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SoCalHoops High School Previews

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

Palomar League

1) Torrey Pines (Division 1, Del Mar)

Head Coach: John Olive (7th Year)
Last year’s record: 24 – 6 (8 – 2, tied for 1st)
Last year’s playoffs: Lost in Semi-finals.
Key players: J.J. Anderson (So, 6’04"), Michael Laughlin (Jr, 6’07")
Losses to overcome: Avi Fogel (USD), Josh Kramer (Holy Cross), David Pigott (graduation)
Summary: Loss of Kramer and Fogel will hurt the Falcons, but the cupboard is not completely bare as both Anderson and Laughlin are young talents with size. Backcourt is a question mark, but Torrey Pines should be a solid team that gets better as the season wears on.

2) Rancho Bernardo (Division 1, Rancho Bernardo)

Head Coach: Kevin Keller (3rd Year)
Last year’s record: 20 – 9 (8 – 2, tied for 1st)
Last year’s playoffs: Lost in 1st Round.
Key players: Andrew Olson (Sr, 5’11"), Justin Kisner (Sr, 6’03"), Zach Miller (Jr, 6’06")
Losses to overcome: Mohamed Abukar (Florida), Mark Strong (graduation), Ryan Gaeto (graduation)
Summary: Loss of Abukar leaves a sizable void for the Broncos. Olson and Kisner should provide solid perimeter play while Miller must produce inside for Rancho Bernardo to make a run at the league title.

3) Poway (Division 1, Poway)

Head Coach: Kyle Armstrong (2nd Year)
Last year’s record: 15 – 12 (4 – 6, 4th)
Last year’s playoffs: Lost in 1st Round.
Key players: Brett Lowenthal (Sr, 6’06"), Todd Lowenthal (So, 6’00"), Paul Durfee (Jr, 6’04"), Andy McMillin (Jr, 6’02")
Losses to overcome: Brandon Stock (graduation), Josh Erb (graduation), Josh Jergensen (graduation), Casey Heer (graduation)
Summary: Graduation losses will affect the Titans inside game, but the Lowenthal brothers transfer will certainly help the perimeter play. Brett can score some points while young Todd will be a good match for any point guard in the league. If they find some post play, the Titans could make a strong case for the league crown.

4) San Marcos (Division 1, San Marcos)

Head Coach: Brady Stout (4th Year)
Last year’s record: 16 – 12 (5 – 5, 3rd)
Last year’s playoffs: Lost in 1st Round.
Key players: Tanner Moore (Sr, 6’04"), Alex Bemanian (Jr, 6’03"), Logan Moore (Sr, 6’01"), Ryan Adams (Sr, 6’05"), Tremaine Ford (Jr, 6’05")
Losses to overcome: Adam Green (graduation), Cody Malloy (graduation), Derek Bomar (graduation)
Summary: The Knights will miss Green, but boast plenty of size and experience to make a run at the league title. Should be in the mix all year long and are capable of beating anyone on any given night.

5) Vista (Division 1, Vista)

Head Coach: Ryan Wooten (2nd Year)
Last year’s record: 10 – 17 (2 – 8, 6th)
Last year’s playoffs: None
Key players: Brian Reeves (Sr, 6’00"), David Flores (Sr, 6’03")
Losses to overcome: Ralph Williams (graduation), Michael Underwood (graduation)
Summary: Williams will be hard to replace but the Panthers should continue to make strides toward respectability.

6) Rancho Buena Vista (Division 1, Vista)

Head Coach: Terry Miller (3rd Year)
Last year’s record: 11 – 16 (3 – 7, 5th)
Last year’s playoffs: None
Key players: Bryon Wesley (Sr, 6’03")
Losses to overcome: Jeremy Cross (Univ. of Puget Sound), Trei Turner (Palomar College), Charles Lawrence (graduation)
Summary: A disappointing year turns into a rebuilding year as the Longhorns must replace 3 solid players from the year before. Lack of size and experience will plague them all year in a very balanced league.

Player of the Year:

Andrew Olson (Rancho Bernardo)

All-Palomar League:

J.J. Anderson (Torrey Pines)
Michael Laughlin (Torrey Pines)
Todd Lowenthal (Poway)
Tanner Moore (San Marcos)
Andrew Olson (Rancho Bernardo)

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