The 2017 Honolulu Star-Advertiser football All-State teams were published on Sunday with Saint Louis quarterback Chevan Cordeiro and Waianae linebacker Kana’i Mauga winning top honors in the state.
You can see the full team here.
As a treat for Hawaii Prep World readers, we counted down to the release of the team by looking at some of the greats of years past.
Because they were so popular, we will keep going and eventually have a list of every all-star team from each year.
We were still a couple of years away from the All-State teams from each newspapers, but 1970 is a fun group of league all-stars to look at.
This was the first year the OIA played in two divisions because five city schools joined the league for the first time after leaving the ILH (Farrington, Kaimuki, Kalani, Roosevelt, McKinley).
Unanimous selections from both newspapers on the ILH all-star team include Damien’s Mel deLaura, Saint Louis’ Kaipo Spencer and Gary Campbell, and Punahou’s Arnold Morgado on offense. Spencer was the top quarterback while Campbell was an explosive runner headed for Colorado.
The defense features an impressive group of linebackers in Punahou’s Kale Ane, Kamehameha’s Dan Kitashima and St. Louis’ Francis Keeno. The Crusaders’ Tony Raiola was one of only two players on defense who weighed more than 205 pounds on the Advertiser first team.
Damien’s Ricardo Sallas was one of three first-team defensive backs on the Star-Bulletin squad.
McKinley put nine players on the Star-Bulletin OIA East first team while the Advertiser had eight.
The Star-Bulletin said it was a tight race at almost every position, and went with Kaimuki’s Joe Lee as the top QB over Farrington’s Tommy Santos and Kailua’s Russ Francis. McKinley’s Chester Grey was the back of the year and Kaimuki’s Herman Koa was the lineman of the year.
The Advertiser went with Roosevelt’s Alvin Tokuda as its quarterback and put four more QB’s on its second team.
Waianae dominated the OIA West all-star team. Fullback Tuinanalu Ala was the most outstanding back by both newspapers, edging out his QB, Walter Saragosa, for the top spot in the Advertiser. Tackle Wadsley Abihai was the lineman of the year by both newspapers.
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