Mater Dei High School, winner of the past five Valencia basketball tournaments, has ended its association with that event and instead has entered the Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor tournament, which begins Dec. 1 at Costa Mesa and Newport Harbor high schools.
Mater Dei, the defending Division I state champion, returns forwards Kevin Rembert and Char Ruppel and guard Mike Hopkins from last year's 31-1 team. The Monarchs are the tournament's top-seeded team, but Saddleback will receive the first-round bye. Mater Dei is scheduled to face co-host Newport Harbor in a first-round game.
Other top players who will compete in the four-day tournament include Gylan Dottin (Saddleback), Brett Pagett (Los Alamitos), Steve Stolzoff (University), and Kenny Bennett and Ari Buford (La Quinta).
The championship game is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in Costa Mesa's gymnasium.
The first-round pairings:
At Costa Mesa: 4:40 p.m.--Costa Mesa vs. Eisenhower; 6:20--Estancia vs. Mayfair; 8--Mater Dei JV vs. Los Alamitos. Saddleback, bye.
At Newport Harbor: 3 p.m.--University vs. Miraleste; 4:40--La Quinta vs. Glenn; 6:20--San Marcos vs. La Quinta JV; 8--Mater Dei vs. Newport Harbor.