Athletics News

    Nov. 20, 1997

    USC Fall Letters of Intent

    Baseball

    Five baseball players, including two 1997 All-State selections, signed letters-of- intent with USC, Trojan head coach Mike Gillespie announced today.

    All five players were selected to play in the prestigious Area Code Games (for the nation's top prep baseball players) this past summer. "We are very excited about this recruiting class," says Gillespie. "These five players are the ones we identified early on as the players we wanted to go after. Each of these players can be an impact player at USC from the outset and they have a great future in baseball."

    The Trojan recruiting class is as follows: third baseman Sean Burroughs of Wilson High in Long Beach (Calif.), a 1997 Cal-Hi All-State Underclassmen pick; catcher-infielder Beau Craig of Grossmont High in San Diego (Calif.), a 1997 Cal-Hi All-State Underclassmen selection; pitcher Ryan Madson of Valley View High in Moreno Valley (Calif.), a 1997 Cal-Hi All-State first teamer (the only junior selected to that team);

    Pitcher-outfielder Tim Petke of Portland (Ore.) Lutheran High, a two-time All-State pick; and pitcher-first baseman Eric Sandberg of Ferris High in Spokane (Wash.).

    Here are brief biographies of each player:

    Sean Burroughs, 3B, L-R, 6-1, 190, Wilson High (Long Beach)...He hit .456 (41-for-90) as a 1997 junior...On the mound, he was 7-1 with a 1.75 ERA, striking out 53 and walking just 8 in 44 innings...He was named to the 1997 Cal-Hi All-State Underclassmen team...He was an All-CIF Division I second team and All-Moore League first team pick in 1997...He played in the Team One Showcase All-Star game and for the 310 Dodgers at the 1997 Area Code Games...As a little leaguer, he led Long Beach to consecutive Little League World Series championships in 1992-93...He is the son of former major leaguer Jeff Burroughs, who was the 1974 American League MVP

    Beau Craig, C-IF, S-R, 5-10, 175, Grossmont High (San Diego)...He hit .398 with 9 home runs, 16 doubles and 49 RBI as a 1997 junior...He was named to the 1997 Cal-Hi All-State Underclassmen team and the USA Today Top 1998 Prospects team...He was selected as the San Diego County Defensive Player of the Year in 1997...He was named to the 1997 All-Grossmont North League first team....He played in the Team One Showcase All-Star game and he was a two-time (1996-97) participant in the Area Code Games for the 619 Padres team.

    Ryan Madson, RHP, R-R, 6-5, 175, Valley View High (Moreno Valley)...He was 9-2 with a 1.01 ERA as a 1997 junior...He struck out 85 batters in 62 innings...He threw two no-hitters...He was the only junior named to the 1997 Cal-Hi All-State first team...He was a 1997 All-CIF Division I first team pick and the 1997 Sun Belt League MVP...He played for the 714/909 Angels at the 1997 Area Code Games.

    Tim Petke, RHP-OF, R-R, 6-3, 195, Portland Lutheran High (Portland, OR)...He was 12-2 with a 1.34 ERA as a 1997 junior...He had 42 walks and 164 strikeouts in 83 innings pitched...He hit .447 with 8 doubles, 5 home runs and 29 RBI...He was 21 for 21 in stolen bases...He was twice named to the Oregon All-State first team--as a pitcher in 1996 and as an outfielder in 1995...He was a two-time All-Northwest League first team pick and the league's MVP in 1997...He played for the 206/509 Mariner team at the 1997 Area Code Games.

    Eric Sandberg, LHP-1B, L-L, 6-1, 215, Ferris High (Spokane, WA)...A lefthander, he was 6-0 with an 0.74 ERA as a 1997 junior, striking out 75 batters in 38 innings...He hit .404 with 5 home runs and 27 RBI...As a 1996 sophomore, he hit .519 with 6 home runs and 25 RBI and he was 4-1 with a 2.52 ERA, striking out 68 batters in 41 innings...He was named to the All-City first team in both 1996 and 1997...He was the MVP of the Greater Spokane League in 1996 after winning the league's Triple Crown...He played for the 206/509 Mariner team at the 1997 Area Code Games.

    Men's Basketball

    LOS ANGELES -- The USC men's basketball team has signed four standout players _ forward Sam Clancy from St. Edwards High in Lakewood, Ohio, forward David Bluthenthal from Westchester (Calif.) High, and guard Quincy Wilder and forward Brian Scalabrine, who are both from Highline Community College in Des Moines, Wash. _ to letters of intent, USC head coach Henry Bibby announced today.

    "We had a great recruiting year," Bibby said. "I think we are in the Top 10 in the country in recruiting. We worked really hard to get to the position we are in so that we can nail down some of the top players in the country. They are all top basketball players as well as good students, so I could not be any more pleased about signing them." Clancy, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound power forward, averaged 11.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game last season as a junior at St. Edwards High. He shot 57 percent from the field while leading the Eagles to a 24-2 mark in 1997.

