For the better part of two decades Head Coach Steve Coury and the Lake Oswego Lakers have consistently produced some of the state’s top talent. That trend looks to be continuing with the emergence of elite freshman Casey Filkins (5-11 160 RB/ATH), and a special group of LO athletes representing the 2019 & 2020 class. The 9th grade standout scored 6 TD’s in the teams final 5 games, putting him in the conversation among the top youngsters in the region.
It’s tough for any athlete to play Varsity ball as a freshman, much less excel, with Filkins proving to be the exception to the rule. Speaking on his team and the future in general Casey says, “Our senior’s were incredible this year in helping with the development of our freshman and sophomores”. Adding. “I credit them as well as the entire coaching staff, with getting us back on track in a sense of tradition at LO once again.”
The Lakers finished (6-5) losing in the 2nd round of the playoffs, with their record being somewhat deceptive. Losses to Tigard, Sherwood, and #1 ranked West Linn (twice), spoke to the teams strength of schedule in the brutally tough TRL.
Casey did most of his damage from the RB position or as a Wildcat QB. Even at this young age, his combination of speed and allusiveness make him one of the more entertaining players in the state to watch. On multiple occasions he left division 1 senior defenders hugging air.
6-2 210 pound LB Chris Todd, and a host of other top 2019’s will lead the current Sophomore class moving forward. Bryson Breeze, Jackson Laurent, Collin Bracken, Ryan Bertelsen, and Matt Sebolsky to name a few. As for Todd look for him to be listed among the top recruits on the west coast.
That said as you can expect to see Lake O ranked among the top teams in the state the next few seasons. Referencing 2017 Filkins says, “We really don’t want to put a ton of unnecessary attention on our 2019 & 20 classes… For us it’s about the concept of a team, as we realize that we do have the potential of being a special group, but don’t like to harp on how good we could be.”
On and off the field Casey will be one of Oregon’s best. He currently carries a 4.0 GPA, and will be considered a TRL & State Player of the Year candidate in the coming seasons. Look for Filkins again this off season on the 7v7 circuit, after helping EForce/Team Oregon to the IMG Regional Championship last Spring. We will bring you updates as workouts get underway.