Selma’s Junior Ramirez earned the Central Sequoias League’s most-valuable player award as CSL all-league honors were announced for the 2017 season.
Ramirez was the Bears’ quarterback in an 8-3 season that went as far as qualifying for the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Central Section Div. IV playoffs.
Selma was bounced out of the playoffs by North (Bakersfield) after a quarterfinal 36-35 loss in overtime. Ramirez had 229 total yards (184 pass, 45 rush) and scored four total touchdowns (one pass, three rush) in the game.
Overall, it was a good season for the senior, who made an impact as both a rusher and passer accounting for 1,850 total yards (1,024 pass, 761 rush) with 26 total touchdowns (nine pass, 16 rush, one receiving). His 761 yards on the ground led all Selma rushers
Ramirez also played safety on defense for the Bears accumulating 42 tackles (second on the team) and led Selma in total takeaways (six interceptions and five fumble recoveries). His six interceptions were good for second in the CSL. Ramirez was also the team’s starting punter.
Other players from Selma who earned honors included safety Chris Romero and defensive end Emmanuel Franco, who both made first team all-league. Bears’ receivers Ivan Valdez, Brian Ching and Ricky Mota; defensive linemen Dante Guicho; and Martin Lucio earned honorable mentions.
Bo knows offense, defense
Kingsburg’s Bo Jackson earned first-team CSL all-league on both offense and defense as a running back and linebacker.
The junior was one of two Vikings players to earn honors in two different positions, the other being Nathan Gamble (second team as a safety, honorable mention as a running back).
Jackson rushed for 1,543 yards and 20 touchdowns, which both led the CSL this season.
On defense, Jackson was everywhere on the field as he accumulated 115 tackles, which was good for second in the league behind his teammate Seth Costi (116), who earned an honorable mention.
Other than Jackson, the only Kingsburg players that earned a first-team honor were offensive lineman Mauricio Santana and defensive lineman Josh Chaves. Four Vikings players that earned second all-league honors included Gamble, defensive linemen Noah Haga, Cole Dias and offensive lineman Jalen Wilkins.
Along with Costi, Vikings that earned honorable mention included quarterback Caleb Buendia, receivers Mark Contreras and Tyler Hodges, tight end Jaden Spomer, linebacker Brandon Rocha and safety Anthony Rodriguez.
Kingsburg finished the 2017 season at 7-5 and were eliminated from the CIF Central Section Div. III playoffs after a 48-9 loss to Bakersfield Christian in the quarterfinals on Nov. 17.