Class of 2014 quarterback Luke Rubenzer of Sagauro High-Scottsdale (Ariz.) has orally committed to Cal, according to ESPN.com.
The 6-foot, 186-pound quarterback threw Sunday for the Cal coaches at the Golden Bears' camp. He's been chosen as one of 18 quarterbacks invited to the Elite 11 held later this summer. For the second year in a row, Oklahoma's Keilani Ricketts (Archbishop Mitty High-San Jose) received the Honda Sports Award for college softball and became a finalist for the 2013 Honda Cup. Ricketts led the Sooners to the Women's College World Series title. A dominating presence at 6-foot-2, she was 35-1 with a 1.23 ERA in the circle and hit .379 with 15 home runs and 60 RBIs.
The Collegiate Women Sports Awards will present the Honda Cup on June 24 in Los Angeles. The other finalists include Stanford's Nicole Gibbs (tennis), North Carolina's Crystal Dunn (soccer), Oregon's Alaina Bergsma (volleyball), Delaware's Elena Delle Donne (basketball), USC's Annie Park (golf) and LSU's Kimberlyn Duncan (track and field). Baylor basketball star Brittney Griner won the award last year. Stanford junior Kori Carter, the NCAA champion in the 400-meter hurdles, was named Women's Track Athlete of the Year by the Pac-12. She's the first Cardinal athlete to win this award since sprinter Chryste Gaines in 1992. She will compete in the USATF Championships, which begin June 19 in Des Moines, Iowa. All-Americans Mark Appel (baseball/pitcher) and Chiney Ogwumike (women's basketball) were named co-recipients of the Al Masters Award at the Stanford Athletic Board luncheon. The award symbolizes the school's highest standards of athletics, leadership and academics. Appel (Monte Vista High) was the first overall pick in Major League Baseball's annual draft by the Astros. Cal junior catcher Andrew Knapp was named third-team All-America by Perfect Game USA. Knapp was selected in the second round of the MLB draft by Philadelphia. Trina Patterson was named an assistant on coach Karen Barefoot's staff at Old Dominion (Va.). Patterson spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Stanford. "I would like to thank Tara VanDerveer, her staff and this amazing program at Stanford," said Patterson, who at Virginia.
Longtime trainer Ross Brinson died at a home for the elderly in Lakewood. He was 101. Born in Dardanelle, Ark., Brinson rode quarter horses in match races as a youth. His training career began in 1932 when he bought his first thoroughbred at the California State Fair and continued into the 1990s.
He trained Billy Ball, who was named in honor of fiery manager Billy Martin and captured the Golden Bear Stakes and Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields in 1983. His other top horses included Cover Up and Six Fifteen, who started an incredible 140 times and earned more than $140,000.