Hard work – in the gym, on the practice field and in every game – is a hallmark of James Fakkema’s high school athletic career. Fakkema is the 2012/2013 Blaine High School Male Athlete of the Year. The football standout also lettered in basketball and track and field.
As an offensive and defensive lineman, Fakkema played a pivotal role in Blaine’s success on the gridiron. Running back Mario Gobatto’s record-breaking yardage in the 2012 season owed much to Fakkema’s blocking in front of him, and while there aren’t numbers to quantify how well the offensive line performed, athletic director Wayne Vezzetti said Fakkema’s work
ethic speaks for itself.
“He’s one of the hardest workers I’ve ever seen at Blaine,” Vezzetti said. “Even in the offseason, that guy works extremely hard. He’ll do big things when he moves on from Blaine.”
Fakkema was team captain, achieved first team All Northwest Conference as an offensive and a defensive lineman and was named to the Washington State Football Coaches Association first team all-state as an offensive lineman and second team all-state as a defensive lineman. As a result, he will play in the 2013 Earl Barden Classic, an annual football game that pits all-state players from the east against those of the west. This year’s Earl Barden Classic will be held June 22 at East Valley High School in Yakima.
Fakkema brought a dominating presence to the basketball court as a power forward, and threw javelin and shot put for the track and field team.
Fakkema plans to attend Central Washington University (CWU) in Ellensburg, where he’ll continue playing football with the Wildcats. CWU competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II, and in 2012, the football team won its seventh Great Northwest Athletic Conference title in 10 years.