State Stat Stars of the Week

Two of this week's highlighted stat stars are Sophia Song from Mark Keppel of Alhambra & Elyssau Worku of Los Alamitos. Photos: Courtesy school & Ronnie Flores.

Two of this week’s highlighted stat stars are Sophia Song from Mark Keppel of Alhambra & Elyssau Worku of Los Alamitos. Photos: Courtesy school & Ronnie Flores.


Ever heard of a quintruble-double? Sophomore girls guard Anyssia Gibbs from Granite Hills of Apple Valley came one assist short of getting one in a game last week. Other girls with best of the best totals include one with 30 rebounds and another who scored 35 while moving to almost 10 assists per game for her average. For the boys, leading totals were reported at 46 points for John Ramirez (Santa Ana Valley), Ryan Johnson (Hanford) and Jared Milch (Terra Nova).

Note: We will collect totals from MaxPreps, newspapers, tweets and from those sent in to us. We also will compile single-game highs from this post throughout the season and of course we use our weekly State Stat Stars collection as an aid for the Cal-Hi Sports State Record Book. That is the only state record book anyone has ever done and we have published it seven times with full copyright protection. To report totals to us for this feature and for the record book, email markjtennis@gmail.com or call 209-463-9050. You can also text to 209-608-1317.

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(All players listed in alphabetical order)
(For games played through Saturday, Jan. 30 plus a few already from this week)
(Writeups by Paul Muyskens, Mark Tennis & CIF Central Section historian Bob Barnett)

BOYS BASKETBALL

Dylan Belquist (Los Gatos)
It’s the second stat star mention for this 6-foot-5 sophomore, who racked up 33 points to lead the Wildcats past Wilcox of Santa Clara 68-63. Belquist scored 12 of his points in the fourth quarter as Los Gatos overcame an 11-point deficit in the third quarter.

Joey Calcaterra (Marin Catholic, Kentfield)
Behind their junior captain’s 38 points and a season-high 10 rebounds, the Wildcats beat San Rafael 60-57. Calcaterra has scored 40 points or more three times and just missed getting there a fourth time.

Manuel Espinoza (Princeton)
One of the leading scorers so far in the CIF Northern Section at 23.1 ppg, Espinoza poured in 33 points in a 72-62 victory vs. Providence of Orland. He has had a season-high of 41 that game in a win vs. Elk Creek.

Sean Fernandez (North Hollywood)
For the second time this season, the CIF L.A. City Section scoring whiz whipped up a 44-point total for a game, this time in a 68-33 triumph vs. Arleta.

A freshman getting major college interest is Isaiah Mobley from Rancho Christian of Temecula. Photo: Sean Redfield.

A freshman getting major college interest is Isaiah Mobley from Rancho Christian of Temecula. Photo: Sean Redfield.


Pardeep Gil (San Joaquin Memorial, Fresno)
He scorched the nets with a career high of 40 points, 26 points coming in the first half, against Sanger to lead SJM to a 73-61 win as it stayed unbeaten in league. Gil came back with 16 points in a non-league game against Los Banos in a 91-34 win.

Max Heidegger (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village)
Putting the dagger in the hopes of the Warriors from Westlake of Westlake Village to get a win, Heidegger had 31 points and seven rebounds as the Lions got the 73-59 victory in their Marmonte League battle last week. It’s been good to see Max back playing in Southern California. He was a former all-state freshman at Crespi of Encino, then transferred to an out-of-state prep school after suffering a back injury as a sopohomore. He attended Crespi during the 2014-15 school year but did not play basketball.

Ryan Johnson (Hanford)
Just named as the Fresno Bee’s Player of the Year in football for what he did for the Bullpups in their CIF Division III-A state title season, Johnson scored a career high of 43 points, 2nd best in school history, in a 93-64 win over Redwood of Visalia. According to CIF Central Section historian Bob Barnett, Johnson’s total trails only leader Brian Brazier with 48 points and one point better than Manuel “Butch” Cardoza in 1958, also a former coach at Hanford.

Andre Kelly (Lincoln, Stockton)
He’s a 6-foot-5 sophomore who’s had some big outings for a team that’s been up-and-down in the Tri-City Athletic League. Kelly was certainly up in a 78-56 win last week against Tracy as he broke loose for 33 points and pulled down 13 rebounds.

Elias King (Christian Brothers, Sacramento)
The Falcons’ 6-foot-7 sophomore has earned his way onto the stat star honor roll several times this season and did it once again this week as he scored 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds during a 71-42 win over Casa Roble of Orangevale.

