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CIF-SS Large Enrollment Division Preview:
Miramonte League 2001-02--(Nov. 2, 2001)

Charter Oak
Diamond Ranch
Los Altos
Wilson/Hacienda Heights

The Miramonte League is considered one of the "large enrollment" division leagues, and generally has schools at the Division II CIF level.   How competitive the league is and will continue to be this season is always subject to much debate.  Pomona is usually the wild card, and whether Charter Oak will be able to repeat again this year as league champ is very much in doubt given the numbers of graduating players.    Team information is listed according to the order of league finish (from first to last) from the 2000-01 season, and not in alphabetical order.  Here's what we know:

Miramonte League

Miramonte  League Schedules
Charter Oak--8-2, 21-5 (1st)  "Chargers"

Charter Oak won the league title, but whether they'll be able to repeat is very much an open question.  Sharif Elkhaidy is a solid scoring threat, and Joshua Behar adds some strength and depth at the wing and forward spot, but after that, lack of varsity experience will be a factor. The schedule appears to be somewhat conservative, so this team won't be overwhelmed from a scheduling point of view.  Here's the list of players who should be returning from last year:

Joshua Behar  6'-4" Sr. F
Sharif Elkhaidy  6'-1" Sr. G
Brandfon Barlow  6'-1" Sr. G
Charlie Dunajaski  6'-2" Sr. F
Gabriel Casteneda 6'-0" Jr. F

The schedule for 2001-02 is at right----->


Charter Oak
Coach: Randy Thatcher

N 27 South Hills
29 Arroyo
D 3-7 @ San Dimas Tourn
11-14 @ Azusa Tourn
20 Monrovia
26-29 @ Covina Tourn
J 04 Rowland
09 *Pomona
11 @ *Diamond Ranch
16 *Los Altos
18 @ *Garey
22 *Wilson/HH
25 @ *Pomona
30 *Diamond Ranch
F 01 @ *Los Altos
05 *Garey
07 *Wilson/HH

Pomona -- 7-3, 21-8 (2nd) "Red Devils"

The Red Devils are always a competitive team and somehow always find a way to reload. This season, if Odell Howard can keep everything under control, he will likely be the team's offensive leader.  The big problem will be how Coach Wooldridge goes about replacing 9 seniors from a 13 man roster from last season.  Here are the returning players.

Michael Beard 5'-5" Sr. G
Odell Howard 6'-4" Sr. F
Keylean Davis 6'-0" sr. G
Damarian Woods 5'-7" Sr. G

Game to watch:  Pomona v. Santa Margarita, December 3 at Pomona.

Update 11/21/01 from the LA Times Inland Valley edition:

Coach: John Wooldridge (third year at Pomona, 11th year overall)

Top returners:
*Odell Howard (6-5, F, Sr.);
Damarian Woods (5-8, G, Sr.);
Mike Beard (5-6, G, Sr.)

Top newcomers:
Delanie Walker (6-2, F, Sr.)
Eugene Germany (6-4, F, Soph.)
Alvaro Nunez (5-8, G, Jr.)
Norman Fletcher (5-5, G, Jr.)
James Milburn (5-10, G, Jr.)

"Outlook: It's rare to hear a successful basketball coach reel off a roster of players smaller than six feet, but Wooldridge acknowledges the Red Devils are tiny. The biggest questions facing Pomona are whether they can rebound and if teams are going to try to pound the ball inside against them. Howard is the only real known commodity. The athletic Walker has never played organized basketball before and Germany is a transfer from Claremont. Howard should expect to see plenty of defensive pressure, forcing the Red Devils' guards to bury perimeter shots."

