Monday, February 28, 2011

Monday's northern California high school basketball report

The pickin's are slim today but Mitch Stephens has posted his top performances from last week plus 10 games to watch -- and there most certainly are some matchups to take in.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

An update on Jeffrey Legree

Did Jeffrey Legree play high school hoops? The article below doesn't tell us that but it seems he must have participated while living in Fairfield. Check out what he has been up to since 2004.

Is his brother Deshaun Legree, currently playing ball at Fresno Pacific and previously at Contra Costa Community College and Fairfield High?

Cañada College beats SJCC and CCSF roars past Butte

In Redwood City, Cañada College handled San Jose City College 71-55.

From the Cañada game preview:
San Jose City College enters the game with an 18-7 record and the knowledge that they defeated the Colts 71-55 in December on Cañada's home floor. The score was tied 30-30 at the end of the first half before San Jose City College guards Shaheed Young and Quincy Hill took over in the second half. Young finished with a game-high 29 points while Hill added 14 points and four assists. Young and Hill both finished the regular season in the Top 10 in scoring in the Coast South Division.

"They have two explosive guards and we need to find a way to contain them," Diepenbrock said. "That's going to be the key to the game."

Stopping San Jose City College's guards will rest on Isaih Tueta, Ibrahim Ali and Cañada's own all-star, Peter Pappageorge, who scored 22 points in the first game. Pappageorge led the Coast North Division in scoring during the regular season, averaging 19.9 points per game.

Cañada enters the game having won three of its last four games and finished the regular season with a 19-5 record. San Jose City College is on a seven-game winning streak.

Host City College of San Francisco had no trouble with Butte College, winning 86-52. It was 45-16 at the half.

An abbreviated northern California junior college basketball report

Diablo Valley College 83, Mendocino College 56


Brian (Mount Diablo High) Goins 12 7-8 38 (seven treys), Jordan (De La Salle High) Estrada 7 1-1 22 (seven treys)


Curtis (Nevada HS) Malone 7 3-3 17, Marcus (South Carolina HS) Dubose 6 2-2 15


Fresno City College beat San Joaquin Delta 89-77

Reedley beat Ohlone 69-56.

Sunday's report of yesterday's northern California high school basketball games

John Jackson reports on Casa Grande's Friday night win over Dougherty Valley, the victory powered by the outstanding play of Joey Rodriguez.


Howard Senzell tells us it was Kenny Love behind the Marin Catholic OT victory over Cardinal Newman.


Thomas Gase has the scoop on St. Patrick - St. Vincent topping Arcata behind the efforts of Robbie Herndon who put up a 26/10 double-double.


Jeremy Balan fills us in on the St. Ignatius triumph over Riordan by the score of 60-53. Also check out Mitch Stephens' account.


Joe Davidson writes about the upcoming matchups throughout the Sacramento area.


Missed this one from yesterday: Jimmy Durkin and Phil Jensen on Newark Memorial taking down Berkeley 65-62 plus St. Mary's beating Berean Christian respectively.

Newark Memorial High 65

Kendall Andrews 10 4-7 24,. Casey Norris 4 4-4 12

Jalil Eppenger 10 13-13 35, B.T.Shabazz 6 5-6 18


Salesian High 98, McKinleyville High 56

Dom Artis scored 25 points and Jabari Bird contributed 21.  


Santa Teresa High 65, Bellarmine College Prep 53

Here is Alex Pavlovic with the details.

ST -- Tim Priest 9-3-21, Daniel Karnes 4-1-11, Spencer Koopmans 3-2-11

BCP -- Kristoffer Olugbode 7-1-23, Steven Karr 5-1-11


Serra 60, Homestead High 39

S -- Henry Caruso 6-4-16, Jason Barsucchini 5-0-13, Dalyn Pacheco 4-2-10

H -- Momir Gataric 3-7-13


Oak Grove High 55, Salinas High 49

OG -- Nate Viera 5-5-15, Oscar Reynosa 3-4-13, Donald Rodriguez 4-4-13

S -- 
Frank Rogers 7-4-19, Mitchell Johnson 3-3-10

Piedmont Hills High 54, Watsonville High 34

PH -- Andy Anderson 7-1-16

W -- Ivo Basor 2-6-10 (plus 14 rebounds)


St. Francis 65, El Camino 49

SF -- Vince Miles 6-1-14, Ivan Margaretic 1-8-10, Kenneth Harris 4-3-11 
EC -- Anthony Knight 9-4-22, Allan Santos 3-4-10


Archbishop Mitty 67, Pioneer High 45

AM -- Aaron Gordon 6-0-13 , Kyle Toth 5-0-12

P -- Brian Hikido 5-2-13


Palma High 55, Menlo School 46

P -- Noah Allen 9-9-31 (four treys)

M -- Halprin 6-4-16, Osborne 4-0-11 (three treys), Lacob 2-6-10

Saturday, February 26, 2011

De'End Parker to Berkeley

Ryan Gorcey has the scoop on City College of San Francisco's De'End Parker giving a verbal to Mike Montgomery and California. The young man obviously likes the Bay Area (high school and junior college in San Francisco). Congrats to De'End.

Here is an ESPN evaluation of De'End's progress through the years.

Here is another feature article chock full of De'End's highlights.

Coast-North Division Conference | 2010-2011 All League team


CO-MVP -- DeEnd Parker, San Francisco, G, 6-5, 215, So, Lincoln; Jonathon Williams, San Francisco, G, 6-5, 225, So, Richmond

COACH OF THE YEAR -- Justin Labagh, San Francisco


Ibrahim Ali Canada G 6-0 So Tennyson
Collin Chiverton San Francisco G 6-5 200 So Mitty
Jourdan DeMuynck Chabot G 6-6 205 So Castro Valley/ San Leandro, CA
Lavon Gray Ohlone F 6-5 200 So Bellarmine Prep/Milpitas, CA
Ryan Hebebrand Las Positas G 6-4 205 So Granada/Livermore
Kyle Hypes Foothill G 6-3 175 So St. Francis/Gilroy
Scott Kenny Ohlone G 6-4 180 So Queensland, Australia
Jacob Noisat Chabot F 6-8 225 So Elsie Allen/ Santa Rosa, CA
Peter Pappageorge Canada G 6-1 0 So Burlingame High School
Fred Sturdivant San Francisco F 6-7 200 So Brainerd


Dwight Abad Las Positas G 5-9 150 So James Logan/Union City
Shawn Grant Foothill G 6-4 190 So St. Francis/San Jose
Isaih Tueta Canada G 6-2 0 Fr Mountain Creek
Josh Tueta Canada C 6-8 So Mountain Creek
Yoan Zola San Francisco F 6-7 230 So St. Martin de France

Coast-South Division Conference | 2010-2011 All League basketball team


MVP -- Markus Duran, Cabrillo, G, 6-1, 180, So, Murray/Salt Lake City, UT

COACH OF THE YEAR -- Tony Marcopulos, Cabrillo


Anthony Dixon West Valley F 6-5 0 So Hyde Park/Chicago, IL
Eric Heslin DeAnza F 6-7 210 Fr Cupertino / San Jose, CA
Quincy Hill San Jose City G 5-11 185 So McClymonds/Oakland, CA
Kyle Vasher Hartnell G 6-5 215 Fr Salinas / Salinas
Shaheed Young San Jose City G 5-10 165 So San Leandro/San Leandro, CA


Julian Demalleville Monterey Peninsula G 6-2 185 So San Luis Obispo HS/San Luis Obispo
John Fairell Hartnell F 6-5 220 So Dorsey / Los Angeles
Bertram Hall Cabrillo C 6-6 215 So Tehachapi/Tehachapi, CA
Ryan Stanley Monterey Peninsula F 6-7 235 So Gig Harbor HS/Monterey
Daryl Thomas Hartnell G 6-0 164 So Monterey / Monterey


