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November 16, 1991 | JOHN LYNCH
Eric Sparks, whose older brother is the chief witness in the Southern Section's case against Montclair Prep, has recanted much of his testimony against the school, claiming that he was misled by his brother and now believes Montclair Prep no longer deserves to be punished.
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November 16, 1991 | JOHN LYNCH
Eric Sparks, whose older brother is the chief witness in the Southern Section's case against Montclair Prep, has recanted much of his testimony against the school, claiming that he was misled by his brother and now believes Montclair Prep no longer deserves to be punished.
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May 27, 1990 | BILL PLASCHKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Lenny Harris arrived in Chicago this week to begin a trip with the Dodgers, there was a message awaiting him. It had been left by a player from the team that occupied the hotel the previous night. According to Harris, the message read: "Good luck. You're swinging the bat well now, keep up the good work." Since reading it, Harris has had seven hits in 15 at-bats, including his second bases-loaded triple in three days Saturday to lead the Dodgers to an 8-0 victory over the St.
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May 27, 1990 | BILL PLASCHKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Lenny Harris arrived in Chicago this week to begin a trip with the Dodgers, there was a message awaiting him. It had been left by a player from the team that occupied the hotel the previous night. According to Harris, the message read: "Good luck. You're swinging the bat well now, keep up the good work." Since reading it, Harris has had seven hits in 15 at-bats, including his second bases-loaded triple in three days Saturday to lead the Dodgers to an 8-0 victory over the St.
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November 16, 1991 | JOHN LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eric Sparks, whose older brother is the chief witness in the Southern Section's case against Montclair Prep, has recanted much of his testimony against the school, claiming that he was misled by his brother and now believes Montclair Prep no longer deserves to be punished.
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November 4, 1989 | JOHN LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Montclair Prep was given a clean bill of health Friday after Southern Section officials had paid a surprise visit to the private school in Van Nuys to investigate the possibility of recruiting violations involving the school's football program and its undefeated team. Acting on a tip, Southern Section administrators Bill Clark and Dean Crowley arrived at the campus Friday to investigate the living arrangements of Derek and Leland Sparks, cousins who had transferred to Montclair Prep this fall.
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September 14, 1990 | ERIC SHEPARD, TIMES PREP SPORTS EDITOR
Four days after football players Derek and Leland Sparks transferred from Van Nuys Montclair Prep to Santa Ana Mater Dei High, Stan Thomas, commissioner of the CIF Southern Section, said Thursday he is investigating the Mater Dei athletic program. Thomas said he questioned how two non-Catholics could get into Mater Dei, a Catholic high school, at the last minute. "It would appear Mater Dei is giving special treatment to athletes," Thomas said. "I'm concerned with why they let these athletes in."
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September 13, 1990 | ERIC SHEPARD, TIMES PREP SPORTS EDITOR
Amid charges of grade tampering and free tuition at Montclair Prep in Van Nuys, the CIF Southern Section Executive Committee Wednesday ordered an in-house investigation into the school's football program. The charges took place during a three-hour session, and there was speculation that the investigation could result in severe punishment for Montclair Prep.
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July 12, 1991 | BRIAN MURPHY
Montclair Prep founder and Principal Vernon E. (Doc) Simpson said Thursday that he believed he had "a gun to his head" when he signed an agreement with Southern Section Commissioner Stan Thomas that barred the school's athletic program from the playoffs for one year and terminated John Hazelton's job as assistant football coach. In speaking publicly on the subject for the first time, Simpson said that he felt coerced into signing the agreement and that he signed it "under protest."
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September 14, 1990 | JOHN LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Montclair Prep Coach George Giannini on Thursday denied allegations that the grades of some of his football players were tampered with but admitted that former players Derek and Leland Sparks never paid tuition during their three-semester stay at the private school in Van Nuys. Giannini, acting as school spokesman in the absence of Principal V. E. Simpson, said that the Sparks cousins received financial aid from the school but were responsible for a portion of the $6,000-a-year tuition.
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September 14, 1990 | ERIC SHEPARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four days after football players Derek and Leland Sparks transferred from Van Nuys Montclair Prep to Mater Dei High School, Stan Thomas, commissioner of the Southern Section, said Thursday he is investigating the Mater Dei athletic program. Thomas said he questioned how two non-Catholics could get into Mater Dei at the last minute. "It would appear Mater Dei is giving special treatment to athletes," Thomas said. "I'm concerned with why they let these athletes in."
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September 13, 1990 | ERIC SHEPARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Southern Section Executive Committee of the California Interscholastic Federation on Wednesday ordered an in-house investigation of the Montclair Prep football program following charges of grade tampering and free tuition. The allegations were made during three hours of testimony regarding the eligibility appeals of cousins Leland and Derek Sparks, senior football players who withdrew from Montclair Prep last week and enrolled Monday at Santa Ana Mater Dei.
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