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Santa Monica Sports Notes

The Santa Monica College mens basketball team opened Western State Conference Southern Division play by defeating Bakersfield, 73-62. The Corsairs then lost to league favorite L.A. Valley, 76-69 and defeated Glendale College Saturday night, 75-59 as sophomore Brandon Williams scored 21 points....

The Santa Monica High boys team lost to powerful Inglewood High Friday night, 64-47. The game was played at Samohi but the Vikings could score only three points in the second quarter. Guard Brett De'Angelis led the Vikings with 22 points, including four three-pointers. Samohi is 10-11 overall and 4-5 in league play...

The St. Monica High boys basketball team had an easy time with an 87-33 victory over St. Anthony's in a Camino Real League game...

Guard Robert Locke scored 25 points in Crossroads' triple overtime 71-67 Delphic League victory over Campbell Hall. It was the fifth consecutive victory for Coach Daryl Roper's team, most of them closely contested in the highly competitive league...

The Crossroads' girls basketball team, which has been losing close games, won one with a 38-34 victory over Campbell Hall...

Crossroads and Brentwood tied, 1-1, in Crossroads' Soccer Extravaganza Classic last week before a capacity crowd of 300 at Crossroads' soccer facility at the corner of Olympic Blvd and 17th Stb. It was one of four soccer events on the program. Zach Roth scored for Crossroads and Robbie Reynolds for Brentwood before defenses took over.

Crossroads remained unbeaten at home and has an overall record of 11-4-4. Also playing on the program were four youth teams, the Pacific Coast Soccer Club Boys under 10, Crossroads Elementary School K-6, the santa Monica AYSO all-star girls under 10 and Santa Monica AYSO girls under 12.

There were four honorees, parents Linda Rambis and Joe Roth, and Barbara Stinchfield and Rich Rollins of the City of Santa Monica for supporting the development of youth soccer in the community...

Samohi's Gordon to Play Football at Kansas

By Mitch Chortkoff

Charles Gordon has become the first member of the Santa Monica High CIF Championship football team to make a college commitment.

Gordon has committed verbally to Kansas. Players are not permitted to sign letters of intent until Feb. 6.

Gordon came all the way back from a broken ankle suffered in the second game of last season at Venice High. As a senior he caught 62 passes for 1,200 yards and was the primary target of quarterback James Cooper.

Several other Samohi players including Cooper, are studying their college options.

The most notable Samohi grad to play football for Kansas in recent years is quarterback Dylen Smith, who went from Samohi to SMC and then to the Jayhawks, where he became a starter two years ago.

Kansas has been struggling in recent years and was in a state of transition last season when it was beaten soundly at home by UCLA.

When players are searching for a college choice, playing time is often an issue. Some will see a program in turmoil as an opportunity. It is clear that a program with Kansas' problems can use someone of Gordon's skills.

Although Samohi's skill players excelled, particularly Cooper, Gordon and tailback, they weren't coveted by college powerhouses due to lack of size.

Gordon is close to 6 feet. Cooper and Davis are about 5-9. But the sensational play of the youngsters in the CIF playoffs upgraded their status with some Division 1 schools. Those who don't get Division 1 scholarships will be welcomed at the community college level where a recruiting duel is already underway between Santa Monica College and El Camino.

Gordon and Cooper are expected to play baseball this season for Samohi. Both are starting outfielders.

Samohi receiver Chris Gary has told friends he intends to attend Georgetown, which plays lower division football, but hasn't made an official announcement.

This week the all-CIF teams were announced. Samohi placed seven players on the all-Division 10 team, and Samohi's Norm Lacy was chosen Coach of the Year.

Gordon, Davis and linemen Dan Solchanyk and Chris Price were named to the offensive team. Cooper made it as a defensive back, along with Terrell Maze. Chris Smith was selected as a linebacker.
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