Among those we're saluting this week is a girl who scored 50 points in one game, a boy who went off for 48, a girl who blocked 21 shots in two games and another girl who had 21 steals in one game.

(From games of Jan. 20-25)


Mohamed Akubar (Rancho Bernardo, San Diego): The big-time center for the Broncos is showing he can score in every way possible this season, including from three-pt land. Akubar had two more prolific outings last week with 39 pts vs. Vista in a 63-52 win and 42 pts vs. San Marcos in a 79-62 win. Against San Marcos, Akubar also went 10-for-10 on free throws.

Aaron Aronga (Calvary Baptist, La Verne): Had a monster game in a 82-59 win over Southlands Christian of Walnut, pouring in 52 pts, including making 20-of-21 free throws while grabbing 22 rebounds.

Mike Blake (Atwater): Kept the Falcons close to Modesto in a Central California Conference game with 37 pts, six rebounds and five assists. It was not enough as Modesto won, 71-65.

Jake Carney (El Camino, Sacramento): As the Eagles downed Burbank of Sacramento, Carney hit for 31 pts and also had 11 rebounds.

Gerry Conedy (Lake Arrowhead Christian): Fired for 40 pts as his team plowed up Redlands Grove 76-23.

Nick Corso (Santa Fe Christian, Solana Beach): Canned 13-of-18 shots from the field and finished with a career-high 42 pts as SFC humbled Tri-City Christian, 71-51.

Steve Flores (Hillcrest Christian, Granada Hills): Canned nine three-point shots while scoring 33 pts in a 75-60 triumph over Grace Brethren of Simi Valley.

Noe Garza & Freddie Sanchez (Parlier): Garza scored 39 pts while Sanchez had a triple-double with 23 pts, 15 blocks and 11 rebounds as Parlier pounded Central Valley Christian of Visalia, 100-63.

Billy Grayson (Price, Los Angeles): Sank all seven of his three-point shots as the junior scored 27 pts in a 65-36 win by the state's No. 1 Div. V team over New Roads.

Tigran Grigorian (Mesrobian, Pico Rivera): As Mesrobian romped 109-42 over Pacific Christian of Los Angeles, Grigorian totaled 34 pts, 15 assists and 12 steals.

Kyle Huggett (Amador, Sutter Creek): What a line from Huggett in Amador's 76-58 victory over Bret Harte of Altaville. He made 21-of-25 shots from floor en route to 48 pts and also had 15 rebounds, six blocks and three assists.

Johnny Johnson (Tennyson, Hayward): Led the Lancers to an 87-84 upset over Hayward with 43 pts that included nine three-point shots made.

Justin Lott (Kings Christian, Lemoore): There was a whole lotta Lott in King Christian's 80-31 demolition of Clovis Christian. He totaled 37 pts and is now averaging 23.6 ppg.

Jack McDonald (Maricopa): In a 101-70 victory over Shandon, McDonald made 9-of-13 on three-point shots and ended up with 41 pts. The win upped Maricopa's record to 4-0 in the Coast Valley League.

Ernie Medina (San Jacinto): Popped for 36 pts in leading his team over Big Bear of Big Bear Lake 66-50.

Mike Moreno (Wilson, Hacienda Heights): Got 32 pts in a 78-71 loss to Los Altos of Hacienda Heights and followed up with 31 pts in another loss, this time 77-70 to Rowland of Rowland Heights.

DeMarcus Nelson (Vallejo): At the St. Mary's College Martin Luther King Holiday Classic, the junior phenom scored 32 pts in a 59-43 victory over St. Mary's of Berkeley. The next day, he hit for 42 in a 104-51 league win over Wood of Vacaville. According to his father, Nelson is now over 2,000 points for his career and is looking to become just the sixth player in state history to go over 3,000.

Kurt Oliver (Rim of the World, Lake Arrowhead): Sank seve-of-10 three-point shots while scoring 36 pts, but even that wasn't enough as Sultana of Hesperia prevailed 64-59. Earlier in the week, Oliver scored 32 in another losing effort, 58-53. to Serrano of Phelan.

Dwight O'Neil (Washington, Easton): Standout junior was at it again with 41 pts as the Panthers rolled past Coalinga, 94-37, and thus were able to move up slightly in this week's Div. III state rankings.

Orlando Pouncey (North Hills, Vallejo): In his second game for the Eagles, the 6-1 junior transfer from Washington scored 36 pts in leading the Eagles past New Life Christian of Yuba City 70-67. In his first game for North Hills the week before, the much welcomed newcomer had 25 pts, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in a 77-66 win over Freedom Christian of Carmichael.

Ray Reed (Inglewood): The latest in a long line of Sentinel standouts led Inglewood with 34 needed pts in a 70-69 overtime win over Redondo of Redondo Beach.

Jon Sheets (Nevada Union, Grass Valley): The Metro League Football Player of the Year as a wing-T quarterback poured in 32 pts while making eight three-point shots in a 68-47 win over Woodland. He also was 6-for-6 from the free throw line, extending his streak of consecutive free throws made to 27, a streak that ended the following game at 30. In his previous game the week before, Sheets scored a career best 33 pts while making all 19 of his free throws in a 71-60 win over Kennedy of Sacramento.

Elijah Swan (Lemoore): Scored a team-high 38 pts in a 86-58 win over Hanford West, which is only four off the school record.

