If the first month of the season is any indication of what to expect in the coming weeks, then league races for the local prep basketball teams figure to be intense.
The Sunset League girls' basketball race starts at 7 tonight, with Marina playing at Newport Harbor, Edison going to Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach hosting Los Alamitos.
The chase for the Sunset League boys' hoops title begins 7 p.m. Friday, with Edison entertaining Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach playing at defending champion Los Alamitos and Marina hosting Newport Harbor.
Also at 7 p.m. Friday, Ocean View will take its first step as repeating as champion of the Golden West League when the Seahawks host Orange. The Golden West League girls' basketball season doesn't start until next week.
Both the Brethren Christian's boys' and girls' teams started the week by opening Academy League play Tuesday.
In girls' basketball, Edison and Huntington Beach, which went to Arizona two weeks ago and claimed division (Anderson and Red, respectively) championships at the NIKE Tournament of Champions, are considered the top two teams in the Sunset girls' race, according to Marina Coach Butch Fredlow.