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It is not often that fans have a chance to pick which football game to watch on television especially at the high school level, but Time Warner Cable is allowing the public to determine one game each week until the end of the regular season.
For westside fans, the only chance to watch on local team is on November 1st when Santa Monica host Inglewood at Santa Monica College in what could be the battle for the Ocean League title.
It is among the four choices that include Palmdale at Antelope Valley, Bishop Amat at Crespi, and Oxnard at Rio Mesa, with winner to be shown on channel 101 that is available only to Time Warner Cable customers.
With the loss of the offensive firepower of quarterback Ryan Barbarin (graduation) along with wide receivers Sebastian LaRue (Texas A&M) and Jason King (New Mexico Highlands) , Santa Monica normally would have a tough road trying to stay on top of the league standings for the third year in a row.
Luckily for the Vikings, the rest of the conference is down making them the overwhelming favorite to win the Ocean League.
Just like last season, a three-game stretch of Mater Dei, Valencia, and Santa Clarita Hart will determine how strong the squad is.
“We found out what kind of team we were last year,” head coach Travis Clarke said. ” It look us almost the entire Morningside game the following week to be able to dig down and pull out a victory.”
Culver City should move up to the second spot after a two-year stay behind Santa Monica and Inglewood, while welcome a brand-new turf field.
Former Beverly HIlls coach Donald Paysinger takes over at Hawthorne and will try to turn around a program that has gone 11-69 since 2005 .
Back on the westside, Beverly Hills’ continues their decent down to the bottom of the conference.
This will be the last season that Inglewood and Morningside are a part of the conference as they move to the Bay League and El Segundo and Lawndale take their spots in 2014.
The predictions are the final season standings are below
Ocean League Predictions
Brentwood had cut an 11-point deficit down to one late in the fourth when Marcus Jackson sealed the deal for Pacific Hills knocking down two big free throws for a 75-71 victory snapping the Eagles 11-game winning streak.
In a battle between the Alpha League’s top teams, it looked like Pacific Hills would run away with the game coming out the gate on a 14-4 run, but Brentwood (16-2, 4-1) gathered themselves midway in the first quarter sparking a 7-2 run to close the gap.
“We had to settle down and start playing as a team,” said Brentwood head coach Ryan Bailey about the teams slow start.
Inglewood guard Brandon Randolph missed two free throws in the final seconds as Santa Monica help on to a 58-57 road victory Wednesday night in their Ocean League Opener.
The Vikings took a one-point lead when Jordan Mathews could only make one of two free throws.
Inglewood had a final opportunity, but Randolph could only watch as both shots clanked off the rim from the free throw line giving the Santa Monica the win.
Inglewood squandered six changes at the free throw line in the final thirty seconds.
Below are the westside high school boys’ basketball scores for Wednesday, January 9th
Brentwood 71, Sierra Canyon 65
Pacific Hills 71, Windward 68
Camino Real League
St. Paul 47, St. Monica 39
Beverly Hills 64, Hawthorne 56
Inglewood High safety Tre Wilcoxen has committed to New Mexico State and is set to enroll mid-year, former Inglewood head coach Stephen Thomas announced today.
The 6’1″ 191 lbs senior had 47 tackles and three interceptions in five games for the Sentinels according to MaxPreps and was a first team All-Ocean League selection. During his junior year at Redlands East Valley, Wilcoxen finished the season with 71 tackles.
Wilcoxen had offers from Ohio and a few FCS schools according to Thomas.
His senior highlight video is below:
Santa Monica and Culver City dominated the selection as twenty-four players were named to the All-Ocean League team it was announce today.
As reported earlier this week USC-Commit Sebastian LaRue was named league MVP and teammate Jason King earned offensive player of the year while Culver City lineman Deon Young was selected as defensive player of the year.
Inglewood had eight players earn honors to the team while Beverly Hills had seven, Morningside had four, and Hawthorne had three.
The list of the team is below.
Ocean League MVP – Sebastian LaRue, Santa Monica (Sr.)
Defensive Player of the Year – Deon Young, Culver City (Sr.)
Offensive Player Of the Year – Jason King, Santa Monica (Sr.)
1st Team Offense: