Napa High School’s Dawson Trent, Ethan Harrison and Cameron Ross were selected by JPS California to play for a Northern California team at the Paradise Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii last month.
An injury during practices kept Ross from playing, but Trent and Harrison saw action for a team of Northern California seniors in two games, both of which were played at Aloha Stadium.
It’s the third time that JPS California (Jr Prep Sports California) has taken select teams to participate in the Paradise Classic, according to jrprepsportsca.com.
“It was a great experience,” said Trent. “Anyone who gets an invitation, I’d definitely accept it.”
For the three Napa High players, it was a week-long trip to Hawaii. The players pay their own expenses, including airfare, lodging and food.
“I know Cameron would have loved to have played in it,” said Napa High head coach Jesus Martinez. “It was something they were looking forward to. They definitely deserved to be there. Playing with different kids from all over the country, it’s a great experience for them.”
The Northern California team had four practices at Pittsburg High before leaving for the games, which were played on Jan. 13 and 15.
According to its website, the Paradise Classic “is a great opportunity for our athletes to not only showcase themselves one last time on film, but also represent the state of California against some of the best high school players in Hawaii and America Samoa.”
Northern California won both of its games, 21-13 over America Samoa, and 21-20 over Hawaii East All Stars.
Players are first invited to play for JPS California, said Trent.
“They find the kids based on film, like they did for me, Ethan and Cameron,” said Trent.
The three players were honored by Napa High with team awards following the 2017 season. Napa was 3-6 overall, 1-3 in the Monticello Empire League.
Trent, a running back-inside linebacker, received MVP, Offensive Player of the Year, and team captain honors.
Harrison, an offensive tackle, was named as Lineman of the Year.
Ross, a tight end-outside linebacker-defensive end, was recognized as a team captain.
Trent was also named first-team All-MEL at linebacker and was second-team at running back. Trent was a finalist for Player of the Year on the All-Napa County team. Trent had 431 yards rushing on 81 carries and scored three touchdowns.
“He had a great year on both sides of the ball,” said Martinez. “A kid that leads by example. Hard worker. Great attitude. Always real positive.”
Ross was named as a finalist for Lineman of the Year on the All-County team. Ross was also first-team All-MEL at outside linebacker-defensive end and second-team at tight end.
“He did a fantastic job for us on offense, blocking-wise,” said Martinez. “We tried to get him the ball as much as we could. Just a real physical kid. Not real vocal. Just leads by emotion and example. On the defensive side, a very physical player. He was great for our defense. A game-changer on the defensive side.”
Harrison was a team leader on the Indians’ offensive line, said Martinez.
“He is very vocal, a kid that our younger linemen definitely learned a lot from,” said Martinez. “A team player. Very physical.”
All-State Medium Schools
Several players from Sac-Joaquin Section and North Coast Section schools were named to the Cal-Hi Sports 2017 all-state team for medium schools.
Spencer Webb (Christian Brothers-Sacramento, tight end) Miles Owens (Bishop O’Dowd-Oakland, offensive line), Nico Sarale (Oakdale, offensive line), and Spencer Petras (Marin Catholic-Kentfield, quarterback) were named first-team offense.
Jevon Holland (Bishop O’Dowd, defensive back) was selected first-team defense.
Gino Campiotti (Manteca, quarterback-defensive back), Isaah Crocker (Inderkum-Sacramento, wide receiver-kick returner), and John Torchio (Campolindo-Moraga, quarterback-defensive back) were named first-team multi-purpose.
Armon Bailey (Vanden, linebacker) was named second-team defense.
Mack Roesner (Marin Catholic, linebacker) was named third-team defense.