By Bill Tamburrino
Andrew Stemm and Marshal Thrasher will represent Ramona High School in the 20th Annual Alex Spanos All Star Classic.
The game will be played at San Diego Mesa College. The kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July
Both Ramonans will be playing defense for the South All Stars. Stemm, who played defensive back and slot receiver and starred on several special teams for Bulldog football, will play free safety. Thrasher, who played defensive end, defensive tackle, linebacker, tight end and tackle for the Dawgs, will play his natural position, defensive end.
Stemm was an All Palomar League and an all county selection and the Bulldogs’ Defensive MVP.
“He is what coaching high school football is all about,” said Coach Damon Baldwin. “He is all heart and goes all out all the way. He played offense, defense and was a terror on special teams.”
Thrasher was the 2011 Ramona High School Male Athlete of the Year and the Defensive Lineman of the Year for the Dawgs. He was All Palomar League and all North County in football.
“He is a three-sport athlete and he is the epitome of the term team player,” said Baldwin. “He will do anything and everything he can do to help his team, and he did in three sports. He played offense, defense and special teams and was a force on defense for us.”
Four other Bulldogs were chosen to play on the team but could not participate due to other commitments. Bryson Garcia will be leaving for the Naval Academy Preparatory School. Nate Lutu will be playing football at Maysville State College. Trevor Dotson had a family commitment. Cody Sweet had to withdraw due to an injury.
The players began practice at San Marcos High School on Monday, June 27. Besides practice, the players were taken on a guided tour of the San Diego Chargers’ practice facility, locker room and weight room. Players selected to the All Star teams also get hats, shirts, a game jersey and a hoodie.
The Alex Spanos All Star Classic is the longest running high school all-star football game in Southern California. Proceeds from the game go to the High School Coaches Association, which in turn gives scholarships to deserving student/athletes.
Tickets may be purchased at the gate. They are $8 for adults, $5 for ages 5-12 and free for fans age 4 and younger.
The Alex Spanos All Star Classic is the only high school all-star game sponsored by an NFL team. The Chargers rent the facility; provide the pants, jerseys, coaches (from San Marcos High School for the South) and clothing. The Chargers also rent Qualcomm Stadium for the CIF championships as a community service.
Mike Tolbert and Vaughn Martin of the Chargers will serve as honorary captains and the Charger cheerleaders will perform at halftime.