One of the fastest rising programs in the Pacific NW is Summit HS out of Bend. In just the last two years the school has turned into a perennial 5A power, winning a state title in 2015, and ranking as one of the top teams in the state for most of 2016.
Things start to make sense when looking at some of the names now associated with the program. NFL vets Drew Bledsoe, Tony Graziani, and Kevin Boss have all played a role in the development of the athletes. Head Coach Joe Padilla was there during the schools infancy and has overseen and helped the group get to where it is today.
Drew’s son John Bledsoe (QB 6-3 185) torched defenses the last two years, helping the team to its first ever conference and state championship. He is now headed to Washington St to see if he can replicate some of what his father did back in the day.
Other top national recruits such as Cam McCormick (6-5 240) , now at the University of Oregon, have also recently helped put the school on the map.
Moving forward a majority of the momentum seems headed in the Storm’s direction. Sophomore QB Henry Bledsoe will rank as one of Oregon’s best for the class of 2019, with Junior WR Ben Graziani (6-1 160 18′) being one of the most exciting and fastest rising players in the region.
Watch Graziani’s film and you see a kid with impressive speed and acceleration. Ben earned 1st team all conference and 2nd team all state honors this past season, catching 34 passes for 521 yards and 5 TDs. Look for him to be an IMC player of the year favorite next season.
Oregon’s 2017 class broke multiple records with 40+ kids earning scholarships and moving on to play D1 ball. Unreal numbers for a state that has never had such production
Two of the biggest steals for the class are speedster Kyle Cornett(6-1 175 Sr. WR/DB) and dual threat fellow senior Grant Tobias (Sr. 6-3 215 OLB/TE). Cornett was dominant on O & D possessing legit quicks. He accounted for 1000+ all purpose yards (813 receiving) 40 receptions and 6 TDs, averaging 20.3 yards per catch. That said as he was a 1st team all conference DB and punter.
Tobias was equally impressive earning 1st team all conference accolades on both sides of the football. With continued progression he could play at a high level collegiately.
Next year Summit will have a legit group up front to compliment the talented skill kids with big names. All conference standouts Noah Turnbull (6-1 225 Jr. T/DL), Cian Marderos (6-2 220 Jr. DE/OL), and Evan Heimuller (6-2 200 Jr. LB) all return. The three combined for 21 sacks with Turnbull getting to the QB 9 times. They will be listed among the top athletes in the IMC.
In summary Summit has come full circle since its opening. From 2005- 2013 the Storm struggled going (25-63), consistently finishing with one of the lowest winning percentages state wide. The last two years Summit has racked up back to back conference championships and a state title going 21-3. Their losses being to 6A state semifinalist Clackamas, and two (1) point games – Ashland 15-14 & Dallas 29-28.
The exciting part for the program is that they look to be only getting better. Give credit to the entire football community as the turnaround has been remarkable. We will keep you updated as the Storm should be in the mix for another state title this fall.