Prep Notebook

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Monday, August 26, 1996

Blue-chipper enrolls at Iolani, but might not play

A blue-chip female prep basketball player from a team ranked No. 6 in the nation last winter has enrolled at Iolani for the 1996-97 school year.

But a report over the weekend in the Orange County edition of the Los Angeles Times says she won't play ball for the two-time defending state champion Raiders.

Iolani athletic director Carl Schroers confirmed last night that Erin Stovall is enrolled.

Stovall, a 5-foot-7 senior guard from Woodbridge High School (No. 6 in USA Today's final poll) in California, has had a torrent of inquiries from college programs but has narrowed her choices to Purdue, Stanford and Virginia.

Woodbridge coach Pat Quinn was reported to have said that Stovall's family was sending her to Hawaii because of a falling out with him. He said missing practices was a factor in the problem.

But William Stovall, Erin's father, is quoted in the Times as saying, "Sending my daughter 3,000 miles because of a rift with the coach would be ridiculous. Iolani is an outstanding school. It's a great opportunity."

Stovall, who is also a standout hurdler with Division I offers in track, has credentials that would make any coach drool.

She averaged 22 points a game last season in 26 games and had 122 steals for the Division II state champions. Her field goal percentage was 52.3 percent.

Iolani coach Bernie Ching said last night that when he attended a meeting with the parents of Stovall, the subject of her playing athletics at Iolani never came up.

"If we have her, we have her. If we don't, we don't. We'll just continue as we were," said Ching. "It's her choice whether or not she wants to play."

Schroers said he is more concerned right now with letting Stovall adjust academically, socially and culturally to Hawaii.

By Pat Bigold, Star-Bulletin

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