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  • Four Culver City high school teams will be in the CIF playoffs

    Steve Finley and George Laase, Observer Staff|May 2, 2024

    Culver City high school is known for having an outstanding athletic program and this year is no different. Four teams have punched their ticket to the prestigious CIF Southern Section playoffs that start this week. The baseball and girl lacrosse teams play their first-round games today, Thursday and the boys and girls track and field teams drive into action on Saturday, May 4. The baseball team will start their quest for a CIF title at 3:15 p.m. Thursday when they host 14-13 Castaic. If they...

  • Culver City High School girls' lacrosse moves into first place

    Steve Finley and George Laase, Culver City Observer Staff|Apr 25, 2024

    The Lady Centaurs lacrosse team started the season losing four out of their first five games but at press time (last Tuesday), they were riding a five-game winning streak, out scoring their Ocean league opponents 94-29 during those five games. Their overall record is 9-6 and they are 5-0 in the Bay league which puts them at the top of the league standings. All the hard work has paid off according to head coach Catie Shin. "The players are seeing that when you put in the hard work good things can...

  • New CCHS Athletic Director has some big shoes to fill

    Steve Finley and George Laase|Jan 4, 2023

    One of the most challenging jobs on a college or high campus is the athletic director. He or she is responsible for a host of athletic teams along with coaches, booster club members, the band, maintenance workers that that take care of the field and courts and sometimes out of control parents. For the last 12 years at Culver City high school that job belonged to Tom Salter and now the new athletic director is 2001 Culver City high school graduate Adam Eskridge. "I got this crazy notion of...

  • Culver City High School sends four teams to the CIF Playoffs

    Steve Finley and George Laase|Feb 10, 2022

    The second season started this week for four Culver City high school varsity teams. Making the CIF playoffs is what high school teams play for because once you are in anything can happen. Just ask the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals. Every team that is invited to the Big Dance is hoping to be in the spotlight when it comes down to the final game in their division. The boys' basketball team hopes to catch lighting in a bottle when they start their Division 1 playoff run on Friday at home against...

  • Culver City Centaurs continue to fly under the radar

    Steve Finley and George Laase|Nov 11, 2021

    This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for Culver City high school football. A truck load of seniors graduated from last seasons' team and in that graduating class was two All-State players, several All-CIF players and the Centaurs dominated the All-Bay teams. Someone forgot to tell the 2021 Fall team that this was going to be a rebuilding year. This year's team was full of a lot of new players and a freshman quarterback and they finished the regular season with a record of 6-3 overall and 4-...

  • Culver City football faces another top-rated team in Warren

    Steve Finley and George Laase, Sports Editor|Sep 16, 2021

    One thing you can say about Culver City's fall 2021 varsity football team is they are not afraid of competition. For the third week in a row the 2-1 Centaurs will face a top ranked team. This week it's 4-0 Warren of Downey on Friday. Kick off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Jerry Chabola Stadium on the Culver City high school campus. "Each game is going to be tough," said long time Culver City assistant coach Cornell Myles after they beat Pasadena last Friday at home 43-34. "I am glad we are playin...

  • Centaurs lose to Cubs, battle Bulldogs Friday night

    Steve Finley and George Laase|Sep 9, 2021

    The 1-1 Culver City varsity football team will face another tough non-league game Friday when they take on the Pasadena High School Bulldogs at 7 p.m. This will be the Centaurs first home game of the year after two games on the road against West Torrance and Loyola of Los Angeles. They beat West Torrance and lost to Loyola last Friday night. Now the Centaurs are looking to get back on the winning track against the Bulldogs after getting dominated by Loyola. The final score was 62-21. "We have so...

  • Highly ranked Culver City football team getting ready for the season

    Steve Finley and George Laase, Sports Editor|Nov 12, 2020

    For the past three years Culver City high school has had one of the best football programs in the state. Now the Centaurs have arrived. They are ranked 24th in the state and 16th in Southern California. "I believed this is the first time we have been ranked that high in the state," said Culver City Athletic Director Tom Salter this week. Usually those type of high rankings are reserved for Division 1 schools, but the Centaurs have reached that elite level with outstanding players and coaches....

  • Centaurs Named to All-CIF teams in Football and Soccer

    Steve Finley and George Laase|Mar 26, 2020

    Although high school sports has been put on hold due to the Coronavirus Pandemic the Culver City varsity football team, the girls soccer team and the boys soccer team placed eight players on the All-CIF fall and winter teams it was announced last week by the CIF Southern Section office. Making the All-CIF teams is a prestigious honor that not only recognizes the individual accomplishments of the players but it also in many cases signifies that the team they played for was also successful. Five...

  • Culver City Baseball gets off on the Right Foot

    Steve Finley and George Laase|Feb 20, 2020

    You know it's getting close to spring when you hear the crack of the bat on the baseball field. It's time for Culver City baseball. They started the 2020 season with two wins last Saturday and Tuesday. They beat Verdugo Hills 5-0 on Saturday and Buena 4-1 last Tuesday. As usual the Centaurs will use a tough preseason schedule to get ready for the always competitive Ocean league. They will play in several tournaments before they start league play against Santa Monica in the middle of March. This...

  • Bruins are Jubilant Over Diamond Success

    Steve Finley and George Laase, Sports Reporters|Apr 4, 2019

    The UCLA baseball and softball teams are ranked No. 1 in the latest college polls. Add to that list the Bruins No. 1 ranked beach volleyball team and the Bruins are riding high in the spring despite the recent admissions scandal that included the UCLA soccer coach. The softball team is 32-1 and they travel to Arizona State for a three game series against the Sun Devils on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They return home on April 12, 13 and 14 against Oregon. The softball team is a fun team to...

  • Lady Bruins Advance in NCAA Volleyball Championships

    Steve Finley and George Laase|Dec 8, 2016

    The UCLA women’s volleyball team took one step closer to reaching the NCAA final when it beat Murray State and Baylor last Friday and Saturday in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championships. Both matches were played in Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus. Now the 10th seeded 26-6 Bruins travel to Minneapolis to face the seventh-seeded 29-3 North Carolina Tar Heels on Friday (today) in the NCAA Regionals at 7:45 p.m. The winner of that game will face the winner of between second- seeded 27-4 Minnesota and...

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