Samohi boys drop to No. 2 in Division 1A hoops
SAMOHI — Santa Monica’s boys’ basketball team has been supplanted as the No. 1 team in CIF-Southern Section Division 1A after a loss to Ocean League rival Beverly Hills last week, it was announced on Monday.
After weeks atop the poll, Samohi has been replaced by El Toro, the new No. 1. Despite the loss, Samohi sits at No. 2 with a week to go in the regular season.
Samohi, 18-6 overall and 7-1 in league, will finish their schedule with home games against Morningside on Tuesday and Hawthorne on Thursday. Both games begin at 7:30 p.m.
Samohi remains in first place in league, with Beverly Hills just a game behind in second at 6-2. Beverly Hills is tied with Inglewood for the second spot in the Ocean.
Santa Monica has defeated Inglewood in both meetings this year and split its series with Beverly Hills.
Beverly Hills is currently ranked No. 16 in Division 3AAA and Inglewood is No. 13 in Division 1AA.
St. Monica loss hurts ranking
A loss to top-ranked St. Paul last week led to St. Monica’s girls’ basketball team’s fall from second to third in the poll, CIF-SS officials announced on Monday.
The 53-49 Camino Real League loss not only hurt the Mariners’ ranking in Division 4A, it dashed St. Monica’s hopes of winning league. St. Paul is 6-1 in league and owns the tiebreaker having defeated the Mariners twice this season.
St. Monica (20-6 overall, 5-2 in league) bounced back with a win over Mary Star of the Sea on Thursday setting up the regular season finale on Tuesday at home against Cantwell-Sacred Heart.
St. Monica, Crossroads make soccer rankings
The girls’ soccer teams from St. Monica and Crossroads are No. 1 and No. 4 in the most recent CIF-SS Division 7 poll, it was announced on Monday.
St. Monica is 14-3-1 overall and 4-0 in the Camino Real League and sits alone in first place.
St. Monica closes the regular season this week with a road game at St. Paul on Tuesday and a home contest against Serra on Thursday.
Crossroads is 11-4-1 overall and 4-1 in the Delphic League. The Roadrunners currently trail Marshall in the standings. They too complete their regular season this week with a road game at Milken on Tuesday and a home game against Archer at Santa Monica College on Thursday.
Samohi soccer has outside shot at title
With just two regular season games remaining, Samohi’s boys’ soccer team has a mathematical chance of winning the Ocean League.
Entering the week at 5-2-1, Samohi is currently in third place behind Beverly Hills, in first, and Morningside.
If Samohi can win both games with Beverly Hills losing twice and Morningside once they would take home the crown and secure a better seed in the playoffs.
Samohi hosts Morningside on Tuesday and Hawthorne on Thursday. Both games begin at 3 p.m.
Beverly Hills closes with Inglewood on Tuesday and Culver City on Thursday.