State Stat Stars of the Week

We can't quite finish off doing state stat stars from basketball, but most of this week's salute to athletes who turned in top performances during games played from March 10-15 are from baseball and softball.

(Games of March 3-8)

Boys Basketball

Leon Powe (Oakland Tech): Pumped in 22 pts in the fourth quarter and in overtime and finished with 36 as the Bulldogs barely survived an upset bid by Berkeley in the NorCal Div. I semis.

Bryce Taylor (Harvard-Westlake): Upstaged Compton Centennial's Arron Afflalo in a matchup between two of the state's top juniors and finished with 34 pts as the Wolverines defeated the Apaches, 74-62, in the SoCal Div. III semifinals. Afflalo ended with 31 pts, but he had four baskets against Harvard-Westlake reserves.

Girls Basketball

Dominique Banks (St. Mary's, Stockton): After knocking down 39 pts for the Rams in their win over Ursuline of Santa Rosa in the NorCal Div. IV semis, Banks stayed hot and finished with 33 as St. Mary's won the final, 64-54, over Piedmont.

Courtney Paris (Piedmont): The sophomore phenom grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked eight shots to go with 28 pts in a 61-48 win over Notre Dame of Salinas in the NorCal Div. IV playoffs.

Candice Wiggins (La Jolla Country Day): In the Torreys' 69-39 victory over Oaks Christian in the SoCal Div. IV semis, Wiggins came up big with 34 pts, 21 rebounds, five assists and five steals.


Sean Barboza (Calvin Christian, Escondido): Ripped a grand slam, a double and had six RBI in a 16-1 romp past Julian. Teammate Ryan Nelson added four hits, including a grand slam, and had five RBI.

Eric Berger (Woodcreek, Roseville): Possibly inspired by Woodcreek's Cinderella basketball team, Berger sizzled with 11 strikeouts while pitching the first five innings of a 4-1 victory over Granite Bay.

Joey Burke (La Costa Canyon, Carlsbad): Jerked out a pair of homers in his team's 14-3 triumph vs. Point Loma of San Diego. Joey's brother, Nick, also homered in the same game.

Matt Bush (Mission Bay, San Diego): The State Sophomore Player of the Year from last season opened up with a grand slam and a three-hitter as a pitcher in six innings of a 12-0 blanking of Escondido.

Nate Cordray (Notre Dame, Sherman Oaks): Pounded two HRs and had five RBI as Huntington Park fell to the Knights 13-2.

Mark Davidson (Esperanza, Anaheim): Blasted two home runs and had five RBI resulting in a 9-6 victory over Savanna of Anaheim.

Cody Decker (Santa Monica): His two HRs and five RBI led the way as SaMo sank Mary Star of San Pedro 15-4.

Brad Franks (El Segundo): As Whittier tested this centerfielder's arm, Franks threw out three runners, one at second, one at third and one at home, potential runs Whittier could have used in a 4-1 El Segundo triumph.

Ian Kennedy (La Quinta, Westminster): Pitched a three-hit 15-strikeout shutout in the North Orange County Tournament championship game, a 2-0 triumph over Valencia. Earlier in the week, the USC-bound star pounded two homers and had six RBI in a 22-0 romp over Warren of Downey. With Camarillo and Lakewood both opening with losses already, Kennedy's team should now be considered No. 1 in the state, too.

Alex Marones (Orange): Orbited a grand slam and had six RBI in a wild 18-10 win over Los Amigos of Fountain Valley.

Ryan McCarney (Vasquez, Acton): Hurled a five-inning no-hitter while striking out 14 of the 15 outs as the Mustangs trampled the Fighting Frogs from Ribet Academy of Los Angeles 22-0. In the previous two games he's pitched in this season, he also gave up no hits but they were only a few innings in games Vasquez won by shutout.

Sergio Medina (Marshall, Pasadena): His 4x4 two-triple performance resulted in six RBI and three runs in a 14-0 five-inning win over Salesian of Los Angeles.

Kris Medlen (Gahr, Cerritos): Scored a run and had four hits offensively while also throwing a four-hitter as the Gladiators beat Long Beach Poly, 4-2, in an El Segundo tourney game.

Brian Murphy (Torrey Pines, San Diego): Murph was no smurf in the Falcons' 3-1 win over La Jolla with a no-hitter and six strikeouts in six innings of mound work.

