“Prep notes: One of the best area basketball coaches gets a rare honor” Joe Davidson and Cameron Salerno
Coach Derrick Jones/Merritt College: “4 year coaches 6’3” student/athletes! BACKCOURT ABOUT THEM BOOKS!!!! Congrats to sophomore G Jared Bailey @validjayb & G @BrandynnManning on having 3.2 and 3.4 gpa’s respectively this semester. Also averaging 16ppg EACH. Graduating in May!!!! contact me for film/transcripts”
Nicholas Podesta/Fresno City College: “Congratulations to former team captain Christian Carroll who graduated from Biola on Friday with his bachelor’s degree. We’re very proud of you! This is why we do what we do!”
Carroll prepped at Golden Valley High and then spent two years at Fresno City College. Another example of a player making basketball work for him.
“Dylan Hayman is powering Healdsburg’s boys basketball team to early success” Kerry Benefield Hayman is a 6-foot-5, 210 2021 talent.
In 10 games so far, Chaminade’s 6-foot-6 Kevin (Pleasant Valley High) Kremer is averaging 6.7 points plus 6.0 rebounds per contest (second on the team) while shooting 64%, 44% and 63% respectively. He recently posted a 20 point, 10 board double-double versus Notre Dame de Namur in which he shot 8-9 overall plus 3-4 from long distance.
6-foot-3 Kai (Placer High) Huntsberry is a sophomore guard at San Diego City College averaging 11.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists this season while shooting 50%, 44% and 67% respectively. In 13 games, he has 12 starts while playing 27 minutes a contest.
Cal-Hi Sports Northern California Boys Basketball Player of the Week
Austin Patterson (Sonora) Sr.
Murch is entertaining (maybe a little too much effort in that direction) but his point about Gordon’s inconsistency is valid.
Sacramento State Men’s Basketball: “Hornets by the numbers thus far. The team opens Big Sky Conference play next Saturday at Montana State.”
Inaugural Nor Cal Catholic School Challenge on January 4 at Chabot College
The first annual Nor Cal Catholic Challenge will be held Saturday January 4 at Chabot College in Hayward, CA. It will be hosted by Moreau Catholic.
The event will bring together elite Catholic school programs from throughout the state of California. There will five games on the day beginning at 1:00 pm.
High-profile programs such as Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland), Moreau Catholic (Hayward), St. Patrick-St. Vincent (Vallejo), St. Joseph’s-Notre Dame (Alameda) and Southern California powers St. John Bosco (Bellflower) and Damien (La Verne) will be featured.
Currently committed players participating in the event are Monty Bowser of Bishop O’Dowd (California), Wynton Brown of St. John Bosco (Northern Arizona) and Isaiah Holm of St. John Bosco (Chico State).
Promising 2020 prospects are guard/wing Jason Roche of St. Mary’s, guard Josh Camper of St. John Bosco, guard/wing Austin Cook of Damien, center Dischon Jackson and guard Jalen Scott of St. Patrick-St. Vincent.
Class of 2021 prospects include wing Marsalis Roberson of Bishop O’Dowd, guards Lamaj Lewis and Scotty Washington of St. John Bosco, guard Malik Thomas of Damien, forward DJ Johnson of Moreau Catholic, guard/wing Jaden Geron of San Joaquin Memorial.
2022 standouts are forward Jaylen Thompson of St. Joseph’s-Notre Dame, wing Randi Ovalle and forward Jeremiah Nyarko of St. John Bosco, guard Joseph Hunter of San Joaquin Memorial, and guard Trey Knight of Moreau Catholic.
Top 2023 players are national-level postman Jalen Lewis of Bishop O’Dowd, forward LaBrie Goudy-Lee of Moreau Catholic, post Mike Davis Jr and guard Akeem Johnson of San Joaquin Memorial.
In 2018-2019 Bishop O’Dowd and Moreau Catholic were Nor-Cal Division I semi-finalist and St. John Bosco was So-Cal Division I semi-finalist.
1st annual Nor Cal Catholic School Challenge Schedule
Saturday January 4, 2020 at Chabot College
Game 1: 1:00 PM St. Mary’s (Albany) vs Central Catholic (Modesto)
Game 2: 2:30 PM Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) vs St. John Bosco (Bellflower)
Game 3: 4:00 PM St. Joseph’s-Notre Dame (Alameda) vs Damien (La Verne)