CWU watch party at Bonney Lake Tavern

Plateau fans can stop by the Bonney Lake Tavern Sports Pub and Grill Thursday and watch local graduates John Koopman and Alex Griffiths on the big screen as Central Washington University takes on Humboldt State.

The BLT on state Route 410 will be the site for the no-host football watch party for the Wildcats' televised game against the Lumberjacks. The watch party begins at 4:30 p.m., with kick-off at 5 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.

The Bonney Lake event is among 13 Wildcat Watch Parties taking place nationwide, supported by US Bank.Last season the Wildcats won their fifth consecutive Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship. For the fourth consecutive year, andthe fifth time as a NCAA Division II member, Central is ranked among the American Football Coaches Association pre-season top 25.

CWU has the best football win-loss record for any college team in the state during the past decade.For more information about the watch parties, visit

Griffith is a 6-foot-3, 270-pound redshirt freshman defensive lineman for the Wildcats. He lists his hometown as Bonney Lake, but is a 2010 Sumner High graduate.

Koopman, a 2007 Enumclaw High graduate, is a two-year letterman with the Wildcats. The 6-1, 215 pound, junior linebacker played in 10 games and recorded 11 tackles as a sophomore in 2010. He was granted a medical hardship for the 2008 season after playing in three games and was redshirted for the Wildcats in 2007. He joined the Wildcats as a walk-on that same year.


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