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Gridley Herald - Gridley, CA
  • Live Oak Fall Awards Banquet

  • If you attended any of the Live Oak football games this past season, you got pretty used to hearing one name in particular—Romario Acosta.
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  • If you attended any of the Live Oak football games this past season, you got pretty used to hearing one name in particular—Romario Acosta. Acosta was one of the best quarterbacks in the section this season with his ability to put the ball on the money and dodge defenders when scrambling. Acosta completed 97 passes for 1,368 yards this season. He also rushed for 499 yards on 88 carries. Acosta was not only named Offensive MVP for the Lions, but he was also named the Sacramento Valley League’s co-Offensive Most Valuable Player.
    Tyler Raymond was awarded all-SVL running back. Raymond led the Lions’ rushing attack with 548 yards on 99 carries. Raymond also showed his versatility as he caught 39 passes for 617 yards. He finished the season with 10 TDs. Raymond was a force to be reckoned with on the defensive side of the ball, completing the season with 62 tackles and 4 sacks. He was named the team’s Defensive MVP.
    Raymond wasn’t the only Lion that was instrumental on all sides of the ball. Kirk Thao finished the season with 232 yards on the ground, 68 tackles, two sacks and the bulk of the yards on special teams. Thao was awarded all-SVL running back and the team’s Special Teams Player of the Year.
    One of Acosta’s primary targets for the season was his tight end—Aaron Pamma. He caught 27 passes for 473 yards. Pamma was named all-SVL tight end and received the LOHS Varsity Football Captain’s Award.
    With his impressive ability to read quarterbacks and receivers, Andrew Lopez finished this season with 7 interceptions and 32 tackles. Lopez was picked as all-SVL defensive back.
    Anthony Hernandez finished the season with 48 tackles and was awarded the Most Improved Player on the team.
    Two players on the JV football team were named the team’s Most Valuable Player—Matt Evans (RB, FS) and Jevin Cheema (FB, LB). The Coaches Award, dubbed “The General”, was given to Luis Islas.
    For the varsity volleyball team, senior Taylor Benzel was given all-SVL honors. Alexis Lopez was selected as the Lady Lions’ MVP. Analesia Campos was named the Most Inspirational Player, and Samantha Newman received the Coaches Award.
    Mara Johnson received both the MVP Award and the Most Inspirational Award for the JV volleyball team. Evelyn Ontiveros was given the Coaches Award.
    The varsity cheerleading Most Optimistic Award went to Amber Mirko. The Most Dedicated Award was given to Claudia Menchaca, while Monica Velasquez received the Team Player Award.
    Amber Burgess received the Most Dedicated Award on the JV cheerleading team. The Most Spirited Award was awarded to Brianna Yanez, and Alondra Enriquez was presented the Team Player Award.
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