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Santa Monica Sports Notes

David Weiner, Crossroads' star centerfielder, has signed a letter of intent with California...

Brentwood defeated rossroads, 10-9, despite a three-run homer by Weiner...

St. Monica High gained a share of first place in the Camino Real League baseball race with a 6-4 home victory over Bosco Tech. Both teams have 6-3 league records.

As usual, Billy Johnson did the pitching and football stars James Dunn and Steve Hubbell sparked the team...

Santa Monica High's once-promising run in the Bay League baseball race continued to eteriorate in 10-0 and 10-4 losses to Mira Costa. The previous week Samohi lost twice to Peninsula. So, after forging a 5-3 record the Vikings are 5-7 and in need of wins over first place Torrance this week to make the CIF playoffs.

Junior righthander Jonas Swyer suffered his first loss of the season in Friday's game at Samohi. He's 7-1...

The St. Monica High boys olleyball team lost to Camino Real League champion St. Anthony for the third time this season, 4-15, 15-12, 15-4, 15-11...

After winning its first Bay League track championship in 13 years Samohi did well in the league meet, held at Santa Monica College. Lai Lai Crawford and Jason Speciner won league titles in the girls and boys discus and shot put. Megan Ezzell also had a double by winning the 100 and 300 low hurdles.

In the boys 100 meters Samohi came in first and second. Carrington Waters won, barely edging Tony Gallo.

Mitch Chortkoff

Santa Monica's Irvin Is
On Her Way to Stardom

Sunday, May 9 --- There's something heartwarming about a local athlete who goes into the world and becomes successful. People back home say they remember the kid when he or she wasn't well known.
Well, that's the way it will be with Marissa Irvin, who's going to become a famous tennis star. Irvin, born and raised in Santa Monica, is currently a freshman at Stanford. She's already ranked third in the NCAA in womens' singles and recently won the prestigous Ojai

Irvin was born at St. John's Hospital and lived with her parents, Richard and Helene, in Santa Monica until making her college choice.

She attended John Thomas Dye School in Bel Air through the sixth grade and went on to Harvard-Westlake High in North Hollywood.

In recent years she practiced 12 hours each week at Riviera Tennis Club under the direction of Ron Hightower, the pro at Riviera. She was also guided by former UCLA star Brian Teacher, who was her primary coach.

When Irvin won the U.S. Open junior doubles championship with partner Alexandra Stevenson she became nationally prominent and heavily recruited.

She was deciding between UCLA and Stanford and it wasn't easy.

``It was a very difficult decision,'' said Helene. ``Richard was an All-American vollyeball player at UCLA and it would have been convenient for us to follow her career with the Bruins. And we fell in love with the coach, Stella Sampras.''

However, UCLA lost out.

``The Stanford campus is smaller and that appealed to me,'' Marissa told me the night she made the decision. I called her to discuss another story and didn't realize she had made her choice.

Anything else? I asked. MORE


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