Preston Anderson Hartnell C 6-9 220 So
Rodney Black San Jose City G 6-4 175 Fr Perris/Perris, CA
Alex Brandon Monterey Peninsula G 6-2 165 So Haywayd HS/Hayward
Demitrius Owens San Jose City F 6-5 195 So San Leandro/San Leandro, CA
Mitch Philp Monterey Peninsula G 6-3 180 So TCCHS/Rockhampton
Aaron Short Cabrillo G 6-3 200 Fr North Valley/Reno, CA
Drew Thompson DeAnza G 5-10 175 So Millard West / Omaha, NE
Tyler Velasquez Cabrillo G 5-11 170 Fr Doherty/Colorado Springs, Co

Golden Valley Conference | 2010-2011 All League basketball team


MVP -- Shawn Moore, Butte, F, 6-5, 190, So, Pleasant Valley/Pleasant Valley, CA

COACH OF THE YEAR -- Russ Critchfield, Butte


Vince Capellino Redwoods F 6-6 210 So San Francisco/South Lake Tahoe, CA
Luke Cassedy Siskiyous G 6-1 So Central Valley HS/ Shasta Lake City
Eli Graham Redwoods G 6-2 190 So Park Rose/Portland, OR
Michael Harvey Feather River F 6-5 220 So Sidney Lanier
Rex Holmes Butte G 5-10 165 So Chico/Chico, CA
Dion Hutt Lassen G 6-4 0 Fr Hoopa High School/ Santa Rosa
Paolo Mancasola Shasta G 6-1 185 So Central Valley HS/Redding
Taelor Marchbanks Lassen G 5-11 So Spanish Springs/Reno
Drew McNabb Siskiyous G 6-1 So Cooley HS/ Detroit, MI
Andrew Perlinger Butte F 6-2 210 Fr Chico/Chico, CA
Aaron Shepard Feather River G 5-11 165 So Foothill


Cody Grussendorf Redwoods F 6-3 170 Fr Thunder Mountain/Juneau, AK
Roman Hutt Lassen F 6-5 Fr Hoopa High School/Hoopa
Ricky King Feather River G 6-0 180 Fr Quincy
Kevin Loustale Shasta C 6-6 225 So Chico HS/ Chico
Sandro Maric Lassen F 6-6 Fr Durango High School/ Serbia
Al Marsh Siskiyous G 5-11 160 So Rubidoux/ Los Angeles
Drian Phillips Butte G 6-1 160 So Hamilton/Los Angeles, CA
Travis Tollner Redwoods F 6-6 205 So Eureka/Eureka, CA

Big 8 Conference 2010-2011 All League basketball team


MVP -- Brian Goins, Diablo Valley, G, 5-10, 160, Fr, Mt. Diablo/Concord, CA

COACH OF THE YEAR -- Steve Coccimiglio, Diablo Valley


Casey Arent Sierra C 6-10 235 So Del Oro H.S
Keven Campbell San Joaquin Delta G 6-0 0 So Edison HS/Stockton
Rafael Carter Diablo Valley C 6-8 210 Fr Olentangy/Columbus, OH
Jordan Estrada Diablo Valley G 6-1 185 So DeLaSalle/Concord, CA
Tony Gill Cosumnes River F 6-8 220 Fr Oakmont HS/Roseville, CA
James Lake San Joaquin Delta G 6-2 So Fairfield/Fairfield
Lorenzo McCloud Santa Rosa G 6-0 170 So Compton/Compton, CA
Kiel Myers Sacramento City F 6-8 215 So Valley/Sacramento
Jordan Sergent Modesto F 6-6 210 So Sonora/Sonora, CA
Gabriel Strong Cosumnes River F 6-5 200 So Capital Christian HS/Sacramento, CA
Sama Taku Santa Rosa G 6-1 175 Fr Tucson/Tucson, AZ


Ross Albright American River G 6-0 0 Fr Whitehouse Heritage, TN
Ronnie Baker Diablo Valley F 6-3 200 Fr Rodriguez/Fairfield, CA
Marcus Beaird San Joaquin Delta F 6-3 Fr Bear Creek HS/Stockton
Michael Elliott Cosumnes River G 6-0 190 So El Dorado HS/Las Vegas, NV
Henry Gill Santa Rosa C 6-7 220 Fr Analy/Sebastopol
Darell Gordon Sierra G 6-2 180 So Burbank
Julian Green Modesto G 6-2 180 So Natomas/Sacramento, CA
Anthony Lennear Sacramento City G 6-3 180 So Florin/Sacramento
O'Brian Moore Sacramento City G 6-2 170 So Valley/Sacramento
Tim Oswald Santa Rosa G 6-3 180 So Mariposa/Mariposa, CA
James Tillman Cosumnes River F 6-6 200 Fr Pioneer HS/Woodland, CA

Saturday morning's northern California junior college basketball report

Ryan Klocke offers his report of the Yuba College nine-point win over Las Positas.


The Press Democrat reports on Santa Rosa Junior College's 73-57 victory over Sequoias.


Chabot College 81, Cabrillo College 63


Joshua (LA HS) De La Torre 6 0-0 18 (six treys), Jacob (Elsie Allen HS) Noisat 5 8-11 18 (plus 10 rebounds), Jordan (Castro Valley HS) Demuynck 5 1-2 12


Tyler (Colorado HS) Velasquez 8 6-10 24, Marcus (Utah HS) Duran 3 2-3 10
The Cabrillo College Seahawks lost tonight at Chabot College (Hayward) in the 1st round of the NorCal regionals 81-63. Cabrillo (20-8, 11-1) came out flat tonight and never really got anything going offensively as the Seahawks looked out of sync from the start. Chabot shot the ball extremely well in the first half connecting on eight three-point baskets in the half. Chabot lead at halftime 48-29.

The second 20 minutes was not much different as Cabrillo managed to cut the lead the 13 twice but never could get any closer as Chabot cruised to the 19 point win. Tyler Velasquez lead Cabrillo in scoring with 24 points.
 Here's the game report from Isiah Guzman.

The Saturday report on last night's northern California high school basketball games

The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat has the details of the Ben Freeland-powered Montgomery victory over Dublin.


Dave Curtis reports on San Marin's takedown of Albany.


The Sac Bee's Bill Paterson has everything you would want to know about the scores  and highlights of games up that way.

Bill also offers the scoop of Jesuit's win over Burbank with Joe Davidson doing the same about the Franklin triumph versus Turlock.


Aaron Finley fills us in on Bishop O'Dowd's hard fought win over Del Norte.


Nick Wilson says it was Sterling Smith power that led Chico over Red Bluff.


It was the firm of Giusti and Tollefsen who led San Ramon Valley to an 11-point success against Deer Valley -- check out Jimmy Durkin's article.

At the Inside Bay Area site, Mike McGreehan covers the Oakland - Oakland Tech and Castlemont - McClymonds contests.

Jim Bucci writes that Castro Valley had no trouble downing Antioch. 

Bill Kolb tells us Las Lomas held on against Redwood.

Scott Strain caught the El Cerrito victory over San Rafael.

Chace Bryson covered Northgate edging past Pinole Valley.

Head here for a ton of box scores on the various games.


Joe Chappell, at age 69, is still in the coaching box at Salinas High as George Watkins reports.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Saluting Colin Gruber

Caught the Harbor High - Robert Louis Stevenson playoff game last night -- it was over at the end of the first quarter when the score was 19-4. 58-39 was the final.

But the main attraction was watching 6-foot-3 Harbor senior Colin Gruber, who ended up totaling 39 points and 14 rebounds. Next year, he'll be on scholarship at Northern Arizona.

He plays for his Dad, Mike, who is retiring after 28 years at the helm of the Pirates and that 'son of a coach' connection is evident.

The younger Gruber plays with no wasted motion -- every movement has a purpose. "Show time' isn't in his vocabulary. 

One play in particular stood out. After a steal, Gruber came down court on a dribble-drive against a solitary defender. As the opponent retreated to just about under the net, Gruber stopped, took advantage of the wide open look and popped a jump shot from eight feet. 99% of others in today's hoops world would have gone all the way to the rim.

He chose the jumper rather than face the possibility of a charge. Gruber's shot missed but he then grabbed the rebound due to the defender being out of position and scored on a shorter shot.

Also keep in mind that Harbor loses if Gruber is off the court for any period of time. Not that he was in foul trouble at any point in the game but he seemingly calculated all this, resulting in his choice of shot.

