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Monday, August 25, 2008

CalHISports Preseason All-CIFSS: Long Beach/South Bay

The following Polys were on the preseason team.

DT -- Talia Crichton (Lakewood) 6-4, 245 Sr.
Was selected all-Moore League as a junior and is one of the best overall players in the region. For a team that finished with a 5-1 league mark, with the only blemish to kingpin Long Beach Poly, Chrichton finished with 61 tackles and seven sacks. He already holds offers from Hawaii, Utah and Oregon, but before deciding on a college he'd love to help the Lancers advance deep into the CIFSS Pac-Five Division playoffs.

OG -- Fouimalo Fonoti (Mayfair, Lakewood) 6-3, 274 Sr.
Another talented lineman that can play on both sides of the ball, Fonoti is a raw talent whose best days are ahead of him. His athleticism and good feet should make him standout on a big and talented Monsoons' line that includes Detrick Turner (6-1, 292), Kyle Mack (6-4, 280) and Bradley Henderson (6-2, 260).

QB -- Corey Nielson (Gahr, Cerritos) 5-11, 180 Sr.
The state's reported passing leader in 2007 with 4,363 yards in 13 games, Nielson is more than just stats. He's a solid athlete and teammates rave about his smarts and leadership skills. Those traits are shown in his completion percentage (65 percent) and his touchdown to interception ratio (35-5). Although not the biggest or strongest quarterback around, he's received quite a bit of recruiting interest before choosing Hawai
***Mother is from Hawai'i--not sure if he Polynesian***

WR/DB/RB -- John Timu (Jordan, Long Beach) 6-0, 190 Jr.
The Panthers have a real gem in Timu and he'll likely play an expanded role and put up bigger number after catching 14 passes last season. At the L.A. Nike Camp, Timu had a breakout performance, displaying great leaping ability, advanced route running and a set of hands as good as any receiver in attendance. The explosive athlete can also run the ball as he gained 198 yards and two touchdowns rushing in limited carries, and can also play in the secondary.

OG -- Sione Tuihalamaka (Serra, Gardena) 6-3, 270 Sr.
One of the most highly-touted players in this region, Tuihalamaka was a dominant two-way player for the Cavaliers and earned a multitude of honors after his junior season. He was an all-area choice by the Los Angeles Wave, the South Bay Daily Breeze and second team all-state underclass. On defense, the all-Del Rey League selection racked up 37 tackles and five sacks for a 10-2 club.

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