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.
Today we go back 24 years to 1993, when a pair of Saint Louis underclassmen were the talk of the state. All-purpose back George Ornellas shared the top offensive honor with ‘Iolani quarterback Brian Ah Yat while linebacker Peter Salavea was voted the top defensive player by the Honolulu Advertiser.
Ornellas and Salavea were both juniors and classmates with offensive lineman Olin Kreutz, setting up Saint Louis very well for the following year.
A talented receiving corps was led by Punahou receiver Donny Utu, whose 240 receiving yards in a game against Damien stood as the single-game Buffanblu record for 21 years until Kanawai Noa broke it in 2014 against Saint Louis. The Raiders had a pretty good receiver of their own in Raul Pacheco, who a year earlier in 1992 set the Raiders’ single-game receiving mark of 219 yards that also lasted 21 years.
Five different teams put two players on the Advertiser first team on defense with Salavea and DL Vavae Tata representing the Crusaders. ‘Iolani and Kamehameha were responsible for the entire secondary with ‘Iolani putting Adam Wong and Sean Takamori on the team while the Warriors had Kala Torco and Bryan Fernandez.
The Star-Bulletin went with three defensive linemen, five linebackers and three defensive backs on its All-State first team defense.
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