THE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS BEGIN
The barrage of tournaments that will spread throughout this next month, kicks in this weekend.
One of the tournaments is the second annual Cardinal Newman Classic Girls Tournament. Cardinal Newman is expect to have another monster team and also is hosting a monster tournament. Five of the eight teams in the tournament won at least twenty games last season and the overall record of the eight teams was 167-90. That is only scratching the surface on what some of these programs have done over the years.
Two of the teams are coming from outside the state.
One is Oregon City, who has 2,500 students and is not too far away from Portland. They won last year’s tournament defeating Cardinal Newman in the championship game.
This is a proud program that is used to winning championships. Playing in Oregon’s big school division, they have won twelve state championships since 1992, the latest in 2014. They won five straight from 1994-98 in which their record was 128-6. As an encore they won four straight from 2001-04, in which they went 104-6.
This year they are the Max Preps No. 1 rated team in Oregon in its pre-season rankings.
Three players are returning from last year’s team that appear headed to Division 1 colleges. Included is senior guard Cierra Walker, who has signed to go to Vanderbilt and Junior Guard N’dea Flye, who is in ESPN’s top 50 for the class of 2017.
Coming from the Denver area is Regis Jesuit, a school of 1,500 students. They are one of the three teams that didn’t win twenty last season going 13-12. That appears to be a little blip on the radar. In six of elevens years they have finished in the top twenty in the USA Today’s final nationwide rankings. The two years before they went 26-2 and won back to back 5A Colorado state championships.
They have two of their three leading scorers from returning last year’s team.
Three teams are from the East Bay including Menlo, who is coached by former Stanford quarterback John Paye. They have won three straight Division 4 Central Coast Section Championships and return all but one player from last year’s team that went 20-9.
One of the returning players is Paye’s daughter Hannah, who averaged scoring in double figures the last two years. Also returning is Junior Sam Erisman, who was the team’s leading scorer last season averaging nearly 13 points a game.
Oakland appears to be a program on the rise. They finished 15-13 in 2013, which was the first time they finished over .500 in over a decade. Last season they took a giant step up, going 23-7 and making the Division 1 Nor Cal playoffs, before losing in the second round.
Piedmont has hit the twenty win mark in ten of the last eleven seasons. The only time they didn’t was 2012 when they went 19-11.
The other team from out of the area is Sacred Heart Cathedral. The San Francisco school went 18-11 last season and made it to the Nor Cal Open Division finals before losing to eventual state champion St. Mary’s of Stockton.
They return Junior Ilmari’I Thomas who averaged over 16 points a game and has made the All-State Team each of the last two seasons.
The other two teams are Santa Rosa and Cardinal Newman, the two best local programs over the last few seasons.
Santa Rosa has hit the twenty win mark for five straight seasons. They are in a stage of transition as Luis Patrick coaches his first game. It is Santa Rosa’s third coach in three seasons.
Last year Santa Rosa finished 21-9, with three of the losses to Cardinal Newman.
The three wins by Cardinal Newman over Santa Rosa were part of a dominant run through the North Bay League. Overall they went 26-7 and made the Nor Cal Division 4 playoffs. They have almost everyone coming back from that team and are expecting even more this season. They keep getting better and don’t seem to age. The only senior on the team is first team All-Leaguer Tiffany Salinas.
CARDINAL NEWMAN CLASSIC
TOURNAMENT GAMES WILL BE BROADCAST ON YSN365.COM
GAME 1—Sacred Heart Cathedral vs. Oakland
GAME 2—Regis Jesuit (Colorado) vs. Peidmont
GAME 3—Menlo vs. Cardinal Newman
GAME 4—Oregon City vs. Santa Rosa
GAME 1—Loser of Game 1 vs. Game 4
GAME 2—Loser of Game 2 vs. Game 3
GAME 3—Winner of Game 1 vs. Game 4
GAME 4—Winner of Game 2 vs. Game 3
Game times for Thursday and Friday are 3:30, 5, 6:30 and 8.
3rd PLACE…3 pm
RUSS PETERICH VIKING TIP-OFF CLASSIC
AT MONTGOMERY HIGH SCHOOL (BOYS)
GAME 1…Escondido vs. McClymonds
GAME 2…Monte Vista vs. Redwood
GAME 3…Marin Catholic vs. Redwood
GAME 4…Eureka vs. Montgomery
GAME 1…Losers of Game 1 vs. Game 2
GAME 2…Losers of Game 3 vs. Game 4
GAME 3…Winners of Game 1 vs. Game 2
GAME 4…Winners of Game 3 vs. Game 4
The game times for Thursday and Friday are 4pm, 5:30, 7 pm and 8:30
3RD PLACE…3 PM
UKIAH FRED ITEN INVITATIONAL (BOYS)
3:30…Fortuna vs. Fremont
5 pm…Maria Carrillo vs. San Lorenzo
6:30…Fort Bragg vs. Ukiah
8 pm…Drake vs. Hillside
DRAGON GIRLS CLASSIC AT SONOMA VALLEY (GIRLS)
4 pm—Maria Carrillo vs. San Marin
5:30—Montgomery vs. Northgate
7 pm—Analy vs. Atherton
8:30—Drake vs. Sonoma Valley
REDWOOD CLASSIC AT BOONVILLE (BOYS)
4 pm—Cloverdale vs. Laytonville
5:30—Round Valley vs. Valley Christian
7 pm—Anderson Valley vs. Tomales
2 pm—Hoopa vs. Stuart Hall
3;30—Bentley vs. St. Elizabeth
5 pm—Branson vs. CSD (Fremont)
6:30—Pinewood vs. Tulelake
8 pm Head Royce vs. Liberty Christian
The second round is on Friday with the first game beginning at 9:30
Rounds three and four will be Saturday.
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