OF THE WEEK
(Games of March 4-9)
Richard Chaney (Verbum Dei, Los Angeles) -- Scored a game-high 29 points and added 12 rebounds, as Verbum Dei improved to 28-3 with a tough 71-69 victory over San Joaquin Memorial in the first round of the Div. IV South playoffs.
Steve Cotton (Valley Christian, San Jose) -- On the strength of hitting eight 3-pointers, Cotton finished with 29 points as Valley Christian beat Amador of Sutter Creek, 79-67, in Div. IV North playoffs.
Marvin Lea (M.L. King, Riverside) -- Mr. Basketball candidate netted 32 points and had 11 rebounds in 66-57 regional semifinal playoff win over Redondo.
Marcedes Lewis (Long Beach Poly) -- The 6-foot-7 forward scored a game-high 30 points while completely dominating the paint, as the Jackrabbits recorded a convincing 80-58 victory over Loyola in the first round of the Div. I South playoffs.
Tyrese McDaniel (Clovis West, Fresno) -- Kept things interesting in team's 91-74 loss to Westchester by scoring 33 points. Tyrese is just a junior.
Dwight O'Neal (Washington Union, Easton) -- The sophomore guard scored a game-high 26 points, leading the Panthers to a heart-pounding 66-63 win in the Div. III South playoffs over Bishop Amat.
Leon Powe (Oakland Tech) -- Scored 32 points and grabbed 19 rebounds as Bulldogs advanced to NorCal Div. I final with 72-57 win over St. Mary's of Berkeley.
Troy Tulowitski (Fremont, Sunnyvale) -- Troy had to keep his baseball teammates waiting a few days longer after hitting for 31 points in the Firebirds' 52-47 playoff upset over Northgate of Walnut Creek. Tulowitski is one of the top outfielders in the state and also pitches.
Ayinde Ubaka (Oakland) -- Get ready for this name. You'll be hearing it a lot over the summer and next season. Ubaka, a junior, scored a game-high 30 points, leading Oakland to a thrilling 64-63 victory over Modesto Christian in an opening NorCal playoff contest.
Barry Wheat (St. Vincent, Petaluma) -- Barry whacked Denair with 28 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks, but a miracle shot at the buzzer resulted in St. Vincent losing in the NorCal Div. V playoff game, 65-64.
Lawrence Wright (Wheatland) -- Standout leaper knocked down 30 points and had five blocks as Pirates won first-round NorCal Div. IV playoff game, 71-67, over Salesian of Richmond.
Dominique Banks (St. Mary's, Stockton) -- Talented junior had 30 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in 72-36 win over Chico in Div. II North playoffs.
Nikki Blue (West, Bakersfield) -- Blue, the leading scorer in the Central Section, lived up to pregame hype in the Div. II South playoffs, scoring a game-high 38 points, but it wasn't enough, as West went down 69-62 at the hands of Ventura.
Katy Digovich (Pinewood, Los Altos Hills) -- You could say Digovich dug deep with 25 points and 13 rebounds vs. Bishop O'Dowd and 31 points vs. Foothill of Palo Cedro in the Panthers' first two NorCal Div. II playoff wins.
Jenna Green (Mitty, San Jose) -- Notched a triple-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks as the Monarchs knocked off top-seed Pleasant Valley of Chico, 45-34, in the NorCal Div. I playoffs.
Tiffanie Hearns (University City, San Diego) -- Tiffanie delivered the knockout punch in this contest, hitting for 37 points and hauling down 26 rebounds as University City improved to 27-4 with a hard fought 70-60 win over Bakersfield North.
Eshaya Murphy (Montclair Prep, Van Nuys) -- Montclair Prep's season came to an end with a 67-41 loss to Corcoran, but not because of a lack of effort from Murphy, who finished off her very successful season by scoring 29 points.
Katy O'Brien (Ventura) -- O'Brien scored a team-high 28 points, including five three-pointers, as Ventura improved to 29-2, by defeating Bakersfield West 69-62.
Courtney Paris (Modesto Christian) -- The "Super Freshman" played the game of her young career, scoring a triple-double in a 85-68 NorCal Div. V playoff win over Etna. Paris finished with 39 points, 17 rebounds, and 11 blocked shots. She came back equally strong in a 54-43 win over Redwood Christian, scoring 19 points and pulling down 18 rebounds.
Noelle Quinn (Bishop Montgomery, Torrance) -- Quinn scored 25 points, as the Knights began their quest for a third consectutive Div. III state title with a 64-36 win over Apple Valley. Followed up with 25 points, 12 rebounds, in 68-50 victory over Muir.
Candice Wiggins (La Jolla Country Day) -- No one was more potent last week than Candice. She had a career-high 42 points vs. Baptist Christian of Hemet and came back with 38 points, 12 rebounds and 10 steals vs. Immanuel of Reedley.
Brianna Winn (Bishop's, La Jolla) -- Defending Div. IV state champs won first two south region playoffs game vs. Dos Palos and St. Paul of Santa Fe Springs behind Winn's 26 and 29 points, respectively.
David Adair (Dinuba) -- Adair went a torrid 5-for-5 at the plate, leading the Emperors to a 12-8 win over Orosi.
Omar Aguilar (Livingston) -- Aguilar struck out 18 and threw a complete-game two-hitter, and added a two-run homer offensively, leading the Wolves to a 5-0 win over Bret Harte.
