State Conference Previews: SPSL South 4A

The SPSL South was a highly competitive league last season, with four teams better than 5-2. This article takes a look at which teams have players coming back that could make a difference in the title hunt in 2008...

WR/DB Stan Langlow, Sr., Curtis

First team offense and defense last season. Stan does it all for the Vikings, he also handles the punting. Could be the most talented player in the conference this season. Made Northwest hot 100.

QB/DB Tyler Van Sligtenhorst, Sr., Rogers

First team as a DB, second team QB lasts season. Tyler is the leader of the team I favor to win the league title for the second straight year. Rogers didn't throw the ball a ton last season but with Tyler's completion percentage and TD/int ratio that could change.

DB/WR Jake Steedman, Sr., Rogers

First team DB, second team WR. Tyler's battery mate on both offense and defense. Another reason why I see them being successful this season. Had 4 touchdowns in just 14 catches last season.

OL/DL Imila Taviuni, Sr., Spanaway Lake

It was a tough season for Spanaway last year and things don't look to get any easier. They graduated most offensive starters. Imila was an anchor on both lines last season. Earning first team honors. If Spanaway wants to increase their win totals they need solid line play on both sides of the ball and it all starts with Taviuni.

DL Happy Iona, Jr., Bethel

Only non-senior to make the list. Had a big sophomore season, earned second team all league honors. Should be a playmaker for Bethel this season as they try and recover from losing quite a few talented seniors.

DL Allan Thompson, Sr., Rogers

Allan is another reason Rogers should be excited about the upcoming season. Second team all league last year as a junior. Rogers lost a first team lineman in Sam Lee to graduation. Thompson is expected to fill that hole and provide senior leadership.

LB Sean Barber, Sr., Puyallup

Like Bethel Puyallup graduated quite a few seniors from last years talented team. Sean is one of the few returning leaders. They need him to have a big senior year as they should count on their defense to hold things together while the new skill position players get broken in.

LB Daniel Stockdale, Sr., Curtis

Daniel is the lone returning all leaguer for Curtis. They should be one of the more interesting teams to watch this season. They were in the middle of the league last year but are one of the few teams returning a starting QB. Time will tell if they can improve on last years record.

ATH Justin Veltung, Sr., Puyallup

Don't know exactly where Justin will be lining up for Puyallup this season. I would find it hard to believe that their staff wouldn't find him a spot somewhere. All league last season as a return man. Justin was timed at a 4.39 forty at the competitive edge combine this summer. That kind of speed in the high school game leads to big plays.

Visit the message boards to let me know about any other players you think could have big seasons...

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