KENTFIELD, CA: The boys varsity basketball team took a road trip to northern California after Christmas to compete in the Bambauer Tournament hosted by Marin Catholic High School.  The team ended up going 2-2 in the tournament, but more importantly were able to impress their hosts with great play and great sportsmanship.

“We lost to two northern California powerhouses – Central Catholic on Thursday and Junipero Serra on Saturday” said head Coach Jeff Dietz.  King defeated Urban High 61-42 and Arcata High, 76-55.

“Just a big thank you to Marin Catholic HS for running such a quality tournament” Dietz added.  “What a fun, welcoming group of people.  They helped make this a great experience for our team.”

The boys varsity basketball team pose in front of the world famous “curviest street” Lombard Street

Indeed, even the defeats could not veil the solid play the Wolves had in all four games or dull the luster on the tournament for King High.

“The boys really played some great basketball and made a lasting impression on the tournament with their hard play and positive demeanor” Dietz added.

“Throughout the week, I was stopped over and over again by coaches and spectators to be complimented on how hard our boys competed and what a great group they are.  This is a testament to the character of our program and our parents.  Wins and loses are important, but in the end being good people is true success.  This is an incredible group of guys  … I’m very proud.” Dietz crowed.

When the tournament closed, the directors awarded King with the Dick Barteau Team Sportsmanship Award.

Dwan Franklin was honored individually with  “All Tournament” distinction as well.

Along with the opportunity to see the famous sights of San Francisco, the boys basketball team enjoyed a tremendously successful trip.

The Boys Varsity Basketball team enjoys a night at San Francisco’s famous “Pier 39”

“What a first week of Winter break!” Dietz said.  He added with a smile, “I always think its ironic that it’s called a break because we’re all working!”

But given the accolades and accomplishments his team earned on their business trip, such “work” brings new meaning to the word “play”.