So far, the 6'4'' Octave has scored 2,043 career points, made All-Santa Fe League three years in a row, helped guide the Stars to two solid runs in the CIF-Southern Section Division 4-A playoffs (semifinals in 2017, quarterfinals in 2018), and a share of their first Santa Fe League title since 2006, just the second league title ever in program history. Not to mention, Octave garnered his first Santa Fe League Most Valuable Player award in 2018 and his second All-CIF selection to boot.
Add to those postseason accolades a third straight San Pedro News Pilot Prep Boys Basketball Player Of The Year award as well for Octave, who averaged 27.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.7 steals for the Stars (24-6 overall).
Even with all of Octave's individual brilliance, he's much more satisfied in the team's achievements.
Behind second-year coach Mike Sestich, the Stars have employed a style more suited to the abilities of each player on the team and in so, he's piled up a 45-15 record, 7-2 in playoff games. Other than Octave, Mary Star boasted five other All-Santa Fe League players who got the job done one way or another in junior forward Jose Rocha, sophomore point guard Aaron Martinez, freshman center Dedrick Allen, senior forward Trevor Tschaepe and senior reserve guard & sometime starter D'Andrew Lopez.
Mary Star started off the 2017-2018 season on a roll, winning their first ten games, and the Milken Tournament championship while also placing third in the San Pedro Pirate Shootout. When Rocha went down with a slight concussion in a Santa Fe League game at St. Pius X/St. Matthias Academy, the Stars lost their lone two league games without him, or the Stars easily would have won league outright with even a split of those two games against fellow tri-champions Salesian of Los Angeles and St. Paul of Santa Fe Springs.
Port Of Los Angeles senior shooting guard Timothy Oloimooja was named to the All-CIF Los Angeles City Section Division 4 team after setting school single season records in scoring. Oloimooja averaged 19.3 points a game, scoring a school single-season game record 39 points in a 61-55 overtime victory over Middle College on January 12. Oloimooja is the 2018 SPNP Prep Boys Basketball Most Outstanding Player.
In all, the Polar Bears shook off a slow start to finish 13-12 overall and advance to the quarterfinals of the CIF-LACS Division 4 playoffs despite finishing 7-7 in the Crosstown League, good for fifth place in a competitive league under first year coach Spencer Schultte.
Other than a 69-46 victory over POLA on December 26, 2017 to start their own San Pedro Pirate Shootout, San Pedro had yet another relatively uneventful and poor season, as the Pirates finished a dismal 6-20 overall with a second straight winless Marine League season, now at 24 straight losses. Still, longtime coach John Bobich still got something of a reward, and a definite blessing for his tireless dedication to his work.
On March 30, Bobich was honored by the Los Angeles Lakers as the Educator Of The Month of March 2018. Bobich is not only a coach, but a mentor to many, even a father figure to some as he's also the Dean Of Students at San Pedro High.
ALL-SAN PEDRO NEWS PILOT PREP BOYS BASKETBALL 2018
Jose Rocha (Mary Star, jr.)
Nick Skrumbis (POLA, sr.)
Daniel Lopez (San Pedro, sr.)
Anson Panton (San Pedro, jr.)
Aaron Martinez (Mary Star, soph.)
Jesse March (San Pedro, jr.)
Dedrick Allen (Mary Star, fr.)
Austin Martinez (POLA, sr.)
Jose Rodriguez (POLA, sr.)
Kalani Preston (San Pedro, sr.)
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Joseph Octave (Mary Star, jr.)
MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER
Timothy Oloimooja (POLA, sr.)
COACH OF THE YEAR
Mike Sestich (Mary Star)
SAN PEDRO NEWS PILOT PAST PREP BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
2012: Kenny Potter, San Pedro
2013: Elijah Gaines, San Pedro
2014: Quincy Thomas, San Pedro
2015: Justin Rodriguez & Neil Green, Mary Star
2016: Joseph Octave, Mary Star
2017: Joseph Octave, Mary Star