OF THE WEEK
(Games of Dec. 9-14)
Terrell Jackson (Centennial, Corona):With the way Terrell performed in last week's CIFSS Div. V final against J.W. North he should be whipping out his Sharpie much like that "other" Terrell. Jackson, just a junior, waited until the last week of the season to become the first and only player in the state to score eight TDs in one game. Three of the eight did come in the extra three overtimes of Centennial's 57-55 win, but all eight count toward Terrell's stats. He ended the season with 50 TDs, seven more than any other player in the state.
Mike Liti (Foothill, Tustin): Rushed for 209 yds on 21 carries, but scored only one TD in Foothill's 27-10 loss to Los Altos of Hacienda Heights in the CIFSS Div. VI final. Liti's big game lifted his final season stats to 2,345 yards rushing and 29 TDs scored.
Marcel Marquez (Notre Dame, Sherman Oaks): Option QB led the Knights past Mira Costa, 20-17, in the CIFSS Div. III final with 189 yards passing and one TD plus 106 yds rushing and two TDs. Marquez, who also plays free safety, ended the year with more than 1,000 yards rushing and passing.
Bryan Payton (South Hills, West Covina): Stellar junior excelled with two interceptions and a blocked field goal as South Hills defeated Walnut, 36-8, in the CIFSS Div. VII championship game. Payton ended the year with 11 interceptions, a new school record.
Stephano Smith (South Hills, West Covina): Bolted for 212 yds on 23 carries and scored two TDs in the Huskies' 36-8 triumph over Walnut in the CIFSS Div. VII final. Smith was out with a knee injury when Walnut won in the first meeting of the year between the two teams.
Steve Smith (Taft, Woodland Hills): With six catches for 58 yds in his final game, Smith broke the career state receptions record of 269 set in 1993 by Leodes Van Buren of Newbury Park. Smith finished his career with 271 catches. Many media outlets mentioned Smith's career state records in recent weeks, but none that we saw mentioned that they are all according to the Cal-Hi Sports Record Book.
Chase Twedell (Valley Christian, Cerritos): Despite going out with an injury in the third quarter, Twedell still finished with 260 yds on 29 carries and two TDs, including one on a burst from 85 yds out, in his team's 26-22 loss to Carpinteria in the CIFSS Div. XI final. Twedell ended the season with 2,580 yds and 36 TDs.
Alex Banks (Cathedral, Los Angeles): Another phenom for the Phantoms could be Banks' story this season. He was MVP of last week's Milken tourney after scoring 42 in the final vs. Malibu (Cathedral won, 73-70) and netting 36 in an earlier game vs. host Milken (Cathedral won, 82-56).
Ruben Boykin (University, Los Angeles): Grabbed 24 rebs to go with 34 pts in his team's 72-65 victory over Hamilton of Los Angeles.
Junior Denson (Alta Loma): Junior had the joint jumpin' with 32 pts, 12 rebs and eight assists to lead the Braves over Marin Catholic of Kentfield, 79-71.
Jimmy Gofredo (Crescenta Valley, La Crescenta): We still remember the days when Jimmy's dad, John, was the head coach of this traditionally-strong program. Jimmy should keep the Falcons in the spotlight all this year and did so last week with a 47-pt outburst during a 75-60 win over Burroughs of Burbank.
Fabian Jimenez (Shafter): Fabian was fabulous with 35 pts as the Generals handed Kingsburg its first loss of the season last week after seven wins by a 78-67 margin.
Matt Johnson (Roseville): Got cookin' from beyond the 3-pt line and had a career-high 36 pts in a 72-65 win over Colfax in the title game of the Falcon Shootout.
Dior Lowhorn (Riordan, San Francisco): This 6-5 sophomore is making Crusader fans forget that Marquis Kately has graduated. Lowhorn played last year at International Studies Academy and has transferred in. He set a school record last week with 48 pts and also pulled down 19 rebs in a 86-81 overtime win over Burton of San Francisco.
Justin Lott (Kings Christian, Lemoore): Poured in 47 pts as his team beat Farmersville, 90-64, for fifth-place in the Parlier tournament.
Steve Monreal (Garfield, Los Angeles): In a 82-78 verdict over Norwalk, Monreal was unreal and finished with a monster total of 44 pts.
Evan Moore (Brea-Olinda, Brea): The 6-7 senior, who's committed to Stanford to play football as a tight end, could be the next Teyo Johnson at the school. Moore had 30 pts and 14 rebs last week in a 73-56 win vs. M.L. King of Riverside and also had 31 pts and 13 rebs vs. Saugus in a 79-68 victory.
Ian Parks (La Habra): Swatted away eight blocks to go with 35 pts as Highlanders downed Montebello, 65-61, at the El Rancho tourney.
Bret Rubin (Mission, San Francisco): The son of coach Bret Rubin Sr. is a senior 6-0 guard who's headed to USF and he's going to be one of the state's top scorers this year. Bret had games last week of 55, 38 and 33 pts, all however in Mission losses. Rubin's 55-pt game vs. Bethel of Vallejo included 21 of 29 field goals made and 8 for 8 on free throws.
Matt Sargeant (Ocean View, Huntington Beach): The 6-0 junior is the main reason the Seahawks have started so strongly and have a shot at being No. 1 in the state for Div. III when the first regular season rankings are compiled in two weeks. Aided by making 13 of 14 from the line, Sargeant had 36 pts last week in a 71-56 win over Villa Park. Sarge also came up with 30 pts in a 74-61 win over Wilson of Hacienda Heights.
