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  • Lawton (Lawton, Okla.) kicker Caitlyn Cox has been just waiting for her chance. Extra points are cool and important. But a field goal — from distance — that's the test of any kicker.

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    Caitlyn Cox, Lawton

    The junior made the most of her first try last week, drilling a 42-yarder during a 72-27 win over Eisenhower (Lawton). It was six yards short of the national female record of 48 yards held by Heidi Garrett of King (Riverside, Calif.) in 2004.

    "It was a real big thrill for us because she's such a great gal," Lawton coach Randy Breeze told newsok.com. "She nailed it."

    Breeze said he won't hesitate to use Cox in any game or situation. She's made 30 extra points this season.

    "We've got the world of confidence in her," Breeze said. "This is not a gimmick."

    Female kickers aren't terribly unusual in the prep world.

    MaxPreps senior writer Kevin Askeland noted that in 2012 at least 50 female athletes scored at least one point in football games.

    He then listed the top 10 female kickers in high school history, starting with Garrett, who had 112 career points, nine field goals and 58 straight extra points.

    She went on to play soccer at UC Riverside and in the Women's Premier Soccer League.
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    It's six days until the 11th annual MaxPreps Holiday Classic in Palm Springs Dec. 26-30 and today we celebrate six finalist who will appear in the Slam Dunk contest

    File photo by David Hood

    Defending slam dunk champion Ryan Lough

    Whom those high fliers will be is anyone's guess — outside of one anyway — as 41 dunkers will participate in a dunk-a-thon on Saturday, Dec. 28 at beautiful Rancho Mirage (Calif.).

    All 41 will gather in lay-up lines and strut their stuff at once for all to gander and gawk. Each of the five judges will pick their favorite.

    That quintet will join defending champion, 5-foot-8 senior Ryan Lough, of King (Riverside) in a conventional style dunk finals. A 3-point contest will also compliment the dunk contest on Saturday night.

    Lough was anything but conventional last year, showing up at the last minute and bringing the house down Palm Desert High School with a 360 slam on his first attempt.

    The unassuming, soft-spoken guard thrilled the crowd of more than 2,000 fans who groaned and cheered at his every attempt. SEE STORY.

    File photo by Todd Shurtleff

    The crowd from last year's event figures to grown.

    This season at brand spanking new Rancho Mirage, even more spectators are expected to cram in the state-of-the-art gym and roar their approval. Those who aren't in the area, can watch the Invitational Division semifinals followed by the slam dunk and 3-point contests all via a live stream on the MaxPreps home page powered by the NFHS Network.

    "I think this dunk contest format is the first of its kind," said MaxPreps host, tournament coordinator and slam dunk MC Chris Stonebraker. "Last year was amazing. You could feel the energy in the gym. But this year should really be off the charts."

    The dunk and 3-point contests should prove as icing on the flavorful and robust 120-team boys and girls tournament that features 11 divisions at multiple venues. It will include international teams from Australia and Canada for the first time joining top recruits from across the United States.

    See tournament overview from MaxPreps national basketball editor Jason Hickman

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    Kawhi Leonard, King

    Second-year San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard is currently making his first appearance in the NBA Finals, and as a reward he gets to spend the majority of his time guarding LeBron James.

    But if anyone is up to the task it's Leonard, already one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA.

    The 6-foot-7 super-athlete honed his skills at King (Riverside, Calif.), where he won state player of the year honors after averaging 22.6 points and 13.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 2009, his senior year.

    He went on to play at San Diego State and was acquired by the Spurs in a draft-day trade with the Indiana Pacers for guard George Hill.

    Take a look at Kawhi Leonard's high school days in this edition of Way Back When.

  • Check out highlights of Ryan Lough, a 5-foot-8 guard from King (Riverside, Calif.) who won the dunk contest at the MaxPreps Holiday Classic on Friday night.






    This is Ronnie Pinkerton from Cardinal Hayes (Bronx, N.Y.)

  • PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Here are more championship games at the MaxPreps Holiday Classic at Cathedral City High School. To see the MaxPreps Invitational Division championship game between Mater Dei and Lincoln, CLICK HERE

    DHTS DIVISION
    Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove, Calif.) 74, King (Riverside, Calif.) 71

    Down 68-61 with 3:09 remaining, the Pleasant Grove Eagles didn't feel threatened. They felt right at home.

