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A Resignation, A Retirement, And Some Kudos--(April 1,1998)

Gahr High boys basketball coach Bruce Erickson resigned after his first season as the head of the Gladiators' program. Erickson directed the Gladiators to a 16-11 record and a second place finish in the San Gabriel Valley League. Gahr lost to Hemet, 59-55, in a CIF Southern Section II-AA wild-card game. Erickson was a long-time assistant at Gahr before taking over when Vern Stewart resigned to become an assistant principal at Sunny Hills. Anyone interested in the Gahr opening should call Athletic Director Tim Brogden at (562) 926-5566.

Dewey Van Cleave has also announced his retirement as boys' basketball coach at Garden Grove High and will leave his teaching post at the end of the school year, Athletic Director Ron Zajec told the LA Times. Van Cleave, 63, has coached boys' and girls' basketball, boys' and girls' track, varsity baseball and freshman and JV football in his 32 years at the school. The 1997-98 season was Van Cleave's 13th as the boys' basketball coach, during which time the Argonauts compiled a 153-164 record. They were 3-23 this season.

The LA Times is also reporting that Crescenta Valley senior Michelle Greco has been selected state player of the year in girls' basketball and the Division I player of the year by Cal Hi-Sports. Ruben Douglas of Bell-Jeff was named to the all-state team and was selected Division IV player of the year. Daniel Bobik of Newbury Park is on the all-state second team and Scott Long of Chaminade is on the third team. Kelli Kobayashi of Alemany was a third-team selection in girls' basketball.

Gilbert Arenas of Grant and Rafael Berumen of Simi Valley are on the all-state junior team. Russell Lakey of Harvard-Westlake was selected one of the top 10 sophomores and Scott Borchart of Chaminade was one of the top five freshmen. Cara Blumfield of El Camino Real and Damaris Hinojosa of Moorpark are on the girls' all-state junior team and Kelly Greathouse of Buena is one of the top five freshmen. We'll have the complete team listings posted soon for both boys' and girls' teams.

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