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Palisades’ Jennifer Krems and Venice’s Kristen Shekelle were named the Western League co-Players of the Year by a vote of league coaches.
Krems had a 51 percent kill average while leading led the Dolphins to a the Western League title and the City Division I finals where they lost to Granada Hills in straight sets.
Shekelle, an opposite hitter and setter, led Venice with 403 kills along with 351 assists.
She helped the Gondoliers finish 33-10-1 as they failed to repeat as Division II champs in a heartbreaking loss to Van Nuys in five sets after leading 2-0.
Four Palisades and Venice players earned first team honors, followed by three players from Fairfax.
Westchester is the only school that did not have anyone represented on the first or second team.
A list of All-Western League players is below:
Venice may have fell short of winning a city championship, but their performance was good enough to earn quarterback Alexander Diamont and wide receiver/returner DaJuan Parham co-Western League Player of the Year honors by a vote of the conference coaches.
Diamont, a three-year starter, threw for 47 touchdowns and 3,501 yards this season and Parham was dominate on special teams as he returned multiple punts for touchdown against Fairfax and Locke.
Venice players won other award categories as running back Alijah Lee was named Offensive Player of the Year while linebacker Tayon Blockman and Joey Dews were named Defensive Players of the Year.
Palisades’ Nick Lunn is the Offensive Lineman of the Year; University’s Jameel Baker and Anthony Spinner of Hamilton were Defensive Linemen of the Year.
The All-Western League First and Second teams honors are listed below:
Trailing by 24 points at halftime and by 18 with just over two minutes left, it seemed like Venice would need a miracle to comeback from that deficit against Crenshaw in the LA City Section Division I semifinals.
Their prayers were almost answered.
Quarterback Alexander Diamont threw for two touchdowns in a short span, the Gondoliers recovered one onside kick and nearly got another, but they simple ran out of time as their season ended with a 30-25 loss to the Cougars.
It was tough defeat for a Venice squad that left everything on the field in the second half.
“Felt like we did not finish want we started, which was to win a city title,” Venice linebacker Joey Dewes said.
For westside fans who can not make it out to the Venice vs Crenshaw football game after the Thanksgiving holiday are in luck as Time Warner Cable announced it will broadcast live the LA City Section Division I semifinal on Friday at 7 p.m.
It will be the third time this year the Gondoliers have been on television as they beat Dorsey 31-29 and Fairfax 48-0 earlier in the season.
The game will be shown on the Channel 101, which is exclusive to Time Warner Cable customers.
Girls Volleyball Roundup: Palisades swept in championship game; LACES and Pacifica Christian win titles
Palisades beat Granada Hills in a five-set match early in the year, yet it was a very different team that showed up to Roybal Learning Center for the LA City Section Division I title game.
The Dolphins made numerous unforced errors that the Highlanders were able to take advantage of as Palisades was swept in a 25-21, 26-24, 25-13 loss on Saturday.
Palisades struggled to keep their serve in play throughout the night. They had four serving errors in the first set and three in the second, which was the difference between winning and losing.
Head coach Carlos Gray agreed with the description of his team’s when asked after the match.
“It’s exactly right, that would be the correct assessment of the situation,” Gray said. “Had too many errors. We played with lots of energy, but it is tough for a first-year head coach. I did not want to be the guy that broke the streak, but I am still proud of the team,”
That streak was three straight city titles as Palisades won the Division I title last year and Division II titles in 2010 and 2011. Overall the Dolphins have won 28 city titles in 41 years.
After dropping the first set, the Dolphins trailed 7-3 in the second before rallying back to tie at 22-all on a Jennifer Krems tip.
Palisades’ unforced errors popped back up when Delany Arth had a double touch and a Brittany Schoellkopf spike went long giving Granada Hills two set points. The Dolphins were able to eliminate both of them with Krems’ kill and a rare passing miscue by Granada Hills.
Football: Venice’s quick strike offense more than enough to overcome San Pedro’s ground game; Crenshaw up next
When San Pedro held the ball for almost 11 minutes in the first half on an 18-play 90-yard drive to the tie the game at seven, it could have easily iced the Venice offense and broken their spirit.
The one person who did not seem fazed by it was quarterback Alexander Diamont. The senior provided another strong performance by throwing for 187 yards and three touchdowns while running for another score in Venice’s 28-14 victory to advance to the Division I semifinals.
“It goes against what we do. Sitting on the bench had some effect but we stayed focus,” Diamont said. “Our offense was really explosive tonight.”
There was no need for any last minute heroics for Venice as Diamont was nearly perfect in the passing game. He did not have a single incompletion in the first half for the second time this season and finished 13-of-15 on the night.
That even impressed San Pedro head coach Mike Walsh.
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.