Grounded by mom

Cortez Espinoza knows who to thank for his success in athletics, academics

IN THE NAME OF LOVE—Cal Lutheran baseball center fielder Cortez Espinoza with his mom, Jawanna Jefferson. Courtesy of Jawanna Jefferson

Jawanna Jefferson sat hunched over, her elbows glued to her lap, her hands propping up her head.

The William Rolland Stadium crowd hushed. The mother gazed onto the field, focusing on her son, Cortez Espinoza, a then-freshman cornerback with Cal Lutheran’s football team.

“I thought it was his shoulder again,” Jefferson said.

She was no stranger to Es...

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