OF THE WEEK (Feb. 25-Mar. 2)
Gio St. Amant (St. John Bosco) -- The outstanding season St. Amant came to an end, but it wasn't due to the lack of effort as he scored 32 points and added 12 rebounds in the Braves' 69-55 playoff loss to Mater Dei.
Aaron Brown (University, Los Angeles) -- Brown scored 26 points and had 19 rebounds while Ruben Boykin contributed 23 points and 18 rebounds as the Wildcats defeated Reseda 87-77 to capture the L.A. City Invitational Division title.
John Casnocha (University, San Francisco) -- Tough 6-5 forward who averaged 24.5 ppg in regular season shined with averages of 29.5 points and 14.5 rebounds in leading University to the CIFNCS Div. V championship. The team won four games in five days and was expected to be a force in this week's NorCal playoffs.
Nick Corso (Santa Fe Christian, Solana Beach) -- Nick let the nets have it for 31 points in a 74-47 triumph over Julian in the CIF San Diego Section Div. V semis.
Shaun Davis (Lincoln, San Diego) -- The state's top-ranked Div. IV team, Horizon, survived a sluggish start and 38 points from Davis to remain unbeaten vs. San Diego Section teams. Despite losing 77-60, Lincoln still moved on into this week's regionals.
Jim Hooper (Lutheran, San Diego) -- Scored almost all of his team's points, and finished with 44, but Lutheran still lost the Div. V playoff game, 67-58, to La Jolla Country Day.
Antonio Lawrence (S.J. Memorial, Fresno) -- Named during the week to play in the EA Sports Roundball Classic All-American Game in Chicago, Lawrence celebrated with 31 points and 11 rebounds as SJM beat Lindsay, 67-53, in the CIF Central Section Div. III playoffs.
Sergie Lepiashinski (Reseda) -- Sergie scored a game-high 30 points, but it wasn't enough as Reseda was beaten 87-77 by University in the L.A. City Section Invitational Division final.
Derek Stockalper (Carlsbad) -- Leading scorer for team and Univ. of San Diego bound senior forward had a career-high 41 points and pulled down 16 rebounds to single-handedly bring home the SDSect Div. I championship to the North County school. Carlsbad trailed most of the first half and a good portion of the third quarter before Stockalper took over to lead the Lancers to their third victory against no losses versus El Camino this year.
DaShawn Strong (El Segundo) -- DaShawn finished the CIFSS playoffs on a strong note, scoring 31 points and pulling down 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Eagles fell 80-62 to Harvard Westlake.
Bryce Taylor (Harvard Westlake, N. Hollywood) -- Another standout soph, Taylor scored a game-high 29 points, leading the Wolverines in their CIFSS Div. IV-AA title game win over El Segundo.
Justin Turman (Murphy, Los Angeles) -- One of the top scorers for the season in the state at nearly 30 ppg, Turman scored a game-high 41 points, but Murphy went down 66-61 to Harvard-Westlake, in a CIFSS Div. IV semifinal.
Caitlin Bradford (Cloverdale) -- Scored 30 points in CIFNCS Div. V semifinal vs. Berean Christian in 65-56 win and had 29 points in quarterfinal win vs. Geyserville.
Eshaya Murphy (Montclair Prep, Van Nuys) -- Eshaya almost did it all herself with 41 points and 22 rebounds in her team's 77-66 loss to Cantwell-Sacred Heart in the CIFSS Div. IV-A final.
Katy O'Brien (Ventura) -- It was O'Brien who was the hero on this night, scoring a career-high 33 points, dishing out five assists, and adding three steals, as the Cougars beat Troy of Fullerton 61-43 in the CIFSS Div. II-AA title game Saturday night.
Ana Onainda (North, Bakersfield) -- The sophomore scored 31 points in a 83-68 win over Granite Hills of Porterville that gave the Stars the CIF Central Sec. Div. III title.
Lindsey Pluimer (San Clemente) -- The "Super Sophomore," scored 26 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, as the top seeded Tritons downed Edison of Huntington Beach, 52-39, in the CIFSS Div. I-A semis. Then she had 26 points, 14 rebounds and five assists in the title game triumph over Hart of Newhall.
