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Sunday, December 24, 2006

Fred Koloto SF Chronicle Peninsula Region Player of the Year

Palo Alto Lineman Fred Koloto was selected San Francisco Chronicle 2006 Peninsula Region Player of the Year. He's just under 6-4 and weighs 280 pounds, but what sets the lineman apart is his combination of quickness and strength. "We've had kids that big," Palo Alto coach Earl Hansen said, "but for a kid that size, we've never had one so athletic." The three-year letterman, with college offers to San Jose State, San Diego State, Fresno State and Washington, also led Palo Alto to a unique destination.

The Vikings (12-2) shocked most by first winning the Central Coast Section Open Division, which helped them qualify them for the CIF State D-II Bowl championship. Though Palo Alto lost, it finished ranked 29th in the state overall -- deserves much of the credit. "Even if he wasn't so talented, he'd be a super kid to have in the program," Hansen said. "We've had the best of both."

was also selected 1st Team Offensive Line All Metro Football 2006 by the SF Chronicle. San Jose State Coach Dick Tomey also has a verbal commitment from Fred Koloto to play for the Spartans next fall.

First Team Polynesian Selections
Fred Koloto OL, 6'4, 280, Sr (Palo Alto HS) Verbal Commit to San Jose State. Also selected First Team All San Jose Mercury News, First Team All Daily News, 1st Team, and 1st Team De Anza Division and Line MVP.

Isikeli Ngatuvai
DL, 6'2, 280, Sr (San Leandro HS) Hayward Area Athletic League Defensive Player of the Year

Tiuke Tuipulotu
DB, 5'9, 175, Jr (Serra HS, San Mateo) 2006 WCAL Junior Player of the Year. Second on team with 70 tackles (63 solo) and on offense ran for 927 yards and 12 TDs in 12 games. First Team All San Jose Mercury News, First Team All Daily News

Second Team Polynesian Selections
Steven Fanua LB, 6'1, 220, Soph (Milpitas HS) Led state with 220 tackles and 11 sacks and helped leading Milpitas to the DII Section Championship. Also selected 1st Team San Jose Mercury News, NorCalPreps Defensive Player of the Year and 1st Team All Northern California, and De Anza division Defensive Player of the Year.

Chris Havili
OL, 5'11, 280, Sr (Aragon HS, San Mateo). Helped block for All Peninsula Bay League Running Back Seta Pohahau. Also selected 2nd Team All San Jose Mercury News and 1st Team All Daily News.

Honorable Mention Polynesian Selections
Rhett Ellison TE (St Francis HS, Mountain View) Sr
Saia Ha'atoa LB (Menlo-Atherton) Sr
Roy Helu Jr RB (San Ramon Valley, Danville) Sr
Jonathan Kaulave OL/DL (Balboa HS, San Francisco) Sr
Sione Mataele RB (Palo Alto HS) Jr
Latani Moimoi OL (Menlo-Atherton) Jr
Matt Pelesasa QB (Woodside HS) Sr
Seta Pohahau RB (Aragon HS, San Mateo) Jr
Lopeti Taufoou RB (Woodside HS) Sr
Denton Tuiasosopo OL (Pittsburg HS) Sr
Paul Tuiono OL (Woodside HS) Sr

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