There's so much talent at Sacramento High that the top-ranked Dragons continue to win even when a key player is injured.
Last season it was wing Allie Green, who missed her junior year with a knee injury as the Dragons won their second consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Division III championship.
This year it's senior guard Casey Williams.
Williams, who has signed with Fullerton State, won't play for the Dragons because of a right shoulder injury. Surgery is scheduled today.
But Sacramento has shown its depth in its 4-0 start, which includes a 58-42 win over Brookside Christian of Stockton in the championship game of the St. Hope Classic on Dec. 8. Brookside is the defending CIF state Division V champion.
Dragons junior guard Chaya Durr, the Metro Conference MVP in girls volleyball, has been impressive in basketball, too, averaging 16 points.
Pepperdine-bound Green is scoring in double figures, while 6-foot-4 Ayanna Edwards continues to develop into one of the section's most dominant shot blockers and rebounders. Coach Michele Massari says Edwards is a college recruiting target, not just for her size and athleticism but also her strong grades.
Junior guard Zonyia Cormier (7.9 points, 2.8 steals last season) also returns and 6-2 senior Breanna Garrett, the sister of former Sacramento High star and current Santa Clara player Robert Garrett, provides depth inside.
Sacramento will play in this weekend's Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, then Dec. 27-31 in the West Coast Jamboree in Antioch. The Dragons open league play Jan. 4 at No. 7 Florin.
Titan recruits College recruiters are spending a lot of time at Antelope High School these days.
Gabe Bealer, a 6-5 wing, and Isaiah Ellis, a 6-6 forward-wing, are getting looks and offers from a number of mid-major schools, but it's not just the boys who are being watched.
Isaiah's twin, 6-1 Tyler, averages 20 points and 18 rebounds for the girls team.
Isaiah and Tyler have talked about attending the same college; girls coach Sean Chambers says Sacramento State is the only school so far to offer scholarships to both.
Multi-talented Mustang No. 12 Monterey Trail, the defending Delta Valley Conference champions, are off to a 6-2 start, and a lot of credit goes to 5-5 senior guard Qiana Levy.
The returning all-league player leads the team in scoring (17.6 points) and rebounding (6.3) and is second in steals (5.4) and assists (4.3).
Coach Louie Corpuz, who has worked with her since seventh grade, said Levy is a phenomenal student and a leader on and off the court, finds time to work as a volunteer coach at Edward Harris Jr. Middle School and is in Monterey Trail's Impulse Dance Company.
Miners on the move Nevada Union ended No. 8 Del Oro's 63-game Sierra Foothill League winning streak last season. Now the No. 13 Miners hope to stop Del Oro's eight-year reign as league champions, too.
The Miners, 9-3, won the Napa Wine Country Tournament on Saturday, beating Morro Bay 52-38 in the championship game behind Nicole Lierly's 18 points.
Nevada Union has three challenging home games coming up: No. 20 Colfax on Thursday, No. 3 Christian Brothers on Saturday and No. 12 Monterey Trail on Jan. 4.