Bruin, Miner receive football honors
Axel Wadman’s hardware keeps coming in.
On Wednesday, the Bear River senior was given a National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award. Leading up to that honor, Wadman was selected to play in the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Optimist All-Star Basketball Game after being named to the All-Pioneer Valley League basketball first team.
Wadman was the point guard for the Bear River basketball team and he played linebacker and tight end on the gridiron.
When selecting scholar athletes, the National Football Foundation uses performance on the field, in the classroom and in the community, according to Bear River football co-head coach Scott Savoie.
“He’s worked several basketball camps, been a Junior Bruin football coach,” Savoie said. “He’s involved in student leadership at school. … You’ve got to be a little more than just all-league. They’re looking for the kids that are making the all-section team, or in Axel’s situation, he was our league’s most valuable defensive player.
“That carried some weight, along with the community service.”
Dave Zealear, a Nevada Union senior running back, also received a National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award.
Zealear has earned a 3.7 grade point average and was named to the all-league first teams his junior and senior years.
“Dave has done a good share of community-service volunteer work along with being an outstanding student and great football player for us,” Miners coach Dave Humphers said.
Both Wadman and Zealear continued trends for their respective high schools. Last season, Bear River’s Kevin Grimes was given the award, and from Nevada Union, Andrew Jackson and James Brindley were honorees.
According to Savoie, about 30 high school and college players from the greater Sacramento area were honored at last Wednesday’s banquet in Sacramento.
NU pair makes All-SFL team
Two members of Nevada Union’s girls basketball team – juniors Caroline Reeves and Sarah McAtee – were named to the All-Sierra Foothill League First Team.
Miners senior Emily Ryan received an honorable mention.
Folsom High School eliminated Nevada Union in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
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The 2021 High School Optimist All Star teams for baseball, softball and boys volleyball have been announced, and several local student-athletes made the cut.