High-SchoolArizona: All-State Stock Watch

All-State Stock Watch respects the resurgence

January, 25, 2012
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Each week, we'll take an in-depth look at our preseason All-State basketball team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll feature a Prime-Time player (PTP), an Other Top Player (OTP) and an under the radar star who is making a bid to be one of the state's top players (UTR).

If you've got athletes you think we should mention in our All-State Stock Watch, hit me up on Twitter @CParishESPNHS.

PTP: Camyn Boone, Mesa Mountain View, Senior

Boone earned Stock Watch honors in our first post of the hoops season for his outstanding play despite his team's slow start. Now that his team is back on track, Boone deserves even more credit. The Toros have won six in a row and Boone has been a big reason for the resurgence. Against a tough Marcos de Niza squad, Boone scored 25 points to lead his team to a 71-63 win on Tuesday.

OTP: Sami Bzai, Mesquite, Senior

Mesquite is currently hovering over .500 at 12-10 thanks in large part to Bzai's impressive performance night after night. He's averaging 21.7 points per game, and he dropped 25 points on Tuesday despite a loss to a very good Corona del Sol team. Bzai's season-high came in a 29-point effort against Dobson on Jan. 13.

UTR: Jesse Arias, Douglas, Senior

You sort of got the feeling that Arias was going to have a special year when he dropped 48 in his team's first game this season. Sure enough, the senior guard has been a scoring machine. Lower classification or not, he's been on a tear, averaging 27.4 points per game. And the 48 in his team's season-opener wasn't even his most impressive game. He's also had a 51-point scoring night. Thanks to Arias' impressive play, Douglas sports a 15-6 record.

All-State Stock Watch respects the junior class

January, 11, 2012
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Each week, we'll take an in-depth look at our preseason All-State basketball team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll feature a Prime-Time player (PTP), an Other Top Player (OTP) and an under the radar star who is making a bid to be one of the state's top players (UTR).

If you've got athletes you think we should mention in our All-State Stock Watch, hit me up on Twitter @CParishESPNHS.

PTP: Torren Jones, Basha, Junior

Jones is half of a stellar 1-2 combination for the Bears this season, and sometimes he does enough for two players. Take the Bears' game against Kofa on Thursday. Jaron Hopkins, Basha's other stellar scoring threat, did his part with 26 points. But it was Jones who stole the show, contributing 25 points and a school-record 22 rebounds as Basha won, 73-51. Those are Kevin Love-type stats. More nights like that and the Bears are going to be tough to beat.

OTP: Paul Watson, Paradise Valley, Junior

Paradise Valley jumped into the POWERADE Arizona Weekly Rankings this week for the first time thanks to a 14-2 record. Watson has been a big reason for the team's outstanding play. The junior guard not only puts up big numbers for the Trojans, but he makes defenses focus on him, which frees up other players. In a game against Sunnyslope on Tuesday, defensive coverage on Watson allowed Daniel Lopez to hit a game-winning 3-pointer. Watson will be one of the state's best players next season.

UTR: Erik Carr, Tempe, Senior

Carr is only averaging less than 10 points per game, but when he does score, it usually comes in bunches. He's had five games of 15 or more points, and his 22-point night against Seton Catholic on Tuesday helped the Buffaloes earn a 63-56 win and move to 14-4 on the season. It was the team's 11th straight win. Carr had four 3-pointers and added four steals in the win. When Carr is at his best, Tempe is tough to beat.

All-State Stock Watch gives credit to the scorers

January, 4, 2012
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Each week, we'll take an in-depth look at our preseason All-State basketball team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll feature a Prime-Time player (PTP), an Other Top Player (OTP) and an under the radar star who is making a bid to be one of the state's top players (UTR).

If you've got athletes you think we should mention in our All-State Stock Watch, hit me up on Twitter @CParishESPNHS.

