Trevor Stanback, a 6-foot-10 junior at Pasadena Maranatha, will be playing in only his seventh game of the season on Saturday when his team faces Chaminade in a 7 p.m. quarterfinal of the Division IV Southern California Regionals.
But it's the game lots of people have looked forward to. As a freshman and sophomore, Stanback was Chaminade's key big man. He helped the Eagles win a state Division III championship last season. Then he transferred to Maranatha, where he had to sit out the entire regular season while waiting for a medical issue to be resolved.
The fact he finally gets to play against his former teammates and friends makes the game quite interesting. His former classmates who make up Chaminade's rooting section known as The Cage will be sure to give him a warm salute at Maranatha.
"We'll treat it like any other game," Chaminade Coach Todd Wolfson said. "We're also playing Tyler Dorsey, too. He's an unbelievable athlete."
Said Maranatha Coach Tim Tucker: "It's a big game because he's playing against his former team, but it's just his seventh game. Trevor is just concentrating on being in his seventh game. He's getting stronger, his conditioning is getting better."
Wolfson still communicates with Stanback, and what everyone agrees on is that they're happy he's back playing.
"I'm rooting for him except for Saturday," Wolfson said.