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SoCalHoops High School Previews

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

Grossmont South League

1) Steele Canyon (Division 3, Rancho San Diego)

Head Coach: Brad Leaf (2nd Year)
Last year’s record: 16 – 15 (3 – 7, tied for 4th)
Last year’s playoffs: Lost in CIF D-3 Championship; Lost in State 1st Round.
Key players: Richie Williams (Jr, 5’09"), George Cunningham (Jr, 6’04"), Ricky Bailey (Sr, 6’02"), Camilo Martinez (Sr, 6’01"), Raymond Williams (So, 5’07"), Jamel McGuire (Jr, 6’03")
Losses to overcome: Keith Williams (transfer to Valhalla)
Summary: Very talented, young group should benefit from last year’s playoff experience. The Williams’ brothers form a very quick and dynamic backcourt, while Cunningham is tough inside. The favorite to win CIF after a very successful summer.

2) Helix (Division 1, La Mesa)

Head Coach: John Singer (24th Year)
Last year’s record: 23 – 8 (10 – 0, 1st)
Last year’s playoffs: Lost CIF D-2 Championship; Lost in State 1st Round.
Key players: Lance Hurdle (Jr, 6’00"), Marlon Pierce (Sr, 6’03"), Gregory Harvey (Jr, 6’05"), Xavier Wethersby (Sr, 5’10")
Losses to overcome: Ray Toilolo (graduation), Cliff Johnson (graduation), Tim Bland (graduation), Raphael Bell (graduation), Charles Smith (football @ Washington)
Summary: While the loss of last year’s seniors, especially Bell, will hurt, don’t be surprised to see the Highlanders battle for the league title once again. Hurdle is a top guard and Pierce was the top player in the league a year ago. How quickly Harvey develops inside will determine just how far Helix goes.

3) Mt. Miguel (Division 2, Spring Valley)

Head Coach: Jimmy Hurst (4th Year)
Last year’s record: 16 – 13 (3 – 7, tied for 4th)
Last year’s playoffs: Lost in Quarterfinals.
Key players: J.R. Griffin (Sr, 6’05"), Greg Monroe (Jr, 5’10"), James Roberts (Sr, 6’02"), Gary Harris (Sr, 5’10"), Jay Barber Sr, 6’00")
Losses to overcome: Ralph Johnson (graduation), Joey Street (graduation)
Summary: The Matadors return all 5 starters from last year’s disappointing team. Griffin and Monroe are quality scorers who should help Mt. Miguel make a run at the CIF D-2 title.

4) Monte Vista (Division 2, Spring Valley)

Head Coach: Zach Peck (4th Year)
Last year’s record: 15 – 14 (4 – 6, 3rd)
Last year’s playoffs: Lost in Quarterfinals.
Key players: Nick Childs (Sr, 6’06"), Clinton Snyder (Jr, 6’04"), D’Andre Overstreet (Sr, 5’08"), Alex Guinto (Sr, 6’01")
Losses to overcome: Carlos Ramer (graduation)
Summary: While the Monarchs will be improved, so should the rest of the league. Childs and Snyder form a tough duo inside, but the perimeter play will dictate how well this team performs in a perimeter oriented league.

5) Valhalla (Division 2, El Cajon)

Head Coach: Eric Thomas (3rd Year)
Last year’s record: 17 – 11 (7 – 3, 2nd)
Last year’s playoffs: Lost in 1st Round.
Key players: Travis Rothlisberger (Sr, 6’01"), Devon Jones (Sr, 6’01"), Keith Williams (So, 6’02"), Rony Nasser (Sr, 5’07")
Losses to overcome: Andrew Stinnett (graduation)
Summary: The loss of Stinnett is a big blow to a unit already lacking in size. Jones and Williams however can both put points on the board and should keep the Norsemen in most games.

6) Granite Hills (Division 1, El Cajon)

Head Coach: Matthew Davis (1st Year)
Last year’s record: 13 – 14 (3 – 7, tied for 4th)
Last year’s playoffs: None
Key players:
James Clark (Jr, 5’08"), Ryan Snyder (Jr, 6’01"), David Baxter (Jr, 5’10")
Losses to overcome:
Greg Chase (graduation), Mark Hall (transferred to Hoover), Tyrone Araya (transferred to Arizona), Rony Nasser (transferred to Valhalla), Nick Taylor (transferred to Maine)
Summary: Loss of last year’s nucleus to graduation and transfer will be tough to overcome. Lack of size and experience will leave the Eagles looking up at the rest of the league.

Player of the Year:
Richie Williams (Steele Canyon)

All-Grossmont South League:
J.R. Griffin (Mt Miguel)
Lance Hurdle (Helix)
Greg Monroe (Mt. Miguel)
Marlon Pierce (Helix)
Richie Williams (Steele Canyon)

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