Nearly two months after the conclusion of prep football season in the Santa Clarita Valley, the awards are still rolling in for the area’s top players.
The CIF-Southern Section released the 2017 All-CIF football teams on Monday afternoon and plenty of SCV athletes made the cut.
In Division 2, Valencia had seven representatives on the list with Mykael Wright leading the way as a co-offensive player of the year.
“His growth and maturity has been just awesome to see,” said Vikings coach Larry Muir. “I just think that as a player and competitor he sets the standard for a lot of things that we do. And as a skill guy, he’s one of the best skill guys in the state of California. His impact on games is just amazing.”
Moises Haynes, Connor Downs and Parker Kernek were honored on the Division 2 offensive team, while Ben Seymour, Josh DeNeal and Reilly Royce made the defensive team.
“We had some really terrific players that worked well together and had a lot of success,” said Muir. “The seven players that made All-CIF were well-deserved.”
Hart’s Nathan Bradder was named to the Division 3 offensive team and CJ McMullen was named to the defensive team.
Division 6 was loaded with Foothill League players. Golden Valley’s Jalin Lewis, DJ Turner and Aaron Castaneda; Canyon’s Shawn Gallagher and Jacob Lopez and Saugus’ Nathan Tripp and Richard Meza were featured on the offensive team.
On defense, Golden Valley’s Ahvie Harris, DeGabriel Floyd, CJ Ravenell and Derrese Morganfield; Saugus’ DeMaurea Pride-Ruiz, Jimmy Stirwalt, Tyler Hampsten, Jordan Durdin and Tanner Brown and Canyon’s Richard Bueno were each honored.
Santa Clarita Christian saw four earn a mention on the Division 13 list. Blake Kirshner, Noah Nnabuo and Caden Brenner were tabbed on offense and Blaike Orth on defense.
Valencia and Golden Valley each made it to the championship games in their respective divisions.
Hart ended its season in the second round of the CIF-SS Division 3 playoffs. Canyon lost in the second round of the Division 6 playoffs and Saugus in the third.
SCCS capped the year with a loss in the second round of the Division 13 playoffs.
“I think there’s a lot of talented players in the Santa Clarita Valley and all the programs have really good coaches,” Muir said of the Foothill League teams “…If you slip up at all, you’re going to find yourself losing games quick because everyone is so talented.”