Gruber will need to add strength -- as do most freshman entering college basketball -- but Coach Mike Adras run a guard-oriented style and a number of other D-1 coaches are going to rue the day they passed on Gruber. For one, he would be perfect for Stew Morrill's system at Utah State.

A great set of northern Califonria junior college playoff game previews

DRinCA has his junior college playoff games previews posted.

Go here (and scroll down a bit) for an in-depth look at Santa Rosa - Sequoias, Chabot - Cabrillo, Yuba - Las Positas and Redley - Ohlone.

Go here (and scroll down a bit) for CCSF - Butte, Fresno - San Joaquin Delta, Diablo Valley - Mendocino and San Jose City - Cañada.

Friday northern California high school basketball report

Carl Steward offers a look at Salesian and star Jabari Bird.

Kendall Andrews, Jabari Bird and T.J. Taylor are lauded as the East Bay basketball players of the week by Inside Bay Area.


Jeremy Balan reports on Riordan's sacking of Seaside High.


Isaiah Guzman provides the details of Harbor High's swamping of Robert Louis Stevenson, powered by Colin Gruber's double-double of 39/14.


David Kiefer informs us of the Watsonville High takedown of Gunn.

Watsonville 64, Gunn 61

Watsonville -- Ivo Basor 13-10-36 (10-10 at the foul line plus 20 boards)

Gunn -- Anthony Cannon 8-3-21, Matt Redfield 9-1-19

Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Julian Welch - Tubby Smith feature

Here is an article by Marcus Fuller in the Pioneer Press all about Minneosta's Tubby Smith's pursuit of Yuba College's Julian Welch.

Thursday's northern California junior college basketball report

Mark Godi reports on San Joaquin Delta's playoff win over Hartnell.


Butte took down Monterey Peninsula College by six, per John Devine.


In Cabrillo College basketball news:

Cabrillo College sophomore guard Markus Duran was voted MVP of the Coast Conference South. Duran becomes only the second player in Cabrillo College history to be voted as MVP -- Aaron Patterson won the award in 2007. 

The 6-foot-3 Duran averaged 19.8 points per game, shothot 35% from three-point range and 85% from the free throw line. He lead the state the last two years in three point field goals made for the season.

6-foot-5 sophomore center Bert Hall was selected to the 2nd team All-Coast Conference South. Hall averaged 10 points and nearly 8 rebounds a game for the Seahawks. More impressively, Hall was one of the keys for the Seahawks defensively as Hall took 32 charges in 27 games.

Also, freshman point guard Tyler Velasquez and freshman forward Aaron Short were both named Honorable Mention. 

In Las Positas College basketball news:
LPC gets bid to NorCal playoffs, faces Yuba

For the second time in their five-year history, the Hawks have been selected to play in the Northern California playoffs.

LPC, which finished the regular season with a 16-12 record, was named the regional bracket's 10th seed Monday and will face No. 7 Yuba at 7 p.m. Friday in Marysville.

Buoyed by a stong schedule and some key non-conference victories, LPC was seeded higher than five teams with better overall records. City College of San Francisco, the Coast Conference North Division champion, earned the top seed. Fresno, a likely opponent of the LPC-Yuba winner, is the second seed.

The Hawks are hoping for a better outcome than their only other playoff a
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ppearance, a 20-point loss to Chabot in 2008. To beat Yuba, LPC will need a strong defensive effort against a 49ers team that averages 84.9 points a game.

Yuba (24-5) won the Bay Valley Conference with an 11-0 record and enters the postseason on a 13-game winning streak.

The Thursday northern California high school basketball report

Joseph Shufelberger has the scoop on Chico High's Sterling Smith pouring in 48 points on Senior Night versus Foothill.


Cardinal Newman was "Sharp" in the victory over Lick Wilmerding as Michael Coit reports. Here is some game video.

Howard Senzel has the take on Marin Catholic's romp over Healdsburg. John Dugan also offers his perspective.


Mariposa got "Herrin-ized" as Ripon High had no trouble in the win -- read James Burns' game writeup.


Jose San Mateo writes that Robbie Herndon paced the St. Patrick - St. Vincent win over St. Helena.

Bethel High got Will C. Wood-ed per Thomas Gase.


Alex Pavlovic has selected Mitty's Aaron Gordon as athlete of the week in Santa Clara County.


Bill Paterson has collected a bevy of scores and player highlights of games up Sacto way.

The Bay Area News Group has done the same for that geographical territory.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Scores and more from last night's northern California high school basketball games

Alex Pavlovic look at the youth powering Leigh High, plus the co-MVPs of the Mount Hamilton Division.


Bonta Hill is all over Mission getting past Washington.

Mitch Stephens corralled a bunch of scores from last night plus notes.


Steve Herendeen reports that Mark Tollefsen's 25 points plus 21 from Jordan Giusti powered San Ramon Valley over James Logan.

Jimmy Durkin does the same about Newark Memorial's squashing Freedom.

Damin Esper was there for Berkeley's win over Foothill.

Nick Bender tells us about Las Lomas' triumph against Arroyo.

Matt Schwab fills us in on Deer Valley overpowering Amador Valley.

Ben Enos writes it's Campolindo by five over Acalanes.

Joe Wolfcale provides the scoop on Pinole Valley's getting past Windsor.


Dave Allen offers an in-depth recap of San Marin's win over Terra Linda.


Michael Coit has the details of Montgomery holding Concord to 31 points.


It will be a battle of the saints as St. Patrick - St. Vincent faces St. Helena tonight as Thomas Gase previews.


Ryan Moses witnessed Watsonville High topping Wilcox behind Ivo Basor's 19 points and 16 boards.


Bill Paterson goes in-depth on Woodcreek High's surprising season.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tuesday's northern California junior college compilation

Yuba College guard Julian Welch has been offered by Tubby Smith and Minnesota -- expect this to be the first of many.

Here is Jimmy Graben with a bit of a preview (while looking at the past) of Yuba College in the playoffs.


Here are the brackets for the community college northern California regional.


San Joaquin Delta's James Lake and Keven Campbell earned All-Big 8 Conference honors with Marcus Beaird named honorable mention.


DR predicts Delta will top Hartnell College but isn't sure about the Monterey Peninsula College - Butte College matchup. The winner of that one has the unenvious task of taking on #1 CCSF.


Here are the rankings for the northern California teams this week:

1  San Francisco (27-1)         
3  Fresno (28-2)        
6  Diablo Valley (24-4)    
8  Canada (19-5)    
10 Chabot (19-8)    
11 Cabrillo (20-7)        
14 Santa Rosa (20-8)    
15 San Jose City (18-7)        
17 Yuba (24-5)    
20 Butte (18-8)

Tuesday's northern California high school basketball report

Love 'em or hate 'em, here are Mitch Stephens' playoff picks, plus more.


Here is Joe Davidson doing the same for up Sacramento way.


San Fran Preps has University High in the top spot this week.


What do you call it when a player not only averages a double-double but is very close to being in the 20s in scoring AND rebounding? San Marin's Stuart Wesonga is at 21.5 ppg. and 18.4 rpg. Head here for all the Marin County basketball stats.


Dom Artis took Bay Shore Athletic league top player honors -- head here to read more selections.


Brian VanderBeek of the Modesto Bee looks at the upcoming playoff pairings and makes some interesting predictions.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Another feature on Yuba College hoops

Ryan Klocke has a fascinating piece up in the Appeal - Democrat not only about Tubby Smith's recent visit to a Yuba College game but much more about the program and its proprietor, Coach Doug Cornelius.

Monday's northern California High school basketball report

Mitch Stephens is here with his weekly bests and games to watch.


John Dugan delves into the background of the San Marin High starting five -- a very informative read.

Theo Fightmaster writes about San Marin's (and that of others) unhappiness with playoff placement.


Jimmy Durkin has an article on some of the various selection and placements made yesterday.


Courtesy of the Mercury News, here is the CCS playoff schedule.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Harbor's Colin Gruber and Aptos' Nick Grieves are featured

One (Gruber) is headed to Northern Arizona and the other (Grieves) is still deciding.

