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Happy New Year - Jan 11, 2021

With the new year, came some great news from the WIAA regarding sports seasons for this school year.   As shared by Jeff Lowell, BSD Athletics and Activities Director, in an email this past week to all families in BSD,

"At their January 6 meeting, the WIAA Executive Board adjusted their published season calendar, voting to move Season 1 (or traditional fall) sports.  Season 1 sports are now scheduled to begin on February 1 and the season will end on March 20. Further decisions about when Season 2 and Season 3 sports will be offered will be decided at the January 19 WIAA Executive Board meeting. At a previous meeting, the WIAA Executive Board decided that local leagues or conferences would have the ability to create a plan separate from the WIAA calendar.  The KingCo Conference has meetings scheduled for next week at which time the new WIAA calendar, the new guidance, and any potential season plan separate from the WIAA will be discussed."


As soon as finalized information is shared by BSD, we will follow up with specifics as it pertains to our Wolverine Football season!  In the meantime, practices resume this week and the coaches and student-athletes continue to prepare. 

WIAA: Advocating a Return to Activities

WIAA Executive Director Mick Hoffman explains the impact of the latest COVID restrictions and outlines the reasons why we need to return to education-based sports and activities.

11/10/20 Fall Conditioning Update - Bellevue High School

From: Lowell, Jeff (Jeffrey R) <>
Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 4:27 PM
To: Lowell, Jeff (Jeffrey R) <>
Subject: Fall Conditioning Update - Bellevue High School

TO:                     High School Athletes and Families 

FROM:               Jeff Lowell, District Athletics and Activities Director 

RE:                      Fall Conditioning at District High Schools 

In the coming weeks, the Athletics and Activities Department will continue to communicate any change or update to our current plan: continuing in-person conditioning ahead of the WIAA’s Season 2, currently scheduled to begin on December 28. 


Even as COVID cases in our community continue to rise, as a reminder, based upon guidelines from the CDC and Public Health Seattle and King County, the District has reduced the exposure and spread of COVID-19 by requiring the following during in-person activities:   

  • Wearing a face covering  
  • Requiring hand washing and sanitizing  
  • Maintaining physical distancing of 6 feet or more  


By continuing to emphasize these safety measures, we can help prevent the spread of COVID in our schools and community.  The following webpage has helpful information for parents and guardians: 

 It is important for students, families, and staff to understand that we continue to follow health department guidelines each time we become aware of a confirmed case of COVID-19. This means that for each confirmed case, a trained district employee conducts contact tracing with the infected person. Contact tracing means tracing any interactions the person had while contagious.   

 Through the contact tracing process, if a student or coach while participating in conditioning activities was in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 positive person while that person is infectious, that student or staff member will receive a phone call from a district contact tracer and receive advice on what next steps to take. It is our intention to complete the contact tracing as soon as we can, which in most cases means within 48 hours of the initial report of an infection during a normal workweek.  Please understand that this time frame may be extended when a report comes in on a weekend.  

 Should a student or staff member not receive a phone call from a contact tracer, it means they did not have close contact and there is no further action to take.  

Since September 28, when the in-person conditioning sessions began, student feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. This positive energy is one reason we remain committed to offering these important programs while prioritizing student and staff safety.  

Additional information about the upcoming WIAA seasons will be available after November 17.  

Should you have questions, please contact the Athletics and Activities Department through Let's Talk.  



Jeff Lowell, CAA

District Athletic and Activities Director

Title IX Coordinator

Bellevue School District

12111 NE 1st Street

Bellevue, WA 98005

PHONE: 425.456.4010 |


10/6/2020 - New Guidelines Issued for Return to Athletics and Activities

The three tiers indicate low, moderate or high risk and allow for varying levels of participation:

HIGH >75 cases/100K/14 days OR >5% positivity 

    • Team practices and/or training can resume for low, medium, and high-risk sports if players are limited to groups of six in separate parts of the field/court and separated by a buffer zone. Brief, close contact (e.g. 3-on-3 drills) is permitted. It is preferable for the groups of six to be stable over time. Attendance rosters should include group contact information. Each league, organization, or club must publish and follow a “return to play” safety plan. Any practice or training activities that can be done outdoors should be done outdoors. 
    • Scrimmage, intra-team competitions, and league games or competition allowed for low-risk sports, but are discouraged if the school is not conducting some in-person learning. 
    • No tournaments allowed. 
    • No spectators allowed except for one parent/guardian/caregiver for each student-participant in uniform. Spectators must maintain a physical distance of at least six (6) feet between each person.

