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Pick your 2012 regional all-star team

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The 2012 season is over and while football teams from all over say goodbye to their seniors, welcome their freshmen and dive into the long offseason, there’s still one final bow to make in the 2011 season.

It’s time to recognize the best players in the region.

Who was the best of the best of the best?

There is a more involved system going on behind the scenes at Hearst Connecticut Newsgroup for an all-area team that will be unveiled around New Years week, but here’s a chance for players and fans to lobby for their top picks.

It’s going to require a lot of thought on your part. Picking these teams are tantamount to moving Chess pieces around a board. Typically, we have a bunch of deserving players and only a few spots. So we usually try to slot players into their secondary positions (OL vs. DL etc.) to truly get the best 22 (or so) players on the team.

FOLLOW DIRECTIONS.

Here are the categories:

We would like your TOP 2 in the following positions (TOP 5 on the offensive line). There can be NO repeat selections.

OFFENSE: QUARTERBACK, RECEIVER/END, RUNNING BACK, OFFENSIVE LINE (5), KICKER
DEFENSE: DEFENSIVE LINE, LINEBACKER, DEFENSIVE BACK, PUNTER
ALL-PURPOSE (This spot is reserved for men who excel in a variety of spots and don’t fit into any of the above categories).
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: You can pick anybody from above.

*Important*: You must list them like this:

QB: name, school; name, school…
RB: name, school; name, school…
WR: name, school; name, school…

Any comments you’d like to make MUST come after the selections.

In 2012 Connecticut Post, Stamford Advocate, Danbury NewsTimes and Greenwich Time coverage area includes:

All of the FCIAC, all of the SWC and the following schools from the SCC, NVL and CCC: Shelton, Law, Foran, Amity, Fairfield Prep, Ansonia, Seymour, Derby, Bullard-Havens, Platt Tech, Abbott Tech. (A few fringe teams are being discontinued from our coverage area because they never called our offices to report their games this season).

All other teams are ineligible. This is a regional awards list, so as much as many of you would love to chime in on your favorite players from around the state, please don’t.

Awright? Let’s go…

Sean Patrick Bowley

39 Responses

  1. mr fciac says:

    Lets get it started Pacheco NFHS Rb, Gravite RHS DB/K,

  2. Robert says:

    OFFRENSE:
    QB: Jordan Vazzano, St. Joseph; Jack Massie, Staples
    RB: Arkeel Newsome, Ansonia; Joey Zelkowitz, Staples
    WR: James Frusciante, Staples; Tom Milone, Masuk
    OL: Rob Roerich, St. Joseph; Chris Speer, Staples; Will Patrick, Staples; Kyle Vaughn, Staples; Alex Magee, Greenwhich
    K: Ed Groth, Shelton; Jesse Adelberg, Greenwhich

    DEFENSE:
    DL: Matt D’Andrea, Darien; Pieter Hoets, Staples
    LB: Mike Pulaski, St. Joseph; Cole Harris, New Canaan
    DB: Casey Oulette, New Canaan; Taylor Olmstead, Greenwhich
    P: Denzel Moscova, St. Joseph,

    ALL-PURPOSE: Jake Pellitier, St. Joseph

    Player Of The Year: Tom Milone, Masuk

  3. Peter says:

    QB Tyler Hassett, Weston, Jordan Vazzano, St. Joseph
    RB Joe Pacheco, New Fairfield, Joseph Piatnik, Bethel
    WR Justin Schaffer, Weston, James Frusciante, Staples
    OL Kyle Vaughn, Staples, Mike LaSala, Wilton, Jack Hamilton, Weston, Will Patrick, Staples, Chris Speer, Staples
    DL Jared Levi, Staples, Austin Gomar, Weston, Pieter Hoets, Staples, Matt D’Andrea, Darien, Conner Buck, New Canaan
    LB Cole Harris, New Canaan, Aaron Pomerance, Weston
    DB Nick Kelly, Staples, Cody Zero, Trinity Catholic

