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SoCalHoops High School Previews

San Diego Previews: Citrus East
League Preview--(Dec. 5, 2003)

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CIF San Diego Section HS
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 Citrus East League Preview, team by team, in the order of predicted finish:.

Citrus East League

1) Julian (Division 5, Julian)

Head Coach: Craig Peirson (10th Year)
Last year’s record: 23 – 6 (10 - 0, 1st)
Last year’s playoffs: Lost in CIF D-5 Championship; Lost in State 1st Round.
Key players: Brad Daugherty (Sr, 6’03"), Brent Daugherty (Sr, 6’03")
Losses to overcome: Chris Paddock (graduation)
Summary: The Eagles are poised to win another league crown as the Daugherty brothers lead the way.

2) Vincent Memorial (Division 5, Calexico)

Head Coach: Jesus Gonzalez (2nd Year)
Last year’s record: 13 – 10 (6 – 4, 3rd)
Last year’s playoffs: Lost in Quarterfinals.
Key players: Juan Padilla (Sr, 5’11"), Rudy Cabanas (Sr, 5’10")
Losses to overcome: Miguel Padilla (graduation), Fernando Meza (graduation)
Summary: Juan Padilla is a 3-year starter who should help a young team battle in league. Lack of size and experience makes it difficult for the Scots to compete with Julian.

3) Borrego Springs (Division 5, Borrego Springs)

Head Coach: Carl Focarelli (1st Year)
Last year’s record: 5 – 19 (2 – 8, tied for 5th)
Last year’s playoffs: None
Key players: Jared Rosenthal (Sr, 6’06")
Losses to overcome: Jonathan Aguilar (graduation)
Summary: The Rams should be improved despite the loss of Aguilar. Rosenthal should be among the best big men in the league.

4) West Shores (Division 5, Salton City)

Head Coach: Bill Wall (1st Year)
Last year’s record: 8 – 15 (3 – 7, 4th)
Last year’s playoffs: Lost in Quarterfinals.
Key players: Jose Bernal (Jr, 5’08"), Esteban Vieyra (Jr, 5’11")
Losses to overcome: Jeremy Stewart (graduation)
Summary: Stewart’s graduation leaves a hole for the Wildcats, but Bernal and Vieyra form a solid backcourt.

5) Warner Springs (Division 5, Warner Springs)

Head Coach: Scott Jones (1st Year)
Last year’s record: 2 – 22 (2 – 8, tied for 5th)
Last year’s playoffs: None
Key players: Austin Diaz (Sr, 6’00")
Losses to overcome: None
Summary: A rough season last year looks to be somewhat brighter for the Wildcats as Diaz returns.

Player of the Year:

Brad Daugherty (Julian)

All-Citrus East League:

Jose Bernal (West Shores)
Brad Daugherty (Julian)
Brent Daugherty (Julian)
Juan Padilla (Vincent Memorial)
Jared Rosenthal (Borrego Springs)

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