Salud’s son hoops
it up in San Diego

By Jason Kaneshiro

It wasn't so long ago that Jesus Salud was the main attraction at sporting events as a world-champion boxer. But this week he'll watch the next generation take the spotlight at the Palama Settlement gym.

Salud's son, Jordan, is in town with the Bonita Vista (San Diego, Calif.) basketball team for the ninth annual Palama Settlement Boys Tournament.

"A lot of people can't believe I have a 17-year-old son," Jesus Salud said.

Jordan lives in San Diego with his mother and spends time with his father in Hawaii during the summer.

The elder Salud said he tries to get up to the mainland to catch some of Jordan's games, but both father and son are excited about having the team in town this week.

"It's a treat for me to see him play," Jesus said.

Jordan is a 6-foot senior small forward for Bonita Vista, which began the tournament by facing Kamehameha's Division II team last night. The tournament runs through Saturday at Palama Settlement.

Jordan said he's looking forward to showing his teammates around the island during their stay.

"I just want to show them the beach and how beautiful the water is and just what it's like to be in Hawaii," he said.

Jordan said he thought about following his father into boxing as a child, but Jesus steered him away from the fight game.

"I can't see him in the ring taking punches," Jesus said. "I think I'd feel the punches more than he does."

Ranking watch: The St. Louis football team finished its season ranked 30th in the country according to the Student Sports Fab 50.

The Crusaders dropped out of the poll after losses to No. 1 De La Salle (Calif.) and Kamehameha early this fall. But they won their last nine in a row to capture the state championship.

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