Local Khaliffah Rosser earns top honor at CS Los Angeles

Senior Khaliffah Rosser was named Male Athlete of the Year at Cal State Los Angeles in festivities last week.

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Rosser, a graduate of Summit High School and Chaffey College, won the NCAA Division II championship in the 400 intermediate hurdles last month. In doing so he equaled a Cal State LA record with a winning time of 49.04.

Rosser is currently tied for No. 5 in the United States and No. 12 in the world and has automatically qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. late this month.

Rosser was also named the West Region Track Athlete of the Year and won conference titles in the 400 hurdles and 4×100 relay. He also set a new school record in the 400 with a time of 45.74.

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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.

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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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