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Santa Monica Sports Notes

The Santa Monica High football team aspires to be CIF Division X champion next season after being eliminated in the second round of this season's playoffs. The team that beat Samohi, Paso Robles, won the championship for the third straight year Friday with a 43-40 victory over Inglewood at El Camino College. Samohi, in a 9-3 season, lost only to Paso Robles, Inglewood and North Torrance.

Samohi Coach Norm Lacy was right on target when he predicted a close victory for Paso Robles over Inglewood. Even though Inglewood was the Ocean League champion and undefeated (12-0), Lacy felt Paso Robles was slightly better.

Troy Morrison, Sponsorship Coordinator for U.S. Bank, which sponsored the new Beach Bowl at Corsair Field, hopes the game will be played every year. ``We're hoping to get it sanctioned,'' he said. ``We were pleased with the media response and quality of the contest.'' SMC defeated Citrus, 26-21, in an exciting game. SMC Coach Robert Taylor can be proud of the way his team responded after getting off to a slow start this season. The Corsairs won seven of their final eight games...

Five Santa Monica High coaches completed requirments of the Coaching Principles Seminar of the American Sport Education Program and National Federation Interscholastic Coaches Education Program. They were Eileeen Corliss, Mark Black, Pat Cady, James Hecht and Debbie Skaggs. According to Chris Corliss, Coordinator of Sports and Physical Education, Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District will be offering coaching certification for all coaches starting in January.

Junior Ricky Terrell, the Santa Monica College point guard last season, is now at the University of Hawaii and played against UCLA Saturday night in Pauley Pavilion. Terrell played 11 minutes and didn't score...

The St. Monica High girls basketball team finished third in the Bishop Amat Tournament. In the game for third place they defeated Ganesha, 63-54.

Led by 6-foot-10 Isaiah Fox, the Crossroads boys scored an impressive 65-48 victory at Crenshaw in a non-league game. This season Crossroads will be playing home games in its new gym on 18th st. near Olympic Blvd.

Samohi Takes Third In Basketball Tournament

By Mitch Chortkoff

James Hecht, the Santa Monica High basketball coach, says he is frequently asked the same question.

``People want to know how we're going to do without Jacoby Atako,'' he said.

Atako, the Vikings' star guard last season, moved on to UC Santa Barbara, where he is getting immediate playing time.

Well, judging by its play in the El Segundo Tournament last week Samohi appears likely to field another competitive team. The Vikings finished third in the event.

Samohi won the game for third place, 70-58, over Narbonne. Neighboring St. Monica High did even better, reaching the championship game before losing to Leuzinger, 84-65.

Hecht says there are days when he looks down the hallway to see if Atako is still there. But, reality, he has another good squad. And, in time, the players will learn to depend on each other rather than Atako to get through tough situations.

The Vikings must also overcome the absence of Martin Castro, the second leading scorer last season as a senior.

``We're going to be fine,'' said Hecht. ``We have the personnel to keep us in games. The guys have a great work ethic. They've done a good job of preparing for the season.''

The starting lineup consists of 6-7 senior John Folonis, 6-5 junior Pablo Dresie and 6-3 Paul Younger on the frontline with 6-0 senior Jared Brunk and 6-0 Seshah Wolde-Tsadki in the backcourt.

Among the reserves are three receivers from the football team, Terrell Maze, Chris Gary and Charles Gordon. The latter, who suffered a broken left ankle in the third game, hopes to play basketball but is still unable to participate. But he's listed on the roster.

``I'm going to try to play basketball,'' said Gordon, who is also a baseball star. ``The ankle is still a little stiff but it's been hard just watching our teams play.''

Gordon, who hasn't played basketball at Samohi, did join the team for some summer games and fit in well.

``We're capable of having a different player step up every night,'' said Hecht. ``We don't have that one guy this year but collectively we have a strong group of people.''

Included in triumphs at the El Segundo event was a 57-37 victory over the host team.

Samohi was 17-10 last season, including an 8-6 record in the Bay League. The team reached the second round of the CIF playoffs before losing to Long Beach Jordan.

In order to prepare for the league Hecht arranged a difficult December schedule. Samohi will play in the Bell-Jeff and Santa Barbara Tournaments

``I tried to schedule some good tests without getting in too far over our heads,'' said the coach. ``I want competitive games but realize we have eight new players, so there will be a lot of learning.

``We're using the December games to develop cohesiveness and continuity,'' he said. ``By January we're hopeful of running on all cylinders.''

The Bay League became stronger when the top two teams from the Ocean League, Mira Costa and Leuzinger, moved up.

``I think we have one of the most competitive leagues, top to bottom,'' said Hecht.

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