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Freshman Zoe Darmon is doing big things at Crossroads this spring.

Sports, Crossroads, Baseball, Santa Monica, Track And Field

Crossroads Sports Teams Earn CIF Academic Awards

Posted Apr. 16, 2014, 9:28 pm

There are not too many schools that can balance a top-notch sports program with outstanding performances in the classroom as well. Crossroads has managed to do both exceptionally well. Crossroads placed three teams in first place in the CIF Southern Section-Ford Academic Awards, another five sports in second place, two sports in the third spot and two more in fourth. The Roadrunners had other sports place in the top ten.

Crossroads pitcher Lawrence (LJ) Gilliam doing his thing on the mound.

Sports, Crossroads, Baseball, Santa Monica

Crossroads Baseball Get Back on Track

Posted Apr. 10, 2014, 4:55 am

After a couple of close losses, Crossroads baseball team got back in the win column Tuesday with a 3-2 win against Viewpoint. Crossroads took the lead in the in the bottom of the first inning, jumping out to a 1-0 lead.

Sports, Baseball, Little League, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Little League Reschedules Rosti Home Run Derby For March 15

Posted Mar. 6, 2014, 9:04 am

Santa Monica Little League has rescheduled its opening day for baseball to next Saturday, March 15. It was previously scheduled for March 1 but was canceled due to rain.

Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan and MLB Commissioner Bud Selig (right) at the Pro Baseball Scouts Foundation's 11th Annual 'In the Spirit of the Game' gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel on Jan. 18.

Sports, Baseball, Joe Morgan, Hank Aaron, Bud Selig

Hank Aaron, Al Downing Reunited At Baseball Gala

Posted Jan. 29, 2014, 7:33 am

Al Downing will be tied to the hip with Hank Aaron for the rest of his life. The former Los Angeles Dodger flamethrower’s legacy will last a lot longer than that given the fact he served up the historic home run to Hank Aaron to surpass Babe Ruth as the all-time home run king back in 1974.

Former Crossroads basketball star Baron Davis (first row, bottom right) went on to play in NBA.

Sports, Crossroads, Softball, Baseball, Basketball, Santa Monica, Track And Field, Baron Davis, Paul Cummins, Jen Anderson, Jamila Banks

Crossroads School Names 2014 Athletics Hall Of Fame Class

Posted Dec. 23, 2013, 7:01 am

Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences has announced the inaugural honorees into its newly created Athletics Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was created to maintain the rich heritage and tradition of successful athletics at Crossroads.

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier displays a high flying Dodgers flag at the roller coaster's peak, 55 feet above the Pacific Ocean.

News, Sports, Baseball, Santa Monica

Santa Monica's Pacific Park Flying Dodgers Flag Above Roller Coaster For Playoffs

Posted Oct. 9, 2013, 9:08 am

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier salutes the Los Angeles Dodgers’ playoff games by flying its signature Dodgers logo flag at the roller coaster’s peak, 55 feet above the Pacific Ocean.

Dodgers legend Billy Ashley on Wednesday with several of the club members.

News, Baseball, Santa Monica, Boys And Girls Club, Youth

Santa Monica Boys & Girls Clubs Members Play Ball At Dodger Stadium

Posted Aug. 23, 2013, 9:04 am

About 100 children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica and Long Beach converged at Dodger Stadium Wednesday morning for a youth baseball clinic hosted by Bank of America and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Baseball, Santa Monica, Boys And Girls Club

Boys & Girls Clubs Of Santa Monica Members Attend Clinic At Dodger Stadium

Posted Aug. 21, 2013, 9:51 am

About 100 children, ages 6-18, from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica and Long Beach will converge on Dodger Stadium this morning for a youth baseball clinic hosted by Bank of America and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Samohi pitcher Conner Greene winds up to throw the ball in the third inning in the first game against Woodrow Wilson on March 12, 2013.

Sports, Samohi, Baseball, Santa Monica

Samohi Pitcher Conner Greene Signs With Toronto Blue Jays

Posted Jun. 17, 2013, 11:35 am

Santa Monica High School’s star-pitcher Conner Greene signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays after being drafted in the 7th round, 205th overall, in the MLB First Year-Player Draft. Greene signed his contract in Florida Wednesday afternoon. “It was very exciting signing my first contract,” said Greene. “My goal now is to get bigger, better, stronger and move out of rookie ball by the end of the year.”