T.J. Leaf (Foothills Christian, El Cajon)
Honored during the team’s 69-57 win over Army-Navy of Carlsbad for his McDonald’s All-American selection, T.J. showed why as he scored 31 points and grabbed 19 rebounds.

Gerry Medina (Anaheim)
While his 36 points wasn’t a game-high, he did lead the Colonists’ offense in scoring as they got the 98-95 road win against Santa Ana Valley of Santa Ana.
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Jared Milch (Terra Nova, Pacifica)
A 6-foot-4 senior who is now averaging more than 24 ppg, Milch turned the South San Francisco defense into mulch as he poured in a season-high 43 points in a 75-55 victory. Milch also had a 29-point outing to help the Tigers edge Oceana of Pacifica, 64-62.

Isaiah Mobley (Rancho Christian, Temecula)
One of the top freshmen in the nation with offers from UCLA and other major colleges, Mobley pumped in 31 points to tie the school record and pulled down 11 rebounds in a close loss (75-69) to St. Bernard of Playa del Rey that was a rematch of last year’s CIFSS Division 5A final also won by the Vikings.

Austin Molezzo (Mission Oak, Tulare)
He scored a career high of 40 points and made eight 3-pointers for the game as the Hawks beat cross-town Tulare 87-65. The senior forward is averaging 26.6 ppg.

John Ramirez (Santa Ana Valley, Santa Ana)
If you are a fan of offense, the Falcons’ game against Anaheim was a fun one to watch despite the home team ending up on the wrong side of a 98-95 final score. Ramirez more than kept it close with bucket after bucket and ended up with 46 points.

Brandon Thomas (Taft, Woodland Hills)
Making sure the Toreadors would remain undefeated in West Valley League play, he scored 32 points during their 75-67 road win against Birmingham of Lake Balboa.

Chandler White (Tesoro, Las Flores)
Scoring more than half of the Titans’ points, White finished with 34 points during a 63-60 win in double overtime against Capistrano Valley in Sea View League play.

Eyassu Worku (Los Alamitos)
Putting in the work to be here on an almost weekly basis, the UC Irvine recruit had 31 points and five steals along with the game-winning assist as the Griffins defeated Edison of Huntington Beach 56-54 in Sunset League action.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Autumn Awbry (The King’s Academy, Sunnyvale)
We received a solid all-state nomination from Annika Awbrey of the Knights a couple of years ago and may get another one in late March about Autumn, a 6-foot junior. She had a 29-point game last week in a 51-46 win over Harker School of San Jose and outscored Harker’s Jordan Thompson, who is averaging nearly 27 ppg.

Sierra Campisano (Torrey Pines, San Diego)
Not letting her likely narrow miss of not being named to the McDonald’s All-American Game slow her down, this Oregon-bound standout made sure the Falcons wouldn’t lose a second straight game as she scored 35 points and grabbed 12 rebounds during a 68-42 win over Rancho Bernardo of San Diego and 38 points with 20 rebounds in a 79-42 win over Canyon Crest Academy of San Diego.

Shanaijah Davison (Pioneer, Woodland)
She has had some big performances this season for the Patriots during losses but finally one of her big performances came during a win when she had 40 points during a 68-51 win over Mira Loma of Sacramento. Averaging 28 points per game, this junior guard also had 35 points earlier in the week during a 75-52 loss to River City of West Sacramento.

Anyssia Gibbs (Granite Hills, Apple Valley)
Nearly doing something that has never been accomplished in the NBA, and reportedly just twice in high school girls basketball history, this sophomore was one assist away from a quintuple-double during a 54-44 win over Silverado of Victorville. Gibbs finished that game with 15 points, 16 rebounds, 11 steals, 10 blocks and nine assists. Later in the week, she finished one assist shy of her third straight quadruple-double with 29 points, 17 rebounds, 12 steals and nine assists during a 69-66 win over Adelanto.

Madison Kast (Redwood, Visalia)
The 6-foot-1 Montana State signee led Redwood to a 78-61 upset of Hanford in a West Yosemite League game. Madison scored 31 points, grabbed 21 rebounds and blocked four shots. Later in the week, Kast registered her first triple-double, scoring 14 points, grabbing 19 rebounds and dishing off 10 assists, while also adding five steals and six blocks in a 62-35 win over Hanford West. Kast recently passed the exclusive 1,000 points/1,000 rebounds mark in her four-year varsity career and has helped the Rangers get to the top ranking among Division II schools in the CIF Central Section.