  4. Tony says:

    QB: Jordan Vazzano, St Joe’s, Jack Massie, Staples
    RB: Arkeel Newsome, Ansonia, Joey Zelkowitz, Staples
    WR: James Frusciante, Staples, Jake Pellitier, St. Joe’s
    OL: Kyle Vaughn, Staples, Will Patrick, Staples, Chris Speer, Staples, Alex McGee, Greenwich, #55 West Haven
    DL: Matt D’Andrea, Darien, Jared Levi, Staples
    LB: Lance Lonergan, Staples, Mike Pulaski, St Joes
    DB: Taylor Olmstead, Greenwich, Joey Zelkowitz, Staples
    All-Purpose: Nick Kelly, Staples
    Punter: Jessie Adelberg, Greenwich
    Player of the Year: James Frusciante, Staples

  5. tiger fan says:

    Gravitte, Ridgefield WR/DB/K

  6. The Dude says:

    QB: Jack Massie Staples, Tyler Hassett Weston
    RB: Arkeel Newsome Ansonia, Nick Kelly Staples
    WR: James Frusciante Staples, Andrew Matos Ansonia
    OL: Sarensics Bethel, Vaughn Staples, Magee Staples, Patrick Staples, Gomar Weston
    K: Eric Beatty Pomperaug
    DL: Bryan Monaco Masuk, Pieter Hoets Staples
    LB: Mike Pulaski St. Joes, Lance Lonergan Staples
    DB: Davell Cotterell Westhill, Taylor Olmstead Westhill
    P: Jesse Adelberg Greenwich
    All Purpose and Player of the year: Thomas Milone Masuk

  7. ctfan says:

    Dan Hebert, Newtown WR/DB or AP
    Tom Milone, Masuk WR
    Drew Tarantino, Newtown QB
    Joe Pacecho, New Fairfield RB

  8. Ftbfan says:

    QB-Jack Massie Staples, Jake Kasuba Foran
    RB-Arkeel Newsome Ansonia,Dave Attolino Amity
    WR-Kyle Drost Shelton,James Frusciante Staples
    OL-Greg Purcel Amity, Kyle Vaughn Staples,Zach Huber Foran,Alex Mcgee
    K-Ed Groth Shelton, Lyle Luth Amity

    DL-Anthony Palazzolo FP,Jared Levi Staples,Bryan Monaco Masuk
    LB-Nick Crowle FP,Lance Lonergan Staples
    DB-Tyler Burns Amity,Taylor Olmstead Westhill
    P-Jesse Adelberg Greenwich

  9. Logan says:

    OFFRENSE:
    QB: Jordan Vazzano, St. Joseph; Tyler Hassett, Weston
    RB: Arkeel Newsome, Ansonia; Joey Zelkowitz, Staples
    WR: James Frusciante, Staples; Tom Milone, Masuk
    OL: Rob Roerich, St. Joseph; Chris Speer, Staples; Will Patrick, Staples; Kyle Vaughn, Staples; Alex Magee, Greenwhich
    K: Ed Groth, Shelton; Jesse Adelberg, Greenwhich

    DEFENSE:
    DL: Pieter Hoets, Staples; Austin Gomar,Weston
    LB: Mike Pulaski, St. Joseph; Cole Harris, New Canaan
    DB: Casey Oulette, New Canaan; Taylor Olmstead, Greenwhich
    P: Denzel Moscova, St. Joseph,

  10. JB says:

    Offense
    QB: Vazzano, SJs / Massie, Staples
    RB: Newsome, Ansonia / Zelkowitz, Staples
    WR: Frusciante, Staples / Pellitier, SJs
    TE: Kelly, Greenwich
    OL: Vaughn, Staples / McGee, Greenwich / Roerich, SJs / Patrick, Staples / Speer, Staples
    K: Adelberg, Greenwich / Hebert, Darien

    Defense
    DT: D’Andrea, Darien / Palazolla, Prep
    DE: Levi, Staples / Hoets, Staples
    LB: Pulaski, SJs / Lonergan, Staples / Harris, NC
    DB: Kelly, Staples / Olmstead, Greenwich
    P: Moscova, SJs / Briganti, McMahon

