By Harold Abend & Paul Muyskens with contribution by Bob Barnett.
We collect these highlights in support of the Cal-Hi Sports state record book, which is the exclusive home for state records and has been published seven times since 1980.
These highlights are for games played mostly from Dec. 6-Dec. 8.
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Robbie Berwick (Atasacadero)
Earning all-tournament honors at the Arroyo Grande Optimist Tournament, he scored 30 points to go with 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 84-61 win over Hoover of San Diego. Earlier in the tournament, he also had a triple-double during a 86-35 win over Nipomo as he scored 10 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had 10 assists.
Sage Burmeister (La Jolla Country Day)
One of the state’s top grid-hoopers, Burmeister began his senior season on the court with 31 points and four assists for LJCD in its 63-25 romp past Gompers Prep of San Diego.
Danny Cabrera (Surprise Valley, Cedarville)
Helping his team put a 70-38 pounding on Paisley (Ore.), Cabrera poured in 30 points with four assists and eight steals. The senior guard is averaging 25.3 ppg.
Marcus Cooper (Fulton Prep, Van Nuys)
He looks to be a name to watch for this year as this junior scored 47 points in an 86-83 win over Canoga Prep and later that same day scored 32 points in a 54-47 win over Highland Park.
Jacob Danhoff (East Union, Manteca)
After pumping in 30 points and grabbing 15 rebounds to lead the Lancers past Armijo of Fairfield 74-67 in the title game of the Honk Williams Classic, Danhoff was named the tourney MVP. He’s a 6-foot-6 junior we may be honking about more as the season goes along.
Jordan Gilreath (North Valley Baptist, Santa Clara)
He came up huge with a double-double 39 points and 13 rebounds, but his Bulldogs fell short in a 68-60 loss to Trinity Christian of Monterey.
Aaron Gordon (Archbishop Mitty, San Jose)
It was just another day at the office for the top-ranked player in the state and one of the best in the nation. In a 71-65 win on the road at an injury-depleted Sheldon of Sacramento, the 6-foot-8 Gordon had a double-double 27 points and 13 rebounds with six blocks. He was 9 of 12 from the floor and 9 of 11 from the foul line.
Brandon Graves (Marysville)
In a high scoring 107-92 shootout over Valley Christian of Roseville, he scored a game-high 38 points.
Aaron Holiday (Campbell Hall, North Hollywood)
Not helping Dorsey of Los Angeles feel in the holiday spirits, the younger brother of Philadelphia 76ers’ point guard Jrue Holiday scored a game-high 39 points as the Vikings were victorious 82-63 at the University tournament.
Damonte Holiday (Hoover, San Diego)
The 5-foot-11 junior guard was chosen MVP of the Titan Tip-Off after he hit for 25 points in a title game win over Eastlake of Chula Vista. Earlier in the event, Holiday knocked in 28 in a win against Poway.
Zur Ilan (Summerfield Academy, Santa Rosa)
The 6-foot-4 senior has gone over 30 points four times already for the 6-3 Mustangs, including 32 in three straight games, an 83-37 win over Elk Grove Lutheran, a 69-61 loss to Miranda South Fork, and a 61-38 win over Calistoga.
Ako Kaluna (West Ranch, Valencia)
Facing defending Division III state champion Alemany at the Santa Monica tournament, the Wildcats picked up the 69-61 win as Kaluna scored 23 points and grabbed 24 rebounds.
Craig Magyar (Trabuco Hills, Mission Viejo)
Besides grabbing 11 rebounds, Magyar also scored 13 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter and overtime when the Mustangs defeated Esperanza of Anaheim 60-55.
Max McKone (Novato)
The 6-foot-3 senior had a career high 36 points in a 70-62 win over Fremont Kennedy in the Carl “Red” Brown Tournament.
Mamadou Ndiaye (Brethren Christian, Huntington Beach)
With the Warriors’ season finally getting underway last week, this 7-foot-5 senior quickly got his way back to being listed here as he scored 36 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a 78-77 loss to Valley Christian of Arizona. On Monday of this week, Ndiaye scored 30 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in his team’s 56-47 win over Garden Grove.
Tim Pena (Garces, Bakersfield)
He scored a career high of 33 points on 10 of 15 shooting and was 13 of 15 at the free-throw line, but it wasn’t enough as the Rams lost in a nail-biter to Frontier of Bakersfield 72-69.
Mike Peters (Covina)
Just missing out on a triple-double, Peters scored 27 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had nine assists on Monday as the Colts defeated Temple City 60-48 at the Azusa tournament.
Malik Pope (Laguna Creek, Elk Grove)
He has quickly proven to be a big offensive threat for his new team after transferring from Burbank as he scored 33 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a 76-59 win over Woodcreek of Roseville and then scored 35 points during their 80-66 win over St. Mary’s of Stockton.
Roschon Prince (Long Beach Poly)
While the Jackrabbits’ football team gets ready to play for a state championship this week, the basketball team will also seriously contend for a state title. Prince, one of the top players in the state since his sophomore season, scored 30 points on Monday during a 92-43 win over Cabrillo in Moore League action.
