December 8, 2011
Sheldon to face nationally ranked Mitty of San Jose in Livermore

Sheldon boys basketball coach Joey Rollings, continuing his history of ambitious scheduling, will pit his Huskies against national power Archbishop Mitty 6 p.m. on Saturday at Los Positas College in Livermore.

Mitty (2-0) is the defending CIF state and NorCal Division II champions and ranked No. 17 nationally by USA Today. The Monarchs' Aaron Gordon, a 6-foot-7 power forward, is one of the nation's top junior recruits.

It's just one of a number of challenges for The Bee No. 2 Huskies (3-1) before entering the competitive Delta River League that includes top-ranked Jesuit, No. 6 Pleasant Grove and No. 11 Oak Ridge.

"We're going to play 13 of the 20 top-ranked teams in Northern California," Rollings said.

After challenging Mitty, the two-time defending Sac-Joaquin Section D-I champions will play host to No. 4 Franklin on Wednesday, then head to the National Prep Classic Dec. 20-23 in Santa Maria. The Huskies close out 2011 by playing in the Dec. 27-30 ESPN Holiday Classic in Torrey Pines.

The Huskies will have a rematch with O'Dowd Jan. 21 at Newark Memorial High School and face Salesian of Richmond, the defending D-IV NorCal champs, Feb. 4 at Sheldon. The game will be played one day after the Huskies host Jesuit in a league game.

Berkeley will play Feb. 7 at Sheldon.

Rollings had mixed feelings about his team's performance in last weekend's Father Barry Christmas Classic at Jesuit.

He said the Huskies didn't play well and shot poorly in beating St. Ignatius of San Francisco 67-44 and losing 87-73 to Strake Jesuit of Houston, Texas, but played better in downing Bishop O'Dowd 73-65 for third place. O'Dowd is the two-time defending D-III NorCal champs.



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