Seattle Prep’s Braeden Smith joins, referee shortages, Shantay Legans’ recruiting footprint: SBLive Washington podcast

Braeden Smith is a standout slot receiver who proved he can do anything the coaching staff asks him. When QB Jake Sype went down with an injury, Smith stepped in and quarterbacked the Panthers to two historic wins over O’Dea and Eastside Catholic in consecutive weeks — a milestone moment for the program. The junior joined (12:15 minute mark) to talk about the Panthers’ season, whether his future is on the basketball court or football field and more.

Also discussed on the show are the efforts one basketball referee association is undergoing to boost recruitment into the field with a 40% drop in referees in the pandemic, whether Shantay Legans’ recruiting footprint in Washington will continue at University of Portland and a new Past & Present segment.

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How O'Dea RHP Max Debiec became a high-level MLB prospect SBLive Washington podcast

O'Dea's 6-foot-7 right-handed pitcher Max Debiec, the state of Washington's No. 2 prospect,talks about how he developed into a projected MLB Draft pick (5:58 minute mark) and Todd Milles and Andy Buhler break down how Gov. Jay Inslee's phasing news impacts high school sports across the state. Hosts: Todd Milles, Andy Buhler
Producer: Andy Buhler


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  1. How O'Dea RHP Max Debiec became a high-level MLB prospect
  2. COVID backslides loom; Glacier Peak's Ryan Black joins
  3. Why Tyler Linhardt committed to Mike Hopkins, Washington
  4. Tennessee-bound Nicola Simpson leaving a legacy in Garfield's softball program
  5. How Bothell's Gabe Johnson became one of the state's most feared defensive ends

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The SBLive Washington podcast is a weekly conversation that takes a look at the top stories impacting high school sports across the state of Washington. The podcast is hosted and produced by reporter Andy Buhler, as well as analyst Dan Dickau and senior reporter Todd Milles. Thanks to sponsor Washington Federal. Download the SBLive Sports app on iPhone and Android today at no charge.

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