Head here

High school basketball brackets

We understand Mitty's Aaron Gordon has been named the West Catholic Athletic League most valuable player but nothing 'official' has been posted as yet -- or at least we've been unable to find it.


Jimmy Durkin offers the NCS brackets. Here is the LiveChat about the pairings and, of course, the Solomonic wisdom on display, or not.


Here's Joe Davidson of the Sac Bee covering the same territory up Sacramento way.

Sunday's northern California high school basketball report

Mitty just got by Serra as Alex Pavlovic reports.

Archbishop Mitty 46, Serra 45

AM -- Aaron Gordon 7-1-15, Brandon White 3-6-12

S -- Connor McGrath 6-4-17, Dalyn Pacheco 3-1-8


Mitch Stephens covers the Mitty - Serra matchup as well as a number of other games.


Jimmy Durkin has the details the Salesian rolling of St. Patrick - St. Vincent.


Ernest Stone fills us in on University's triumph over Stuart Hall up San Francisco way.


Per John Dugan, San Marin is the MCAL champ.


It's Casa Grande High over Windsor High in the Sonoma County League championship game.


Santa Cruz High topped Aptos High to win the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League championship -- read Ryan Moses' game report.

Ryan also has a farewell feature as Mike Gruber is leaving the Harbor High head coaching position after 28 years.


Piedmont Hills High won the Blossom Valley League championship with a 59-40 win over Leigh.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

We missed this on Stephen Lumpkins

Lumpkins Notches Second Career Player of the Week Award
January 24, 2011

Junior forward Stephen Lumpkins has been named Anaconda Patriot League Player of the Week for the first time this season, conference officials announced Monday.

Lumpkins helped American University notch a pair of key conference victories last week over Army and Holy Cross. In Wednesday’s 65-62 win in Bender Arena, he recorded 16 points, nine rebounds and a season-high three blocks against the Black Knights. The junior built on his strong performance with another great effort on Saturday, tallying his fifth double-double of the season in a 60-57 win at Holy Cross. Lumpkins scored 20 points for the third time this season, converting 9 of 12 field goals and a pair of free throws. He also recorded another block and pulled down 10 boards, including four offensive rebounds that led to second chances for American.

The California native also became the 27th Eagle in program history to reach 500 career rebounds on Saturday. He now has 507 total boards, which places him six behind Jim Shickora ’64 and Daryl Holmes ’90 for 25th place all-time.

For the week, Lumpkins averaged 18.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg and 2.0 bpg while shooting 71.4 percent from the floor. He currently leads the Patriot League with 8.0 boards per game and also ranks 10th in the conference in scoring (12.8 ppg). This is the second Player of the Week award of Lumpkins’ career.
American is 18-8 this season, 8-3 in conference play. A Serra High grad, Stephen is averaging 13.3 points a contest, shooting 58% and grabbing eight rebounds a game. He also has a team-leading 30 shotblocks.

Jared Cunningham in the running

Jeff Goodman is having a dunk video contest and former San Leandro High backcourter Jared Cunnungham is in the running. Catch Jared's effort here.

A fascinating idea

This could only have come from the mind of a younger coach:
The laptop screen showed that Cody Doolin's heart rate had reached the red zone, meaning he was giving his maximum effort during a recent basketball practice at the University of San Francisco. 

The freshman guard is one of the team's hardest workers and among its fittest players, typically burning 1,700 calories over the course of a 40-minute game. These days, the coaches know this not just based on a hunch but because they have scientific evidence to prove it...

Here's another article on Ivo Basor of Watsonville High

It's Ivo Basor time again -- head here.

Saturday morning's northern California junior college roundup

Ryan Klocke reports that Yuba College won the Bay Valley Conference tournament championship with a win over Mendocino.


Monterey Peninsula College 84, West Valley College 58

MPC -- Alex (Hayward High) Brandon 13, Quinzcy (North Salinas High) Spencer 12 , Conor (Arcata High) Byrne 11


Hartnell College 97, De Anza College 79

-- Preston Anderson 10 3-6 26 (three treys), Daryl (Monterey High) Thomas 9 1-2 22 (three treys), Eric (Salinas High) Neal 5 0-0 12, Tyler (Utah HS) Fa'alogo 3 4-10 11

DA -- Eric (Cupertino High) Heslin 7 9-11 23,  Noel (Bronx NY HS) Dixson 5 5-6 16, Brew (Nebraska HS) Thompson 3 2-4 10, Josh (Oak Grove High) Grant 4 2-8 10


San Jose City College 94, Gavilan College 55

SJCC -- Shaheed (San Leandro High) Young 7 8-9 23, Demetrious (San Leandro High) Owens 9 3-5 23, Quincy (McClymonds High) Hill 4 4-5 12

GC -- Elliot Lawson 3 6-9 12,  Christian (Alisal High) Camacho 5 0-0 11

Saturday morning's northern California high school basketball roundup

Jeremy Balan reports on Serra steamrollering Sacred Heart Cathedral.


Jimmy Durkin reports that Newark Memorial is tops again. Plus a Jabari Brown-less Oak High, led by T.J. Taylor, just got by Mack and San Ramon Valley squeaked past Monte Vista.


Mitch Stephens offers game report on the Oakland High - McClymonds matchup and the Serra - SHC pairing.


John Dugan has the details of Drake beating Marin Catholic -- San Marin is next in the championship contest.


Jose San Mateo is all over Hogan's win over Vallejo.


Phil Barber writes it was the X-man leading Cardinal Newman over Ukiah for the championship.


George Watkins tell us Palma is still a formidable foe despite not winning league this season.


Here are a couple of box scores:

Sheldon 54, Folsom 45

SH -- Darius Nelson 20, Dakarai Allen 11

FO -–Richard Olpin 15, Justin Woody 11


Archbishop Mitty High 63, Bellarmine College Prep 44

AM -- Aaron Gordon 7-5-19, Brent Younger 5-2-12

BCP -- Kristoffer Olugbode 2-7-11

Friday, February 18, 2011

Catching up with some former northern California prepsters

Demetrius (St. Mary's High) Lee is a freshman at Casper College in Wyoming. In 24 games, he is averaging 6.9 ppg. (33% overall shooting, 26% from three), 71% at the foul line, 2.3 rebounds a contest and 1.3 steals a game.

Similarly, Khion (Newark Memorial High) Sankey is a freshman at Sheridan College in Wyoming. In 25 games, Khion is averaging 4.0 ppg. (47% shooting) and 4.6 rpg.

Justin (McClymonds High) Standley is a freshman at Western Nebraska College. His numbers: 11.3 ppg. (37% overall shooting, 38% from long distance), 78% from the foul line, 3.5 assists and 3.8 rebounds a game.

Meanwhile, sophomore Davion (Hayward High) Berry is leading the Cal State Monterey Bay squad at 23.6 ppg. (43% overall shooting, 40% from the three-point line), 220 free throws attempted in 22 games, 5.2 rpg. (second on the team) and 26 steals (first on the team).

Senior Roderick (Jesuit High) Hawkins is the leading scorer for Chico State at 12.5 ppg. (shooting 52%) and also averaging 5.4 rpg.

Sophomore Demario (McClymonds High) Sims is Chico State's third leading scorer at 11.1 ppg.

Junior Jay (Jesuit High) Flores is scoring 10.6 ppg. for the Wildcats.

Wendell McKines back on line

Social media was invented for Wendell McKines. Well, not really but it's synchronicity personified.

Here is the latest from W.

Friday's northern CA junior college basketball report

Ron Agostini reports on San Joaquin Delta's victory over Modesto Junior College. Mark Goti does the same (scroll down once you are there).


We'll add more if we come across further items.

Friday's report of last night's northern CA high school games

Jimmy Durkin is all over the Castro Valley 16-point win over Bishop O'Dowd.


Stephanie Hammon provides a game report of the St. Patrick - St. Vincent win over St. Joseph Notre Dame as well as Salesian just getting by St. Mary's. Robbie Herndon posted a double-double for SPSV.


John Dugan has the scoop on San Marin's victory over San Rafael.


Jose San Mateo previews the Vallejo - Hogan matchup.


