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

Los Angeles Baptist
Village Christian

The Alpha League is sometimes good, sometimes very good, and then other years, it just falls off the face of the planet.  We're not quite sure what this year will bring, and part of the continuing mystery about this league is the fact that Kilpatrick is in it.   Kilpatrick last year made it to the CIF Division V-AA finals, ultimately losing to Calvary Chapel Downey.  Last year they had several high quality athletes at Kilpatrick, including former Compton Dominguez point guard Kielon Fortune, but who will be there this year is always an unknown because the school is run by the LA Superior Court system as a school for juvenile offenders.  Thus it is, by law, shrouded in secrecy and even the names of the students currently enrolled is supposed to be kept from the public domain. School officials and coaches are prohibited by law from even talking about their kids, so we have no idea who will be there this year (students are limited to one year at Kilpatrick and then they must move on and out).  Kilpatrick also suffered from the death of its first year coach immediately after the season as Alvin Brown, 29, died in March of an apparent but previously undislcosed heart problem.  According to sources, Brown will be replaced by Shon Tarver, the former UCLA standout.

Marshall Fundamental (aka Pasadena Marshall) is also a mystery.  They rarely, if ever,  submit schedules to the CIF, and rarely do we know who will be there, and that goes for this year too.    We know a little about Paraclete (which is usually known for its football, not basketball), LA Baptist and Village Christian.  It is rumored that next season there will be a major re-leaguing among the teams in this league as well as the Delphic and several other leagues, and that Campbell Hall and Montclair Prep will move back to the Alpha and perhaps other schools will move into the Delphic.  For now though here's what we know about the Alpha league as presently constituted, including schedules where they've been submitted to the CIF-SS: 

Alpha League Alpha League  Schedules
Kilpatrick--8-0, 22-1 (1st) CIF-SS Finalist V-AA
No roster available (school run by LA
County Superior Court.  Different players each year)
Coach: TBA

N 29 @ Nordhoff Tourn
D 05 @ Thacher
18 @ Webb
20 @ Rio Hondo Prep
26 @ Ontario Christian Tourn
J 04 @ Bishop Diego
11 @ *LA Baptist
16 @ *Marshall
18 @ *Village Christian
23 @ Villanova Prep
24 @ Oaks Christian
29 @ *Paraclete
30 @ *Marshall
F 01 @ *LA Baptist
05 @ *Village Christian
07 @ *Paraclete

Marshall Fundamental--5-2, 13-8 (2nd)

No roster available.


No schedule submitted to the CIF
Paraclete--3-6, 7-14 (3rd tie)  "Spirits"

Returning players should include: Curtis Brown  6'-0" Sr. F
Tommy Caton  5'-10" Jr. G
Matt Lowrey  5'-11" Sr. G
Drew Gill 6'-1" Sr. G
John Taylor  5'-11" Sr. G
Daniel Garwacki  6'-8" Jr. C
Harvey Thomas  5'-11" Sr. G
Chris Paschaldis  6'-1" Jr. "F
Matt Marquez  6'-1" Jr. F
Josh Hiley  6'-4" Sr. C
Mike Pepo  6'-6" Jr. F

According to our sources, Paraclete may be a preseason favorite for the Alpha League title. They are led by guards Drew Gill and Matt Marquez, along with center Josh Hiley. Rumor also has it that they picked up a center by transfer.  


Coach: JR Chapman

N-29/D-1 @ Rosamond Tourn
D 3-5 @ Milken Comm Tourn
11 Rosamond
14 Tehachapi
18 Antelope VAlley
27-29 @ LA Baptist Tourn
J 04 Desert Christian
11 *Marshall
12 *Village Christian
18 *LA Baptist
26 @ *Village Christian
29 *Kilpatrick
F 02 @ *Marshall
05 @ *LA Baptist
07 *Kilpatrick

LA Baptist--2-6, 13-7 (4th) "Knights"

Here's the roster for the 2001-02 season:

Brian Rice 6'0'' Sr. G/F
Steve Graham 6'4'' Sr. F
Mike Finateri 5'8'' Sr. PG
Billy Snodgrass 6'5'' Jr. C
Andrew Svendsen 6'1'' Jr. G
John Shedd 6'1'' Jr. C
Austin Nicholson 6'1'' Jr. G
Sean MacIntyre 6'1'' Jr. F
Brian Krzych 5'8'' Jr. PG
Nate Loakes 6'0'' Jr. G

