McClain, Jameson named CCCSIA Athletes of the Month for March

McClain, Jameson named CCCSIA Athletes of the Month for March
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Darien McClain, whose game-winning layup delivered San Diego City College basketball state championship, and Yasmine Jefferson, who became Southwestern College's all-time strikeout leader, were named the CCCAA/CCCSIA Athletes of the Month for February, it was announced on Thursday.
A sophomore point guard, McClain hit the game-winning shot as time expired that gave the Knights their first state championship in a thrilling 53-51 victory over Fullerton on March 12. He was named Pacific Coast Athletic Conference South Player of the Year after leading the Knights with 10.7 points per game, but he turned it up in March by averaging 21.6 points in five postseason games. He shot 52.5 percent from the floor and 52.9 percent on 3-pointers in the playoffs.

Jameson fanned 66 batters in the month of March, and broke the SWC career record for strikeouts by setting down her 259th batter of her career in a March 1 PCAC contest with San Diego Mesa. On the month, Jameson was 9-2 in the circle with a 1.64 ERA and 0.92 WHIP. At the plate she hit .400 with five RBIs, and six runs scored. 

Other nominations included: 

Male Honorable Mention
Ryan Ruley | Ohlone College | Baseball | Sophomore
Ruley helped lead Ohlone to an 11-1 record during the month of March. Batting .519 and was named the CCCBA Player of the Week twice during the month.

Jett Gordon | Golden West College | Track & Field | Freshman
Gordon jumped 17'0" in the pole vault at the Ben Brown Invitational on Saturday, March 10. At the time he led all collegiate ranks in this event.

Jeremy Conant | Pasadena City College | Baseball | Sophomore
In 13 games, Conant went 24-for-52, posting a .462 average with three doubles, a home run and 18 RBI. He added 7 walks and a hit-by-pitch as his on-base percentage was .516. 

Jacob Bookout | Bakersfield College | Track & Field | Sophomore
Bookout established the top high jump mark in the state with his 6-11 jump at the Glendale Vaquero Invitational.

Ian Fox | Fullerton College | Basketball | Sophomore
The Orange Empire Conference Player of the Year, Fox led the Hornets to the CCCAA State Championship Game against San Diego City College. He averaging 16.8 points, three boards, and 2.8 assists per game on the month.

Female Honorable Mention
Caira Benton | Mt. San Antonio College | Basketball | Sophomore
Benton helped the Mounties capture their record breaking 8th CCCAA State Championship this season.  Benton was named CCCAA State Championship MVP, and in the four play-off games in March, she scored 43 points, shot 85% from the free-throw line, with 46 rebounds, 13 assists and 7 steals.  

Alyssa Wing | El Camino College | Softball | Freshman
Played and started in all 19 games for ECC as the Warriors went 17-2 in the month. Wing batted .529 (27-51) with six doubles, one triple, one home run and 16 runs scored.

Taylor Sargis | Santa Rosa Junior College | Swim | Freshman
Sargis had a break out meet at the state-wide Cuesta Invitational March 10th and 11th. She pulled the hat trick, and won all three of her individual events including the 200 IM, 100 Fly and the 100 Breast.

Kylee Brown | Cerritos College | Softball | Sophomore
Brown went 28-for-51 (.549) at the plate with nine home runs, six doubles and drove in 32 runs. She had a 1.255 slugging percentage and scored 21 runs. Brown hit home runs six consecutive games and had a pair of 6-RBI games, while she posted a 4-hit game and four 3-hit games.

Demi Daniel | Cuesta College | Softball | Sophomore
Danell hurled five shutouts last month, including a no-hitter, on her way to new Cuesta records for career shutouts (11), wins (33) and strikeouts (290).