Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
The stage is set for Archbishop Mitty’s Haley Jones to have one heck of a finish to her high school career.
Her team just won its fourth consecutive Central Coast Section Open Division championship and is seeded No. 1 in the Northern California Open Division regional, three wins from a state title that would give Jones the one trophy she and her teammates have yet to hoist.
The individual awards are piling up, too.
Tuesday, the Stanford-bound star learned that she is among the five finalists for the Naismith high school girls player of the year award, announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.
The others are junior Paige Bueckers of Hopkins High in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, senior Zia Cooke of Rogers High in Toledo, Ohio, sophomore Azzi Fudd of St. John’s College Prep in Washington, D.C. and senior Jordan Horston of Africentric Early College Prep in Columbus, Ohio.
The winner will be chosen in March.
Jones is averaging 26.4 points and 12.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 3.7 steals and 1.8 blocks per game this season.
In January, the McDonald’s All-American became Mitty’s all-time leading scorer, eclipsing a mark beach volleyball superstar Kerri Walsh Jennings held for 23 years.
After Mitty beat Pinewood on Friday night, Jones said, “We’re just looking forward, game by game, trying to be back because the senior class also hasn’t won a state title. We’re trying to get there.”
The Monarchs have a bye in the first round of NorCals. They will play host to No. 5 seed St. Joseph Notre Dame or No. 4 seed Salesian on Saturday night. SJND visits Salesian on Wednesday.
Posted by C-House (Sue and John Soo) at 2/26/2019 07:02:00 PM
Stanford signee Haley Jones is one of five finalists for the 2019 Naismith Trophy High School Girls' Player of the Year the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Tuesday.
The nation's consensus No. 1 recruit, Jones is the first top prospect to sign with Stanford since Chiney Ogwumike came to The Farm as the top player in the country in Nov. 2009. Ogwumike is Stanford's only previous winner of the Naismith Trophy High School Girls' Player of the Year award, taking home the honor in 2010.
The 6-foot-1 Jones is averaging 26.4 points, 12.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 3.7 steals and 2.8 blocks in 27 games thus far for Archbishop Mitty in San Jose, which won its fourth consecutive Central Coast Section Open Division title on Friday with a 72-51 victory over Pinewood. She averaged 21.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists as a junior and was named the 2017-18 California Gatorade Player of the Year and earned All-America honors from USA TODAY and MaxPreps.
This past summer, she won a gold medal with the United States at the FIBA U17 World Cup in Minsk, Belarus, alongside fellow incoming freshman Fran Belibi. Jones was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 10.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists in seven starts for Team USA.
Both Belibi and Jones along with fellow signee Ashten Prechtel, the No. 16 overall player in the class, are on the West Team for the 2019 McDonald's All American Game on March 27 in Atlanta. Of Stanford's 24 McDonald's All-Americans all-time, nine will be on the team together next season. The Cardinal's incoming class, which also includes five-star talent Hannah Jump from Pinewood, is ranked second nationally by espnW HoopGurlz.
Posted by C-House (Sue and John Soo) at 2/26/2019 06:54:00 PM
Michael Spencer, denver.cbslocal.com, February 21, 2019
The Regis Jesuit High School girls basketball team got a visit from Champ Thompson of the Harlem Globetrotters on Thursday. Thompson and the Globetrotters are in Colorado for their 2019 Fan Powered World Tour.
Posted by C-House (Sue and John Soo) at 2/26/2019 06:50:00 PM
Sunday, February 24, 2019
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Cealey Godwin, 9news.com, February 21, 2019
The secret is out on Fran Belibi.
The 6-foot-1 forward out of Regis Jesuit can throw down some ridiculous dunks.
She became the first female in the state of Colorado to register a dunk in a high-school game back in January of 2017, her sophomore year with the Raiders. Two years later, she added to it, tagging up with a teammate for an alley-opp, another first in the state of Colorado but the first nation-wide.
The videos quickly went viral, catching the likes of Miami’s Dwyane Wade, Golden State’s Steph Curry, WNBA champion Sue Bird, as well as Harlem Globetrotter Lili 'Champ' Thompson.
“Obviously her dunking ability, but I know she’s a well-rounded player. I know she has a work ethic so, just a really nice young lady to hang out with and, you know, shot some hoops,” Thompson said.
A rookie with the one of the most well-known sports entertainment groups, Champ spent an hour of her Thursday afternoon hanging out at the Raider’s practice, showing off the quick handles and tag-teaming on some dunk combinations.
“Girls don’t really go out and practice alley-ooping so a lot of people don’t really know how to do it so it’s nice to have someone who comes in and knows how to do it,” said Belibi, who heads to Stanford next season.
