The Times’ All-South Coast boys basketball team has no prolific scorers, which proves a player doesn’t have to average 20 points a game to be an all-star. Only two of the 10 players selected to the boys team averaged more than 17 points, and only four players on the girls All-South Coast team averaged 15 points or more.
All of the 20 players were considered by their coaches to be solid performers.
Perhaps the most striking thing about this year’s teams is that only nine of the 20 players are seniors. There are nine juniors and two sophomores.
Because of the talented underclassmen, next season should be outstanding.
Don Mead, head of an Irvine-based scouting service, said: “There’s a lot of talented kids (juniors) coming up next year. . . . This year’s senior class was a little bit above those in the past, and this year’s sophomore class is going to be even better.”
The All-South Coast teams are two of 20 selected from 10 Times circulation areas in Southern California. The players will be honored at an awards brunch Saturday at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. Coach Jim Harrick of Pepperdine University will be the guest speaker. Players of the year and coaches of the year will be announced at that time.
The 10 selections on each team made by a vote of coaches and sportswriters:
Osei Appiah, Poly--This senior provided the Jackrabbits with leadership, rebounding and defense. A 6-foot-3 guard with superior leaping ability, Appiah led Poly in rebounding with 8.8 a game. Offensively, he liked to penetrate but also had an effective set shot and averaged 12 points. His defense, Coach Chris Kinder said, was effective because he worked hard and enjoyed the challenge of guarding top players. Appiah will play next season at Santa Clara.
Mark Beck, Mayfair--The Suburban League player of the year, Beck averaged 18.8 points a game, shooting 50% from the field. “He has unlimited range,” said Mayfair Coach Jim Crockett. While Beck liked to shoot from outside, he also treated himself to at least one slam-dunk a game. A three-sport star, Beck quarterbacked the football team and has a 90-m.p.h. fastball as a baseball pitcher. He’s expected to play baseball at USC or Cal State Fullerton.
Don Brotz, Wilson--"One of the outstanding junior prospects on the West Coast,” Wilson Coach Jim Ferguson said of the 6-5, 180-pound Brotz, who averaged 19.9 points a game and was the Moore League’s most valuable player. Brotz, a good shooter from inside and outside, also averaged 8.6 rebounds and was solid defensively. A star in the classroom too (3.3 grade-point average), he is being recruited by major colleges.
Ronald Coleman, Dominguez--With 12.5 points and 9 rebounds a game, Coleman led the Dons in scoring and rebounding. A 6-foot-5, 190-pounder, Coleman excelled as a shooter and a defensive player. He likely will improve his statistics next season as a senior because, Coach Ernie Carr said, “We will focus on him more.”
Duane Cooper, Lakewood--The Lancers’ point guard, Cooper averaged 15.8 points a game, shot 52% from the field and was an all-Moore League selection. Lakewood Coach Tim Sweeney on Cooper: “He’s one of the better players we’ve ever had here . . . a leader . . . a very good student and person.” And Cooper is only a junior.
Adrian Jackson, Lynwood--Jackson was the Knights’ most complete player and the one they depended on near the end of tight games. “He was our money man,” said co-head Coach Chick Peterson. “He won several games for us (with late shots).” Jackson led the Knights in scoring with 13.6 points a game, was an outstanding free-throw shooter and also averaged 3.5 assists.
Darrick Martin, St. Anthony--The only sophomore on the boys South Coast team, Martin, a 5-11, 150-pound playmaking guard, averaged 12 points, 6 assists and 6 steals a game. Martin’s No. 1 fan appears to be his coach, Danny Marques. “He’s going to be an all-American by the time he’s a senior, no question in my mind,” Marques said. Martin just turned 15 years old.
Chris Roscoe, Poly--"A great anticipator,” Coach Kinder said, explaining why Roscoe is so proficient at stealing the ball. While defense is his forte, the 6-foot-3 Roscoe can also rebound and shoot--his field-goal percentage was 53. He plans to play football and basketball at the University of Hawaii and after one year will decide which to play exclusively.
Marlon Vaughn, Dominguez--An all-around player on both ends of the floor, Vaughn was a point guard who averaged 11 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds. “He did a little bit of everything for us,” Coach Carr said of the 6-1 Vaughn, who was MVP of the preseason Estancia Tournament. Vaughn has signed with Cal State Fullerton.
