South Fork Boys Lose in NCS First Round to End Season
Unable to get any kind of scouting report on St. Elizabeth, head coach Todd Vandenack prepared for everything he could, but was surprised by the pace set by the home side. “They sped us up even more than Hoopa and ran a man-to-man press that caused a lot of turnovers,” said Vandenack. “We just couldn’t get any good looks or get the ball inside because they were pressuring us so much on the outside.”
Down by just a point at halftime the Cubs faltered in the 3rd quarter, giving up 21 points. Vandenack added, “They had a couple good players and made some 3’s, but it was their defense that made the difference in the game.”
Junior Roberto Navarrete led Cubs scorers with 14 points, including four 3-pointers. He was followed by junior Scott Coffelt who preferred to come off the bench and “did a great job for us,” scoring 13 points. Junior CJ Van Meter had ten points. The team’s only senior, Justin Michael, had 8 points and sophomore Cooper Scott had five.
South Fork 9 17 14 10 50
St. Elizabeth 18 9 21 14 64
St. Elizabeth went on to lose in the next round to top seeded Rio Lindo 66-42.With only Michael graduating in June, the Cubs will return seven varsity players to the squad next season, including Jayden Paine, who was a jv standout and a helpful contributor to the varsity team down the stretch. Vandenack plans to keep the boys playing in summer leagues to build on the strong chemistry they developed this year as well as to keep up their skills and fitness.
Looking back on a successful season, Vandenack is most proud of defeating Ferndale twice and beating four Division 6 teams in a row at the early-season Calistoga tournament. The Cubs finished 12-16 overall, 10-7 against fellow Division 6 schools, and 2-4 in Humboldt Del Norte Little Four Conference play.