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Crossroads School is making its new sports complex available for summer parties, family picnics, class reunions, conferences, birthday celebrations, company and league soccer and basketball games, board meetings, poolside barbeques, swim meets, proms, holiday parties and wedding receptions.

The facility was completed in time for last basketball and soccer season. It is located north of Olympic Blvd., just off 18th St.

For further information call (310) 829-7391...

Santa Monica High football coach Norm Lacy was pleased with the play of newcomer Pete Roses, a transfer from Bishop Montgomery High, in spring practices. Roses should help on defense, probably at linebacker...

Receiver Charles Gordon appears to be all the way back from a fractured ankle he suffered in the second game of last season at Venice. He returned for basketball and made all-league in baseball as an outfielder...

Santa Monica's Miller Thrives On New Volleyball Tour

By Mitch Chortkoff

There's been a dramatic change in professional volleyball due to the return of Leonard Armato to the sport.

Armato, best known as Shaquille O'Neal's agent, has a volleyball background. He founded the the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) in the 1980s, left for other projects and came back when his Management Plus company of El Segundo acquired the AVP on May 31.

Armato's first move was to combine the mens and womens' tours, meaning the world's best players would be in the same city for their tournaments.

A player thriving in the new structure is Marsha Miller of Santa Monica, who ranks 21st on the womens' list of domestic money leaders.

Santa Monica has a proud tradition in the sport and has supplied many of the best players through the years.

Another player doing well is Misty May of Long Beach, who ranks 11th in earnings. She was a star at Long Beach State College. Before that she grew up in Santa Monica, where her father owned a restaurant on the pier.

Currently the womens' earnings leader is Barbara Fontana of Manhattan Beach. The mens' earnings leader is Dax Holdren of San Diego.

Two tournaments have been held since Armato took over. The first was in Hermosa Beach and the second in Huntington Beach. The next one will be in Muskegon, Mich. on the weekend of July 13-15.

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