PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Mater Dei, Guard, 6-7, Sr.
Season highlights: The Register’s Player of the Year, Trinity League player of the year, the CIF-SS Open Division player of the year, state player of the year, national player of the year &h
The following is the most obvious sentence you will read all day.
Stanley Johnson is the Register’s Orange County boys basketball player of the year.
Johnson, a 6-foot-7 senior at Mater Dei, led the county in scoring at 25 points a game. He averaged 8.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.5 steals.
He has played in a
The Canyon boys basketball team did not look like a CIF champion when its starting five took the court.
The tallest guy was 6-foot-2. The point guard was a scrawny 5-10.
But this was a team that won a league championship, went 30-5 and, yes, was a CIF champion.
For getting the maximum out of the Comanches, Canyon’s
Canyon, G, Jr.
Anderson was All-CIF Division 2AA first team and was All-Century League first team. At 6-foot-1, he had 16 rebounds to go with 20 points in the Comanches’ win over Westlake of Westlake Village in the 2AA championship game. His older brothers Jerime and Chris also were All-Co
Johnnie Vassar made it official Wednesday.
He is going home.
Vassar spent much of his youth living on Chicago’s South Side. He came out West, and this past basketball season he led JSerra to the CIF-SS Division 4AA championship.
On Wednesday, the first day of the letter-of-intent spring signing period for man
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SACRAMENTO – His number is 41.
That would be 4 state championships. And maybe 1 national championship.
Stanley Johnson, No. 41 on the Mater Dei roster, and the Monarchs finished No. 1 again. The Monarchs beat Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland, 71-61, Saturday to win the CIF State Open Division championship.
SANTA ANA — There have been more talented Mater Dei boys basketball teams. There have been more dominant ones. There surely have been deeper ones.
These Monarchs are unbeaten yet not unbeatable. They are also one win away from completing the most prolific season in the basketball program’s storied tradition.
CIF STATE BOYS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Mater Dei (34-0) vs. Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland (28-4)
Saturday, March 29
At Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, 8 p.m.
Fan info: General admission is $16 for a
Taking a look around Orange County high school sports:
• Yours truly usually sides with the officials on these things, but the opinion here is the umpiring crew at last week’s Servite-JSerra baseball game at Angel Stadium blew a call. The mistake was crucial to the game’s outcome.
• In the bottom of the seve
Steve Fryer and Jonathan Khamis travel to Mater Dei to preview the Monarchs' CIF state championship game against Bishop O'Dowd.
Interviews with Isaiah Juarez and M.J. Cage.
Video by Jonathan Khamis, OCVarsity.com.
ALL CIF-SS BOYS BASKETBALL SELECTIONS
Player of the Year: Stanley Johnson, Mater Dei, Sr.
Coach of the Year: Gary McKnight, Mater Dei
Team: MJ Cage, Mater Dei, So.; Rex Pflueger, Mater Dei, Jr.; Lonzo Ball, Chino Hills, So.; Mark
Five Orange County boys basketball players were selected CIF-Southern Section players of the year.
The All-CIF teams were released Monday for the Southern Section’s 12 divisions. The awards and teams were selected by CIF-SS coaches.
Representing Orange County as CIF-SS players of the year: Stanley Johnson of Mater De
ONTARIO – That was close.
Mater Dei trailed by six points with less than three minutes remaining, then scored 12 of the game’s final 13 points, mostly on free throws, to beat Westchester of Los Angeles, 59-54, in the CIF Southern California Regionals Open Division final.
The Monarchs (34-0) will play Bishop O’Do
ONTARIO – A trip to Sacramento was on the line. Chaminade of West Hills guard Michael Oguine’s shocking buzzer-beater seemed to come from about as far away.
Oguine banked in a 40-footer to beat the horn and beat Santa Margarita, 53-52, on Saturday in the CIF Southern California Regionals Division 3 final at Colony High
SANTA ANA – Isaiah Juarez played four minutes last season.
Juarez expected more minutes would be in store for him this season, his senior year on the Mater Dei basketball team.
Monarchs coach Gary McKnight projected Juarez to be the team’s seventh man, the second player off the bench.
CIF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONALS FINALS
Santa Margarita (26-8) vs. Chaminade of West Hills (25-6)
At Colony High (Ontario), 8 p.m.
Fan info: Tickets are $12 for adults
CIF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONALS FINALS
Mater Dei (33-0) vs. Westchester of Los Angeles (30-6)
At Citizens Business Bank Arena, 8 p.m.
Fan info: General admiss
Santa Margarita point guard Devonte Klines is the driver. Forward Joe Furstinger is the engine. Both are involved in nearly every offensive turn.
“It starts with those two,” Eagles coach Jeff Reinert said.
Things don’t always end there for Santa Margarita. Forward Sjur Berg is resourc
Steve Fryer and Jonathan Khamis recap the epic semifinals game between Etiwanda and Mater Dei.
Also, a preview of Santa Margarita vs. Chaminade and Mater Dei vs. Westchester.
Video by Jonathan Khamis, OCVarsity.