Preseason Top 10 HS Basketball in San Diego

  1. Lincoln Hornets (D2); The Hornets are led by Oregon bound veteran starters Tyree and Tyrell Robinson. Jeremiah Turner is a force in the front court.
  2. Cathedral Catholic (D3); Xavier Williams will look to guide the Dons to another 30 win season.
  3. Mission Hills (D1); Perimeter play is key with 7 footer Kameron Rooks getting attention in the post.
  4. La Costa Canyon (D2); Pepperdine bound Jeff Van Dyke must take over the scoring load following the graduation of Shrigley and Travers.
  5. St. Augustine (D3); Led by Senior PG Brynton Lemar, a UC Davis Signee, who scored 25 ppg as a junior.
  6. Army Navy Academy (D4); The Warriors feature 6’10” Cheikh N’Diaye, who is Oregon State bound and junior point guard Devin Watson leads the attack.
  7. Santa Fe Christian (D4); Justin Byrd and Grant Corsi look to improve on last years loss in the D4 semis.
  8. El Camino (D1); Imani Sobers and Quen Meadows will lead the wildcats following the departure of Dayton Boddie.
  9. La Jolla Country Day (D4); Veteran guard Sage Burmeister is back with football players Ziad Damanhoury and Jordan Poland in the post.
  10. Torrey Pines (D1); Sam Worman will look to lead the rebuilt Falcons. Freshman Brandon Cyrus is one to watch.

Others considered: Francis Parker (D4), Morse (D2), San Ysidro (D2), Hoover (D2)

Grizzlies Ground the Eagles…

Mission Hills took down San Pasqual in the San Diego Section D1 semi-finals on Friday night. San Paqual went up 3-0, before Mission Hills scored 14 unanswered points and took a 28-10 halftime lead behind 3 TD passes from junior Connor Wynn. I talked with Connor’s brother, Jordan, a former quarterback at Oceanside HS and Utah, about his new job at halftime. The Grizzlies added two more scores in the 4th quarter to win 42-17. Following the game I spoke with Connor about gameplan, recruiting and what he learns from his brother.

The fog rolled in


Playoff Brackets

Torrey Pines runs through Escondido… Reaches Eastlake.

Torrey Pines head coach Scott Ashby addressed the team following their 42-7 victory.

(10) Torrey Pines traveled to (7) Escondido on Friday night and dismantled the Cougars on the ground and through the air. They’ll travel to Eastlake to take on the (2) Titans next friday night in the D1 Qaurterfinals. I talked to Falcons Sophomore WR Jack Bailey after the game.

Coaches from both teams that have served in the Armed Forces joined the captains for the Coin Toss.

San Diego Section Football Predictions

CIF Football Playoff Predictions—

Division 1:

Round 1-

(8) Otay Ranch d. (9) Carlsbad

(5) El Camino d. (12) Patrick Henry

(11) Rancho Buena Vista d. (6) Chula Vista

(10) Torrey Pines d. (7) Escondido

Round 2-

(1) Mission Hills d. (8) Otay Ranch

(5) El Camino d. (4) San Pasqual

(3) Grossmont d. (11) Rancho Buena Vista

(2) Eastlake d. (10) Torrey Pines

Semi Finals-

(1) Mission Hills d. (5) El Camino

(2) Eastlake d. (3) Grossmont


(1) Mission Hills d. (2) Eastlake

Wrap up: Mission Hills is at the top of the division 1 playoffs. Besides two first round upsets and a 5 seed taking down a 4, I don’t see anything-major happening in D1. Mission Hills is to loaded at skill positions and shouldn’t have much trouble lifting the trophy in a couple weeks over #2 seed Eastlake.

