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Former Santa Monica pitcher Tyler Skaggs will return to Southern California as apart of a three team trade between the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
The 22-year-old lefty was originally drafted in the first round of the 2009 draft by the Angels before being traded to the Arizona Diamondback in 2010.
Skaggs is 3-6 with a 5.43 ERA in 13 major league starts.
A scorer’s mentality must run in the family, like his older brother Jordan, Jonah Matthews isn’t shy about putting the spotlight on himself when his team is in need.
He had a game-high 41 points and helped Santa Monica defeat Harvard-Westlake 85-73 to advance to the gold medal round of their tournament where they will face Loyola this Friday at 8 pm.
The Vikings took a 38-34 lead into halftime and looked very different from a squad that barely got past Palisades on Monday.
Mathews didn’t wait long scoring 20 points in the first half and got some help from Nuwr’iyl Williams, who was three for three from three-point range but was slowed, with a minor leg injury suffered in Monday’s game against Palisades. He finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds and a steal.
The last time Santa Monica and Palisades faced each other it was in an epic overtime thriller in the Division I state playoffs.
This game was just as close with the Vikings hanging on to a 63-55 victory on the first day of the Santa Monica Tournament.
Neither team looked like the squads that made deep runs in the state tournament last year.
Palisades offense seemed disorganized and lacked any ball movement while Santa Monica countered with poor transition defense.
There were nine lead changes in the first half, but a three-pointer by Santa Monica’s Jonah Mathews midway through the second quarter gave the Vikings the 21-19 advantage.
It was a lead they would not surrender.
Palisades’ girls basketball team struggled early last year, but they looked like an entirely different squad by opening their season with a 56-22 victory over Santa Monica in the first round of the Palisades Invitational Tournament on Monday.
The Dolphins began the game with 17 consecutive points until the Vikings finally got the board on a pair of free throws by Carissa Cueva with two seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Palisades’ full court press continued to frustrate Santa Monica the entire night as 13 minutes came off the clock before Erica Tejada made the first field goal for the Vikings. It was one of only two Vikings field goals in the first half as the Dolphins held a 34-8 at the break.
Getting off on the right foot is a big change for Palisades from last season. In 2012, they began the year 4-15 before turning things around in league and were one playoff win away from making the Division I State playoffs.
Football Playoff Preview: Santa Monica and Venice will have to stop strong running attacks in order to advance to the semifinals.
Two westside football teams take to the field tonight and have to battle against a good ground game in order to advance to the semifinals.
The preview of the games are below.
LA CITY SECTION DIVISION I QUARTERFINALS: San Pedro (8-3) at Venice (9-2)
This familiar matchup has always been a battle between speed and strength. Last year Venice needed a late drive in the final minute to get past San Pedro in the playoffs. Don’t expect the Gondoliers to rely on such a heroic effort to win this game.
Venice quarterback Alexander Diamont has led a nearly unstoppable offense that is averaging nearly 46 points a game on the season and the defense has only allowed sevens points in the last six games, including an easy 62-0 win over Locke in the first round.
Dajuan Parham is force on special teams and has returned four punts for touchdown in the last three games.
In season’s past San Pedro running attack has always been difficult for the Gondoliers to stop and this year is no exception. The Pirates have average more than six yards a carry lead by senior Pete Palacios and junior Chris Alvidrez. Turnovers were a problem last week as San Pedro committed six of them yet still managed to hang on to a 31-23 victory over Fairfax.
If the Pirates struggle again will turnovers, it will be a long night for them.
SOUTHERN SECTION DIVISION IV QUARTERFINALS: Santa Monica (7-4) at Lompoc (10-1)
When a team struggles to throw the ball as much as Santa Monica has all season, you do not figure to find them with a good shot off advancing to the semifinals. That should tell you the phenomenal job that head coach Travis Clark has done with his squad.
Football Roundup: Palisades rally falls short against Garfield; Santa Monica and Venice pitch shutouts
Trailing by a touchdown in the fourth quarter, Palisades had two chances to try to tie the game against Garfield but quarterback Taylor Mensik inability to pick up a yard on fourth down and a late interception doomed the Dolphins in a 27-20 loss in the first round of the LA City Division I playoffs.
“We were one play short. Could not find one more play [in a one-point loss] against Fairfax and we could not find it here,” Palisdes head coach Tim Hyde said.
Palisades had momentum in the beginning of the fourth quarter when running back Joey Velez one-yard touchdown run cut the Garfield lead to seven and the Dolphins defense stopped a scoring drive when Lofton Mason recover a TyJon Delancy fumble at their own four-yard line.
A 41-yard completion from Mensik to Quincy Cowherd moved the ball near midfield gave the Dolphins fans hope, however Garfield’s Emiliano Aguiar sack on next play for a second-and-20 at their own 37-yard line.
Menisk’s 13-yard completion to Velez and a 6-yard run by the quarterback set up a fourth-and one from the Bulldogs 44-yard line and Hyde decided to gamble and go for it.
Two Santa Monica pitchers, softball’s Sara Garcia and baseball’s Alex Gironda signed with four-year universities on the second day of the early signing period at a ceremony on campus yesterday.
Garcia decide to travel across the country and picked College of Charleston in South Carolina, while Gironda selected Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.
Garcia had an opportunity to stay closer to home at Cal State Fullerton, but sought a change in scenery to play her collegiate career.
“I wanted to go out of state. Charleston is a college town, I love the city and always wanted to play Division I ball,” Garcia said.
The Cougars were 37-20 and advance to the Southern Conference championship game last season.
Garcia help lead the Vikings to the CIF-SS IV finals in the spring and also threw a no-hitter against Inglewood in Ocean League play.
On the other hand, pitcher Gironda chose to stay in the California.
“Nice to still be close and have the family be able to watch,” Gironda said. “The coaches are great and it is also a top 25 school in baseball.”
Teams that Cal Poly plays in conference include local Southern California teams Cal State Northridge and Long Beach State, Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine.
Gironda was 4-1 with a team-low 1.31 ERA last season.