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Boys' basketball: Alemany's Shacquille Dawkins is Mission League MVP

Junior guard Shacquille Dawkins of Alemany has been selected the most valuable player from the Mission League.

First-team all-league: Alex Copeland, Harvard-Westlake, Sr.; Michael Oguine, Chaminade, Sr.; De'Anthony Melton, Crespi, Jr.; Daron Henson, Alemany, Jr.; Max Hazzard, Loyola, Sr.; Chibueze Jacobs, Notre Dame, Jr.; Stone Gettings, Loyola, Sr.; Henry Welsh, Loyola, Jr.

Second-team all-league: Jordan Ogundiran, Chaminade, Sr.; Mitch Mykhaylov, Crespi, Jr.; Mike Krkeyan, Crespi, Sr.; Ali Iken, Harvard-Westlake, So.; Kevin Summers, Alemany, Sr.; Gabe Rishwain, Notre Dame, Sr.; Earnie Sears, Alemany, So.; Michael Allen, St. Francis, Sr.; Jake Porath, Chaminade, Sr.





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Girls' basketball: Mater Dei loses Open Division state final

For a program that measures itself by championships, the season ended in heartbreak for Santa Ana Mater Dei in the CIF Open Division state final Saturday night at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley.

With UConn-bound forward Katie Lou Samuelson in foul trouble throughout the second half, the Monarchs turned to Andee Velasco and Ally Rosenblum. Both scored 20 points but Stockton St. Mary's dominated the fourth quarter to win 76-69 and claim its eighth state title.

"The word I use to describe St. Mary's is relentless," Mater Dei Coach Kevin Kiernan said. "After every miss or make they pushed the ball on us, they kept coming. We shot 50 percent and still lost."

Kat Tudor's three-pointer with 1:15 remaining gave St. Mary's a 73-67 lead, but Ally Rosenblum's layup drew Mater Dei (31-3) within four with 58.7 seconds left. St. Mary's (34-1) turned the ball over on its next possession but Velasco and Katie Lou Samuelson missed three-point shots and the Monarchs got no closer.

Samuelson finished with 19...

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Track: Freshman Sean Lee of Trabuco Hills clears 6-9 in high jump

There's a new track phenom in Orange County, and his name is Sean Lee from Trabuco Hills.

The freshman soared to a mark of 6-9 in the high jump at the Mt. Carmel Invitational on Saturday. Watch out, Dwight Stones.

Michael Norman of Vista Murrieta ran the 200 in 20.75.

Antonio Mitchell of Vista Murrieta ran 10.52 in winning the 100.

Greg Vann of Rio Mesa went 24-10 1/2 in the long jump.

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Girls' basketball: Mater Dei leads 38-33 at halftime

It's halftime and Mater Dei leads the CIF Open Division state championship game 38-33 over St. Mary's at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley. 

Andee Velasco leads the Monarchs with 15 points and three assists. UConn-bound Katie Lou Samuelson has nine points and six rebounds but also has three personal fouls.

Mi'Cole Clayton has 15 points for St. Mary's, which trailed 17-11 after the first quarter.  

-- Steve Galluzzo 




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Boys' basketball: La Mirada wins Division II title in double overtime

La Mirada was a little bit in shock that it didn't win Saturday's Division II state championship game in regulation. What's a team to think when San Jose Mitty's Sebastian Much, a sophomore who transferred from San Juan Capistrano St. Margaret's, sinks a long-range three at the buzzer to send the game into overtime?

"That could have killed us," Coach Bryce Jones said.

The Matadors (31-5) persevered and pulled out a 71-70 victory in two overtimes at Haas Pavilion to win their first state basketball championship.

La Mirada's two big men, 6-foot-8 Kendall Lauderdale and 6-7 Dezmon Murphy, were magnificient. Each scored 18 points. Murphy made four of seven shots from three-point range. Launderdale made three of eight three-point attempts. La Mirada made 14 threes.

"They did a good job taking away our driving lanes," Jones said. "The threes were there."

It still came down to the team's comedian, Kai Labasan, to deliver victory. He was fouled with 9.1 seconds left in the second overtime. He...

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Russell White meets Russell White

The cameras were out in a hallway of Haas Pavilion on Saturday afternoon. Even CIF Executive Director Roger Blake wanted to capture the moment.

There was Oakland Section Commissioner Russell White, a former standout running back from Crespi, meeting Crespi Coach Russell White.

The two got together after Crespi won the Division IV state title with a 47-44 win over Capital Christian.



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