Foothills Christian, blown off the court, 40-13, in the first quarter and a 106-86 loser to Chino Hills a couple weeks ago, will have another try at the USA Today No. 1 Huskies in the Sierra Canyon Super Showcase in Chatsworth Saturday.
The pressing piranhas of 13-0 Chino Hills, averaging 93 points a game, were champions of the recent City of Palms Tournament in Fort Meyers, Fla., where many eastern big shots competed.
Foothills (8-2) took a step back last week in the Under-Armour event at Torrey Pines.
After an impressive, 85-63 victory over St. Augustine, the Knights fell, 67-52, to Corona Centennial, the same team Foothills defeated, 69-61, on Centennial’s home court the day before it met Chino Hills.
St. Augustine (11-2), also in the Sierra Canyon field, snapped a two-game losing streak last night, leading from opening tip to final buzzer in a 62-52 win over visiting Bellflower St. John Bosco (13-2), ranked 21st in the state by Max Preps.
Coach Mike Haupt’s Saints, 18th in California, according to Max Preps, will play Mission Hills Bishop Alemany (9-5) Saturday.
Lincoln is host for a shootout Saturday that includes La Jolla Country Day (15-0) taking on Woodland Hills El Camino Real (5-8) and the Hornets (9-2) meeting Lynwood (9-4). Other squads also are involved.
Teams in the Union-Tribune Top 10 opened league play last night or will Friday.
First-place votes in parenthesis. Won-loss records through Monday.
|1||Foothills Christian (11)||8-2||110||1|
|5||La Jolla Country Day||15-0||59||8|
Points awarded on basis of 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1. NR—Not ranked.
Others receiving votes, including record: Lincoln (9-2, 12), Grossmont (12-3, 11), Vista (8-5, 1).
11 media representatives vote, including John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune; Steve Brand (San Diego Hall of Champions), Terry Monahan, Jim Lindgren, Union-Tribune correspondents; Bill Dickens, Adam Paul, EastCountySports.com; Rick Willis, KUSI-TV; Rick Smith, partletonsports.com; Bodie DeSilva, sandiegopreps.com; Lisa Lane, San Diego Preps Insider; Aaron Burgin, fulltimehoops.com.
New Year’s and league play await, but holiday action continues, most notably with the Under-Armour event hosted by coach John Olive and the Torrey Pines Falcons.
Play begins Saturday with seven of the Union-Tribune Top 10 clubs competing. Foothills Christian, St. Augustine, and Army-Navy are in the elite National Division.
Foothills, No. 1 in the latest Union-Tribune poll, plays Oakland Bishop O’Dowd, and No. 2 St. Augustine takes on Bellevue Washington in first-round games Saturday. No. 6 Army-Navy meets Pebblebrook of Mabelton, Georgia.
No. 2 El Camino and No. 4 Cathedral will be in other major tournaments, the Wildcats in Palm Desert for the Max Preps and Cathedral near Chicago at the Proviso West event.
Brandon McCoy, the 6-foot, 11-inch Cathedral transfer from Morse, will be the featured performer in the late game against New Trier Winnetka on Saturday. McCoy was born in the Chicago area and lived there until moving to San Diego as a sophomore.
|Foothills Christian||5-1||Oakland Bishop O’Dowd||4-3||Under-Armour @Torrey Pines|
|St. Augustine||7-0||Bellevue, Washington||5-0||Under-Armour @Torrey Pines|
|El Camino||7-1||Riverside J.W. North||7-1||Palm Desert Max Preps @Xaverian Prep|
|Cathedral||5-2||New Trier, Il. Winnetka||2-5||Proviso West @Hillside, Illinois|
|Torrey Pines||6-1||San Leandro||5-3||Under-Armour @Torrey Pines|
|Army-Navy||7-3||Mableton, Ga. Pebblebrook||7-4||Under-Armour @Torrey Pines|
|Kearny||7-0||Manhattan Beach Mira Costa||6-4||Under-Armour @La Costa Canyon|
|La Jolla Country Day||8-0||South Gate||5-3||Under-Armour @La Jolla Country Day|
|San Marcos||7-3||Sherman Oaks Notre Dame||4-2||Under-Armour @Escondido|
Foothills Christian, No. 1 in the first Union-Tribune basketball poll, was 4-0 before being savaged by a piranha-like attack from the Chino Hills Huskies in finals of the Battle Zone Tournament at Corona Centennial Saturday night.
