Posted by long time cypress fan on January 14, 2020 at 21:00:11:
In Reply to: Re: League Title posted by Just a Thought on December 18, 2019 at 12:37:12:
: : : : : : : : : : : : The Empire league is trash this year even worse than it was last year.
: : : : : : : : : : : : Crean has the most talent, cypress plays hard but has no talent. Kennedy is kennedy, pacifica is not good, tustin is not good and valencia is not good.
: : : : : : : : : : : : This is not a good basketball league anymore
: : : : : : : : : : : What a great take. Compared to what? You have really added some meaningful content. Crean could have been top 5 in the county if they had kept Coach Beatty, who had it rolling with a young team. The new coach is building his program, but in my opinion private schools should be in private school leagues.
: : : : : : : : : : : The other schools get who shows up. Cypress is coming off of a great year where they graduated their best players, Tustin is as well coached as any team in the county, Kennedy is better. The public schools have to try and do less with more all the way around. Hopefully life lessons are being taught and learned. Nothing better than playing on a team with your friends.
: : : : : : : : : : That's a very good take. Well said. Nice to see someone with some knowledge chime in, rather than the first idiot. As far as league goes, he says "it is worse than last year", well Crean went to semis, Cypress had best year ever, Pacifica won 19 games and went to 2nd rd.of CIF, Tustin and Valencia were solid as usual. Kennedy was down, I will give you that. This year there is more parity, as everyone lost a lot of key guys from last year. It goes in cycles, unless you are Crean or other privates who just reload. This year, Crean and Cypress should be 1 and 2 in some order. Tustin,Valencia, and Pacifica have good records but are playing nobody. When any of them have played good teams, they lost. Pacifica is way down. Kennedy is surprisingly good. Can get 3rd.
: : : : : : : : : This is the year for Kennedy! It their destiny. Crean will be good because they can go get whomever they want. Cypress...players are not the same as they once were. Kennedy returns their top 7 guys who all got major minutes with an 8 game win streak. They get no respect! Just wait, they will run this league.
: : : : : : : : Kennedy is good. I agree with you..to a point. Yes, they are much improved. But I think you are jumping the gun a bit. I don't think night in and night out over 10 games they can beat Crean and Cypress for 1st or 2nd. Look who Cypress has played and Crean too. Much better teams. The next tier in my opinion is Tustin,Valencia, Pacifica. Tustin can beat Kennedy, Valencia can too. Pacifica seems way down, but an a given night get Kennedy once. I still feel Kennedy will not be top 3. Could get 4th at 5-5.Just my opinion,but a valid one if I say so myself.
: : : : : : : The league should be wide open this year. Some teams are improved, some are down. Iíve seen Cypress play, itís the weakest team theyíve had in the past 10 years. They lost a lot to graduation.
: : : : : : Donít look now but Kennedy is 10-2. After starting 0-2. Different atmosphere there now. They will not be an easy win for anyone, including Cypress.
: : : : : Nothing has changed. Cypress still owns this league. Coach Mitchell will beat everybody.
: : : : Who is the strongest opponent for Kennedy this season? Are either of them better than Crean?
: : : Their best win is over Santa Fe, who is usually good,but seems down this year as they are 4-7 right now. Crean has played a much better schedule clearly.
: : The Public league schools in the North County do well with coaches who have a system and commitment from their players. The most successful have been Canyon, Sonora, & Villa Park (I know, I know).
: : The Empire league is no different. You have Boss who is head of the class at Tustin and Mitchell at Cypress is probably 2nd. Crean plays by different rules. Yosh always has his kids ready to compete. Friedman needs to stop teaching zone and Kennedy's coach idk about him.
: : Isn't that always the order???
: : 1-3 Top 3 coaches?
: If your going to talk about the coaches, give credit where credit is due. Mitchell isn't that great of a coach. All he has done is take Jeff Russell's system that has been in place for over 10 years and continue it. Russell should get the credit for the system. And give the JV coach, Josh, credit for getting the kids from other areas to go to Cypress with his Jr. High travel team. It's just like youth sports now days. Guys who coach all-star teams, then pull the kids out of the leagues and just go play travel ball with them. It's real easy to coach all-star caliber players, anybody can do that. When Mitchell starts winning with just Cypress kids, I will give him credit.
Cypress, just beat Crean Lutheran by 12. Coach Mitchell has added so much to this program. If I remember correctly his first year coaching under Coach Russ he went undefeated. He doesn't coach the same way as Coach Russ. He plays fast. He doesn't slow the game down to run plays. You don't need to give him credit Steve Fryer Did last year. He got the coach of the year award. People who have been around see what he has done. Thank you Coach Mitchell for all you have done. Keep up the good work. Keep getting better and better.
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