21 Teams in 21 Days: Expectations soaring at Trinity




The bar was raised last year when Trinity captured the boys basketball program’s first league title and won a playoff game.

The postseason win might have been bigger for the Warriors, as they proved they could beat a team outside league play after going 0-9 in nonleague play.

First-year coach Ty Sims isn’t bashful about expectations. A former assistant coach at Hanford West and Caruthers — both of which won section titles during his tenure — Sims is aiming high.

“We have a bunch of goals to accomplish,” Sims said. “And one is to make a state run. These kids want to be challenged.”

Which is why Sims put together a demanding but comparable nonleague schedule that will include teams Trinity could see down the line if it reaches the Division V playoffs.

“I made our nonleague schedule with the purpose of getting better,” said Sims, whose squad won three of its first four games this season. “We might take our lumps. The kids have embraced the schedule. We don’t want to stand pat.”

Not with three starters returning, including reigning Coastal Athletic League Most Valuable Player Jamez Booker.

The senior guard, who compiled more than 2,000 all-purpose yards for the Warriors’ football team this past fall, lit up opponents last year on the hardwood, averaging more than 19 points a game.

“He’s a very talented kid,” Sims said.

So is returning all-league forward Shane Doughty, who was among the team leaders last season in points and rebounds, along with…

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