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By WAYNE TANAKA, Sports Editor
WAILUKU — Six underclassmen who were honored last year made it again, including Maui High junior Ryan Roback, a 220-pound stalwart linemen who did not only make it on the offensive and defensive lines, but won added acclaim as the "Most Outstanding Lineman" of the 1975 MIL campaign.
The 36th Edition of The Maui News All-Star Football Team — which dates back to 1939 — pays strong tribute to Coach Rogers Ishizu's Sabers, who won their their second title in four years, and the Larry Joyo-coached St. Anthony Trojans, whose sudden surge to power gave the title race a new dimension.
The Baldwin Bears, after two more successive championship years, managed to win only two games and fell to third place. Lahainaluna had a new coach and a young team — not to mention being hit by a rash of critical injuries — but they made the biggest explosion with their only victory of the season and created added interest to an already highly-charged race.
The Lunas, however, failed to land a berth on the 23-man all-star team although two of their players — guard-linebacker Maihi Peterson and defensive end Jeffrey Ampong — were the leading candidates at their positions.
Roback and eight of his teammates earned all-star honors and the Trojans were awarded 10 berths, with Duane Nakahashi, a 188-pound tackle, also being named to the offensive and defensive platoons.
Roback, who was named to the mythical team last year as a sophomore middle guard, regained the spot in addition to being an unchallenged choice, like Nakahashi, as the offensive tackle. Both in addition to being powerful and aggressive, possessed quickness and good lateral movement.
Armon Tavares, who "moved" the Sabers with his powerful, shifty style of running, was the unanimous selection as "Most Outstanding Back." A durable performer, who neither asked for nor gave any quarter, Tavares also showed his versatility as the best punter in the league and added a suprise element to the Sabers' attack as a passer.
Also named from the Sabers were the following: Offense — Jeffery Chin, guard; Lee Yamashita, end; and Joseph Kekiwi, halfback. Defense — Clinton Pimental, tackle; Henry Ponce, end; Strephen Onaga, linebacker; and Greg Singson, safety.
A sophomore, Mike Simmonds, who was the center for the Trojans, won the pivot post in a close battle with his three rivals. Others who made it from St. Anthony were as follows: Offense — Danilo Delos Santos, guard; Charles Pico, end; Keith Moniz, quarterback; and Frank Tam, fullback. Defense — Kenneth Ferreira, end; Kevin Moniz, linebacker; and Utility Player, Michael Ferreira.
The Bears landed three defensive berths — Dan Maddela as linebacker and Joey Cabatingan and Louis Uwekoolani as cornerbacks.
Pico, Singson, and Cabatingan are repeaters, along with Roback.