    Photo by Louis Lopez

    All-tournament selection Colfax Nordquist had another fine all-around game.

    The Eagles (12-1) didn't panic, even against the Southern California powerhouse, instead turned up the heat to pull out this wildly entertaining championship game over the Wolves (10-3).

    Division MVP Cody Demps (18 points, eight rebounds) led the way for the Eagles, Matthew Hayes added 16 points, Malik Thames 15, Arik Armstead 12 points and eight rebounds and Colfax Nordquistt 11 points.

    Thames and Nordquist were picked the the all-tournament team.

    "We just never give up," Nordquist said. "We've been in spots like that before and we expect to come back."

    King got a game-high 22 points from Nikko Turner, 13 by Chris Lott and 10 each from Lance Page and Devon Shallowhorn. King and Page were all-tournament.

    "We just didn't finish," King coach Tim Sweeney said. "We didn't execute down the stretch against a very, very good team and they made us pay. It's a hard lesson to learn, but we'll learn from it."

    It was a classic back-and-forth affair, filled with massive swings. With a 10-2 run late, King seemed to have the game in hand until Hayes stole the ball and went in for a deuce, Thames drilled a 3-pointer after another steal and two free throws by Demps, the game was tied at 68-68 with 1:54.

    Armstead, the massive 6-8, 285-pound post, put the Eagles up for good with a putback. Four more free throws, two each by Demps and Nordquist put the game away.
    Photo by Louis Lopez

    Pleasant Grove was one of two Northern California teams to escape with titles. The other was Ponderosa.



    RHV DIVISION

    Ponderosa (Shingle Springs, Calif.) 65, Viewpoint (Calabasas, Calif.) 52

    Expectations coming into the tournament were modest at best, but the Bruins found their groove, capped with an impressive win over a balanced and well-coached Viewpoint squad.

    Photo by Louis Lopez

    Ponderosa All-Tournament pick Curtis Opsahl scored 18 points.

    Ponderosa (8-7) broke open a close game with a 16-3 run to start the fourth quarter and rolled to their fourth win in Palm Springs in five outings. The one loss, according to the players, a tough nine-point loss to San Diego Section power El Camino in a non-pool game, was the turning point.

    On Friday, the high-low duo of Chris Snyder (20 points, seven rebounds) and Curtis Opsahl (18 points, eight rebounds) led the Bruins to victory.

    Opsahl, a 6-4 junior, was named division MVP and Snyder, a 6-8 sophomore, was named all-tournament as was teammate Trevor Hammitt, another junior. All-tournament pick Jack Borenstein led Viewpoint (9-4) with 15 points.

    "In all honesty, I wasn't expecting a championship," Snyder said. "We had a couple games coming in here but we put our egos aside and just played basketball. I think that was the key."

    Said Opsahl: "We finally bonded."

    Now if the Bruins could just get over their slow starts. They fell behind 21-12 early in the second quarter, but finished off the half with a 13-4 run, all scored by Osahl and Snyder. The duo opened the second half with seven straight, before Viewpoint used a 10-0 run to go up 42-39 with 1:10 left in third.

    Snyder scored an interior bucket just before the end of the third and Ponderosa took absolutely control in the fourth. Justin Obereiner made six straight free throws down the stretch and finished with eight points. The Bruins were 15 of 21 from the line.

    The one loss in the tournament, according to the players, a tough nine-point loss to San Diego Section power El Camino in a non-pool game, was the turning point.

    "That proved we could play with the big boys," Opsahl said. "This should give us confidence heading into league."
    Photo by Louis Lopez

    Ponderosa captured an unexpected championship.



    NATIONAL DIVISION
    Crenshaw (Los Angeles) 51, Santiago (Corona) 43

    Photo by Louis Lopez

    Division MVP Andre Edwards.

    The formula for victory throughout the tournament for coach Ed Waters at Crenshaw has been defense. The Cougars allowed just 16 points in one Division game and on Friday, they allowed just 23 percent shooting from Santiago (14 of 62) to get then hard-earned division championship.

    Division Most Valuable Player Andre Edwards, a 6-5 multi-talented junior, had 12 points and seven rebounds and five blocks for the winners. He was joined on the all-tournament squad by Mossi Johnson, a 6-foot junior, who had eight points on Friday and 6-foot senior guard Brandon Baker  who added a team-high 17 points.

