Six Earn All-CIF Honors!

March 31, 2010 by  

Bellarmine-Jefferson High enjoyed a wealth of success this past season in basketball.

Its girls’ team won a Santa Cruz League title, advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division IVA semifinals and won a game in the state playoffs.

On the boys’ side, the Guards were runners-up in the Santa Fe League and they advanced to the Division VA quarterfinals.

With that kind of success, it’s not surprising that the Bell-Jeff basketball programs have garnered four All-CIF Southern Section selections.

For the girls, senior Margeaux Gupilan and junior Layana White were named first-team picks and sophomore Jasmine Smith made the second team.

For the boys, sophomore Andre Frazier earned second-team honors.

The four join two other area players who were honored as well. Burbank senior Argin Gerigorian made the boys’ Division IIAA first team and Providence senior Christine Mallari was a second-team pick in girls’ Division VAA.

“To have players honored from both of our programs is really exciting for the players, and for our school,” said Bell-Jeff Coach Bryan Camacho, who coaches both teams. “It shows that all their hard work and dedication has payed off. What’s also nice is that Andre and Jasmine are both just sophomores.”

The Bell-Jeff (25-7) girls’ team relied on its All-CIF trio to help pace the team. Gupilan led the way, earning league player-of-the

-year honors. She averaged 13.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.8 assists a game.

White, a transfer from Canyon, averaged 12.6 points and 4.2 steals a game and Smith averaged 12.2 points, 12.8 rebounds and 2.6 blocks a game.

Frazier, a first-team all-league honoree, averaged 14.3 points, 13.1 rebounds and 4.7 blocks a game.

Gerigorian was a key leader in pacing Burbank (23-8) to the semifinals for the first time in 43 years. The first-team all-league standout averaged 14.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.7 steals a game. In the playoffs, he averaged 16.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.1 steals.

Behind Mallari, Providence (18-10) was able to win the Liberty League championship for the first time in three years. For her efforts, she was named the league’s player of the year.

A four-year varsity player, Mallari averaged 10 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists a game.

“Christine worked very hard over the last four years in our program,” Pioneers Coach Andrew Bencze said. “She really made an impact on our program during her time here.”

By Jeff Tully

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