September 30, 1988 |
Montclair Prep Principal V. E. Simpson turns to the computer next to his desk, punches up the file on Michael Jones, the Mounties' standout running back, and points to the numbers with pride. These numbers have nothing to do with football, although Jones has posted impressive statistics in the team's first three games. The 6-foot, 1-inch, 205-pound junior has rushed for 351 yards and 4 touchdowns in 66 carries.
February 15, 1992 |
The California Interscholastic Federation on Friday denied Montclair Prep's appeal to have its playoff eligibility restored for the 1991-92 school year, apparently bringing to an end one of the longest-running battles in Southern Section history. State Commissioner Thomas Byrnes informed the school he had denied its request that he overturn the Southern Section Executive Committee's Jan. 27 decision. V.E.
April 23, 1991 |
Montclair Prep in Van Nuys, facing possible expulsion from the CIF Southern Section, requested a last-minute meeting over the weekend with Commissioner Stan Thomas, resulting in further delay of its hearing before the section's executive committee. The hearing was scheduled to begin today and continue through Wednesday. The school has been charged with tampering with grades of athletes and allowing football players to avoid paying tuition.
September 21, 1988
At first, St. Francis Coach Terry Terrazone thought his quarterback needed time to get warm, maybe a possession or two to get loose, crack his knuckles, limber up. Something about the performance of senior quarterback Erik Hagge looked peculiar, but Terrazone could not quite put his finger on it. Aesthetically, Hagge's throws were not picturesque. Aerodynamically, they were grotesque. "He was throwing some of the weirdest looking passes I've ever seen," Terrazone said.
September 14, 1990 |
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.
August 23, 1991 |
The Southern Section hit rock bottom this week but not just because it appeared in full retreat on the litigation front. At best, the section bungled cases against Canyon High football Coach Harry Welch and John Hazelton, a Montclair Prep assistant football coach. At worst, in the case against Welch, the section's attorney acted in an underhanded manner with the media.
July 22, 2011
How nice for T.J. Simers that he toils in the cool shade of Page 2, where his many missteps under the daily pressure to fill a few inches of newsprint can pass easily without notice to the world at large. He should know a lot about choking, since he does it so regularly in his column, despite having hours, even days, to hone his words and sharpen his attacks on the mistakes of athletes who are required to make instantaneous decisions while performing against well-prepared and dangerous opponents who are equally skilled and determined to win. T.J. needs to be advised that no team enters a competition under an entitlement to victory.
April 25, 1991 |
Southern Section Commissioner Stan Thomas on Wednesday portrayed Montclair Prep attorney Jim Blatt as the man who saved the school's athletic program. But it might be difficult to find any rejoicing Mounties after the school was banned from postseason play in all sports for one year starting next fall. Perhaps the most pained Mountie is John Hazelton, an assistant football coach who might lose his job as a result of Tuesday's settlement between the Southern Section and the school.
January 29, 1992 |
Undaunted by a Southern Section ruling that upheld a ban of Montclair Prep from the playoffs for the 1991-92 school year, the school plans to appeal the decision at the state level. The appeal will be filed with the California Interscholastic Federation's state office in La Mirada, perhaps as early as today, according to Dan Grigsby, Montclair Prep's attorney.
May 8, 1992 |
Reaction among Montclair Prep officials and coaches ranged from resignation to outrage Thursday, one day after the Van Nuys school had been ousted from the Alpha League by a vote of league members. Principal V. E. (Doc) Simpson and boys' basketball co-Coach Bob Webb were philosophical about the expulsion, saying they expected the action. But baseball Coach Walt Steele and football Coach George Giannini expressed anger.