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Bustos hits it big in Beijing

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Posted: August 12, 2008 7:06 p.m.
Updated: October 14, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Everything about this year's Olympic Games seems to be about making a statement.

The opening ceremony was bigger than ever. Michael Phelps is setting world records left and right. Oh and the USA softball team is making its presence known too.

The squad broke an Olympic record for most runs scored in a game by a single team in its 11-0 defeat over Venezuela.

Putting a hand in the record setting performance was Canyon High graduate Crystl Bustos.

Bustos went 2-for-3 with one RBI.

Bustos, who currently holds an Olympic record for most home runs with five, struck a long ball in the third inning out to left field.

The squad also tied the Olympic record with three home runs in the five inning rout.

USA will face 2004 silver medalist Australia today.

Golden arm

Valencia graduate and Cal State Fullerton first baseman Jared Clark earned the Golden Glove award for 2008 USA Baseball National Collegiate Team.

The squad finished the summer undefeated and captured the title of The International University Sports Federation Champions after a 1-0 defeat over Japan in the Czech Republic on July 27.

Clark went 12-for-43 during the summer with four home runs, 11 RBIs, three doubles and 12 runs scored.

Football debut

Canyon High graduate and current Brigham Young University running back J.J. Di Luigi showed what he does best in the team's scrimmage at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday.

The 5-foot-9 sophomore ran five times for 31 yards.

Di Luigi redshirted the 2007 season due to injury. The Cougars finished the season 11-2 overall and went undefeated in the Mountain West Conference.

Another Galaxy

High boys soccer team goalkeeper Eric Shannon was invited to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy's Academy team, the Galaxy Rios.

The squad will compete in the United States Development Academy season beginning in September.
Shannon recently competed in the finals at the Home Depot Center with his Los Angeles Futball Club 18-under Academy Team.

A pair of Indians

Hart 2002 graduate Jeff Icenogle is making moves in his minor league career.

Icenogle won two straight games with his Lexington Legends team, an affiliate of the Houston Astros organization. Currently with the Legends, Icenogle has pitched 86 innings allowed 91 hits with 96 strikeouts. Prior to entering the South Atlantic League, Icenogle played with Tri-City of the New York Penn
League and was ranked third in complete games. He also ranked No.3 in ERA with 2.36.

Hart 2003 graduate Chris Valaika has rebounded after a hitting slump.

The 6-foot-1 shortstop went 4-for-5 with a homer and two doubles on Sunday against the Tennessee Smokies.

Valaika also added five RBIs but his efforts weren't enough in the Chattanooga Lookouts 9-7 loss.

However, Valaika's batting average is back over .300 at .302.


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