Escalante, Doyle Named Murrieta Valley Athletes of Month

Senior defensive lineman Austin Escalante and senior volleyball standout Chelsea Doyle have been named the Murrieta 24/7 Athletes of the Mo...


Senior defensive lineman Austin Escalante and senior volleyball standout Chelsea Doyle have been named the Murrieta 24/7 Athletes of the Month representing Murrieta Valley High School for October.

Escalante provided much-needed experience from his nose guard position for the Nighthawks football team, which struggled in the second half of the season after losing three linebackers to injury. One of the team captains, Escalante showed leadership both on and off the field.

"The season started off strong, but we were plagued by injuries," said Escalante. "We lost two of our starting linebackers. Then in our most crucial game, our rivalry game, we lost a third linebacker. So suddenly we've got sophomores back there.

"As a senior and a captain, I tried to help everyone keep a positive attitude. Our defensive line stayed together pretty well, but we've been through a lot."

The Nighthawks' season ended Friday night in a 49-23 loss to Great Oak. Escalante said he will continue his football career at Humboldt State next season.

Doyle also is a senior captain and used her experience to be a leader for the girls volleyball team, which plays at Lakewood today in the first round of the CIF playoffs. The Nighthawks were selected as an at-large team out of the Southwestern League.

"We've had a lot of ups and downs, but we've come out of that a much stronger team with all the bonds we've made with each other," said Doyle, a setter. "That shows on the court.

"I have a lot of experience and I try to play the leader role. I think people look up to me since I'm the only senior. I've just stuck it out even though I've had a lot of trials this season. I don't want to regret anything and I just love playing so much."

Doyle will play volleyball at UC Riverside on a scholarship next season.

Murrieta Valley athletic director Darin Mott had high praise for the two players.

"They were selected because they're leaders," he said. "They're both captains. They want to establish their niche in the tradition for our school. They want to set the tone for the next group of kids that comes through. When you're building a program, you need athletes these two to set the example for the younger kids to follow."

Escalante and Doyle received a gift certificate and Target gift card from Murrieta 24/7.

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