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STUDENT-ATHLETE AWARDS ANNOUNCED AT THE 2016-17 GREEN AND GOLDEN GLOBES

STUDENT-ATHLETE AWARDS ANNOUNCED AT THE 2016-17 GREEN AND GOLDEN GLOBES

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento State athletics department presented 16 honors at its sixth-annual Green and Golden Globes Awards, held Monday evening at the University Union Ballroom to recognize athletic and academic performance during the 2016-17 academic year.

A total of five teams and 12 individuals were recognized. A complete list of the team and individual award winners, as well as the nominees in each category, is below.

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MEN'S ACADEMIC TEAM OF THE YEAR

Tennis - posted a 3.38 team grade point average during the fall semester

Honorable mention - Baseball (3.13 gpa), Golf (3.11 gpa), Cross Country (2.96 gpa), Track & Field (2.91 gpa)

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WOMEN'S ACADEMIC TEAM OF THE YEAR

Women's Tennis - posted a 3.64 team grade point average during the fall semester

Honorable mention - Golf (3.48 gpa), Gymnastics (3.38 gpa), Cross Country (3.31 gpa), Soccer (3.27 gpa)

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MALE SENIOR SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - given to the male senior with the highest overall grade point average

Brandon Hunley - Baseball

Honorable mention - Michael Turner (Track & Field), Christopher Clayton (Tennis), Steven Pust (Track & Field), Justin Dillon (Baseball)

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FEMALE SENIOR SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - given to the female senior with the highest overall grade point average

Emily Bolton - Gymnastics

Honorable mention - Chloe Bartek (Golf), Melissa Pollard (Rowing), Nikki Gialketsis (Softball), Brianna Burgos (Basketball)

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MALE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - given to the top first-year male Hornet (freshman or transfer)

Darius Armstead - Track & Field
A junior college transfer, Armstead claimed the Big Sky Conference Indoor title in the triple jump during his first season with the team. Along with winning the event, he set the school record in the process with a leap of 51 feet, 2.75 inches which made him the first Hornet to go over 50 feet in school history. He continued his dominance during the outdoor season with a school record mark of 53 feet, 1.50 inches, which is the best in the Big Sky Conference and ranks eighth in the nation this year.

Other finalists - Parker Brahms (Baseball), Alex Bettencourt (Soccer), Ian Dawkins (Baseball)

 


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FEMALE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - given to the top first-year female Hornet (freshman or transfer)

Suzy Brookshire - Softball
A true freshman, Brookshire has started all but one game, and is batting .363 with 13 home runs, 34 RBIs, a .719 slugging percentage and a .435 on-base percentage. Her 13 home runs are the most by any player in a single season in the 50-year history of the program. She ranks among the top 30 in the nation in home runs per game, has reached base safely in all but five games this year and leads the team in eight offensive categories.

Other finalists - Sofie Babic (Golf), Sofia Gulnova (Tennis), Masa Kupresanin (Rowing), Mikayla Reed (Soccer)



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MALE INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Justin Dillon - Baseball
Dillon threw the first no-hitter in Sacramento State's Div. I history and struck out a career-high 13 batters in a 2-0 home win over Northern Kentucky. Dillon issued only one walk in the game and faced just two batters over the minimum. He threw the first no-hitter by a Western Athletic Conference pitcher since 2010 after allowing just one hit in his first start of the season at Washington State. He was named NCAA Div. I National Pitcher of the Week by three publications.

Other finalists
Darius Armstead (Track & Field) - Competing in his first outdoor competition at Sacramento State, Armstead shattered the school record in the triple jump with a leap of 51-feet, 11.25-inches. The previous mark of 51 feet, 7 inches was set in 1970 and had been the longest standing record in school history.
Ivan Ramirez (Soccer) - A senior midfielder, Ramirez had two goals and one assist in Sacramento State's 3-2 win over 15th-ranked Utah Valley. That included scoring the eventual game winner.
Jordan Robinson (Football) -  In the team's 42-35 win over Portland State, Robinson recorded a career high 262 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries. The senior scored on touchdown runs of 75, 40, 30 and 9 yards.
Justin Strings (Basketball) - Scored a career-high 29 points, including 21 in the second half, while leading the Hornets to a 67-65 road win at Montana, the team's first-ever regular season win in Missoula. He had buckets to break ties at the 4:44, 3:04 and 2:01 marks, and a layup to give Sacramento State the lead for good at 66-65 with 22 seconds remaining.



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FEMALE INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Julia Becker (Golf)
Becker earned her first collegiate victory and helped the Hornets win the team title at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational in Hawaii. The sophomore set the school single-round and 54-hole scoring records and won the event by one stroke. Becker started with a 68 in the opening round which tied the Hornet record, and added rounds of 72 and 71 to finish the tournament at 5-under par. Her total of 211 broke the school record by two strokes.

Other finalists
Maranne Johnson (Basketball) - Scored a career-high 37 points against Stanislaus State, the ninth highest scoring game in program history and the most points scored by a Hornet since 2012. She made eight 3-pointers, just one shy of the program record.
Caitlin Soliwoda (Gymnastics) - Sparked the gymnastics team at the MPSF Championships with a career best performance in the all-around, scoring a 39.350 which tied for the third highest mark in school history.
Elizabeth Venzon (Track & Field) - Won her first Big Sky individual title by placing first in the high jump at the indoor championships. The senior cleared 5-feet, 8-inches to win the event by an inch. Her mark also jumped her into second place in the Sacramento State record book.



