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Saturday, January 20, 2007

All District (Texas) Polynesian Selections

The rest of the United States was exposed to the fact that there is a large Tongan population in Texas centered around the Euless area of Dallas-Fort Worth. This was due to the front page article in the Wall Street Journal on the haka performed by Tongans and non-Tongan football players at Trinity High School (Euless, TX). In addition to the Tongan population around the Dallas area there are also smaller populations of Samoans spread around the state, including around military bases in El Paso, Copperas Cove, and Kileen.

Trinity High School's Manaaki Vaitai (OL, 6'3, 299, Sr) was selected Second Team All American by and was a First Team All State Selection (5A) by the Dallas Morning News. In addition, the BYU bound offensive lineman was first team All District (7-5A) for the second year in a row. Trinity teammate Isaiah Yandall (DL, 6'3, 272, Sr) was an Honorable Mention All State selection by the Dallas Morning News and was a 1st Team All District (7-5A) selection. There are also a contingent of Trinity High School players who were first and second team All District and others from throughout the state.

First Team All District

1-4A Sofeni Laumea OL, 5'9, 265, Sr Andress HS (El Paso)
7-5A Will Finau OL, 5'11, 260 Sr LD Bell (Hurst)
9-4A Isaac Tauaefa DL, Jr Lake Dallas HS (Corinth)
16-5A Westlee Tonga TE, 6'4, 220, Sr Spring HS

7-5A Wayne Heimuli S, 5'10, 170, Jr Trinity HS (Euless)
7-5A Veilani Kautai T, 5'9, 249, Sr Trinity HS (Euless)
7-5A Alex Kautai DL, 6'0, 293, Sr Trinity HS (Euless)
7-5A Mao Leota DE, 6'0, 273, Jr Trinity HS (Euless)
7-5A Joe Likio LB, 6'1, 204, Sr Trinity HS (Euless)
7-5A Numi Lolohea LB, 5'10, 209, Sr Trinity HS (Euless)

Second Team All District
TJ Magalei Fossil Ridge HS
Kaili Tualau Trinity HS (Euless)

Honorable Mention All District
Matt Hola Trinity HS (Euless)
John Niutei Trinity HS (Euless)
William Paipa Trinity HS (Euless)

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