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Norton Sailors' do-everything man

Newport Harbor senior hardly sat during a game, excelling as a receiver and defensive back, and contributing on special teams.

December 24, 2010|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com

The junior left tackle helped Robert Murtha to a record-breaking year at tailback. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Bateman split the Orange Coast League Lineman of the Year award after creating huge holes for Murtha to run through. With Bateman anchoring the line, the Eagles could afford to run on practically every down.

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T.J. Danner

Sage Hill | OL

The senior left guard played a vital role to Taylor Ross smashing almost every rushing record with the Lightning. The 6-foot-1, 260-pound Danner was the Academy League Lineman of the Year after posting an area-best 67 pancake blocks. He even had a 30-yard touchdown run. Danner is a two-time Dream Team selection.

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Dan Steele

Corona del Mar | OL

The senior left tackle protected quarterback Mitch Gardner's blindside. The 6-foot, 205-pound Steele anchored an offensive line that rarely took a break during a CdM drive. The Sea Kings ran a no-huddle offense, keeping defenses on their toes and their own linemen on the move. Steele earned first-team All-Pacific Coast League laurels.

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JB Salem

Newport Harbor | DL

The senior defensive tackle was the area's toughest player to block because of his 6-foot-4, 258-pound frame and abilities. Salem, a first-team All-Sunset League selection, registered 44 tackles, three sacks and blocked one kick. He is going to Stanford to play on a football scholarship. Salem is a three-time Dream Team selection.

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Steve Michaelsen

Newport Harbor | DL

The junior defensive end moved to the line after starting at linebacker the previous season. Michaelsen created havoc for offensive tackles, finishing with 58 tackles and two sacks. Coach Jeff Brinkley said he expects the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Michaelsen, a second-team All-Sunset League pick, to be a highly recruited player next year.

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Mutuvai Asi

Newport Harbor | DL

The senior defensive end transferred from Samoa and turned raw talent into problems for opposing blockers. The 6-foot-3, 237-pounder showed athleticism and fit in well with the Sailors. Asi, a second-team All-Sunset League pick, finished with 52 tackles, one sack and one blocked kick.

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Alex Herrera

Corona del Mar | DL

The senior defensive end was one of the Sea Kings' vocal leaders and he backed up his words. Herrera registered 8.5 sacks, 79 tackles, 12 for losses, 13 hurries, two pass deflections and one fumble recovery. He earned first-team All-Pacific Coast League laurels.

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Blair Luchs

Newport Harbor | LB

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