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San Diego Previews:  South Bay League Preview--(Dec. 5, 2003)

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Basketball Previews


2003-2004 Season


This year, as in years past, our San Diego Previews are brought to you courtesy of the San Diego Basketball Coaches' Association.   Much of the material which follows in this and other related articles will have already found its way to various newspapers in San Diego, including the SD Union Tribune.   We haven't checked the papers, and even if they do publish some of this stuff, the info will likely be formatted differently....but that's beside the point.  We want to pass the info along, in a semi-timely fashion, so we're not going to procrastinate any longer. And before you ask, we can't exactly explain who the SDBCA really is, or who had input into putting this stuff together.  Just know this:  We didn't do it, so if you disagree or think this stuff is just too wacky, well, blame them, not us.  And if it happens to be an accurate prediction of how the season turns out, then of course, we're going to take all the credit.

Here's the San Diego South Bay League Preview, team by team, in the order of predicted finish:.

South Bay League

1) Southwest (Division 1, Imperial Beach)

Head Coach: Steve Selland (19th Year)
Last year’s record: 17 – 13 (9 – 4, 2nd)
Last year’s playoffs: Lost in Semi-finals.
Key players: Lamar Thomas (Sr, 6’05"), Allen Cortez (Sr, 6’04"), Daryl Anderson (Jr, 5’08")
Losses to overcome: Robert Tucker (graduation)
Summary: Thomas and Cortez form a solid frontline that will be hard to stop in league. Thomas is a 3-year starter who should blossom this year, and carry the Raiders to the title.

2) Hilltop (Division 2, Chula Vista)

Head Coach: Chuck Vallero (13th Year)
Last year’s record: 2 – 20 (1 – 12, 5th)
Last year’s playoffs: None
Key players: Gabe Wessel (So, 6’00"), Jeremiah Harrington (Sr, 6’06"), Alex Partida (Sr, 6’06")
Losses to overcome: Darrell Jackson (graduaton), Jonathan Hewitt (transferred to Texas)
Summary: Wessel is one of the top point guards in the South Bay, while Harrington and Partida will provide solid play upfront. The Lancers should battle neck and neck with Southwest for the league crown.

3) Castle Park (Division 2, Chula Vista)

Head Coach: Don Brooks (2nd Year)
Last year’s record: 10 – 13 (5 – 8, tied for 3rd)
Last year’s playoffs: Lost in 1st Round.
Key players: DeMarco Sampson (Sr, 6’05")
Losses to overcome: Cedric Frazier (graduation), Antonio Bratford (graduation)
Summary: Graduation of Frazier and Bratford will hurt, but the Trojans still have enough athletes to beat you on any given day.

4) Marian Catholic (Division 4, Imperial Beach)

Head Coach: Ed Johnson (1st Year)
Last year’s record: 23 – 5 (11 – 2, 1st)
Last year’s playoffs: Lost in Semi-finals.
Key players: Earl Wilson (Jr, 5’11"), Scottie Goodloe (Sr, 6’01"), Jonathan Alvarado (Sr, 6’01")
Losses to overcome: Joel Reynoso (graduation), Mickey Pmentel (graduation)
Summary: The Crusaders were the surprise of the County last year, but should take a step back this year. Reynoso and Pimentel had big years last season, and their leadership will be missed. Good guard play could allow Marian to sneak up on some teams.

5) Mar Vista (Division 2, Imperial Beach)

Head Coach: Jesse Aguirre (1st Year)
Last year’s record: 7 – 19 (5 – 8, tied for 3rd)
Last year’s playoffs: None
Key players: Noah Stamm (Sr, 6’00"), Ruben Allen (Jr, 6’00"), Tyrone Daniels (Sr, 6’00")
Losses to overcome: Walta Yemane (graduation), Brandon Reid (graduation)
Summary: Yemane was a good player last year on a bad team. It looks like it will only get worse this year for the Mariners.

Player of the Year: Lamar Thomas (Southwest)

All-South Bay League:
Allan Cortez (Southwest)
DeMarco Sampson (Castle Park)
Lamar Thomas (Southwest)
Gabe Wessell (Hilltop)
Earl Wilson (Marian Catholic)

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