    Crenshaw improved to 11-3 for Waters, who is in his ninth season. Other key players for the Cougars were Berdel Hodge, a 6-2 junior, Terralyn Henry, a 6-4 senior, and Emanuel Haggood, a 5-10 sophomore point guard.

    Crenshaw's only defeats this season came to Orange Lutheran (60-50), Grant-Van Nuys (64-53) and Oak Park (61-46). After the loss to Oak Park, the Cougars have won six straight.

    Santiago tried desperately to get things going but just couldn't buy a bucket. The Sharks were led by 6-foot senior guard Alex Blumenfeld who made three 3-pointers, was 6-for-6 from the line and finished with a game-high 21 points.

    The loss dropped Santiago to 10-4.

    Santiago got big rebounding performances down low from Jason Dickson, a 6-6 sophomore and Dorion Barnett, a 6-3 junior. Both had 11 rebounds.

    But the Sharks simply couldn't make a shot though lots of that had to do with Crenshaw's defense.

     
    Photo by Louis Lopez

    Crenshaw wins another title.



    AMERICAN DIVISION

    Thousand Oaks 42, Torrance 40

    A runner at the buzzer by Torrance's Brett Akahiji didn't go and Thousand Oaks (11-3) behind 14 points from Eric Greene and 11 by Tanner Fanjoy, held on for the exciting victory.

    Thousand Oaks was comming off a 47-46 win over Dana Hills to get to the finals.

    Akahiji led Torrance (6-7) with 15 points and Brandon Gardner added 10.

    Akahiji and Gardner were all-tournament picks, while Jacob Lachina was picked as MVP for Thousand Oaks and Fanjoy and Dakota Pierce were All-tournament.
    Photo by Louis Lopez

    Thousand Oaks captured the American Division title.



    YARDHOUSE DIVISION

    Edison (Huntington Beach, Calif.) 56, Moorpark 50

    Two players can't beat five - generally - but Dreon Barlett and Corey Foster all but did for Edison (13-1), scoring all but six of their team's points.

    Bartlett drilled seven 3-pointers and scored 30 points and Foster added 20 as Edison took a 20-8 lead after the first quarter and held on for the victory.

    Moorpark (11-3) went the other direction and used great balance as 11 different players scored, led by all-tournament pick Jake Myers with 10 points while Jordan Russell added nine. Teammate Mitchell Sagely also earned all-tournament honors.

    Foster was picked as the game's MVP, while Bartlett and Cade Hernandez were all-tournament.
    Photo by Louis Lopez

    The fruits of Edison's title.



  • See complete Day 3 results and notes from the MaxPreps Holiday Classic.

    PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -
    We're putting the cart in front of the horse, but below is Friday's final schedule of the MaxPreps Holiday Classic. We'll update notes, results and features later tonight.

    Photo by Louis Lopez

    Super sophomore Isaiah Whitehead goes in for two of his game-high 26 points as Lincoln moved into the MaxPreps Invitational Division finals on Thursday.

    The much-anticipated Exhibition Division finals of No. 7 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) and Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.) is on after both were victorious Thursday to finish 3-0 in pool play.

    Mater Dei got 24 points from UNLV-bound Katin Reinhardt in a 98-67 win over Foothill, while Isaiah Whitehead showed why he's regarded as one of the top sophomores in the country with 26 points as Lincoln defeated Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.) 81-70.

    Here is the championship games over each divisions scheduled at Cathedral City High School:
    Yardhouse Division - Moorpark (Calif.) vs. Edison (Huntington Beach, Calif.), 11 a.m.
    American Division - Torrance (Torrance, Calif.) vs. Thousand Oaks (Calif.), 12:30 p.m.
    RHV Division - Ponderosa (Shingle Springs, Calif.) vs. Viewpoint (Calabasas, Calif.), 2:05 p.m.
    DHTS Division - Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove, Calif.) vs.King (Riverside, Calif.), 3:40 p.m.
    National Division - Crenshaw (Los Angeles, Calif.)vs. Santiago (Corona, Calif.), 5:30 p.m.
    MaxPreps Invitational - Mater Dei vs. Lincoln, 7:15 p.m.

    Other games

    At College of the Desert
    Miller vs. Desert Hot Springs, 10 a.m.
    Silverado vs. Rancho cucamonga, 11:30 a.m.
    El Camino vs. Dana Hills, 1 p.m
    Capistrano Valey vs. Vista Del Lago, 2:30 p.m.
    Galena vs. Crescenta Valley, 4 p.m.
    Burbank vs. Harvard Westlake, 5:30 p.m.
    Simi Valley vs. Colton, 7 p.m.

