CIF-SS Small Enrollment Division
Hi-Lo League 2001-02--(Nov. 11, 2001)
Acad. of Academic Excellence
We don't often hear much about the schools located out in the desert, and sometimes there's a good reason for that, i.e., there's not much to hear about. But even if there was, the news comes very slowly out of the high and low desert regions among the smallest enrollment schools principally because each of the schools in this league are so geographically diverse and there's just no metropolitan daily providing them with constant ink. Baker Valley, Death Valley, Big Pine, Lee Vining and Owens Valley are about as far from the metropolitan Los Angeles megalopolis as you can get and still be in what passes for civilization. Of course, many believe that out there it's much more civilized, and with satellite tv, no overcrowding, clear skies and low crime rates, who are we to argue. If you were ever curious about checking out a game at one of these schools, just get a map and look for highways 395 and 14, and try not to run over any wildlife on the way there. Many of the schools in this league wind up playing teams in Nevada given their proximity, but the bottom line is that we know very little about what these schools will be like this year.
Last season Big Pine made it to the V-A playoffs and lost to Apple Valley in the first round; Trona also lost in V-A first round polay to Joshua Springs, and Owns Valley, the No. 4 team in the league lost to Cal Lutheran, the Metro League's No. 1 team. Immanuel Christian, the No. 1 team in the Hi-Lo league was seeded in the V-A playoffs opposite Acaciawood, at that time a Free Lance team which has since joined the new San Joaquin League, and lost in the first round. How any of these teams will do this year is just a complete mystery. We've got some roster info, but it's very limited, as is some of the scheduling info.
We're working here with very limited information as far as "previews" are concerned. What follows is what we know about the teams thus far this season, which means we're looking at old rosters and trying to predict who will be returning and which younger players will be stepping up. The schedules are accurate as far as we know. We encourage coaches to send us their official rosters (via e-mail, not on the message board, please) and any other information about their teams so we can update the previews and rosters as the season progresses.
|Hi-Lo League Rosters||Hi-Lo League Schedules|
10-8 (1st) "Crusaders"
Frank Graham 5'-7" So. G
Charles Walters 5'-4" Jr. G
Curtis Staples 5'-10" Sr. G
Matt Minnick 5'-11" Sr. F/G
Gret Teeter 6'-3" Sr. C/F
Kevin Spargo 5'-11"Jr. F/G
DID NOT SUBMIT SCHEDULE
13-6 (2nd tie) "Warriors"
Big Pine appears to be returning most of the roster from last season:
Elliot Thomas 5'-10" Jr. G
Coach: Darrin Chirrick
N 28 Boron
(2nd tie) "Tornadoes"
Trona should return the following players:
Andy Ramos 5'-3" Sr. G
Coach: Dave Barrett
N 30 @ Boron
|Owens Valley--7-5, 11-11 (4th)
Oens Valley made the playoffs as the No. 4 team in the league, but we didn't receive any CIF media sheet and thus have no information. They lost in the first round to California Lutheran last season in the V-A playoffs.
D 04 Mammoth
|Lee Vining--5-7, 6-9 (5th)
No roster, no schedule. Nada.
DID NOT SUBMIT SCHEDULE
|Death Valley Academy--1-11,
Ditto for Death Valley. No roster, no other info except what looks like about half a schedule.
Coach: Joe R Davis
J 08 *Baker Valley
Baker Valley won only 1 game last season, and only played 15 games. This year, the schedule doesn't show any preseason tournaments, and there are 10 games, which means they are about 6 short (considering there are 8 teams in the league), so our guess is that the schedule at right is only half complete.
Coach: Duane Bemis
D 27 @ Joshua Springs
New to the league this year, freelance last season.
|Academy of Academic Excellence
N 26 Mesa Grande
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