Local basketball, soccer standouts earn All-City honors

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The LA City Section recently released its All-City selections for boys and girls basketball and soccer. The All-City teams include the player of the year honor for each division.

In boys basketball, Taft’s Keyon Kensie was named the Open Division co-Player of the Year with Narbonne’s Marcus Adams. Taft’s Bishop Brooks and Adam Grissom were also named to the Open Division team, along with Birmingham’s Naseef Lubowa and Tyson Jackson.

Taft’s Derrick Taylor was named Open Division Coach of the Year.

Grant’s DJ Gains and Byron Mendez were named co-Player of the Year in Division I. Grant’s Dilyn Martin, Chatsworth’s Alijah Arenas, El Camino Real’s Quian Khawaja, and Granada Hills’ Noah Ramirez and Dylan Vo were selected to the Division I team.

Grant’s Tarek Abdelsameia was named Division I Coach of the Year.

Eagle Rock’s Andrew Marz was named the Player of the Year in Division III. The Division III selections included Cleveland’s Kamari King and Justin Rosenbaum, Kennedy’s Antonio Flores and Tyler Paczkoski, and Eagle Rock’s Benicio Curiel and Brooklyn Pasten.

Eagle Rock’s Christian Dunbar was named Division III Coach of the Year.

Full All-City boys basketball teams.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Granada Hills Charter junior Marianne Boco was named co-Player of the Year with Westchester’s Rylei Waugh for girls basketball in the City’s Open Division.

Granada Hills Marianne Boco #5 controls the ball against Westchester in the first half of a City Section Open Division girls championship at Pasadena City College in Pasadena on Saturday, February 25, 2023. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

The Open Division team included Granada Hills’ Krystal Pineda and Emma Perez,  Birmingham’s DeeDee Berry and Samantha Velasquez, Taft’s Evelyn Birau and Brigita Bulotaite, and San Fernando’s Samantha Maldonado and Kayla Stotts.

Sun Valley Poly’s Hannah Lising was named the Player of the Year in Division I. Poly’s Heart Lising and Sofia Cruz, Cleveland’s Valerie Anzora and Gabriella Calderon, Eagle Rock’s Ava Kidder and Arleta’s Maribel Rodriguez were named to the Division I team.

Poly’s Tremeka Batiste was named the Division I Coach of the Year.

Vaughn High’s Andrea Cervantes and Yamileth Ferreira were named co-Player of the Year in Division III. Vaughn’s Israel Ortiz was named Division III Coach of the Year.

Full All-City girls basketball teams.

BOYS SOCCER

Birmingham’s Oscar Vargas was named the Division I Player of the Year after leading the Patriots to the Division I boys soccer title.

Birmingham’s Joe Barcenas Diego Ceja, Hector Perez and Jerry Ramos were named to the All-City Division I team, which included El Camino Real’s Bladimir Coto, Eric Cabadas and Anthony Villa, Taft’s Sebastian Fuentes and Ryan Quinn, Cleveland’s Mateo Reynoso and Chavez’s Frank Alvarez.

Birmingham’s EB Madha was named the Division I Coach of the Year.

Sun Valley’s Poly’s Kevin Lifonzo was named the Player of the Year in Division II. Eagle Rock’s Ryland Bailey was named Player of the Year in Division III. Reseda’s Jefferson Parada was named Player of the Year in Division IV.

Full All-City boys soccer teams.

GIRLS SOCCER

El Camino Real’s Sharon Alcocer was named the Player of the Year for Division I girls soccer.

ECR’s Julie Lopez, Erin Lee, Nikki Velasco and Bella Andrino were named to the All-City Division I team, along with Cleveland’s Natalie Grant, Miranda Reynoso and Keira Preis, Granada Hills’ Katherine Coleman and Ana de los Santos, and Taft’s Brianna Gutierrez.

El Camino Real’s Eric Choi was named the Division I Coach of the Year.

Full All-City girls soccer.

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