James W. Cleary, the president of Cal State Northridge, was among celebrants in the locker room of the CSUN basketball team Thursday after the Matadors' 50-49 win over Cal State Bakersfield.
Cleary, who regularly attends football games, was making a rare appearance at a basketball game.
Northridge came back in the final minute to win and the expression on Cleary's face afterward might be an indication of renewed enthusiasm for the sport.
He had a few congratulatory words for the players and coaches afterward, then joined them in a cheer.
This might be a good time for Coach Pete Cassidy to bring up the feasibility of a basketball arena.
Net gains: The improved quality of boys' high school volleyball in the Valley is beginning to show at the college level where a number of players from the Class of '87 will play prominent roles this season.
Mark Root, an All-City Section player at Chatsworth High who is a starting middle blocker for Pepperdine, is one of four Chatsworth players playing at the four-year level. Sae Ho Suk is a setter at UC Davis, Jeff Horn is a back-row player for UC Santa Cruz and Steve Michalski is a back-row player and outside hitter for the UCLA junior varsity.
Mike Lowe, a middle blocker at Harvard High last season, is playing at Stanford and a former high school teammate, Matt Dalleck, is playing for UC Berkeley.
Terry Schrumpf, the 1987 City 3-A player of the year for defending champion Granada Hills, is playing at Pierce.
Sizzling Sterbens: Moorpark's Kristie Sterbens, a freshman guard out of Simi Valley High, scored a season-high 26 points against Santa Barbara.
Said Moorpark Coach Gary Abraham: "She's a steady player, smart and a real good shooter."
Moorpark plays host to Allan Hancock at 5 tonight.