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Santa Monica Sports Notes

The Santa Monica High baseball team won its fourth straight game with a 2-0 victory over South Torrance Wednesday but the winning streak came to an end in a 2-1 eight-inning loss Friday at South Torrance.

Sean Gowers pitched his second consecutive shutout and extended his string of innings to 12 without giving up a run in Wednesday's game. Sacrifice flys by Rocky Collis and Cesar Flores in the first inning brought in the Samohi runs.

This week the opponent is Peninsula, one of three teams vying for the Bay League lead along with Mira Costa and West Torrance. The game Wednesday is at Peninsula and the game Friday is at Samohi, concluding the league schedule.

The Samohi golf team qualified seven players for 12 berths in the Ocean League meet. Michael White of Samohi was first with a 71. David Lenvin and Sammy Lerner of Samohi both shot a 75.

League leader El Segundo defeated Samohi in softball, 2-0. The Vikings are 6-6 in the Bay League and 12-11-1 overall.

Crossroads defeated Brentwood in a Delphic League baseball game Friday, 10-2...

Samohi Will Polish its Game In Spring Football Drills

By Mitch Chortkoff

Oh, what memories Santa Monica High football fans have from last season.

The team went 9-3, won its first playoff game in 13 years and established a foundation for the future. Even with the brilliant season Coach Norm Lacy said there's plenty of room for improvement, with goals being league and CIF championships.

Now it's May and in a couple of weeks the youngsters will be back on the field. Spring practice will begin.

``We have an agenda from now until the end of the year," said Coach Norm Lacy.``We'll put in 15 good days of Spring practice beginning May 22. We have a chance to have a very good team. I'm pleased with the way things are shaping up.''

What do football players do in the off-season? Lacy has them on a strict workout program. However, some of the team's best players compete in other sports and don't go through Lacy's drills.

``These are some of our best players and they're involved with track and baseball,'' he said. ``We don't see them much in the weight room. They'll have to catch up when their seasons are over.''

Quarterback James Cooper and receiver Charles Gordon are starting outfielders on the baseball team. Star running back Derrick Davis is among the group competing in track. So is receiver Terrell Maze.

When a program is successful it becomes popular. Last season there were 100 players involved in Samohi football. Lacy said he expects 120 to turn out this season.

The Ocean League competition will again be tough but champion Inglewood must replace its head coach and star runner. Tiny Lamar Ferguson, who sped around opposing ends for long touchdown runs, including a pair against Samohi, is now at San Jose State.

Lacy wants to see how good his team is at the start of the season, so he has replaced weak University High with a non-league game at Peninsula.

Besides being a Bay League power, Peninsula usually goes far in the CIF playoffs. It's about as difficult an opening game as the Vikings could find.

``That will get our attention real fast,'' said Lacy.

Last season Lacy brought the team back from consecutive 2-8 seasons under the previous coaching staff. Not much was expected but a lot was produced. Now expectations are high.

``Everybody is going to have very high expectations, from the student body to the community to ourselves,'' he said. ``We will work hard to achieve a goal.''

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