Los Angeles Preps: Rich Endres

Principals deny hardship transfer

December, 14, 2011
The unique transfer case of Derrick “Deejay” Brown hit a roadblock when the principals of the Marmonte League decided to deny the Thousand Oaks senior a hardship transfer, thus preventing him from playing basketball.

Brown, a 17-year-old basketball standout from Brooklyn, N.Y., was the subject of an ESPN E:60 story in 2009. His stepfather stabbed him leaving a 10-inch scar on the left side of his face. Brown’s mother, Treena Hunter, was also stabbed by her then-husband, Derrick Hunter, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2008 for the attacks.

Brown ended up at Stoneridge Prep in Simi Valley in November of 2010 to pursue his basketball interests. But he left Stoneridge Prep in June and moved in with Rich Endres, the basketball coach at Thousand Oaks High School, and his wife.

Endres applied for a hardship transfer with the CIF for Brown. After nearly four weeks, the CIF decided to let the Marmonte League principals decide if Brown would be granted a hardship transfer. They unanimously denied it.

Endres was disappointed with the way the CIF handled Brown’s transfer request. When Endres went to the principals meeting, he was not given the opportunity to present Brown’s case.

“Their (CIF’s) purpose is to rule on things of this sort,” Endres said. “I went to the meeting to explain Deejay’s story. They didn’t even let me speak. This young man’s been through a lot. The biggest thing they’re upset about is he’s living with me.”

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LA North and LA South: Lakewood 66, Thousand Oaks 57

February, 16, 2011
THOUSAND OAKS - - Dominique Lanier used a one-bounce dribble to his right, followed by a head-and-shoulders fake to temporarily freeze the defender in front of him and a quick crossover back to the left to create separation and get to the basket during the first half of Wednesday night's Southern Section boys' basketball playoff game.

The series of moves was so successful, in fact, the 6-foot-3 senior guard from Lakewood High decided to go back to the well time after time in the second half. And why not? Thousand Oaks, after all, never figured out a way to shut him down.

Lanier was seemingly unstoppable from start to finish and nearly had a triple-double before ending up with 22 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists to guide visiting Lakewood to a 66-57 victory in a first-round game of Division 1AA play.

“Dominique was fun to watch tonight, I can say that much,'' Lakewood coach Matt Ruiz said. “He kept attacking and attacking, what a game.''

The fact Lanier & Co. did so well shouldn't come as a major surprise. Remember, the Lancers (17-10) play in the same league, the Moore, as the divisions top-seeded team, Long Beach Poly. Lakewood is a battled-tested bunch, no doubt about it.

Thousand Oaks (22-5), on the other hand, came in with momentum after finishing in a tie for first place in the Marmonte League, with Simi Valley.

Nevertheless, Lakewood opened up the game with a sense of urgency and Lanier's put back gave the Lancers a 15-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Victor Jones had his way with Thousand Oaks defense in the second quarter. He scored 10 points over the course of a three minute stretch to extend lead to 10 points with 5:23 left in the first half of play. And teammate Zach Puling knocked down a three-pointer just before the buzzer sounded to give Lakewood a 32-24 advantage at intermission.

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LA North: Simi Valley 48, No. 17 Thousand Oaks 44

February, 1, 2011
SIMI VALLEY -- Each time the Simi Valley High boys' basketball team needed a big play Tuesday night, regardless of whether it was a bucket, rebound, assist, steal or block, the Pioneers turned to Jonathan Davis. And more often than not, he delivered.

For example, in the waning moments of the fourth quarter against Thousand Oaks, the senior converted a layup with 1:40 left to essentially seal a 48-44 victory and move Simi Valley into a first-place tie with the Lancers atop the Marmonte League standings.

“We need Jonathan to go, because when he does, we're a tough team to beat,'' Pioneers coach Christian Aurand said. “When we needed a basket late, he'd blow by the double-team heading for him and racked it. You've got to love having a player like that on your side.''

With three more games remaining in the regular season, Simi Valley (17-6, 9-2) can clinch a share of the league championship if it wins out the rest of the way. No. 17 in the ESPNLosAngeles.com top 20 rankings, Thousand Oaks (20-3, 9-2) is in the same position.

“In our league, it's all about being able to steal a game on the other teams court. Tonight, we ran into a tough team, unfortunately,'' Lancers coach Rich Endres said.

