With the talks with Mater Dei’s footballers over, it was time to take a look at what was going on inside the school gymnasium.
“Doesn’t this kid look like Shaq?” Gary McKnight asked, entering his 40th season as the coach of the Mater Dei boys’ basketball team.
It’s easy to see what McKnight was talking about. Shaquille O’Neal’s player is Tee Bartlett. He is 6ft 10in and 240lb and moves like a small striker.
Bartlett is a freshman.
McKnight points to another freshman in the field, Owen Verna. He’s a 6-2 goalie.
“By the time he’s done,” McKnight said, “he could be one of the best players we’ve had here.”
Blake Davidson is another freshman. He is 6-6 years old and is the younger brother of Nick Davidson, a senior last season at Mater Dei who is now in Nevada, and junior forward Zack Davidson, who, like Nick, is 6-8 years old.
“Blake could end up being taller than his brothers,” McKnight said. “He finishes very well and he is very good around the basket. Very intelligent too.
The senior class is also good, including 6-6 goalie Jack McCloskey, 6-6 goalie Kaden Minter and 6-5 goalie Gabriel Quiette. The list also contains a few names inherited from Mater Dei. Andy, the father of second year guard Brady Karich, was an exceptional monarch, as was the father of junior guard Luke Peabody, Tom.
Basketball season is less than two months away. The opening of Mater Dei will take place on November 22 at the Chapel of Calvary. The Monarchs play in a few out-of-state tournaments in December, in Chicago and Florida.
McKnight recently vowed to no longer play games outside of Southern California. What changed?
McKnight: “I got bored. ”
• Crean Lutheran could have the Orange County No.2 men’s basketball team when the preseason standings are released next month. The Saints, who finished last season 17-2 and won the Empire League and CIF Southern Section Division 2A Championship, have some good comebacks including 6-9 senior Kote Keat, the CIF-SS Division 2A Player of the Year and a UC Santa Barbara commits. They also have 6-11 center James Agany, Parker Tuttle and multisport player Jack Fairchild back. Their offseason additions include senior playmaker Rui Han, 6-4, who transferred from Damien, Victorious Miller, a nationally-ranked 6-5 sophomore who spent last school year at preparatory school for the Academy of Sports Sciences in Corona, and 5-11 in second year. guard Darrell Morris who is also from the Academy of Sports Sciences.
• If you look at the Mater Dei-St. John Bosco football match on Friday evening, you will see along the trouser legs of the Bosco players “CAETERA TOLLE” which comes from the carriage of arms of the Salesian religious congregation, “Da mihi animas, caetera tolle” (“Give me some souls, take the rest. ”) Salesians founded the school and remain involved in its management.
• The CIF Southern Section Council on Thursday supported St. Margaret’s appeal for placement in the Coast View Athletic Association. Instead, St. Margaret’s will be in the Orange Coast League for two years starting in the 2022-2023 school year.
• The Coast View Athletic Association supported the appeal. While the support was a kind gesture, a working knowledge of the history of CAACA attitudes suggests that Southern County public schools would never want a private school in their group.
• For the first time in CIF-SS football, teams will be placed in divisions at the end of the regular season. There is a lot of discussion on social media about how many teams will be in Division 1 and which teams. There are plenty of crucial games to play, including Friday’s Trinity League and Sierra Canyon-Mission Viejo games, which will decide the Division 1 support lineup.
• That won’t happen, but a six-team Division 1 football group could work. The top two teams get first round passes; first round matches on November 12 (one week after the other divisions have played in the first round); these winners will face the top two teams on November 19 in the semi-finals, followed by the championship match on November 26.
• If you are curious as to why a 0-5 team is in the top 25 in Orange County football and a 5-0 team is not, take a look at the non-league schedules of these 25 non-top 5-0 teams. . Coaches know how good their teams are and will select non-league opponents accordingly.
• CIF State Executive Director Ron Nocetti was at the CIF-SS Council meeting on Thursday and acknowledged that the state group is considering Saddleback College as the setting for the CIF-SS championship matches. State. Nocetti said the football facilities at Saddleback College have a lot to offer, including nearby pitches for teams to prepare for their games while a previous game ends, which would allow games to kick off at the time.
• Tuesday was a big day for County Women’s Volleyball. Aliso Niguel beat San Clemente in five sets to take first place in the South Coast League to 13-2 overall and 4-0 in the league; Mater Dei swept JSerra to take his record to 24-2 overall and 4-0 in the Trinity League; and Huntington Beach defeated Newport Harbor in four sets in a non-championship game.
• The Chargers and Rams are working with the NFL and Nike to launch the women’s flag football in local high schools.
• Officials are required in all sports in Orange County. The Orange County Softball Officials Association needs umpires for the upcoming season with salaries ranging from $ 74 to $ 86, depending on the level and number of umpires working per game. For more information, contact Bill Taraschi at [email protected] or Steven Thompson at [email protected]