Noelle Quinn (Bishop Montgomery, Torrance) -- Thanks to the outstanding play of Quinn, the Knights can call themselves CIF Southern Section Division 3A champions once again. Noelle scored 25 points, including nine in a 72-second span in the closing moments, pulled down 12 rebounds, had six assists, and added four steals, as Bishop Montgomery defeated Pasadena Muir 61-54.
Ashley Rains (Stockdale, Bakersfield) -- Ashley "Rained" all over West on this night, scoring 30 points and grabbing nine rebounds, as the Mustangs rode away with a 83-56 victory vs. West in the CIF Central Sec. Div. II final.
Jaime Ransom (Santana, Santee) -- She was the standout player on the floor with 30 points as the Sultans won in the CIF San Diego Sec DIII semis, 77-68, over Kearny.
Maritza Villalta (Cantwell Sacred Heart, Montebello) -- Rattled in 31 points as team won first section title in any sport in school's 55-year history with 77-66 triumph over Montclair Prep in CIFSS Div. IV-A final.
Candice Wiggins (La Jolla Country Day) -- Had 20 first-quarter points and finished with 29 points, 13 steals, nine rebounds and eight assists in 108-35 victory over Julian in San Diego Section Div. V final. Wiggins also had 41 points last week in 97-29 win over Calvin Christian.
Mallorie Winn (Bishop's, La Jolla) -- Georgia Tech-bound standout had 32 points plus seven rebounds and six steals in 72-31 romp past Coronado for the San Diego Section Div. IV title.
Sergio Almanzar (Canyon, Canyon Country) -- Almanzar, a second team All-Foothill League outfielder in 2001, made his pitching debut a success, pitching a no-hitter, as Canyon defeated University, 6-0, in the first round of the St. Bernard Tournament.
Gabriel Atilano (Montebello) -- In first round action at the Montebello Tournament, Atilano made sure the home fans went away happy, slugging two home runs, knocking in four, as Montebello defeated Bassett of La Verne, 8-2.
Jim Bayle (Ramona, Riverside) -- Bayle blasted a three-run homer, and followed with a grand slam, accounting for seven runs batted in, as Ramona defeated Barstow 18-5, in the opening round of the San Gorgonio Tournament.
Erik Bess (Fortuna) -- Came up strong with a no-hitter and struck out 19 in a 7-0 triumph over Hoopa.
Ryan Blanchard (Freedom, Oakley) -- Third baseman started the season with seven hits in first seven at-bats. In a 15-4 victory over Alhambra of Martinez, Blanchard was 4-for-4 with a grand slam and a whopping nine RBI.
Anthony Carnt (Indio) -- Junior catcher homered twice in the first game of a doubleheader vs. Pacific of San Bernardino and went 3-for-3 with a homer and a triple in the second. Indio won both games, 4-1 and 12-4.
Joey Chavez (Fullerton) -- Chavez hit two home runs, leading Fullerton to a 10-2 upset win over Charter Oak in the first round of the Gendora Tournament. Charter Oak was ranked 19th in the L.A. Times preseason poll.
Jeff Faust (Clovis West, Fresno) -- Faust got the 2002 baseball season off on the right foot, going 4-for-5 with six RBI as the Golden Eagles beat Atwater, 11-10.
Tyler Greer (Brea-Olinda) -- Collected five hits in five at-bats and had six RBI in Wildcats' 22-0 win in five innings over Los Angeles. Teammate Travis Danker added two home runs.
Erik McReynolds (Rancho Cotate, Rohnert Park) -- Senior lefty pitched a perfect game and had 15 strikeouts in the Cougars' win over Elsie Allen.
Daniel Perales (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) -- Perales led a 19-hit attack, going 4-for-5 with two homers and three RBI in a 14-3 win over Corona del Mar. Teammate Sergio Santos, the All-American shortstop, went 3-for-3.
Trevor Plouffe (Crespi, Encino) -- In a 11-0 whitewashing of Muir in the first round of the El Segundo Tournament, the highly rated