Whalers land 8 on All-Aurora Conference roster
By TOMMY WELLS
The Arctic Sounder
The Barrow Whalers turned more than a few heads this season as they made their way to the Division III state championship. The efforts certainly paid big dividends last week as the Whalers raked in a total of nine postseason honors.
Fresh off winning the first state football title in the school's history, the Whalers had eight players, and head coach Chris Battle, garner 2017 All-Aurora Conference honors.
Battle, who guided the Whalers to a 20-14 victory over Homer in the small-school state championship game, was selected the Aurora Conference's Coach of the Year recipient. In his first season at the helm of the Whaler program, he led the team to a record seven wins in a season and, more importantly, to the conference championship.
Barrow had three players named to the first-team all-conference roster, including running back Ben Heather. A senior, Heather rushed for more than 130 yards and two touchdowns in the Whalers' championship game.
Tight end Sione Tuifua and offensive tackle Lau Takafua were also named to the first-team roster.
Running back Tai Chan joined Brian Filipo and guard Oneahi Talaiasi on the second-team offensive unit, while guard Sebastian Sias was placed on the honorable mention squad.
Defensively, Filipo and Sias were both named to the conference's first-team squad, as was Tuifua — as a linebacker —and senior Travis Adams, who was selected the conference's 2017 first-team Utility player.
Chan, Talaiasi and Takafua were all named to the second-team defense.
Lineman of the Year—Scott Fry, Eielson.
Offensive Player of the Year—Jeremiah Brown, Eielson.
Coach of the Year—Chris Battle, Barrow.
Assistant Coach of the Year—Don Fry, Eielson.
Defensive Player of the Year—Reed Graham, Houston.
Quarterback—Trae Puryear, Monroe Catholic
Halfback—Noah Plumb, Houston; Jeremiah Brown, Eielson
Fullback—Ben Heather, Barrow
Wide Receiver—Jordan Higbee, Monroe Catholic
Tight End—Sione Tuifua, Barrow
Tackle—Lau Takafua, Barrow; Kevin Baird, Eielson
Guard—Reed Graham, Houston; Ryan Armour, Eielson
Center—Scott Fry, Eielson
Halfback—Tai Chan, Barrow
Halfback—Jayden Manibusan, Eielson; Will Croghan, Houston
Wide Receiver—Christian Bolton, Eielson
Tight End—Brock Renson, Eielson
Tackle—Warren Baird, Houston; Brian Filipo, Barrow
Guard—Oneahi Talaiasi, Barrow; Michael Johnson, Monroe Catholic
Center—Albert Seibel, Monroe Catholic
Wide Receiver—Isaac Minima, Monroe Catholic
Tackle—Alex Van Wyhe, Monroe Catholic
Guard—Wake Kremer, Houston; Sebastian Sias, Barrow
Defensive Backs—Jeremiah Brown, Eielson; Christian Bolton, Eielson; Isaac Minima, Monroe Catholic
Interior Lineman—Dylan Jackson, Houston; Brian Filipo, Barrow; Sebastian Sias, Barrow; Scott Fry, Eielson
Inside Linebackers—Josh Grey, Monroe Catholic; Reed Graham, Houston.
Outside Linebackers—Noah Plum, Houston; Sione Tuifua, Barrow
Utility Player—Travis Adams
Punter—Kyle Sodergren, Valdez.
Return Specialist—Isaac Minima, Monroe Catholic
Long Snapper—Derek Berg, Valdez.
Kicker—Zach Paul, Eielson
Defensive Backs—Tai Chan, Barrow
Interior Lineman—Oneahi Talaiasi, Barrow; Albert Seibel, Monroe Catholic; Stan Morales, Valdez; Lau Takafua, Barrow
Inside Linebackers—Jayden Manibusan, Eielson; Moe Morgan, Valdez
Outside Linebackers—Ryan Armour, Eielson; Kevin Baird, Eielson
Utility Player—Kyle Sodergren, Valdez