The Redding area of the north has been on a lot people’s minds in recent weeks due to the destructive and deadly Carr Fire. Shasta High, which played in the CIF D3-AA state championship last season, was used for many services and we assume many students lost their homes. Shasta still has a few players left from its outstanding squad, but Pleasant Valley of Chico has the most impressive set of returnees and may be the team to beat in the top division.
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RELATED PRESEASON TEAMS: CIF Southern Section (Orange County) | CIF L.A. City Section | CIF Central Section | CIF Southern Section (Inland Empire) | CIF Central Coast Section | CIF San Diego Section | CIF Sac-Joaquin Section | Coming Next: CIF Southern Section (South Bay/Long Beach) or CIF North Coast Section (Redwood Empire) or CIF North Coast Section (East Bay)
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Leading the way for this year’s preseason All-Northern Section football team is quarterback Tanner Hughes from Pleasant Valley of Chico. Hughes has great size at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds and last season passed for 1,816 yards and 16 TDs. He stepped in last season for previous quarterback, Kyle Lindquist, who led the Vikings to a CIF divisional state title two seasons ago.