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CIF-SS Large Enrollment Division Preview:
Southwestern League 2001-02--(Nov. 23, 2001)

Murrieta Valley
Temecula Valley
Temescal Canyon

The Southwestern League is one of the most competitive leagues in SoCal:  Of the five teams in the league, four made it to the playoffs, and all four of those teams made it to the quarterfinals, a testament to the depth of talent and toughness of the teams coming out of the Southwestern League.  We don't expect the teams to be as consistently good this year, given the fact that a lot of very productive offensive players graduated last spring, but there are still some top players returning, and some nice younger players coming up.  What follows is what we know about the teams thus far this season, which means we've got the official CIF-SS schedules, which are about 99% accurate.  As far as roster info goes, some is complete, others aren't. We encourage coaches to send us their official rosters (via e-mail) and any other information about their teams so we can update these previews as the season progresses.

Southwestern League Rosters Southwestern League Schedules
Temescal Canyon--7-1, 23-7 (1st) "Titans"

League Champion Temescal made it to the quarterfinals of the I-A playoffs, beating Rubidiouix (Sunkist #3), and Mira Costa (Bay #3) before running into cross-area rival Corona Centennial (which went on to play Mater Dei in the finals).   This year, seven players from last year's league championship team are gone, including high scorer Kris Maxey, so the Titans will be looking to some young players to step up.  This is the roster for 2001-02: 

11 Josh Garrett 6'0" Sr. G
12 Mike Peterson 6'4" Sr. G
20 Garrett True 6'0" Jr. G
21 Tyler Bleeker 6'3" Sr. G
23 Karl Sommerville5'10" St. G
31 Marty Wing 6'4" Sr F
32 Matt Twamley 6'4" Sr. G
33 Chuck Ellenwood6'5" Jr. C
34 Scott Allen 6'2" Jr. F
35 Dylan Petty 6'4" Jr. F
52 Rob Perry 6'4" Sr. C
53 Channing Corral 6'3" Jr. C

Coach: Mark Williams,
Assistant Eddie Thomas

According to our source who sent us the roster: "This year's Titans have good overall size and a number of good shooters.  Marty Wing returns as a three year varsity player along with Josh Garrett and Mike Peterson who were also members of last year's Southwestern League championship team. The Titans expect to be in the running for league champs again in this year's tough Southwestern league. The league will probably not be quite as strong as last year but most likely will have all five teams in the race for league title this year."

Sorry we don't have more on this team, but we'll supplement the preview shortly.


Temescal Canyon
Coach: Mark Williams

N 27 Paloma Valley
D 3-8 @ Cathedral City Tourn
10-15 @ Rancho Cucamonga Tourn
@ West Valley Tourn
J 04 @ West Valley
09 @ *Elsinore
11 Rancho Verde
16 *Murrieta Valley
18 @ *Chaparral
21 @ MLK Classic
23 @ *Temecula Valley
25 *Elsinore
30 @ Rancho Verde
F 01 @ *Murrieta Valley
05 *Chaparral
07 *Temecula Valley

Murrieta Valley--6-2, 18-7 (2nd) "Nighthawks"

The Nighthawks finished second in league and were not seeded in the Division I-AA playoffs, but did make it as far as the quarterfinals, knocking off Redlands (CBL #3) in the first round, University (Pacific Coast #1) before losing to eventual finalist El Toro in the quarters.  We are not completely certain about this year's roster, but there are several excellent players returning, and several young players coming up who might be on this year's varsity roster.  Based on reports and last year's playoff roster, this is our guesstimate for the 2001-02 roster:

Nick Quick 5'11" So. G
Andy Kinney 6'-0" Sr. F
Roman Clugston 5'-9" Sr. G
Bryan Ricks 6'-0" Sr. G
Willie Campbell 6'-3" Sr. F
Aaron Howley 6'-4" Sr. F
Cameron Porter 6'-3" Jr. F
Dan Fleming 6'-6" So. F (grew 4" since last year)
James Shoup 6'-6" Jr. C
Justin Green  5'11" Fr. G
Ryan Sewitsky  5’11” Fr. G
Derrick Passow  6'7" So. F

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 Murrieta Valley: 


Coach: Steve Tarabilda
2000-01 record: 21-8 (reached Division 1AA quarterfinals)

Outlook: With six players at least 6-foot-3, the Nighthawks should be the team to beat in the Southwestern League (though Elsinore should prove a worthy challenger). "They've got size, they've got some guards. I was very impressed," Sweeney said. "Bryan (Ricks) is probably the man," Tarabilda said. "He's a huge offensive threat inside and out. He's just got such great athleticism he's so hard to stop. And he's very unselfish, which makes him even better." Ricks will be joined in Tarabilda's three-guard set by point guard Ike Williams and a sophomore transfer from Porterville, A.J. McGregor. Williams "is such an intelligent player that he makes other players better," Tarabilda said. James Shoup (6-7) fills up the middle