PTP: Dewayne Russell, Peoria, Senior

Russell, an All-State fourth-teamer, averaged 21.7 points per game last season. This year he might challenge for the state's scoring title. In leading Peoria to an 11-1 start, Russell is averaging 28.5 points per game. The Southern Cal recruit is also putting up better than five assists and five steals per game.

OTP: Bryce Gosar, Sunnyslope, Senior

Sunnyslope is off to a 12-3 start and Gosar's impressive scoring production is a big reason why. The senior guard is averaging 27.3 points per night, but it's been a few of his most recent performances that have been most impressive. He dropped 44 points on Dec. 20 against Washington on 17-of-28 shooting. Continued production could help the Vikings contend this year.

UTR: Jessie Arias, Douglas, Senior

After opening his season with a 48-point effort against Empire, Arias has continued scoring at a torrid pace. He dropped 51 on Benson on Dec. 10 and is currently averaging 31.7 points per contest. Thanks to his exceptional shooting touch, the Bulldogs are 8-3 this season.

All-State Stock Watch opens AZ season with a bang

December, 21, 2011
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Each week, we'll take an in-depth look at our preseason All-State basketball team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll feature a Prime-Time player (PTP), an Other Top Player (OTP) and an under the radar star who is making a bid to be one of the state's top players (UTR).

If you've got athletes you think we should mention in our All-State Stock Watch, hit me up on Twitter @CParishESPNHS.

It's the first stock watch of the season, and some players and teams are off to very good starts. Let's get to it.

PTP: Camyn Boone, Mesa Mountain View, Senior

Mountain View took on Davis (Utah) in the Great Western Shootout last week, and although the Toros came up on the short end of the game, Boone stood out as arguably the best player on the floor. He scored 27 points in the game to lead all scorers. The next night, Boone was even better, scoring 33 points as his team beat Canyon Spring (Las Vegas, Nev.) by a 66-54 margin.

OTP: Derreck Brooks, Desert Ridge, Senior

Sure, it came in a loss, but there's no under-estimating the impressive performance Brooks gave against Perry last week. Brooks led all scorers with 26 points in the game, a 67-60 loss. He's also scored 30 or more twice this season in wins over North Canyon and Gilbert and is proving he's one of the state's most feared scorers.

UTR: Jordan Mitchell, Cibola, Junior

As Cibola has jumped out to a great start this season, the Raiders can thank Mitchell for his outstanding play early in the season. He's averaging more than 25 points per game and has put together some masterful performances, including a 29-point night in a win over Yuma and a 31-point night despite a loss to Parker. With Mitchell leading the way, this Cibola team will be dangerous this season.

All-State Stock Watch proves its value on the field

October, 19, 2011
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Each week, we’ll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll highlight a blue-chipper (a first-team player), an OTP (other top player) and an under-the-radar pick (someone who didn't make the squad but is making a case to be on the team).

This week, a top recruit's return spells success, a running back carries his team to an unbeaten record and a quarterback takes advantage of a top team with a suspect defense.

Blue Chip: Jarvis Lewis, Chaparral, DL

Jarvis Lewis' season began under a cloud of scrutiny, with investigators looking into whether or not he was eligible this season. But since he's been cleared, it's back to business, and he's proven how valuable he can be to Chaparral. Since he returned, the Firebirds have won their games by an average of 45.2 points (it was 25 before he returned and they lost their first game).

OTP: Trae Armstrong, Deer Valley, RB

You don't get to be 8-0 on the season on luck and guile; you need playmakers. And that's exactly what Armstrong has been for this team all season. He was especially important on Friday as Deer Valley narrowly escaped with a 41-34 victory over Apollo, rushing for three touchdowns in the game. On the season he has more than 1,200 yards and 17 scores on the ground.

