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Antelope Valley Christian finished second in the Agape League last season and could just not overcome Apple Valley Christian. Coach Nurse is anxious to return to the top of the Agape where he has normally been. The Eagles return junior Jeremiah Nurse who has returned to the form he had his frosh year. Senior Percy Pickett, point guard will not be playing this year. Junior 6'9" center Phillip Okonma has transferred back East making the Eagles a short team this year by Agape standards. Senior 6' 3" Chris Eun also returns and must play big in the paint for the Eagles to have success this year. And as always, AVC may have anyone of a number of Far Eastern transfers come in to add to the power of this squad. Antelope Valley Christian is ranked #12 in Socal Hoops Div VA poll.
Hesperia Christian lost no starters from last season and only three seniors from last year's team, Cody Archer, Luke Sullivan and David Little. They return 6'4" senior Bryan Glass and 6' 5" senior Jesse McDonald, two outstanding three-point shooters. They, along with many of the other returning players, are the reason HCS is renowned as one of the toughest 3 point shooting teams in Southern California. Last season though the Patriots both lived by and died by the three point shooting. The positions of point guard and shooting guard are open for the taking by senior 6'1 Aaron Garcia, 6' 1" junior Josh Hamilton and junior 6' 1" Trevor Wagstaffe. Senior guard Aja Ajanwachuku will suit up for the Patriots this season. He adds a 26 ppg to their offense and is a great rebounder and slasher to the hole. 6'3 soph Loren Barton will also provide HCS with some inside game. 6' junior Steven Pappas will make varsity this year and would be very valuable. 6' 4" senior Nate Patterson was returning for a final season with the Patriots but for health issues is out for the season. Senior Danny Marriott returns for a final season and will be a strong backup 3 or 4. Senior Josh Martinson comes back after a severe ACL injury and seems ready to return to the play he had before the injury. And 5'11" guard Bryant Baum, should make varsity. Chad Bickley has left for Chrsitian Heritage College. The Patriots will be led by Coach Lester Simpson and Assistant coach Scot Dobyns. Their challenge is to integrate their energy-intense offensive and defensive schemes with the Patriot's historic three point shooting skills. If they are successful, the Patriots will be in the run for the Agape Championship this year. The Patriots are ranked #7 in the CIF Div VAA polls.
Joshua Springs is always in the thick of things and has great success in their home gym. They lost in the first round of the CIF playoffs in 2001 to Delphi Academy. Nathan Rynning 6' junior guard, will return to lead the Lightening Bolts but will have to learn to shoot under pressure to increase his value to the team. Unguarded though Rynning has no match in the Agape. Andre Conner has graduated and Josh Springs will be hard pressed to find one to replace him. 6'6" Chris Jackson will shore up the middle. David Griffith, Sammy White, Josh Wagner and Jason Lafferty round out the squad. The team is still weak on free throw shooting with a 60% FT percentage at best and that may be their Achilles' Heel this season. As always, they play a very weak non-league schedule. The Lightning is ranked #4 in the Socal Hoops poll for Div VA. CIF has determined that Joshua Springs is a Div VAA team.
Victor Valley Christian finished fifth in the league last season and is not expected to do any better this year. Their transfer losses from two seasons ago will cause VVC and Coach Marcus Quarles to spend several seasons rebuilding to get back to being the solid basketball team they once were. Senior 6' 6" center Charles Oshinuga, if he stays inside, could cause real problems for opponents this year. Padilla may become their best shooter in a while. HCS transfer Asher Hudson has taken over point guard responsibilities for the Royals. Pat Mundell and Ryan Nuestro round out the squad. Senior Mike Hofflinger returns for a final season for the Royals and must headline for them for them to win. The Royals are ranked #17 in the first Socal Hoops poll for 2003.
Bethel Christian from Lancaster finished last and although improved over last year, is not expected to do any better this season. But one has to give this small school credit in that their players never lose heart in any of their competitions. They have junior 5' 10" Tim Zierman and Josh Thies to try and fill graduated senior Lionel Mongiano's shoes and the transfer of David Wong this year. These two guards with their outstanding shooting helps keep Bethel in games they should otherwise lose. They just don't have the height to really compete in the Agape this year. Bethel Christian is ranked #16 in the first Socal Hoops Div VA poll for 2003.
Apple Valley Christian finished in first place and ranked #2 in Div VAA tied for first place. Hesperia Christian finished in second place ranked #7 in Div VAA. Antelope Valley Christian was third place and ranked #10 in Div VA. All three of these teams have received automatic berths in the CIF playoffs. Joshua Springs petitioned CIF for an at-large berth in the Div VAA playoffs and was accepted. Bethel Christian and Victor Valley Christian finished their seasons on February 14.