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  • Tiger Woods Withdraws from Genesis Invitational Friday, After Hitting His Tee Shot on the Seventh Hole

    Chris Butchko, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 20, 2024

    The tables finally turned on Riviera Country Club, and a player delivered a devastating gut punch to the tournament. Unfortunately, it was not a golf shot that laid the course low, and the playing dealing the unexpected damage was Tiger Woods, who withdrew from the tournament Friday afternoon after hitting his tee shot on the seventh hole. Play continued, and Long Beach's Patrick Cantlay, who learned Riviera as a player on UCLA's golf team, stretched his lead. Much like Joaquin Niemann, now-depa...

  • Tiger Woods Withdraws From Genesis Invitational after finishing the sixth hole on the front side, Day Two

    Chris Butchko, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 16, 2024

    Riviera kept its secrets in the first round. As the day wore on, the greens got trickier, the wind got stronger, and the world's best golfers lost their way. UCLA alumni Patrick Cantlay leads at seven under par after a scorching start that saw him five under after eight holes. One back is Cam Davis, who fought the front side but cruised on the back nine, finishing it at five under. Also in contention are Luke List, who also torched the front side, and Australia's Jason day, both of whom posted...

  • There's a lot to do at the 2024 Genesis Invitational, Even if Golf is not your Game.

    Robert Butchko, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 14, 2024

    Tiger Woods is usually the focus of attention at the Genesis Invitational, LA's stop on the men's professional golf tour, where he serves as the tournament host. However, February's weather sometimes takes center stage with pounding rain that wreaks havoc on the final rounds- and this may be one of those years. Woods comes into this year's event at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades with much more modest expectations put upon him by the fans. Still working to recover from his near-fatal...

  • Swamp Monsters: AYSO Boys Under Ten Win Regional Title

    Steve Salko, Local Soccer Dad|Jan 29, 2024

    Santa Monica's AYSO Region 20 under 10 year old boys Fall Core Season champion Swamp Monsters were able to capture the Westside Region winners tournament January 13th and 14th. Competing against 7 other Fall Region Champs from Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Los Feliz, West LA, South LA, and the Pacific Palisades,  the Swamp Monsters advanced to the final of the tournament and won 4-1 vs a vaunted SLA squad. They next play in the AYSO Sectionals Tournament in Chino, beginning February 24...

  • SAMO Hosts RIO in Division 9 CIF Southern Section Football Finals and Loses 29-27

    Morgan Genser, Observer Staff Photographer|Dec 4, 2023

    Image 1) Left Joshua Curtis from the Rio Hondo Prep High School football team chases after Griffin Seals from Santa Monica High School as Seals carries the football down the field at Santa Monica High School on Friday November 25th 2023 when SAMO hosted RIO in the division 9 CIF Southern Section football finals and lost 29-27. Image 2) Left Griffin Seals from the Santa Monica High School is grabbed by Tyler Dang from Rio Hondo Prep High School after Seals caught the football after it was passed...

  • St. Monica Catholic High School Varsity Football Beats Santa Ana Valley 27-0

    Morgan Genser, Observer Staff Photographer|Nov 13, 2023

    Img 1) Left Elijah Wilson from the St. Monica Prep High School football team runs the football down the field past Ricardo Reta from the Santa Ana Valley on his way to scoring one of the four touchdowns St. Monica scored against Santa Ana Valley at Santa Monica College the home field on St. Monica's on Friday November 3rd 2023 when St. Monica's hosted Santa Ana Valley in the division 13 southern section playoffs in which St. Monica won 27-0 to advance to the second round. Img2)Left Ricardo Reta...

  • Santa Monica High School hosts Culver City in a bay league football game and lost 27-26

    Morgan Genser, Observer Staff Writer|Nov 13, 2023

    image 01)Caden McCallum from the Santa Monica High School varsity football team runs down the field with the football at Santa Monica High School on Friday October 27th 2023 as Santa Monica hosted Culver City in a bay league football game and lost 27-26 to end the season at 1 win and 4 losses in conference and 6-4 overall. Image 02)Left Pierce Reynoso from the Culver CIty High School varsity football team eludes the diving tackle attempt of Samuel Reynoso from Santa Monica High School at Santa...

