Two local SCIAC football standouts earn All-American honors

Senior running back Travis Sparks-Jackson of the University of La Verne and sophomore corner back Victor Bunce of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps have bother earned All-American honors from

Sparks-Jackson was a second team honoree. He rushed for 1,521 yards and 19 touchdown on 235 tries in leading the Leopards to a conference championship and its first berth in the playoffs since 1994.

Sparks-Jackson becomes La Verne’s first All-American since Anthony Jones and Andy Moran earned the honors in 1995 and the first Leopard to receive the award.

Bunce earned honorable mention. He had 38 tackles, nine interceptions and 12 pass breakups in helping the Stags to a 7-2 overall mark and second place showing in the SCIAC.

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University of La Verne players lead All-SCIAC football selections

Here is the complete list of football honors for the SCIAC:

Athlete of Year (Offense) – Kwame Do, Sr., Occidenal
Athlete of Year (Defense) – Paul Slaats, Jr., Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Newcomer of Year – Dalton Santos, Fr., LB, Cal Lutheran
Coach of Year – Chris Krich, La Verne

First team offense
QB Bryan Scott, Jr., Occidental
RB Travis Sparks-Jackson, Sr., La Verne
RB Jeremiah McKibbins, Sr., Chapman
WR Alex Arellano, Jr., La Verne
WR Devin Bullock, Sr., Occidental
WR Sean Myers, Sr., Chapman
OL Austin Crist, Sr., Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
OL Juan Guerrero, Sr., La Verne
OL Beau Kitson, Jr., La Verne
OL Jim Partee, Sr., Occidental
OL Matt Schallert, Soph., Redlands
TE Alex Moise Jr., Sr., Cal Lutheran

First team defense
DL Tristan Corwin, Soph., Redlands
DL Joshua Hardy, Jr., La Verne
DL Alex Rorie, Sr., Chapman
DL DeJon Rothschild, Jr., Cal Lutheran
LB Austin Brasher, Jr., Whittier
LB Brendan McDondald, Soph., Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
LB Mitch Shepherd, Soph., Redlands
DB Eric Acosta, Soph., La Verne
DB Victor Bunce, Soph., Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
DB Colin Spencer, Sr., Redlands
DB Diego Villasenor, Sr., Whittier
K-P Sean Murray, Sr., Redlands
ST Dallas Parent, Jr., La Verne

Second team offense
QB William Linvingston, Sr., La Verne
RB Aseal Birir, Soph., Pomona-Pitzer
RB Shane Pico, Soph., Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
WR Cole Blackburn, Soph., Redlands
WR Brett Harper, Sr., Pomona-Pitzer
WR Cordell Harris, Jr., Occidental
OL Grant Frazier, Sr., Pomona-Pitzer
OL Christian Hernandez, Soph., La Verne
OL Mark Kozhaya, Jr., Whittier
OL Kevin Olive, Sr., Cal Lutheran
OL Hunter Peterson, Sr., Chapman
TE Connor Allen, Cal Lutheran

Second-team defense
DL Austin Brown, Fr., La Verne
DL Jack Rulon, Dr., Redlands
DL Michael Shepherd, Jr., La Verne
DL Andrew Sova, Sr., Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
LB Ronny Camacho, Sr., Cal Lutheran
LB Justin Lantz, Jr., Redlands
LB Anthony Penalber, Sr., La Verne
DB Jalen Devine, Jr., Redland
DB Drew DeMarco, Sr., Chapman
DB Aaron Mandell, Jr., Redlands
DB Connor Truhitte, Jr., La Verne
K Chris Taylor, Jr., Cal Lutheran
P Jack mcFarland, Sr., Cal Lutheran
ST Colibn Spence, Sr., Redlands

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Local SCIAC players earn preseason All-American honors

 From left to right:  Aaron Hinkle, Michael Tootle, Griffin Lord, Kevin Russell.

Eleven players from four area schools have been singled out in USA College Football’s Preseason All-American team.

The University of Redlands had four selections, with offensive lineman Aaron Hinkle named to the first team and linebacker Michael Tootle named to the second team along with linebacker Griffin Lord (Damien HS). A fourth Bulldog, quarterback Kevin Russell, made the third team.

Pomona-Pitzer also had four selections. Wide receiver Brett Harper and offensive lineman Jack Horstmann made the first team, with offensive lineman Trey Connet and defensive lineman Brian Friel on the second team.

The University of La Verne was also represented by linebacker Christian Lozon on the first team and defensive lineman Nik Gutierrez on the third team.

The lone selection for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps was defensive lineman Alex Chang, on the third team.

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