2/12/2016

Greenfield boys hoops

 There may not be a better story this winter than the resurgence of the Bruins, a program that was winless last year -- 0-21 with virtually the same cast of characters on the court today.
 Greenfield took its lumps. Growing pains were expected with such a young group. No one, however,  expected to go winless.
 You can make an argument that it's fueled the Bruins, who have nine wins this season. Or, perhaps this team just believes in each other.
 This is a lunch pale group that doesn't stop working.
  Frankie Pacheco and Sabian Jackson have been double-double machines in big games this winter while Andrew Villagomez has dropped 45 3-point goals and is averaging nearly 14 points a game.
 Add guard Rafa Santibanez into the mix and Greenfield has four players averaging around 10 points a game. Guess what? Three of them will be back next season.
 The biggest difference is the Bruins have more than doubled last year's entire point total. In fact they  are averaging 17 points more a game this season in Mission Trail Athletic League play.
  While beating Soledad was a confidence builder, defeating Stevenson -- a State Northern California Division V qualifier last year -- was a signature win for a program on the rise.

Notre Dame-Monterey soccer

 Don't be mislead by records going in the opposite direction.
 Monterey gave Pacific Division leader Notre Dame all it could handle in a 2-1 loss on Jan. 20.
 For the winless Toreadores, this is their playoff game as they will attempt to keep Notre Dame from winning the Pacific Division and remaining undefeated in league play.
 The Spirits (9-0-0) are the only team in the Pacific Division with no losses or ties. A win will give them their second league title in three years.
 Five different players have four or more goals for Notre Dame, including Kate Riordan, who has a team leading six.
 The Spirits, who produced 13 goals last year, have 30 this season. Goalie Ali Maestri is closing in on 200 saves in the cage.