    All-Purpose: Milone, Masuk / Matos, Ansonia

    Player of the Year: Frusciante, Staples

  11. BHSfan1456 says:

    Offense
    QB: Vazzano, SJs / Hassett, Weston
    RB: Newsome, Ansonia / Pacheco, NF
    WR: Frusciante, Staples / Milone, Masuk
    TE: Kelly, Greenwich
    OL: Vaughn, Staples / McGee, Greenwich / Serenscis, Bethel / Patrick, Staples / Speer, Staples
    K: Adelberg, Greenwich / Hebert, Darien

    Defense
    DT: D’Andrea, Darien / Palazolla, Prep
    DE: Gomar, Weston / Hoets, Staples
    LB: Pulaski, SJs / Lonergan, Staples / Harris, NC
    DB: Kelly, Staples / Olmstead, Greenwich
    P: Moscova, SJs / Briganti, McMahon

  12. Josh Boone says:

    Offense:
    QB: Massie: Staples, Hasset: Weston
    RB: Newsome: Ansonia, Pacheco: NF
    WR: Frusciante:Staples, Pelletier: Joes
    OL: Vaughn: Staples, Speer: Staples
    K: Adelberg: Greenwich

    Defense:
    DL: Buck: NC, Levi: Staples
    LB: Harris: NC, Root: NC
    DB: Hebert: Newtown, Olmstead: Greenwich
    P: Moscova: Joes

    All-Purpose: Milone: Masuk
    POY: Newsome: Ansonia

  13. mr Fciac says:

    take the kids who are playing in college first

  14. alin107 says:

    Ed Groth by far the best kicker in the State, hands down no question, if you had the chance to see him play, or played against him, you would agree. He broke an SCC record for a 49yrd field goal that would have been good from 55. nuf said!!

  15. CTFB12 says:

    SPB, whats the early word for kids going to play college football this year? Whose going where?

  16. Chris Berman says:

    Would love to see that too CTFB12, as well as a “Maybe it’s a little early but whatever” Top 10 for next year

  17. JF says:

    QB:Massie Staples
    RB: Newsome, Ansonia / Brown Trinity
    WR: Frusciante, Staples / Milone, Masuk
    TE: Kelly, Greenwich
    OL: Vaughn, Staples / McGee, Greenwich / Serenscis, Bethel / Patrick, Staples / Speer, Staples
    K: John Benalcazar Trinity Catholic

  18. SWC Fan says:

    In terms of defense, Weston had an incredible talent on the defensive line. The Weston kid wore #54. Newtown’s monster ILB was equally outstanding. I believe he wore #44.

  19. BHSfan1456 says:

    Their names are Austin Gomar from Weston and Tim Krapf from Newtown. Gomar has one of the best getoffs I’ve ever seen and Krapf is a great hitter an tackler who I heard is only a sophomore.

  20. tp says:

    Krapf is a sophomore…

  21. mr fciac says:

    yeah that d-line is talented from weston they kept pacheco under 300yards and how many did milone run for?

  22. Paco says:

    Does anyone know when the Walter Camp team will be announced?

  23. fciac fan says:

    Peter Gesualdi all-purpose

    Missed 5 games still had a big year. Committed to Hobart for Football and Lax

  24. Jon says:

    QB: Massie, Staples
    HB: Zelkowitz, Staples; Newsome, Ansonia
    WR:Frusciante, Staples; Pelletier, St. Joes
    OL: Vaughn, Staples; Patrick, Staples; Speer, Staples; Ward, Staples

    DL:Levi, Staples; Hoets, Staples
    LB: Lonergan, Staples; Kearney, Staples
    DB: Strauss, Staples; Chafee, Danbury

    All-Purpose: Nick Kelly, Staples

  25. FBF says:

    QB Vazzano, St. Joe’s
    RB Newsome, Ansonia/Pacheco, New Fairfield
    WR Pelletier, St. Joe’s
    TE Kelly, Greenwich
    OL Vaughn, Staples

