More Boys State Athletes of the Year

With the overall Cal-Hi Sports Athlete of the Year being a junior, a senior of the year also had to be chosen among this year’s best. We also have five winners for each CIF division plus a freshman and sophomore. A total of 53 more of the state’s top multi-sport and single-sport athletes named on honor roll.

Congratulations to the following boys for being selected as a 2011-12 Cal-Hi Sports State Athlete of the Year:


Darren Fahy (La Costa Canyon, Carlsbad) Cross Country, Track

With a runner who won a CIF Division II state cross country title and then swept both the 1600 and 3200 events at the CIF state track meet, you might be surprised that Fahy’s best running event is none of those. He’s best at the 3,000-meter steeplechase and several weeks ago he won at the USA Junior Championships in 9:06.83. Fahy also has clocked the best 3,000-meter steeplechase time in state history. Already named the San Diego Union-Tribune Male Athlete of the Year and the Gatorade Boys Track State Athlete of the Year, Fahy’s times at the CIF state meet were 4:08.78 in the 1600 and 9:03.29 in the 3200. His best race, however, might have been the 8:54.21 he ran in the 3200 at the Arcadia Invitational. Fahy will attend Georgetown University in the fall.

Note: For additional seniors who have been singled out, look for lists under each CIF division.


Khalfani Muhammad (Notre Dame, Sherman Oaks) Football, Track

As the overall winner for the 2011-12 school year, Muhammad also is the automatic No. 1 placer among juniors.

More Junior Boys Honor Roll Members:

Noah Allen (Palma, Salinas) Football, Basketball

Gage Brymer (University, Irvine) Tennis

Su’a Cravens (Vista Murrieta, Murrieta) Football

Aaron Gordon (Archbishop Mitty, San Jose) Basketball

Rico Hoey (Rancho Cucamonga) Golf

Beau Hossler Jr. (Santa Margarita, Rancho SM) Golf

Marcus Lee (Deer Valley, Antioch) Basketball, Volleyball

Ryan McMahon (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) Football, Baseball

Max Redfield (Mission Viejo) Football, Basketball

Tyree Robinson (Lincoln, San Diego) Football, Basketball

Brett Seeburger (Vista) Baseball

Connor Stapleton (Davis) Water Polo

Brett Stephens (Campolindo, Moraga) Football, Baseball

Stephen Stumph (Campolindo, Moraga) Swimming

Eddie Vanderdoes (Placer, Auburn) Football, Baseball


Adoree’ Jackson (Serra, Gardena) Football, Track

He’s the next big thing from a school that had 2009-10 State Athlete of the Year Robert Woods and 2010-11 State Athlete of the Year Marqis Lee. With just one attempt at the recent CIF state track meet, Jackson soared past 25 feet in the long jump to pick up a first-place medal. He also ran anchor on two relay teams, helping Serra to a second-place finish in team standings. Jackson, who transferred from a school in Illinois, also made his mark in football where he was all-state underclass. He also was called up to the varsity level in basketball for a team that was just one win shy of playing in the CIF Division IV state final. Jackson already has football offers from Nebraska, UCLA and Washington among others.

More Sophomore Boys Honor Roll Members:

Brandon Dawkins (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village) Football

Kyle Gornay (Redlands) Swimming

Blake Haney (Stockdale, Bakersfield) Cross Country, Track

Alex Jackson (Rancho Bernardo) Baseball

Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) Basketball

Nick Nevills (Clovis) Football, Wrestling

Curtis Ogren (St. Francis, Mountain View) Swimming

Zhipeng Zeng (The King’s Academy, Sunnyvale) Diving


Zahid Valencia (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) Wrestling

Trailing in the final seconds, Valencia’s two points with one second remaining gave him a 5-4 win in the 106-pound CIF state wrestling championship over defending champion Johnson Mai of North Torrance. On the season, Valencia also went a perfect 50-0. Zahid’s fellow freshman brother, Anthony, also won a CIF state title, but he lost one match so we did not have to search for more difficult ways of picking between them. It was the first time in CIF state history that two freshman brothers won wrestling state titles in the same year.