Murshid Randle (Central, Fresno)
A member of last season’s all-state sophomore team, Randle scored a career high of 44 points, which is also the second best in school history, as the team ran past Tulare 92-82 in the Kings County Classic.
Phillip Randles (Edison, Fresno)
In a 99-86 triumph against Tulare, the senior scored a career-high of 30 points and made six 3-point field goals.
Vasilije Saraba (Del Campo, Fair Oaks)
Every one of his 34 points was key as the Cougars needed overtime to defeat Vista del Lago 77-76 at the Folsom-Vista Classic.
Kevin Shackleford (Guajome Park Academy, San Diego)
He helped put the shackles on Escondido Charter Prep in the Fighting Frogs’ 67-57 win by pumping in a season-high 42 points. Shackleford also has already had a 40-point outing this season.
Kendall Smith & Marcus Lee (Deer Valley, Antioch)
Surprise, surprise, they’re back, and probably will be a few more times before the season is over. In a 77-67 home win against Berkeley, Smith recorded his third game with 30 or more points, scoring 30 exactly. Kentucky-bound 6-foot-10 Lee got his first triple-double of the season with 21 points, 19 rebounds, and 11 blocks. In an even bigger game, Smith had 28 points as the Wolverines knocked off host De La Salle 55-38 in the title game of the Chris Vontoure Spartan Classic, exacting revenge from the team that beat them in last year’s NCS D1 title game.
Michael Smith (El Camino, South San Francisco)
He’s back again after the Colts’ senior had two more double-doubles, finishing with 22 points and 14 rebounds in a 54-39 win against San Jose Santa Teresa, and scoring 28 points with 13 rebounds in a 76-50 win over Millbrae Mills.
Malik Thames (Pleasant Grove, Elk Grove)
Leading the Eagles offense with 32 points they advanced to the championship game of the Mark Macres Memorial Tournament with an 83-59 semifinals win over Granite Bay.
Keonta Vernon (Tulare)
As a sophomore, the powerful Vernon grabbed headlines by smashing a backboard on one of his dunks. He’s now one of the top seniors in the CIF Central Section. He scored 32 points in a loss last week to Edison of Fresno and had 28 in a loss to Central of Fresno.
Tahjee Williams (McClymonds, Oakland)
He had a game high 30 points, and his team sprinted out to an 18-8 lead after one quarter, but couldn’t finish in a 61-58 loss to Danville Monte Vista.
Connor Woolpert (Mission Prep, San Luis Obispo)
Putting on an impressive 3-point shooting display, he knocked down eight shots from behind the arc and scored a game-high 33 points with 10 rebounds during a 82-63 win over Paso Robles at the Optimist tournament.
Kris Yanku (Taft, Woodland Hills)
Showing why he is headed to Northern Arizona next season, he helped the Toreadors rally in the second half for a 66-56 win over Buckley of Sherman Oaks by scoring 15 of his 33 points in the third quarter.
Evan Zeller (Mission Viejo)
This just happened on Tuesday but we decided not to wait on mentioning this big time performance. Zeller set a school record by scoring 50 points in a 115-50 win for the Diablos over University at the Gary Raya Classic. According to the Orange County Register, the previous school record was 49 points set in 2002 by Travis Niesen.
Nicholle Aston (Louisville, Woodland Hills)
She had quite the few days at the Crescenta Valley tournament as she scored 34 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in a 58-57 double-overtime loss to Granada Hills and then scored 38 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in a 67-36 win over Immaculate Heart.
Halie Bergman (Turlock Christian, Turlock)
Next season she will playing right down the street from our Stockton office at the University of the Pacific but before then she continues to lead the Eagles as she scored 33 points and grabbed 24 rebounds in a 51-41 win over Woodland Christian and then the next day she scored 27 points and grabbed 16 rebounds with nine steals in a 55-46 win over Big Valley Christian of Modesto.
Marie Bertholdt (Alameda)
Bertholdt more than held her own on the free throw line, and she had to the way she was getting fouled in a 68-53 win over San Lorenzo Arroyo. The hacking didn’t work because despite only hitting one field goal, the 6-foot-1 senior was 20 of 26 from the line and finished with a double-double 22 points and 18 rebounds, with six blocks and five steals.
Sierra Campisano (Torrey Pines, San Diego)
This 6-foot-2 freshman is off to a great start for her high school career. Campisano opened it up on November 29 with a 74-46 victory for the Falcons against Ramona. She had a triple-double, scoring 27 points, grabbing 20 rebounds and blocking 15 shots. Since then, she has continued to have double-double games averaging 21 points and 18 rebounds per game. This freshman is off to a great start.
Irene Chavez (Gunderson, San Jose)
The senior guard and early season scoring leader in the CIF Central Coast Section had 35 points in a rout of Morgan Hill Sobrato, a double-double 25 points and 11 steals in a 48-43 win over Los Altos, and 30 points with six steals and six assists in a 61-27 rout of Gilroy.
