San Diego State defensive tackle Jerome Long, a former Morro Bay High star who’s entering his senior year for the Aztecs, was named to Lindy’s College Football Preview magazine’s all-Mountain West Conference preseason first team.
The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Long, who has started for the Aztecs since his true freshman season in 2008, had 30 tackles (including six for losses), a blocked kick and a fumble recovery for a touchdown in 2010.
Lindy’s also selected Cal Poly incoming senior Asa Jackson as a second-team preseason All-American cornerback at the FCS level. Jackson had 55 tackles, two interceptions returned for 62 yards, and nine pass break-ups as a junior.
San Diego State opens the season at home Sept. 3 against Cal Poly, which will be looking for its third straight win over the Aztecs. The two previous Mustangs victories came in 2006 and 2008.
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The San Luis Obispo Blues summer collegiate baseball team opened California Collegiate League play with a win Wednesday night, defeating the Orange County Pioneers 4-1 at Hart Park.
Former Mission Prep star Alex Detz, now at Cuesta College, was 2 for 5 for the Blues (3-0), and two other San Luis Obispo County products also made significant contributions in the win.
Kentucky’s Thomas Bernal, a Paso Robles grad, drove in a run for the third straight game to start the season, going 1 for 4 with one RBI, and Monterey Peninsula College’s Dylan Candaele, a former San Luis Obispo Tiger, went 1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored.
Northern Illinois’ Tom Barry earned the win, pitching five innings of three-hit ball.
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The San Luis Obispo Blues summer collegiate baseball team combined to no-hit the Cal Poly club team in a 5-0, nine-inning win late Tuesday night at SLO Stadium.
Graduating San Luis Obispo High star Sean Mullen pitched the first four innings for the Blues, striking out seven batters and walking two. Kentucky catcher Thomas Bernal, a former Paso Robles High standout, had a sacrifice fly for the Blues (2-0).
The Cal Poly club is not an NCAA-sanctioned team, unlike the school-sponsored Mustangs.
Cassie Freeman, a 2006 Morro Bay High grad who went on to star in track and field at Cuesta College, recently earned all-California Collegiate Athletic Association honors in the women’s hammer throw after completing her senior season at San Francisco State.
Freeman finished third in the event at the CCAA Championships with a career-best mark of 154 feet, 8 inches.
Colleen Allen, a 2007 Atascadero alumna who also transferred from Cuesta, is a teammate of Freeman with the Division II Gators. Allen, who competes in the women’s pole vault, was named to the league’s all-academic team.