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Football players honored by Cal-Hi Sports

02/11/2016, 6:05pm PST
By John Maffei

Helix running back, linebacker earn second-team All-State recognition


Helix senior running back Nate Stinson has signed to play next season at Northern Arizona.

Helix High senior running back Nate Stinson and junior linebacker Zeke Noa have been named second-team All-State in football.

Stinson has signed to play next season at Northern Arizona.

Both players were All-CIF San Diego Section first-team picks.

The selections were made by Cal-Hi Sports, which has chronicled high school athletics in the state for decades.

Third-team All-State: St. Augustine running back Elijah Preston, Carlsbad linebacker Troy Cassidy, Cathedral Catholic linebacker Tyson Maeva, Mission Hills defensive back Troy Warner, Del Norte punter Grayson Farnham and sophomore kicker Matt Araiza of Rancho Bernardo.

All-State special mention: Helix quarterback Michael Austin, Helix linebacker Jihad Woods and Mission Hills linebacker Justus Te’i.

All-State juniors: Noa, Madison linebacker Sampson Niu, Mater Dei Catholic running back CJ Verdell, La Jolla Country Day quarterback Braxton Burmeister, San Marcos quarterback Bryson Bolin, Rancho Bernardo running back Milan Grice and Cathedral Catholic lineman Cameron Valentine.

All-State sophomores: Araiza, St. Augustine defensive back Isaac Taylor, San Marcos linebacker Josh Bornes, Mission Hills quarterback Jack Tuttle, Oceanside lineman Moses Tau, St. Augustine lineman Andrew Alves, Santana kicker Tim Tischer and Bishop’s receiver Mozes Mooney.

All-State medium schools: Bonita Vista running back Greg Bell, Valhalla lineman Daniel Bender, Granite Hills lineman Jacob Burton, San Marcos receiver Terrell Burgess and Santana lineman Jake Kitten.

All-State small schools: Verdell and Bishop’s lineman Daniel Anderson.

International football

Valhalla defensive back Anthony Portillo helped the U.S. U-18 team to a 34-3 win over Windsor (Ontario) in the recent USA Football International Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Portillo started at strong safety for the U-18 select team against the Canadian all-stars.

Azizi Hearn, a defensive back at Oceanside, helped the U.S. U-17 team to a 49-7 win over Windsor. Hearn had a pair of tackles in the game.

Jose Castillo, an offensive lineman at Cathedral Catholic, started for the U.S. U-16 team in a 43-6 win over Calgary (Alberta).

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