Tyler Meteer and Mason Humes will play one more football game in their school colors after graduation, albeit in a faraway land.
The Bee All-Metro seniors from Del Oro High School have been selected to play in the 26th Down Under Bowl in June, a game that pits American players against an Australian team. The Americans will wear gold and black uniforms, same colors as the Golden Eagles.
Meteer, The Bee’s co-Defensive Player of the Year as a linebacker, and Humes, a kicker who won two games with last-second field goals, helped Del Oro win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship and the NorCal Regional D-I title, and become the lone area team to play in a CIF State Bowl last season.
Including the 57th Optimist All-Star Game after Christmas, Meteer and Humes played in 17 games in 2013 – more than any other regional players.
So what’s one more game with six months of rest?
“We’re excited,” Meteer said. “It’s a great opportunity.”
Meteer will play at Sacramento State on scholarship, and Humes will walk on at Hawaii.
More all-star football – Christian Brothers senior lineman Julian Angulo will play for the U.S. Under-18 National Team, assembled by USA Football, against Team Canada in the International Bowl on Feb. 8 at the University of Texas at Arlington. Bee 2012 Player of the Year Brandon Monroe of Del Oro earned the MVP honor in the 2013 International Bowl, rushing for 238 yards and three touchdowns in a 29-14 victory over Canada.
Del Oro freshman defensive back Matthew Kruger will play in the Under-16 game, which precedes the Under-18 game.
MaxPreps honors – Folsom junior quarterback Jake Browning, The Bee’s Player of the Year, was named MaxPreps’ Division I State Player of the Year. MaxPreps’All-State team included Bee All-Metro picks in wide receiver Troy Knox of Folsom, tight end Dylan Keeney of Granite Bay and Bee Co-Defensive Players of the Year in Meteer and Tanner Woods of Del Oro.
The D-II All-State team included Sacramento wide receiver Damen Wheeler.
Cal-Hi honors – Wheeler, The Bee’s Offensive Player of the Year, and Jordan Thomas, a defensive back from Inderkum, head the Cal-Hi Medium School All-State team. Wheeler led the state in receiving yards and set a state record with 380 yards in a playoff win over Christian Brothers.
The Cal-Hi Small Schools All-State team includes Bee All-Metro picks in Capital Christian defensive lineman Nifae Lealao and Center defensive back Tyrell Anderson.
Record shooters – Valley Christian of Roseville’s boys basketball team on Tuesday night set the state single-game record for 3-pointers made. The small-school Lions beat Sacramento Country Day 107-49 behind 33 3-pointers in 109 attempts. The previous record was 29 makes by Huntington Beach Marina in a 103-59 victory over Norwalk, according to Cal-Hi Sports.
Valley Christian runs the “Grinnell System,” with as many as five fresh players entering the game at once with the order to shoot at will.
More records – According to Cal-Hi, Kelli Kamida of Keppel High of Alhambra set a state record with 16 3-pointers to help beat Montebello 90-50 on Wednesday.
Danielle Viglione of Del Campo set the old mark of 14 3sin a 118-33 victory over Rio Linda in 1992.
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