Head Coach: Maury Neville
Assistants: Mark Hubbard and Graig Lord

Last year the nights finished with a record of 18-7. They were 2-1 in the IV-A playoffs last year with wins over Loma Linda Acadamy and second seeded Calvary Chapel Santa Ana, losing to St. Monica in the semi-finals.   Last year the Knights won the Fillmore Tourney with noteable wins over Nordoff and Santa Paula. They came in third in the LA Baptist Christmas Tournament and the Carpenteria Tournament. The Knights will be led this year  on the offensive end this by Steve Graham, Austin Nicholson, and Billy Snodgrass, and they have lots of young talent.   Whether they can make up for the loss of all 5 starters from last year's team is something only time will tell.


Los Angeles Baptist
Coach: Maury Neville

N 30 @ Oak Park
D 04 Loma Linda Academy
6-8 @ Fillmore Tourn
11 @ St Genevieve
13-15 @ Carpinteria Tourn
18 Fillmore
27-29 LA Baptist Tourn
J 04 Carpinteria
08 *Marshall
11 *Kilpatrick
15 *Village Christian
17 @ *Paraclete
26 @ *Marshall
F 01 *Kilpatrick
02 @ *Village Christian
05 *Paraclete

Village Christian--2-7, 14-8 (5th) "Crusaders"

The 2001-2002 roster is as follows:

Jacob Briggs 10 G/F 6’3"
Ian Martin 12 G 5’11"
John Mark Wendler 11 C 6’3"
Patrick Long 11 F 6’1"
Willy Pena 10 G 5’9"
Matt Levoe 12 F/C 6’2"
Karo Torosian 12 G 6’0"
Austin Lagasse 12 G 5’11"
Daniel Barrett 10 G 5’10"
Jerimiah Schultz 12 C 6’2"
Jimmy Hall 12 F 6’1"
Kyle Whitten 12 G 5’7"

Head Coach: Patrick Hamblin (The
Master’s College ’97)
Asst. Coach: Kevin Aust (Azusa
Pacific ’99)
Asst. Coach: David Delamare (Lee
University ’01)
Trainer: Rick Young
AD: Marty Martin (Liberty University)

Our source also had some info on the rest of the league as well:  Kilpatrick will have some height but obviously no one near the talent level
of Keilon Fortune.  Pasadena Marshall is a virtual unknown. In the Paraclete summer tournament they were beaten by Fillmore by 25 points.
They do not seem to have near the talent they have had in years past. LAB is hurting from the loss of its entire starting five. They return a junior center, Snodgrass who has height, but limited experience as well as two guards up from the JV's. Steven Graham, who plays quarterback for the Knight's football team is also coming out the is year will probably be their best all-around athlete. 

The strength of the Village Christian team (in comparison to others in the league) is two returning sophomores: Jacob Briggs averaged 16.9 ppg. and 9.1 rpg. in league last season, making second team All-Alpha League as a freshman, and Daniel Barrett could possibly be one of the best point guards in the league this year. After being primarily a spot shooter last year while Daryl Ellis ran the point for Village Christian, he has developed his all-around game. These two have a very bright future ahead of them.

Update 11/24/01: The LA Times published some small preview capsules of Glendale-LaCanada based teams on Saturday, 11/24/01. Here's what they said about Village Christian:

Coach: Pat Hamblin, fourth year.
League: Alpha.

Last Season: 7-18, 2-7 in league for fourth place. Did not qualify for playoffs.

Players to watch:

Daniel Barrett, sophomore, guard; Jacob Briggs, sophomore, guard; Jimmy Hall, senior, forward.

Hamblin's quote: "I think we've turned the corner with our basketball program at Village. The varsity has been steadily improving and our JVs are extremely talented."

Village Christian
Coach: Patrick Hamblin

D 04 Fillmore
6-8 @ Fillmore Tourn
11 @ Bell-Jeff
12-15 @ Mojave Tourn
20 Desert Christian
26-29 Village Christian Tourn
J 05 @ Big Bear
12 @ *Paraclete
15 @ *LA Baptist
18 *Kilpatrick
22 *Marshall
26 *Paraclete
30 @ Flintridge Prep
F 02 *LA Baptist
05 *Kilpatrick
07 @ *Marshall

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