Eastside Prep senior Ahjalee Harvey won't head into her final prep basketball season worrying about where she'll be playing next season. She took care of that by signing a national letter of intent on Monday to continue her career at San Diego State.
Harvey, a 5-foot-6, point guard, averaged 18.9 points and 4.8 assists per game as a junior, when she was tabbed her league's co-MVP and is a two-time all-conference pick. A member of her high school's honor roll, Harvey intends to major in business/entrepreneurship at San Diego State.
"San Diego State had all the elements of support that I was looking for in academics, the school of business and with the basketball program and coaching staff," Harvey said. "I had a good feeling when I came to campus and I felt that I could see myself going there."
Said Aztecs' coach Beth Burns: "Ahjalee is a lighting quick pressure guard, and is comfortable and confident as a leader on the court. She has consistent range to three, and is left-handed. Her intellect and attention to detail, coupled with her basketball skills, give her an opportunity to immediately make an impact at the next level. Ahjalee is a fierce competitor and is a high-energy player. She is perfectly suited to a fast-paced, up-tempo game. An exceptional student, Ahjalee will be an asset to our SDSU College of Business as well."
Harvey earned four out of five stars and was ranked as the 31st best point guard in the 2011 recruiting class by HoopGurlz. She helped Eastside to a 23-5 record last season, two league titles and a Central Coast Section championship as a freshman under head coach Donovan Blythe.
"(Ahjalee) is a very special young lady," Blythe said. "She's very well-rounded and is not only a good basketball player, but a great student. She will fit right into the style that coach (Burns) likes to play and I know that she will do well there."
Miranda McShea, 10, of Palo Alto became a member of the Level 6 State Team by being one of the top six all-around gymnasts at the 2010 Level 6 State Championships on Sunday. Out of the 268 competitors, McShea placed fourth. She also earned state titles on the uneven bars and balance beam events. McShea competed for the Mountain View Twisters.
Five local runners finished among the top five in their respective age groups at the annual Big Sur Half Marathon this past weekend.
Jensen Hsiao from Palo Alto High placed third in the men's 12-15 division in 1:48:00 while Bastian Fromherz of Gunn High was third in the men's 16-19 division in 1:46:43. Kristi Berg of Menlo Park was third in the women's 55-59 bracket in 1:47:14 while Gary Little of Atherton was fifth in the men's 50-54 bracket in 1:33:51. Ellen Tani of Stanford was fifth in the women's 25-29 division in 1:30:53.