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Local talent to represent CHS, CV in all-star affair
2015 graduates will suit up for North team
Daniel Alvarado will represent Central Valley High School in the North/South Rotary All-Star Football Game. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Rivals in high school, Daniel Alvarado of Central Valley and Caleb McDade and Ramon Coral of Ceres High will team up during Friday's 30th Annual North/South Rotary All-Star Football Game in Merced.

Alvarado, Coral and McDade will suit up for the North squad, which will be coached by Pacheco's David Snapp.

Alvarado started at center for two seasons with the Hawks.

Daniel suffered a knee injury in a 24-7 upset loss to crosstown-rival Ceres High last fall. The setback eliminated Central Valley (5-5) from playoff consideration.

"He had to go through physical therapy," Hawks head coach Scott Edwards said. "It affected him for a few months. He's not going to pursue college football. He'll get one last chance to put on pads and cleats. This is his last hurrah. He's pretty excited. Hopefully, he has a good game and has fun."

Alvarado was selected to the Western Athletic Conference First Team following a productive senior season.

Daniel was Central Valley's top offensive lineman.

"He was our coach on the field," Edwards said. "He held everything together. He always gave a great effort. He led by example. If we didn't have him, things fall apart."

McDade and Coral were key players on Ceres High's 3-7 football squad during the 2014-15 school year.

"They're great kids," Bulldogs head coach Bret Durossette said. "They got great character. They did everything we asked them to do. I'm glad they got picked to play in the game."

McDade earned first-team all-conference honors.

"If we had 11 of him on the field, we would have won a lot of games," Durossette said.
Caleb anchored the Bulldogs' offensive line.

He was also an honorable-mention pick at linebacker.

McDade led the WAC in tackles with 59.

"This will probably be his last game," Durossette said. "He's going on a (Mormon) mission."

Coral garnered second-team all-league recognition.

Ramon totaled 28 tackles and 21/2 sacks at defensive end.

Coral plans to play football at the college level.

"He put everything he had into it (football)," Durossette said. "He's a tough kid."

A total of 56 high schools will be represented in the all-star game.

The North squad's roster features 2015 graduates from Central Valley, Ceres High, Atwater, Buhach Colony, Central Catholic, Enochs, Escalon, Golden Valley, Gustine, Gregori, Hilmar, LeGrand, Livingston, Los Banos, Mariposa, Merced, Modesto Christian, Orestimba, Oakdale, Patterson, Pacheco, Pitman, Ripon, Ripon Christian, Riverbank, Stoneridge and Turlock.

Practices were staged at Atwater High School. The all-star game will be held at Veterans Stadium in Merced.

Kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m.