6 Sierra College football players sign for scholarships

By: Special to the Journal
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Six impact players from the 2013 Sierra College football team signed national letters of intent Wednesday, Wolverine head coach Ben Noonan announced.

Heading up the Wolverine sophomores is All-American first-team defensive back Zack Starnes, who inked an agreement with UNLV.

Also signing on Wednesday were defensive back RaShawn DuPree (West Texas A&M), offensive lineman Jordan Finley (Colorado State University), quarterback Daniel Harding (University at Albany, New York), offensive lineman Steven Trivette (Midland University, New England) and defensive back Michael Saulter of Del Campo, who signed with Tarleton State of Texas.

Starnes (Woodland High School) was the 2013 Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year and was named to the All-State first team. He had 55 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss and returned two interceptions for touchdowns.

Finley (River Valley) earned All-Valley and All-State first team honors. Trivette (Ponderosa) was an All-Valley first-teamer. DuPree had 36 tackles and returned an interception and a kick for TDs.

Harding emerged from a three-player off-season battle as the Wolverines’ starting signal-caller before an injury limited him to only eight games. He was 173 of 304 for 1,859 yards with 18 touchdowns and 13 picks. He averaged 232 passing yards per game.

Under first-year coach Noonan, the Wolverines were 6-5 in 2013, finishing in a three-way tie for second place in the rugged Valley Conference.  Sierra ended the regular season with a 23-13 home win over rival American River College that earned the Wolverines a berth in the San Francisco Community College Bowl.