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The Crossroads boys soccer team won one game in the CIF playoffs but was eliminated in the second round...

The Santa Monica High girls water polo team was eliminated from the CIF playoffs in the second round by Corona del Mar, 16-16. In the first round Samohi defeated Sunny Hills, 10-8, as five players scored two goals apiece. They were Jackie Len, Sally Sachs, Sarah Samantilla, Kristen Hundley and Jessi Lafayette...

Spring sports are underway at Santa Monica College. The mens' volleyball team will play at Pierce College Wednesday night and will be home Friday against Santa Barbara at 7 p.m. The mens and womens' track teams will complete in a Western State Conference meet at College of the Canyons Friday at 2 p.m. against Glendale, West Los Angeles and Canyons. The womens' tennis team will play at Moorpark Tuesday at 2 p.m. and will be home Thursday against Cuesta at 1 p.m. The womens' softball team will be home (Clover Park) Monday against San Diego at 3 p.m. and will be at Ventura Tuesday at 2:30 and home Thursday against Glendale at 2:30...

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 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...

Santa Monica Teams Lose in CIF Basketball Playoffs

By Mitch Chortkoff

It was a short run for Santa Monica teams in the CIF boys basketball playoffs, with Santa Monica High losing a wild card game and both Crossroads and St. Monica winning their first round games but losing in the second round.

Santa Monica had to play a wild card game at Arcadia High due to its fifth place finish in the Bay League. Santa Monica lost in overtime, 72-67.

Coach James Hecht, in his eighth season, fielded another competitive team in a tough league. Samohi went on a late season three-game winning streak to improve its playoff position, then lost its last three. The first was a close home game against Mira Costa. The second was a defeat at powerful Redondo in which Samohi led by eight points in the second half, only to lose by five. The third was the CIF playoff game at Arcadia.

Leading scorer Brent DeAngelis was a junior and there were several other underclassmen who gained valuable experience. The Vikings figure to be strong next season.

Senior Pablo Dresie completed his Viking career and intends to play next season for College of the Sequoias.

St. Monica routed Carpinteria High in the first round, 83-48 but lost in the second round at El Segundo, 63-46. The result was anticipated because El Segundo was ranked among the top 20 teams in Southern California most of the season and defeated St. Monica in an earlier meeting.

However, getting to the second round of the playoffs in Chris Quinn's first season as head coach was impressive. Quinn has several fine young players in the program and is optimistic about the future.

Crossroads won the Delphic League but was disappointed to lose so early in the playoffs. Following a 76-46 victory over Fillmore High in the first round Crossroads went on the road in the second round and lost to St. Paul High, 61-53 in overtime.

I made several trips to Grisanti Gym this season to see Coach Daryl Roper's team. It was a talented group that played together and lost only one of 10 league games. That was to Brentwood, which also made the playoffs.

Crossroads didn't have a superstar. In the past it has had Austin Croshere and Baron Davis, both now in the NBA. Last season it had 6-foot-10 Isaiah Fox, now playing as a freshman at the University of Arizona. A superstar can carry a team through a tough playoff game.

But Crossroads did well and seems to have a program that annually will produce a competitive team.

The Crossroads girls team upset St. Monica in the first round of the playoffs, 57-45 but lost in the second round to Santa Ana Calvary Baptist.

Lighthouse Christian of Santa Monica reached the CIF Division 5-A playoffs in girls basketball but lost to North County Christian, 62-57. Lindsey Sommer of Lighthouse Christian, one of the top scorers in the CIF throughout the season, had 25 points in the final game.
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