Wendell White Returns to Redondo Union

When school started at Redondo Union High last week, a familiar face was part of the junior class gathering. Wendell White, the 6-foot-5 basketball swingman who, according to several area newspapers, had transferred to Montclair Prep, was back on campus attending class.

White, whose older brother, Walter, graduated from Redondo in 1999, was the third leading scorer for the CIF-Southern Section Div. II-A Sea Hawks last year, but saw his recruiting stock skyrocket during the spring and summer. Possessing phenomenal leaping ability and range well beyond the three-point arc, the Redondo Beach resident now is considered a top 25 player nationally in the Class of 2003.

With White, 6-foot-8 Sr. Adam Zahn, another heavily recruited player; 6-11 center Paul Meynan and guards Keith Ellison and Eddie Topps, Redondo has to be a favorite to repeat its CIF title in 2001-2002.

In other Redondo news:

Ofa Tulikihihifo, a 5-foot-9 senior forward who was CIF Div. II Player of the Year in 1999, continues to rehab from knee surgery. Tulikihihifo, whose brother is a defensive lineman for Oregon State, tore an ACL during a pickup basketball game in June, but didn't have surgery until August after one doctor told her the injury wasn't that severe. She is expected to be out of the lineup for the powerful Sea Hawks until at least January.

Eddie Topps, who in addition to being the sixth man on the basketball team, is the Sea Hawks' leading rusher and tackler, sat out Redondo's season-opening 10-7 football win over Torrance Friday night. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound gridder broke his foot at the Northern California Nike Football Training Camp in May and re-injured it last week in a scrimmage versus Serra. Topps said he hoped to play this week when the Sea Hawks take on Bishop Montgomery.

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