    According to Dave Krider of USA Today, Clancy is a Top 20 All-American. Street & Smith's 1997 College Basketball Annual lists him as a fourth-team All-American and an All-Metro (Cleveland) pick. He has been rated highly by several college basketball recruiting outlets, including Prepstars (No. 12), Bob Gibbons (No. 19), The Sporting News (No. 40) and Clark Francis (No. 43). Recruiting USA rates Clancy as the No. 8 power forward in the country, while ESPN SportsZone ranks him as the No. 12 prospect at his position and the No. 52 player overall. Prior to last season, he was rated among the Top 30 High School Juniors in Dick Vitale's College Basketball 1996-97 Preview.

    "Sam Clancy is a tenacious rebounder with a football players' body," Bibby said. "He's a bigger version of (former Trojan forward) Jaha Wilson. He will score points for us and loves to rebound the basketball." Clancy is the son of Sam Clancy Sr., who played football and basketball at Pittsburgh (1976-80) before moving on to a career in the NFL as a defensive end with the Seattle Seahawks (1982-83), Cleveland Browns (1985-88) and Indianapolis Colts (1989-93). The elder Clancy was the defensive line coach for the Barcelona Dragons of the World League of American Football from 1995 to 1997.

    Last season, he was part of the Dragons team that won the 1997 World Bowl. Bluthenthal, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward, averaged 27 points and 11 rebounds last season as a junior at Venice (Calif.) High and was selected to the Los Angeles Times' South Bay/Westside All-Star Team. Bluthenthal, who is currently attending Westchester High, was recently named to the Long Beach Press Telegram's prestigious Best in the West first team and has a national overall rating of No. 101. He is also a Street & Smith's 1997 High Honorable Mention selection. Bluthenthal is rated as a Top 100 prospect by recruiting analyst Brick Oettinger. He played this past summer in Israel as a member of the United States' Maccabiah Games team.

    "David Bluthenthal can play the 3 or 4 position, can shoot the ball from the outside and can go inside and bang," Bibby said. "It's important for us to keep the best players in California here. That's really a priority for us."

    Wilder, a 6-foot-3 guard, averaged 23 points per game last season as a freshman at Highline Community College and was selected as the MVP of the 1997 Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges conference tournament, where the Thunderbirds earned their first-ever NWAACC title. He was considered by many to be the state of Washington's best prep player in 1996 while attending Decatur High in Federal Way. In Athlon Sports' 1996-97 College Basketball Annual, Wilder was rated as the No. 52 prospect in the nation.

    "Quincy Wilder is a very, very athletic player," Bibby said. "He's somebody I really wanted two years ago. Quincy is extremely versatile. He can play the 1, 2 or 3 position, get to the basket and go by people."

    Scalabrine, a 6-foot-9 forward/center, is redshirting this season at Highline Community College and will have three years of eligibility at USC. Last season as a freshman, he helped lead Highline to a 31-1 overall record and the state championship. Scalabrine played his prep basketball at Enumclaw (Wash.) High.

    "Brian Scalabrine can go inside and outside, shoot the three-pointer and run the floor," Bibby said. "He's a fundamentally sound player who is going to help us tremendously."

    NAME               POS.  HT. 1998-99 CLASS   HOMETOWN (CURRENT SCHOOL)
    David Bluthenthal   F    6-7      Fr.        Los Angeles, CA (Westchester High)
    Sam Clancy          F    6-7      Fr.        Fairview, OH (St. Edwards High)
    Brian Scalabrine    F    6-9      Jr.        Enumclaw, WA (Highline Community College)
    Quincy Wilder       G    6-3      Jr.        Tacoma, WA (Highline Community College)
    

    Women's Basketball

    LOS ANGELES - Guard Tiffany Elmore from Florin High in Sacramento, Calif., and forward Carmen Krause from Prescott (Ariz.) High have signed letters of intent with USC, women's basketball coach Chris Gobrecht announced today.

    "I wish we had them both right now," Gobrecht said. "They both bring dimensions to our game that aren't here right now. Tiffany is as good of a guard as there is in the country. Carmen will give us toughness in the post and the kind of aggressiveness that you need in the Pac-10."

    The 5-10 Elmore, a 1997-98 Street & Smith's All-American honorable mention and Student Sports All-State third team selection, averaged 19.3 points as a sophomore and 20.1 points as junior, leading Florin High to the Sac-Joaquin Section championship game in 1996 and 1997. As a sophomore and junior, Elmore earned Student Sports All-State Underclass first team, All-Metro Area first team and Delta League MVP honors. She was a tournament MVP 5 times in the last 2 years. Elmore, who has a 3.3 GPA, also competed as a sprinter on the Florin track team the last 2 years.

    The 6-1 Krause averaged 13.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game as a junior in 1996-97, leading Prescott High to a 26-8 record and the Arizona state 4-A semifinals. Krause's honors include 1997-98 Street & Smith's All-American honorable mention, 1997 All-State first team and 1996 All-State honorable mention, 1997 Skyline Region MVP and 2-year Prescott Courier All-Tri-City first team.

    Track and Field

    LOS ANGELES -- USC signed two exceptional high school track and field athletes - Sprinter Angela Williams of Chino (Calif.) High and shot putter Van Mounts of Bakersfield (Calif.) High to letters of intent, USC director of track and field Ron Allice announced today.

