Crossroads' Nick Graves spikes the ball against Paraclete earlier this season. (Photo by Morgan Genser)
Crossroads’ Nick Graves spikes the ball against Paraclete earlier this season. (Photo by Morgan Genser)

CITYWIDE — The CIF-Southern Section Division 3 boys’ volleyball playoffs have a Santa Monica flavor.

Both Crossroads and Santa Monica have earned home matches in the first round on Tuesday night.

Samohi will host Whittier Christian, entering the game as the winner of the Ocean League with a 13-14 overall record. Whittier Christian is an at-large entry from the Olympic League.

Crossroads has drawn Mark Keppel in the first round. Winners of the Alpha League, Crossroads brings an impressive 17-2 record into the match. Mark Keppel is the third place finisher from the Almont League.

Neither Crossroads nor Samohi are seeded entrants. Camarillo is the No. 1 seed in the division, with South Pasadena, Warren and Hemet rounding out the top four spots.

South Torrance defeated Warren last season to earn the division title.


St. Monica’s Harris makes all-state


St. Monica’s Briana Harris has been named to the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Girls’ Basketball Division IV second team, it was announced on Saturday.

The senior guard/forward led St. Monica to its first ever CIF-SS title this past year and an appearance in the state playoffs.

Harris, who was named the CIF-SS Division 4A Player of the Year and the Camino Real League Most Valuable Player, averaged 24 points, 9 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2 steals a game during her senior campaign.

Harris will play her college ball at Hawaii.

Cal-Hi Sports has been considered one of the top prep sports news sources in the state for the past three decades. Its all-state rankings have long been accepted as one of the primary benchmarks for tracking high school teams.


Stage set for Samohi, Culver City showdown


The Ocean League baseball crown comes down to a pair of games between arch rivals Culver City and Samohi this week.

Both teams enter with perfect 8-0 records in league play, tied for first place. The first game will be played at Culver City on Tuesday at 3:15 p.m.

Samohi will host Culver City in the season finale on Thursday. That game also begins at 3:15 p.m.

If the teams end the season in a flat-footed tie, the league title will come down to tiebreakers.

Culver City won last season’s league title.

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