It’s another area the two can relate on, as Champ played three years with the Cardinal before finishing off her collegiate career at Notre Dame.
“She was just kind telling me about how to find that place to belong and just what to do in those regards being there and playing basketball,” added Belibi.
Champ's biggest piece of advice:
“Just to take advantage of the opportunity. It goes by really quickly, it’s a lot of fun and just remember to have fun with it.”
Posted by C-House (Sue and John Soo) at 2/24/2019 05:52:00 PM
Pinewood's Hannah Jump (24) shoots layup against Archbishop Mitty's Haley Jones (30) in the first period of their Central Coast Section Open Division girls basketball championship game in Santa Clara, Calif., on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019.
Darren Sabedra, mercurynews.com, February 22, 2019
Archbishop Mitty coach Sue Phillips always says she wants her teams ready for March. The big games arrived a little early this season, but the Monarchs were ready.
Boy, were they ready.
In the annual matchup against Pinewood for the Central Coast Section Open Division girls basketball championship, Mitty left no doubt which team was best, rolling to a 72-51 victory at Santa Clara University’s Leavey Center on Friday night.
It was the Monarchs’ fourth consecutive CCS Open crown — all against Pinewood — and the program’s 28th section title overall. Pinewood has lost in the Open final the past five seasons.
“We played really, really good defense tonight,” Phillips said. “Had some breadowns but really locked in on their 3-point threat. The 3s that they did make, it wasn’t the people that really get them going.”
Of course, the white elephant in the room was the game that got away from Mitty, a triple-overtime loss to Pinewood in the Northern California Open Division final last season at SCU.
The Monarchs were eager for payback, as Haley Jones said after she finished with 26 points and nine rebounds.
“We wanted it really bad after last year,” Jones said. “It was kind of a redemption game. We also wanted it for the senior class because it’s a four-peat in CCS, which hasn’t been done in the Open Division. Now we’re just looking forward, game by game, trying to be back because the senior class also hasn’t won a state title. We’re trying to get there.”
Hunter Hernandez, only a sophomore, had a huge game for Mitty, finishing with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
“Hunter’s amazing,” Phillips said. “Hunter can do anything on the floor. The way she got on the glass today, particularly on the offensive boards, and just asserted herself early on the offensive side, she’s always been a defensive presence for us. It’s great to see her put both ends of the floor together.”
Mitty took command early, building a 10-2 cushion midway through the first quarter. The Monarchs cut off passing lanes with active defenders and length, dominated the boards and kept everyone not named Courtni Thompson from getting into any offensive rhythm.
If not for Thompson, who finished with 18 points, the score might have been out of reach by halftime.
Instead, her 13 first-half points — which included three 3-pointers — kept Pinewood within striking distance at the break, down 30-21.
But Mitty scored the first four points of the third quarter and maintained the double-didgit edge the rest of the way.
“They deserved to win,” Pinewood coach Doc Scheppler said. “We played really hard, but we just didn’t do a great job minimizing how many easy baskets they got — putbacks. Hunter Hernandez had 21 and I would say 14 of them were off of putbacks or open layups. Sheer hustle, just attackling the ball, wanting the ball more than us. It was a physicality issue and desire for the ball.”
The victory locks up the No. 1 seed for Mitty in the Northern California Open Division regional, which will become official Sunday and this season means home games through the regional final for the top seed, as long as it keeps winning.
“It really wasn’t about the opponent,” Phillips said of the win Friday. “It was about securing the No. 1 seed.”
Pinewood hopes for a No. 2 seed. But its loss at Carondelet, which won the North Coast Section Division I title Friday, might prevent that from happening.
Posted by C-House (Sue and John Soo) at 2/24/2019 05:24:00 PM
The Classical Academy’s Kaitlin Walters goes for a layup next to Discovery Canyon’s player Ashten Prechtel during the varsity girl’s game at The Classical Academy in Colorado Springs, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019
Lindsey Smith, gazette.com, February 22, 2019
Ashten Prechtel’s final high school game was not exactly what she envisioned.
The McDonald’s All-American led the Discovery Canyon girls’ basketball team by averaging more than 55 percent of the team’s total points through the regular season. But midway through the third quarter of a Class 4A second-round game against The Classical Academy, it was clear Prechtel was off her game.
Early in the third Prechtel apparently injured her right hand, keeping her off the court for a majority of the second half.
The absence of the team’s all-around player allowed the Titans to use their aggressive defense to claim a 49-35 win over Discovery Canyon.
I wish I could have stayed healthy through the game, I feel like it would have been a different result had that happened,” Prechtel said. “It was so hard to sit out. I tried to go back in but I couldn’t shoot or do anything. I didn’t want to think it, but right when I got hurt around then I had the feeling this would be my last game.”
