Dinuba High senior quarterback Marcus McMaryion was selected to play in the West Coast Bowl, a second-year showcase for the nation's top high school football players.
The game is set for 3 p.m. Jan. 26 from Redondo Union High in Redondo Beach. The West Coast Bowl drafts 50-man teams off a list of 200 players nominated from around the country, many of them college commits such as the Oregon State-bound McMaryion.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder was the 11th overall player selected and the first quarterback, going to the Red team that will be coached by former Fresno State and NFL receiver David Dunn, now coach at Lincoln-San Diego. McMaryion was the only Central Section player drafted through the first 50 rounds. The second 50 players will be drafted Saturday.
"Being able to actually draft my own players is so exciting and very different. I'd much rather hand-pick my team versus being given a roster to work with," Dunn said in a news release. "I know what kind of players I need to make this bowl game a success; and this live draft allows me to have that hands-on approach."
McMaryion has thrown for 5,146 yards, 61 touchdowns and seven interceptions while completing 59% of his passes in 21 varsity games. He was a first-team All-Bee selection last season after leading Dinuba to a 11-2 record, the Central Sequoia League title and a Central Section Division III runner-up finish.
Tennis playoffs set
Three defending section champions -- Buchanan in Division I, Sanger in D-II and Bakersfield Christian in D-III -- will open defense of their titles as top seeds when the girls tennis playoffs begin Thursday.
Selma is top-seeded in D-IV and Corcoran drew the No. 1 seed in D-V.
Quarterfinals are set for Nov. 30, semifinals Nov. 6 and championship matches Nov. 13.
Buchanan (18-4)was granted home-court advantage throughout the playoffs for the third straight year despite splitting two regular-season matches each with No. 2 Stockdale and No. 3 Clovis East. The Mustangs also beat the Timberwolves in their only head-to-head meeting.
"It's a big thing," Bears coach Jonathan Slater said. "We weren't sure how it was going to go, but we knew it would be close. Playing at home is always important because it's nice to not have to travel. We were going to be OK regardless of where we were seeded, but it's a nice validation of a solid season."
Section individual playoffs start with area tournaments hosted by Buchanan (North), Redwood (Central) and Garces (South) on Nov. 1-2.
The individual championships are Nov. 8-9, hosted by Wasco.
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