D’Angelo Russell is making a habit of winning. Saturday, he led Montverde (Fla.) Academy to the title in the DICK’S Sporting Goods High School National Tournament, with 16 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and four steals in the Eagles’ 71-62 title-game defeat of Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) at Madison Square Garden.
Russell, a second-team American Family Insurance ALL-USA player who is headed to Ohio State next year, had an impressive, if tiring, stretch, last week.
He scored 11 points in the McDonald’s All American Game in Chicago on Wednesday, then on little sleep Thursday, had 11 points in 21 minutes in a 81-63 defeat of The Sagemont School (Weston, Fla.) in a DICK’S quarterfinal in Queens, N.Y. The next night, he played all but one minute of Montverde’s 56-51 DICK’S semifinal defeat of Huntington-St. Joseph Prep (Huntington, W.Va.), making six consecutive free throws in the final minute to ice the win.
“God is not going to throw anything at you that you can’t handle,” Russell said. “I felt like he knew I could handle any type of situation he gave me this year. Anything beyond a win would be an excuse.”
Russell leads the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Performances of the Week. The rest of the ALL-USA Performances:
Kaitlyn Derman, track and field, Millville, N.J.
Senior set a school record of 11 feet, six inches in the pole vault on Wednesday.
Bijhon Jackson, weightlifting, El Dorado, Ark.
Senior, who has signed to play football at Arkansas, set a state power clean record of 360 pounds on Saturday at the Arkansas high school weightlifting championships. The old record of 335 was set last year by Jackson.
Noah Lyles, track and field, T.C. Williams, Alexandria, Va.
Sophomore won the 200-meter title in 20.89 seconds at the U.S. Area Youth Selection Trials in Miramar, Fla., on Saturday, earning a spot on the Americas Team for the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, this summer.
Summer Liphard, softball, Coleman, Mich.
Senior pitcher threw a five-inning perfect game Wednesday in a 12-0 defeat of Gladwin.
Josh Ratts, baseball, Warrensburg-Latham, Maroa-Forsyth, Maroa, Ill.
Senior right-hander had 12 strikeouts in a complete game no-hitter in a 4-0 defeat of Warrensburg-Latham (Warrensburg) on Tuesday.
Toru Sugiura, baseball, Cathedral Catholic, San Diego
Junior catcher hit a walk-off grand slam in the seventh inning to lead his team to a 4-3 defeat of St. Augustine on Saturday for the City Conference Tournament title.
J.K. Torres, lacrosse, West Ranch, Santa Clarita, Calif.
Senior set a state record with 12 goals in a 22-6 defeat of Simi Valley on Monday. He was one goal short of the national record, set by Nicholas Treon of Danville, Pa., in 2013.
Joe Walsh, baseball, Plymouth (Mass.) North
Sophomore left-hander, in his second varsity start, threw a no-hitter in a 1-0 defeat of Marshfield on Wednesday. He struck out eight batters and walked two, throwing just 80 pitches.
Lane Ward, baseball, King George, Va.
Pitcher threw his team’s second consecutive no-hitter in a 10-0 defeat of Chancellor (Fredericksburg) on Wednesday. Ward had five strikeouts, one walk and hit one batter. His no-hitter came on the heels of Hunter Tolliver’s no-hitter against James Monroe (Fredericksburg) on Friday.