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Sovereign turning it on for Penn State

Former CV standout in midst of 10-game hitting streak

Musashi gets All-SCIAC.

March 07, 2012|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

Alyssa Sovereign (Crescenta Valley High, 2010) sophomore, Penn State softball: After getting out to a bit of a slow start, the Crescenta Valley High product has come on strong as of late.

She's gone 10 for 30 over a current eight-game hitting streak that's also including a four-game winning streak for the Nittany Lions that only just ended on Sunday when Penn state lost to Illinois, 1-0, in the final game of its stay at the Citrus Classic in Kissimmee, Fla.

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Penn State began the tournament with a split of a doubleheader against Virginia (13-1 loss) and LIU Brooklyn (8-2 win) in which Sovereign had two home runs — her first two of the season — and an RBI double on the day. Sovereign's first homer of the year was the only run scored against Virginia and, against Brooklyn, she homered again — both led off the game. Sovereign later doubled in a run and subsequently scored en route to Penn State stopping a three-game losing skid and beginning the aforementioned four-game winning streak.

The Nittany Lions, who lost Wednesday to Miami of Ohio, 5-2, to drop to 6-9 in a game in which Sovereign went one for four, will play Virginia Tech and South Florida in the first day of the USF Under Armour Showcase on Friday.

Sovereign, who has started all 15 of her team's games, is hitting .240 with a team-high 10 runs and also leads the team with three doubles, two home runs, seven runs batted in and 21 total bases. The outfielder also has been perfect in the field through 11 chances.

Megan Musashi (Flintridge Prep, 2010) sophomore, La Verne University women's basketball: Despite an injury in the early going, the former All-Area and All-CIF standout rebounded in a big way for the Leopards and, on Feb. 28, it was announced she was recognized as an All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference second-team selection.

"For Megan to be honored with all-conference recognition, it speaks volumes to how significant her presence meant to our team," La Verne Coach Matt Rogers stated in a press release on the college's website. "Megan missed the first nine games of the season, but she immediately changed our fortunes upon her return. This is a very deserving honor, and I expect it to be the beginning of many more."

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