Cabrillo looks to bring home Coast South Conference championship

Last season, Cabrillo finished at the top of the Coast South Conference. The Seahawks won 20 games and finished at the top of the conference with a 11-1 record. Cabirllo was the lone team to make the post season and made it to the second round before losing to top seeded San Francisco in the second round. De Anza finished in second place last season but the Dons failed to finish above .500 and missed the post season. The Dons will look to stay in the upper half of the conference for the upcoming 2017-2018 season. San Jose and Monterey look to be the biggest threat for the upcoming season to challenge Cabrillo at the top of the standings. Both teams return key components from last seasons roster and have a lot of sophomore experience for the upcoming season. Gavilan is a team that will be much improved, the Rams have a new head man in charge (Dallas Jensen) and will look to be to compete in the Coast South Conference. West Valley and Hartnell will look to be competitive after both teams finished below .500 last season.


2017-2018 Coast South Conference 

Cabrillo (20-8 overall, 11-1 1st place in Coast South Conference): Last season, Cabrillo won the Coast South Conference going 11-1 and won 20 games. With all that success the Seahawks were seeded 17th going into the post season. Cabrillo went on the road and picked up a first round victory against Cosumnes River and went ended up losing in the 2nd round to San Francisco in a close game. The Seahawks will look to win another conference championship going into the 2017-2018 upcoming season.

Returnees: The Seahawks return three players from last seasons team that won the Coast South Conference and picked up 20 wins. “6-7” Linton Acliese returns for his sophomore season after a solid freshman season. Acliese was named the Most Valuable Player of the Conference as a freshman after averaging 17.8 points and 7.3 rebounds last season. Acliese scored a season high of 37 points against Shasta last season and scored in double figures in 27 out of 28 games a year ago for the Seahawks. “6-0” Tynan Velasquez returns for the Seahawks for his sophomore campaign after averaging 13.8 points and 6.1 assists last season. The all conference guard scored a season high of 28 points against Las Positas and had a very consistent 2016-2017 season. “6-9” Tanner Spence returns to the Seahawks for the 2017-2018 season, Spence averaged 3.0 points and 3.8 rebounds in his first season and will be looked to play a bigger role for the upcoming season for the defending champs of the Coast South Conference.

Newcomers: “6-6” sophomore Curtis Bias will come to Cabrillo after transferring in from Wabash Valley Community College. Bias will add some sophomore experience and bring some versatility to the Seahawks this upcoming season. “6-5” Lenorris Mincey (Wevavia HS), “5-11” Kobe Ordonio (Monterey HS), and “6-4” redshirt freshman CJ Givens will look to contribute this season for Cabrillo.

Projection: Cabrillo will look to repeat as champions of the Coast South Conference coming into the 2017-2018 season. The Seahawks return two solid players in Acliese and Velasquez and should be in contention to win the conference championship. Cabrillo is at the top of our list to win the title in the Coast South Conference and we should see the Seahawks in the post season.


Monterey (10-17 overall, 6-6 4th place in Coast South Conference): Last season, Monterey went through a youth movement and the Lobos struggled to a 10-17 record but got plenty of experience and finished off conference play finishing .500 and a fourth place finish. This upcoming season the Lobos have a ton of experience and will look to be a solid team and make a push for the top of the Coast South Confrence.

Returnees: Last season, Monterey had a very young team and the Lobos finished with 10 wins last season. “6-2” Marcus Wallace leads a list of five newcomers from last seasons team that finished fourth place in the Coast South Conference. Wallace averaged 12.4 points and 3.2 rebounds in his first season with Monterey a year ago. “5-7” Elijah Nesbit will also return after averaging 9.5 points and 6.7 assists last season for the Lobos. Nesbit was third in the state in assists a year ago as the guard will look to have another solid season at the guard position. “6-0” Isaiah King-Halsey (9.4 points), and “6-1” Ifeanyi Udoh (5.2 points) will also return and look to contribute for the Lobos. “6-6” Deshawnte Collins which averaged 11.7 points and 7.7 rebounds will return for his sophomore for the 2017-2018 season. The Lobos have a lot of solid players that contributed last season and Monterey should be a team to watch out for.

Newcomers: Monterey will welcome in some quality newcomers to their 2017-2018 roster as the Lobos look to make a run for the conference championship. “6-3”  Anthony Dennis (Heritgage HS), “6-4” Isaiah Abdul-Basir (Merrill West HS) and “6-4” Emani Scott (Oakland Tech HS) are all expected to have an impact this upcoming season for the Lobos. “6-1” Brad Sendell (Pacific Grove HS) will also look to contribute and “6-9” Talili Lealea (Kimball HS) is also expected to make a solid contribution in the front court for Monterey.