Coach: John Wooldridge

N 26 @ Loara Tourn
D 03 @ El Rancho Tourn
14 Santa Margarita
18 @ Rowland
19 Montclair
21 Chino
26 @ Covina Tourn
J 09 @ *Charter Oak
11 *Wilson/HH
16 @ *Garey
18 *Diamond Ranch
22 *Los Altos
25 *Charter Oak
30 @ *Wilson/HH
F 01 *Garey
05 @ *Diamond Ranch
07 @ *Los Altos

Diamond Ranch-- 6-4, 18-8 (3rd) "Panthers"

Players this season should include:

Aaron Williams  5'-9" Jr. G
Mike Maines  5'-7" Sr. G
Tyler Banta 5'-10" Sr. G
Richard Coombs  6'-3" Sr. G/F
Bob Eimratchnee 5'-11" Sr. G
Ryan Flagg  6'-2" Sr. G/F
Michael Criscione 6'-1' Sr. G
Rodney Callahan 6'-3" Sr. C/F
Taylor Barr 6’2” So. G
Tim Miller  6'5"  So. G
Michael Earl  6'7" Jr. G

A third place finish last season, along with a solid record ought to help them build for this season. It will be interesting to see who steps up to become the go-to player this season.

Update 12/01/01:  Coach Mike Power sent us a preview, and it doesn't get better than that for accurate roster info:

The following is our roster for 2001-02:

Mike Criscione 6-2, 175 G Sr.
Richard Cooms 6-3 200 F Sr.
Evan Flagg 6-2, 190 G Sr.
Delano Gray 6-2 180 G Jr.
Michael Earl 6-7, 210 F Jr.
Drake Walker 6-5, 215 C Jr.
Aaron Williams 5-10 185 G Jr.
Tyler Banta 5-10 185 G/F Sr.
Mike Maines 5-9 165 G Sr.
Mahnvu Ngyuen 5-9 165 G Sr.
Ray Lewis 6-2 195 G/F Sr.
Jason Dunn 6-1 175 G So.
Tim Miller 6-5 195 C/F So.
Cole Taylor 6-2 205 F Jr.
Reggie Johnson 6-0 195 F Jr.
Brent Humphrey 6-2 180 G Jr.

This year's team appears to have a lot of athleticism and depth. In my first  year as head coach at the Ranch, I intend to develop a high octane system dedicated to creating an up tempo game throught pressing and breaking. Richard Cooms, Mike Criscione, and Evan Flagg are the Senior core wich we built our team around, but we expect significant contributions from our
underclassmen as well. Newcomers of note include Monrovia transfer Ray Lewis, and Ayala transfers Brent Humphrey and Reggie Johnson. Look for J.V. stars Delano Gray and Michael Earl to make a strong bid to crack the starting  lineup.

Coach Mike Power



Diamond Ranch
Coach: Mike Power

D 3-8 @ San Dimas Tourn
10-15 @ El Dorado Tourn
18 @ Walnut
26-29 @ Ayala Tourn
J 09 @ *Los Altos
11 *Charter Oak
16 @ *WilsonHH
18 @ *Pomona
22 *Garey
15 *Los Altos
30 @ *Charter Oak
F 01 *Wilson/HH
05 *Pomona
07 @ *Garey

Los Altos--5-5, 16-10   (4th)  "Conquerors"

The official 2001-2002 roster is as follows:

Jeremiah Barnes 6'1" Sr G
Matt Brude 6'3" Sr C
Matt Chambers 6'3" Fr C
Anthony Garcia 6'2" Jr G
Richard Gayler 5'9" Sr G
Jason Hawk 5'11" Jr F
Brigham Harwell 6'2" So F
Eric Lugo 6'2" Jr F
Kyle Muragishi 5'6" Jr G
Marcus Nishihara 5'6" Sr G
Clint Okamoto 5'10" Sr G
Glenn Phillips 5'11" Sr G
Dylan Rogers 6'2" So G

We also heard from Head Coach Jeff Lucas, who gave us his thoughts on this year's team:

Coming off last season's two point loss to Artesia at the buzzer in the second round of CIF playoffs, this year's team will be led by the guard play of  returning shooting guards (Jr) Anthony Garcia and (Soph) Dylan Rogers and the new additions of point guard (Sr) Jeremiah Barnes and swing guard (Sr) Glenn Phillips, along with (Jr) Kyle Muragishi from last years JV Team. The outstanding guard play, along with team quickness, appears to be the Conquerors strength this season. Inside, Los Altos will be led by (Soph) Brigham Harwell, (Jr) Jason Hawk and (Sr) Matt Brude. This team has a good mix of experienced players and young players that will contribute to the Conquerors success this upcoming season.


