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Despite losing 30 seniors including quarterback Alexander Diamont, the Los Angeles Sports Journal’s All-Westside Player of the Year, Venice head coach Angelo Gasca is still expressing confidence in his team as the Gondoliers have scheduled a road game against Trinity League powerhouse Santa Margarita next year.
The game will be played during the fourth week of the season, which was a bye week for Venice in 2013.
Westchester will make a return visit to the LA City Section Division II semifinals with a 47-24 victory over Western League-rival Venice on Tuesday.
Ijeoma Anugwom led the Comets with 16 points in the game.
Westchester held a 23-6 advantage at halftime but Venice tried to make it a contest has the Gondoliers closed the gap to 12 points.
After struggling last season to a 3-14 record in Division III, not much was expected for Hamilton when they were moved up to Division I as a fill-in team so the City would have enough teams to qualify for the state playoffs.
However, the Yankees have continued to defy the odds and are just a win away from qualifying for the state playoffs with a 63-44 victory over South Gate.
University may have only beaten Westchester once in their three meetings this year, but their victory earlier this week put them ahead of the Comets in the Western League standings and earn the Wildcats the third seed in the Division II playoffs.
University will host Bravo Medical Magnet on Thursday.
Venice’s run-and-gun offense earned the Gondoliers the 12th seed in the City Division II playoffs and they will travel to face Eastern League champion South Gate coach by former Windward assistant Al Rangel.
Defending champion Hamilton is the fifth seed in the Division III playoffs. The Yankees will host Southern League co-champion Jefferson.
The Division II and III first-round games are below:
Venice has had a tough time in the Western League this season, but nearly upset Fairfax 91-85 on Wednesday.
The game was tied late in the fourth quarter.
Venice’s Dewan Thompson had 28 points in the game for the Gondoliers.
Fairfax put away Venice early to claim the outright Western League title with a 65-22 victory over the Gondoliers, Wednesday night.
Marguerite Effa had a game-high in both points and rebounds for the Lions. The junior finished with 23 and 13 respectively.
Ilianna Blanc added 14 points, along with eight assists, seven rebounds, six steals, and three blocks.
The Lions led Venice by 21 points at the end of the first quarter.
Fairfax (24-6, 11-0) will attempt to remain undefeated in the Western League when they host University in their season finale on Friday.
Trent Jones had a career-high 22 points and five LACES players finished in double-figures in a 93-62 blowout of Venice.
Jones made five of the Unicorns’ ten three-points baskets and also had five assists in the game.
LACES (10-12, 2-7 Western League) more than doubled up on Venice (7-18, 2-8) at halftime by holding a 38 point advantage at 70-32.
Both Evan Battey and Khalil Taylor finished with double-doubles for the Unicorns.
Venice guard Jason Ball had 35 points. Dewan Thompson made five three-point baskets on his way to 29 points.
However, none of that firepower could help the Gondoliers overcome University in the Wildcats 95-85 victory.
Tre Weston was among a trio of University (17-9, 5-3 Western League) players that scored more than 20 points with 10 plus rebounds in the game.
The senior finished with 26 points and 27 rebounds.
Precious Nwaba had 38 points for University has the Wildcats snapped their three-game losing streak with a 67-50 road victory over Venice.
The junior shot 67% from the field, made 15 free throws and had 14 rebounds in the game.
Lizette Lopez and Lizeth Hernandez each added eight points for the Wildcats.
University (13-11, 4-4 Western League) struggled in their last three games with surprising loses to Westchester and LACES.
Four Santa Monica College football players are heading to Appalachia as they will sign to play at Division II Glenville State in West Virginia later today, according to SMC head coach Gifford Lindheim.
Among those are former Venice quarterback Alfonso Medina and Westchester wide receiver Ralph Gordon who both last played for the Corsairs in the 2012 season.
Medina, who holds the SMC single-season and career touchdowns records, had transferred to Weber State in Odgen, Utah in December 2012 before leaving the school after spring ball.
Gordon had originally planned on transferring to Houston Baptist University, an FBS school.
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
After last Saturday’s loss to DeMatha in the Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei High School, Westchester head coach Ed Azzam just wanted to see his team share the ball more.
The Comets did not stop sharing the ball in their 101-45 shellacking of Venice on Monday evening, to stay undefeated in the Western League.
Westchester (20-5, 7-0) had five players score in double-figures, including Nick Hamilton who had 23 points. Hamilton dominated the Gondoliers in the paint, getting most of his point’s from easy lay-ups and put backs.
“Coach emphasized pass first, he felt we were being a little selfish Saturday and the last couple games,” Hamilton said. “It was a really good passing performance and we got a lot of easy lay-ups, and he also emphasized getting the ball in the paint.”
The Comets got easy second and third chance scoring opportunities from Hamilton’s performance on the glass and took a comfortable 53-17 halftime lead.
Sage Woodruff scored 30 points and helped the Fairfax cruise to an easy 92-60 win over Venice, and snapped their two-game losing streak.
The Lions (13-7, 3-2 Western League) wanted to get back to their winning ways after a loss to rival Westchester and then losing to Serra in the State Preview Classic on their home court last Saturday.
“Well this is basically a character game for us, because we lost two in a row, Woodruff said. “So we just wanted to come out and basically take it out on them.”
The Gondoliers opened the game hitting two straight three-pointers getting out to an 8-1 first quarter lead, and it looked like Venice (7-13, 2-3) would put up a fight.
However with Fairfax at full strength, the Lions took control and a 44-28 lead into halftime.
Venice played a surprisingly tough first quarter against Fairfax, then the Lions dominated the rest of the game in a 67-21 victory on Monday.
The Gondoliers (5-18, 0-5 Western League) trailed by six after the opening period but only scored eight points in the final three quarters of play, including two in the entire second half.
Marguerite Effa led Fairfax (17-6, 5-0) with 21 points and 15 rebounds.
Iliana Blanc fell a rebound shy of a double-double with 15 points and nine boards.
Point guard Karina Moreno had four points and six assists for the Lions.