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College Round Up
Former prep stars to go bowling
Warrior Victor Regalado was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division II All-West Region first-team. - photo by Photo Contributed
Three former local prep stars will be making appearances on college football’s biggest stages in the next few weeks, and at least one of them will have a major role on his respective team.
Former Pitman High standouts Anthony Harding of Fresno State and Colin Kaepernick of Nevada will be playing in the New Mexico Bowl and Hawaii Bowl, respectively, before the end of the year. Former all-state quarterback and Hilmar High grad Nate Costa will have the backup spot for the Oregon Ducks in the Rose Bowl, one of five Bowl Championship Series games.
Kaepernick has arguably the most important role on his team, the Nevada Wolf Pack, considering he’s the starting quarterback. The Wolf Pack will go up against SMU in the Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 on ESPN.
On Monday, Kaepernick was named a second-team all-Western Athletic Conference player after passing for 1,875 yards and 19 touchdowns while rushing for 1,160 yards and 16 touchdowns in Nevada’s pistol offense.
Harding is part of a deep Fresno State backfield that will face Wyoming in the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque at 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 19 on ESPN, the first game of the bowl season. Harding has earned limited playing time this season due to Ryan Mathew, one of the top rushers in the nation.
Last season, Harding led the Bulldogs in rushing yards.
And finally, Costa will be part of an Oregon team that will return to the Rose Bowl to face Ohio State in Pasadena, Calif. at 2 p.m. on Jan. 1 on ABC. Though he plays backup for Jeremiah Masoli, Costa gained national recognition after calmly scooping up a bad snap on an important extra-point kick in the Ducks’ win over Arizona. That helped set up Oregon’s run to the Rose Bowl.

Stanislaus soccer player earns another award
Cal State Stanislaus men’s soccer star Victor Regalado racked up another postseason accolade Monday, as he was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division II All-West Region first-team.
The award comes after the junior forward set California Collegiate Athletic Association single-season marks in goals (13) and points (28). The numbers helped the Warriors to an 11-6-2 record under first-year coach Dana Taylor.
Regalado comes from College Place, Wash. This past season, he was named the CCAA’s Most Valuable Offensive Player before being selected to the Daktronic’s All-West Region first-team.
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