Basketball team has high ambition
By Hector Trujillo
With three games already under its belt, the Scripps Ranch High School mens varsity basketball team looks for another standout season after finishing first in Eastern League last year along with a 17-12 record overall.
“We’ve gone from Division 3 to Division 1 now, so we’re really excited about that jump,” said head coach Brock Flint. “It means a lot of things such as stiffer competition, so our goal is to rise to that level and try to win a CIF championship in Division 1.”
The 2022-23 season had several Division 1 and 2 opponents on the schedule including Mission Hills and Cathedral Catholic, which helped the team get an idea of what to expect this time around. The Falcons are led by the talents of senior guard and co-captain Kai Brown who averaged 17 points per game last season; along with the experience of senior co-captain Rowen Wimmer and junior shooting guard Sawyer Flint, who can make shots from anywhere on the court.
“We also have a really exciting sophomore class,” Flint said. “It gives us a strong future and we’re looking forward to not only this year but the years to come with that class.”
Among the games that are circled on the calendar in terms of being the toughest are the ones against Lincoln High School, University City High and Coronado High School, all of which come one after another to kick off 2024. Scripps Ranch will also be host its first basketball tournament the week of Thanksgiving called The King of The North against area schools. The teams include Cathedral Catholic High, Poway High, Rancho Bernardo High and Mira Mesa High. The Falcons will also be playing in two other tournaments: one at San Marcos and one at Torrey Pines – both taking place in December.
“Our offense is something that I’ve created from a couple of different offenses. We’re just taking it deeper,” Flint said. “I think we’re getting better at it and, as they’ve been learning it, we’ve been able to take it to different levels.”
This is Flint’s fourth season at the helm of the varsity team.