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Canyon Crest hosts spiker camp

In three days, Gretchen Cash developed skills that she believes will benefit her for years.

Cash, who’ll be an eighth grader in the fall at Notre Dame Academy, was among 38 high school and middle school girls of all ability levels who participated in the USA Volleyball High Performance Camp, a pilot developmental program Canyon Crest Academy hosted July 19-22 that attracted some of the nation’s top coaches.

Santa Fe Christian grad Brian Kolb shines in RailCats debut

Brian Kolb didn’t abandon his dream of playing major league baseball after he went undrafted in last month’s amateur draft. He just found a different road to get there.

After excelling in a brief stint in the developmental Peach State League, the 22-year-old former Santa Fe Christian standout has landed a roster spot with the Gary (Ind.) RailCats in the independent Northern League and is by all accounts making the most of the opportunity.

Canyon Crest basketball player rebounds from injury

A painful injury threatened to derail Ali Brown’s promising high school basketball career.

But her persistence and hard work helped her take her game to another level.

Brown was an overachieving freshman whose hustle and determination helped make her the junior varsity MVP at Canyon Crest Academy.

Torrey Pines grad has just the right pitch

A career-changing pitch can be learned under the tutelage of a high-priced individual instructor. In can be developed reading about a certain grip, emulating a favorite pitcher’s motion, or on a tip from a friend on a practice field.

Sometimes, there simply is no rhyme or reason to such discoveries.

Balancing act: CCA’s Osetkowski juggles two sports

Playing two sports year-round while excelling academically at one of Carmel Valley’s most demanding high schools doesn’t leave Cory Osetkowski much time to rest.

“It’s definitely physically tiring and emotionally tiring,” said Osetkowski, who just finished his junior year at Canyon Crest Academy, where he starred on the baseball and basketball teams while maintaining a 3.64 GPA.

“I’m constantly tired, but it’s all good,” he said. “It’s keeping me in really good shape.”

If he has his way, Osetkowski will take the exhaustion factor to another level.

Gillett tackles challenges head-on

When Ryan Gillett went out for the Santa Fe Christian football team freshman year, he knew there were doubters. He didn’t blame them.

Football, after all, is a violent sport in which injuries — sometimes serious ones — occur even amid the best of circumstances. The circumstances amid Gillett’s debut were not the best.

Gillett’s vision has been limited to one eye since he was born, when the retina on his left eye failed to develop properly. The condition has left him with virtually no depth perception, and reduced his peripheral vision by about 30 percent. He has worn a prosthetic eye all his life.

Winning grows on Trees: 2-sport standout leads Falcons

Katie Trees is a two-sport standout at Torrey Pines who wants to someday be a lawyer.

If her sports track record is any indication, best of luck to her future legal combatants.

Trees, who just completed her junior year, has already accepted a scholarship to play soccer and lacrosse at academically rigorous Duke. She’s maintained a 3.55 GPA at Torrey Pines while playing soccer year-round (at Torrey Pines and for the San Diego Surf club team) and lacrosse.

Former Falcon fights on, wins military competitions

In two years at Torrey Pines High, out-of-town transfer Keegan McAllister went from being a raw but unpolished and undistinguished wrestler to a San Diego Section champion.

McAllister is now applying some of the qualities he developed as a Falcons wrestler toward his ultimate goal of becoming an elite Navy Seal officer.

If his recent track record is any indication, don’t bet against him.

McAllister, an Oregon State freshman, won the physically and mentally grueling combat fitness and physical readiness competitions held by the Naval ROTC for the Northwest region at University of Idaho in April.

Falcons win regional title in golf by six strokes

Golf:

- Perennial power Torrey Pines won the Southern California Regional title with a decisive 6-stroke victory at Golf Club of Rancho California in Murrieta (formerly known as the SCGA course) on June 2.

Alex Wagner fired a 4-under 68 score and Jay Hwang shot a 69 to lead the Falcons, who shot a combined 3-under-par 357 on the 18-hole par-72 course.

Michael Kim shot a 72, Andrew Burgess and Bobby Gojungco added 73 scores, and David Smith shot a 75.

The victory sent the Falcons to the June 8 state championship meet at Santa Maria Country Club. The Falcons, who won their eighth Southern California title in school history, were seeking their second state title in seven years.

The Falcons were the only team to combine for team score below par.

Pitcher’s small school experience proves beneficial

After completing a stellar freshman baseball season at San Diego Jewish Academy, Michael Fagan was concerned enough that pitching for the tiny upstart program would be an obstacle to his future in the sport, he seriously considered transferring to Point Loma of San Diego, his district’s public school, where he figured he’d get more exposure.

Fagan never did leave. And now he believes that what he once viewed as a hindrance to his development was a blessing in disguise.

“I’d been going to the academy since I was in third grade and all my friends were there,” Fagan said of his decision to stay at SDJA. “The academy was where I really wanted to be.”

The baseball stuff worked out pretty well too.

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