As any Triton fan knows, Darnold is also the starting quarterback for the varsity football team, and has been out of action since breaking his foot in a game against Dana Hills in September. His presence should help spark a team that has performed respectably, but not to its league championship standards during a 4-6 start to the season.
Last week, the varsity split its four games in the highly competitive Irvine World News Tournament. The two teams to which the Tritons lost, Esperanza and Laguna Beach, both advanced to championship games.
In the lower divisions, both the Triton junior varsity (9-1) and freshman (8-1) teams will be looking to back up the tournament titles they won last week. The J.V. opens the Dana Hills Tournament against Tesoro at 5:45 p.m. on the 26th. They beat the Titans 72-65 last week in the El Toro Tournament semifinals. The freshmen will open the El Toro Tournament at 2 p.m. on the 26th against the host team.
As for the sophomore squad, at 2-5 it is still trying to get its footing without starting point guard Dylan Hauser, who has missed most of the season with a lower back strain. He was able to play in the team's two wins. Hauser could be back for the sophomore's Laguna Hills Tournament opener against Tesoro at 1:20 p.m. on December 26, but is day-to-day. San Clemente beat Tesoro 51-32 to open the season.
Also in tournament action this week will be the freshman black team, which will open the North-wood Tournament against Irvine at 5 p.m.on December 27.
Something special on the schedule for the freshmen, and their dads, is the upcoming Fifth Annual Freshman Father-Son Basketball Classic. The 2014 renewal will take place at 8:30 a.m. January 1 in Triton Gym.