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  • Video: 2010/11 National Female Athlete of the Year
    See Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis in action for Mater Dei


    Former MaxPreps national player and athlete of the year Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis broke the NCAA Division I 3-point record during a 91-70 NCAA Women's Tournament regional final against Dayton at Times Union Center Monday.

    File photo by Heston Quan

    Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Mater Dei

    Mosqueda-Lewis made seven 3-pointers, giving her 395 for her career, breaking the mark of 392 shared by Laurie Koehn of Kansas State and Heather Butler of Tennessee-Martin.

    The former Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) standout finished with a game-high 27 points as the Huskies (36-1) advanced to their fourth-straight Final Four. UConn is the two-time defending national champion.

    Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis is the MaxPreps 2010-11 Female Athlete of the Year


    "It probably makes it more special because of the atmosphere of the game and what this game meant for our team, making it to the Final Four," she told reporters afterward. "It's definitely something that means a lot to me. It's something I feel like I worked really hard for."

    Mosqueda-Lewis was the MaxPreps basketball and Female Athlete of the Year in 2010-11 after averaging 22.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 2.6 assists as a senior. As a junior she averaged 27.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists. She led Mater Dei to a record of 123-7 over four years with two state and two mythical national championships.

    Video: Female Athlete of the Year Ceremony
    See Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis getting her award at Mater Dei
  • Photo courtesy of Twitter

    Coshocton (Ohio) opened up its season with a bang.

    Winning a high school football game 39-0 is a dominating effort. Securing victory in a high school baseball game by the same score is almost inconceivable.

    Yet on Monday it happened in Ohio, where Coshocton pummeled Conotton Valley 39-0, according to the Coshocton Tribune.

    Coshocton scored all of its runs in three innings, then held Conotton Valley scoreless in the top of the fourth to end it.

    It was the season-opening contest for both teams. Coshocton returns to action on Tuesday against Maysville.
  • Video: Stephen Zimmerman throws down huge dunk during McDonald's All-American practice
    Bishop Gorman center shows off athleticism.

    Stephen Zimmerman wasn't showing off. He wasn't trying to intimidate teammates Carlton Bragg or Perry Dozier, Jr. either.

    The Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) senior took an inbounds pass at Monday's McDonald's All-American West practice and sent down a very casual but impressive reverse windmill dunk.

    Zimmerman will compete against Dozier, Bragg, East standout Dwayne Bacon and female West standout Kristine Anigwe in tonight's POWERADE Jam Fest dunk contest at the University of Chicago.

    Zimmerman, a 7-footer, is one of eight uncommitted players in the game, an unusually high number. Arizona, UNLV, UCLA, Kentucky and Kansas are among his finalists.
  • Video: Varsity Center - Breanna Stewart Spotlight
    High school highlights of UConn women's basketball player Breanna Stewart

    We can't say that we are surprised to see Breanna Stewart starring on the biggest stage in women's basketball. We saw it all along.

    The UConn junior posted a monster game Saturday in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament to lead the Huskies into the Elite Eight, tallying 31 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and three blocks in a 105-54 thrashing of Texas. The 2012 MaxPreps National Girls Basketball Player of the Year and 2011 first-team MaxPreps All-American and her teammates will face Dayton on Monday for the right to move on to the Final Four.

    Stewart came full-circle in a way, as the game was played in Albany, New York, the same city where she led Cicero-North Syracuse (Cicero, N.Y.) to a state title her senior year.

    File photo by James Conrad

    Breanna Stewart at Cicero-North Syracuse during her senior season.

  • Fresh off a 28-7 campaign capped by a round of 32 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, head coach Mark Turgeon continued the momentum at Maryland with a huge recruiting win Friday night.

    Jeff Ermann of InsideMDSports reported that Diamond Stone, a 6-foot-10 center regarded as the No. 5 senior prospect in America by the 247Sports Composite, will be a Terrapin in 2015-16.

    Stone averaged 24.6 points and 11.8 rebounds per game this season at Dominican (Whitefish Bay, Wis.). He no doubt broke some hearts close to home as he chose Maryland over Wisconsin and Connecticut.

    A two-time gold medalist with USA Basketball and four-time state champion, Stone was named Mr. Basketball by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association last week.
  • Video: Sam Dekker high school basketball highlights
    Footage of the Sheboygan Area Lutheran star from his prep days

    Sam Dekker is everywhere. The 6-foot-9 forward scored 20 points in the NCAA Tournament opener against Coastal Carolina and then followed that up with a team-high 17 to help beat Oregon and move on to tonight's Sweet Sixteen battle against North Carolina.

    Courtesy 247Sports

    Sam Dekker, Wisconsin

    And if Dekker continues his fine play — he's the second-leading scorer at 13.3 points per game behind Frank Kaminsky (18.4) — he'll likely be a first-round pick in the June NBA draft.

    Right now he's projected No. 27 by nbadraft.net.

    Dekker was one of the most decorated high school players in Wisconsin history, leading Sheboygan Area Lutheran (Wis.) to the school's first WIAA title. He averaged 32.3 points his senior year — 29.4 for his career — and fittingly scored 40 points in the state championship game.

