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CIF-SS Small Enrollment Division Preview:
Academy League 2001-02--(Nov.3, 2001)

Brethren Christian
Calvary Chapel/Downey
Capistrano Valley Christian
Oxford Academy
Sage Hill
St. Margaret’s

The Academy League has been slightly reconfigured this year in anticipation of a complete releaguing process in a year.   Fairmont Prep and St. Michael's Prep have left the league to join the new San Joaquin League (which features a number of small, D-VA schools, some of which were formerly freelance, i.e., not members of any league, including Acaciawood,  Connolly, Fairmont Prep, Saddleback Valley Christian, St. Michaels' Prep and Tarbut v' Torah, mostly from Orange County). 

The Academy League picks up Brethren Christian, Oxford Academy, and Sage Hill, a new school which is just competing for the first year in varsity sports.  The league should once again be dominated by Calvary Chapel Downey, the defending CIF-SS Division V-AA Section Champions (the previous season, CCD was runner-up to LB St. Anthony).  We're not aware of any key or "marquee-quality" players on any of the other teams in the league besides the established names at CCD like Tim Drisdom, who has committed to Utah or Jonathan James, Cameron Grider, or up-and-coming young player Ralph Miley.  In other words, from where we're sitting right now, it looks to us like CCD will once again take the league title . . . but then you never know.  We have little information on some of these teams, but where we do have it, we've posted it.   Schedules and partial rosters listed below, in order of league finish from last season, where applicable. 

Update 11/27/01:   The Long Beach Press Telegram's "Prep Sports" section (also a website) featured it's boys' basketball prep previews today and yesterday (11/26 & 11/27), and among the leagues and teams featured was a brief rundown by staff writers James Melroy and Ted Kian on the Academy League as a whole.  It's not much different from our view (above), but it does provide a closer look at a few of the teams where we were lacking information (er, sort of): 

Mention this league to hoops fans and the first name that pops into most people's heads is Downey Calvary Chapel's Tim Drisdom. The senior point guard, who has signed with Utah, will have plenty of help in his team's quest for consecutive perfect seasons in league as well as another CIF title. Senior guard Jonathan James averaged 18.5 points per game and was a first-team all-CIF selection last season. Meanwhile, sophomore guard Ralph Miley is one of the best in his class in Southern California. Up front, 6-4 senior forward Matthew Henderson averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds last season. St. Margaret's and Brethren Christian should battle it out for second place while Capistrano Valley Christian could surprise.

Academy League Academy League Schedules
Calvary Chapel, Downey--8-0, 22-4 (1st) "Grizzlies"

Returning players should include:
Tim Drisdom 6'-4" Sr. G (committed to Utah)
Patrick Fitzgerald 6'-3" Jr. G
David Grace 6'-4" Sr. G
Cameron Grider 6'-3" Sr. F
Jonathon James 5'-11" Sr. G
Matt Henderson 6'-5" Sr. F
Ralph Miley 6'-0" So. G
Andrew Mackvanderham 6'-3" Sr. F
Daniel Or 6'-0" Sr. G
Deshon Shuler 5'-10" Sr. G

The defending CIF-SS V-AA champions graduated only 3 seniors from last year, and the core of the team returns.   We do want to dispel one rumor we've heard, and that is that St. Anthony's guard Lauren Brown 6'-1" Sr. PG, has apparently NOT transferred to CCD, despite rumors to the contray (our info comes from CCD coach Mark Berokoff, and he ought to know).  CCD will, in our view, continue to dominate the league, and the only unknown right now is how they will do against bigger and stronger competition, particularly if the CIF makes the playoff revisions and moves CCD into IV-A as is expected.  CCD's schedule is certainly ambitious outside of league competition.   One note: The CIF schedule shows CCD playing Mater Dei on Nov. 28, and according to Coach Berokoff, that game was planned, but Mater Dei later found out that they were committed the same day to the "Glendora Triple Crown Challenge", a one-day series of three consecutive games, in which MD is scheduled to play Claremont (now that's a great matchup!).  As a result, CCD may have an open game.  CCD will also play at the Las Vegas Holiday Prep Classic, and we'd expect to see them in the Gold Bracket, the toughest of the 4 separate 16 team brackets given the talent on the team this year.