More Freshmen Boys Honor Roll Members:

Marcus LoVett Jr. (Providence, Burbank) Basketball

Jagger Rusconi (West Ranch, Valencia) Baseball

Anthony Valencia (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) Wrestling

Division I:

B.J. Boyd (Palo Alto) Football, Baseball

Among two-sport athletes in which track is not one of the sports, Boyd may have been the best in the state for 2011-12. Boyd is definitely fast enough to have been a sprinting force, but the 5-foot-11, 175-pounder used his speed in baseball. Playing for a team that reached the CIF Central Coast Section Division I semifinals, Boyd batted .507, scored 32 runs and stole 28 bases. He was among the first outfielders chosen in the recent MLB Draft and was the first California high school outfielder taken. Boyd has since signed with the Oakland Athletics. In football, Boyd was one of the top receivers in Northern California. He started for the Vikings as a junior on their 2010 CIF Division I state title team and came back as a senior to catch 36 passes for 1,108 yards and 17 touchdowns.

More Division I Senior Boys Honor Roll Members:

Bret Bonanni (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) Water Polo

J.T. Goodwin (Bear Creek, Stockton) Football, Wrestling

Nate Iese (Sheldon, Sacramento) Football, Basketball

Ty Moore (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) Baseball

Silas Nacita (Bakersfield) Football, Wrestling

Aaron Peck (J.W. North, Riverside) Football, Basketball

Richard Smith (Poly, Long Beach) Football, Track

Darion Williams (Vista Murrieta, Murrieta) Football, Track

Division II:

Darren Fahy (La Costa Canyon, Carlsbad) Cross Country, Track

As the senior of the year, Fahy also ends up on top among athletes from Division II-sized schools in the state. La Costa Canyon also has already been selected as the Division II State School of the Year.

More Division II Senior Boys Honor Roll Members

Donte Deayon (Summit, Fontana) Football, Track

Aaron Porter (La Habra) Football, Baseball

Johnny Schupp (Vacaville) Football, Wrestling

William Stallworth (Tulare) Football, Basketball

Brent VanderVeen (Arroyo Grande) Football, Basketball

Garrett Weinrich (Arroyo Grande) Football, Track

Division III:

Khalfani Muhammad (Notre Dame, Sherman Oaks) Football, Track

Notre Dame would fall into the D3 category and since Muhammad is the overall State Athlete of the Year he’s also the listed honoree for his CIF division.

More Division III Senior Boys Honor Roll Members

Gio Brusa (St. Mary’s, Stockton) Football, Baseball

Troy Conyers (El Capitan, Lakeside) Baseball

Joey Davis (Santa Fe, Santa Fe Springs) Wrestling

James Kaprielan (Beckman, Irvine) Football, Baseball

Cory Lange (Tehachapi) Football, Basketball

Tyrone Taylor (Torrance) Football, Baseball

Division IV:

Tom Kremer (Sacred Heart Prep, Atherton) Swimming

One of the best prep swimmers in the nation, Kremer just missed out on an opportunity to represent Israel in the upcoming Olympics. The Stanford recruit has been a dominant swimmer in the CIF Central Coast Section for the last three years and has won two individual titles in each of those seasons. At this year’s meet, Kremer broke a 29-year-old CCS record held by Olympic champion Pablo Morales of San Jose Bellarmine in the 100 fly. He later set a CCS record in the 100 back and helped the Gators win a relay title.

More Division IV Senior Boys Honor Roll Members

Nolan Gannon (Santa Fe Christian, Solana Beach) Baseball

Austin Lobsinger (West Valley, Cottonwood) Football, Wrestling

Josh Miguel (Escalon) Football, Baseball

Devin Pearson (Carmel) Football, Basketball, Baseball

Kenneth Walker (Kennedy, Richmond) Football, Track

Division V:

Ema Boateng (Cate School, Carpinteria) Soccer

Scoring 32 goals with 19 assists for the Rams, he was named the 2011-12 Gatorade California Boys Soccer Player of the Year. Boateng led Cate to a 20-2-1 record, which won the CIF Southern Section Division VII tournament championship before losing in the CIF Division III regional state final. In his high school career, the native of Ghana scored 79 goals and had 49 assists. A two-time Division VII first team all-CIFSS selection, Ema will play next at UC Santa Barbara.

More Division V Senior Boys Honor Roll Members

Zach Moreno (Le Grand) Football, Basketball

Eli Morris (Branson, Ross) Basketball, Soccer

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