1998 All Stars

Mari, Pierce top T-S grid stars     

From the Times-Standard Sports Staff
Sports Director - Ted Sillanpaa

The Times-Standard

Football teams don’t cruise to a 10-0 regular-season record by accident. It takes a collection of the best players in the Humboldt-Del Norte League to achieve such success.

St. Bernard High not only roared to a 10-0 mark and a Little Four Conference championship and it’s Crusaders knocked off three Big Five Conference teams.

St. Bernard has been rewarded by landing eight players on the 33-player 1998 Times-Standard Prep Football All-Star Team.

St. Bernard’s group is led by Little Four Conference Most Valuable Player Dustin Mari, the senior lineman, who dominated on both sides of the ball.

Big Five Conference Most Valuable Player Buck Pierce, Del Norte’s junior quarterback, leads six players from the Big Five Conference championship squad.

The Times-Standard staff staff votes to select the squad, regardless of position.

Here’s a closer look at the MVPs and the 33 players chosen by vote of the Times-Standard staff:

Big Five MVP
Buck Pierce, Del Norte
The junior quarterback completed 109 of 170 passes for 1,529 yards and 17 touchdowns to lead the Warriors to the conference title with a 4-0 mark and 7-2 overall regular season record.

Little Four MVP
Dustin Mari, St. Bernard
The 6-foot-2, 230-pound senior anchored the offensive and defensive lines for the undefeated Crusaders. "He was the key to everything we did on the line," said St. Bernard offensive line coach and defensive coordinator Brad Collins.

Terry Williamson, Hoopa:
Williamson’s team fell apart around him, but the gritty Warriors stuck out the entire season to give this two-time Times-Standard All-Star his chance to shine in his senior season. He rushed for over 700 yards and scored nine touchdowns to wind up 10th in the H-DNL in scoring. Williamson was the most feared kick-returner in the league. 

Stuart Mandon, South Fork:
The junior running back sparked South Fork’s turnaround. He rushed for 631 yards to rate sixth in the league and was 10th in receiving with 16 catches for 397 yards.

Miles Barnes, Arcata:
The Tigers’ 6-2, 180 senior wide receiver and kicker was one of the best all-around athletes in the league. He caught 25 passes for 632 yards and scored 42 points. 

Cory Pinochi, St. Bernard:
A strong safety on St. Bernard’s rugged defense and the league’s leading receiver, Pinochi had a super senior season. He led the league in receiving with 33 catches. His contribution on defense, however, might have overshadowed his offensive performance.

Brian Noga, Eureka:
This 6-2, 190 junior safety had a sparkling season for the defense that was the strength of Eureka’s attack. Noga was a great run-stopper as well as pass defender. 

James Flavin, McKinleyville:
He led the league is rushing with 196 carries for 1,177 yards - 130.8 yards per game. He was second in scoring with 15 touchdowns to account for most of 92 points.

Cody Killingsworth, Ferndale:
The junior was the key to Ferndale’s attack with 195 rushes for 1,073 yards to rank fourth in the H-DNL. He scored 12 TDs for 78 points to finish third in the league. He was also a solid defensive player.

Alton Tomlin, St. Bernard:
The junior quarterback completed 105 of 178 passes for 1,777 yards to lead the H-DNL with 177.7 yards per game. He threw 21 TD passes to spark a high-scoring St. Bernard attack. 

Josh Halls, Del Norte:
Defense was the key for Del Norte and Halls turned in his best performance on the line against Eureka in a battle for first place.

Tyson Young, South Fork:
No team reverses fortune without solid line play and Young was a key for the Cubs. He was solid on both sides of the ball.

Sean Miller, Fortuna:
Although hurt by injuries late in the season, this senior still finished sixth in the league in rushing with 677 yards (84.6 per game) and fifth in scoring with 10 touchdowns and six 2-point runs for 72 points.

Miguel Duran, Del Norte:
The senior ran for 815 yards on 126 carries to finish fifth in the H-DNL with 90.6 yars per game. He caught 11 passes for 165 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. 

Luke Walker, Arcata:
Although the Tigers struggled and didn’t win a Big Five game, there’s no arguing that Walker was the best two-way lineman in the conference.

Marc Manfredda, St. Bernard:
The 6-3, 250 junior two-way lineman made his impact as a strong presence in the middle of both the offensive and defensive lines.

Dane McCartney, McKinleyville:
The senior defensive back-wide receiver had a sterling season for the Panthers. He caught 13 passes for 141 yards. 

Jordan Peck, Fortuna:
The Huskies senior was one of the best defensive players in the league. He was one of the top blockers on offense and became a pass-catching threat at tight end.

Joey Luis, Del Norte:
The senior caught 26 passes for 438 yards to rank second in the H-DNL. He was a big-play receiver who scored five touchdowns.  

Brian Hubner, Ferndale:
A senior two-way star, Hubner added stability on both the offensive and defensive fronts for the Little Four runners up.

Steve Valentine, Eureka:
The three-year varsity starter was the best defensive end in the league. He was a superior pass rusher and run-defender.

Brice Jimmerson, Arcata:
The 155-pound junior was injured twice in the season, but still rushed 133 times for 869 yards and nine touchdowns. Even though he missed some action, he ranked among the biggest offensive threats in the H-DNL.

Ryan Sells, St. Bernard:
The senior was a star offensive and defensive lineman. He was the top place-kicker in the H-DNL with five field goals and 33 extra-points.

Ross Moriarty, Ferndale:
He started as the senior quarterback, then moved to running back and rushed for 631 yards. Moriarty scored eight touchdowns on offense while anchoring the Ferndale defense at, of all places, defensive tackle.

Wade Swanson, St. Bernard:
The junior was a key to the Crusaders defense at middle linebacker. He rushed for 312 yards and five touchdowns on defense while catching 10 passes for 89 yards. 

Ryan Redner, St. Bernard:
The senior tight end caught 27 passes for 527 yards and eight TDs. He was also a key player early in the season on the defense.

Brett Roslosnik, Eureka:
The 6-1, 250 defensive tackle capped three years as a varsity starter as a rock-solid member of the middle of Eureka’s defense.

Heath Schaad, Del Norte:
Schaad started the season at left tackle, but moved to center when injuries hit the Warriors line. A tough, versatile blocker.

Arthur Benedetti, Fortuna:
A rugged two-way lineman, Benedetti was hit by an injury early in the season but came on strong to spark the Huskies. 

Justin Moore, South Fork:
The senior intercepted 10 passes from his defensive backposition. He passed for 1,1169 yards and 13 touchdowns as the quarterback.

Elijah Kirk, Fortuna:
The senior fullback rushed for 585 yards to finish 10th in the H-DNL. He was a hard-nose linebacker.

Dustin Echeveria, St. Bernard:
The junior, in his second varsity season, led the league in scoring with 100 points. He scored 16 touchdowns while rushing for 1,109 yards to finish third in the league.

Isiah Sanchez, Del Norte:
The 5-10, 217 junior fullback-linebacker had a great season offensively and defensively for the Big Five champions.

Coach of the Year
Greg Sarvinski, South Fork:
The former Fortuna High football star needed only one season to turn the Cubs downtrodden program around and get a group of talented young players to the .500 mark and only one victory shy of a post-season berth.

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