Newport Harbor High softball standout Bella Secaira has been cleared to play, three months after injuries suffered from a 30-foot fall, her mother, Tiffany Etchegoyen said Friday.
She received clearance to play from her doctor Thursday, Etchegoyen said.
Secaira, a catcher who was named Daily Pilot Player of the Year in softball last spring as a sophomore, was in critical condition with a collapsed lung and a mild concussion in June.
She fell from an apartment building.
"She was a kid being a kid," Etchegoyen explained at the time.
Secaira led the Sailors (13-16) in batting with a .450 average.
She also competes in club softball for the Firecrackers.
— Steve Virgen
Vanguard's Valles recognized in soccer
Vanguard University senior forward Gabriela Valles, who had three goals and two assists in a pair of victories last week, has been named Golden State Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week in women's soccer.
Valles scored the go-ahead goal on a penalty kick and assisted on another tally in a 3-1 nonconference win over visiting Holy Names on Sept. 5.
She had two goals, including the game-winner, in a 6-0 thrashing of McKendree from Illinois Sept. 8 at home.
Valles leads the Lions (3-0) in goals (five) and assists (two).
She has helped Vanguard to a 5-0 start.
— From staff reports