Basketball still reigns with big-time totals from those such as Robert Upshaw of San Joaquin Memorial, Gabe York of Orange Lutheran and Marcus Lee of Antioch Deer Valley. But baseball joins the show as well, led by Lucas Giolito and his 100-mph fastball.
Note: We’re proud once again to collect weekly writeups of the most significant individual high school basketball totals in California. This week, we also are adding baseball for the first time this school year. We use these as the basis for updating the state record book, which has been published seven times, most recently in the spring of 2009. To report a state stat star of your own, please email highlights to Mark.Tennis@espn.com.
(After games of Saturday, Feb. 25 and some games as of Tuesday, Feb. 28; Contributing: Bob Barnett, Mark Tennis)
Leroy Abraham (Natomas, Sacramento)
He scored a game-high 39 points while teammate Marquice Clark added 24 points in a 81-77 road win against El Dorado of Placerville in Sac-Joaquin Section Division III post-season play.
Alex Fertig (Buchanan, Clovis)
The senior standout scored a game-high of 30 points in a 72-54 win over Edison of Fresno in the CIF Central Section Division I playoffs. Before the season-ending loss to Clovis West, Alex had scored scored 2,258 career points, sixth-best in section history.
Jared Goslinga (Ripon Christian)
Slinging the ball into the basket early and often, Goslinga finished with 37 points in a 93-65 win over Valley Christian of Roseville in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs.
Mohannad Halaweh (Analy, Sebastopol)
The junior guard had a season-high 31 points but his team came up short in a 98-87 loss to Orinda Miramonte.
Chris Hammel (Cardinal Newman, Santa Rosa)
He had a season-high 30 points but his team lost a North Coast Section D4 semifinal heartbreaker 62-61 in overtime to St. Patrick St. Vincent of Vallejo.
Monet Hamor & Travis Rye (Ferndale)
If you think they only play football way up north in the tiny town behind the Redwood Curtain, think again. In an NCS Div. VI 72-71 semifinal win over Pleasant Hill Adventist, Hamor had a game-high 30 points, including 13 in the pivotal fourth quarter. Rye finished with 20 points, but his two free-throws with 2.1 seconds left gets Ferndale into the D6 title game for the third straight year.
Matt Hayes (Yuba City)
The Honkers may have been the 11th seed but behind Hayes’ long-distance shooting they knocked off Del Campo of Fair Oaks 74-65 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs. Hayes connected on six 3-pointers and finished with 32 points and 10 rebounds. The senior with a very quick release stayed hot with 21 points in the first-half of the next game against McNair of Stockton, but cooled off in the second-half, which helped McNair win 72-63.
Taylor Johns (Sacred Heart Cathedral, San Francisco)
With star Joshua Fox still out with an ankle injury and another starter Tyler Petroni out with an illness, the heavy load in the CCS Division III semifinal fell on the shoulders of this 6-foot-4 senior power forward. He responded with a double-double 22 points and 19 rebounds in a coast-to-coast 56-47 victory over WCAL rival Valley Christian of San Jose.
Dawson Johnson (Castro Valley)
His team fell behind early, and the speedy 5-foot-9 guard only had one point in the first quarter. After that, however, the senior got real busy and finished with 33 points to lead the Trojans to a 69-60 win over Danville Monte Vista in the NCS Division I quarterfinals.
Marcus Lee (Deer Valley, Antioch)
The highly regarded 6-foot-9 junior had a triple-double of 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 blocks to lead his team into the title game of the NCS Division I playoffs after a 71-53 semifinal win over Freedom of Oakley.
Patrick Lowman (Vista del Lago, Folsom)
The 12th-seeded Eagles knocked off the No. 5 seed Weston Ranch Cougars of Stockton 72-71 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Div. III playoffs as Lowman was high man with 38 points.
Robby Maxey (Victory Christian, Carmichael)
He scored 33 points to lead the top-seeded Vikings to a 68-56 Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoff win over Wilton Christian.
Cole McConnell (Sacred Heart Prep, Atherton)
The 6-foot-5 senior is a big reason the Gators will be going for a third straight CCS Division IV championship on Friday night at Santa Clara University against Half Moon Bay. In his last three games ,he’s been on fire. He had 32 points in a win over San Jose Harker, 24 points with seven rebounds and four steals in a quarterfinal win over King’s Academy of Sunnyvale, and 25 points, including seven 3-pointers, in a semifinal win over that same Harker team.
Gokul Natesan (Cupertino)
The previous State Athlete of the Week hit five 3-pointers and was 14-of-14 from the free throw line, but his 33 points wasn’t enough to stop Serra of San Mateo in a CCS Div. II playoff defeat.
