COACH: Tim Parsel
RECORD AT SCHOOL: 15-12
RETURNING STARTER YR. HGT. P Clay Frenz Sr. 6-0 G
TOP RETURNERS YR. HGT. P Mark Pierson Jr. 6-6 C Zack Richardson Jr. 6-0 G
TOP NEWCOMERS YR. HGT. P Josh Ahrens Jr. 6-3 F Kevin Byrne Jr. 6-6 C-F Chris Candlish So. 6-5 C Mike Drake Sr. 6-1 G Tom Feeney Jr. 6-2 G-F Ben Novak Jr. 6-1 G
With Jim Faulkner, the league's co-most valuable player, now at Southern Utah, Estancia must find a way to replace his 18 points and seven rebounds a game. But the Eagles usually are able to reload quickly. For instance, last season Faulkner was the only returning letterman and the Eagles tied Trabuco Hills for the league title, then advanced to the quarterfinals of the Division III-AA playoffs before losing to eventual State runner-up Inglewood Morningside, 80-50. Parsel says this season's team will be more balanced. The Eagles' two-guard offense will be run by Frenz, who was the Eagles' second-leading scorer at 10 points, and Richardson, who was a part-time starter. Both shot better than 40% from beyond the three-point line. Pierson, who was the team's second-leading rebounder with a 3.5 average, has improved in all areas, Parsel said. Add five players from a strong junior varsity team that tied Trabuco Hills for the league title, and Parsel's optimism is understandable. "We might not win the league again; we had a dominant player last year," Parsel said. "But I certainly think we have as good a chance as anybody."
November 29-December 4 at Newport Harbor tournament; 6-10 at La Quinta tournament; 17 vs. Orange; 21 vs. Mission Viejo; 23 at Capistrano Valley; 27-31 Estancia tournament.
January 4 at San Clemente; 7 at Costa Mesa; 12 vs. Laguna Hills; 14 at Trabuco Hills; 19 at Century; 21 vs. Laguna Beach; 26 vs. Costa Mesa.
February 2 at Laguna Hills; 4 vs. Trabuco Hills; 9 vs. Century; 11 at Laguna Beach.