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CIF-SS Small Enrollment Division Preview:
Prep League 2001-02--(Oct. 30, 2001)

Flintridge Prep
Rio Hondo Prep

The Prep League has been relatively competitive for the past decade or so, with Chadwick and Pasadena Poly usually providing most of the action, but Flintridge Prep from time to time has had some pretty good teams and some decent players.   Chadwick will be down a bit this year even though they return most of their players, simply because the two players they will be missing were the leading scorers, together accounting for about half the offensive output.   Peter McCaslin is now playing at USC, and Mike Reich, also All-CIF, has also graduated.  Pasadena Poly, which has turned out a number of Division I players over the years (Koko Archibong at Penn is the most recent) is always well coached, but took a hit when super-frosh Matt Sargeant transferred this summer to Ocean View.   We have no real idea about the rest of the league other than what we know from playoff rosters from last season.  The players listed below are the ones we anticipate will be on the rosters this season.  If anyone has more accurate information, let us know.  

Prep League Rosters Prep League Schedules
Chadwick--8-0, 15-8 (1st) "Dolphins"

Chadwick should return the following players for 2001-02:

Alexis Nikolakopulos 6'-3" Sr. F
Wes Putnam 6'-4" Jr. F
Chris Radaski 6'-3" Jr. F
Brian Bohlinger 5'-10 Sr. G
Matt Fournier 5'-7" Jr. G
Andrew Vickers' 6'-0" So. G
Dele Popoola 5'-8" Jr. G
Andrew Wolstan 5'-10" Jr. G
Ryan Murphy 6'-3" Sr. F
Kevin Ikeda 5'-8" Sr. G

The team graduated 5 seniors including their two leading scorers,  Peter McCaslin (USC) and Mike Reich.  We'll have a more complete preview shortly.


Coach: Mykol Lewis

D 04 @ Serra
07 Rolling Hills Prep
11 Brentwood
14 @ St Anthony
18 St Bernard
J 08 @ *Webb
11 *Flintridge Prep
12 @ *Poly/P
16 *Webb
19 @ Calvary Chapel/D
22 @ *Poly/P
25 *Rio Hondo Prep
F 02 Crossroads
06 @ *Flintridge Prep
07 @ *Rio Hondo Prep

Flintridge Prep--5-3, 12-11 (2nd) "Rebels"

Flintridge Prep graduated 9 seniors from last year's roster, but will have the following players for the 2001-2002 season:

Jesse Gullion 6'-2" So. G
Mike Miller 5'-11" Jr. G
James Barden 6'-0" So. G
Connor O'Byrne 6'-1" Sr. G
Frank Arthofer 5'-11" Jr. G
Prescott Gadd 6'-3" Jr. F
Tim Mercer 6-3" So. F
Wes Ouchi 5'-5" Fr. G
Rob Bachman 6'-0" Jr. G
Ramses Barden 6'-2" So. F
Greg Sherman 6'-0" Jr. F
Matt Johnson 6'-2' Jr. C

We received a note from Coach Garrett Ohara, and here's what he had to say: 

Coach's Outlook

The 2002 Rebels will look very different after losing 9 seniors to graduation. Only 2 members of last year's squad return, so it may take a while for this group to make an impact. Several key members are also playing for the playoff bound football team, so the early season will present a challenge. The Rebels also have a tough schedule to get them ready for Prep League play. Highlights include the La Canada tournament, which includes perennial power Bishop Montgomery as well as local powers John Muir and La Canada. The Rebels are the lone CIF entrant in the Eagle Rock tournament, featuring Los Angeles City Section schools.

The Players

The team will be lead by its lone senior and captain Connor O'Byrne. He is an offensive threat who can hit the 3 and has improved at driving to the basket. Tim Mercer is the other returning starter, a strong player who can score both from the inside and outside. He is also a top notch defender. Ramses Barden is the team's most versatile player. He should be able to contribute at both ends of the court. Prescott Gadd was the leading scorer on the JV team that went undefeated as Prep League Champions. He is also a good rebounder. Jesse Gullion can put the ball in the basket, as well as Mike Miller, a shooting guard and tough defender. Ballhandlers Frank Arthofer and freshman Wes Ouchi will be called on to steady the offensive attack. Rob Bachmann is an outside threat, Matt Johnson can defend and rebound, and Greg Sherman will add with his defensive tenacity.

About the league, Coach Ohara had this to say (we're deleting his comments regarding the "predicted order of finish" so as not to overly prejudice the rest of the coaches in the league against him. . . just kidding): 

Chadwick has gone unbeaten in the last two campaigns and looks to be the favorite. Flintridge has not won the title since 1966, so the Rebels need to perform at their best to contend.  Pasadena Poly will welcome back coach Brad Hall, and Webb returns every starter from last year's team, and Rio Hondo always play well at home.

Update (sort of) 11/24/01:

The LA Times had some coverage of local Glendale and La Canada area schools on Saturday, 11/24/01.  Here's what they had on Flintridge Prep (sort of the Reader's Digest version of what's above):


Coach: Garrett Ohara, third year.

