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LCC's Lippert opts for Stanford track; Mission Bay's Ellis announces finalists

10/30/2018, 8:35pm PDT
By John Maffei & Mark Zeigler

La Costa Canyon's Karson Lippert, left, sprints to the finish line on his way to a first place finis

Injuries have put an end to Karson Lippert’s football career, but his time as a college athlete is just ahead.

The La Costa Canyon High senior, who sustained a torn ACL playing football this season, has committed to run track at Stanford.

One of the top sprinters in the state, Lippert was second at the state championships in the 400 meters as a sophomore, clocking a 46.91. That time would have placed him second at the Pac-12 Championships.

He also has a best of 10.64 in the 100 meters and 21.28 in the 200.

“I’m honored and excited to continue my academic and athletic career at Stanford,” Lippert said on his Twitter account. “I want to thank all my coaches, teachers and family that helped me earn this amazing opportunity.”

Lippert was off to a great start in football when he was injured in the season’s fifth game. The Mavericks, who began the year 5-0, finished the regular season 6-3 and are seeded No. 1 in the Division I playoffs.

“Of the hundreds of young men I’ve coached over the past 15 years, Karson Lippert is the best person I’ve ever coached,” said LCC football coach Sean Sovacool. “He’s tough, smart, selfless and unbelievably humble.

“He’s one of the most charismatic, caring and coachable players on our squad.”

Ellis announces finalists

Mission Bay guard Rejean “Boogie” Ellis revealed his five finalists Tuesday via a video on Twitter. San Diego State made the cut, along with Duke, North Carolina, Memphis and USC.

Ellis, a four-star prospect who can play either backcourt position, completed his official campus visits last weekend with a trip to Duke. Most insiders consider the Blue Devils the favorite, particularly now that five-star guard Cole Anthony, the nation’s No. 3 prospect, left them off his list of finalists.

Also still in contention, insiders say, are UNC and Memphis.

Ellis is expected to announce a commitment Nov. 9. The early national letter of intent signing period begins the following week.

Football All-Americans

Francis Parker punter Ryan Sanborn was presented his jersey for the 2019 All-American Bowl in an on-campus ceremony Monday while Carlsbad receiver/defensive back Asa Turner was presented with his jersey in a campus gathering Tuesday.

Sanborn has committed to play at Stanford. Turner has committed to play at Washington.

The All-American Bowl, which brings together the top high school football seniors from throughout the country, will be played Jan. 5 in San Antonio and will be televised on NBC.

Hall of Famers

Former San Diego County greats Joe Salave’a and Dan Saleaumua are part of the 2019 Polynesian Football Hall of Fame class that also includes Lofa Tatupu and Marques Tuiasosopo.

Salave’a starred at Oceanside High and played collegiately at Arizona. A defensive lineman, he played eight years in the NFL covering 100 games with the Titans, Ravens, Redskins and Chargers. Salave’a is currently the associate head coach at Oregon.

Saleaumua played at Sweetwater High and Arizona State. A defensive lineman, he played 12 years in the NFL covering 177 games with the Lions, Chiefs and Seahawks and the 1995 Pro Bowl. He is now in private business.

The pair will be honored at the Polynesian Hall of Fame enshrinement weekend on Jan. 18-19 in Hawaii.

College commitments

Jackson Reed, a junior at Cathedral Catholic, has committed to play men’s volleyball at USC. A 6-foot outside hitter/libero, he was a key part of a Dons team that won the San Diego Section Division I championship last season. He was also selected to the SCVA Youth National Team that placed second at the USA/High Performance Championships in Tulsa. A 4.0 student, he is a member of the Gold Honor Roll at Cathedral.

<bullet><TH>Patrick Henry senior catcher Jonathan Marshall has committed to play college baseball at Occidental. He threw out 24 of 37 runners attempting to steal. He is a 5.0 student.

For the record

Last week, it was reported in the U-T that Cathedral Catholic football coach Sean Doyle had won his 200th career game.

However, after a triple check with the school and with historian Rick Smith of Partleton Sports, it was discovered all three had a different record for Doyle.

Confusion stemmed from the 2012 season in which the Dons forfeited several games. That number, however, varied from 10 to 8 to 6.

After several emails and calls, the U-T, Partleton Sports and Cathedral agreed Doyle’s record — including this year — is 193-90 in his 23rd season at the school.

Cathedral is 9-1 this year and is seeded No. 2 in the Open Division playoffs that start Nov. 9.

Staff writer Mark Zeigler contributed to this report.


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