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November 6, 1990 | CHRIS FOSTER
Leland Sparks, a fifth-year senior at Mater Dei High School, will miss the remainder of the season because of a knee injury, Monarch Coach Bruce Rollinson said Monday. Sparks, a defensive back and wide receiver, was injured Thursday in Mater Dei's game against Bishop Amat. Rollins said Sparks injured his medial collateral, a ligament in his knee, and might face reconstructive surgery. "The family was going for a second opinion tomorrow (Tuesday)," Rollinson said.
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November 22, 1991 | ERIC SHEPARD, TIMES PREP SPORTS EDITOR
Montclair Prep High in Van Nuys dropped its lawsuit against the CIF Southern Section Thursday after attorneys for both sides reached an agreement ending the year-long legal battle. Under the agreement, Montclair Prep will have playoff eligibility for all sports, beginning with the 1992-93 school year. It will continue to be ineligible for postseason play this fall, but its upcoming winter and spring sports may regain playoff status if sufficient evidence can convince Southern Section officials.
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September 27, 1990 | CHRIS FOSTER
Leland Sparks, a fifth-year senior at Santa Ana Mater Dei High, has been cleared to play football by the Southern Section Executive Committee, Commissioner Stan Thomas said Wednesday. Sparks, who transferred from Van Nuys Montclair Prep three weeks ago, had been granted a fifth year of eligibility by Southern Section officials two weeks ago.
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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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September 27, 1990 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leland Sparks, a fifth-year senior at Mater Dei High School, has been cleared to play football by the Southern Section Executive Committee, Commissioner Stan Thomas said Wednesday. However, Mater Dei Principal Lyle Porter said Sparks will not play in the Monarchs' game against Riverside Poly tonight. Sparks, who transferred from Van Nuys Montclair Prep, had been granted a fifth year of eligibility two weeks ago by Southern Section officials.
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October 12, 1990 | ERIC SHEPARD, TIMES PREP SPORTS EDITOR
Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana has a long-standing tradition of academic and athletic excellence, but school officials now are trying to restore that favorable reputation. In recent years, the co-educational parochial school has been scrutinized by Orange County public school administrators and even the Catholic Athletic Assn., of which Mater Dei is a member, for alleged unethical practices by its athletic department.
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February 6, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Cousins Derek and Leland Sparks of Santa Ana Mater Dei High made unwritten commitments to Washington State and will sign national letters of intent today. Derek is a running back and Leland a wide receiver-defensive back. Pasadena Muir's Reggie Reser and Demetrice Martin also made commitments. Reser, a defensive back, selected Washington, and Martin, a wide receiver, chose Michigan State.
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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 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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May 27, 1989 | PAUL OLSON
Montclair Prep appeared in control for the first five innings of the Southern Section 1-A Division quarterfinal playoff game Friday at Fillmore. The Mounties held a 2-1 lead and pitcher Christian Anderson had struck out eight and allowed only one ball to be hit out of the infield. But the sixth inning was a different story. Fillmore scored six runs on six hits to post a 7-2 victory and advance to the semifinals Tuesday against Aquinas, a 7-6 winner over Tehachapi. The first five batters in the sixth reached base against a tiring Anderson.
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August 9, 1991 | CHRIS FOSTER
Leland Sparks, a defensive back from Mater Dei High School, has not met the NCAA's Proposition 48 requirements and will not attend Washington State this fall, according to Jim Zeches, an assistant coach for the Cougars. Sparks, who missed the final five games of the 1990 season because of a knee injury, failed to score 700 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test, Zeches said Thursday. Sparks will take the test again this fall and is expected to enroll in school in January, Zeches said.
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August 3, 1991 | JOHN LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leland Sparks, a former Montclair Prep football player, will miss the fall semester at Washington State because of an injury and academic problems, according to a Washington State assistant coach. Sparks signed a letter of intent with the Cougars last spring and planned to join his cousin, Derek, in Pullman. Derek Sparks is a running back who was The Times' Valley back of the year in 1989 when he played at Montclair Prep. He is expected to arrive in Pullman next week.
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August 1, 1991 | ERIC SHEPARD, TIMES PREP SPORTS EDITOR
The CIF Southern Section on Wednesday continued to penalize Montclair Prep in Van Nuys by suspending assistant football coach John Hazelton for the 1991-92 school year. In April, the Southern Section banned Montclair Prep's athletic programs from postseason play for a year and the football team from the playoffs for two years. The executive committee cited undue influence in the recruiting of former football players Derek and Leland Sparks.
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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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February 6, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Cousins Derek and Leland Sparks of Santa Ana Mater Dei High made unwritten commitments to Washington State and will sign national letters of intent today. Derek is a running back and Leland a wide receiver-defensive back. Pasadena Muir's Reggie Reser and Demetrice Martin also made commitments. Reser, a defensive back, selected Washington, and Martin, a wide receiver, chose Michigan State.
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November 6, 1990 | CHRIS FOSTER
Leland Sparks, a fifth-year senior at Mater Dei High School, will miss the remainder of the season because of a knee injury, Monarch Coach Bruce Rollinson said Monday. Sparks, a defensive back and wide receiver, was injured Thursday in Mater Dei's game against Bishop Amat. Rollins said Sparks injured his medial collateral, a ligament in his knee, and might face reconstructive surgery. "The family was going for a second opinion tomorrow (Tuesday)," Rollinson said.
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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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August 1, 1991 | ERIC SHEPARD, TIMES PREP SPORTS EDITOR
The CIF Southern Section on Wednesday continued to penalize Montclair Prep in Van Nuys by suspending assistant football coach John Hazelton for the 1991-92 school year. In April, the Southern Section banned Montclair Prep's athletic programs from postseason play for a year and the football team from the playoffs for two years. The executive committee cited undue influence in the recruiting of former football players Derek and Leland Sparks.
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October 12, 1990 | ERIC SHEPARD, TIMES PREP SPORTS EDITOR
Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana has a long-standing tradition of academic and athletic excellence, but school officials now are trying to restore that favorable reputation. In recent years, the co-educational parochial school has been scrutinized by Orange County public school administrators and even the Catholic Athletic Assn., of which Mater Dei is a member, for alleged unethical practices by its athletic department.
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October 6, 1990
Mater Dei High School will have the services of wide receiver-defensive back Leland Sparks tonight when the visiting Monarchs meet Mission Viejo at 7:30 in a nonleague game matching two of the county's top 10 teams. Sparks, a fifth-year senior who transferred from Van Nuys Montclair Prep, was ruled eligible by Southern Section officials last week. However, Mater Dei principal Lyle Porter decided to wait a week before allowing Sparks to play.
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