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Ceres High's Matt Smith and Jode Johnson starred in multiple varsity sports during the 2007-08 school year.

They were named the Bulldogs' male and female athletes of the year in a vote by coaches last week.

Athletic director Glenn Driskell presented plaques to the standouts Wednesday afternoon.

"I'm pretty happy," said Smith, who enlisted in the U.S. Marines and will head to San Diego for basic training on July 7. "I ended my high-school career on a good note. It means a lot to me. But I wish I could have done more."

"Being the first sophomore to win it is mind-boggling," Johnson said. "It's a good accomplishment. I didn't even know I was in the running."

Smith, a senior, played baseball in the spring and football in the fall.

"My favorite sport is football," Smith said. "I've been playing it for the last nine years."

He joined 25 other players on the All Sac-Joaquin Section Football Team as announced last November by the National Football Foundation Sacramento Chapter.

Matt, an honorable-mention selection, punted 50 times for 1,918 yards. The VOL first-team honoree had six punts over 50 yards. He also had four punts downed inside the 20-yard line.

Smith contributed in other areas on the gridiron as well.

He tallied 1,294 yards and six touchbacks with a long of 60 on 27 kickoffs.

He ranked third on the team in tackles (55). He also had three sacks, two quarterback hurries, one fumble recovery and a pass deflection while playing linebacker.

Matt rushed for a team-high 433 yards and scored one touchdown on 123 attempts.

Smith started in center field for Ceres High's baseball program, which finished in a three-way tie for fifth in the league standings (6-8). The VOL first-teamer batted .429 (15-for-35) with one homer, four doubles, 10 runs and nine RBIs.

"I worked on my hitting during the offseason," said Smith, who played sparingly as a junior.

Johnson was a three-sport standout in softball, basketball and volleyball.

"I like basketball and softball equally," she said.

An all-defense selection in softball, Jode committed just four errors on the year at shortstop as the Bulldogs finished in second place in the VOL (11-3) and participated in the playoffs for the 23rd straight season. She batted .279 (12-for-43) with three triples, three doubles, two stolen bases, 12 runs and seven RBIs. Johnson posted fielding and slugging percentages of .911 and .465.

Jode Johnson averaged 8.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in leading the girls basketball program to a 9-16 overall record and fourth-place tie in conference play (5-9). The athletic and versatile guard/forward made the VOL second team.

A middle blocker in volleyball, Jode earned second-team, all-league honors for the sixth-place Bulldogs (4-10).

Johnson tallied eight digs, five aces and three blocks to propel Ceres High past host and intra-city rival Central Valley on Oct. 30. The 25-11, 19-25, 25-15, 25-13 triumph served as redemption for the Bulldogs, who blew a two games to none lead in losing 23-25, 19-15, 25-19, 25-19, 15-13 to the visiting Hawks on Oct. 2.

Jode had four blocks during Ceres High's 3-2 (11-25, 25-10, 25-20, 15-25, 15-11) upset of VOL foe and playoff participant East Union on Oct. 16 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.