Local stars prep for Saturday play in Les Schwab Bowl
If you like summer — and who doesn't? — and if you like high school football — and you should — then have we got a deal for you.
Coming up on Saturday, July 2, is the 2022 Les Schwab Bowl, the annual high school football all-star game, set for a 6 p.m. kickoff at Linfield College's Maxwell Field, 51 S.E. Lever St. in McMinnville.
The 74th iteration of the game features a handful of significant changes, jettisoning its former North vs. South geographical matchup in favor of a Team Columbia vs. Team Willamette game. This change included a live draft by the coaching staffs and a mix of players from across the state on both teams. Further, the game has made players from all grade levels eligible for the first time.
Tickets are available at the gate, with students and seniors paying $15 each and all others paying $20 each.
Local players involved in the game include: West Linn sophomore lineman Stephen del Giudice, Lake Oswego senior running back/wide receiver Gabe Olvera, Rex Putnam freshman lineman Jace Eveland, Lake Oswego senior lineman Austin Leykam, Clackamas junior wide receiver A.J. Perez and Lakeridge senior linebacker Zac Waible.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lake Oswego High School 2022
COLLEGE: Valparaiso University
POSITION: RB / WR
BIO: Gabe is a four-year varsity letterman in football and track at Lake Oswego High School. He has been named 1st team All-State as running back for two years and 2nd team All-State defensive back. Gabe finished his senior regular season with 22 touchdowns, 1,365 all-purpose yards. He started both ways for Lake Oswego. As a defensive back, Gabe gave up just one touchdown catch his entire senior season. Gabe moved from tailback to slot and the wildcat quarterback on offense every game. Per Prep Redzone: "There is very little that Olvera didn't do over the course of his career. Taking everything into account, he was potentially the most productive athlete statewide at the 6A level." Coaches mention his elusiveness, speed and vision as a package and hard to contain. "It's hard to get a direct hit on Gabe and his durability along with his no quit attitude that will translate to the next level." Gabe looks forward to continuing his football career at Valparaiso University while also earning a degree in biology. Gabe carries a 3.6 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. Off the field Gabe enjoys water sports with his family and friends, playing board and card games during legendary family game nights, traveling during breaks and volunteering at his local church or delivering meals to the homeless within his community.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lakeridge High School 2022
COLLEGE: Montana State University
BIO: Zac is a three-time letterman in football and four-time letterman in lacrosse at Lakeridge High School. Zac earned 1st team All-State honors as a linebacker as well as 1st team All-Conference honors at linebacker. He won the Three Rivers League Defensive Player of the Year and was a candidate for Oregon's defensive player of the year. At Lakeridge, he was voted the Defensive Most Valuable Player and served as the team captain. In lacrosse, Zac also earned 1st team All-Conference recognition on defense and helped Lakeridge to a state championship in lacrosse in 2021. Off the field, Zac excels in the classroom as he is a member of the National Honor Society and was named to the Academic All-State and All-Conference teams. Zac also enjoys volunteering at youth sports camps and homeless pet shelters in his community.
Stephen del Giudice
HIGH SCHOOL: West Linn High School 2024
BIO: Stephen is an offensive lineman currently attending West Linn high school but played his freshman and sophomore season at Grant High School. As a sophomore he made 1st team All-Conference on offense. He was a two-way starter at Grant and was voted as the line's Most Valuable Player at his school. He puts lots of work in on the field and in the classroom, holding a 3.81 GPA. Stephen is a member of the Nation Honor Society. He also volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry as well as the Blanchet House. His two dream schools are Oregon and Stanford. He says his main inspiration is his late grandpa. Every down he plays is for him. Stephen would also like to give a shoutout to Coach John Beck. Beck was the head coach at Grant for Stephen's freshman and sophomore seasons. Stephen says he is a great coach and is like family to him. He is looking forward to playing under him one more time at the Les Schwab Bowl this year.
HIGH SCHOOL: Rex Putnam High School 2025
BIO: Jace is currently a freshman at Rex Putnam High School. He started on varsity at offensive tackle as a freshman and played every snap throughout the year. He earned 1st team All-Conference honors as a freshman and was one vote short of being the lineman of the year for the 5A Northwest Oregon Conference as a 14-year old freshman. Jace was voted lineman of the year for Rex Putnam. During his freshman season, Jace allowed zero sacks, zero hurries and zero tackles for a loss. He had 60-plus pancakes and took over 100 defenders to the ground in nine varsity games. Jace is currently playing for Ford Sports Performance in Bellevue, Washington. In their first game, Jace played over half the game against Texas PPT Elite, giving up zero sacks and zero tackles for a loss against top nationally ranked defensive lineman in a 63-0 win. He is one of three freshmen on the active roster that combined has over 600 Power 5 full-ride scholarship offers. Jace has been shown interest from most Pac-12 schools along with other Power 5 schools. He has had unofficial visits to the University of Oregon, University of Washington, and Oregon State University with others to come this summer. As a freshman, Jace is young and will continue to put in work on the field, in the weight room and in the classroom. He currently has a 4.0 GPA, is in advanced classes and is on track to complete calculus by his junior year. Jace is honored to be invited to play in the Les Schwab Bowl as a freshman and compete against many of the upperclassmen that he's watched and followed over the years.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lake Oswego High School 2022
BIO: Austin was named 1st team All-State center and Three Rivers League Offensive Lineman of the Year to lead Lake Oswego to the top seed in the Oregon 6A Playoffs. He played varsity all four years at Lake Oswego and was a three-year starter, including a 2nd team All-Conference selection as a junior. Austin also competed in two years of track, two years of basketball and one year of baseball at Lake Oswego. He carries a 3.9 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. Off the field, he enjoys basketball, weightlifting and hanging out with friends. Austin also volunteers at the Oregon Food Bank and With Love Oregon. He plans to play football in college and is currently deciding between San Diego, Western Oregon, Linfield and Redlands.
HIGH SCHOOL: Clackamas High School
BIO: AJ is a two-time 6A Three Rivers League All-Conference wide receiver. He previously played at Tigard High School but will be moving to Clackamas this upcoming fall. AJ has played both wide receiver and defensive back at the varsity level since his sophomore year. He is also a receiver on the MVP 7v7 squad out of Eugene, Oregon. From Matt Quinn, MVP director: "AJ is the best route runner I've seen in the last five years. He understands leverage on his routes to always get open. His ability to win on routes and 50/50 balls are second-to-none." AJ carries a 3.3 GPA and looks forward to studying sports marketing in the future. AJ enjoys sharing his football stories with the residents of the retirement community where he serves meals and makes them smile.
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