Quick, outstanding athletes make The Times' All-South Coast boys and girls all-star basketball teams the most impressive in recent history.
Six of the boys and five of the girls are repeaters on the teams.
The boys team consists of nine seniors but the girls team has only five seniors.
Four of the boys have already earned Division I scholarships--Ronnie Coleman of Dominguez and Duane Cooper of Lakewood (both to USC), Don Brotz of Wilson (Northwestern) and Tony Farmer of Artesia (San Jose State). Among the girls, Compton's Mandy Hannah will play at Nevada Las Vegas, Lakewood's Vonda Anderson will play at the University of Oregon and Lynwood's LaTasha Causey is going to San Jose State.
A look at the teams:
Trent Allen, Centennial--A 5-10, 150-pound senior shooting guard, Allen averaged 19.7 points and 8 assists to lead the Apaches to a 19-7 season. Centennial Coach Willie Emanuel praised Allen for his defense, ball handling and attitude.
Don Brotz, Wilson--The 6-5, 190-pound Brotz, who goes all out at all times on the floor, was the player of the year in the Moore League for the second consecutive time and signed to play with Northwestern University of the Big 10. Northwestern Coach Bill Foster was impressed by Brotz's shooting (he averaged 21 points a game) and his school work (3.5 grade point average).
Ronnie Coleman, Dominguez--The USC-bound 6-6, 195-pound senior "had the best year of any player I've ever had in terms of doing what he was supposed to do," said Dons Coach Ernie Carr. Coleman was the cornerstone of the Dons' 22-5 season, averaging 22.7 points and 12.5 rebounds. "A coach's dream in terms of attitude," Carr said.
Darrick Martin, St. Anthony--The 6-0, 150-pound junior set the Long Beach regular-season scoring record with 724 points. He averaged 30.6 points per game on the season, 36.6 in Camino Real League games. He scored 75 points in two playoff games. Considered one of the top point guards in the country, Martin is also known for his flashy passing which resulted in 10 assists a game. "Even at practice he always has some tricks," said Saints Coach Tom Roanhaus. Adding to his appeal is a 3.4 grade point average.
Duane Cooper, Lakewood--"He probably could have started for USC this season," said Sweeney of the 6-1, 170-pound guard who will join the Trojans next season. A three-year starter, Cooper shot 55% from the field, averaged 19 points and 6 rebounds and also had 118 assists. Sweeney said he keeps a list of all-time Lakewood leaders in 13 statistical categories and that Cooper is in the top 10 of 11 of them.
Tony Farmer, Artesia--This 6-7, 200-pound senior with huge hands could play inside or outside. He averaged 22.6 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4 assists, figures that impressed San Jose State so much that they signed him.
Adrian Jackson, Lynwood--An excellent athlete who can score a lot despite not being a great shooter, Jackson averaged 16.8 points in Lynwood's control game and led the Knights to a 22-6 record and the playoff semifinals. The 6-1, 170-pound senior is considering New Mexico State and Loyola Marymount.
Ken Jarvis, Millikan--"One of the best all-around players I've ever had," said veteran Coach Bill O'Dell of Jarvis. A combination of strength and finesse, this 6-4, 205-pound senior averaged 15.9 points and 9 rebounds. O'Dell used Jarvis at small forward and point guard, taking advantage of his ballhandling skills.
Milton Robinson, Lakewood--He improved his outside shooting enough to hit 58% from the field this season and average 15 points for the Lancers. He also blocked 40 shots and impressed Coach Tim Sweeney with his leadership. A 6-6, 195-pound senior, the hard-working Robinson probably will play Division II or junior-college basketball. "The best big man in the (Moore) League," said Sweeney.
Shawn Williams, Millikan--Known for his quick, explosive jump shot, the 6-3 1/2, 190-pound senior forward averaged 16.7 points and 7.5 rebounds a game for the Rams and made the All-South Coast team for the second consecutive year. He shot better than 50% from the field. Like his teammate Jarvis, Williams has great athletic ability
Vonda Anderson, Lakewood--An exceptionally quick player, "Smooth V" was considered one of the top guard prospects on the West Coast. A 5-7 1/2 senior in her first varsity season, she averaged 22 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals and 3 assists a game as the Lancers reached the second round of the playoffs. Anderson, also a fine student, won a scholarship to the University of Oregon.
LaTasha Causey, Lynwood--"A well-rounded, great defensive player," said Lynwood Coach Van Girard of the quick 5-8 senior. Causey, who averaged 8 points and 6 assists for the Knights' 28-3 team, is going to San Jose State.