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CIF-SS Large Enrollment Division Preview:
Ivy League 2001-02--(Nov. 4, 2001)

Canyon Springs
JW North
Moreno Valley
Valley View

The Ivy League is one of those leagues where it's seemingly either feast or famine, and this season, we just have no idea which it's going to be.  Take for example that the second place team in the league, JW North, which tied for a league title and made it deep into the playoffs despite having few overall wins, went to the semifinals of the I-AA playoffs, losing only to eventual champion Glendora. And while we are uncertain who they have, Mike Bartee's squads somehow always manage to get it done.   Canyon Springs should be the favorite this year to take the league title, as they return probably the most talented group of players, including Richard Cobbs, Tron Smith and should feature young point guard Andre McGhee.   Moreno Valley is a mystery; they qualified for the I-AA playoffs last year with 11 wins, but lost in the first round to eventual finalist El Toro.  Riverside Poly graduated 7 seniors, and Valley View didn't make the playoffs, and they might not again this year. Arlington could be the sleeper, but only time will tell.

What follows is what we know about the teams thus far this season, which means we're looking at old rosters and trying to predict who will be returning and which younger players will be stepping up.  The schedules are accurate as far as we know. We encourage coaches to send us their official rosters (via e-mail, not on the message board, please) and any other information about their teams so we can update the previews and rosters as the season progresses.

Ivy League Rosters Ivy League Schedules
Canyon Springs--7-3, 17-9 (1st tie)

Canyon Springs has some very talented players and several legitimate D-I prospects, including Richard Cobbs, a 6'-6" shooter who has played well at ABCD camp the past two years, and Andre McGee, one of the quickest and most deft young point guards among the class of 2005. Tron Smith is a solid player as well, and as we'd expect for a team with this many solid players, they'll be at the biggest and best tournaments this year, including Clovis West early in the season, the Ocean View Tournament of Champions and then the Ayala Tournament.  Canyon Springs has sort of (in our humble opinion) underachieved the past few years, but this year they could be poised to make a real run.  Here's who we would expect to see on the roster:

Alfonso James    5'-10" Sr. G
Richard Cobbs  6'-6" Jr. G/F
Charles Blankenship  5'-10" Jr. G
Randy Adams  6'-6" Sr. F/C
Mark McRae  6'-3" Jr. F
Tron Smith  6'-2" Jr. G
Brandon Woods  6'-5" Jr. F
Carlton Arnwine  6'-0" Jr. G
Derek  Risper  6'-5" Jr. F
Charles Thornhill  6'-2" Sr. F
Reshawn Bobo  6'-2" Jr. F
AndreMcGee  5'7" Fr. G

Update 11/27/01:   Today's edition of the Riverside Press Enterprise contained the paper's Riverside and San Bernardino region team previews and player profiles written and compiled by PE staff writer Richard Chaplin. The original story can be found at this link, and there's also a separate overview piece too,  but we've excerpted the portion pertaining to Moreno Valley Canyon Springs HS:


Coach: Jeff Stovall

2000-01 record: 18-10 (reached second round of Division 1AAA playoffs)

Outlook: The Cougars return all-Riverside County second-team selection Richard Cobbs and seven other players. "(Cobbs) is very consistent with his game," King coach Tim Sweeney said. "Offensively, he's very smooth and he has a nice demeanor on the court." Moreno Valley's John Dahl was impressed by the team play of the Cougars. "They were big and quick. Rebounded well, passed well," Dahl said. "They did everything well when we saw them."

Here's the portion from the overview:

"Last season, it was all about Corona Centennial. But this season there are a few other teams that many Riverside County boys' basketball coaches agree should contend for California Interscholastic Federation titles.  While Division 1A finalist Centennial likely will be a strong playoff team again, Moreno Valley Canyon Springs and Riverside King are expected to contend for titles in their divisions. Both Canyon Springs and King have depth and star power. For Canyon Springs, junior guard Richard Cobbs will be the main man. Cobbs, now 6-foot-6 and 218 pounds, averaged 23 points and 14 rebounds a game last season. His speed, defensive skills and ability to score from inside and outside (40 three-pointers last season) make him potentially the top player in Riverside County. But Canyon Springs coach Jeff Stovall has several other tools to employ to build a Cougars dynasty. Juniors Tron Smith, Carlton Arnwine and Brandon Woods give the Cougars solid guard play for the next two years. At 6-7, Woods also can play the post. And Smith is among the most touted of many Canyon Springs players getting looks from college coaches, said Stovall. In addition, freshman point guard Andre McGee is getting a lot of attention from those who have seen the 5-10 player at AAU tournaments. 'He's cat quick, handles the ball with either hand,' said Stovall. 'But his court skills are what's going to lead us on.'  If that weren't enough, the Cougars have three seniors, two of them at least 6-5.  With Woods and 6-7 Randy Adams in the front court and Cobbs and McGee in the back court, the Cougars have both size and speed.  'That is a good combination,' Stovall said. 'That's why we feel we can really do some damage. . . . It's the most fun I've had since I've been at Canyon Springs. ' "


