Grossmont's Anthony Lawrence, Helix's Kendall Keys Lead Hall Honorees

Media, coaches and other advisers to Balboa Park museum picked the cream of the crop.

Grossmont quarterback Anthony Lawrence and Helix Charter High School wide receiver Kendall Keys highlighted a group of seven local high school athletes honored by the San Diego Hall of Champions for fall sports on Tuesday.

Lawrence, a junior, was named to the first team as quarterback. Keys was named to the first team as a wide receiver. He was joined on the first team for football by teammates Amu Milo, a defensive lineman.

Scotties honored on the second team were linebacker Rocky Fuga, running back Michael Adkins and defensive back Jalen Davis.

Only one other athlete from a local school was honored on a team, Monte Vista's Steven Lepe, a cross country runner.

Just as last year’s prep football Players of the Year were from champion Helix, the 2012 honorees by the San Diego Hall of Champions were both from Oceanside High School, who won this year.

The Hall of Champions announced top athletes in eight fall sports, including more than 100 from schools in San Diego County’s Patch communities.

La Costa Canyon High of Carlsbad claimed two runners of the year: Steven Fahy in boys cross country and Emma Abrahamson in girls.

“Quarterback Tofi Paopao and linebacker William Gulley of the San Diego Section Division II football champion Oceanside Pirates were selected the offensive and defensive Players of the Year by a select panel through the auspices of the San Diego Hall of Champions,” said the Hall of Champions. 

“All of the first- and second-team selections will receive their Breitbard certificates at the All-CIF Awards Night Monday, Jan. 14, starting at 7 p.m. The event will be held at the San Diego Hall of Champions” in Balboa Park.

The hall noted that Paopao and Gulley led the Pirates to a 12-1 record, and Oceanside won the CIF Division II title by beating Poway 32-10. The Pirates placed seven players on the first and second teams.

In addition, the panel of media, coaches and advisers chose Coaches of the Year, including Brett Ormsby, Cathedral Catholic boys water polo; Chris Drake, Torrey Pines girls golf; Katie Culley, Carlsbad boys cross country; and Dan Geiger, Cathedral Catholic girls cross country.  

Other Players of the Year were Torrey Pines’ Reily Buechler in volleyball, Vista’s Ryder Roberts in boys water polo, Scripps Ranch’s Sydney Earle in field hockey and Torrey Pines’ Sandy Choi in golf.

Here are all-CIF San Diego athletes from the fall sports who attend schools in Patch towns, with extra information from U-T San Diego:



Thai Cottrell / Oceanside / Jr.

Kendal Keys / Helix / Sr.

Running backs

Justin Williams / El Camino / Sr.


Tofi Paopao / Oceanside / Sr.

Anthony Lawrence / Grossmont / Jr.

Offensive line

Scott Quessenberry / La Costa Canyon / Sr.

C.J. Tauala / Oceanside / Sr.

Jordan Poland / LJ Country Day / Sr.


Fernando Elizarraraz / Oceanside / Sr.


Running backs

Nehemiah Gross / Poway / Sr.

Michael Adkins / Helix / Sr.

Offensive line

Joey Kuperman / Cathedral Catholic / Sr.

Jacob Alsadek / Torrey Pines / Sr.

Josh Allen / Ramona / Sr.


Defensive line

Amu Milo / Helix / Sr.

Jon Petersen / Poway / Sr.


Alec Moreno / Poway / Sr.

William Gulley / Oceanside / Sr.

Defensive backs

Derek Babiash / Poway / Sr.

Parker Price / Cathedral Catholic / Sr.


Defensive line

Jordan Arnold / West Hills / Sr.


Max Michaels / Poway / Sr.

Rocky Fuga / Helix / Sr.

Defensive backs

Jalen Davis / Helix / Jr.

Ryshaud Keegan / Oceanside / Sr.

Ryan Sharpe / Poway / Sr.

Jace Whittaker / Oceanside / Jr.

Girls volleyball

Player of the Year: Reily Buechler, Torrey Pines


Brittany Abercrombie / La Costa Canyon / Jr.

Tatiana Durr / Cathedral Catholic / Sr.

Jennie Frager / Torrey Pines / Sr.

Lauren Miller / Cathedral Catholic / Sr.

Jolie Rasmussen / Canyon Crest / Fr.

Ryann Chandler / Torrey Pines / Sr.


Maddy Kerr / Torrey Pines / Sr.

Kristen Witous / Cathedral Catholic / Sr.

Madison Dutra / Torrey Pines / Sr.

Blair Ehrlich / Poway / Sr.

Waverly Richards / La Jolla / Sr.

Savannah Rennie / Torrey Pines / So.

Raeann Greisen / Bishop’s / Jr.

Cosy Burnett / La Costa Canyon / Sr.

McKenna Hollingsworth / Tri-City Christian / Jr.

Boys water polo


Jordan Colina / Cathedral Catholic / Jr.

Caleb Schultz / Bishop’s / Sr.

Bryce Hoerman / Cathedral Catholic / Jr.

Matt Ruple / Carlsbad / Sr.

Nick Wiley / Coronado / Sr.

Cody Smith / Cathedral Catholic / Jr.

Viktor Wrobel / Bishop’s / Sr.

