Etiwanda grad Missy Taukeiaho named All-American

Missy Taukeiaho

Cal State Fullerton junior third baseman Missy Taukeiaho (Etiwanda HS) has earned third-team All-America honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

She is the school’s first two-time All-American since 2003, while being the 29th Titan to be named to an NFCA All-America Team and the 39th selection overall.

In all 55 players from 28 different institutions were selected to one of three 2015 NFCA Division I All-American teams. The Association is in its second year implementing a change in the NFCA’s Division I awards process as three all-region teams, instead of the traditional two, were selected in each of 10 different regions.

Taukeiaho hit .390 with 10 doubles, 12 home runs and 41 RBIs. Although she missed 10 games, Taukeiaho still managed to lead the team in slugging percentage (.728) and on-base percentage (.488) while recording nearly three times the number of walks (27) to strikeouts (10).

The Rancho Cucamonga native helped guide Cal State Fullerton to a 34-22 overall record and combined with 33 wins in 2014, this marks the first back-to-back 30-win seasons for the Titans since 2006-07.

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Cal Poly Pomona’s Justin Ellerbee wins national title in pole vault

Ellerbee

The third time was the charm for Cal Poly Pomona pole vaulter Justin Ellerbee. In his third trip top the NCAA Division II championships Ellerbee broke the Cal Poly Pomona pole vault record and placed first with a mark of 17-6.5 on Saturday at Grand Valley State (Mich.).

He’s now the ninth national champion in the history of CPP men’s track and field and the first since 1994.

Ellerbee is also the first pole vaulter in school history to win the national title.
Ellerbee competed against the past two champions: Jordan Yamoah of Texas A&M Kingsville and Jeff Piepenbrink of Pittsburg State. In the end, Ellerbee walked away victorious at 17-6.5 while Yamoah and Piepenbrink followed in second and third at 17-2.75.

Ellerbee is now a two-time All-American, having placed fifth at the 2014 National Championships. In his nationals debut as a sophomore in 2013, he finished 13th.

Rodger Mantor

Teammate Rodger Mantor, joined Ellerbee on the awards podium, finishing fourth. That finish gave him All-American honors as well.

The junior from Simi Valley came into the event ranked eighth nationally and exceeded that ranking by going a personal best of 16-10.75

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CMS men’s tennis team claims national championship

The wait is over. After 34 years and back-to-back losses in the national title match in 2013 and 2014, No. 1 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is bringing the national championship trophy home.

The Stags soundly defeated Middlebury 5-0 in the national title match of the 2015 NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championships on Wednesday at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. For the Stags, it is the second national title in program history; the other, a tie, coming in 1981.

“It’s been a long road,” senior Warren Wood said after the match. “Two years in the finals and not quite getting there [winning the title], especially at home last year, that really pushed us this year.”

In Wednesday’s match, that motivation and CMS’ national title match experience from the past two seasons showed through. Nowhere was that more evident than in doubles.

After a dominant 8-1 No. 2 doubles win by sophomore Daniel Morkovine and junior Skyler Butts, the Stags had to show its mettle in No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. Seniors Joe Dorn and Wood came back from a 3-1 deficit and ran off seven consecutive games to win 8-3 against Palmer Campbell and Peter Heidrich at No. 1 doubles.

Fellow senior Nikolas Marino and sophomore Glenn Hull followed with a comeback of their own in No. 3 doubles 9-7.

With all of the momentum heading into singles, the Stags wrapped up the title with wins at No. 1 and No. 6 singles. Wood won 6-1, 6-4 against Ari Smolyar at No. 1 singles and trailed in the second set before coming back to get the win which moved CMS ahead 4-0 and one point away from the title.

Just minutes after Wood won his match, Hull clinched it with a cross-court backhand that Middlebury’s Kyle Schlanger was unable to return. Hull won his match 6-2, 6-2 against Schlanger. The Stags also led at No. 2 (Butts), No. 4 (Dorn) and No. 5 (Morkovine) singles when the match ended.

This was the 11th meeting between CMS and Middlebury since 2005, with CMS having won nine of the matches. It was the first matchup between the two programs in the title match. Last season, CMS defeated Middlebury 5-2 in the national semifinals.

CMS’ historic season closes with a 32-2 record, undefeated against NCAA Division III opponents

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