Posted May. 24, 2013, 8:54 pm
Two aquatic sports will be offered at the Santa Monica High School aquatics center this summer and these popular water sports are none other then Splashball and U10 Youth Water Polo. Splashball and U10 Youth Water Polo head coach Matt Flanders said that the program has been successful since it was first offered to children two years ago. "This is the second year Santa Monica High school has offered the U10 Youth Water Polo program," said Flanders. "We run two programs right now. Splashball, which is Water Polo modified for the kids at the shallow end with smaller goals and smaller balls non contact, and U10 Water Polo which is full Water Polo rules with smaller balls and smaller goals but with all the deep end."
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Posted May. 21, 2013, 1:02 pm
Jackson Browne, Gary Wright, and Venice team with student musicians to deliver rousing shows benefiting Santa Monica-Malibu public schools
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.”
Posted May. 17, 2013, 4:14 pm
Samohi sophomore girls wrestler Madison "Maddy" Tung placed fourth in the Fila Cadet Body Bar Women's National Championships held in Lakeland, Florida Saturday and Sunday wrestling for both the Titan Mercury and the Santa Monica Bay Wrestling Clubs. Tung wrestled in the Fila Juniors competition, held at the Body Bar Women's National Championships, in a tournament that saw her qualify to be an alternate on the Fila Cadet National Team. Santa Monica High School Wrestling head coach Mark Black said that Tung did well in the Body Bar Women's National Championships wrestling at 108 pounds.
Posted May. 14, 2013, 4:59 pm
Samohi swimmers Brendan Casey and Cathy Gomez competed in the 2013 CIF-SS Division II Championships (NFHS) at the Riverside Aquatics Complex in Riverside all day Saturday representing the Vikings and excelling in the the 500 freestyle swim competition. Santa Monica High School Swimming head coach Matthew Flanders said that he was impressed by how much Casey and Gomez have improved throughout the course of the season. "Those two have done a fantastic job for us this season," said Flanders.
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.
Posted May. 8, 2013, 8:54 pm
The Samohi boys and girls track team qualified 13 athletes to go on to CIF after competing in the Ocean League finals at Beverly Hills High school Thursday, May 2 in a meet that determined which athletes would move on to CIF prelims. Samohi Track and Field head coach Tanya Fisher said that the Vikings competed against strong opponents and are now hoping to qualify for the CIF Finals. "The athletes had to come in first, second or third in the league, and qualify with a tough CIF standard," said Fischer.
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.”
Posted Apr. 29, 2013, 7:21 pm
Former Santa Monica High School quarterback Ryan Katz signed with the Denver Broncos as a free agent in the NFL draft on a three-year contract Saturday afternoon after blossoming into a star quarterback at San Diego State during the 2012 college football season. Katz said that he got a call on Saturday from Denver in the fifth round of the NFL draft and was asked to be one of the 15 undrafted free agents of the 23 players chosen by the Broncos in the NFL draft. "Just leading up to it, I had about ten teams that had showed interest in me including the Broncos after pro day," said Katz.
Posted Apr. 27, 2013, 9:21 am
Santa Monica has been selected for a new, county-funded initiative to lower its rates of underage drinking.
Posted Apr. 24, 2013, 7:21 pm
Santa Monica High School sophomore wrestler Maddy Tung won first place in the Women’s Western Junior Regional Championship wrestling competition in Las Vegas, NV Wednesday, April 17 and with the win qualifies to go to the Junior and Cadet National Championships. Santa Monica High School wrestling head coach Mark Black said that Tung is a fierce competitor when wrestling. "She has a huge competitive spirit and doesn't like to lose," said Black. "She takes care of things on the mat."
Posted Apr. 23, 2013, 7:34 pm
The Samohi surf team found themselves locked inside the A-Frame as they geared up to participate in the Scholastic Surf Series (SSS) High School State Championship surf contest that lined up schools from every region in California from San Diego to Santa Cruz in a surfing competition at Oceanside Harbor that started Saturday and continued throughout the weekend. The Vikings had held the top ranking placing first place out of ten schools in Los Angeles/Santa Barbara region of the SSS for the 2012-2013 surf season prior to the event but fell to San Clemente and Santa Cruz in the Oceanside surf contest.
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?
Posted Apr. 23, 2013, 9:16 am
The madcap 1920s return in style this Saturday, April 27, when Buster Keaton hits the big screen at Barnum Hall auditorium on the campus of Santa Monica High School, accompanied by theater organist and composer Robert Israel playing the newly restored Barnum Hall Wurlitzer.
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.
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.”
Posted Apr. 13, 2013, 1:27 pm
Santa Monica High School hosted a track and field meet at home against Hawthorne High School Thursday afternoon in a meet that saw many Vikings achieve personal best times in the track and field events. Samohi Track and Field Head Coach Tania Fisher said that winning is just part of the game for the Vikings. "After spring break the Samohi track team got back to business winning their dual meet against Hawthorne," said Fischer.
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.
Posted Apr. 10, 2013, 9:31 am
Buster Keaton hits the big screen at Santa Monica High School's Barnum Hall auditorium on Saturday, April 27, accompanied by theater organist and composer Robert Israel playing the newly restored Barnum Hall Wurlitzer.
Posted Apr. 9, 2013, 10:19 am
The Santa Monica High School track girls relay team broke the Samohi school record for the fastest time in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:56.09 at the Arcadia Track Invitational held on Saturday and Sunday. Santa Monica High School Track Coach Tania Fisher said that the girls that broke the record ran a very fast pace. "Our very fast ladies ran at the Arcadia Track Invitational this past weekend and broke the school 4x400 meter relay record," said Fisher.
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."
Posted Apr. 5, 2013, 9:17 am
With car crashes being the number one killer of American teens, one local nonprofit is hoping to offer a game changing solution.
Posted Mar. 26, 2013, 9:12 am
Three members of Santa Monica High School’s environmental science eco-action group, Team Marine, were awarded first place Saturday night in the LA County Science Fair in the senior division of Environmental Management.
Posted Mar. 24, 2013, 9:19 am
Fifty-four high school ensembles from California, Oregon, Idaho and Washington participated in the 40th Annual Northwest Orchestra Festival on March 9, including the Santa Monica High School Chamber Orchestra who claimed first place.
Posted Mar. 23, 2013, 9:33 am
Pleasant Grove defeated Santa Monica 73-57 in the Division I CIF state basketball championships Friday night in Sacramento. The victory at Sleep Train Arena was Pleasant Grove’s first state championship.