John Peabody (Rancho Bernardo, San Diego): In a similar start to the season as Mission Bay's Bush, Peabody pitched a four-hitter and smacked a home run as the Broncos downed Helix of La Mesa, 6-0.

Ralph Pineda (Cathedral, Los Angeles): Standout from the football team batted 5x5 with four RBI while scoring three runs and stealing three bases as Cathedral downed San Marino 9-6.

Steve Taylor (San Pedro): The junior righthander shut out San Fernando 2-0 in a one-hit 13-K performance that gave him a 15-inning scoreless streak.

Chris Valaika (Hart, Newhall): Hammered a three-run inside-the-park HR and a two-run homer as Hart downed Sylmar 9-1.

David Vibiano (New Roads, Southern Section): Smashed three HRs and had seven RBI in a 39-0 pasting of AGBU.

Aaron Wible (Polytechnic, Riverside): Wacked two three-run homers in a 12-9 win over St. John Bosco of Bellflower. For the season, he has five HRs in five games. Teammate JoJo Reyes wacked an additional homer and also has five for the season.

Sho Yamada (New Roads): Batted 5x5 and stole five bases as New Roads got by St. Anthony of Long Beach 7-5.

Travis Williams (Venice): Tossed a five-inning two-hitter while batting 3x3 with a home run and five RBI in leading Venice over Lynwood 14-2.


Chachera Brantly (Serra, Gardena): Did it all for Serra in a 5-0 win over Chadwick of Palos Verdes by pitching a no-hitter with 11 strikeouts and swinging for three hits while stealing three bases, scoring two runs and batting in a run.

Laura Briones (Cajon, San Bernardino): Just a freshman, she had two HRs and nine RBI in a double-header sweep over Eisenhower of Rialto 6-2, 4-2.

Lupe Enriquez (Roosevelt, Los Angeles): Zinged two HRs including a grand slam and had six RBI in leading Roosevelt over L.A. Wilson 11-6.

Karen Gomez (Garfield, Los Angeles): Sizzled at the plate with a 5x5, one homer, two-double, six-RBI performance as her team blanked L.A. Belmont 14-0 in five innings.

Danielle "Big Red" Holt (Deer Valley, Antioch): Upped her season pitching record to 5-1 with a no-hit 4-0 win over California of San Ramon.

Jamee Juarez (Wilson, Hacienda Heights): Struck out 15 and hit a two-run homer as Arcadia fell to her spell 5-1.

Laura Kimborowicz (Canyon, Anaheim): Laura was sizzling at the Arizona Tournament of Champions and wound up with 12 hits in 15 plate appearances as Canyon went 4-1 and finished in ninth-place. Three of her hits were homers.

Jessica King (Capital Christian, Sacramento): Batted 3x5 with six RBI and scored two runs but even that wasn't enough as Lindhurst of Olivehurst prevailed 12-10.

Michelle Macias (Viewpoint, Calabasas): Stole six bases while batting 3x3 in a 13-2 triumph over Los Angeles Lutheran.

Tatyana McElroy (Washington, Los Angeles): Pitched a perfect game with 15 strikeouts in a 30-0 rout of L.A. Jordan (assuming a five-inning game means she struck out all her outs).

Selena Salazar (San Fernando): The sophomore pitched her second season no-hitter in a 3-0 win over Verdugo Hills of Tujunga that extended her streak of no-run innings to 26.

Kirsten Slouber (Montclair Prep, Van Nuys): Tossed a five-inning no-hitter with 11 strikeouts and banged out four hits for five RBI as Buckley of Sherman Oaks buckled to the Mounties 11-1.

Veronica Valencia (Van Nuys): Blasted a grand slam and a two-run double as Van Nuys downed North Hollywood 14-7.

Brittany Weil (Pacifica, Garden Grove): Hurled her second no-hitter of the day with 11 strikeouts in a major 7-0 demolishing of highly regarded Buchholz, Florida in the Arizona Tournament of Champions. Her earlier no-hitter was a 1-0 victory over El Toro of Forest Lake.

Jennifer Winford (Brethren Christian, Cypress): Struck out 17 batters on the way to a no-hit 2-0 win over Pioneer Baptist of Norwalk.

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