The winter heats up in a hurry for the Casa Grande and Petaluma high school basketball teams who go head-to-head next week.
The girls team face off Monday, while the boys clash on Tuesday. Both games are in the Petaluma gym, with varsity tipoff for the girls at 7 and the boys at 7:30 p.m.
Since the teams are now in different leagues, the meeting will be the only one of the season between the two rivals unless they happen to face one another in Casa Grande's Brett Callan Memorial Tournament the weekend before Christmas.
The teams met twice in Sonoma County League play last season, with Casa Grande winning both, 73-58, at Casa Grande and, 68-50, at Petaluma.
But much is different this season.
Casa Grande has moved to the North Bay League, while Petaluma has remained in the SCL, so Tuesday's contest is a non-league match.
Although Casa Grande has several players returning, the Gauchos have an entirely new starting lineup from last season.
The Gauchos opened their season with two wins in their first three games, defeating San Marin, 72-66, and Vintage, 68-40, before losing to College Park, 76-68, last Saturday.
Leader for the Gauchos in the early going has been junior guard Cetrick Yeanay, who opened the season with a 32-point performance against San Marin.