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Basketball, water polo players earn all-league accolades

Athletes honored with awards in their respective leagues.

March 14, 2014|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com

Bits and pieces from the local sports scene.

Three Providence girls' basketball players honored on all-league list: For the second time in three seasons, the Providence High girls' basketball team captured a Liberty League championship, but didn't have player voted the league's player of the year.

This season, that honor went to Archer School's Maia Barnett, a senior who averaged 22.4 points and 9.7 rebounds a game.

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However, the Pioneers did have three players honored on the single Liberty League all-league list. The players were junior Katia Dabbaghian, sophomore Fabi Jimenez and senior Kristie Kawamoto.

Dabbaghian, an All-CIF Southern Section selection the past two seasons, was a driving force in helping the Pioneers win a fifth straight Liberty League championship.

"Without a doubt, Katia is the hub of our team and everyone kind of revolves around her," Providence Coach Andrew Bencze said. "She means so much to our team and our success is usually directly related to the way that she plays. She was the most consistent player for us all year long."

Dabbaghian led the Pioneers in scoring, averaging 13.3 points a game to go along with 7.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and three steals.

Kawamoto averaged 7.1 points and 3.1 steals and Jimenez averaged 10.5 points.

Along with winning the league title, the Pioneers (18-7) advanced to the Division IV-A quarterfinals and won the league tournament.

Burbank, Burroughs boys' basketball players earn all-league accolades: Two players from Burroughs High and two from Burbank were honored with all-league selections this season in boys' basketball.

The lone first-team selection was Indians senior Amad Wainright. Senior Bulldogs player Richard Elmoyan was a second-team pick, while Burroughs sophomore Steven Hubbell and Burbank senior Anthony Kardosh were honored with honorable mention.

"Amad was an obvious pick on the first team," Burroughs Coach Adam Hochberg said. "I thought that Steven had a pretty solid year for a sophomore. We are looking forward to him stepping up in the next couple of years and helping us out."

Wainright, a transfer from Missouri, led Burroughs in scoring, averaging 24.9 points a game. He also averaged 12.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 3.1 steals and 1.9 blocks. In addition, he averaged double figures in every game and his season high was 43 against Valencia on Dec 4.

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