Next Level Watch: Lampe makes first NAIA Nationals

Chad Lampe

Chad Lampe

Dos Pueblos alumni Chad Lampe, a three-time Channel League champion with the Chargers, reached the NAIA National Tournament this month for Lindsey Wilson College.

Lampe (9-7) lost to Aaron LaFarge of Oklahoma City University (39-12) by fall in 3:56. LaFarge went on to defeat three other opponents before falling in the championship match.

Lampe came back in the consolation bracket and pinned Deshun Haynes of Dickinson State (N.D.) in his next match (2:31). Lampe was knocked out of the tournament in his next match by Sage Ornelas of Embry-Riddle.

One of 10 teammates to make nationals, Lampe competed at 125 pounds in the East Regional. Lampe and the Blue Raiders finished third in the NAIA as a team, the highest finish in the program’s history.

James McCann, Detroit Tigers — McCann, who made his MLB debut last September with the Tigers, is making a strong case to make the big league team this season out of Spring Training. He has an .OPS of .934 in 29 at-bats and has a reputation as an above average defensive catcher.

Sami Hill, Kodi Hill and Kelsey O’Brien, UCLA Water Polo — The three Santa Barbara products have helped keep the Bruins at the top of the NCAA as the country’s No. 1 team. UCLA is 17-1 on the season and 3-0 in MPSF games. Kodi Hill has led the Bruins in scoring in the past two games, recording a hat trick in both. Hill, a junior, has 22 goals so far this season while O’Brien, a sophomore, has 10. At goalkeeper, Sami Hill had six saves in each contest. The Bruins also have Santa Barbara High alum Molly Cahill on the coaching staff.

Mario Hollands, Philadelphia Phillies – The former UCSB Gaucho received bad news this week after experiencing soreness in his throwing elbow. Hollands, who made his major league debut last season and appeared in 50 games (4.40 ERA), has been diagnosed with a strained flexor tendon and is possibly looking at season-ending surgery.