Yes, the winter season is here and it’s warming up. But before the Honor Roll starts into its winter mode, it must first salute it’s all-league football players.
The Peninsula Athletic League and West Catholic Athletic League announced the cream of their crops on Monday — with both leagues on the cusp of CIF Regional Championship games this weekend.
Cheif among those standouts is Serra’s Hamilton Anoa’i. The big-time wide receiver picked up the WCAL Co-Player of the Year award after a remarkable season for the Padres. In 12 games, Anoa’i racked up 516 yards and 10 receiving touchdowns.
Joining Anoa’i at the top of WCAL’s list as the Junior of the Year is running back Kava Cassidy. Cassidy has come on extremely strong during the Central Coast Section playoffs. In three games, he scored eight touchdowns en route to Serra’s third CCS title and its first in the Open Division. For the season, Cassidy rushed for 1,414 yards and 16 touchdowns.
In total, six more Padres made the WCAL’s First Team including Kavapele Maka, Daniel Lavulo, Ryan Rudolph, Matt Fa’aita, Tyson Terreros and Eric Westerman.
Over in the PAL, its two best quarterbacks represented the league as its two top players.
Terra Nova quarterback Anthony Gordon and Menlo quarterback Jack Heneghan were named the Bay Division’s Offensive Players of the Year. Gordon, a junior, led the Tigers to their fifth consecutive division title and a No. 1 seed in the CCS’ Open Division. He tossed 32 touchdowns and only six interceptions on the year. He averaged 309 yards passing a game.
Heneghan finished the 2013 season dissapointedly looking on from the sideline after a shoulder injury. Still, the Dartmouth-bound QB was spectacular when he was on the field. For the season, Heneghan threw for 2,974 yards, 37 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Terra Nova, who went 10-1 on the year, boasts a total of 10 players on the First Team including co-Defensive Player of the Year Nick Pierotti. Billy Gray, their head coach, was named Coach of the Year.
Sacred Heart Prep’s Ben Burr-Kirven was named the other Defensive Player of the Year.
Menlo-Atherton’s Isiah Nash (Utility) and Ben Sehl (Special Teams) also made the top of the list. Menlo’s Mark Newton won half of the Coach of the Year honors.
Over in the Ocean Division, following a return to glory year for Burlingame, the Panthers owned the top of the division’s awards.
Manase Palu (Offense), Keoni Keahi (Defense), Robby Baumgarten (Special Teams) and John Philipopoulos (Coach) all received top honors for the division. Josh Holman, the explosive receiver from Woodside, was named Utility Player of the Year.
In all, the Panthers had 11 players named to the Ocean First Team.
Finally, in the Lake Division, Hillsdale was the top dog in the standings and in the all-league list.
Cole Carrithers was named Offensive Player of the Year after a season in which he threw for 2,243 yards and 24 touchdowns. Carrithers is joined in the awards list by Giancarlo Boscacci (Offensive Back), David Galten (Offensive Lineman), Taran Poss (Linebacker) and head coach Mike Parodi.
Rounding out the Lake’s awards list is Mills’ Josh Sved (Defensive), Brandon Gip (Utility), Tevita Taki Taki (Special Teams), Derek Friske (Receiver), Troy Hunter (Defensive Lineman) and Jordan Duncan (Defensive Back).
And right before we get to winter sports, football shout outs still go out to Burr-Kirven who was all over the field on both sides of the ball during the Gators’ 56-21 win over Pacific Grove in the Central Coast Section Division IV championship game. Burr-Kirven had a sack and interception defensively and added a 23-yard touchdown run on offense. His teammate, Andrew Segre, played the game of his life in that win. He had 267 yards and four touchdowns in the first half alone and finished with 357 yards and six scores total.
To kick off the winter Honor Roll, Anisah Smith of Carlmont girls’ basketball, started the season with a bang, averaging 27.3 points per game in four contests last week. She opened the year with a 33-point effort against Silver Creek in the first round of the Fremont-Sunnyvale Firebird tournament and followed it with a 25-point outburst in a loss to Saratoga. In the third-place game, she went for 27 in a win over host Fremont. She then wrapped up her week with a 24-point performance in a win over Carmel.
And over on the soccer pitch, Luca Deza and Jessica Parque are looking to get Notre Dame-Belmont off on the right foot. Deza scored seven goals and recorded an assist as the Tigers opened the season with a 3-0 mark. Deza had hat tricks in wins over Mercy-Burlingame and El Camino, and added a goal and an assist in a win over Half Moon Bay.
Parque, the already-established threat for the Tigers, scored eight times in those same three games. She went for four goals against El Camino and pair each against both Mercy-Burlingame at Half Moon Bay.