Blumfield Selects Softball, Boston College

From Staff Reports

Cara Blumfield of El Camino Real High, a Times’ All-Valley selection in softball and basketball, said Wednesday she has accepted a softball scholarship to Boston College.

“I’m happy with the decision,” she said. “I just loved it there.”

Blumfield led El Camino Real to the City Section 4-A Division softball final last year, batting .513 with 31 runs batted in.

In basketball, she led the region in scoring last season with a 23.3 average.


Cindy Muran, shortstop for Newbury Park High, signed a letter of intent with Northwestern.

Muran, a Times’ All-Ventura County selection in 1998, batted .483 with 42 hits and 20 runs batted in. She selected the Wildcats over Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Loyola Marymount.

Muran will join a Northwestern roster that already includes infielder Tami Jones, who led El Camino Real to the 1997 City 4-A championship.

Third baseman Kim Mutaw of Valencia committed to Cal State Northridge.


Mutaw, who batted .264 with two home runs and 10 RBIs as a junior, selected the Matadors after considering San Diego State and Cal State Fullerton.

Northridge also signed Amber Grahlman, an All-Bay League catcher from West Torrance.

Pitcher and infielder Patricia Wetzel of Notre Dame has signed a letter of intent with Evansville, where she will receive a partial scholarship.

Wetzel chose Evansville over Mount St. Mary’s in Maryland and Loyola Chicago.



Richard Nelson of Alemany has signed a letter of intent with UCLA.

Nelson, a 6-foot-4 setter and outside hitter, chose the Bruins over UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine.



Anne Lee of Notre Dame High has signed a letter of with Arizona.

Lee, fifth at the CIF-SCGA championships as a junior and a qualifier for both the U.S. Women’s and U.S. Girls’ championships last summer, chose Arizona over Vanderbilt, Texas, USC and UCLA.


David Johnson of Agoura High has signed a letter of intent with Northwood University, an NCAA Division II school in Midland, Mich.


Johnson, a shortstop, batted .346 with 21 runs batted last season.


Tami Pivnick, who played at Chaminade High and is a redshirt sophomore at California, must undergo knee surgery for the fifth time after tearing a ligament in practice.

Pivnick had four goals and eight assists this season, helping Cal earn a share of the Pacific 10 title and a berth in the NCAA Division I tournament.


Paul Dojo of The Master’s College, a senior midfielder from Moorpark, was selected to the NAIA All-Far West Region team. Nate Wright of Biola, who played for Saugus High, was named to the team as a defender.

Jared Kira, Anthon Brueggeman and Erik Benitez of The Master’s were selected to the second team.

Federico Arroyo, a junior forward on the Cal State Northridge men’s team, has been named NCAA Independent player of the year after scoring 12 goals and having 16 assists. Arroyo, a Van Nuys High graduate, led the nation in assists per game and was among the top 10 players in points per game.

Jaime Rendich of Canyon High, Kelly Lavery of Chaminade, April Millado of Louisville and Jill Oakes of Birmingham, who play for the Valley United Stars under-15 team, were invited to an Olympic Development tournament Nov. 25-29 at Bradenton, Fla.



Victor Torres, a wide receiver at Canoga Park, was selected offensive player of the year and Carlos Plascencia, a linebacker at Sylmar, was chosen defensive player of the year in the Valley Pac-8 Conference.