All-Bay Area News Group high school football 2022: Kickers, punters

The Bay Area News Group is recognizing the top high school football players in its coverage area from the 2022 season.

We have separated the honorees into eight position groups: Quarterbacks, receivers/tight ends, defensive backs, running backs, linebackers, utility players, athletes, defensive linemen, offensive linemen and kickers/punters.

We have chosen an overall player of the year, county players of the year and a coach of the year.

The team was selected by members of our high school sports staff.

Here are the all-Bay Area News Group kickers/punters:

First team

Tashi Dorje, Liberty, 6-2, 185, senior

Unanimous all-Bay Valley Athletic League first-team choice averaged 35.8 yards per punt in 18 attempts, including four inside the 20, and had 52 touchbacks in 68 kickoffs. Also received first-team all-Bay Area News Group honors last season.

Austin Shelton, San Ramon Valley, 5-9, 145, junior

Big-game player kicked a 37-yard field goal in the waning seconds during a rainstorm to beat Marin Catholic 19-17 for the NorCal 2-A title, then kicked a 37-yard field goal in the closing seconds to send the 2-A state final into OT. Finished 72 of 75 on point-after kicks and 8 of 10 on field goals.

Second team

Spencer Brien, De La Salle, 6-0, 185, senior

All-East Bay Athletic League Mountain Division first-team choice made 46 of 50 point-after kicks and 4 of 6 field goals. Had 18 touchbacks on 59 kickoffs for the North Coast Section Open Division champs.

Connor Cook, Carlmont, 6-2, 186, senior

PAL/SCVAL Ocean Division special-teams player of the year made 7 of 10 field-goal attempts with a long of 38 yards and converted 27 of 29 point-after kicks. Averaged 43.7 yards per punt with a long of 63 yards.

Honorable mention

Nick Barrett, Las Lomas, senior

Alan Canales, Christopher, senior

Isaac Espinosa, McClymonds, junior

Dash Franklin, Menlo-Atherton, senior

Rade Galeb, Archbishop Mitty, senior

Brandon Niemeyer, Granada, junior

Sam Pearman, Los Gatos, junior

Sean Tinsley, Sacred Heart Prep, senior

Diego Arreola Velazquez, Newark Memorial, junior

Alex Villegas, Moreau Catholic, senior


Monday, Jan. 9


Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Tuesday, Jan. 10

Utility players


Running backs

Wednesday, Jan. 11

Defensive backs

Wide receivers/tight ends


Coach of the year

Thursday, Jan. 12

County player of the year

County player of the year

County player of the year

Overall player of the year


Those eligible for all-Bay Area News Group recognition come from leagues based predominantly in Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. For corrections, please email

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