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Santa Monica’s Lily Jones made history when she scored the school’s first goal in girls’ lacrosse on Thursday.
The freshman goal in the second half was quickly followed by teammate Kara Blum score but it was not enough as the Vikings lost the home match to Woodland Hills Louisville 7-2.
Santa Monica is ranked No. 2 in the CIF-Southern Section Division IV preseason poll that was released yesterday.
The Vikings were 19-11 in 2013 and advanced to the Division IV title game.
Santa Monica is led by senior pitcher/shortstop Sara Garcia who was the Ocean League MVP last season and signed with the College of Charleston in the fall.
When a basket is made just before the final horn in a 31-point win, rarely do you see a crowd go wild and the players jump off the bench to celebrate.
However, that is exactly what happened when guard Matthew Tapia scored a layup in a 76-35 first round victory over Montebello in the Division I-AA playoffs on Friday.
It was a touching moment considering the health obstacles that Tapia has had to overcome to score his first points of the season. The senior guard was not expected to live long after birth after being diagnosed with a congenital heart condition.
Finishing in a tie with Beverly Hills for the Ocean League title earned Santa Monica a 15th seed and a first round home game against Montebello on Friday.
Divivions I-AA first round games are below:
CIF Southern Section
First round, Friday, 7 p.m.
A hostile crowd and the memory of the close loss the last time they came to Santa Monica’s North Gym should have had some negative effect on Beverly Hills Friday night.
In fact for point guard Siavash Yektafar, it was quite the opposite.
The senior had 30 points as the Normans got out to an early lead and never trailed in a 58-45 victory to take sole possession of first place in the Ocean League, with two games left.
Beverly Hills started the game on a 9-2 run, held a 13-5 advantage at the end of the first quarter and pushed their lead to 21 points with four minutes left until halftime.
Yektafar knew his teammates were ready for this game.
Girls Basketball: Melamed’s late free throw helps Beverly Hills rally from a 13-point deficit against Santa Monica
The Santa Monica crowd was loud and on its feet when Beverly Hills’ guard Jessica Melamed stepped to the free throw line to shoot two with seven seconds left in a tied game.
After the junior missed the first one, the noise became nearly deafening in Samo’s North Gym.
However, Melamed held her nerves in check and sank the second one as the Normans overcame a 13-point fourth quarter deficit in a 58-57 victory, Friday night.
Melamed had 27 points on the night but felt the pressure standing at the charity stripe with a single shot that gave the Normans the victory.
“I was so scared and took my time. I looked at [Beverly Hills coach John] Braddell” said Melamed. “I just relaxed, shot it and made it.”
Their championship hopes were almost dashed after blowing a 15-point lead, but Santa Monica was able to hold and have a chance at another Ocean League title.
The Vikings endured a second half surge by Culver City to come away with a 68-55 victory that set them up for a showdown with rival Beverly Hills on Friday night.
Santa Monica saw their lead evaporate to 56-50 midway through the fourth quarter before they started clamping down and finally pulling away for the victory.
Jonah Mathews, who finished the game with 23 points, hit a pair of three-pointers that put them up by seven late in the fourth quarter.
Two plays later Mikhail Brown was fouled after making a lay-up putting them up by ten with 1:28 remaining in the game.
Today is the first day that high school seniors and junior college sophomores can sign their National Letter of Intent to four-year universities.
Below is a list of westside players that are expected to sign. It will be updated throughout the day.
QB Alexander Diamont, Indiana (early enrollee)
Santa Monica High:
WR Will Taylor, Western New Mexico
Santa Monica College:
Qujuan Floyd, Iowa State (signed at 8:00 a.m.)
