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Area stars team up for Rotary game

Some of the top area football players will be on the field during the 24th annual Chowchilla North/South Rotary All-Star football game next month.

Players like Merced's Bernard Bolden, Kenny Cooper and Nathan Mayfield, Chowchilla's Fred Gaines and Los Banos' Rubal Sangha will team up on the North roster.

The game will be played on June 26th at Chowchilla High at 7:45 p.m.

"We tried to take the best kids available and we tried to award the most successful teams," said Los Banos coach Dennis Stubbs, who will be coaching the North team. "We think we have some pretty good potential at every position."

It will be the second all-star game in two weeks for Stubbs and his Los Banos staff. Stubbs is also coaching the South team in the Lions All-Star game on June 20th at the University of the Pacific.

Many of the area's top players will be playing in both games.

Stubbs is looking forward to watching some of the top players in action.

"I've heard quite a bit about Nicky Batteate from Oakdale," Stubbs said. "When recruiters come through we've talked about the all-star game and they all say he can play.

"I think we have some real good receivers. I'm also a big fan of Bernard Bolden.

"It's going to be fun to watch him fly around and hit people on defense.

"I've also heard the Hilmar inside linebacker (Carl Jameson) is supposed to be really special."

It's also an opportunity for local fans to see some talented players from out of the area. Players like Central Valley quarterback Trevor Mew, who threw for more than 3,000 yards last fall, Patterson receiver Ronyea Ellington and Turlock lineman Mason Russell.

"I've heard a lot of good things about Trevor and I think he's a great fit for what we do," Stubbs said.

"Ronyea Ellington is a pretty good athlete. We've gone up against him the past couple summers."

The hardest job for Stubbs may be finding playing time for the 53 players on his roster.

"It always is in these all-star games," Stubbs said. "Fifty-three players is a big roster.

"Last time we didn't have much of a problem. We'll put the players into a couple groups and split the game up in halves."

Shawn Jansen is a Sun-Star sports reporter. He can be reached at 385-2462 or via e-mail at sjansen@mercedsun-star.com.

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