Santa Monica High School's Conner Greene pitches a ball as a junior during the 2012 baseball season gaining notoriety as a blue chip pitcher.  Greene led the Vikings to a 10-0 Ocean League record during the 2013 baseball season.

Sports, Samohi, Baseball, Santa Monica

Samohi Star Pitcher Connor Greene Eagerly Awaits MLB Amateur Draft

Posted Jun. 4, 2013, 4:44 pm

Santa Monica High School's 6’3" 170 pound right-handed pitcher Connor Greene is expected to be drafted in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft that will start June 6 and continue until June 8 after pitching two years on varsity for the Vikings. Greene said that he expects to hear his name called between the sixth and tenth rounds in the upcoming draft. ​“Last year was the year that I just started to get publicity, so I was still somewhat under the radar,” said Greene.

The Pirates dog pile on pitcher Grant Smith (center) after winning the Santa Monica Littlte League crown against the Orioles 9-5 Saturday afternoon at Memorial Park.  Smith was instrumental in the Pirates win over the Orioles.

Sports, Baseball, Santa Monica, Club Teams

Pirates Defeat Orioles In Santa Monica Little League Championship 9-4

Posted Jun. 3, 2013, 7:16 am

Little League baseball in Santa Monica came to an exciting conclusion when the Pirates defeated the Orioles 9-4 to claim the Santa Monica Little League Championship at Memorial Park Saturday afternoon. In the first inning, the Orioles looked to make something happen starting the game off with a leadoff single by Eli Levy. The Orioles eventually loaded up the bases with one out. But Pirates pitcher Sam Brand regained his poise and struck out the next two hitters to get out of the inning without allowing a run.

New Roads lefty pitcher Christian Vibiano lets off a pitch against Temecula Prep at home Tuesday afternoon.

Sports, Baseball, Santa Monica, New Roads

New Roads Shrugs Off Playoff Loss, Looks Back To Winning Season

Posted May. 23, 2013, 3:02 pm

The New Roads (9-7, 5-3) baseball team lost to Temecula Prep (22-4) Tuesday afternoon by a score of 14-3, but not before proving to the entire Jaguar community that they had constructed a solid team that could overcome multiple challenges to have a successful baseball season. New Roads Baseball head coach Matt Steinhaus said that Jaguars did better then he expected. "If someone would have told me that this years team would win just one fewer postseason games than last years squad - after losing four senior starters and having two more would be returning stars from last year still on campus but choosing not to play- I would have laughed right in their face, " said Steinhaus.

Samohi pitcher Alex Gironda throws a curve ball against Knight in the first round of the CIF Playoffs Thursday afternoon.

Sports, Samohi, Baseball, Santa Monica

Samohi Stumbles In First Round Playoff Loss Against Knight

Posted May. 17, 2013, 5:27 pm

Samohi (20-11) entered the first round of the CIF playoffs without star ace senior pitcher Connor Greene on the mound, and the absence of the Vikings leader was felt as the Vikings lost to Knight (20-5) 8-3 at home Thursday afternoon. Samohi head coach Kurt Schwengel was very pleased with his team’s performance for the 2013 season, but saddened to see the season end the way it did. “You have to tip your hat off to them, especially to Cabral,” said Schwengel. “The last thing we expect here is to see a ball fly over the left field fence so that was quite a poke. We had a great season and it will be awfully hard to see these seniors leave.”

New Roads pitcher Christian Vibbiano slides home to score the games first run after hitting an inside the park home run against Coastal Christian Tuesday afternoon.

Sports, Baseball, Santa Monica, New Roads

New Roads Baseball Treads Over Coastal Christian 21-5 In First Round Of CIF Playoffs

Posted May. 15, 2013, 11:04 am

It was the bottom of the first inning and New Roads (8-6) was ahead 2-0 when Jaguars slugger Pedro Dupree stepped up to bat against pitcher Shane Hampton of Coastal Christian (5-8) in the first round of the CIF Playoffs at home Tuesday afternoon. Dupree connected with the baseball sending the Conquerors outfield racing backwards in a frantic attempt to recover the ball and throw it home, but by then they were too late and Dupree had already circled the bases to make the game 5-0. By the end of the game, the the Jaguars had extended the score to 21-5.

Samohi's Alex Turner sees his chance to steal third base during the second inning against Culver City at home Thursday afternoon.