Final score, 106-86.
Foothills’ T.J. Leaf scored 44 points and was 21 for 27 from the field, but the Knights were swamped at the outset by a withering, all-court press and trailed, 22-5, in the first four minutes.
It was 40-13, at the end of the first quarter.
The El Cajon squad actually outscored the Chino Hills, 73-66, over the last three quarters, but it never really was in it, getting no closer than 18 points at 67-49.
The Huskies, aggressively rebounding at both ends of the court, answered any attempted Foothills incursion with breakaways or some sharp three-point sniping.
Foothills Christian won its first four Battle Zone games, defeating Temecula Great Oak, 84-42, Etiwanda, 73-43, Corona Centennial, 69-61, and Temecula Rancho Christian, 96-58.
The Knights will get another chance at Chino Hills, Max Preps‘ state No. 3-ranked team when they meet Jan. 9 in the Sierra Canyon Super Showcase in Chatsworth.
Second-ranked Cathedral opens the season Thursday against San Francisco St. Ignatius in the Father Barry Tournament hosted by Carmichael Jesuit.
No. 3 St. Augustine is 4-0 after winning the Pasadena Rose City Classic at Maranatha Christian with a 52-50 victory over Montebello Cantwell Sacred Heart.
The Saints’ other tournament victories were 52-50 over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, 58-47 over Pomona Diamond Ranch, and 62-42 over Valencia West Ranch.
1. Foothills Christian (8)/ 24-8/ 96 / 1
2. Cathedral Catholic (1)/ 17-9/ 85 / NR
3. St. Augustine/ 25-7/ 84 / 2
4. El Camino (1) / 20-6/ 54/ 9
5. Torrey Pines / 31-4/ 49/ 3
6. Army-Navy/26-7/ 45/6
7. Escondido/23-7/34 /4
8. San Marcos / 26-4/ 26 / 7
9. Grossmont/ 22-5/ 18/ NR
10. Mission Bay/21-5/ 17/ 10
Points awarded on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis Others receiving votes: Francis Parker (13 points, 19-8), La Costa Canyon (11 points, 24-8), Kearny (10 points, 23-9), Valhalla (6 points, 22-10), San Ysidro (2 points, 16-13), La Jolla Country Day (1 point, 13-18).
Ten sportswriters, sportscasters and CIF representatives from throughout the county vote in the weekly poll: John Maffei (San Diego Union-Tribune), Steve Brand, Terry Monahan, Jim Lindgren (San Diego Union-Tribune correspondents), Bill Dickens, Adam Paul (EastCountySports.com), Rick Willis (KUSI-TV), Rick Smith (Partletonsports.com), Bodie DeSilva (sandiegopreps.com), Lisa Lane (San Diego Preps Insider), Aaron Burgin (fulltimehoops.com).
Joe Schloss, who operated a North Park sporting goods business for 69 years and coached the same Little League team for 59 seasons, passed away at age 88.
Schloss, a 1944 graduate of San Diego High, coached a legion of youngsters for the North Park Little League and both of his sons spent many years in sports.
“Joe instilled in us many of the values we carry today,” said Bob Cluck, a professional baseball lifer and 10-season major league coach who played on Schloss’ first North Park LL team in 1957 (Schloss also had coached a Jewish Community Center team for three seasons).
“He taught us ‘way more than baseball,” said Cluck. “He taught us how to act and how to compete.”
Rick Schloss was a public relations representative for the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos and has been a prominent sports public relations practitioner in San Diego for the last 30 years.
Gregg Schloss was a member of the Chargers’ athletic training department and worked side-by-side with his father at A & B Sporting Goods, located near the corner of 30th Street and University Avenue.
MARONE, WILLIAMSON, MARTINEZ
Lance Morton, Rich Gehring, and Sam Edwards are among former San Diego prep athletes who recently passed away.
