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M-A senior footballers share national signing day

M-A football coach Adhir Ravipati (left) poses with Bears' "Mr. Do Everything," Spencer Corona.

Dimitri Sakalia is the last of a long line of Sakalia's who've passed through Menlo-Atherton. He won't be going too far for college as he signed to play football with San Jose State in the fall.

Sakalia was one of four athletes who were honored at a brief lunch time ceremony on Wednesday.

Kilifi Leaatoa, Ryan Buck and Spencer Corona joined Sakalia at the singing table.

Sakalia was recruited as a defense end and could play defensive tackle withe Spartans.

Leaatoa, who transferred to M-A from The King's Academy for his senior year, will be joining M-A grad Jordan Mims at Fresno State with an opportunity to play right away as a linebacker.

"He's athletic and physical in the box as well as in space," Bears' football coach Adhir Ravipati said. "That's what teams are looking for."

Buck, a two-year starter as an offensive tackle, will be playing at Redlands. Buck will likely see time as a defensive end in college.

Corona is heading to Chapman, where he will get a chance to kick and play wide receiver.

"He was our Mr. Do Everything," Ravipati said. "He had an opportunity to just kick at some bigger schools but he wanted the opportunity to do both."

Two other seniors, lineman Makisi Tonga and receiver-corner back Gary Carter are close to finalizing their college plans.

St. Francis celebrated the signing of football's Tyler Manoa (UCLA) and Viliami Fehoko (San Jose State) and water polo's Nathan Puentes (UC Santa Barbara).

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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