Our first baseball players of the spring join this week's usual roundup of top invidivual outings from boys and girls basketball. A special "way to go" to L.A. University's Ruben Boykin for completing a terrific prep career.

(Games of Feb. 17-22)


Mike Adelakun (Athenian, Danville): Added up 34 pts but didn't have much help as Athenian lost to College Prep of Oakland, 70-56.

Chuma Awaji (Murphy, Los Angeles): Fired for 42 pts, including six treys, as the Nobles prevailed over Providence of Burbank 72-58 in a Southern Section Division IV-AA second round playoff game.

Randall Barbour (Lone Pine): Tallied 34 pts in a 95-75 victory over Upland Christian that advanced the Eagles into the Southern Section Div. V-AA second round.

Kevin Bland (West, Tracy): Spiced up the offense of coach Steve Thornton's team with 30 pts and also pulled down 11 boards in a 74-62 win over Franklin of Stockton that threw the San Joaquin Athletic Association race into chaos. Lincoln of Stockton won the SJAA title two days later.

Ruben Boykin (University, Los Angeles): Ended his season with yet another outstanding performance, this time with 42 pts, including seven threes, as University fell to Cleveland of Reseda 89-77 in a L.A. City Section first round playoff game.

Jordan Farmar (Taft, Woodland Hills): Led Taft into the second round of the L.A. City Section playoffs by scoring 34 pts in a 80-72 victory over Palisades of Pacific Palisades.

Daniel Fisher (College Prep, Oakland): Netted 39 pts in a 73-48 victory over Emery of Emeryville. He then followed up with 35 as College Prep downed Athenian of Danville 70-56.

Federico Herrera (Dinuba): By erupting for 17 pts in the fourth quarter, Herrera led Dinuba past Woodlake, 65-56, and was able to bring his scoring output for the game to an even 30.

Ian Hutchinson (Orange Glen, Escondido): The Patriots did their best to end a disappointing season on a high note as Hutchinson got hot and scored 39 pts in a game against Ramona. The 5-8 senior's effort wasn't enough, though, as Ramona won, 68-66, dropping Orange Glen to 2-23 overall.

Matt Jones (West, Bakersfield): Matt had this stat -- 39 pts -- to be on this list for this week. Jones' pts, which is fifth-best in school history, lifted West to an 86-77 win over Centennial of Bakersfield.

Lorenzo Mata (South Gate): Opened the L.A. City Section playoffs with a 39-pt, 25-rebound performance in a 83-77 triumph over Canoga Park.

Matt Mosko (Viewpoint, Calabasas): In a Southern Section Div. IV-AA first round playoff game, Mosko led the way to a 65-50 triumph over Boys Republic of Chino with 35 pts and 12 rebounds.

Chris Nooney (Newbury Park):Nooney made Panther fans looney with 34 pts in a 75-65 Southern Section III-AA Division wild card win over Culver City.

Zeth Oats (Midway Baptist, San Diego): Zeth had a zeal for rebounding and finished with an amazing reported total of 31 boards in Midway's game vs. San Pasqual Academy. Oats also had 27 pts and his team won, 65-49.

Nate Olsen (Anderson Valley, Boonville): Hit for 33 pts as the Panthers downed Leggett Valley of Leggett 74-50. Can't help but wonder if the good folks there call themselves "Boonies."

Chase Ortega (San Ramon Valley, Danville): Chase raced for 36 pts but even that wasn't enough as Foothill of Pleasanton prevailed 72-71 in an East Bay Athletic League win.

Tim Pierce (Fremont, Oakland): Had another big game, scoring 32 pts while leading Fremont over Skyline of Oakland 80-77 in overtime. When Leon Powe graduates after this year, Pierce might be "the man" next year in the OAL.

Mike Pollack (Yeshiva, Los Angeles): Fired for 33 pts in a four-overtime 76-72 playoff victory over Sage Hill of Newport Coast that advanced Yeshiva into the Southern Section Div. IV-A third round.

Leon Powe (Technical, Oakland): Powered for 44 pts, 18 rebounds, and 11 blocks as Tech rolled over Castlemont of Oakland 81-52. He also scored 33 against McClymonds of Oakland, but Mack came up with a 73-71 upset win.

Robert Rothbart (Monta Vista, Cupertino): In a 78-72 loss to Los Altos, the impressive 7-foot junior rang up 32 pts. He's averaging more than 21 ppg.

"Mount" Everest Schmidt (Hoopa Valley, Hoopa): The 6-8 junior had an inevitable breakthrough game, scoring 43 pts along with grabbing 14 rebounds as the Warriors downed Ferndale 88-46.

