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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.