College Roundup: Mission Prep running back Laird to walk on to Cal

Tribune County Player of the Year makes commitment after weekend recruiting visit

sports@thetribunenews.comFebruary 2, 2014 

Mission Prep senior running back Patrick Laird made a verbal commitment to walk on to Cal on Sunday.

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Mission Prep running back and Tribune County Player of the Year Patrick Laird announced Sunday he will take a preferred walk-on spot at Cal in the fall.

Laird, who was one of three California high school players to rush for more than 3,000 yards this season, chose the Golden Bears over a walk-on offer from Cal Poly and heavy interest from Brown. Ivy League schools do not offer athletic scholarships.

Laird visited Cal on Saturday and watched the men’s basketball team upset No. 1 Arizona, 60-58, before making his decision Sunday.

Laird said there will be a ceremony Wednesday at Mission Prep, but no time had been finalized.

Cal Poly evens record in women’s tennis

Cal Poly’s women’s tennis team shined in singles play and clinched the doubles point on its way to a 5-2 road win over Loyola Marymount on Sunday at the LMU Tennis Center in Los Angeles.

Cal Poly (2-2) got points in singles from Jennifer Cornea (6-7, 6-4, 10-6), Emily Gibbens (6-4, 6-3), Kathryn Webb (6-3, 6-1) and Ane McPike (6-1, 6-4). The Mustangs earned the doubles point as Hannah Stone and Gibbens won 6-4, and Sayaka Tsugai and Webb won 7-5.

Pepperdine men beat Cal Poly in tennis

Pepperdine’s men’s tennis team rolled to a 4-1 home win over Cal Poly at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu.

The lone point for the Mustangs (0-6) came in doubles, where Cal Poly’s Devin Barber and Corey Pang won 6-5 (7-1), and Naveen Beasley and Ben Donovan won 6-5 (7-5).

Cuesta baseball game rained out

Cuesta College’s home baseball game against Riverside originally scheduled for noon Sunday was called off because of rain.

No date had been set for a make-up game as of Sunday afternoon.

Cal Poly’s Chene wins wrestling tourney

Cal Poly wrestler Kyle Chene won the 149-pound title in the California Collegiate Open late Saturday night at San Francisco State, clinching the championship with a 9-5 victory in the final.

Also for Cal Poly, Luke McDonald placed second at 157 pounds, and Colton Schilling was fourth at 141.

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