The 2010-11 boys' basketball season gets underway this week for several of the local schools, and it was Fountain Valley that got a head start Monday at the Orange Coast Optimist//Pio-Turion Tournament at Western High in Anaheim.
Below is a capsule look at the six local boys' teams:
Head Coach: Rich Boyce (11th year)
Coaching staff: Chris Gray, Jeff Harrell
2009-10 record: 24-5 (7-3 league, second-place)
Returning starters: Dylan Garrity (PG, 6-2, Sr.).
Quick take: The Chargers return just one player (Garrity) from last year's team that won a school-record 24 games and reached the quarterfinal round of the CIF playoffs. Garrity earned all-league, all-CIF and all-State honors a year ago. Tyler Fields (F, 6-1, Sr.) and Shane Osaki (F, 6-2, Sr.) are the other two returning players. Former Fountain Valley head coach Chris Gray is new to the coaching staff, "whom we are blessed to have on staff," Boyce said. Edison opens its season at 7 p.m. Friday hosting Valencia.. The Chargers also will compete in the La Quinta, Irvine World News and Palm Desert tournaments in the coming month.
Coach's outlook: "With only three returners, we expect out team to compete with effort and intensity on defense. We are a little undersized but hope to make up for it by outworking our opponents. My team is comprised of great people who make it fun to go to practice everyday. That is what you want as a coach."
Brethren Christian Warriors
Head Coach: Jon Bahnsen (13th year)
Coaching staff: Dan Healy, Erik Thomas
2009-10 record: 25-5 (league champion)
Returning starters: Daniel Healy (G, 6-2, first-team all-league, Sr.); Riley Thomas (G, 6-0, second-team all-league, Sr.).
Quick take: The Warriors have two starters back from last year's team that went undefeated in Academy League play to win its second-straight league crown and reached the quarterfinal round of the CIF 5A playoffs. Healy averaged nearly seven points and eight rebounds per game and Thomas averaged 11 points. Other returnees include Zach Luce (F, 6-5, Sr.) and Bobby Frisch (Post, 6-3, Sr.). BC, which opens its season this week at the Orangewood Academy Tournament in Garden Grove, will travel to Kona, HI., for the World Youth Basketball Tournament Dec. 27-31 and host the Small School Showcase Jan. 8 at Liberty Christian High in Huntington Beach.
Coach's outlook: "This team impresses me with their toughness and 'never quit' attitude," Bahnsen said. "We had a great summer going 28-6 and beating some big schools like Newport Harbor and Temescal Canyon. Our losses this summer were to quality programs like Huntington Beach, Mission Viejo and CIF champ Murrieta Valley. Our team has many seniors to provide leadership and experience. We've also added a lot of young talent in Dakota Warren, Caleb Keller and transfer Jazz Hill.