Sophomore third baseman Kevin Riley of Los Osos has signed with Cal State Northridge.
Riley, a graduate of Los Osos High School, was the Foothill Conference Most Valuable Player, leading the Panthers to the conference championship and the Southern Sectional final.
Riley hit .392 with 20 doubles, 3 triples, 8 home runs, 56 RBI and 48 runs scored in 43 games. He boasted an on-base percentage of .467 and a slugging percentage of .676.
Sophomore Caroline Ordian of the University of Redlands women’s golf team has been named the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Female Athlete of the Week for her performance at the NCAA Division III Championships. This is her fourth such honor during the 2015-16 academic year.
With consistency and patience throughout the weather-shortened tournament, Ordian captured the NCAA Individual Championship after posting a three-round total of 218 (73-70-75), which was one stroke ahead of the runner-up. She increased her lead to four strokes through the front nine of the fourth round when thunderstorms and hail forced the competition to be called, thus nullifying the final day’s scores.
Ordian ranked among the top five in the field for all statistical categories, including par threes (even), par fours (+5), par fives (-3), birdies (9), and pars (35).
Earlier in the week, she was honored as the 2016 Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) NCAA Division III Player of the Year and became a two-time All-American.
Senior Missy Taukeiaho (Etiwanda HS) and Desiree Ybarra (Riverside Poly), both of Cal State Fullerton, have been named Big West Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively.
Taukeiaho was named Big West Conference Player of the Year for the second time in her career, previously earning the honor in 2014. She has managed 12 multi-hit and multi-RBI games this season.
The senior third baseman ranks seventh in batting average (.358), second in on-base percentage (.488), second in slugging percentage (.673), third in homers (9) and fourth in RBIs (37). Taukeiaho leads the league in runs scored (49), doubles (22), walks (38) and is second in total bases with 109.
In Big West Conference action, she hit .333 with five home runs, 20 RBIs, 22 runs scored, 16 walks and slugged an impressive .719.
While Taukeiaho has been an offensive threat this season, she has also been exceptional defensively with only three errors in 64 chances.