Ryan Moses writes about Aptos High getting past nemesis and Santa Cruz High taking down Soquel.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Two junior college boxscores from the other day

Modesto Junior College 80, Sierra College 77


Julian (Natomas High) Green 11 8-8 32, Jordan (Sonora High) Sergent 5 3-4 13, Gurpreet (Livingston High) Sangha 3 3-3 11


Casey (Del Oro High) Arent 8 3-6 19,  Spencer (Vista Del Lago High) Hatten 6 0-0 15 (three treys), Colin (Oak Ridge Hitgh) Johnson 4 2-2 13 (three treys), Chris (Laguna Creek High) Ayo 4 3-5 11


Delta Junior College 91, Cosumnes River College 74


James (Rodriguez High) Lake 13 0-0 32 (six treys), Keven (Edison High) Campbell 6 7-8 19, Marcus (Bear Creek High) Beaird 6 0-0 12


James (Pioneer High) Tillman 8 3-6 19, JJ (Bradshaw Christian High) Mina 4 2-2 12, Gabe (Capital Chjristian High) Strong 4 3-7 11, Kerrick (Tucker High) Metoyer 4 0-1 10

Thursday's northern California high school report

Jimmy Durkin offers an interesting article on Tyler Pagett, a Granada High basketballer.


ESPN's Dana O'Neill writes about Cal State Northridge's Michael Lizarraga inspiring a high player.


Bonta Hill pens (what a quaint term) it was showtime for Washington's Brendan Glapion against Lincoln High.


Here is the prep roundup from the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat as Ukiah, Casa Grande and Windsor all triumphed.


George Watkins's game report on Salinas High's victory over North Salinas also lists probable future opponents for the Cowboys in the CCS tourney.


Derek Mead provides the details as Chico High routed Oroville behind star Sterling Smith.

Junior college basketball scores and boxes

Foothill College 72, Cañada College 71

Foothill -- Shawn (St. Francis High) Grant 5 7-7 20 (three treys), Kyle (St. Francis High) Hypes 4 7-7 15, Jimmy (Willow Glen High) Renneke 5 0-0 13 (three treys)

Cañada -- Peter (Burlingame High) Pappageorge 7 6-9 22, Ibrahim (Tennyson High) Ali 6 1-2 18 (five treys), Izzy (Mountain Creek High, Australia) Tueta 4 0-0 11 (three treys)


 De Anza College 94, Monterey Peninsula College 88

DA -- Drew (Nebraska HS) Thompson 14 11-13 45 (six treys), Eric (Cupertino High) Heslin 3 9-10 15, Josh (Oak Grove) Grant 7 4-10 18, Nolan (Chicago IL HS)Williams 5 1-2 12

MPC -- Ryan (WA HS) Stanley 8 5-7 25 (four treys), Julian (SLO CA HS) Demalleville 6 4-4 18, Mitch (Australia HS) Philp 5 2-2 13, Quinczy (North Salinas HS) Spencer 3 5-6 12, Alex (Hayward High) Brandon 3 5-7 11

John Devine offers a lengthy game report.


The Cabrillo College Seahawks won the Coast Conference South Championship tonight with a 90-65 win over West Valley College in Saratoga. Cabrillo (20-7, 11-1) jumped on the Vikings early and went up 15-3. West Valley made their own run and cut into the lead as the Seahawks lead at the half 35-31.

The second half was all Seahawks as they again jumped all over WVC behind the perimeter shooting of Markus Duran. Duran hit 10 three-point shots on the night -- five in each half. Cabrillo quickly extended their lead to 20+ and cruised the rest of the way for the win.

Markus Duran scored 34 points. Bert Hall scored 19 points and Tyler Velasquez had 17.

The Conference title is the third in the past five years for the Seahawks.

Yuba College topped Merritt in the Bay Valley Conference tourney opener up north -- go here.


Las Positas College kept it close until the second half against CCSF.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wednesday's mostly northern California high school basketball report

Mitch Stephens writes about Archbishop Mitty being on cruise control through the WCAL and also has a number of other prep notes.

MitchS also has some WCAL game writeups and scores.


Serra High 63, St. Francis High 61

Serra -- Connor McGrath 5-10-22, Jason Barsocchini 4-0-10, Sam Leahy 2-6-10, Henry Caruso 5-0-10

SF -- Kenneth Harris 7-5-21, Jhalid Johnson 5-0-14 (four treys)


Archbishop Mitty High 80, Valley Christian High 43

AM -- Aaron Gordon 7-2-16, Neil Vranicar 5-2-14, Brent Younger 7-0-14

VC -- Zayn Kirkendoll 8-3-20, MacIntire 2-5-11


Bellarmine College Prep 49 St. Ignatius High 46

BCP -- Alex Chapman 5-0-13 three treys), Kristoffer Olugbode 5-1-11

SI -- Johnny Mrlik 5-2-14, Stephen Domingo 5-1-11


Matt Schwab offers the game report of the SRV win over California and it includes some high praise for backcourter Jordan Guisti.


Bonta Hill has the details of Sacred Heart Cathedral taking out Riordan.


Bethel High took down Vallejo and Thomas Gase was there. Robbie Herndon's double-double powered St. Patrick - St. Vincent over Albany.


Head here for an assortment of box scores involving Contra Costa County prep teams, plus a pair of junior college scores.


Bill Paterson's subject today is Coach Frank Horwath and Folsom High boys hoops.


Tammerlin Drummond's column today is all about Bill Russell and other graduates of McClymonds High.


The Blossom Valley Athletic league is holding a tourney per Alex Pavlovic.


Modesto Junior College turned back Sierra College.


San Joaquin Delta College 91, Cosumnes River College 74

On the road, SJDC jumped out to a 45-32 halftime lead against CRC and dominated the rest of the way as James Lake totaled 30 points, Keven Campbell 17 and Marcus Beaird 14.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A very good read about coaching and crossing the proverbial line

A punitive coach
Henry Abbott
February 15, 2011

People don't like belittling. They don't like cursing. They don't like insults. They don't like "control-freaky" behavior -- like one person telling others they may not speak. They don't like bullying and intimidation.

They especially don't like these things around their children.

Except ...

Many people love all that stuff if it comes from sports coaches.

It's a weird deal. (I've written more than a few times about Pat Conroy, who tells the tale of excessively punitive coaches better than anybody.)

In today's New York Times, Jere Longman profiles Granbury High's Leta Andrews, the winningest high-school coach in the country. A lot of the story is what you'd expect -- the touching stories of developing young people. She sounds like a tremendous leader. Nothing in it is shocking or terrible. She's still loved and respected by the former players interviewed for the story, and many have gone on to greatness probably in no small part because of their high-school coach.

But there is this admiring talk of harsh treatment of high-schoolers. Here's Coach Andrews:

    "It was drilled into us. Daddy wanted everything done just right. If I was on the tractor, I had to plow so straight. If I varied at all, I’d have probably got a whipping. I couldn’t deal with anyone who didn’t bleed to death playing. I have a hard time dealing with it now.” 

So here we have father who whips his children for driving a tractor anything but perfectly straight. I'm very sorry for Coach Andrews that she had to grow up like that...
Go here for the remainder.

This week's junior college rankings

Here you go:

1   San Francisco (N) (26-1)    
2   Mt. San Antonio (S) (22-4)    
3   Fresno (N) (27-2)    
4   Irvine Valley (S) (21-5)    
5   Southwestern (S) (22-2)    
6   Diablo Valley (N) (22-4)     
7   Chabot (N) (18-7)    
8   Canada (N) (18-4)    
9   Riverside (S) (18-10)    
10 Saddleback (S) (23-6)    
11 Chaffey (S) (17-7)    
12 San Bernardino Valley (S) (16-10)    
13 Citrus (S) (21-5)    
14 Santa Rosa (N) (18-8)    
15 Yuba (N) (22-5)    
16 Barstow (S) (21-5)    
17 Reedley (N) (18-5)    
18 Cabrillo (N) (19-7)    
19 Santa Monica (S) (18-7)    
20 San Jose City (N) (17-7)    

Two northern California junior college basketball items

Matt Schwab's latest column contains a pair of junior college items -- one quoting Diablo Valley College Coach Steve Coccimiglio about his star guard Brian Goins and other about the CCSF - Chabot College game outcome.