Projection: The Lobos will be a team that should contend for a conference championship as the youth has developed and have a year under their belt. Monterey returns two players that averaged in double figures (Wallace, Collins) and two other players that averaged 9 or more. Monterey should contend for a post season spot and have some solid newcomers. Monterey is a team that we expect to be in the mix of the Coast South Conference title and it wont suprise us if the Lobos challenge Cabrillo at the top of the conference.


Gavilan (4-20 overall, 1-11 7th place in Coast South Conference): Last season was a struggle for the Rams as Gavilan won four games all season and finished last place in the Coast South Conference winning one game. The culture has seemed to change and the Rams look to be an up and coming team for the upcoming season. Time will tell how the Rams move forward but new head coach Dallas Jensen will have a competitive team in the 2017-2018 season.

Returnees: The Rams will return one player from last seasons team that went 4-20. “6-5” Dennis Zimjewski returns to Gavilan after averaging 4.2 points and 5.3 rebounds last season.

Newcomers: Gavilan will have a brand new culture and look to have a solid season. The biggest newcomer that the Rams have is a new head coach as Dallas Jensen takes over the program and will look to rebuild the program. Gavilan will have a lot of newcomers to the program as Jensen is looking to change the culture of the program. “6-0” Kiree Hutchings is coming in from Fresno Pacific and should bring imediate help to the program and provide some sophomore leadership. “6-2” Brian King is coming in from San Jose City College, “6-3” Stephen Williams (San Jose City College) “6-6” Ken Modica (Marin College), “6-6” redshirt Takoda Bowers and “6-8” Ja-Mont Wilson (Cal State East Bay) will all bring sophomore experience to the Rams for the upcoming season. “6-1” Ibn Zaid (Taft HS), “6-6” Xander Bowers (Christopher HS), and “6-7” Alex Hammonds (Oak Ridge HS) are all freshman that are expected to contribute in their first season of action.

Projection: Gavilan will be a much improved team for the upcoming season as the Rams will make a push to finish in the upper half of the conference. The Rams are an improved team and if the newcomers come together, Gavilan could be a team that will make a big jump in the standings this upcoming season. Coach Jensen has put the places in play, and the Rams should be a much more competitive team with a chance to finish in the upper half of conference.


De Anza (12-13 overall, 9-3 2nd place in Coast South Conference): Last season, De Anza finished under .500 but finished in 2nd place in the Coast South Conference with a 9-3 record. The Dons missed the post season but had a successful conference record. Where will the Dons finish this season and will they have enough fire power to stay in the upper half of conference in a much improved Coast South Conference for the upcoming 2017-2018 season?

Returnees: The Dons will return four players from last seasons roster that won 12 games. De Anza will welcome back Nemanja Rajic to their front court, the “6-8” sophomore averaged 6.4 points and 2.8 rebounds last season for the Dons. “5-11” Anton Chamblee (3.2 points), “6-5” Ryan Madera (3.3 points), and “5-9” David Drew will all look to contribute as sophomores this upcoming season for the Dons.

Newcomers: The Dons will welcome in three sophomore transfers and will look to build off thier second place finish last season in the Coast South Conference. “6-0” sophomore redshirt transfer Alex Muaga will suit up this season for the Dons. “5-11” Terrance Jackson (Bakersfield JC), and “6-4” Ville Milan will look to come in and give the Dons help as well this upcoming season. “5-11” Isaac Acevedo (Clovis East HS), “6-3” Julian Jones (Wilcox HS), “6-4” Ahmad Young (Kings Academy), and “6-6” A.J. Singh (Cupertino HS) will look to contribute as freshmen this upcoming season.

Projection: The Dons return four players from a year ago and will welcome in three other sophomores that will provide experience. De Anza will be another team that could be a threat in the top half of the Coast South Conference. De Anza finished second place a year ago, and will look to make a push for the upper half of conference and make the post season after posting 12 wins last season.


Hartnell (9-15 overall, 3-9 6th place in Coast South Conference): Hartnell finished in 6th place last season in the Coast South Conference and finished last season with 9 wins. The Panthers will look to find a way to stay competitive in a much improved conference and with one returning player it will be tough to do.

Returnees: Hartnell will return one player from last seasons team that won nine games a year ago. The Panthers lone returnee will be “6-0” Jesse Hurtado which averaged 4.5 points and 2.2 assists a year ago. Hurtado will be looked upon to provide experience and had some solid games toward the end of the season.

