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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:
Palisades’ Jennifer Krems and Venice’s Kristen Shekelle were named the Western League co-Players of the Year by a vote of league coaches.
Krems had a 51 percent kill average while leading led the Dolphins to a the Western League title and the City Division I finals where they lost to Granada Hills in straight sets.
Shekelle, an opposite hitter and setter, led Venice with 403 kills along with 351 assists.
She helped the Gondoliers finish 33-10-1 as they failed to repeat as Division II champs in a heartbreaking loss to Van Nuys in five sets after leading 2-0.
Four Palisades and Venice players earned first team honors, followed by three players from Fairfax.
Westchester is the only school that did not have anyone represented on the first or second team.
A list of All-Western League players is below:
Venice may have fell short of winning a city championship, but their performance was good enough to earn quarterback Alexander Diamont and wide receiver/returner DaJuan Parham co-Western League Player of the Year honors by a vote of the conference coaches.
Diamont, a three-year starter, threw for 47 touchdowns and 3,501 yards this season and Parham was dominate on special teams as he returned multiple punts for touchdown against Fairfax and Locke.
Venice players won other award categories as running back Alijah Lee was named Offensive Player of the Year while linebacker Tayon Blockman and Joey Dews were named Defensive Players of the Year.
Palisades’ Nick Lunn is the Offensive Lineman of the Year; University’s Jameel Baker and Anthony Spinner of Hamilton were Defensive Linemen of the Year.
The All-Western League First and Second teams honors are listed below:
Boys Basketball Roundup: Westchester gets big win despite sloppy offense; St. Monica, Culver City and University all victorious
If there was any doubt how good Westchester is this year, the Comets provided how much talent they have in a 72-60 victory over Long Beach Poly to advance to the face host Redondo in the semifinals of the Pacific Shores Tournament.
While Westchester (2-0) led throughout most of the game, that did not mean head coach Ed Azzam was pleased by his team’s performance.
Their offense looked confused at times and the normally patient Azzam seemed annoyed by his squad’s inability to follow instructions.
“They are trying to listen. We are getting three out of the five [players on the court] to do it,” Azzam said. “Not upset; not pleased. Listening is just not one of our strengths.”
After keeping everyone in suspense for the last few months, including her own family and teammates, Windward center Kristen Simon made a dramatic announcement early yesterday morning on Instagram when she selected to play college basketball at USC next year.
The move came on the first day that seniors could signing their National Letter of Intent to colleges.
Simon had kept quiet about her debate between Cal and USC before saying she was going to be a Trojan at 9 a.m. along with tweeting a picture with teammate Jordin Canada who will play at UCLA next year.
“USC felt like family. It was a pretty close decision that is why it took so long. There were days I was leaning toward Cal and others it was USC,” Simon said.” [It's an] up and coming program with a lot to prove and want to put them on the map like we did at Windward.”
The move even caught Canada by surprise.
“Personally, I thought she was going to Cal,” Canada said.
Venice wrapped up the Western league with a 56-0 victory over Westchester.
Alexander Diamont passed for 120 yards and three touchdowns, most of it coming in the first half.
The Gondoliers dominated Westchester on all sides of the ball, jumping to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter. Venice looked more than ready for the L.A city section playoffs that begin next Friday.
“I think we’re one of the better teams in the city and we’re gonna have to go prove it against some good teams now,” said Venice head coach Angelo Gasca. “We know the competition is about to get real steep and we’re glad we came out of the game healthy.”