The last time Dave Kleckner was seen on the basketball sideline, he celebrated Etiwanda’s victories over the Chatsworth Sierra Canyon and Torrey Pines to win the CIF Open Division Southern California Regional Championship last June. After spending the summer in Chicago with his family, Kleckner teaches his die-hard defense to a new group of players.
The Eagles opened their season in the Battle Zone tournament at Corona Centennial on Friday, sailing to a 64-32 win over Corona Santiago. It was vintage etiwanda. The players took two loading fouls and forced a 35-second clock violation. Meanwhile, 6-foot-6 junior Curtis Williams scored 19 points and senior guard Jacob Barcelo made four threes to finish with 18 points.
Corona Centennial 72, Sheldon 51: Jared McCain scored 18 points for the defending champion of the Southern Section Open Division.
Fairfax 84, Verbum Dei 28: The Lions opened with an easy win in St. Monica. David Mack scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds, nine assists and nine steals. Tyler Bey added 18 points.
Taft 71, St. Paul 68: Isaiah Lewis had 17 points and Nick Ramos scored 16 for Taft.
Loyola 63, Oak Park 50: Jalen Cox finished the tournament in Providence with 23 points for Loyola.
Sierra Canyon 84, San Ysidro 70: Kijani Wright had 21 points for the Trailblazers, who got good news when transfer guard Mike Price was immediately approved by the Southern Section.
JSerra 74, Cosumnes Oaks 52: Rob Diaz made eight threes and finished with 35 points for JSerra.
Village Christian 53, St. Francis 52: The Crusaders made the surprise behind Thomas Luczak, who had 14 points.
Santa Clarita Christian 90, Saugus 89: It took double the overtime to make this decision. Davis White scored 39 points for Saugus.
Los Altos 93, Gahr 72: CJ Bellamy finished with 35 points for Los Altos. Teammate Jazz Gardner had 21 points and 17 rebounds.
Brentwood 65, Valley Christian 60: Parker Turner had 19 points and MJ Coleman added 17 points and seven assists for Brentwood.
La Salle 56, Aquin 52: Second year Derek Peterson scored `19 points for La Salle.
Venice 60, Santa Monica 56: Joshua Hecht had 16 points for Santa Monica.
Damien 74, Orange Lutheran 61: Spivey Word had 21 points.
Camarillo 54, Westchester 44: The Scorpions could claim the championship in the City Section after successive victories against city favorites Palisades and Westchester. As usual, UCLA-affiliated Gabriella Jaquez led the lead with 29 points.
Marlborough 59, Palisades 44: Sydney Meskin made five threes and finished with 15 points for Palisades.