Optimist All-Star football teams for 2013Loading
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    2013 OPTIMIST NORTH TEAM

    Tyrell Anderson, Center

    Anderson led the state with 12 interceptions, scored on runs as a quarterback and on special teams.
    Jose Luis Villegas | Sacramento Bee
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    C.J. Spencer, Inderkum

    Spencer (being sacked in a game against Rocklin) can pass, run or throw, and he's headed to UC Davis on scholarship.
    Brian Baer | Special to The Bee
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    Keenan Hunt, Rio Linda

    Hunt made plays as a receiver, a defensive back and on special teams for an 11-2 team.
    Jose Luis Villegas | Sacramento Bee
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    Jonathan Lopez, Roseville

    Lopez stretched teams with his wide receiver skills.
    Brian Baer | Special to The Bee
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    Skyler Gonzalez, Rocklin

    Gonzalez led the Thunder's tough defense in a return trip to the playoffs.
    Brian Baer | Special to The Bee
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    Marc Ellis, Granite Bay

    Ellis had a breakout season for the Grizzlies as a deep threat for the defending CIF State Division I champions
    Jose Luis Villegas | Sacramento Bee
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    Mason Humes, Del Oro

    The senior drilled last-play field goals to beat Grant and Granite Bay, and his kicking played a role in beating Rocklin, Elk Grove and Serra of San Mateo.
    Brian Baer | Special to The Bee
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    Aarion McNealy, Rio Linda

    Aarion McNealy specialized in breaking up passes for an 11-2 team.
    Brian Baer | Special to The Bee
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    Josh Gallofin, Whitney

    Gallofin either made crunching tackles or brought opponents down with a single hand.
    Brian Baer | Special to The Bee
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    Austin Brown, Del Campo

    Brown ran with power and speed for the Cougars
    Brian Baer | Special to The Bee
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    Moses Moala, Grant

    Moala was the spiritual and defensive leader for Grant's 23rd consecutive playoff team.
    Jose Luis Villegas | Sacramento Bee
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    Tyler Meteer, Del Oro

    Meteer is the all-time leading receiver for the Golden Eagles, and he led the team in tackles this season.
    Brian Baer | Special to The Bee
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    Leo Skattebo, Rio Linda

    Skattebo (pictured, right) ran with power and had deceptive speed, and he made plays at linebacker for the 11-2 Knights.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | Sacramento Bee
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    Vaughn Hingano, Rio Linda

    Hingano led the Knights in sacks and was an emotional leader, too.
    Jose Luis Villegas | Sacramento Bee
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    Brandon Johnson, Del Oro

    Johnson was the center for Del Oro's state team and he made plays as a defensive lineman, too.
    Jose Luis Villegas | Sacramento Bee
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    Tanner Woods, Del Oro

    Woods was a three-year starter for the Golden Eagles, recording four sacks in a NorCal Regional Division I title win over Serra of San Mateo.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | Sacramento Bee
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    Emileo Campos, Del Oro

    Campos stood at attention for the national anthem and then stood tall as a lineman leader in helping the Golden Eagles reach a CIF State Bowl.
    Hector Amezcua | Sacramento Bee
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    Jason Brunet, Whitney

    Brunet made plays on both sides of the ball for the Capital Athletic League champions.
    Brian Baer | Special to The Bee
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    North Coach Mike Morris, Rio Linda

    In 23 years with the Knights, Morris directed 13 playoff teams, seven league title teams and a section-title group.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | Sacramento Bee
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    SOUTH TEAM

    Joey Banks, Franklin

    Banks led Franklin in tackles his last two seasons and also scored on handoffs.
    Brian Baer | Special to The Bee
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    Ben Jones, Burbank

    He made plays as a running back, a linebacker and on special teams for the Metro League champions
    Hector Amezcua | Sacramento Bee
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    Tommy Arnold, Elk Grove

    Arnold lined up at quarterback, fullback, defensive lineman and linebacker and performed like a captain and three-year starter.
    Brian Baer | Special to The Bee
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    Floyd Hillis-Cooper, Kennedy

    Having learned the game just two years ago as a late bloomer, Hillis-Cooper set school rushing records.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | Sacramento Bee
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    Nolan Merker, Sheldon

    A scholar who can play quarterback and run, Merker was also a superb punter.
    Photo courtesy of Merker family
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    Ernest Jenkins, Burbank

    A terrific running quarterback who can also burn teams with the bomb, Jenkins powered the Metro League champions.
    Brian Baer | Special to The Bee
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    Dre Terrell, Pleasant Grove

    A great team leader who ran for 60-yard scores and passed for plays just as long at quarterback, Terrell also made plays in the secondary and on special teams.
    Brian Baer | Special to The Bee
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    Calvin Green, Burbank

