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SAN DIEGO—(Oct. 4, 2016)—San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, Padres infielder Yangervis Solarte and San Diego State’s record-setting  running back Donnel Pumphrey topped the list of 15 athletes who were honored as September Stars of the Month by the San Diego Hall of Champions.
Rivers completed almost 70 percent of his passes for 793 yards and five touchdowns in three games without an interception.
Another quarterback, Kansas City’s Alex Smith, who graduated from Helix High, was also honored after completing 79 of 118 passes for 786 yards and three TDs. 
Solarte put together a 14-game hitting streak enroute to batting .355 with a .500 slugging average, driving in 17 runs and scoring nine.
Pumphrey was one of six amateur standouts after he surpassed Marshall Faulk as the all-time Aztecs leading career rusher in getting SDSU out to a 3-0 start. Pumphrey’s 599 rushing yards and 666 all-purpose yards led the nation. 
Joining him were Aztec classmate Travis Nicklaw (soccer), USD forward Michael Turner (soccer) and fellow Torero Lisa Kramer (volleyball), CSUSM record-setting Natalie Rodriguez (cross country) and UCSD’s Katie O’Laughlin (soccer).  
On the high school front, another record-setter, La Jolla Country Day quarterback Braxton Burmeister, topped the list of a half-dozen student-athletes.  Burmeister passed Dillon Baxter (Mission Bay) on the all-time career yardage record with 10,752 yards with at least five games remaining.
He was joined by Santa Fe Christian volleyball player Lexi Sun, Mater Dei Catholic running back C.J. Verdell, Serra  field hockey sensation Megan Rodgers, Cathedral Catholic cross country runner Joaquin Martinez de Pinillos and schoolmate Spencer Nelson from the water polo team.

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