    "Our entire coaching staff worked very hard to bring these two elite athletes into the program," Allice said. "Both Angela and Van will be of the utmost importance to the success and future of our program." Williams was recently named the Track & Field News High School Female Athlete of the Year after recording a 100-meter time of 11.14 at the USATF Junior Championships, which is just 0.01 off the national high school record. She also ran a wind-aided time of 10.98 last May, becoming the first high school woman to run under 11 seconds under any conditions. Williams' time of 11.14 would rank second behind Olympic gold medalist Inger Miller (11.11 in 1993) on the Women of Troy all-time 100-meter list.

    At the 1997 Pan-Am Junior Championships, Williams won the 100-meter title and also teamed with current Women of Troy freshman Kinshasa Davis and two others for a 44.02 victory in the 400-meter relay. In 1996, Williams qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials, but suffered a muscle tear during the heats.

    The signing of Williams comes on the heels of last season's Women of Troy recruiting class, which included Davis, Malika Edmonson and Candace Young and was rated No. 1 in the country by Track & Field News. "Besides being one of the nation's premier sprinters, Angela Williams is a class act and an outstanding student," Allice said. "She is going to be a very valuable member of our women's program. We believe Angela will enhance our chances of being a national contender for years to come. She joins a very strong contingent of sprinters who are currently representing USC."

    The 6-foot-3, 255 pound Mounts recorded the second-best official shot put mark in the nation last season at 68-8 3/4, ranking him at No. 2 on Track & Field News' 1997 High School All-America Team. However, he did record a prep-legal mark of 71-10 (top throw in the country last season), which was ruled a foul at an international meet that used a narrower sector.

    Mounts is the younger brother of Janice Mounts, who is currently the starting setter on USC's women's volleyball team as a junior. "The tradition here in the shot put is tremendous," Allice said. "When you look at Bud Houser, Wilbur Thompson, Parry O'Brien and Dallas Long, you're talking about seven Olympic gold medals, one silver and a bronze. There's no school in America with a larger number of gold medalists and Olympic team members than USC in the shot put.

    "One of our missing links in this program recently has been the shot put and we have waited three years for someone who we felt could uphold the tradition that USC has established. Van Mounts is going to give us that element to round out the rest of our throwing events that we have excelled in."

    Last season, the USC men's team won its 30th Pacific-10 Conference championship (and first since 1977) and went on to finish third at the 1997 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

    The Women of Troy won their first ever Pac-10 title in 1996 and went on to finish seventh at the NCAAs. Last season, the USC women's finished second at the Pac-10s and 14th at the NCAAs.

    Men's and Women's Golf

    LOS ANGELES -- Three exceptional high school golfers, Kevin Stadler of Kent Denver School in Englewood, Colo., Leila Chartrand of Lambrick Park Secondary School in Victoria, B.C. and Yon Yim of Woodbridge High in Irvine, Calif., signed letters of intent with USC, director of golf Kurt Schuette announced today.

    "We had an exceptional recruiting year on both the men's and women's sides," said Schuette, who oversees both programs. "These recruiting classes will be considered among the Top 5 nationally. We're excited about Kevin Stadler joining our men's program. He comes in with some impressive junior golf credentials. Leila Chartrand and Yon Yim will be tremendous additions to our women's program and are both top AJGA performers and top-ranked high school All Americans." Stadler, the son of former Trojan and current PGA star Craig Stadler (the 1982 Masters champion), won the Junior World Championship this past July. Last month, he won the Colorado High School state championship. Stadler is a second-team 1997 AJGA Rolex All-American. "We're excited about Kevin continuing his family's tradition of Trojan heritage," Schuette said. "We feel that he adds not only great playing credentials, but he also is an intelligent student who brings much more to the table than just his golf ability. We feel he will add to our team chemistry, which will help propel us into the upper echelon of college golf."

    Chartrand is ranked at No. 20 in the Titleist/Golfweek national rankings for junior girls. She was a Top 5 finisher in three events this past season, including a second-place finish at the AJGA PING Phoenix Tournament and a fifth-place showing at the 1997 Canadian Junior Amateur. During the summer she qualified to play in the USGA Junior Amateur. Chartrand also competes on the Lambrick Park girls volleyball team. "We are excited about Leila not only for her playing ability," Schuette said, "but she also has the spirit and fight of a Trojan. Leila will be a good fit on our team and will help inspire others on the squad to compete at a higher level."

    Yim, who is originally from Korea, won the AJGA's Ashworth/Golfweek Tournament in Carlsbad this past August, scoring an ace on Aviara Golf Club's signature par-3 hole and winding up with a round of 68. She also had two third-place finishes at the 1997 Farr and Above Junior Classic and the IZZO Colorado Junior Round-Up. Yim has also been named the Player of the Year on the All-Southern California Junior Team. "We evaluated Yon to be the best player in this year's recruiting class out of Southern California," Schuette said. "We also feel that her exceptional ball striking ability and fundamentals will allow her to make an immediate impact on our women's program next year."