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.
Joey Bosa, the San Diego Chargers’ dominant defensive end; former La Costa Canyon and current Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills; and San Diego Gulls goalie Kevin Boyle were also selected as professional standouts.
Bosa, the third player selected in the draft, has become a dominant fixture on the Chargers’ line and in the opponents’ backfield. He collected six sacks and 19 tackles in five games. Stills helped lead the Dolphins into the playoffs with 16 receptions for 246 yards and four TDs. Boyle recorded his first AHL shutout while leading his team to a 2-0-1 record over the final three games.
San Diego State’s Zylan Cheatham led the Aztecs to the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic title, earning Most Outstanding Player honors, leading a half-dozen college standouts as Stars of the Month.
Joining Cheatham were fellow basketball standouts T.J. Leaf of UCLA and formerly of Foothills Christian; USD’s Brett Bailey; UCSD’s Chris Hansen; CSUSM’s Savannah Camp; and PLNU’s Madison West.
High school athletes in the spotlight included Cathedral Catholic’s Tate Haynes and Madison’s Erick Buchanan off state championship football teams and Cathedral Catholic’s Megan Faraimo from the Dons’ state volleyball titlist. Nationally No. 1-ranked wrestler Quentin Hovis of Poway, Foothills Christian basketball ace Jaylen Hands and Bishop’s girls basketball phenom Destiny Littleton were also selected.
For additional information and pictures of the honorees please check the San Diego Hall of Champions web site at www.sdhoc.com.
ABOUT THE HALL OF CHAMPIONS
The “Hall” is dedicated to recognizing and celebrating outstanding local athletic achievement and providing sports programming to the community. The Hall was launched by the Breitbard Athletic Foundation, which was founded in 1946 by the legendary Bob Breitbard to recognize significant athletic achievement in San Diego. Through its awards and recognition programs and vigilant focus on the community of San Diego and its betterment, the Hall is devoted to motivating and inspiring youth of all ages to reach their full potential. For more information, please visit www.sdhoc.com
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