    Green just might be the quickest player in the region, and it's no wonder the defensive back/return specialist went by "Flash."
    Brian Baer | Special to The Bee
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    Trent Buenzli, Oak Ridge

    A superb student and the brains behind the thinking-man Trojans, Buenzli was also a spiritual leader.
    Jose Luis Villegas | Sacramento Bee
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    Justin Priest, Oak Ridge

    Priest stretched defenses with his ability to race down field for a 12-2 team.
    Brian Baer | Special to The Bee
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    Tyler Marshall, Jesuit

    Marshall was an outside threat for a run-heavy Marauders team that won two playoff games.
    Brian Baer | Special to The Bee
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    B'won Canada, Elk Grove

    Slightly built in stature but armed with a motor, Canada was a three-year starter for the Thundering Herd, making sacks, playing receiver, providing emotional support.
    Brian Baer | Special to The Bee
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    Taron Johnson, Sheldon

    Johnson set receiving records at Sheldon and he also made plays in the secondary.
    Brian Baer | Special to The Bee
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    Austin Gates, Jesuit

    Gates makes tackles with or without shoulder pads. He's a member of the Marauders' national powerhouse rugby team and helped power the football team back into the playoffs.
    Randall Benton | Sacramento Bee
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    Earl Chism, Pleasant Grove

    Chism led the defensive charge for the Eagles, who returned to the playoffs. Tough on tackles, he hopes to be a doctor, like his parents, who met in medical school.
    Brian Baer | Special to The Bee
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    Jason Elenberger, Jesuit

    Dangerous as a passer and especially lethal as a runner, Elenberger was the driving force behind a team that won playoff games for the first time in 10 years.
    Brian Baer | Special to The Bee
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    Colton Giorgi, Oak Ridge

    A scholar who may play in the Ivy League, Giorgi excelled in the secondary for the Trojans.
    Brian Baer | Special to The Bee
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    Robert Sanders, Franklin

    Sanders was the spiritual leader for Franklin as a defensive back who also made plays on offense.
    Brian Baer | Special to The Bee
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    Ian Broom, Pleasant Grove

    Broom was the leading rusher for Pleasant Grove, able to pull away with speed or to blast into foes.
    Brian Baer | Special to The Bee
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    Eddie Flores, Folsom

    Flores was a defensive leader for the Bulldogs, who went 14-1 in 2012 and 2013 with two Sac-Joaquin Section championships.
    Hector Amezcua | Sacramento Bee
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    Troy Knox, Folsom

    Knox is the all-time career receiver in Northern California history, an expert at running routes and getting open.
    Brian Baer | Special to The Bee
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    Ben Trumm, Folsom

    A kicking machine for a prolific scoring machine, Trumm was as reliable a leg as there was in the section.
    Jose Luis Villegas | Sacramento Bee
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    Will McClure, Folsom

    A great example of a player who made himself through off-season workouts and in-season drive, McClure went from reserve receiver to star receiver.
    Jose Luis Villegas | Sacramento Bee
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    Thomas Mahlman, Oak Ridge

    Mahlman was a tackling machine for the Trojans, who had back-to-back 12-win seasons.
    Brian Baer | Special to The Bee
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    Malcolm Harvey, Jesuit

    A blocker in the trenchers, a tackler on defense and always excited to reach the end zone, Harvey was a leader in many ways for Jesuit.
    Scott Lorenzo | Special to The Bee
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    Ngalu Tapa, Burbank

    Dominant at defensive tackle with the ability to pursue plays, Tapa is headed to Washington State on scholarship.
    Hector Amezcua | Sacramento Bee
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    Noah Letuligasenoa, Elk Grove

    A three-year starter, Letuligasenoa led the Thundering Herd with 19 sacks this season; he was also a superb tight end.
    Hector Amezcua | Sacramento Bee
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    Kameron Schroeder, Cosumnes Oaks

    A 4.4 student headed to Duke, Shroeder (No. 56) dominated on the lines for the Wolfpack, and he showed that he has some lift for a big guy during celebration moments.
    Brian Baer | Special to The Bee
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    Tyler Kaim, Vista del Lago

    A good blocker and an even better receiver, Kaim was critical to Vista's success the last two seasons.
    Brian Baer | Special to The Bee
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    Hayden Jones, Christian Brothers

    Big at 6-6 and 250 pounds and versatile, having excelled as a tight end, defensive end, kicker and punter for the Falcons.
    Jose Luis Villegas | Sacramento Bee
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    South Coach Chris Nixon

    Nixon powered Elk Grove to three successive 12-win seasons a generation after calling plays for the 1997 and '98 section title-winning Herd teams
    Brian Baer | Special to The Bee
Here are photos of members of the North and South teams playing Saturday, Dec. 28, in the 57th annual Optimist All-Star Game.
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