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Tri-County Conference names first-teamers
The Tri-County Conference released its all-conference teams for fall sports and several local athletes earned recognition for standout seasons.
Yuba City High senior running back Nate Van Dusen was named MVP of the TCC after leading the Honkers to their first league title in 25 years.
Van Dusen rushed for 1,299 yards this season and scored 22 rushing touchdowns. He averaged nearly 8 yards per carry and 130 yards per game.
Honkers quarterback Taylor Elkins was selected as the conference's offensive MVP, throwing for 10 touchdown passes this season and orchestrating the Honkers' potent veer offense.
Protecting Elkins and Van Dusen all season were senior offensive linemen Justin Noreen and Jimmy Mann, who were both named to the All-TCC squad. Junior running back Omar Herrera also made the first team with 787 yards and eight touchdowns rushing.
Junior Devin Pettengill earned a spot on the first team, contributing all over the field for the Honkers at wide receiver, free safety and kick returner, and he also served as the team's back-up quarterback.
Yuba City defensive linemen Brett Whiteaker and Anthony Franco earned spots on the first team, as did linebackers Anthony Fleenor and Cooper Goldby.
River Valley junior T.J. Dove was huge in leading the Falcons to the program's first playoff berth and was rewarded a spot on the TCC's first team.
He rushed for 619 yards and seven touchdowns, while also totaling 355 yards receiving with four touchdown catches. Defensively, he had three interceptions, two fumble recoveries and 27 tackles.
Dove has already set the career touchdowns record at River Valley and was a force on special teams with four punt returns for scores.
Senior wideout Jordan Noall earned a first-team selection for the Falcons with 300 yards receiving and five touchdown catches.
Rounding out the first team selections for RV were offensive lineman Logan Morace, linebacker Izaya Johnson and free safety Dewey Maxham.
It was a record-setting season for the River Valley soccer program and several Falcons were recognized for their efforts.
RV won both the TCC championship and the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III title.
Senior midfielder Castulo Carvajal was named the conference's offensive MVP and senior goalkeeper Triston Montoya earned defensive MVP honors after allowing just one goal all season.
First team picks for RV included midfielder Melad Rahim and standout defenders Jose Mendoza, Jesus Garcia and Alejandro Diaz.
Yuba City had four players make the first team including Victor Alcantar, Cristian Serrano, Javier Fernandez and Omar Gonzalez.
River Valley won its second consecutive TCC championship this season, though this year's title was outright.
A huge reason why the Falcons are hanging another banner was senior middle blocker Taylor Massengale, who was named to the All-TCC first team for the second consecutive year.
Also earning her second straight All-TCC nod was senior setter McKenzie Skyberg, who had 309 assists. Fellow senior Amrita Dale also made the first team and was solid at the other setter position with 259 assists.
Libero Sierra Pedley rounded out first team selections for RV as she amassed 248 digs this season.
Yuba City senior Maddie Collins led the Honkers with 246 kills this season and earned an All-TCC selection for her efforts. She also recorded 198 blocks and 48 service aces.
Junior setter Brittany Walker tallied 591 assists en route to a first team nod and freshman libero Ally Reines was nails in the back row with 365 digs to round out the All-TCC picks.
For the third consecutive season, River Valley's Swarnjit Boyal is king of the TCC after taking home MVP honors.
Boyal led the Falcons boys cross country squad to their third straight conference championship. Other first-team runners for RV included Aaron Hutton, Inderpreet Singh and Andres Quijas.
Yuba City's Matt Bailey made the first team for the Honkers.
RV junior Leanne Jarvis, the only local state qualifier, took home her second straight TCC MVP award, leading the Falcon girls to their first conference championship.
Harkiren Everest also made the first team for RV, while Yuba City's duo of Kate Aldridge and Holly McAlister made the first team.
Yuba City's tennis squad went 10-0 in the TCC for the third straight season, earning a championship banner in the process.
Hannah Poukish, Sophie Poukish and Amanda Perry were all selected to the All-TCC team.
RV was represented on the first team by Allison Sawyer.
Sylvia Chavez and Andi Richmond each made the first team for River Valley after strong seasons.