Tuesday's northern California high school basketball links and notes

Alex Pavlovic has selected Momir Gataric of Homestead High as the Player of the Week in the South Bay.


Jose San Mateo highlights Vallejo High's successful basketball season.


Phil Barber reports on the Brothers Giddings propelling Windsor High this year.


George Watkins shines the spotlight on Coach Joe Chappell and his Salinas High squad, currently 21-1.


The Sac Bee has listed five game to witness this week.


Mitch Stephens offers his Bay Area games to see plus his top players of last week.


Jimmy Durkin writes about the BSAL playoffs.


It will be Watsonville versus Monte Vista Christian in the semis but the winner will likely nab the Monterey Bay Athletic League. championship. Ryan Silapan writes about Josh Mooney's 31 points carrying MVC.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Just looking at the MaxPreps site and the leading rebounders in the high school ranks who reside in northern California in particular. They are:

1. Richard Walter (Sr) Sacramento Country Day H8igh (Sacramento, CA) 17.8

4. Andre McPhail (Sr) Deer Valley High (Antioch, CA) 15.0

8. Justin Dueck (Sr) Leland High (San Jose, CA) 14.7

20. Khari Swift (Sr) Arroyo High (San Lorenzo, CA) 13.9

21. Theoatis Hill (Jr) Marshall High (San Francisco, CA) 13.8

34. Jerrel Green (Sr) Bear Creek High (Stockton, CA) 13.0

39. Allen Cooper (Sr) Monte Vista Christian High (Watsonville, CA) 12.8

40. Randy Hamati (Sr) Pacific Union College Prep (Angwin, CA) 12.8

50. Kareem Lucas (Jr) Anchorpoint Christian High (Gilroy, CA) 12.3
Just looking at the MaxPreps site and the leading scorers in the high school ranks who reside in northern California in particular. They are:

4. Christopher Schwartz-edmisten (Jr) Sacramento Waldorf High (Fair Oaks) 30.3 ppg.

12. Colin Gruber (Sr) Harbor High (Santa Cruz, CA) 26.4 ppg.

15. Tajai Johnson (Jr) Vallejo High (Vallejo, CA) 25.5 ppg.

20. Lydell Cardwell (Sr) Mid-Peninsula High (Menlo Park, CA) 25.0 ppg.

24. Theoatis Hill (Jr) Marshall High (San Francisco, CA) 24.7 ppg.

26. Derrick Rowell (Sr) Archbishop Hanna High (Sonoma, CA) 24.5 ppg.

28. Jabari Brown (Sr) Oakland High (CA) 24.4 ppg.

29. Josh Mooney (Jr) Monte Vista Christian High (Watsonville, CA) 24.3 ppg.

32. Max Fujii (Sr) Analy (Sebastopol, CA) 23.8 ppg.

38. Ilan Zur (So) Summerfield Waldorf High (Santa Rosa, CA) 23.1 ppg.

48. Olajuwon Garner (Jr) Deer Valley (Antioch, CA) 22.5

An Omar Samhan update

Remember Omar Samhan of St. Mary's and San Ramon Valley High prior to that? Of course you do, unless you've been in a cave and minus connectivity the past few years.

Cam Inman caught up with Omar who just completed his first season in Lithuania and is now making major plans.

Gotta love this

Jack Fertig has quite the good column today, with a powerful concluding quote from Jerry Tarkanian.

But those over-the-top show business player introductions prior to UNLV games back then weren't exactly red meat infusing an us-against-the-world mood.

Evan Daniels with more on the MickeyD non-selections

Here's national basketball writer Evan Daniels writing about the glaring omissions of Jabari Brown and Josiah Turner from the McDonald's annual hullabaloo. Calvin Andrews cannot be happy and rightly so, joining many others. Here's betting some changes are made in the cast of characters eligible to vote.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sunday's report is all HS

Archbishop Mitty 63, Archbishop Riordan 41

AM -- Kyle Toth 3-1-10 (three treys), Eddy Trang 2-2-8

AR -- Brandon Edison 4-1-13 (four treys), Anthony Castillo 2-4-9, Aaron Anderson 4-1-9


Serra 60, St. Francis 58 (OT)

S -- Dalyn Pacheco 7-3-18, Connor McGrath 4-5-14, Henry Caruso 6-1-13

SF -- Sean Dawkins 7-4-21 (three treys), Ivan Margaretic 5-5-17


It was too much Michael Best as Dave Curtis reports on Marin County hoops.


Harold Abend writes about the McConnell trio who get it done on the court and in the classroom.


Two seniors (Colin Gruber, Nick Grieves) and a junior (Josh Mooney) are lighting up the Santa Cruz County Athletic League as Ryan Moses reports.


Go here for the Cal-Hi Sports state stat stars of the 2/10/11 week -- our quick guess is that a quarter of the honorees are from northern CA.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

A feature on Robby Rowland, ex-Cloverdale star

Bob Padecky of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat checks in with a great Robby Rowland, the basketball and baseball star out of Cloverdale High who turned pro as a pitcher.

Your northern California JC & HS basketball Saturday a.m. report

Diablo Valley 81, Cosumnes River 66

DV -- Brian (Mt. Diablo High) Goins 12 4-4 30, Jordan (De La Salle) Estrada 8 4-6 27 (seven treys)

CR -- JJ (Bradshaw Christian High) Mina 10 1-1 24, Gabe (Capital Christian) Strong 1 7-10 9


Sacramento City 84, Modesto 83

SC -- Kiel (Valley High) Myers 10 5-5 29 (four treys), CJ (Kennedy High) Brown 6 10-12 22

Modesto -- Jordan (Sonora High) Sergent 7 8-11 22, Booker (Downey High) Hinton 6 6-7 20, Julian Green 5 3-9 15


Mark Godi previews the Delta College - Santa Rosa Junior College matchup. Mark then offers the game writeup.


Yuba College had no trouble defeating Napa Valley.


Jimmy Durkin has the details on Las Lomas' win over DH plus the scoop on the Salesian High appeal outcome.


Bonta Hill offers the SI over Riordan game report.


Thomas Gase fills us in on St. Patrick - St. Vincent victory over Swett.


Brian VanderBeek writes about Modesto Christian nabbing yet another title.


Ryan Silapan covers an important game in the Santa Cruz County Athletic League, with Harbor High turning back Aptos High as the league playoff matchups are announced.


Nick Wilson has the scoop on Sterling Smith leading Chico High over Pleasant Valley.

Friday, February 11, 2011

His hometown newspaper features Ivo Basor

6-foot-8 junior Ivo Basor receives some hometown love in this feature.

One more game report, some stats plus MickeyD's selections

Cordova High tops Antelope as Bill Paterson reports.


Sacramento High 64, Valley High 54

SAC –- Aaron Cameron 20, Robert Garrett 17

V –- Robert Perry 17, Kyron Cooper 13, Redmond Vera 12


The McDonald's AA selections sure seem to indicate that both California prep basketball and that in other western states isn't on a par with the rest of the talent in the country.

It's two consecutive years without a representative from the Golden State.

Here's Jeff Goodman and Justin Young on the process. 

Here's how the final names are determined:
The selection process for the McDonald’s All-American game is an elaborate one, beginning with nominations from all fifty states that typically range from 1,500 to 1,800 players.  After a verification process, the nominees are then sent to the selection committee which is comprised of analysts, scouts, reporters, and coaches from across the country.

Sports America Inc, the company that manages the process for McDonald’s, trims the list of nominees to 125 players that are initially sent to the selection committee at the end of the December with members of the committee then being allowed to add players who they believe should have been on the initial list.  Round two asks each committee member to vote for their top 50 in early January.  Once the ballots are returned to Sports America in mid-January, the votes are tallied with the top 100 vote getters being named McDonald’s All-American finalists.  Round three of the process takes the top 50 finalists and asks the committee to vote for their top 30.

The fourth and final round of voting asks each committee member to create their own McDonald’s team with two point guards, two shooting guards, two small forward, two power forwards, and two centers for both the East and West teams.  Players are then ranked based on the number of ballots they appear on.

