All-State Football: Sophomores

Along with Soph POY Darnay Holmes of Newbury Park, two other somewhat obvious picks among state's best from Class of 2017 were Antioch running back Najee Harris (left) and quarterback Tristan Gebbia of Calabasas. Photos: StudentSports.com & Twitter.com.

Along with Soph POY Darnay Holmes of Newbury Park, two other somewhat obvious picks among state’s best from Class of 2017 were Antioch running back Najee Harris (left) and quarterback Tristan Gebbia of Calabasas. Photos: StudentSports.com & Twitter.com.


We are starting the release of the 36th annual Cal-Hi Sports all-state football teams today with honors for the top juniors and sophomores. St. John Bosco of Bellflower lands two on the first team. Another with more than one is a school many may not have heard much from but may soon: Hawkins of Los Angeles.


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Congratulations to the following sophomore players for earning all-state recognition for the 2014 season from Cal-Hi Sports, which began these honors 36 years ago. The all-state honor teams for underclassmen (sophomores, juniors) are not intended as recruiting lists. We realize there are many talented younger players who will greatly improve in the coming months and may not have yet received the playing time needed to prove how good they are.

It didn't take long to notice when watching St. Mary's of Stockton that 6-foot-4, 280-pound lineman Popo Aumavae is going to be a very good player. Photo: Mark Tennis.

It didn’t take long to notice when watching St. Mary’s of Stockton that 6-foot-4, 280-pound lineman Popo Aumavae is going to be a very good player. Photo: Mark Tennis.


ALL-STATE FIRST TEAM SOPHOMORES (Offense)

WR Brian Casteel (Charter Oak, Covina) 6-2, 175

WR Darnay Holmes (Newbury Park) 5-11, 185

TE Tucker Fisk (Davis) 6-4, 230

OL Popo Aumavae (St. Mary’s, Stockton) 6-4, 280

OL Wyatt Davis (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) 6-4, 295

OL Max Moore (Westlake, Westlake Village) 6-3, 245

OL Daniel Schoene (Bakersfield) 6-6, 290

OL Orlando Umana (Grant, Sacramento) 6-5, 310

QB Tristan Gebbia (Calabasas) 6-3, 180

RB Najee Harris (Antioch) 6-2, 210

RB Tyler Nevens (Los Altos, Hacienda Heights) 5-11, 175

PK Manny Berz (Citrus Hill, Perris) 5-11, 170

West Catholic Athletic League Sophomore of the Year Sitakeli Nunn started the first four games at QB, then went to running back for Serra of San Mateo. Photo: Harold Abend.

West Catholic Athletic League Sophomore of the Year Sitakeli Nunn started the first four games at QB, then went to running back for Serra of San Mateo. Photo: Harold Abend.


ALL-STATE FIRST TEAM SOPHOMORES (Defense)

DL Daniel Anderson (Bishop’s, La Jolla) 6-1, 290

DL Jacob Callier (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) 6-2, 240

DL Cedric Dashiell (Buena Park) 6-1, 205

DL Hekoti Vaisima (Clayton Valley, Concord) 6-2, 255

LB Josh Brown (Long Beach Poly, Long Beach) 6-2, 220

LB Zeke Noa (Helix, La Mesa) 5-10, 200

LB Colin Schooler (Trabuco Hills, Mission Viejo) 6-0, 190

DB Jalen Cole (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 5-9, 170

DB Thomas Graham (Roosevelt, Eastvale) 5-11, 170

DB Jamarri Jackson (Christian Brothers, Sacramento) 5-10, 165

DB Jaylon Redd (Rancho Cucamonga) 5-9, 170

P Jonathan Garibay (Rubidoux, Riverside) 6-0, 190

ALL-STATE FIRST TEAM SOPHOMORES (Multi-Purpose)

WR/DB Ladell Atkins (St. Bonaventure, Ventura) 5-8, 165

QB/RB Braxton Burmeister (La Jolla Country Day) 6-1, 200

QB/RB Kaymen Cureton (Los Angeles) 6-1, 200

RB/WR/DB Greg Johnson (Hawkins, Los Angeles) 5-11, 185

QB/RB/DB Sitaleki Nunn (Serra, San Mateo) 5-11, 165

WR/DB Zane Pope (Moorpark) 6-1, 175

Versatile QB Jordon Brookshire is one to watch from Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa. Photo: Mark Tennis.

Versatile QB Jordon Brookshire is one to watch from Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa. Photo: Mark Tennis.


