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Mantecans tabbed Lions all-stars

Quartet looks to continue North’s dominance

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Mantecans tabbed Lions all-stars

Sierra High senior Jacob Faulkner will join teammate and Bulletin All-Area Defensive Player of the Year Michael Turner in the 36th Annual Lions Club High School Football Classic June 20 at Pacific.

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POSTED March 24, 2009 4:13 a.m.
Will the South rise again?

Four area athletes will see to it that it does not, as they will look to stretch the North team’s six-year winning streak in the 36th Annual Lions Club High School Football Classic June 20 at the University of the Pacific’s Stagg Memorial Stadium.

Last year’s North squad — which included Manteca TE/LB Nick Ortiz and Andy Dai; Sierra WR Nigel Malone; and Weston Ranch QB Josh Bowen and WR Bryan Morris — fended off a second-half surge to prevail, 27-21. The North holds overall bragging rights with a 21-13-1 record.

Scott Swartz will lead the North after guiding McNair of Stockton to the school’s first-ever football playoff appearance. Dennis Stubbs of Los Banos was selected to head the South.

Valley Oak League and All-Area Defensive Player of the Year Michael Turner highlights the local contingent. The standout middle linebacker racked up 104 tackles and helped the Timberwolves advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs for the first time.

Turner will be joined by all-VOL first-team lineman Jacob Faulkner, who is among the North’s largest players at 6-foot-4, 280 pounds.

Manteca cornerback LaRon Bennett and East Union tight end Dakota Anderson will also look to showcase their abilities against some of the region’s best.

Bennett finished the 2008 season with 27 tackles, two interceptions and a team-high seven deflected passes. Anderson was East Union’s best all-around producer, as he reeled in 33 passes for 608 yards and five touchdowns to lead area tight ends.

Defensive lineman Anthony Woodward from VOL rival Sonora is also on the North’s roster. League MVP Nicky Batteate of reigning champion Oakdale joins Central Valley’s star QB, Trevor Mew, on the South.

The Lions Club All-Star Classic is one of the oldest known events of its kind on the West Coast, and it includes the best senior football players from San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Madera and Mariposa counties.

All-star players and coaches will be treated to a banquet Saturday at the Peterson Event Center in Modesto.

Teams will report on June 15 for practices on the UOP and CSU Stanislaus campuses. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. the day of the event.

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