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Seven Gaels named to OUA football all-star team
Posted: November 6th, 2013 @ 5:39pm
Seven members of the Queen's Golden Gaels - including three members of the defensive secondary - have been named to the Ontario University Athletics football all-star team. The team, chosen in a poll of the league's coaches, was announced Wednesday.
Corners Yann Dika-Balotoken and Andrew Lue and defensive halfback Tijani Chase-Dunawa are joined on the all-star defence by end Derek Wiggan and linebacker Sam Sabourin.
Sabourin and Lue are both three-time all-stars, while Chase-Dunawa and Wiggan were both selected all-stars for the second consecutive season.
Queen's, 8-1 and the second-place team in the regular year, has the most defensive all-stars of any team in the league.
Guard Derek Morris and tackle Josh Prinsen represent Queen's on the all-star offence.
Morris, a graduate of Napanee District Secondary School, is the only player returning to the first team all-star offence from 2012. Prinsen, from Holy Cross Secondary School, was named to the all-conference team for the first time.
Seven of Queen's defensive starters were named to an all-star team, as tackle John Miniaci and linebacker Justin Baronaitis were selected for the second team. Oddly, Baronaitis was chosen as a linebacker though he started three of seven Queen's seven regular-season games at safety and two others at defensive halfback.
Also named to the second all-star team from Queen's are wide receiver Giovanni Aprile and running back Ryan Granberg.
Ten members of the undefeated regular-season champion Western Mustangs have been named all-stars, including a league-leading five on offence. The Mustangs also have four defensive all-stars, and Lirim Hajrullahu was selected as both the all-star punter and place-kicker.
In all, Western, the team that will host Queen's in the 106th Yates Cup championship game Saturday, has 10 first-team all-stars. Queen's has seven, Guelph, Toronto, McMaster and Ottawa have two each and Windsor and York each have one.
As has become the custom, the league has not named an all-star fullback, even though among the Gaels and their seven regular-season opponents in the regular season, six of the eight list fullback as a position on their depth chart.
Instead, two "running backs" are listed on both the first and second all-star teams, with tailbacks Brendan Gillanders of Ottawa and Errol Brooks of York each getting first-team honours. In another head-scratcher, Dillon Campbell of Laurier, who led the conference in rushing by almost 120 yards, could do no better than the second all-star team.
Sophomore Will Finch of Western is the all-star quarterback. He's also considered a favourite to be named the league's most valuable player when its individual awards are announced at a news conference Thursday morning in Hamilton.
He's one of five Mustangs on the first all-star team, as Western placed more players on the all-star offence than any other team. With two other players on the second-team offence, Western has had seven of its 12 offensive starters named an all-star.
The 2013 OUA football all-stars:
Centre - Matthew Van Praet (Western).
Guards - Cameron Thorn (Guelph), Derek Morris (Queen's).
Tackles - Josh Prinsen (Queen's), Kadeem Adams (Western).
Inside receivers - Brian Marshall (Western), Evan Pszczonak (Windsor).
Wide receivers - George Johnson (Western), Paul de Pass (Toronto).
Running backs - Brendan Gillanders (Ottawa), Errol Brooks (York).
Quarterback - Will Finch (Western).
Tackles - Daryl Waud (Western), Ettore Lattanzio (Ottawa).
Ends - Dylan Ainsworth (Western), Derek Wiggan (Queen's).
Linebackers - Pawel Kruba (Western), Sam Sabourin (Queen's), Beau Landry (Western).
Halfbacks - Tijani Chase-Dinawa (Queen's), Steve Ventresca (McMaster).
Corners - Yann Dika-Balotoken (Queen's), Andrew Lue (Queen's).
Safety - Mike Daly (McMaster).
Punter - Lirim Hajrullahu (Western).
Place-kicker - Lirim Hajrullahu (Western).
Returner - Keven Bradfield (Toronto).
Rush/cover -Â Andrew Graham (Guelph).
Centre - Shavin Fernando (Ottawa).
Guards - Taylor Servais (Ottawa), Joe Circelli (Western).
Tackles - Jakob Piortrowski (Guelph), Eddie Meredith (Western).
Inside receivers - Alex Pierzchalski (Toronto), Daniel Vandervoort (McMaster)
Wide receivers - Nick Anapolsky (Waterloo), Giovanni Aprile (Queen's).
Running backs - Ryan Granberg (Queen's), Dillon Campbell (Laurier).
Quarterback - Aaron Colbon (Ottawa).
Tackles - John Miniaci (Queen's), Tai Pham (Windsor).
Ends - Ricky Osei-Kusi (Western), Cam Walker (Guelph).
Linebackers - Aram Eisho (McMaster), Akeen Whonder (Windsor), Justin Baronaitis (Queen's).
Halfbacks - Taylor Palmer (Guelph), Chris Ackie (Laurier).
Corners - Felix Odum (Laurier), Simon Bahru (Western).
Safety - Matthew Bond-Lapointe (Ottawa).
Punter: Dan Cerino (Windsor).
Place-kicker: Tyler Crapigna (McMaster).
Returner - A'dre Fraser (Guelph).
Rush/cover - Thomas Majka (Laurier).
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