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					C8	                                                                                 The San Diego Union-Tribune • Saturday, March 22, 2008	


                                                                                       High Schools
                                                                   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




                                                                     FOUR YEARS,
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




                                                                     FOUR StARS
                   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
                                                                                                                melissa Padgett
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.
Jywrell Wilson                    Peter sefton                                                                                                                 adelle Walton                      leticia ridley
                                                                     career with his name in the sec-
Bishop’s                          La Jolla                           tion record book. He collected 241         Steve Brand: (619) 293-1854;                   Francis Parker                     San Diego
Senior | 6-3 | 23.1 ppg           Senior | 6-4 | 13.3 ppg            blocked shots this season, sur-            steve.brand@uniontrib.com                      Senior | 5-9 | 15.2 ppg            Senior | 5-8 | 21.3 ppg

				
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