PADRES’ DENORFIA, ORIOLES’ JONES SHINE AS APRIL STARS
16 pro, amateur and high school standouts honored by the San Diego Hall of Champions
Chris Denorfia and Adam Jones got off to sizzling starts as the Major League Baseball season kicked off, and were honored as professional Stars of the Month honors for April by the San Diego Hall of Champions.
Denorfia, the San Diego Padres’ veteran right-fielder, batted .305 through the first 26 games, collecting seven doubles and a home run. He had eight RBI, 11 runs scored and an on-base percentage of .380.
Jones, a former Morse High standout now with the Baltimore Orioles, finished the month No. 6 in the American League with a .327 batting average. The center-fielder had four homers, 20 RBI and 22 runs scored for the Orioles.
On the amateur front, San Diego State school triple jump record-setter Shanieka Thomas led the way as eight local college athletes were honored. Thomas bounded 45-feet, 1 ½-inches at the Mt. SAC Relays as well as winning the Penn Relays with a 44-8 jump.
Elsewhere, USD softball player Cassidy Coleman, golfer Grant Forrest, women’s tennis player Anna Depenau and men’s tennis standout Uros Petronijevic were selected. UCSD water polo player Sarah Lizotte, Cal State San Marcos softball player Kaitlin McKinley and Point Loma Nazarene heptathlete Lindsay Honea were also honored.
On the high school front, hard-hitting Alex Jackson of Rancho Bernardo (baseball) and Hannah Flippen of Bonita Vista (softball), high-flying pole vaulter Kyle Pater of Mt. Carmel, pitcher Amber Schisler of Santana, speedy quarter-miler Melissa Mongiovi of West Hills and Otay Ranch volleyball ace Adrian Ventura were selected.
PROFESSIONAL STARS OF THE MONTH
CHRIS DENORFIA, Baseball, San Diego Padres—Although the Padres struggled out of the gate, the veteran right-fielder has certainly done his part. Through the first 26 games, Denorfia is batting .305 with 7 doubles, 8 RBI and 11 runs scored. He has a .380 on-base percentage.
ADAM JONES, Baseball, Baltimore Orioles, Morse High grad—The former Morse Tiger is sixth in batting average in the American League at .327, collecting 37 hits that include 4 home runs and 20 runs batted in. He has also scored 22 runs for the Orioles.
AMATEUR STARS OF THE MONTH
SHANIEKA THOMAS. Track, SDSU—Thomas made her outdoor debut in the triple jump at the Mt. SAC Relays where she set Mountain West and school records with a leap of 45 feet, 1 ½ inches. Thomas also won the triple jump at the Penn Relays with a mark of 44-8.
GRANT FORREST, Golf, USD—Just a sophomore, Forrest became just the fourth Torero ever to win the WCC individual championship with his 6-under par total 210 (74-67-69) on the Olympic Course (par 72) at the Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wa. He won by four strokes, helping the Toreros to a 3rd place finish.
ANNA DEPENAU, Women’s Tennis, USD--Depenau posted a 5-2 singles record playing at the No. 3, 4, and 5 spot for the Toreros. Depenau, a junior from Germany, showed up when it mattered most, going 2-0 in the WCC Tournament and winning both matches in straight sets.
CASSIDY COLEMAN, Softball, USD, Horizon High grad—The junior posted a 1.84 ERA and 4-3 record in 45.2 innings. She recorded five complete games and one shutout to go along with a team-best 54 strikeouts. Coleman currently ranks 2nd in the conference in strikeouts with 193.
LINDSAY HONEA, Track, Point Loma Nazarene—The Sea Kings junior set the Pacific West Conference heptathlon meet record with 4880 points. She won all seven events, setting personal records in four, en route to a career-best score. She won by 972 points. Honea also added a third place finish in the women's 400m hurdles (1:03.79).
UROS PETRONIJEVIC, Men’s Tennis, USD--Petronijevic, who arrived in San Diego from Serbia just weeks before the 2013 season began, finished off his freshman campaign with a perfect 8-0 singles record. Petronijevic won six of his eight matches in straight sets.
KAITLIN McGINLEY, Softball, Cal State San Marcos, Valhalla High grad—McGinley has been lights out for the No. 3 Cougars (40-8). She went 17-37 (.460) at the plate with three doubles, two triples, and 10 stolen bases in 11 games. She also racked up 10 runs and seven RBI.
HIGH SCHOOL STARS OF THE MONTH
ALEX JACKSON, Baseball, Rancho Bernardo—One of the nation’s top sluggers a year ago, the junior helped lead the Broncos to a 13-0 record in April and the No. 1 spot in the section. Jackson batted,359 with five of his 14 hits leaving the park. He drove in 18 runs and scored 22.
HANNAH FLIPPEN, Softball, Bonita Vista—Bonita Vista made a big run, finishing the month with 9 straight wins and the shortstop was one of the major reasons. Flippen provided senior leadership, batting ,615 including six doubles and 9 RBI as the Barons went 10-1.
KYLE PATER, Track, Mt. Carmel—It usually takes vaulters a while to adjust to a new pole. Not Pater, At the Escondido Invitational, the senior skied 15-feet, 9-inches on his first attempt with a new implement and then soared 16-3, No. 6 all-time in the section and a state-leading mark.
AMBER SCHISLER, Softball, Santana—Whether at the plate or on the pitcher’s mound, the senior was dominant. She led the Sultans to a 7-1 record, allowing just five earned runs and in five games yielding none. She famed 47 and walked 16. She also batted .654 in that span.
ADRIAN VENTURA, Volleyball, Otay Ranch—Playing in the Gold Division of the prestigious Redondo Varsity Classic, the senior led the Mustangs to a third place finish, defeating No. 1 San Clemente along the way. Ventura had 99 assists, 10 ½ blocks and 35 digs.
MELISSA MONGIOVI, Track, West Hills—A notoriously fast-finisher but slow starter, both on the track and during the season, the sophomore roared through the second half of the 400-meter run at the Arcadia Invitational in 55.28 seconds, then the fastest time in the state.