State Stat Stars of the Week

Two of this week's standout performers are Stephanie Moore from Golden Valley (Merced) and James Kelbert from Leland (San Jose). Photos: Andy Alfaro/The Modesto Bee & YouTube.com.

Two of this week’s best are Stephanie Moore from Golden Valley (Merced) and James Kelbert from Leland (San Jose). Photos: Andy Alfaro/The Modesto Bee & YouTube.com.


Eddy Ionescu of the Orinda Miramonte boys is starting to rack up totals that approach what his twin sis usually does for the unbeaten nationally ranked Miramonte girls. Noah Valencia of CSD Riverside also has another huge week with three games all above 40 points. For the girls, Lillian Olson of Sacramento Waldorf nets career high of 47 while Ilmar’I Thomas of S.F. Sacred Heart Cathedral sets WCAL single-game record.

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, Feb. 6 plus a few already from this week)
(Writeups by Paul Muyskens, Mark Tennis & CIF Central Section historian Bob Barnett)

BOYS BASKETBALL

LaMelo Ball (Chino Hills)
While his older brothers get more of the hype, he has contributed in a big way this season despite being just a freshmen and scored a team-high 27 points during a 106-90 win for the nation’s No. 1 team over Rancho Cucamonga.

Jordan Brown (Woodcreek, Roseville)
Averaging 26.3 points and 14.7 rebounds per game, this 6-foot-10 sophomore and the 2015 Cal-Hi Sports State Freshman of the Year scored 34 points and grabbed 18 rebounds during a 71-68 win over Oak Ridge of El Dorado Hills in Sierra Foothill League play.

Joey Calcaterra (Marin Catholic, Kentfield)
Following up his 38-point and 10-rebound performance from the week before, the Wildcats’ junior captain had another nice night with 30 points but it wasn’t enough to prevent an 85-68 loss against Drake of San Anselmo.

Kiron Dey from University of Irvine has been one of the top scorers this season in Orange County. Photo: Vimeo.com.

Kiron Dey from University of Irvine has been one of the top scorers this season in Orange County. Photo: Vimeo.com.


Kiron Dey (University, Irvine)
Corona del Mar of Newport Beach ruined what would of been good night for this senior guard as he scored 35 points but it came during an 85-78 loss for the Trojans to the Sea Kings.

Tyler Green (Enterprise, Redding)
He helped the Hornets sting arch-rival Shasta of Redding in a 57-49 victory by piling up 34 points. Green, who also had 10 rebounds, scored 23 of his points in the first half.

Sean Fernandez (North Hollywood)
With sole possession of first place in the East Valley League on the line, he scored 37 points during a 61-59 win over Grant of Van Nuys. For the season, Fernandez is averaging 31 points per game.

Joel Finney (Central City Value, Los Angeles)
For the fourth time this season, this 6-foot-1 senior scored at least 40 points in a game for the Jaguars. In his latest last week, Finney scored 41 points during a 72-41 win over Annenberg of Los Angeles.

Christian Fulch (Gunderson, San Jose)
The Grizzlies remained in first place in the BVAL thanks to a 63-58 win over Leland of San Jose and state stat star James Kelbert. Fulch, a 6-foot-7 junior, led the way with 28 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.

Max Heidegger (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village)
In a Marmonte League game that featured state stat star worthy performances on each side, it was Heidegger’s 38 points that was not only a game-high but it came for the winning side during a 72-69 win over Calabasas.

Isaiah Hood (Bentley, Lafayette)
In a 69-53 victory over Redwood Christian of Castro Valley, Hood was more than good. The junior forward finished with 35 points, 19 rebounds and six assists.

Eddy Ionescu (Miramonte, Orinda)
The brother of girls’ State Player of the Year frontrunner Sabrina Ionescu has been lighting up the scoreboard himself in recent weeks. Ionescu had 36 points, eight rebounds and five blocks in a 65-49 victory last week vs. Alhambra of Martinez and also had 27 points and 13 rebounds when Miramonte beat Campolindo of Moraga 60-48.

