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SPORTS DIGEST: Rosen selected co-player of the year in Pac 5 Division

Quarterback Josh Rosen, who led St. John Bosco to a 12-2 record as a senior and a second-place finish in the Pac 5 Division, was named co-player of the year in the Pac 5 Division by the CIF Southern Section.

Rosen, who is already enrolled at UCLA and preparing for spring football, shared the award with junior wide receiver Javon McKinley from Corona Centennial.

Centennial defeated St. John Bosco, 48-41 in the Pac 5 Division championship game.

Thirty-five area players were selected to divisional All-CIF teams.

In the Pac 5 Division, St. John Bosco running back Sean McGrew, offensive lineman Matt Katnik, defensive back Traveon Beck and linebacker Dennis Willis were honored along with running back Khalil Tate, linebacker John Houston, and defensive linemen Oluwole Yontz and Rasheem Green from Serra High.

In the Southeast Division, Downey High, which lost to Crescenta Valley in the championship game, had six players make all-CIF. They were running backs Daevon Vigilant and Justin Huff, wide receiver Stacy Chukwumezie, offensive lineman Gio Deleora, linebacker Darrion Franklin and defensive back Jason Thomas.

Other Southeast Division selections included quarterback Andrew Perea, offensive lineman Mark Millan, defensive lineman Malachi Allen and linebacker Adrian Palacios from El Rancho High School; offensive lineman Rodrigo Sanchez and defensive lineman Dillion Faamatau from Norwalk High; defensive back Cameron Haney, kicker Ricky Quintero and utility player Andre Tovar from Cathedral High; defensive lineman Joseph Williams from Paramount High; defensive lineman Kevin Scott from Salesian High and defensive back Joshua Ford from Dominguez High.

In the Mid-Valley Division, running back Isaac Mendibles, kicker Enrique Lozano and defensive back Simeon Poggi from Montebello High; offensive lineman Matthew Perez from Schurr High and defensive lineman Guadalupe Arevalos from Bell Gardens High were selected.

In the Northwest Divisin, three players from Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary High were selected: utility player Jean-Luc Dauphiney, defensive back Joseph Turner and defensive lineman Titus Stewart.

Players were selected by members of the Football Coaches Association.

Locals to play in

Super Bowl Sunday 

Sunday’s Super Bowl will feature three players who played their prep football within The Wave’s coverage area and another two who played their college ball at USC.

Seattle Seahawks defensive backs Richard Sherman and Jeron Johnson both playeed high school ball at Dominguez High in Compton. New England Patriots outside linebacker Akeem Ayers played at Verbum Dei in Watts before attending UCLA.

Seahawks linebackers Malcolm Smith, the most valuable player in the 2014 Super Bowl; and Mike Morgan played at USC.

Two players on the Seahawks injured reserve list also played locally. Wide receiver Paul Richardson played at Gardena Serra High before attending the University of Colorado. Defensive lineman Brandon Mebane starred at Crenshaw High before attending Cal.

Galaxy open

training camp

CARSON — The Major League Soccer champion Los Angeles Galaxy began training Jan. 23 in preparation for the 2015 season at StubHub Center, seeking to adapt to the absence of midfielder Landon Donovan.

Donovan, considered the greatest American male soccer player, ended his career in the Galaxy’s 2-1 overtime victory over the New England Revolution in MLS Cup 2014 Dec. 7 at StubHub Center. He is the MLS’ career leader in goals and assists in the regular season and playoffs.

Donovan’s replacement, former English national team captain Steven Gerrard, will not be added to the roster until the July transfer window.

Forward Robbie Keane, the regular-season and MLS Cup MVP, was not scheduled to report until Jan. 26, a team official said.

Forward Gyasi Zardes and defender Oscar Sorto were also absent from camp, since they are training with the U.S. men’s national team in preparation for an exhibition Feb. 8 against Panama.

The Galaxy will train at StubHub Center through Feb. 10. They depart for Ireland Feb. 11, for 10 days of training in Europe, including exhibition games Feb. 16 against the Swedish first-division team Hammarby in Stockholm and Feb. 21 against the Irish first-division team, the Shamrock Rovers F.C. in Dublin.

The Galaxy will return to Los Angeles Feb. 22. Additional preseason games in the Los Angeles area will be announced accordingly, a team official said.

The Galaxy will begin regular-season play March 6 against the Chicago Fire at StubHub Center.

Water polo, volleyball

all stars selected

The CIF Southern Section has announced all-CIF selections for boys water polo and girls volleyball for the 2014 fall season.

In water polo Daniel Arellano and Mario Moran of Montebello High were named to the Division 3 team and George Mooney and Eric Borrunda from La Serna High were named to the Division 5 team.

In girls volleyball, Christina Cornelius and Tae-Leon Butler, both middle blockers from Windward High were named to the Division 2A team.

Taylon Selfridge, an outside hitter from Culver City High; was named to the Division 3AA team and Riley Kelly, an outside hitter from St. Paul High; was named to the Division 4AA team.

U.S. Women’s Soccer

team to face Mexico

CARSON — The U.S. women’s national soccer team will face Mexico at StubHub Center May 17 in its next-to-last game before the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The game will be the U.S. national team’s first in Los Angeles County since Sept. 16, 2012, when it defeated Australia, 2-1, at StubHub Center before a crowd announced at 19,851.

Ticket information will be announced later.

The U.S. is 30-1-1 against Mexico, including a 3-0 mark in 2014, outscoring Mexico, 15-0.

The U.S. is second in the rankings compiled by FIFA, soccer’s worldwide governing body. Mexico is 25th.

The game is part of a three-game Send-Off Series announced Jan. 26 by U.S. Soccer, which also consists of a May 10 game against Ireland in San Jose and May 30 game against South Korea in Harrison, New Jersey.