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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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February 28, 1989 | ROB FERNAS, Times Staff Writer
Running back Derek Sparks, considered one the top sophomore football players in the state, has transferred from Banning High in Wilmington to Montclair Prep in Van Nuys. Sparks (6-1, 200 pounds) was an All-City Section running back at Banning last fall. He rushed for 1,394 yards and scored 15 touchdowns to help the Pilots reach the City 4-A Division championship game. He enrolled at Montclair Prep at the start of the spring semester two weeks ago.
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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 6, 1990 | JOHN LYNCH
Running back Derek Sparks, considered one of the Southland's top high school football players, left Montclair Prep High School in Van Nuys Wednesday and will return to his native Texas, according to Jerome Sparks, his uncle and legal guardian. The departure ended a stormy relationship between the CIF Southern Section private school and Jerome Sparks.
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August 1, 1991 | JOHN LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Southern Section panel rejected John Hazelton's appeal to regain his job as an assistant football coach at Montclair Prep, but it was difficult to distinguish the winners from the losers after Wednesday's 8 1/2-hour hearing at the section's office in Cerritos. Panel members Frank Cano, Ray Monti and Tom Triggs, principals at Alhambra, Quartz Hill and La Habra high schools, found Hazelton guilty of violating the state rule on undue influence in two of seven charges.
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July 12, 1991 | BRIAN MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The fate of John Hazelton was left in limbo Thursday when a Southern Section appeal panel granted a continuance for the Montclair Prep assistant football coach who is contesting a recommendation that he be fired. Hazelton's attorney, Daniel M. Grigsby, told the three-member panel that repeated requests of section Commissioner Stan Thomas to produce specific charges against Hazelton had gone unanswered since Thomas' original recommendation on April 23 to fire Hazelton.
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April 24, 1991 | ERIC SHEPARD, TIMES PREP SPORTS EDITOR
Montclair Prep of Van Nuys was placed on three years' probation by the CIF Southern Section Tuesday for using undue influence in the recruitment of former football players Derek and Leland Sparks. If Montclair Prep violates its probation, it will automatically be suspended from the section for two years. In addition to the probation, the school is ineligible for postseason competition for the calendar year Sept. 1, 1991, to Aug. 31, 1992.
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September 7, 1990 | JOHN LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Montclair Prep entered the post-Sparks era battered and emotionally spent but wearing a brave face. Of course, the Mounties have little choice. Jerome Sparks, the uncle of Derek and Leland Sparks, picked up his nephews' transcripts Thursday, officially severing ties between the private school in Van Nuys and the two transplanted Texas football players. Derek and Leland are expected to leave this weekend with June Sparks, Derek's mother, who arrived Wednesday to take the pair home.
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April 21, 1991 | JOHN LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although proceedings have not yet begun in the case against Montclair Prep, school officials say they already have taken steps to remedy problems within the athletic department. The Southern Section's executive committee will hear charges Tuesday and Wednesday at Valley Christian High in Cerritos that Montclair Prep tampered with grades and allowed football players to avoid paying tuition.
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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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