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

Antelope Valley Christian
Apple Valley Christian
Bethel Christian/Lancaster
Hesperia Christian
Joshua Springs
Victor Valley Christian

The Agape League is usually kind of a mystery.  One of the smallest enrollment leagues tucked way up in the Lancaster and high desert region, news of these teams during the season rarely leaks out and with reduced coverage from the LA Times, we're not expecting to hear much from these schools until playoff time. We have only scant roster information on some of the schools and others we have absolutely nothing except a schedule.  Antelope Valley Christian has won the league for the last four or five years in a row, and they've also somehow managed each season to make it to the semis or the finals of Division V-A playoffs.  Last year they made it to the finals again and were beaten pretty soundly by Price, which just demonstrated how much difference there is between a school like price and the rest of the teams at the lowest enrollment levels.  Usually one or two solid players is enough to get a team a league title... With Price, it's been scary to think about 10 or more guys who can all play, some at the Division I college level.   Antelope Valley Christian is going to be way down this year in terms of overall talent, but Jeremiah Nurse and Joshua Ledford will provide some depth, otherwise the team is really raw.  Apple Valley Christian picked up two key transfers in Kevin and Josh Dillon and should be much improved. And as we said, we know next to nothing about anyone else.  But at least we have schedules. 

Agape League Rosters Agape League  Schedules
Antelope Valley Christian--10-0, 18-6 (1st) "Eagles"

Returning players include:

Jeremiah Nurse  5'-10" So. G
Percy Pickett  5'-10" Jr. G
Eun Kik (Chris) Yoo  6'-1" Jr. F
Joshua Ledford  6'-8" Sr. F
John Jay Haggerty  5'-6" Jr. G

Antelope Valley Christian
Coach: David Nurse

N 26 Immanuel Christian
28 @ Laguna Blanca Tourn
D 05 Laguna Blanca
07 Bakersfield Christian
13 @ Valley Chr/San Jose Tourn
17 Lutheran/LA
27 @ Lutheran/LV Tourn
J 08 @ *Victor Valley Chr
11 *Bethel Christian
15 *Joshua Springs
18 @ *Hesperia Christian
22 @ *Apple Valley Chr
25 *Victor Valley Chr
29 @ *Bethel Christian
F 01 @ *Joshua Springs
05 *Hesperia Christian
08 *Apple Valley Chr

Joshua Springs--6-4, 12-10 (2nd) "Lightning"
Returning players include:
Nathan Rynning  6'-0" So. G
Chris Rowe  5'-5" Sr. G
Ulysses Gamboa  6'-0" Sr. G
Isaiah Hagerman  6'-3" Sr. C
Justin Peterson  6'-1" Jr. F
(lost four seniors to graduation)
Joshua Springs
Coach: Derek Bogue

D 04 @ Yucca Valley
6-8 Joshua Springs
11 Ambassador Christian
13 Twin Pines
14 @ Desert Chapel
21 @ Baptist Christian
27-29 @ Joshua Springs Tourn
J 03 @ Twin Pines
08 @ *Hesperia Christian
11 *Victor Valley Chr
15 @ *Antelope Valley Chr
18 *Apple Valley Christian
22 @ *Bethel Christian/L
25 *Hesperia Christian
29 @ *Victor Valley Christian
F 01 *Antelope Valley Chr
05 @ *Apple Valley Christian
08 *Bethel Christian/L

Apple Valley Christian--6-4, 16-6 (2nd tie)

Returning players should include:

Ryan Manahl 5'-11" Jr.  F
Josh Vaughn 5'-5" Jr. G
Jay Sayegh 6'-1" Sr  C
Ray Acuna 6'-1" Sr. F
Josh Jacobs 6'-3" Jr. F
Geoff Gutierrez 5'-9" Jr. G

Key transfers include:

Kevin Dillon  6’1” Jr. G
Josh Dillon  6'1" Sr. G

Apple Valley Christian
Coach: Rick Huff

N 27 @ Lucerne Valley
30 Baptist Christian
D 4-8 @ Hesperia Chr Tourn
11 Desert Christian/BD
13 @ Trona
20 Silver Valley
26-30 @ Victor Vly Chr Tour
J 04 Boron
08 *Bethel Christian/L
11 *Hesperia Christian
15 @ *Victor Valley Chr
18 *Joshua Springs
22 *Antelope Valley Chr
25 @ *Bethel Christian/L
29 @ *Hesperia Christian
F 01 *Victor Valley Chr
05 @ *Joshua Springs
08 @ *Antelope Valley Chr

Hesperia Christian--6-4, 14-8 (2nd tie)

Coach Bickley has been tied up coaching football at Hesperia Christian, but we heard from someone else affiliated with the school who sent us the following updated information:

"Here is a possible list of varsity players for this season. The varsity is only losing two seniors from last year's squad: Chris Rehrer, starting point guard and  Chris Allen, starting shooting guard.

