Agape League Final Standings 2005-2006
Note: All statistics are unofficial!
X means team has clinched championship. Y means team has made playoffs.
Apple Valley Christian this year will be anchored by senior Wes Watts, one of the best seniors in the league. Graduation loss of both Justin Nunes and Peter Kudrle will certainly weaken this team as they will have no one to replace these outstanding players. So the Warriors will ride the coattail of Watts for any success they have this year. Steve Messner may be able to step up to help Watts out. Steven Scranton will have to play big under the basket. Adam Rodriquez will also have to make an impact both shooting and rebounding. But the real key to any success for the Warriors this year will be to defend as well as any team in Div VAA to have any chance of success.
Joshua Springs normally is in the thick of things and has great success in their home gym. This year they will field their weakest team in years. They lost in the first round of the CIF playoffs in 2001 and 2002 to Delphi Academy and to Riverside Christian respectively. They did not make playoffs in 2003-2004. Joshua Springs will probably be lead in scoring by Joe Virga and Michael Ray will be their leading shotblocker and rebounder. This team will be fighting Victor Valley Christian for the basement position. This year they will be smart to play a very weak non-league schedule with almost every game at home.
Victor Valley Christian finished last in the league last season and do not look to improve on that this season. This year's team has new coaches. They are a short team (no one over 5' 11") but are fast. They will fight Joshua Springs for last place.
Antelope Valley Christian has a new coach and a young team after losing its stars from last year to graduation. It will be tested in the Boron Tourney and the Chaminade Tourney and their own tourney before league begins. But still its youth will put Antelope Valley in fourth place behind HCS, AVC and Bethel Christian.
Bethel Christian from Lancaster finished fourth (their best finish ever). They have a new coach this season. Josh Thies, Mark Hicks and John Ustares are their scorers. They finally have some height in Vakay and Keefauver and a third player who are all over 6-1. They played up in the pre league with a 5-4 record and seem ready to challenge HCS for the championship. Their passing is superb and their erbounding is decent. But one has to give this small school credit in that their players never lose heart in any of their competitions. They are the second or third best team in the Agape League this year. They have played up more than anyone but HCS and Antelope which should make them stronger.
Again this year it is a championship for HCS to have or give away. Only Bethel Christian and Apple Valley Christian have any chance of challenging HCS. HCS' major weakness is jelling as a team and playing with heart. Apple Valley Christian has to develop player support for Wes Watts among the other four starters. Their major weakness is lack of depth. Bethel Christian will be as strong as they have ever been. They are capable of beating anyone in Agape if they play at the top of their game. Joshua Springs and Victor Valley Christian will have a real fight for last place and that will be decided by the head to head matches, their only league wins again this season. Antelope Valley Christian should finish fourth with wins over Joshua Springs and Victor Valley Christian.
Well, it was a great season and I was close. HCS took the Agape title solely which I believed would happen at the beginning of the season. But I changed to a three way tie in midseason. Kudos to the Patriots for taking the title. HCS peaked at just the right time in getting their first ever Agape League championship. Apple Valley Christian (with their weakest schedule in years)was swept by HCS for the first time in years and split with Antelope Valley Christian. Antelope Valley Christian split with both HCS and AVC causing them to take second place. Victor Valley Christian just imploded on themselves and went 2-8 getting their only two wins from the hapless Joshua Springs. Bethel Christian, on the other hand, fought their way to 4 Agape wins, two versus VVC and two against Joshua Springs. They still are missing a big man but they are young and will play even better next year. Joshua Springs could not recover from the losses they had from graduation.
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