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The Santa Monica High boys basketball team was eliminated from the CIF playoffs in a wild card game Wednesday. Samohi traveled to Arcadia and lost in overtime, 72-67. The team won three straight games to get into playoff contention, then lost its last three of the season to finish 13-14. Forward Pablo Dresie says he is planning to continue his basketball career at College of the Sequois...

The Crossroads boys basketball team won its opening round game in the CIF playoffs with a 76-46 victory over Fillmore High at home Friday night..

The St. Monica girls basketball team was eliminated from the CIF playoffs in the first round by Crossroads, 57-45 Saturday night. It was a rematch of an early season game which St. Monica won...

The Santa Monica Bobby Sox girls fast pitch softball team is seeking sponsors. To sponsor a team or obtain information call (310) 827-8722. The deadline is Feb. 28.

Bobby Sox softball is a non-profit organization formed in 1963 providing girls between the ages of 5 and 18 the opportunity to learn softball skills and play in organized all-volunteer leagues. Every girl who registers is placed on a team and participates in all her team's games...

The biggest game of the season for the Santa Monica College mens' basketball team went down to the last shot. SMC missed and Valley College won, 62-60. It was a high caliber contest with Valley remaining undefeated in the Western State Conference and SMC suffering its second loss. SMC's Brandon Williams missed a three-point shot at the final buzzer. SMC held a 40-30 lead early in the second half but couldn't hold it...

The St. Monica boys soccer team lost for only the third time in 12 league games when it was defeated by Mary Star, 2-1 in overtime...

Six Crossroads soccer players have been named all-Delphic League. Zach Roth, Jon Mandabach and Manny Briceno were chosen to the first team. Chris Rasmus, Jacob Feingold and Max Winkler made the second team. Notable mention went to goalkeeper Justin Commins, who allowed only eight goals in 10 league games...

When Samohi's boys soccer team lost to Mira Costa, 2-0, its record became eight wins, eight losses and eight ties...

Santa Monica High began the CIF water polo playoffs with a 10-8 victory over Sunny Hills High...

The Santa Monica girls under 12 AYSO all-star team won a recent area tournament and advanced to the sectionals in Riverside in March. Under the direction of co-coaches Andy Rock and Juan Rangel the team defeated Culver City in the championship game, 1-0. Melissa Guiterez scored the only goal with five minutes left, benefiting from Bianca Alitore's assist. Santa Monica reached the championship game by winning its semi-final from Beverly Hills, 2-1...

St. Monica Begins Basketball Playoffs with Easy Victory

By Mitch Chortkoff

Chris Quinn's first season as head basketball coach of the St. Monica High boys team has turned out well. The Mariners tied for second in the Camino Real League and won their CIF playoff opener Friday night from Carpinteria High, 83-48.

Although St. Monica is not expected to defeat El Segundo in the second round Tuesday, Quinn hopes for an upset and looks back on several months of joy.

``It has been an absolute treat,'' he said. ``The community, the school administration, the players have been wonderful. These are great kids from great families.''

And they can play basketball.

Hampton Nunley, who probably has a college future, Brian Guillory Adrian Navarez and Brandon Cruz are outstanding players. Phil Minter, a football player, is a small guard who looks entirely comfortable on a basketball court. There are some younger players in the program with potential.

``The future is bright here,'' said Quinn.

Although St. Monica and Carpinteria had almost identical records, the game was a rout. St. Monica burst to a 25-5 lead, reached intermission with a 47-12 advantage and cruised in.

Nunley, who lives in Moreno Valley (Riverside) didn't start but came in early to trigger the victory.

``It was a disciplanary measure,'' said Quinn. ``It's hard to discipline someone who lives 80 miles away but we have our rules.''

It's hard for a visiting team to function in St. Monica's cozy gym. The noise, the enthusiasm in the building can disrupt an opponent. St. Monica bothered Carpinteria with a pressing defense and hit outside shots.

On the road in the next round St. Monica will be challenged. El Segundo has been ranked among the top 20 teams in Southern California most of the season and defeated St. Monica in a tournament in December.

Quinn, a former assistant to both St. Monica Coach Scott McDowell and Santa Monica Coach James Hecht, took over the team this season when McDowell became vice-principal at North Torrance High. Along with McDowell's departure, all-CIF forward Sean Cole and guard Jamayne Potts graduated.

But there were enough returnees for the team to be competitive. St. Monica played in four tournaments against higher level teams early, which brought on some losses but probably toughened up the players for later competition.

``Our record (11-11) is deceiving because we played the higher level teams,'' said Quinn. ``But it also helped. In the future we'll probably do some of that but not as much.''
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