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LA Girls 2019 Junior Players to Watch

LA Girls 2019 Junior Players to Watch

Brooke Tokushige, Bella Gervasi, Shelby Tilton, Marianna Gamet; 2019 LA Juniors Players to Watch

With the 2019 lacrosse season already under way, MaxLax has compiled a list of junior girls players who deserve your attention this spring.

Assembled from last season’s all-league and all-area lists, along with nominations from area coaches, here is a long (but probably incomplete) list of junior players to watch in the LA area.

, Redondo Union

As a freshman, Tokushige was named second-team All-Bay League and All-Area. Last year, she made the first team on both postseason lists after helping the Sea Hawks to their second consecutive LA championship. She scored 50 goals and had 27 assists last season to go with 65 ground balls. Last fall, she committed to continue her career at NCAA D-I UC Davis.

, West Ranch

A three-year varsity starter and three-time first-team All-Pacific League selection, Gervasi has consistently lead the Wildcats in goals and draw controls every year since her freshman season. “She has an eye for the back of the net and possesses a focused, unpredictable and powerful shot.” — Coach Leesa Chelminiak.

, Westlake

The reigning Marmonte League MVP, Tilton amassed 98 points last season (78g, 20a), controlled 140 draws, collected 58 ground balls and caused 56 turnovers. She was named first-team All-Area and also named one of the top 30 midfielders in the 2020 class nationally. She remains verbally committed to USC.

, Redondo Union

Gamet scored 52 goals and had 18 assists as a sophomore on a team with three other 70-point scorers. That performance earned her second-team All-Bay League honors. In the LA title game, she scored five goals as the Sea Hawks beat Agoura.

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Also Worth Watching

Players listed alphabetically by position

ATTACKERS

  • Graesen Campbell, Oak Park: Led the Eagles in most offensive categories last year, posting at total of 53 points (46g, 7a).  As a sophomore, she was named the Eagles’ Offensive MVP.
  • Delaney Waggoner, Westlake: Moved from defense to attack last season and is expected to grow further into the role this year.

MIDFIELDERS

  • , Agoura: Scored 78 goals last year for the LA finalists.
  • Julia Dinerman, Westlake: A versatile player who makes an immediate impact on both ends of the field.
  • , Westlake:  Scored 40 points (35g, 5a), had 36 draw controls and 14 caused turnovers last year, earning first-team All-Marmonte honors.
  • Allie Foster, Crescenta Valley
  • Katherine Lin, Valencia

DEFENDERS

  • Riley deVarennes, Oak Park: The anchor of the Eagles’ defense, she led the team in ground balls and caused turnovers last year. This year, she also will serve as Oak Park’s primary draw specialist.
  • Kaila Millan, Westlake
  • Jordan Yamamoto, Valencia

Who did we miss (or whose coach forgot to tip us off to a junior to watch)? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Keep an eye on Simi Valley High School’s defense anchored by Senior Britney Gillies, Junior Devyn Davis and Ine if the top goalies in the area, Senior Malanie Sanchez

  • Bella GERVASI !!!
    “… Focused, unpredictable and powerful shot” ~ YES, that is my amazing niece!
    Can’t wait to see her play this year!

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