Shawn Williams, Millikan--A power player, the 6-3, 185-pound Williams averaged 16.2 points and 8 rebounds for the Rams. The junior also distinguished himself on defense--he had three steals a game--and was a good ball handler.
Katie Brazelton, St. Joseph’s--Brazelton was a specialist in defense. “She consistently held the big scorers on other teams below 10 points,” said St. Joseph’s Coach Margaret Bos. The 5-7 junior could also score (13 points a game), rebound (9 a game) and pass (3 assists a game).
Latasha Causey, Lynwood--An excellent defensive player and ball handler, this 5-8 junior guard averaged 10 points and 8 rebounds for the Southern Section 4-A champion Knights. Coach Van Girard said Causey didn’t look to shoot very much, but when she did she had no trouble making jumpers.
Mandy Hannah, Compton--A 5-9 junior guard, Hannah was the Moore League MVP and Compton’s leader. Her outside shots and drives to the basket resulted in a 22-point average. She also averaged 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Compton Coach Carolyn Montgomery said Hannah is being heavily recruited.
Shurrell Johnson, Lynwood--"A good athlete who is quick and has a nice jump shot,” Coach Van Girard said of this 5-9 senior forward. Johnson, who averaged 15 points and 12 rebounds, is expected to play next season at UC Irvine.
Trise Jackson, Lynwood--Only a sophomore but “the heart” of the team, Girard said of Jackson, who averaged 19 points and 5 rebounds a game. “She’s the best defensive player I’ve had in a long time,” said Girard, who has been at Lynwood eight years.
Connie McGiffert, Millikan--The leading scorer on a team that won 24 of 28 games, McGiffert averaged 13 points. A 5-8 senior guard who was on the varsity three years, she also had 105 assists and 93 steals this season.
Jan Pearson, Millikan--A repeater on the South Coast team, this senior center used her size (6-3) to pull down 13.9 rebounds a game and average 12.8 points. She has signed with Cal State Fullerton.
Pam Pearson, Millikan--She almost had as many rebounds (13.6 per game) as her big sister. “She has improved greatly from year to year,” said Millikan Coach Gregg Pappas. A 6-1 junior, she averaged 11.8 points a game but hit for 29 in a game against Poly.
Shelley Schack, Artesia--Schack, a 5-9 senior guard, made The Times’ team for the second straight year. An all-around player who was the Suburban League’s MVP, she averaged 20 points, 6 assists and 7 steals for Artesia’s 18-9 team. “She really controlled the team,” Artesia Coach Terry Goddard said. “She was a coach on the floor.”
Terri Stewart, Millikan--A 5-5 junior, Stewart was Millikan’s leader on the court. She averaged only 8.3 points a game but her 152 assists were a school record. BOYS ALL-STAR PREP TEAM
NAME, SCHOOL YEAR HT. WT. AVG. OSEI APPIAH, Poly Senior 6-3 180 12.0 MARK BECK, Mayfair Senior 6-5 205 19.2 DON BROTZ, Wilson Junior 6-5 180 19.9 RONALD COLEMAN, Dominguez Junior 6-5 190 12.5 DUANE COOPER, Lakewood Junior 6-1 175 15.8 ADRIAN JACKSON, Lynwood Junior 5-10 170 13.6 DARRICK MARTIN, St. Anthony Sophomore 5-11 150 12.0 CHRIS ROSCOE, Poly Senior 6-3 180 11.1 MARLON VAUGHN, Dominguez Senior 6-1 160 11.0 SHAWN WILLIAMS, Millikan Junior 6-3 185 16.2
GIRLS ALL-STAR PREP TEAM
NAME, SCHOOL YEAR HT. AVG. KATIE BRAZELTON, St. Joseph’s Junior 5-7 13.0 LATASHA CAUSEY, Lynwood Junior 5-8 10.0 MANDY HANNAH, Compton Junior 5-9 22.0 SHURRELL JOHNSON, Lynwood Senior 5-9 15.0 TRISE JACKSON, Lynwood Sophomore 5-6 19.0 CONNIE McGIFFERT, Millikan Senior 5-8 13.1 JAN PEARSON, Millikan Senior 6-3 12.8 PAM PEARSON, Millikan Junior 6-1 11.8 SHELLEY SCHACK, Artesia Senior 5-9 20.0 TERRI STEWART, Millikan Junior 5-5 8.3