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The word from sources close to the situation is that sophomore center Ryan Hollins will not participate in track this season.
Hollins is a high jumper who finished ninth in the country last season.
Sources say he's chosen to dedicate himself to off-season basketball training. The BRO Staff
Head coach Ben Howland and his family were in attendance at the State Division I semi-final Saturday night at the Sports Arena, watching as Fairfax beat Etiwanda.
He was there, of course, to watch committed wing Josh Shipp.
But Darren Collison, the 5-11 junior point guard from Etiwanda who has been on UCLA's radar, put on a show. In fact, he hit that game-tying three with four seconds left, just a few feet in front of Howland's courtside seats.-- Tracy Pierson
Arron Afflalo - the 2004 McDonald's All American's Compton (CA) Centennial H.S. team, which finished second in the CIF Southern Section Division III-A playoffs with a 74-63 loss in the championship game against Harvard-Westlake H.S. on March 6, won the Southern Regional of the California State Division III Tournament and a trip to Sacramento to play for the state division title by beating Santa Margarita H.S., the CIF Southern Section Division III-AA champion that finished the season 29-4, on Saturday, March 13, 59-51, to run its season record to 31-3; Afflalo finished with 13 points and 6 assists in the victory, which was reportedly attended by UCLA head coach Ben Howland; Centennial, which is ranked #23 in the country in the latest USA Today poll, will play Oakland Bishop O'Dowd H.S. (26-6), which won the CIF Northern Regional Division III championship with a 48-26 victory over San Francisco St. Ignatius (23-11) on March 13, on Saturday afternoon, March 20, at 2:45 p.m. at ARCO Arena, for the California State Division III title.
Jordan Farmar - the 2004 McDonald's All American's Taft H.S. team, which won the CIF L.A. City Section Championship with a 64-60 victory in the championship game against Fairfax H.S., 64-60, was seeded #2 in the Southern Regional of the California State Division I Tournament but lost its semifinal regional game against Etiwanda H.S., the CIF Southern Section Division I-AA runnerup, which ran its season record to 30-2, on Thursday, March 11, 57-54; Farmar tallied 38 points in the loss, scoring an amazing 27 of his team's 29 second half points; Taft finished its season with a record of 28-3.
Lorenzo Mata - his South Gate H.S. team was seeded #8 in the CIF L.A. City Section Championship playoffs and ended its season at 18-8 with a quarterfinal game loss on Wednesday night, February 25, against #1 seed Fairfax H.S., 89-65; Mata tallied 19 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.
Josh Shipp - his Fairfax H.S. team, which finished second in the CIF L.A. City Section playoffs with a 64-60 loss in the championship game against Taft H.S. on March 6 and is ranked #24 in the country in the latest USA Today poll, won the Southern Regional of the California State Division I Tournament and a trip to Sacramento to play for the state division title by beating Etiwanda H.S., the CIF Southern Section Division I-AA runnerup that finished the season 30-3, on Saturday, March 13, 75-68 in overtime, to run its season record to 26-5; Shipp tallied 33 points and 4 assists, including 9 of his team's 14 points in overtime, to set the individual scoring record for a Southern Regional Championship game; reportedly UCLA head coach Ben Howland was in attendance; Fairfax, which is ranked #19 in the country in the latest USA Today poll, will play De La Salle H.S. (30-2), which won the CIF Northern Regional Division I championship with a 67-48 victory over Sheldon H.S. (28-6) and DeMarcus Nelson on March 13 and is ranked #17 in the country in the latest USA Today poll, on Saturday night, March 20, at 8:00 p.m. at ARCO Arena, for the California State Division I title.
Taylor King - his Mater Dei H.S. team, which was seeded #2 in the CIF Southern Section Division II-A playoffs, was upset in its semifinal game against Inglewood H.S. (22-10), 66-56, Tuesday night, March 2, to end its season with a record of 24-5; King tallied 16 points in the loss; Mater Dei shot only 21 out of 38 from the free throw line, missed 17 three-point attempts, and will miss playing in their division final for the first time since 1998.
Note that potential UCLA senior recruit Robert Rothbart and his #4 seed Natomas H.S. squad up in Sacramento ended their season with a record of 23-5 after losing a semifinal CIF Sacramento-San Joaquin Division II playoff game Thursday night, March 4, against #1 seed Valley H.S. (25-6), 64-45; Rothbart was plagued by foul trouble the entier game, playing only 12 minutes total and fouling out in the third quarter after scoring 12 points.
Note that potential UCLA senior recruit Malik Hairston, a 2004 McDonald's All American, and his Detroit (MI) Renaissance H.S. team, which is ranked #3 in the country in the latest USA Today poll as the Detroit Public School League champion, won their Michigan Class B State Tournament district championship game on Friday, March 12, against Dearborn Divine Child H.S. (which finished the season 11-11), 68-34, to run their season record to 22-0; Hairston finished with 25 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists in the victory, and scored his team's first 12 points of the second half; Renaissance will take on Dexter H.S. on Wednesday, March 17, at 8:00 p.m. Detroit time, in a regional semifinal game of the Class B tourney at Dundee H.S. The BRO Staff