The discussion already is in full swing. Who’s No. 1?
The U-T San Diego preseason basketball poll has La Costa Canyon No. 1 and St. Augustine No. 2.
North County bias by a majority of the voters aside, I’ll take the Saints. Call me South-of-Highway-56-biased, at least for this vote.
Saints Coach Mike Haupt, 330-173 in 18 seasons, guides the state’s defending Division III champions, 29-4 in 2012-13 and returning, among others, four-star San Diego State commit Trey Kell.
La Costa Canyon, 28-6 last season, was eliminated by Westlake, 66-64, in the Southern California playoff quarterfinals in D-II.
The Mavericks opened with a 56-46 victory over Poway earlier this week. St. Augustine has beaten Serra, 70-47, and Santa Fe Christian, 80-38.
A top 10 adjustment should already be in the works. El Camino, No. 4, was edged by No. 6 Foothills Christian, 74-71, and unranked Poway topped Foothills, 72-70.
In other action:
No. 9 Mater Dei has been the busiest with wins over Chula Vista, 78-55; Rancho Buena Vista, 83-43; Castle Park, 66-33; Patrick Henry, 63-40, and Grossmont, 55-49.
No. 8 San Marcos eased up in the second half but still rolled over Castle Park, 102-18. Cathedral, No. 10, defeated Patrick Henry, 69-48.
Hoover, No. 3, topped Vista, also No. 10, 61-55.
|#||Team (1st place votes)||W-L*||Points**||Previous*|
|1||La Costa Canyon (6)||28-6||111||6|
|2||St. Augustine (4)||29-4||94||1|
|4||El Camino (2)||26-7||87||7|
|9||Mater Dei Catholic||26-7||32||8|
**Points awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis
NR Not previously ranked.
Others receiving votes: Westview, 7; Escondido, Mission Bay, 5 each; Lincoln, Helix, 3 each; Eastlake, 2; Serra, Oceanside, Canyon Crest, 1 each.