Eleven players from Thousand Oaks High and 10 from Channel Islands highlight opposing rosters for the Ventura County All-Star football game.
That so many Lancers and Raiders were invited is not surprising: the teams met for the Coastal Conference championship last fall, with Thousand Oaks winning, 27-12. Thousand Oaks also won an earlier meeting last season with Channel Islands, although the Raiders took the Marmonte League title.
"They got us twice, maybe we'll get them this time," quipped Joel Gershon, the Channel Islands coach who, along with his Raider staff, will direct the West team.
Thousand Oaks Coach Bob Richards and his staff will coach the East squad in the annual game, which will be played Saturday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Oxnard High's Houser Field. The teams will practice from June 2-17.
The West team includes: John Sunia (DB), Manuel Camarillo (DL), Roger Jones (DL), Ray Mosones (LB), Steve Balonek (DL), Carlos Hernandez (OL), E. J. Miller (RB), Victor Caro (DB), John Petersen (OL) and Brian Courtney (WR) of Channel Islands; Kyron Johnson (DB), Lawrance Cottrell (DB), John Dotsy (DL), Ed Ramirez (DL), Jason Matheny (QB), Won Lee (C), David Eggert (WR) and Tran Sanders (OL) of Ventura.
Also on the West are: David Nunnery (RB), Joel Gaxiola (QB), Gabe Diaz (WR), Don Young (OL), Cedric Hackett (LB) and Scott Patchett (TE) of Hueneme; Adam Flores (DL), Al Sanderson (DB) and Mike Gianelli (LB) of Buena; David Davis (LB), Lee Jaitt (LB) and Eeron Wilson (DL) of Oxnard; Andy Ahearn (RB), Ben Clark (OL) and Chris Barnett (OL) of Santa Clara; Aaron Lewis (DL), Keith Mims (TE) and Jim Patterson (OL) of Rio Mesa; Mike Salka (OL) and Nick Schlesinger (LB) of Nordhoff; and Mark Borchard (LB) and Andy Wagoner (DL) of St. Bonaventure.
Gershon's assistants include: Frank Gankas, Jess Borjon, Dennis McSweeney, Junior Tui, Ben Tirado and Al Tarazon.
The East team includes: Steve Sisco (QB), Mike Moore (RB), Marc Monestime (RB), Greg Banks (OL), Eric Dennis (OL), Mack Humphrey (LB), Lance Alverson (DB), Chris Gann (DB), Jeff Ward (DB), Mike Hutton (TE) and Mike Blanton (DL) of Thousand Oaks; Bill Bell (RB), Joe Bosman (LB), Gil Valencia (WR), Trent Spangler (DL), Ed Gibbs (DL) and Robert Jevens (OL) of Camarillo.
Also on the East are: Rick Choate (DL), Chris Millen (LB), Noel Baker (RB) and Garrett Messner (TE) of Westlake; Tony Kerr (RB), Jeff Lujan (OL), Gil Carrillo (DB), John Jones (OL) and Dave Gregware (DB) of Simi Valley; Greg Goulart (OL), Darrin Jelly (RB) and Steve Allison (DB) of Newbury Park; Marco Sanchez (WR) and Will McInerney (QB) of Santa Paula; Chad Sourbeer (RB) and Eric Anhalt (DE) of Royal; Bob Wooten (OL), John Sloane (LB) and Chris Frame (DB) of Oak Park; Tim Juntilla (OL) of Moorpark and Matt Dollar (OL) of Fillmore.
Richards' assistants include: Rob Elliot, Larry Mohr, Paul Gomes and Larry Mortensen.
Richards said he will add two players to round out the 40-player roster. David Stratton, a kicker from Moorpark, and Bob Grandpre, a quarterback from Westlake, declined invitations to play.
Ventura's Steve Dailey, a linebacker-fullback, is undecided because of a conflict with an all-star baseball game, according to Gershon.