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May 23, 2013 9:32 PM by Andrew Masuda

Nine SLO County players selected for FCA All Star Football Classic

KSBY Sports announced nine players from four different schools, who were selected to play in the third annual FCA All-Star Football Classic on Thursday. Five of the nine earned All-CIF honors in the fall. The game that pits the best from San Luis Obispo County against the best from Northern Santa Barbara County is Saturday, June 1 at Lompoc High with kickoff set for 7 p.m.

Atascadero High defensive standouts Hunter Stemper and Robby Hixson were added to the San Luis Obispo County Team. Hixson, a 5-9, 142 pound defensive back, earned Second Team All-League honors for the Greyhounds after he recorded 83 tackles and 15 pass deflections."I thought it'd be really cool if I made it this year. I'm glad that I did. It's kind of cool to play with all the people from around the county and the league so we can kind of form a united team," said Hixson.

Stemper, a 6-1, 195 linebacker, earned All-League First Team honors after he recorded 98 tackles and 2 interceptions.

Templeton wide receiver Tobey Isbell will join eight other Eagles on the San Luis Obispo County Team. The 6-1, 170 pound Isbell earned All-Los Padres League First Team honors after he caught 40 passes for a league-best 655 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns. "It's pretty exciting to be playing in it with all my teammates because there are a lot of guys from Templeton that were selected. It's going to be kind of cool," said Isbell.

Three San Luis Obispo Tigers will also line up for SLO County. All-League and All-CIF defensive back Nick Hill, All-League Second Team lineman Domenic Fountain and All-CIF and Cal Poly recruit Jack Ferguson will represent the Tigers. Hill led the league with 7 interceptions last fall to go with 55 tackles. Fountain recorded 33 tackles and 2.5 sacks, while Ferguson tallied 110 tackles, 8 sacks, 19 quarterback hurries and 4 pass deflections on his way to being named the Pac 7 League's Defensive Back of the Year for the second year in a row. "It might not be my last game, but it's the last time I'm going to be playing with the guys I grew up playing football with. So it's pretty important for me to be out there," said Ferguson, who will play at Cal Poly next fall.

For the first time, the All-Star Game will feature players from Mission Prep. Quarterback Tyler Baty, wide receiver Joey Hall and defensive lineman Andrew DaRosa will represent the Royals, all three earned All-CIF honors last fall. Hall caught 60 catches for 1,365 yards and 24 touchdowns. Da Rosa was named Defensive Player of the Year in the CIF Northeast Division after the 6-2, 265 pounder tallied 84 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 16 quarterback hurries and forced 7 fumbles. All three also earned All-State honors.

Baty finished his career as San Luis Obispo County's all-time leader in touchdown passes with 92 after he threw for 2,979 yards and 45 touchdowns last fall for the CIF runner-up Royals. "It's going to be a lot fun. I'm looking forward to playing with guys I played with when I was a freshman and youth football. I'm just going to have a lot of fun," said Baty, who plans to attend the University of Arizona next fall.

The announcement was made at French Hospital in San Luis Obispo. Dignity Health is one of the major sponsors of the All-Star Football Classic. "I'm so proud of all of them. I want them all to win. I think the best outcome is that the community wins by seeing these young athletes participate in such a good wholesome way," said Alan Iftiniuk, President of French Hospital.

In the previous two years, the game has raised more than $280,000 for the participating schools. All game and raffle ticket sales go directly back to the athletic departments that sold them.

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