Lead­ing Crespi to higher lev­els

Los Angeles Times - - HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AREA BASKETBALL - Eric Sond­heimer

Un­ranked in pre­sea­son polls and fea­tur­ing a ros­ter filled with un­der­class­men, En­cino Crespi Coach Rus­sell White pulled off the shocker of the 2014-15 prep bas­ket­ball sea­son. His team won the state Di­vi­sion IV cham­pi­onship and took the South­ern Sec­tion Di­vi­sion 4AA ti­tle.

White, in his ninth sea­son, has been named The Times’ boys’ coach of the year.

“He was al­ways push­ing us,” stand­out ju­nior guard De’An­thony Mel­ton said. “Once we reached one stan­dard, he kept push­ing higher.”

For White, set­ting goals such as win­ning a South­ern Sec­tion or state ti­tle was not the fo­cus.

“I’d say win­ning or los­ing doesn’t de­fine who we are. Get­ting bet­ter is the fo­cus,” he said.

Crespi (29-7) went on a 10game win­ning streak to end the sea­son, learn­ing from its mis­takes while de­vel­op­ing young play­ers into star­ring roles.

Rus­sell White

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