Dejaun Butler, Washington
De-Jon Mitchell, Missouri Southern State
DaJuan Perryman, Missouri Southern State
Dontae Levingston, East Carolina
Alex Cureau, McPherson College
Alphonso Dixon, Ferris State
Alfonso Medina, Glenville State
Ralph Gordon, Glenville State
Eric Kyle, Glenville State
DJ Dixon, Glenville State
West Los Angeles College:
Kaylyn Ayers, Idaho
Chris Glover, Northern Colorado
Santa Monica wide receiver Will Taylor committed to Division II Western New Mexico yesterday after taking his official visit.
The senior, who was named to the All-Ocean League and the LA Sports Journal’s All-Westside Football Team, had 301 yards receiving and ran for 286 yards.
His best games of the year were rushing for 132 yards against Palisades and having four catches for 92 yards in a loss to Valencia.
In addition, Taylor had 42 tackles.
The Vikings were 7-5 last year and advanced to the second round of the Western Division playoffs.
Imanni Maxwell had 17 points for Santa Monica but it was not enough in the Vikings 59-54 loss to Hawthorne on Wednesday.
The Vikings trailed by only two with 25 seconds left in the game.
Santa Monica falls to 6-9 overall and 1-3 in the Ocean League.
Santa Monica needed a strong fourth quarter to remained tied for a three-way tie for first place in the Ocean League with a 61-45 victory over Hawthorne.
It was a tight contest throughout the first three quarters as the Vikings had a five-point lead at halftime and an 40-37 advantage heading into the final period.
Santa Monica’s Jonah Mathews finished with 24 points.
Hawthorne’s Marquell Gray had 14 points.
Santa Monica is 12-9 overall and 4-1 in the Ocean League tied for first with Beverly Hills and Inglewood.
Hawthorne drops to 6-12 overall and has not won a conference game this season.
It was exactly the type of play Brentwood head coach Ryan Bailey envisioned at the beginning of the season.
Three players scored in double-digits and the Eagles cruised to an easy 80-53 victory over Santa Monica, Saturday morning in the Fairfax State Preview Classic.
The team did not have to rely on Tra Holder to do all the work this time. He did his damage early scoring 17 points helping the Eagles get out to a 43-21 halftime lead.
“He’s seeing it,” Bailey said. “He’s growing right in front of my eyes as a point guard. I’m trying to develop him for the next level and I just want to keep building on the success and keep pushing him in the right direction.”
Holder finished the game with 24 points and seven assists.
Maxwell Kupchak, son of Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, added 24 points of his own offense from those assists, and feels the team flows well when the ball is moving early.
Sophomore Jonah Mathews big performance was the difference in Santa Monica’s 67-38 win over Morningside on Friday.
Mathews had 24 points to keep the Vikings in second place in the Ocean League standings.
Santa Monica (11-8, 3-1) next game is tomorrow in the Fairfax State Classic against Brentwood at 11 a.m.
Women’s Basketball: Santa Monica’s Thea Lemberger’s strong performance helps UCLA rally to beat Oregon
Former Santa Monica basketball player Thea Lemberger had a strong performance for UCLA in a 88-83 victory over the visiting Oregon Ducks on Friday night.
The senior point guard finished with 25 points and five assists on the night as the Bruins overcame a 13-point deficit in the final 6:30 minutes of play.
Lemberger was 6 of 10 from three-point range and is averaging 16 points a game for UCLA.
The Bruins improve to 9-9 overall and 3-3 in the PAC-12.
During her senior year at Santa Monica in 2010, Lemberger was named the CIF-SS Division IA player of the year when the Vikings won the school’s only girls’ basketball sectional title.
Brentwood and Santa Monica will take part in the Take Flight Challenge at Redondo Union High School, a one-day event that will showcase some of the best teams and talent in Southern California.
Brentwood will open the day against Anaheim Canyon at 10 a.m. and Santa Monica will battle Sacramento Sheldon at 1:30 p.m.
Other matchups include host Redondo versus Alemany and Loyola versus Compton.
Gates open at 9:30 a.m. and the $10 ticket will give you access to all 7 games.
Schedule is below: