Catholic School Winter Classic on Dec. 22

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.


Jimmy Durkin

Jimmy Durkin is a sports writer for the Bay Area News Group.

  • Crawford

    No De La Salle?

  • My guess is perhaps De La Salle’s schedule was already full between their own tourney, playing in the Fab50 Gulfshore Invitational in Florida and the MLK Classic. Speaking of the MLK Classic, it looks like Salesian and DLS will go head to head in that showcase in the 5:30 game.

  • hoops

    It would be great to actually have a 3 day tournament every year with DLS O’Dowd Salesian Mitty Serra etc.The best 8 programs.The problem is one good team would walk away with 3 losses and 3 good teams would have 2 losses.The way everybody is so concerned with the post season,the possiblity of all those losses probably eliminates some teams.Sad because this would be the best tournament in Nor Cal.

  • ARHS Stats

    6 to 9 of these teams all played in the Catholic Athletic League at some point in the history of the school.

    And I only know 2 of the schools did not compete in the C.A.L. at some point.

  • MVAL Watcher

    Looks like a great field! I could actually see myself coming at 3pm and staying till the 7:30 night cap. Im Sure CSEB will sell out for that one!

  • Oh Boy

    Where is O’Dowd? Where is De La Salle? Where is St. Ignatius?

    I love this idea and this will be great (especially Salesian-Mitty). But when I’m thinking Bay Area catholic school basketball you have to include BOD and DLS.

  • Hoop Scoop

    Oh Boy….. I think Durkin probably hit it on the head in post #2. Scheduling conflicts probably lead BOD, De La and SI to not be involved as you said its hard to believe that they weren’t on the shortlist when the games were being scheduled.. Its suppose to be an annual event so maybe they can get on those teams earlier and lock them in for year 2.

    Either way its a great Idea, the line up looks great and I will be in attendance. It would be good to at least see De La Salle and BOD in it the following year.

  • hoopstar 2013

    Can’t wait to see that kid Jalen Canty from St Pat’s..
    I heard he was the real deal ..

  • Dub B

    Don’t sleep on the Freshman’s from Moreau Point guard Simmons and Forward Fryer are the TRUTH…

  • Hoop Scoop

    Will there be a preview on this catholic classic in the trib? Looks like a good slate of games…. will they do presage tickets?