Joe Davidson

These Sacramento-area players scored Cal-Hi All-State basketball honors

Sheldon guard Dale Currie (0) makes the steal against Bishop O'Dowd guard Elijah Hardy (2).
Sheldon guard Dale Currie (0) makes the steal against Bishop O'Dowd guard Elijah Hardy (2).

The basketball season has ended but the honors and accolades continue.

Players from across the region dotted the 40th Cal-Hi Sports All-State teams that it lists as "Elite Boys."

Bee Player of the Year Dale Currie landed on the first team after the 6-foot-1 guard led Sheldon High School to the CIF State Open Division final, a 75-62 loss to state No. 1 Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth.

The only regional player to make the Cal-Hi first team, Currie averaged 15.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 2.1 steals and also led the Huskies in deflections, charges and 3-pointers.

Players from the Sacramento area face long odds to crack the All-State first team. To put the talent pool in perspective, the Sac-Joaquin Section, comprised of area teams and 190 total schools, is the second largest of the 10 sections in the state; the Southern Section in Southern California has nearly 600 schools.

Currie was also named the MaxPreps Northern California Player of the Year, with Coach of the Year honors going to Sheldon's Joey Rollings, also The Bee's Coach of the Year.

The Cal-Hi Mr. Basketball Player of the Year is Onyeka Okongwu of Chino Hills, which won the CIF State Division I title without any of LaVar Ball's sons on the roster.

Mason Forbes, a two-time Bee All-Metro first-team center from Folsom, made Cal-Hi's second team after averaging 15.2 points and 11.5 rebounds. Elias King of Jesuit, an All-Metro forward, made Cal-Hi's third team after averaging 21.6 points and 12.3 rebounds.

Guard Zach Chappell of Capital Christian earned third-team Cal-Hi Open and Division I honors.

Making the Division II second team were guards Tyler Austin of Whitney and Levelle Bailey of Burbank, center Cade Hoppe of Oak Ridge and forward Steven Richardson of Grant. Guard Kai Huntsberry of Placer made first-team Division IV and Garren O'Keefe of Colfax made first team Division V.

Xavion Brown of Sheldon and Coleman Hawkins of Antelope made second team sophomores and Isa Silva of Jesuit made first team all freshmen.

Cal-Hi has not released its first-team All-State girls teams but it did post its All-State Underclass teams. Two area guards earned All-Junior second team: Christian Brothers' Brianna Juniel and Sacramento's RyAnne Walters.

Making third team was Inderkum guard Nailah Dillard. Second-team sophomores included West Campus guard Gabby Rones and Elk Grove guard Maile Williams, who has since transferred to Capital Christian. First-team freshmen from the area are Folsom guard Charity Gallegos and Antelope guard Jzaniya Harriel.