MODERATE >25-75 cases/100K/14 days AND <5% positivity 
    • Scrimmage, intra-team competitions, and league games allowed for both low and moderate-risk sporting activities. Scrimmage, intra-team competitions allowed for high-risk sporting activities. 
    • No tournaments allowed. 
    • No spectators allowed except for one adult parent/guardian/caregiver for each student-participant in uniform. Spectators must maintain physical distance of at least six (6) feet between each person.

LOW <25 cases/100K/14 days AND <5% positivity 
    • Scrimmage, intra-team competitions, and league games allowed for low, moderate, and high-risk sporting activities. 
    • Tournaments allowed. 
    • Spectators to follow gathering size limit of the Safe Start Plan.

A prohibition on tournaments for sporting activities does not include postseason, playoff, regional or state championship competitions sanctioned by a statewide interscholastic activities administrative and rule-making body that oversees competition in all counties in the state.

Each WIAA sport is classified into low, moderate and high risk categories as follows:

    • Cross Country 
    • Golf 
    • Sideline/no-contact cheerleading and dance 
    • Swimming and Diving 
    • Tennis 
    • Track and Field

    • Baseball 
    • Bowling 
    • Gymnastics 
    • Soccer 
    • Softball 
    • Volleyball

    • Basketball 
    • Cheerleading with contact 
    • Dance with contact 
    • Football 
    • Wrestling

The complete guidelines will be updated as any changes are made and will be available at

Fall Practice Schedule 2020

WHAT: Fall Practices start September 29 (workout clothes and cleats), Practices will be on Tuesday and Friday, and continue into November, end date TBD

Practices will be on the main field at BHS

Players will be in pods of 5 players spread out on the field

Safety procedures will be in place:

o    Temperatures taken at entry

o    Masks are to be worn to/from the field

o    Athletes enter/exit directly before and after their session

o    Players bring your own water

WHEN: Tuesday and Fridays at BHS

WHO: All BHS football Players


  • All freshman:  3:45pm-5:15pm


  • Group 1 is on field 5:15-6:45p (arrive 4:55p)
  • Group 2 is on field 6:45-8:15p (arrive 6:25p)

See team emails for which group you are in

If you have questions or comments, please feel free to email the BHS Football Club at

BSD - Jeff Lowell Email (BSD AD)

From: Bellevue School District <>
Sent: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 9:38 AM
Subject: High School Athletics Update

August 5, 2020

Dear High School Students and Families:

As we have each of the last few weeks, please review the attached letter updating changes to high school athletic programming, recognizing continued shifts due to the impact of COVID-19.  Your patience and understanding continues to be appreciated.

After the previously announced changes to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) 2020-2021 high school athletic calendar, the KingCo Conference voted to offer cross country, boys’ golf and boys’ tennis during Season 3 rather than Season 1.   The attached document, provides detailed information about how this decision will impact the WIAA sports offered by the Bellevue School District and how the District is planning to offer opportunities for students during the fall. Included in the attachment is a 2020-2021 calendar that outlines WIAA offerings for the year.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at or 425-456-4010 should you have specific questions.  Updated information is also available on the district’s website and each high school’s website.  

Jeff Lowell, CAA
District Athletic and Activities Director/Title IX Coordinator
PHONE: 425.456.4010 |

Varsity Workouts (July 27- Aug 6)

Phase 2 workouts are on M, T, TH, and F at BHS

(C-Team Players encouraged to participate in last 2 weeks, either session)

July 27, 28, 30, 31

Aug 3, 4, 6

Session 1 5:00-6:00

Session 2: 6:15-7:15


  • Check-in can occur anytime the 30 mins prior to the workout
  • Masks should be worn to/from the field
  • Student-athletes need to leave the field directly after their workout session is complete. 


