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Standout Delta DB named to all-state academic team
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It turns out 2008 Manteca High graduate Marc Figone has the brains to go with the brawn.

The 5-foot-8, 185-pound sophomore defensive back for Delta College’s football team was named to the California Community Colleges/Football Coaches Association academic all-state team last week.

Figone and fellow Mustang teammate Casey McCurdy, a wide receiver, are two of 27 players selected from a pool of about 4,000 California community college football players.

Figone helped Delta compile a 5-5 record and was voted onto the all-Valley Conference defensive team after recording 49 tackles, two forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles. His four interceptions and seven passes broken up were team highs.

Figone was named to the Bulletin’s all-area football team in 2007 when he led the area with 10 interceptions to go with 80 tackles.

He was also a part of the 2006 squad that went 13-0 while winning Valley Oak League and Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championships.

Navarro earns postseason honors
Marissa Navarro, also a 2008 Manteca High alum, was one of nine Sacramento State players to be named to the Pacific Coast Softball Conference’s all-Coastal Division team.

The Hornets’ catcher, who also saw time at first base and designated player, earned honorable mention after hitting .417 with seven runs, three doubles, three homers and 13 RBIs in conference play. Overall, she hit .273 with 11 doubles, three home runs and 20 RBIs.

She committed just one error for a .995 fielding percentage and threw out 11 of 34 base stealers. Navarro ended the season on a 12-game hitting streak, the longest by a Sac State player for the season and fifth longest since Sac State entered the Division I ranks in 1990.

Sac State ended the season 11-7 in conference play, 21-31 overall.

EU grad guides MJC to track title
Modesto Junior College men’s track and field head coach Demetrius Snaer, who graduated from East Union High in 1993, led the Pirates to their first Big 8 Conference championship on April 30 at Diablo Valley College.

MJC compiled 249.5 points to runner-up American River College’s 180.

— Jonamar Jacinto