The Long Beach Press Telegram has announced it's "Best in the West" which included a number of Polynesians. Martin Coleman of Edison HS (Huntington Beach, CA) was selected first team after moving from Tonga a couple years ago and played in the prestigious US Army All American Bowl in San Antonio earlier this year. Coleman was also selected First Team All County by the Orange County Registrar this past season and he will attend USC next fall.
Other Polynesians selected to the Honorable Mention team include Rhett Ellison of St Francis HS (Mountain View, CA), Simi Fili of Cottonwood HS (Salt Lake City), Po'u Palelei of Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) and Kaniela Tuipulotu of Kahuku HS (HI). Ellison the son of former San Francisco 49er linebacker Riki Ellison will attend Virigina Tech next fall. US Army All American Bowl teammates Palelei and Fili will be opponents in the PAC-10 this fall respectively at Arizona State (Palelei) and Oregon (Fili). Tuipulotu will also join Coleman, Fili, and Palelei in the PAC-10 and attend the University of Arizona.