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Fall Sports Season Ends With High Honors for District Student-Athletes

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RICHMOND -- It was a season of history for a number of West Contra Costa Unified School District athletes and teams with one student scholar posting the highest individual finish at a state event and two other student athletes helping their school rewrite its history books.

As the 2016-2017 fall sports season concludes this weekend with the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) State Football Championships, here is a look at the Tri-County Athletic All-League (TCAL) teams.

Hercules’ Ryan Cutter cut a new path, finishing fourth in the CIF Cross Country State Championship Division IV boys race with a time of 15 minutes, 39.9 seconds. A senior, Ryan posted the highest finish ever for a cross country runner at the state meet, on Saturday, November 26,2016.
Ryan was named the TCAL’s Most Valuable Boys Cross Country runner and set a personal record this year at the North Coast Section (NCS) Championships with a time of 15:13.3. To read more about Ryan, click here.

 El Cerrito High School won a league title and finished 9th at the NCS Championship. Here are the Gauchos all-league selections: 
  • Cailyn Sakurai
  • Lucy Malamud-Roam
  • Grace Rusin
  • Helen Gilbert-Snyder
The Kennedy High School football team not only posted its first winning season since 1988, but the Eagles finished the season 10-2, tying the school record for most wins in a season. In addition, the Eagles had both the offensive and defensive league player of the year, a feat that is believed to be the first time in school history.

Quarterback Micah Barnes, a junior, threw for over 2,100 yards and 30 touchdowns and was named the TCAL Stone Division Offensive Player of the Year. Ryan Robinson, a senior linebacker, had 30 quarterback sacks and led a defense that posted five shutouts was named TCAL Stone Division Defensive Player of the Year.

The TCAL Rock and Stone Division all-league teams are stocked with WCCUSD athletes.

First Team
  • Aaron Banks, El Cerrito, Senior, Offensive Line
  • Julian Pedley, Pinole Valley, Senior, Offensive Line
Honorable Mention
  • Brandon Valera, El Cerrito, Junior, Offensive Line
  • Lanique Wilkes, El Cerrito, Junior, Running Back
  • Robert Swanson, Pinole Valley, Wide Receiver
  • Sam Nuss, Pinole Valley, Running Back
First Team

  • Damon Cole, El Cerrito, Senior, Wide Receiver/Utility
  • Albert Daego, El Cerrito, Sophomore, Defensive Back
  • Frankie Banks, El Cerrito, Sophomore, Defensive Line
  • Delano Ware, El Cerrito, Junior, Linebacker
  • Noel Patillo, Pinole Valley, Junior, Defensive Line
  • Christopher Lliili, Pinole Valley, Senior, Linebacker
Honorable Mention
  • Jazhun Brown, El Cerrito, Sophomore, Defensive Line
  • John Moore, Pinole Valley, Senior, Linebacker
Player of the Year

  • Micah Barnes, Kennedy, Junior, Quarterback
First Team
  • Loren Calhoun, De Anza, Senior, Running Back
  • Richie Kirbyson, De Anza, Senior, Wide Receiver
  • David Estebez, Hercules, Senior, Offensive Line
  • Roberto Martinez, Hercules, Senior, Offensive Line 
  • Dieontae Malan, Hercules, Senior, Running Back
  • Emany Johnson, Hercules, Senior, Wide Receiver
  • Ronnie Foote, Kennedy, Junior, Offensive Line
  • Devon Thomas, Kennedy, Senior, Offensive Line
  • Tre’vante Daniels, Kennedy, Senior, Wide Receiver
  • Larry Washington, Kennedy, Junior, Utility
Second Team
  • Taemon Evans, De Anza, Sophomore, Quarterback
  • Gabriel Sable, De Anza, Senior, Wide Receiver
  • Devon King, De Anza, Senior, Utility
  • Kris Miles, Hercules, Senior, Wide Receiver
  • Manny Aguero, Kennedy, Junior, Offensive Line
  • Dominick Tagaloa, Kennedy, Senior, Offensive Line
  • Akeli Nelson, Kennedy, Senior, Wide Receiver
  • Josh Ajche, Richmond, Junior, Offensive Line
  • Jefferson Quiom, Richmond, Senior, Running Back
  • Kenneth Silva, Richmond, Junior, Utility
Honorable Mention
  • Jesus Pintor, Kennedy, Senior, Offensive Line
  • Luis Lopez, Richmond, Senior, Offensive Line
Player of the Year

  • Ryan Robinson, Kennedy, Senior, Defensive Line
First Team
  • Carlos Ibarra, De Anza, Senior, Defensive Line
  • Situa Alataua, De Anza, Senior, Linebacker
  • Rico Tolefree, De Anza, Senior, Linebacker
  • Devon King, De Anza, Senior, Defensive Back
  • Isaiah Kelly, Hercules, Senior, Defensive Line
  • Dieontae Malan, Hercules, Defensive Back
  • Emany Johnson, Hercules, Junior, Defensive Back
  • Luis Lopez, Richmond, Senior, Defensive Line
  • Jonathan Velasquez, Richmond, Senior, Linebacker
  • Kenneth Silva, Richmond, Junior, Defensive Back
Second Team
  • Loren Calhoun, De Anza, Senior, Linebacker
  • KC Onwuemeka, Hercules, Senior, Defensive Back
  • Devin Holmes, Kennedy, Senior, Defensive Line
  • Tushay Reed, Kennedy, Senior, Defensive Line
  • Christian Qualls, Kennedy, Junior, Linebacker
  • Darion Ellinson, Kennedy, Junior, Linebacker
  • Tyrik Daniels, Kennedy, Sophomore, Linebacker
  • Tre’vante Daniels, Kennedy, Senior, Linebacker
  • Javier Hernandez, Richmond, Senior, Defensive Line
  • Josh Ajche, Richmond, Senior, Defensive Line
Honorable Mention
  • Bryan Palacios, De Anza, Junior, Linebacker
  • Kyree Hall, De Anza, Junior, Defensive Back
  • Gage Garvey, Hercules, Senior, Defensive Back
  • John Howard, Kennedy, Senior, Defensive Back
  • Shuxin Zhou, Pinole Valley
Second Team

  • Josephine Ough, El Cerrito, Junior
Honorable Mention
  • Cheyenne Lippe, El Cerrito, Junior
  • Mia Abalos, El Cerrito, Sophomore
First Team

  • Songnhi Tran, Pinole Valley, Senior
  • Vyalice Sok, Richmond, Sophomore
  • Xochhitl Hernandez-Rodriquez, Kennedy, Senior
Second Team
  • Gabby Crooks, Pinole Valley, Senior
  • Haleigh Brown, Pinole Valley, Freshman
  • Abigail Plarcenia, Kennedy, Senior
Honorable Mention
  • Analisa Fernandez, Pinole Valley, Junior
  • Malie Chow, Richmond, Senior
  • Azaria Kates, Kennedy, Junior
For the complete all-league Fall teams, click here.