This was a first for Oakland Tech, which is saying something since it's an old school with a long list of athletic alumni. Powe has certainly been fantastic and he deserves the honor of having his jersey retired, but he is not yet the most significant basketball player who's ever come from Oakland Tech.
That would have to be Jim Pollard, Class of 1939, who only happens to be in the International Basketball Hall of Fame. Maybe they ought to think about retiring Pollard's number, too, if someone could do some research and find out what it was.
•Inglewood's Ray Reed set a reported CIF Southern Section record two weeks ago when he made 23 free throws in a bizarre 76-75 double-overtime win over Centennial of Compton. Reed went 23-of-27 from the charity stripe to break the previous section record of 22 set in December of 1997 by Ricky Anderson of Long Beach Poly. The reported state record of 28 free throws made was posted in December of 1998 by Tim Hatton from North of Bakersfield.
When the game ended, Centennial only had four players on the court due to four players fouling out. Coach Rod Palmer only had eight to begin with due to injuries. Arron Aflalo scored 36 points to lead Centennial, but fouled out in the first overtime. Reed finished with 27 to lead Inglewood.
Palmer told the Long Beach Press-Telegram: "We had three officials and it seems like they didn't miss a thing and they actually saw things that weren't even there. Every time a player touched someone else, it was a foul. I couldn't believe it."
•There were 69 fouls called when the Fort Bragg boys defeated St. Helena, 91-83, in a game played on Friday, Feb. 14. Five players fouled out for St. Helena, which was whistled for 39 fouls. Fort Bragg, which was playing on its home floor, was called for 30 fouls and had three players foul out.
All the fouls resulted in 101 free throw attempts between the two teams, which ties a state record. Fort Bragg made 44 of 60 attempts, while St. Helena went 31 of 41. The state record for most free throw attempts by one team in one game is 65 while the record for most free throws made is 46. The two-team combined total of 75 free throws made is a state record, the previous best being 68.
Maybe there was just so much love in the air from it being Valentine's Day that the players just couldn't keep their hands off each other.
•Milestone Update: Nori Parvin, girls basketball coach at Newbury Park, notched her 400th career win at the school as the Panthers downed Westlake of Westlake Village, 56-41. Parvin's best team was in 1995 when Newbury Park lost in the Div. III state final to Mitty of San Jose.
•Brea-Olinda has all those consecutive league titles in girls basketball, but it's been under different coaches, the most recent being Jeff Sink. One coach who now has 18 league titles of his own, including four in a row, is Wade Vickery from Santana of Santee. Vickery's club won its league title last week in dramatic fashion, too, as Margeaux Bass made a free throw with six seconds left that beat El Capitan of Lakeside, 57-56.
•So what did Mesrobian's Tigran Grigorian do in his next outing after breaking the state record with 100 points in a rout against Pacific Christian of Los Angeles? The 5-7 senior guard had 29 points and Mesrobian lost by 80-76 to Delphi Academy of La Canada.
•Div. V No. 1 Price of Los Angeles dropped its second game of the season last week, but it was by 64-61 and it was to Kilpatrick of Malibu, which is a strong Div. IV squad. Kilpatrick, by the way, is coached by former Oxnard Santa Clara and UCLA star Shon Tarver. Lamont Smith of Kilpatrick was the game's top scorer with 30 points.
•Mike Wunderley, who just achieved his 200th football coaching win last fall, has decided to retire from coaching. The longtime leader of the Cerritos Valley Christian program made his announcement last week and leaves with a 207-79-1 record in 24 years. He started coaching at the school in 1973 and will remain the vice principal. Wunderley, 56, guided the Crusaders to a 12-2 record last fall. He finishes with three CIF Southern Section titles and 10 Olympic League crowns.
•More Name Games: We have never before found a two-color name, not even with a nickname like "Red" Brown. But now, playing at Los Angeles High in girls basketball, is Ebony White. Shooting it up, meanwhile, on the boys basketball team at Liberty Christian of Huntington Beach is Tom Mix. That's fudging, though, because he goes by Thomas Mix. Another fudge might be Ginger Rogers at Hoopa Valley of Hoopa girls basketball. She was last reported as Ginger "Rodgers" (previously she was reported as Rogers).