CHEERING SECTION: Santa Monica's Jordan Mathews reacts after hitting a three pointer in overtime to help defeat Palisades High School 76-63 in the quarterfinals of the Division 1 State Championships in March. Samohi would go on to represent Southern California in the state final. (Photo by Michael Yanow)

CHEERING SECTION: Santa Monica’s Jordan Mathews reacts after hitting a three pointer in overtime to help defeat Palisades High School 76-63 in the quarterfinals of the Division 1 State Championships in March. Samohi would go on to represent Southern California in the state final. (Photo by Michael Yanow)

SAMOHI — Santa Monica’s storybook basketball season has added yet another page.

Samohi’s Jordan Mathews was named to the second team of the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Team, it was announced on Wednesday.

Mathews, who led the Vikings to the final of the Division I State Championships after winning both the CIF-Southern Section title and regional title, was placed on the Elite Team, which consists of players from the larger divisions across the state.

The shooting guard, who will play for Cal next year, was also named the Southern Section Division I Player of the Year and the Most Valuable Player of the Ocean League.

Mathews averaged 24 points and 8.5 rebounds per game his senior season.

You can say it was a good year in the annals of the Samohi’s boys’ basketball program.

Cal-Hi Sports is considered one of the top prep sports news sources in the state for the past three decades. Its all-state rankings have long been accepted as one of the primary benchmarks for tracking high school teams.

 

St. Monica’s Harris picks Hawaii

 

Like Mathews, St. Monica’s Briana Harris has earned her fair share of awards and accolades this season.

Capping a senior season that saw St. Monica win the CIF-SS Division 4A championship, Harris has decided to play her college ball at Hawaii, head coach John Skinner announced this week.

“I’m really proud to see how far Briana has come in her growth,” Skinner said. “She’s a rare talent. She’s one of those once-in-a-decade talents that most coaches are lucky to get.”

Harris, who was named the CIF-SS Division 4A Player of the Year and the Camino Real League Most Valuable Player, averaged 24 points, 9 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2 steals a game during her senior campaign.

She is also the school’s all-time leading scorer.

Harris will be playing in the Mountain West Conference along with fellow St. Monica Mariner Melissa Maragnes, who has signed to play for UC Santa Barbara.

 

 

daniela@smdp.com

 

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