PREP BASKETBALL : Ford, Sampson Central City Players of Year
Two players from Fremont High, which won the boys’ City 3-A Division title and finished runner-up in the State Division I final, and three from Washington, which won the girls’ 4-A Division title for the third consecutive season, head The Times’ 1991 Central City All-Star Boys and Girls Basketball Team.
Fremont placed Chris Ford and Michael Tate on the team, with Ford being named player of the year. Fremont Coach Sam Sullivan, who guided the Pathfinders to a 34-2 record, is coach of the year.
Ford, an All-Central City selection last year, led the Pathfinders in scoring with a 21-point average. The 6-foot-2 guard will attend UC Santa Barbara in the fall.
Tate, a 6-5 senior center, was a dominant inside force for the Pathfinders in averaging 12 points and 12 rebounds. In Fremont’s 67-61 loss to Alameda St. Joseph’s in the State Division I final, Tate grabbed a championship-game record 20 rebounds.
Manual Arts, which finished runner-up in the City 4-A Division, placed two players on the boys’ team in Kevin Beal, a 6-5 senior forward who averaged 20.4 points and eight rebounds; and Dwain Bradberry, who scored 27 points a game and will attend Cal State Fullerton next season.
Washington also placed two players on the team in 6-8 Barnabas James, who averaged 20 points and 15 rebounds, and 6-4 Lamar Smith, who averaged 22 points.
Charisse Sampson of Washington, a repeater from last year, heads the girls’ team as player of the year. Sampson, a 5-11 junior forward, averaged 21 points and 17 rebounds for the Generals.
Washington, which finished the season with a 25-5 record, had two other players on the team in juniors Keshana Ledet, who averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds; and Shakeisha Chambers, who averaged 13 points.
Rosa Mendez of Roosevelt, a 5-7 senior guard, is a repeat performer from last year’s team. Mendez, who helped lead the Roughriders to their first City 3-A Division championship, averaged 16 points. Roosevelt Coach Lorenzo Garcia, who led the Roughriders to a 22-2 record, was named coach of the year.
1991 PREP BASKETBALL TIMES’ CENTRAL CITY ALL-STARS: BOYS’ Name: Toby Bailey School: Loyola Height: 6-4 Year: Fr. Name: Kevin Beal School: Manual Arts Height: 6-5 Year: Sr. Name: Dwain Bradberry School: Manual Arts Height: 6-4 Year: Sr. Name: Chris Ford School: Fremont Height: 6-2 Year: Sr. Name: Barnabas James School: Washington Height: 6-8 Year: Sr. Name: Robert King School: Verbum Dei Height: 6-1 Year: Jr. Name: Kevin Ollie School: Crenshaw Height: 6-2 Year: Sr. Name: Lamar Smith School: Washington Height: 6-4 Year: Sr. Name: Michael Tate School: Fremont Height: 6-5 Year: Sr. Name: Willie Thomas School: Locke Height: 6-5 Year: Sr. Player of the Year--Chris Ford (Fremont) Coach of Year--Sam Sullivan (Fremont) 1991 PREP BASKETBALL TIMES’ CENTRAL CITY ALL-STARS: GIRLS Name: Charisse Sampson School: Washington Height: 5-11 Year: Jr. Name: Rosa Mendez School: Roosevelt Height: 5-7 Year: Sr. Name: Keshana Ledet School: Washington Height: 5-10 Year: Jr. Name: Tyeasha Tolliver School: Fremont Height: 5-1 Year: Jr. Name: Cathleen Grice School: Crenshaw Height: 5-6 Year: So. Name: Ebony Robertson School: Dorsey Height: 5-8 Year: Sr. Name: Francesca de la Rosa School: Belmont Height: 5-6 Year: Jr. Name: Shakeisha Chambers School: Washington Height: 5-11 Year: Jr. Name: Tamu Agiza School: Manual Arts Height: 5-7 Year: So. Name: Diane Mendoza School: Jefferson Height: 5-6 Year: Sr. Player of the Year--Charisse Sampson (Washington) Coach of the Year--Lorenzo Garcia (Roosevelt)