Murrieta Valley
Coach: Steve Tarabilda

N-26/D-5 @ El Capitan Tourn
D 11-15 Murrieta Valley Tourn
26-29 @ Brea Olinda Tourn
J 03 Diamond Bar
05 @ Martin Luther King
09 *Temecula Valley
11 *Elsinore
16 @ *Temescal Canyon
18 @ *Perris
23 *Chaparral
25 @ *Temecula Valley
30 @ *Elsinore
F 01 *Temescal Canyon
05 *Perris
07 @ *Chaparral

Chaparral--5-3, 19-7 (3rd)  "Pumas"

We received the complete roster for the Chaparral Pumas from Coach Ed Coyle for the 2001-02 season: 

#10 A.J. Van Der Wouden 5"10" 120 SR
#12 Brad Larsen 6'1" 155 JR
#14 Jason Van Der Wouden 5'10" 125 FR
#20 David Winger 5'11" 160 SR
#22 Steve Zeeb 5'10" 150 SR
#24 Antwane Watkins 6'1" 190 JR
#30 Justin Scott 5'11" 155 SR
#32 Allen Craig 6'2" 180 SR
#34 Will Campbell 6'3" 180 SR
#40 Brent Chodola 6'4" 195 JR
#42 Kaile Gleason 6'3" 180 SO
#44 Aaron Hatchett 6'1" 175 JR
#52 Manuel Montano 6'7" 175 JR

The roster also had a short blurb about the team and some of the players: 

"Chaparral has reached the IIAA Quarterfinals each of the past two seasons  while compiling a 47-12 record. With the return of starters Allen Craig (6'2" SR) and Brent Chodola (6'4" JR), and the addition of transfer Will Campbell (6'3"  SR) from Murrieta Valley, the Pumas should contend for the Southwestern League Title. Steve Zeeb and Justin Scott will share the point guard duties while Manuel Montano (6'7"  JR) and Kaile Gleason (6"3" SO) will help inside."


Coach: Ed Coyle

N-27/D-1 @ Beaumont Tourn
D 04 Palm Springs
07 @ Santiago/C
10-15 @ Sonora Tourn
19-28 @ West Valley Tourn
J 03 @ Corona
04 @ Paloma Valley
09 West Valley
11 @ *Temecula Valley
16 @ *Elsinore
18 *Temescal Canyon
23 *Murrieta Valley
25 @ West Valley
30 *Temecula Valley
F 01 *Elsinore
05 *Temescal Canyon
07 @ *Murrieta Valley

Elsinore--2-6, 15-10 (4th)

Elsinore made it to the II-AA playoffs in 2000-01, as an "at large" team, but unlike most such playoff entries, they made it to the quarterfinals, beating Ramona (Sunkis #1), La Quinta (Desert Valley #2), before losing to eventual semifinalist Santa Margarita in the quarters.

Here is the roster for the 2001-02 season:

Travon Keahey 6'5 Sr F
Mack Green 5'10 Sr G
Sean Strausheim 5'9 Sr G
D.J. Autry 6'1 Sr G
Justin Weeks 6'1 Jr G
Joe Cummins 5'10 Sr G
Aaron Banda 5'10 Sr G
Ross Harrison 6'0 Sr G
Ryan Cirilo 5'10 Sr G
J.J. Saavedra 5'9 So G
Kevin Foster 6'0 Sr G
William Hunt 6'5 Jr F
Kevin Allen 5'10 Sr G
Ross Wolter 6'4 Sr F


Coach: Peter Rettinger

D 04 @ Valley View
3-4 @ El Segundo Tourn
11-15 @ Murrieta Valley Tourn
18 @ West Valley
19-29 @ West Valley Tourn
J 05 Fallbrook
09 *Temescal Canyon
11 @ *Murrieta Valley
16 *Chapparal
18 *Temecula Valley
21 @ Martin Luther King
23 @ Paloma Valley
25 @ *Temescal Canyon
30 *Murrieta Valley
F 01 @ *Chaparral
05 @ *Temecula Valley
07 Paloma Valley

Temecula Valley--0-8, 7-19 (5th)

Temecula Valley didn't make the playoffs, and in factg didn't win any game in league competition last year, so we have no idea who will be returning to the team.  Undoubtedly Coach Rico Thompson is just looking for a bit more effort and some better results this year.

Temecula Valley
Coach: Rico Thompson

N 26 Rancho Verde
27 @ El Capitan Tourn
D 03 @ Rim of the World
04 @ Newport Harbor Tourn
26 @ Las Vegas, NV Tourn
J 02 @ Perris
04 Rialto
09 @ *Murrieta Valley
11 *Chaparral
16 Hemet
18 @ *Elsinore
23 *Temescal Canyon
25 *Murrieta Valley
30 @ *Chaparral
F 01 @ Hemet
05 *Elsinore
07 @ Temescal Canyon

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