In early February, selection committee chairman Morgan Wooten reviews and approves the twenty names selected, notifies them of their selection, and is also given the right to name as many as four additional members to the team.
As for the selections, here you go (from Maxpreps):


Bradley Beal, Chaminade (St. Louis, Mo.) – Florida signee
Chane Behanan, Bowling Green (Ky.) – Louisville
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Greenville (Ga.) – Georgia
Michael Carter-Williams, St. Andrew's (Barrington, R.I.) – Syracuse
Rakeem Christmas, Academy of the New Church (Bryn Athyn, Pa.) – Syracuse
Quinn Cook, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) – Duke
Michael Gilchrist, St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.) – Kentucky
P.J. Hairston, Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Va.) – North Carolina
James McAdoo, Norfolk Christian (Norfolk, Va.) – North Carolina
Johnny O'Bryant, East Side (Cleveland, Miss.) – Louisiana State
Marshall Plumlee, Christ School (Arden, N.C.) – Duke
Shannon Scott, Milton (Ga.) – Ohio State

Coach: Bob Cimino, Mount Vernon (N.Y.)


Khem Birch, Notre Dame Prep (Fitchburg, Mass.) – Pittsburgh
Wayne Blackshear, Morgan Park (Chicago, Ill.) – Louisville
Anthony Davis, Perspectives (Chicago, Ill.) – Kentucky
Branden Dawson, Wallace (Gary, Ind.) – Michigan State
Myck Kabongo, Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) – Texas
LeBryan Nash, Lincoln (Dallas, Texas) – Oklahoma State
Austin Rivers, Winter Park (Fla.) – Duke
Marquis Teague, Pike (Indianapolis, Ind.) – Kentucky
Adonis Thomas, Melrose (Memphis, Tenn.) – Memphis
Amir Williams, Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills, Mich.) – Ohio State
Kyle Wiltjer, Jesuit (Portland, Ore.) – Kentucky
Cody Zeller, Washington (Ind.) – Indiana

Coach: Gene Pingatore, St. Joseph (Westchester, Ill.)

All high school information today (Friday)

This article from Phil Barber is a shocker.


John Gase reports on Vallejo's win over Rodriguez. Plus, the Vallejo Times-Herald has the Bethel topping Hogan story.


Jimmy Durkin covers the St. Mary's win over St. Joseph Notre Dame, plus news about appeals by Marcelous Clay and Salesian High.


Archbishop Mitty 65, Valley Christian 44

AM -- Aaron Gordon 10-1-21, Colin Wan 5-2-13

VC -- Zayn Kirkendoll 6-1-14, Jonny Parker 5-1-13


Bellarmine College Prep 53, St. Francis High 48

BCP -- Alex Chapman 4-2-11, Kristoffer Olugbode 3-3-11

SF -- Ivan Margaretic 5-1-12, Thomas Petersen 5-0-10. Totals 19-5-48.


Berkeley High 74, Richmond High 60

Berkeley -- B.T. Shabazz 7 1-2 15, Josh Amey 6 3-3 15, Langston Morris-Walker 6 2-2 14

Richmond -- Isiah Brown 8 7-11 25, Demariye Williams 6 0-0 15


St. Mary's 69, St. Joseph Notre Dame 62

SM -- Isaiah Taylor 9 0-2 20, Glenn Baral 7 2-2 20, David Andoh 7 2-2 16

SJND -- Brendan Keane 12 4-9 28, Dom Lippi 5 0-0 13

Thursday, February 10, 2011

A pair of JC scores and some HS linkis

San Jose City College 88, Cabrillo College 61

SJCC -- Rodney (Perris High) Black 8 0-2 24 (eight treys), Demetrius (San Leandro High) Owens 7 2-6 19 (three treys), Shaheed (San Leandro High) Young 4 3-4 14 (three treys)

CAB -- Markus (Utah HS) Duran 3 7-13 14,  Tyler (Colorado HS) Velasquez 4 1-2 10

Ryan Moses provides the game report.


Canada 82, Skyline 64

Cañada -- Peter (Burlingame High) Pappageorge 7 0-0 19 (five treys), Steven (Lynbrook High) Sanders 9 1-2 19

Skyline -- Travis (Wallenburg High) Barabin 5 5-8 15,  Simon (Terra Nova High) Enciso 3 0-0 12, Jahrail (Washington High) Taylor 3 2-5 11


Ryan Klocke has the game report of Yuba College's triumph over Solano.


Get to know Chris Schwartz-Edmisten before he blows up -- Bill Paterson has the story.


Jose San Mateo lauds the St. Patrick - St. Vincent basketballers.


Bob Highfill features Xavier Anders, the son of a former Pacific player.


Here is a wrapup on Sonoma County/Santa Rosa area hoops.


David Wallace and Ryan Almanzar cover Salinas area prep basketball.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The latest junior college rankings are out

Here you go:
1     San Francisco (N) (24-1)    
2     Mt. San Antonio (S) (21-3)    
3     Irvine Valley (S) (21-4)    
4     Fresno (N) (25-2)    
5     Diablo Valley (N) (21-4)    
6     Southwestern (S) (20-2)    
7     Chabot (N) (18-6)         
8     Saddleback (S) (21-6)         
9     Barstow (S) (20-4)         
10   Chaffey (S) (15-7)         
11   Cabrillo (N) (18-6)         
12   Santa Rosa (N) (18-7)
13   San Bernardino Valley (S) (14-10)    
14   Canada (N) (16-4)    
15   Riverside (S) (16-10)    
16   Ohlone (N) (15-9)    
17   Reedley (N) (17-5)    
18   Citrus (S) (20-5)    
19   Santa Monica (S) (16-7)    
20   Yuba (N) (20-5)

Some useful advice

Here is an excerpt -- one that has many applications on and off the court -- from a great column by Jack Fertig:
This GM took him aside and explained what NBA teams who were checking him out wanted to see. I happened to be a participant (as a listener only) to the conversation in which he said, “You know Fresno State’s good enough to be in the NIT … BUT, you guys want to go to the NCAA’s. Well, you know you’re good enough to be a first round pick … BUT you want to be a lottery pick. Think about it. The teams that are picking in the lottery are teams that lose … and because they lose - a lot - they probably have no leaders and no true superstars. When they come to see you play - or practice - don’t show them a guy who’s tough to coach, is moody or is a pain in the butt. That’s what they have now! They don’t need any more of that type of player.”

Chico State checking out a JC player

The Chico State basketball staff has been corralling northern California players in large numbers the past few years -- here's a report on the Wildcats looking for talent a little further than usual but still in California.

Your JC & HS notes so far today

Per the Stockton Record, Freshman Brian Goins totaled 42 points in Diablo Valley's vivtory over Delta.


Jason Webster led St. Patrick - St. Vincent over St. Joseph Notre Dame.


Bill Paterson has collected a number of Sacramento area basketball notes and leads with a feature on Center High hoops. Bill also reports on the Granite Bay - Woodcreek matchup.


Go here for all your Marin County basketball scores and game reports.


Jimmy Durkin tells us the February 17 Castro Valley - BOD rematch will now be held at Cal State East Bay.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The latest on the big three at CCSF

Here's the numbers for the top three guys at CCSF:

* DeEnd Parker: 24 games, 11.7 ppg., 5.2 rpg., shooting 50%, 46% and 82% respectively, 98 assists/34 TOs

* Jonathan Williams: 24 games, 15.1 ppg., 7.2 rpg., shooting 53%, 36% and 74% respectively

* Collin Chiverton: 24 games, 17.7 ppg., shooting 43%, 38% and 80% respectively.

Parker looks to be a point at the next level, with Williams a small forward and Chiverton a two guard. Any doubt that Coach Justin Labagh's phone is ringing every few minutes?

Gotta love this

If the following doesn't make you simultaneously laugh and wince...
Jerry Wainwright: "There's only two ideal coaching jobs: An orphanage—no parents. Or a prison—no alums."

All high school links for you today

Jimmy Durkin fills us in on what Jamaree Strickland's availability has meant to Mack.


Branson's John Dunn is honored by the Marin Independent Journal.