Patrick Thornton (Florin, Sacramento): Canned 33 pts as the Panthers (should be Flyers) lost to Folsom, 86-72.

Tyler Tiedeman (Montgomery, Santa Rosa): Dropped in 33 pts as the Vikings got by Salesian of Richmond 60-57 at the St. Mary's College Martin Luther King Holiday Classic.

Danny Vasquez (Bosco Tech, Moreno Valley): The 5-8 sophomore hit on 12 three-point shots and totaled 38 pts as Bosco Tech sunk Mary Star of San Pedro 73-49.

Armen Yelian (Mesrobian, Pico Rivera): Canned 37 pts and had seven steals in a 109-42 blitzing of Pacific Christian of Los Angeles.


Angelika Ayala (Rim of the World, Lake Arrowhead): Rimmed in 32 pts as Rim prevailed over Sultana of Hesperia 48-40.

Heather Bates (Madera): Led her unbeaten team to a two-overtime win over Clovis West by scoring 34 pts. It's the second-best single gamer in school history and keeps her on pace to reach 2,000 pts for her career.

Mia Carroll (Ribet Academy, Los Angeles): Had a momentous week with three 30-pt games, the middle one being the most significant. In that one, the last three of her 32 pts were the biggest, a three-pointer with two seconds left that gave the Fighting Frogs a 47-46 triumph over Glendale Adventist. Earlier in the week, she also scored 32 pts, but in a much easier 79-17 win over Lighthouse of Santa Monica. Later in the week, she hit for 35 as her team got by Rolling Hills Prep of Palos Verdes Estates 53-49.

Kesha Davis (Jordan, Los Angeles): As Jordan romped past Bell, Kesha totaled 33 pts, 12 rebounds and nine steals.

Amanda Desentz (Downieville): Prime-time scorer made nine three-pointers and wound up with 50 pts in a victory against Princeton.

Susan Fleming (Liberty Christian, Huntington Beach): Racked up 35 pts in an easy 64-10 win over Eastside Christian of Fullerton.

Jenae Gibbons (Mt. Carmel, San Diego): Gibbons gobbled up what the North County Times reported was a San Diego Section record 21 steals in the Sun Devils' 72-24 blowout of Oceanside.

Evelyn Gomez (Los Amigos, Fountain Valley): Had 30 pts, 12 assists and 10 rebounds but even those totals weren't enough as her team fell to Santiago of Garden Grove 64-61.

Charde Houston (San Diego): It was another 40-pt game for Houston as she rang up 42 in the Cavers' 83-26 romp past Point Loma.

Teeya Kemp (Scotts Academy, Saugus): Teeya was teeya-riffic with 47 pts, 22 rebounds and five steals in just three quarters of play in a 77-22 triumph over Archer.

Janelle Kitasoe (Homestead, Cupertino): Equaled opponent's total of 34 pts in a 67-34 triumph over Mountain View.

Lauren Laurent (El Camino, Oceanside): Crosstown rival Oceanside was no match for Lauren and the Wildcats in a 79-34 defeat. Laurent posted a triple-double with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 10 steals.

Natasha Marquis (King City): She's been the swat queen at King City recently with 11 blocks and 10 blocks in back-to-back games. Marquis also had 18 pts and nine rebounds in a 59-43 triumph over Pacific Grove.

Linda Pace (Parker, San Diego): Outscored the opposing team with 43 pts to lead Parker past Santa Fe Christian, 73-42.

Johnesia Rice (Washington, Los Angeles): Hit for 31 pts as Washington blasted Banning of Wilmington 71-28. Guess there was at least one J. Rice in Southern California last weekend who was happy.

Jennifer Risper (Canyon Springs, Moreno Valley): Totaled 30 pts and 11 rebounds as Canyon Springs downed Riverside Poly 82-69.

Brittany Sheppard (Crenshaw, Los Angeles): Tallied 30 pts, nine assists and five steals as the Cougars more than doubled L.A. Jefferson, 105-50.

Lisa Smelser (Julian): Smelser made her foes wish they had Alka-Seltzer when she was through with them last week. She first had 28 pts in a 58-31 triumph over Mountain Empire and then totaled 33 in a 71-41 win vs. Vincent Memorial of Calexico.

Brook Stanley (Caruthers): Smashed her school's single game record for the third time this season with 40 pts in a 80-44 triumph over Tranquillity.

Pam Tambini (Piedmont Hills, San Jose): Contributed 30 pts, 11 rebounds and six blocks as Piedmont Hills downed Santa Teresa of San Jose 47-34.

Natasha Thomas (Morningside, Inglewood): Scored 33 pts in leading her team to a 62-55 win over North of Torrance.

Ashlee Trebilcock (Hart, Newhall): With Erika Ararrian (who played last year at Norco) taking this year off, Ashlee may be the state's top sophomore. She paced Hart over Valencia with 30 pts in a 60-51 victory last week in a key Foothill League game. Trebilcock made 14-of-16 free throws to help reach that total. She also had 22 pts, eight assists and four steals in a 58-37 win over Saugus.

Jamie Waldecker (Pacifica, Garden Grove): Dropped in 33 pts as Pacifica prevailed over La Quinta of Westminster 78-35.

Stephanisha Walton (St. Patrick-St. Vincent, Vallejo): Sure played like one of the famous Waltons (Bill, Luke, etc.) with 20 rebounds and four blocks to go with 29 pts in a 89-39 romp past Swett of Crockett.

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