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Boys' Basketball Preivew

November 27, 1994

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Northern Conference

Belmont

* Coach: Jack Hansen, fifth year.

* 1993-94 Record: 11-10.

* Prediction: This will be a rebuilding year for Belmont, which returns only two starters. The Sentinels will field a short but scrappy starting five.

* Game not to miss: Marshall at Belmont, Dec. 9.

Top Returning Players

NAME HGT. POS. YR. John Arcenas 5-8 G Sr. Jerry Alejandre 6-1 C Sr.

Top Newcomers

NAME HGT. POS. YR. German Ayala 5-7 G Sr. John Burdios 5-10 F Jr. Luis Valdivia 6-0 F Sr.

Franklin

* Coach: Robin Cardona, seventh year.

* 1993-94 Record: 22-4.

* Prediction: Two-sport star Johnnie Sanders averaged 26 points and 11 rebounds last season and was selected Northern Conference most valuable player for the second consecutive season. Joey Arviso, last season's top junior varsity player, will add more depth to an already solid bench.

* Game not to miss: Wilson at Franklin, Jan. 20.

Top Returning Players

NAME HGT. POS. YR. Johnnie Sanders 6-3 G/F Sr. H. DeSargent 6-4 F So. Jeff Deno 6-0 G Sr. Albert Torres 5-9 G Sr.

Top Newcomers

NAME HGT. POS. YR. Joey Arviso 6-2 F Sr. Art Mejia 6-3 F Sr.

Lincoln

* Coach: Rourke Huff, 15th year.

* 1993-94 Record: 19-8.

* Prediction: The Tigers hope to play at least .500 basketball with a relatively young team. Allen Gomez has good post moves. Leslie Richards is a three-year varsity letterman who plays well everywhere on the court.

* Game not to miss: Franklin at Lincoln, Jan. 11.

Top Returning Players

NAME HGT. POS. YR. Allen Gomez 6-5 F/C Jr. Leslie Richards 6-2 G Sr. Kat Pa 5-7 G Sr. Cesar Acevas 6-1 G Sr. Frank Cerros 6-4 F Sr.

Top Newcomers

NAME HGT. POS. YR. Israel Gomez 6-3 F Sr. Jamie Oseguerra 6-2 G Jr. Juan Castellanos 5-7 G Jr.

Marshall

* Coach: Henfred Brard, sixth year.

* 1993-94 Record: 18-8.

* Prediction: Brard, who previously coached at Marshall from 1986-91, returns to his alma mater. The Barristers are well-stocked with guards, so quickness and a pressing defense will be the keys.

* Game not to miss: Franklin at Marshall, Jan. 6.

Top Returning Players

NAME HGT. POS. YR. Johnny Diep 5-9 G Sr. David He 5-10 G Sr. Joe Borges 6-1 F Sr.

Top Newcomers

NAME HGT. POS. YR. Kevin Holle 6-1 F So. Billy Franco 5-9 G Sr.

Wilson

* Coach: Mario Cantu, 14th year.

* 1993-94 Record: 11-9.

* Prediction: The Mules should finish in the middle of the pack in the Northern Conference. Darry Brown is an upcoming forward who is very aggressive on the boards. Mario Aguilar is a smart, hard-working point guard.

* Game not to miss: Franklin at Wilson, Dec. 7.

Top Returning Players

NAME HGT. POS. YR. Darry Brown 6-2 F Jr. Mario Aguilar 5-10 G Sr. Sam Tran 5-11 G Jr. Leonard Thompson 6-0 G Jr. Eddie Gonzalez 5-10 G Sr.

Top Newcomers

NAME HGT. POS. YR. Joe Ramirez 6-5 C So. Miguel Vinzor 6-3 F Jr. Jarrod Smith 5-11 G So. Rene Diaz 5-11 G Jr.

Southeastern Conference

Bell

* Coach: Randy Kiehm, third year.

* 1993-94 Record: 15-11.

* Prediction: The Eagles, who advanced to the 3-A semifinals last season, graduated most of their key players, but still could be a contender this year.

* Game not to miss: Huntington Park at Bell, Feb. 3.

Top Returning Players

NAME HGT. POS. YR. Fred Alcala 5-7 G Sr. Reggie Aleman 6-0 F Sr. Omar Artega 5-10 G Sr. Mohammed Saleh 5-10 F/G Sr.

Top Newcomers

NAME HGT. POS. YR. Fred Hernandez 5-10 F Sr. Dicky Purcell 6-1 F Sr. Yaie Moreno 5-10 G Sr. Steve Garcia 5-10 G Jr. Sam Espinoza 6-2 F So. Javier Rodriguez 5-10 F So.

Fremont

* Coach: Sam Sullivan, 17th year.

* 1993-94 Record: 21-7.

* Prediction: The Pathfinders played in the State Division I championships where they lost to Fresno Bullard. Dony Wilcher, one of the top junior prospects in the state, returns at point guard where he averaged 12 points and eight assists. Forward Thomas Hildreth averaged eight points and seven rebounds. Cameron Carson, who averaged 20 points and 15 rebounds at the junior varsity level, is the team's version of Dennis Rodman, personality and rebounding wise. Look for Fremont to contend for the 4-A title again this season.

* Game not to miss: Locke at Fremont, Jan. 13.

Top Returning Players

NAME HGT. POS. YR. Dony Wilcher 5-10 G Jr. Thomas Hildreth 6-3 F/G Sr. Antonio Hines 6-4 F Sr. Leon Jones 6-4 F So. Raymond Sims 6-5 C Jr.

Top Newcomers

NAME HGT. POS. YR. Cameron Carson 6-1 F/G Jr. Kory Taylor 5-8 G Jr. T. Washington 6-0 G Sr.

Garfield

* Coach: Al Madrigal, eighth year.

* 1993-94 Record: 7-17.

* Prediction: The Bulldogs will rely on the experienced backcourt of guards Robert Gomez, Carlos Hernandez and Cesar Gonzalez.

* Game not to miss: Roosevelt at Garfield, Jan. 6.

Top Returning Players

NAME HGT. POS. YR. Alex Tlatenchi 6-0 G Sr. Sergio Ruvalcaba 6-1 G/F Sr. Jesse Fernandez 6-3 F Sr.

Top Newcomers

NAME HGT. POS. YR. Damian Burton 6-2 G Sr. Anthony Arana 6-4 F Sr.

Huntington Park

* Coach: Allan Bozovich and Joe Reed, sixth year.

* 1993-94 Record: 9-13.

* Prediction: The Spartans hope to return to the City 3-A playoffs with the help of forwards Kevin Garcia and Jesse Garcia.

* Game not to miss: Huntington Park at Fremont, Nov. 30.

Top Returning Players

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