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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

SPI All Star Football Team

Three Samoans have been named to the 2007 All Star football team. They are defensive linemen Senio Kelemete (Evergreen High, Seattle), Alameda Ta'amu (Rainier Beach, Seattle) and Everette Thompson (Kennedy High, Burien)

Senio Kelemete Evergreen, senior

WHAT HE DID: The Seamount League offensive and defensive lineman of the year had 70 tackles, nine sacks and two fumble recoveries as the Wolverines advanced to the first round of state.

HOW HE DID IT: Kelemete (6-4, 260) credits a strong performance in the weight room and increased endurance for his success this season. His passion of "getting after it and unloading on the other player" made defense a perfect fit.

WHAT HE'LL DO NEXT: He is wrestling now and is undecided about track and field. Kelemete said he can hardly wait for fall to start, when he can don a Washington Huskies uniform.

Alameda Ta'amu Rainier Beach, senior

WHAT HE DID: The Metro League Sound Division player of the year was a first-teamer on offense and defense. The lineman had 10 sacks and 58 tackles while dominating the defensive side of the ball for the Vikings.

HOW HE DID IT: "I just worked on my strength and tried to get better at my footwork," said Ta'amu, the lone junior on last year's All-Defense team.

WHAT HE'LL DO NEXT: A year ago, Ta'amu (6-4, 340) listed USC as his top choice, followed by Oregon and Florida State. But after official visits to Arizona and Hawaii, he committed to Washington during an official visit this past weekend.

Everrette Thompson Kennedy, senior

WHAT HE DID: On a team hurt by attrition after last year's state runner-up finish, Thompson guided the Lancers to the state-qualifying round. The fierce defensive end also was a first-team Seamount League tight end.

HOW HE DID IT: Thompson concentrated on his footwork and speed in order to effectively do what he loves the most. "I just like coming off the edge and making sacks," he said.

WHAT HE'LL DO NEXT: Thompson (6-6, 255) has taken official visits to Oregon and Washington, with only Oregon State left. The area's top uncommitted prospect in the class of 2008 has opted not to do any other sports in order to train for football next fall.

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