Davis tourney looks to be 'up tempo' ride

By: Mike Ray, Colfax Record Sports Editor
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The Colfax High boys basketball team figures to fasten their seat belts today when the Falcons tip off the Davis Invitational Tournament with a 7 p.m. game against the tournament host Blue Devils.

In a game that may turn into a track meet, the Falcons figure to have their hands full in slowing down a Blue Devils team that is off to a 6-2 start and averaging 93 points a game. But that’s only half the story.

A few years back Davis coach Dan Gonzalez installed an “up tempo” run-and-gun type offensive system that was devised in the Midwest at Grinnell College, a small Div. III institution in Iowa.

The “Grinnell System” incorporates a continual full-court press, a fast-paced offense, an emphasis on offensive rebounding, a barrage of three-point shots, and substitutions of five players at a time every 35 to 40 seconds.

So far this year, the Blue Devils have scored 100 or more points three different times and 90 or more on four other occassions. In one game, a 108-69 win over Natomas, Davis accumulated 103 points at the end of three quarters.

Both Davis losses have been by eyebrow-raising final scores: one was a 102-92 loss to undefeated Armijo and the other a 101-95 setback to Bella Vista. Last season in a 14-12 year, Davis attempted 1,143 three-point shots on the year and made 296.

In one of their wins this season, Davis put up an astonishing 54 three-point shots and made just 10 (10x54) for a 20 percent ratio but still won the game.  

In other first-round games today at the Davis Tournament, Christian Brothers meets Valley, Will C. Wood plays Center, and Chico, probably the best team in the North Section, takes on American Canyon of Vallejo.

Arnett Tourney nears

Speaking of basketball, the 72nd annual Kendall Arnett is just around 5he corner. The long-running tournament at Placer High is set for Dec. 27-29 with eight varsity and eight JV teams competing.

Among this year’s entries are Colfax, Bear River, Woodcreek, San Juan, El Camino, Union Mine, host Placer and defending champion Del Campo.

Brackets should be released sometime early next week.

Colfax High accepting Hall of Fame nominations

The Colfax High School Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for the 2013 induction class. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to honor exemplary alumni, faculty, coaches and community members who have made outstanding contributions to the school and/or society and to use their outstanding lives and careers as a positive example for current and future Colfax High School students. 

Nominees must have a record of demonstrated leadership, positive community involvement, and outstanding citizenship. There are three categories to which a person can be nominated and each has its own criteria.

A student/alumni/team must have graduated at least 10 years ago. A staff member/coach must have left the school at least five years. A community member/family nominee must have demonstrated exemplary contributions, significant impact, or dedicated service to Colfax High. 

Nomination forms are available in the school office or the Colfax High web page. For more information, call the principal’s office at 346-2284, ext. 2192.