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

Valley League

1) Escondido (Division 2, Escondido)

Head Coach: Paul Baldwin (6th Year)
Last year’s record: 21 – 9 (9 – 1, 1st)
Last year’s playoffs: Won CIF D-2 Championship; Lost in State 1st Round.
Key players: Lorenzo Keeler (Sr, 6’01"), Chris Williams (Sr, 5’10"), Randy Boston (Sr, 6’00"), Djordje Jovanic (Sr, 6’06")
Losses to overcome: Brandon Burgess (graduation)
Summary: The Cougars made an improbable run to the CIF title last year behind the strong play of Keeler. Now a year older and a year wiser, Escondido no longer looks to be a one-man show as Williams, Boston, and Jovanic all should make major contributions. Should be the favorite to take another D-2 crown.

2) Ramona (Division 2, Ramona)

Head Coach: Ken Scheib (2nd Year)
Last year’s record: 11 – 15 (6 – 4, 4th)
Last year’s playoffs: Lost in 1st Round.
Key players: Mike Perram (Sr, 6’07"), Joey Bess (Jr, 6’00"), Topher Brazle (Sr, 6’02")
Losses to overcome: Kevin Holmes (graduation), Danny Keyser (graduation)
Summary: Perram is a good player who can hurt teams both inside and outside. If the Bulldogs are to make a run at the league title though, Bess and Brazle must provide good guard play to negate the quickness and experience of Escondido.

3) San Pasqual (Division 2, Escondido)

Head Coach: Rich Sullivan (1st Year)
Last year’s record: 14 – 11 (7 – 3, tied for 2nd)
Last year’s playoffs: Lost in 1st Round.
Key players: Craig Hardy (Sr, 6’04"), Mickell Harrell (Sr, 6’00"), Wesley Monnell (Jr, 5’06"), Alex Sanchez (Jr, 6’01")
Losses to overcome: Kris Petrovic (Mira Costa College), Kyle Adams (transferred to Army-Navy)
Summary: Loss of Petrovic will hurt, but a quality group returns for the Eagles. Hardy and Harrell should provide a solid inside punch, while Sanchez mans the perimeter.

4) Valley Center (Division 3, Valley Center)

Head Coach: Mike Schanze (2nd Year)
Last year’s record: 10 – 19 (7 – 3, tied for 2nd)
Last year’s playoffs: Lost in Quarterfinals.
Key players: A.J. Reilly (Sr, 5’10"), Jordan Armstrong (Jr, 6’01"), Austin Pickering (Sr, 6’02"), Kevin Kraft (Sr, 6’03")
Losses to overcome: Ryan Ness (graduation), Garrett Reden (graduation)
Summary: Reilly is the best point guard in the league and can score points in a hurry. Lack of size will hurt the Jaguars, who are hoping some other players step up and produce.

5) Westview (Division 3, Rancho Penasquitos)

Head Coach: David Delaney (2nd Year)
Last year’s record: 6 – 21 (1 – 9, tied for 5th)
Last year’s playoffs: None
Key players: Warren Scott (Jr, 6’03"), Nolan Bauer (Jr, 6’03"), Jason Dodson (Jr, 5’09"), Adam Chamowitz (So, 6’00")
Losses to overcome: None
Summary: Their juniors are a year wiser but the Wolverines still lack the size and experience to make a run at the league title. Scott is a solid player, and transfer Chamowitz should provide some outside touch.

6) Orange Glen (Division 2, Escondido)

Head Coach: Curtis Hofmeister (2nd Year)
Last year’s record: 2 – 24 (1 – 9, tied for 5th)
Last year’s playoffs: None
Key players: Casey Hutchinson (Sr, 5’09"), Geoff Smith (Jr, 6’02"), John Cotty (Jr, 6’01"), Ryan Dew (Jr, 5’08")
Losses to overcome: Ian Hutchinson (graduation)
Summary: Cotty and Dew come up from a strong JV to help Orange Glen make another stride forward in their rebuilding effort. Hutchinson’s scoring will be missed, but the Patriots should be improved overall.

Player of the Year: Lorenzo Keeler (Escondido)

All-Valley League: Craig Hardy (San Pasqual)
                                        Lorenzo Keeler (Escondido)
                                        Mike Perram (Ramona)
                                        A.J. Reilly (Valley Center)
                                        Chris Williams (Escondido)

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