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March 17, 1994|SEAN WATERS

FINAL PEP TALK

Pacific Hills basketball Coach John Bobich has run out of pep talks to give his players.

Bobich has told his players that "this is the biggest game of the year" for the past eight games. And the pep talk has worked.

The Bruins (24-9), who barely qualified for the Southern Section playoffs as the fourth-place team in the Delphic League, will play Ripon Christian (34-1) Saturday in the State Division V championship game at the Oakland Coliseum. They qualified for their second state final appearance, beating Immanuel of Reedley, 74-51, in the Southern California Regional final Saturday at Cal State Dominguez Hills.

"It happened all so quickly," Bobich said. "We struggled to make the playoffs and I told the players we need this game and they continue to step up. The whole team is in a zone."

So now that the Bruins are in the state final, what is Bobich going to tell his players?

"I think the state finals are self-motivating," he said. "I don't think I have to say too much."

One player who really has improved his game is 6-foot-4 forward Danny Brummel.

Brummel made an off-balance 10-foot bank shot at the buzzer to beat North Hollywood Campbell Hall, 44-42, in the Southern California Regional semifinals Thursday at Occidental College.

Brummel, who is averaging 21 points in the playoffs, scored a game-high 27 points against Reedley. He made 12 of 14 shots, including two three-point baskets, as the Bruins shot 77% from the field.

FRIAR ON THE RISE

Michael Smith is the top player for Providence, but his successor may be a 6-foot-9 forward from Santa Monica.

Austin Croshere, The Times' 1992 Westside player of the year, has made important contributions as a reserve for Providence.

Keep an eye out for Croshere when the Friars (20-9) play Alabama (19-9) tonight in the NCAA Southeast Regional at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky.

On Friday, Croshere had 10 points and six rebounds in nine minutes to help the Friars beat Villanova in the Big East tournament quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden.

Smith was the Friars' hero with 25 points and 12 rebounds, but Croshere played a key role off the bench.

In his college debut, Croshere had 23 points against Brown.

JUSTICE SERVED

File this under "It pays to complain."

In a Feb. 3 article, The Times Westside Section reported that Westchester quarterback Seka Edwards had not received a scholarship offer despite his impressive high school credentials.

Edwards, a two-time Times' Westside offensive back of the year, passed for 2,053 yards and 28 touchdowns last season to help the Comets advance to the City Section 4-A Division semifinals. He passed for 3,599 yards and 52 touchdowns in the past two seasons.

In the article, it was reported that recruiters considered the 6-1, 170-pound Edwards too small to play college football.

According to Comet Coach Larry Wein, a Lehigh graduate saw the article and called the football coaches at his alma mater.

"Their quarterback had graduated and he knew his school was still looking for a replacement," Wein said. "He called to tell the coaches that Edwards was available. That story started the whole process."

Last week, Edwards accepted a scholarship to play football for Lehigh.

FAMILIAR LOOK

The St. Bernard girls' basketball team will try to win its second consecutive State Division IV-A title Friday at the Oakland Coliseum. The Vikings will play Grass Valley Bear River in a rematch of last season's title game, which they won, 59-48.

Olympia Scott had 25 points and 19 rebounds as the Vikings (28-5) beat Santa Ynez, 54-41, to win the Southern California Regional on Saturday at Cal State Dominguez Hills. The Vikings also beat Santa Ynez, 52-39, to win the Southern Section Division IV-AA championship.

"Even though we're playing the same teams, each game gets tougher and tougher," St. Bernard Coach Lori Pawinski said.

Scott, a 6-foot-2 senior who will attend Stanford in the fall, was one of two players from California selected to play in the third annual Kodak Girls' High School All-America game, April 18, in Jackson, Tenn. The game features the top 20 high school players in the nation and will be televised by Prime Network and its affiliates.

Scott, The Times' 1993 Westside player of the year, has averaged 17.7 points and 14.8 rebounds for the Vikings. In last season's state final against Bear River, Scott had 24 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks.

"I think she's one of the best players in the nation and she deserves this recognition," Pawinski said.

Nicole Erickson of Brea-Olinda was the other California player selected to play in the game.

Timicha Kirby of Lynwood and Mimi McKinney of Peninsula were selected to the Kodak honorable mention team.

HALL OF FAMER

Charley Sands, West Los Angeles College's first and only basketball coach, received a special 60th birthday present when he was inducted into the Community College Basketball Hall of Fame on March 10.

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