Shaun Scott, staff photo Eastside Bulldogs offensive/defensive lineman James Taupule is a dominant force in the trenches for his football team.

Taupule dominates opponents in the trenches

Eastside Bulldogs offensive/defensive lineman James Taupule is an imposing individual on the gridiron.

The 20-year-old Taupule, who is 6-feet, 2-inches tall and 375 pounds, was part of the Bulldogs football squad last season which captured its second consecutive Northwest Junior College Football League championship courtesy of a comeback 36-32 win against the Lewis-Clark Valley Loggers in November of 2016. Taupule said it was the first time he’d ever been part of a championship team in his entire life.

“I don’t know how to describe it. It was so fun. That energy when you are losing and then out of nowhere it kicks in and you start winning, I loved it,” Taupule said of the comeback triumph in the championship contest.

The leader of the Bulldogs in the trenches hopes his team can win the NWJCFL championship for the third consecutive season.

“We’re ready. We want to go undefeated,” he said.

The 2017 football season will be one of the first times in Taupule’s football career where he is one of the elder-statesman between the white lines.

“I’m not used to being a leader like that but I like it. When you have people that look to you, that is a good feeling,” Taupule said. “All of the lineman are really cool.”

Recently the Bellevue Reporter had an opportunity to ask Taupule a few questions about his life away from the football field.

Bellevue Reporter: What is your favorite movie of all time?

James Taupule: “Life”. It hits you. There is a big meaning to that movie. There is a lot of classic actors (Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence) in there.

BR: What is your favorite kind restaurant in Western Washington?

JT: Pho. I like the fried rice there.

BR: What is something unique about you that nobody would know?

JT: I like to draw and weld. I work a job as a welder right now. It is fun.

BR: If you could pick one person to go to dinner with, who would it be?

JT: My mom and dad. They mean a lot to me.

BR: Who was your favorite sports team growing up?

JT: The Seattle Seahawks are my team.

BR: What is your biggest pet peeve?

JT: I really don’t know. I try to get used to things and just adapt to my surroundings. I really don’t know what my biggest pet peeve is.

BR: Where do you see yourself five years from now?

JT: I just hope I got my stuff together and am taking care of my family.

BR: What would you do if you had a million dollars?

JT: I would get a car and then buy my parents a house.


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@bellevuereporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.bellevuereporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in Sports

The WIAA announced Wednesday that if schools reopen at the conclusion of the six-week statewide shutdown ordered last week by Gov. Jay Inslee, then the state championships will go on as planned. (WIAA photo)
WIAA still hoping to hold state championships in May

But if the school shutdown extends past April 24, those championships could be in jeopardy.

Vikings earn all-league honors on the basketball court

Both boys and girls Bellevue Christian basketball teams were well represented on… Continue reading

Vikings end season at the SunDome

The Bellevue Christian boys lose to Meridian in the 1A state basketball tournament in Yakima.

Games are being postponed in response to coronavirus outbreak

In response to the recent coronavirus outbreak, Eastside schools are taking precautions… Continue reading

Hardwood Classic tips off after coronavirus outbreak

By Benjamin Olson and Andy Nystrom Basketball players took to the court… Continue reading

Relay teams guide Sammamish to boys swim and dive state title

The Totems won the 2A state title for the first time in program history.

Reporter file photo
No changes to state basketball tournament schedules after coronavirus outbreak

State boys and girls basketball Hardwood Classic tournaments in Tacoma, Yakima and… Continue reading

Most school events, including sports practices, on schedule after coronavirus outbreak

All the school districts in the Reporter’s coverage areas — Northshore, Lake… Continue reading

Griswold gives one last performance at state

Sammamish gymnast Sydney Griswold competed at state for the fourth and final time.

Vikings ready to tip off at the SunDome

The Bellevue Christian boys basketball team is competing at the 1A state tournament in Yakima.

Bellevue girls soccer trio named to All-State first team

Bellevue girls soccer standouts Paige Satterlee (senior midfielder), Courtney Serres (senior midfielder)… Continue reading

Wolverines’ postseason run ended by Panthers

The Bellevue boys basketball team lost 54-45 to Seattle Prep in a district tournament game.