Hockinson standout Sawyer Racanelli suffers knee injury, will miss senior season

Racanelli was one of the top recruits in the Northwest who previously made his intention known that he will sign with the University of Washington

Hockinson standout Sawyer Racanelli suffers knee injury, will miss senior season
Hockinson standout Sawyer Racanelli, shown here after last season’s victory in the Class 2A state championship game, will miss the 2019 high school football season after suffering a knee injury, head coach Rick Steele confirmed Thursday. Photo by Mike Schultz

HOCKINSON — Hockinson standout Sawyer Racanelli will miss the 2019 high school football season after suffering a knee injury, head coach Rick Steele confirmed Thursday.

Racanelli, one of the top recruits in the Northwest who made his intention known that he will sign with the University of Washington, tore an ACL.

Steele said it was a shock to hear the news this week.

Racanelli injured his knee without contact, running routes in a June scrimmage. Initial reports were that it was a sprained knee. In fact, Steele said, Racanelli reported that he was feeling better in recent weeks.

Still, it was advised that Racanelli get an MRI. He did that this week and learned of the diagnosis.

Steele said he feels terrible for Racanelli, not only one of the top wide receivers and defensive players in the state, but also a quality person and a great leader on the team.

Hockinson has won the last two Class 2A state championships and has won 27 consecutive games.

Steele said the team clearly will miss Racanelli on the field, but expectations will remain the same.

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