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56th Optimist All-Star Football Game Saturday at Del Oro

By: Mike Ray, Sports Editor
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A new look Sacramento Optimist All-Star Football Game – the first after a one-year hiatus – is set for this Saturday afternoon at Del Oro High School.

The 56th annual event, long contested at either Hughes Stadium or American River College in Sacramento, will be a North versus South all-stars match-up that will bring together some of the top senior players in the Sacramento metro area.

“It should be a good game,” said Del Oro coach Casey Taylor, who is assisting Grant’s Mike Alberghini with the North All-Stars. “We got commitments this year from a group of outstanding players. We’re excited.

Kickoff in Golden Eagle Stadium is set for noon, Saturday, Dec. 22. Adult tickets are $10 and will be on sale at the gate. Proceeds from the event go to the Sacramento Optimist Club’s Camp Ross Relles, a summer camp in Nevada County that provides recreational opportunities for children with special needs.

A unique side note for this year’s game is the playing of several players who have already made verbal commitments to colleges to play football.

In recent years, schools frowned on it because of the chance of injury of players participating in summer all-star games. But because players can’t sign letters of intent until February, colleges really have no say in player participation.

Players making verbal commitments on the North roster include defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes, of Placer (USC); linebacker Tanner Vallejo, of Nevada Union (Boise State); running back Brandon Monroe, of Del Oro (San Jose State); and defensive end Stone Sander, of Placer (Sacramento State).

Commits on the South team, which will be coached by Butch Cattolico of Pleasant Grove, are Michael Johnson, of Franklin; and John Heffernan, of Burbank; running back Isaiah Saunders, of Pleasant Grove (Idaho); and defensive tackle Nick Terry, of Pleasant Grove (Boise State).

Other notable area players include quarterback Kyle Cota, of Nevada Union; defensive back Zach LaBar, of Del Oro; linebacker Tyler Wharton, of Del Oro; and quarterback Stephen Nogosek, of Woodcreek.

Two players from State CIF Bowl Div. I champion Granite Bay – Parker Doyle, an offensive lineman, and Tyler Arneson, a defensive lineman – will also participate.

Saturday’s Optimist Game will be followed by the first SureWest Classic, an all-star match-up featuring players from small school squads in the Sacramento metro area. The game, also at Del Oro, will begin at 4 p.m. Coaching for the North All-Stars in that game are Bear River’s Scott Savoie and Terry Logue.

Local area players on the North roster include Tony Suverkropp, Isaac Brahce, Michael Robinson and Bryan Berube of Placer; Cory Wilhelm, of Colfax; Tommy Sawyer, Wes Archbold, Nathan Dickson and Patrick Miles, of Foresthill; and Cody Heard, Jerry Fuhrman, Tevin Kimble, Zach Winter and Dillon Smith, of Bear River.    

 

2012 NORTH OPTIMIST ALL STARS  
  
NO.
1 TRAYVON HENDERSON GRANT WR 6’ 2” 195
2 TYLER WINSTON ANTELOPE WR 6’ 3” 178
3 KEVIN BLUEFORD Jr. INDERKUM LB 6’ 0” 210
4 KYLE COTA NEVADA UNION QB 5’ 11” 200
5 RAY CHERRY ANTELOPE DL 6’ 1” 210
6 JUSTIN HYDE OAKMONT DB 6’ 2” 180
7 GRANT JANSEN ROSEVILLE FB 6’ 3” 220
8 JORDAN POWELL WHITNEY DB 5’ 10” 180
9 MICHAEL OKORIOKE ANTELOPE DL 6’ 4” 231
10 ERIC THOMAS EL CAMINO DB 5’ 10” 160
11 ZACH LaBAR DEL ORO DB 6’ 1” 185
12 STEPHEN NOGOSEK WOODCREEK QB 6’ 1” 170
14 MARQUISE CARTER GRANT RB 5’ 10” 200
15 HANK HUMPHERS NEVADA UNION LB 6’ 2” 195
16 TYLER WHARTON DEL ORO LB 6’ 1” 180
20 TANNER VALLEJO NEVADA UNION LB 6’ 2” 220
23 ABNOR TOMA GRANT LB 6’ 0” 205
24 IAN DAVIS NEVADA UNION WR 6’ 3” 175
25 DEDRIC ALLEN, Jr. INDERKUM DL 6’ 2” 220
27 RILEY SMITH RIO LINDA FB 6’ 0” 230
30 STONE SANDER PLACER DL 6’ 5” 225
32 BRANDON MONROE DEL ORO RB 6’ 1” 195
34 JOSH CARDOZA WOODLAND LB 6’ 0” 200
47 EDDIE VANDERDOES IV PLACER DL 6’ 4” 305
48 JORDAN VINSON RIO AMERICANO LB 6’ 3” 200
52 LEONARD HAZEWOOD IV ANTELOPE OL 6’ 3” 252
54 PARKER DOYLE GRANITE BAY OL 6’ 1” 200
55 MISI TAIFANE GRANT OL 6’ 3” 295
57 JJ TUFU DEL CAMPO DL 6’ 3” 260
66 DAREN ECHEVERIA ANTELOPE OL 6’ 4” 261
69 A.J. SAMATAUA DEL CAMPO OL 6’ 3” 290
74 GARRETT STROHMAIER JESUIT OL 6’ 4” 295
75 KYLE EVANSKI DEL CAMPO OL 6’ 3” 260
76 MAX CORRY CASA ROBLE DL 6’ 3” 200
77 SAM WOODS ROCKLIN OL 5’ 11” 265
78 AARON FROIDEVAUX WHITNEY DL 6’ 4” 285
79 MITCHELL GUMS RIO LINDA OL 6’ 0” 335
80 DOMINIC GIAMPAOLI ROCKLIN WR 6’ 1” 200
82 AUSTIN MARKS NEVADA UNION TE 6’ 5” 210
85 ANDREW ENDICOTT JESUIT K/P 5’ 9” 165
94 TYLER ARNESON GRANITE BAY DL 6’ 0” 230