C8 The San Diego Union-Tribune • Saturday, March 22, 2008
union-tribune all-san diego section basketball team
Jeff Withey, a 7-foot center who has accepted a scholarship to the University of Arizona, led Janae Fulcher, a soft-shooting left-hander who has accepted a scholarship to Arizona State,
Horizon to four San Diego Section championships. Francis Specker / Associated Press led La Jolla Country Day to four San Diego Section titles. John Gibbins / Union-Tribune
BOYS FIRST TEAM GIRLS FIRST TEAM
troy leaf danielle boykin
Foothills Christian Bonita Vista
Sophomore | 6-3 | 25.1 ppg Senior | 5-10 | 18.8 ppg
Leaf led his team in scoring. As one of Bonita Vista quietly became a power
the taller Knights, he also was among as the season progressed, leading for
the team’s top rebounders. Leaf, who almost the entire section Division I title
has accepted a scholarship offer to San game before falling to Poway. Boykin’s
Diego State, led Foothills Christian to its powerful inside presence helped the
second straight section Division V title. Barons to a 22-8 record.
Patrick mccollom dominique conners
San Diego La Jolla Country Day
Senior | 6-3 | 17.7 ppg Horizon’s Withey, La Jolla Country Day’s Senior | 5-9 | 14.1 ppg
Transferring from Washington state
helped McCollom and the Cavers as the
Fulcher chosen Players of the Year Many expect Conners to step in and start
at USD because her game is so polished.
flashy guard led San Diego to its first Conners was the motor for the Torreys,
section title since 1975. McCollom’s ball- pushing the ball up the court, driving to
handling and unselfish passing allowed the basket and finding open teammates
San Diego to reach the regional quarterfinals. by steve brand passing the 234 by St. Augustine’s for easy baskets.
STAFF WRITER Jelani McCoy in 1994. Withey
James rahon finished with 713 career blocks. Victoria lippert
Torrey Pines For four years, Horizon’s Jeff One more game and he might have Cathedral Catholic
Withey and La Jolla Countr y Day’s eclipsed McCoy’s all-time mark of
Senior | 6-2 | 25.6 ppg Junior | 5-11 | 18.6 ppg
Janae Fulcher have dominated bas- 718.
Santa Clara University is getting the best ketball in this state. “It’s all about heart with Jeff,” One of the best pure shooters around,
pure shooter in the section. Rahon was Now they hope to do the same at Horizon coach Waheed Mitchell Lippert displayed rebounding and ball-
able to create and score against double- the next level — in Arizona. Withey said. “All of these accolades and handling skills in leading the Dons to
and triple-teams. He showed outstanding will continue his career at the Uni- he’s still the same selfless Jeff. the section Division III title. Lippert has
ball-handling skills in leading the Falcons versity of Arizona and Fulcher is He’s humble. He gave 100 percent the ability to dominate games for long
to a 22-7 record against a tough schedule. headed to Arizona State University. all of the time, the same on campus periods of time.
The two standouts are the as in the gym.”
nelson rosario gizelle studevent
Union-Tribune Players of the Year Withey went out impressively,
El Camino after guiding their schools to four scoring 36 points and collecting Bishop’s
Senior | 6-6 | 11.8 ppg straight section titles and into the 17 rebounds in his last game, a Junior | 5-11 | 18.5 ppg
Southern California Regionals. regional semifinal setback against
The multisport standout lists basketball Studevent was a solidifying force for the
“It’s the next chapter. I’m excited San Joaquin Memorial.
as his third-favorite, but many believe Knights, who overcame injuries to reach
for a new beginning while at the Now the two look ahead to life in
Rosario’s scoring, rebounding and the section Division IV championship
same time it’s sad that I’ll no longer Arizona.
defense are good enough for him to play game. A tenacious defender and team
be with this team,” said the 6-foot-3
hoops at UCLA, where he’s accepted a leader, Studevent was the top scorer and
Fulcher, who averaged 17.9 points
football scholarship and plans to compete in track.
and 9.9 rebounds a game in leading Coaches of the Year rebounder for Bishop’s.