Morton, 81, a founder of the Brigantine Restaurant chain, was a second team all-City Prep League end on the 1951 Point Loma squad that finished with a 6-2 record, losing only to San Diego, 15-6, and La Jolla, 21-14, teams that tied for CPL championship.
Morton also was a standout in track and field and held the Pointers record in the shot put for several years at 51 feet, 3 1/4 inches.
Rich Gehring, 80, had bests of :15 in the 120-yard high hurdles and :20 in the 180 lows and was a double winner for Escondido in the 1953 Metropolitan League track finals.
Gehrig, also played end on the Cougars’ football team and was the leading scorer in the County with 443 points in the 1952-53 basketball season.
The 6-foot, 5-inch Gehring was an important member of the 1955-56 San Diego State basketball squad that advanced to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics championship tournament in Kansas City.
Gehring later was head track coach at Sweetwater High and Southwestern College.
Sam Edwards, 74, was an end and defensive end on the 1958 San Diego High team that posted a 10-1 record, scored 457 points, and was one of the premier teams in Southern California.
Edwards, all-City on defense for a team that allowed 57 points in 11 games, caught 4 of quarterback Ezell Singleton’s 28 touchdown passes and was one of nine Cavers who scored at least four touchdowns.
Wait till next year seems appropriate in San Diego Section basketball, according to the respected Cal-Hi Sports.
The Stockton-based newsletter is suggesting that St. Augustine could be a Top 20 team in the 2015-16 season.
That would be an accomplishment, since no San Diego squad finished in Cal-Hi Sports’ Top 20 this season.
St. Augustine was 23rd, Torrey Pines 24th, and Foothills Christian 26th in the online publication’s final top 40.
La Jolla Country Day was 15th in the girls’ ratings, Mission Hills 30th.
“”Pencil in the CIF San Diego Section Open Division champs (St. Augustine’s Saints) as a State Top 20 team next season, with five returning starters, including freshman standout Tasheon Taylor,” wrote Cal-Hi honcho Mark Tennis.
“The game that boosts the (Torrey Pines) Falcons up for the final rankings was their 54-49 win over No. 25 Long Beach Poly in one of the bigger upsets in the SoCal regionals,” said Tennis.
St. Augustine and Torrey Pines had not been ranked in prior Cal-Hi ratings. Foothills Christian jumnped from 35th after a one-point loss to Etiwanda (No. 5) in the regionals.
La Jolla Country Day’s girls achieved a lofty position with the poorest record (18-11) of any Boys’ or Girls’ Top 20 club.
“Anyone who saw the Torreys in person (on television or at the University of California’s Haas Arena) could see this is a team of the future that arrived in the state playoffs,” said Tennis.
“Because of injuries to several girls, including promising sophomore Alaysia Styles, 2012 coach of the year Terri Bamford had to retool the team,” Tennis noted. “LJCD definitely will be the top preseason team to beat from the San Diego Section.”
San Diego Section teams came home with one championship in the state basketball tournament, old reliable La Jolla Country Day’s girls winning in Division V, 40-36 over Palo Alto Eastside Prep.
The title was coach Terry Bamford’s fourth. The Torreys finished with an 18-11 record, not their best, but Bamford sees the big picture, schedules tough, and points to March. Eastside was the Central Coast Section champion and No. 1 seed in the North.
The Torreys and The Bishop’s, both beaten in league and section play by state-uninvited Horizon, owned the division, racing through the Southern California playoffs before Day knocked off the Knights, 75-56, in the finals.
A disappointing boys season concluded with Torrey Pines and Army-Navy coming up short in the D-1 and D-5 semifinals, respectively.
Coach John Olive’s Torrey Pines Falcons battled through the rounds as a No. 6 seed before losing at 2 seed Chino Hills, 64-57.
Army-Navy, coached by John Maffucci, in his 59th year at the academy, was a No. 6 seed and battled 2 seed Los Angeles Price before coming up short, 67-62.
The area top teams would have been better served had the CIF San Diego Section placed St. Augustine and Foothills Christian in their proper divisions.
