Three Eagles named to all-conference first team

By: Staff Report
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Vista del Lago High’s varsity football team placed three members on the Sierra Valley Conference All-Star team. Ash Anayah, Doug Drakeley and Trey Hairabedian were selected to the team by the conference’s coaches. Anayah, a linebacker, led the Eagles in tackles with 121, including 55 solo tackles. Anayah was also named the team’s most valuable player. “Ash led the whole conference in tackles and did a great job leading our defense,” Vista coach Chris Jones said. “He was our most consistent defensive player. I think this sets him up potentially to be the league’s Defensive Player of the Year in the future. He’s just got a nose for the ball and once he makes contact, he’s a sure tackler.” Drakeley was a two-way starter for the Eagles, but earned all-league recognition as a defensive tackle. Drakeley made 42 tackles and had two sacks and two fumble recoveries. “Doug was the anchor of our defensive line,” Jones said. “He was a rock for us. He’s a big body and did a great job. The best thing about Doug was that he improved as the season went on. That’s what I was most impressed with Doug.” Drakeley was also named Vista’s defensive player of the year. Hairabedian was the team’s lone offensive selection to the all-star team. He led the team with 775 yards rushing and eight touchdowns. Hairabedian was named the team’s offensive player of the year. “Trey was our most consistent offensive weapon,” Jones said. “He carried the ball a ton and was a workhorse. It’s nice to know he’ll be back for us next year.” Second-teamers included defensive back Nick Grunsky and all-purpose player Kalib Smith, who also earned Vista’s Eagle Award. Honorable mention all-stars included defensive lineman Ricky Loewen, quarterback Anthony Mull and tight end Marques White. The Eagles finished the league season with a 1-5 record, while they were 2-8 overall.