Jeremy tyler the Torreys to the state Division IV danesia Williamson
championship game. It didn’t take opponents long to
San Diego Mount Miguel
Making it to Sacramento proved realize that beating Hoover’s boys,
Sophomore | 6-11 | 18.7 ppg to be the highlight for Fulcher af- directed by Ollie Goulston, and Ca- Junior | 5-6 | 20.2 ppg
Last year’s Newcomer of the Year ter frustrating losses the previous thedral Catholic’s Mount Miguel continues to be a power
dominated inside with double-figure three years in the Southern Califor- girls, coached by thanks to players like Williamson, a
averages in scoring and rebounds. Tyler nia Regional championships. Melissa Padgett, prolific scorer with inside moves and
matured as the season progressed She hesitated when asked which wasn’t going to be an outside jumper. She led the team in
and was a big reason the Cavers were accomplishment — winning four easy this year. steals and was a major contributor in
unbeaten against San Diego Section teams. section titles or reaching the state When the Car- assists and rebounds.
final — meant the most. dinals won the
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR “Winning a fourth straight sec- section Division II NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
angelo chol tion title, beating the best of the title two years ago, katie kuklok
best (Bishop’s) was our goal from many felt Hoover’s
Hoover the start, but getting over the ollie goulston talent carried the Poway
Freshman | 6-8 | 10.6 ppg hump of the regional champion- Hoover team to the cham- Freshman | 5-8 | 9.6 ppg
Although much was expected of the ship was the ultimate goal,” said pionship. This Kuklok was a powerful force for the
big freshman, few anticipated that he’d Fulcher. time, Goulston Titans, who captured the section
dominate down the stretch in leading “Getting to the state champion- started the season Division I title with their win over Bonita
Hoover to the section Division II title. ship game is what you strive for. with a freshman at Vista. Kuklok averaged 18.3 points over
Chol was credited with 9.9 rebounds and We played well until the last few center and without the final six games, including a season-
7.2 blocks per game. minutes. a pair of four-year high 27 in the quarterfinals against La Costa Canyon.
“I guess the way to look at it is lettermen who had
we had to win both the section and moved on to col-
the regional to get the ticket to the lege.
BOYS SECOND TEAM BOYS THIRD TEAM state championship.” The Cardinals GIRLS SECOND TEAM GIRLS THIRD TEAM
tayler darby kareem abukar Fulcher led the way all four Cathedral
struggled at times, keisha cox Jennifer bryant
Mission Hills Helix years as the Torreys made it eight Catholic but the team bonded Mission Hills Westview
Senior | 6-8 | 20.3 ppg Senior | 6-2 | 11.0 ppg
straight section titles. She was a under Goulston’s pa- Senior | 5-9 | 22.9 ppg Senior | 5-8 | 15.8 ppg
dominant force inside, averaging tient leadership and went on to capture
shawn Hempsey Jevon carmon mackenzie mathias cheyenne curley-Payne
almost 10 rebounds and at least two the Division II title.
La Costa Canyon Hoover blocked shots per game. After a 22-3 regular season, Cathedral Catholic Eastlake
Senior | 6-2 | 18.8 ppg Senior | 6-4 | 15.9 ppg Ditto for Withey. Padgett’s girls stormed by three Senior | 5-6 | 14.3 ppg Junior | 5-4 | 17.5 ppg
david Howard anthony cosentino The 7-foot center has one acco- playoff opponents before facing emily osga kelly Hansen
Army-Navy Otay Ranch lade many others can’t claim — a top-seeded Mount Miguel for the Patrick Henry Mt. Carmel
Senior | 6-7 | 17.7 ppg Senior | 6-7 | 18.8 ppg state title after leading Horizon past Division III title. The former USD Junior | 5-8 | 18.0 ppg Senior | 6-4 | 15.0 ppg
corey trisby demetrius love San Francisco Sacred Heart Cathe- player kept the Dons focused autumn spikes ebone Henry
Hoover El Camino dral two years ago. throughout and captured her first Mount Miguel Mater Dei
Senior | 6-3 | 16.2 ppg Senior | 5-9 | 12.6 ppg
Withey, who averaged 21.3 points section title as a head coach with a
Senior | 6-1 | 12.1 ppg Junior | 5-9 | 14.9 ppg
this season, ends his high school 56-50 victor y over the Matadors.
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Senior | 6-3 | 23.1 ppg Senior | 6-4 | 13.3 ppg blocked shots this season, sur- firstname.lastname@example.org Senior | 5-9 | 15.2 ppg Senior | 5-8 | 21.3 ppg