  • St. Monica Hosts Salesian High in a Camino Real league football game

    Morgan Genser, Observer Staff Photographer|Oct 23, 2023

    Img 1)Anthony Mason from the St. Monica Prep High School varsity football team catches the football as it was thrown to him by his quarterback at Santa Monica College the home field for St. Monica on Friday October 13th 2023 as St. Monica hosted Salesian High in a Camino Real league football game and lost 50-27 dropping their record to 2-2 in league play and 6-2 overall. Img2) Left Anthony Mason from the St. Monica Prep High School varsity football team gets face-masked by Juan Arechiga from...

  • One of the Biggest Sporting Matches on the Planet is this Weekend and most Americans are not even aware of it.

    Preity Upala, Observer Staff Writer|Oct 18, 2023

    Los Angeles — It is time the Cricket match between the great cricketing nations of India and Pakistan, for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, held in India. The politics and drama engulfing any India-Pakistan match these days is unmatched by almost anything else in any sport globally, let alone Cricket. This sporting spectacle will be hosted in the world’ largest Cricket stadium, the Narendra Modi Stadium, Gujarat, with an expected audience of 132,000 spectators at the venue. The global TV...

  • St. Monica hosted Verbum Football, Wins 50-0 to improve their record to 2-1 in league play and 6-1 overall

    Morgan Genser, Observer Staff Photographer|Oct 16, 2023

    img 1) Center Elijah Wilson from the St. Monica High School varsity football team carries the football down the field while be chased by several members of the Verbum Dei Jesuit football team at Santa Monica College the homefield of the St. Monica's football team on Friday October 6th 2023 as St. Monica hosted Verbum in a Camino Real league football game and won 50-0 to improve their record to 2-1 in league play and 6-1 overall. Img2) left Elijah Wilson from the St. Monica High School varsity...

  • SAMOHI Mens Varsity Football Hosts PV in the Bay league opener, Loses 27-0

    Morgan Genser, Observer Staff Photographer|Oct 14, 2023

    1) Left Palos Verdes High School quarterback Ryan Rakowski scrambles behind the line of scrimmage as Amir Jahromi from Santa Monica High School chases after Rakowski at Santa Monica High School on Friday September 29th 2023 as SAMOHI hosted PV in the Bay league opener and lost 27-0 dropping SAMOHI's record on the year to 0-1 in league and 5-1 overall. 2)Charles Cravings from the Santa Monica High School varsity football team carries the football down the field at Santa Monica High School on...

  • St. Monica Football Hosts Bishop Montgomery in a Camino Real league football game and lost 41-34

    Morgan Genser, Observer Staff Photographer|Sep 28, 2023

    IMG 1) Center Elijah Wilson from the St. Monica boys' varsity football team runs down the field with the football while being chased by left Julian Dave and right Jonah Perez from Bishop Montgomery at Santa Monica College the home field from St. Monica on Friday September 15th 2023 as St. Monica hosted Bishop Montgomery in a Camino Real league football game and lost 41-34 dropping their record to 0-1 in league play and 4-1 overall. IMG2) Left Joshua Barnes from St. Monica boys' varsity football...

  • Samohi Hosts Dos Pueblos High in quarter finals of Men's Lacrosse by Morgan Genser

    Morgan Genser, Observer Staff Photographer|May 15, 2023

    IMG 1)Left Joaquin Nava from the Santa Monica High School boys varsity lacrosse team knocks away the stick and poke check attempt of Andrew Forsland from Dos Pueblos High School at Historic Belmar Park the home field of the Santa Monica High School boys' lacrosse team on May 9th 2023 as Samohi hosted Dos Pueblos High School in the quarter finals of the CIF Division 3 Lacrosse playoffs in which Samohi won 18-7 to advance to the Semi-finals. IMG 2)Left Dash Roshell from the Dos Pueblos High...

