February 10, 2011
Folsom's Richardson; area scholar athletes to be honored at awards dinner

By Bill Paterson

Folsom High School's Kris Richardson will receive the Rowland P. "Red" Smith Distinguished Coaching Award at the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame scholar-athlete awards dinner March 10 at the Elks Club in Sacramento.

Richardson led the Bulldogs to a remarkable 14-1 season, including a defeat of then state top-ranked Grant in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship game and a win over Serra of Gardena in the CIF State D-II Bowl Game.

Some 30 high school and five college scholar-athletes also will be honored at the event, sponsored by the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the NFFC hall of fame.

Sacramento State Athletic Director Terry Wanless will be the keynote speaker and Fox 40 sports director Jim Crandell the master of ceremonies.

Rich Payne, Folsom High's sports announcer, and Rob Vernatchi, a current NFL back judge and former high school official, will receive awards for their contributions to amateur football.. A special award will be given to Richardson and Escalon's Mark Loureiro for their CIF State Bowl title wins.

College athletes to be honored are linebacker Peter Buck, Sacramento State; tight end Dean Rogers, UC Davis; offensive tackle Scott Hodges, Sacramento City College; offensive guard Josh Gurney, American River College; and defensive end Aaron Wagoner, Sierra College.

The area high school athletes to be honored are:

• Ryan Cope, Kenny Andri and Max Magleby, Del Oro
• Jordan Richards, Stephen Sippel and Dano Graves, Folsom
• Matt Kasner, Cory Brehm and Andrew Wright, Granite Bay
• Darryl Paulo and Puka Lopa, Grant
• Nick Blaser and Beau Smith, Roseville
• Harley Alexander, Foresthill
• Tu'uta Inoke, Burbank
• Thomas Crosbie, Casa Roble
• Tom Baldoni, Colfax
• Robert Ash, Cosumnes Oaks
• Evan Autry, Elk Grove
• Derek McIntyre, Franklin
• Chris Fry, Jesuit
• Edward Galben, Mesa Verde
• Ethan Clark, Monterey Trail
• Cody Long, Nevada Union
• Jonathan Bias, Pleasant Grove
• Zac Post, Whitney

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