Players at Huntington Beach ( Calif.) Marina wear T-shirts that say 3DICULOUS, a slogan chosen by the coaching staff for the team's unorthodox style, which relies on quick substitutions, forced turnovers and rapid-fire three-pointers. The strategy suits the team's roster of jump shooters, says coach Roger Holmes. Marina (13--6), which has made a state-record 28 three-pointers twice this season, broke the state season record for three-pointers during its 72--67 win over Anaheim's Esperanza on Jan. 10. Marina's total stands at 315; the national record is 382.
SPEAKING OF THREES
Armon Johnson (right) of Hug High ( Reno) hit a buzzer-beater from behind the arc last week that was big for two reasons: The bucket gave his 12--3 Hawks a 76--75 win over Reno, and it capped a 33-point performance that earned him the state record for career points with 2,155. Johnson, a 6'3" senior guard, will attend Nevada.
Last Friday, Abdusalam Ibrahim, 15, became the second-youngest player, after Freddy Adu, to be drafted into Major League Soccer, going to FC Dallas with the 14th pick. The 6'1", 165-pound midfielder (left), a native of Ethiopia who emigrated at age 11, is known for his agility and selflessness. He had played for Richfield ( Minn.) before moving to Bradenton, Fla., in January 2006 to train with the U.S. under-17 team.
Illinois is home to two of the nation's top-ranked girls' basketball teams, but they had never played each other until Saturday, when No. 9 Bolingbrook defeated previously unbeaten No. 2 Fenwick 54--48. Bolingbrook (16--1) was led by senior forward Mauvolyene Adams, who had 15 points.