Bochy to Be Third Base Coach for Padres

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The Padres named Bruce Bochy, who has managed in the club’s farm system for the past four seasons, as the team’s new third base coach and Dan Radison as bench coach Thursday. The club also named Dave Bialas to the bullpen staff.

Bochy, 37, finished his 14-year professional playing career in 1988 with Las Vegas, serving as coach and backup catcher for the Stars. After his managerial debut in 1989 with Spokane in the Northwest League, he moved up to Riverside in the California League in 1990. Last season, Bochy’s Wichita team took the Double-A Texas League title.


By virtue of its 6-15, 15-7, 15-6, 15-13 Western Athletic Conference loss to BYU at Peterson Gym, San Diego State probably played its way out of NCAA playoff berth contention.


With three matches remaining, the Aztecs (20-9, 5-6) would have to win all their matches and get some help from BYU, Fresno State, Wyoming and New Mexico, all of which have better records than SDSU. The Aztecs play their final home match of the season tonight against Utah.

Gracie Schutt had 17 kills for SDSU; Tea Nieminen’s 21 kills led WAC leader BYU (22-3, 11-0).


Kristen Carlson, a 6-foot-5 center from Poway High, has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Rice University. Carlson is considered one of the top defensive centers in the country after blocking a school-record 97 shots as a sophomore and 47 during an illness-marred junior season.

According to Cal-Hi Magazine, Carlson is one of the top five centers in California. She selected Rice over Santa Clara and San Francisco.

She averaged 9.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game while helping Poway to a 27-4 record and a San Diego Section title for the second consecutive year.


University of San Diego’s Julie McKeon and Laura Richards were among four of the top eight seeded players to advance to the third round of the Rolex Southern California Regional qualifying at UC Irvine. SDSU’s Nicole Storto was one of four seeded players upset on the opening day of competition. Only one other San Diego college player, Aztec Lisa Allpaz, remains in the tournament.


Top-seeded McKeon won both matches easily, winning her first match against SDSU’s Tanya Lauer, 6-1, 6-2. No. 5 Richards struggled a bit in first opening match, 6-4, 6-4, before she breezed through her second round. No. 6 Sorto lost to UCLA’s Meredith Chiles, 7-5, 6-1.

High school standouts Cammie Foley of Bonita Vista and Lee Ann Rostovsky of La Jolla also advanced.