  • The Football program last summer "phase 2" workout will be August 6.
  • Tentative off season conditioning will resume on September 7.

High school football, other sports pushed to spring 2021 in Washington state

The crack of the pads will be strangely absent from high school football stadiums across Washington this fall, the Friday night stadium lights dormant. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced a modified sports calendar for the 2020-21 school year on Tuesday night, pushing football to early spring along with girls soccer, 1B/2B boys soccer and volleyball.

WIAA reorganizes high-school sports seasons in wake of coronavirus pandemic, moves football to spring

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced Tuesday night that there could be high-school football this school year — but it’ll be in the spring. That was the decision of the WIAA Executive Board, which also decided to turn the normal three-season school year into four, shorter sports seasons. Season 3, which will have the normal fall sports of football, girls and small-school boys soccer and volleyball, will run from March 1 to May 2.

WIAA Modifies 2020-21 Sports Season Calendar (7-21-2020)

The WIAA Executive Board took action on Tuesday to modify the 2020-21 WIAA sports season calendar in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The changes will create four WIAA-sanctioned seasons and will also move moderate- and high-risk team sports, originally scheduled for the fall season, to the WIAA Season 3. Tentative 2 week practices start week of 2/22/21 -- 3/7/21 Season starts week of 3/8/21

WIAA delays start of fall sports practices until September 5th

Football practice was originally scheduled to start on Aug. 19, with the rest of fall sports practices starting Aug. 24. The football season was scheduled to begin on Sept. 4. Next update regarding the season will happen on July 22nd

Thank You Seniors!

As we end the 2019-20 school year, it is time to say CONGRATS and THANK YOU to our graduating Seniors! We have some amazing Bellevue Football Players graduating this week and wanted to give them a WOLVERINE SHOUT OUT.  These boys are great kids, fun to watch on the field, and have continued the traditions of brotherhood, grit, hard work, and winning for BHS football.  Congrats to each of you and good luck! You are now considered BH Football Alumni!  Please stay in touch, come back and join the fun when you can by watching the traditions live on at BHS.  





























































Register for 2020 Fall Football

If you have questions or comments, please feel free to email the BHS Football Club at

June 2020 Update - Spring Football and Summer Camp

Due to the closures of all schools in the state of WA for the remainder of the school year, there will be NO SPRING FOOTBALL this year. However, fall sports will have 20 days that can be used for practices between June 20-July 31. 

All travel and overnight camps have been canceled by BSD through August 2020.

While this means No Fort Worden, it doesn't mean there won't be football fun, learning, and team bonding this summer to prepare for the 2020 season!

Summer:  Practices, Weights,  Conditioning

To participate in practices, weights, conditioning, etc. student athletes must be registered for football and completed all steps.  *impact (concussion) testing is TBD and will happen before practices begin.


Click here to register online through BHS Final Forms. (See the Parent Playbook for instructions.) 

**at the top of the page, make sure you change the year to 2020-21 school/season.



practices, weights, conditioning

July 6-10

July 13-17

July 20-24

weight lifting/conditioning

August 1-14



July 27 - 31

 4:30pm - 6:30pm 



weight lifting/conditioning

August 1-14


Fireside Chat with Coach Kneip! Check it out

Our Coach, Micheal Kneip talking leadership, life skills and character. Coach Kneip played at Bellevue for Coach Butch and at UW for Coach Pete. Lessons learned and now being shared!

Wolverine Football Parent/Guardian Meeting: May 28 at 7pm

This meeting is virtual and will be led by Head Coach Michael Kneip and supported by the Football Club Board Members.  During this meeting Coach will share about current and upcoming activities, summer football practices and camp.  The Football club will introduce themselves and give you a sneak-peak at how YOU can be an active participant in our Football Program at BHS.

