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With a trio of dominating performances, Palisades’ Allie Vituous, and Mardell Ramirez each won four events, while Brandon Yong won three at the LA City Swimming Finals to lead the Dolphins to sweep both the boys and girls team titles on Friday.
Palisades’ strength could be felt in every race at East Los Angeles College as they won 11 out of 21 individual and team events and failed to reach the top three in only two events.
“So relieved, it’s finally time. This has been my career goal in the last ten years to have all four teams to go undefeated in the city and we finally did it,” said Palisades coach Maggie Nance. “The boys have been trying really hard for the last few years [to win city], but they got it.”
The Dolphins set the tone in the first race of the meet when the team of Natalia Hernandez, Lily Carthan, Jayme Rossie, and Ramirez easily won the 200 yard medley relay by five seconds over Granada Hills.
Hamilton may have won the Western League but its weak schedule seemed to hurt them in LA City Division I playoff seeding as they were the only conference champion to be left out of the main draw. The Yankees will battle Arleta in the Wildcard game on Wednesday for the right to face off against Marine League co-champion Banning.
Two other Western League teams earned Division I wild card spots as Venice will host Carson and University will travel to the valley to take on Birmingham.
Westchester had the best RPI in the Western League but lost their final four games in conference play to put them in fourth place and that setback most likely kept them out of the playoffs.
LA City Division I Baseball Playoffs
Wild Card games
Wednesday, May 15th at 3 p.m.
No. 20 Arleta at No. 13 Hamilton
No. 19 Universty at No. 14 Birmingham
No. 18 Carson at No. 15 Venice
No. 17 Maywood Academy at No. 16 Verdugo Hills
Wednesday, May 22nd at 3 p.m.
The Western League has had a strong showing in the LA City Boys Volleyball playoffs this year. Four teams in three divisions have advanced to the semifinals on Tuesday.
First year coach Randy Stoklos’ top-seeded Palisades squad survived by ralling in a five game thriller at home against Van Nuys in the Division I quarterfinals (26-24, 26-28, 25-27, 25-16, 15-13).
They will host No.5 seed San Pedro, who defeated Marine League rival Carson in five games.
In Division II, Venice swept Franklin (25-10, 25-23, 25-10) and University easily handled Jordan in three straight games (25-23, 25-15,25-16). The Gondoliers will host Bravo Medical Magnet, while the Wildcats face top-seed Eagle Rock.
LACES will host Rancho Dominguez in Divison III after defeating Elizabeth (25-18, 25-20, 25-22).
While most teams in LA City Division II tend to play a soft schedule, University has upgraded their non-league contests by adding city teams San Pedro and South Gate as back-to-back games to start the 2013 season.
The Wildcats will travel to South Gate, who advance to the Division II semifinals last year, in week one and then head back on the road against San Pedro who lost to Veince in the Division I quarterfinals.
Other games are at Locke and Gardena, before finishing at home against Franklin.
South Gate and San Pedro replaces Panorama and Los Alamitos from last year’s schedule.
Below is today’s first round boys volleyball playoff schedule involving westside teams. All games are at 7 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.
LA CITY SECTION
Grant at Palisades
Kennedy at University
Arleta at Venice
Santa Monica College’s David Nwaba has signed his letter of intent to play basketball at Cal Poly he announced on his facebook page today.
The freshman was the Western State Conference – South Division Player of the Year after leading the conference and finishing third in the state in scoring with 20.5 points a game in his only season at SMC.
During his time at University High, Nwaba was the Western League Co-MVP and named to the All-City team in his senior season as the Wildcats advanced to four straight LA City Division II finals including winning the title in 2008.
Nwaba had gone to Hawaii Pacific after high school, but left after redshirting his freshman year.
He will transfer as a sophomore and have three years to play three seasons.
Boys Basketball: LA University High’s tournament gets an upgrade with Santa Monica and Windward added to the mix
It was not that long ago that University High’s boys’ basketball tournament was hosting the likes of Huntington Park College Ready and Lou Dantzer.
The small schools seem to be a thing of the past as the Wildcats have significantly improve the quaility of teams in the upcoming 2013 verision of the Jim Nakabara Classic.
Buckley, the CIF-SS 5AA champs, returns and is joined by CIF State Division I runner-up Santa Monica and Windward, the Alpha League co-champs.
“I am very excited about the field,” said University head coach Steve Ackerman. “Seven of the eight teams are current or former CIF champions. This will be the toughest field of teams in the four year history of the tournament.”
Other teams scheduled to play are Harvard-Westlake, Dorsey, Roybal, and St. Bernard.
The tournament runs from December 9th-14th.