By JOHN BLACK
The La Porte Bulldogs, sporting a 12-1 record and a date this coming Saturday in the Region III finals in Class 5A Division II, were well-represented on the 2011 21-5A All-District Team that was announced Monday. In addition, La Porte Coach Jeff LaReau was named District 21-5A Coach of the Year.
Named First Team All-District on offense were junior running back Keith Whitely; sophomore tight end Trevor Nelson; offensive linemen Tony Briones and Maurice Morris - both juniors; junior kicker Eric Medina; sophomore kick returner Victor Holmes; and junior punt returner Whitely.
In case you missed it,that means the six La Porte Bulldogs listed above will all be back for the 2012 season.
And by the way, Whitely at running back and Nelson at tight end and Medina at kicker were all unanimous choices.
There were also five Bulldogs named to the 21-5A First Team All-District unit. They include junior defensive end Alex Jones; junior defensive tackle Corey Lee; senior inside linebacker Chad Sutherland; sophomore outside linebacker Hoza Scott; and senior defensive back Aaron Nance-Garrett.
A number of Bulldogs were also listed on the 21-5A Second Team All-District offensive squad. They include senior quarterback Josh Vidales; sophomore receiver Taejon Wearen; and senior tight end Blake Turlington. And three Bulldogs were named to the Second-Team All-District defensive unit: junior defensive end Mark Guzman; senior outside linebacker Cameron Whilley; and junior defensive back Malik Graves.
La Porte had five players listed on the 21-5A All-District Honorable Mention squad. There were three on defense - senior linebacker Chris Hickey and senior defensive end Tyrone Graves and junior defensive back Ellis Hutchinson; and there were two on offense - sophomore running back Jonathan Lewis and junior offensive lineman Justin King.
The District Most Valuable Player was Port Arthur Memorial senior quarterback Terrence Singleton; the Offensive MVP was Channelview senior quarterback Averion Hurts; and the Defensive MVP was Beaumont West Brook defensive end Caleb Bluiett.