Winning the first league championship in school history doesn’t entirely encapsulate the depth of the Kaiser girls basketball team’s accomplishment. The Cats ended defending CIF champion Summit’s 63-game win streak in the Sunkist League. In fact, Summit had never lost a league game until this season.
Accordingly, it’s not surprising that Kaiser team swept the All-Sunkist League awards. It’s hard to say enough about the feats Kaiser pulled off in 2012-13, but this list is a start.
MVP – Aliyah Dodson, Kaiser
Coach of the Year – Denise Sinohui, Kaiser
Jasmine Soto (Kaiser)
Paige Harder (Kaiser)
Jordyn Buffum (Kaiser)
Mater Dei 56, Rancho Verde 40
Inglewood 64, Mission Viejo 61
Etiwanda 43, Silverado 28
Long Beach Poly 75, Loyola 69
El Toro 70, Corona Santiago 64
Crescenta Valley 68, Millikan 54
Dana Hills 61, West Ranch 59
Santa Monica 75, Aliso Niguel 63
There was a specific point this season at which Colony guard Everett Turner began to draw the eye of more college scouts, something he hopes will continue at a high-profile showcase on Saturday. Colony will take on Mission Viejo at noon in the Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei High School, where the senior hopes to continue a tear that began following the Titans loss to Mt. Baldy League rival Montclair Jan. 4.
The 6-foot-2 combo guard is averaging 27.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and four steals since Jan. 4. The streak includes a 41-point game and 22 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in a rematch win over Montclair on Jan. 18.
As soon as his father died unexpectedly in October, Chino Hills coach Derek Bub knew he didn’t want his children to feel the same things he did. Bub finished out his fifth season as head football coach at Chino Hills High School, but resigned from the position Tuesday night in order to spend more time with his family.
“When my father passed away, I realized that I just needed to be a dad to my kids,” Bub said. “I take every Christmas break to think about whether I’m going to continue to coach. I was extremely close with my father and anytime something like this happens, it makes you see things differently.”
Tom Martinez confirmed in an email Tuesday evening that he is no longer the head football coach at Los Osos High School. Coach since the school’s inception in 2002, Martinez led the Grizzlies to eight playoff appearances in 10 seasons, including a postseason berth in 2012. He will remain the athletic director at Los Osos.
He did not explain whether it was his decision to step down or he was removed from the head football coaching position. “I will focus all my efforts on the AD job here at Los Osos HS,” Martinez wrote in an email.
Offensive Player of the Year – Marquette Washington, Kaiser (12) 6-0 205
Defensive Player of the Year – Anthony Saenz, Kaiser (12) 6-1 235
Coach of the Year – Phil Zelaya, Kaiser
QB Malcom Hill Rancho Verde 5-10 175 12
Back Jamal Morrow Heritage 5-10 205 12
Back David Solis Paloma Valley 5-10 180 12
Back Keshaun Slaughter Rancho Verde 5-8 170 11
Back Jordan Ah’honi Colton 5-10 185 12
Back Alex Arellano Chino 5-10 185 12
Etiwanda High School’s search for a head football coach continues after former Damien coach Greg Gano withdrew his name from candidacy on Friday.
Gano, Damien’s head coach the last four seasons after stints at Covina Northview and Hacienda Heights Los Altos, has instead applied and interviewed for the head coaching job at Tustin. Gano was never offered the position at Etiwanda, according to Etiwanda athletic director David Masucci. The former Damien coach cited the lack of a teaching position at Etiwanda as his reason for withdrawing.
“Everything else was great because (Etiwanda) is even right by my house,” Gano said. “But without a teaching position, I just couldn’t afford it. So I interviewed for the Tustin position last week and I’m waiting to find out.”
It must have seemed like a lifetime between verbal commitments to Washington for Upland High School defensive end Joe Mathis, but Saturday afternoon the senior ended up back where he started 14 months ago. Mathis, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound, 4-star recruit, committed to Washington Oct. 28, 2011, one day after the Huskies joined Indiana to become his second scholarship offer. With what would eventually become more than 50 offers beginning to pile up, he de-committed three months later.
Live on NBC during the second quarter of Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, Mathis donned a Washington hat, choosing the Huskies from a final four that included USC, UCLA and Alabama. He was considering Texas A&M before removing the Aggies from the list earlier in the week.
Player of the year: Aaren Vaughns, Charter Oak, Sr.
Offensive MVP: Jack Austin, Chino Hills, Sr.
Defensive MVPs: Eric Ortiz, Charter Oak, Sr; Eric Prevost, Charter Oak, Jr.
QB: Matt Simko, Chino Hills, Sr.
QB: Kory Brown, Charter Oak, Jr.
RB: Jordan Robinson, Ayala, Sr.
RB: Travion Boykins, Damien, Sr.
RB: Louis Napoles, Chino Hills, Sr.
RB: Cecil Fleming, Claremont, Jr.