    At Marywood Palm Valley High School
    Sultana at Patriot, 10 a.m.
    Foothill vs. Skyline, 11:30 a.m.
    Pleasanton grove (Utah) vs. Canoga Park, 1 p.m.
    Lakeside vs. Fairmont Prep, 2:30 p.m.
    Brawley vs. Los Osos, 4 p.m.
    Brawley JV vs. Moorpark JV Championship Platinum, 5:30 p.m.
    Marwood Palm Valley vs. Palm Springs (Frosh championship gold), 7 p.m.

    At Palm Springs High School
    Desert Hot Springs JV vs. Palm Desert JV, 9:30 a.m.
    Central JV vs. Palm Springs JV, 11 a.m.
    Central vs. Sweetwater, 12:30 p.m.
    Santa Ana Valley vs. Sierra Pacific, 2 p.m.
    Dorsey vs. Bishop Manogue, 3:30 p.m.
    Cathedral City Frosh vs. Joshua Springs JV, 5 p.m.
    Victory Valley vs. 29 Palms, 6:30 p.m.
    Cathedral City JV vs. 29 Palms JV, 8 p.m.

    At Shadow Hills High School
    La Quinta JV vs. Shadow Hills JV, 10 a.m.
    Cathedral City vs. Shadow Hills, 11:30 a.m.
    Desert Christian JV vs. Desert Mirage JV, 1 p.m.
    Perris vs. Green Valley, 2:30 p.m.

    At Palm Desert High School
    La Quinta Frosh vs. Palm Desert Frosh, 3:30 p.m.
  • PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Get ready for the world's longest blog post. Each day we will fill your heart's and hoop's desire with everything and anything from the MaxPreps Holiday Classic.

    Photo by Louis Lopez

    Lincoln's Isaiah Whitehead showed why many consider him one of the top sophomores in the country.

    Had a nice little 10-hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area - a jaunt that normally takes closer to seven, but thanks to lovely Holiday traffic along Interstate 5, we embraced every rolling tumbleweed and oil rig in the state.

    Anyway, now that I've let that all go, let's get down to business.

    We'll update this throughout the day with results, nuggets, photos and other impressions. Consider these post-Christmas stocking-stuffers. We'll also run a daily feature with a game and feature of the day on our national home page.

    NO JET LAG: Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.) couldn't have been more impressive in its 83-36 win Bishop Manogue (Reno, Nev.) as six players scored in double figures led by 20 from 6-foot-7 junior Tafari Whittingham.

    The Railsplitters - great nickname by the way - which arrived Monday night looked fresh, played hard, shared the ball and showed off its remarkable depth while improving to 7-0.

    Photo by Louis Lopez

    Point guard DaShawn Suber is a recent transfer from New Jersey.

    Dwayne Morton, in his 15th season, doesn't have Sebastian Telfair or Lance Stephenson - yet - but instead this squad really plays team ball and tough defense.

    Ian Vasquez had 12 points and Isaiah Whitehead, Shaquille Davis and Rakim Lesane all had 11 points. Recent St. Patrick's transfer Dashawn Suber added nine points.

    Whitehead, a 6-3 shooting guard, is considered one of the top sophomores in the country.

    Morton's son, 6-foot junior Tre'vonn Morton, along with nephew Marquis Morton and cousin Kwame MortonKwame Morton are other players on the 13-man roster. Ethan Telfair, Sebastian's younger brother, did not make the trip for unspecified reasons.

    "I'd give it a strong 'B,' " coach Morton said of his team's performance. "We have a lot of transfers (four) and this is a great opportunity for our guys get to know each other. This was a good start."

    BAM!: High School dunk contests are probably as strong as NBA showcases 30 years ago - not that they had them. On Tuesday, there were an assortment of high-flying slams, mostly on fastbreaks or breakaways.

    Photo by Louis Lopez

    Xavier Johnson had another big game in another big win for Mater Dei.

    But the best of the day came from Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 6-7 swingman and Colorado-bound Xavier Johnson, who took a tough interior pass from Eli Stalzer and with two defenders sandwiching him, went straight up, from a flat foot and tomahawked an emphatic left-handed jam during a 75-42 win over a very good Burbank (Calif.) squad.

