Dec. 7, 2014 - With a Tuesday night detour to Irvine, Triton gyms are getting ready for an invasion by San Diegans, namely Vikings, Pirates, Cougars and Longhorns, on Saturday, December 13.
In the meantime, the Triton varsity, junior varsity and frosh teams travel to Woodbridge High School on Tuesday for the renewal of their annual rivalry games.
On the varsity level, the Warriors are still smarting from a
72-46 loss to San Clemente last week at Mission Viejo's Diablo Inferno Tournament.
The Triton Junior Varsity, 4-0 and coming off a season-opening tournament championship performance in Carlsbad, features a majority of players whose only high school basketball loss ever was to Woodbridge, so revenge is certainly on its mind.
And the Triton Frosh (1-2), is looking to put its own mark on this always-competitive rivalry.
Then on Saturday, the same three Triton teams will prepare for a Viking Invasion from La Jolla High School. The frosh and J.V. will play in the Auxiliary Gym. The varsity game at 7:30 p.m. will be the featured contest of a four-game slate which takes place in Triton Gym beginning at 3 p.m. The Pirates, Cougars and Longhorns are the mascots of the other San Diego participants in the annual San Diego vs. Orange County Challenge being held at SCHS. See sidebar for more information on the competitors and specific game times.
At this writing, the La Jolla Varsity is 2-1 for the season, while the Triton Varsity is 2-2. Both are high-scoring, with La Jolla averaging 67.7 points per game so far and the Tritons only slightly behind at 66.3.
La Jolla features a 6-4 sophomore guard, Reed Farley, who has averaged 17.7 points per game so far this season. San Clemente's early-season standout has been 6-4 junior guard Nick Crankshaw, the team's human stat bookat 12.3 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, 3.5 steals and 2.8 blocks per game.
The contest may also see the return of some of the varsity football players from the Tritons' CIF Southern Section Southwest Division finalist football team. These include 2012-13 team and league most valuable player Sam Darnold and 2013-14 all-league second team selection Cole Fotheringham.
Seniors Dean Licht, Shaughn Ritchie, Jake Russell and Riley Whimpey are the other football players who should be donning their basketball jerseys for the first time this week.