State Stat Stars of the Week

There's a few we've listed from basketball, but baseball and softball players are starting to take over this weekly salute, including a baseball pitcher who struck out 20 in one game and two softball players from the same team who both went 5-for-5 in the same game.

(Games of March 3-8)

BOYS BASKETBALL

Brian Elbogan (California, San Ramon): The Princeton-bound senior ended his prep career with a 32-pt, 11-rebound, four-block performance in a North Coast Section Div I quarter-final 67-63 overtime loss to Berkeley.

Daniel Fisher (College Prep, Oakland): Came back for one more state stat star encore by netting 31 pts in a 62-56 North Coast Section Div V first round playoff victory over St. Elizabeth of Oakland.

Kyle Jeffers (Montgomery, Santa Rosa): In the Vikings' 75-56 North Coast Section Div II quarterfinal playoff victory over Tennyson of Hayward, Jeffers jumped for 35 pts.

Joe Lewis (Burton, San Francisco): Smokin' Joe got hot from outside with eight three-pointers and wound up with 38 pts as Burton beat Marshall, 84-52, and earned a spot in the San Francisco Section final against Lincoln.

DeMarcus Nelson (Vallejo): Had his last 30 point game of the season with a 33er against Lodi in a 83-66 Sac-Joaquin Section Div I quarterfinal triumph.

Sean Phaler (Villa Park): Potted 30 pts in a Southern Section II-AA semifinal playoff loss to eventual champion St John Bosco of Bellflower by the score of 63-57. For Phaler and Villa Park, that's 30! We thought this team would have been better this season.

Joe Sanders (Summerville, Tuolomne): Sparked the Bears with 30 pts in their Sac-Joaquin Section Div. IV semi vs. Marysville, but it wasn't enough to get them to a final game at ARCO Arena as Marysville hung on for a 70-67 overtime win.

Angelo Tsagarakis (Casa Grande, Petaluma): Angled his way to 30 pts but the Gauchos were upset by Rancho Cotate of Rohnert Park 72-62 in a North Coast Section Div II quarterfinal playoff game, thus negating a much anticipated matchup with Santa Rosa Montgomery.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Caitlin Bradford (Cloverdale): Hit for 34 pts as Cloverdale got by Deep Valley Christian of Redwood Valley 64-56 in a North Coast Section Div V quarterfinal playoff game.

Jenn Hall (Folsom): The McDonald's All-American headed to Vanderbilt tossed in 34 pts as the Bulldogs edged McClatchy of Sacramento 70-68 in overtime in the semifinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Div II playoffs.

Courtney Paris (Piedmont): Had her way on the court with 32 pts and 15 rebounds in a North Coast Section Div IV semifinal 69-58 win over last season's Div IV state champion, Marin Catholic of Kentfield.

Alisha Strane (Castro Valley): Strained the nets for 31 pts in a 63-54 North Coast Section Div I first round playoff win over Pittsburg.

Keanna Vick (Pittsburg): Equaled Strane's 31 pts and got 15 rebounds in the above loss to Castro Valley.

BASEBALL

Omar Aguilar (Livingston): Lived it up by pitching a three-hitter with 15 strikeouts and also hit a homer as Livingston blanked Los Banos, 3-0.

Jared Clark (Valencia): Struck out nine and hit two home runs as Valencia downed La Serna of Whittier 9-1.

Justin Deme (Nevada Union, Grass Valley): Got off to a fast first start with a no-hitter in which he faced the minimum of 21 batters (his two walks ended in a pickoff and a throwout). He also batted 2x4 with a double in the 4-0 win over Del Campo of Fair Oaks.

Chris Errecart (Lincoln, Stockton): Returning standout for the Trojans had seven hits, including three homers, to lead his team to three wins and the championship of the Pedretti tourney in Turlock.

Mike Grolle (St. Francis, Mountain View): In a battle of top pitchers, Grolle was superb in outdueling Jeff Gordon of Santa Clara Wilcox. He finished with a one-hitter with one walk and 10 strikeouts as St. Francis won, 4-0, in a matchup of highly-ranked teams.

Jose Ibarra (Leuzinger, Lawndale): Struck out 15 and hit a home run in a 3-1 two-hit win over Bell Gardens.

Dallas Kawkami (Buchanan, Clovis): Banged out a clutch triple and ended with three RBI as the Bears won the Clovis Classic with a 7-1 victory over Clovis West. The win upped Buchanan's early-season record to 9-0.

Brandon Laird (Westminster, La Quinta): Opened with a 4x4, home run, double, four RBI performance in a 12-4 win over King of Riverside, then followed up with two home runs and six RBI (3x4) as the highly regarded Aztecs downed Troy of Fullerton 14-3.

Chad Martinson (Agoura, Agoura Hills): Had a grand slam and six RBI in leading Agoura over Montclair Prep of Van Nuys 17-6.

Ryan McCarney (Vasquez, Acton): Batted 5x5 with two doubles, two triples and four RBIs in a five-inning 25-0 batting frenzy over Masada of Gardena.