Los Altos
Coach: Jeff Lucas

N 28 @ Santa Fe
3-8 @ Arroyo Tourn
10-15 @ Sonora Tourn
18 La Serna
26-29 @ Covina Tourn
J 04 @ Nogales
09 *Diamond Ranch
11 *Garey
16 @ *Charter Oak
18 *Wilson/HH
22 @ *Pomona
25 @ *Diamond Ranch
30 @ *Garey
F 01 *Charter Oak
05 @ *Wilson/HH
07 *Pomona

Wilson/ Hacienda Heights-- 4-6, 16-10 (5th)  "Wildcats"

Returning players should include:
Jermaine Johnson 6'-5" Jr. F (reportedly transferred out)
Andy Juo 5'-10" Jr. G
Larry Parker 6'-0" Sr. G
Patrick Chen 6'-0" Sr. G
Michael Moreno 6'-0" Jr. G
Anthony Salgado 6'-4" Jr. F
Jeff Emfield 6'-1" Sr. G

Wilson graduated 6 players and will be tested early at the Ocean View TOC. We've been told that Jermaine Johnson is no longer on the roster, having transferred back east somewhere, but the Wildcats reportedly picked up Donte Holloway who transferred from St. Paul.  The schedule is at right---------------->
Wilson/ Hacienda Heights
Coach: Willie Allen

N 27 @ Don Lugo
D 3-7 @ El Rancho Tourn
10-15 @ Ocean View Tourn
18 @ California
20 Rowland
26-29 @ Covina Tourn
J 04 @ South Pasadena
09 @ *Garey
11 @ *Pomona
16 *Diamond Ranch
18 @ *Los Altos
22 *Charter Oak
27 *Garey
25 *Pomona
30 @ *Diamond Ranch
F 01 *Los Altos
05 @ *Charter Oak


This school is a huge mystery.  Didn't even report their results last season to the CIF, so we don't have any idea.  No coach?  Who knows.   Here's the schedule at least--------------->

Update 11/21/01 from the LA Times Inland Valley Edition:

Coach: Earl Blackmon (first year at Garey, 15th year overall)

Last year's record: 2-23, 0-10

Top returners:
*Dellano Bell (6-0, G, Sr.);
*Aaron Palmer (5-11, F, Jr.)

Top newcomers:
Willie Cook (6-2, C, Fr.);
Osar Rasshan (6-3, F, Fr.)

"Outlook: The Vikings, with two freshmen in the starting lineup, are younger than most junior varsity teams. Blackmon, the former Ganesha coach, still believes Garey can be competitive. With just one key senior, it should be a challenging winter. "It's going to be another year before we're really fluid in the system and believe in the system," Blackmon said. He came into the program with little knowledge of what transpired prior to his arrival and is still trying to grasp what his program can achieve."


Coach: TBA

N 26 @ Nogales
27-30 @ Norte Vista Tourn
D 4-7 @ San Dimas Tourn
10 Kaiser
18 West Covina
20 @ Chaffey
26-29 @ Nogales Tourn
J 09 *Wilson/HH
11 @ *Los Altos
16 *Pomona
18 *Charter Oak
22 @ *Diamond Ranch
25 @ *Wilson/HH
30 *Los Altos
F 01 @ *Pomona
05 @ *Charter Oak
07 *Diamond Ranch

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