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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
Last season just like the year before, Culver City finished third in the Ocean League.
After dominating the conference in the late 2000′s with four straight titles, they haven’t won their league championship since 2009.
This year’s team is planning to change that historic fact.
Santa Monica and Inglewood have been a thorn in the Centaurs side and they are ready to reverse roles. This group not only wants to play into late November, but win its league championship in the process.
Wide receiver Stanley Norman, the team’s only returner, has certain distaste for those two teams.
“We just don’t like them,” he stated “There is too much smacking talking between us.” He plans on putting up big numbers against them, “I plan on blowing them out when we play them.”
It seemed like deja vu for Beverly Hills.
That was the feeling in the Swim Gym when Normans had the ball and trailing by one to Santa Monica.
Unlike their heartbreaking loss earlier this month to the Vikings, this time Brandon Neman made sure that the game would not slip away.
The junior guard’s only shot was a successful three-pointer in the final seconds to give the Normans a stunning 52-50 victory over Santa Monica.
Neman, who hadn’t been played for most of the night, stepped up when it mattered the most.
Beverly Hills was playing without three of their key players and Culver City took advantage with hard-nosed defense in a 62-42 victory over their Ocean League rival.
Jessica Melamed, Dorsa Mehrannia, and Megan Yee all sat out due to injuries leaving a huge void as the trio accounted for nearly 26 of the of the Normans’ 61 points.
Without the ball handlers, Culver City’s full-court pressure poked, prodded and ultimately suffocated the Beverly Hills offense by grabbing 27 steals including turnovers on five consecutive possessions in the second quarter. That aggressive play spark a 22-3 run to turn a five-point deficit into a double-digit lead.
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: