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Local athletes honored by the San Diego Hall of Champions
SAN DIEGO—(Nov. 2, 2017)—Houston Astros relief pitcher Joe Musgrove (Grossmont High) collected a World Series win and topped the list of 16 pro, amateur and high school athletes honored as Stars of the Month for October by the San Diego Hall of Champions.
When the Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers got into a home run hitting contest in game five of the Series eventually won by Houston, Musgrove came in and slammed the door on the visitors, getting all three outs in the 11th.  He earned the victory when Houston scored in the bottom of the inning.
Musgrove was joined on the professional front by golfer Pat Perez, sailing veteran Bill Campbell and San Diego Gulls left winger Kevin Roy.
Perez captured the PGA Tour’s CIMB Classic in Malaysia, firing a 24-under-par 264. He entered the final round with a four-stroke lead and won by four. Campbell captured four of the first seven races in the 11-race International Masters Regatta to roll comfortably 24-47 (low score wins). Roy scored four goals and had four assists as he was the co-leader with eight points as the Gulls opened the season 4-3-1.
Amateurs included ex-Imperial High running back Royce Freeman who moved to No. 1 on the University of Oregon all-time career rushing list with 5,164 yards; UCSD golfer Adam Navigato who captured the Bay Otter Invitational with a 17-under par 199; volleyball standouts Kristen Gengenbacher of USD and CSUSM’s Maddy Newcombe; plus soccer  stars Aliyah Utush of SDSU and Summer Mason of USD.
Football players Chris Olave of No. 1-ranked Mission Hills and record-equaling Anthony Bland of La Jolla Country Day topped the list of six high school selections. Joining the pair were Valhalla water polo scoring machine Andrew Higginson, Torrey Pines volleyball ace Kiara McNulty, and cross country speedsters Joaquin Martinez de Pinillos of Cathedral Catholic and Patty Miessner of Eastlake.
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KRAIG CHILES, Soccer, Sockers, Poway High alumnus--The Sockers’ captain and all-time leading scorer finished the month with 13 points on 10 goals and 3 assists to lead the team. He was tops in the Major Arena Soccer League in points, goals and game-winning goals (3). Chiles earned MASL honors for his four-goal performance against Tacoma.
COCO VANDEWEGHE, Tennis, WTA—It had been 17 years since the United States captured the World Tennis Association’s Fed Cup but the Rancho Santa Fe native helped end that streak. Vandeweghe won both of her singles matches and teamed for the doubles triumph to give the U.S. a 3-2 victory over Belarus to claim the title.
KENNY STILLS, Pro Football, Miami Dolphins, La Costa Canyon alumnus—With a breakout game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Stills had another big month. Versus the Bucs, Stills caught seven passes for 180 yards and one touchdown. For the month he had 18 grabs for 322 yards and the TD against Tampa Bay.
CALVIN MUNSON, Pro Football, NY Giants, SDSU alumnus—It didn’t take the former Aztec long to make his impact with the Giants, topping it off with a 13-tackle game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The 6-foot, 241-pound rookie collected eight unassisted tackles in the 12-9 overtime victory. In three games for the month, Munson had 25 tackles.
JONATHAN PETERSEN, Football, USD—The 2017 Pioneer League defensive Player of the Year, Petersen led the Toreros to a 4-0 record, culminating in USD’s second straight conference championship and first round FCS playoff victory over Northern Arizona. Petersen contributed 15 tackles and 6 sacks en route to setting the FCS all-time sack record with 44.
KYAHVA TEZINO, Football, San Diego State—A sophomore linebacker. Tezino led the Aztecs to a perfect 3-0 record by totaling 32 tackles (next highest on the team was 20), six tackles for loss, two sacks, four quarterback hurries and a pass breakup. He helped limit SDSU opponents to averages of just 13.3 points, 49.7 yards rushing and 299 yards per game.
NATALIE RODRIGUEZ, Cross country, CSUSM—A senior, Rodriguez became CSUSM’s first NCAA Division II All-American by finishing third at the 2017 NCAA Division II Women’s Cross Country Championships. She ran her final collegiate cross country race in a time of 20:53.7. The Cougars finished eighth out of 32 teams.
NATALIE SADDIC, Soccer, UC San Diego, Torrey Pines alumnus—Saddic led UCSD to a 4-0-1 mark as the Tritons won a third straight conference tournament title followed by a West Region championship. Saddic anchored the Triton defense, adding the game-winning goal with 34 seconds remaining in a 4-3 triumph over then-23rd-ranked Sonoma State in the CCAA finale.
JAYDEN KENNEDY, Volleyball, USD—A senior, Kennedy helped the Toreros go a perfect 7-0 record in November and jump to No. 9 in the nation. She led the team with 3.82 kills per set, while hitting .309. Kennedy also was second on the team in blocks, averaging 0.59 blocks per set.
ROYA RUSTAMZADA, Women’s Basketball, PLNU—With five double-doubles in the first seven games, the Sea Lions’ senior ranked third in the country among Division II players. She averaged 14.4 points and 10.4 rebounds for PLNU which started the season with a 5-2 record. She added 5.6 assists a game plus a total of 13 steals and seven blocked shots.
ELIZABETH GOLDSMITH, Tennis, Olympian—Deciding to playing high school tennis for the first time, the junior made the most of it, capturing the section championship with a hard-fought 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 victory over Brittney Pellouchoud at the Balboa Tennis Center.
LAUREN GOMEZ, Golf, Point Loma—Continuing a unique streak, Gomez became the third straight freshman to win the section title, firing a 9-under par 135 over the Admiral Baker South course. Her 7-under 65 first day score held up nicely for the convincing victory.
CHARLIE EKSTROM, Volleyball, Point Loma—With the Stanford-bound senior leading the way, the Pointers made up for a loss in the state finals in 2016 by moving up a division and capturing the Division III title. Ekstrom had 17 kills in the 3-0 win over San Francisco Lincoln.
JAHMON McCLENDON, Football, Monte Vista—A bruising 6-foot-2, 210-pound running back, the junior led the Monarchs on a run to the section Division IV title game where he was a one-man wrecking crew, gaining 383 yards and scoring a section-record equaling 8 TDs.
ANDY RODGERS, Water polo, Coronado—Coronado is always in the mix for an Open Division championship and Rodgers was a key this season, lifting the Islanders to the title. Coronado captured a double-time victory over Vista 13-12 before downing La Jolla in another double OT, 10-9.
DORIAN RICHARDSON, Football, RBV—Just a junior, Richardson got on a roll against Santana in a wild 62-43 playoff victory and before he was finished, he set the section single-game rushing record with 499 yards, collecting a section record with 8 touchdowns.