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Boys' basketball players earn all-league accolades

March 19, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com

Bits and pieces from the local sports scene.

Boys' basketball players earn all-league honors: Boys' basketball players from Burroughs High, Burbank, Providence and Bellarmine-Jefferson were honored with all-league awards in their respective leagues.

Leading the Burbank area in scoring this past season was Pioneers junior Christian Ware-Berry, who was an All-Liberty League first-team selection. The junior averaged 22.2 points a game to go along with 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals.

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Ware-Berry had to step up when reigning All-Area Player of the Year Marcus LoVett Jr. was sidelined for a period and then departed from the team.

"He was our best defensive players a year ago, but this season he was forced to be our leading scorer after Marcus went out," Providence Coach Ernest Baskerville said of Ware-Berry. "And he just worked hard to do that. He never complained and he was willing to do whatever we needed of him."

The Pioneers (9-18) placed third in the Liberty League Tournament and qualified for the CIF Southern Section playoffs as an at-large team.

The Guards had four selections, as junior Malcolm Regisford, sophomore Abid Oses and senior Jalen Henry were named to the All-Santa Fe League first team and senior Wil Morales was a second-team selection.

Bell-Jeff (17-12) was runner-up in the Santa Cruz League and advanced to the quarterfinals of the playoffs.

In the Pacific League, Burroughs senior Lawrence White was the lone first-team selection among the locals. Lawrence averaged 18.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, three assists and two blocks a game.

"Lawrence led us in all the major categories and it's very rare to have a high school player do that on a team," Burroughs Coach Adam Hochberg said. "He really led us and he showed what can happen when you put in a lot of hard work and you're dedicated to improving as a player."

Burbank senior Richard Elmoyan was a second-team honoree, while senior teammate Sarkis Karaian landed a spot on honorable mention, as did Indians senior Kalen Verhoeven.

Burroughs (15-11, 5-9 in league) placed sixth in the Pacific League and qualified for the playoffs.

Burbank (16-13) finished fourth in the Pacific League and won a game in the postseason.

Young athletes get chance to shine in annual meet: Some of the finest youth track and field athletes from the area will be in action next month in the Burbank All-City Middle Schools Track Meet.

The event will take place from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on April 13 at Burbank High.

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