South Bay/Peninsula player of the year:
Haley Jones, Archbishop Mitty, sophomore
On a team filled with standouts, Haley Jones had the best season of them all.
The 6-foot-1 sophomore led Archbishop Mitty in scoring and rebounding as the Monarchs won their first Northern California Open Division championship and played in their first Open Division state title game.
Regarded as one of the nation’s top college prospects from the Class of 2019. Jones averaged 15.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.5 blocks per game for a team that finished 28-3 and was ranked among the best in the country all season.
For this, Jones is the Bay Area News Group’s South Bay/Peninsula girls basketball player of the year.
Mitty coach Sue Phillips marveled at Jones’ all-around game. Jones is versatile enough to defend all five positions and was always given the toughest defensive assignment.
On the offensive end, she was pretty good, too.
“Haley’s like a point guard in rebound and run situations,” Phillips added.
Jones shot 62 percent for the season, making 196 of 316 field-goal attempts. She averaged nearly 20 points per game while helping Mitty win a national showcase tournament in Hawaii and 15.7 points through the playoffs. She reached double figures in scoring in all but three games this season.
East Bay player of the year:
Haley Van Dyke, Campolindo, junior
When it comes to scoring and rebounding, few did it better this season than Campolindo’s Haley Van Dyke.
The 6-foot junior post player dominated the stat sheet, averaging 24 points and 15.4 rebounds per game while leading the Cougars to their first appearance in a state championship game in 20 years.
To reach the Division III state final, Van Dyke practically shattered the record book. She scored 46 points — a Northern California regional final record — and grabbed 20 rebounds in a 78-56 victory over St. Mary’s-Berkeley.
Given that offensive explosion and consistency through the season, Van Dyke is the Bay Area News Group’s East Bay girls basketball player of the year.
“She can kind of do everything for us,” coach Art Thoms said. “She does a great job playing inside. She can shoot the ball well from the outside. She also is an outstanding defensive player. She’s really well-rounded. We run our offense through her.”
Van Dyke scored at least 30 points in six games this season and topped 20 points numerous other times. In her final eight games, she averaged 27.8 points.
“She really improved a lot throughout this season,” Thoms said. “She works really hard in practice. She’s very coachable. It’s fun to watch her improve so much. She has a great attitude. She enjoys the process. She enjoys the practices. She enjoys her teammates.”
(Following names in alphabetical order)
Pos. G-F. Height: 5-11. Year: Senior
Last season’s Mercury News player of the year averaged 12.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. First-team all-West Catholic Athletic League. Bound for Saint Mary’s College. In final five games of high school career, starting with narrow win over Pinewood in CCS Open final, she averaged 19 points and 8.6 rebounds. Had 11 points and seven rebounds in 44-40 loss to Clovis West in state final.
Pos. G-F. Height: 5-11. Year: Senior
West Alameda County Foothill Division player of the year. Led O’Dowd to North Coast Section Division III final and a spot in Northern California Open Division regional. Averaged 12 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and four steals per game. Will continue playing career at the University of San Diego.
Pos.: Guard. Height: 5-11. Year: Senior
East Bay Athletic League most valuable player. On team with balanced scoring, Simonich averaged nine points and four rebounds as Carondelet cruised to EBAL and North Coast Section Division I championships. Scored game-high 16 points in season-ending 48-47 loss to Cardinal Newman in first round of Open Division playoffs.
Pos.: Guard. Height: 5-7. Year: Junior
First-team all-West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division. Averaged 14.3 points and team-leading 7.9 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.9 steals per game as Eastside repeated as state Division V champ. Shot 54 percent from the field for the season.
Sacred Heart Cathedral
Pos.: G-F-C. Height: 6-1. Year: Sr.
West Catholic Athletic League player of the year. Bound for University of Cincinnati. Averaged 25 points and 13.4 rebounding while leading her team to the semifinals of the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs and a spot in the North California Open Division regionals.
Pos.: Forward. Height: 5-9. Year: So.
First team all-West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division. Second on team in scoring at 12.3 points per game and team’s top rebounder at 7.3 per game. Had 24 points and 11 rebounds in CCS Open semifinal win over Sacred Heart Cathedral and 15 points in 65-57 loss to Archbishop Mitty in CCS Open final.
Pos.: C. Height: 6-5. Year: Soph.
Tri-County Rock Division player of the year. Averaged 11.2 points and 10.2 rebounds for team that won league and section titles and received a spot in the NorCal Open Division playoffs. In NCS Division III final against Bishop O’Dowd, Jackson had a not often seen double-double — 16 rebounds, 14 blocks — as Salesian won 46-42.
Pos.: G-F. Height: 6-0. Year: Junior
First-team all-West Catholic Athletic League. Mitty’s third-leading scorer at 9.3 points per game. Also averaged 5.0 rebounds, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game while helping the Monarchs win CCS and regional Open Division crowns and advance to state Open Division final for first time.
Pos.: Guard. Height: 5-5. Year: Junior.
