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19 Yuba athletes named All-BVC
McDonald, Mora tabbed as MVPs; Paul, Flores honored
The Bay Valley Conference has announced its all-conference selections for the fall 2012 sports season, and 19 Yuba College athletes were recognized for their efforts.
With an undefeated season in BVC play, the Yuba College volleyball team won its first banner since 2009.
Leading the 49ers to a 23-2 record was Sutter High product Brenna McDonald, an outside hitter who was selected as MVP of the BVC for her efforts.
McDonald amassed 232 kills this season while maintaining a hitting percentage of .308. She was a second-team selection as a freshman last year.
Sophomore Katie Reiland earned first team All-BVC honors for the second consecutive season. The former Yuba City Honker totaled 199 kills and a .364 hitting percentage at the middle blocker spot to go with 52 blocks.
Sutter High graduate Sam Foster was the All-BVC setter as she put up 808 assists, and fellow Husky Shaila Gidel got the nod at libero with 221 digs this season.
Katie Olson, also a Sutter alum, was named to the second team.
It was another record-breaking year for Yuba College running back Juan Johnson as he led the BVC with 1,666 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns en route to his second straight All-BVC nod. Johnson was the conference's Offensive Player of the Year in 2011.
Johnson twice broke Yuba's single-game rushing record this season with 349 yards in the season opener at Gavilan and 322 against Los Medanos on Nov. 3.
Leading the way for Johnson all year were first-team offensive linemen Adam Paul (Marysville), Zach Zapata (Wheatland) and Taylor King. This was Paul's second All-BVC first-team nod in two seasons.
On the defensive line, Terick Rogers and Tyrone Grove both made the first team for the second consecutive year. Freshman Ben Iereima also earned a spot for the Niners.
Yuba City product Max Flores put up an outstanding season for Yuba at linebacker with 13.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss — both of those marks were second in the BVC.
Freshman cornerback Antonio Stuckey out of Inderkum High was a first-team selection and rounding out the picks for Yuba was sophomore kicker John Leal, who made 12 field goals, including a 44-yarder, the longest in the BVC this season.
It was somewhat of a disappointing season for Yuba's soccer programs, but there were a few bright spots for the 49ers.
On the men's team, Yuba City grad Isaac Mora was named co-MVP of the BVC, a year after earning a first-team selection. Fellow Honker Dario Teyes was selected to the first team.
For the women, Lindhurst product Alex Cook was the Niners' lone first-teamer after earning a second-team nod in 2011. Gridley's Mirriam Compton made the second team.