By MICHAEL COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Capping one of Santa Rosa Junior College’s best men’s basketball seasons, the Bear Cubs had five all-conference players led by all-state selection Bobby Sharp.
Sharp was Big 8 Conference Player of the Year after leading Santa Rosa to a second straight league title. The Bear Cubs’ top scorer at 17 points per game, Sharp, a guard, also was named first team for the California Community College Athletic Association.
An All-Empire player at Cardinal Newman, the sophomore Sharp will play next season at the University of Portland. The Pilots compete in the West Coast Conference, an NCAA Division I league.
Santa Rosa players earning first team conference honors were point guard Max Fujii and forward Conner Gillett.
Fujii, a former All-Empire Player of the Year at Analy, was second on the Bear Cubs in scoring. Fujii averaged twice as many assists as turnovers on the season. Gillett, from La Mirada, led the team in rebounding.
Second team honors went to guards Xavier McCall and Jajuan Hammond. McCall, an All-Empire standout at Cardinal Newman, was third on the Bear Cubs in scoring. Hammond, out of Fresno, also averaged double digits in points.
Santa Rosa coach Craig McMillan was Big 8 Conference coach of the year.
Going 27-6, the Bear Cubs were a high scoring squad. Santa Rosa reached the state final eight for the third consecutive campaign.
HANSON, EDENS HONORED
Santa Rosa Junior College women’s basketball standouts Arianna Hanson and Whitney Edens earned honors after helping lead the Bear Cubs to another great season.
Hanson, a sophomore forward out of Rincon Valley Christian, was named second team in the CCCAA after she was selected first team in the Big 8.
The second-leading Bear Cubs scorer, Hanson led Santa Rosa in rebounding and averaged two blocked shots per game.
At Rincon Valley Christian, she was a first team All-Empire small schools selection.
Leading scorer Edens also was named first team for the Big 8 Conference. Edens, a sophomore from Cloverdale, helped pace the Bear Cubs defense with two steals per contest.
A sophomore from Cloverdale high, Edens was All-Empire small schools player of the year.
Santa Rosa coach Lacey Campbell was named both Big 8 Conference and Northern California coach of the year.
Defense was Santa Rosa’s signature on the season. The Bear Cubs led the state by allowing fewer than 45 points per contest and also held opponents to the lowest shooting accuracy at 31 percent.
Finishing 27-7, the Bear Cubs reached the state final four for the third time in the past four seasons, including the 2011 title. Santa Rosa fell in this season’s state semifinals.