Mikayla Kricfalusi (NC High Tech, San Marcos)
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, only eight others in CIF San Diego Section history have had more rebounds in a game than her total of 30, which came in a 45-35 win last week vs. Preuss of La Jolla. Kricfalusi added 18 points as a scorer.

Sierra Campisano averaged nearly 25 ppg for Torrey Pines last season and is even higher this year. Photo: Anna Scipione.

Sierra Campisano averaged nearly 25 ppg for Torrey Pines last season and is even higher this year. Photo: Anna Scipione.


Destiny Littleton (Bishop’s, La Jolla)
Nearly recording her second triple-double on the year, she came up two steals short as she outscored JSerra Catholic of San Juan Capistrano on her own with 40 points and had 10 rebounds and eight steals during a 84-39 win last Saturday. Earlier in the week, she also had 38 points as the Knights defeated Santa Fe Christian of Solana Beach 92-51.

Austyn Masuno (Oxford Academy, Cypress)
Recently earning player of the week honors from both OC Sidelines and OC Varsity, this 6-foot freshman has made a big impact this season for the Patriots, who are 19-3. Masuno just missed a triple-double during a 49-7 win over Brethren Christian of Huntington Beach with 21 points, 10 rebounds and a season-high nine steals. Averaging 19.3 points and 12.8 rebounds per game, she had 26 points and 16 rebounds the next day during a 58-54 win over Sage Hill of Newport Beach.

Amber Melgoza (Santa Barbara)
Held to just 17 points in the Dons’ last game from the week before, Melgoza bounced back in a big way. The senior captain scored 37 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the Dons defeated Buena of Ventura 76-41.

Lillian Olson (Sacramento Waldorf, Fair Oaks)
For some, her performances last week would be career-highs but for this 6-foot-2 senior it has become nearly an every game expectation. Olson, who is averaging 31.6 points and 18.8 rebounds per game for the Waves, scored 25 points and grabbed 25 rebounds during a 46-31 win over Victory Christian of Carmichael and ended last week with 35 points and 21 rebounds during a 59-19 win over Foresthill.

Melannie Ortiz (San Pedro)
Nearly outscoring Gardena on her own, she had 37 points and 10 rebounds during an 86-42 win by the Pirates in Marine League play.

Kayla Overbeck (Newbury Park)
Earlier this season, she became the school’s all-time leading scorer and hasn’t slowed down. The double-double machine had 32 points and 23 rebounds last week as the Panthers defeated Thousand Oaks 56-46. Averaging 22.4 points and 15 rebounds per game, her season-high for points is 38 and rebounds is 32.

Jasmine Pharms (Stagg, Stockton)
Despite being just 5-foot-8, Pharms is averaging 14.1 rebounds per game along with 26.8 points and 6.3 steals for the Delta Kings after recording her fourth and fifth triple-doubles of the season. First, Pharms scored 32 points, hauled in 11 rebounds and netted 12 steals during a 62-39 win over Chavez of Stockton. Next, she ended the week with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 steals in a 53-35 loss to Edison of Stockton.

Sophia Song (Mark Keppel, Alhambra)
The UC Davis signee followed up her great performance last week with another great one. The Aztecs’ 6-foot senior captain recorded another triple double in a 65-30 win over Montebello with 22 points, 13 rebounds and 10 steals. Earlier in the week, Song sung a tune of 24 points with 11 steals and eight rebounds during a 68-33 win over Bell Gardens.

Kayla Washington (Cajon, San Bernardino)
Now with nine straight double-doubles after three more last week, Washington had 29 points and 15 rebounds during a 87-26 win over Citrus Valley of Redlands before hitting for 25 points and 22 rebounds during a 94-27 win over the Blackhawks two days later.

Antania Watkins (Arroyo Valley, San Bernardino)
Girls at Cajon aren’t the only ones in San Berdoo putting up huge totals this year. Watkins is averaging nearly 10 assists per game and last week racked up 35 points with 10 rebounds and 11 assists in Arroyo Valley’s 105-25 romp past Rim of the World (Lake Arrowhead). Earlier in the week, Watkins had 20 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists in a 94-15 victory vs. Jurupa Hills of Fontana.

Mark Tennis is the co-founder and publisher of CalHiSports.com. He can be reached at markjtennis@gmail.com. Don’t forget to follow Mark on the Cal-Hi Sports Twitter handle: @CalHiSports


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