Boogaard: TRAC offers plenty for Bee’s list
The Tri-River Athletic Conference, which delivered the Central Section’s top Division I seed in Clovis and the division’s finalists in Clovis North and Central before sending the Broncos to Long Beach, headlines the list of finalists for The Bee’s top player and coach honors.
Player of the Year finalists:
– Christian Rossi: TRAC Offensive Player of the Year represented the complete package with passing accuracy and field command for the 12-2 Broncos.
– Isaiah Duran, Clovis North: Junior was exceptional on both sides of the line, and against high-end competition.
– Adrian Salas, Clovis: As TRAC Player of the Year, the senior fullback/linebacker received the top award for the section’s top league.
– Marcus McMaryion, Dinuba: Junior passed for 3,477 yards with an astounding 43-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio for the 11-2 Emperors. Boise State’s already knocking.
– Edgar Segura, Mendota: With 4,570 yards rushing and 80 touchdowns in addition to impact defense, the junior has been the section’s most dominant player for two years running while leading the Aztecs to consecutive D-VI titles.
Coach of the Year finalists:
– Rich Hammond, Clovis: TRAC Coach of the Year has lifted the Cougars from a humbling fall.
– Cory Hall, Clovis North: Has produced D-II and D-I section titles in his first two seasons as a high school head coach.
– Chuck Shidan, Sanger: Never has been better in a 23-year career, leading the Apaches to a D-II runners-up finish — without a star.
– Mike Nolte, Liberty-Madera Ranchos: His fourth season with the Hawks resulted in a D-V championship after already finishing second twice.
– Beto Mejia, Mendota: More than the numbers — 21-3 with two D-VI crowns in his only two seasons as the Aztecs varsity coach — he’s breathed life into the community.
By Andy Boogaard