James Kelbert (Leland, San Jose)
Although the week ended with Leland losing a tough contest to Leigh of San Jose, Kelbert had a monster outing earlier in the week. The returning All-Mercury News pick scored 38 points to lead the Chargers past Prospect of Saratoga 66-63. Kelbert, who has been a consistent 20 ppg scorer the last two seasons, played last summer for the U17 team from the Virgin Islands and also is one of the top water polo goalies in Northern California.

Jeremiah Martin (Cajon, San Bernardino)
Scoring six of his points and grabbing eight rebounds in the third quarter alone, this 6-foot-4 sophomore helped put the Cowboys in position to win their first Citrus Belt League boys basketball championship. He ended with 19 rebounds and had 15 points during a 62-46 win over Redlands East Valley of Redlands.

Austin Molezzo (Mission Oak, Tulare)
It was another huge outing for Molezzo as he scored a game high of 34 points in a 75-68 win over Porterville that kept his team unbeaten in league play. Teammate Tanner Murphy also became the third player on the team (Molezzo and Will Shannon are the other two) to reach 1,000 career points.

Ryan Murphy (Calabasas)
While he finished with 37 points, Murphy had to be disappointed as he missed the front end of a one-and-one late in the game which contributed to the Coyotes being on the losing end of a 72-69 final score against Oaks Christian of Westlake Village.
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Patrick Pancho (San Lorenzo)
There certainly are some high-scoring sophomores in Northern California this season and Pancho is another one. The 6-foot-3 wing player scored 35 points in a 76-58 victory over Tennyson of Hayward. He also made five 3-pointers.

Bryan Parcedes (Tulare Western)
He’s just a sophomore and contributed to a bad week for Porterville by scoring a career high of 31 points to lead the Mustangs to a 72-65 win over the Tigers.

Noah Valencia (California School for the Deaf, Valencia)
Already with a 71-point performance from earlier this season, this senior guard had three big games last week on back-to-back-to-back days. First, he scored 46 points in a 69-67 win over California Lutheran of Wildomar, then 42 points during an 86-19 win over Riverside Christian and finally 46 once again during a 62-58 win over La Sierra Academy of Riverside.

Darion Wilson (Rosamond)
He was scorching in the high desert with a season high of 32 points in his team’s 69-66 victory against Bishop.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Delacy Brown (Poly, Riverside)
Outscoring Rancho Verde of Moreno Valley on her own, Brown scored 35 points during a 71-32 win that also saw her fill up the stat sheet with nine steals, eight assists and six rebounds. Brown, who was our first SoCal girls player of the week this season, is averaging 23.3 ppg.

Emily Codding (Santa Rosa)
Helping the Panthers win a couple of North Bay League games, Codding racked up 19 points and 23 rebounds in a 47-36 victory vs. Maria Carrillo of Santa Rosa and then had 26 points and 13 rebounds in a 72-68 triumph vs. Rancho Cotate of Rohnert Park.

Rebecca Gallis (Kern Valley, Lake Isabella)
After coming close several times this season, she finally recorded her first triple-double as she scored 26 points to go along with 14 rebounds and 10 assists as the Broncs ended a two-game losing streak by defeating Frazier Mountain of Lebec 78-22.

Sabrina Ionescu (Miramonte, Orinda)
In the first week in which we’re also writing up her twin brother, Eddy, as one of the boys state stat stars, Sabrina knocked down 38 points to lead the unbeaten Mats past Campolindo of Moraga 102-38.

Angel Jackson (Salesian, Richmond)
One of several talented freshmen playing for the Pride, Jackson notched a triple-double in a 65-53 win vs. St. Joseph Notre Dame of Alameda. Jackson blocked 11 shots to go with 10 points and 10 rebounds and also had 14 points and 10 rebounds in another win last week vs. St. Mary’s of Berkeley.

Jordan Thompson has been a frequent state stat star this season and is averaging nearly 27 ppg. Photo: Courtesy family.

Jordan Thompson has been a frequent state stat star this season and is averaging nearly 27 ppg. Photo: Courtesy family.


Jameia Johnson (Gompers Prep, San Diego)
Players can pop up on the MaxPreps scoring list at any time and Johnson has just done that, no doubt sparked by the 50-point game she reportedly had last week in a 65-51 win last week by her team against O’Farrell of San Diego. Johnson, listed as averaging 29.2 ppg, also had 34 last week in a victory vs. King-Chavez Community.

