Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Part One and Two of a must-read

"A Season Under the Gun - The violence really never ends around Orr High School, and its basketball team is often caught in the crossfire" -- Rick Telander

"Orr Sits in the Center of the Storm" -- Rick Telander

Three parts of this story remain to be published.

The Coast Conference North honorees

COAST CONFERENCE (NORTH) 

COACH OF THE YEAR: JUSTIN LABAGH (SAN FRANCISCO)

MVP: ZACH COPELAND 6-4 G SO (SAN FRANCISCO CITY COLLEGE)

ALL CONFERENCE PLAYERS:

* EDDIE STANSBERRY 6-3 G FR (SAN FRANCISCO CITY COLLEGE)

* MICHAEL WRIGHT 6-5 G FR (SAN FRANCISCO CITY COLLEGE)

* KENDALL MCINTOSH 6-8 F SO (SAN FRANCISCO CITY COLLEGE)

* STOKLEY CHAFFEE 6-8 F SO (LAS POSITAS COLLEGE)

* KEITH HUNTER 6-3 G SO (LAS POSITAS COLLEGE)

* CALEB BASKETT 6-2 G SO (LAS POSITAS COLLEGE)

* ANTHONY NAVARRETE 6-5 F FR (CANADA COLLEGE)

* MIKE PICKNEY 6-0 G SO (CANADA COLLEGE)

* DAVIS KIMBLE 6-0 G SO (CANADA COLLEGE)

* JACK MACDONALD 5-11 FR (OHLONE COLLEGE)

* CHRISTIAN YAMMOUNI 6-0 G SO (OHLONE COLLEGE)

* BLAKE MCGLENCHY 6-4 G SO (OHLONE COLLEGE)

* JUSTIN GUTANG 6-3 G SO (SKYLINE COLLEGE)

* ANTONIO HUGHES 6-3 G SO (SKYLINE COLLEGE)

Butte and Sac City will tangle

"Butte College men’s basketball team gets 9th seed, goes to No. 8 Sacramento City for Friday’s playoff game" -- Joseph Shufelberger

Two Nor-Cal-ers honored at Whitworth

LINK "...Kenny (Cardinal Newman) Love of Whitworth University has been named to the 2017 All-Northwest Conference men's basketball first team, while Kyle (Marin Academy) Roach was voted to the second team.

The NWC office released the 2017 All-NWC men's basketball team, which is based on voting by league coaches, on Tuesday afternoon...

...Love (Sr., Santa Rosa, Calif.), who was the 2015 NWC Player of the Year, is leading the Northwest Conference in assists with an average of 4.6 assists per game.  He also leads all NWC players in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2). He is averaging 11.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game while making over 90% of his free throws. In January he became the 28th men's player in school history to surpass 1,000 career points and now ranks 15th on Whitworth's all-time scoring list with 1,201 points. He dished out a career-high 12 assists in the Bucs' season-opening win over St. Olaf (Minn.).

Roach, a sophomore from Marinwood, California, has earned the first All-NWC recognition of his career. A second team selection, he leads the Pirates in scoring (15.9 ppg), rebounding (5.3 rpg) and steals (1.4 spg). He is making 54.4% of his field goals and 43.6% of his three-pointers, which both rank among the top five in the NWC this season. Roach has been selected as the conference's player of the week twice this season, on November 28th and December 26th..."

Futch honored by CalHiSports


"We don’t know the answer but there can’t be very many players in the history of the CIF Central Coast Section with more than 1,500 career points and more than 1,000 career rebounds. Futch has been on the Grizzlies’ varsity for all four years and ended his regular season last week with 29 points, 20 rebounds and three blocks in a 79-29 triumph vs. Andrew Hill of San Jose.

In that game, Futch also went past 1,500 career points and pushed his career total for rebounds to 1,176. Amazingly, the 6-foot-7, 240-pounder has double-doubled in every one of Gunderson’s 24 games this season. There were only three times as a junior last season when he didn’t double-double.

For the season, Futch is averaging 21.0 points, 15.5 rebounds and 4.4 blocks per game. He also had 16 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks last week in a win vs. Pioneer of San Jose."