Under the Radar: Josh Uhlorn, Perry, QB

It wasn't news to anyone that Basha was winning games more with offense than with defense. The Bears have given up an average of 30 points per game but still boast a 6-2 record. But the team fell to Perry in a 56-38 loss on Friday thanks in large part to the efforts of Uhlorn. The senior completed 17 of 22 passes for 280 yards and five touchdowns in the game. On the season, Uhlorn has 1,653 passing yards and 19 scores through the air, not to mention 630 yards and 10 more TDs on the ground.

All-State Stock Watch is breaking records like Casey Jahn

October, 12, 2011
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Each week, we’ll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll highlight a blue-chipper (a first-team player), an OTP (other top player) and an under-the-radar pick (someone who didn't make the squad but is making a case to be on the team).

This week, the Arizona all-time rushing record falls, a running back leads his team to a big victory over a tough opponent and the quarterback of one of the nation's top teams helps keep a win streak alive.

Blue Chip: Casey Jahn, Northwest Christian, RB


Who else would it be? Jahn is now the state's all-time leading rusher after his muted (by his standards) 197 yards on 21 carries. The senior surpassed the record, set by Dwayne Thomas of Tombstone in 2005. The old record was 6,506; the new record (for now) is 6,513. Jahn also scored twice in the game.

OTP: Alex Howard, Williams Field, RB

Howard was named the Southeast Valley Offensive Player of the Week by The Arizona Republic after helping Williams Field take down Apache Junction. Howard needed only 11 carries to amass 230 yards, and he scored five touchdowns in his team's 58-14 win over Apache Junction.

Under the Radar: Blake Kemp, Hamilton, QB

Unbeaten opponent? No problem for the nation's No. 19 team in the POWERADE FAB 50. The senior Kemp made sure to keep Hamilton's streak intact with 245 passing yards and three touchdowns. He also added a fourth on the ground as Hamilton extended its winning streak to 47 games with a 35-10 win over Desert Vista.

AZ's All-State Stock Watch loves the 'INT'

October, 5, 2011
10/05/11
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Each week, we’ll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll highlight a blue-chipper (a first-team player), an OTP (other top player) and an under-the-radar pick (someone who didn't make the squad but is making a case to be on the team).

This week, a top-ranked receiver makes big plays for his top-ranked team and two defenders make headlines for their outstanding play.

Blue Chip: Kendyl Taylor, Hamilton, WR

You don't win 46 games in a row without some surefire playmakers, and that's exactly what Taylor has been for the top-ranked Huskies. Taylor provided a big lift this past weekend in Hamilton's game against Chandler when he outran defenders with some explosive moves and scored on a 44-yard touchdown, giving Hamilton a lead it wouldn't relinquish. On the season, Taylor has 400 receiving yards and three scores, and he's also racked up nearly 150 yards on the ground with two more TDs. And he can change a game defensively, too.

OTP: Chuks Amaechi, Westview, LB

Westview is off to a hot 5-1 start this season and has a pivotal contest this weekend against Brophy Prep. And one of the biggest reasons for the team's hot start has been Amaechi. The senior has played just about everywhere for the Knights. He's got a pass reception on offense and has seen time on the O-line. But on defense he's been everywhere. He leads the team in sacks with four, is among the team leaders in tackles and even has an interception.

Under the Radar: Gabe Lumas, Kingman, DB

Kingman's season hadn't quite been going to plan before this past weekend. The Bulldogs were 0-5 and defense had been a major question mark; the team had given up 25 points or more in every game. Lumas hadn't even recorded a single interception all season. But he made up for it against Flagstaff. Lumas recorded seven interceptions, which is thought to be an Arizona record, helping the Bulldogs win their first game of the season. According to the NFHS, he's the 13th player in prep history to record more than six INTs in one game.

AZ’s All-State Stock Watch takes on a new look

September, 28, 2011
9/28/11
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Each week, we'll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses.

This week, we're going with a new and improved format. We'll highlight a blue-chipper (a first-team player), an OTP (other top player) and an under-the-radar pick (someone who didn't make the squad but is making a case to be on the team).