Division 2:

Round 1-

(9) Hilltop d. (8) Orange Glen

(5) Valhalla d. (12) Rancho Bernardo

(6) Westview d. (11) Bonita Vista

(7) Steele Canyon d. (10) San Marcos

Round 2-

(1) Oceanside d. (9) Hilltop

(4) La Costa Canyon d. (5) Valhalla

(3) Poway d. (6) Westview

(2) Helix d. (7) Steele Canyon

Semi Finals-

(1) Oceanside d.  (2) La Costa Canyon

(3) Poway d. (2) Helix


(1) Oceanside d. (3) Poway

Wrap up: I think Hilltop will edge Orange Glen in a matchup between two very even teams. Other than that, I think Poway is peaking at the right time and will head south and win at Helix. Oceanside should win  in a rematch of their early season game against Poway. The Pirates are the best team in San Diego and its not really close at this point. Expect them to be selected for a California State Bowl Game.

Division 3:

Round 1-

(9) Mt. Carmel d. (8) Morse

(5) Point Loma d. (12) University City

(6) West Hills d. (11) Hoover

(7) Serra d. (10) Monte Vista

Round 2-

(1) Olympian d. (9) Mt. Carmel

(4) Lincoln d. (5) Point Loma

(3) Ramona d. (6) West Hills

(2) Cathedral Catholic d. (7) Serra

Semi Finals-

(4) Lincoln d. (1) Olympian

(2) Cathedral Catholic d. (3) Ramona


(2) Cathedral Catholic d. (4) Lincoln

Wrap Up: A little bit of a shakeup is my guess in the division 3 bracket. I think that Lincoln should’ve been the #3 seed in this bracket, but it looks like it could help them make a run. I think that the Hornets will take down Olympian and make a trip to the city title. Cathedral played the 2nd toughest schedule in the county, losing only twice. This should help them in the playoffs, as I have the Dons winning the division 3 title, taking down Lincoln in a rematch of a midseason game in which the Dons held on to win 29-21, surviving a late surge from the Hornets.

Division 4:

Round 1-

(8) Del Norte d. (9) Mission Bay

(5) Mar Vista d. (12) Clairemont

(6) Imperial d. (11) La Jolla

(10) Mater Dei d. (7) Mt. Miguel

Round 2-

(1) St. Augustine d. (8) Del Norte

(4) Valley Center d. (5) Mar Vista

(3) Brawley d. (6) Imperial

(2) Madison d. (10) Mater Dei

Semi Finals-

(1) St. Augustine d. (4) Valley Center

(2) Madison d. (3) Brawley


(1) St. Augustine d. (2) Madison

Wrap Up: Not many surprises in division 4. The top 2 seeds, St. Augustine and Madison will make it to the finals, but I see the Saints defense bottling up the Warhawks high powered offense, led by Arizona commits Pierre Cormier and Lee Walker, to take the division 4 crown.

Division 5:

Round 1-

(9) Tri City Christian d. (8) Mountain Empire

(5) La Jolla Country Day d. (12) Calvary Christian

(6) Army-Navy d. (11) Calipatria

(7) Bishops d. (10) Holtville

Round 2-

(1) Santa Fe Christian d. (9) Tri City Christian

(4) Horizon d. (5) La Jolla Country Day

(3) Christian d. (6) Army-Navy

(2) Francis Parker d. (7) Bishops

Semi Finals-

(1) Santa Fe Christian d. (4) Horizon

(2) Francis Parker d. (3) Christian


(1) Santa Fe Christian d. (2) Francis Parker

Wrap Up: Santa Fe Christian is the class of Division 5. They’ve beaten many of the top seeded teams in D5 including Francis Parker, who I have them taking down to win the division 5 title this season.

Torrey Pines shocks La Costa Canyon, 24-17 to end streak.

Torrey Pines defeated La Costa Canyon on Friday night, 24-17, to clinch a playoff spot and end the Mavericks 7 game winning streak against the Falcons. I talked to a couple of Falcon Running Backs who scored Touchdowns.

Torrey Pines lines up from just outside the goal line in the 3rd quarter.

Team captains meet at midfield prior to kickoff to decide the coin toss.