Mamadou Ndiaye (Brethren Christian, Huntington Beach)
Despite this 7-foot-5 junior scoring a season-high 43 points, the Warriors’ season came to an end with a 81-66 loss to Village Christian of Sun Valley in the Southern Section Division IV-AA quarterfinals. It will be very interesting indeed to see how much Mamadou improves over the upcoming summer. To say that colleges will be paying attention is an understatement.
Roschon Prince (Long Beach Poly, Long Beach)
The 6-foot-5 junior was named ESPNHS West Region Player of the Week after scoring a career-high 40 points when the Jackrabbits defeated Eisenhower of Rialto 77-67 in the Southern Section Division I-AA quarterfinals.
Kiran Shastri (Miramonte, Orinda)
Kiran ran circles around the opponents, and did more than his part in helping run off visiting Analy of Sebastopol. The 6-foot-5 regular to this feature had a double-double 40 points and 12 rebounds (three blocks, two assists, two steals) in a NCS D3 quarterfinal light-up-the-scoreboard 98-87 victory. He came back with a game-high 32 points (eight rebounds, four assists) this week in the semifinals, but the Matadors came up short in a 79-72 semifinal loss to arch-rival Campolindo of Moraga.
Clay Stewart (East Palo Alto, Menlo Park)
He dropped in 35 points but his team fell 78-75 to St. Thomas More of San Jose in the CCS D5 quarterfinals.
Dakari Tucker (Serra, Gardena)
Making sure that there would be no last-second controversy, he scored 33 points as the Cavaliers defeated Price 70-63 in the CIF Southern Section Division IV-AA semifinals.
Robert Upshaw (San Joaquin Memorial, Fresno)
Upshaw hasn’t put up the huge numbers of fellow Central Section stat star Grant Verhoeven, but he’s been facing tougher competition and last week he shined in a 71-45 victory by the Panthers over West of Bakersfield. Upshaw, who is 6-foot-11 and is headed to Kansas State, scored a season high of 31 points and had 14 rebounds and five blocked shots.
Grant Verhoeven (Central Valley Christian, Visalia)
He had his typical week by scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in a 75-31 win over Riverdale and finished off the week with 37 points, 22 rebounds and seven blocks in a 65-39 win over Washington Union of Easton. Verhoeven pushed his career points total to 2,470, which passed DeShawn Stevenson, the former Washington Union star, for third-best all-time in the Central Section, according to section historian Bob Barnett.
Dion Wright (Mayfair, Lakewood)
Wright did little wrong in the Monsoons’ 98-79 Southern Section Division II-A quarterfinal win over North of Torrance. He scored 37 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.
Gabe York (Lutheran, Orange)
The University of Arizona signer pumped in 30 points for the Lancers when they defeated Capistrano Valley of Mission Viejo 67-60 on Tuesday to advance to the Southern Section Division IA championship game against Mission Viejo. York also made 17 free throws and finished with 32 points in the team’s 79-70 quarterfinal win over Corona.
Ryan Castellon (Brookside Christian, Stockton)
Opening days don’t get much better than it was for Castellon in Brookside Christian’s 15-2 triumph over Mesa Verde of Citrus Heights. As a batter, he went 4-for-4 with nine RBIs and hit for the cycle. On the mound, he also pitched three innings and got the win with no hits allowed and seven strikeouts.
Lucas Giolito (Harvard-Westlake, North Hollywood)
The nation’s No. 1-ranked right-hander allowed just one hit while striking out eight and walking none in a 11-0 win over El Camino Real of Woodland Hills. But what more earned him headlines all over the internet was the fact that during the dominant performance he reached 100 miles per hour on the radar gun.
Brian Ruhm (Redlands)
There was no Ruhm for outfielders to run as this senior hit two home runs for the Terriers in a 18-0 romp past Rancho Verde of Moreno Valley. One of the two blasts came in the form of a grand-slam. Ruhm also tripled in the game and finished 5-for-5 with 10 RBIs.
Chris Swanson (Sonoma Valley, Sonoma)
Coming up often with guys on base, Swanson did an outstanding job clearing them as he doubled twice and drove in eight runs in a 26-4 win over Del Norte of Crescent City.
Erik Williams (Stockdale, Bakersfield)
Swinging a hot bat to start the season, Williams has four home runs in four games. He homered twice and drove in four runs in a 9-8 loss to Bakersfield, then homered and drove in five runs in a 25-0 win over West of Bakersfield.