After a successful run at Mission Bay, coach Sade Wiley-Gatewood will try to build a program at Lincoln.
Remember how highly touted Candice Wiggins began her freshman year at La Jolla Country Day and immediately helped push the Torreys to another level? They’re saying that same thing about Horizon freshman DiJonai Carrington, who stands 5-feet-10 and oozes athleticism. Just might be the next Wiggins. Carrington, the daughter of ex-Charger Darren Carrington, can do it all.
After guiding Mission Bay into the SoCal Regional championship game, coach Sade Wiley-Gatewood has taken the same position at Lincoln, which struggled mightily last year. In her stead at Mission Bay will be veteran coach Norm Guay, who was an annual playoff participant while coaching at Our Lady of Peace. Guay has the advantage of getting started with San Diego State signee Briteesha Solomon.
Not many basketball coaches in the San Diego Section have been more successful than Mount Miguel’s Robbie Sandoval, who has compiled an overall record of 307-71 during his 2000-2012 tenure. His totals also include an unprecedented 101-1 league record, resulting in 12 league titles within the Grossmont Conference. Sandoval’s teams have garnered six section titles — three in Division II and three in Division III.
Some players simply have a knack for the dramatic no matter how big or how fast. West Hills’ Emily Cole, a 5-foot-10 senior, has drilled more than a half-dozen buzzer-beaters during her four-year career. She is not a major point producer but has been named All-Grossmont Hills League twice and all-section as a junior.
Poway’s Jay Trousdale continues his quest to be No. 1 in San Diego County in victories. Now in his 26th season as coach of the Titans, the Kearny graduate, who passed No. 2 Peggy Brose of Mt. Carmel and Rancho Bernardo last season, enters this season with a record of 536-185. He trails only Santana’s Wade Vickery, who retired after the 2005 season with a record of 610-119. Trousdale has 10 league championships as well as four section titles on his resume.
Can North County rebound from an uncharacteristically poor 2011-12 showing when only one team secured a berth in the section championships. Tri-City Christian downed Ocean View Christian 54-38 for the Division V crown. That was it for North County. It marked the worst performance by North teams since 1986 when San Marcos was the lone team to play for a title.
Could Mater Dei Catholic be the top team in the section? The Crusaders return Mesa League MVP and USD signee Alexandria Young, as well as Northern Arizona-bound Brittani Lusain. Junior guard Kandiss Barber will again be a key contributor. The Crusaders have the power to run with the likes of La Jolla Country Day and Bishop’s.
Race for second
First place in the Mesa League is all but guaranteed for Mater Dei Catholic. Who comes in second? Eastlake, Olympian and Hilltop should be in that race. Eastlake looks to be the favorite to emerge from that group. Titans guard Trianna Arreola-Owen returns for her senior year after averaging 15 points per game last season.
-- Steve Brand, Bill Dickens, Dennis Lin, Terry Monahan"