Calvary Chapel/Downey
Coach: Mark Berokoff

N 28 @ Mater Dei (NOTE: Not scheduled)
D 5-8 @ Glendora Tourn
10-14 @ Calvary Chapel/D Tourn
15  Dorsey (Cal. Best Invitational)
18 @ Calvary Chapel/SA
20-22 @ Las Vegas,NV Tourn
J 02 @ Bishop Montgomery
08 @ *Sage Hill
11 *St Margaret’s
15 @ *Oxford Academy
18 *Brethren Christian
19 Chadwick
22 @ *Capistrano Valley Chr
25 *Sage Hill
29 @ *St Margaret’s
F 01 *Oxford Academy
05 @ *Brethren Christian
07 *Capistrano Valley Chr

St. Margaret's--6-2, 14-10 (2nd) "Tartans"

St. Margaret's graduatged 6 seniors from an 11 man roster, and unless they have some really good players coming up from their JV team or some outstanding transfers, it will be difficult to duplicate their 6-2 league finish.  Here's who should be on the roster:

Scott Boeckmann 5'-11" Sr. G
Paul Janczyk 6'-4" So. G/F
Scott McEwan 6'-2" Sr. G
John Chrispens 6'-3" Jr. F/G
Scott Janczyk 6'-3" Sr. C

St. Margaret’s
Coach: Todd Johnson

N 27 @ Orangewood Academy
D 6-8 @ La Jolla Co Tourn
12 Whittier Christian
14 TBA
19 St Anthony
26-29 @ St Anthony Tourn
J 04 @ *Oxford Academy
05 Eastside Christian
08 @ *Brethren Christian
11 @ *Calvary Chapel/D
15 *Sage Hill
18 *Capistrano Valley Chr
25 *Brethren Christian
29 *Calvary Chapel/D
F 01 @ *Sage Hill
05 @ *Capistrano Valley Chr
07 *Oxford Academy

Fairmont Prep*--2-5, 12-7 (4th) See new San Joaquin League for schedule
Capistrano Valley Christian--3-5, 11-9 (3rd) "Eagles"

CVC graduated 6 seniors from last year's roster, close to half the team from last season, so this will be a rebuilding year of sorts. CVC's returning players should include:

Matt Wild 6'-1" Jr. G
Sean Reynolds 5'-10" Jr. G
Ross Skinner 6'-2"Jr. G
Alex Yuhasz 5'-11" Jr. G
Scott Huband 6'-2" Jr. F
Katsu Durst 6'-2" Jr. G
Jeff Lewis 6'-4' Jr. F
Jon Wardwell 6'-2" Jr. F

Capistrano Valley Christian
Coach: TBA

N 27 @ Fairmont
29 Calvary Chapel/M
D 01 @ Linfield
5-8 @ La Jolla Co Tourn
11 @ Tri-City Christian
14 @ *Whittier Christian
20 Baptist Christian/H
J 08 *Oxford Academy
11 @ *Sage Hill
15 *Brethren Christian
18 @ *St Margaret’s
22 *Calvary Chapel/D
24 @ *Oxford Academy
29 *Sage Hill
F 01 @ *Brethren Christian
05 *St Margaret’s
07 @ *Calvary Chapel/D

Sage Hill--New school as of 2001-2002 season

We have no roster information at this time.

Sage Hill
Coach: Gordon Mc Neil

N 26-30 @ Garden Grove Tourn
D 05 Garden Grove
10-14 Tarbut V’Torah Tourn
18 Tesoro
20 Saddleback Valley Chr
21 Century
J 04 Whitney
08 *Calvary Chapel/D
11 *Capistrano Valley Chr
15 @ *St Margaret’s
17 *Oxford Academy
22 @ *Brethren Christian
25 @ *Calvary Chapel/D
29 @ *Capistrano Valley Chr
F 01 *St Margaret’s
04 @ *Oxford Academy
07 *Brethren Christian

Brethren Christian--new to league
No roster information available.
Brethren Christian
Coach: Jon Bahnsen

N-27/D-1 Brethren Tourn
D 02 Delphi Academy
07 Grace Brethren
18-20 @ Oaks Christian Tourn
27-29 @ Valley Chr/Sm Tourn
J 04 Oaks Christian
08 *St Margaret’s
11 *Oxford Academy
12 @ Whittier Christian
15 @ *Capistrano Valley Chr
18 @ *Calvary Chapel/D
22 *Sage Hill
25 @ *St Margaret’s
30 @ *Oxford Academy
F 01 *Capistrano Valley Chr
05 *Calvary Chapel/D
07 @ *Sage Hill

Oxford Academy
roster information not available
Oxford Academy
Coach: David Clifton

N-26/D-1 @ BC Hooptime Invite
03 Fairmont Prep
04 Tarbut V’Torah
12 Century (JV)
14 @ Acaciawood Prep
17-22 @ Garden Grove Tourn
J 03 @ Orangewood Academy
04 *St Margaret’s
08 @ *Capistrano Valley Chr
11 @ *Brethren Christian
16 *Calvary Chapel/D
17 @ *Sage Hill
25 *Capistrano Valley Chr
30 *Brethren Christian
F 01 @ *Calvary Chapel/D
04 *Sage Hill
07 @ *St Margaret’s

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