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Century League tough top to bottom
The strength of the Century League was on display Saturday when a total of four teams won tournament titles.
El Dorado defeated Cypress to win the Savanna Tournament, Foothill edged Westminster in the finals of the Garden Grove Tournament, Canyon defeated Los Alamitos for the South Coast Holiday Prep Classic title and Brea Olinda won the Eastside College Prep Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Palo Alto.
Now, the attention is turned back on each other. Century League play resumes Wednesday in the seven-team league.
How it will end up is anybody's guess.
"I always felt that the Century League was one of the toughest leagues, not only in the Orange County, but also in Southern California," Brea Olinda coach Kim Cram-Torres said. "Every year, the competition gets harder. Every game you have to play well and at a high level."
Brea Olinda is only team that has yet to play a league game. El Dorado and Foothill are both 2-0. Villa Park is 1-0.
"There is a good balance this year," Canyon coach Matt Dale said. "Last year, there was a great senior class in the league and no one team has that dominating lineup."
The top games this week in the league features Villa Park at No. 9 El Dorado on Friday and No. 4 Brea Olinda visiting Canyon on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Canyon was in the midst of a four-game losing streak when league play started last month. Since then, the Comanches have found some life.
"Hopefully, the team bonding (in San Diego) will help get us ready for league," Dale said.
•The roster looks a bit different, but Huntington Beach is halfway to the 20-victory plateau, an accomplishment that's been reached by the Oilers for seven consecutive years.
The young Oilers (with four freshman, three sophomores, two juniors) defeated San Ramon Valley of Danville, 56-34 in the finals of the Costa Mesa Winter Classic on Saturday.
"This is the youngest team I've coached in 21 years," Huntington Beach coach Russell McClurg said. "I have to be patients and take a couple of steps back in my approach, because the maturity level isn't there, but I'm happy that they're overachieving as a team.
"It is a young team, but they're doing a good job of learning the system."
Jill Nakaso, one of only two seniors on the roster, was selected the tournament MVP. Shescored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the finals.
The Oilers should get a boost from the return of junior guard Paola Roa, who was all-CIF last season. She has dealt with several injuries this season, including a sprained ankle and recently a broken nose.
•This week's top games: No. 5 JSerra at No. 1 Mater Dei, at 7 p.m., Thursday in the Trinity League opener for both teams. Also on Thursday, Woodbridge visits Sonora in a nonleague game at 7 p.m. and Fountain Valley visits Huntington Beach at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Mater Dei faces La Jolla Country Day in the Muscle Milk Invitational at Long Beach City College at 6:30 p.m.