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Crespi Makes Final Bid for Return to Mission

April 25, 2001|From Staff Reports

Three months after being voted out of the Mission League for football, Crespi High is trying to return with an assist from Harvard-Westlake.

In January, the Catholic Athletic Association voted to move Crespi to a new league for 2002 that would include Bosco Tech, Cathedral, St. Bernard, Serra and Bishop Montgomery.

Crespi officials were strongly opposed to the change. Harvard-Westlake has agreed to switch leagues with the Celts, according to Wolverine Athletic Director Toni Brown.

Crespi would join the league comprised of St. Francis, Notre Dame, Chaminade, Alemany and St. Paul. But for the change to take place, Crespi must receive approval from every member of the two leagues.

Today is the final day for Crespi to file an appeal with the Southern Section office.

BASKETBALL

* Point guard Devin Montgomery of Moorpark College has signed a letter of intent with Pepperdine.

Montgomery was an All-Southern California selection last season after averaging 22 points and leading Moorpark (25-6) to the state semifinals.

Montgomery transferred to Moorpark after his freshman season at Duquesne. He was named to The Times' All-Valley team after his junior season at San Fernando High and his senior year at Alemany.

* Center Ashley Biggins of Santa Clara High's girls' team signed with UC Irvine.

* J.J. Todd, a freshman at UC Santa Barbara and former Chaminade player, was selected to the Big West Conference All-Academic team.

* Ron Harris of Monroe High and Eric Olsson of Saugus have been selected to coach the City and Southern Section girls' teams in the Battle of the Valley All-Star game May 12 at Cal State Northridge.

The game, which features the top seniors in the region, is sponsored by the Valley Sports Foundation. The girls' game will begin at 5 p.m., with the boys' game to follow.

Harris guided Monroe to the Valley Mission League title. Olsson led Saugus to the Foothill League co-championship and the Division I-A quarterfinals.

BASEBALL

* First baseman Jaime Martinez of Hueneme has signed with UC Irvine.

* Andy Davidson of Cal State Northridge has been selected Big West Conference co-pitcher of the week after pitching eight effective innings in a 15-1 victory over Cal State Fullerton.

Davidson (6-2), a junior left-hander from Hart High, allowed one run and eight hits while striking out seven and walking one.

Davidson shared the award with reliever Chad Cordero of Fullerton.

SOCCER

* Andrea Kessling of Thousand Oaks High committed to University of San Diego.

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