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The 2017 All-State Small Schools team and the All-State juniors team, announced by Cal-Hi Sports, features several players from CIF Sac-Joaquin Section and North Coast Section schools.

The Small Schools team is led by the first-team offense, defense and multi-purpose.

Garren O’Keefe of Colfax (tight end) and T.J. Campbell of St. Bernard’s-Eureka (quarterback) are on the first-team offense.

Isaac Hodgins of Berean Christian-Walnut Creek (defensive line) and Emany Johnson of Hercules (defensive back) are on the first-team defense.

J.B. Lewis of Fortuna (running back/wide receiver/defensive back) and Marshel Martin of St. Patrick-St. Vincent of Vallejo (running back/linebacker) were named as first-team multi-purpose.

The second-team offense has Micha Fontenot-Cornely of St. Bernard’s-Eureka (wide receiver), Otutua Afo of Sonora (offensive line), and John Kelley of Calaveras-San Andreas (offensive line).

The second-team defense has Evan Bennett of Capital Christian-Sacramento (defensive line), Christian Hovey of East Nicolaus-Nicolaus (defensive line), and Davion Gates of Modesto Christian (defensive back).

Luke Baggett of Bear River-Lake of the Pines (quarterback/running back) was named second-team multi-purpose.

The All-State team for juniors features Joe Ngata of Folsom (wide receiver) and Franklin Banks of El Cerrito (offensive line) on the first-team offense.

The first-team defense includes Jacob Bandes of Pittsburg (defensive line), Henry To’oto’o of De La Salle- Concord (linebacker), and Isaiah Rutherford of Jesuit-Carmichael (defensive back).

Kaiden Bennett of Folsom (quarterback/running back) was named first-team multi-purpose.

Tyler Hardeman of Folsom (defensive line) was named second-team defense.

Alvin Banks of Cordova-Rancho Cordova (wide receiver/defensive back) and Laiatu Latu of Jesuit- Carmichael (defensive line/tight end) were named second team multi-purpose.

Optimist All-Star Game

The South team beat the North, 24-23, in the 60th Optimist All-Star Football Classic on Saturday at Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium.

Max Miller was the coach for the North team and John Volek served as the coach for the South.

“I’m giving back to the community,” Volek said in a story in The Sacramento Bee. “For me, football was a great thing in my life. Knowing Max is alongside me, it’s an honor.”

“I hope people realize that this should be the biggest all-star game in Northern California,” said Miller.

The game features the top players in the Sacramento area and benefits area charities.


Executive Sports Editor

Executive Sports Editor Marty James has been with the Napa Valley Register since 1979. He is a member of the Associated Press Sports Editors, California Prep Sportswriters Association, and the California Golf Writers Association. He was inducted into the