Los Osos grad Paige Halstead part of winning USA team

Los Osos High School graduate Paige Halstead was part of the U.S. Junior National team which won the Gold medal at the WBSC Junior Women’s World Championship today at Oklahoma City.

The USA team went 9-0 in the event, defeating Japan 8-1 in the championships game.

The American team was never really challenged with the other wins coming over Chinese Taipei 10-0, Italy 20-0, Australia 6-1, Brazil 16-0, Puerto Rico 7-2, Mexico 16-0, Czech Republic 7-0, Canada 14-2 and Japan 14-2.

Halstead, a catcher, played in four games and went 4-for-8 with a double, five RBI and four runs scored.

Halstead will be headed to UCLA for her freshman year later this month.


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Chino Hills’ Tannon Snow named top softball player in country

Chino Hills High School shortstop Tannon Snow admits keeping the secret wasn’t easy. And this was a really big secret.

The Washington-bound standout has been named MaxPreps National Player of the Year, meaning she’s the best player in the entire country.

A representative called her a month or so ago to do the interview but the announcement didn’t come until last night. So word it out now, finally!

“I kept wondering when it was going to come out so I could tell people,” she said. “It’s truly an honor with all the great players that had great years. It’s awesome. I don’t even know what to say.”

Snow put up just insane offensive numbers. In 32 games she hit a California single-season record 28 home runs and drove in a state-record 89 runs. She added 13 doubles and three triples so 44 of her 62 hits were for extra bases. She batted .573 and walked 16 times, with a slugging percentage of 1.513 and an unheard-of OPS of 2.129.

Among the other players who landed on first team, earning All-American honors were pitcher Brooke Bolinger of Yucaipa and Taylor McQuillan of Mission Viejo, whose teams met in the CIF Division 2 title game.

Snow numbers made her a strong candidate but some of the other top honors from other outlets went to other players, mainly due to the Huskies only getting to the quarterfinal.

“Our team didn’t go as far so I thought maybe those other players had the edge,” she said.

There are still more impressive numbers for Snow: in 21 games, she had two or more base hits. She drove in a teammate in 27 of Chino Hills 32 games and in 22 of the games she drove home more than two.

Snow homered in 19 games and had eight multi-homer games. Twice during the season, she homered in five or more games in a row. She hit three home runs and drove in seven runs in one game.

But the most amazing statistic is that in her final seven games, she homered 11 times.

The other locals also earned first-team honors with strong seasons. Bolinger led Yucaipa to a 31-3 record and the Southern Section Division II title, beating undefeated and then-No. 1 Mission Viejo, 1-0. She had 306 strikeouts with a 0.26 ERA and limited opponents to a .088 batting average. She will attend Nevada-Reno.

Paige Halstead of Los Osos was named first team All-American at catcher. The USA Junior National Team member batted .568, scored 38 times and had 36 RBIs. She has signed with UCLA.

Zoe Casas of Aquinas is the fourth local making the first-team. The Florida State-committed senior batted .736 with 64 hits, giving her a state record 248 base hits. In 105 games, she scored 193 runs and struck out just three times. For her four seasons at Aquinas, she batted .681.


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Paige Halstead and Team USA place fifth

Los Osos High School graduate Paige Halstead was part of the USA Junior National team that finished fifth in the World Cup X Tournament which wrapped up Sunday at Barber Park in Irvine.

Halstead, a catcher who has signed with UCLA, went 2-for-16 (in eight games) in her first event with that team. Her hits were big hits as she had run-scoring singles in a 14-0 win over Argentina and a 14-1 win over Puerto Rico.

The event was won by the other USA Team, made up of the Senior Team members.

The USA Junior team beat Mexico 6-5 on Sunday to secure the fifth-place finish.

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Los Osos High’s Paige Halstead starts play with Team USA

 Los Osos High School graduate Paige Halstead is spending the summer playing with the Junior Women’s National Softball Team.
The team is currently playing Argentina at Barber Park in Irvine. It is the first game of the World Cup of Softball which is taking place through July 5.
Halstead, a catcher who has signed with UCLA, was the top player for the Grizzlies and one of the marquee players in the Baseline League as well as in Southern California. She hit .568 with 16 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, 36 RBI and 38 runs scored with 17 multiple hit games.
Halstead came in to pinch hit in the third and ripped a run-scoring single that made it 11-0.
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Two local softball standouts earn national recognition

Senior Paige Halstead of Los Osos and sophomore Taylon Snow of Chino Hills have been singled out by USA Today as preseason All-Americans.

The newspaper selected 20 players from around the country.
Both were first-team All-CIF and All-Inland Valley honorees last year.

Halstead, who has signed with UCLA, hit .500 (38 for 76) as a junior with 10 doubles, three triples, six home runs and 30 RBI. She played shortstop last year but is being moved to catcher to fill a void there.

Snow, who has committed to Washington, hit .567 with eight doubles, two triples, five home runs, 24 RBI and 39 runs scored as a freshman. She was named statewide Freshman of the Yea last year by CalHiSports.



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Los Osos senior Paige Halstead earns Junior World Team Invite


Senior shortstop Paige Halstead of Los Osos High School has been named to the 2015 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team.

She will represent Team USA at the World Cup of Softball X in Southern California in July and the International Softball Federation Junior Women’s World Championship in August in Oklahoma City.

Following a two-day selection process, 17 athletes and three alternates were selected by members of the Women’s National Team Selection Committee.

In all, 11 NCAA Division I universities are represented while six athletes will be finishing up their senior year of high school prior to the 2015 season. Also joining the roster are four athletes who participated at the USA Softball Junior Women’s Open Tryout on Jan. 2.

Team USA is looking to reclaim the Gold Medal at the ISF Junior Women’s World Championship (JWWC) after falling 4-0 to Japan at the 2013 JWWC in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Slated for August 9-15 at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City, the best 19-Under teams in the world will take to the softball capital of the world to compete for the World Championship.

Halstead helped Los Osos to three straight Baseline League championships, earning the league batting title in two of those three seasons. She hit .500 in 2014 with six homers and 30 RBI, leading all league players with a .568 on base percentage and a .947 slugging.

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