"ACLIESE NAMED COAST CONFERENCE SOUTH MVP"

"The Coast South saw a Seahawk take home the Conference MVP award for the seventh consecutive season on Sunday as Linton Acliese was given the award by the Coast South Coaches. Acliese, who came to Cabrillo from Manville HS in Texas, is the second consecutive true freshman to win the award for Coach Tony Marcopulos. Acliese averaged a shade over 20pts, 8rbs and 1.5blks a game in Conference play while shooting over 55% from the floor and 77% from the line. Linton was an unstoppable offensive post presence on most nights with a variety of post moves and a soft shooting touch. Acliese was joined by last year's Coast South MVP Brett Reed (Woodlands, TX) who was named First Team All Conference after averaging over 12pts, 11rbs and 3.5asts a game. Reed, who is the heart and soul of the Seahawks, led the conference in rebounding and double doubles for the second consecutive year. Freshman PG Tynan Velasquez (Colorado Springs, CO) was named to the 2nd Team after averaging over 14pts, 7asts, 2stls a game and shooting almost 90% from the foul line. Amenofis Mitchell (Missouri City, TX) rounded things out for the Seahawks being named Honorable Mention All Conference and averaged over 12pts and 5rbs a game. This was the second consecutive year that four Seahawks were honored by the Conference.

Congratulations to the 4 Seahawks named All Conference!!!
Linton Acliese - MVP
Brett Reed - 1st Team
Tynan Velasquez - 2nd Team
Amenofis Mitchell - Honorable Mention"

Five Hawks honored

James Giacomazzi: "1st Team All-Coast Conference North: Stokley Chaffee, Keith Hunter & Caleb Baskett. 2nd Team: Kameron Johnson. HM: Donald Mims"

Modesto Metro Conference honors

2016-17 ALL-MODESTO METRO CONFERENCE BOYS BASKETBALL

Coach of the Year: Kyle McKim, Beyer

MVPs: Darrian Grays, Modesto Christian; Brian Perry, Beyer.

First team

Jaden Cobb, Beyer

Wesley Williams-Burse, Enochs

Blake Evans, Gregori

Tyler Williams, Modesto Christian

Esteban Martin, Modesto

Ryan Silva, Modesto

Second team

Brandyn Waterford, Gregori

Michael Pearson, Modesto Christian

Ben Polack, Beyer

Miko Sablan, Downey

Gabe Murphy, Modesto Christian

Honorable mentions

Dylan Weltmer, Beyer

Andrew Williams, Davis

Jairol Harris-Red, Downey

Brian Bell Jr., Enochs

Tremayne Whatley, Gregori

Alex Aguirre, Johansen

Markus Brady, Modesto

Chris Brown, Modesto Christian

Kiwi is at it again with 21 points, six rebounds, six steals, and five assists

"Dragons ruin Parks Jr.’s birthday, run Alab out of Malaysia"

Former Foothill mentor Rosenberg honored by his peers

"Linfield head coach Rosenberg named NWC Coach of the Year" 

"Linfield head basketball coach Shanan Rosenberg was named Northwest Conference (NWC) Basketball Coach of the year after guiding his Wildcat team to a third place finish in the conference and  a spot  in the NWC playoffs...

Rosenberg is in his fourth year as head coach of the 'Cats. This is the first time in seven seasons that Linfield has made the conference playoffs." 

Excellent basketball writings

Head here for links to a number of heralded basketball articles published in 2016 -- good writing and good reading.

Just a question: why isn't something, anything by Marc J. Spears included in this group?

Makes sense

"Cal forward Ivan Rabb indicates that he will leave for the NBA after this season" -- Ryan Gorcey

DeCourcey makes a strong case

"Kevin Garnett blaming AAU for 'killing' game is lazy, disingenuous — and wrong" -- Mike DeCourcey

Will Maupin and the West Coast Conference

"Week 15 WCC power rankings and team of the week" -- Will Maupin

Saturday: Western Oregon 89, Alaska Anchorage 71

On Saturday, Western Oregon bested Alaska Anchorage 89-71 powered by 22 points in 22 minutes of play by Ali (San Lorenzo High/Arizona Western/Idaho State) Faruq-Bey who shot 8-13, 5-8 and 1-2 respectively.

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