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Santa Monica Sports Notes
Cody Decker pitched no-hitters in Santa Monica East's first two games in the District 25 Major Division Little League All-Star tournament.

The first was against North Venice and the second in a 1-0 victory over Playa Vista. The two wins moved Santa Monica East into the semifinals against Culver City National.

Decker struck out 13 and outdueled Juan Rodriguez, who struck out nine, in the quarterfinal victory.

The only run came in the fourth inning when Nick Flannery singled and was forced at second on a ball hit by Decker. Following a wild pitch Junior Villanueva singled to score Decker...


By Mitch Chortkoff

Omori Happy to be Coaching at Samohi

Monday, July 19 --- Holly Omori has arrived to stabilize the coaching situation in Santa Monica High girls basketball.

Last season the team had two coaches, beginning with Steve Fiske and ending with Chris Vance. There were only eight wins in 22 games.

Athletic Director Mike Griswold was searching for a replacement when Samohi wrestling coach Don Callister recommended Omori. Griswold checked her credentials and found that she was well qualified for the position.

Omori was a point guard at Colorado State and an assistant coach there and also at New Mexico and the University of Denver.

``I came to California just feeling I needed a change of scenery,'' she said. ``I really wasn't sure what I was going to do once I got here although I did know I wanted to go on in coaching.''

Griswold said Omori has an impressive resume.

``We're happy to have someone of her experience in that position,'' he said. ``She relates very well to the players. Plus, she has a tremendous knowledge of the game and an ability to work well with young people.''

At nearby Crossroads, new coach Danny Price is hoping that superstar Courtney Young will stay. As Price replaces George Quintero, there have been many rumors that Young, one of the nation's best juniors, will leave.

Omori is in a similar position, hoping that junior Krystal Jones will stay. Along with Brittany Oliveria, she represents the team's primary experience.

Jones has reportedly considered transferring to Palisades High, which has a powerhouse girls team.

Omori began working with the girls last week.

``We haven't had a lot of time together so it will be a learning process,'' said Omori. ``One of my goals is to teach the fundamentals.''

``I'm very excited about the season. We're going to set some goals as a team.''

The first game will be against Venice in December. But there are various summer activities that will allow Omori to put her system into place.