By Bill Tamburrino
Four Bulldog athletes and one Bulldog coach were honored as All North County for the 2011 fall sports season.
The All North County teams are chosen from all of the schools that participate in athletics in North County, which represents all five divisions of the CIF in all sports.
Coach Steve Albanese was honored as the 2011 Cross Country Coach of the Year. His harriers rallied at the end of the season to win the Palomar League Meet and came in second in the CIF Division II and took third in the state in Division II.
They were the highest finishing team from San Diego County in all divisions and beat La Costa Canyon, which beat Ramona for the CIF Division II championship.
Two of Albanese’s runners also earned All North County first team honors in cross country. Dylan Blankenbaker and Alec Richardson ran their way onto the first team based on their efforts at the CIF finals. Blankenbaker earned a trip to the prestigious NIKE Cross Country Nationals in Portland, Ore.
Kirk Kaliszewski and Kwayde Miller were selected to the first team of the All North County 2011 Football Team.
Kaliszewski was chosen as a running back. Kaliszewski led the Palomar League in rushing despite missing three games due to an injury.
The senior running back/linebacker finished the season with 1,104 yards rushing and averaged five yards per carry. He was also a standout on defense and special teams.
Miller was selected first team offensive line. It is apropos that no certain position was listed because the 6’8 300-pound senior played every position on the offensive line except center.
He played tight end as a sophomore and junior until he was moved to tackle at the end of his junior season. This season he played guard and tackle on offense and end and tackle on defense.
He has made an oral commitment to continue his education and playing career at San Diego State in the fall.