Beverly Hills, Palisades, Santa Monica, University and Westchester had strong football teams this season, and all are well represented on The Times 1987 All-Westside High School first and second teams.
Teams that were not so strong are also represented.
The 23-man teams were selected primarily in a poll of prep coaches. The order in which a coach nominated his players was an important, but not necessarily decisive, factor for placing them on the first or second teams. If a player was not nominated by his coach, he was not considered.
Some players are out of position because The Times attempted to select the best athletes, regardless of position.
The first team on offense has receivers Harold Champion of Palisades and Eric Nelson of St. Bernard and linemen Brad Ammann of Beverly Hills, Kai Kaluna of St. Monica, Kevin Kelly of Santa Monica, Erez Gottlieb of Beverly Hills and Fredrick Rodgers Jr. of Westchester.
The quarterback is Perry Klein of Palisades, and the running backs are Glyn Milburn of Santa Monica, Kevin Owens of Westchester and Jeffrey Holmes of Hollywood. The kicker is Beverly Hills punter Galo Medina.
On defense, the linemen are Nick Satriano of Santa Monica, Kevin Johnson of Westchester, Robert Delarosa of Culver City and Mike Davis of University. The linebackers are Louis Randall of Palisades, Willie Crawford of Beverly Hills and Craig Pringle of Fairfax.
Defensive backs are Tate Nelson of Santa Monica, Chris Ayears of University, Jeff Poje of Hamilton and Jim Labrie of Santa Monica.
Members of the first team will be honored at the annual Times High School Football Awards Brunch at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Anaheim Hilton, 777 Convention Way.
Featured speaker will be Larry Smith, coach of the Rose Bowl-bound USC Trojans.
Sponsored by the Los Angeles Times Fund, the invitational event will bring together players on the first teams on all-star squads in 12 Times circulation areas: Westside, Central Los Angeles, Orange County, San Gabriel Valley, Southeast, South Coast, Glendale, Centinela-South Bay, San Fernando Valley, San Diego County, Inland Empire (Riverside and San Bernadino counties) and Ventura County.
Parents and the head coach of each all-star have been invited. All high school head football coaches are welcome. Each player will receive a plaque and certificate. A lineman, back and coach of the year will be announced for each Times section, and they will receive trophies.
Crawford and Randall are the only first-team repeaters from last year. First-team players who were second-team selections last year are Gottlieb, Johnson, Eric Nelson and Tate Nelson.
Champion was the top receiver on the Westside. In nine games, he had 60 catches for 1,095 yards, an average of 18.3 yards a reception, and scored 9 touchdowns.
Eric Nelson played wide receiver and quarterback and returned kickoffs. On defense he was a safety and linebacker. As a receiver, he had 41 catches for 733 yards (a 17.9-yard average) and 5 touchdowns in 10 games.
An excellent blocker at tight end, Ammann could also catch the ball. In 10 games he had 30 receptions for 516 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Kaluna was St. Monica's leading tackler with 120 and also the team's best blocking lineman. He was a three-year varsity starter.
Santa Monica Coach Tebb Kusserow called Kelly "the best offensive blocker at Santa Monica since Keith Davis," who played guard and linebacker for the Vikings and is playing for USC.
Gottlieb can bench press 350 pounds, and he used his great strength to great advantage as a fine blocker at offensive tackle.
Rodgers was Westchester's most consistent blocker. Assistant Coach Sean Hanagan said Comet running backs "made a lot of tough yards going behind Fred."
Klein played a little at quarterback as a sophomore and a lot as a junior. In nine games he completed 63.9% of his passes, connecting on 237 of 371 attempts for 3,011 yards and 27 touchdowns. In one game he set a national record for completions with 46 and a state mark with 562 yards gained by passing.
Milburn was the most productive--and probably the best--rusher in the history of Santa Monica High School. In 11 games he gained 2,716 yards to set a CIF-Southern Section single-season rushing record and scored 38 touchdowns rushing to set another. He also scored 234 points, the third-best mark in the Southern Section ever.
In nine games Owens rushed for 786 yards in 111 carries (a 7.08-yard average) and 6 touchdowns. He also scored a touchdown on a pass reception and ran for three two-point conversions.
A quarterback, Holmes was about all the offense that Hollywood had. He averaged 12 yards on 84 carries, gaining 1,014 yards and scoring 4 touchdowns, and completed 41 of 85 attempts for 406 yards.
Medina, also a fine offensive tackle, was one of the Southern Section's best punters, averaging 40.5 yards on 29 kicks.