February 4, 2013 -
By Tom Saxe -
Baseball players Kiki Medina of Southwestern College and Kendall Lindley from Grossmont are the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Athletes of the Week.
Medina, a 6-foot-0, 190-pound sophomore right-handed pitcher from St. Augustine High School, threw a complete-game, four-hit shutout, defeating Chaffey 5-0 as the Jaguars advanced to 3-0 on the season. He struck out eight and walked none.
Lindley, a freshman left-handed pitcher from Francis Parker High School, went six innings, striking out 12 and walking none. He allowed five hits, giving up two earned runs, in a 4-3 season-opening win over Chaffey.
Honorable mention went to Miramar basketball players Le’Sean Galbreath and Jorey Scott and basketball players Martin Meza (Grossmont) and Joe Vaz (Palomar). Galbreath (Jan. 13) and Vaz (Nov. 25) are both former Athlete of the Week picks and were not eligible to receive the award a second time.
Galbreath, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound sophomore shooting guard from Escondido High School, had one of the highest-scoring games in state history and the highest in PCAC history, scoring 56 points in a double-overtime 100-92 win against San Diego City College. He was 18-for-27 shooting, 17-for-20 from the foul line and also had 10 rebounds and eight assists. The state scoring record is 73 points by Reedley’s Dick Ekezian vs. Modesto on Jan. 6, 1944. The Southern California mark is 64 points by Glendale’s Ron Wielchowski during the 1963-64 season. And the national community college record is 86 points by Johnell Smith Jr. of Santa Fe (FL) CC in a 149-38 victory over Vanier (Canada) on Dec. 29, 2000.
Scott, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound sophomore forward from Douglas High in Reno, NV, scored 13 points and had 13 rebounds in the win over City College.
Meza, a 6-foot-0 freshman guard from Eastlake High School, enabled Grossmont, which is tied with Palomar for the PCAC lead, to knock MiraCosta out of what was a three-way deadlock with his floor play and ball-handling as the Griffins won 83-75.
Vaz, a 7-foot-1, 285-pound center from Rancho Buena Vista High School, had 16, points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks in a 95-75 win over Cuyamaca and 18 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks in a 76-51 victory over Southwestern, the Comets’ sixth straight win.
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