SECOND TEAM SOPHOMORES (Offense)

QB Miles Fallin (Canyon, Canyon Country) 6-1, 170
QB Jake Haener (Monte Vista, Danville) 6-0, 175
QB Jack Harris (Tamalpais, Mill Valley) 6-2, 200
QB Armando Herrera (Redlands East Valley) 6-0, 170
WR Joseph Lewis (Hawkins, Los Angeles) 6-2, 190
OL Casey Roddick (St. Bonaventure, Ventura) 6-4, 315
PK Christian Pinzon (Bellflower) 5-9, 155
WR Osiris St. Brown (Servite, Anaheim) 6-1, 175
RB Duy Tran-Sampson (Claremont) 6-0, 180
RB Nathan Tilford (Upland) 6-2, 195

SECOND TEAM SOPHOMORES (Defense)

LB Ben Baker (Bullard, Fresno) 6-0, 190
DL Kurtis Brown (Liberty, Bakersfield) 6-2, 250
DB Tali Finefeuiaki (Wilcox, Santa Clara) 5-11, 185
LB Kyle Harmon (Freedom, Oakley) 6-1, 205
DB Tyler Hill (Crescenta Valley, La Crescenta) 6-1, 190
DE Anthony Pandy (Narbonne, Harbor City) 6-2, 220
DB Jeron Parker (Paramount) 6-0, 180
DL Syrus Tuitele (Pleasant Valley, Chico) 6-6, 275

SECOND TEAM SOPHOMORES (Multi-Purpose)

QB/RB Jordon Brookshire (Cardinal Newman, Santa Rosa) 5-11, 180
RB/LB Ryan Dominick (Harvard-Westlake, North Hollywood) 6-2, 195
RB/LB Christian Erickson (Paso Robles) 5-11, 220
WR/DB Niamey Harris (Mission, San Francisco) 6-2, 170
WR/DB Isaiah Hodgins (Berean Christian, Walnut Creek) 6-3, 185
RB/LB Joey Morones (Christian, El Cajon) 5-10, 220
WR/DB Ja’mar Moya (Ridgeview, Bakersfield) 5-10, 160

2014 Cal-Hi Sports State Sophomore of the Year: Darnay Holmes (Newbury Park)

Note: Second team sophomores are not picked with predetermined number of players at each position. We instead take the next 25 regardless of position and list them into the categories above.

Mark Tennis is the co-founder and publisher of CalHiSports.com. He can be reached at markjtennis@gmail.com. Don’t forget to follow Mark on the Cal-Hi Sports Twitter handle: @CalHiSports


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8 Comments

  1. mark Gibbs
    Posted January 25, 2015 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    Why are there no Long Snappers???

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted January 25, 2015 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

      I have never seen any all-state team anywhere in the nation or any local team that has singled out a specific position for a long snapper. There’s no way to really quantify one other than go to a long-snapping web site and then try to figure out if any of those guys actually did well for their teams during the season. Sorry, don’t see us adding that one in the future and wouldn’t use one of the 30 spots for a long-snapper anyway.

  2. Danny Hernandez
    Posted January 26, 2015 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    How close was Andrew Tovar from Cathedral High School to making it? In 12 games he passed for over 3500 yards and 45 TDs.

  3. Danny Hernandez
    Posted January 26, 2015 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    Nationally Tovar was ranked 7th amongst all 10th grade QBs with Herrera slightly over him in yards by 46 with 5 less TDs and 3 more games. Andrew Tovar belongs on this team.

  4. woody kroll
    Posted February 26, 2015 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    what about Clovis North sophomore ILB/OLB Erick Kroll, was he ranked?

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted February 27, 2015 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

      Sorry, he did not. This was not a recruiting ranking.

  5. Keith
    Posted October 23, 2016 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    Mark, I am looking for information on Freshman & Sophomores mainly. I am looking for other info such as vertical, 40 speed, other measurables one can get at combines or the like. Does any of your paid subscriptions provide this information? If so I will join. If not, I will continue to enjoy the free version but would also like to ask you where I might find that type of information I am looking for on the underclassmen

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted October 24, 2016 at 9:54 am | Permalink

      Keith,
      Wish we did have 40 times, etc of top freshman & sophomores but we’d have to have our own combines probably to offer and way too expensive unless you have a big-time sponsor (like Nike). I see a handful of them at the Nike event in the Bay Area each year and I know there also are a handful that show up to the combine in SoCal. Those results are on the StudentSports.com website. Other than that, or for other events, don’t know.

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