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Santa Monica Sports Notes

Santa Monica Sports Notes
St. Monica High made the semifinals in CIF playoff boys
volleyball with a 15-9, 15-13, 15-12 victory over Village
Christian. Coach T.G. Pearce is leading the team to one of its best seasons...

St. Monica is also doing well in the CIF playoffs in baseball. After winning a wild card game to get into the tourna-ment the Mariners won a first round game, 5-0, at Faith Baptist.

Coach Tim Layana, the former major league pitcher, has
brought the team back from a slow start. Although the overall record is only 9-13 the Mariners have reached the second round of the playoffs...

Crossroads also won its first round game, 13-1, over Thacher. Dusty Michel hit a three-run homer. Kevin Kay pitched three innings and Jon Cohen two as the game was stopped after five because of the mercy rule...

It's a similar story at Crossroads, which expected to be strong this season but lost nine of its first 10 games. Then the team did well in league play and is now in the second round of the playoffs...

Jonas Swyer, star pitcher of the Santa Monica High team
that didn't make the playoffs, will begin play soon with the
Astros, a team of all-stars that plays at Blair Field in Long
Beach. Swyer and Rocky Collis are expected to again be starting pitchers on next season's Samohi team...

Mitch Chortkoff

SMC Basketball Players Sign
With Division 1 Schools

Sunday, May 24 ---Two players from Santa Monica College's outstanding basketball team have signed to play at Division 1 schools.

Maurice Potter, a superb all-around 6-foot-6 guard, has signed with UNLV. Marcus Mason, a powerful 6-9 center, has signed with Xavier.

The signings verify the thought that John McMullen and
assistant Marvin Menzies do quality work. Their teams frequently win at least 20 games and their players are coveted.

Others from the team that went 28-2 are expected to play at smaller colleges. Several are in the process of making their choices.

I saw the Corsairs play several times last season. The
more I saw Potter the more I liked him. He has the size and
skill to outplay smaller guards and is a reliable mid-range

There were a few times, in fact, when he played point
guard. There was a need in a couple of games and he handled the chore well. It's not his best position but he's versatile enough to do it.

The one-time Verdugo Hills High star should be a nice
player in college. Mason is simply a major force inside. He was the hub of SMC's interior offense and defense.

When Mason sprained an ankle late in the season and
couldn't function in the state tournament opening game,
top-seeded SMC was upset by No. 32 seed Cero Cosso.

Mason, a former Dorsey High star, was heavily scouted.
One night Kansas State coach Tom Asbury was in the SMC gym to watch him. But Mason chose Xavier.

It is not the first time the school in Ohio has come to the Westside to recruit a player. Derek Strong from Palisades High went there and has gone on to a career in the NBA.

SMC won its first 27 games and was rated No. 1 in
California. But it ended the season by losing two of the final

The team rated with the best McMullen has had and, as
Menzies said, it was a tremendous season that shouldn't be
marred by losing one important game at the end.

There was disappointment after that state tournament defeat but soon the activity of recruiting visits and contact with colleges took over.

Doubtlessly, SMC will be back with another strong team
next season.


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