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Santa Monica Sports Notes

The Santa Monica High girls water polo team will begin the CIF playoffs Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Samohi pool. The team won the Bay League for the fifth time in the five-year history of the sport at Samohi, going 6-0. In the last two meets Samohi defeated Redondo, 4-3 and Mira Costa, 12-5. Matt Flanders does an outstanding job as coach...

Three members of the Santa Monica College football team have signed letters of intent to play at four-year schools. Defensive end Jason Hall and defensive tackle Rodney Anderson will play for San Jose State while defensive lineman Julian Mims signed with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo...

In boys basketball last week Santa Monica lost to Mira Costa, 55-44, St. Monica routed St. Anthony, 79-43 behind 34 points by Sean Cole and Crossroads rolled past Whitney 76-52...

The St. Monica High girls basketball team, which is headed to the CIF playoffs, lost at Bell-Jeff 41-40 in a Camino Real League game. St. Monica is 10-2 in the league while Bell-Jeff is 8-4. The Mariners were led by guard Heather Holguin with 21 points but center Danielle Adefeso was held to six...

Former Crossroads star Kejuan Woods, now a senior at Boise State, scored 26 points Saturday in an 89-87 Big West Conference home loss to UC Irvine.

Crossroads, St. Monica Look For Possible Matchup in Playoffs

By Mitch Chortkoff

With the regular season completed, Crossroads and St. Monica are top-rated in Division 4 and could meet to settle the boys basketball championship.

Crossroads romped through the Delphic League to claim the No. 1 ranking. St. Monica finished second in the Camino Real League, but first place Verbum Dei has been placed in Division 5.

``It's good for the city of Santa Monica to have two such highly-rated teams for the playoffs,'' said St. Monica coach Scott McDowell.

The teams won't meet unless both pass their early playoff tests but are favored to do so.

Crossroads is led by 6-foot-10 Isaish Fox, who has signed to play at Arizona next season. In a recent game he scored 35 points.

Crossroads was so dominat in league play that Coach Daryl Roper did some experimenting, presumably to keep his players interested. I went to the school's new gymnasium one night and saw Fox playing point guard. The big guy did very well too, dribbling through pressure defenses and making the right passes.

Usually he plays inside and sometimes he doesn't appear motivated. He scored just four points in another game. A couple of years ago I went to see him in a game at Brentwood but Roper pulled him early and Fox sat on the bench most of the first half.

St. Monica has an outstanding player too in 6-6 center Sean Cole. He's good in the low post and an aggressive rebounder. When St. Monica lost to Verbum Dei recently Cole kept the Mariners in the game with four dunks. A couple were on follow-ups to a teammate's miss.

Last season St. Monica lost to Milken in the playoffs. Milken went on to give Crossroads a good game before losing to the eventual division champions.

It was a senior-dominated team, and Milken isn't nearly as strong this season.

The playoffs bring out the best in teams, and the caliber of play the next few weeks should be outstanding.
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