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Santa Monica Sports Notes

The St. Monica High boys made it to the CIF baseball playoffs and the girls qualified for the CIF softball playoffs. The baseball team overcame an 0-8 start under new coach Eric Strand to contend strongly in the Camino Real League. However the team's season ended the same way it did last year, in a playoff loss to Calvary Chapel of Santa Ana. This year's score was 13-1...the girls lost to Orange Lutheran, 13-3...

St. Monica placed three players on the all-league first team, senior Henry Angel, sophomore Ben Agatep and freshman Matt Winkelman.

Second team choices were junior Jose Larios, junior Steven Hayes, sophomore Adrian Nevarez, sophomore George San Martin and freshman Carlos Gonzalez...

Two Santa Monica High baseball players, pitcher Jonas Swyer and centerfielder Charles Gordon, have made the all-Bay League first team. Swyer becomes the first Viking in many years to make it twice.

Pete Farina, who became the Vikings' catcher following injuries and defections elsewhere on the squad, was rewarded for a fine season by being named to the second team. Cesar Flores and Eric Snow made honorable mention...

The Santa Monica High boys 400-meter relay team finished fifth in the CIF Masters Meet in a time of 42.45. Long jumper Corey Lenaris finished sixth.

Santa Monica College Football Stars Go On to Pac-10 Schools

By Mitch Chortkoff

It will be a little more interesting following Pac-10 football next season knowing a pair of players from Santa Monica College have gone into the conference.

Receiver Chad Johnson will play for Oregon State and running back John Tippins with Washington State.

Johnson was the Corsairs' best receiver last season. College scouts noticed his fluid form and he had several scholarship offers.

Tippins previously starred at Santa Monica High, where he had the unique distinction of leading the team in rushing while operating as a wingback. At SMC he played the traditional tailback role and proved he could move up successfully to the community college level.

His next challenge will be in major college football.

Another member of last season's SMC team, 300-pound offensive lineman Phil Blackmon, signed with Utah.

Also moving on to play college football will be Jason Speciner, Santa Monica High's 6-foot-6, 275-pound offensive tackle and track star. He's going to Colorado State.

After receiving numerous scholarship offers Speciner chose a school that would allow him to continue competing in the shot put and discus.

Speciner is an agile big man who also played some basketball at Samohi.

In basketball, SMC point guard Ricky Terrell has signed with Hawaii.

A lot of former SMC football and basketball players have done well in college and some have become pros. One of the most interesting is defensive back Mark Ricks, who was all-conference at SMC and is now a five-year veteran in the Arena Football League.

Playing for the Oklahoma Wranglers Ricks returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in a game against the L.A. Avengers last month. In another game against the Avengers played at Staples Center he intercepted a pass and returned it 45 yards. It was the 19th interception of his arena football career.
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