Canyon Springs
Coach: Jeff Stovall

N-28/D-1 @ Clovis West Tourn
D 07 Cajon
10-15 @ Ocean View
17 @ Pasadena
18 Alta Loma
26-29 @ Ayala Tourn
J 04 Highland
08 *JW North
11 @ *Arlington
15 *Valley View
18 @ *Poly/R
22 *Moreno Valley
24 *JW North
29 @ *Arlington
F 01 *Valley View
05 @ *Poly/R
07 @ *Moreno Valley

North, John W.--7-3, 11-12 (1st tie)

Mike Bartee has been one of the most successful coaches in CIF history, and last season he got more in the way of results, with fewer overall wins, than just about any team in the Southern Section, making it to the  I-AA semifinalis with just 11 wins.  But this year will see North without many of the players who made it all happen last season, including now graduated players like Leo Dotson 6'-6" F, Isaiah Bryant   6'-8" F, Lionel Dixon  6'-4" SG/SF and William Wynn 5'-10"   G.  We're not sure who is returning for (we think Daniel Doss 6'5" is coming back) and we're kind of hampered because (a) we don't have a roster, and (b) we don't even have a schedule.  We're not sure what's going on at North, but it's making us long for the days of Orie Benjamin and Ed Gray. . . . 

Poly/Riverside--6'-4" , 16-10 (3rd) "Bears"

Poly graduated 7 seniors from last year's roster, including Josh Dunaj, who is at Westmont College in Santa Barbara.  The returning players should include the following guys:

Reid Robbins 5'-10" Jr. G
Danny Renneisen 5'-11" Jr. G
Will Kitchings 6'-2" Jr. F
Jeremy Lopez 6'-5" Sr. F
Christian Vonalt 6'-5" Jr. F/C
Samuel Riley  6'2" Fr. G

Coach: Yancy Dodson

N 27-30 @ Norte Vista Tourn
D 4-8 Poly/R Tourn
13 @ Jurupa Valley
14 La Sierra
17 Norte Vista
19-29 @ West Valley Tourn
J 04 Rubidoux
08 *Moreno Valley
11 @ *JW North
15 *Arlington
18 *Canyon Springs
22 @ *Valley View
24 @ *Moreno Valley
29 *JW North
31 @ *Arlington
F 05 @ *Canyon Springs
07 *Valley View

Arlington--5-5, 18-9 (4th) "Lions"

Arlington graduated 10 seniors and the returning players are led by Marcus McGhee.  The rest should include:

Rafael Simon 6'-2" Sr. F
Danny Arellano 6'-0" Sr. G
Issac Holquin 5'-7" Sr. G
Roger Acosta 5'-6" Sr. G
Marcus McGhee 6'-5" Sr. C
Daniel Hough  5'8" Fr. G

Coach: John Seydel

N 26 Corona
27 Etiwanda
D 4-8 Arlington Tourn
11-14 @ Murrieta Valley
18 @ Hemet
20 Ramona
26-29 @ Las Vegas Tourn
J 08 *Valley View
11 *Canyon Springs
15 @ *Poly/R
17 *Moreno Valley
22 @ *JW North
24 @ *Valley View
29 @ *Canyon Springs
F 01 *Poly/R
05 @ *Moreno Valley
07 *JW North

Moreno Valley --4-6, 11-15 (5th)

Moreno Valley didn't submit a schedule and we also don't have a roster either.  Based on the IEBP rosters put out the other day, we believe that Devery Butler  6'2" Jr. G will be there, but other than him, we're just not sure.

Valley View--1-9, 9-17 (6th)

No playoffs, and no roster. Not much for us to say at this point until someone sends us a roster. In the meantime, enjoy looking at the schedule.

Valley View
Coach: Jim Long

N 28 @ San Gorgonio Tourn
D 04 Elsinore
06 @ Yucaipa
11 @ Indio
17 La Quinta/LQ
19 @ Wesst Valley Tourn
21 @ AB Miller
J 07 Rancho Verde
08 @ *Arlington
11 *Moreno Valley
15 @ *Canyon Springs
18 @ *JW North
22 *Poly/R
24 *Arlington
29 @ *Moreno Valley
F 01 *Canyon Springs
05 *JW North
07 @ *Poly/R

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