Many people connected to high school basketball in the area were shocked to hear that Eisenhower boys coach Steve Johnson was shot on Monday night, not the least of which was Miller coach John Romagnoli.
"People you know who are professional, they don't get shot," Romagnoli said. "It was a surreal day."
Romagnoli said he tried to visit Johnson in the hospital on Tuesday after his game, but he was still in surgery. But Romagnoli did get to see him on Thursday.
"Steve and I go way back," he said. "You don't compete against someone for 10 years without getting close.
"In his words, he said he was doing (terrible). But we were able to joke. He asked if they beat us next week if he would be able to put it on his coaching record. I told him we were going to beat them and he was going to have to put it on his coaching record.
"It was good to see him. It looks like he's in a lot of pain."
STREAK ENDER: When Kaiser's girls basketball team routed Summit 61-30 last week, it ended Summit's 63-game Sunkist League winning streak.
When was the last Summit league loss?
The SkyHawks entered the league in 2006-07 after the school opened with only freshmen and sophomores and went 10-0. They repeated that for the next five years and started this year 3-0 before falling to Kaiser, which is the only team in the league with an overall winning record.
Incidentally, the last team to win the Sunkist League girls basketball title not named Summit was Jurupa Valley, which went 10-0 in 2005-06.
Summit, of course, has another chance at Kaiser and the teams will play at Kaiser on Feb. 5.
SHOWCASE EVENT: Several area basketball teams will be playing in the Southern California Shootout, set for Saturday at Azusa Pacific.
The schedule includes one girls game, Bonita (No. 7 in Division 2AA) vs. La Puente Bishop Amat (No. 1 in 1A) at noon.
The other boys games involving area teams include Alta Loma vs. La Canada Flintridge Prep (No. 2 in Division 5AA) at 9 a.m., Colony (No. 7 in 3AAA) vs. Murrieta Valley (No. 8 in 2AA) at 3 p.m., Claremont (No. 14 in 3AAA) vs. Moreno Valley Rancho Verde (No. 10 in 1AA) at 4:30 p.m., Damien (No. 2 in 3AA) vs. Corona Centennial (No. 3 in 1AA) at 6 p.m., Etiwanda (No. 4 in 1AA) vs. Carlsbad La Costa Canyon (CIF-San Diego Section) at 7:30 p.m., and Los Osos vs. Sierra Madre Maranatha (No. 10 in 4AA) at 9 p.m.
LEADING THE WAY: Cajon's girls team is not only undefeated this season, but is also currently leading the country in scoring, according to maxpreps.com.
The Cowgirls are averaging 83.5 points per game this season, with four players averaging double figures, plus Tyra Turner, who is averaging 9.9 points per game.
In all, Cajon has scored 100 points or more four times this season, including a 124-40 victory over Malibu a month ago.