Monday, May 05, 2008


By Gerry Gittelson, Staff Writer Inside SOCAL
Article Last Updated:05/04/2008 12:00:55 AM PDT

Player of the year
Sometimes you can say a player "did it all," and in Holiday's case, it's really true.
A terrific all-around player who averaged 23.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 4.2 steals, the 6-foot-3 guard led Campbell Hall to a section title and a state championship for the third time in his four-year career.
Holiday finished as the Valley area's second-leading all-time scorer, but he probably could have scored a lot more points if he did not often sit out during the fourth quarter with Campbell ahead by a large margin.
And as for style points, there was no one more exciting on the break - a great dunker whose spectacular moves and tenacious defense made Holiday the area's most fun player to watch.
Holiday was the Olympic League Player of the Year, the Southern Section Div. III Player of the Year, Cal-Hi Sports' Mr. Basketball and the Gatorade National Player of the Year.
So yes, he did it all.
First team
Renaissance Academy, senior
Cook averaged 18.7 points to help carry Wildcats to CIF State Div. V final.
Taft, senior
Drew averaged 17.7 points and came on strong in playoffs, scoring 35 in final game.
Knight, senior
George was a dominant force inside and averaged 23.2 points and 11.2 rebounds to carry Knight to Div. III final.
Simi Valley, senior
The Marmonte League MVP did it all: 22.9 points, 6.8 assists, 6.7 rebounds, 4.3 steals
Taft, senior
With his high-flying dunks, no one was more exciting on the break than Phelps. He averaged 15.4 points and 8.0 rebounds.
Harvard-Westlake, senior
The son of former NBA journeyman and Lakers fan-favorite Orlando Woolridge averaged 19.2 points and 8.0 rebounds.
Coach of the year

Campbell Hall
Yes, he had a superstar in Jrue Holiday, but Campbell Hall coach Terry Kelly deserves plenty of credit for building a dynasty, as the Vikings won a section title and a state championship for the third time in four seasons. Kelly broke in a freshman point guard, Austin McBroom, who consistently improved and excelled during the playoffs. And Kelly also did a fine job developing Holiday's supporting cast, as Dallas Rutherford, James Johnson and Keegan Hornbuckle all performed better than the previous season. Kelly is a tough coach - he has no problem openly criticizing one of his players for taking a bad shot even when the Vikings are leading by 30 in the final minutes - and he has always stressed defense first.
Second team
Cody Anderson, Canyon, Sr.
Shara Babakanians, Hoover, Sr.
Joe Fauria, Crespi, Sr.
Justin Hawkins, Taft, Jr.
James Johnson, Campbell Hall, So.
Michael Meza, Simi Valley, Sr.
Dallas Rutherford, Campbell Hall, Sr.
Newcomer of the year
Campbell Hall, freshman
With rare poise and skills for such a young talent, McBroom scored 30 points in the CIF State Div. IV championship victory in Sacramento. "This is his team now," teammate Jrue Holiday said.
Honorable mention
Will Baldwin, La Canada, Sr
David Buchanan, Moorpark, Sr
Damiene Cain, Harvard-Westlake, Fr
Terran Carter, Taft, Jr
Daymond Cowlah, MontclairPrep, Jr
Mat Hankins, Van Nuys, Sr
Bobby Hillard, Oak Park, Sr
Matt Johnson, Oaks Christian, Sr
Austin Kelly, Harvard-Westlake, So
Jerramy King, Crespi, Sr
Mark Lewis, Canyon, Sr
Oscar Martinez, Verdugo Hills, Sr
Tyler McGrath, Oaks Christian, Jr
Prince Obasi, Cleveland, Jr
John Otavka, Valencia, Sr
Kyisean Reed, Highland, Sr
Gary Ricks, Sylmar, Jr
Victor Rudd, Van Nuys, Jr
Chris Smith, Burroughs, Sr.; Anthony Stover, Renaissance Academy, Jr
Jesse Zarate, North Hollywood, Sr.
1. Campbell Hall (31-5)
2. Taft (27-4)
3. Knight (24-9)
4. Renaissance Acad. (27-4)

5. Simi Valley (26-2)

California High School Basketball - Simi Valley edges Knight (December 1, 2007: Simi Valley, CA 93063) The Simi Valley Pioneers (Simi Valley, CA) basketball nipped the visiting Knight Hawks (Palmdale, CA), 79-76 in Saturday's non-league test.