Email for meeting information 

May 2020 Update





Bellevue High School Football

Home of the Wolverines

Hello Football Fans! I Hope everyone enjoyed the sunshine and a belated Happy Mother's Day to all our Wolverine Moms!  A few updates and some actionable items you can do now, to get things done and ready to go as we slide into summer and fall.   


NOTE:  If you know of a current BHS student who may want to or is planning on playing football for the 20-21 season, please forward let us know.  Also, if you are not getting this information in, please email with your name, student-athlete name and your email address so we can get you on our current mailing list.  


Wolverine Football Parent/Guardian Meeting: May 28 at 7pm


This meeting is virtual and will be led by Head Coach Michael Kneip and supported by the Football Club Board Members.  During this meeting Coach will share about current and upcoming activities, summer football practices and camp.  The Football club will introduce themselves and give you a sneak-peak at how YOU can be an active participant in our Football Program at BHS. 


To join this Micorosft Teams meeting, please contact Beth for Number and Conf ID


If you have questions or comments, please feel free to email the BHS Football Club at


May 2020 - BHS Offering Virtual Fitness Workouts Weekly to ALL BHS students

The Athletic Department and Physical Education Department at BHS are offering Virtual Workouts for ALL BHS students!  Join James (strength and conditioning coach at BHS) along with other coaches and teachers to keep in shape! ALL BHS students received an email from the Athletics Office with the following information and access:

Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Contact AD John Hill for the link to connect to the virtual worksout

2019 Associated Press All State Honors

Joby Schneider was selected to the All State First Team as a Linebacker, and Matulino Masunu for Defensive Line.

Alex Reid was selected Honorable Mention at RB

2019 KingCo Awards

Joby Schneider and Alex Reid were selected as co-defensive players of the year, and teammate Henry Hawblitzel was named the co-lineman of the year along with Ryan Thomson of Lake Washington. Bellevue head coach Michael Kneip was named the coach of the year.

First team:

Offense: Henry Hawblitzel (Bellevue, guard), Ben McKean (Bellevue, guard) and Joby Schneider (Bellevue, running back). Defense: Matulino Masunu (Bellevue, defensive tackle), Tim Underwood (Bellevue, defensive tackle), Joby Schneider (Bellevue, inside linebacker) and Alex Reid (Bellevue, outside linebacker)

Second team:  

Elliot Hamilton (Bellevue, tackle), Alex Reid (Bellevue, running back), Joshua Goates (Bellevue, tight end). Defense: Minwoo Eom (Bellevue, corner) and Dan Marino (Bellevue, safety). Special teams: Nicholas Barros-Barreto (Bellevue. kicker).

Honorable mentions:

Kadon Wine (offensive line), John Short (linebacker), Bryson Sleeper (quarterback) and Collin Backer (linebacker).

2019 All KingCo Awards

Bellevue surprises Lakes with its passing game, wins first-round state matchup

The Bellevue Wolverines are known for their wing-T offense, which features a running game that is difficult to stop, but in Friday night’s Class 3A state first-round game against Lakes, it was the passing game that surprised the Lancers early in a 31-14 win.

Bellevue airs it out in 31-14 victory over Lakes

Bellevue is well known for their rushing attack, but it was the passing game that led the No. 7 Wolverines past the No. 10 Lakes Lancers 31-14, in the first round of the 3A state football tournament on Nov. 15, at Bellevue High School.

Blue Friday Nights Lights!

Blue Friday Night Lights (9/20/19) is coming to Bellevue! The program brings @Seahawks gameday entertainment elements to high school football matchups. A Seahawks player will participate in the coin toss and the Seahawks will also conduct a 12th Flag raising ceremony prior to kick-off!


Bellevue High School / Junior Wolverine & Alumni

Home of the 2012 HS Football National Champions!

