LaVar Seay, who was featured in last week’s Eagle, is the Player of the Year on the Napa Valley Register’s 2017 All-Napa County Football Team.
The All-County Offensive Player of the Year is Wolves senior Kama Aalona. Named as Back of the Year on the All-SCAC First Team, Aalona rushed for 774 yards and seven touchdowns and had 16 receptions for 268 yards and two TDs.
Five finalists were chosen for each superlative, and six American Canyon players were among those.
A finalist for Player of the Year is senior Lucas Gramlick. A team captain and left tackle, Gramlick was named to the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame’s 2017 All-Sac-Joaquin Section team, receiving honorable mention on the offensive line. Gramlick was named as the Lineman of the Year on the All-Solano County Athletic Conference team and made the All-SCAC First Team. He also played defensive end and had 21 tackles, and blocked two field-goal attempts.
The other Wolves finalists are senior Erick Stewart for Defensive Player of the Year, senior Robbin Brown and junior Eddie Byrdsong for Newcomer of the Year, and senior Brenden Johnson and junior Jose Lopez for Special Teams Player of the Year.
American Canyon senior Jessica Kei Moncada is the Defensive Player of the Year and senior Kahli Kyee is the Offensive Player of the Year.
Moncada made the All-SCAC First Team for a third year, this time earning All-SCAC Most Valuable Defensive Player honors after tallying 447 digs and averaging 2.1 out of a possible 3 in serve receive.
Kyee led the Wolves’ offense with her consistency, racking up 123 kills and more than 200 assists as they finished third in the SCAC and picked up their first postseason win.
One of the Player of the Year Finalists is junior Raizel Dimalanta. The Wolves’ co-captain was named Most Valuable Setter of the SCAC. “She was asked to play two very important roles on the court, outside hitter and setter, which placed a lot of responsibility on her,” head coach Katy Maligie said. Dimalanta led the Wolves with 105 service aces and 301 assists and contributed more than 200 digs for a team that picked up its first postseason win.
One of the Newcomer of the Year finalists is Wolves sophomore Yani Kenion.
Making the All-County team for the Wolves were juniors Nathan Banks and Duncan Applegarth.
In only his second season of water polo, Banks led the SCAC with 24 goals. He scored seven against Dixon, three against Benicia, four against Bethel and 10 against Fairfield. He also amassed 19 assists and was voted Most Valuable Player of the SCAC. “Just about every goal we had went through Nathan one way or another,” head coach Astin Sparks said.
Sparks said goalkeeper Applegarth had a “tremendous” game while making 10 saves in a 15-10 loss to St. Patrick-St. Vincent early in the season.
Girls Water Polo
Making the All-County team for the Wolves were senior Jessica Vega, junior Haley Konoval and sophomore Ava Swaffar.
Vega was a third-year varsity field player and made the All-SCAC First Team. “She played the set position and was the center of our offense,” Wolves coach Krista Loper said.
Konoval was a third-year varsity utility player who received All-SCAC Honorable Mention. “She is a key player in our defense and is our sprinter,” Loper said.
Swaffar was a second-year varsity player who became the Wolves’ starting goalkeeper this year. She received All-SCAC Honorable Mention.