Sports, Samohi, Baseball, Santa Monica, Culver City

Samohi Holds Off Furious Culver City Rally To Win Ocean League Title

Posted May. 10, 2013, 7:07 pm

It was the top of the seventh inning with the bases loaded and two outs. The Santa Monica Vikings (20-10, 10-0) needed just one more out to cap off another victory and clinch their spot in the CIF playoffs against rival Culver City (18-6, 8-2), and the Vikings did just that winning the game 7-4 at home Thursday afternoon. Entering the final inning, the Vikings had held a comfortable 7-2 lead needing only three outs to complete their perfect record within league play. But with sophomore Andrew Brown on the mound for the final inning, things quickly started to take a turn for the worse and the Vikings slowly saw their lead shrink away.

Samohi's Mason Landis celebrates after scoring a run in the fourth inning against the Beverly Hills Normans at home Tuesday afternoon.

Sports, Samohi, Baseball, Santa Monica

Samohi Stays Hot, Cruises Past Beverly Hills 6-1

Posted May. 1, 2013, 6:57 pm

With league play quickly coming to an end, Santa Monica (17-10, 7-0) added a seventh straight victory against rival Beverly Hills (10-12, 4-3) to continue the Vikings dominance within the Ocean League and cruising to a 6-1 victory at home Tuesday afternoon. Samohi pitcher Alex Gironda, who took the mound against Beverly Hills, said that he did not like the Normans. “It felt good beating Beverly Hills, especially because I hate them,” said Gironda. “They were making contact today, but our defense did a great job helping me out and that’s all you can ask for.”

Christian Vibiano (right) of New Roads slides home to beat the tag and score a run against Wildwood in the fourth inning at Clover Park Friday afternoon.

Sports, Baseball, Santa Monica, New Roads, Wildwood

New Roads Crushes Wildwood In Baseball 9-1

Posted Apr. 30, 2013, 5:06 pm

The New Roads (6-5-1) baseball team defeated Wildwood 9-1 for the second time this season at Clover Park Friday afternoon. The Jaguars are now currently in second place at 4-2 in the Coastal League behind Rolling Hills (8-5). Jaguars pitcher Spencer Backlar pitched a complete game with six strikeouts while Christian Vibiano led the Jaguars with two hits, two runs scored, and two stolen bases including a straight steal of home in the fourth inning.

Samohi's Ryan Barbarin whacks the ball against Morningside Tuesday afternoon.

Sports, Samohi, Baseball, Santa Monica

Samohi Defeats Pally In Comeback Victory 5-4

Posted Apr. 21, 2013, 4:03 pm

It was a close game in the bottom of the seventh inning and Santa Monica High School's (14-9) pitching ace Connor Greene was determined to put away the batters of cross-town rival Palisades Charter High School (6-14) in what had become a closely contested game to the very last out. Greene looked to complete his first full game of the season with a win but the heart of the Dolphins line-up stepped up to the plate and challenged the Vikings surmounting a comeback and cutting into the Vikings three-run lead. “Today I did my best to compete and just keep my team in the game,” said Greene.

Samohi logo.

Sports, Samohi, Baseball, Santa Monica

Samohi Baseball Pummels Inglewood In Rout 18-0

Posted Apr. 19, 2013, 8:23 pm

In a baseball game that was expected to be a blowout, the Santa Monica Vikings (13-9, 4-0) pummeled the Inglewood (2-5, 2-2) Sentinels in a 18-0 rout to claim their fourth straight league victory at home Thursday afternoon. Samohi head coach Kurt Schwengel stressed the importance of beating weaker teams in league play and said that the Vikings had the capacity to win. “This is what we expect as a team when we play these guys,” said Schwengel. “Playing against Inglewood and Morningside are four games that we should always be able to win.”

Samohi's Alex Turner beats the throw to get on first base against the Hawthorne Cougars at home Thursday afternoon.

Sports, Samohi, Baseball, Santa Monica

Samohi Executes In Baseball Win Over Hawthorne 5-1

Posted Apr. 12, 2013, 9:06 pm

The Santa Monica Vikings (11-9, 2-0) played host to the Hawthorne Cougars (11-6, 0-2) in the second of two games between the clubs following a 4-1 victory Tuesday at Hawthorne before winning at home Thursday afternoon 5-1 to open up league play. Samohi Baseball head coach Kurt Schwengel said that the bottom of the Vikings line-up played well against the Cougars and strongly contributed to the win. “We had a lot of production from the bottom part of our line-up today,” said Schwengel.

