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Tag: Mane Manaea

Feb.
1st

No drama at Lakes High on signing day

For a third day in a row, football jerseys were laid out on tables on stage at Lakes High’s performing arts center.

This time, there was no media horde and no suspense over what school an All-American football recruit would pick. Just five football teammates and volleyball player Anitaka Knight getting the spotlight after they each signed letters of intent on Wednesday.

“Not many schools can equal this,” said USC-bound offensive tackle Zach Banner. “We had two All-Americans, two guys going to D-2 schools another going to Idaho, and that’s not all. There will be other guys that sign and other guys that walk-on.”

Banner said he had no second-thoughts since orally committing to USC on Monday.

“I’m happy,” he said, “we’ve got a top-10 recruiting class and we’ll be competing for national championships every year for the next four years.”
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Jan.
29th

Recruiting: Zach Banner says his decision is made

Will Zach Banner (73) go to Oklahoma, USC or Washington?

NOTE: We’re going to stream Zach’s announcement online on Monday. You can find it here on the blog.

Zach Banner’s mind is made up.

“I know where I’m going to school,” Banner said Sunday evening. “I can’t wait for Monday.”

The elite offensive tackle from Lakes High will let the public in on his choice at a news conference at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the performing arts center at Lakes.

Banner’s three finalists are Oklahoma, USC and Washington. Predicting what direction the 6-foot-9, 330-pound prospect is leaning is difficult because Banner has been mum since returning home from an official visit a week ago to USC.

The media-friendly Banner cancelled radio interviews and turned down interview requests from reporters until he spoke to The News Tribune on Sunday evening, opting instead to focus this week on his decision.

Rated as the No. 16 prospect in the country by Rivals.com, Banner also cancelled scheduled in-home visits with coaches from the three schools, saying he has all the information he needed to pick a school.

With no distractions, Banner discussed his options with his parents, Ron and Vanessa, and few others.
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Dec.
1st

The News Tribune’s 2011 All-State Football Team

Bellevue High's Tyler Hasty (No. 1) rushed for 117 yards and scored four touchdowns in a win at Lakes. Hasty is The News Tribune's Football State Player of the Year. Photo by Dean J. Koepfler, staff photographer

THE NEWS TRIBUNE’S 2011 ALL-STATE FOOTBALL TEAM

STATE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Tyler Hasty, Bellevue
QB/DB, 5-11, 185, Senior

Hasty makes top-ranked Bellevue’s fine-tuned offensive go and provides pop on defense. He turned in his finest offensive performance in one of the Wolverines’ biggest games, rushing for 113 yards and four TDs on 17 carries in a 35-14 win over Lakes in the quarterfinals on the way to a fourth straight trip to the Class 3A state finals. He also helped run-oriented Bellevue add a passing attack this season, throwing for almost 1,000 yards and 9 TDs. KingCo 3A/2A’s Defensive Player of the Year, Hasty has four interceptions. He has offers from Colorado, Oregon State and Idaho.

COACH OF THE YEAR
Randy Davis, Cascade Christian

Gutted by graduation, the defending Class 1A state champions took early-season lumps, but have found their way to the state finals for the fourth straight season

OFFENSE
QB Max Browne 6-5 210 Jr. Skyline
Completed 71.3 percent of passes for 3,813 yards, 43 TDs and 5 interceptions

RB Matt Hadley 5-11 195 Sr. Connell
BYU recruit ran for 2,162 yards; owns state records for career TDs, points scored

RB Parker Henry 6-0 205 Sr. Skyview
Heart of the Storm rushed for 2,161 yards, 31 TDs, has team in state finals
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Sep.
14th

Football: Two Lakes Lancers commit to Colorado

A pair of Lakes High football players have orally committed to attend the University of Colorado.

Safety Ma’ne Manaea and defensive tackle Zaheer Webb told CU coaches Wednesday night that they’d play ball at the Boulder, Colo., school. La

Manaea, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior with a knack for making the big play, projects to be a safety, but Lakes coach Dave Miller believes he could perform at cornerback or slot receiver. Manaea will take his official visit to CU on Oct. 22.

“I think he has really developed a relationship with the coaching staff,” Miller said. “I think he’s excited about being part of a Pac-12 program.”
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Aug.
18th

Football: Lakes has “most inexperienced group” ever

Lakes coach Dave Miller is hoping an offseason commitment to conditioning will help the youthful Lancers persevere through some growing pains. Lakes has reached the Class 3A state semifinals in each of the last two seasons, but only two starters on each side of the ball are back from the 2009 team.

“This is probably the most inexperienced group we’ve ever had,” said Miller.

On offense, quarterback Cedric Dozier and tackle Zach Banner are back, Linebacker Mane Manaea and defensive lineman Eddie Releford return on defense. Non-starters typically see the field in varsity games for Lakes, though.

“One of the things that’s good about our program, when we’re up at halftime we get a lot of young kids in the game,” Miller said. “It’s not at crunch time, but it’s experience.”
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