A new high school football season is on the horizon in Washington. The most talked about player around Spokane is Shadle Park QB Brett Rypien, who has put up incredible numbers for the Highlanders. Saturday he will begin the last chapter of his record-breaking career.
"It's definitely weird being a senior now," Rypien said. "I feel like it was just yesterday I was a freshman making my first varsity start halfway through the year. It's gone by so fast."
Rypien operates at warspeed - always on the move, more plays, more yards, more touchdowns. He squeezes as much into every possession and ever game that he can, just as he has packed an incredible amount into his high school career.
"I definitely had goals. I wanted to make myself known and get a division I scholarship but not to the extent of what we've done the last couple years."
It is one thing to rewrite the record books. It's another to turn them into a personal greatest hits. Six of the Greater Spokane League's top seven passing games belong to No. 11. So do the top two seasons.
"It's huge. Being above Connor Halliday, Connor Johnson, and my uncle (Mark Rypien). Those are guys that I've looked up to my entire life coming up. Connor Haliday was a senior when I was in seventh grad and I always wanted to be like him. I used to dress like him things like that."
And with his senior season yet to begin, Rypien already owns the career mark, with over 2,000 yards to spare.
"To be at the top of that leaderboard is just surreal, and it's really humbling because those guys are great players."
The Shadle star hasn't just lifted himself into the spotlight, he has elevated his program. Last fall he brought the Highlanders their first GSL crown since 1999. Now, as a senior, there's one chapter left.
"That's what I've thought about this entire offseason, how am I gonna leave my legacy here at Shadle? And can I get these younger guys to the point where they can continue the success that we've had the last couple years next year?
Just like a well-timed downfield pass, the Highlanders will be out of his hands in a hurry. And a new challenge will be in his sights.
"I think about it every day."
Rypien will graduate early and enroll at Boise State in January. In typical fashion, the gunslinger wastes no time.
"I feel like if I get down there early, learn the system, I'll have the best chance to play right away."
And once again he'll be the young kid thrust into the spotlight, learning on the fly, and continuing to state his case as the best quarterback Spokane has ever seen.
"That would be nice, but I still have a lot to prove because those guys above me have done so much at the collegiate level and the pro level as well. I just have to keep working hard and maybe some day someone will say that."