Destiny Littleton (Bishop’s, La Jolla)
Considering that McDonald’s All-American DiJonai Carrington was playing for Horizon, Littleton erupting for 52 points to tie her career high in a 94-59 win by her team over Horizon was extra special. Littleton continues to lead the state in reported scoring at 36.1 points per game.

Stephanie Moore (Golden Valley, Merced)
The Merced Sun-Star Player of the Year as a junior continues to have a solid senior season. Headed to UC San Diego, Moore helped keep the Cougars unbeaten in Central California Conference games with 24 points, 10 rebounds and five steals in a 67-33 triumph last week over Atwater.

Lillian Olson (Sacramento Waldorf, Fair Oaks)
She’s not a new name to this list but she set her career high last week during a 65-63 win over Forest Lake Christian of Auburn. Olson finished with 47 points and 17 rebounds. Her previous career and season high was 40 points in a game which she had done on two previous occasions earlier this season. Olson also scored 28 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and for the second time this season had seven steals during a 66-48 win over Woodland Christian.

Rachel Rogers (Los Molinos)
The 5-foot-9 sophomore inched her scoring average near the 20 ppg mark after two strong outings last week. First, she hit for a season high 31 points in a 71-39 romp past Maxwell. Later, Rogers rolled up 28 in a 49-42 win vs. Redding Christian.

Alaysia Styles (La Jolla Country Day)
In a similar outing as Destiny Littleton of Bishop’s against Horizon, Styles had a monster showing with 30 points and 11 rebounds when the Torreys beat Torrey Pines of San Diego 67-45. Torrey Pines, of course, features Oregon-bound big-time scorer Sierra Campisano, who led her team with 18.

Terrin Sullivan (Middle College, Los Angeles)
Before heading to college, this 5-foot-8 senior captain is making the most of her final year with the Cougars. She scored 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds during a 88-22 win over Port of Los Angeles (San Pedro) and followed it up two days later with 34 points and 10 rebounds during a 78-29 win over Harbor Teacher of Wilmington.

IImar’I Thomas (Sacred Heart Cathedral, S.F.)
If IImar’I hadn’t already been picked as a NorCal Girls POW this season, she certainly would have gotten it for last week. In a win against Presentation of San Jose, Thomas scored a career-high 38 points with 14 rebounds and five blocks. Her scoring total also brok the single-game record in the rugged West Catholic Athletic League. Thomas also had 22 points, 11 rebounds and four assists last week against arch-rival St. Ignatius.

Jordan Thompson (Harker Academy, San Jose)
The 5-foot-9 junior pumped in 30 points in a 69-32 win over Mercy of Burlingame and continues to lead the CIF Central Coast Section with nearly 27 ppg. Thompson also has now made 53 shots from beyond the 3-point line.

Baylee Vanderdoes (Placer, Auburn)
Putting up bigger numbers over the second half of the season, this 6-foot-1 senior captain finished with 23 points and 19 rebounds during a 54-36 win against Foothill of Sacramento. Her 19 rebounds tied her season-high for rebounds in a game while she extended her double-double streak to four in a row.

Kayla Washington (Cajon, San Bernardino)
Some big numbers were put up last week in San Bernardino, and against Redlands East Valley in both boys and girls basketball. Washington scored 31 points and grabbed a season-high 26 rebounds during a 78-47 win over the Wildcats.

Antania Watkins (Arroyo Valley, San Bernardino)
Just a sophomore, she is averaging a triple-double this season and had her fourth quadruple-double this season last week as she scored 23 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, had 18 assists and 13 steals during a 105-9 win over Indian Springs of San Bernardino. It was her third quadruple-double in her last four games and later in the week she recorded her fifth straight triple-double with 35 points, 10 assists and 15 steals during a 93-12 win over San Gorgonio of San Bernardino.

COACHING MILESTONE

Congratulations to long time coach Doug White of Corcoran in becoming the CIF Central Section’S all-time winningest coach after his team beat Woodlake 42-30. According to section historian Bob Barnett, White now has a 447-196 career record, passing Glen Hager of Bakersfield Stockdale at 446 wins.

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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