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SRVHS defensive leader recognized as top football player by Danville Rotary

Senior Tristan Sinclair receives Rotary's 2018 Pete Villa Award

The Rotary Club of Danville has selected San Ramon Valley High senior Tristan Sinclair as the winner of its 22nd annual Pete Villa Award, recognizing the young athlete as the most outstanding high school football players in the San Ramon Valley.

The award, named after the founder of the San Ramon Valley Thunderbirds’ youth football program, recognizes the most exceptional football player in the region, and there is no denying that Sinclair has been a stellar athlete for SRVHS.

Set to graduate this year, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound hard-hitting strong safety and outside linebacker helped the wolves cap off a successful 2018 season with a 28-21 win in the North Coast Section Division I title game.

While he is known for his defensive dominance, Sinclair is also an offensive weapon. In his last year with the Wolves, he contributed 1203 all purpose yards and scored 15 touchdowns as a running back, according to MaxPreps.

A sought after player, just last week he officially signed his letter of intent to play with Stanford University and will play there in the fall as an outside linebacker.

But before that will be competing in the 2019 Polynesian Bowl in Hawaii as one of the elite high school players selected from across the country. He will also be competing in the 2019 All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

This year’s Pete Villa Award nominees included Jahmal Cornwell, Cameron Fitzpatrick and Julian Iribarren from California High School; Demonte Aleem, Xavier Coleman and Jarom Kuaea from Dougherty Valley High School, ​David Hayward, Jack Stewardson and Nate Rutchena from Monte Vista High School, and ​Lucas “Deuce” Palmer, and Beau Garratt from SRVHS.

Dougherty Valley’s Aleem served as 2018’s first runner up followed by Monte Vista’s Hayward.

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