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Part 2: Girls of Summer Hoops Tour

August, 7, 2012
California high school girls basketballHarold Abend/ESPNHSThe Cal Sparks Gold team shined in more than one tourney in the summer of 2012.
Cal Sparks Gold team completes strong season by winning Summer in the City event. Girls from St. Mary’s of Stockton also shine in different event.

Note: See Part 1 of this story that took a look at the Next Level All-American Camp on July 6-7 in San Diego, the Next Level Nationals on July 8-10 in San Diego and for two national events near Nashville, Tenn.

Halfway through the NCAA-mandated week-long “dark period” of basketball recruiting when Division I college coaches can’t observe players or events, the Girls of Summer basketball caravan provided the eyes and ears for those coaches at the July 19-22 San Diego Classic.

Of the overall 200 teams competing, 40 were in the 3A Division that was observed.

Despite playing without 2013 stars Courtney Range and Onome Jemerigbe, St. Mary’s (Stockton) won it’s first-ever 3A title with an exciting 48-47 win over a Central Catholic of Portland (Ore.) team that was at full strength with All-American candidates Kailee Johnson and Jordan Reynolds both playing.

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All-State Basketball: Girls Super Elites

May, 7, 2012
California high school girls basketball,2012 all-state teamsWillie Eashman/ESPNHSJordan Adams was a floor leader in all four seasons she played at Mater Dei.
Mater Dei and La Jolla Country Day each get three on the overall Cal-Hi Sports All-State teams chosen regardless of CIF division or year in school. Click here for All-State Underclass or All-State by CIF Divisions.


F/G Jordan Adams (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 6-1 Sr.
Although the first team may seem guard heavy, Adams actually spent plenty of time in the post this season for the Monarchs, battling on the boards and often guarding the opposition's best player. At the McDonald's All-American Game in Chicago, Adams joked about how relieved she was that the season was complete. After all, she helped lead Mater Dei to its third consecutive state title by averaging 17 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game while playing on a bum knee. She plays next for USC.

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All-State Basketball: Girls Underclass

May, 3, 2012
California high school girls basketball,Cal-Hi Sports all-state teamsMark Tennis/ESPNHSCourtney Range and Charise Holloway of Stockton St. Mary's both earned spots on an all-state underclass team.
The first of three posts announcing the 32nd edition of the Cal-Hi Sports all-state teams in girls hoops is ready to launch. This first one honors those players from the Class of 2013, 2014 and 2015 who had hard-to-miss seasons.


First Team
G Kelsey Plum (La Jolla Country Day) 5-9
F Courtney Range (St. Mary’s, Stockton) 6-1
G Chrishae Rowe (Santiago, Corona) 5-9
G Briteesha Solomon (Mission Bay, San Diego) 5-9
F K.C. Waters (Bishop O’Dowd, Oakland) 6-2

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More State Girls BB Players of the Year

April, 18, 2012
California high school girls basketball,Cal-Hi Sports state players of the yearMark Tennis/ESPNHSKelsey Plum is one of the nation's best for the Class of 2013.
The closest calls to make in these categories this year were for Division III and for freshmen. Top honorees also announced for every other CIF division and for juniors, sophomores.

Congratulations to these girls players for being selected as an ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports State Player of the Year. Stay tuned for the release next week of the 32nd annual ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports All-State Teams. Here is a complete list of our girls basketball individual honorees for the 2011-12 season:

Seniors – Nirra Fields (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)

Also named as the Ms. Basketball State Player of the Year, Fields played last season at Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), a school more known for its boys teams.

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Ms. Basketball State Player of Year Finalists

March, 31, 2012
One player from among these five will be selected as the 2012 honoree and will be added to a list of state players of the year by Cal-Hi Sports that stretches back to 1905.

A guard-heavy group of girls have been singled out this week by ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports as finalists for the 2012 Ms. Basketball State Player of the Year.

The five prime-time performers are led by McDonald’s All-Americans Jordan Adams and Nirra Fields, who both played at Mater Dei of Santa Ana and led the Monarchs to the CIF Division I state title.

When two players like that, however, are on the same team, the consideration for post-season honors can be split and can help a different player move up to the top.

Here is a closer look at the five players:

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