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With a trio of dominating performances, Palisades’ Allie Vituous, and Mardell Ramirez each won four events, while Brandon Yong won three at the LA City Swimming Finals to lead the Dolphins to sweep both the boys and girls team titles on Friday.
Palisades’ strength could be felt in every race at East Los Angeles College as they won 11 out of 21 individual and team events and failed to reach the top three in only two events.
“So relieved, it’s finally time. This has been my career goal in the last ten years to have all four teams to go undefeated in the city and we finally did it,” said Palisades coach Maggie Nance. “The boys have been trying really hard for the last few years [to win city], but they got it.”
The Dolphins set the tone in the first race of the meet when the team of Natalia Hernandez, Lily Carthan, Jayme Rossie, and Ramirez easily won the 200 yard medley relay by five seconds over Granada Hills.
Hamilton may have won the Western League but its weak schedule seemed to hurt them in LA City Division I playoff seeding as they were the only conference champion to be left out of the main draw. The Yankees will battle Arleta in the Wildcard game on Wednesday for the right to face off against Marine League co-champion Banning.
Two other Western League teams earned Division I wild card spots as Venice will host Carson and University will travel to the valley to take on Birmingham.
Westchester had the best RPI in the Western League but lost their final four games in conference play to put them in fourth place and that setback most likely kept them out of the playoffs.
LA City Division I Baseball Playoffs
Wild Card games
Wednesday, May 15th at 3 p.m.
No. 20 Arleta at No. 13 Hamilton
No. 19 Universty at No. 14 Birmingham
No. 18 Carson at No. 15 Venice
No. 17 Maywood Academy at No. 16 Verdugo Hills
Wednesday, May 22nd at 3 p.m.
The Western League has had a strong showing in the LA City Boys Volleyball playoffs this year. Four teams in three divisions have advanced to the semifinals on Tuesday.
First year coach Randy Stoklos’ top-seeded Palisades squad survived by ralling in a five game thriller at home against Van Nuys in the Division I quarterfinals (26-24, 26-28, 25-27, 25-16, 15-13).
They will host No.5 seed San Pedro, who defeated Marine League rival Carson in five games.
In Division II, Venice swept Franklin (25-10, 25-23, 25-10) and University easily handled Jordan in three straight games (25-23, 25-15,25-16). The Gondoliers will host Bravo Medical Magnet, while the Wildcats face top-seed Eagle Rock.
LACES will host Rancho Dominguez in Divison III after defeating Elizabeth (25-18, 25-20, 25-22).
Boys Basketball: LA University High’s tournament gets an upgrade with Santa Monica and Windward added to the mix
It was not that long ago that University High’s boys’ basketball tournament was hosting the likes of Huntington Park College Ready and Lou Dantzer.
The small schools seem to be a thing of the past as the Wildcats have significantly improve the quaility of teams in the upcoming 2013 verision of the Jim Nakabara Classic.
Buckley, the CIF-SS 5AA champs, returns and is joined by CIF State Division I runner-up Santa Monica and Windward, the Alpha League co-champs.
“I am very excited about the field,” said University head coach Steve Ackerman. “Seven of the eight teams are current or former CIF champions. This will be the toughest field of teams in the four year history of the tournament.”
Other teams scheduled to play are Harvard-Westlake, Dorsey, Roybal, and St. Bernard.
The tournament runs from December 9th-14th.
Time Warner will cover tonight’s University vs San Pedro Division I girls basketball game on their Channel 101. It will be televised tomorrow night at 8 p.m. and replayed throughout the week.
This is the second time a Western League girls basketball game as been covered by Time Warner. They broadcast Fairfax vs Westchester earlier this month.
Boys Basketball Playoffs Roundup: Strong first-half for Palisades sets up another matchup with Fairfax
Palisades’ showed how good of the team they are by turning a close game tied at 8 into a commanding 22-point at halftime on their way to a easy 68-43 victory over San Pedro in the first round of the LA City Division I playoffs.
Tyler Hildreth finished with 20 points and Louis Kurihara scored 18 to lead the Dolphins.
San Pedro rallied in the third when Michael Garcia hit back-to-back three-pointers to cut the Palisades advantage to 12, but the Pirates would not get any closer.
Elijah Gaines had 15 points for San Pedro.
The win sets up a second round matchup with league rival Fairfax on Tuesday. The Dolphins have beating them twice in this season including a 70-62 victory last week.
University’s Brittany Martin missed a front-end of a one-and-one with a second left in overtime as Venice hangs on to a 56-54 home victory over the Wildcats.
It is the second time this season that a errant free throw has doomed University. Martin’s missed attempt against Fairfax in the final seconds allowed the Lions to rally for a 53-52 win earlier this month.
Sarah Schemerhorn had 25 points for Venice (11-14, 4-6) and Jenny Aceret added 14.