WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. Archbishop Stepinac football players Austin Taps, Caleb Gilligan-Evans, Mark White, Przemyslaw Popek and Vin Narog have been selected to the New York State Sportswriters Class AA All-State football team it was announced Wednesday.
Its great to be awarded as All-State first team, but it is really awesome to be selected with four of my teammates, said Taps, who was recently honored as a Golden Dozen scholar/athlete selectee along with Gilligan-Evans. I would like to thank all of my coaches, including Coach O'Donnell, and my family for everything they have done to help me win this award.
Taps, a defensive lineman was honored as a first-teamer, while Narog was named as a second-team linebacker. White, an all-purpose quarterback and running back, and kicker Przemyslaw Popek were named third team and Gilligan-Evans was named a fourth-team running back.
The Crusaders won the 2010 Class AA Catholic School title and were second to St. Anthony of Long Island in this falls Class AAA division.
All-State teams from Classes B, C and D were announced last Wednesday.
Westchesters All-State Players in Classes AA and A
First team Kameron Tedder, Sr., Iona Prep, OL; Lance McDowdell, Sr., Mount Vernon, DL; Austin Taps, Sr., Stepinac, DL; Justin Combs, Sr., Iona Prep, DB.
Second team Kemet McLean, Sr., New Rochelle, LB; Vincent Narog, Sr., Stepinac, LB.
Third team Mark White, Jr., Stepinac, Athlete; Przemyslaw Popek, Sr., Stepinac, K; Anthony Caldararo, Sr., New Rochelle, DL.
Fourth team Caleb Gilligan-Evans, Sr., Stepinac, RB; Chris Cooper, Jr., Iona Prep, DB.
First team KeShaun Stallworth, Sr., Pelham, RB; Declan Myer, Sr., John Jay, DB.
Second team Danny Caiola, Sr., John Jay, RB.
Third team Justin Ciero, Sr., Horace Greeley, QB; Ryan Sanders, Sr., John Jay, OL; Chris Groton, Sr., Somers, DL; Joe Simolacaj, Sr., Rye, LB.
Fifth team Charlie Credendino, Jr., Harrison; L.J. Garrant, Sr., Sleepy Hollow, Athlete; Roberto Bruno, Sr., Harrison, K; Steve Bencosme, Jr., Sleepy Hollow, DB.
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