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MALE TEAM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Men's Golf wins the Big Sky Championship
The Hornets crushed the field to win the Big Sky Conference championship by 15 strokes. After battling high winds in the opening round, Sacramento State finished 3-under par in both the second and third rounds. The second round score was 15 strokes better than the next closest team and gave the Hornets an 18-stroke lead entering the final round. The team had three golfers finish among the top five as Aaron Beverly was first, Robert Parden tied for second and Wonje Choi finished in fifth place. With the victory, the team earned a berth in an NCAA Regional.

Other finalists
Basketball - Dealt eventual Big Sky champion North Dakota its only home loss to a league opponent. In a game that featured 13 lead changes and 10 ties, the Hornets prevailed, 57-53, after going on a 15-7 run over the final 6:26 of the contest.
Soccer – Defeated a nationally ranked opponent for the second straight year after beating 15th-ranked Utah Valley, 3-2.
Track & Field - Pulled away late from UC Davis and UC Irvine to win the team title at the Mondo Team Challenge at Hornet Stadium. Sacramento State claimed individual victories in eight events and did most of its damage in the field events.



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FEMALE TEAM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Women's Golf wins the Big Sky Championship
The Hornets claimed their second Big Sky Conference title in school history after defeating Idaho in a playoff. The Hornets led throughout the third round but saw Idaho rally to force an extra hole. Sacramento State defeated the Vandals by two shots in the playoff and will advance to the NCAA Regionals in Albuquerque on May 8. Chloe Bartek finished fourth overall and had a hole-in-one during the second round to lead the team. Sofie Babic tied for fifth place and Julia Becker tied for eighth.

Other finalists
Gymnastics - The Hornets scored a 194.475 to place second at the NorCal Classic and finish ahead of 11th-ranked Stanford. The score set the school record for a season-opening meet and was the first win in program history against Stanford.
Volleyball - The Hornets won each of their final eight games of the regular season, posted a 13-3 league record, and won their first Big Sky Conference South Division championship. A program-record tying five players were named all-league.
Soccer - The Hornets ended the regular season on a 5-game winning streak, tied for the longest streak in program history. The streak enabled the team to finish in second place in the Big Sky and earn the No. 2 seed for the Big Sky Tournament.



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HORNET AWARD - Nominated by coaches. Awarded to one male and female student-athlete that best exemplifies the spirit of a Hornet with their sportsmanship, community service and those special intangibles that make them a great teammate.

Men - Trevis Jackson (Basketball)
A fourth-year senior, Jackson walked onto the team as a freshman and earned a scholarship prior to his junior year. He was named team captain this season and served as the Hornets' sixth man, averaging nearly 20 minutes per game. Jackson attends and supports other sports on campus regularly. In addition, he mentors kids from his high school, volunteers with his church to pass out food and supplies at Thanksgiving, and participates in beach cleanups with the Heal the Bay program in his hometown of Santa Monica every summer.

Women - Regan Smithers and Chelsea Arnold (Soccer)
Both starters and all-conference selections during their careers with the women's soccer team, Smithers and Arnold have worked together to start a program called "Hornets Care", dedicated to finding programs that need volunteer support. This year alone, they have combined to contribute over 100 hours of work through Hornets Care Volunteering, organized nine student-athlete trips to the UC Davis Children's Hospital, organized student-athletes to volunteer at Saint John's Program for Real Change, and helped out an event that raised over 10,000 grains of rice, enough to feed 25 people.

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GENGLER AWARD - Presented annually to someone that has gone above and beyond to support athletics and in particular, our student-athletes.

Joey Lum - Sacramento State Facilities Management
Lum has quietly supported Hornet Athletics over the years from behind the scenes. In the past two years, his support and efforts have been key in the enhancements and improvements seen in a number of team's locker rooms throughout Yosemite Hall. His efforts were also key in the Athletics branding of the Water Tower, and his friendly demeanor and first-class service have made him a bright spot in the department of Facilities Management.

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HORNETS CARE AWARD - Given to the team with the most community service hours for the academic year. The award is based off total number of volunteer hours divided by the number of student-athletes on the team.

Women's Soccer - Volunteered 375 hours in the Sacramento community, approximately 13 hours per student-athlete.

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MALE STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Aaron Beverly - Golf
Beverly has established himself as arguably the best golfer in school history. A year after setting the school record with an average of 71.83 and being named the Big Sky Golfer of the Year, he's currently averaging 71.00 and earned his second straight player of the year award. This season, 19 of his 26 rounds have been 72 or lower and he's finished among the top five on five times. This past weekend, he finished first at the Big Sky Championships and helped the team win the conference title.

Other finalists
Justin Dillon (Baseball), Mikus Losbergs (Tennis), Jordan Robinson (Football), Justin Strings (Basketball)



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FEMALE STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Rachel Leonard - Soccer
After leading the Hornets to a second-place finish in the Big Sky, Leonard was named Big Sky Defensive MVP and an NSCAA All-Pacific Region selection. She was the first Hornet named Big Sky Defensive MVP outright and was a first team all-conference selection while anchoring the Hornet backline and playing all 1,830 minutes. She was a key figure in helping the team allow two goals or fewer in all but two games while also contributing a goal and an assist offensively.

Other finalists
Julia Becker (Golf), Ana Loaiza Esquivias (Tennis), Kennedy Kurtz (Volleyball), Caitlin Soliwoda (Gymnastics)