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Mater Dei Catholic, Sweetwater pace Metro boys hoops teams in top 10 section rankings Phillip Brents | Fri, Jan 17 2014 01:45 PM

Could the Mater Dei Catholic and Sweetwater boys basketball teams be in line to win San Diego Section divisional championships this season?

At the midpoint of the 2013-14 campaign, both the Crusaders and Red Devils certainly have gained the respect of media members who compile the weekly rankings.

Sitting at No. 2 behind St. Augustine are the Crusaders with their 12-2 record through 14 games. Sweetwater occupies the No. 5 slot in the weekly top 10 section poll.

Both teams appear to deserve their current ranking.

Mater Dei Catholic captured the American Division title at the recent Under Armour Holiday Classic  while the Devils remained undefeated at 12-0 after defeating visiting Poway, 91-56, last Saturday.

Major movers and shakers for the two teams so far have been senior guards Iman Chatman for the Crusaders and Spencer Mattox for Sweetwater.

Chatman earned division MVP honors at the Under Armour Classic while Mattox scored a season high 38 points in SuHi’s South County-North County statement win against previously 10th-ranked Poway.


OTC track and field camp set
Two-time Olympian Jamie Nieto will hold his annual track and field camp at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center on Sunday, Jan. 12, from noon to 4 p.m. The clinic is open to elementary, junior high, high school, JUCO, college and university athletes and coaches.

This weekend’s camp is the fourth annual put on by Nieto, a two-time Olympic men’s high jumper. Cost is $75 per athlete and $75 per coach. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

The schedule includes the following: noon to 12:30 p.m. (introductions), 12:30-2  p.m. (warm-up/training), 2-2:30 p.m. (break and nutrition talk), 2:30-4 p.m. (question and answer session with athletes and coaches).Guest clinicians include Olympian Miki Barber (100-200m sprints), two-time Olympian Shevon Stoddart (400m hurdles), three-time All-American and 2012 Olympic Trials finalist Eric Werskey (shot put) and three-time Olympian and Asian champion Sandy Gao (pole vault).

Nieto, a four-time national champion, finished fourth at the 2004 Athens Summer Games and sixth at the 2012 London Summer Games. He has earned place-finishes in two Pan American Games — second in 2003 in the Dominican Republic and seventh in 2007 in Brazil.

Email JamieNieto@me.com for questions. A promotional video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/bRJvmIMdM4g.

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