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LO's DeRaeve, Mercep, Laurent and DeVille, and Lakeridge's John set to compete

COURTESY PHOTOS - Ready for the 2019 Les Schwab Bowl — it kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium — are (from left) Keenan DeRaeve, Gabe DeVille, Javier John, Jackson Laurent and Mike Mercep.It's time to tighten up the laces, strap on the shoulder pads and snap the chin strap into place one more time.

It's time for the 2019 Les Schwab Bowl.

And for five local graduated seniors — Lake Oswego's Keenan DeRaeve, Mike Mercep, Jackson Laurent and Gabe DeVille, and Lakeridge's Javier John — kickoff time is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Hillsboro Stadium. The 2019 contest marks the 72nd anniversary of the annual North vs. South High School All-Star football game and features the top graduating seniors from Oregon high schools.

In their senior seasons, DeRaeve, Mercep, Laurent and DeVille helped lift Lake Oswego to the pinnacle of Oregon high school football, beating Sheldon 34-27 to win the 2018 Class 6A state championship, marking the Lakers' first state title since 2011.

John, meanwhile, made his final year of varsity football one to remember, helping the Pacers continue their recent resurgence. Competing in the tough-as-nails Three Rivers League, John's Pacers battled their way to a third-place finish, and later, into the second round of the state playoffs for the first time since 2014.

Here are their biographies from the Les Schwab Bowl website:

Keenan DeRaeveHigh School: Lake Oswego; College: Marist College; Height: 5-10; Weight: 180; Position: OLB/RB; Number: 23

Bio: Keenan was a four-time varsity letterman in both football and lacrosse at Lake Oswego High School. As a senior, Keenan was a member of the 6A State Championship Team and named 2nd team All-State as an outside linebacker. Keenan was a four-time all-conference pick for the Three Rivers League. He earned honorable mention as a freshman, and then 1st team the rest of his high school career. As a junior and senior he was also named 1st team All-State. Keenan was also the proud captain of the Lake Oswego lacrosse team and is looking forward to playing NCAA Division 1 lacrosse at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY this fall. In addition to his athletic achievements, Keenan was active in the classroom as a four-year member of the National Honor Society and maintaining a 3.7 GPA. He enjoys finding new food spots throughout the Portland area and loves hanging out with his friends. In his free time, Keenan loves serving with Potluck in the Park.

Javier JohnHigh School: Lakeridge; College: Undecided; Height: 6-2; Weight: 200; Position: DE; Number: 6

Bio: Javier started playing football at six years old in his home town of Newport News, Virginia. Javier and his family moved to Aloha, Oregon in 2008. He played his youth career at Aloha and at the end of his sophomore year they moved again, and he began playing at Lakeridge High School. Sadly, Javier lost his Grandmother in May of 2018. He credits football as an outlet for him during the tough times in his life. Javier broke his wrist in the 3rd game of his senior season but was able to finish the season with the cast. With the break he still managed to earn 1st all-conference as a defensive end and was named Lakeridge's Defensive Player of the Year. Javier is very thankful for all that football has brought to his life, and for the lessons that the game and his coaches have taught him. He is still undecided on where he will be attending college in the fall.

Mike MercepHigh School: Lake Oswego; College: Cal Poly; Height: 6-1; Weight: 200; Position: DL; Number: 58

Bio: Michael was a three-time varsity letterman in football and a two-time varsity letterman in baseball for Lake Oswego High School. He was named 1st team All-State as a defensive lineman. He was also named 1st team all-conference, and conference Defensive Lineman of the Year. Michael ended his senior season with 18.5 sacks, 27.5 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, and 75 tackles. Off the field he enjoys working out and playing baseball with his friends. Michael plans to attend Cal Poly in the fall to play football.

Gabe DeVilleHigh School: Lake Oswego; College: Oregon; Height: 5-11; Weight: 190; Position: ILB; Number: 32

Bio: Gabe was a four-year varsity letterman and a senior leader of the 2018 6A State Championship football team. He was named 1st team All-State, and 1st team all-conference for his performances at inside linebacker. Gabe was also honored as the Moda Player of the Game in the 2018 State Semifinal against Jesuit. In addition to football, Gabe played baseball where he was a three-time varsity letterman for the Lakers. As a senior catcher, Gabe was voted 1st Team All-Three Rivers League and 2nd Team All-State. He was selected to play in the Oregon All Star Series in Corvallis on June 22nd and 23rd. Off the field, Gabe loves to spend time volunteering, and is an active member of his community. He is a four-year member of the National League of Young Men and has been involved in the FED club, which is a student led organization that makes and delivers sandwiches to the homeless community in Portland. Gabe has always been a leader. He was elected Class President his sophomore year and participated in the Peer Mentor Pathways program for special education students. Outside of sports, Gabe enjoys spending time with his family and friends. His hobbies include spending time outdoors, skiing, and traveling. He also loves playing with his black lab puppy named Tillman, named after Pat Tillman, former ASU and NFL linebacker who was killed while fighting in Afghanistan. Gabe plans on attending the University of Oregon in the fall.

Jackson LaurentHigh School: Lake Oswego; College: Southern Oregon; Height: 6-1; Weight: 190; Position: QB; Number: 11

Bio: As a first-year starter, Jackson led Lake Oswego to a 2018 OSAA State Championship victory. He was voted 1st team All-State and was a unanimous 1st team all-conference quarterback in the Three Rivers League. In his senior season, Jackson led 6A in touchdown passes (33), passing yardage (3,217), and efficiency (196.93), with only two recorded interceptions. Jackson was also a three-time letterman on Lake Oswego's baseball team playing both third base and pitcher. As an honor roll student, he maintained a 3.4 GPA while taking multiple AP classes. When he's not on the field, or in the classroom, Jackson's favorite thing to do is fish. He's fished all over the Northwest, and in Mexico. He also loves spending time with his friends, playing guitar, and playing Fortnite. After the Les Schwab Bowl, Jackson will be heading to Southern Oregon University to play football for the Raiders.

Ticket prices are as follows — Reserved Premiere: $20; Reserved Adult: $15; Reserved Student: $12; G.A. Adult: $10; G.A. Student/Senior: $8; (Student: 4-18 / Senior Citizen: 65+); Kids 3-Under: Free. The 2018 Les Schwab Bowl will also air live on AM 1080 The Fan.

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