Returning varsity players:

Nate Patterson 6'3" Jr C
David Little 6'4" Sr F/C
Bryan Glass 6'3" Jr F
Jesse McDonald 6'3" Jr F
Trevor Wagstaffe 6'1" So. PG
Aaron Garcia 6' Jr G

Junior Varsity with a chance to make varsity:

Stephen Pappas 5'10" So. SG
Dan Marriott 5'11" Jr F
Josh Martinson 5'10"Jr F
Luke Sullivan 6'7" Sr C
Joey Hunnicut 6'2" So. F
Andrew Arredondo 5'9" Jr F
Seth Taylor 6'1" Jr F

Others with a chance to make varsity:

Luke Sullivan 6'7" Sr C
Josh Hamilton 5'10" PG

"Hesperia Christian took second place in the Agape League tied with Joshua Springs and Apple Valley Christian. They lost in the 1st round of CIF play-offs to Desert Christian Bermuda Dunes 50-45. They return three junior starters, Patterson, Glass and McDonald. McDonald and Glass are their designated three point shooters and when they are hot the Patriots don't lose. The question is whether Coach Chad Bickley can get a good performance out of those two stars each night. Patterson is stronger and improvd over last year. At the two guard positions, three guys will fight it out. Trevor Wagstaffe played varsity last year backing up Chris Rehrer. Wagstaffe is a good defender and great passer but still needs some work on improving his dribbling skills and becoming the playmaker the Patriots need. Josh Hamilton will also vie for one of those two spots. Hamilton is a good shooter and dribbler. Junior Aaron Garcia will also contend for a starting position.  Senior David Little also could become the number six man.   As a team, HCS has to improve its rebounding skills as most of their losses came from failure to get more than one shot on the offensive side of the court."

Sounds like a pretty complete preview. . . .

Hesperia Christian
Coach: Chad Bickley

N 27 Rio Hondo Prep
30 @ Lucerne Valley
D 4-8 Hesperia Chr Tourn
11 @ Linfield
14 @ Santa Clarita Christian
18 Vasquez
27-29 @ Valley Chr/SM Tourn
J 04 Silver Valley
08 *Joshua Springs
11 @ *Apple Valley Christian
15 @ *Bethel Christian/L
18 *Antelope Valley Chr
22 *Victor Valley Christian
25 @ *Joshua Springs
29 *Apple Valley Christian
F 01 *Bethel Christian/L
05 @ *Antelope Valley Chr
08 @ *Victor Valley Christian

Victor Valley Christian--2-8, 10-13 (5th)

Eric Belton 5'-9" Sr. G
Matt Wade 6'-0" Jr. F

Update 12/03/01:  Coach Marcus Quarles sent us his roster information:

This is Marcus Quarles, Varsity Boys Basketball coach at Victor Valley Christian School. Here's some info on the team. This will be my first full year as a varsity coach. Here's this year's roster:

Chavez, Luis Sr.G 5’11” 175
Dandrige, Jon Sr.G/F 6’3” 170
DeJarnette, Joe Fr.G 5’9” 135
Doty, Adam Sr.F 6’ 195
Hofflinger, Mike Jr.G/F 6’3” 180
Millner, Mark Sr.G/F 6’ 180
Nuestro, Ryan So.G 5’10” 160
Oshinuga, Charles Jr.F/C 6’4” 160
Shroyer, Phillip Jr.G 5’11” 180
Townsend, Jamor Fr.G 5’11” 155

4 potential starters transferred out of the school for this year, one of them an all CIF selection, Aja Ajanwachuku, so we are a little depleted in the area of personnel. With only 2 returning varsity players, Mark Millner and Mike Hofflinger, this year is kind of up in the air. In spite of this there is talent here, but its raw. How much they can learn will determine how far we go.

We had a decent but sloppy first outing against a weak opponent in AAE. In winning 79-33 we forced 34 turnovers (but gave up 16), Mark Millner had 35 points (8 3's), and Luis Chavez had 11 steals.


Victor Valley Christian
Coach: Marcus Quarles

D 4-8 @ Hesperia Chr Tourn
26-28 Victor Valley Chr Tourn
J 04 @ Lucerne Valley
08 *Hesperia Christian
11 *Antelope Valley Chr
15 @ *Joshua Springs
18 *Apple Valley Christian
22 *Bethel Christian/L
25 *Hesperia Christian
29 @ *Antelope Valley Chr
F 01 *Joshua Springs
06 @ *Apple Valley Christian
08 @ *Bethel Christian/L

Bethel Christian/Lancaster--0-10, 2-15 (6th) Bethel Christian/Lancaster
Coach: TBA

N 27 @ Boron
D 04 @ Faith Baptist
18 @ Masada
J 08 @ *Apple Valley Chr
11 @ *Antelope Valley Chr
15 *Hesperia Christian
18 @ *Victor Valley Chr
22 *Joshua Springs
25 *Apple Valley Chr
29 *Antelope Valley Chr
F 01 @ *Hesperia Christian
05 *Victor Valley Chr
08 @ *Joshua Springs

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