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Riverbank's German Fernandez was named the Gatorade National Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year from California for 2008. (Bart Ah You / The Modesto Bee)
Riverbank's German Fernandez was named the Gatorade National Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year from California for 2008. (Bart Ah You / The Modesto Bee)

No Gatorade national award for Fernandez

Quarterback Matt Barkley, who's headed to USC in 2009, and middle distance runner Chanelle Price of Easton (Pa.) Area High, a Tennessee recruit, were honored as Gatorade national high school athletes of the year. The awards were given before the 2008 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. Riverbank High graduate German Fernandez was among six boys finalists for the award, which was presented by Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart and Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden. Barkley will be a senior at Mater Dei in Santa Ana. He passed for 35 touchdowns and 3,576 yards in 11 games last season. Barkley was selected a Parade Magazine player of the year in 2007. He had a 3.77 grade-point average and raises money for families of wounded and fallen Marines. Fernandez broke several records in cross country and track and field in the 2007-08 school year, including a 29-year-old national mark in the 2-mile, a state-meet record in the 3,200 meters and national and state-meet records in the 1,600.

Locals All-Americans

East Union High pitcher Erin Arevalo and Orestimba shortstop Juliana Santos were named to the EA Sports Softball All-America second team. Arevalo struck out 492 batters to lead the state for the second year in a row and help the Lancers advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship game. She pitched 19 shutouts and nine no-hitters and had a 0.22 ERA in her senior season. Santos led the Warriors to the Division V title by batting .667 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs. Both will play in the Southeastern Conference next season, Arevalo at Georgia and Santos at LSU.

All-Star ratings up

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game's television ratings increased from last year. The first nine innings of Tuesday's 15-inning marathon on Fox drew a 9.3 fast national rating and 16 share, the network said Wednesday. That's up 11 percent from the 8.4/15 in 2007. Nielsen issued separate ratings for the regulation portion of the game and extra innings. Innings 10 through 15 earned a 7.5/18.

Peeved Daly tees off

John Daly was 1 under at the British Open without even picking up a golf club. That is, he got under the skin of one of his former coaches, swing guru Butch Harmon, who cut Daly loose in March after saying he was devoting too much time and effort to partying and too little to practicing. "His lies kind of destroyed my life for a little bit," Daly, a two-time major champion, said during a wide-ranging news conference on the eve of the tournament. "I don't know what his problem is," Daly added, "but he needs to stay as far away from me as he possibly can." Daly said Harmon's comments cost him endorsements and caused him considerable pain.

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