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CHS, CV and former Hawk players close prep careers at Rotary All-Star Game
Cristian Chavez was greeted by his family members following the conclusion of the 27th North/South Rotary High School All-Star Football Game.

Chavez, a 2012 Central Valley graduate, split playing time on the offensive line as the North pounded the South 40-3 on Friday night in front of a large crowd at Golden Valley High School.

Cristian may have put on shoulder pads and cleats for the final time. Chavez will attend Modesto JC and work this fall. He wants to become a fish and game warden.

"I might not play football in college," Chavez said. "I'm going to take some time to think about it."

Central Valley had two representatives in the all-star game, including Hector Ornelas.

Ceres High's Jesse Hidahl, and former Hawks/Central Catholic grads Sterling Shaw and Andrew Betschart also suited up for the North squad.

Chavez and Ornelas were members of the white offensive unit, which accounted for two touchdowns and a pair of field goals.

"Everybody got an even amount of playing time," said Chavez, who teamed up with Ornelas for two seasons at the varsity level. "It was really exciting. It was the last high-school game of the year. Obviously, they have good players too. It came down to how our offense worked together. I had a good time."

Hidahl, Shaw and Betschart were blue-unit members.

Jesse played center, while Sterling contributed at running back.

"They couldn't stop our running game," Hidahl said. "Our offensive line overpowered theirs."

Jesse watched his brother Justin and cousin Hadon Lopez compete in the same showcase game in 2009 and 2011, respectively.

"Whenever I see my grandpa, he says we have three all-stars in the family," Jesse said. "It feels really good to be noticed like that. That was one of my goals. I worked my butt off during the football season. I had something to prove. I made my family proud."

Sterling carried the ball six times and caught one pass.

"I had a lot of key blocks that sprung some of the other runners free for scores, which is good enough for me," Shaw said.

Andrew was a defensive lineman.

Chavez, Ornelas, Hidahl, Shaw and Betschart enjoyed a memorable ending to their prep careers.

The North team put on a show at Golden Valley's new stadium, which opened last fall.

"We worked hard in practice all week," Sterling said. "We came out fired up and we let it loose on the field. I just feel like we wanted it more. I loved everything about that night. Everything went perfect."