2006 All NorCal
LB Steve Fanua, Milpitas
The NorCalPreps.com defensive player of the year showed as only a sophomore he is a big-time player. As first-team All-CCS and second-team All-Metro, Fanua recorded an amazing 220 tackles, a state high, and 11 sacks, while playing a major role in Milpitas' CCS section title. The young phenom had no less than eight tackles in any one game.
OL Fred Koloto, Palo Alto
Koloto was the best offensive and defensive lineman for the Vikings, who represented the north in the state Division II championship game. Koloto, a first-team member of both the Chronicle and Mercury News, helped the Vikings control tempo in their run-oriented offense which led to a CCS Open Division championship over Oak Grove.
DL Christian Tupou, Grant
Tupou was a three-year starter and the defensive star of the region's No. 2 ranked team. The 275-pound tackle was named the Sacramento Bee's defensive player of the year and selected to participate in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Fort Lauderdale (Fla). He finished his senior year with 92 tackles and five sacks from his nose tackle position and also saw action at guard.
LB Lincoln Togiai, Elk Grove
In his first year with Elk Grove, Togai had a team-high 130 tackles to help lead the Thundering Herd to the City Championship game, which they lost to eventual section champion Vacaville. The 6-foot-1, 250 pound linebacker, who made first-team All-Metro by the Sacramento Bee, had seven games in which he tallied double-digit tackles.
DB Tiuke Tuipulotu, Serra
Tuipulotu was named first-team All-Metro by the Chronicle after shining on both sides of the ball for the Padres, who went 9-3. The 5-foot-9, 175 pounder finished with 77 tackles and 11 total touchdowns to earn WCAL junior of the year honors after winning the sophomore award the previous year.