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Naone, Tavarres represent North in annual Les Schwab Bowl

by: VERN UYETAKE Lake Oswego’s Cole Naone, above, will play tight end, wide receiver and outside linebacker for the North squad in this year’s Les Schwab Bowl. Lakeridge’s Myke Tavarres, below, will play linebacker, safety and tailback for the team.

One Laker and one Pacer will represent their respective schools in the annual Les Schwab Bowl this week.

Lake Oswego tight end Cole Naone and Lakeridge linebacker and safety Myke Tavarres were both selected as two of the top seniors in the state last year and will play for the North squad this Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium.

Naone was a versatile contributor to Lake Oswego's program during his tenure at the high school.

He made perhaps his biggest contribution at tight end where he was a sure-handed target for Lake Oswego quarterbacks and had some of the most reliable hands on the team.

He is also a talented and intelligent blocker.

Naone was always a threat when Lake Oswego neared the red zone and made one of the biggest plays of his career in the last game of the Lakers' season last fall.

In the semifinals against eventual state champion Aloha, Lake Oswego trailed by a touchdown late in the fourth quarter and had struggled on offense for much of the game.

But Naone made a huge catch in the end zone, keeping his feet in bounds for the team's final score of the season.

In the Les Schwab Bowl, the North team can use Naone in a number of different ways. He will fill in at tight end and wide receiver and will play outside linebacker on defense.

For Lakeridge, Tavarres put together a stellar season on both sides of the ball.

He was also one of the premier wrestlers in the state this season, winning the regional title at 189 pounds.

He entered the year as one of the best returning linebackers in the state and made a huge impact for the Pacers' defense at that position as well as at safety.

Tavarres seemed to be involved in virtually every defensive play when he was on the field and could defend in the secondary as well as pressure the opposing quarterback.

On offense, Tavarres was often the team's most dangerous tailback. He had a breakout game in the team's play-in victory over McNary.

In that victory, which advanced Lakeridge into the playoffs, Tavarres had three touchdown runs that went for more than 50 yards and was also relentless on defense.

He will play linebacker and safety in the Les Schwab Bowl and will likely get some carries on offense as well.

The North squad will look to avenge last year's loss to the South. The North has won four of the last six meetings in the annual game and leads the overall series by a slim margin.

This year's game will be held at 6 p.m. this Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium.