Marysville-Pilchuck H.S. Football Team Practices at Seattle Seahawks Facility
As the Marysville, Wash., community attempts to heal following a tragic school shooting this past Friday, the Marysville-Pilchuck High School football team is also trying to return to normalcy.
The team returned to practice Monday. Afterward, head coach Brandon Carson told The Herald of Everett, Washington that it was "great to get back on the field with the guys and just be around them and change their mindset for a couple of hours, hopefully."
"I think them getting back into their routine will help," he said. "I don't think the scars will ever go away, but it helps to be busy and active and be around each other. I think that helps a lot. We're doing the best we can to prepare to the best of our abilities with the tragedy that happened. We're going to be ready to go."
On Tuesday, the team made a special detour to the Seattle Seahawks' indoor practice facility in Renton, Wash. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll reached out to both Marysville-Pilchuck and the Oak Harbor High School teams after hearing about the latter offering to forfeit the district title to the former following last week's shooting, he told The Seattle Times.
"Our hearts just opened immediately to try to help in any way that we can," Carroll said. "When they are faced with an opportunity about a playoff situation and the other school decides to forfeit the game, what an extraordinary gesture. And I think it's a gesture in every direction and an understanding and compassion that it's good to be recognized. And we hope that we can do whatever we can in our support, our fans' support.
"You feel so helpless but we wish that we could do something to ease the pain of all of the people that have been troubled. So that was a very cool gesture."
According to the Seahawks' website, "a gauntlet of Seahawks coaches, players, and staff members" greeted the Marysville-Pilchuck team as they arrived at the practice facility Tuesday. Daryl Cerdinio Jr., a linebacker for the Tomahawks, posted pictures on Instagram with Carroll, Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, and others:
Oak Harbor is set to practice at the facility later this week, a Seahawks spokesman told KOMONews.com.
Mike Colbrese, the executive director of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, told the website that both teams practicing at the Seahawks' facility isn't in violation of any association rules.
"There is no violation of association of rules and regulations, they're simply practicing in a facility that the Seahawks are gracious enough to offer," said Colbrese. "Out of every tragedy there has to be some healing, and part of that healing is making sure we are paying attention to the community and the kids and I think that's the important part here."
Marysville-Pilchuck is set to take on Meadowdale this Friday at 8 p.m. PT for the Wesco 3A championship.
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