Category Archives: Santa Monica High
Girls Basketball Roundup: St. Monica opens home tourney with victory over Crossroads; Marymount, Venice and Notre Dame Academy all win
Liyah Lewis had 21 points and Gloria Scipioni added 11 as St. Monica won the opening game of their home tournament in a 47-42 victory over Crossroads.
The Mariners had pushed the lead to double-figures midway through the second half before a Crossroads 8-0 closed the
Following a St. Monica timeout, a three-pointer by Gloria Scipioni plus a basket by Katrina Balatico pushed the Mariners lead back to seven and Crossroads never challenged again.
Scipioni had 11 points and Balatico added eight for St Monica.
Kayla Mitchell led Crossroads with 20 points.
Also at the St. Monica tournament…
Marymount 38, Sylmar 37
Former Santa Monica pitcher Tyler Skaggs will return to Southern California as apart of a three team trade between the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
The 22-year-old lefty was originally drafted in the first round of the 2009 draft by the Angels before being traded to the Arizona Diamondback in 2010.
Skaggs is 3-6 with a 5.43 ERA in 13 major league starts.
Boys Basketball: Westchester No. 1 in westside basketball poll; Fairfax, Brentwood, Beverly Hills, and Windward round out top five
Westchester’s second-place finish at their home tournament put the Comets on top of our initial westside boys basketball poll.
The Comets have early season wins over Long Beach Poly, Serra and St. John Bosco.
Fairfax’s third-place finish at the Santa Monica tournament earned the Lions the number two spot. Brentwood is third as their only loss on the year was to Fairfax.
The full westside top ten is below:
Boys Basketball Roundup: Yekatafar’s late steal leads to Rafiezedah game-winning layup for Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills needed a late steal from Siavash Yektafar and a fast break layup by Nima Rafiezedah to escape with a 38-36 victory over Ocean League rival Morningside to advance to the consultation finals of the Westchester tournament.
“Tried to get a read on the pass the whole game and put my hand out when I saw it,” Yektafar said about the steal. “Played horrible the whole game. Knew we had to make a big play.
Morningside still had a chance to send the game into overtime but Morningside missed two jumpers in the last ten seconds.
Beverly Hills had jumped out to a 12-4 lead midway through the first quarter, when their offense suddenly stopped.
They managed only to scored five points in the second and seven more in the third, but somehow extended their halftime lead by one at24-20 heading into the final period.
Culver City’s wide receiver/defensive back Stanley Norman was named the Ocean League Player of the Year as he helped the Centaurs win the conference title this year after they started the season 1-4.
The junior nearly averaged 20 yards per catch on the season. He finished with 31 catches for 587 yards in nine regular season games, along with 44 tackles and two fumble recoveries.
Inglewood’s senior quarterback/wide receiver Zaire Andre was named the Offensive Player of the Year. Senior linebackers Remy Grundy of Culver City and Terrance Jackson of Santa Monica shared the Defensive Player of the Year award.
The league also selected Culver City’s Jahmal Wright as the coach of the year.
The All-Ocean League First and Second teams honors are listed below:
There are some games you just want to forget. That could easily be how Windward felt after their 80-44 loss to Bishop Montgomery in the quarterfinals of the Westchester Tournament.
The surprising result left Windward head coach Miguel Villegas nearly speechless after the game.
“Not sure there is much to say. Our youth really showed tonight,” Villegas said
Bishop Montgomery did little wrong on either side of the ball and Windward had no answer for the Bishop Montgomery duo of Stephen Thompson and Justin Bibbins.
Stephen Thompson had 25 points and Bibbins had 24 more as the Knights pushed a six point first quarter lead to a 41-23 advantage at halftime.
“They are a good them. That’s a tough one-two punch to face,” Villegas said.
Freshman point guard Jalen Harris had trouble getting the ball inside to Roy Hemsley and in the hands of Roman Davis through the night. The Wildcats managed only to score six field goals in the first half and Davis had only two points in the game before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
A scorer’s mentality must run in the family, like his older brother Jordan, Jonah Matthews isn’t shy about putting the spotlight on himself when his team is in need.
He had a game-high 41 points and helped Santa Monica defeat Harvard-Westlake 85-73 to advance to the gold medal round of their tournament where they will face Loyola this Friday at 8 pm.
The Vikings took a 38-34 lead into halftime and looked very different from a squad that barely got past Palisades on Monday.
Mathews didn’t wait long scoring 20 points in the first half and got some help from Nuwr’iyl Williams, who was three for three from three-point range but was slowed, with a minor leg injury suffered in Monday’s game against Palisades. He finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds and a steal.