Cal Poly junior outfielder Mitch Haniger became the first Mustangs All-American in five years Thursday.
Named Big West Conference Player of the Year earlier this week, Haniger is a second-team Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-America selection by Collegiate Baseball newspaper after leading the conference in home runs (13), RBI (64), slugging percentage (.626), total bases (132) and sacrifice flies (7).
Expected to be a high pick when the MLB Draft starts Monday, Haniger hit .346 with 18 doubles and triple while going 6 of 12 on steal attempts.
Outfielder Grant Desme was a second-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball in 2007 while catcher Kyle Blumenthal and left-handed pitcher Garrett Olson were third-team selections in 2005. Blumenthal (2005) and Desme (2007) are the only other Mustangs who have earned the Big West Player of the Year award.
Mission Prep players make college selections
Guard Jenna Dunbar and forwards Bri Harvey and Kaylee Williams, who were instrumental in leading the Mission Prep girls basketball team to the CIF Division 5 state title game in March, will be continuing their sport in college.
Dunbar has committed to Division II’s Sonoma State in Rohnert Park, Harvey will join Division III’s Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and Williams will play at NAIA’s Point Loma Nazarene in San Diego.
The trio was part of a Mission Prep team that finished 32-2 overall and lost 70-64 to Brookside Christian of Stockton in the state championship.
Dunbar averaged 14.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.3 steals per game. Her numbers earned her the Jay Cowitz Award as The Tribune’s San Luis Obispo County Player of the Year.
Harvey averaged 14.4 points and 6.2 rebounds, while Williams averaged 11.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.5 steals.
Nipomo pole vaulter to sign with Cal State Northridge
Nipomo High senior pole vaulter Tevin Limon is expected to sign his National Letter of Intent today to compete for the Cal State Northridge track and field team.
He became a three-time Los Padres League title winner in the pole vault this season after clearing a personal-best 15 feet.
Limon, who is the school record holder in the pole vault at Nipomo, also cleared 14-3 at the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 final but did not qualify for Masters.
Limon’s signing will coincide with linebacker J.T. Wells’ declaration to play football at Division III’s Willamette University in Salem, Ore.