First-team all-Diablo Athletic League Foothill Division. Averaged 15.6 points per game and had 4 to 1 assist-to-turnover ratio, finishing with 209 assists and 50 turnovers as Miramonte won North Coast Section Division II title and reached the NorCal D-II final. Scored 34 points in NorCal semifinal win over Valley Christian-San Jose.
Pos.: Guard. Height: 5-5. Year: Sr.
West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division MVP. Helped Pinewood reach CCS Open final and NorCal Open semifinals. Solid defender capable of playing multiple positions, including point guard. Averaged 9.3 points, 2.4 assists and 1.5 steals per game and provided numerous intangibles for team that finished 25-4.
Valley Christian-San Jose
Pos.: Guard. Height: 5-9. Year: Senior.
First-team all-West Catholic Athletic League. Helped propel Valley Christian to semifinals of Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs and Northern California Division II regionals. Averaged 9.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.
Pos.: G-F. Height: 5-10. Year: Sr.
First-team Tri-County Rock Division. Led team in scoring, averaging 13.2 points per game. Also averaged 7.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists per contest. Bound for Cal State-Fullerton. Helped team finish second in league behind Salesian and reach Northern California Division III regional championship game.
Bishop O’Dowd, sophomore
Pos.: Guard. Height: 5-5. Year: Soph.
First-team all-West Alameda County Foothill Division. Averaged nine points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals as O’Dowd went undefeated in league play, reached a North Coast Section title game received a bid to Northern California Open Division regionals.
Pos.: Guard. Height: 5-8. Year: Senior
Santa Clara Valley Athletic League’s De Anza Division co-player of year. Helped lead Palo Alto to league championship with 12-0 record. Team’s second-leading scorer at 14.2 points per game. Handled ball against pressure defenses and defended opponent’s top perimeter threat. Made an average of 3.2 3-pointers per game, finishing with 82.
Pos.: Wing. Height: 5-11. Year: Sr.
First-team all-Diablo Athletic League Foothill Division. Averaged 14 points and 7.2 rebounds per game as Miramonte reached NorCal Division II final. Finished storied high school career with 122-10 record, a fourth North Coast Section title, 1,094 points, 725 rebounds, 438 steals, 301 assists and 133 blocks.
Amador Valley, senior
Palo Alto, senior
Eastside Prep, sophomore
Archbishop Mitty, senior
Archbishop Mitty, senior
Woodside Priory, junior
St. Mary’s-Berkeley, senior
Coaches of year
East Bay: Elgin Leslie,
South Bay/Peninsula: Sue Phillips,
Who is eligible?
Those eligible for all-Bay Area News Group teams come from leagues based predominantly in Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. The Bay Area News Group chooses the team.
Editor’s note: Here are player of the year and first-team selections from basketball leagues in the Bay Area News Group coverage area. Honorees are chosen by the leagues, not the Bay Area News Group.
Bay Counties | East Division
MVP: Kayla Nunn, St. Joseph Notre Dame. First team: Malia Mastora, SJND; Zhane Duckett, SJND; Caroline Sernett, College Prep; Ayla Elam, Head-Royce, Charlie Rudolph, Athenian.
MVP: Jordan Sweeney, Heritage. First team: Mikaila Wegenke, Heritage; Trudi Hartman, Liberty; Mako Onuoha, Deer Valley; Brandi Edwards, Deer Valley; Zorreia Rudolph, Pittsburg.
Diablo | Foothill Division
MVP: Haley Van Dyke, Campolindo. First team: Elle Louie, Miramonte; Ashley Thoms, Campolindo; Emma Godfrey, Acalanes; Brooke Panfili, Acalanes; Clair Steele, Miramonte.
Diablo | Valley Division
MVP: Ciara O’Kelley, Concord. First team: Kelly Osterkamp, Clayton Valley; Macy Woodworth, Berean Christian; Jessica Solis, Concord; Bridget Hyland, Clayton Valley; Karissa Wiebalk, Alhambra.
East Bay Athletic League
MVP: Brianna Simonich, Carondelet. First team: Kristy Brown, Amador Valley; Gabby Edmond, California; Maaeva Dwiggins, Carondelet; Sila Finau, Dublin; Madison Baxter, Foothill.
MVP and first team: Haylee Nelson, Newark Memorial. First team: Kendra Jeuitt, James Logan; Indya Williams, James Logan; Kim Masulit, James Logan; Tiffany Donaldson, Kennedy; Ky’erra Sylva, American; Sierra Hillman, American; Courtney Wong, Washington; Kaleigh Taylor, Moreau Catholic; Sydney Mendoza-Beck, Moreau Catholic; Meghna Nair, Mission San Jose; Jessika Davis, Irvington.
Oakland Athletic League
MVP: Morgan Dunbar, Oakland. First team: Taesha Britton, Skyline; Tiffany Siu, Oakland Tech; J’Mya Martinez, McClymonds; Ayreauna Williams, Oakland; KyiMiereyae Jones, McClymonds.
Tri-County | Rock Division
MVP: Angel Jackson, Salesian. First team: Carolyn Gill, St. Mary’s; Kennedi Villa, St. Mary’s; Makayla Edwards, Salesian; Tameiya Sadler, St. Patrick St. Vincent.
