The league season kicked off this week for local high school boys and girls basketball teams.
In high school boys basketball games:
The St. Bernard High School Vikings enter the Del Rey League season with a 10-7 record and third-place ranking based on their overall record during pre-league play this season.
The Vikings were defeated in their final game before the start of league play with a 72-69 overtime loss to St. Margaret’s High Saturday, January 7th.
Senior guard Nick Hackie scored 12 points in the loss for St. Bernard, which will next play at Bosco Tech High in a league game at 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 13th.
The St. Monica High School Mariners enter the Camino Real League season with the best overall record of 7-7.
The Mariners won their final game before league play with a 78-54 victory over host Golden Valley High Saturday, January 7th.
Senior guard John Khela scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed four rebounds and junior guard Bryce Hamaguchi added 11 points for St. Monica, which led 41-26 at halftime.
The Mariners will begin league play at home against Cathedral High at 7 p.m. Friday, January 13th.
The Santa Monica High School Vikings enter the Ocean League season with the best pre-league ranking with an overall record of 9-5 this season.
The Vikings will play their first home league-game against Inglewood High at 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 13th.
The defending Western League champion Westchester High School Comets begin the league season with the best overall record, 12-2, a one-game edge over league rival Fairfax High.
The Comets may not have been picked as the favorite to win the league and city titles this season, but they will have a chance to prove their strength with two games against challenging opponents this week.
Westchester, the number-four ranked team in the Southland by the Los Angeles Times, will play number-five ranked Dominguez for the second time this season Saturday, January 14th, at Hope International University in Fullerton.
The highly anticipated first match-up against second-ranked Fairfax High will take place in a league game at Westchester High at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 18th.
The Venice High School Gondoliers open the Western League season with the fifth best pre-league play with a 5-5 overall record.
The Gondoliers face tough tests early on in league play by facing the two top opponents, Westchester and Fairfax.
The game against host Fairfax is scheduled at 7 p.m. Friday, January 13th.
In high school girls basketball games:
The Westchester High School Comets begin Western League play in second place with a 7-7 record. The Comets were defeated in their final game before league play with a 46-33 loss to Morningside High Monday, January 9th.
Sophomore Andrea Owens scored 11 points in the loss for the Comets, who will next host Hamilton High in a league game at 4 p.m. Friday, January 13th.
Venice High School has the best pre-league record in the Western League at the start of league, with a 10-5 record.
Junior Shannon Nakamine scored a game-high 27 points and sophomore Marlee Rice added 19 points and ten rebounds to give the Gondos a 74-68 victory over Fairfax High in the final game before league play Saturday, January 7th.
Venice will face visiting Fairfax again in a league game at 4 p.m. Friday, January 13th.
The Santa Monica High School Vikings enter Ocean League play with the best pre-league ranking after picking up an impressive record of 11-1 in the pre-league season.
The Vikings will have their first test in league competition when they play at second-place Inglewood High at 6 p.m. Friday, January 13th.
St. Monica High School stands in second place in the Camino Real League at the start of league play with a record of 5-6.
The Mariners will play their first home league-game against St. Anthony High of Long Beach at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 17th.
The St. Bernard High School Vikings enter the Camino Real League season with an overall record of 2-7.
The Vikings will face first-place Cantwell-Sacred Heart High of Montebello in a league game at home at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 17th.