Hansen Walley win bronze in beach volleyball at AAU Junior Olympics

volley

Sedona Hansen of Serrano High School and Janell Walley of Yucaipa teamed together and came away with a bronze medal at the AAU Junior Olympics beach volleyball in the 16-under division event held in Hermosa Beach.

The division included 70 teams from throughout the country.
Hansen qualified by winning an AAU Tournament earlier in the season with regular partner Kylie Miller of Rancho Cucamonga. AAU rules allow a qualified player to pick another partner if the need arises.

Walley was a logical choice since she had played with Hansen last summer with an indoor team that had also finished third nationally.
The two also played a beach tournament together a year ago.

Play started on Saturday with 14 pools of five teams. The first place teams in each pool were put into two pools of four and two pools of five for the second round of play. The same was done for all of the second place teams.

Hansen and Walley ended up seeded 11th but advanced through bracket play before losing in the semifinal.
One of the girls’ bigger pool play wins came against the team that eventually finished first.

Etiwanda softball player Hailey Freeman commits to GCU

Etiwanda High School softball standout Hailey Freeman (left) has made a verbal commitment to Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz.

Grand Canyon had been an NCAA Division II school but recently made the jump to Division I and has forked a lot of money into new athletic facilities.

Freeman, a third baseman who will be a junior in the fall, helped the Eagles to a second place showing in the Baseline League last spring as a sophomore.

She picked that school over Northeastern State and Southern Utah, after visiting the campus last week. It also helps that good friend and teammate Megan Stevens is also going to that school. The two have been playing on the same team since they were 8 years old.

“I was going to wait to decide until maybe the end of my junior year but I really liked it when I went to visit,” she said.

She plans to major in criminal justice or forensics.

Kaiser’s Chris Mathewson earns All-American nod from MaxPreps

There is yet one more honor for Kaiser High School baseball standout Chris Mathewson.

The senior pitcher-first baseman was named a second-team All-American by MaxPreps.  He batted .511 (45 for 88) with seven doubles, four triples, three home runs, 33 RBI and 37 runs scored but was an even bigger factor on the mound. He went 9-2 with an 0.79 ERA and 105 strikeouts in 62 innings.

It is the latest of many accolades. Mathewson, who has signed with Long Beach State, was a first-team All-CIF selection and was a first-team All-State honoree by CalHiSports which also named him Medium Schools Player of the Year.

Mathewson was also an All-Inland Valley selection.