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Sonora High School graduates Joe Harris and Bryann Turner are ready to mix it up for the North team in the 30th annual Lions Central California All-Star Football Game.

They'll go against the South at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the University of the Pacific's Amos Alonzo Stagg Memorial Stadium in Stockton.

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Harris was an all-Valley Oak League offensive guard and defensive tackle for Sonora last season. The 5-6, 175-pound Turner was an all-league free safety and also a dangerous running back and kick returner for the Wildcats, who finished second in the VOL, made the Sac-Joaquin Section

Division III playoffs and had a record of 6-4-1.

Fellow VOL players on the team are defensive lineman Steve Dunigan and wide receiver-defensive back Gilbert Martinez (the league's Most Valuable Player) of Division III runner-up Manteca, and defensive back Chris Vedder from Sierra of Manteca.

The North will be coached by Mike Byerly, who took Lincoln of Stockton to the Division I championship game. The team has been housed at UOP and has been training on the university's practice fields — where the San Francisco 49ers held training camp the past few years - since last weekend.

The South's coach is Jeremy Plaa, who led Gustine to the Division V finals. The anti-North has been training at Stanislaus State University in Turlock, which also is the summer training site of the University of California football team.

Ironically, neither UOP nor Stanislaus State has a football program of its own.

The North leads the Lions series 15-13-1 after losing last year's game 28-7. The North's chances of avenging that loss were hurt when running back Louis Rankin of Lincoln, bound for the University of Washington, suffered a calf injury in a pickup basketball game and decided to bypass the Lions contest.

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