Men's Athletes of the Week
Palomar's Esquibel, Mesa's Stinson share PCAC award
March 10, 2014 - Palomar College baseball player Emilio Esquibel and San Diego Mesa diver Aaron Stinson have been named Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Men's Athletes of the Week.
Esquibel, a sophomore right-handed pitcher from Vista High School, threw eight shutout innings, scattering six hits, to win a pitchers' duel from Grossmont's Randy Wynne as the Comets beat the Griffins 1-0.
Esquibel (3-0) has allowed only one run all season. He owns an ERA of 0.00 for 20 1/3 innings as the Comets have won seven games in a row and lead the conference by three games with a 6-0 record.
He's the youngest of three brothers who have pitched for the Comets. Oldest brother Andres went on to pitch for the University of Kansas, then in the Seattle Mariners farm system. Julian pitched Faulkner University to the 2013 NAIA World Series championship.
Stinson, a sophomore from Denfield High School in Duluth, MN, won the 1-meter diving event at the Chaffey Invitational to remain unbeaten in the event on the season.
He outscored teammate Thomas Dillon, a freshman from Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills by 283.60 points to 245.75 points as Dillon placed second. The two reversed finishes in the 3-meter event, with Dillon scoring 283.50 points and Stinson scoring 263.15 points.
Honorable mention for the award went to Dillon, Grossmont swimmer Forrest Fleischmann, Palomar volleyball player Anthony Pippen and Mesa track & field's Sal Nasser.
Fleischmann, a sophomore from Granite Hills High School, won the 100-yard backstroke at the Chaffey Invitational by swimming a 55.62.
Pippen, a sophomore middle blocker from All-Saints High School in St. Thomas, The U.S. Virgin Islands, recorded 25 kills as Palomar defeated 2013 state champion Golden West 3-2 (25-23, 25-21,12-25, 18-25, 19-17) in the Rustlers' gym.
Nasser, a freshman from Sweetwater High School won the long jump at the Cal State Los Angeles Invitational.