Speer has twice been named to the San Joaquin Athletic Association all-league football team, this past year as the league’s Offensive Lineman of the Year. He is also a standout on the Bulldogs’ track and field team, where he consistently takes top marks in the throwing events.
Last year, he placed third at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters meet with a throw of 158 feet, 3 inches, and went on to take 22nd place in that event at the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships. This year, he has qualified to move onto the masters meet in both the shot put and discus.
On Monday, he received the 2010 Jake Longmire Senior Blanket Award, which goes to Tracy High’s outstanding senior male athlete. Speer said Friday that the athlete of the year awards have become a family tradition.
“My brother and sister both got it, so it put a little pressure on me to get it,” Speer said, referring to his brother Mike, who played football, basketball, track and field and also wrestled, and Laura, who played soccer, basketball and ran cross-country.
Speer plans to attend San Joaquin Delta College, where he will play football and continue with throwing events.
Fisher received the Dr. John C. Kimball Senior Outstanding Athlete Award for Women, an honor that she said highlights her high school career. She also received the U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award
“I feel extremely honored,” she said, adding that she got the most out of her high school experience in large part because she was active on the softball and cross country team.
“Definitely I made a lot of friends through the years with sports,” she said, adding that she can also count among her accomplishments a chance to get the attention of college scouts, who helped her get into Santa Clara University on a softball scholarship.
On the softball team, she was the Bulldogs’ leading batter with an average of .558 for the full season — it also made her the top batter among all SJAA players. During the fall sports season she was the top runner on Tracy High’s girls cross-country team.
Still, she was surprised to be named her class’ top female athlete.
“This award is probably the biggest thing.”
Also earning multiple awards was Mark Lanfranki, who for the second year in a row received Tracy High’s Weeks Cup scholar-athlete award, and on Monday received the U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award, the Department of the Air Force Math and Science Award and was named one of the Stockton Record’s Class of 2010 Outstanding Seniors.
“I realize that high school success was from the combination of scholastics and athletics being put together,” he said.
That combination allowed Lanfranki to gain an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. He was nominated by Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Merced, and also went through interviews with an academy selection panel. He plans to continue playing football and field events at the Naval Academy.
Other awards for Tracy High athletes presented on Monday include:
Tyler Black and Sahar Osmani, Army Reserve National Scholar-Athlete Award.
Chase Nicholson, First Presbyterian Church of Tracy Scholarship; Denae Marie Dias “True Grit” Wrestling Award.
Brandon Jossey, Ben Agee, Stephanie Silva and Robert Emerson, Tracy High Athletic Booster Club scholarships.
Daniel Ornellas, Tracy Youth Soccer League Daniel Ruf Memorial Scholarship.