    DT D’Andrea, Darien
    DE Hoets, Staples
    LB Pulaski, St. Joe’s, Lonergan, Staples
    DB Olmstead, Greenwich
    P Moscova, St. Joe’s

  26. just a guy says:

    why don’t we just name it the staples all purpose team (with a few others thrown in)

  27. bigmac says:

    lol at number 3…wonder where he play football…westons a joke

  28. Merlin says:

    mr fciac is a barlow student

  29. HSFBFAN says:

    RB: Austin Longi, Greenwich; Zelkowitz, Staples
    LB: Mark Bernstein, Greenwich
    K: Jesse Adelberg, Greenwich
    QB: Jose Mello, Greenwich; Massie, Staples
    CB: Nick Pulitano, Greenwich
    WR: Frusciante, Staples
    DB: Taylor Olmstead, Greenwich
    TE: Joe Kelly, Greenwich
    All Purpose: Alex McMurray, Greenwich

  30. Bobby Don says:

    Does anyone know who the top three rushers were in the state this year?

  31. Dylan says:

    Just reading the actual team list, Milone is the MVP over the Ansonia players? I am sure he is a good player but what is the criteria? Masuk was destroyed in the playoffs and destroyed by Newtown, they were not competitive. This tells me the Masuk schedule involved a lot of creme-puffs and I don’t believe you can establish yourself as an MVP caliber player against sub-par talent, unless, you win the title.

  32. mr Fciac says:

    Merlin not even close

  33. fan says:

    bigmac? what team do you like? because all of your posts are just being a weston hater. you haven’t expressed any opinion here or on the all state page.
    bobby don – top three rushers according to maxprep were:
    1. derrick villard – cromwell 2,393
    2. arkeeel newsome – ansonia 2,245
    3. rahkeem jordan – prince rvt 2,185
    rest of 2k club
    4. colin moore – avon 2,144
    5. joe pacheco new fairfield 2,001

  34. JB says:

    Stats are not always comparable – some guys did not play many full games during the regular season. For example at Staples, Frusciante, Massie and Zelkowitz each averaged about 30 minutes a game on offense … score management required the backups in early 2nd half. Kelly had even less minutes on offense for Staples. But look at each player’s yards per touch (rush/pass/reception) … probably 40% higher in terms of productivity than anyone else in the state. Example is Zelkowitz’s 21 carries for 317 yard game against Greenwich and then project a full-game type performance onto the other 8 regular season games (against weaker opponents) where he only averaged 6 carries per game. He would have produced 2,300+ yards rushing like Newsome if he had the same number of touches.

    Same thing happened to Greenwich’s best players. Having watched the top LL teams and McMurray play, he seems like a LL level all-state guy, but given the lower stats compared to others, he doesn’t get the recognition equal to his playing ability or contribution. Gross stats are not really telling the full story. Stuff like leadership and performance against the better competition is way more indicative of player quality than gross stats from weak schedules within which a team has no playoff participation.

  35. @Dylan – We think Milone did more for Masuk than any one Ansonia player did for Ansonia, which is to say this: Take Milone off Masuk this year and what do you get?

  36. @JB – I loved McMurray for all the reasons you described above. He was glue for Greenwich.

  37. UBilly says:

    Agree with the Milone pick. Matos and Newsome awesome, but trying to downgrade what Milone did based on strength of schedule to promote what Ansonia players did is a bit of the pot calling the kettle isn’t it?

    @HSFBFAN – were there any teams other than GHS and Staples in the region this year?

  38. Jim O'Donoghue says:

    Van Kamerik from Oxford leads state in receiving yards in same league as Milone and Herbert and doesn’t make first team overall???

  39. CT says:

    @Dylan thats so stupid, you’re always trying to discredit other players, give it a rest. When teams played masuk they only had to worry about one player so he was always focused on, and he still absolutely dominated and made masuk a play-off team . Newsome and Matos are at least as good as him, but neither was as valuable to their team as Milone, they would have still made the playoffs if one of them was missing, Newsome is best player in that area btw

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