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Alpha League Rivalry to Renew

January 14, 1999| From Staff Reports

An intense rivalry resumes tonight when Village Christian (7-8, 0-0) plays host to L.A. Baptist (5-11, 1-0) in an Alpha League boys' game. The schools have combined to win five the last six league titles.

Aaron Maxwell of Village Christian is averaging 16.4 points per game. Daryl Ellis has already set a school record by taking 20 charging fouls.

L.A. Baptist is led by Gabriel Frazier, who scored 16 points in a 61-43 win over Kilpatrick on Tuesday.

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For the first time, several Southern Regional playoff games will be held at Cox Arena in San Diego on March 13. The Long Beach Pyramid will also be a Southern Regional site.

The state championships are scheduled for March 19-20 at Arco Arena in Sacramento.

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Former Crespi Coach Pat Yerina has a 6-0 record as coach at Bunnell High in Trumbull, Conn.

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Nine games are set for Saturday at Cal State Dominguez Hills in the Double Pump Hoop Challenge. Action begins at 9 a.m. with Ocean View playing Anaheim Canyon. The rest of the schedule: Los Alamitos vs. Chaminade, 10:30 a.m.; Fontana vs. Fairfax, noon; Sylmar vs. Simi Valley, 1:30 p.m.; Verbum Dei vs. Washington Union, 3 p.m.; Inglewood vs. Redondo, 4:30 p.m.; Artesia vs. Mayfair, 6 p.m.; Long Beach Jordan vs. Long Beach Poly, 7:30 p.m.; Bishop Montgomery vs. Serra, 9 p.m.

GIRLS' NOTES

Few teams have been hit harder by injuries than No. 2-ranked Crescenta Valley (14-2).

"I'm about the only healthy one and I'm the only one whose health doesn't matter," said Coach Damian Scribner, whose team plays Glendale in a key Pacific League game Friday and plays host to top-ranked Buena in a nonleague game Saturday.

Junior center Laura Zerebko sustained a season-ending shoulder dislocation last month.

Point guard Lar Chouljian recently returned from a five-game layoff caused by a dislocated elbow. Shooting guard Kristie Umemoto dislocated her jaw during a holiday tournament. Danielle Proctor has shin splints and leading scorer Sinnamonn Garrett has battled various scrapes and bruises.

"It's gotten to the point where, when they take showers, I tell them to wear helmets," Scribner said.

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As a fund-raiser, the Crescenta Valley baseball team will be selling hamburgers, drinks and chips at the basketball game Saturday between the Falcons and Buena.

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The site and time of the nonleague game Monday between Harvard-Westlake and Crossroads has been changed to Memorial Park in Santa Monica at 6 p.m. The game is a rematch of the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions Green Division final, won last month by Crossroads.

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