The season is less than a month away. Let’s get the chatter started with some things to ponder heading into the season.
1. Will De La Salle win a sixth straight title?
The short answer is probably. The Spartans, believe it or not, were a relatively young team last year. Sure, they graduate some key seniors, but they also return a lot of key players. Plus they are always deep, and by February are as close a unit as you will find.
2. What other teams can challenge the Spartans?
I believe San Ramon Valley has a good chance to challenge this year, as does Pittsburg. Of course, Monte Vista, Cal and Richmond have a chance to challenge as well.
3. Who is the best player in the East Bay?
Tata Ayala, and I think it will be by a good margin. I wonder if there will be another Erik Montes, a guy who both scores and assists.
4. How about Division II?
Campolindo made an unexpected run to the title game last year, and this year they return nearly the entire team. I have to think they are a heavy favorite this year.
5. Which teams could rise up to challenge?
Some unexpected teams could include Castro Valley, Antioch, Deer Valley, Livermore, Kennedy-Fremont, Alameda and San Lorenzo.