Tracy senior splits league MVP honors
by Bob Brownne
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Tracy High’s Matt Shrout was named the San Joaquin Athletic Association coach of the year.  Press file photo
Tracy High’s Matt Shrout was named the San Joaquin Athletic Association coach of the year. Press file photo
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Tracy High’s Bruce Russell was named the San Joaquin Athletic Association most valuable player.  Press file photo
Tracy High’s Bruce Russell was named the San Joaquin Athletic Association most valuable player. Press file photo
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Tracy High senior Bruce Russell got a pleasant surprise recently when he found out that he was named to the top of the 2012 San Joaquin Athletic Association all-league list.

The Bulldogs fullback and linebacker was named the league’s most valuable player, an honor he splits with last year’s MVP, Lincoln High running back Justin Davis. League coaches vote on the all-league selections.

“The guy I share it with is a good athlete,” Russell said. “I’m just honored that I got the award.”

On offense, Russell finished as the league’s leading rusher with 1,184 yards. He averaged 107.6 yards per game and 6.84 yards per carry.

“We just had a good team and a good line,” he said. “It was a fun year playing with my team.”

Russell said he had not confirmed his college plans, but he expected they would include football.

“Football is something I’ll always take with me,” he said. “All of the hard work that I’ve put into it paid off.”

His coach, Matt Shrout, was honored as the SJAA 2012 Coach of the Year.

The third-year coach will split the recognition with Lincoln High’s Brian Gray.

Shrout led the Bulldogs (7-4, 4-1 SJAA) to second place in league and got the team to the first-round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs.

Tracy’s other top all-SJAA selections include senior fullback and linebacker Bruce Russell for co-MVP; senior Josh Bongiovanni for Offensive Lineman of the Year, and senior punter Tommy Langley, who was named top punter in the league.

First-team selections include junior Alex Warner, selected as an offensive and defensive lineman, junior linebackers Chaz Briggs and Chris Mahar, junior defensive lineman George Obinna, junior defensive back Luke Pulliam and senior defensive back Tyler Mendoes.

Honorable mentions included sophomore wide receiver and defensive back Jason Nelson, senior lineman Nate Shelton, junior running back and linebacker Eric Hawkins and senior quarterback Luke Hanna.



All-Central California Athletic Alliance selections

Junior lineman Korey Dubose and sophomore linebacker Carlos Martinez were selected from the Millennium Falcons to join the All-CCAA first team.

Second-team selections were senior offensive lineman Kyle Kish, junior safety Giacomo Oliveri, and sophomore cornerback Malik Charles.



Tri-City Athletic League

The TCAL was scheduled to make its all-league selections on Tuesday night, but those results were not available as of press time.

Kimball’s all-league players will be named when all of the teams in the Valley Oak League have finished the season. VOL champion Oakdale is in the semifinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs, and faces American Canyon Friday, Nov. 23.

• Contact Bob Brownne at 830-4227 or brownne@tracypress.com.
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