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SoCalHoops High School Previews

San Diego Previews: Coastal South
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 Coastal South League Preview, team by team, in the order of predicted finish:.

Coastal South League

1) Horizon Christian (Division 4, Clairemont)

Head Coach: Zack Jones (10th Year)
Last year’s record: 33 – 1 (11 – 0, 1st)
Last year’s playoffs: Won State D-4 Championship (2nd consecutive year).
Key players: Quenton Byers (Sr, 6’05"), Dominique Jones (Jr, 5’09"), Robert Walton (Sr, 6’02"), Matthew LaGrone (So, 6’06")
Losses to overcome: Jared Dudley (Prep School), Alan Wiggins (Univ. of San Francisco), Ryan Read (Masters College), Anthony Johnson (football @ Arizona), Franklin Williams (San Diego City College)
Summary: The 2-time defending state champions will be hard pressed to replace their top 7 players from a year ago, but the cupboard is not bare. The Panthers will be young but still are talented. LaGrone and Byers will be a formidable pair inside while Walton and Jones should make for a solid backcourt. Don’t bet against the Panthers as they should make a run for another CIF title.

2) La Jolla Country Day (Division 4, La Jolla)

Head Coach: Paul Wilson (8th Year)
Last year’s record: 17 – 10 (8 – 3, 2nd)
Last year’s playoffs: Lost in Quarterfinals.
Key players: Josh McWhorter (Sr, 6’05"), Jason Zinser (Sr, 6’06"), Tommas Golia (Jr, 5’10"), Max Zousmer (Jr, 6’01")
Losses to overcome: Daniel Bastine (graduation), Tyler Grooms (graduation)
Summary: A very strong group returns for the Torreys as they look to make a run at a CIF title. Golia is a quality lead guard who should make the Torreys go, while McWhorter and Zinser will be strong players inside. The road to both the league and CIF crowns however, still runs through Horizon.

3) Francis Parker (Division 4, Linda Vista)

Head Coach: Ryan Meier (2nd Year)
Last year’s record: 14 – 12 (5 – 6, 3rd)
Last year’s playoffs: Lost in Quarterfinals.
Key players: Pat Harrigan (Jr, 6’06"), Brian Giometti (Jr, 5’11"), James Melton (Jr, 6’01")
Losses to overcome: Chris Penrose (graduation), Jeff Goodall (baseball at Pepperdine)
Summary: The Lancers should be improved over a year ago as most of their key players return. Melton and Giometti should form a strong backcourt while Harrigan will provide an inside presence. Probably won’t be quite strong  enough to challenge for the league crown.

4) Bishop’s (Division 4, La Jolla)

Head Coach: Tom Tarantino (4th Year)
Last year’s record: 10 – 15 (2 – 9, 4th)
Last year’s playoffs: Lost in Quarterfinals.
Key players: Steven Douglass (Sr, 6’02"), Chris Sanders (Jr, 6’02"), Tonag Ross’ Mau (Sr, 6’02"), Eric Moore (Jr, 6’03")
Losses to overcome: PJ Richardson (graduation)
Summary: The Knights should improve on last year’s disappointing performance, but they are still in the rebuilding stage. Sanders and Douglass should provide some solid perimeter play, but the Knights’ lack of size still hurts them.

5) Preuss (Division 5, La Jolla)

Head Coach: Eric Romer (1st Year)
Last year’s record: None
Last year’s playoffs: None
Key players: Rex Gonzales (Jr, 5’09"), Tamim Katawazi (Jr, 5’10"), Kevin Harris (Sr, 6’01")
Losses to overcome: None
Summary: Gonzales and Katawazi are a solid tandem in the backcourt, but it will be a challenging year for the Tritons in their first year of Varsity existence.

Player of the Year: Quenton Byers (Horizon)

All-Coastal South League:
Quenton Byers (Horizon)
Tommas Golia (La Jolla Country Day)
Josh McWhorter (La Jolla Country Day)
James Melton (Francis Parker)
Robert Walton (Horizon)

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