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Manteca, Ripon Christian fall standouts named to MaxPreps teams
Receiving awards during Manteca Highs varsity football team banquet were, from left, Alex Laurel (Outstanding Offensive Player), Jacob LeDon (Outstanding Defensive Player), Valenti Saavedra (Coachs Award), Isaac McClain (Outstanding Lineman), Joe Menzel (Coachs Award), Billy Sharmoug (Absolute Loyalty) and Elijah Cooper (Coachs Award). Laurel and Sharmoug have also been named to the MaxPreps All-Northern California and All-Sac-Joaquin Section teams. - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO

The awards keep pouring in for Alex Laurel and Billy Sharmoug, the Manteca Bulletin’s 2013 All-Area Football Co-MVPs.

Both were named to the MaxPreps All-Northern California and All-Sac-Joaquin Section teams last week. Joining them on the SJS team is Ripon Christian’s Andrew Brown, the section’s new all-time touchdown leader.

Also, Ripon Christian volleyball standout Andie Shelton made the MaxPreps All-State Division V and Small Schools All-American teams.

Laurel was named to the NorCal and SJS first teams after racking up 1,876 rushing yards, 440 receiving and 49 total touchdowns. Sharmoug was selected as a second-team honoree on both lists. They led Manteca (13-2) to Valley Oak League and SJS Division III titles as well as an appearance in the CIF Division II State Regional Championship Bowl Game.

Brown made the All-SJS second team with his section-leading 2,781 rushing yards and 55 touchdowns. His 126 career touchdowns are fourth most all-time in California.

Shelton earned her latest honor, the All-State selection, on Sunday. The Pacific-bound setter is also an Under Armour Second Team All-American. She led Ripon Christian to two SJS titles and four undefeated runs in the Southern League and is a three-time Manteca Bulletin All-Area MVP.