Instead 7 seed St. Augustine was forced to go to the Open Division instead of D-III for the second year in a row and bowed to second-ranked Torrance Bishop Montgomery, 75-61, and Foothills, the 6 seed, came up short at 3 seed Etiwanda, 56-55.
With largely underclass squads, the Saints and Knights could be the top teams in the San Diego Section next season. But they again likely will face a stacked deck by being pushed into the Open Division playoffs.
It’s a system that needs more than a tweak.
OPEN ROUND 1 7 St. Augustine 61, @2 Torrance Bishop Montgomery 75. 6 Foothills Christian 55, @3 Etiwanda 56.
DIVISION I ROUND 1 6 Torrey Pines 62, 11 N. Tustin Foothill 49. 10 San Marcos 60, @7 Riverside J.W. North 57.
QUARTERFINALS Torrey Pines 54, @3 Long Beach Poly 49. San Marcos 63, @2 Chino Hills 82.
SEMIFINALS Torrey Pines 57, @Chino Hills 64.
II ROUND 1 1 La Costa Canyon 74, 16 Las Flores Tesoro 53. 12 Mira Mesa 67, @5 Redlands East Valley 75. 15 Kearny 65, @2 Anaheim Canyon 98.
QUARTERFINALS La Costa Canyon 69, 8 Santa Barbara 44.
SEMIFINALS La Costa Canyon 46, 4 Lawndale 60.
III ROUND 1 12 Valhalla 76, @ 5 La Habra Sonora 101. 7 El Cajon Valley 33, 10 Newport Beach Corona del Mar 46.
IV ROUND 1 14 Granite Hills 49, @3 Encino Crespi 78. 6 Mission Bay 58, 11 Cerritos Valley Christian 66.
V ROUND 1 6 Army-Navy 91, 11 Hesperia Christian 52. 10 Lutheran 52, @7 Temecula Rancho Christian 70.
QUARTERFINALS Army-Navy 60, @3 L.A. Windward 52.
SEMIFINALS Army-Navy 62, @2 L.A. Price 67.
OPEN ROUND 1 6 Mission Hills 41, @3 Long Beach Poly 58. I ROUND 1 12 Torrey Pines 51, @5 San Bernardino 81. 15 Eastlake 50, @2 Vista Murietta 70.
II ROUND 1 12 La Costa Canyon 57, @5 Norco 65.
III ROUND 1 14 Westview 31, @3 Mira Costa 59. 12, Kearny 34, @5 Newport Beach Corona del Mar 70. 11 Rancho Bernardo 42, @6 Rancho Santa Margarita 48.
IV ROUND 1 9 El Capitan 26, @8 San Juan Capistrano JSerra 67. 12 San Ysidro 31, @5 Anaheim Fairmont Prep 78.
V ROUND 1 1 La Jolla Country Day, bye. 2 The Bishop’s 79, 15 L.A. Price 30. 11 Escondido Adventist 18, @6 San Bernardino Aquinas 61.
QUARTERFINALS The Bishop’s 73, 7 Santa Barbara Bishop Diego 49. La Jolla Country Day 69, 9 Caruthers 20.
SEMIFINALS La Jolla Country Day 64, 4 L.A. Ribet 36. The Bishop’s 55, 3 Garden Grove Orangewood Academy 48, OT.
CHAMPIONSHIP La Jolla Country Day 75, The Bishop’s 56.
STATE La Jolla Country Day 40, 1 Palo Alto Eastside Prep 36, @Haas Arena, California-Berkeley.
Can coach John Olive’s tough-minded, resourceful Torrey Pines Falcons pull off another victory in Tuesday’s Southern California playoff Division I semifinals?
The No. 6-seed Falcons, trailing, 43-40, after three quarters, walked down host No. 3 Long Beach Poly, 54-49, in the quarterfinals Saturday night. The Falcons now visit 2 seed Chino Hills, averaging a turbo-charged 85.4 points and holding a 78-54 victory over Poly and an 82-63 win last week over Torrey Pines neighbor San Marcos.
