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Los Angeles Times 1998 All-Valley Basketball Teams

Boys

March 26, 1998

Rafael Berumen, Simi Valley

6-9, Junior

Center

The Times' 1997 Ventura County player of the year averaged 20.7 points, 10.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists in leading the Pioneers (25-6) to the semifinals of the Southern Section Division I-AA playoffs.

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Jeff Fouchey, Oxnard

6-4, Senior

Forward

He averaged 13.8 points and 10.1 rebounds to help the Yellowjackets (17-9) tie San Marcos for second in the Channel League and advance to the second round of the Division I-AA playoffs.

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Branduinn Fullove, Simi Valley

6-4, Sophomore

Guard

The No. 2 player in Simi Valley's Big Three, Fullove averaged 17.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists while shooting 52.0% from the field and 36.3% from three-point range.

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Marcus Helfman, Agoura

6-6, Senior

Forward

A standout tight end headed to California on a football scholarship, averaged 18.2 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 3.2 steals and 3.9 blocked shots for the Chargers (13-12).

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Greg Jones, Oak Park

6-2, Senior

Guard

After playing out of position at point guard last season, Jones moved to his natural position of shooting guard and averaged 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.3 steals.

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Kevin Lawrence, Moorpark

6-5, Senior

Forward

Lawrence proved dangerous both with his outside shooting and his drives to the hoop. He averaged 23.5 points and 12.6 rebounds and helped the Musketeers to second place in the Frontier League.

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Joey Riccio, Santa Paula

6-1, Senior

Guard

A transfer from Thousand Oaks, he averaged 23.0 points, 6.2 assists and 1.6 steals for the Frontier League champions.

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O.J. Thomas, Channel Islands

5-10, Senior

Guard

The four-year varsity starter is Channel Islands' career assist leader and averaged 14.0 points, 7.9 assists and 3.0 steals for the Raiders (17-8) this season.

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B.J. Ward, Santa Clara

6-1, Junior

Guard-Forward

With standout Nick Jones injured most of the season, Ward became the Saints' top player and led them to the Southern Section Division V-AA finals. He averaged 19.3 points and 6.3 rebounds.

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1997-98 ALL-VENTURA COUNTY BOYS' BASKETBALL TEAM

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

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Pos. Name School Yr. Ht. F Daniel Bobik Newbury Park Sr. 6-6

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COACH OF THE YEAR

Steve Johnson, Newbury Park (24-5, 14-0), Marmonte League champion

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FIRST TEAM

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Pos. Name School Yr. Ht. C Rafael Berumen Simi Valley Jr. 6-9 F Jeff Fouchey Oxnard Sr. 6-4 G Branduinn Fullove Simi Valley So. 6-4 F Marcus Helfman Agoura Sr. 6-6 G Greg Jones Oak Park Sr. 6-2 F Kevin Lawrence Moorpark Sr. 6-5 G Joey Riccio Santa Paula Sr. 6-1 G O.J. Thomas Channel Islands Sr. 5-10 G-F B.J. Ward Santa Clara Jr. 6-1

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SECOND TEAM

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Pos. Name School Yr. Ht. G-F Robbie Collins Hueneme Jr. 6-1 G Joey Cuppari Westlake Sr. 6-1 G Keith Donahue Moorpark Sr. 6-2 G Ryan Fay Buena Sr. 6-1 F Brett Michel Simi Valley So. 6-6 C John Murphy Oak Park Sr. 6-6 G Luther Staine Newbury Park Sr. 5-11 G Jeff Staniland Ventura Jr. 6-1 G Jeff Stuteville Camarillo Sr. 6-1 C Bas Van Rhee Thousand Oaks Sr. 6-6

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