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May 31, 1997

Offside: Michael Preis led the Cal State Northridge men's soccer program in scoring last season as a freshman, but he may soon need a new place to hone his skills.

After Matador Athletic Director Paul Bubb met with coaches Wednesday, soccer Coach Marwan Ass'ad said he does not expect the program to exist in 1998 and can only hope the team will be allowed to play in 1997.

Preis, a Chatsworth High graduate, spurned offers from other Division I teams to stay in the Valley, but is now resigned to playing elsewhere.

"Nobody on the team knows what to do," Preis said. "Look at the timing, they've really [hurt] us. If we don't have a team next season we have, what, three months to try and find somewhere else? All the scholarships have been given out."

After learning the game at local parks and camps, Preis expressed concern for those currently doing the same.

"I can find someplace to play but it's really going to hurt the little kids," he said. "They won't have anywhere to go for good camps or games or have players to look up to like I did."

Sales pitch: Pepperdine baseball coaches met with Sean Douglass on Thursday evening, making a pitch for the pitcher to honor his commitment to the Waves regardless of where he is selected in next week's draft.

Douglass is a 6-foot-5 right-hander who quit the Antelope Valley High team with a week to play in the regular season over a dispute with Coach Ed t'Sas. He is listed by Baseball America magazine as the 38th-best prospect in the nation.

Since quitting the high school team, Douglass has pitched in private workouts, including one last week at Pierce College that attracted more than 25 scouts and scouting directors.

Another prized Pepperdine recruit certain to be drafted high is Dane Sardinha, a catcher from Kamehameha High in Hawaii. Sardinha is Baseball America's 47th-best prospect and is listed as the best defensive catcher among high school players.

Two junior college pitchers committed to the Waves probably will be middle-round selections: Cypress right-hander Richard Sundstrom and Fresno left-hander Paul Avery.

Other players who have committed to Pepperdine include Matt Boone, a third baseman from Villa Park who is the son of Kansas City manager and former major leaguer Bob Boone; Jay Adams, a right-handed pitcher from Peninsula; Dane Ball, an outfielder from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman; Jared Pitney, a first baseman from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral and Greg Raymundo, a power-hitting middle infielder from Fresno City.

Winners all: Arizona sophomore Amy Skieresz, UCLA junior Nada Kawar and USC senior Isaac Turner, former high school standouts from the region, each won their first individual Pacific 10 Conference track and field titles in the meet last weekend at Washington.

Skieresz, the 1996 NCAA cross-country champion and an Agoura High graduate, won the women's 3,000 meters in 9:13.87 and the 5,000 in 15:44.91.

Kawar, a Crescenta Valley graduate, took the women's shotput at 55-1 1/2 and also placed fourth in the discus at 176-4.

Turner, a Burbank graduate, won the men's 800 in 1:48.11.

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