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High School All County

Published by Devin Ugland
Senior Writer, Open Gym Premier & Grassroots 365

OC All County Teams

1st Team

Name School Year
Trey SmithSaddleback Valley ChristianSenior
Spencer FreedmanMater DeiJunior
Kezie OkpalaEsperanzaSenior
Justice SueingMater DeiSenior
Sebastian MuchJSerraSenior

2nd Team

Name School Year
Myles FranklinVilla ParkSenior
Dawson BakerCapistrano ValleyJunior
Randall WalkerEdisonSenior
Jake KymanSanta MargaritaSophomore
Adrease JacksonSanta MargaritaSenior

3rd Team

Name School Year
Kaden RasheedSanta MargaritaSenior
Kevin MarlowSonoraSenior
Julien FranklinVilla ParkSophomore
Michael BagatourianCrean LutheranSenior
Jacob EymanLos AlamitosJunior

4th Team

Name School Year
Paulo AraujoFoothillSenior
Ramon Lopez-FelixGodinezSenior
Chris WilliamsOrange LutheranSenior
Joel MensahJSerraJunior
DJ RodmanCorona del MarSophomore

Honorable Mention

Name School Year
Austin Carter Sonora Senior
Blake Birmingham San Clemente Senior
Blake Burzell Laguna Beach Junior
Brendan Harrick Esperanza Junior
Cameron Dashiell Buena Park Sophomore
Dominick Harris Pacifica Christian Freshman
Harminder Dhaliwal Aliso Niguel Junior
Harrison Butler Mater Dei Junior
Name School Year
Jacob Huynh Northwood Junior
Joe Riley Los Alamitos Senior
Kevin Kobrine Corona del Mar Junior
Mehkel Harvey Ocean View Junior
Michael Wang Mater Dei Junior
Romulo Howard Savanna Senior
Tim Ghita Crean Lutheran Senior

Final Team Rankings

Rank Previous Record School Comment
1 1 20-6 Mater Dei Mater Dei The Monarchs won the Trinity League championship with a 9-1 record and enter the Open Division playoffs with a home game against Crespi.
2 2 20-6 Santa Margarita Santa Margarita The Eagles finished second in the Trinity League; begin the Open Division playoffs with a road game against Etiwanda.
3 3 18-8 J Serra J Serra The Lions took fourth in the Trinity League and earned an at-large berth in the Division I playoffs. JSerra will open the postseason against Villa Park on the road.
4 4 25-3 Canyon Canyon The Comanches won the Crestview League and enter the Division 2AA playoffs as the No. 2 overall seed and a first-round bye.
5 5 23-6 Capistrano Valley Capistrano Valley The Cougars won the Sea View League championship and host Viewpoint in the first round of the Division 2AA playoffs.
6 6 25-3 Laguna Beach Laguna Beach The Breakers ran through Orange Coast League competition, earning the league title with a 10-0 record. Laguna Beach opens the Division 3AA playoffs at home against Santiago of Corona.
7 7 22-4 Cypress Cypress The Centurions won the Empire League with an unscathed 10-0 mark and host Burbank in the first round of the Division 2A playoffs.
8 9 22-5 Northwood Northwood The Timberwolves won the Pacific Coast League with a 9-1 record and earned a first-round home game against San Clemente in the Division 2AA playoffs.
9 10 23-5 Saddleback Valley Christian Saddleback Valley Christian The Warriors won the San Joaquin League title and enter the Division 3AA playoffs with a home game against Whittier Christian.
10 11 20-7 Trabuco Hills Trabuco Hills The Wolverines fell to Trabuco Hills and Tesoro to close the season and finished tied with Trabuco Hills for the South Coast League championship. Aliso opens the Division 2AA playoffs at home against Tahquitz.
10 8 21-8 Aliso Niguel Aliso Niguel The Wolverines defeated El Toro and Tesoro in South Coast League play.
11 12 23-4 Ocean View Ocean View The Mustangs enter the playoffs winning four of their last five games, including a 70-59 win over Aliso Niguel to take a share of the South Coast League title. Trabuco opens with La Salle at home in the Division 2A playoffs.
12 13 17-9 Tesoro Tesoro
13 15 17-10 San Clemente San Clemente
14 14 11-17 Orange Lutheran Orange Lutheran
15 17 20-6 Troy Troy
16 18 21-6 Newport Harbor Newport Harbor
17 16 20-7 Edison Edison
18 19 17-10 Corona Del Mar Corona Del Mar
19 22 20-7 La Habra La Habra
20 20 16-10 University University
21 21 11-17 Servite Servite
22 - 14-14 Foothill Foothill
23 24 14-11 Villa Park Villa Park
24 25 17-10 Esperanza Esperanza
25 23 13-14 El  Toro El Toro

Orange County CIF Championship Previews

Out of the 48 Orange County boys basketball teams to make earn a postseason berth, only four were able to navigate the rigors of their respective playoff divisions to reach CIF Southern Section championship games.

Mater Dei (Open), Villa Park (2AA), Capistrano Valley (2A) and Pacifica Christian (6) will all compete on “Championship Saturday” in hopes of bringing home a ring, while also keeping the good mojo flowing heading into the state playoffs.

Mater Dei is no stranger to section championship games as the Monarchs have won 22 section titles under the tutelage of Gary McKnight.