Christian Smith (Narbonne, Harbor City): Scored 37 pts, including two free throws with five seconds left, as Narbonne got by Granada Hills 83-81 in a first round L.A. City Section Invitational Division playoff game. The Invitational Division is for second-tier teams in the section. The winner doesn't get to move on into the regionals, but playing in the Invitational Division for these teams might be a lot more fun than playing Westchester or Fairfax and getting slaughtered.

Jeff Smith (Ridgeview, Bakersfield): Smith is helping put this new school on the map. He had 35 pts last week in a 76-36 triumph over Foothill of Bakersfield.

Jordan Swarbrick (Union Mine, El Dorado): Hit for a season high 32 pts in a 63-60 win over Cordova of Rancho Cordova. The 6-5 senior averaged 19.3 ppg for the regular season.

Tim Sweeney (Temple City): Had 36 pts in a 84-72 loss to Calabasas in the first round of the Southern Section Div. III-AA playoffs.

Shawn Weinstein (Peninsula, Rolling Hills Estates): Scored 34 pts as the Panthers downed Long Beach Jordan 80-66 in a Southern Section Div. I-AA wild card playoff game.

Luke Udsen (Templeton): Senior forward connected on seven three-pointers and wound up with 33 pts as the Eagles beat Avenal, 67-46.

Jake Williams (St. Bernard, Eureka): Poured in 35 pts in a 93-79 triumph over McKinleyville.

Johnny Wilson (Calabasas): Meshed 38 pts and had 14 rebounds in a 84-72 Southern Section Div. III-AA first round playoff win over Temple City.

Nick Young (Cleveland, Reseda): Highly-regarded junior tallied 38 pts and had 21 rebounds in a 89-77 L.A. City Section first round playoff win over L.A. University.


Sparkle Anderson (Serra, San Diego): We've already said Sparkle has shined this year, so we'll kept it simple and say she netted 31 pts for her team in a 75-16 romp past Point Loma.

Briane Brown (Brentwood, Los Angeles): This team has been hanging around the bubble in Div. IV for most of the season and won in the CIFSS playoffs last week by 68-39 over Aquinas of San Bernardino. Brown led the way with a triple-double, collecting 10 steals to go with 16 pts and 16 boards.

Whitney Coleman (Etiwanda, Rancho Cucamonga): Tossed in 30 pts as the Eagles soared over Chaffey of Ontario 61-46 in a Southern Section Div. I-AA first round playoff game.

Ashley Cravens (Monroe, North Hills): Tallied 26 rebounds and had 15 pts in a 71-54 victory over L.A.C.E.S. of Los Angeles.

Claretha Davis (Corcoran): Central Section girls scoring leader stayed hot with 33 pts as her team beat Orosi, 62-28, to wrap up its 11th straight league title. Corcoran only needs two more to tie the section record.

Rosa Ferreyra (Anderson Valley, Boonville): Rose up to score 34 pts, thus equaling Leggett Valley of Leggett's point total in a 61-34 triumph.

Christina Hernandez (Riverside Christian): Grabbed 24 rebounds while scoring 21 pts in leading her team over Glendale Adventist 49-30.

Dorchella James (Kearny, San Diego): Before the Komets took on and lost to La Jolla Country Day, James went nuts for 35 pts in a 107-47 victory over Patrick Henry. Because of LeBron "King" James, we wonder if this girl would mind if we called her, Dorchella "Queen" James?

Ashley Paris (Piedmont): With twin sister Courtney missing with a sprained ankle, Ashley did the dominating all by herself with 33 pts and 22 rebounds in a 73-13 victory over St. Joseph of Alameda. Courtney returned for the next game against St. Mary's, but Piedmont still lost.

Meredith Pressfield (Menlo-Atherton, Atherton): Led team to a 69-53 upset win over Terra Nova of Pacifica with 30 pts, including seven threes.

Brisa Silva (Garfield, Los Angeles): Netted 30 pts and dished out seven assists as Garfield rolled into the second round of the L.A. City Section playoffs with a 67-37 triumph over El Camino Real of Woodland Hills.


Josh Lansford (St. Francis, Mountain View): Josh, who had 50 hits last year and was all-state underclass, cracked a pair of homers and had seven RBI as the Lancers beat Cupertino, 10-0, in their second game of the season.

Chuck Lofgren (Serra, San Mateo): One of the top juniors in the nation, Lofgren dazzled with a two-hitter and hit a double as Serra downed Leigh of San Jose, 3-0, in a second-round St. Francis tourney win. Leigh had scored 11 runs in its previous game. In Serra's tourney opener, Lofgren stroked a pair of doubles in a 13-4 victory over Fremont of Sunnyvale.

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