW's Green, Razor will play football at Western

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

Federal Way High School seniors C.J. Green and Rodell Razor will get to play football together for four more years.

The Eagle pair will suit up for the Western Washington University Vikings in the fall. Green, an all-state defensive back and all-league running back, signed a National Letter of Intent Wednesday morning, the first day recruits were permitted to ink their names, with WWU. Razor, also a defensive back, was invited by the Western coaching staff to walk-on. Mandy Ploskonka, a soccer player at Federal Way, also signed with Division II Montana State University-Billings.

The 5-foot-8, 180-pound Green was the gem of Western head coach Rob Smith's 10-player recruiting class. He rushed for 1,031 yards and 17 touchdowns for the Eagles as a senior and tallied 80 tackles and nine pass breakups on defense.

Green, listed as a top-100 high school senior in the state by the Seattle Times, was also the Mirror’s All-City Football Team’s Player of the Year. During his three-year stint, two as a starter, in the Eagles’ backfield, Green racked up an impressive 2,622 yards and 39 touchdowns. Green, Federal Way’s student-body president, said he picked Western over Portland State, Eastern Washington and Central Washington.

“I’ve been to their camps with my high school so I got to know the coaches well,” said Green, who will major in business marketing. “I like the environment of the campus, and the academics fit with what I want to study.”

Green will, most likely, play defensive back at Western. The Vikings return three experienced players at cornerback in Sly Whitfield Jr., Brett Hall and Ocie Moore, along with redshirt freshmen Anthony Rosso and Maurice Jones. But Green said he is going to WWU to compete for playing time right away.

“I wanted to go somewhere I could play early,” he said. “I know they have a couple of experienced guys coming back, but I’m going to do my best to show I can play now.”

Smith had an “in” during the Green’s recruitment. Federal Way coach John Meagher was part of Smith’s first recruiting class at Western in 1989.

“So we had that connection,” Smith said. “(Green’s) just a very good athlete and a great young man. He’s been a leader at his school and that really came out when we were recruiting him.”

The 5-foot-7, 150-pound Razor led the SPSL in interceptions with eight and ran two of them back for touchdowns and will, most likely, redshirt in the fall.

Western Washington finished the 2004 season with a 6-4 record and play in the NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference. The Vikings will be playing a game pretty close to Federal Way next season at the third annual Battle in Seattle against rival Central Washington University Oct. 8 at Qwest Field.

The Western roster currently includes Decatur grad Chris Corey. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound All-SPSL South offensive tackle played his freshman season last year for the Vikings.

Mandy Ploskonka

The Federal Way senior signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play soccer at Montana State University-Billings. The Yellowjackets finished 12-4-3 last year and are a NCAA Division II school.

Ploskonka led the Eagles to their first SPSL South championship since 1994 with an unbeaten league season. Federal Way eventually lost at the West Central/Southwest District Tournament.

The defender possessed the league’s most powerful right foot and was lethal on corner and goal kicks for the Eagles. She turned numerous defensive plays into instant offense. Ploskonka led the South in total points with 19, including 15 assists and four goals.

“I don’t believe any other player was more valuable to their team in the league than Mandy,” Eagle head coach Jason Baumgardt said. “She had a phenomenal year.”

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, sports@fedwaymirror.com

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