Milestone Man: Johnson Earns 200th Victory

Pali High Coach Torino Johnson joined the '200 Club' on Wednesday. / Steve Galluzzo
Pali High Coach Torino Johnson joined the 200 Club on Wednesday at Westchester. / Steve Galluzzo

It took three tries, but Palisades High girls basketball head coach Torino Johnson earned his 200th victory Wednesday night in the Dolphins’ 72-48 win at Western League rival Westchester.

“I’m very humbled… I can’t believe it finally happened,” Johnson said. “If it was easy, everyone would do it. I’m grateful and very excited for the future.”

In his 10th season at Palisades, Johnson has a 200-121 record, including a 91-28 league mark. He is 24-10 in postseason play and has led the Dolphins to four City Section titles, back-to-back Division II titles in 2011-12 and back-to-back Open Division titles in 2015-16. He is a three-time City Section Coach of the Year and was named Division I State Coach of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports in April.

In Johnson’s first try at 200 last Friday, Palisades lost to Mater Dei 81-69 at the Nike Extravaganza in Santa Ana. His second opportunity came Monday on Senior Night, when the host Dolphins fell to Fairfax 64-59, ending their 38-game league winning streak.

Palisades (22-8 overall, 10-1 in league) is tied with Fairfax for first place in league and travels to LACES in its regular-season finale Friday.