cif-southern section logoBURBANK, Calif. — Santa Monica boys’ basketball’s 58-46 win at Burbank on Tuesday has punched the Vikings’ card for the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 1A playoffs.

Samohi is scheduled to travel to Orange County’s Aliso Niguel on Friday for a chance to reach the division’s version of the final four.

Aliso Niguel reached the quarterfinals thanks to a 64-52 win over Valencia, also on Tuesday.

The Vikings entered the postseason as the No. 2 seed in the division. The No. 1 seed, El Toro, also qualified for the quarterfinals where they face Santiago.

If Samohi wins they advance to face the winner of the West Ranch-Dana Hills game.

All quarterfinal matchups are set for Friday at 7 p.m.


St. Monica, Crossroads girls advance


Both St. Monica and Crossroads breezed through the second round of the CIF-SS girls’ soccer playoffs on Tuesday.

St. Monica advanced to the quarterfinals by knocking off Bishop, 3-0, on the road. Crossroads moved on with a 4-1 win over Vistamar.

No. 8 seeded Crossroads will take to the road for a matchup with Arroyo on Thursday at 5 p.m. No. 1 seeded St. Monica will host University Prep at Airport Park at 3 p.m. on Thursday.


Samohi baseball opens season


Samohi baseball opens its season Saturday against Ventura at home.

The game begins at 11 a.m.

Samohi finished last season with a 14-16 overall record and 8-2 finish in the Ocean League. The Vikings came in second place behind rival Culver City.

Samohi ended last season with a 5-1 CIF-SS Division 3 playoff loss to Downey.

The Vikings return much of last year’s squad under new coach Kurt Schwengel.

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