Windward’s Skye Belker holds court docket in basketball and tennis

Princeton-bound senior guard Skye Belker of Los Angeles Windward Excessive has obtained approval to overlook her staff’s basketball recreation on Monday within the Redondo Union event. She’s not sick, she’s not injured, she’s not going again east on a recruiting journey.

She will probably be competing within the Southern Part particular person tennis championships in Carpinteria. She went 29-0 within the common season. If she’s profitable on Monday, extra video games may very well be missed this week.

Basketball coach Jerica Williams has given Belker the equal of a physician’s be aware, endorsing her choice to complete competing in a sport that she has cherished since hitting her first tennis ball at age 4.

“It’s bigger than basketball,” Williams mentioned. “She’s worked hard in both sports. What kind of coach would I be if I said, ‘Commit to this one’?”

Belker started her basketball season final week with a 22-point efficiency towards Studio Metropolis Harvard-Westlake. She has a 4.25 grade-point common and is sort of computerized on open three-point pictures. She’s been doing a balancing act the final couple of weeks between tennis and basketball.

“During our school block periods, I play tennis my free period,” she mentioned. “During weekends, I play tennis and basketball.”

She selected basketball to be her faculty sport as a result of “it’s a fun team sport.”

Her last tennis matches this week will probably be a time to reminisce.

Tennis has helped her basketball expertise, bettering her agility, psychological toughness and footwork.

Williams, in her first season at Windward, is hoping to convey out the perfect in Belker on the basketball court docket.

“I’ve only seen her a short period of time, but she’s definitely special and one of the hardest workers,” Williams mentioned. “The focus on her is to allow her to play free, get her teammates involved and get her ready to play at the next level.”

Belker, who was a teammate of Juju Watkins at Windward and performed below WNBA coach Vanessa Nygaard, mentioned Williams has already made an affect on gamers.

“I love she’s really organized and has a great fire that brings out the best in us,” Belker mentioned.

Will pupil and coach ever play a tennis match?

“She’d run circles around me,” Williams mentioned.

The Southern Part‘s competitive equity football playoffs sure didn’t pan out as aggressive within the Division 1 semifinals on Friday evening, with Santa Ana Mater Dei profitable 52-0 over Los Alamitos staff and Bellflower St. John Bosco cruising to a 41-6 win over Mission Viejo staff. In different phrases, let the talk start over why 9 groups have been put in a Division 1 bracket that clearly ought to have had solely two and on the most 4 if aggressive fairness was the mission.

So now we get the good rematch of Mater Dei (12-0) vs. St. John Bosco (11-1) on the Rose Bowl on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. Mater Dei gained the primary recreation 17-7 on Oct. 7. Not a lot has modified. It’s two nice defenses going at it. Mater Dei quarterback Elijah Brown is an astounding 29-0 as a highschool quarterback.

Division 2 is one other intriguing last matching unbeaten Inglewood (13-0) towards surging Chatsworth Sierra Canyon (9-4) at Sierra Canyon on Saturday. Can Inglewood cease Sierra Canyon operating again Dane Dunn? Can Sierra Canyon cope with 6-foot-5, 250-pound receiver and wildcat quarterback Jamari Johnson?

There will probably be 14 Southern Part championship video games and 4 Metropolis Part soccer title video games this coming weekend. Then the regional bowl video games happen, adopted by the state finals on Dec. 9-10. It’s the ultimate three weeks of the soccer season. We’ll see how a lot drama might be produced.