Aaron Polk / Coronado / Sr.


Jacob Fujioka / Cathedral Catholic / Sr.

James LeBeau / La Jolla / Sr.

Elijah Belmontez / Coronado / Sr.

Shaun Robinson / Carlsbad / Sr.

Cole Martinez / La Jolla / Jr.

Grant Curry / Cathedral Catholic / Jr.

Eric Bowen / Santana / Jr.

Girls tennis


Kelly Shaffer / Bishop’s / Jr.

Kylie Haviland / Del Norte / Sr.

Rozel Hernandez / La Jolla / Sr.

Wakana Tanaka / Rancho Bernardo / So.

Carissa Bernhardt / Rancho Bernardo / Fr.

Dani Devor / LJ Country Day / Jr.

Lauren Ross / LJ Country Day / Sr.

Girls golf

Player of the Year: Sandy Choi, Torrey Pines


Alana Uriell / Carlsbad / Jr.

Isabella Salant / Pacific Ridge / So.

Minjia Luo / Torrey Pines / Sr.

Shannon Oh / Carlsbad / So.


Hana Bradshaw / Rancho Bernardo / Sr.

Haley Whitbeck / El Camino / Sr.

Raquel Ek / Rancho Bernardo / Sr.

Paris Griffith / Del Norte / Sr.

Cara Barker / Coronado / Jr.

Shiyang Fan / Torrey Pines / So.

Sung Eun Park / Torrey Pines / Fr.

Julia Kang / Mt. Carmel / Sr.

Maddelyn Zack / Poway / So.

Boys cross country

Runner of the Year: Steven Fahy, La Costa Canyon


Forrest Riley / Ramona / Sr.

Eric Sindel / Mt. Carmel / Sr.

Jeff Schaefer / Carlsbad / Sr.

Scott Snow / Carlsbad / Sr.

Christian Freeman / Carlsbad / Sr.

Matt McEachern / Mt. Carmel / Sr.


Garrett Ryan / Westview / Sr.

Shay Martin / Carlsbad / Sr.

Steven Lepe / Monte Vista / Sr.

Patrick Bourke / Cathedral Catholic / Sr.

Girls cross country

Runner of the Year: Emma Abrahamson, La Costa Canyon


Emma Abrahamson / La Costa Canyon / Jr.

Anne Charles / Canyon Crest / Jr.

Nicolette Sorensen / Torrey Pines / Sr.

Kelly Lawson / La Costa Canyon / Sr.

Emily Lopez / Monte Vista / Sr.

Sabrina Seay / Mt. Carmel / Sr.

Brianna Miller / Carlsbad / Sr.

Danielle Voyles / Rancho Bernardo / Jr.


Sophie Smith / Poway / Jr.

Kelsey O’Connell / Torrey Pines / Sr.

Field hockey


Gabrielle De Petro / Canyon Crest / Jr.


Kori Griswold / Cathedral Catholic / Sr.

Clara Belitz / Canyon Crest / Sr.

Arianna Shams-Kollar / Poway / Sr.

Tami December 13, 2012 at 03:44 AM
You list all these first team kids from Oceanside, La Costa Canyon, Poway etc....and we have THREE local guys in our own back yard you completely leave off the list. Valhalla HS had THREE 1st team guys , One of which made 'East County Defensive Player ' of the YEAR, Spencer Havird. Come on guys...this article is incomplete at best...Hopefully we will see a correction soon
Tony Lawrence December 13, 2012 at 07:46 PM
The article is referring to the All CIF team, I think. Spencer was the EASTCOUNTYSPORTS.COM defensive player of the year. This is woefully incomplete. There were, however, several east county omissions: Ramsey Romano was one of the 1st team QBs, De’Shawn Tone and Spencer Havird 1st team defense (all Valhalla) Jordan Arnold, West Hills ... maybe more, those were at a quick glance. The list is incomplete - has some kids, leaves some kids off... I don't know This link has both the ALL CIF team and the all east county teams! Great season by so many of our kids! http://eastcountysports.com/main/2012-13/prep/football.shtml
Eric Yates December 13, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Hi Tami and Tony, This is an incomplete list, indeed. This list includes only athletes from high schools that are in Patch towns. Though Valhalla is close to La Mesa / Spring Valley, it's officially an El Cajon school, and not in a Patch town. Therefore, the omission. The full list can be found here: http://www.sdhoc.com/newswire/san-diego-hall-champions-cif-release-fall-all-cif-teams
Tony Lawrence December 14, 2012 at 04:25 PM
West Hills is in a Patch town, right? Santee? It seems the list has canyon crest, oceanside, Ramona, etc., and not kids who grew up with our kids and live in our neighborhoods. You know how I feel, I could not care less if there was another Charger Blackout story or some national or San Diego story we can get anywhere else - I fell in love with the Patch because it covered OUR town, OUR kids OUR schools. It has drifted away and feels really out of touch. Oh well, all good things must come to an end.
Tony Lawrence December 14, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Whoops, sorry, I see Jordan Arnold from Santee, my mistake. It still seems arbitrary to list kids in "Patch towns" from 50 miles away, but not kids who played little league at Fletcher Hills because they are from El Cajon, and not La Mesa or Santee.


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