Local Missy Taukeiaho signs with professional softball team

Former Cal State Fullerton softball standout Missy Taukeiaho (Etiwanda High School) has signed a contract to play for the USSSA Florida Pride of National Professional Fastpitch (NPF).

The two-time All-American signed as an undrafted free agent after completing a stellar senior season in which she helped lead the Titans to their first NCAA Regional appearance since 2009.

She was named Big West Player of the Year for the second time in her career.

Additionally, she was named to the All-West Region Third Team after finishing her senior year with a .360 batting average with a .674 slugging percentage and a .498 on-base percentage.

She registered 52 runs, 41 RBIs, 22 doubles, 10 home runs and 43 walks on the year. She led the team in runs, doubles, home runs, walks and slugging percentage.

Taukeiaho played three years with Cal State Fullerton after transferring from Washington. During her time as a Titan, she etched her name into the career record book in almost every offensive category as she ranks second all-time in on-base percentage(.512), slugging percentage (.752), home runs (41) and walks (110).

Taukeiaho is the 16th former Titan to sign a professional contract to play softball.


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Local David Banuelos earns Big West baseball honors at Long Beach State

Sophomore catcher David Banuelos of Long Beach State has earned first-team All-Big West honors.

David Banuelos

Banuelos, a resident of Ontario and graduate of Damien High School, hit .327 in 41 games (33 starts). He had 5 doubles, 3 home runs and 25 RBI.

He has also been a standout defensively with a .996 fielding percentage and just one error.

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Local Khaliffah Rosser brings home D2 national title in hurdles

Junior Khaliffah Rosser of Cal State Los Angeles is a national champion.

Rosser, a product of Summit High School and Chaffey College, took first place in the 400 hurdles at the NCAA Division II National meet on Saturday at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

Rosser, the West Region Track Athlete of the Year, registered a personal best time of 49.04, which ties the Cal State LA record set by Sam Turner in 1978. Rosser’s previous best was a 49.27 clocking that he achieved while winning the elite race at the Mt. SAC Relays in April.

The race had a familiar look to it as Rosser, running in lane No. 4, took quick command. He made up the stagger on the top competitors almost from the start and never wavered before finishing with a comfortable winning margin. Shawn Rose of St. Augustine’s, who had the nation’s No. 2 time entering the race, was second in 49.93.

Rosser won the first national championship in men’s track and field for Cal State LA since Josh Como and Giorgio Bryant won national titles in the triple jump and long jump in 2011. The intermediate hurdles title is the first for Cal State LA since Gordon Bugg in 1985.

The title was the 29th championship in men’s track and field history for Cal State LA

khallifah at nationals

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