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Five area stars selected to play in Lions Classic
Sierra High senior Jarrod Daniels is one of five area athletes selected to play in the 37th Annual Lions All-Star Football Classic June 19 at the University of the Pacific. - photo by Bulletin file photo


• WHAT: 37th Annual Lions All-Star Football Classic
• WHEN: Saturday, June 19
• WHERE: Stagg Stadium at UOP
• PREGAME: 6 p.m.
• KICKOFF: 7 p.m.

Five area standouts will try to re-establish the North’s dominance in this year’s Lions All-Star Football Classic.

The South squad snapped a six-game losing streak last season with a one-sided 19-3 victory but still trails with a 14-21-1 all-time record.

The 37th installment of one of the oldest all-star football games in California will be played June 19 at the University of the Pacific’s Stagg Memorial Stadium.

The North team is comprised of players from Tracy, Ripon, the Stockton area and the Sierra Foothills. South players come from Stanislaus and Merced counties.

All players and coaches selected will be recognized today in an annual banquet at Peterson Event Center in Modesto.

Three Timberwolves from Sierra High will represent the North, including Bulletin All-Area and Valley Oak League MVP Jarrod Daniels.

Daniels led Sierra to an 11-2 record and a share of the school’s first-ever VOL championship. He will graduate as the program’s record holder in four categories and finished his stellar senior campaign with 1,813 rushing yards and 32 touchdowns.

Diminutive playmaker Anthony Hall made the cut as a wide receiver but starred as Sierra’s jack-of-all trades. He caught an area-high 52 catches for 715 yards and nine touchdowns. As a defensive back splitting time between free safety and corner he racked up four interceptions and ran two back for scores.

But he will be most remembered for his heroics as a placekicker against Oakdale. Hall was instrumental in the Timberwolves’ first-ever win at The Corral, where, on top of a 95-yard run-back off a pick, he hit field goals from 50- and 45-yards out before nailing the game-winner from 40 out.

John Perez will play his final high school game with his classmates on the defensive side of the scrimmage. The 5-foot-10, 230-pound linebacker turned in 70 tackles and three sacks after missing his sophomore and junior years with a broken kneecap.

Joining the Timberwolf trio on the north are linemen Jeff Collins of Manteca and Hart Yoshida of Ripon.

Collins, a 5-11, 260-pound offensive lineman helped running back Marquis Miller compile 1,572 yards and 22 touchdowns and earned all-VOL first-team honors.

Yoshida, the Trans Valley League’s Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2008, led the area in sacks for the second straight year with nine despite his 5-8, 190-pound stature.

The North team will be led by Stagg head coach Don Norton, while the South is coached by Central Catholic’s Roger Canepa. Canepa led the North to a 23-14 victory while coaching at Calaveras.

— Jonamar Jacinto