Tri-County | Stone Division
MVP: Anissah Dorsey, El Cerrito. First team: Courtney Tamaki, Albany; Jada Scott, De Anza; Mia Stewart, John Swett; Cali Fuller, Kennedy-Richmond.
West Alameda | Foothill Division
POY and first team: Myah Pace, Bishop O’Dowd. First team: Alexouis Bruce, Berkeley; Stephanie Fong, Alameda; Xinavane Foreman, Berkeley; Jada Holland, Bishop O’Dowd; Mira Love-Sangco, Encinal; Giana Wright, Castro Valley.
West Alameda | Shoreline Division
POY and first team: Destiny Jackson, Mt. Eden. First team: Angie DeFranco, Hayward; Charlene Descartin, Arroyo; Jasmine Kong, Arroyo; Mikee Lopez, Mt. Eden; Asia Pelesauma, San Leandro; Andrea Rogers, San Lorenzo.
Blossom Valley | East Division
Co-MVP: Alexis Flores and Leilani Augmon, Silver Creek. Co-senior of year: Ericalyn Roflox, Overfelt; Thao Nguyen, Independence. Junior of year: Anisah Douglas, Evergreen Valley. First team: Cynthia Gomez, James Lick; Breanna Plares, Piedmont Hills; Erica Nguyen, Silver Creek; Xiana Torres, Silver Creek; Julie Nguyen, Yerba Buena; Haile Landrum, Independence; Franchesca Gagni, Overfelt; Kaitlyn Malicad, Evergreen Valley.
Blossom Valley | South Division
MVP: KiannaBriel Maldia, Sobrato. Co-junior of year: Danielle Gezzi, Gunderson; Grace Smith Live Oak. First team: Karla Martinez, Sobrato; Sun Bang, Leland; Chloe Ross, Gunderson; Stefanie Madrigal, Oak Grove; Daylene Misa’alefua, Oak Grove; Kiki Roundtree-Neisler, Pioneer; Olivia Watters, Pioneer; Ronnae Ross-Byrd, Santa Teresa.
Blossom Valley | West Division
Co-MVP: Melanie Broback, Westmont; Hannah Peterson, Leigh. Senior of year: Jaden Anderson, Leigh. Junior of year: Tori Mok, Branham. First team: AneKava Tulua, Del Mar; Brianna Sasao, Branham; Rene Wash, Leigh; Alley Morones, Westmont; Eve Koshiyama, Westmont; Vanessa Azure, Lincoln; Sili Reed, Willow Glen; Taylor Trawick, Willow Glen; Alysha Gaio, San Jose.
Peninsula | North Division
MVP and first team: Brittney Cedeno; South San Francisco. First team: Jerlene Miller, SSF; Sala Langi, Oceana; Ariana Margate, Oceana; Addison Walling, Half Moon Bay; Ally Longaker, Half Moon Bay; Aneesha Alapati, Jefferson; Sabrina Tan, Westmoor.
Peninsula | South Division
MVP and first team: Greer Hoyem, Menlo-Atherton. First team: Aubrie Businger, Mills; Alexa Bayangos, Carlmont; Alyssa Cho, San Mateo; Carly McLanahan, Menlo-Atherton; Caelynn Hwang, Hillsdale.
Santa Clara | De Anza Division
Co-MVP: Lauren Koyama and Skylar Burris, Palo Alto. First team: Carly Leong, Palo Alto, Rachel Davey, Saratoga; Harshini Ramaswamy, Saratoga; Sophie Tobin, Mountain View; Josie Despars, Los Gatos; Korie Seandel, Los Gatos; Tiazha Jackson, Gunn. Senior of year: Archer Olson, Gunn. Junior of year: Alex Anthony, Los Gatos.
Santa Clara | El Camino Division
MVP: Katherine Knowles, Santa Clara. First team: Rilizza Isla, Cupertino; Victoria Iafeta, Milpitas; Skylar Pitre, Milpitas; Devyn Snyder, Santa Clara; Taylor Snyder, Santa Clara; Shivalika Chavan, Monta Vista; Alyssa Cortinas, Los Altos; LaTanya Lee, Fremont.
West Bay | Foothill Division
MVP: Mikaela Topper, Pinewood. First team: Klara Astrom, Pinewood; Brianna Claros, Pinewood; Zion Gabriel, Eastside Prep; Hannah Jump, Pinewood; Tatiana Reese, Woodside Priory; Kayla Tahaafe, Eastside Prep.
West Bay | Skyline Division
MVP: Kathleen Bufka, Mercy-SF. First team: Cate Alder, Castilleja; Misa Fujii, Notre Dame-SJ; Megan Jajeh, Mercy-SF; Anjali Pursai, Notre Dame-SJ; Jaclyn Shimada, The King’s Academy; Jordan Thompson, Harker.
POY: IImar’I Thomas, Sacred Heart Cathedral. First team: Heleyna Hill, Mitty; Haley Jones, Mitty; Karisma Ortiz, Mitty; Tahlia Garza, Mitty; Madeline Holland, Mitty; Edina del Rosario, SHC; Kyanna Davis, Valley Christian; Ayzhiana Basallo, St. Ignatius.
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