John Dugan provides an informative feature on Marin Catholic's David Ahern.


Thomas Gase has a great lead in his report on the Bethel - Rodriguez matchup.


It was Montgomery over Cardinal Newman and Phil Barber covered the action. YSN365 has the video.


George Watkins writes about it being a meager year for Salinas Valley high school teams, Salinas High excepted.


Kevin Merfeld has the details as another double-double from 6-foot-8 junior Ivo Basor that led Watsonville past Monterey.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Monday's high schools notes

Mitch Stephens is out with his weekly honor roll and upcoming games to watch.


Remember the powerhouse Archbishop Mitty team of a few years back? The one that went to the state finals (losing to Mater Dei if our memeory is correct, which it sometimes isn't). We thought it would be interesting to re-visit where those high schoolers moved on to and how they are doing.

* Drew Gordon is now at New Mexico where he is averaging 12.1 ppg (shooting 53%) and 9.1 rpg. while tied for team lead with 19 blocks in 14 games

* Angelo Caloiaro is at USF and averaging 9.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists a game

* John Adams is at Lehigh and averaging 1.7 ppg.

* Enoch Andoh is at Bucknell and averaging 1.3 ppg.

* Brandon Scott is redshirting this (sophomore) season at UC Irvine

* Collin Chiverton is a sophomore at City College of San Francisco and the team's leading scorer.

* Chris Weber is a sophomore at West Valley College and the second-leading scorer on the squad.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

A De La Salle - Taft game report

Slowdown tactics nearly derail Taft at Nike event
Gerry Gittelson
Los Angeles Daily News
February 5, 2011  
SANTA ANA -- Concord De La Salle High is best known as a football school, but the Spartans put together an effective game strategy against high-powered Taft on Saturday in an intersectional basketball showdown at the 16th annual Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei High.

With no player taller than 6-foot-4, De La Salle slowed the tempo down to a crawl and nearly escaped with a shocking upset before Taft finally turned it on in the waning minutes to escape with a 49-42 overtime win that felt a lot more like a loss...
Go here for the remainder.

Saturday high school and junior college scores

San Jose City College 72, West Valley College 54

SJCC -- Demetrius (San Leandro High) Owens 8 2-2 19, Shaheed (San Leandro High) Young 6 0-0 16 (four treys), Quincy (McClymonds High) Hill 7 2-3 16

WV -- Anthony (Chicago HS/SJSU) Dixon 11 3-4 25, Mike (Pioneer High) Beltramo 4 0-0 10


Yuba College had no trouble against Los Medanos -- check out the Appeal-Democrat story.


Here's the report of Cabrillo College's triumph over Hartnell:
The Cabrillo College Seahawks traveled to Salinas tonight to take on the Hartnell Panthers and came away with an impressive 69-63 win. Cabrillo (18-6, 9-0) came out sluggish and found themselves down early 19-12. The Seahawks were in early foul trouble and continually put Hartnell at the line. Cabrillo made a late run in the half and did a much better job of keeping Hartnell (11-12, 5-3) off the stripe to erase the deficit and take a 3 point lead into the locker room 36-33. 

In the second half the Seahawks came out and jumped on the Panthers behind the dribble penetration and passing of Tyler Velasquez. Soon the Seahawks enjoyed a 10 point lead that they continued to hold on to until a late Hartnell run tied the score at 63 with 1:37 to go. Cabrillo's Velasquez drove the lane and hit a seven-footer off the glass to make it 65-63. The Seahawks held on to win with some clutch free throw shooting from Darrell Espy and Aaron Short to close out the win. 

Aaron Short led the Seahawks in scoring with 17 points. Markus Duran had 14 points. Bert Hall and Tyler Velasquez each contributed with 12 apiece.

Orlando (Palma High) Johnson scored 39 points and James (Weston Ranch High) Nunnally 23 as UC Santa Barbara topped UC Davis in overtime.


Minus Max Fujii but with Eli Alcantar, Analy got past Healdsburg as Howard Senzel writes.


John Dugan has the game report on San Marin win over Marin Catholic.


George Watkins and David Almanzar combine to fill us in on Hollister's win over Palma.


Bonta Hall tells us all about Archbishoip Mitty's performance in a lopsided win against Sacred Heart Cathedral.


Archbishop Riordan 71, Valley Christian 42

AR -- Anthony Castillo 6-4-20 (four treys), Jordan Dougherty 6-2-14, Aaron Anderson 4-4-12

VC -- Jonny Parker 6-2-15 (three treys)


Bellarmine College Prep 53, Serra 52

BCP -- Kristoffer Olugbode 8-6-22, Alex Chapman 5-0-13 (three treys)

Serra (16-6, 7-5) -- Connor McGrath 5-6-15, Henry Caruso 4-5-13, Dalyn Pacheco 4-5-13.


Archbishop Mitty 56,Sacred Heart Cathedral 40

AM -- Aaron Gordon 6-0-12, Kyle Toth 5-0-11, Connor Gorman 5-0-10

SHC --Taylor Johns 4-1-9, Joshua Fox 4-1-9

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Friday night high school and junior college basketball scores

Here's an update on the Las Positas College team.


Mark Tollefsen led San Ramon Valley to a very solid win over Amador Valley and Dom Taplin's double-double powered Oakland High over Oakland Tech as Jimmy Durkin reports.


Diablo Valley College 82, Modesto Junior College 65

DV -- Brian (Mt. Diablo High) Goins 25, Rafael (Ohio HS) Carter 14, Jordan (De La Salle High) Estrada 12

Modesto -- Jordan (Sonora High) Sergent 19, Julian (Natomas High) Green 13


Archbishop Mitty 63, St. Ignatius 52

AM -- Aaron Gordon 7-2-16, Colin Wan 4-6-14, Brent Younger 4-4-12

St. Ignatius (14-7, 6-5) -- Johnny Mrlik 7-3-21 (four treys) , Stephen Domingo 5-0-13 (three treys)


Sacred Heart Cathedral 76, St. Francis 72

SHC -- Joshua Fox 10-6-26, Herman Pratt 5-4-15,

SF -- Ivan Margaretic 7-2-20 (four treys), Kenneth Harris 6-2-16, Vince Miles 5-0-11


Serra 64, Valley Christian 40

Serra -- Henry Caruso 6-4-16, Connor McGrath 6-2-14, Sam Leahy 4-2-10

VC -- Jonny Parker 5-0-13 (three treys)


Bellarmine College Prep 55, Archbishop Riordan 48

BCP -- Grant Vermeer 4-4-16 (four treys), Kristoffer Olugbode 3-7-13, Steven Karr 3-5-11,

AR -- Anthony Castillo 5-3-15, Aaron Anderson 5-3-13

Friday, February 4, 2011

Friday's JC & HS report

Yuba College routed Mendocino as Andy Arrenguin reports.


Here is the latest from Cabrillo College:

The Seahwks survived tonight over Monterey Peninsula College 90-87 in overtime. Cabrillo (17-6, 8-0) was led by Markus Duran's 38 points (four 3 point baskets) six in the overtime. MPC (12-11,4-4) played exceptionally well down the stretch of this one, evening the score on a last-second three-point shot to tie the game at 82 at the end of regulation. Cabrillo enjoyed a 46-40 lead at the half.

MPC would not go away in the second as they quickly cut into the Seahawks lead as the remainder of the half was close throughout. 

Markus Duran led all scorers with 38 points (12 of 13 from the free throw line)

Jimmy Durkin reports on El Cerrito just getting by Berkeley, plus Castro Valley winning by five over Moreau Catholic.


Here are the East Bay athletes of the week from the Bay Area News folks.


We missed this in late January out of the Chico newspaper:
"Sterling Smith scored a season-high 40 points as the Chico High School boys basketball team topped Foothill 60-54 Wednesday night in Palo Cedro, keeping Chico unbeaten in the Eastern Athletic League. The host Cougars led 29-27 at halftime thanks to a 20-point second period, but Chico (18-1, 6-0 EAL North), led by Smith, regained the advantage in the third quarter. Smith scored 14 of the Panthers' 19 points in the period as the senior by himself outscored Foothill by four points."