Student athletes pile up awards

Louis Laventure,
Sports and Campus Editor

Championships aren’t the only way to measure success when it comes to sports.

While Cal State East Bay didn’t capture a team title this past season, several athletes and teams earned honors and awards for their performances in 2015.

The most recent award was given to CSUEB’s women’s swimming team last week who received the Division II Scholar All-America Team award from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. The award is given to all schools whose teams receive a cumulative 3.0 GPA or above for the past year. CSUEB, led by Head Coach Ben Loorz, received a 3.01 cumulative GPA, placing them just over the requirement.

In a press release, CSCAA Executive Director Joel Shinofield said, “Academic scandals have clouded college sports the past year. But not only did we have a record number of teams, not one of our programs is subject to penalties. This shows that across the board, our coaches and teams are serving the mission of their universities and athletic departments.”

Claire Beaty, Rachel Shimizu, Alyssa Tenney, Kali Kearns and Makila Schuck all received Scholar Individual All-America Honorable Mentions after they maintained a 3.5 GPA and qualified for at least one NCAA National event.

“We perform grade checks and require quarterly academic planning,” Loorz said. “We also ask the student-athletes to turn in regular degree-progress checks that they complete, fostering a more invested understanding of where one is at in the academic process.”

On June 29 the California Collegiate Athletic Association announced their 2015 Spring All-Academic Awards with 19 Pioneers on the team. An athlete must be at least a sophomore and maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.3 to make the team. The softball team led all Division II schools with nine players that included Tatiana Beilstein, Ali Cerminara, Nikki Foster, Allie Kornahrens, Kelsey LaVaute, Marisa Lerma, Alex Vela and Cassie Vela.

Seniors Daniel Carney and Ryan Kochan, and juniors Rob Link and Rudy Navarro all made the team from the men’s baseball team. Men and women’s track and field also placed several athletes on the 2015 Spring All-Academic Team that included senior Samira Foy, junior Imani Heath and sophomores Sydney Johnson and Ravyn Miller from the women’s team and senior Phillip Cuevas and junior Leo Theus III from the men’s team.

The women’s water polo team also picked up some prestigious individual awards that included the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Division II Co-Player of the Year, junior Taylor Cross. In 29 games played the junior Cross recorded 54 goals on 137 shots while she also tallied 20 steals and 24 assists. Cross and her junior teammate Tori Dettloff were also named to the ACWPC All-America First Team for 2015. Dettloff recorded 27 goals, 41 steals and 19 assists this past season and was also the runner up for the runner-up for the WWPA Newcomer of the Year award.

CSUEB’s men’s golf team also had a player rewarded for his success as Adam Stone was named to the 2015 Division II PING All-America Team on June 26, as an Honorable Mention for his individual performance on the green. Just a sophomore, Stone has plenty of time to make a name for himself at the collegiate level.