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Paso Robles baseball star commits to Arizona State — as a sophomore | Sports Notes

Paso Robles High School sophomore Hunter Barnhart, pictured as a freshman here celebrating after the Bearcats defeated Quartz Hill 4-1 in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoffs last spring, verbally committed to play baseball at Arizona State University after he graduates in 2020.
Paso Robles High School sophomore Hunter Barnhart, pictured as a freshman here celebrating after the Bearcats defeated Quartz Hill 4-1 in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoffs last spring, verbally committed to play baseball at Arizona State University after he graduates in 2020. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Paso Robles High School sophomore Hunter Barnhart, 15, has verbally committed to play baseball at Arizona State University when he graduates in 2020, according to the Paso Robles Daily News.

During his freshman season with the Bearcats, Barnhart became starting first baseman and a key member of a team that advanced to the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoffs for the first time since 1978.

Barnhart was also inserted at quarterback Friday and led the Bearcats’ football team to its first win of the season with a handful of dazzling scrambles and a touchdown pass against Clovis North.

Barnhart isn’t the only local baseball player to commit to ASU at a young age. SLO High junior pitcher Cooper Benson verbally committed to the Sun Devils before the start of his freshman season.

Paso Robles cross country wins in Clovis

The Paso Robles boys cross country team, led by junior Pablo Cortes and senior Ian Young, placed first out of 27 teams Friday at the Golden Eagle Cross Country Invite in Clovis.

With a time of 16:23.1, Cortes finished in eighth place while Young finished 11th with a time of 16:36.6 on the 5,000-meter course to beat out local rival Arroyo Grande (3rd place). Arroyo Grande senior Luis Jazo (16:07.7) finished in third place.

Paso Robles beat out a handful of top teams from the Central Section, including Madera South and Ridgeview. The girls team finished fifth.

Templeton Coach Receives Award

Templeton girls basketball coach Shawn Koehler received the Champions for Character Award by the CIF-Southern Section on Monday evening in Long Beach.

Koehler, who has been the head coach for nine years, was nominated for his leadership following the death of Templeton basketball player Shelby Sudbrink in January.

“Our entire team met at the hospital to say goodbye to their teammate and Shawn was right there with them, leading by example,” Templeton athletic director Lindsey Campana wrote in Koehler’s nomination letter. “Leaders need to be vulnerable and Shawn showed them it was acceptable to feel what they were feeling because he felt it too. He is positive, motivating, and honest, and our students and parents have completely bought into our program because of who he is and what he stands for."

McClish Wins at Lake Santa Margarita

Morro Bay junior Audrey McClish ran the fastest varsity girls time at the Burg Invitational on Saturday. Her 19:51.95 on the 5,000-meter course gave her the win in the small-school division and was faster than any runner in the large-school division, as well.

The Atascadero boys cross country team, led by junior Max Bontenbal (17:35.02) and sophomore Johnathan Dolan (17:41.45), won the small-school boys race.

Cal Poly

Dzubnar and Jackson Return

A couple of Cal Poly football alumni returned to active NFL rosters last week.

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Asa Jackson was brought back up from the practice squad after being cut before the start of the season. Jackson helped force a fumble in a loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Linebacker Nick Dzubnar was also back on the active roster for the L.A. Chargers after being cut before the season, but he didn’t have a tackle in a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Volleyball Streaking

The Cal Poly women’s volleyball team swept UC Riverside for its eighth-straight win. With the win, Cal Poly (13-2, 3-0 Big West) moved to No. 4 in VolleyballMag.com’s Mid-Major Poll.

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