All-Bee Teams

All-Bee football 2012: First-team defense

All-Bee football 2012 Player of the Year: Christian Rossi

All-Bee football 2012: First-team offense

All-Bee football 2012: Coach of the Year Beto Mejia

All-Bee football 2012: Honorable Mention

SCOTT FEDER

-- School: Mt. Whitney

-- Grade: Senior

-- Position: Line

-- What got him here: Defensive Player of the Year for the West Yosemite League and Visalia Times-Delta/Tulare Advance-Register, delivered 101 tackles, including 15 sacks and blocked two punts for an 8-3 team.

JOSHUA LOVINGOOD

-- School: Clovis North

-- Grade: Senior

-- Position: Line

-- What got him here: On the major-college recruiting radar, the 6-5, 260-pound All-Tri-River Athletic Conference selection dominated as a blocking tight end and defensive end opposite fellow Bee All-Star Isaiah Duran for a 12-2 team that captured the section's D-I title in the school's first year in the division. "Phenomenal athlete who averaged eight to 10 pancake (blocks) a game," Broncos coach Cory Hall says.

NICK NEVILLS

-- School: Clovis

-- Grade: Junior

-- Position: Line

-- What got him here: All-TRAC selection and state champion wrestler was a frontline anchor for a defense that gave up 10 or fewer points six times, including two shutouts, as the 9-2 Cougars captured their first outright league title in 16 years. "Nick brings a level of excellence that makes all around him better," coach Rich Hammond says.

TASHON SMALLWOOD

-- School: Central

-- Grade: Junior

-- Position: Line

-- What got him here: TRAC Lineman of the Year, at 6-2, 280, was arguably the section's most intimidating defensive lineman. He made 63 tackles, including 18 for losses and seven sacks. "He was extremely quick and versatile," Grizzlies coach Justin Garza said. "He was in the backfield so often, that's why people ran away from him."

RYAN STEELE

-- School: Kingsburg

-- Grade: Senior

-- Position: Line

-- What got him here: Two-time Bee All-Star capped a four-year varsity career by being named Central Sequoia League Defensive Player of the Year. The 6-2, 298-pounder started both ways, averaging 7.5 tackles for the Vikings, who went 9-3 this season and 46-6 with three section titles in his career. Next: Fresno State.

BEN SORENSEN

-- School: Buchanan

-- Grade: Senior

-- Position: Line

-- What got him here: All-TRAC defensive end was 11-for-11 in "outstanding football games," says Mike Vogt, making 75 tackles, including 22 tackles for losses. He also had seven sacks, two pass deflections, two recovered fumbles and four caused fumbles. Next: Sacramento State.

KODY BECKERING

-- School: Sunnyside

-- Grade: Junior

-- Position: Linebacker

-- What got him here: North Yosemite League Defensive Player of the Year averaged a section-leading 17.0 tackles for an 8-4 team that won the league at 5-0. "He's the best linebacker I've seen in the Valley, and I've been here since '93," Wildcats coach Jason Murray says. "There's big-time (college) interest in him, and he's got his eye on the prize."

ZACH CARTER

-- School: Bullard

-- Grade: Senior

-- Position: Linebacker

-- What got him here: County/Metro Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year made 50 tackles, including eight for losses and four sacks, and intercepted two passes for an 8-4 team that tied for the league title.

DEVAUGHN GAINES

-- School: Chowchilla

-- Grade: Senior

-- Position: Linebacker

-- What got him here: No player in the section was more involved in his team's success than the North Sequoia League MVP. As a quarterback operating a shotgun wing-T, he passed for 811 yards and 11 TDs and rushed for 1,266 and 20. And as a linebacker, he averaged 7.1 tackles, intercepted five passes and recovered three fumbles for a 9-4 team that tied for the league title and reached the D-IV semifinals.

JORDAN HARPER

-- School: Clovis

-- Grade: Senior

-- Position: Linebacker

-- What got him here: Three-year starter and All-TRAC selection played an integral role in the Cougars' turnaround -- 27-9 with two league crowns the past three years after going 5-26 the previous three seasons. He led this season's 9-2 team in tackles with a 9.1 per-game average and had two interceptions. "His lunch-pail approach to working hard every day allowed him to lead our team in tackles," coach Rich Hammond says.

TRAMELL JOHNSON

-- School: Central

-- Grade: Senior

-- Position: Linebacker

-- What got him here: One of the section's great success stories, he emerged from a spot player as a junior to a literal knockout defender and TRAC Defensive Player of the Year for an 11-3 team that reached the D-I championship. Among his 100 tackles, 12 were for losses, and he caused six fumbles. "A big character development; unbelievable development," Grizzlies coach Justin Garza says. "Watch film and it's evident he's the guy." Next: Maybe Eastern Washington.

ADRIAN SALAS

-- School: Clovis

-- Grade: Senior

-- Position: Linebacker

-- What got him here: TRAC Player of the Year and a Bee Player of the Year finalist, delivered a two-way role rivaled by few in the section. He rushed for 708 yards and 12 TDs, averaged 6.0 tackles, intercepted a pass and blocked a punt against five-star competition for a 9-2 team that captured its first outright league title in 16 years. "His timing for the big hit and the big run were remarkable," Cougars coach Rich Hammond says. "He made monumental contributions on both sides of the ball."

CODY SANDERS

-- School: Liberty-Madera Ranchos

-- Grade: Senior

-- Position: Linebacker

-- What got him here: NSL Defensive Player of the Year closed a three-year career at middle linebacker by averaging 9.0 tackles, intercepting two passes, blocking a field goal and scoring two touchdowns for a 12-1 record-breaking team that delivered the school's first section football title, in D-V. Next: Maybe walk on at Fresno State or Sacramento State.

JASON BLACK

-- School: Clovis

-- Grade: Senior

-- Position: Secondary

-- What got him here: Standard-bearing safety in the Central Section for three years, he was the most instrumental player in restoring the tradition of the eight-time section champion Cougars, who went 5-26 from 2007-09 to 27-9 from 2010-12. "Jason is the consummate student-athlete excelling in both arenas," coach Rich Hammond says. Next: Air Force Academy.

JUSTIN HOLMES

-- School: Edison

-- Grade: Senior

-- Position: Secondary

-- What got him here: No doubt the most under-publicized impact defender in the section, the All-CMAC selection made 58 tackles, including five for losses, intercepted seven passes, caused two fumbles and recovered one for a 9-4 team that tied for the league title. Next: Fresno State.

JOHNNY JOHNSON

-- School: Central

-- Grade: Senior

-- Position: Secondary

-- What got him here: All-TRAC selection slipped under the radar a bit in a junior-to-senior transfer from Memorial to Central, but joined the section -- if not state -- elite with eight interceptions, including two for touchdowns in the postseason for an 11-3 team that placed second in D-I. Next: UCLA.

ARNOLD LOPEZ

-- School: Clovis North

-- Grade: Senior

-- Position: Secondary

-- What got him here: Impact-free safety in the Broncos' run to D-II and D-I titles his junior and senior seasons for teams that went a combined 21-5. "Size gets him (5-9, 165, for college recruiters), but you can't miss with that kid's heart," Broncos coach Cory Hall says. "He emerged as one of the Valley's premier defenders in the secondary. He came up big in his career."

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