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Santa Monica West opened the District 25 Little League playoffs with a 10-0 victory over Martin Luther King Little League at Memorial Park. Santa Monica East lost its first game to Playa Vista, 10-4 and will go into the losers bracket for a Tuesday game (5:30 p.m. at Memorial Park) against Culver City Little League...

Caylin Hornish, Samohi's star softball pitcher, was named second team all-CIF in Division 1. Monica Flores, an all-round sports star at St. Monica, was named all-CIF second team in Division 5 softball. She has decided to continue her education at Redlands, where she was recruited for basketball...

Los Angeles mayor Richard Riordan will be joined by David Price, Chairman of American Golf in Santa Monica, among other dignitaries Monday at 10 a.m. in a ceremony to commemorate the opening of the Tregnan Golf Academy at Coolidge in Griffith Park. This will be L.A.'s first-ever golf training center devoted exclusively to youth training. There will be an emphasis of at-risk kids and those in need. American Golf made a $900,000 donation to help construct the facility.


Santa Monica, St. Monica, Will Play Local Opponents In Football

By Mitch Chortkoff

Santa Monica High isn't obligated to play football against Westside schools who aren't in the CIF. Neither is St. Monica.

But both schools have local opponents Venice and University from the L.A. City Schools on their schedules next season. Santa Monica will open its season Sept. 8 hosting University. St. Monica will host Venice on the same night.

Later in the season, on Oct. 13, St. Monica will play at University. The next week it will play at Hamilton, another City school. Santa Monica will play at Venice Sept. 22.

Besides avoiding long trips for non-conference games the games help to preserve rivalries that have developed over the years. The players know each other from youth leagues and usually the crowds are larger than for a non-league game against a team without a local following.

I'm anxious to see Norm Lacy's team play on opening night. Lacy, the former Samohi assistant, comes home after spending the last decade as the highly successful head coach of St. Monica.

I know he's an outstanding coach and I know Tebb Kusserow is a terrific coach but I want to see them in action in a new setting. Kusserow hasn't coached in nine years after guiding Samohi for 18 seasons but was hired as Lacy's offensive co-ordinator.

Last season, with Donald Paysinger as coach, Samohi featured a passing game. Sophomore quarterback James Cooper threw to sophomore receiver Charles Gordon. The team had a porous defense but was exciting on offense.

The philosophy will change because Kusserow believes in a pounding ground game. Then, when the opponent is lulled a bit, he hits with a pass.

The young Santa Monica players should pay attention to their coaches. Lacy won the only CIF championship in the 60-year history of St. Monica. Kusserow led Santa Monica High to a CIF championship. Assistant Sam Anno was a star at USC and played in the NFL seven years. I think he's a key member of the staff as he comes along with Lacy from St. Monica.

``We have 115 players out for football and I was used to a much smaller number at St. Monica,'' said Lacy. ''I'm happy for a new challenge. I believe I became too comfortable at St. Monica.''

It was a dream come true for Lacy to return to Samohi. Randy Robinson, who has been an assistant and head JV coach at St. Monica the last nine years, is the school's new head coach.

``It has worked out well because this is my dream,'' said Robinson.

In recent years Samohi was overmatched in the Bay League. However, it has moved into the less powerful Ocean League. St. Monica was 1-9 last season while plagued by injuries but has some quality talent.

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