Here’s some record updates and highlights of top coaches, players & teams from the past week as reported to us from CIF Central Section historian Bob Barnett of Fresno. Bob has done phenomenal work on behalf of CIF Central Section schools, athletes and coaches for more than 40 years.
Senior Cannon Eames from Yosemite of Oakhurst scored a season high of 36 points in a 82-77 win over Chowchilla. It was how he got those points that was more unique. Eames made 20 of 32 free throws. He also had six steals. Cannon is a three-sport athlete for the Badgers who also plays football and baseball.
Anthony Valencia of Mt. Whitney (Visalia) had a nice week by scoring 30 points in a 81-72 win over Hanford West and then a game high of 24 points as the Pioneers beat Hanford 70-66. With the wins, Mt. Whitney tied Hanford for first place in the West Yosemite League.
Junior Isaiah Hill from Liberty of Bakersfield scored 31 points and had 10 assists & 7 rebounds in an 84-49 win over Garces of Bakersfield. Hill also had 21 points in a 65-62 triumph over Centennial of Bakersfield.
Speaking of Centennial, the Golden Hawks have made 325 3-pointers for the season for a new Central Section record. They passed California City, which made 319 in 2017. Justin Greiner has made 112 of those 3-pointers for the season. He needs four to break the individual section record. Greiner was the NorCal Player of the Week two weeks ago and averages 25 ppg.
Junior Madison Campbell of Clovis West (Fresno) scored a game high of 27 points in her state-ranked team’s 68-41 victory over Clovis North (also state-ranked) and set another school record. She set the mark for most points scored in a season. Madison has scored 624 points, breaking the old record of 597, held by Paige Bowie in 1996. Madison also scored 15 points in a 63-26 win against Clovis East earlier in the week. Clovis West pushed its Tri-River Athletic Conference winning streak to 59 consecutive wins for another new school record.
Keeping on with the Clovis West girls, head coach Craig Campbell has been at the helm since 2006 and has won 13 consecutive league championships with a sparkling league record of 126-3. He came to the school after winning state titles at Reno High in Nevada.
Finally, Mirayha Gonzales of Firebaugh had a productive week, which began with 21 points, 6 assists & 6 steals in a 53-47 win over Mendota. Mirayha also scored a game high of 31 points in a 62-61 win over Dos Palos.