The Lancers also ran into a tough individual: Davis, of course. The 6-foot-8 forward, who is heading to George Washington, finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Can't forget to mention that he added two blocks and two assists in more than 30 minutes of action.

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Thousand Oaks boys basketball coach Rich Endres will return to the bench tonight in his team’s game against Agoura, 12 days after a blood clot was discovered behind his left knee.

Endres is returning to coaching earlier than expected. When the clot was first discovered, his doctor told him he would have to stay off his feet for at least two weeks. He could have been away from coaching his basketball team and teaching for three months.

“I’ll be back tonight,” Endres said. “No restrictions. It’s hard all of sudden to do nothing. I’ve seen enough TV. I want to get back to my life.”

The 57-year-old Endres returned to teaching physical education on Tuesday at Thousand Oaks High School. His doctor prescribed rest and blood thinners. He will keep taking the blood thinners for six months. At that time, his doctor will re-evaluate his condition and proceed from there.

“In six months, we’ll make a decision,” Endres said. “There was no reason for it to happen.”

Endres has been the boys basketball coach at Thousand Oaks since 1998. He won the CIF Southern Section Division 2-AA championship in 2009 and took his team to the section finals two other times, the first in 2002 and again in 2006.

Endres said he wasn’t able to tell his players in person about his condition. He let his coaching staff explain to the players what happened.

“I visited a couple of practices,” Endres said. “I told them it will be different, but not a lot different. I think they handled it very well.”

His team went 3-0 in his absence, including a narrow, 63-60 win on the road against Royal. Thousand Oaks is 18-2 and leads the Marmonte League standings with a 7-1 record.

“Road games are all going to be tough,” Endres said. “Everybody is going to give you their best game. You can’t look forward to the next game.”

Endres said he doesn’t want to change his approach to coaching, even after the blood clot.

“My wife and family want me to take a different approach to it,” Endres said. “I might sit down a little more. I feel good. This was unfortunate. This puts things into perspective for me. It’s not all about me. But my coaching style is not going to change.”

ESPNLA top 20 boys' basketball rankings

January, 25, 2011
There are no significant changes at the top of the ESPNLosAngeles.com top 20 boys' basketball rankings this week. A shakeup toward the bottom half of the top 10, however, was in order after one team was dealt a surprising setback.

Also worth mentioning is the fact that a pair of programs are making their first appearance in the rankings following the exits of Murrieta Valley and Los Angeles Fairfax, a pair of schools that could be back in the mix sooner rather than later.

Some other teams to keep a close eye on are Aliso Niguel, Compton and La Verne Damien, along with Pasadena, Ventura and Los Angeles Washington. A couple of quality victories over the next couple of days figure to go a long way.

1. (1) Long Beach Poly (18-0): Winning Moore League games by an average of 42 points. Are you kidding me? Running the table appears to be entirely possible.

2. (2) Etiwanda (20-0): Jordan Daniels doesn't receive enough credit. All of that, however, could end up changing if the senior point guard keeps the Eagles flying high.

3. (3) Mater Dei (18-2): There are no easy games in the tough Trinity League. St. John Bosco looms on Wednesday followed by a showdown with Orange Lutheran on Friday.

4. (4) Centennial (16-3): Big VIII League games against Riverside King on Tuesday evening and Riverside Poly on Thursday night figure to offer little, or no, resistance.

5. (5) Taft (15-2): Kevin Johnson has been focused on the task at hand recently. And make no mistake, when the senior is motivated, the Toreadors are seemingly unstoppable.

6. (7) Westchester (18-5): With a showdown against rival Fairfax on Thursday, perhaps the Comets are primed for an upset loss Wednesday against Hamilton. Perhaps not.

7. (8) Canyon (19-2): Chris Anderson might be a tad bit undersized. He is, after all, 5-foot-7. Thing is, no one plays a bigger role tor the Comanches than the senior point guard.

8. (9) Harvard-Westlake (17-2): Damiene Cain and Zena Edosomwan are a potent one-two punch down in the post and they work the high-low game to near perfection.

9. (10) Mission Viejo (22-0): At 6-10, Issac Neilson is proving to be a force on both ends of the floor. Aliso Niguel will attempt to stop the BYU-bound senior on Friday night.

10. (6) Orange Lutheran (16-5): Suffered a setback with loss to Cezar Guerrero and St. John Bosco. Now, it is time to see how the Lancers respond to some adversity.

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