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Kai Puailoa Rojas is a two-sport standout at St. Bonaventure.
Kai Puailoa Rojas is a two-sport standout at St. Bonaventure. (Puailoa Rojas family.)

Unselfishness. Humility. Loyalty. Those are just a few of the many positive qualities St. Bonaventure High has seen from two-sport standout Kai Puailoa Rojas.

In football, he has played quarterback, receiver, defensive back, returned punts and kickoffs. In basketball, he averaged 20.2 points last season.

The most stunning scene came from a basketball playoff game. The opposing team went all out to stop him. He ended scoring zero points. And yet, there he was celebrating afterward because his team won. He didn’t care about how many points he scored. He cared about his team advancing to the next round.

“He’s about trying to win,” football coach Tony Henney said.

Said Rojas: “Every time I got the ball, they put everyone on me. I tried to play defense and help the team. If I’m scoring and we win, that’s great. But if I don’t score, it’s still a good win.”

In football, St. Bonaventure is 6-2 overall and 1-1 in the Marmonte League. Henney has nicknamed him “The Video Game” because he’s involved in so many things during a game.

He had 174 yards rushing, including a 70-yard touchdown run,  in a 39-7 loss to Westlake on Friday. On the season, he has four interceptions, rushed for more than 500 yards, passed for more than 800 yards and caught 15 passes, including three touchdowns.

 He used to wake up at 5 a.m. to travel to school when he was living in Santa Barbara. That means he’s ready for potential early morning reveille if he went to the Naval Academy.

“I don’t mind,” he said.

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Saturday, October 6th

SOUTHERN SECTION

CROSS VALLEY LEAGUE

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Freshman Isis Diaz of Sierra Canyon is a promising cross-country runner.
Freshman Isis Diaz of Sierra Canyon is a promising cross-country runner. (Sierra Canyon)

It’s been quite a Saturday morning on the state championship course at Woodward Park in the Clovis Invitational.

Freshman Sofia Abrego of Granada Hills ran 18:00.3, the fastest time ever by a freshman girl athlete from the City Section on the course. She won the X-Large schools division.

Highland sophomore Daniel Rodriguez ran 15:32.9 to win the X-Large schools division in the boys’ race.

Friday, Oct. 5

CITY

CENTRAL LEAGUE

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In a well-played nonleague game between top 25 teams, Calabasas outlasted Sierra Canyon 42-35 on Friday night.

Quarterback Jaden Casey broke a 35-35 tie with a one-yard touchdown plunge with 1:01 left. Then the Coyotes’ defense stopped Sierra Canyon on a final play from the 26-yard line on a pass into the end zone as time expired.

Casey, a junior, passed for five touchdowns and threw for 409 yards. Hunter Williams ran for more than 100 yards for Sierra Canyon.

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Thursday, Oct. 4

SOUTHERN SECTION

DEL RIO LEAGUE

Sophomore Daniel Rodriguez of Highland has emerged as one of the best young cross-country runners.
Sophomore Daniel Rodriguez of Highland has emerged as one of the best young cross-country runners. (Din Le)

In the Antelope Valley, there’s a rising young cross-country standout. His name is Daniel Rodriguez, and he’s a sophomore at Highland High in Palmdale.

Last year, he won the Golden League varsity competition as a freshman.

This year at the Woodbridge Invitational, he ran one of the fastest times for a sophomore in 14:45.6, finishing third in the rated race.

Scott Barlow, a Golden Valley graduate, will be honored by the school on Oct. 13.
Scott Barlow, a Golden Valley graduate, will be honored by the school on Oct. 13. (Golden Valley)

Golden Valley will honor Kansas City Royals pitcher Scott Barlow by making him its first athlete to have his athletic jersey retired.

As part of the fourth annual Battle of the Bats, the school’s home run derby, Barlow’s retired No. 42 uniform will be unveiled during an Oct. 13 ceremony at the Santa Clarita campus.

Barlow was Golden Valley’s athlete of the year in 2011.

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Prime Ticket has announced that Oct. 12 Trinity League showdown between St. John Bosco and Santa Ana Mater Dei at Santa Ana Stadium will be televised. Mater Dei is ranked No. 1 and St. John Bosco No. 2 in the Southern Section Division 1 poll.

Prep Zone games include:

Corona Centennial-Norco; St. Bonaventure-Oaks Christian; Orange Lutheran-JSerra; Linfield Christian-Aquinas.

Members of the Palos Verdes tennis team that won the Point Loma Invitational.
Members of the Palos Verdes tennis team that won the Point Loma Invitational. (Palos Verdes)

Palos Verdes recently won its second state girls’ tennis tournament, taking the championship of the Point Loma Invitational.

Palos Verdes knocked off highly regarded Campbell Hall.

Madison Olsen and freshman Cara Hung won in No. 1 doubles with a 10-point tiebreaker set.