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Lonnie Kauppila bounces back with Stanford baseball

Former Burbank standout playing well after being sidelined last season with a knee injury.

March 22, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com

Keeping tabs on local athletes competing in college.

Lonnie Kauppila (Burbank High, 2010) junior infielder, Stanford University baseball: The former Bulldog has bounced back nicely after missing the final two months of his sophomore season last year with a knee injury.

That injury cut short a productive season in which Kauppila hit .280, scored 16 runs, drove in 13 runs and had a .920 fielding percentage at second base and shortstop.

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This season, he has seemingly picked up where he left off. Heading into a weekend series against Utah to open Pacific-12 Conference play, Kauppila — who was taken in the 44th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft by the Oakland Athletics — had a .263 average with 10 hits, seven runs scored, four RBI and a .938 fielding percentage.

The Cardinal, ranked No. 17 in the nation, heads into the weekend series with a 10-5 record. Stanford won nine straight games before being swept two weeks ago at home by UNLV. Heading into that series with the Rebels, Stanford was 7-0 at home in 2013 and had won 11 straight on its home turf dating back to last season.

Rishonda Napier (Bell-Jeff High, 2012) freshman guard, Southern Illinois women's basketball: The former high school All-American candidate proved she could play at the next level by enjoying a fine first season with the Salukis.

Southern Illinois saw its season come to an end March 15 with a 60-43 loss to Creighton in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. The Salukis (5-26, 1-17 in the Mid-Valley Conference) set a new program record for fewest points in a half with nine in the opening frame and trailed 22 points at the half.

Napier scored 20 points in the loss to lead the Salukis.

Napier started 26 of the team's 30 games and ended the season averaging 11.3 points a game, which was second-best on the team. In addition, she averaged 2.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

Amanda Keith (Burbank High, 2010) senior, Brigham Young University, women's golf: It has been a productive final collegiate season thus far for the former All-Area selection.

Keith helped the Cougars to a fifth-place finish Tuesday at the BYU at Entrada Classic in St. George, Utah.

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