Blue Chip: Blake Martinez, Canyon del Oro, LB

After losing its first two games, Canyon del Oro has righted the ship and won three straight, and it's the versatility of Martinez that's really helped the team break out. Martinez made our All-State team as a linebacker, and he's still a huge part of the Dorados' defense. But it's what he's contributed on offense, lining up at both tight end and running back, that's helped CDO get back into the playoff discussion.

OTP: Marcus Farria, Centennial, DL

How's this for a stat — Centennial has given up 42 points this season, and of those 42 points, 28 came to one opponent. In the other four contests, the Coyotes' defense has allowed just 14 points, pitched two shutouts and caused one team to forfeit midway through, literally taking its ball and going home. Farria, a junior, has had a breakout season — he's already got 5.5 sacks on the year. Opposing quarterbacks are seeking him out on every play pre-snap. He's on pace to be one of the state's top prospects next season.

Under the Radar: Cam Larson, Saguaro, FB

Fullbacks don't usually make headlines. Neither do Saguaro players not named D.J. Foster. But Larson had a game to make fullbacks proud on Friday, catching three touchdown passes from quarterback Luke Rubenzer as Saguaro stayed perfect on the season with a 62-24 win over Cactus. Larson has 215 yards rushing and 215 yards receiving this season, and he's scored seven total touchdowns. And yes, we are excited for this weekend's tilt between Saguaro and Desert Vista. Look for coverage on Friday.

All-State Stock Watch shows off the junior class

September, 21, 2011
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Each week, we'll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses.

This week, a quarterback shows his team is for real, a star defensive player gets overshadowed and a junior duo is making headlines.

STOCK WATCH

UP —Kyle Duran, Basha, QB

Basha made a huge statement this week with a win over an excellent Chandler team in a 58-44 shootout. Duran's outstanding play was a big reason for the team's success this season. He threw for 411 yards and two scores on a Wolves team that had yet to be scored upon and didn't turn the ball over. So far this season he leads the state in passing yards with 1,262 and is completing passes at a 67 percent clip.

DOWN — Adam Pavlenko, Marcos de Niza, LB

Pavlenko is an excellent player, make no mistake about it. But his Marcos de Niza defense is playing so well as a unit that he's been overshadowed by star players on his own team. The senior leads the team in tackles with 30 but is second in sacks (3) to senior Rashad Baker (6.5) and has only one interception (1) compared to two by senior Giovann Gomez-Makel. As a unit, the team has given up 13 points in its three wins and lost only to offensive juggernaut Chaparral. Pavlenko is still the heart and soul of the defense, but it's clear he's not the only one making plays.

UP — Devon Allen, Brophy Prep, WR

The yards weren't necessarily there, but the touchdowns were in full force for Allen in a blowout victory this past week. The junior wideout racked up 92 receiving yards and scored three touchdowns in his team's 50-0 victory over O'Connor. Allen and fellow junior Tyler Bruggman have been a lethal combination so far this season and will be one of the most dynamic 1-2 combos anywhere in the state next season as well.

All-State Stock Watch: Brewer gets Firebirds back on track

September, 14, 2011
9/14/11
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Each week, we'll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses.

This week, a top QB gets his team back on track, the state's leading rusher has a great game (but still takes a step back) and a top defensive recruit is cleared to play.

STOCK WATCH

UP — Connor Brewer, Chaparral, QB

After a tough loss to open the season followed by two wins that were closer than expected, Chaparral needed a big win to get the team back on track. Enter Brewer. The senior signal-caller had an efficient game— 9-of-15 passing for 174 yards and three scores. And perhaps most importantly, Brewer took care of the football, eliminating the miscues that have plagued the Chaparral offense all season. The Texas recruit has his team back on the right track to being the highly touted team everyone expected. And since the University of Texas can't settle on a QB, Brewer's stellar play can only come as a welcome respite for Longhorns fans.

