San Mateo Daily Journal Athlete of the Year

22 06 2010

It’s been a busy month at the Daily Journal. It usually is. When the sports section wraps up the high school season, things pick up for me since I volunteer to do some artwork for the Athletes of the Spring and the Athletes of the Year. My latest work was today’s front page centerpiece art in which we highlighted Sam Tuivailala of Aragon High in San Mateo, Calif. Tui is a gifted kid, a three-sport stud and a decent interview. I wish him lots of good health and success.

I think I did a decent job with it. It’s a tough
task given the space. Luckily we had a fair
amount of photos to work with, unfortunately,
they were all action shots from Sam’s games
which, for a profile piece, aren’t the best to use
in my opinion.

Anyways, below you’ll find some of Emanuel
Lee’s story on Tuivailala. As always, it’s
excellent stuff.

Boys’ Athlete of the Year – Sam Tuivailala
By Emanuel Lee, Daily Journal Staff

In a season where there were a number of great
candidates for the overall Daily Journal Boys’
Athlete of the Year, recent Aragon High
graduate Sam Tuivailala stood head and shoulders above the rest.

That’s hard to do.

Forget the fact that Tuivailala recently signed a contract to play for the St. Louis Cardinals, who selected him in the third round with the 106th pick of the Major League Baseball Draft two weeks ago. Forget for a second how many times the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder dazzled onlookers with an incredible play that had them gasping for superlatives afterwards.

Even if you disregard his enormous potential and freakish athleticism, Tuivailala’s production in three sports — baseball, basketball and football — was second to none. He earned Peninsula Athletic League first team honors in all three sports, including the Bay Division’s football Utility Player of the Year and the Co-Pitcher of the Year in the Bay for baseball.

Tuivailala got everything he could out of his vast skill set, noteworthy because often times the best athletes in high school aren’t always the most productive ones. Tuivailala was the complete package.

One of the best

“I would put Sam on a very short list with (former Aragon standout brothers) Manase and Matangi (Tonga) as the greatest athletes in Aragon history,” said Dons athletic director and football coach Steve Sell, who was a former two sport standout at Aragon. “We’ve had our share of ‘Wow’ athletes, guys who made you shake your head. In terms of the wow factor, Sam is a genetic freak in that he always pulled off the unbelievable. If you put together a highlight film of him, it would be a mini series with the number of things he did.”

Read the rest of Emanuel’s story here.




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