Tyler Morrison (Glendora): Pitched a one-hitter with 10 Ks and smashed a grand slam in a big 7-2 win over Charter Oak of Covina.

Ryan Muller (Live Oak, Morgan Hill): This senior pitcher has accepted a full-ride offer from USF, but his pro draft options may be getting better and better. Last week in a 5-0 victory over Santa Clara, Muller threw a one-hitter and whiffed 20 of the 23 batters he faced. As many as 10 major league scouts have attended games he has pitched.

Phillip & Victor Peinado (Mountain View, El Monte): Swatted two home runs each in a 19-10 victory over Valencia of Placentia.

Shane Raftery (Linfield Christian, Temecula): All-State small schools football pick from last fall came within two walks of pitching a perfect game in Linfield's 6-0 win over Riverside Christian. Raftery finished with a no-hitter and also went 2x3 for two RBI.

Tim Stewart (Mater Dei, Santa Ana): Smacked two two-run homers in a 8-1 victory over Calvary Chapel of Santa Ana. In two games for the week, he had three home runs and eight RBI.

Matt Swims (Cypress): Swung for two homers, two doubles and seven RBI in a 4x4 performance that highlighted a 17-2 win over Western of Anaheim.

Jason Tamagni (Calistoga): Batted 4x4 with a grand slam and a triple while batting in six runs, scoring five and stealing two bases as Calistoga romped over California school for the Deaf of Fremont 20-3.

Bret Wallace (Justin-Siena, Napa): Crushed a home run in his first at-bat and ended up going 2x2 to key Justin-Siena's 9-4 win over Vallejo, which was 6-0 entering the game. Wallace is perhaps one of the top sophomores in the state and the win, in Justin-Siena's first game of the year, shows that his team will likely be in the Div. IV state rankings mix all season long.

Aaron Wible (Poly, Riverside): Blasted a grand slam and a two-run homer in a 13-0 triumph over Savanna of Anaheim.

Zach Zinicola (Arlington, Riverside): The Arizona State-bound senior right-hander pitched a no-hitter with eight Ks and two walks as Arlington prevailed over Santa Ana 10-0.

SOFTBALL

Monica Alnes (Peninsula, Rolling Hills Estates): Pitched a perfect game while batting 3x3 with two doubles and four RBI in a four-inning 10-0 win over South Gate. She followed the same day with a two-hit, eight K shutout of Norwalk in which she also batted 3x3 with a triple.

Edna Cabrera (Fairfax, Los Angeles): The sophomore blasted two consecutive home runs and had five RBI as Fairfax triumphed over Grant of Van Nuys 11-4.

Christine Farrell (Sonora, La Habra): Pitched a no-hitter with 17 strikeouts in downing Western of Anaheim 5-0.

Tatyana McElroy (Washington, Los Angeles): Had 19 strike outs and allowed just one hit in hurling Washington over Crenshaw of Los Angeles 7-1.

Taryne Mowatt (Santiago, Corona): In one day, Mowatt mowed down North of Riverside 9-2 with a three-hit, 16-K performance while hitting a two-run homer and a triple, and Temescal Canyon of Lake Elsinore 3-0 with a 12-K one-hitter.

Melissa Oakes (Saratoga): Collected three hits on offense to support her own no-hitter as the Falcons downed Del Mar of San Jose, 7-0. Oakes struck out 14 and walked none.

Janae Portugal (Westview, San Diego): Pitched the first no-hitter ever for her new school with 13 strikeouts, and ripped a three-run homer, in a 13-0 win in six innings vs. Hoover of San Diego.

Daisy Ramos (Greenfield): Daisy's team was in the dumps looking at a 7-0 deficit after the top of the first inning during a game against Coast Union of Cambria. Everything turned rosy in the bottom of the second, though, as Greenfield scored 13 runs and went on to a 23-13 win. Ramos went 5x5 with a three-run homer and finished with seven RBI. Teammate Alice Contreras also went 5x5 and had two RBI.

Tori Rocco (Valencia): Pitched a perfect game as Valencia blanked Sylmar 8-0. The Vikings are another preseason state top 20 team off to a strong start.

Jennifer Reynolds (Clovis): Pitched a two-hitter and struck out 14 as the Cougars, ranked No. 1 in the nation by Student Sports, won the Buchanan tourney with a 6-0 triumph over Stockdale of Bakersfield. Clovis started this week with a 9-0 season record.

Charlisa Trapp (Dorsey, Los Angeles): Banged out three hits including a three-run homer and had six RBI as Dorsey downed University of Los Angeles 24-4.

Jennifer Winford (Brerthren Christian, Cypress): Struck out 19 batters and zinged two doubles in a 9-5 triumph over Buena Park.

Kendra Wilson (West, Tracy): In her final two games of the St. Mary's Tournament, Wilson hit a grand slam in one and pitched a four-hitter in the second to lead the Wolf Pack to the tourney title. Wilson's four-hitter came in a 8-1 win over East Union of Manteca, which was unbeaten and had nipped West, 1-0 in eight innings, earlier in the week.


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