Two graduating San Luis Obispo High football stars have finalized their plans to play college football, Tigers coach David Kelley said Monday.
Linebacker Nick Butier will be an invited walk-on at Northern Arizona, while running back Vance Cramer will play at Cal Lutheran.
Butier made 122 tackles as a senior on his way to being chosen to The Tribune’s all-San Luis Obispo County first team. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Butier also started on the Tigers’ offensive line, and was named the team’s co-MVP with receiver Mason Orradre.
Northern Arizona, located in Flagstaff, Ariz., went 6-5 overall in 2010, finishing in sixth place in the Big Sky Conference standings.
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The 6-1, 190-pound Cramer rushed for 612 yards and two touchdowns on 91 carries. Cramer, who made 75 tackles as a linebacker, was a first-team all-PAC 7 honoree at fullback.
The Kingsmen, a Division III program located in Thousand Oaks, went 8-2 last year, finishing ranked No. 21 nationally by D3football.com.
Bernal leads Blues to win over Oaks
Former Paso Robles High star Thomas Bernal hit a three-run home run to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning Monday night, leading the San Luis Obispo Blues to an 8-3 summer collegiate baseball win over the Conejo Oaks at SLO Stadium.
Bernal also drove in a run with a sixth-inning single, and finished 2 for 4 with four RBI. He increased his team-leading RBI total to 11 for the season.
Zac Elgie added a 2-for-4, two-RBI performance for the Blues (7-1, 4-1 California Collegiate League). Chad Christensen also had a homer for the Blues.
Tom Barry (2-0) earned the win, scattering five hits in seven innings with eight strikeouts and no walks.