SAMOHI — A second-half awakening continues for Santa Monica in softball.
After beginning the season 2-8, it seems that the Samohi Vikings have found their form.
In Head Coach Debbie Skaggs’ first year back after taking a season off in 2011, Samohi has swung and thrown their way to 6-0 in the Ocean League (11-11 overall) as the Vikings try to capture a 12th straight title. The Vikings are also in the midst of 10-consecutive seasons of going undefeated in league.
Samohi’s resurgent Vikings have even impressed in non-league play, capturing a pair of wins over the weekend in the El Segundo Tournament.
Samohi slugged their way to a 15-13 win over Narbonne and followed that with a 10-2 rout of Village Christian.
The Vikings carried that success into this week with a 11-1 win over Ocean League rival Beverly Hills on the road on Tuesday. They took on Inglewood on the road on Wednesday, but the results of that game were not available at presstime.
Mathews turning heads
Samohi basketball’s Jordan Mathews impressed during the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League in Hampton, Va., last weekend.
The junior guard, playing with his club team California Supreme, averaged more than 19 points at the prestigious tournament.
His play caught the eye of Indiana head coach Tom Crean. Though no offer has been made, he did make an official call to Mathews, according to InsideTheHall.com, a blog for Indiana fans.
Indiana adds itself to a list of suitors that includes Gonzaga, Kansas, Long Beach State and San Diego State.
The play-making guard has said that he doesn’t intend to make a college choice this early in the recruiting process.