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Santa Monica Sports Notes

Rudy Valentino, who won't be back as coach of the Crossroads School baseball team, said he may speak to the media in the upcoming week. First he wants to reflect on the situation...

Norm Lacy, coach of CIF champion St. Monica, will guide the CIF in an all-star
football game against the L.A. City June 19 at SMC's Corsair Field...

The annual Westside Classic baseball game will be played at Jackie Robinson Stadium
(UCLA's home field) next Sunday at 3 p.m. Among the many star players scheduled to participate are Samohi centerfielder Andre Monroe, a 23rd-round draft choice of the Toronto Blue Jays, U. of California-bound centerfielder David Weiner of Crossroads and St. Monica pitcher Billy
Johnson, who had a no-hitter this season.

The Rockies defeated the Dodgers, 11-3, in the Santa Monica Little League's Major
Division playoffs. The Rockies go on to a game at 6 p.m. Monday at Memorial Park against the Cubs.

Marco Salazar had five RBI for the Rockies, including a three-run homer. Edgar Aceves pitched the entire six innings.

In other playoff results the Indians defeated the Yankees, 5-4 and the Cardinals
routed the Red sox, 21-1.

In Santa Monica Little League softball the Yankees will play at Memorial Park Wednesday at 5 p.m. against the loser of a game between the Angels and Diamondbacks.

Mitch Chortkoff

Frantic Time on Coaching Carousel In Santa Monica

Wednesday, June 9 -- All three high schools in Santa Monica have been affected by an unusual series of developments involving coaches.

Some coaches have left, one was hired Tuesday and the status of another is in limbo.

The major news was made at Crossroads, where Athletic Director Chuck Ice found himself with three varsity openings. He filled one position with the announcement that Sandy Matthes, a beach volleyball star, has accepted the position of girls volleyball coach.

Ice said he is close to filling the girls basketball position, a high-profile one because the team reached the CIF championship game last season before coach George Quintero resigned.

Then there is the varsity baseball opening. Ice has chosen to replace Rudy Valentino, who coached the team the last three years.

It seems like a frantic time but Ice said: ''It's just a day in the life of an Athletic Director.''

There could be an opening for a baseball coach at St. Monica too. Former major league pitcher Tim Layana had the job this season and led the team the furthest of any Westside school in the playoffs.

However, Layana's contract to teach Math was not renewed and he is considering his options. Teaching and coaching at another school would make the most sense.

At Santa Monica High, Athletic Director Mike Griswold is attempting to fill the girls basketball position.

Quintero interviewed but, according to Griswold, took himself out of consideration.

Another Samohi candidate reportedly was Doug Kim, the highly successful girls basketball coach at Culver City High. Kim is moving on because he sought a full-time teaching position and didn't receive it.

However, Kim has accepted the teaching and coaching position at Cerritos High.