JOHNSON, ALLEN, STILLS SELECTED AS STARS OF MONTH
Sprint Cup winner, Chargers and Saints receivers recognized by the San Diego Hall of Champions
SAN DIEGO-December 5,2013)-Jimmie Johnson moved back on top of the Sprint Cup series while San Diego Chargers rookie wide receiver Keenan Allen and former La Costa Canyon great Kenny Stills, now with the New Orleans Saints, were honored as professional Stars of the Month for November by the San Diego Hall of Champions.
Johnson, the El Cajon native, won six of the Sprint Cup races and averaged a 5th place finish for the series to claim his sixth overall title after a two-year hiatus. The super-steady Johnson was a Top 10 finisher 24 times in 2013.
Allen, a former University of California standout, has been one of Philip Rivers’ favorite targets this season. Of his 405 yards in the month, 128 came against the Redskins. He also caught 9 passes in a win over Kansas City.
Stills also had a fine month for the Saints as he grabbed 12 passes for 269 yards, including a 69-yard touchdown versus the Buffalo Bills.
On the amateur front, San Diego State’s Xavier Thames topped seven choices after leading the Aztecs to the Wooden Legacy title where SDSU defeated two Top 25 teams. He scored a season-high 27 in the title game victory over No. 25 Marquette after collecting 26 against No. 20 Creighton.
Others included former Cathedral Catholic and current Stanford football standout Tyler Gaffney; USD’s Johnny Dee and Amy Kame in basketball and Alaysia Brown for volleyball; UCSD water polo goalie Cameron Ravanbach and Point Loma Nazarene woman’s volleyball standout Heather Leavitt.
High School athletes chosen were Sarah Cho, who led Torrey Pines High to its fourth straight state team title in golf; field hockey standout Gabriella DePetro of Canyon Crest Academy; Eastlake football dual threat Isiah Olave; section singles tennis champion Jessica Failla of Ramona; Francis Parker volleyball star Michaela Dews and Scripps Ranch water polo player Dayne Barton.
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 SDHOC is an undisputed national leader in recognition of amateur, collegiate and professional sports excellence; youth sports-based education; and sports memorabilia exhibition. The Hall was launched by the Breitbard Athletic Foundation, which was founded in 1946 to recognize significant athletic achievement in San Diego. Through its vigilant focus on the community of San Diego and its betterment, SDHOC has developed an outstanding sports museum that enhances the quality of life for San Diegans through sports. For more information, please visit www.sdhoc.com.