    Johnson scored 16 and UNLV-bound Katin Reinhardt had 18 points including four three-pointers as the seventh-ranked Monarchs improved to 9-1. Andre Spight had 11 points and Kane Kennedy added 10 for Burbank (6-4), which was outscored 18-4 in the fourth quarter.

    Going against Baylor-bound 7-footer Isaiah Austin at the City of Palms Tournament helped Johnson be so decisive and aggressive on his slam.

    "When you're down low you have to be strong," Johnson said. "(From a standing start) that was one of my better ones."

    Johnson is forced to play the interior more than he's used to because the Monarchs are primarily all guards. "I've really worked on being more versatile," he said. "We're all work at it."

    ONE MORE SKILL: As if Josh Hearlihy doesn't have enough skills. His new, but reluctant one, is score-keeping.

    Photo by Louis Lopez

    Zena Edosomwan controlled the middle with 11 points and 15 rebounds for Harvard-Westlake.

    The highly versatile 6-7 guard for  Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.) is out for the year with patella tears in both knees and Tuesday he was at the scorer's table adding up team fouls, tracking timeouts and adding free throws and field goals.

    With him pushing a pencil and not the ball up court, the Wolverines (6-3) defeated Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.) 70-58. Francis Hyde made up for Hearlihy's absence with six 3-pointers and a game-high 20 points, Derick Newton added 15 and Zena Edosomwan 11 points and 15 rebounds.

    Will Parker had four 3-pointers and 18 points for Skyline and Lucas Shannon chipped in 16 for Skyline (7-1).

    "I'd rather be out there obviously, but I might as well learn something new," said Hearlihy, who just committed to Utah.

    KING IS BACK: After a pair of down years, King (Riverside, Calif.) coach Tim Sweeney is not afraid to say it. "We're back," he said before his team's first-round Desertheatteamshop.com Division game with Canoga Park.

    Photo by Louis Lopez

    Lucas Shannon goes up for two of his 16 points for Skyline.

    The Wolves entered 7-2 and easily could be 9-0, losing buzzer-beaters to defending Southern California Division II champion Summit (54-51) and Clovis West (74-72).

    This after seasons of 11-15 and 12-16.

    King was the state Division II champion in 2002 and has featured such standouts as current San Antonio Spurs rookie Kawhi Leonard, University of New Mexico starter Tony Snell and Colorado leading scorer Carlon Brown. 

    "We've been down a little but this team has talent and they get after it," Sweeney said. "I like their chemistry."

    Sweeney said for the first time he's letting his team go "end-to-end." That means run, gun and defensive pressure. They are led by super slick 5-9 point guard Nikko Turner (think Nate Archibald), 6-8 Brandon Pippenger (think Brian Scalabrine) and 6-foot sophomore Chris Lott, nephew of NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott. Turner is a certain Division I talent and Pippenger a borderline next-level player.

    Asked if his team has hit triple digits yet, Sweeney said, "Not yet."

    Photo by Louis Lopez

    Nikko Turner with a 3-pointer in Tuesday's lopsided win.

    He must have known something. Against an over-matched Canoga Park team, the Wolves exploded for 36 points in the third quarter, had 59 by halftime and 75 at the end of three. A running clock prevented them from hitting 100 in a 91-31 win.

    Brenton Muldrow, Lance Page and Lott had 11 points and Turner 10. Lott and Pippenger (nine points) each had four steals. Lott also had team-high seven rebounds.

    King was originally slated for the top division - the MaxPreps Invitational division - but was moved "down" when Lincoln (N.Y.) entered late. With Silverado (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta, Calif.) in his new division, Sweeney isn't sure the Wolves aren't in a tougher bracket.

    "That's OK," he said. "We'll find out just where we're at."

    IF IT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED: Dorsey's (Los Angeles, Calif.) 6-7 post/power forward Donald Muepo Jr.. wouldn't take no or rejection for an answer.

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    Donald Muepo Jr. goes up strong for a rebound over Tyler Morris.

    Thirty seconds after getting blocked clean by 6-5 Darren Buckles, Muepo powered in a tough turnaround jumper in the key with 34 seconds left that proved to be the game winner in a 60-59 win over Foothill (Henderson, Nev.). Muepo went right over Buckles again. This time he wouldn't be stopped.