California High School Basketball - Renaissance Academy thwarted by Simi Valley (December 15, 2007: La Canada, CA 91011) The Renaissance Academy Wildcats basketball team (La Canada, CA), dropped 81-68 in Saturday's non-league battle with the visiting Simi Valley Pioneers (Simi Valley, CA)
6. Harvard-Westlake (21-8)
7. La Canada (23-9)
8. Valencia (21-8)
9. Bell-Jeff (25-6)
10. Westlake (18-10)
Saugus 22-6, Thousand Oaks 20-8, Highland 21-9, Oaks Christian 21-7, Cleveland 20-8, Sylmar 17-9, Van Nuys 13-16.
Frontier: Malibu
Foothill: Saugus
Golden: Knight
Marmonte: Simi Valley
Mission: Harvard-Westlake
Olympic: Campbell Hall
Pacific: Pasadena
Prep: Flintridge Prep
Rio Hondo: La Canada
Tri-Valley: Santa Clara
Northern: Eagle Rock
Sunset Six:
North Hollywood
Valley Mission: Sylmar
Valley: Arleta
West Valley: Taft
Copyright ©2007 Los Angeles Newspaper Group. 2007-08 All-Ventura County Teams

MVP Lorne Jackson Ventura County Most Valuable Player

Lorne JacksonSeniorSimi Valley: Leading scorer in the County; leader in steals; second in assists; among the Marmonte leaders in 3-pt goals. Jackson led his team to a 26-2 record (14-0 in league) and a national ranking. Lorne is also an outstanding student and citizen who will have his choice from among many top-quality Div-I schools to attend next year.

35th Ventura County East-West All-Star Football Game

All-Star Game has special changes
By Derry Eads Saturday, June 7, 2008

For the game-winning field goal on the final play of the 2006 Ventura County East-West All-Star Football Game, Agoura High kicker J.T. Wright did not have to worry about a blocked kick.
All-Star rules barred defenses from applying any pressure on kickers.
Wright converted to give the East a 27-24 victory.
For the 35th East-West All-Star game today at 6 p.m. at Ventura High's Larrabee Stadium, the gloves are off.
An agreement between East coach Charlie Wegher of Agoura and West coach Todd Therrien of St. Bonaventure has brought a point of emphasis on special teams back into the game.
"We're going to allow a full rush on the kicker and five guys to rush the punter," said Wegher.

In another departure from past All-Star Games, the coaches will allow blitzes if defenses are showing man-to-man coverage, said Therrien.
Most of the area's football teams will be represented in the All-Star Game that is sponsored by the Ventura Downtown Lions Club.
Notably absent are St. Bonventure running back Darrell Scott, the county's No. 2 career rushing leader, and Moorpark quarterback Adam Barry.
Therrien will have the rare experience of participating in the All-Star Game as a player and a head coach.
In the 1997 game, Therrien was a member of the West team that was "smoked" by the East.
Having a chance to be a member of the St. Bonaventure's coaching staff in the game "has been fun.
"We've had great attendance at practice. They have come to work."
One of the players that has impressed Therrien is defensive end Randi Vines of Santa Clara. Vines was converted from tight end to quarterback during the 2007 season and helped lead the Saints to the Mid-Valley Division title.
"There are a bunch of Pac-10 schools that missed on him," said Therrien.
Wide receivers Albert Mireles and Trevaun Nixon of Hueneme have played well.
"Trevaun may be the best athlete out there," said Therrien. "He comes up with one or two wild plays per practice."
Blake Kreutz of Ventura, Camarillo's Marcus Sanchez and Casey Serna of St. Bonaventure will rotate at quarterback for the West.
Although, with a core of offensive linemen that include St. Bonaventure's Vaughn Dotsy and Chris Perham of St. Bonaventure, Oxnard's Victor Singh and Nordhoff's Kacy Reed, "we're going to get behind them and go downhill," said Therrien.
The East will have the services of quarterbacks Doug Shumway of Agoura and Newbury Park's Colby Cameron.
"I'll leave it up to them whether they want to play quarters or halves," said Wegher.
Simi Valley's Langston Jackson and Royal's Derek Morris figure to get most of the East's rushing attempts. The receiving corps include David Gru of Newbury Park, Moorpark's Ryan Murry, Oak Park's Brett Zeolla and Patrick Rohn of Agoura.
Kicker Jordan Mannisto of Westlake is the county's career field goal leader. The Ventura Downtown Lions Club will used proceeds for student scholarships and charity causes.