Bruins named all-league
The votes are in.
Some of the Pioneer Valley League’s top athletes call Bear River High School home.
Bear River missed the playoffs by a game this year, but a bunch of of its players were right on target, with 11 earning all-league honors.
On offense, Josh Rumsey, a junior, threw for1,235 yards – good enough for third in the league – on 80-of-139 passing with nine touchdowns and six interceptions.
“I was very pleased with the his play this season. He threw for over 1,200 yards on 10 games, and looking at the school’s record book, that’s not too bad,” said Bruin head coach Scott Savoie. “It’s really comforting to know we’ve got (him) coming back next year.”
Rumsey is joined by seniors Seth Morsey and Bryan Hart on the first-team offense.
Morsey, a returning two-way starter, anchored the Bruin offensive line from left tackle.
The 6-foot, 4-inch, 220-pounder also earned second-team honors on defense at tackle, where he finished sixth on the team in tackles with 44 and tied with Keith Marin for first in sacks with eight.
Hart came from a two-year absence from the football field to make a splash this year.
The 6-foot, 5-inch wide receiver was third in the league in receiving yards (503) and fifth on the team in scoring with four touchdowns.
“Seth was our pillar up front. He’s very deserving of making the first team,” Savoie said. “We’ve got a lot of pretty good wide receivers in our league, so for Bryan to make it was huge.”
On defense, juniors Chad Anderson, Matt Stuber and John Savoie made the first team.
Anderson, a linebacker, turned in a league-high 118 tackles, along with two sacks, an interception, a fumble recovery and blocked punt.
Stuber, a 6-foot, 2-inch 220-pound defensive lineman, was tied for third with Matt Grimm for third on the team in tackles with 75.
Savoie, who set a school record for consecutive PATs this season with 16, was voted the all-league kicker.
On the second team, Marin made the cut on offense at tight end and on defense as a defensive lineman.
Defensive backs Scott Keever and Wil Thomas as well as linebacker Jon Cummings also got the nod.
Jeff Duran, fullback, and Savoie, a defensive back, each received honorable mentions.
The Lady Bruins took second in the league behind Colfax and earned their second straight Sac-Joaquin Section Tournament berth this season.
Bear River beat visiting Vanden (Fairfield) in the Division III first round, then fell to three-time defending champ St. Francis (Sacramento) in the quarterfinals.
Bear River’s Kate Wellmon, whom Lady Bruin head coach Keith Hart called his coach on the court, stood tall for the Cardinal and Gray all season.
The senior – who split time at middle blocker/hitter, opposite-side hitter and setter this season – finished second in league MVP voting.
Fellow seniors, setter Gena Jackson and outside hitter Bri Harris, join Wellmon on the All-PVL first team.
Senior outside hitter Alyssa Prince made the second team.
The Bruins suffered through a tough season as a team on the soccer field, but had some individuals catch the eye of league coaches.
First and foremost is goalkeeper Andy Adams.
The junior turned in big-time performances all season, including 11 saves in a 1-1 tie with 2002 Sac-Joaquin Section Division V champ Forest Lake Christian.
Defenders Jon Hoag, Andrew Cox and midfielders Jake Miller and Justin Popken received honorable mentions.
Jessica Benzler, a sophomore, led the Lady Bruin duffers with three individual wins this year. She is joined by junior Liz Maurer on the first team.
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