Sierra Dixon (Washington, Fremont)
The junior guard has been amazingly consistent in getting a 20.7 ppg average so far this season, scoring 20 or more points in five of the seven games for the 5-2 Huskies, including a season-high 29 in last week’s 59-57 win over Fortuna.
Samantha Earl (Clovis)
She scored a season high of 34 points in the semifinals of the Hoover Holiday Classic as the Cougars edged Bullard of Fresno 68-65. Earl then scored 25 points in a 52-46 losing effort against Hanford in the championship game.
Mariah Gonzalez (Concord)
Mariah was right on in a 67-54 win over El Cerrito. The 5-foot-11 sophomore had 32 points, 20 rebounds, six blocks and five steals.
Morgan Green (Pacific Collegiate, Santa Cruz)
The Pumas’ junior guard threw down 42 points but it wasn’t enough in a 64-54 loss to Soquel. Green bounced back with a double-double 24 points and 15 rebounds, with six steals and four assists, in a 50-42 win over Watsonville St. Francis.
Alex Iwatani (Mission San Jose, Fremont)
The girls’ golf and badminton teams always excel at Mission San Jose, and the hoops team is pretty good as well after Iwatani has helped lead the team to a 3-1 start this season. Last week in a 56-41 win over Milpitas, the senior co-captain was 7-of-8 from beyond the arc and finished with 29 points.
DeShayla Johnson (Tulare Western)
The junior guard showed her skills in the Hoover Holiday Classic in Fresno as she scored 37 points against Hoover in a 69-50 win, 37 points against Bullard in a 81-45 loss and 35 points against Clovis North. Johnson was chosen to the all-tournament team.
Doris Jones (KIPP King Academy, San Lorenzo)
The girls travelled to the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe and won the Whittell Tournament in Zephyr Cove behind the play of this 5-foot-6 freshman guard. She registered a double-double 33 points and 10 rebounds in a 57-25 win over Silver State (Silver Springs, Nev.), 25 points (eight rebounds) in a 47-33 victory over Tahoe City North Tahoe, and 22 points in a 44-42 championship game win over host Whittell.
Leslie Lopez-Wood (Alemany, Mission Hills)
Scoring a career-high 30 points, she scored all of her points from behind the 3-point line as she knocked down 10 of her 13 shots from that distance in a 68-40 win over A.B. Miller of Fontana at the Covina tournament.
Jordan Mottershaw (San Marcos)
Standout senior guard and San Diego Union-Tribune athlete of the week netted 34 points and had 10 rebounds in a win last week against Carlsbad. She also had 22 points and 11 rebounds in a loss to Poway.
Rachel Nagel & Reyna Ta’amu (Whitney, Cerritos)
These two combined for quite the game during the Wildcats’ 67-61 win over St. Joseph of Lakewood at the Glenn-Norwalk tournament. Nagel scored 36 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while Ta’amu scored 23 points and grabbed 19 rebounds. Two days later, Nagel scored 39 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a 61-52 win over Cabrillo of Long Beach.
Allyson O’Brien (La Habra)
Helping lead her team to the Lady Highlanders tournament championship, O’Brien scored 34 points against Capistrano Valley and 32 points against Eagle Rock and earned tournament MVP honors.
Haley Shaner (West Campus, Sacramento)
Despite scoring a game-high 30 points, the Warriors lost their opening round game at the Trojan Shootout 55-44 against El Camino of Sacramento.
Darrien Washington (Skyline, Oakland)
The Titans’ 6-foot-3 junior post had a double-double 24 points and 11 rebounds (four blocks) in a rout of Davis. She’s had a double-double in six of the 5-2 team’s seven games and is averaging 18.0 points, 12.1 rebounds and 4.9 blocks per game.
Jamie Gomez (Madison, San Diego)
The senior linebacker scored Madison’s lone offensive touchdown on a 4-yard run and came up with two interceptions on defense — one he returned for a score, the other he snagged in the end zone – to help the Warhawks defeat Monrovia 21-17 in the CIF Division III Southern California regional championship.
Austin Hooper (De La Salle, Concord)
The defense of Sparta stuffed the high-powered offense of Folsom in the CIF Open Division NorCal bowl game 49-15 victory, and it was this 6-foot-4, 247-pound defensive end with 17 Division I college offers that led the onslaught. Of the Spartans’ six sacks of Folsom quarterback Jake Browning, who came into the game only having been sacked nine times, Hooper had three. He also batted down a pass, had five total tackles, and from his tight end position on offense he caught two passes for 100 yards. Both receptions set up short De La Salle touchdown runs.
Erika Linch (Sutter)
Her extra point in the 23-7 loss to Marin Catholic in the CIF Division III Northern California regional final at Oroville made her the first girl to ever take the field let alone the first to score in CIF bowl game competition. She finished the season with 62 PATs and four field goals, including a 31-yarder, and a 28-yarder (and five PATs) three weeks ago in a 38-31 CIF Northern Section Division II victory over Cottonwood West Valley. The senior placekicker and soccer striker with an offer from Minot State (North Dakota) for soccer, has been doing double duty. She was the Northern Section girls soccer MVP last season and already has 14 goals in five games for the 5-1 Huskies’ soccer team.