Football awards banquet will honor Mark Rego

Longtime assistant coach, who died in October, remembered

The late Mark Rego, whose love for the game as an assistant high school football coach and ambassador to youth football, will be honored by the Clark County chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

Longtime assistant football coach Mark Rego, the offensive line coach at Union, died in October. An award will be named for him next week at the Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet presented by the Clark County chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
Longtime assistant football coach Mark Rego, the offensive line coach at Union, died in October. An award will be named for him next week at the Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet presented by the Clark County chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

Rego, the offensive line coach for the state champion Union Titans, died in October after a battle with cancer.

His name will now be part of the presentations at the annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet. This year’s banquet is 7 p.m. Wednesday at Hudson’s Bay High School.

The Mark Rego Outstanding Contributions to Amateur Football Award will be one of five special awards. There also will be honors for sportsmanship, the top head coach, the top assistant coach, and a distinguished American award.

All of those are a build-up to the main event of the banquet, featuring 33 high school football players wearing tuxedos, representing 20 programs from the region. They have been nominated for the foundation’s scholarships. At the end of the night, the top six will be named scholarship winners, ranging from ranging from $1,500 to $3,000.

“The main purpose of the event is to honor outstanding young citizens, athletes, and scholars, and encourage younger athletes to follow in the footsteps of those honored,” according to a press release from the chapter.

Former NFL quarterback and current Fort Vancouver head coach Neil Lomax will be the keynote speaker.

Longtime broadcaster and supporter of Clark County high school athletics Carl Click will be the master of ceremonies.

Tickets for the banquet, which includes dessert, are $15 per person or $13.50 if eight are purchased together to reserve a table. To purchase tickets, click here:

https://www.universe.com/events/national-football-foundation-awards-night-tickets-vancouver-V75RZH  

The 2019 banquet celebrates the 2018 football season, a banner year for Clark County. For the first time, two teams from the county won state championships. Hockinson won its second consecutive Class 2A title, and the Union Titans won the Class 4A trophy. Mountain View made it to the Class 3A state semifinals.

All nominees must have a grade-point average of at least 3.0. The nominees are:

Battle Ground: Boden Strouse and Seth Workman

Camas: Andrew Boyle and Shane Jamison

Columbia River: Tristan Hoyer and Rylee Sadler

Columbia (White Salmon): Chandlor Bucklin and Oscar Kirkwood

Evergreen: Ryan Blaize

Fort Vancouver: Nick Laurenza and Zjieon Lawrence

Heritage: Jonathan Salo and Kahai Umiamaka

Hockinson: Nicholas Frichtl and Spencer Lindberg

La Center: Conner Myers

Mountain View: Jack Mertens and Andrew Remlinger

Prairie: Jake Clark and Nolen Mickenham

Ridgefield: Simon Berkey and Brock Harrison

Seton Catholic: Aidan Kirby and Robert Voitik Jr.

Stevenson: Cristobal Aguiar and Isaac Hoidal

Skyview: Tyler DeJong and Jayden McGraw

Union: Reagan Kelley and Lincoln Victor

Washougal: Preston Thornton

Woodland: Tyler Flanagan and Elijua Schultz

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Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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