The Way Too Early 2017 All-Area Football Team

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St. Mary's running back Dusty Frampton carries the football against Cathedral Catholic during the CIF State Division I-AA championship on December 16 at Sacramento State's Hornet Stadium. [CALIXTRO ROMIAS/RECORD FILE 2016

It’s 78 days until kickoff, which means the anticipation is at a whisper, not a scream.

Still, it’s never too early (I mean, it is, but this is fun nonetheless) to construct a “Way Too Early” look at how our first team All-Area squad could look after this upcoming season. Keep in mind, I’m only considering returning varsity players (newbies always make a splash and make the list, so don’t worry about them for now).

AUTHOR’S NOTE: There’s a good chance I’m missing someone worthy. If I am (especially if you know them), take a deep breath and please send me a calm email. If they are a good fit for the list, I may just update it to include them. Thanks for your consideration!

FIRST TEAM

Offense

QB – Gino Campiotti (Manteca, senior)

RB – Dusty Frampton (St. Mary’s, senior)

RB/FB – Mason Sarsfield (Tracy, junior)

RB/WR – Reuben Lee (Brookside Christian, senior)

WR/UT – Marcus Aponte (St. Mary’s, senior)

WR/UT – Hassani Zackery (Edison, senior)

WR – Jacob Peterson (Sierra, senior)

OL – Kyle Reis (Manteca, senior)

OL – Max Barth (St. Mary’s, senior)

OL – Alex McNely (Tracy, senior)

OL – Jaysen Reindel (East Union, senior)

OL – John Kelley (Calaveras, senior)

UT – Jalen Williams (Brookside Christian, junior)

UT – Lee Webb (Stagg, senior)

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Manteca lineman Justin Kakala, center, chases Placer tailback Anthony Kerrigan during the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship on Nov. 26, 2016, at Lincoln High's Spanos Stadium in Stockton. [CRAIG SANDERS/RECORD FILE 2016

Defense

DL – Anthony Rosales Jr. (St. Mary’s, senior)

DL – Justin Kakala (Manteca, senior)

DL – Rayshon Dozier (Manteca, senior)

DL – Tim Omstead (Stagg, senior)

LB – Ferrin Manuleleua (Manteca, senior)

LB – Kristien Reyes (Tracy, senior)

LB/DL – Oyebolaji Akinyemi (Tracy, senior)

LB – Harrison Heath (St. Mary’s, senior)

DB – Dominick Zackery (Edison, junior)

DB – Vincent Ferro (Manteca, senior)

DB – Drew Jenkins (St. Mary’s, senior)

DB – Kyle Rachels (Manteca, senior)

DB – Tre Jenkins III (St. Mary’s, senior)

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All-Area Softball Player of the Year Watchlist

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Tracy senior Mikayla Coelho is a candidate for The Record's All-Area Player of the Year honor. [CLIFFORD OTO/RECORD FILE 2017

The hard part isn’t singling out good candidates for who could be The Record’s next All-Area Softball Player of the Year.

The hard part is limiting them to a reasonable number (in this case, a “Magnificent Seven”). Of course, as with any postseason awards we do, the winning teams have a much better chance at landing an honor like this.

Here’s a look at eight of the area’s top candidates — and by no means all of them, please email any good suspects I might’ve missed to tlawrence@recordnet.com — for our yearly honor.

SAIGE PYE (Bear Creek, senior)

Pye has enjoyed a superb four-year varsity career, after spending one year at St. Mary’s and the past three at Bear Creek. The future Georgia Tech slugger is batting .585 with nine home runs, 10 doubles and 35 RBI. Pye has 32 career homers, which is the best all-time from any player from a Stockton high school, according to Cal-Hi Sports. The area’s record holder (who I believe is also tied for the state record) is Elliot Christian’s Kaila Shull at 45.

CARLEY MORFEY (St. Mary’s, junior)

Morfey is the ultimate dual-threat pitcher and slugger for the Rams. The two-time, first-team All-Area selection is batting .471 with 12 doubles, a homer and 21 RBI. In the circle, Morfey is 18-3 with a 1.41 ERA, 154 strikeouts and 32 walks.