Newcomers: The Panthers will welcome in two sophomores that will provide experience for the upcoming season. “6-6” Carsen Williams and “6-0” Kishon Rogers is a transfer coming in from West Georgia Tech CC. “6-0” Miguel Velez (Puerto Rico), “6-6” Mathis Sellis (France) and “6-5” Renee Hurtado (Alisal HS) will look to contribute this season for Hartnell.

Projection: The Panthers return one player from last seasons team that won 9 games and with that being said, they come into the season a very young and inexperienced team. With that being said, Hartnell will look to stay competitive in a much improved conference for the 2017-2018 season.


San Jose (12-14 overall, 8-4 3rd place in Coast South Conference): The Jaguars finished last season two games under .500 and San Jose had a down season despite finishing third place in Coast South Conference action. San Jose missed the post season and with six players returning, the Jags appear to be in the mix and have a chance to make an improvement for the upcoming season.

Returnees: The Jaguars return six players from thier squad that picked up 12 wins last season. Leading the list of returnees for San Jose is sophomore Jonell Burton. The ”6-4” wing averaged 16.7 points and 6.5 rebounds last season for the Jaguars. Burton scored 20 points or more 10 times last season. “6-1” Kameron Vales returns for his sophomore campaign after averaging 14.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists last season for the Jaguars. “5-10” Zachary Fleming, “6-1” Malcolm Williams, “6-4” John Cenzer, “6-3” Ryan Brice and “5-8” Daron Burgess will provide sophomore experience for the Jaguars.

Newcomers: San Jose will welcome in some newcomers for the upcoming season. “6-0” Marcus Drake (Santa Teresa HS), “5-9” Amir Brodie (S. San Francisco HS), “6-4” Kobe Foster (Central HS), “6-3” Kendall Watson (Santa Teresa HS), and Jamie Arias were all listed on the showcase roster for the upcoming 2017-2018 season.

Projection: San Jose is another team that could finish in the upper half of the conference as Jonell Burton and Kameron Vales give the Jaguars a solid back court. The Jaguars will be in the mix and be another team that could challenge Cabrillo at the top of the Coast South Conference standings.


West Valley (6-20 overall, 4-8 5th place in Coast South Conference)

Returnees: The Vikings will return one player from last seasons team that went 6-20 a year ago. “6-2” Brandon Sanders returns for his sophomore season after averaging 5.7 points and 2.9 rebounds last season for the Vikings.

Newcomers: The Vikings will welcome in two transfers to bring in sophomore experience for the 2017-2018 campaign. “6-4” Delvon Nisby is coming from Merritt College and “5-10” Robert Noland is coming in from Skyline Junior College and both players will bring sophomore experience to West Valley this season. “6-1” Christian Mejia (Milpitas HS), “6-1” Devante Johnson (Hardin-Jefferson HS), and “6-0” Ken Opamuratawongse (Choate Hall Prep) will be freshmen that will be looked to contribute this season.

Projection: The Vikings will be a very inexperienced team for the upcoming season as West Valley returns only one player from a year ago. West Valley will be a team that we could see improve as the season moves forward but will it be enough to finish in the upper half of the Coast South Conference.


Standout players that played last season in the Coast South Conference

”6-2” Marcus Wallace (Monterey), “6-6” Deshawnte Collins (Monterey), ”5-7” Elijah Nesbit (Monterey), “6-0” Isaiah King-Halsey (Monterey), “6-0” Tynan Velasquez (Cabrillo), “6-7” Linton Acliese (Cabrillo), Kameron Vales (San Jose), Jonell Burton (San Jose), Jesse Hurtado (Hartnell), Nemanja Rajic (De Anza)


2017-2018 Coast South Conference Projection 

1. Cabrillo

2. Monterey

3. San Jose

4. Gavilan

5. De Anza

6. West Valley

7. Hartnell

This 2017-2018 season in the Coast South Conference should be an interesting race. It appears it is going to be a three team race at the top of the standings. Cabrillo returns to solid standouts and are the defending champions as the Seahawks won 20 games a year ago and were the lone team to make the post season. Monterey and San Jose seem like two teams that are going to challenge the Seahawks as both teams return a lot of experience and are looking to overtake Cabrillo this season and looking to make a post season push. The wildcard in the conference could be the improvement of Gavilan who could make a jump into the top half of conference. De Anza finished second place last season and return some solid role players from a year ago. The Dons are deeper than last season and could easily make a push towards the top of conference this upcoming season. West Valley and Hartnell appear to be staring up at the others within conference, but both teams will look to stay competitive and make some noise in the 2017-2018 season.