Posted: 2:38 pm Monday, November 1st, 2010

FACA All-District: Two teams shut out, Brissett is MVP, O’Leary a three-time selection 

By Matt Porter

In the last two seasons, it was somewhat of a surprise that no Pahokee players were selected to the Florida Athletic Coaches Association all-district team. This year, Atlantic and American Heritage earn that distinction.

Both teams are in the Post‘s Top 10. Neither landed a player on the overall all-district team. American Heritage’s Robby Nassif was an all-senior selection.

Dwyer’s Nick O’Leary is an all-district selection for the third year in a row, and teammate Jacoby Brissett took home district MVP honors.

Also, Cardinal Newman’s Steve Walsh is a Class 2A Coach of the Year selection for the second year in a row. Glades Day’s Kelvin Taylor is a repeat Class 1B Player of the Year. Vero Beach’s Marcus Jackson, Dwyer’s Curt Maggitt and Park Vista’s Tre Mason were all-district selections last year.



District 17 encompasses 47 teams from Vero Beach to Boca Raton, and runs as far west as Belle Glade, Pahokee and Okeechobee. It is essentially the entire Palm Beach Post coverage area (our northern cutoff is Fort Pierce, so we do not include Vero Beach).

Thirty-one coaches showed up to vote for the teams, according to the form forwarded to us by Benjamin coach Ron Ream, District 17 chairman. Last year, 21 coaches attended, up from 16 the year before. There are 47 coaches in the district. We do not have a list of who went to the meeting.

Coaches voted for two separate teams, best players overall and a seniors-only squad, in addition to players of the year, coaches of the year, and academic all-state teams. We don’t yet have their nominations for all-state teams.

Here are the FACA all-district teams for our area:

BEST PLAYERS, REGARDLESS OF GRADE
OFFENSE

QB: Jacoby Brissett, Dwyer, senior
RB: Tre Mason, Park Vista, senior
RB: Kelvin Taylor, Glades Day, sophomore
WR: Kelvin Benjamin, Glades Central, senior
WR: Angelo Jean-Louis, Palm Beach Central, junior
TE: Nick O’Leary, Dwyer, senior
C: Fred Grumwald, Seminole Ridge, senior
OG: Marcus Jackson, Vero Beach, senior
OG: Matt Gray, Seminole Ridge, senior
OT: Avery Young, Palm Beach Gardens, junior
OT: Mike Matulis, Park Vista, senior
K: David Bicknell, Boca Raton, senior
ATH: Cameron Lewis, Boca Raton, senior

DEFENSE

DE: Curt Maggitt, Dwyer, senior
DE: Robert Way, Glades Central, senior
DE: Giorgio Newberry, Fort Pierce Central, senior
DT: Keith Bowers, Dwyer, senior
LB: Tyler Butler, Seminole Ridge, senior
LB: Dion Holmes, Vero Beach, senior
LB: Brian Lenhart, Fort Pierce Central, senior
CB: Darrell Hunter, Dwyer, senior
CB: J.T. Thornton, Glades Day, senior
SS: Larry Franklin, Vero Beach, senior
FS: Marcus Scott, Palm Beach Gardens, senior
P: Todd Fennel, Vero Beach, senior
ATH: Gary Holmes, Seminole Ridge, junior

SENIORS ONLY
OFFENSE

QB: Jacoby Brissett, Dwyer
RB: Tre Mason, Park Vista
RB: Trey Pendergrass, Jupiter Christian
WR: Wonderful Terry, Fort Pierce Westwood
WR: John Sullivan, Lake Worth
TE: Nick O’Leary, Dwyer
C: Fred Grumwald, Seminole Ridge
OG: Marcus Jackson, Vero Beach
OG: Matt Gray, Seminole Ridge
OT: Robby Nasiff, American Heritage
OT: Mike Matulis, Park Vista
K: David Bicknell, Boca Raton
ATH: Cameron Lewis, Boca Raton

DEFENSE

DE: Curt Maggitt, Dwyer
DE: Robert Way, Glades Central
DE: Giorgio Newberry, Fort Pierce Central
DT: Keith Bowers, Dwyer
LB: Tyler Butler, Seminole Ridge
LB: Dion Holmes, Vero Beach
LB: Brian Lenhart, Fort Pierce Central
CB: Darrell Hunter, Dwyer
CB: J.T. Thornton, Glades Day
SS: Larry Franklin, Vero Beach
FS: Marcus Scott, Palm Beach Gardens
P: Todd Fennel, Vero Beach
ATH: Jeff Fullwood, Suncoast

When voting for Players of the Year, voters consider players from all teams, whether their coaches are present at the meeting or not:

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

6A — Tre Mason, RB, Park Vista
5A — Evan Moore, QB, Lake Worth
4A — Jacoby Brissett, QB, Dwyer
3A — Demetrius Anderson, DT, Fort Pierce Westwood
2A — Robert Way, DE, Glades Central
2B — Troy Campana, RB, Cardinal Newman
1A — Brian Grove, RB, King’s Academy
1B — Kelvin Taylor, RB, Glades Day
District MVP: Jacoby Brissett, Dwyer
Runners-up (in order): Nick O’Leary, Dwyer; Tre Mason, Park Vista; Robert Way, Glades Central.

Same goes for “Coach of the Year” voting:

COACH OF THE YEAR

6A — Matt Dickmann, Seminole Ridge
5A — Errick Lowe, Lake Worth
4A — Chris Hutchings, Fort Pierce Central
3A — Roderick Lawson, Fort Pierce Westwood
2A — Jessie Hester, Glades Central
2B — Steve Walsh, Cardinal Newman
1A — Craig Dobson, King’s Academy
1B — Bill Powers, Jupiter Christian
All-Class Coach of the Year: Steve Walsh, Cardinal Newman

And the “Academic All-State” voting:

ACADEMIC ALL-STATE

6A — Tyler Bergman, Palm Beach Gardens, senior
5A — Spencer Steele, Lake Worth, senior
4A — Robert Michuda, Dwyer, senior
3A — (no selection named)
2A — Connor Johnson, Suncoast, senior
2B — Shane Osborn, Cardinal Newman, senior
1A — Scott Bakerville, John Carroll, senior
1B — Cory Garcia, Glades Day, senior

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