When a D-1 university makes multiple visits in a several weeks with more that one coach, Things are getting seriousCoach Reggie Morris, Jr. from D-1 LMU was back at Antelope Valley College and brought reinforcements.  The dynamic duo from LMU was working hard together on one and possibility more AVC players. 

Coach Reggie Morris, Jr. 

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Coach Patrick Sandle

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Great High energy practice.  A special thank you from AVC’s coaching staff and players to the LMU coaching staff for taking the time to visit AVC again.

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D-2 Chaminade University recruited at Antelope College College for multiple players.  Known for hosting the pre-season Maui Classic and will be playing there against North Carolina this year.  No wonder they are looking for talent.  Chaminade is a private Catholic University that came into existence in 1955.

Chaminade University is port of the the 14 team PAC West Conference which has team in Hawaii, California and Utah.  Not only is Chaminade known for it’s basketball program but it is known for its ACADEMIC basketball prowess.  See the article below. 


Men’s Hoops Garners National Academic Award

Posted: 7/27/2016 3:07:00 PM

NABC Team Academic Excellence Awards Release
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Chaminade University men’s basketball team on Wednesday was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Awards.
Created by the NABC Committee on Academics, the awards recognize academic excellence for men’s basketball teams around the nation which have earned a minimum 3.0 GPA for the 2015-16 academic year.
To garner recognition for the NABC Team Academic Excellence Awards, institutions in NCAA Divisions I, II and III and NAIA Divisions I and II must count the grade point averages of all men’s student-athletes who competed during the 2015-16 season.

A special thanks to the Chaminade University coaching staff for stopping in to AVC.

Darik Pradia...shooterNone of these tournament have yet posted their brackets.

2016-17 Men’s Basketball Tournaments

Dates Tournament Site Bracket
Nov. 3-5 SD Miramar Don Gehler Memorial Tournament San Diego, CA  
Nov. 3-5 Desert Tournament Palm Desert, CA  
Nov. 3-5 Ventura Tournament Ventura, CA  
Nov. 3-5 Las Positas Tournament Livermore, CA  
Nov. 3-5 San Jose City Tournament San Jose, CA  
Nov. 4-5 Canyons Tournament Valencia, CA  
Nov. 4-5 Hartnell Classic Salinas, CA  
Nov. 4-6 Sierra Tip-Off Tournament Rocklin, CA  
Nov. 4-6 San Francisco Tip-Off Tournament San Francisco, CA  
Nov. 4-6 Cuesta Tournament San Luis Obispo, CA  
Nov. 4-6 San Diego City Knights Invitational San Diego, CA  
Nov. 5-6 Cabrillo Tipoff Aptos, CA

AVC will be playing in the Ventura Tournament.

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Nevell Lenard is unexpectedly back and brings solid university talent and experience to AVC.    After playing playing his freshman year at AVC, Nevell signed with CS Dominguez Hills University with three years  of eligibility remaining.  Lenard needed to complete one summer class  to be ready to play,  but unfortunately it did not happen.  Nevell rejoined AVC for his sophomore year.

Lenard played an average of 14 minutes per game last year and due to injuries/losses of AVC’s complete Big squad, Nevell was pulled into playing the power forward and center position position.  Even out of position, Lenard scored 6.8 ppg(shooting 53%) and pulling down 4.0 rebounds per game.829_7827

Nevell Lenard 6’5” 210 forward graduated from Animo Pat Brown High School in LA in 2010.  Due to an ankle injury, he sat out the 2011-12 season. 

About Nevell’s basketball.  The man is strong and his weight room time shows.  He has great jumping ability and is willing to play anywhere he can help the team.   He is very strong around the baskets and a solid mid-range shooter.

Lenard is taking classes leading toward degrees in Kinesiology and/or Business.  He will have to find his role on a completely different basketball team this year filled with talent and size.  In addition, he will have to show university coaches that he serious about his academics this year. 

Welcome back Nevell.

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― Marcus Aurelius


Jailen-Gill.jpgIt won’t be but a couple of days till we arrive back in the good old Antelope Valley.  Its about time to see how the AVC team is doing in practice, academics and their life as a whole.  I know these 38 days are often a difficult time as the players are “ready to play” NOW.  They don’t realize how many things they must improve upon to win basketball games that count.

Only 38 days till the pre-conference season begins at the Ventura Tournament.  Ventura has not posted the teams in the tournament or the schedule but I was able to figure out the following;

  1. Moorpark will no longer be playing in the tournament as they will be playing in their own tournament at the same time.  Makes sense as Ventura is in the same conference as Moorpark.
  2. Based on last year’s tournament, I believe I have figured out  the eight teams in the tournament;  Ventura, Orange Coast, Riverside, Pasadena, AVC, Palomar, Santa Barbara, and LA Valley.  Won’t know for sure until the tournament schedule is posted.  Other than that?  Looking forward to seeing the AVC team. 

