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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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JOE MUSGROVE, Baseball, Astros, Grossmont High alumnus— Musgrove pitched a perfect 11th inning and ended up the winning pitcher as Houston downed the Dodgers, 13-12, in the fifth game of the World Series won by the Houston. Musgrove was virtually untouchable down the stretch, fashioning a 1.17 ERA in August and 1.64 in September.
PAT PEREZ, Golf, PGA, Torrey Pines High alumnus—Firing a 24-under par 264, Perez captured the PGA Tour’s CIMB Classic in Malaysia, earning him a berth in the 2018 Masters. Perez’s first three rounds were 66-65-64 as he opened a four-stroke lead and was able to coast, shooting a 69 for the final round.
BILL CAMPBELL, Sailing—Competing well over the first two days of racing, the San Diego Yacht Club member and his crew swept to victory in the International Masters Regatta, low-scoring the second place boat 24-47 (low score wins). Campbell won four of the first seven races and collected another four second-place finishes in 11 total races to capture the title.
KEVIN ROY, Ice Hockey, Gulls—Whether scoring himself or passing off to a teammate, the left winger was hard to stop. Roy had eight points, four goals and four assists, in leading the San Diego Gulls to a 4-3-1 start. Roy twice had career-high three-point games and in 77 AHL games, he has collected 20 goals and 34 assists.
ROYCE FREEMAN, Football, Oregon, Imperial High alumnus—A potential first round draft choice, Freeman surpassed LaMichael James to become the Ducks’ all-time leading rusher with 5,242 yards through October. Freeman stands No. 12 on the NCAA all-time list with the opportunity to move up.
KRISTEN GENGENBACHER, Women’s Volleyball, USD—A senior setter, Gengenbacher led USD to a perfect 7-0 record, including a 3-1 victory over then-No. 8 BYU where she tied her season-high with 55 assists. On the season, Gengenbacher has 312 assists and was an ESPN National Player of the Week.
ALIYAH UTUSH, Women’s Soccer, SDSU—Finishing the month with three goals, five assists and 11 points, the latter two leading the team, the senior forward led SDSU to a 5-1-2 record. In a 2-1 victory over Wyoming, Utush scored the winning goal. She was named second team All-Mountain West Conference.
ADAM NAVIGATO, Golf, UCSD, Torrey Pines High alumnus—Firing a record 17-under par 199, Navigato captured the Cal State Monterey Bay Otter Invitational at Blackhorse. His 69-65-65 produced a seven-stroke victory with one eagle, 21 birdies and 26 pars while bogeying only six holes.
SUMMER MASON, Women’s Soccer, USD, Carlsbad High alumnus—Mason, a junior forward, was one of the major contributors to the Toreros 5-1 mark. She led the Toreros with 10 points on five goals—two of which resulted in USD victories. Mason was selected the West Coast Conference Player of the Week.
MADDY NEWCOMBE, Volleyball, CSUSM—Collecting 92 kills on 200 attempts with just 23 errors, the sophomore stepped up big for the Cougars. Newcombe also tallied 34 blocks, including nine of the solo variety, adding 14 service aces and 33 digs. Her high game for kills was 18 versus Cal Poly Pomona.
ANDREW HIGGINSON, Water Polo, Valhalla—A 100-goal scorer each of the last two years, the junior kept up the torrid pace in leading the Norsemen to a 13-1 record in October and the Grossmont Hills title. The highlights were a sweep of the league games against Grossmont and the San Diego Open championship.
KIARA McNULTY, Volleyball, Torrey Pines—The senior’s all-around game led the Falcons to a 29-3 record and a No. 2 ranking in the state. McNulty is No. 1 on the team in service aces with 45, No. 2 in assists with 468, third with 205 digs and among the leaders with 105 kills. She’ll continue her volleyball career at Northwestern.
JOAQUIN MARTINEZ DE PINILLOS, Boys Cross Country, Cathedral Catholic—Clearly the injury that caused the junior to miss most of last track season is behind him as he rolled to the Division III Sweepstakes title at the Mt. SAC Invitational, covering the 3-mile course in 14-minutes, 48-seconds, fastest of the day for San Diego runners.
ANTHONY BLAND, Football, La Jolla Country Day—The Torreys’ sophomore wide receiver equaled the section record for single-game receptions when he pulled down 17 passes for 232 yards against Santa Fe Christian. The 17 catches match the mark set by Ramona’s Dave Medina (1981) and Valhalla’s John Ace (1986).
PATTY MIESSNER, Girls Cross Country, Eastlake—Competing in the heat of the afternoon, the Titans’ sophomore scorched the Mt. SAC Invitational 3-mile course when she clocked a time of 17-minutes, 19-seconds to win her race. That time was more than a two-minute improvement for Miessner, who also excels in track.
CHRIS OLAVE, Football, Mission Hills—The senior wide receiver was one of the major reasons the Grizzlies have raced through the season unbeaten and top-ranked in the section. Olave, often drawing double coverage, was credited with 27 receptions for 396 yards and six touchdowns in four games.