Josh Shirley (Canyon, Canyon Country): Last week's wildest scorefest was the Cowboys' 108-100 win in overtime over Canoga Park. Shirley's teammates made sure he shot the ball a lot and his hot hand didn't cool down until he had scored 45 pts.
Jon Steele (Fresno Christian): Hammered down 38 pts as Fresno Christian downed Villanova Prep, 62-41, at the San Diego Small School Invitational.
Angelo Tsagarakis (Casa Grande, Petaluma): Thanks partly to Angelo, it looks like our preseason analysis that Santa Rosa Montgomery would be a dominant team in the Redwood Empire might have been wrong. In a semifinal game last week of the Rose City Tournament, Tsagarakis rained down 32 points to help Casa Grande knock off the Vikings, 73-70. If you've never heard of Angelo, a 6-3 senior guard, you're not alone. He's from France and played last season on a French club team. Casa Grande coach Jeremy Russotti told the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat that Tsagarakis has been offered a scholarship from Oregon and that several college coaches were in the stands scouting him last week.
Shawn Weinstein (Peninsula, RH Estates): Weinstein had a pair of nifty outings for the Panthers last week with 38 against Temecula Valley (Peninsula won, 71-68) and 30 against Banning of Wilmington (Peninsula won, 80-63).
Dorell Wright (Leuzinger, Lawndale): Had the Wright stuff with 39 pts, 11 rebounds and five blocks in a 72-65 triumph over Ontario in a consolation bracket game of the Ocean View tourney.
Lance Zepeda (St. Helena): The scoring wasn't that great (14 pts), but Lance speared 27 rebs to go with it as St. Helena downed College Prep of Oakland.
Sarah Barber (St. Joseph, Lakewood): Barber ‘s hair-raising outing vs. Glenn of Norwalk last week produced a triple-double of 11 pts, 11 rebs and 10 blocks.
Caty Bishop (Tri-City Christian, Vista): Named MVP of the Lady Rams Desert Classic after scoring 30 pts in 46-41 triumph over Hamilton of Anza.
Brianne Brown (Brentwood, Los Angeles): Another triple-double came in from Brown, but hers was more for her inside play (24 rebs, 10 steals) than her scoring (17 pts).
Stephanie Duda (Los Alamitos): We'll be writing about Stephanie just about every week this season, the latest for scoring 36 pts and collecting 13 rebs in a 69-61 triumph over Riverside Poly. Duda also made 20 of 24 free throws in that game.
Lauren Ervin (Inglewood): After spending her freshman season at St. Bernard, her sophomore year and part of the last at Artesia, the 6-3 center is now playing for the Sentinels. She had 41 pts and 22 rebs in a game last week as Inglewood defeated South of Torrance, 70-65, in two overtimes. Jamie Hagiya knocked down 42 for South.
Tina Flores (Jefferson, Los Angeles): Tina had tons of points in two games of the Garfield/Wilson tourney. First, she had 40 pts and 13 assists in a 101-60 victory vs. Lincoln and then had 34 pts in a 68-53 win vs. Wilson.
Kristy Franz (Capistrano Valley Christian): Tri-City Christian of Vista was no match for Franz and company. In a 66-38 win by CVC, Franz was unstoppable with 47 pts. She also racked up eight steals.
Jenn Hall (Folsom): This won't be the first time Jenn will be written up this season. The junior standout pumped in 42 pts as the Bulldogs downed Elk Grove, 75-51, to win the Lady Miner Rotary Classic in Grass Valley.
Lindsay Harris (Valley Christian, San Jose): Four-year standout for the Warriors scored 30 pts vs. Modesto Christian in semis of the Modesto Christian tourney and had 27 in a loss to West of Tracy in the final.
Alexis Pope (Ganesha, Pomona): Ganesha will always have hope as long as Pope is rippling the ropes. In a 59-48 win over Duarte last week, Pope dominated with 37 pts, 17 rebs, 11 steals and seven blocks.
Katie Proietti (Merced): Kate was great with 30 pts and 20 rebs vs. Downey of Modesto in the semifinals of the Merced Lions Club tourney. She also was one of the top girls tennis players in the Sac-Joaquin Section during the recently-completed fall season.
Brisa Silva (Garfield, Los Angeles): A 34-pt, 13-assist outing vs. Bell in a early round game of the Garfield/Wilson tourney was followed by a 29-pt, 10-reb total vs. Jefferson in the title game. Silva was named tourney MVP.
Brittany Throckmorton (Pacific Christian, Los Angeles): Brittany shot the rock for 30 pts in a 49-31 win against Lake Arrowhead Christian and had 37 pts plus 10 rebs as her team downed Eastside Christian of Fullerton, 64-39.
Celeste Trahan (Edison, Stockton): An All-San Joaquin County pick from a year ago, Trahan poured in 31 pts as the Vikings defeated Franklin of Stockton, 87-25, at the Delta Queen Tournament.
Terra Wilson (Deep Valley Christian, Redwood Valley): Terra certainly wasn't terra-bull at the Potter Valley tourney with 31 pts and 24 rebs in a win vs. Tomales and 79 pts in three tourney games. The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat also reports that Wilson is a Div. I college prospect in swimming.