Pro Sports Leaving Cali

Posted: September 23, 2016 in Baseball, football
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And I thought only major businesses were leaving Cali!  Below are two articles that the football Oakland Raiders are getting their trademark for Los Vegas.  Saw another article that said they are down to two sites on building their major new stadium.  On the other hand, looks like a wash as the Rams are back in LA.

Two (Adelanto and Bakersfield)moves  that are not a wash, its firm now that Cali will be losing two of their ten Cal League baseball teams to North Carolina who are building two state of the art stadiums.(See article below).


Oakland files trademark for ‘Las Vegas Raiders’

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The Oakland Raiders have taken one step closer to a potential move to Las Vegas. It was reported on Thursday that the team has applied for the “Las Vegas Raiders” trademark.

The Raiders have already had multiple proposals for plots in the city drawn up over the last few months and it certainly seems like they are securing what they need to if they want to make the move.

Forbes shared a photo of the application on Thursday.

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Earlier this year, US Senator Harry Reid expressed his support for there to be a domed NFL stadium built in the city in the future. That would certainly be an interesting situation for the Raiders to make if this were to the move.

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Two Teams Shifting from Cal League to Carolina League

By Kevin Reichard on August 22, 2016 in Minor-League Baseball, News

Carolina League logoIt’s official: the Bakersfield Blaze and High Desert Mavericks are leaving the California League at the end of the 2016 season, replaced by two new teams in the Carolina League.

The two new Carolina League markets still need to be determined, but one of the new teams will for sure be placed in Kinston, N.C., under Texas Rangers ownership. Kinston’s Grainger Stadium formerly served as the home of Carolina League clubs from 1956-57, 1962-74 and 1978-2011.

“The Texas Rangers are very happy to be bringing baseball back to the great city of Kinston and we want to thank Minor League Baseball and the Kinston leadership for helping us to make this a reality for 2017,” said Texas Rangers Ownership Committee Chairman Neil Leibman in a press statement. “We are excited about creating the best fan experience possible at Grainger Stadium, and we look forward to working with the city of Kinston and its residents to make it a top Carolina League franchise.”

Still to be determined: the location for the second Carolina League club, with Fayetteville, N.C. the leading contender. Fayetteville officials are negotiating a new-ballpark agreement with the Houston Astros for a 2019 opening. The club would play in a temporary location until the ballpark is completed.

“This step was taken with the best interests of Minor League Baseball, both leagues and our Major League Baseball partners in mind,” said Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O’Conner. “California League President Charlie Blaney, Carolina League President John Hopkins and the club owners in both leagues worked to address this important issue and I thank them for their efforts. We are happy that professional baseball will return to Kinston and we are pleased with the steps Fayetteville has taken to bring professional baseball back to that great city as well.”

“Realignment doesn’t happen often, and we are excited to be a part of this process that addresses some issues important to our industry,” said Carolina League President John Hopkins. “It’s flattering that clubs are making a major commitment to become part of our league, enabling us to return Carolina League baseball to an outstanding community where we have some memorable history and we look forward to selecting our 10th city in the near future.”

“As a league we worked diligently to explore alternatives to realignment, but the lack of alternatives combined with the importance of this project to address broader issues within Minor League Baseball led us to help facilitate this realignment,” added California League President Charlie Blaney.

“It is with great regret and reluctance that the Mavericks are one of two teams being contracted from the California League, as the Mavericks would prefer to remain in Adelanto as members of the California League,” said High Desert owner Dave Heller. “The uncertainty of the future, stemming directly from the City of Adelanto’s effort to lock us out of a ballpark for which we have a binding legal contract, creates too much uncertainty for next season and beyond. That uncertainty is simply unacceptable to the team, the other members of the California League, the Texas Rangers and Minor League Baseball. As a result, this unfortunate action had to be taken.”

“Baseball has had a long and wonderful history in Bakersfield,” said Bakersfield owner D.G. Elmore. “I am sorry to see it come to a close.”

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Vadal Faniel, 6’7”, 209 forward, signed a professional contract with the Cazorla Spanish team.  Vadal graduated from AVC 2013, received a full-ride scholarship to Texas A&M International, D-2 and now is playing professional basketball in Europe.

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2016 has been one of the most active years in the past ten where three AVC/University graduates have joined the rapidly growing professional ranks.  Congratulations Faniel, your Dad is looking down on you and cheering with his big happy voice.