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On to the nominees:
Jayden Arevalo, Santa Teresa football: In a 23-15 victory over Branham for the Central Coast Section Division IV championship at San Jose City College, Arevalo passed for 158 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 101 yards. The section title was Santa Teresa’s first. The Saints will play at Palo Alto in a NorCal regional on Friday night.
Jake Bianchi, Menlo School football: The senior was 21 of 28 passing for 298 yards and two touchdowns as Menlo won its first Central Coast Section championship with a 42-6 victory over Hollister in the Division III final on Saturday night in Salinas. The Knights will play at San Marin on Saturday night in a NorCal regional.
Jaden Green, Serra football: Ran for 89 yards and a touchdown in seven carries, caught one pass for 21 yards, intercepted a pass, recovered a fumble and had four tackles to help lift Serra to a 41-14 victory over Archbishop Mitty in the Central Coast Section Division I final on Friday night at San Jose City College. Serra (13-0) will play St. John Bosco-Bellflower for the Open Division state title on Dec. 10 in Mission Viejo.
Kamani Jackson, El Cerrito football: The junior had two interceptions, including one with 1:08 left to clinch the victory, as El Cerrito defeated Windsor 34-27 in the North Coast Section Division III final last Benicia High on Friday. El Cerrito will play host to Grant-Sacramento in a NorCal regional on Friday night.
Sean Morello, Albany cross country: Finished second in the Division IV race and ninth overall at the California Interscholastic Federation state championships, running the 3.1-mile course at Woodward Park in Fresno in 15:08.8.
Odera Okaka, Pittsburg football: The senior defensive end had 10 tackles, a sack and four quarterback hurries to help lead the Pirates to a 13-3 victory over Clayton Valley in the North Coast Section Division I championship game on Friday night at Heritage High. Pittsburg will play host to Manteca in a NorCal regional on Saturday night.
Elijah Perryman, Clayton Valley basketball: The 6-foot-2 sophomore scored 23 points on 50% shooting (8 of 16) and had six rebounds to help lead the Ugly Eagles — last season North Coast Section Division I champs — to a 64-49 season-opening victory over Pittsburg on Saturday.
Angel Ramirez, South San Francisco soccer: In a 5-2 victory over Mills, the striker had four goals as South San Francisco improved to 1-1. The Warriors are coming off a season in which they finished second in the Peninsula Athletic League’s Ocean Division.
Jae’Von Reels, Bellarmine football: Had 3.5 sacks, including one on the game-sealing possession, and forced a fumble in a dominant performance as Bellarmine captured the Central Coast Section Division II championship with a 21-14 victory over St. Ignatius at San Jose City College. The Bells will play Vanden-Fairfield on Saturday night in a NorCal regional at SJCC.
Jon Taylor, The King’s Academy basketball: The senior scored 28 points on Saturday to lead the Knights to a 64-55 victory over Lynbrook. Earlier in the week, he had 11 points in a 62-33 victory over Aptos.