The Huskies’ 16-14 record is the result of seven forfeit defeats early in the season, including a forfeit loss to Foothills Christian, which came up short in an Open Division game at Etiwanda, the state’s third-ranked team.
Coach Brad Leaf’s Foothills Knights held a one-point lead with a little more than one minute remaining, surrendered a basket, and then, in possession, could not get the shot it needed with 10 seconds left.
St. Augustine was ushered out in the Open Division, 75-61, by Torrance Bishop Montgomery.
Of the original 18 teams from the San Diego Section, three boys’ teams and three girls’ squads still are in the hunt.
La Costa Canyon, No. 1 in Boys’ Division II, faces the 22-11 Lawndale Cardinals, who defeated Redlands East Valley, 75-50.
Lawndale recently surrendered a 28-point lead in the third third quarter and 22-point advantage in the fourth and bowed to Anaheim Canyon, 105-98, in two overtimes in the Southern Section finals.
Mt. Carmel must travel to Alhambra and take on No. 1-ranked Mark Keppel in Girls’ D-II. La Jolla Country Day and The Bishop’s, seeded 1 and 2 in D-V, could be headed to a championship showdown. Pairings:
|I||6||Torrey Pines||31-3||@2||Chino Hills||16-14*|
|II||1||La Costa Canyon||24-7||4||Lawndale||22-11|
*Includes 7 forfeits.
|II||4||Mt. Carmel||30-3||@1||Alhambra Mark Keppel||24-7|
|V||1||La Jolla Country Day||15-12||4||L.A. Ribet||24-10|
|V||2||The Bishop’s||23-9||3||Garden Grove Orangewood||29-4|
Winning a league and section title no longer matters, according to the convoluted “power” ratings and Open divisions established by the state CIF and endorsed by the San Diego Section.
The Horizon girls’ basketball team was essentially told to drop dead by the CIF after the Panthers had won their league title and the San Diego Section Division I championship.
State regional playoffs begin tomorrow night. Horizon is out and La Jolla Country Day and The Bishop’s, teams beaten by Horizon for the Horizon League title, are the 1 and 2 seeds in D-V.
Teams can move down in the regional only if they were in Open Division in their section playoffs. St. Augustine stays in the Open by virtue of another seeding criteria.
No less an expert and booster of high school sports than Mark Tennis of Cal-Hi Sports weighed in.
“We’ve been doing this for 35 years, longer than the CIF has even had a state tournament, and the Horizon Christian girls basketball team having its season end through a series of CIF San Diego Section policies, CIF State regional criteria, and ridiculous power ratings is one of the worst cases of how not to run high school sports that we’ve ever seen.”
“It’s a tragedy,” added Steve Brand of UT-San Diego.
Boys D-I titlist Escondido also is out. Morse, which lost to the Cougars, 63-49, in the D-I championship, is in.
The ratings are the result of much statistical analysis. A labyrinth of information goes into a computer to help determine which teams compete in Roman numeral divisions and which teams are selected for Open divisions.
Sounds good, but it hasn’t worked.
St. Augustine, which won a state D-III title in 2012-13, was denied an opportunity to defend its title and was consigned to the Open Division in 2013-14.
The Saints were forced to go on the road and took a 67-39, first-round shellacking from Santa Ana Mater Dei.
Coach Mike Haupt’s squad again is in the Open Division and faces another tall hurdle. As the No. 8 seed, the Saints visit No. 1 Torrance Bishop Montgomery, the state’s second-ranked squad.
Foothills Christian, which won the San Diego Section D-II title, all of a sudden is in the Open Division, apparently because the Knights have an overall high state ranking (No. 20 by Cal-Hi Sports).
The No. 6 seed Knights also have a daunting challenge, visiting No. 3 seed Etiwanda, the state’s third-ranked team.
Torrey Pines, the Open Division loser to St. Augustine, also is in the tournament, but now has a home game in D-I tomorrow night against North Tustin Foothill.
Go figure II.
More and more teams are being invited to the state playoffs. The once-pristine regional is beginning to look like the bloated early rounds of the Section tournament.
Teams with losing records are creeping in.