MIKAYLA COELHO (Tracy, senior)

Speaking of dual-threat, the Cal Golden Bear to be is batting .514 with 14 doubles, two triples, two homers and 24 RBI. As a pitcher, Coelho is 9-1 with a 1.81 ERA, including two complete game wins over St. Mary’s where she gave up one run each time. This is a pitcher who’s gone toe-to-toe with Sheldon in the section finals (and maybe will have to again).

CARLY LUCCHETTI (Linden, junior)

Lucchetti has been scalding at the plate for the Lions, going 8 for 11 in four games last week. She’s batting .589 with a homer, 13 doubles, 18 RBI and 26 stolen bases. Linden reached the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V finals last May but Calaveras is well ahead in the Mother Lode League.

ALANDA CARDON (Calaveras, sophomore)

Speaking of Calaveras, which is a formidable team full of excellent contact hitters, Alanda Cardon is that and more. The sophomore is batting .537, but has the most pop of the bunch, with five homers and five doubles.

RACHEL CID (Tracy, junior)

Cid, an Oregon verbal commit, launched a two-run homer against St. Mary’s on Tuesday, is batting a whopping .600 with seven homers, nine doubles and 45 RBI.

CHARDAE HOSKINS (Escalon, junior)

Escalon is at the very southern end of San Joaquin County, and we don’t get a chance to cover them much, but the Trans-Valley League leaders have been superb. And Hoskins is an excellent threat as a hitter and pitcher. Hoskins is batting .465 with eight doubles, six triples and three homers, and is 9-1 with a 1.47 ERA and 101 strikeouts in the circle.

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St. Mary’s Johnson one of state’s top sophomores

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St. Mary's forward Bryce Johnson, center, has been named a First Team All-State Sophomore by Cal-Hi Sports. [RECORD FILE 2017

Bryce Johnson isn’t just one of the top sophomores in the area.

Just ask statewide media outlet Cal-Hi Sports: Johnson is one of the most formidable underclassmen in the state.

Johnson, a 6-foot-6 forward was named a First Team All-State Sophomore by Cal-Hi this week.

Johnson started for St. Mary’s, which shared a Tri-City Athletic League championship with rival Lincoln and reached the Sac-Joaquin Section and CIF NorCal Division I semifinals.

He is a double-double waiting to happen, and Johnson coupled with fellow sophomore Carson Simi (the two are best friends) and freshman guard Jamar Marshall spell trouble for the area (and section, for that matter) the next two years.

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All-Area Baseball Player of the Year Watchlist

 

 

St. Mary's first baseman Christian Almanza, left, could be in the mix for The Record's All-Area Baseball Player of the Year. [RECORD FILE 2016

The Sac-Joaquin Section baseball playoffs are less than a month away, and the pool of candidates for The Record’s All-Area Player of the Year is slowly becoming clearer.

Take a look at a few of the names involved. Keep in mind, The Record gives the benefit to the most successful teams in the area, which you’ll see reflected in our All-Area teams and often in our award choices.

CODY BOLTON (Tracy RHP, senior)

Bolton, a right-handed ace who’s headed to the University of Michigan, is 5-1 with a 0.63 earned run average. He has 45 strikeouts this season, and ironically one of his top performances came in a 1-0 loss to Sacramento-area power El Dorado Hills-Oak Ridge. Bolton has been on the past two All-Area squads as a first-team selection.

CHRISTIAN ALMANZA (St. Mary’s 1B, junior)

Almanza, a talented left-handed hitter, could’ve scuffled with the departure of All-Area Player of the Year Jarron Silva, who’s at UCLA, and catcher Dillon Tatum, who’s been injured. Instead, Almanza is batting .574 with 10 extra-base hits and 16 RBI, touting an OPS of 1.533.

NATE GEORGE (Tracy 2B, senior)

George is a staple in the Bulldogs’ potent lineup, batting .477 with 10 extra-base hits, including four home runs, and a team-high 19 RBI.

WILL SCHAFF (Tracy RHP, junior)

Schaff has been superb in his first turn as a varsity starter, and is 6-0 with a 0.50 ERA. Even more impressively, he has 35 strikeouts to just two walks all season. Strike-throwing will be critical come playoff time: it’s good to have a guy like Schaff.

