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Pitassi suits up for North in annual Les Schwab Bowl

by: submitted photo West Linn lineman Eric Pitassi will play for the North in the Les Schwab Bowl and attend the University of Montana.

West Linn's football program has had a history of churning out high caliber offensive and defensive lineman over the years and one of its most recent standouts will play his final high school game this weekend.

Eric Pitassi is the Lions' lone representative at the annual Les Schwab Bowl this year.

Pitassi will play for the North All-Stars at Hillsboro Stadium this Saturday before heading off to play for the University of Montana next fall.

At West Linn, Pitassi was a three-year letterman and was a starter on both offense and defense his junior and senior years.

He was an anchor and a leader on both lines and this year, made first-team all-league at both positions.

"He's a guy you knew you could count on week in and week out," coach Ron Chappell said.

On defense, Pitassi routinely went head to head against the opposing team's best offensive lineman.

"He's just a rock on defense. You can't move him," Chappell said.

Pitassi played guard for the majority of his high school career but he is expected to make the switch to center when he heads to Montana.

Pitassi's raw strength has always been one of his biggest assets.

"He's not that tall but at 270 pounds or so he's strong as a bull," Chappell said.

He also has terrific reactions which helped him excel as one of the top lacrosse goalies in the state this season.

Pitassi also earned first-team all-league honors in that position this spring.

Pitassi was one of West Linn's team captains last year and figures to be a leader on the line for the North squad in the Les Schwab Bowl.

"I know he was really excited to get selected and to play with the all-stars. It's great motivation to train over the summer," Chappell said.

This year's Les Schwab Bowl will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at Hillsboro Stadium.

The North will look to rebound from last year's 35-13 loss. The North has won four of the last six contests and leads the all-time series 30-27-4.