American Canyon High senior Malik Ghiden made the top 10 list out of about 175 Northern California players who participated in the 14th annual Bay Area Competition Clinic on Saturday at NorCal Courts in Martinez.
Hoop Review is a scouting service that more than 200 colleges and universities subscribe to and is run by Gerry Freitas, a former college coach. It produces evaluations of high school and junior college prospects throughout the western United States that are sent to the colleges and universities to assist in the recruiting process.
Ghiden, a 6-foot-2 wing-guard, will be in his third varsity season this winter and also plays for the AC Basketball Club.
“Ghiden is an athletic wing/guard who can run and jump,” his evaluation by Freitas read. “He’s a capable ball handler who does see the floor and can make plays in transition. He finishes well, both in transition and in the half court. He also has a nice pull up game. Ghiden must prove himself as an outside shooter.”
Another 42 players were listed under “Others to Consider.”
Yet another 23 players who were “Names to Note” included American Canyon seniors and AC Basketball Club players Joee Gantan, Davin Lusung, Tyler Simms and John Wade.
Led by Katie Robinson’s 2-over-par 38, the Wolves improved to 4-0 in Solano County Athletic Conference play with Tuesday’s 267-272 home victory over Benicia on the front nine at Chardonnay Golf Club.
Keinah Baron shot a 58, Melita Baron had a 56, and Maita Veneracion, Kaitlin Dang and Kandy Miller shot 60s for American Canyon, which won despite two Panthers carding 39s.
The Wolves took a set from visiting Benicia for the first time in two seasons in the Panthers’ 25-22, 20-25, 25-18, 25-18 SCAC win on Sept. 6.
“We played an incredible match against Benicia today,” Wolves head coach Katy Maligie said. “We kept the pressure on the Panthers both at the service line and at the net.”
Raizel Dimalanta had six kills, 10 digs and a block, Kenzie Dado had four kills, a block and two aces, Kalia Rualo had two aces, Jessica Kei Moncada was all over the court with 43 digs, Maranda Azurin added 18 digs, Kahli Kyee had 10 digs, and Robyn-Elizabeth Yan and Katherine Montuya each added a block.
The JV team beat Benicia, 25-21, 25-21.
“It’s fair to say this was an ugly game on both side of the court,” Wolves JV coach Rick Manibusan said. “Hyped to be an anticipated matchup between these squads, it turned into a game of unforced errors and momentum. But we took advantage toward the end and came away with the win.”
Leading the Wolves were Christin Locke (two aces, five kills), KiYanni Gresham (kill), Caitlyn Abuan (four digs, four kills), Greta Fast (two blocks, three kills), Caytlin Capulong (three aces, seven digs, two kills), Kylie Garcia (three digs), Alexia Juarez (two digs), Kristin Jaylyn Argarin (two digs), Louralei Salanga (two digs) and Kehaunani Wilson (two aces, eight assists, three kills).
Against visiting Napa High on Sept. 6, the American Canyon girls fell 9-0 and the boys lost 20-4 despite two goals from Zander Lipari.
Jomon Dotson’s first interception for the University of Washington was a big one. The 2014 American Canyon High grad, who switched from tailback to cornerback during the offseason, returned a third-quarter interception 68 yards for a touchdown to help Washington win its home opener, 63-7, over Montana on Saturday.
“Proud of our defense,” Washington head coach Chris Petersen said on the Huskies’ website. “I’d never seen a guy get so tired during the interception (by Jomon Dotson) in my whole life when he had the goal line staring at him. But at least he got across the goal line, so I’m proud of him.”
It was Dotson’s second career touchdown for the Huskies (2-0), who are No. 6 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll released Sunday. He had a 44-yard TD reception last year against Oregon.