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East Yosemite Preview — Chavez, Delano, Granite Hills, Kennedy, Monache, Porterville, Tulare, Tulare Western, Kennedy, Mission Oak

East Yosemite League Season Preview in alphabetical order. Be sure to vote for the 2010 Preseason EYL Player of the Year in the poll to the right.

Chavez (Cesar)
2009 Record: 5-7 (2-4)
2009 Scoring: 17.2 PFpg, 19.4 PApg

Seniors Ronald Keas and Eric Madueno will be the 1-2 punch in the Titans’ running game. Last season Keas tallied 344 yards and one touchdown, while Madueno contributed 307 yards and three touchdowns.

Madueno will also be the top returning tackler, with 48 from the linebacker position. The defense will also have free safety Francisco Badilla coming back, who made 38 stops and led the team with four picks.

Delano
2009 Record: 9-3 (4-2)
2009 Scoring: 35.6 PFpg, 16.8 PApg

The Tigers posted 4-2 league records the past two years and hope 2010 will be the year they will bring home an East Yosemite title.

Arturo Perez rushed for 236 yards and a touchdown last year and will be Delano’s top returning rusher in its run-dominant offense.

The Tigers will also need to replace the quarterback position. Darian Santaella is the only player that completed a pass last year (1-1, 25 yards) that’s coming back. But the passing attack will have an excellent component in receiver Martin Duarte, who caught 33 passes for 475 yards and four touchdowns last year.

DB Zachary Perigo and LB Jacob Arjona will lead the defense. Last year Perigo was second on the team in tackles with 67 and lead in interceptions with three. Arjona recorded 46 tackles and 4.5 sacks.

Granite Hills
2009 Record: 0-10 (0-6)
2009 Scoring: 4.0 PFpg, 52.8 PApg

The Grizzlies had a very young team last year, with 11 sophomores on the roster. They should be improved with a year of varsity experience under their belt, as they go for their first win since Halloween of 2008.

Kennedy
2009 Record: 0-10 (0-6)
2009 Scoring: 6.7 PFpg, 42.9 PApg

The Thunderbirds are coming off an 0-10 season, but as a first-year member of the East Yosemite League, it may be a good opportunity to turn over a new leaf.

Mission Oak
2009 Record: 2-8 (2-4)
2009 Scoring: 12.5 PFpg, 41.7 PApg

The Hawks will look to improve upon their 2-8 record from a year ago, as they attempt to establish a name for themselves in the East Yosemite League.

Monache
2009 Record: 3-7 (2-4)
2009 Scoring: 24.9 PFpg, 31.8 PApg

Running back Adrian Rico will be looked upon to shoulder a heavy load for the Mauraders, after rushing for 890 yards and 10 touchdowns last year.

The passing game will have a dependable target in wide receiver Greyson Henderson, who caught 29 passes for 350 yards and four touchdowns in 2009.

Linebacker Michael Halopoff will lead the defense, after recording 39 tackles a year ago.

Porterville
2009 Record: 10-4 (5-1)
2009 Scoring: 26.8 PFpg, 20.4 PApg

The Panthers went 5-1 in league play last year, with the only loss coming against a stacked Tulare squad. Porterville lays claim to one of the most underrated running backs in the Valley in David Ali.

Porterville advanced to the Valley Championship game against Dinuba in 2009 and will be hoping to make it over the hump for a Valley title in 2010.

Tulare Union
2009 Record: 11-1 (6-0)
2009 Scoring: 53.1 PFpg, 11.5 PApg

The Redskins will have major holes to fill in 2010, after graduated 33 seniors from last year’s roster.

The running game should be solid for Tulare with leading rusher Xavier Stephens coming back, after rushing for 1,234 yards and 23 touchdowns.

The passing game will be a huge question mark with a new quarterback and only one receiver returning with more than 100 yards — Anthony Sierra (2 receptions for 106 yards and one touchdown).

Senior Kevin Joseph will anchor the defensive line. A year ago he recorded six sacks and 25 tackles. He’ll be joined on the D-line by Rey Maldonaldo and Demari Harris will lead the linebacking core.

Tulare Western
2009 Record: 3-7 (2-4)
2009 Scoring: 17.0 PFpg, 28.4 PApg

The Mustangs are one of the few teams that have the luxury of having their starting quarterback coming back this year. A year ago Rudy Lujano completed 52.4 percent of his passes for 1,530 yards, 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He will look to improve upon those numbers in third season behind center.

He’ll have weapons to work with, as his top three receivers from last year will be coming back — Curtis Ricks (638 yards, 8 TD), Nathan Allen (402 yards, 7 TD) and Isaac Ybarra (150 yards, 1 TD).

Linebacker Ean Martinez will lead the defense, after recording 42 tackles last year.

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