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Santa Monica Sports Notes

St. Monica defeated Serra in baseball, 4-3, scoring the winning run on a passed ball in the sixth inning.

Jack White, the school's third head baseball coach in three years, has guided the team to a 6-4 record in the Camino Real League...

St. Monica qualified three individuals and a relay team for the CIF boys track meet after finishing second to Serra in the Camino Real League. The Mariners also qualified two girls.

Baseball star Jamayne Potts won the 400 meters at the league meet in 52.1. Potts is also on the 4x100 relay team with Robert Rakestraw, Sean Cole and Tommy Irwin. Rakestraw, like Potts, was a guard on the basketball team. Cole was the team's 6-6 star forward and earned a basketball scholarship to Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Irwin was a starting fullback and linebacker in football.

Freshman Jehanne Lowe and 400 runner Tracy Curry reached the girls CIF meet. Lowe was a starting forward on the Mariners' basketball team.

``Sending these athletes to the CIF meet is a pretty good accomplishment for our school,'' said Coach Randy Robinson.

The Santa Monica High boys volleyball team had a bye in the first round of the CIF playoffs...

Samohi Baseball Team Shows Promise: Wait 'Til Next Year

By Mitch Chortkoff

Wait until next year.

The Santa Monica High baseball team was comprised mainly of juniors this season and there was a combination of talent and inexperience. At times they appeared to be vying with each other -- the talent showing through but the inexperience capturing its share of attention too.

The Bay League record of 7-7 reflected on this too. The Vikings had a four-game winning streak that advanced their record to 7-4. Then they lost their final three league games, all by one run.

Last week's games illustrated the plight of Coach Mike Czarnetzki. Samohi lost to first place Peninsula, 2-1 and 3-2.

The Vikings were good enough to play the league's co-champion almost even, but a few key mistakes led to their downfall.

The previous week, after Samohi won its fourth straight game by defeating South Torrance, it lost to the same opponent two days later when an error gave the opponent one last chance. South Torrance cashed it in, tying the game. Then it won in the eighth inning.

Rocky Collis and Sean Gowers both had good seasons as starting pitchers. Both are due to return.

Football stars James Cooper and Charles Gordon were starting outfielder. They also are juniors.

Right on through the lineup there are youngsters who played a key role scheduled to come back.

There's also a freshman catcher, Anthony Ariola, who gained valuable varsity experience. And several players will come up from the junior varsity to help next season.

There was a chance Samohi was going to drop down to the Ocean League for this season but it didn't happen and Czarnetzki was glad. He wanted his team to play against the stronger competition.

The Vikings held their own and learned some important lessons while doing so. They probably lost three games strictly due to their youth. Turn those into wins and they would have been 10-4 and right up there with the league's best teams.

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