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LEONARD, VANDEWEGHE, TOILOLO STARS OF THE MONTH

SAN DIEGO—(Feb. 2, 2017)—Behind Levine Toilolo’s contributions, the Atlanta Falcons marched into the 2017 Super Bowl. Coco Vandeweghe rolled into the Australian Open semifinals. Kawhi Leonard is now the unquestioned leader of the San Antonio Spurs, helping his club post the second best record in the NBA.
 
All three were honored as Professional Stars of the Month for January by the San Diego Hall of Champions.
 

CHILES’ RECORD TOPS DECEMBER STARS OF THE MONTH

SAN DIEGO—(Jan. 4, 2017)—Branko Segota was a legendary indoor soccer player who, upon his retirement in 1991, had scored 298 goals for the San Diego Sockers. It seemed to be a record that would never be surpassed.
 
Kraig Chiles, however, did just that when he booted his 299th in a Sockers uniform in a 10-6 win at Ontario, securing his name in the history books and earning professional Star of the Month honors for December.
 
He was joined by 15 other pro, amateur and high school standouts.
 

November 2016

PROFESSIONAL
 
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NASCAR, Auto Racing, Granite Hills alumnus—His seventh Sprint Cup Trophy moved Johnson into a tie with the greats of NASCAR racing—Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Jr. He capped the season by winning at Homestead-Miami Speedway, taking the lead with just 10 laps remaining. Earlier in the month he collected a victory at Martinsville.
 

HAYWARD, JOHNSON, CAPPS, PEREZ STARS OF THE MONTH

SAN DIEGO—(DEC. 2, 2016)—Jimmie Johnson moved into elite company, Casey Hayward kept making huge plays, Ron Capps finally achieved a lifelong goal and Pat Perez won a golf title after having surgery just nine months ago. The four were among 16 athletes selected Stars of the Month for November by the San Diego Hall of Champions.
 
Johnson, the El Cajon native, moved into a tie with legendary drivers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt when he captured his seventh Sprint Cup Trophy to top the professional honorees.
 

GORDON, JOHNSON, BRYANT STAND OUT AS OCTOBER STARS OF THE MONTH

SAN DIEGO—(Nov. 3, 2016)—San Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon, NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson and ex-USD All-American baseball player Kris Bryant were among 15 athletes selected Stars of the Month for October by the San Diego Hall of Champions.
 
Gordon, in his second year with the Chargers, gained 378 yards, including 111 against Denver, scoring four times. He also caught 17 passes for 158 yards and two more touchdowns in four games.
 

September 2016

PROFESSIONAL

PHILIP RIVERS, Football, San Diego Chargers—Although the record isn’t what he hoped for, Rivers has still managed to complete almost 70 percent of his passes, hitting 68 of 99 attempts for 793 yards and 5 TDS without an interception. Give him room and he’ll scramble, having rushed for 34 yards.

YANGERVIS SOLARTE, Baseball, San Diego Padres—A 14-game hitting streak helped the Padres third baseman hit .355 (27-for-76) with five doubles, two home runs, 17 RBI, nine runs scored with a .370 on-base percentage, a .500 slugging average and an .870 OPS.

August 2016

SAN DIEGO—(Sept. 1, 2016)—The 2016 Rio Olympic Games not only showcased the top athletes in the world, it brought out some of the best from the San Diego area including gold medalists Kerry Simmonds and Jeff Henderson.
 
The two topped the list of 10 standout professional and amateur athletes who were honored as August Stars of the Month by the San Diego Hall of Champions.
 

July 2016

SAN DIEGO—(Aug. 1, 2016)—Whether it was on the PGA Tour or locally, golf shared center-stage with the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials as eight standouts were honored as Stars of the Month for July by the San Diego Hall of Champions.
 
Former San Diego State golfer Scott Piercy collected a couple of hefty paychecks enroute to a pair of second place finishes. Piercy was the runner-up in the Bridgestone Open at 5-under par after making an impressive run for the U.S. Open title before finishing second.
 

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