One of the most anticipated high school sporting events of the summer is the Lions All-Star game which brings together some of the best football players in the Northern Section to compete one last time all for the good of the community.
Each year both an eight-man game and an 11-man game are played, pitting recently graduated seniors from northern counties such as Tehama, Shasta, Modoc and Siskiyou against those from the Mid-Valley area, which includes Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Sutter and Yuba counties, representing the South.
In the 42nd rendition of the event on June 22 in Chico, it was the South, aided by the play of Williams High’s Anthony Davalos and Pierce High’s Matthew Tapia that prevailed 13-12.
Davalos, who started on the offensive line for the South also got time on the defensive side of the ball while Tapia played on special teams, at linebacker and got some reps at fullback as well.
Two local players additionally named to the South team but unable to compete due to injury were Colusa’s Christian Lyss and Pierce’s Tommy Davis.
Selected to play for the South’s eight-man squad were three Princeton Eagles, including Nickolas Ramirez, Josue Sullivan and Anjel Carreon.
Proceeds from the game go to Camp McCumber, a week-long camp created by the Chico area Lions for children with diabetes.