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Campolindo boys basketball was ready to repeat as state champions in 2020, reaching the state championship game last season for the second time in a row until the COVID-19 outbreak canceled the state championship game.
A year later, Campolindo is still waiting to get back on the hardwood.
“It’s tough,” said Campolindo head coach Steven Dyer. “A lot of guys are doing their own thing and can’t really do anything at school, but hopefully when we get to the red tier we can get back into the gym.”
The Cougars are loaded from top to bottom with talent, which has Dyer excited for his fifth season at campolindo.
“We were always talented when I took over five years ago,” Dyer said. “I feel we were a couple years ahead of what I thought we could be when we won the state title two years ago.”
There is an abundance of talent in both the 2021 and 2022 classes at Campolindo. The two leaders of this talented squad are seniors Emmanuel Callas and Chase Bennett.
These two seniors were a part of the state championship in 2019.
“It’s been a rough time for the team, but they are both working to get better everyday and keep the team together,” Dyer said.
As for the junior class, it is led by Aidan Mahaney, Matt Radell and Cade Bennett. Mahaney is a four-star recruit on 247 Sports and has received offers from Stanford, Arizona, the University of San Francisco and more.
While Mahaney’s recruiting process seems to be going smoothly even during the pandemic, Dyer said it has maken hard on others.
“It’s definitely affecting guys like Emmanuel Callas, who I know can play at the next level in Division I, but with college players getting an extra year and the transfer portal it makes his future unsure,” Dyer said.
Basketball coaches across the Bay Area like Dyer are trying hard to get these kids back on the court. These coaches have been having Zoom meetings together to get organized and see how they can get their kids back on the court. During one of these Zoom meetings, there was the idea of playing outdoors, which is reminiscent of the “Carrier Classic” when North Carolina matched up against Michigan State on the USS Carl Vinson.
It’s probably not ideal for coach Dyer and his players, but it’s an option for the Campolindo Cougars.
“It would just depend,” Dyer said. “Would have to know more details to make a decision on that like when games are and what type of court it is.”
All in all, this team is very talented all across the board. This group of upperclassmen have experienced the success of winning a state championship while keeping that motivation to get back there the following year. This group has left a strong legacy at Campolindo, and these players hope they can get a few more games in at Campolindo this year.
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