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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Polynesians on Pre Season All Section Teams

The following Polynesians have been selected by CalHiSports to its pre season section all star teams.

LB – Steven Fanua (Milpitas) 6-1, 210, Jr.
In the Milpitas scheme on defense, Fanua constantly fills the gaps and makes the tackles. The all-CCS and all-state sophomore pick, in fact, was reported with 220 tackles last season, which is probably not completely accurate but even if he simply got a hand on 220 players with the ball that's shows something.

OL – Jacob Feagai (Piedmont Hills, San Jose) 6-4, 290, Sr.
A solid force on both sides of the line, he recorded 63 tackles in 2006 as a defensive tackle. On the offensive line, however, is where he made his bigger impact creating gaping holes for the running backs as Piedmont HIlls was able to get to a CCS title game for the first time in school history. Feagai was first team All-CCS by the San Jose Mercury-News.

OL -- Calvin Kolone (Fallbrook) 6-2, 325, Sr.
Kolone is a big body that was overlooked at Fallbrook last year during the Warriors' disappointing season, but a strong offseason has him poised to rank among San Diego's top linemen.

FB/DL – Sione Mataele (Palo Alto) 6-1, 260, Sr.
Found himself often in the end zone last year as a fullback as he scored 19 times and ran for 721 yards with his best game coming in the CCS semifinals as he ran for five touchdowns to help defeat Palma. Mataele's emergence as a power runner was a key reason Paly was able to play in the CIF Div. II state bowl game. He also played on the defensive line and often required double teams to block him.

DL – Latani Moi Moi (Menlo-Atherton, Atherton) 6-3, 230, Sr.
Named to last year's San Mateo Daily News first team defense, he recorded at least three tackles in every game he played. Moi Moi had 10 sacks on the year with his best game coming against San Mateo where he sacked the quarterback four times.

OL – Mailiu Penitani (St. Francis, Mountain View) 6-3, 245, Jr.
We admittedly had a hard time filling out the offensive line after Baker, Feagai and Huck. Penitani was a player we saw in action twice last season and was very strong against top competition. In fact, he was named to the all-state sophomore team.

RB -- Jack Sula (Carson) 5-11, 185 Sr.
Some backs get more publicity in the section, but Sula's production speaks for itself. Last season, the Marine League Offensive Player of the Year churned his way for 1,834 yards on 223 carries, averaging over eight yards per carry. Sula hit pay dirt 20 times on the ground for first-year coach Mike Christensen and scored 25 total touchdowns. On defense, Sula also made an impact with two sacks and two interceptions.

DB – Tiuke Tuipulotu (Serra, San Mateo) 5-10, 180, Sr.
Hard-hitting safety roams all over the field for the Padres on defense and returns after earning first team All-CCS honors on defense as a junior. He also carried the ball 90 times on offense for 865 yards and 11 TDs. He has been the WCAL sophomore and junior player of the year.

DL – Errol Tu'ufuli (Archbishop Riordan, San Francisco) 6-2, 340, Sr.
Massive presence on the interior of the Crusader defense also is one of the strongest players in Northern California with 27 reps on the bench from the last Nike Combine. Tu'ufuli was only second team all-league, but the honors should be plentiful and significant after this season.

OT -- Sam Tupua (Banning, Wilmington) 6-3, 320 Sr.
The mammoth Tupua is one to watch as the Pilots try and return to prominence within the section in year two of Vince Ferragamo's second stint as head coach. Tupua, a solid athlete who recorded a 18.5 vertical jump at the Long Beach NIKE Combine, is expected to blow holes open for returning all-city back Josh Limosnero.

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