Blake Bradford (Turlock) -- Bradford took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and finished with a one-hitter, striking out 15 batters, as the Bulldogs defeated Livingston 7-0 in the Turlock High/Soroptimist Tournament Friday night.
Matt Bush (Mission Bay, San Diego) -- Only a sophomore, Bush already is being hailed as one of the top players in San Diego County this season, quite impressive since the county has proven to be so strong in baseball in recent years. In Mission Bay's 3-1 loss in nine innings last week to county No. 1 Rancho Bernardo, Bush struck out 10 batters and allowed only one hit in six innings on the mound and cracked a home run in the third inning. Earlier in the week, Bush went 5-for-5 with three runs and three RBI in a win vs. St. Augustine.
Matt Campbell (Serra, San Mateo) -- The Padres are starting to shake off a slow start. They won 3-1 last week over Burlingame in eight innings as Campbell went all eight, gave up just one hit and struck out 18.
Jason Codiroli (Mitty, San Jose) -- In his first high school start, Codiroli, a freshman, threw a no hitter for the Monarchs in their 11-1 victory over Riverbank.
The lefthanded pitcher is the nephew of Chris Codiroli, who pitched in the major leagues for the A's and Tigers.
Kiel Fisher (Poly, Riverside) -- The senior third baseman smashed five homers, had 10 RBI and pitched in four games as the Bears rolled to top honors at the North Orange County tourney.
Clinton Goblirsch (Ceres) -- Goblirsch slugged three-run homers in consectutive at bats, driving in six runs, as the Bulldogs defeated Sierra of Manteca 12-6.
Clay Hicks (McKinleyville) -- In a 14-7 triumph over Healdsburg, Hicks got his hits with a homer, two singles and six RBI.
Michael Lehman (Kings Christian, Lemoore) -- Lehman went 5-for-5 as the Crusaders defeated Farmersville 16-6.
David Lievanos (Eastlake, Chula Vista) -- In an impressive 3-0 week for his team, Lievanos collected seven hits in nine at-bats with two homers, two doubles, six runs scored and 10 RBI.
Robbie Rico (Highland, Palmdale) -- Rico went 4-for-4, hitting two homers and a double, driving in three runs, scoring four more, leading the Bulldogs to a 17-4 romp over Reseda.
Josh Satin (Harvard-Westlake, N. Hollywood) -- Satin went four-for-four, blasting three home runs and a triple, knocking in six runs, as the Wolverines defeated Grant 8-5.
Brian Slorp (Bellarmine, San Jose) -- The Santa Clara-bound senior pitched a two-hitter as the Bells, who are one of the top teams in Northern California, defeated Downey of Modesto, 7-3.
Leo Valencia (North, Bakersfield) -- Valencia was the Star this day, knocking in six runs, including a clutch three-run homer in the eigth inning, as North defeated East Bakersfield, 13-9.
Dennis Wammerack (Verdugo Hills, Tujunga) -- Wammerrack blasted two homers and a double, knocking in five runs, as the Dons defeated Quartz Hill 10-6.
Breann Blount (Brea Olinda, Brea) -- Blount went 5-for-5 at the plate, leading the Wildcats to a 9-2 victory over Rosemead.
Danielle Birch (Verdugo Hills, Tujunga) -- Birch pitched a no-hitter, striking out 12, as the Dons defeated Washington 1-0.
Heather Davis (Taft) -- Heather's smaller school took on the big ones in last week's Driller Softball Tourney in Bakersfield and came up big with a 6-0-1 record and the tourney title. Davis threw two no-hitters for Taft and added another no-hitter in her first league game this week against Arvin.
Jenny Fiske (Notre Dame Academy) -- Fiske had five hits with four RBI and scored two runs as Notre Dame defeated St. Bernard of Playa del Rey, 12-8.
Heidi Helberg (Liberty, Brentwood) -- Only a freshman, Helberg had a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts against Mt. Diablo and came back later in the week to throw a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts in a win over Monte Vista of Danville.
Stephanie Klatt (Valley Christian, Roseville) -- Klatt swung a hot bat with two doubles, a triple and two singles (5-for-5) in her team's 20-10 victory vs. Grant of Sacramento.
Kory Marko (Garces, Bakersfield) -- Marko pitched an amazing three no hitters in a single week. Kory turned the trick against South, Delano, and Sanger, respectively.
Emily Nelson (Pasadena Poly) -- Nelson gave up a leadoff single, then retired the final 21 batters, including 17 strikeouts, as Poly defeated Flintridge Sacred Heart 2-0.
Selena Salazar (San Fernando) -- Had three hits, including a homer, and racked up six RBI as the Tigers mauled North Hollywood, 13-0. Salazar followed with a 14-strikeout no-hitter in a 11-0 win over Palisades.
Angelica Selden (Vanden, Travis AFB) -- It was another strong week for Selden with a two-hitter and 18 strikeouts vs. Marysville plus a one-hitter with 17 Ks against River City. She also had a three-run double in the second game.
Erin Snyder (Torrey Pines, San Diego) -- What would be a perfect perfect game? How about throwing all strikes and no balls? Snyder didn't do that in her team's 2-0 win last week over Eastlake of Chula Vista, but her 19-strikeout perfect game did consist of 65 strikes and just six balls.