SoCal/NorCal Players of the Week

Two of this week’s honorees are Emmy Stout (No. 10 at left) from Maranatha Christian of San Diego & Nick Von Zboray from Ponderosa of Shingle Springs. Photos: & Thomas Frey / Mountain Democrat.

For this week we visit San Diego and Huntington Beach to find our Southern California honorees and in Northern California we land in Shingle Springs of El Dorado County and Concord in the East Bay for the NorCal award winners.

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Note: For these honors, we consider CIF Central Section players for Northern California. We also remind readers that for all of our Player of the Week features in all sports, girls and boys, we use it to uncover hidden talent that doesn’t always make the limelight, and for tracking entries into the Cal-Hi Sports Online Record Book. To nominate anyone, email



Cal-Hi Sports Southern California
Girls Basketball Player of the Week

Emmy Stout (Maranatha Christian, San Diego) Soph.

To find our Southern California Girls Basketball Player of the Week, we head to San Diego and land just east of Rancho Santa Fe and just about halfway between the I-5 and the I-15 freeways.

At Maranatha Christian, we find a sophomore center who has put the Eagles on the map for girls basketball in the CIF San Diego Section.

Last week, and in a week that saw the Eagles go 2-1, Stout was pretty stout with three solid performances. She started the week with a solid double-double 31 points and 11 rebounds in an 80-60 victory over crosstown Francis Parker. Emmy followed that up with 29 points and 17 rebounds in a 68-47 win against nearby Santa Fe Christian of Solana Beach. Even in the loss, a close 68-63 defeat to perennial San Diego small school power Bishop’s of La Jolla, Stout had her third double-double of the week after going for 22 points and 19 rebounds.

While this week has begun with a loss to 19-5 Classical Academy of Escondido, so far this season Stout was averaging 20.9 points and 13.5 rebounds for the Eagles, and in her 16 games reported games she had registered 12 double-doubles.

Yasmine Garrett had 24-point and 35-point outings in her two games last week. Photo:

Cal-Hi Sports Northern California
Girls Basketball Player of the Week

Yasmine Garrett (Mt. Diablo, Concord) Sr.

For our Northern California Girls Basketball Player of the Week honor, we head to the shadows of majestic Mt. Diablo and land at a school named after the mountain that’s the centerpiece of Contra Costa County.

At Mt. Diablo, we find a senior wing who has picked up right where she left off after being named All State Division IV last spring, and last week was a perfect example.

In a 77-44 victory over College Park (Pleasant Hill) in Diablo Valley Athletic League action, Garrett went for 35 points.

Earlier in the week and in an MLK Day 59-36 win over Freedom of Oakley, Yasmine was pretty fine after finishing with a solid double-double 24 points and 11 rebounds with four assists and four steals.

So far in a 13-4 season for the Red Devils entering a Wednesday contest vs. Ygnacio Valley, Garrett was averaging 20.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.6 steals and 3.1 assists per game. The 35 points in the against College Park is a season high and Yasmine now has five double-doubles on the current campaign.

Cal-Hi Sports Northern California
Boys Basketball Player of the Week

Nick Von Zboray (Ponderosa, Shingle Springs) Sr.

We head to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section and the greater Metropolitan Sacramento area for the second straight week with our destination about 35 miles east of the state Capitol on Highway 50 as you get into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

While it can get pretty cold and snowy in Shingle Springs, Von Zboray has been as hot as any player can be.

Last week, in an 87-57 Foothill Valley League victory over Lincoln, Von Zboray had his way with the visiting Fighting Zebras after going for a career-high 40 points, including shooting 10-of-14 on three-pointers.

Later in the week, Nick had 12 points in a 74-50 win over Placer of Auburn but that only shows why Ponderosa went to 20-0 and has been ranked No. 2 in the Sacramento Bee rankings. The Bruins are not a one man team. In that game, Von Zobray was one of four in double-figure scoring.

Even with a lot of teammates that can put the ball in the basket, Nick was still leading the way with a 21.2 points per game average along with 6.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 steals per contest entering a Wednesday game vs. Rio Linda.

We’re sure Von Zobray would want to give a shout out to at least one teammate so we’ll pick junior Casen Chaney. He led the way against Placer with 22 points and was averaging 17.0 points, 7.6 assists, 7.0 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game.

Cal-Hi Sports Southern California
Boys Basketball Player of the Week

Ramon Lopez (Ocean View, Huntington Beach) Sr.

Orange County is the landing spot for our Southern California Boys Basketball Player of the Week at Ocean View, which is about two miles east of the Bolsa Chica Basin State Marine Conservation Area. You can’t see the ocean from Ocean View unless you’re on the roof of the gym, but with Lopez playing in that gym that’s been a great view all season for Seahawks’ fans.

The week started a little rough for the 6-foot-6 senior power forward in a heartbreaking 42-40 road loss to nearby Garden Grove with Lopez getting 20 points and six rebounds in the loss.

Three days later, in a 61-47 victory over Santa Ana Segerstrom, Lopez had a double-double 28 points and 10 rebounds. He followed that up on Saturday with another solid double-double 27 points and 16 rebounds with four steals and two assists in a 62-56 victory over California of Whittier. There was a Tuesday game this week vs. Godinez of Santa Ana and there also is Wednesday game vs. Segerstrom.

So far, in a 12-7 season heading into that Tuesday game at Godinez, Ramon had gone for 10 double-doubles, had 30 or more points six times with a high of 39 in a loss to Compton Dominguez and a win over Laguna Hills. Lopez was averaging 27.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.2 steals, 2.1 assists and 1.8 blocks per game. Earlier this season, he also went over the 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds marks.

Harold Abend is the associate editor of and the vice president of the California Prep Sportswriters Association. He can be reached at Don’t forget to follow him on Twitter: @HaroldAbend

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