Mater Dei advanced to the Open Division title game, where it will face Bishop Montgomery, with wins over Crossroads, Eastvale Roosevelt, and a thrilling 83-80 overtime victory over Chino Hills last Friday in the semifinals at Galen Center.

Villa Park has made amends for an early playoff exit from a year ago, beating Westlake, Mission College Prep and Highland, 71-55, in the semifinals en route to a showdown with Colony of Ontario.

Capistrano Valley, which has won 14 of its last 15 games behind superb junior shooting guard Dawson Baker, ran through Sunny Hills and Dos Pueblos before dispatching a youth-laden and talented Rancho Christian squad, 68-61, in the Division 2A semis.

And finally, on the opposite end of the spectrum from the corner of Bristol and Edinger, Pacifica Christian cruised its way to a Division 6 championship appearance in its first season of varsity competition.

The gifted freshman duo of Dominick Harris and Cal Whitney paced the Tritons to playoff wins over Bethel Baptist, Valley Christian of Santa Maria, Cate and Foothill Technology to set up a date with a formidable Carnegie of Riverside squad in the title game.

Playoff Capsules

Open Division: Mater Dei (31-1) vs. Bishop Montgomery (26-2)

When: Saturday, 7:00 p.m.

Where: Honda Center

Outlook: This is an intriguing matchup of a new-age small ball team in Bishop Montgomery, led by the “Big Three” of Ethan Thompson, Jordan Schakel and David Singleton, against the more traditional attack of Mater Dei, paced by high IQ junior signal caller Spencer Freedman, athletic wing Justice Sueing and the gravity defying game of Bol Bol. Both the Monarchs and Knights are extremely well-coached by two of the more respected figureheads that Southern California hoops has to offer in Gary McKnight and Doug Mitchell, meaning this contest will not be without in-depth game plans and high-level offensive and defensive adjustments throughout.

Matchup to Watch: Senior Matt Weyand and junior Harrison Butler were crucial for Mater Dei defensively in the semifinals against Chino Hills’ LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball, holding the electric combination to just 17 of 65 shooting on the night. Weyand and Butler have some more difficult defensive assignments Saturday with Oregon State-bound Ethan Thompson and dynamic scoring junior David Singelton on the horizon. Bol Bol’s presence in the painted area as a rim protector was also a major factor in the Monarchs win and his 7-foot-2 frame will certainly come in handy Saturday.

Division 2AA: Villa Park (23-5) vs. Colony (26-5)

When: Saturday, 11:15 a.m.


Where: Honda Center

Outlook: The Franklin brothers - Myles and Julien - will certainly be the focal point of Colony’s defensive scheme, but many of the Spartans unsung heroes have contributed big performances throughout the playoffs. Matt Lanzone scored 19 points in the win over Westlake, Caleb Banuelos had 20 against Mission Prep and Daelyn Bams scored 12 against Highland. Colony has an athletic and active team, led by senior wings Jozelle Carter and Rodrick McCobb, who will look to do anything possible to lockdown the Franklin’s.

Matchup to Watch: Colony’s full-court pressure defense against Villa Park’s guards. The Titans defend 94 feet for 32 minutes and the Spartans guards must be on high alert and take care of the basketball to limit turnovers and easy buckets.

Division 2A: Capistrano Valley (24-6) vs. Oxnard (27-3)

When: Saturday, 2:45 p.m.

Where: Honda Center

Outlook: Capo, led by four juniors, has had its fair share of growing pains early in the season, but have been on a roll as of late, winning 14 of its last 15 games. Dawson Baker is one of the most potent wing scorers in the county, but the Cougars can’t rely on Baker to carry them in the non-shooter friendly Honda Center. Grayson Beeman stepped up with 14 points in quarterfinals against Dos Pueblos and Nic Lipovic poured in a team-high 22 points, including six 3-pointers, in the semifinal win over Rancho Christian. Capo coach Brian Mulligan will be pleased if Baker is joined by a teammate or two, or three, or four in double figure scoring.

Matchup to Watch: The Supporting Casts. Baker (20 ppg), Lipovic (13 ppg), and Beeman (12 ppg) have been the three most consistent offensive threats for the Capo this season, while Oxnard has a senior scoring duo in Mason Johnson (20.1 ppg) and Brycen Wight (18.6 ppg). The question is can role players like Michael Callaghan and Tanner Gray step up for the Cougars and Yellowjackets?

Division 6: Pacifica Christian (23-3) vs. Carnegie of Riverside (17-6)

When: Saturday, 4:00 p.m.

Where: Godinez High School

Outlook: None of Pacifica Christian’s players have ever played in a game of this magnitude, but the Tritons will surely be prepared behind the leadership of head coach Jeff Berokoff and assistants A.J. Gasporra and Richard Vargas who have seen their fair share of big games. Freshmen guards Dominick Harris and Cal Whitney are averaging 25.6 points and 18.8 points respectively, while the supporting cast of Timmy Bahador, Josh Sims, Josh Griffith and Primo Belfiore are all capable of putting up solid numbers. The Tritons are going to need a complete team effort to top a Carnegie team loaded with skill, height and depth.

Matchup to Watch: Pacifica Christian’s team defensive effort against Carnegie 7-foot senior Luka Filipovic. Filipovic is averaging 18.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, and while the Tritons have some size with 6-foot-9 forward Josh Griffith, look for them to double hard on the Carnegie big man to force him into being a playmaker rather than a shotmaker.