Matt Franco

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Matt Franco was an outstanding athlete in three sports at Napa High School. He was a starting wide receiver and defensive cornerback on the 1988 section semi-finalist Indian 11. The same year, he was All-MEL as a wide receiver, All-Napa County and his 36 receptions that year were second only to the great Bill Buckner in Napa High’s history. He received the Coach’s Offensive Player Award that year and earned a starting spot in the 1989 East-West Shrine All-Star game. Franco was a two-year starter on Coach Denny Lewis’ Indian basketball teams. In his senior year, he received the top defensive player award and was co-captain of the team. Franco was a four-year starter on the Indian baseball team – first as a second baseman and later as a shortstop. He was a second baseman on the 1988 Section Championship team and All-MEL shortstop in 1989. He was a four-year All-Napa County performer and two-year baseball captain. He also excelled in Junior Olympic and American Legion baseball during the summer months of his high school years. Franco went on the play two years at shortstop for Napa Valley College, where he earned a baseball scholarship to San Diego State University. Matt Franco was an honor student at Napa High School and was 1989 Male Athlete of the Year. Franco joins grandfather John “Muck” Franco, father Les Franco and aunt Barbara Franco, in the Napa High School Athletic Hall of Fame.