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Hairabedian earns scholarship to Pacific

By: Matt Long
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As a three-year starter as a running back on the Vista del Lago football team, Trey Hairabedian was the man. Hairabedian, 17, accounted for 75 percent of the team’s running plays, carrying the ball 684 times for 3,050 yards and 33 touchdowns. It’s his efforts in the classroom, however, that earned him an academic scholarship, as Hairabedian will attend Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, which is located 25 miles west of Portland. Hairabedian is unsure of what he will major in, but he does know that he will also play running back for the football team. “I’m pretty excited,” Hairabedian said. “When I visited the school I liked all the coaches and the campus was nice. I liked the facilities, the field, the weight room and the town.” The 5-foot, 11-inch tall, 190-pound Hairabedian not only put up solid rushing numbers, and took a beating along the way, routinely carrying the ball more than 20 times a game, but he also helped the Eagles build a program, as he joined the team in their first varsity season. “I think I had a pretty great high school career,” Hairabedian said. “I think I was about as good as I could have been. It was a great experience to build a new program and all my coaches were great. I’m excited for the next level.” Vista coach Chris Jones is proud of Hairabedian’s accomplishments on the field and also for him earning the scholarship. “It’s a great place for Trey,” Jones said. “He was the foundation of what we did and our offense was based on and around him. He will be hard to replace. “Pacific just brought back the football program last year so Pacific’s situation in building a program is not at all different than what Trey went through here. He will have an opportunity to compete for playing time.”