Fairfax high school’s Chauncey Hill will look to make a major impact at Collision XV. Photo by Jason Lewis
Narbonne High School girl’s coach Victoria Saunders has won the last two City Section championships. She will be coaching one of the Collision XV girl’s teams. Photo by Jason Lewis
The best student/athletes in the CIF- Southern Section and Los Angeles City Sections will be represented Saturday, April 20, at Redondo Union High School as the premier prep All-Star basketball game on the West Coast unfolds under the Collision XV umbrella.
Presented by PEAK Sports, Collision XV will feature 33 players who made the All-City or All-CIF Southern Section teams. Fourteen will be featured in the girls’ game while 19 will take the court in the boys’ game.
Heading the Southern Section boys squad will be 10 All-CIF selections, including state champions Derek Biale (Redondo), Marcus Jackson (Pacific Hills/Rice University) and Mater Dei duo Jordan Strawberry and Elijah Brown (Butler commit).
Joining them, among others, will be CIF Players of the Year Jordan Matthews (Santa Monica/Cal Berkley) and Mamadou Ndaiye (Brethren Christian) and All-CIF selections Lamond Murray Jr. (Bishop Montgomery), Chance Murray (Price/Arizona State), Jordan Wilson (Windward/Northern Arizona) and Leland King (Brentwood/Brown).
The City Section, who leads the all-time Collision series 8 to 6, will feature 9 All-City selections, led by Player of the Year Matthew Grant (Westchester). Grant and Tyler Batiste from City champion Westchester will be joined, among others by Michael Thomas (El Camino Real/Hawaii), Chauncey Hill (Fairfax/Fullerton) and Crenshaw duo Mica Winn and Andre Edwards.
The girls stars will be equally impressive as state champions will be represented when the Southern Section rolls out Gardena Serra duo Siera Thompson (Michigan)and Deandre Toler (Oregon). Their nine All-CIF selections include division players of the year Serafina Maulupe (Vista Murrieta/Virginia Tech), Player of the Year Briana Harris (St. Monica)and co-Player of the Year Inara Nyingifa (Redondo Union).
The City girls are led by 5 All-City selections, including Joy Boss (L.A. Jordan), John’ea Thompson (Fairfax) and Danielle Ward (Granada Hills). 2-time defending City champion Narbonne will be represented by duo Etheria Ruffin and Kiana Angel.
Narbonne head coach Victoria Sanders will coach the City Section girls as they go for a third straight win against the Southern Section, coached by Canyon Springs head coach Gail Hale. The Southern Section leads the all-time series 11 to 3.
Collision will also rename the annual Boys and Girls Scholar Athlete of the Year in honor of Albert “Cap” Lavin, the father of St. John’s men’s basketball coach Steve Lavin. The elder Lavin was a decorated prep/college player as well as an author and beloved high school educator in the Bay Area before his passing in February.
The game will also introduce an annual Women’s Lifetime Achievement Award, named after LA City Section Commissioner Barbara Fiege. Fiege will be retiring in July after 37 years working in the LA Unified School District, including 20 years as commissioner and 17 as a teacher and coach.
The first honoree of the Women’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be Fairfax athletic director/girls’ basketball head coach Judi Edwards. Bishop Montgomery head coach Doug Mitchell will be honored as the 2013 recipient of the Men’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mitchell will also be coaching the Southern Section boys while the City will be co-coached by Narbonne’s Dominique Street Sr. and Crenshaw head coach Ed Waters. Street will be coaching his final game at Collision, as he will be retiring after this season. The City boys lead the series 8-6.
Tickets will be $10 and the doors open at 12 p.m. with four star-studded junior All-American Games for 6th, 7th and 8th graders. The girls game will be at 5 p.m. and the boys at 7 p.m.