Some of Southern California's finest high school football and basketball players will compete in the Pepsi Grid-Hoops Festival beginning today at noon and concluding Saturday at El Camino College.
Although Banning High will not return to defend its title in the football passing tournament, the 24-team field is highlighted by powers Carson and El Toro. Banning dropped out Wednesday because Coach Joe Dominguez felt he needed more time to develop his young quarterbacks.
"It's a great opportunity for the teams to have a lot of fun, and for us to get a look at who's out there this year," said Andy Bark of Cal-Hi Sports magazine. "There's a lot of talent in Southern California."
Among that talent in the seven-on-seven tournament are quarterbacks Joe Walsh of Carson, Rob Johnson of El Toro, and Chad Davis of Torrey Pines.