Whittier Christian is the coaches' favorite to repeat as league champion. Most feel the Heralds can challenge for a Southern Section and state title. Besides those listed below, other league members are Capistrano Valley Christian, Orange Lutheran, Southern California Christian and Ontario Christian.
WHITTIER CHRISTIAN--The Heralds were undefeated in the regular season last year but lost to Crossroads High in the playoffs. That defeat stunned Coach Bill Cuccia, but he has assembled a team that may be even better. Gone is Todd Morrison, who averaged 14.1 points and 11 rebounds, but seven players, including four starters, return from a 25-1 team. "We have the most talent in our top seven players than we've had in my 11 years in Whittier," Cuccia said. Returning are the Martin brothers--6-5 forward Erik and 6-2 guard Chris--along with 6-2 Mike Goodcase, an all-league performer; 6-4 forward Chris Syke, 6-2 guard Doug Newley and three-year letterman Sam Hoogsteen, a 6-3 swingman. A top newcomer is Matt Lien, a 6-7 senior who has grown four inches since last season.
BRETHREN--For Coach Richard Thomas, a playoff berth may be a long shot. Chris Tatum, a second-team all-league choice a year ago as a 6-2 swingman, returns, but the Warriors are thin on experience. Says Thomas: "We have some potential but lack size. Our league appears to be balanced." He predicts a fourth- or fifth-place finish.