JACOB STANDRIDGE (Bear Creek RHP, senior)

Standridge has continued to be the Bruins’ intelligent ace, and hits in the middle of the order as well. Bear Creek does not have statistics posted on MaxPreps, but Standridge got the win pitching and went 3 for 3 with a double in a 12-1 win over Chavez on Monday.

JACOB PETERSON (Sierra RHP, junior)

Peterson is an excellent dual-threat player for the Timberwolves, and is batting .389 with eight extra-base hits and 14 RBI, and is 4-2 with a 1.94 ERA and two complete games. Sierra is two games behind Oakdale in the VOL standings, and the two play each other twice this week: on Tuesday at Sierra and on Thursday at Oakdale.

BRAYDEN HARCASTLE (East Union C, junior)

Hardcastle, one of The Record’s former Male Athlete of the Week winners, is the backstop of the third-place Lancers (who are seeking a return to the postseason) and hitting quite well. Hardcastle is batting .400 with three home runs, nine doubles and 20 RBI, and slugging a Bonds-ian .760.

RYAN WARD (Manteca RHP, freshman)

It would take an incredible finish by Manteca, and an exceptional final few starts by Ward, to close in on some of the veterans, but his debut has been amazing nonetheless. Ward is 7-1 with a 0.98 ERA< with 57 strikeouts and 24 walks. The Buffs’ future is bright to say the least.

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Tracy, East Union, St. Mary’s softball state-ranked

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The Tracy softball team is ranked No. 15 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports. [JAMES BURNS/THE MODESTO BEE

Three San Joaquin County softball teams still hold places in Cal-Hi Sports’ state top 20.

Tracy (14-1), which remained at No. 15 for a second consecutive week, leads the way, followed by East Union (up to 18 from 19) and St. Mary’s (up to 19 from 20) follow. Tracy and East Union play in the NorCal Classic Platinum Division at 9 a.m. Thursday at Tracy Sports Complex.

The Bulldogs beat the Lancers 5-1 earlier this season. Tracy has also beaten St. Mary’s 5-1 in their first of three Tri-City Athletic League matchups.

Tracy baseball had been ranked No. 14 in Cal-Hi’s top 20, but dropped out, presumably via its 1-0 loss to El Dorado Hills-Oak Ridge, plus a surge of success from Southern California teams (at least, that’s usually the case).

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Brusa belts first Cal League HR

The swing that’s so smooth, you just know it’s impossible to teach, has produced its first Cal League home run.

Gio Brusa, a product of both St. Mary’s High and University of the Pacific baseball, clobbered his first homer with the San Jose Giants in a road game against the Lancaster JetHawks on Tuesday.

Brusa was a sixth-round pick of the San Francisco Giants last June, and is ranked as the franchise’s No. 30 prospect on sfgiants.com.

The Lodi native Brusa hit a career high 14 homers as a Pacific senior in 2016.

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St. Mary’s football adds Mater Dei to schedule

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St. Mary's offensive linemen prepare during the Rams' 56-25 win over Folsom in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I football finals on Dec. 3, 2016, at Sacramento State's Hornet Stadium. [CRAIG SANDERS/RECORD FILE 2016

The St. Mary’s football team will no longer play the reigning CIF State Open Division champion in 2017.

Bellflower-St. John Bosco, which was scheduled for a Week 4 trip to Stockton after the Rams traveled to Whittier College to face the Braves last year, pulled off St. Mary’s schedule after setting up a game with St. John’s of Washington, D.C.

So instead of St. Mary’s picking up a lackluster opponent, it grabbed yet another Southern California power in Santa Ana-Mater Dei.

St. Mary’s hosts Mater Dei at 7:15 p.m. on Sept. 22 at Sanguinetti Field.

The Rams went 14-2 in 2016, and were Sac-Joaquin Section Division I and NorCal Division 1-AA champions. San Diego-Cathedral Catholic beat St. Mary’s 38-35 in overtime in the state finals.

