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Foothill announces All-League hoops teams

Posted: March 10, 2009 1:42 a.m.
Updated: March 10, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Grizzlies' Maverick Ahanmisi drives on Wildcats' Will Tate on Feb. 12 at West Ranch. Ahanmisi was named league Player of the Year. Grizzlies' Maverick Ahanmisi drives on Wildcats' Will Tate on Feb. 12 at West Ranch. Ahanmisi was named league Player of the Year.
Grizzlies' Maverick Ahanmisi drives on Wildcats' Will Tate on Feb. 12 at West Ranch. Ahanmisi was named league Player of the Year.
Maverick Ahanmisi led Golden Valley to the Foothill League title in boys basketball this past season, the first league title of any kind in school history.

He'll graduate as Golden Valley's all-time leading scorer and 3-point shooter.

Now, Ahanmisi can add one more accomplishment to the list.

The senior combo guard was voted Foothill League Player of the Year by the league's coaches after averaging 20.1 points per game this season for the Grizzlies, who reached the CIF-Southern Section Division IIIA semifinals.

Golden Valley also landed a first-team all-league selection in senior guard Steven Thornton. After transferring from Chatsworth, Thornton averaged 19 points and almost five rebounds per game while giving the Grizzlies a consistent shooter and rebounder who could break down defenses off the dribble.

League runner-up Hart had two players selected to the first team - senior forward Parker Dominguez and senior guard Brad Wyche.

Dominguez averaged 16.8 points and 12 rebounds per game, and his activity in the post at both ends keyed Hart's run to the CIF-Southern Section Division IIIAA quarterfinals.

Wyche averaged 13.9 points per game and gave the Indians an outside threat. He shot 43 percent from downtown during the second half of the Foothill League schedule.

The lone underclassman on the first team was Valencia sophomore Lonnie Jackson, who led the league in scoring at 23 points per game.

The quick, lanky off-guard also averaged 5.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 3.3 steals per game as the Vikings finished third in the Foothill League and reached the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA quarterfinals, despite losing all five starters from their league champion squad in 2007-08.

West Ranch also reached the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA quarterfinals thanks in large part to the emergence of senior Hakeem Bradley, who earned a spot on the first team for his efforts.

Bradley posted 12.5 points per game during the regular season and gave the Wildcats an athletic shot-blocker who could also throw down gym-rattling dunks.

Saugus senior Noel Mansour rounded out the first team after averaging 15.3 points per game. Although Saugus lost nine in a row to end the season and finished tied for last in the Foothill League with Canyon, Mansour hit 92 3-pointers to help the Centurions spread the floor.

Each school had one player on the second team and one honorable mention.

Canyon senior Mike Edwards shot 48 percent from inside the arc this season and was a second-team all-league selection. Freshman center Brandon Perry, whom Cowboys head coach Chad Phillips said the team will build around next season, earned an honorable mention.

Golden Valley junior Trevor Wiseman averaged 17 points, three assists and almost nine rebounds per game to earn a second-team spot. Junior sixth man Khatari Price, who led the Grizzlies in steals, was given an honorable mention.

Hart seniors Patrick Abbott and Ben Kimble were named to the second team and honorable mention, respectively, while Saugus senior Mark Watanabe made the second team after carving up defenses off the dribble all year. Centurions junior Joey Frederick was named an honorable mention.

Valencia trotted out a senior frontcourt of Emmanuel Anumba and Cory Otavka this season, and each earned all-league spots as Anumba made the second team and Otavka landed an honorable mention.

West Ranch senior guard David Franklin made the second team, and fellow senior guard Beau Martin earned an honorable mention.


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