    He also made the game-winning basket with two seconds left in that 2012 state title game.

    By the way, Kaminsky, a 7-foot post, is predicted to be the No. 18 pick in the June NBA draft.
  • Screen shot from ABC13
    High school coaches are a saintly group: Long hours. Little pay. Minute fanfare. All for the good of young people.

    In the case of Cy-Ridge (Houston) football coach John McWilliams, he received quite a payback recently. From a fellow coach, of course.

    McWilliams was in need of a liver and assistant coach Matthew Beeler delivered. He will transplant 63 percent of his liver to his fellow coach, with whom he shares Type O blood.

    "There's not a better man out there, not a more deserving man out there for me to do this for," Beeler told abc13.com.

    Said McWilliams: "I'm just thankful that he had come to work for us. There must have been some higher, you know, being there that sent that young man this way."

    The student body and faculty are currently raising money at Cy-Ridge for medical expenses.

    Watch video of the story from ABC13
  • Photo by Todd Shurtleff

    DeMarcus Cousins sits courtside on Saturday at Sleep Train Arena.

    Updated March 23

    DeMarcus Cousins loves high school sports.

    According to Sacramento Bee sports writer Joe Davidson, the Sacramento Kings' All-Star Center is all over the region watching high school sporting events.

    "He's everywhere," Davidson said. "He'll go to football and basketball games and it doesn't matter the school. Grant, Folsom, Sacramento."

    So it was no surprise Cousins showed up for the CIF Northern California Division I boys championship between Woodcreek (Roseville, Calif.) and San Ramon Valley (Danville) at Sleep Train Arena, his home court.

    Woodcreek features one of the nation's top freshmen in Jordan Brown, a 6-foot-9 post with great footwork and athleticism. Cousins sat at midcrout with his knees virtual up to his cheekbones.

    Brown didn't disappoint in the first half with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Unfortunately his Timberwolves only managed seven more points and trail 18-17 at halftime.

    See Northern California roundup


    Cousins was reportedly at earlier games, including Mitty's 54-40 win over Sacramento in the D-2 title game. That game featured two fantastic post players in Mitty's Ben Kone and Sacramento's Solomon Young.

    Update

    Davidson actually introduced Brown and Cousins after the game and took the photo below.

    According to Davidson, Cousins said to Brown: "I like your game. Keep working hard."

    Said Brown, "Yes sir!"

    Brown's season ended Saturday with a tough 49-45 loss, but he finished with 15 points and a game-high 18 rebounds. Brown averaged 22.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game during his first 21 games.

    Davidson said he's the best high school freshman he's seen in the Sacramento region since he began covering high school sports in 1988.
    Photo courtesy of Joe Davidson

    DeMarcus Cousins wraps an arm around Woodcreek standout Jordan Brown at Saturday's CIF Northern California playoff finals.

  • Video: Bishop O'Dowd vs. Capital Christian highlights
    See top prospect Ivan Rabb and point guard Paris Austin in action.

    One of the more improved players in the country is Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.) point guard Paris Austin.

    File photo by Dennis Lee

    Paris Austin, Bishop O'Dowd

    The 5-foot-10 senior has literally lived in the shadow of his best friend and fellow four-year starter Ivan Rabb, a 6-foot-10 McDonald's All-American — the only Californian in this year's game.

    But the Boise State-bound Austin has steadily improved each year, especially this season with his shot, as he showed in Tuesday's CIF Northern Region Open Division semifinal game, a 75-57 rout of Folsom at Laney College in Oakland.

    Austin drilled four straight first-half three-pointers, was 8-for-11 from the field and finished with a game-high 23 points, out-dueled highly touted junior guard Jordan Ford, who finished with a game-high 12 for Folsom. Rabb wasn't bad himself with 22 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks.

    Afterward, Folsom coach Mike Wall gushed about Austin, who averaged more than 20 points per game in league play and broke the school record for points (43) and three-pointers (12) in a 106-77 home win over Piedmont on Jan. 21.

    "Paris Austin was the difference," Wall said. "He was uncontrollable. He scored at will. ... any way he wanted. That's as good a performance by a point guard in a big game as I've ever seen. Boise State got an absolute steal."

    That's good news to Boise State coach Leon Rice, whose team is getting ready for an Opening NCAA Tournament title against the Dayton Flyers at Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Video: Viewpoint (CA) Dunk off the Backboard
    The Patriots have some fun on the fast break.

    The Viewpoint (Calabasas, Calif.) boys basketball team is fun to watch. Just watch the steal, fast-break drive, throw off the backboard for a high-flying dunk last week in this video.

    The Patriots are 24-8 and have reached the semifinals of the Division V Southern California regional. They scored a 67-19 win over Kern Valley and 72-64 win over St. Bernard in the first two rounds of the SoCal playoffs.

    On Tuesday, they play top seed Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) in a SoCal semifinal game. The Patriots are two wins from playing in the state championship game. Their 24 wins thus far are the most in at least 10 seasons.