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The Santa Monica West girls softball all-stars (ages 9 and 10) also won the District 25 champinship by defeating North Venice, 15-5. Dana Sigmund struck out 12 batters and had two hits. Quiana Adams had three hits.

Pete Farina, who made second team all-Bay League as a catcher last season, is leaving Santa Monica High. He is transferring to University, where he will catch two-time all-city pitcher Ethan Katz.

Sources indicate utilityman Manny Guitterez is also leaving Samohi and will play baseball next season for St. Monica...

There were no Santa Monica players in the first CaliFlorida Bowl Game Saturday night when California defeated Florida, 21-11 in the Rose Bowl. But football sources tell me Samohi coach Norm Lacy is being considered as head coach for the California team in the second game, scheduled for Dec. 23 in the Coliseum. The game organizer, Chuck Price, is not only the son of Palisades High coach Ron Price but a veteran of the area and one-time Santa Monica Outlook sportswriter...

Santa Monica West Wins District 25 Championship

By Mitch Chortkoff

When we left off last week Santa Monica West had lost a game and faced an uphill climb to the District 25 Little League championship.

The team made it.

Coming from the losers bracket and needing two wins over Playa Vista the Santa Monica team accomplished it with 3-2 and 4-3 victories.

The victory advanced Santa Monica West into Sectional play this week at North Torrance Little League park.

This is a scrappy team. It won in its final at-bat in the sixth inning three straight times.

Justin Phillips drove in the winning run with a single to bring in Miguel Carranza. Justin Gordon-Cooper pitched the victory with a complete game.

Juan Marquez was another hitting star with a two-run homer. The lead didn't hold up as Playa Vista took a 3-2 lead before Santa Monica West rallied.

There would have been no championship game appearance for Santa Monica West had it not defeated Playa Vista in a semifinal game with a sixth inning rally that produced a 3-2 victory.

Ray Long is manager of the SM West champions.

The Santa Monica West Minor all-stars are also District 25 champions, getting there with a 5-4 victory over West L.A. Little League.

One of the team's stars is Armando Marquez, younger brother of Juan Marquez.

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