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Monday, January 26, 2009 All State Selections

The following Polynesians have been selected to Cal-Hi Sports All State Team

First Team

TE Morrell Presley (Carson) 6-4, 220, Sr.
A key part of the Colts' passing attack, Presley averaged over 17 yards per reception in his final season at Carson. Stepping up big as the season wound to a finish, he caught seven passes for a season-high 149 yards and two touchdowns as the Colts picked up their final win of the season over Banning. He did all he could two weeks later with an even bigger night, catching nine passes for 179 yards and a touchdown but it wasn't enough to prevent a 25-20 season-ending loss to Venice. Presley finished the season with 44 receptions for 783 yards and six touchdowns and will head to UCLA.

OL Michael Philipp (Arroyo Valley, San Bernardino) 6-4, 300, Sr.
He'd probably be the state's second highest-ranked lineman recruit this year after Kevin Graf. Philipp played in the U.S. Army All-American Game and has earned a plethora of postseason honors so far. He consistently put opponents on their backs and last week surprised many by committing to Oregon State.

DL Talia Crichton (Lakewood) 6-4, 245, Sr.
He forced opponents to run plays the other way as he dominated on his side of the defensive line. Crichton finished the season just shy of 100 tackles with 92 but made an even bigger impact when teams tried to pass the ball as he recorded 18 sacks. He had a season-best 11 tackles and three sacks in Lakewood's final win of the season against Mission Viejo. Just last week, he turned down schools like Oregon and Arizona and committed to Pac-10 rival Washington.

DL Iuta Tepa (Poly, Long Beach) 6-2, 230, Sr.
There was nothing tepid about Tepa when he was flying all over the field making plays for Poly's defense. He was in on 115 tackles and came up with 15 sacks and was disruptive on just about every play. Tepa committed to Hawaii back in October, but some Pac-10 schools are now hot on his trail so that could change on signing day.

LB Steven Fanua (Milpitas) 6-2, 215, Sr.
For the third straight season, Fanua averaged more than 12 tackles per game and received All-Central Coast Section honors. Known as a relentless sideline to sideline pursuer, Fanua is staying close to home for college as he has committed to Cal.

QB/RB/LB Kipeli Koniseti (Grant, Sacramento) 6-3, 220, Sr.
For being the unquestioned leader of the CIF Open Division state champs, Koniseti just had to be first team all-state. He's projected to be a linebacker in college and when he did play defense it didn't take long for him to deliver a big-time hit. On offense, Koniseti passed for 1,366 yards and 17 TDs and he rushed for 777 more yards and nine scores.

Third Team
TE Levine Toilolo (Helix, La Mesa)
LB Jeremiah Toma (Grant, Sacramento)

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