Once again Saints is looking forward to an exciting year as it looks to make history in San Diego for the ’23-’24 season. Last year Saints repeated as CIF Open Division Champions with a dominant run through the regular season and playoffs. It was the first time in San Diego history that a school won back-to-back Open Division basketball titles. Saints beat Montgomery High School 85-53 to win last year’s CIF crown for its 4th Open Division title in five trips to the finals (both totals are the most in San Diego for any basketball program). Saints has not lost to a San Diego team since December of the 2021 season.
Coming out of Christmas break last year Saints was challenged with a tough schedule in two national tournaments, the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas, and the Torrey Pines tournament locally. Saints advanced to the championship game of the National Division of the Torrey tournament. In an exciting game against St. John’s of Washington DC, Saints eventually lost to the Cadets 71-65. The schedule sharpened the Saintsmen as they won the Western League for the 16th time in school history with a 10-0 record. Saints finished the year #1 in San Diego for the second year in a row, and #7 in the state, after beating a tough West Ranch (63-60) team in a state playoff game at home, and then losing to perennial power Corona Centennial (89-67) on the road. Saints finished the year with a 28-5 record.
This year Saints highlights returning varsity team members in senior Lolo Rudolph (a Cal St. Fullerton signee) and senior Ian de la Rosa as well as sophomore Jaden Bailes, and junior Manny Cortez. Lolo and Ian were All-CIF performers last season. Highlights on this year’s schedule include the Tarkanian Classic and Torrey Pines Holiday Classic in December. Saints has also been invited to two prestigious showcase events in Los Angeles. The first event is the Coastal Catholic Classic which will be held at Crypto.com arena on January 6 (vs Loyola of LA) and the second is the NIKE Extravaganza at Mater Dei Santa Ana on January 27 (vs JSerra). For a complete varsity schedule please visit maxpreps.com.