BY OBREY BROWN
For the Record Gazette
Sport notes: Beaumont guard among Mountain Pass League’s elite … Piercell named polo co-MVP … Perris Citrus Hill names its football coach … Plenty of all-leaguers from Cougar, Bronco programs.
Call Jayden Fordham, Beaumont High School’s junior shooting guard, the Most Valuable Player of the Mountain Pass League.
Beaumont swept thought all 10 league games with a balanced attack based on team defense with Fordah leading the Cougars’ charge when they had possession.
At 12.3 points a game, Fordham was the team’s top scorer, including 11 points in a narrow win over Perris Citrus Hill and 13 points in a 48-46 rematch with the Hawks which clinched an outright league championship for Beaumont -- its first in six seasons.
Fordham, who played in the Cougars’ secondary on their CIF semifinals team, got to the basketball team late because of Beaumont’s late surge into the football playoffs. Once Fordham, a sprinter-hurdler-jumper for Beaumont’s spring track squad, hit stride, the junior was a key at both ends of the floor.
He was joined on the first team by a pair of fellow juniors, point guard Austin Sims and forward Riley Sutton.
It’s that trio of players -- Fordham, Sims and Sutton — that will form the nucleus of next year’s Cougars’ squad.
Senior forward Seth Jackson was named second-team.
Girls prep water polo
Topped by Kaitlynn Piercell as the league co-Most Valuable Player, Beaumont’s High’s virtual entire starting lineup made this year’s All-Mountain Pass League squad.
While Piercell shared the MVP with Hemet’s Jocelynn Schlieder, the Lady Cougars also had a trio of first-team selections. The two schools shared this year’s championship in a 4-team affiliation.
Two-meter player Emma Peterson, utility Savannah Cypert and goalie Rebecca Cabrera were named by league coaches to the first team.
Second-team honors went to Katherine Hutchinson, who played low wing, and set Emily Gloudeman.
Girls prep basketball
Mountain Pass League champion Beaumont High scored twice with a pair of its players named to the first-team all-league squad for the 2018-2019 season. Another Lady Cougar made second-team.
Point guard Tali Delgado and forward Janessa Pilao, a pair of seniors, won first-team honors on a team that overtook both San Jacinto and Hemet for last season’s league championship.
San Jacinto sophomore Sydney Woodley, a key figure in Beaumont’s game planning for a rematch with the Lady Tigers, was named Player of the Year.
Holding Woodley’s scoring down in Beaumont’s rematch with San Jacinto, which won the first game, was a key.
Beaumont senior Cristina Baltazar won second-team honors.
Eight players, including Beaumont’s duo, won first-team honors while coaches selected five players on the second team.
Beaumont, 15-12 overall, worked its way into a 3-way deadlock for first place with San Jacinto and Hemet, each at 8-2.
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Banning High’s Ta’Mya Fugett was named first-team All-Desert Valley League in a vote by league coaches.
This year’s league title went to Cathedral City (21-2 overall, 14-0), trailed by Twentynine Palms (20-8, 11-3), Coachella Valley (15-6, 10-4) and Yucca Valley (16-10, 9-5).
Cathedral City, seeded second in Division 3AA, reached the semifinals before losing to Santa Monica Crossroads.
Twentynine Palms lost in the second round of Div. 3AA.
Both Coachella Valley (4AA) and Yucca Valley (3AA) got hammered in the first round.
The fifth place Lady Broncos got Haili Newton onto the second team. Andrea William-Hill was an honorable mention choice.