Dana Hills junior point guard Grady Yould dribbles around a teammate during practice. Photo: Steve Breazeale
Dana Hills junior point guard Grady Yould dribbles around a teammate during practice. Photo: Steve Breazeale

By Steve Breazeale

Last Season: Dana Hills won the Sea View League title and advanced to the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1AA playoffs.

Players to Watch: Parker Romo, Grady Yould, Grant Marocchi, Cole Goudge and Louis Selstad.

Circle ‘em: Season opens with an appearance in the Diablo Inferno Tournament at Mission Viejo High School (12/1-6), followed by an interesting nonleague game with Tesoro (1/14). League games against rival San Clemente (1/23, 2/12).

Outlook:

Over the past two seasons, the Dana Hills boys basketball team won games behind the ability of their big men in the paint. They focused on a post-oriented half-court offense and wore teams down with their size and strength on defense.

The 2014 version of the Dolphins will break the mold that has defined their style of play in recent years.

The Dolphins lost their core group of players that had been on varsity since their sophomore season, and return a handful of players who happen to be guards. With no dominant size on the roster and an excess of guards, the Dolphins will look to push the tempo and wear teams down in a different way.

Leading the charge will be the Dolphins returning junior point guard Grady Yould and junior shooting guard Parker Romo—the two Dolphins who boast considerable varsity experience.

Newcomers Nate Hernandez and Kian Ashoubi, along with Romo, will make up a group that can shoot from the perimeter.

Down low, the Dolphins will rely on 6-foot-6-inch senior center Grant Marocchi.

At the forward spots, senior Louis Selstad and Mater Dei transfer Cole Goudge add versatility. Goudge has to sit out for 30 days due to transfer eligibility requirements, but will be an integral part of the team when he is cleared, Desiano said.

The Dolphins forward unit is not especially tall, and they all boast the ability to step out and knock down 3-pointers, including Marocchi.

“We’re more up-tempo. We’ll try to create more possessions. We’re going to get up and down the floor and shoot the three a lot more than we did in the last couple of years, because we have the kids who can do it,” Desiano said.

After two consecutive years that saw them finish runner-up and then claim the Sea View League title, respectively, the team will be making the move to the South Coast League this season.

Season Schedule

Date                Opponent                                Location, Time

12/1-6               Diablo Inferno Tourn.              Mission Viejo, TBA

12/10                Laguna Beach                            Laguna Beach, 7 p.m.

12/12                Laguna Hills                               DHHS, 7 p.m.

12/15-20          Irvine World News Tourn.       Irvine, TBA

12/23                Valencia                                       El Toro, 12 p.m.

12/26-30         Maxpreps Holiday Classic       TBA, TBA

1/9*                  Mission Viejo                             DHHS, 7 p.m.

1/14                  Tesoro                                         THS, 7 p.m.

1/16*                Aliso Niguel                               DHHS, 6:30 p.m.

1/17                  Elsinore                                      DHHS, 6:30 p.m.

1/21*                El Toro                                        ETHS, 7 p.m.

1/23*               San Clemente                             SCHS, 7 p.m.

1/30*               Mission Viejo                             MVHS, 7 p.m.

2/4                   Trabuco Hills                             DHHS, 7 p.m.

2/6*                 Aliso Niguel                               ANHS, 7 p.m.

2/10*               El Toro                                        DHHS, 7 p.m.

2/12*               San Clemente                             DHHS, 7 p.m.

*–denotes league game

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