SAN DIEGO (Aug. 3)—It isn’t often that a San Diego native dominates like Rancho Bernardo High grad Cole Hamels did en route to firing his first-ever no-hitter in leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
Hamels and the San Diego Padres’ Matt Kemp were two of 10 athletes with roots to San Diego who were selected as July Stars of the Month by the San Diego Hall of Champions.
Hamels fanned 13 batters and allowed a pair of walks in his no-hitter.
Kemp got white hot after the All-Star game and finished the month with a .282 batting average with a .378 on-base percentage. He had 5 home runs and 15 RBI.
Joining those two as professional stars were Rancho Santa Fe’s Coco Vandeweghe and former San Diego state golfer Scott Piercy. Vandeweghe advanced to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, giving former champion Maria Sharapova all she could handle before making her exit. Piercy captured the Barbasol Championship at the Grand National Lake course in Opelika, Ala., firing a 19-under 265 to win by three strokes.
On the amateur front, former Santana High water polo standout Alex Bowen helped the USA to the Pan American Games gold medal; San Diego Section singles tennis champion Keegan Smith (Point Loma) won the national title in Boston; El Capitan grad Clay Cromwell and Ramona graduate Garrett Binkley were cited for their performances in the annual Alex Spanos All-Star football game; John Hoffman captured the senior division of the San Diego City Amateur championships and La Jolla Country Day basketball standout Alaysia Styles led the Torreys to the championship game of the San Diego Classic.
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