Samohi pitcher Connor Greene winds up during the first inning of the first game of the doubleheader away against Malibu High School on April 5, 2013.  Greene had 13 strikeouts in the game and the Sharks were scoreless against him.

Sports, Samohi, Malibu, Baseball, Santa Monica, Malibu High School

Samohi Takes Down Malibu High Twice In Baseball Doubleheader

Posted Apr. 6, 2013, 3:42 pm

Santa Monica High School (9-8) tested the might of the Malibu High School (14-3) Sharks with Vikings pitcher Connor Greene retiring 13 batters to spearhead the win 5-2 in the first game of the doubleheader baseball games at Malibu High School Friday afternoon. The Vikings went on to win the second game 2-1. Samohi's starting pitcher Greene said that he thought the first game of the doubleheader went well. "My legs were a little tired but by the fourth inning I finally loosened up, I got into a groove, and did what I've been doing most of the season," said Greene. "Being a rival school it's always a fun win."

Santa Monica's Leno Lares hits a single that sent Vikings Nobu Suzuki home crediting him with an RBI in the fourth inning against Serra at home Tuesday afternoon.

Sports, Samohi, Baseball, Santa Monica

Serra Rallies In Seventh Inning To Defeat Samohi

Posted Mar. 20, 2013, 2:53 pm

With the game tied 3-3 against Serra (8-3) Samohi (5-4) starter Conner Greene took the mound having already thrown 100 pitches, but it turned out to be the worst mistake the Vikings made against the Cavaliers at home Tuesday afternoon. The Cavaliers were able to scratch across runs in both the fifth and six innings after being shutout by Greene proving that they were getting a grasp on him. The Cavaliers looked to regain the lead in the seventh.

Samohi pitcher Danny Galvan throws the ball for a strike against George Washington Prep at home Saturday afternoon.

Sports, Samohi, Baseball, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Vikings Thrash George Washington Prep Generals 18-1

Posted Mar. 16, 2013, 9:37 pm

A nice double play to end the first inning got George Washington Prep (0-3) back into the dugout, but not before the Santa Monica Vikings (5-3) assaulted them with six runs to run away with a 18-1 victory over the Generals at home Saturday afternoon. After obtaining their only hit of the game, the Generals held a very early 1-0 lead in the first inning and that seemed to upset the Vikings pitching. Starter Nick Jimenez and two relievers would strike out 16 batters during a span of 19 batters retired in a row. This overwhelming pitching made for an offensive outburst.

Samohi third baseman Ryan Barbarin (right) leads off second base in the fourth inning during the first game against Woodrow Wilson at home Tuesday afternoon.

Sports, Samohi, Baseball, Santa Monica

Woodrow Wilson Defeats Samohi In Baseball Doubleheader

Posted Mar. 13, 2013, 3:31 pm

The Santa Monica Vikings (4-3) have won all three home games of the season and were looking to get exactly that with their dominant pitching aces Connor Greene and Alex Gironda who took the mound in a doubleheader against Long Beach Woodrow Wilson (5-4) Tuesday afternoon. In what turned out to be an extra-inning game, Greene provided that dominant pitching against a potent Bruins offense for the first seven innings of game one. But when a pitching change to reliever Andrew Brown occurred in the eighth, Woodrow Wilson made sure to take full advantage. Shortstop Tim Richards did just that by drawing a walk to lead off the top of the eighth inning.

Samohi logo.

Sports, Samohi, Baseball, Santa Monica

Samohi Baseball Routs Roosevelt 9-1 In Dominant Home Victory

Posted Mar. 6, 2013, 1:38 pm

It was the top half of the third inning and Roosevelt (1-3) had scored the first run of the game following a throwing error by Samohi's (4-1) first baseman Connor Greene. Greene looked to redeem himself at the plate on his next at bat at home Tuesday afternoon. “I definitely was looking to make up for that easy run that I gave them,” said Greene. With lead-off man Alex Turner setting the table with a single to start the inning, Greene stepped up to the plate with a chance to drive in two runs. After working the count 2-1, Greene smacked a single to center field allowing both runners to score and put the Vikings up 2-1.

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