section-ads_high_impact_1

NOTES: Silverado senior looking forward to ‘second chance’

Jeremiah Pritchard had a few regrets after the completion of the Silverado football season.

The senior will have an opportunity to erase those feelings Saturday when he suits up for the Sunrise Region in the 44th annual West Charleston Lions Club Charity All-Star Football Game.

The game, which features the area’s top seniors, kicks off at 1 p.m. at Bishop Gorman. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

The Sunrise has won four straight games, including 41-0 last season.

“It gives me a second chance, because after the football season was done, there’s things I know that I could have done better,” Pritchard said this week. “This game gives me another opportunity to put it on my highlight film and show college coaches what I’m actually capable of.”

Pritchard grew up in American Samoa and started playing football in sixth grade after his father, Shiloh, founded the American Youth Football Samoa program.

Pritchard played his junior season at Farrington High in Honolulu and garnered interest from college recruiters after making 48 tackles in nine games. His family moved to Las Vegas in March, and Pritchard made an immediate impact on Silverado’s defense this season while earning second-team all-Northeast League honors.

The Skyhawks (7-4) recorded three shutouts and allowed 17.9 points per game while advancing to the Division I Sunrise Region semifinals for the first time since 2007.

“I feel that our defense held our team throughout the whole season,” Pritchard said. “This year with the new staff, we had a couple of new players, we created a bond between the team. Everybody was together.”

Pritchard entered the season as the state’s No. 3 prospect in the class of 2016, according to Rivals.com, and is a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com.

Pritchard has scholarship offers from Colorado, Fresno State, Hawaii, Montana State and UNLV, and is hearing from San Diego State and Utah.

The 6-foot-1-inch, 205-pounder is being recruited by most schools as a hybrid strong safety/outside linebacker, often referred to as the “bandit” position in defenses that feature five defensive backs.

“The speed of the game is really quick out here,” Pritchard said. “I’m just hoping for the opportunity to make it big out here.”

POLL POSITION — Bishop Gorman’s football team remained No. 1 in this week’s USA Today Super 25 poll, and the results of this week’s games in California, Georgia and Texas will go a long way toward deciding whether the Gaels (15-0) earn their second straight mythical national title.

Gorman moved up to No. 2 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 rankings behind Corona (Calif.) Centennial, which took over the top spot after a win over previous No. 1 St. John Bosco (Calif.). The Gaels are No. 4 in PrepNation’s national poll.

THOMPSON HONORED — Coronado senior setter Cali Thompson was named the Gatorade Nevada Girls Volleyball Player of the Year.

Thompson, who has signed a letter of intent with Portland, helped the Cougars (31-10) capture their third straight Division I state title in November. She posted 1,262 assists, 174 digs, 86 aces and 76 kills, and was a third-team Under Armour All-America selection.

Thompson now is eligible for the national player of the year award.

ALL-STAR SOCCER GAMES MOVED UP — The 23rd annual Green Valley Rotary High School All-Star soccer games will be played today at UNLV’s Peter Johann Memorial Field.

The girls game starts 5 p.m., followed by the boys at 7. Admission is $5.

The all-star games previously were played in May, but a change in Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association rules allows them to be closer to the completion of the soccer season.

RECENT COMMITMENTS — Arbor View seniors Harold Bell and Alex Sims to Southern Utah for football.

— Contact reporter David Schoen at dschoen@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5203. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidSchoenLVRJ

section-ads_high_impact_4
ad-high_impact_5