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Santa Monica Sports Notes

The Santa Monica Sea Splash, of the Ultimate Soccer League, will begin their season Friday against the Malibu Wave Breakers at 3:30 p.m. at Orange Coast College.

The amateur womens' league has a unique concept. Only one game each week is featured, with fans invited to attend. The others are played in private. This Friday's featured game pits Huntington Beach against Pasadena. On June 30, with the games at El Camino College, Santa Monica will play in the featured game against Manhattan Beach at 1 p.m...

Play will continue each week through July 28. Then, on Aug. 3 at Orange Coast College, all teams will participate in the playoffs. The teams who finish No. 7 and 8 in the regular season will oppose each other, followed by a game between No. 5 and 6, one between No. 3 and 4 and the championship game, matching the No. 1 and 2 finishers, at 7:30 p.m.

Most of the league's participants are players from 34 colleges. They view this experience as a benefit to their careers and will give them an edge when their collegiate seasons begin...

Samohi Does Well in All-Bay League Baseball

By Mitch Chortkoff

Santa Monica High competed in the Bay League, one of the strongest high school baseball leagues in Southern California. The Vikings showed promise, going 7-7, and now all-league voters have recognized their efforts.

Two Samohi players made the all-league first team. Four more were chosen to the second team.

The first team picks were centerfielder Charles Gordon and pitcher/first baseman Sean Gowers. On the second team are rightfielder James Cooper, pitcher Rocky Collis, catcher Cesar Flores and shortstop Danny Casanova.

Gordon came all the way back from a fractured ankle suffered in the Vikings' second football game of last season. He returned to athletic competition in basketball, then provided speed and occasional power in baseball. His grand slam home run won a game late in the season.

Gowers wasn't in Coach Mike Czarnetzki's original plans to be a pitcher. The big first baseman was pressed into mound duty when Casanova injured a shoulder. The result was that the 6-foot-4 Gowers threw an overpowering fastball and became a big winner.

Cooper made the second team for his hitting and defense, including a powerful throwing arm that nailed a runner at the play in one game I saw. Of course he's the Samohi quarterback, and opponents should have known better than to test his arm.

Even though Casanova couldn't pitch he could play shortstop and was steady there and a good hitter.

Collis improved from a shaky young starter last year to a poised veteran of two Bay League seasons. He beat powerful Mira Costa and turned last season's defeats into this season's victories with rapid growth.

Flores capped an outstanding Viking career with his solid work.

The majority of Czarnetzki's players will return next season. Again the Bay League will provide a big test but the Vikings belong in this company. They held their own rather than dropping down to the Ocean League, which they barely averted a year ago.
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