  • SAMOHI hosted King in a CIF Divsion 3 Semifinal in which SAMO won 6-5 OT to advance to the finals

    Morgan Genser, Observer Staff Writer|May 15, 2023

    Img 1) Left Joaquin Nava from the Santa Monica Boys' varsity lacrosse team and John Cruszcz from ML King High School check each other as they battle each other for possession of the ball at Historic Belmar Park the homefield for Santa Monica High Lacrosse on Thursday May 11th 2023 when SAMOHI hosted King in a CIF Divsion 3 Semifinal in which SAMO won 6-5 OT to advance to the finals. Img 2)Left Lucas Wolf from the ML King High School boys' varsity lacrosse team watches Ozgood Hawkins wind up to...

  • Santa Monica High School Varsity Boys Soccer Beat Lynwood in a non-league soccer match

    Morgan Genser, Observer Staff Photographer|May 3, 2023

    IMG 1)Right Junior Manuel Castagna from the Santa Monica High School boys varsity soccer team dribbles the soccer ball around a pair of teammates from the Lynwood HIgh School Varsity soccer team at Santa Monica High School on Friday December 16th 2022 when SAMOHI hosted Lynwood in a non-league soccer match and won 1-0 improving their record to 5 wins and 0 losses on the season. IMG 2)Left Senior Niko Bardacke from the Santa Monica High School boys varsity soccer team jumps into the air to head...

  • SAMOHI Hosts Lynwood in Non-league Soccer Match, Winning 1-0

    Morgan Genser, Observer Staff Photographer|Dec 31, 2022

    IMG 1)Right Junior Manuel Castagna from the Santa Monica High School boys varsity soccer team dribbles the soccer ball around a pair of teammates from the Lynwood HIgh School Varsity soccer team at Santa Monica High School on Friday December 16th 2022 when SAMOHI hosted Lynwood in a non-league soccer match and won 1-0 improving their record to 5 wins and 0 losses on the season IMG 2)Left Senior Niko Bardacke from the Santa Monica High School boys varsity soccer team jumps into the air to head...

  • SamoHi Men's Basketball Beats LACES 63-21 in Home Game December 17th.

    Morgan Genser, Observer Staff Photographer|Dec 29, 2022

    Img 1)Left Sophomore Leon Rossi Bellora from the Santa Monica High School boys varsity basketball team dribbles the basketball past Shane Sands from the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES) inside the North Gym located on the campus of Santa Monica High School on Saturday December 17th 2022 when SAMOHI hosted LACES in a non-league basketball game and won 63-21 improving their record to 7 wins and 2 losses on the season img 2)Center Senior Joshua Hecht from the Santa Monica High...

  • Bivalent Covid-19 and Flu Vaccines Now Offered with Your Pizza in Crypto.com Arena at Los Angeles Lakers LA Clippers and LA Kings Hockey Games

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Nov 22, 2022

    November 15, 2022 - Today the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced that they are partnering with Crypto.com Arena, the Los Angeles Lakers, the LA Clippers, and LA Kings to arrange a free vaccination site to be available at the arena during the professional sporting events. Vaccinations can be received from the time doors open until 30 minutes following each game. The service will be available until the end of December. The vaccination site will be located near Blaze Pizza on...

  • SAMOHI Football Finishes the 2022 Season, with a record of 0-5 in league play and 2-8 overall

    Morgan Genser, Observer Staff Photographer|Nov 2, 2022
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    IMG 1)Left Senior Maurice Burgess from the Culver City High School varsity football team puts a stiff arm into Junior Angel Cooley-Knotts from Santa Monica High School at Culver City High School on Friday October 28th 2022 as SAMOHI travelled to Culver City for their final Bay League football game of the season and lost 28-0.  SAMOHI will finish the season with a record of 0-5 in league play and 2-8 overall. IMG 2) Left Junior J.R. Kirkwood from the Culver City High School boys varsity footbal...