With Prechtel on the bench, TCA capitalized on offensive rebounds in the third quarter - typically a difficult feat against DCC’s 6-foot-5 center. From there senior Autumn Boyles went to work, putting up 12 points in the second half to give the Titans a nice cushion.
“With (Prechtel) out we controlled the other girls and picked up our offense in the second half,” said TCA coach Frank Haist. “It was an ugly game a little bit, but it was our first game in the playoffs, sometimes that happens.”
Despite the injury, Prechtel entered the game a few times through the second half and scored three points - all off free throws. She was 0-for-3 from the field and 3-for-8 from the line. Prechtel led the Thunder at halftime with 12 points. She spent her time on the DCC bench icing her hand.
Prechtel said she is not sure what exactly happened, or the extent of the injury, but she plans to have it checked out.
DCC coach Heath Kirkham suspects it is broken.
“It’s one of those things that sucks and I wish that we could be back on Monday but I just am looking towards the future,” said Prechtel, who will play basketball at Stanford next year. “I know this isn’t my last game ever, and making sure my hand heals is the most important thing right now.”
But despite Prechtel’s absence Kirkham was proud of the fight in his team through the second half.
“We’ve had so many injuries, lost one of our teammates,” said Kirkham, referencing the loss of junior guard Avory Kvale, who died in a car crash with fellow DCC student Kaden Currier in December. “We’ve gone through so much tremendous adversity this season and it’s been unbelievable. These girls have been stepping up all year long.
“I don’t think there’s ever been a team that has gone through what they’ve had to go through, and to come out tied for second in the conference and win a playoff game — I’m just so proud of this team.”
The Discovery Canyon girls’ team sported pink scrunchies and blue shoelaces in memory of Kvale and Currier.
Prechtel finished with 15 points, followed by nine by Mackenzie Seitz. Tuesday Prechtel broke the state rebound record with 1,322 career boards heading into Friday's second-round game. She also had 69 double-doubles before Friday, ranking her second all-time in Colorado behind Mesa Ridge's Kylee Shook.
“We wanted to come out and prove that we could do it,” Prechtel said. “After everything that we’ve faced I think we just all really wanted it, and it was just unfortunate circumstances.”
TCA will move on to play No. 2 Holy Family in the third round. Holy Family punched its ticket to the round of 16 with a 61-26 win over No. 34 Glenwood Springs.
“We’ve been out of our shooting groove for a few games, so we’re hoping it comes back against Holy Family,” Haist said. “We had some open looks that just didn’t fall today, especially in the first half. You have to have a little bravado, a little strut and confidence when you shoot and I thought we did that in the second half.”
Boyles led TCA with 16 points, followed by Kaitlin Walters with 12.
Posted by C-House (Sue and John Soo) at 2/24/2019 05:09:00 PM
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Stanford signees Fran Belibi and Haley Jones are two of 10 players selected as semifinalists for the Naismith Trophy High School Girls' Player of the Year, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Friday. Stanford is the only school with multiple players on the list.
Posted by C-House (Sue and John Soo) at 2/16/2019 08:27:00 PM
Discovery Canyon's Ashten Prechtel receives McDonald's All-American jersey, takes a step closer to prestigious game
Discovery Canyon's Ashten Prechtel, center, holds up her McDonald's All-American jersey Thursday before Thunder's regular-season finale against Palmer Ridge.
Chhun Sun, gazette.com, February 14, 2019
Posted by C-House (Sue and John Soo) at 2/16/2019 07:56:00 PM
Thursday, February 07, 2019
Haley Jones is the No. 1 overall player in the ESPN HoopGurlz 100 for 2019 and recently signed with Stanford. The 6-foot-1 wing, who hails from Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.), was named to the preseasonALL-USA team and helped Team USA win gold in Belarus last summer. Now Jones has agreed to give USA TODAY exclusive access into her world by chronicling her life in a blog.
Posted by C-House (Sue and John Soo) at 2/07/2019 07:06:00 PM
Posted by C-House (Sue and John Soo) at 2/07/2019 07:00:00 PM
Tuesday, February 05, 2019
Senior Ashten Prechtel first Discovery Canyon Campus player named to McDonald's All-American Basketball Team
Posted by C-House (Sue and John Soo) at 2/05/2019 09:20:00 PM
If you haven't heard by now, Regis Jesuit High School has a very talented female basketball player. In fact, she's one of the best in country. Senior forward Fran Belibi hasn't been playing the game for very long but she is certain leaving her mark, one dunk at a time. Some say she is evening changing the game.
Posted by C-House (Sue and John Soo) at 2/05/2019 09:14:00 PM