Richie Hardwick, LaVar Seay

American Canyon High School’s LaVar Seay, far left, wraps up Vintage quarterback Richie Hardwick in a game during the 2016 season at Napa Memorial Stadium.

LaVar Seay, a weak-side outside linebacker for American Canyon High School, was named as the Defensive Player of the Year on the Vallejo Times-Herald’s All-Area 2017 football team.

The team was announced on Dec. 23.

Seay was a two-way starter for the Wolves, who won the Solano County Athletic Conference championship and got to the second round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs as the No. 7 seed. They went 7-4 overall.

He was credited with 23 total tackles (18 solo stops, five assisted stops). He also had six caused fumbles, two fumble recoveries and five sacks.

Seay was American Canyon’s quarterback, leading the Wolves’ triple-option out of the flex bone base offense. He was a huge factor in the Wolves’ success. He ran for 906 yards, averaging 14.6 yards per carry, and scored 12 rushing touchdowns. He threw for 900 yards, completing 39-of-80 passes with five touchdowns.

Seay was named as the Offensive Player of the Year on the All-Solano County Athletic Conference team. He was also selected as the first-team quarterback.

Seay was named as the Napa Valley Register’s Player of the Year on the 2017 All-Napa County team.

Several other players from American Canyon are on the Times-Herald’s All-Area team:

  • Kama Aalona, running back.
  • Robbin Brown, wide receiver.

* Lucas Gramlick, offensive line.

* Jose Luis Lopez, kicker.

* Adrian Anicete, linebacker.

* Brenden Johnson, defensive back.

* Eddie Byrdsong, all-purpose.

Mater Dei State Team of the Year

CalHiSports.com named Mater Dei-Santa Ana (15-0) as its 2017 State Team of the Year on Dec. 18.

Co-coaches named at San Marin

Dominic DiMare and Cory Boyd were named as co-head coaches of the San Marin High-Novato football team, the Marin Independent Journal reported Dec. 22.

DiMare and Boyd take over following the retirement of Steve Stanfel, who was the head coach at San Marin for the last five years.

De La Salle-Concord (11-2) is No. 1 in the final NorCalPreps.com Top 20 rankings.

The rest of the Top-10 includes No. 2 Folsom (16-0), No. 4 Pittsburg (9-3), No. 5 St. Mary’s-Stockton (11-3), No. 6 Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills (11-2), No. 7 Granite Bay (12-3), No. 9 Manteca (12-3) and No. 10 Oakdale (12-2).

The remaining teams include No. 12 San Ramon Valley-Danville (9-2), No. 13 Jesuit-Carmichael (10-3), No. 15 Del Oro-Loomis (8-6), No. 16 Central Catholic-Modesto (10-2), No. 18 Marin Catholic-Kentfield (12-1), No. 19 Vacaville (7-4), and No. 20 Liberty-Brentwood (11-2).

Final State Top 50 Rankings

At No. 1, Mater Dei-Santa Ana (15-0) leads the Final State Top 50 rankings, as announced by CalHiSports.com on Dec. 22.

Mater Dei is followed by No. 2 St. John Bosco-Bellflower (10-3), No. 3 Centennial-Corona (10-2), No. 4 De La Salle-Concord (11-2), No. 5 Folsom (16-0), No. 6 Mission Viejo (12-1), No. 7 Santa Margarita-Rancho Santa Margarita (7-4), No. 8 Long Beach Poly (9-3), No. 9 Narbonne-Harbor City (12-3), and No. 10 Helix-La Mesa (13-2).

The Top 50 also includes No. 13 Pittsburg (9-3), No. 25 St. Mary’s-Stockton (11-3), No. 28 Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills (11-2), No. 32 Granite Bay (12-3), No. 34 Manteca (11-3), No. 36 Oakdale (12-2), No. 39 San Ramon Valley-Danville (9-2), No. 42 Jesuit-Carmichael (10-3), No. 44 Del Campo-Fair Oaks (12-1), No. 45 Del Oro-Loomis (8-6), and No. 46 Central Catholic-Modesto (10-2).

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Executive Sports Editor

Executive Sports Editor Marty James has been with the Napa Valley Register since 1979. He is a member of the Associated Press Sports Editors, California Prep Sportswriters Association, and the California Golf Writers Association. He was inducted into the