11 WA State Football Titles

17 years undefeated in Kingco Conference

200 players have played College Football 

4 players in the NFL

1 All Pro  

  • Alumni playing in Pac 12 - UW, WSU, Oregon, OSU and AZ and AZ State 
  • Alumni playing in Ivy League - Dartmouth and Columbia
  • Alumni playing in Big Sky - Montana and Montana State  
  • Alumni playing in D3 - Claremont McKenna 


Johnny Barthel,  Montana 

Joey Echigoshima,  Colorado School of Mines

Drew Fowler,  UW

- Hunter Hansen,  UW

- Quinn Sullivan, AZ

Cole Young, Oregon


- Isaiah IfanseMontana State

- Ben Keeter, Dartmouth

- Style Saterlee, Claremont McKenna

- Jace Schneider, Montana

- Mitchell Sturgill, Columbia


David DeCastro, Stanford - Pittsburg Steelers 2x All Pro and 4x Pro Bowls, 1st Round Draft Choice, 5yr $50M contract

Myles Jack, UCLA - Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 Pro Bowl, 2nd Round Draft Choice, 4yr $57M contract

Budda Baker, UW - AZ Cardinals, 1 Pro Bowl, 2nd Round Draft Choice

Jake Eldrenkamp, UW - Indianapolis Colts

Shane Bowman, UW - Seattle Dragons XFL

2017 Gatorade State Player of the Year ! Bellevue Wolverine Running Back - Isaiah Ifanse

Budda Baker/AZ Cardinals  - NFL All Pro as a Rookie

David DeCastro/Pittsburgh Steelers - NFL All Pro, 2nd consecutive year and rated #1 Guard in the NFL

Myles Jack/ Jax Jaguars - Rated top 10 LB and played a key role AFC Championship game

2017 Saturday Night Lights - Rogers and DeRider playing at WSU, Connors at Air Force, Jones at Army, Gilchrist, Kneip, Lane, Richmond, Roberts, Ryan and Shane Bowman at Washington, Jack Michael at San Diego, Ryan Gilbert at Columbia, Tim Hahel at Harvard, Marcus Griffin at Arizona and Mustafa Branch at Stanford

2017 Sunday Afternoon in the NFL - Budda Baker with Az Cardinals, Myles Jack Jacksonville Jags, Jake Eldrenkamp LA Ram, Marcus Henry, Saints and All Pro David DeCastro, Pittsburgh Steelers / retired Steve Schilling, Seahawks

Congratulations to the Wolverine Rookies, Cubs, Sophomores, and Junior Varsity.  2018 GEJFA Champions! 

Jack Enger (2017) - UW Baseball

Former NFL - Stephen Schilling, Michigan - San Diego Chargers, 6th round draft pick, finished career with the Seattle Seahawks



2019 Varsity Game Photos

GAME PHOTOS: Thank you to Jeremy Laws (Carter), Marji Jochums (Cade), Susanna Blaberg (Casper) and Stephanie Justus for these great shots. They have put together the following site that will be added to each week with the game photos

2019 C Team Banquet

2019 C Team Banquet

2019 Game Program

Thank You Chris Reid!

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2019 Offers and Commits

- Joey Echigoshima CB - Colorado School of Mines

- Drew Fowler LB- U of Washington, Columbia, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, Oregon State,  Wyoming,  Utah,  Louisville

- Johnny Barthel OL - U. of Montana, Air Force 

- Hunter Hansen WRUniversity of WashingtonColorado School of Mines

- Cole Young OL - University of Oregon, University of Puget Sound, Pacific Lutheran University,  Western Oregon

- Quinn Sullivan - Arizona

Wolverines advance to Class 3A state semifinals

Bellevue dominates Yelm in the final three quarters. Things looked dicey for the Bellevue Wolverines football team throughout the duration of the first quarter against the Yelm Tornados. Yelm scored three touchdowns in the first quarter en route to a 20-0 lead with 36 minutes left in regulation. Bellevue outscored Yelm 37-0 in the final three quarters en route to a comeback 37-20 win in the Class 3A state quarterfinals on Nov. 17 at Bellevue Memorial Stadium. The Wolverines improved their overall record to 12-0 with the win.

What it means to be a Wolverine

The Bellevue Wolverine High School and Junior Wolverine Football Program - what it means in our words!