High school basketball fans, mark your calendars. I haven’t looked at any schedules for this season yet, but Dec. 22 will have to rank as one of the top matchups you’ll see before the postseason. Moreau Catholic is hosting the first Catholic School Winter Classic at Cal State East Bay. I’ll provide the full lineup — and there are several good games — but the nightcap is a doozy. Salesian vs. Archbishop Mitty. Yep, two defending state champions. Two favorites to represent NorCal in this year’s new Open Division state championship game. Oh and possibly the two best players in all of California in Salesian’s Jabari Bird and Mitty’s Aaron Gordon. Here’s the full lineup.
Noon: Central Catholic-Modesto vs. St. Elizabeth
1:30 p.m.: Moreau Catholic vs. Archbishop Riordan-San Francisco
3 p.m.: St. Mary’s-Stockton vs. St. Francis-Mountain View
4:30 p.m.: St. Patrick-St. Vincent vs. Sacred Heart Prep-Atherton
6 p.m.: St. Joseph Notre Dame vs. Serra-San Mateo
7:30 p.m.: Salesian vs. Archbishop Mitty-San Jose
Admission is $10, $7 for kids ages 6-17. 5 and under are free.