Coaches from numerous basketball programs in the area are declining to input statistics into MaxPreps, the official database for high school teams across the country, in an effort to hide.
As in, hiding scoring leaders, rebound tendencies and free-throw percentages so opponents cannot get any leg up.
Some coaches admit to just being late to the party and often update once league play starts. Some take competition so seriously they do not want to allow an inch, sometimes to the point of refusing to update scores in a timely fashion.
Small schools generally input statistics in an effort to get their programs recognized.
Last season, the best two boys teams in Northern California – Woodcreek and Sheldon – updated stats regularly. The programs had nothing to hide and every reason to promote.
Some states mandate that member schools input statistics in an effort to foster good will and sportsmanship, and programs that do not comply are ineligible for the playoffs. This is not mandated in California, though coaches grouse regularly about the hiding trend, even those who don’t input statistics.
The Bee encourages coaches to input stats to help ensure publication of news and trends, not to mention any serious consideration for All-Metro honors. League commissioners also urge coaches to input data, especially in trying to sort out all-league teams in what sometimes turns into contentious after-season gatherings.
Kudos to those who input their stats.
Girls stat marvels – Makaila Sanders of Foothill is the Sac-Joaquin Section’s leading girls scorer with 27.3 points, at least for those who have been entered. The UC Davis-bound guard is making 48 percent of her 3-pointers for The Bee’s sixth-ranked Mustangs, who are 15-2.
Elisa Canty-Abdallah of Marysville is the section’s No. 2 scorer. The guard is scoring 25.5 points per game, ahead of Yasmin Gupta of Sacramento Country Day (24.4) and Nailah Dillard of Inderkum (22.5).
Johnna Dreschler of Forest Lake Christian leads the section with 16.1 rebounds. Ateca Williams of Mira Loma is averaging 14.7 boards, Mallory Rath of Bear River 14.4 and Jaelyn LaGrone of Natomas 13.2.
Lindsey Moody is tied for the section lead with 3.8 blocked shots. Jordyn Rosette of Cosumnes Oaks averages 3.5 and Kate Jasper of Rio Americano 3.4.
Breanna Mellish of Western Sierra Academy leads the section with 6.3 assists and 8.5 steals.
Boys stat marvels – The section leader in scoring is Landis Spivey of Hughes Academy in Stockton with 30.9 per game. Sandeep Kahlon of Western Sierra is second at 28.1. Jalen Patterson, a sophomore guard for No. 5 Liberty Ranch, averages 23.3 a game. Noah McCutcheon of Freedom Christian in Fair Oaks is scoring 21.7, and Garren O’Keefe of Colfax 20.7.
Top rebounders include Cole Johnson of Sacramento Country Day (12.7), Everett Perrot of Christian Brothers (11.3), Angel Lopez of Cristo Rey (11.1) and Champreet Bansal of River Valley (10.9).
The area’s leading assist man is Burbank’s Levelle Bailey (6.1), followed by Thomas Moorehead of Mesa Verde (5.8).
Nate Karren of West Campus is the area leader with 2.8 blocked shots.
All-day showcase – The Adidas Challenge on Saturday at Sheldon will be capped by the host Huskies playing The Bee’s No. 1 Capital Christian at 9 p.m.
Sheldon, ranked third, suffered its lone local loss of the season to Capital Christian in the Gridley Tournament in December, falling 74-59.
Capital Christian reached the finals of that event, falling to Northern California No. 1 Salesian of Richmond in the finals after beating The Bee’s preseason No. 1 Folsom and then-No. 2 Sheldon. This will be a guard showcase with Capital led by Rick Barros, Zach Chappell and Trey Jones and Sheldon by Dale Currie, Dom Johnson, Justin Nguyen and Kaito Williams.
No. 4 Jesuit plays No. 10 Oak Ridge, leading into the Sheldon finale.
Showdowns – No. 11 Antelope hosts No. 12 Whitney on Thursday in a battle for first place in the Capital Valley Conference, each team entering the week 3-0 in league play.
Whitney has won seven consecutive games and Antelope six.
Kameron Warrens and Coleman Hawkins lead Antelope in scoring with 13.6 points and 11.3, respectively. Tyler Austin leads Whitney in scoring at 16.5, followed by Matt Willis (16.3 and Noah Samulewski (11.8).
In the Pioneer Valley League, first place is at stake when No. 19 Lincoln hosts Placer. Lincoln has won nine consecutive games, thanks to the efforts of Gabriel Gillespie, Connor Manley, Angelo Nicardro and Preston Summerhays.
Spanish Springs of Nevada won the 22nd Tim Brown Memorial in Sacramento, one of the state’s premier events.
The Cougars out of Sparks had 228 points, with Oak Ridge (201) placing second, Elk Grove (190.5) third, Del Oro (178) fourth and Folsom (153.5) fifth. Angelo Martinoni of Folsom won at 134 pounds, Mikey Mello of Oak Ridge at 140, Jackson Redhair of Oak Ridge at 147, JT Stinson of Del Oro at 154 and Noah Blake of Del Oro at 162.
Martinoni, a senior, is ranked fifth in the state and No. 1 in Northern California by calgrappler.com. Mello, a senior, is rated sixth in the state and third in NorCal.
JP Dolliver of Western Sierra Academy in Rocklin has accepted the head job at El Camino, a program steeped in tradition but starving for playoff success.
Dolliver started the Western Sierra program from scratch in 2015, going 0-9 then rising to 4-6 and 7-4.
El Camino, a power in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, has won eight games in a season just twice since 2004. The Eagles have just one playoff victory since 1993 and two since winning the 1985 Division II section championship.
THE BEE’S TOP 20
With last week’s ranking in parentheses.
1. Folsom (1) 15-3
2. Sacramento (2) 9-7
3. West Campus (3) 10-7
4. McClatchy (4) 11-4
5. Cosumnes Oaks (5) 13-2
6. Foothill (6) 15-2
7. Antelope (7) 11-3
8. Oak Ridge (8) 8-10
9. Colfax (9) 16-1
10. Roseville (10) 11-5
11. Christian Brothers (11) 10-6
12. St. Francis (12) 8-6
13. Whitney (13) 11-5
14. Del Oro (14) 13-5
15. Woodcreek (15) 14-4
16. Davis (-) 7-8
17. Franklin (16) 10-4
18. Rocklin (20) 11-7
19. Granite Bay (17) 14-4
20. Valley (19) 11-4
Dropped out: No. 18 Elk Grove
1. Capital Christian (1) 11-5
2. Folsom (2) 15-3
3. Sheldon (3) 12-3
4. Jesuit (5) 11-3
5. Liberty Ranch (7) 16-2
6. Del Oro (6) 14-4
7. Sacramento (9) 12-3
8. Grant (8) 12-4
9. Woodcreek (12) 13-5
10. Oak Ridge (4) 11-6
11. Antelope (11) 13-3
12. Whitney (13) 13-2
13. Burbank (10) 12-5
14. Granite Bay (14) 10-8
15. Davis (18) 11-6
16. Franklin (15) 11-6
17. Roseville (16) 12-4
18. Del Campo (17) 11-5
19. Lincoln (19) 15-3
20. West Campus (20) 11-4
Dropped out: None