  • Parking Co. Seeks to Shutdown Roller Hockey Games After 30 Years in Parking Lot Near Santa Monica Pier

    Morgan Genser, Observer Staff Writer|Oct 23, 2022
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    Since the earlier 90's when Wayne Gretzky became a Los Angeles King's hockey player, roller hockey games have taken place at the beach parking lot south of the Santa Monica Pier. Not once has there ever been a problem. Professional ice hockey players such Luc Robitaille (when he was a member of the Los Angeles Kings), have come down to play roller hockey. Wayne Gretzky reportedly practiced here. Men and women players from all over the country and world have come down to play. Now the company...

  • SAMO hosted Peninsula in Bay league football game and lost 45-27 dropping their record to 0 wins and 2 losses in league play and 2 wins 5 losses overall

    Morgan Genser, Observer Staff Photographer|Oct 15, 2022

    IMG 1)Left Senior Joaquin Nava from the Santa Monica High School varsity football team runs with the football down the field being chased from behind by Sophomore Sean Dunn from Peninsula High School at Santa Monica High School on Friday October 7th 2022 as SAMO hosted Peninsula in Bay league football game and lost 45-27 dropping their record to 0 wins and 2 losses in league play and 2 wins 5 losses overall. IMG 2)Left Senior Gus Reyman from the Santa Monica High School football team grabs a...

  • St. Monica's Catholic High School hosts Verbum High School in a Camino Real League Game league game

    Morgan Genser, Observer Staff Photographer|Oct 15, 2022

    img 1)Senior Amarion Kinnibrew from the Verbum Dei High School varsity football team gets a stiff arm by Noah Abbott from St. Monica's High School at Santa Monica College the home field for St. Monica's on Friday September 30th 2022 as St. Monica's hosted Verbum in a Camino Real League Game league game and won 46-2 to improve to 1-1 in league play and 4-2 overall. IMG2)Left Freshman Liam Polk from the St. Monica's High School football team grabs a hold of Erick Barrera from Verbum Dei High...

  • Santa Monica High School Beats Fairfax in a non-league football game At Home, Winning 29-0 to improve their record to 2-2

    Morgan Genser, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 23, 2022

    IMG1 ) Left Santa Monica High School senior Samuel Lipshy rushes down the field with to football after quarterback Wyatt Brown who is pictured behind handed the football at Santa Monica High School on Friday September 16th 2022 when SAMO hosted Fairfax in a non-league football game and won 29-0 to improve their record to 2-2 IMG2) Left Santa Monica High School senior Samiel Lipshy rushes the football down the field being chased by several members of the Fairfax High School football at Santa...

  • SAMO Football hosts West Torrance in a non-league football game and lost 27-8 dropping SAMOHI's record to 1-2 on the season

    Morgan Genser, Observer Sports Writer|Sep 11, 2022

    img 1)Right Santa Monica High School varsity football player Samuel Lipshy looks for a hole to fun through as he carries the football after being handed to him by his quarterback at Santa Monica High School on Friday Sept 2nd 2022 when SAMO hosted West Torrance in a non-league football game and lost 27-8 dropping SAMOHI's record to 1-2 on the season img 2) Left West Torrance Varsity football player Ryan McBride chases after Ivan Levant from Santa Monica High School as Levant carries the football...

  • Russian Hockey Player Drafted by the NHL Impressed by Russians, Sent to Serve in the Arctic Circle by the Russian Army

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 8, 2022

    Instead of a $1,000,000 a year contract with the Arizona Coyotes, Ilya Fedotov will be paid $10,000 a year to scrub the hulls of Russian frigates. Such are the vagaries of war. Ivan Fedotov was bound for the NHL, reports the English language Moscow Times. Instead, the goalie "has been detained in Russia for dodging the draft and sent to serve in the Arctic, state media reported Sunday." Fedotov, 25, was detained Friday in St. Petersburg at the request of the military prosecutor's office,...

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