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South County's best of the best for fall sports tabbed by San Diego Hall of Champions Phillip Brents | Fri, Dec 30 2011 01:17 PM

They were judged to be at the top of their game at the countywide level and, collectively, they represent the Metro Conference’s elite class of 2011 for fall sports.

Their names are (football) Sean Sullivan, Nico Siragusa, Santana Leomiti, Asante Gibson, James Duberg and Jordan Lertique; (girls volleyball) Jenelle Hudson; (girls golf) Hannah Kim and Briana Rodriguez; (boys cross country) Caesar Castillo and Steven Martinez; and (girls cross country) Carina Gillespie and Mariza Diaz.

They are members of the All-San Diego Section fall sports honor roll as announced recently by the San Diego Hall of Champions.

The elite list is inclusive of all enrollment divisions.

Sullivan, Siragusa, Leomiti and Gibson all earned first team all-section recognition.

•Sullivan, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound senior offensive lineman, helped Mar Vista capture its second consecutive Metro-South Bay League championship and advance as far as the section’s Division III semifinals with two playoff victories. The Mariners’s offensive line, nicknamed “the Beef Train,” was hugely responsible for the team averaging 389 rushing yards per game this season.

•Siragusa, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound senior offensive lineman, helped Mater Dei Catholic claim the Metro-Pacific League championship. The Crusaders advanced to the Division IV quarterfinals after defeating Palo Verde 44-7.

•Leomiti, a 5-foot-9, 250-pound senior linebacker, helped Olympian defy the odds to secure this year’s Metro-Mesa League championship and advance to the Division III championship game at Qualcomm Stadium. He led the Eagles with 168 tackles while collecting 2.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and one blocked punt as the 2011 Metro-Mesa League Defensive Player of the Year.

•Gibson, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior defensive back, helped Olympian land its history-making appearance in the CIF finals by posting three interceptions and 135 tackles. On the offensive side of the ball, he also rushed for 453 yards and scored six total touchdowns. He has made a decision to attend Harvard University along with Bonita Vista's Duberg.

Duberg and Lertique both earned berths on the all-section second team.

•Duberg, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound senior defensive lineman, becomes the first player from Bonita Vista’s football program to attend Harvard University. He racked up 43 tackles, two sacks and one fumble recovery during the 2011 season.

•Lertique, a six-foot, 185-pound senior defensive back, was instrumental on both sides of the football for Mar Vista this season in helping lead the Mariners to an 11-2 record. As a defensive back, he collected a team-leading 124 tackles and made four interceptions. As the team’s quarterback, he rushed for 671 yards and nine touchdowns and passed for three more.

Included among the Mariners’ booty this season was a stunning 42-28 quarterfinal-round playoff victory against second-seeded St. Augustine.

Girls volleyball
•Hudson began her senior season in memorable fashion by not only leading Bonita Vista to this year’s Mesa League championship title but an appearance in the Division II finals opposite La Costa Canyon. The Barons (29-7) finished runner-up to the Mavericks and drew an opening round assignment in the state regional playoffs.

In leading the best Bonita Vista team in a decade to the CIF finals, Hudson earned elite recognition as the section’s player of the year.

She was the lone Metro representative on the 20-member first and second teams.

Hudson totaled 403 kills in 92 games, with a 52.4 kill percentage, recorded 60 serving aces, and contributed 446 assists and 277 digs.

Girls golf
•Kim, a sophomore at Otay Ranch, scored a meteoric runner-up finish at the section championship tournament to earn all-section first team recognition. Kim shot a two-day total of 138 points — eight points behind eventual state champion Sandy Choi of Torrey Pines.

Kim was an individual regional state qualifier.

•Rodriguez, a junior at Sweetewater, finished tied for 16th at the section finals with a two-day score of 155 points. She served as the team captain on the Red Devils’ South Bay League championship team and was the league’s individual champion.

Cross country
Castillo, Martinez, Gillespie and Diaz all were individual state qualifiers for their respective teams.

Gillespie, a junior at Otay Ranch, earned a nod on the all-section first team, while Bonita Vista’s Castillo, Otay Ranch’s Martinez and Chula Vista’s Diaz, all seniors, earned all-section second team honors.

•Gillespie, the reigning Mesa League female Runner of the Year, finished fourth at the section Division I finals, clocking the 10th best time on the day inclusive of all five enrollment divisions. She was a member of the Mustangs’ league championship team.

•Martinez, the reigning Mesa League male Runner of the Year, finished third at the section Division I finals to rank 16th overall among runners from all five enrollment divisions.

•Castillo, who finished second at the Mesa League championship meet, placed 11th at the section Division II finals, finishing with the 14th best time on the day inclusive of all five enrollment divisions. He was a member of the Barons’ league championship team.

•Diaz, who helped Chula Vista capture this year’s South Bay League team championship, finished seventh at the section’s Division I finals, 16th overall among runners from all divisions.

At the state championship meet, held Nov. 26 in Fresno, Gillespie was the highest place-finisher among Metro qualifiers at seventh-place in the 190-deep Division I girls race.

Among the 119 San Diego girls state qualifiers, Gillespie was the third-highest section finisher by time while Diaz was 35th (79th overall in Division I).

Among the 114 boys San Diego boys state qualifiers, Martinez was the fourth-highest section finisher by time while Castillo was eighth. Martinez placed 13th in the Division I boys race while Castillo placed 16th in the Division II boys race.

For a complete list of the Hall of Champions’ 2011 All-CIF teams, visit the Web site at www.sdhoc.com.

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Dan Castro Says:

Sun, Jan 01 2012 10:25 AM

All Metro-Pacific,All Metro South Bay? FOOTBALL TEAMS!or don't these hard working kids deserve the pub they earned.I understand Oly had a hell of a year,Eastlake had bad luck,,CV was OK, BV,more pub then they desearved Otay,off year. Im disappointed that the other leauges were overlooked,SAD.

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