THE DAY IN PREPS: MONROE NETS PLAYOFF WIN.
Even though it nearly swept the singles matches, the Monroe High boys' tennis team needed a clutch doubles performance to beat San Pedro 15-14-1/2 in a first-round City 3-A playoff battle on Wednesday.
Monroe's top three singles players took 10 of 12 sets, but the No. 3 doubles team of Billy Cutler and Charlie Fragozo clinched the victory with their win in the final round. The Vikings will take on top-seeded Eagle Rock in the next round.
Granada Hills, seeded third, cruised in its first-round City 4-A match. The Highlanders beat Venice 29-1/2-0 and Deepu Murthy lost just one game in winning all four sets at No. 1 singles.
The Highlanders will take on second-seeded El Camino Real, a 28-1-1/2 winner over Hamilton, on Monday at the North Hollywood Racquet Club. Manish Narayan, Bobby Narayan, Matt Jones and Jon Brian all swept their singles matches for the unbeaten Conquistadores (13-0).
In other 3-A playoff matches, Vincent Hsu swept his sets without losing a game and second-seeded Van Nuys (12-2) crushed Belmont 29-1/2-0. The Wolves will host seventh-seeded Westchester on Friday. Collin Greene, Andre Gokhgauzer and Daniel Der Sarkissian all swept their singles matches to help 12th-seeded Cleveland (9-5) upset fifth-seeded Bell (13-2) 22-1/2-7.
Valley Pac-8 race tightens: Sophomore right-hander Mike Marble scattered six hits in five innings and unranked Grant upset Sylmar for the second time in three days, this time 10-0 in five innings, in an East Valley League game.
Billy Karz, Luis Estrada and Danny Schrader had three hits each for the Lancers, who are the only conference team to beat the No. 9 Spartans (16-5, 10-2).
North Hollywood drew within one game of Sylmar in the conference race with a 6-4 win over Poly. Ismael Rangsiyawong hit his seventh homer for the Huskies (13-9-1, 9-1-1).
Warriors streaking: Kevin Howard went 2 for 4 with four RBI and had the game-winning hit, a bases-loaded double in the sixth, to help Westlake win its third straight Marmonte League game, 7-6 over Newbury Park. The unranked Warriors (11-7, 5-3) moved passed struggling Thousand Oaks (13-7-1, 4-4-1) and into third place in league.
The Lancers have lost four in a row after going undefeated in their first five league games.
Ennis pitches gem: Monroe senior right-hander John Ennis threw his first no-hitter of the season and the Vikings beat Canoga Park 11-0 in five innings. Ennis, who had two no-hitters last year, struck out eight and walked one.
Hot shot: Birmingham's Keith Romar shot a 5-under-par 66 at Knollwood Country Club and finished first in a triangular meet.
Jon Anello (Highland) HR, 5 RBI
Kevin Howard (Westlake) 2 2Bs, 4 RBI
Christian Paasch (Viewpoint) 3 hits, 3 RBI
Leo Rosales (Reseda) HR, complete game
Laura Power (Montclair Prep) complete game, 2 hits
Chris Gorney (Littlerock) 22 kills, 9 blocks
PHOTO Jose Sanchez (33) and Reggie Ellis (12) of Monroe battle at the net against Canoga Park.
Gene Blevins/Special to the Daily News
BOX: PRIME-TIME PLAYERS (see text)