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Santa Monica Sports Notes

Billy Johnson, rounding into form following a slow start this season, pitched St. Monica High to a 10-0 victory over Cantwell in a Camino Real League game at Marine Park...

Former St. Monica High infielder Anthony Angel was named West Coast Conference Player of the Week. He hit .533 to spark Loyola Marymount's three-game sweep of Pepperdine, which entered the series with a 32-4 record...

St. Monica lost to Marymount, 8-7, in girls softball despite home runs by Sarah Cassillas and Danielle Andrews...

Jonas Swyer improved his record to 7-0 with six complete games by pitching Santa Monica High to a 7-2 victory over El Segundo. Swyer struck out 11 in the home game. When the teams played two days earlier El Segundo won, 16-4. In that game Samohi coach Mike Czarnetzski was ejected. The rules required him to miss the next game, so assistant Gerald Roundtree guided Samohi to Friday's win.

Carrie Phillips of Santa Monica High, who had an elbow injury that threatened to end her season, came back strong by shutting out El Segundo, 5-0, last Friday. The teams played two days earlier and El Segundo won, 7-1...

Samohi shotputter L'oranger Crawford placed second in the womens' division of the event at the Mt. SAC Relays. She threw 43-6. The winner, Karen Freberg of Arroyo Grande, had a toss of 45-6...

Samoni's Jason Speciner was seventh in the boys shotput at Mt. SAC with a throw of 53-3...Football star Jamal Watson finished seventh in the triple jump with a leap of 44-11...

Jeff Tomlinson of Crossroads was third in the 3,000-meter run at Mt. SAC in 8:55.09. A pair of runners from Ventura High finished first and second...

Helen Kim won the 100 and 200-yard freestyles to lead the Samohi girls swimming team to a 105-63 win over Redondo. Jesse Lafayette won the 50-yard freestyle.

Crossroads continued its come-back from a 1-9 start in baeball by defeating Montclair prep, 3-1, in a Delphic League game. Junior Jon Cohen was the winning pitcher. The team is now 4-10...

Mitch Chortkoff

Volleyball Is a Big Deal
In the Bay League

Sunday, April 25 --- Santa Monica High has a 4-3 record in Bay League volleyball this season. That doesn't sound like much, but consider the fact this is one of the toughest leagues in the nation.

Many players have been learning the sport on the beach since they were kids. Annually, a bunch go on to play in college.

Santa Monica played at Redondo this week. It was a showdown because Redondo is undefeated in the league and Santa Monica had a 7-1 record.

Redondo won, 15-12, 15-13, 15-9 and the play was spectacular. You can tell from the scores it was a close match and Samohi was competitive against the powerhouse opponent.

``All the sets were close and we should have won the first two,'' said Samohi coach Jon Badt. ``Redondo beat us in small things.''

Redondo is ranked second in the CIF Division II, so they're expected to do the little things well. They also had a standout player in middle blocker Jesse Webster.

However, the sport has attracted some of Samohi's best athletes. You might recognize the names Ryan McGray and Ryan Price, two of the team's most
effective players. McGray was a tight end in football and center in basketball. Price was also on the basketball team.

On this occasion McGray led the Vikings with 15 kills and eight blocks while Price had 11 kills and six blocks.

When Samohi had a chance to win the first set it fell short because of a net violation and Webster's kill. In the second Samohi rallied from an 8-4 deficit to go ahead, 10-8. But a couple of Samohi hitting errors contributed to Redondo's winning rally.

Samohi was weak in football last season but has done well in many other sports. In the highest profile ones, basketball and baseball, the school is highly competitive.

Volleyball is another example of the school show-casing some fine athletes. Samohi's overall record is 8-3, and considering the competition
that's mighty good.


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