Samohi's Jordan Mathews drives to the basket against Loyola on Saturday. (Photo by Morgan Genser)

Samohi’s Jordan Mathews drives to the basket against Loyola on Saturday. (Photo by Morgan Genser)

SAMOHI — After knocking off Loyola in the Southern California regional final of the CIF-State Boys Basketball Division I Championship, Santa Monica made a return to the CalHi Sports state top 20 on Monday.

Samohi is currently ranked No. 14 in the poll after being ranked as high as No. 10 during the regular season.

The team’s current postseason run includes the title in CIF-Southern Section Division 1A and now the win in the regional championship against Loyola.

Next for Samohi is an appearance in the state Division I title game against Northern California champion Pleasant Grove on Friday at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena.


St. Monica baseball in win column


St. Monica baseball won its first game of the season on Friday over Bosco Tech.

The Mariners take a 1-6 record into a Camino Real League matchup at St. Bernard today, Tuesday, March 19.

St. Monica will host Animo Leadership on Wednesday at Marine Park. That game begins at 3 p.m.


Samohi v-ball slides down rankings


A loss to Ocean League rival Culver City last week dropped Samohi boys’ volleyball from No. 1 to No. 5 in the latest CIF-SS Division 3 poll, it was announced on Monday.

Samohi will look to improve its 2-2 record today, Tuesday, against league foe Inglewood. The game begins at 3:15 p.m. at Samohi.


YMCA look for coaches, refs


The Santa Monica YMCA is looking for volunteer coaches and assistant coaches for its upcoming spring 2013 season.

The league is also in need of paid game officials. No experience is needed. A love of kids and knowledge and interest in basketball is a must.

Registration for the league is underway now through April 10 for co-ed skill-based teams for ages 5-11. Forms can be found in the lobby of the Y at Sixth Street and Santa Monica Boulevard, or online at

Games are on weekend afternoons from mid-April through early June and registration includes free uniforms, awards, and a post-season banquet.

Interested coaches and officials need to contact league director Peter Arbogast at (310) 393-2721 to set up a quick interview.

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