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Culver City held off a late charge by Mira Costa to win their first CIF-SS title in 25 years with a 56-49 victory in the Division II-AA title game.
The Centuars had a 16 point lead in the third quarter before the Mustangs rallied back to take a 45-44 lead on a pair of free throws by Allie Navarette.
A free throw by Kelsey Udea was followed up by a Kailey Tooke layup as Culver City regained a lead it would never surrender.
Shane Williams scored 12 points in the fourth quarter, and helped Palisades defeat Dorsey 77-67 in the L.A City section play-in game on Wednesday night to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Tucker Steil had a strong first half performance, but the Dolphins were outscored 24-15 in the second quarter and looked like a team with no chemistry leading to a 33-30 halftime deficit.
Dorsey’s Wayne Currie, who drained two three-pointers at the end heading into halftime, led the Dons with six points and was two-for-three from three-point range.
The 57-year-old, affectionately known as ‘Mr. Culver City’, also plans to retire from his profession as a real estate agent.
The Culver City News is a general circulation weekly newspaper that was founded in 1907.
In addition, Cohen is the public address announcer at Culver City High football games.
Girls Basketball: Fairfax earns the top seed in Division I; sets up possible final with No. 3 Palisades
A 14-game winning streak along with a 25-6 record and going undefeated in Western League play earned Fairfax the number one seed in the LA City Section Division I playoffs it was announced today.
The Lions will attempt to get over the hump as they lost the last two finals to No. 2 seed Narbonne.
Palisades is at the number three spot and if they can get be the Gauchos in the semifinals, could make the championship game an all Western League affair.
If that happened, the Dolphins would need to find a way to get past Fairfax. The Lions have won all three meetings this year, each one by an increasing margin.
The biggest surprise team on the westside this year is Hamilton, who earned the ten-seed after having only three wins last season.
First-round match ups are below:
Former Santa Monica College center Bryan Polio signed his letter of intent to play at Bethnay College in central Kansas last week according to offensive line coach John Landwehr.
Polio earned All-Pacific Conference honors in 2012. He did not play football this season but earned a full scholarship to the NAIA school.
Bethany College is a 600-student liberal arts college and plays in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Despite the time difference and long flight, Westchester made it look easy in their opening round win at the Iolani Prep Basketball Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Elijah Stewart had 15 points and Nick Hamilton added 14 more in a 70-34 victory over Kamehameha, yesterday.
The Comets led 17-3 before scoring 10 of the next 11 points to hold a 23-point advantage at the end of the first quarter.
Myles Stewart had nine points. Emilio Ariza had seven rebounds along with Hamilton and Joshua Rideau had four steals.
Noa Kinimaka was the only player for Kanehameha to be in double-figures with 15 points.
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:
Football: Thompson has three TD’s and Parham return two punts for scores in Venice blowout win over Fairfax
The game between Venice and Fairfax on Friday was billed as the “Battle for the Western League Title”.
It did not look like much of one as Dejuan Parham returned two punts for scores and Dewan Thompson threw, caught and ran for a touchdown in the Gondoliers easy 49-0 victory to clinch a share of their 12th consecutive conference title.
For Venice (7-2, 4-0 Western), it was another game that resulted in a lopsided victory. In four league contest this year, the Gondoliers have seemed unstoppable as they have outscored their opponents 180-7 with the only points allowed was in the final minute against Palisades.
“We are a senior dominated team, a year better everywhere. Up front, on offense and defense,” Venice head coach Angelo Gasca said. “Hope that people recognized that.”
2012 was not a typical season for the Westchester Comets.
The high-flying passing attack sputtered to the ground in an array of incomplete passes and the results were not pretty.
It was most evident in back-to-back games against San Pedro and Venice as Westchester was outscored by a combined 113-7.
A 2-8 record and going winless in the Western League was tough enough, but what made matters worse is when the LA City Section demoted the Wildcats to Division II.
That did not sit well with the players.
In what should be a treat for westside high school sports fans, Time Warner Cable has announced they will broadcast the Farifax versus Roosevelt football game that takes place on Thursday, August 29th, according to the LA Times’ Eric Sondheimer.
This will be the second consecutive year that Time Warner Cable, who owns the rights to show LA City Section sports, will open the season with a Western League team. Last season, they broadcast Venice’s 37-20 loss to Chaminade.
Former Palisades head football coach Perry Jones has taken over the program at Beaumont High in Riverside County.
Jones, known for his wishbone offense that irritated westside coaches, helped turn around a Dolphin team that was 1-9 before he was hired. In his three seasons, Palisades made two playoff appearances including advancing to the LA City Division 2 semifinals in 2010.
Want to thank our readers for another wonderful season of covering westside high school and junior college sports.
Like all of the student-athletics, we at that LA Sports Journal are going to enjoy our summer vacation. By that, we mean taking a week long break (probably less) to rest and recover.
Don’t worry, we will be back with more player profiles and action from the summer leagues when we return.
See you all soon.
The ninth annual Southern California End of Summer Showcase will be held at Santa Monica College on Saturday, August 10th from 10:30 a.m to 7:30 p.m.
It will be open to individual players from all high school grades and teams from club and AAU programs.
The cost $75 per person or $225 per team.
Gerry Freitas of the Hoop Review Scouting Service is putting on the event.
For more information, contact Gerry at email@example.com.
Santa Monica College defensive back Rico Wright has committed to Division II Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania for the upcoming 2013 season
The 5’10, 180 lbs sophomore from Mira Costa High was a two-year starter for the Corsairs, leading them to back-to-back conference titles for the first time in thirty years. Wright had 57 tackles along with four interceptions and recovering two fumbles. He was named All-Pacific Conference Second Team in 2012.
Gannon is a private catholic university with an enrollment of about 4,200 students. The Golden Knights were 3-8 and 1-6 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
Other schools that showed interest were Morehouse College and Eastern Illinois.
Leave it to a westside player to ruin everyone brackets in the first day of the NCAA tournament.
That is what Windward’s Wesley Saunders did when he scored 18 points to lead Harvard to its first ever in the tournament with a 68-62 victory over New Mexico.
The No. 14 seeded Crimson has made the tournament in back-to-back seasons after only appearing once before the sophomore forward’s arrival in Cambridge.
Harvard will face Arizona on Saturday.