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Seven Vaqueros earn All-APL honors

First-team All-APL selection Nick Foster caught 10 passes for 191 yards in the season finale against Pasadena. The 191 yards are No. 4 on SBCC's all-time list. (Photo by Ken Sciallo/Sevilla Photography)
First-team All-APL selection Nick Foster caught 10 passes for 191 yards in the season finale against Pasadena. The 191 yards are No. 4 on SBCC's all-time list. (Photo by Ken Sciallo/Sevilla Photography)

Seven SBCC football players have been selected to the All-American Pacific League team.

Two freshmen made first-team offense – receiver Nick Foster and lineman Sage Sobrado – and three landed on first-team defense – sophomore inside linebacker Chase Elliott, freshman lineman Matthew Molina and sophomore punter Martin Ahlstroem.

    2018 All-APL Team

Foster led the APL in receiving with 31 catches for 462 yards (14.9 avg.) and four touchdowns in five games. Sobrado is a 6-2, 280-pound offensive lineman from Fresno.

Elliott was third on the team in tackles (63) and sixth in APL games with 38 tackles plus two interceptions. Molina, a 6-3, 225-pound defensive lineman from Dos Pueblos High, was ninth in APL tackles with 32. He also had two sacks and two forced fumbles.

Ahlstroem, a sophomore from Molndal, Sweden, continues a strong tradition of outstanding Vaquero punters. He led the conference with a 35.5-yard average and had a long of 60 yards with six punts inside the 20.

Three former Vaquero punters from Australia are currenly kicking for NCAA FBS teams – Mitch Wishnowsky at Utah, Joel Whitford at Washington and Trent Schneider, the punter and kicker at South Florida.

Center Jake Tourtillotte, a 6-3, 310-pound sophomore from Cabrillo High, made the All-APL team for the second straight year. He was a second-teamer, along with inside linebacker Andreas Buri, a sophomore from Bern, Switzerland. Buri led the Vaqueros with 68 tackles and was third in APL action with 46.