Football players with local ties compete in Lion's all-star game
David Vicondoa, a 2013 graduate of Lassen High School, was chosen to play in the Lion’s All-Star Football Game. Vicondoa will be attending and playing football for Feather River College beginning in August.
Keefer “Zane” Fulton, a former Lassen Youth Football and Lassen High School football player, gives a double thumbs up after playing in the 36th annual Lion’s All-Star Football Game Saturday, July 13. Fulton and his teammates shaved their heads into Mohawks together as a show of support for their team. Photos submitted
July 23 — Two young men with local ties were chosen to play in the 36th annual Lion’s All-Star Football Game that took place in Oroville Saturday, July 13.
David Vicondoa, a 2013 Lassen High School graduate, was chosen to represent the North team and Keefer Fulton (also known as Zane Fulton), a former Lassen High School and Lassen Youth Football player, was chosen to play for the South.
The game is for high school graduates from schools between the Oregon border and Yuba City, Calif. Top players from schools in the area are chosen to play for either the North or South team, depending on the location of the player’s high school. All proceeds from the game go to a camp for diabetic children.
The North won the game, 32-7, which was played at Harrison Stadium in front of approximately 2,500 fans. This is the fifth year in a row the North has won the match-up.
Vicondoa has been playing football in Lassen County since he was old enough, beginning with Lassen Youth Football, then playing all four years at Lassen High School. He played defense for the Grizzlies in his senior year and, according to maxpreps.com, wracked up 77 solo tackles, 127 total tackles, two fumble recoveries and scored six points. During his time as a Lassen High football player, Vicondoa was awarded NAL All-League, division II All-Section and best defensive player for the Grizzlies. He also took first place in weightlifting, bench press max and bench press repetitions at last year’s Gold Beach Football Camp.
Fulton, a 2013 graduate of Paradise High School, is the grandson of Lassen County residents Lloyd and Carol Keefer and played football for Lassen High School until he transferred to Paradise during his sophomore year. Fulton was a starter for Paradise High School in his senior year and was awarded division I All-League noseguard. According to maxpreps.com, Fulton had 29 solo tackles, 77 total tackles, three sacks and three fumble recoveries while playing defense for the Paradise Bobcats in the 2012-2013 season. In the all-star game, Fulton succeeded in sacking the North’s quarterback, Zack Trueblood, in the first quarter for a loss of nine yards.
Fulton and Vicondoa previously played together on the Lassen High School football team. Prior to the game, Fulton’s mother, Kelly Keefer, said, “It should be a fun and interesting game — two players that used to play on the same team playing against each other. It is a huge honor to be nominated and finally chosen for this game. I am so proud of both of them. They will forever remember this final football experience that pits the best against the best and pushes them to their ultimate limits.”
According to Vicondoa’s mother, Lisa Maez, the game was a great experience for the boys. “David made life-long friends with previous rivals. They lived together for six days in the Shasta College dorms and practice three times a day.”
Vicondoa will be attending and playing football for Feather River College beginning in August, where he will play with and against many of the players who competed in the all-star game.