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Monday, January 21, 2008

Cal-Hi Sports All State Team

Hemet offensive lineman Hamani Stevens has been selected first team all state by Cal-Hi Sports. A second Tongan, Uona Kaveinga (Leuzinger HS, Lawdale) was selected first team as a linebacker. Second team selections include Litani Moimoi (Menlo-Atherton) and Jack Sula (Carson). Selected to the third team were offensive lineman John Tupou (Elk Grove) and Matt Hunt (Carson), linebackers Ricky Pemasa (Orange Lutheran), Sam Mafi (St Mary's Stockton), and Reuben Willis (Mayfair, Lakewood), and Darius Bell of Riordan (San Franciso) as an all-purpose player (QB)

Despite the Bulldogs' stuggles this season to win games, Stevens showed why multiple big time schools are hot on his trail. An effective force not only on the offensive line but on the defensive side of the ball, he led the team in tackles with 94 to go along with six sacks and an interception which he was able to return for 30 yards. Before the season started, he went to the Nike Camp in Oregon where he earned the offensive line MVP after a dominating performance. It's unknown which side of the line he'll end up sticking with at the next level, but could very well end up like older brother Tevita, who is a center at UTEP. Hamani previously committed to UCLA but has since de-committed and looks to be on his way to Arizona State, BYU or Oregon.

This four-year standout rarely left the field and had as much impact on the game as any defensive player we saw this season. He can deliver crunching blocks on offense, was a wedge-buster on kickoff and even impacted the punting game because return men were always wary of where he was lurking on the field. On defense, of course, is where this UCLA recruit made himself into an all-state caliber player, racking up 145 tackles while serving as a team captain. His honors this season included Bay League Defensive Player of the Year, All-South Bay Daily Breeze for the second consecutive season and Daily Breeze Defensive Player of the Year. In fact, Kaveinga just might have been the best player, period, in the South Bay region this past season.

Second Team
DL -- Litani Moi Moi (Menlo-Atherton, Atherton) 6-3, 280, Sr.
Two-time All-Central Coast Section pick forced his way onto this team by racking up 19 sacks as a senior. Moi Moi also helped the Bears win
their first Peninsula Athletic League title since 1992 with a 95 tackles.

RB/LB – Jack Sula (Carson) 6-0, 205, Sr.
Colts coach Mike Christensen says Sula is the best all-around player he's ever coached and he had some good ones when he was at Lakewood. Sula, the Daily Breeze Player of the Year, led Carson to the L.A. City Section finals by rushing for 1,896 yards and 24 TDs. He had three more scores on receptions. Defensively, Sula flew around the field to make 108 tackles and had four interceptions and four sacks.

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