Hockinson puts a ring on it

Hawks, still celebrating football title, pick up their jewelry

HOCKINSON — Bring the bling.

The Hockinson Hawks dazzled during their perfect football season in 2017, winning the program’s first state championship.

Monday night, they sparkled.

A close-up of Canon Racanelli’s state championship ring. The Hockinson Hawks, who went 14-0 in 2017, picked up their rings Monday night. Photos by Paul Valencia
A close-up of Canon Racanelli’s state championship ring. The Hockinson Hawks, who went 14-0 in 2017, picked up their rings Monday night. Photos by Paul Valencia

 

Hockinson’s Wyatt Jones poses with his new ring while wearing the 14-0 state championship T-shirt. The Hawks picked up their championship rings Monday, another opportunity for the team to celebrate one more time. Photo by Paul Valencia
Hockinson’s Wyatt Jones poses with his new ring while wearing the 14-0 state championship T-shirt. The Hawks picked up their championship rings Monday, another opportunity for the team to celebrate one more time. Photo by Paul Valencia

After two delays due to weather, the Hawks picked up their state championship rings, putting a nice, finishing touch to their 14-0 campaign, and giving the team one more reason to get together to celebrate.

 

“I think it’s just a way to signify the whole season,” said quarterback Canon Racanelli, the Class 2A state Player of the Year who also helped design the ring. “It’s pretty huge. ‘Hey, what’s on your finger? Oh, I won a state championship.’

“It’s something no one can take away from you. It’s pretty special.”

Hockinson coach Rick Steele, who has grown back his mustache after his players shaved it off during a December celebration, was all smiles as he watched his players slip on their rings.

“Every time they take a look at it, they’ll flash back to the state title game. It will always be a source of a good memory for them,” Steele said. “I know that’s what it’s going to be for me.”

David Schnieder of Jostens presented the players and coaches with the jewelry. The ring is made of white lustrium and the “diamond” look comes from cubic zirconia. An ‘H’ in school colors is the centerpiece. The state trophy is on one side, the player’s name and number, with a football helmet, is on the other side. Inside the ring is the inscription: Family Forever.

“We’re fond of the ‘H’,” Steele said.

The ring ceremony — OK, it was not really a ceremony, just walk up to the table and pick up the ring — was originally scheduled for last week. Then rescheduled and rescheduled again after a couple of snow days.

“They had to wait, and it wasn’t a patient wait,” Steele said.

Monday, the Hawks got their individual prizes for the ultimate team victory.

Here are the championship rings, made by Jostens, and how they look on the fingers of state champion Hockinson Hawks. Photo by Paul Valencia
Here are the championship rings, made by Jostens, and how they look on the fingers of state champion Hockinson Hawks. Photo by Paul Valencia
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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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