Jump played a key role in keeping the Panthers’ lengthy winning streak alive during a tough three-games-in-seven-days stretch that bridged January and February. Pinewood, which entered this week at No. X in SportStars NorCal Top 20, knocked off SportStars’ then-No. X Salesian-Richmond 66-54 on Jan. 28, then No. 19 Eastside College Prep-East Palo Alto 53-37 on Jan. 31 and a tough Menlo School-Atherton 81-49 on Feb. 3. In the three games combined, Jump scored 52 points to combine with 20 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and just three turnovers.
The Huskies’ point guard has Sheldon off to a fast start and atop SportStars’ NorCal Top 20 rankings through the first two weeks of January. At just 5-foot-11, Duplechan guided the Huskies to a 12-1 start that includes a 3-0 record in defense of their Delta League championship. He is a four-year varsity player who averaged 14.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.8 steals per game last year.
If there was any doubt whose team Chino HIlls was now that Lonzo Ball is at UCLA, his younger brother answered that in a hurry. He scored 56 points in a 121-89 win over Orange Lutheran-Orange as part of the Centennial BattleZone Tournament in Corona on Nov. 29.
Denny had a game-high 17 kills with an astounding 60 percent success rate to help lead the Monarchs to a straight-sets win over Santa Margarita-Rancho Santa Margarita in the CIF Open Div. State Championship on Dec. 3. In a matchup of the top two-ranked teams in the state, Mitty won unexpectedly easily with scores of 25-19, 25-22, 25-18.
DiSanto helped put the Bears back in the CIF Division I State final by posting 15 kills, 14 digs, three aces and going 15 of 16 on serve receives in a 3-1 victory over Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills in the Northern Regional championship on Nov. 27.
One year after Top 10 finishes at both the CIF NorCal and State Tournaments — as a freshman — Noh shot to the top of the leaderboard. At The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch in Salinas on Nov. 7, her 1-over par 71 put her in a three-golfer playoff that she needed just one hole to earn top NorCal Championship medalist honors.
In one the best back-and-forth games of the season in the East Bay, Pierce helped keep the Falcons’ perfect season in tact by leading them to a 41-38 victory at previously-unbeaten Pittsburg. Pierce’s 34-yard touchdown pass to Giles Jackson was the game-winning score with 1:35 left in the contest. It was Pierce’s sixth completion of the night that went for 30 yards or more.
The senior quarterback came up big in the Thundering Herd’s biggest game of the season thus far. He tossed three touchdown passes — two to Gavin Reinwald and one to Jonas McMillan — to lead a 24-17 Delta League victory over Grant-Sacramento. The victory kept the Herd’s league title hopes alive after it suffered a last-second loss to...
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