PAL — All-League Football

15 12 2010

Dum-da-da-dum! Finally the Peninsula Athletic League announced their All-League football teams for the 2010 season. I’ve been checking on their website periodically for their announcement and sure enough, in the middle of studying for an American history final, they popped up.

Since the league is split up into three, there are three sets of winners. So congratulations are in the effect to the following players who stepped their games up this year.

First, in the Bay Division, the list of players was highlighted by one young man, Amir Carlisle. Amir is the Bay Division Offensive Player of the Year — the honor is well deserved. The Daily Journal didn’t cover too many King’s Academy games, but I’m thinking we should have. I saw Amir play as a freshman and he was phenomenal back then. He’ll be playing his college ball at Stanford, but I hear some other schools are still in the picture for this kid. He’s a fantastic talent. Much luck and success to him. Now, the rest of the All-Leaguers.

In the PAL Ocean Division, after turning their program around, the Jefferson Indians were rewarded with a seven names on the All-League team (and with Coach of Year honors to Coach Poti). But “The Man” here is Dominic Sena, running back for Half Moon Bay.

A speedster, Sena ends his career with the Cougars as the school’s all-time leading rusher. For a school that is known as a running program, that says a lot. I’ve also had the privilege of seeing Sena play throughout his high school career and I’d put his game up there with some of the best I’ve ever seen. Good luck to Dominic wherever he heads off to. Ok, the rest of the Ocean Division All-Leaguers.

One of the lasting images (for me) of the 2010 season came in Carlmont’s pre-season game against Aragon in which they broke a 21-year losing streak to the Dons. In that game, the Lake Division Offensive Player of the Year, Robert Johnson, but a move on a Aragon defender that broke his ankles so bad, it’s not even funny. For the Lake Division though, I’ve got a photo of Defensive Player of the Year Trevor Kelly.

The El Camino Colts weren’t very good this season, but it wasn’t because of Kelly. I’ve seen him play football since his sophomore year, and the kid has always been a beast. The honor is well-deserved. OK, so the rest of the Lake Division All-Leaguers are:

Congratulations to all the players who made the teams. As a former high school athlete I’m aware of the commitment it takes to be successful, not just on the field, but on the classroom as well. Enjoy it, boys. You worked hard for it.

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