East team includes 14 local seniors
After taking the Porterville High School football team to the postseason for the first time in four years, second-year PHS head coach Michael Machado, was named the head coach of the East team in the upcoming 52nd annual East-West Tulare-Kings All-Star Game.
The football game is Saturday, June 22, at Groppetti Community Stadium in Visalia and features 14 local seniors along with the Panthers coaching staff.
From Porterville are wide receivers Hunter Alcantar, Jesse Hernandez and Aaron Cruz; running back Demario Ennis; defensive backs Benjamin Rodriguez and Eduardo Ramos; and linemen Saul Barajas and Miguel Madrigal.
The Panthers (8-3, 3-2 East Yosemite League) earned the No. 1 seed in the 2018 CIF Central Section Division IV playoffs. Porterville had a first-round bye but lost 20-7 to eighth-seed Wasco (9-4) in the quarterfinals to end their season.
From the East Sequoia League, Lindsay (6-5, 3-3 ESL) and Strathmore (13-2, 5-1 ESL) have two players each. Linebacker Angel Perez and linemen Ricardo Navarro will represent the Cardinals, while linebacker Damian Valencia and lineman Jadon Guire are from the Spartans.
Top-seeded Strathmore won their third straight Div. VI Valley championship then went on to win their third-straight CIF State regional championship with a 28-7 win over Southern Section Div. XIII champions, Adelanto (13-2), in the Div. 6-AA Southern California Regional Championship. But the team lost 49-0 to Sac-Joaquin Div. VI champions, Hilmar (13-2), in the state finals.
Thirteenth-seeded Lindsay won their first Div. V playoff game under fourth-year head coach, Matt Mendonca, with a 37-34 win over fourth-seed Liberty-Madera (9-2) in an opening round game. However the Cardinals lost 30-22 to fifth-seed Woodlake (11-2) in their final game.
Both Granite Hills (2-8, 2-4 ESL) and Monache (7-5, 2-3 EYL) have one player each in GHHS linebacker Michael Martinez and MHS quarterback Antonio Andrade.
The Grizzlies didn’t make the playoffs but the Marauders returned to the Div. IV playoffs for the second straight season. In playoffs, third-seed Monache had a bye then defeated sixth-seed North (7-5) 48-45 in overtime of a quarterfinal game.The Marauders season ended in a 61-14 loss to second-seed Central Valley Christian (12-3). CVC went on to win the Div. IV Valley and Div. 4-AA SoCal Regional championships.
Also on the East All-Stars team are players from CVC, Mt. Whitney, Golden West, Exeter, Redwood, Delano, Cesar Chavez and Woodlake.