League: Prep.

Last Season: 14-12, 5-3 in league for second place. Lost in third round of CIF Southern Section Division VAA playoffs to Granada Hills Hillcrest Christian, 55-51.

Players to watch:
Tim Mercer, sophomore, forward; Connor O'Byrne, senior, guard.

Ohara's quote: "With Connor [O'Byrne] being our only senior, and having just two returners from last year's team, it's going to take awhile for the guys to learn to play together."


Flintridge Prep
Coach: Garrett Ohara

N 30 @ Mary Star
D 11 Maranatha
12 San Gabriel Academy
14 La Salle
15-22 @ La Canada Tourn
26-29 @ Eagle Rock Tourn
J 04 @ *Rio Hondo Prep
05 St Bonaventure
08 @ *Poly/P
11 @ *Chadwick
15 @ *Webb
18 @ Oaks Christian
22 *Rio Hondo Prep
26 *Poly/P
30 Village Christian
F 01 *Webb
06 *Chadwick

Poly/Pasadena--4-4, 9-13 (3rd)   "Panthers"

We don't have complete info on Poly, and we've also been told that Coach Brad Hall has now left to become an assistant at Azusa Pacific (we think that's what we heard), but here's as much as we know based on last year's roster:

Kevin Kawachi 5'-10" Jr. G
Matt Robbins 5'-11" Sr. G
David Carlson 6'-3" Jr. C
Brett Nangesser 6'-3" Sr. C

Poly graduated 5 seniors from a 10 man roster and they also lost Matt Sargeant 6'-3" So. G who transferred to Ocean View.  We'll be seeing them early in the season, and will have a more complete roster at that time.


Coach: Brad Hall

N 30 @ Buckley
D 04 Oakwood
6-8 Poly/P Tourn
13-15 @ Carpinteria Tourn
20 @ Ontario Christian
27-29 @ Ontario Chr Tourn
J 05 San Gabriel Academy
08 *Flintridge Prep
12 *Chadwick
15 @ *Rio Hondo Prep
18 *Webb
22 @ *Chadwick
26 @ *Flintridge Prep
F 01 *Rio Hondo Prep
05 Cate
06 @ *Webb

Rio Hondo Prep--2-6, 7-15 (4th) "Kares"

We're not sure who is going to be at Rio Hondo this year, but based on last year's rosters, it looks like these guys will return:

Devon Drain 6'-1 Jr. G
Paul Hampton 5'11 Jr. G
Eric Wennerberg 6'-0" Sr. G
Ryan Westervoorde 6'-7" Sr. C

Rio Hondo Prep
Coach: Ken Drain

N 27 @ Hesperia Christian
N-29/D-1 @ Webb Tourn
D 04 @ Sherman Indian
06 California Lutheran
11 Grace Brethren
14 Sierra Vista
20 Kilpatrick
27-29 @ Bishop Tourn
J 04 *Flintridge Prep
11 *Webb
15 *Poly/P
22 @ *Flintridge Prep
25 @ *Chadwick
31 Masada
F 01 @ *Poly/P
05 @ *Webb
07 *Chadwick
08 Southwestern Aca

Vivian Webb--0-8., 5-13 (5th)
didn't make playoffs, roster info not available

Update: 11/21/01: 

The LA Times published a small preview of the Webb team as a part of its Inland Valley regional coverage of preps.  Here's what the paper had to say:

Coach: John Bettencourt (first year at Webb, first year overall)

2000-2001 record: 4-15, 0-8

Top returners:
*Arjun Rao (6-0, G/F, Sr.);
*Danny Smith (6-0, G, Jr.);
Caleb Reiss (6-2, F, Jr.);
Darek Baczynski (6-0, F, Jr.)

Top newcomers:
Jordan Bowne (5-10, G, Jr.);
Robbie Zondervan (6-2, F, Jr.)

"Outlook: Bettencourt, the respected former assistant to Joe Murillo when Chino High's girls were the area power, is starting from the ground up with the Gauls. It begins with a foundation of fundamentals while leaning on Rao (10 points, six rebounds last season) and Smith (eight points, three rebounds) to provide stability. "It's going to be a classroom setting," Bettencourt said. "We have to adjust to the talent we have. We have to use our intelligence as a source."


Coach: TBA

N-29/D-1 Webb Tourn
D 04 @ Aquinas
6-9 @ Woodvrest Chr Tourn
14 @ Cate
18 Kilpatrick
J 08 *Chadwick
11 @ *Rio Hondo Prep
15 *Flintridge Prep
16 @ *Chadwick
18 @ *Poly/P
F 01 @ *Flintridge Prep
05 *Rio Hondo Prep
06 *Poly/P

Cal. Acad. Math & Science
Joining league 2001-2002 (formerly Freelance):
No schedule submitted (may not play basketball, and hence not part of the league in this sport.  At this time we have no information one way or the other).

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