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St. Mary’s, Tracy baseball in NorCal Top 20

The Tracy and St. Mary’s baseball teams are both listed in NorCalPreps’ Top 20 rankings. Tracy (4-0) is No. 11 and St. Mary’s (1-2) is No. 15.

Besides being Tri-City Athletic League rivals, the two teams have been dominating the southern half of the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Division I playoff bracket.

The two return first-team All-Area players in Tracy’s Cody Bolton and Lee Brewer and St. Mary’s Christian Almanza.

De La Salle (4-0), which beat St. Mary’s 11-0 on Saturday, is ranked No. 1.

Elk Grove (1-4), the reigning Sac-Joaquin Section Division I champion, is No. 7. St. Mary’s hosts Elk Grove at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Stockton.

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Elliot Christian boys ranked No. 4 in Division V

Elliot Christian point guard Jalen Valverde, left, rises for a layup against Envision Academy during a CIF NorCal quarterfinal Saturday at McNair High in Stockton. CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD

The Elliot Christian boys basketball team is the top ranked area team in its division statewide, according to Cal-Hi Sports.

Elliot Christian is tabbed at No. 4 in Division V behind No. 1 San Pedro-Rolling Hills Prep, No. 2 Riverside-Notre Dame and No. 3 Watsonville-St. Francis.

The Eagles host Ross-Branson in a CIF NorCal Division V semifinal at 7 p.m. today at Tokay High.

The other area boys team alive, St. Mary’s, is considered an “on the bubble” team in Division I.

Cal-Hi ranks the St. Mary’s girls at No. 6 in the state for the Open Division, and No. 3 in NorCal behind No. 1 San Jose-Archbishop Mitty and No. 5 Los Altos Hills-Pinewood. Mitty hosts St. Mary’s in a semifinal at 7 p.m. today in San Jose.

The Argonaut girls, who travel to East Palo Alto-Eastside College Prep, are No.6  in Division V.

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Gameday Preview: Lincoln-St. Mary’s semifinal

When two rivals meet in the playoffs, the spectators can be nearly as invested and anxious as the participant.

Take the pregame scene at Pacific’s Spanos Center, where fans awaited the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinal between rivals No. 4 Lincoln and No. 1 St. Mary’s.

Doug Murray, Delta College football’s defensive coordinator and the father of Rams guard Naje Murray, sat perched wearing a long-sleeved, black “DC” shirt, at the top of the bleachers where Pacific students usually sit for home games.

Watching his daughter play, he said, is a bit more nerve-racking than a Delta gameday, because of his lack of control.

Nearby, Edison girls coach Diondre Hawthorne reclined and took in the other semifinal between No. 3 El Dorado Hills-Oak Ridge and No. 2 Sacramento-McClatchy.

Edison has won consecutive San Joaquin Athletic Association championships in Hawthorne’s two years. The Vikings earned the No. 10 seed in this year’s Division I playoffs and dropped its opener to No. 7 Brookside Christian.

Hawthorne was watching a game he envisions for his Edison team, which hadn’t won a league title since 1977 until February of 2016.

QUICK HITS

A few vital facts before tipoff, which should be 8:30 p.m.

  • DeCostamania: Junior forward Aquira DeCosta is back for St. Mary’s, and the 6-foot-2 megaprospect showed she’s recovering well from her torn meniscus by scoring 26 points in the quarterfinal win over Davis on Thursday. Lincoln’s win over St. Mary’s in January came without DeCosta, senior guard Naje Murray (ACL tear) and junior guard Ariel Johnson (ankle injury) on the court. They’re all here tonight.
  • “Nobody believes in us”: One of the best things Jim Harbaugh did for the San Francisco 49ers is instill a healthy sense of bitterness and venom. The cliche-but-impactful “Nobody believes in us” tactic. Lincoln has to summon every bit of that tonight, and challenge it into mean-spirited defense, good decision-making, ball protection and driving to the basket without fear of DeCosta, Johnson or Neenah Young.
  • Rare: It doesn’t appear that Lincoln and St. Mary’s have faced each other in the postseason, at least in the tenure of Gonsalves (since 2002). So no matter what happens, tonight’s matchup is historic and should be savored.

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