Regional first-round pairings involving San Diego section teams:
|Open||8||St. Augustine||25-6||@1||Torrance Bishop Montgomery||29-1|
|I||11||Tustin Foothill||28-3||@6||Torrey Pines||29-3|
|10||San Marcos||25-3||@7||Riverside J. W. North||24-3|
|II||16||Ladera Ranch Tesoro||19-11||@1||La Costa Canyon||22-7|
|12||Mira Mesa||25-7||@5||Redlands East Valley||25-7|
|III||12||Valhalla||22-9||@5||La Habra Sonora||28-4|
|10||Corona del Mar||24-7||@7||El Cajon Valley||25-6|
|IV||11||Cerritos Valley Christian||22-9||@6||Mission Bay||21-4|
|15||Pacific Ridge||22-6||@2||Pasadena Maranatha||20-8|
|Open||6||Mission Hills||26-5||@1||Long Beach Poly||25-3|
|I||12||Torrey Pines||22-9||@5||San Bernardino Cajon||26-3|
|II||12||La Costa Canyon||23-6||@5||Norco||22-9|
|13||Eagle Rock||19-10||@4||Mt. Carmel||28-3|
|11||Rancho Bernardo||14-12||@6||Rancho Santa Margarita||18-14|
|IV||9||El Capitan||19-8||@8||Capistrano J. Serra||23-7|
|V||1||La Jolla Country Day||14-12||Bye|
|2||L.A. Price||14-16||@2||The Bishop’s||21-9|
FINAL UT-SAN DIEGO BASKETBALL VOTE
Foothills Christian came on strong in the San Diego Section playoffs and finished atop the UT-SanUT-San Diego poll.
|#||Team (1st place votes)||W-L||Points*||Previous|
|1||Foothills Christian (9)||23-7**||107||2|
|2||St. Augustine (2)||25-6||101||7|
|5||La Costa Canyon||22-7||59||3|
*Awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. **Includes two forfeits.
Others receiving votes: El Cajon Valley (25-6), 5; Mira Mesa (25-7), 4; Francis Parker (19-8), 2.
Eleven San Diego County sportswriters and broadcasters and a CIF San Diego Section representative vote each week. The panel includes John Maffei and Kirk Kenney (UT-San Diego), Terry Monahan (UT-San Diego correspondent), Bill Dickens (eastcountysports.com), Steve Brand (San Diego Hall of Champions), John Labeta (CIF San Diego Section), Bodie DeSilva (sandiegopreps.com), Aaron Burgin (fulltimeshoops.com), Rick Willis (KUSI Chl. 51), Rick Smith (partletonsports.com), Drew Willis (sdcoastalsports.com).
Ugly blowouts apparently in the rear view mirror, the San Diego Section basketball playoffs reach the semifinals round this week in the Open and Divisions I-V.
The so-called CIF power ratings, with their comprehensive reviews of statistics, scores, strength of schedule, etc., raised questions when Vista was accorded an Open Division berth, resulting in Francis Parker and Morse being assigned to Division I.
San Marcos’ strength of schedule was questioned when he it was granted a No. 3 seed in the Open.
St. Augustine, No. 6, defeated San Marcos, 60-45, and Torrey Pines, No. 1, walloped Vista, No. 8, 68-38.
IT’S WHO YOU PLAY
Torrey Pines was 4-1 in intersectional games and hosted the nationally acclaimed Under-Armour Tournament, which brings teams from throughout the United States.
Vista was 1-5 in out-of-the area competition and participated in a lower level tournament in Westminster.
San Marcos was 5-0 intersectionally and won undistinguished tournaments in Maui, Hawaii, and at Mt. Carmel.
St. Augustine was 4-3 out of the area and was in the lower level West Hills event but also competed in the Under Armour and Santa Margarita tournaments.
The Open semifinals have St. Augustine (23-6) at No. 2 La Costa Canyon (22-6) and No. 4 Army-Navy (24-5) at Torrey Pines (27-2).
Hopefully early-round games involving undeserving, losing teams and scores of 68-21, 92-29, 77-28, and 71-27 won’t be repeated and, in the future, more weight will be given to the quality of tournaments and intersectional competition.