Corona del Sol is the only remaining unbeaten 5A boys basketball team in the state after the Aztecs won the McClintock Holiday Shootout last week at McClintock High.
The Aztecs, the top-ranked team in 5A Division I, improved to 14-0 with their 75-60 win over 5A Central Region rival Desert Vista in the McClintock final. Desert Vista is now 13-2. McClintock, which is off to a 2-0 start in 4A-I Desert Sky Region, took third in the tourney and is 13-4 overall.
All three coaches of those schools played at Corona del Sol under longtime coach Sammy Duane Sr. in the mid- to late 1980s — current Corona coach Sammy Duane Jr., Desert Vista coach Doug Harris and McClintock coach Brian Fleming.
The Duane proteges in the tournament didn’t end with that trio.
Basha coach Matt Strom was an assistant under Duane Jr. at Mesquite. Matt Strom’s brother, Andy, also played at Corona and is currently the junior varsity coach and varsity assistant under Duane Jr. Andy Strom got his coaching start from Sammy Duane Sr.
Kamp, Pedersen on the mend:
Mountain View junior center Harper Kamp played in five of the Toros’ eight tournament games in Hawaii and at McClintock over the holiday break.
Kamp played in the final three games in Hawaii and the first two at McClintock, gradually building up playing time from a broken bone in his right foot.
During the McClintock tournament game against Desert Vista, Kamp felt a twinge in the foot and came out of the game. He didn’t play the final two games of the tournament.
Coach Gary Ernst said Kamp had the foot X-rayed and the results were better than the previous X-ray early last month.
Mountain View (10-3) faces Yuma on Friday in a nonregion game. Ernst hopes Kamp can be ready to play again at that time and gradually build up minutes in the coming weeks with region play starting Jan. 10.
Red Mountain standout junior post player Kayla Pedersen missed three of the Mountain Lions’ four games in the Bay Area at the West Coast Jamboree last week.
Pedersen, one of the most versatile players in the Valley, became ill with a temperature of 102 when the team arrived in the Bay Area. Pedersen, another player and coach Martin Appel’s wife were taken to a hospital emergency room and treated for viral infections and flulike symptoms.
Other players also were feeling the effects of the flu during the course of Red Mountain’s two weeks of tournament play. Pedersen played in Red Mountain’s final game of the tournament and scored 18 points.
Pedersen is back and healthy and ready to resume nonregion play this week. Red Mountain was 2-2 in the tournament and 9-4 for the season.
High roller in Vegas: Mountain View junior guard Brooke Jackson helped the Toros to a 4-1 record in the Centennial Lady Bulldog Christmas Tournament in Las Vegas last week.
Jackson averaged 24.6 points a game and netted 43 against Reno Galena, the top 4A team in Nevada. Mountain View (13-4) hosts Highland on Wednesday night.