First season for San Diego Central Cathedral lends to optimism for future
It’s been a successful first season for the San Diego Central Cathedral Jets high school team in the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League (ADHSHL).
The Jets started off with a dramatic first-place victory in the Labor Day Hockey Festival in Orange County and it went from there.
Under the expert tutelage of former pro hockey player Brad Belland, who played five seasons in the 1990s with the San Diego Gulls of the old West Coast Hockey League, the Jets were able to gel early on and started their season with a perfect 3-0 record and won five of their first seven games.
After enduring a few ups and downs, the Jets finished with a respectable 8-7 record, good for fourth place in the Varsity D2 division. Led in scoring by their passionate leader and captain, Jack Radley, the Jets knocked off their crosstown rivals from La Jolla Country Day in the first round of the playoffs.
The Jets moved on to face undefeated Bosco in the semifinals and in a thrilling contest that went into overtime, came up a little short. That exciting semifinal playoff game exemplified the amount of heart the Jets players exhibited all year and the work ethic of the entire team who skated without two key defensemen and still managed to give first-place Bosco their biggest challenge to date.
Central Cathedral looks forward to building on its first-year success as the Jets take the spring and summer to prepare for another amazing season in the ADHSHL for the 2017-18 season.
— Matt Mackinder