Holiday Classic among tournaments is back in the game this year – archyde

The week after Christmas last year just wasn’t the same.

Sure, there were leftovers to warm up and gifts to give back, but the coronavirus pandemic has ruined the highly anticipated high school basketball tournaments.

But basketball is back this year, and the county’s top events – the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic presented by Scorebook Live, the Mt. Carmel Holiday Hoops Classic, and the SoCal Holiday Prep Classic, a high-profile girls’ tournament – are back, and figure just as good as before.

All tournaments start on December 27th and run through December 30th.

The Torrey Pines Event has a special Tip Off Night in Torrey Pines on Thursday, with La Costa Canyon vs. Francis Parker at 5:00 p.m., Carlsbad vs. Mater Dei Catholic at 6:30 p.m., and San Ysidro vs. Torrey Pines at 8:00 p.m. : 00 o’clock

“Our goal was to make sure we got our tournament back to good quality and successful programs,” said John Olive, boys basketball coach at Torrey Pines High and tournament chairman for its 68 teams, five divisions, and four venues.

“Everyone was frustrated that we couldn’t have tournaments last year. That’s why we’re trying to give the kids the most normal possible season this year. “

To ensure that everything runs smoothly, Olive has reduced its event from five locations to four.

The quality at the top is just as good as in previous years.

The endurance powerhouses DeMatha from Maryland and Las Vegas Bishop Gorman lead the field of the National Division. DeMatha is number 14 in the nation, Bishop Gorman is number 19.

This division also includes Moraga Campolindo (# 25 in California), Anaheim Fairmont Prep (# 54), San Jose Archbishop Mitty (# 63), New York Iona Prep, Concord Clayton Valley, Phoenix St. Mary’s, and Coronado of Nevada.

Most of San Diego’s top teams – St. Augustine, San Marcos, San Ysidro, Francis Parker, and hosts Torrey Pines – are in the National Division.

“I’ve been trying to get Bishop Gorman for years and it finally happened,” Olive said. “DeMatha and Iona provide us with great teams from the east coast.

“And I can’t say enough about the collaboration we’re getting from the San Diego teams. We try to compete with a team from outside our teams in order to give us a feeling for where we stand nationally. “

The tournament features four players in ESPN’s Top 100 Seniors – Rodney Rice and Tyrell Ward from DeMatha, Richard Isaacs Jr. from Coronado and San Diego State sign Miles Byrd from Stockton Lincoln, who will play in the American Division in St. Augustine. This division also includes Cathedral Catholic, Mission Bay, La Costa Canyon, Oakland Bishop O’Dowd, Bakersfield, San Jose Bellarmine, and Santa Margarita.

Santa Margarita is coached by former Escondido high star Justin Bell.

Stockton Lincoln plays Oxnard on December 27th at 5:55 pm.

“San Diego state fans should check out Byrd,” said Olive of the 6-foot-7 tall, athletic Byrd.

Byrd’s father, Calvin, an assistant coach at Pacific, played for Villanova and the Atlantic Basketball Association. Miles Byrd chose the Aztecs over Washington, Minnesota, Villanova, Stanford, Cal, and Rice.

Osiris Grady of Coronado, based in Henderson, Nevada, is one of the nation’s top 100 juniors.

In addition to Torrey Pines and St. Augustine, the Senator Division in Carlsbad has La Jolla Country Day, Mission Bay, Mission Hills, Notre Dame, Arizona, Brighton, Utah, as well as hosts Carlsbad and sensational newcomer Jake Hall, which averages better than 23 points per game.

Rancho Buena Vista is the new host of the Governor and Mayor Divisions. The governor has El Camino, Santa Fe Christian and Temecula Valley.

The Mayor has Madison, Otay Ranch, Bishop’s, and Sage Creek.

“Honestly, we were a little worried about the finances, so we cut things down a bit,” Olive said.

“But we should still have a great event.”

Mt. Carmel Holiday Classic

This tournament has traditionally compared San Diego teams against Southern Section teams. That’s the case again.

Scripps Ranch (10-2) and Olympian (4-2) must have Rolling Hills Estates Peninsula (11-3), Linfield Christian (10-1), La Habra Sonora (8-5), Manhattan Beach Mira Costa (11- 1) and Placentia El Dorado (11-2) to take home a championship.

SoCal Holiday Prep Classic

The 40-team, five-location girls’ tournament has two of the best teams in San Diego – Cathedral Catholic and Mission Hills – competing in the Premier Division.

The rest of the division consists of El Dorado Hills Oak Ridge (6-2), Garden Grove Orangewood (7-2), Sacramento McClatchy (5-1), Long Beach Poly (6-2), Anaheim Esperanza (6-3) and Fullerton Rosary (2-3).

The game is played in Canyon Hills, Westview, El Capitan, Del Norte and West Hills.

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Top players at Torrey Pines Holiday Classic

Rodney Rice, DeMatha

Dedicated: Virginia Tech

Tyrell Ward, DeMatha

Dedicated: Xavier

Jerrell Roberson, DeMatha

Dedicated: James Madison

Richard Isaacs Jr., Nevada Coronado

Dedicated: Texas Tech

Miles Byrd, Stockton Lincoln

Dedicated: San Diego State

Otto Landrum, Torrey Pines

Dedicated: Boston U.

Devon Arlington, San Marcos

Dedicated: Yale

TJ Caldwell, Texas Faith Family

Committed: Ole Miss

Brandon Walker, Texas Faith Family

Dedicated: UT-Arlington

Aidan Mahaney, Campolindo

Dedicated: Saint Mary’s

Vinny Signorelli, Victory Christian

Dedicated: San Diego Christian

Ryan Abelman, Bishop Gorman

Committed: No. Arizona

Jason Richardson, Bischof Gorman

Offers: Michigan St. Arizona St., Washington, UNLV

RJ Greene, Iona

Offers: Georgia, George Mason, Manhattan, Seton Hall

Orlando Wallace, Iona

Offers: Siena, St. Peter’s, Manhattan, Stony Brook

Osiris Grady, Nevada Coronado

Angebote: New Mexico, Nevada, Cal Poly-SLO, Loyola Marymount

AJ Swinton, DeMatha

Offers: Georgetown, George Mason, Virginia Tech, Howard

Jaeden Mustaf, DeMatha

Offers: Virginia Tech, George Mason, Howard

Cyprian Hall, Vista

Offers: East Washington, Portland

Styles Phipps, Arizona St. Mary’s

Offers: TCU, Western Illinois, Hampton

Jeremiah Cherry, Arizona St. Mary’s

Offers: San Diego State, Grand Canyon, UC Santa Barbara, Hampton

Garnison Phelps, Arizona St. Mary’s

Angebote: Montana, Texas State, Missouri State, Oakland

Choi Deng, Fairmont Prep

Offers: UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, CS Northridge

Jaylen Pray, Iona

Offers: Georgia Tech, St. Peter’s, Rider

Doryan Onwuchekwa, Texas Faith Family

Offers: Texas Tech, SMU, Troy

Tyce Paulsen, Washington Curtis

Angebote: Southern Utah, Montana, Pepperdine, Cal Poly

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