2011 Star-News Preseason All-Area team, who’s on it?


Above: Maranatha’s Andrew Elffers wasn’t on the preseason list last year, but the then-sophomore exploded with an offensive flurry that was much too hard to ignore, snatching top billing as the best West San Gabriel Valley quarterback.

I went through last year’s Preseason list and the actual All-Area list, and wouldn’t you know it — I was actually pretty good. Sixteen of the 25 All-Area spots were accurately chosen months before the season got underway. Not bad. I’ll actually pick this list, but you guys are my eyes out there and have seen a lot of good stuff. We know the usual suspects who will head this list, like Elffers, who last season was the No. 3 passer in the country (yes, the country) among sophomores. He completed a staggering 67 percent of his passes for 3,328 yards and 37 touchdowns against just 10 interceptions. He also rushed for 269 yards and five touchdowns, leading the Minutemen to the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division playoffs. The other usual suspects? On defense of course you can’t ignore “Big Bad” Ellis McCarthy. The guy’s just a beast, and I mean that in the most complimentary way. Muir’s Kevon Seymour will also be on this list, but he’s a little trickier: Where do you land Seymour, on offense or defense. He was a preseason defensive back and made All-Area as a defensive back, but he’ll see plenty of action on offense where he can tear it up, too. The usual list of suspects continues with Arcadia’s Taylor Lagace and St. Francis’ Travis Talianko. As for the rest … that’s where you come in.

2011 STAR-NEWS PRESEASON ALL-AREA TEAM
OFFENSE
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  • Observantcat

    Here goes my very biased opinion: Mainly because of a lack of coverage on a lot of area good players I must take an educated guess.

    2011 STAR-NEWS PRESEASON ALL-AREA TEAM
    OFFENSE
    QB: Andrew Elfers
    RB: DeShawn Ramirez
    RB: Kevon Seymour
    WR: Luke Williams
    WR: Taylor Legace
    WR: Travis Talianko
    OL:
    OL: Issac Miravet
    OL:
    OL:
    OL:
    PK: Mason Bryant

    DEFENSE
    DL: Ellis McCarthy
    DL: Lorenzo Cassas
    DL: Henry Crane
    LB: George Frazier
    LB:
    LB:
    LB:
    DB: Anthony Craft Jr.
    DB: Mason Bryant
    DB: Kevon Seymour
    SS:
    P:

  • maranatha fan

    Observant cat i like yours. I think someone to watch though is Matt Hall, a sophmore at Maranatha that transferred from Glendora. He will likely be starting at Middle Linebacker. He may not be all area this year but he could strengthen the minutemen defense. Under Coach Karavedes the minutemen should have one of the better defenses in recent memory for the minutemen.

  • Lagacy??

    interesting that T Lagacy is listed here as a WR but in college he will be playing his strength as a safety

  • realTALK

    monrovia has talent… mccarthy frazier and ramirez are locks i think but maranatha has maybe one in elfers, the kid can flat out play his position! temple city is really untested and uncertain of any stand outs arroyo might have one in 3 yr varsity qb in rivera? arcadia has a few locks and a few uncertains, lagace is a lock, myles has a shot but haines and mckinley are uncertains. muir has their running back and reciever combo with seymour… good luck to all these teams and the players go get it done!!

  • rb

    i see that there is a QB already chosen here and if those numbers are accurate then he seems like a no brainer….however in my opinion it would be foolish to not at least mention the name of Brandon Cox of PHS. iv seen this kid a few time this summer and he looks phenomenal! i know he took some lumps last year as a sophomore but looked like he finally got a handle of things in the back half of the season. Again seems like a good pick none the less at QB but perhaps an honorable mention list….just trying to look out for you Miguel. i bet this one will make you look real smart by the end of the season….