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Spectrum Broadens Among Elite Team's Representatives : Football: Perennial powers dominate selections, but, in Birmingham, Grant and Van Nuys, they have company from schools in unfamiliar territory.

December 14, 1989|JOHN LYNCH | TIMES STAFF WRITER

At first glance, The Times' 1989 All-Valley high school football team follows a pattern. The area's traditionally strong teams again dominate the selections.

Granada Hills High, the only Valley school to win a City Section 4-A Division championship since 1975, placed three players on the first team along with Notre Dame, one of the area's oldest private schools. And Canyon and Hart, perennial Southern Section powers, each placed two. In addition, Kennedy had two selections on the 23-player first team.

But a closer look reveals a subtle shift in power to previously weaker programs. For the first time in five years, City 3-A schools Birmingham, Grant and Van Nuys are represented on the first team, a reflection of their surprising success.

In addition, Montclair Prep, which plays in Division IX, the lowest level of competition among Southern Section teams, was represented for the first time since 1985 when Rich Swinton, who now plays at Washington State, was a first-team selection.

Mountie running back Derek Sparks, the area's leading rusher with 1,944 yards, is joined on the team by Birmingham quarterback-defensive back Danny Larson, Grant quarterback-defensive back Marlowe Lewis and Van Nuys lineman Edvin Babayova.

Babayova and Lewis led their teams to league titles; Babayova earned a share of the Mid-Valley League MVP and Lewis claimed co-MVP honors in the East Valley. Babayova, a dominant lineman on both sides of the ball, symbolized the Van Nuys season, leading a team with no skill-position stars to a 5-2 league record (5-5 overall).

Grant was the surprise team of the area. The Lancers started the season with seven consecutive wins, including a stunning 40-13 victory over traditional power Reseda, and finished with a 9-2 mark.

Birmingham rekindled memories of its glory years in the 1970s with a respectable 5-3-1 record, and Larson led Valley City passers with 1,445 yards.

The team comprises 16 seniors and seven juniors. Canyon tailback Chris Peery is the only repeat selection, but he skipped a year.

Peery was an All-Valley selection two seasons ago when he also was named state sophomore player of the year by Cal-Hi Sports.

First-team players and their coaches and parents are invited to The Times' football awards brunch, scheduled for 9 a.m. Sunday at the Anaheim Hilton. The winners of awards for coach of the year, back of the year and lineman of the year will be announced.

* ALL-VALLEY CAPSULES: C18

* SECOND-TEAM CHART: C18

* GLENDALE, VENTURA TEAMS: Part J of regional editions

PREP FOOTBALL ALL-STARS 1989

OFFENSE Name: Clint Beauer Position: Receiver School: Canyon Height: 6-3 Weight: 195 Year: Senior Name: Howard Blackwell Position: Receiver School: Hart Height: 5-10 Weight: 170 Year: Senior Name: Christian Fauria Position: Tight End School: Crespi Height: 6-4 Weight: 205 Year: Senior Name: Edvin Babayova Position: Lineman School: Van Nuys Height: 6-3 Weight: 225 Year: Senior Name: Tim DeGroote Position: Lineman School: Hart Height: 6-3 Weight: 245 Year: Junior Name: John DiSante Position: Lineman School: Notre Dame Height: 6-4 Weight: 250 Year: Senior Name: John Jones Position: Lineman School: Kennedy Height: 6-2 Weight: 280 Year: Senior Name: Ontlwaun Carter Position: Back School: Kennedy Height: 5-11 Weight: 174 Year: Junior Name: Chris Peery Position: Back School: Canyon Height: 6-1 Weight: 215 Year: Senior Name: Joey Rosselli Position: Back School: Alemany Height: 6-1 Weight: 180 Year: Senior Name: Derek Sparks Position: Back School: Montclair Prep Height: 6-0 Weight: 212 Year: Junior Name: Frank Diana Position: Kicker School: Cleveland Height: 5-11 Weight: 200 Year: Senior DEFENSE Name: Gregory Bernard Position: Lineman School: Taft Height: 5-11 Weight: 225 Year: Senior Name: Owen Taylor Position: Lineman School: Notre Dame Height: 6-2 Weight: 255 Year: Senior Name: Jamal Anderson Position: Linebacker School: El Camino Real Height: 5-11 Weight: 205 Year: Senior Name: Vincent Hall Position: Linebacker School: San Fernando Height: 5-10 Weight: 192 Year: Senior Name: Brett Washington Position: Linebacker School: Granada Hills Height: 6-0 Weight: 215 Year: Senior Name: Jerome Casey Position: Back School: Sylmar Height: 5-10 Weight: 180 Year: Senior Name: Leon Glasgow Position: Back School: Granada Hills Height: 5-9 Weight: 180 Year: Senior Name: Danny Larson Position: Back School: Birmingham Height: 6-2 Weight: 185 Year: Senior Name: Marlowe Lewis Position: Back School: Grant Height: 5-10 Weight: 165 Year: Senior Name: Errol Small Position: Back School: Notre Dame Height: 6-2 Weight: 210 Year: Senior Name: Derrick Stewart Position: Back School: Granada Hills Height: 5-11 Weight: 185 Year: Junior

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