Basketball Coach Greg Herrick of Cleveland High said Monday that 6-8 junior forward Trevor Wilson will not be allowed to play on the school basketball team next season.
Wilson, a two-time All-City selection and a member of the Parade All-American team last season, led Cleveland to a 22-2 record. He averaged 24 points and 11 rebounds a game. However, Wilson’s “disruptive attitude was no longer conducive to a good working relationship,” Herrick said.
“Many things led to his dismissal, but basically, he simply had a total disregard for the team philosophy, the things we are trying to do here. I have no animosity toward Trevor.
“I gave him more chances than I would give my own son. It’s just that this year, he would be a senior and supposed to set an example for the younger athletes. But right now, the examples he’s setting are all bad.
“As he got better (athletically), it became increasingly difficult to deal with him. Not just for me, but for my assistant (Bob Braswell) and Trevor’s teammates. Sometimes you have to draw the line. One person can’t become bigger than the program.”
Add Herrick: The Cleveland coach has scheduled a press conference for this afternoon and is expected to make an announcement concerning his own future at the school and to discuss Wilson’s situation.
Rumors circulating Monday centered on the possibility of Herrick’s leaving the program to take a job as assistant coach at a university. In that event, Braswell would be the likely candidate to succeed Herrick.
There are strong indications that the Southern Section Council will vote to return to the state basketball tournament in time for the 1985-'86 season. The issue will be voted on at the Council’s regularly scheduled meeting May 9 at the Ramada Inn in Norwalk.
Sea View League representative Dennis Evans, the principal at Corona del Mar and a leader of the group that voted to secede from last year’s tournament, believes that sentiment has changed in the last six months.
“The state has basically done two things,” Evans said. “First, they have adjusted their playoff schedule so as to avoid the problem that certain leagues were forced to play three games a week. So that will no longer be an issue.
“Second, they added a financial hook. If we didn’t play, we still have to pay for our share of the tournament, which would be about $7,500. If we do play, we stand to make around $7,500. You’re talking about a difference of around $15,000. I call that a not-too-subtle form of coercion.
“But I think the scheduling change is a good-faith showing on the state’s part. Plus, the commissioner’s office believes this is important for the section, and I think the council members will be swayed by that.”
Crenshaw’s unbeaten basketball team, which will represent the United States in a week-long world junior tournament in Aarhus, Denmark, beginning Saturday, will get a royal send-off Thursday.
Mayor Tom Bradley’s Corporate Challenge for Youth is sponsoring the event at 4:30 p.m. in the Crenshaw gymnasium. Among the featured guests will be the Mayor, UCLA Coach Walt Hazzard and former Crenshaw star Marques Johnson, now with the Clippers. In addition, the USC marching band and the Laker girls will perform.
Saturday’s Ojai tennis tournament final was a probable preview of the Southern Section 4-A final, with Tim Trigueiro of Santa Barbara outlasting No. 1-seeded Forrest Hunt of South Torrance, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6.
Trigueiro, seeded No. 2, won despite stomach cramps.
“It was a good match,” said Edison Coach Tim Mang. “Tim was very sick and had to keep leaving the court, but he was tough enough to win it.”
Last Monday, Santa Barbara rolled past previously unbeaten Miraleste, 20 1/2-7 1/2 in a dual match to claim the No. 1 spot in the coaches’ 4-A poll.
Mira Costa will open defense of its 4-A volleyball championship in a first-round playoff match against visiting Foothill Thursday night at 7.
Last season, Mira Costa rolled to a 22-0 mark, ending Laguna Beach’s three-year reign as champion. This time, Coach Mike Cook expects it to be an uphill battle.
“Last year, we were the favorites,” he said. “This time, it’s up for grabs. Anyone can win it. Right now, Corona del Mar is playing great ball. They’ve been playing very well for the last two weeks. That’s why they’re seeded No. 1. But everyone has a chance. Nothing will surprise me.”
The 3-A division also shapes up as a dogfight, with defending champion Arcadia, Loyola, Glendale, and Los Altos all given a chance to win.
Former football players from Aviation and Mira Costa high schools will play in an alumni game May 18 at Mira Costa in Manhattan Beach. Part of the proceeds from the 7:30 p.m. game will be donated to the South Bay Child Abuse Center. . . . Ron Ritchie, the basketball coach at South Torrance for the last five years, has resigned. He will be succeeded by Don Albin, the school’s baseball coach. Albin formerly coached basketball at North Torrance. . . . Chadwick sophomore Melissa Gurney, who gave up high school tennis to pursue a pro career, reached the semifinals of a $75,000 tournament in San Diego, before falling to Great Britain’s Annabel Croft. Gurney routed Andrea Jaeger in the second round, 6-0, 6-1. . . . San Marino swimmer Kurt Kroesche, one of the top prep backstrokers in the nation, has signed a letter of intent with Stanford. . . . Bell-Jeff has stolen 105 bases in 118 attempts, including 11 of 13 in a 7-1 victory over Daniel Murphy Friday. The Southern Section record is 253 set by Rio Hondo Prep in 1980. . . . Simi Valley, ranked No. 2 in Southern Section baseball, avenged a 5-1 defeat to Royal earlier this season, routing the Highlanders, 30-0. Simi Valley had a school-record 29 hits. Simi Valley (22-3) can clinch the Marmonte League title Wednesday with a win at Camarillo. . . . Rosemead, which hadn’t won 10 baseball games in a season since 1981, has already won 11.