DOWN — Casey Jahn, Northwest Christian, RB

Jahn is spending his senior season in hot pursuit of the state's career rushing yardage record. But this week he actually got further away from his goal. Why? Some digging as to the actual state rushing record uncovered a running back in 2006 who rushed for 6,506 yards. The official AIA record was 5,878 yards. So while Jahn had an excellent week, rushing for 215 yards, he is now 674 yards away instead of the 45 yards everyone originally thought.

UP — Jarvis Lewis, Chaparral, DL

Once on our All-State stock watch with stock down, Lewis has returned to his rightful place on our rankings after the AIA cleared him to play this season. The senior had transferred to Chaparral from Kellis, but the AIA hired a third-party firm to determine if Lewis had transferred purely for athletic reasons. After the group found no evidence to clearly support the claim, the board voted 8-0 to reinstate the star senior defensive lineman. Lewis is verbally committed to Arizona State.

Arizona All-State Stock Watch full of impressive feats

September, 7, 2011
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Each week, we'll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses.

This week, a running back practically lives in the end zone and we go off the board to pick a player better known for his baseball than his football.

STOCK WATCH

UP — D.J. Foster, Saguaro, RB

Foster put together one of the most impressive lines in the country this past weekend. He needed only 19 carries to amass 271 yards (an average of more than 14 yards per carry), and he reached pay dirt six times in his team's 70-21 win over Thunderbird. The opponent was no pushover, either — Thunderbird won last year's 4A-II championship. Foster already has more than 500 yards and 10 touchdowns on the season.

DOWN — Joey Counts, Desert Ridge, RB

Counts has sat out his team's first two games while rehabbing from a shoulder injury. While he was medically cleared to play this past weekend, coach Jeremy Hathcock opted to rest him an extra week in hopes of keeping him healthy over the course of the season. Desert Ridge didn't need Counts — they won, 39-6, over Mesa Mountain View — but we'll see how effective Counts is when he returns to the field.

UP — Paul Pannicione, Liberty, WR

Pannicione would be better suited for our baseball All-State team. But he deserves a special nod here after his incredible performance. After wowing crowds with his 197-yard effort in the first week of the season, the senior wide receiver caught two touchdown passes and returned two punts for scores in Liberty's 49-0 win over Glendale.

All-State Stock Watch: Preseason Edition

August, 24, 2011
8/24/11
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Each week, we'll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses.

STOCK WATCH

UP — Blake Martinez, Canyon del Oro (Oro Valley), LB

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound senior was recently named the state's No. 1 linebacker by The Arizona Republic. Martinez, a Stanford recruit, had 129 tackles and nine sacks last season. But what makes Martinez so impressive is his ability to make plays on both sides of the ball; he was an All-Region selection both on defense as well as offense, where he plays tight end. He scored 10 touchdowns on offense last season.

DOWN — Jarvis Lewis, Chaparral (Scottsdale), DL

Lewis' senior season could be in jeopardy before it ever took off. The senior, who had 13 sacks last season at Raymond S. Kellis before transferring to the state's top team, is being investigated by the AIA about whether or not he was recruited to play at Chaparral. It's a tough call for head coach Charlie Ragle. Do you play the star senior and risk forfeiting games he's played in if he's found ineligible? Or do you sit him and risk punishing a kid who is found to be cleared of wrongdoing? Either way, the Arizona State pledge's season is in doubt before it even started.

UP — Jalen Brown, Mountain Pointe (Phoenix), DB

We put a sophomore on our All-State football list. How can his stock already be up? Well, in a scrimmage against Phoenix North last week, Brown showed his freshman season wasn't a fluke by helping the defense hold North scoreless. He also showed flashes of skill on the offensive side of the ball, as he caught a touchdown pass as well. Look, it was a scrimmage. It's hard to take too much away from it. The point is Brown is a kid we'll be paying close attention to this fall.

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