By Tom Saxe -
San Diego City badminton player Darby Duprat and Grossmont softball player Kelsey Townsend are the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women’s Athletes of the Week.
Duprat, a Hoover High School product who previously played for UC San Diego’s highly-regarded club team, is the biggest reason’s City’s badminton team is unbeaten and a strong contender to win its fifth state team championship. The Knights’ No. 1 player, Duprat ran her record to 10-0 in singles and doubles in a 20-1 victory over Grossmont.
Townsend, a sophomore pitcher from Mira Mesa, shut out Citrus and Southwestern, both by 4-0, as the Griffins moved into a tie for first.
Honorable mention went to softball players Megan Bartee (Palomar), Vivan Garcia (Mesa), Lisa Pena (San Diego City) and Sonia Mazon (Southwestern).
Bartee, a freshman from Lakeside High in Lake Elsinore, replaced the Comets’ injured starting shortstop and had an RBI single in a 6-2 win over Santa Ana, singled twice in a 2-1 loss to Mesa and went 3-for-3 with a home run in a 2-0 win vs. Southwestern as Palomar re-took first place by a half-game over Mesa and Grossmont.
Garcia, a sophomore center fielder from Mission Bay, singled in Mesa’s win over Palomar, and was 2-for-4 in a doubleheader sweep of Chaffey.
Pena, a sophomore pitcher / centerfielder from Clairemont, was 6-for-14 as City beat Imperial Valley,
Hancock and Antelope Valley and lost to Moopark and Cypress.
Mazon, went 4-for-9 with two doubles, four walks and three RBIs on Saturday as the Jaguars swept Rio Hondo 9-5 and 7-4 in a non-conference double-header.