Amador High School
Sports: Football, wrestling
2019-20 sports highlights: Shane was a first team all-Mother Lode League defensive back for the Amador football team this past fall and also played running back, helping the Buffaloes win a share of their first MLL championship since 2001. In the winter, he helped accelerate the rebuilding of the Amador wrestling program by winning the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V championship in the 145-pound division, becoming the school’s first section divisional champion since 2005. He was named Amador’s Most Outstanding Wrestler for the third consecutive year.
Did you know: Shane had a 3.86 GPA and was one of four Amador wrestlers who earned a Perfect Attendance award for never missing a day of practice all season. He will be attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Arizona and studying Aerospace Engineering through an Army ROTC scholarship.
They said it: “Shane is the type of wrestler every coach wants – a great leader and a talented wrestler,” Amador wrestling coach Austin Clymer said.
Sports: Football, basketball, baseball
2019-20 sports highlights: A three-year, three-sport varsity athlete, Nash was a two-time team captain for the Amador varsity football team. He earned Mother Lode League Most Valuable Player honors this past fall after helping lead the Buffaloes to a share of their first league championship since 2001, which included a three-touchdown performance in a historic victory over Sonora. In the winter, he was the Amador boys basketball team’s MLL Character Award winner and earned academic all-league honors.
Did you know: Nash was the recipient of Amador High School’s Andra Jackson Fuller Athlete of the Year award. He plans on attending George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, where he will play football and major in Financial Planning.
They said it: “Nash played offensive line, tight end, inside and outside linebacker, and was our kicker … He was a true MVP for Amador football,” Amador football coach Bill Baker said. “He is probably one of the most competitive kids I’ve coached.”
Amador High School Honorable Mention:
• Inigo Baxter (Jr.): A captain on the Amador varsity football team, Inigo earned Cal-Hi Sports all-state honors as a first team offensive lineman, was voted the MLL’s Lineman of the Year and earned academic all-league honors.
• Gus Gedney (Sr.): Earned first team all-MLL honors in football as a wide receiver and earned academic all-league honors in both football and basketball.
Argonaut High School
Sports: Football, track and field
2019-20 sports highlights: A team captain and one of the top defensive playmakers on the Argonaut varsity football team this past fall, Michael earned academic all-Mother Lode League honors and was the Mustangs’ MLL Character Award winner.
Did you know: A model student-athlete, who participated in multiple sports and ranked in the top 15 of his class academically, Michael was also a four-year member of Argonaut’s Student Leadership class, a standout performer in Argonaut’s drama program, a member of the Argonaut FFA, and was voted homecoming king in the fall. Michael will attend Saint Mary’s College in Moraga and major in Psychology.
They said it: “Outstanding student-athlete with all the character to go with it … shows up early and one of the last ones to leave; the kind of player we all love to coach and teach,” Argonaut varsity football coach Ricky Davis said. “He always works hard in whatever he does.”
Michael Alcoriza Jr.
Sports: Cross country, wrestling, golf
2019-20 sports highlights: A four-year, three-sport athlete, Michael finished his busy high school athletic career strong by being voted by teammates as the Argonaut cross country team’s Most Inspirational Runner and MVP this past fall. In the winter, he qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Wrestling Championships for the third straight year and was the only Argonaut wrestler to advance to the second day of the tournament. He was named this year’s recipient of Argonaut’s Dan Vukajlovich Most Outstanding Male Athlete Award.
Did you know: Michael was a four-year member of the Argonaut band; a member of the Amador Catholic Club; one of two Argonaut students to earn a community service letter with 300 service hours; and was a member of Argonaut’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) program, placing first in district and third in state for his presentation on Sports Nutrition. And he did it all while maintaining a 3.85 GPA throughout his high school career. Michael will be attending the Marion Military Institute in Alabama with a goal of attending the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York and eventually getting commissioned as an Officer in the United States Army.
They said it: “Michael embodies what it means to be a student-athlete, demonstrate school pride and to be a team leader,” said Argonaut boys golf coach Michael Alcoriza Sr. “At the high school level, it takes much courage to be a leader and Michael possessed such courage.”
Argonaut High School Honorable Mention:
• Garrett Elmore (Jr.): A two-way starter for the Mustangs varsity football team, Garrett earned first team all-MLL honors as a tight end and academic all-league honors.
Calaveras High School
Sports: Football, wrestling
2019-20 sports highlights: Earned Mother Lode League Defensive Player of the Year honors and academic all-league honors for football this past fall and followed that up with a historic wrestling season in the winter, winning MLL and Sac-Joaquin Section Division V and Masters championships. Donivan’s 195-pound title at the Masters tournament was the first for the storied Calaveras program since 1987. He capped his season with a seventh-place finish at the state meet, becoming just the fifth wrestler in CHS history to win a medal at state.
Did you know: Donivan led the Calaveras wrestling team with 26 pins and 106 takedowns during his junior season and set a new team record for the most wins by a junior with 51! In addition to his individual success this school year, Donivan was a part of MLL championship football and wrestling teams, as well as helping the CHS wrestling team win Sac-Joaquin Section team duals and divisional championships. He also shined in the classroom with a GPA above 4.0!
They said it: “(Donivan) did something that had not been done in over 30 years by a CHS wrestler,” Calaveras wrestling coach Ryan Upchurch said. “That includes over 30 state qualifiers, four state medalists and one national champion. Winning the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters is an amazing feat.”
2019-20 sports highlights: Nolan was a team captain and two-way standout for the Calaveras football team this past fall, helping lead CHS to a share of its first Mother Lode League championship since 2013. He earned MLL Offensive Player of the Year honors for his play at quarterback and made arguably even a bigger impact on the defensive side of the ball as a playmaker in the Calaveras secondary, including game-saving interceptions in victories over Bradshaw Christian and Amador.
Did you know: In the season-opener against Escalon, Nolan played the entire game despite dealing with a migraine headache. He was selected to play in the 47th annual Lions All-Star Football Game on June 13, however the game was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nolan will be continuing his football career at Sacramento City College.
They said it: “Nolan’s one of the best kids I’ve ever coached,” Calaveras football coach Doug Clark said. “He will do whatever it takes for the team.”
Calaveras High School Honorable Mention:
• Jacob Christopher (Sr.): A standout runner for the Calaveras cross country team, he placed first in the MLL, second in the Sac-Joaquin Section and eighth in the state – the highest individual finish ever for a CHS runner at the state meet – helping lead the CHS boys to MLL and section championships, and the highest state meet finish in school history (fourth place).