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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.

Santa Monica AYSO Girls U14 carded an impressive 4-0 record en route to their win at the 19th Annual Strawberry Cup soccer tournament held in Camarillo on Sunday May 12.

Sports, Soccer, Santa Monica, Club Teams

Santa Monica AYSO U14 Girls Win Strawberry Cup in Camarillo

Posted May. 19, 2013, 11:15 pm

The Santa Monica AYSO Girls U14 won against Camarillo 1-0 in the 19th Annual Strawberry Cup soccer tournament held in Camarillo Sunday, May 12 after carding an impressive 4-0 record en route to their championship win. The girls were perfect in their final four games racking up four shutouts, and winning by scores of 5-0, 1-0, and 3-0 in pool play.

Dolphins flanker Karl Oger skies over the Young Aztecs in the SMRC U16 Boys' 16-15 Southern California Youth Rugby Championships at Cal State Fullerton Saturday afternoon.

Sports, Santa Monica, Rugby, Club Teams

Santa Monica Rugby Club Teams Head To State Championships

Posted May. 15, 2013, 6:07 pm

The U14 and the U16 Boys of the Santa Monica Rugby Club won their 2013 Southern California Youth Rugby championship matches at Cal State Fullerton Saturday afternoon and will play in the California State Cup in San Francisco Saturday, May 25. In the opening ten minutes of the U14 game between the SMRC and Santa Clarita, the Dolphins were pinned in their own half by the Tigers, but thunderous tackles from the Dolphins prevented the Tigers from scoring.

Santa Monica U14 wing Dylan James makes a break through the San Clemente defense during the Dolphins 41-25 win over the Gators at Webster Middle School Saturday afternoon.

Sports, Santa Monica, Rugby, Club Teams

Santa Monica Rugby Teams Head To So Cal Youth Rugby Championships

Posted May. 7, 2013, 3:22 pm

The U14, U16, and U18 Boys teams from the Santa Monica Rugby Club won their semi-final matches Saturday and with the sweep, the teams will advance to the Southern California Youth Rugby Championship to be held Saturday, May 11th, at Cal State University Fullerton. SMRC Director of Youth Rugby Kilian Kerwin said that he thought it was a great day for the Santa Monica rugby club. "It was a great day for our club," said Kerwin. "Three exciting victories for our youth teams and then a big win by our men's team in the first round of the National Championships."

Santa Monica fly-half Cormac Heaney (center left) passes the ball to center Zach Biren in the U16 Dolphins' 17-12 playoff victory over San Clemente at Shorecliffs Middle School in San Clemente Saturday morning.

Sports, Santa Monica, Rugby, Club Teams

Santa Monica Rugby Club Sends Youth Teams To So Cal Semi-Finals

Posted May. 1, 2013, 6:22 pm

All three Santa Monica Rugby Club (SMRC) boys teams won playoff matches to advance to the Southern California Youth Rugby Championship semi-finals round starting with the U18 SMRC team against Hawaiian Gardens starting at 10:45 a.m. at Webster Elementary Saturday afternoon. Head Youth Coach Kilian Kerwin of the U18 SMRC said that the predominant play of the boys and their advancement in the rugby playoffs was due to the hard work of the SMRC coaching staff. "Our superb youth coaching staff has prepared our boys well and it is not surprising that our upper division teams have all advanced through the playoffs," said Kerwin.

The Sunshine 12 Westside volleyball team pose with their medals after winning the Championship trophy from the Southern California Volleyball Association (SCVA) National Qualifier at the Anaheim Convention Center Sunday afternoon.

Sports, Volleyball, Santa Monica, Lincoln Middle School, Club Teams

Sunshine 12 Westside Girls Volleyball Team Wins SCVA National Qualifier In Anaheim

Posted Apr. 24, 2013, 3:06 pm

The Sunshine 12 Westside girls volleyball team won the Southern California Volleyball Association (SCVA) National Qualifier at the Anaheim Convention Center Sunday afternoon after an amazing weekend tournament that sported twists and turns and saw the girls pressured to win three matches in a row before they won the championship game in the gold round. Sunshine 12 Westside girls volleyball Head Coach Lenka Jamrichova said that the girls gave it their all in order to win the SCVA tournament. "Going 1-2 on the first day was not ideal but I still knew we could get back into it if we played like we did in St. Louis and in the last regional tournament," said Jamrichova.

Santa Monica Vikings lacrosse attack Eric Lind makes a move to score a goal against the Oceanside United club team at home Saturday afternoon.  Lind leads the Vikings with 46 goals for the season.

Sports, Samohi, Santa Monica, Lacrosse, Club Teams

Santa Monica Lacrosse Fights To Enter World Of CIF Sports

Posted Apr. 23, 2013, 3:07 pm

Lacrosse, the game of sticks that looks like a bunch of football players in half-pads and helmets racing around on a grassy field in an attempt to score goals, has become a popular club sport in Santa Monica in recent years and at Samohi. The Santa Monica Vikings club team recently defeated Oceanside United 16-6 at Samohi Saturday afternoon. With the win the Santa Monica Vikings are the number one seed in Southern California and breezing through their second consecutive winning season with the added consequence of filling up the grandstands and entertaining spectators eager to root on the club sport. So with all this excitement around Santa Monica lacrosse, the question that begs to be asked is; why aren't the Vikings more then a club team and not a part of the gamut of CIF sports programs offered to students at Samohi?

The Sunshine 12 Westside girls volleyball team celebrates after winning the Mideast Qualifier in St. Louis on March 17.  With the win, the Sunshine 12 Westside girls volleyball team qualified to play in Junior Nationals.

Sports, Volleyball, Santa Monica, Lincoln Middle School, Club Teams

Sunshine 12 Westside Girls Volleyball Team Sets Gold Goal After Winning Mideast Qualifier

Posted Mar. 29, 2013, 4:48 pm

The Sunshine 12 Westside girls volleyball team won the 2013 Nike Mideast Qualifier volleyball tournament after grinding through three grueling days of volleyball matches against top club volleyball teams in the nation in St. Louis March 15-17. With the prestigious national tournament win, the Sunshine 12 Westside girls volleyball team qualifies to play in the USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championships in Dallas,Texas June 28-July 5.

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