July 14, 2024
San Ramon Valley, Bellarmine, Silver Creek standouts lead all-Bay Area News Group preseason kicker/punter list.

PRESEASON ALL-BAY AREA NEWS GROUP

KICKERS/PUNTERS

(Listed in alphabetical order)

Casey Carr, Santa Teresa, 6-1, 180, junior

Accurate kicker from inside 40 yards. Also plays tight end and defensive end. “One of the top kickers in the section,” ST coach Steve Papin said.

Isaac Espinosa, McClymonds, 5-10, 190, senior

Kicks, punts and plays QB. Rated a 4.5 star by Chris Sailer kicking. Has 50-yard field-goal range. Made five FGs and 63 of 65 PATs last season.

Christopher Han, St. Francis, 5-10, 185, senior

Made all 22 of his PAT attempts and was 4 for 4 on field goals with a long of 39 as a junior. Also averaged 50.3 yards on kickoffs and 35.4 yards on punts.

Lucas LeSieur, Northgate, 6-0, 160, senior

Standout kicker and punter for the Walnut Creek school. Rated a five-star punter and 4.5-star kicker by Kohl’s national rankings. Kicked FGs from 47 yards (twice) and 45 yards last season. Hit winner in the first round of the playoffs to beat Las Lomas.

Brandon Niemeyer, Granada, 6-0, 165, senior

Kicker/punter was 5 of 6 on FG attempts last season. Made a long of 53 in the season finale against rival Livermore. Also was 24 of 24 on PATs, finishing the season with 39 points.

Sam Pearman, Los Gatos, 6-0, 185, senior

First-team all-league player was nearly flawless as a junior. Made 50 of 51 PATs and 3 of 4 field-goal attempts for a team that won a league championship.

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

Was Mr. Clutch last season. Kicked a 37-yard FG in the final seconds during a rainstorm to win the NorCal 2-A championship. Also kicked a 37-yard FG in the waning seconds to send the 2-A state title game into OT. Made 8 of 10 FGs and 72 of 75 PATs in 2022.

Trajan Sinatra, Silver Creek, 6-0, 190, senior

Opened eyes at Chris Sailer’s summer camp for kickers, splitting the uprights from 55 yards out. Also plays quarterback for the San Jose school.

Connor Tripp, Bellarmine, 5-10, 165, senior

Rated a five-star by Chris Sailer kicking. Was 5 of 7 on field-goal attempts last season with a long of 39. Also made 27 of 29 PAT tries.

Diego Arreola Velazquez, Newark Memorial, 5-8, 190, senior

Honorable mention all-Bay Area News Group selection in 2022. Also plays linebacker. First-team all-league kicker/punter last season.

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Correspondent Mike Lefkow contributed to this report.

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