NEXT LEVEL WATCH: Lopez earns USL Player of Week honor

Rodrigo Lopez scored two goals in Sacramento's comeback win.

Rodrigo Lopez scored two goals in Sacramento’s comeback win. (USL Photo)

Santa Barbaran Rodrigo Lopez was named the USL PRO Player of the Week after his two-goal performance for Sacramento Republic FC in a 4-3 win over the Colorado Rapids Reserves before a sellout crowd of 8,000 at its new facility, Bonney Field.

Lopez had a hand in all three goals as his team took a 3-1 lead at the halftime break. The captain first hit an excellent cross that was headed home by Justin Braun, and then scored two goals in four minutes, the second coming on a wonderful curling effort that found the top-right corner of the net.


A couple of former local prep baseball stars met in a Triple A baseball game on Monday. Dylan Axelrod (Santa Barbara High), a pitcher for the Charlotte Knights, got Toledo Mud Hens catcher James McCann (Dos Pueblos) to ground out to second base to end a scoring threat in the first inning.

The Knights won the game 8-6.

Axelrod picked up his fourth win of the season for the Chicago White Sox’s Triple-A affiliate, allowing just three hits, while walking two and striking out five in six innings of work. He is 4-6 on the season.

McCann, one of the top catchers in the Detroit Tigers’ minor-league system, is batting .281 for Toledo, with two homers and 27 RBIs.


Dos Pueblos alum Hannah Harris, who led the Chargers to a CIF-ss championship in high school, recently completed her sophomore campaign with the Bulldogs.

Among the many accolades received following the season, Harris was one 12 players selected for the District-8 Academic Team. The district includes NCAA D1 schools from California, Arizona, Nevada and Oregon.

On the playing field, Harris was a second-team All-Mountain West selection and was named a Conference Player of the Week. Harris finished the season ranked second on the Bulldogs in wins (9), innings pitched (105), and strikeouts (34).

Fresno State was 31-21 overall in 2014, including a 15-9 mark in Mountain West play.


Santa Barbara High alum Jack Perry has embarked on a professional golf career after completing his four years at Northwestern University.

Perry is a two-time All-Big Ten first team selection and a 2013 All-American. He  holds the third-best scoring average in Northwestern history.

Perry led the Dons to the CIF State Championship in 2010.

Perry’ told the Daily Northwestern the he plans to play in a number of state opens throughout the Midwest in preparation for a fall trip to Tour Q-School.