JV boys place first in Potter Valley Tournament

Redwood Times

South Fork’s JV boys’ basketball team remained undefeated through a busy week winning a tournament in Potter Valley and dominating opponents in two non-league games.

The week started at home against Laytonville with a 44-15 win in which 11 players scored for the Cubs. "Lots of people are contributing in every game," says head coach Doug Moody." Moody especially liked sophomore Austin Rivers’ performance against Laytonville. "He really played well for us in that game."

Laytonville 2 4 5 4 15

South Fork 20 3 10 11 44


On Tuesday the team traveled to Potter Valley and dominated again, 52-14. Moody picked out sophomore Danny Savoie, and freshmen Connor Messenger and Ethan Wolf for praise in the effort.

"Cale Lehman was also very good under the hoop, getting lots of rebounds," he added.

South Fork 11 13 17 11 52

Potter Valley 0 2 6 6 14


On Friday and Saturday the Cubs continued their winning ways rolling through the competition during their appearance at the annual Potter Valley tournament, never allowing double digits in any quarter and winning by no less than 14 over the three games played. Kevin Vandenack was named tournament MVP and Cole Moody and Armando Martinez were named to the all-tourney team.

South Fork’s first opponent was Point Arena. "We played well against a pretty good team. They’re starting to buy into the system," said Moody of his developing squad. Point guard Vandenack had 14 points, followed by Moody with 13 and Martinez with 6.

South Fork 10 12 9 16 47

Point Arena 8 7 9 7 31


The Cubs’ next victim was Sonoma Academy. "We were decent in this game," said Moody, characteristically stingy with the praise. "Everyone played and our defense was good." Vandenack again led the scoring with 11, Moody had 8, Grant Wick and Martinez both had six.

In the championship game Moody prepared his team for what he felt was going to be their first loss of the season after taking a look at Rincon Valley Christian, the other finalist. But again his team was dominant, winning by the biggest margin of the tourney, 49-27. "We’re sharing the ball well. No one is thinking about his own points out there." The team made 7 three-pointers, spread among the many who scored. "Cole Jacinto set the tone of the game for us," said Moody of his center, whose physicality at the post allowed the Cubs to succeed. Moody also had praise for sophomore Kyle Valk in the game. Moody led the scoring with 19, Martinez and Wick had 10 each and Vandenack had six.

South Fork 11 11 13 14 49

Rincon Valley 7 9 5 6 27


Moody attributes the team’s early season success to unselfish play and strong defense. "I’ve worked with these guys for awhile and they know how to play our defense. We can do a lot of different things with it and they know how to run it." Moody also likes to break the game down quarter by quarter and get victories in pieces. The Cubs have not lost a quarter all season.

This week the Cubs faced Potter Valley again at home last night (results not available at press time). Then they travel to Willits this weekend for another tournament where they expect to see some of the toughest competition they’ll get before league play starts after the first of the year.

photo captions:

1. Cole Moody and Armando Martinez received all-tourney and Kevin Vandenack was tournament MVP at the Potter Valley tournament.

2. South Fork’s JV boys with their first-place trophy.