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JUNE 23, 1997

Sports

Marques Tuiasosopo: A young role model

Marques Tuiasosopo

Marques Tuiasosopo.

Marques Tuiasosopo by Madeline Moore
What else can be said about an outstanding young athlete that hasn't already been said in newspapers throughout the Northwest? When sifting through all the honors, statistics, and awards that go into his athletic achievment, one phrase keeps coming through from all directions about Marques Tuiasosopo: "He's really a nice guy."
   No matter what the occasion or award, he never forgets to thank the people around him. If it does take a village to raise a child, then here is one who respects his village. Terry Agnew, his baseball and football coach at Woodinville High, summed it up recently when he said that Marques is not only a special athlete, but a great kid.
   Marques is an exemplary team player in three sports: football, basketball, and baseball. He has been the Eastside Journal's Athlete of the Year two years in a row and the Seattle Times's All-State Player of the Year in football. Sports Illustrated named him among their top 25 recruits in the nation.
   With strong support from teammates like Brian Kertson, Pat Conniff, and Brigham Tomco, Marques helped the Woodinville Falcons to win their first Kingco football championship last fall. The Falcon offense set new conference records and ended up at the state AAA quarterfinals. He has rushed for 1,042 yards, passed for 679 yards, and scored 26 career touchdowns.
   Twice he was named a First Team All-Kingco player in basketball, where he averaged 17 points a game. As a shortstop with a .524 batting average, he was named to the All-Crown Division First Team in baseball and was chosen in the major league baseball draft by the Minnesota Twins.
   Now a 1997 graduate of Woodinville High, where he maintained a 3.6 GPA, Marques is on his way to earn a degree and play football and baseball at the UW on a football scholarship. He will join his older sister Leslie, who is there already on a volleyball scholarship, and Falcon teammate Pat Conniff, who has also received a UW football scholarship.
   Despite his sports achievements, the fact that Marques Tuiasosopo is a nice guy still continues to be the first words out of people's mouths when his name is mentioned. That is no small achievement in itself. He is indeed paying back the village of family, friends, teachers, and coaches who raised him by being a role model for those who will follow.