Annual Classic returns to Falcons’ floor |

Annual Classic returns to Falcons’ floor

Forest Lake Christian's Mark Boatman (14) fires a shot against Colfax, Dec. 12.
ALL | GrassValleyArchive

The Forest Lake Christian boys basketball team will end its preseason with a bang when it hosts the Falcon Christmas Classic Friday and Saturday.

FLC will share the court with Sierra Christian (Rocklin), Jim Elliot Christian (Lodi) and Maidu (Auburn) in the annual tourney.

Jim Elliot will face Maidu at 4:30 p.m. Friday. FLC then squares off with Sierra Christian at 7:30 p.m.

The winners meet for the all the marbles at 4 p.m. Saturday

“Jim Elliot is generally solid. Sierra Christian is a relatively new school. So they may be either really, really bad or decent,” FLC first-year head coach Steve Gonet said.

Gonet said this will be a great opportunity for his Falcons, who lost three straight in the Falcon Shootout in Colfax last week, to get back in the groove.

“This tournament can play an important role in getting us back on the wining track, that’s for sure,” he said. “Basically, we need to make sure we execute (both) offensively and defensively and do what we need to do to start winning games again.”

The Falcons, who topped Right of Passage in the season opener, then beat Division I Valley (Sacramento) in double overtime two games later have lost four straight.

“(Right now our problem is) we don’t run our offense all the way through. We play a great half or three quarters, but we’ve yet to put a whole game together,” Gonet said.

While the Falcons may be down at the moment, Gonet sees light at the end of the tunnel.

“I really like the team’s attitude. (Sure) we’ve lost four straight, but we’re not pointing fingers at each other. And that’s good,” he said.

2002 Christmas Classic

at Forest Lake Christian School


Jim Elliot Christian (Lodi) vs. Maidu (Auburn) 4:30 p.m.

Forest Lake Christian vs. Sierra Christian (Rocklin) 7:30 p.m.


Third Place 11:30 a.m.

Championship 4 p.m.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User