    "That hurt," Muepo said about getting blocked by Buckles the first time. "I've been blocked before but I can't remember in a clutch spot like that. The next time down I just went up stronger."

    Dorsey (7-3) will need to be much stronger Wednesday when it faces Mater Dei in pool action.

    "We'll need to play a lot better, especially defensively," Muepo said. "(Foothill) plays a lot like (Mater Dei). They move the ball, set a lot of picks and shoot well. Mater Dei is a lot bigger."

    Muepo and Kalin Barber a 6-4 senior shooting guard, led Dorsey with 18 and 16 points, respectively. Both are getting Division I looks. Greg Cox, a gritty 5-10 senior guard, led all players with 20 points for Foothill (6-4) which led most of the game.

    Dorsey took its first lead 58-57 since early in the first quarter on a 3-pointer by DeSean Frazier with 1:15 remaining. After Brannon Cresanto made a driving layup to give Foothill a 59-58 lead, Dorsey coach Kevin Gipson called timeout and set up a play for Muepo.

    "He's a tough kid," Gibson said. "He'll find a way."

    Asked what it will take to compete with Mater Dei on Wednesday, Gibpson said. "It will take our 'A' game. Check that, our double-A game." 

    PRO AT FIRST SIGHT: Sweeney said the first time he saw Leonard walk into the gym as a sophomore, "I knew he was going to the NBA. He had that kind of build and presence."

    Photo by Louis Lopez

    Brandon Pippenger helped King to a lopsided victory.

    Leonard made a huge impact in the Spurs' 95-82 season-opening win on Monday. He was the first player off Gregg Popovich's bench and had six points, six rebounds and two steals.

    "Kawhi is a very athletic individual," Popovich told the San Antonio Express. "He's got good size, good strength and he possesses great length. ... He wants to be involved. ... He's not afraid to put up a shot."

    MORE RUNNING CLOCK: The day started with two other blowouts at Cathedral City High School - host of the top two divisions - Lakeside (Lake Elsinore, Calif.) defeated host Cathedral City 80-56 and Ponderosa (Shingle Springs, Calif.) had little trouble with Santa Ana Valley 59-31.

    John Manhard had 22 points for Lakeside and Melvin Washington added 17. Isaiah Davis and Nickolas Taquin had 12 points each for the host team.

    Ponderosa, which won just two games last season, took its fifth game, utilizing a huge size advantage and 15 points from Curtis Opsahl, 13 by Trevor Hammitt and 10 from Chris Snyderr, a 6-8 sophomore who coach Andy Beal hopes will transform into former Ponderosa standout Brad Waldo, a redshirt freshman at St. Mary's College. Both had similar body types as sophomores.

    "Brad became very focused after his sophomore season," Beal said. "We're hoping the same for Chris."

    Beal was most happy how his team drove aggressively to the basket and ran the court. The Bruins take a giant leap in competition Wednesday when it plays El Camino (Oceanside, Calif.), a perennial San Diego Section power.  

    "I told the guys before the game that we're about a dozen possessions from being 7-3 rather than 4-6," Beal said. "We're going to have to take advantage of every possession against this team."

    PRE-TOURNAMENT RATINGS BY DIVISIONS: We'll start with this. The basics. You may not agree with our computer rankings but they sure are fun to talk about. So, according to that magic computer formula, here are how each of the top two divisions should shake out.

    MaxPreps Invitational Division
    1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 8-1 43.2 MP computer rating
    2. Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.) 7-0 29.8
    3. Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 6-0 29.5
    4. Foothill (Henderson, Nev.) 6-3 23.4
    5. Dorsey (Los Angeles, Calif.) 4-3 23.1
    6. Burbank (Burbank, Calif.) 6-3 22.2
    7. Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.) 5-3 21.8
    8. Bishop Manogue (Reno, Nev.) 2-7 11.1

    Desertheatteamshop.com Classic Division
    1. Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove, Calif.) 8-1 31.3
    2. Silverado (Las Vegas, Nev.) 8-0 25.3
    3. Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta, Calif.) 5-1 24.4
    4. King (Riverside, Calif.) 7-2 23.7
    5. Rancho Cucamonga (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) 8-3 17.6
    6. Pleasant Grove (Pleasant Grove, Utah) 2-3 16.9
    7. Canoga Park (Canoga Park, Calif.) 2-12 13.8
    8. Simi Valley (Simi Valley, Calif.) 5-5 10.5