Oakwood: Who? Pacific Coast A small charter school in Morgan Hill, where he plays in the Athletic League’s Mission Division, over the Christmas break he went 9-1.
The December lineup featured four players who were over 6 feet 5 inches. With the addition of a 6-8 transfer and league eligibility for his play, the Hawks become dangerously talented. Last year he went 24-2, so the appearance is not at all surprising.
Most improved program from last year
Carmel: The Padres have gone 6-24 since reaching the Northern California Division III finals in 2020, but have opted to remain in the Gavilan Division this winter.
Carmel is not in the department as a sacrificial lamb. Holiday entered his season as he surpassed his total wins over the past two years by 7-3, and he won six in a row before being defeated by SAC Joaquin section power his Antelope.
The Padres are built around youth, backed by sophomore Simeon Brown and 6-foot-6, 310-pound Jackson Lloyd. Junior John Philip Sullivan launches an explosive attack.
Biggest preseason surprise
Marina: With only 5 wins in the previous season, he is attracting attention when he breaks the school record of 7 wins and 0 losses. New coach Julie Barredo has brought a new flair to the system of agreeing with his staff.
The Mariners have a talented starter with 6.7-foot Kareem Allen and Jordan Webb. The key for the Cypress division season is to develop benches that can provide production and energy.
Gabilan Division: Carmel, Parma, Monterey, Salinas. It’s like drawing a straw. Each has different strengths. Don’t underestimate Arizal or Alvarez. Can you imagine what this department would look like at Oakwood?
Carmel’s youth matures as the season progresses. Salinas is a defensive and unselfish team. No program is as athletic as Monterey. And Parma’s experience in high-pressure situations cannot be underestimated. The sleeper team is Hollister.