Receiving the honor of being the first Tritons to open play, the sophomores jump center at 4:45 p.m. against Tesoro in the first round of the Capistrano Valley Tournament.
Only 15 minutes later and a couple of miles away, the big boys, San Clemente's varsity, get started against Woodbridge in the opening round of the highly competitive Diablo Inferno Tournament at Mission Viejo High School.
An hour later and farther north, at 6 p.m. the junior varsity takes on Huntington Beach in the Fountain Valley Tournament.
The freshman have to wait until Thursday, Dec. 5, to open their season. But they've lucked into playing at home in Triton Gym, after it was designated as an auxiliary venue for the Dana Hills Tournament.
Officially, the Triton frosh will be the visiting team for their opener against the winner of the previous night's game between Laguna Hills and Mission Viejo. And it will be a second-round game, with the Tritons having receive a first-round bye. If they win, they also will play at Triton Gym the following night in the quarterfinals.
Last year's freshman team lost a controversial, sudden-death, triple overtime game in the first round of the Dana Hills tourney, in a contest between what were clearly the event's two best teams, SCHS and Capistrano Valley. Back to the varsity, Head Coach Marc Popovich told the San Clemente Times he has upped the ante with the Tritons' tournament entries this year. The Diablo Inferno traditionally has a tough field, which this year includes defending state champs Mater Dei, highly ranked teams such as host Mission Viejo, Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks, Temecula Valley, Crenshaw and Foothill, SC's two top league rivals, Dana Hills and Trabuco Hills, as well as a team from Australia (Churchie).
To find our more about each team, go to their team pages. Full schedules are available on their schedule pages.