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Santa Monica Sports Notes

Santa Monica Sports Notes

The Santa Monica High baseball team continued to be competitive in the tough Bay League by splitting a pair of games with highly regarded Mira Costa last week.

The Vikings lost at home Wednesday, 3-2, letting the game get away after they had a 2-1 lead through five innings. A couple of errors were the problem and Shawn Gowers absorbed the defeat despite pitching well.

However, on Friday Samohi went to Mira Costa and won, 5-0, with Rocky Collis outdueling Dave Johnson, the Mustangs' star righthander who has signed a letter of intent with UCLA. It was one of the Vikings' best victories in recent years, going on the road and beating a quality team. Samohi hitters were patient, drawing eight walks.

The Samohi team coached by Mike Czarnetzki has a 4-4 league record and will play Culver City twice this week. The game Wednesday will be at Bill Botts Field in Culver City, not the Centaurs' on-campus field which is being renovated. The game Friday will be at Samohi at 3:15 p.m..

After that two weeks will remain in the season (prior to playoffs) with Samohi playing South Torrance twice and Peninsula twice.

Samohi Track Team Wins Third Straight League Title

By Mitch Chortkoff

There's no doubt who rules the Bay League in track and field.

Santa Monica High has captured the league championship for the third consecutive year by winning six meets without a loss. Last week's victories came at the expense of South Torrance.

There are many outstanding athletes in school and the squad has enough depth to pile up points.

The Santa Monica High girls' track team is doing well too with a 4-2 league record.

Corey Lenaris is consistently outstanding for the Samohi boys. The team benefits from the presence of several players from the Viking's football team, which went 9-3 and won a playoff game for the first time since 1988.

Linebacker Darius Bell is a premier shot-putter, often winning first place in meets. Sprinter Derrick Davis is the guy who gained 1,700 yards as the Vikings' tailback and will be coming back for his senior year.

Congratulations are in order to these Samohi athletes who work hard and don't receive a lot of publicity.

There's a rich tradition at Samohi in track and field. For decades the team has been a winner or serious league contender. As recently as last year football players were coming out for track, notably running back Joe Young.

He was a bruising ball carrier and a solid hitter on defense and went on to play prominently as a freshman at Texas El Paso this year. In track there's no hitting, so it's a more relaxing time of the year for a football player and a time to showcase his talents without wearing pads or absorbing hits.

At St. Monica High football star Marcus Shelby has gone out for track and is a star sprinter. At 6-foot-6 he's one of the tallest sprinters around.

Another example of a multi-sport athlete who has something to show during track season. Same with Michael Dunn, who was a star receiver as a St. Monica freshman and is now a member of the Mariners' track squad.


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