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The Braves three-sport athlete will be attending and playing football for Portland State next fall.

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Banks' Charlie White carries the ball during a Braves game this past season. White will be attending and playing football for Portland State University next fall.Charlie White seems to get it.

The three-sport Banks athlete excels on the football field, was a key contributor for a Banks basketball team that recently finished third at state, and is the guy which things seem to revolve around from his catcher's position on the Braves' baseball team.

But despite the necessary work involved, time consumed, and hectic nature of jumping from one sport to the next, the 6-foot-2, 230-pound senior knows it will all be worth it looking back.

"It's one of those things that I think about as, once it's gone, it's gone," White said. "So, as long as my body's in good shape, I want to make sure I get the most out of my time while I'm here."

The football field is where White's bread is buttered. He earned first team all-state honors at both tight end and linebacker and was both the Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year in the Cowapa League.

Banks head football coach Cole Linehan said White's contribution was immeasurable following their state quarterfinal loss to Mazama, speaking directly to his ability to be there for his team at every turn.

"What can you say about Charlie White?" Linehan said after that game. "Every time you need a play, you can count on him."

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Banks' Charlie White battles in the paint with Seaside defenders during a game this past season. White is a three-sport standout for the Braves.White finished the year catching 63 balls for 949 yards and 10 touchdowns, including a 12 catch, 206-yard performance in their season-ending loss to Mazama.

At linebacker, the senior finished with 95 tackles, 15.5 of those for a loss.

He parlayed those numbers into a scholarship offer from Portland State University and is excited about the opportunity of playing football for the Vikings this coming fall.

"I'm definitely looking forward to it," White said. "I feel like I have to go into it with the mindset that it's going to be a job, but I'm also excited about the experiences I'll get from it, people I'll meet, places I'll get to go, and just the chance to play sports for another four or five years."

Sports aren't just a hobby for White, they're something he's always done. From the times he spent with his brothers and cousin — former Banks standout Hayden Vandehey — playing ball at their grandparents' house as kids, through middle school and the last four years as a Brave at Banks High, he's made his experience not just about the education he's gotten, but additionally about the state and league championships he's been a part of on the various fields of play.

"It's definitely part of who I am, and great to have been a part of a lot of cool things," White said. "It's going to be interesting next year not having three sports to play, and probably a weird thing for me."

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Banks senior Charlie White runs to first following a hit in the Braves' game versus Gladstone Friday, March 25, at Ron Tonkin Field.While at PSU, White will at least once a year have the opportunity to go up against 2018 Banks graduate Blake Gobel, who plays tight end for Eastern Washington and has three more years of eligibility. White — who doesn't yet know which side of the ball he'll be playing for the Vikings — said he's spoken to Gobel about that opportunity. Both see it as a chance to poke a little fun at one another, he said.

"I told him that if I'm playing linebacker and he runs a route across the middle, I'm going to do my job and hit him as hard as I can," White said with a chuckle. "He responded by saying, 'I weigh 260, so that's not going to feel too good.'"

Like Gobel, and their football coach at Banks, Cole Linehan, who grew up in and played for Banks, White defines much of himself by the town where he lives.

In Banks, there's a heightened sense of community and the high school and its sports bring that community together. White appreciates that and believes it's that mindset that is a big part of who he is both on and off the field.

"I enjoy the small town atmosphere and being involved with the community," he said. "I would definitely consider myself a 'Banks guy.'"

And what lies ahead for that "Banks guy?" White will finish out the baseball season this spring with what appears to be a pretty good Braves team early on, and he is scheduled to play in the Les Schwab Bowl all-star football game this summer before enrolling at PSU and beginning his time with the Vikings.

He said he'll likely redshirt his first year with the football team and plans to study kinesiology in college, with the idea of a career in physical therapy. But before that, he's still got some things to accomplish on the gridiron, and he'll be doing his best to prepare for that during his initial year on campus.

"Going from 4A high school football to Division I college football is going to be a huge jump," White said. "I want to put probably 10 pounds on, get used to the speed of the game and learn the playbook, but I feel like I'll be ready after that, and I'll be looking forward to all the experiences ahead."


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