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STUDENT-ATHLETE AWARDS ANNOUNCED AT THE GREEN AND GOLDEN GLOBES

STUDENT-ATHLETE AWARDS ANNOUNCED AT THE GREEN AND GOLDEN GLOBES

PHOTO GALLERY

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento State athletics department presented 16 honors at its fifth-annual Green and Golden Globes Awards, held Monday evening at the University Union Ballroom to recognize athletic and academic performance during the 2015-16 academic year.

A total of three 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

Baseball - posted a 3.36 team grade point average during the fall semester

Honorable mention - Cross Country (3.10 gpa), Tennis (3.10 gpa), Track & Field (3.09 gpa)

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WOMEN’S ACADEMIC TEAM OF THE YEAR

Women’s Tennis - posted a 3.60 team grade point average during the fall semester

Honorable mention - Golf (3.45 gpa), Track & Field (3.24 gpa), Basketball (3.23 gpa)

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

Grant Kukuk - Baseball

Honorable mention - James Kinloch (Track & Field), Christian Gonzales (Track & Field), Niranjan Ram (Tennis), Smith Heath (Football)

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

Miranda Dumas - Track & Field

Honorable mention - Kalliah McCartney (Gymnastics), Anna Jensen (Track & Field), Jesse Williams (Gymnastics), Saskia Angerer (Tennis)

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

Brad Bumgarner - Soccer
During his redshirt freshman season, Bumgarner was named to the Big West Conference All-Freshman team after leading the Hornets and ranking second in the league with seven goals, which included three game-winning goals. He scored on three of his first four career shots on goal and totaled four goals and one assist in conference play. Bumgarner’s seven goals equaled the most by a Hornet since the 2010 season.

Other finalists - Nate Ketteringham (Football), Mikus Losbergs (Tennis), Daniel Onuoha (Track & Field), Andrew McWilliam (Baseball)



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

Sydney Rasmussen - Softball
A true freshmen, Rasmussen has started 40 games at shortstop for the Hornets and currently has a .419 batting average against Big Sky opposition. In fact, Rasmussen ranks among the Big Sky’s top 10 players in 12 different statical categories in conference play, which includes ranking among the top three in the league in doubles and triples. She also ranks among the top two Hornets in runs, total bases, doubles, triples, walks and stolen bases.

Other finalists - Kayla Collins (Soccer), Kailey Olcott (Softball), Lauren Schmeiss (Gymnastics), Claire Perez (Rowing)




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MALE INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Cody Demps - Basketball
Demps sparked a 19-8 run over the final six minutes of a 66-63 win at Arizona State in the season opener. The fourth-year senior scored a career-high tying 22 points, including eight points during the final two minutes. Demps hit a pair of 3-pointers over a 30-second span, the second of which came with 1:28 remaining and gave the Hornets the lead for good. Demps finished with 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists in 38 minutes of play. The win was the third for the men’s basketball program against a Pac-12 school over a six-year span.

Other finalists
• Aaron Beverly (Golf) -- Easily won the individual title at the Sacramento State Invitational while leading the Hornets to the tournament championship. His 54-hole total of 207 was the fourth best mark in program history.
• James Del Curto (Soccer) -- Made a program-record 14 saves in Sacramento State’s 3-2 overtime win against previously nationally ranked UC Irvine. The 14 saves were the most made in an NCAA Div. I game all season as the sophomore made seven stops in each half.
• Darnell Sankey (Football) -- Set the Sacramento State single-game record with 27 tackles at Weber State. That total shattered the previous school record of 22 which was set by Ryland Wickman in 1997 and were the most tackles by an FCS player in 2016.
• Matt Smith (Baseball) -- Smith began his collegiate career with a 16-game hitting streak, the second longest hitting streak in the Western Athletic Conference this season. The freshman hit .421 over those 16 games.



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FEMALE INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Brianna Burgos - Basketball
Burgos tied the program record, burying nine 3-pointers and scoring a career-high 34 points on February 6 at Montana State. She converted 9-of-17 attempts from 3-point range to match the program single-game record, a mark which was originally set 15 years ago. She made five 3-pointers in the first half and four more in the second half to match the record, and her 34 points were the most scored by a Hornet in a Big Sky game in program history.

Other finalists
• Kayla Collins (Soccer) -- Tallied two goals and one assist in Sacramento State’s 3-1 Big Sky Tournament win over Eastern Washington, leading the team to its first postseason win since 2010.
• Candice Dominguez (Track & Field) -- Earned her first Big Sky Conference title by finishing first in the high jump at the indoor championships with a school record mark of 5-feet, 9.75 inches. That performance helped the Sacramento State women win the Big Sky indoor title.
• Kalliah McCartney (Gymnastics) -- Set the school record and was the MPSF all-around champion after scoring 39.450 in her four events. The senior scored 9.900 on vault and floor, 9.850 on beam and 9.800 on bars.
• Celina Matthias (Softball) -- Was named the National Pitcher of the Week after throwing three shutouts over a 26-hour span in a three-game sweep of Southern Utah. The shutouts were part of a streak that saw Matthias go 34 consecutive innings without allowing a run.



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MALE TEAM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Baseball wins at 5th-ranked LSU
The Hornets rallied from a 4-3 deficit in the ninth inning to secure a 5-4 victory at fifth-ranked LSU. Matt Smith and Vinny Esposito drove in the tying and go-ahead runs after the Hornet bullpen shut out LSU over the final six innings of the game. The Hornets beat a top-five nationally ranked team for the second time in the last three seasons and recorded their third win of the year against an SEC school.

Other finalists
• Basketball -- Won at Arizona State, 66-63, in the season opener. The Hornets went on a 19-8 run over the game’s final six minutes, and led the final 1:28 after Cody Demps buried a 3-pointer.
• Golf -- Crushed the field during the final day of the Sacramento State Invitational to win its second tournament title of the season. The Hornets finished 16-under par which ranks as the second lowest score in school history.
• Soccer -- Facing a UC Santa Barbara team that was ranked 13th in the nation and had not allowed more than two goals in any game all season, Sacramento State posted a 5-2 home win over the Gauchos.



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FEMALE TEAM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Gymnastics wins the MPSF Championship
With a near capacity crowd at the Nest, Sacramento State set the MPSF Championship record with a total of 196.300 to earn the team’s fifth MPSF title in its last eight attempts. The score was the second highest in school history and placed the team a full point ahead of second-place UC Davis. The Hornets had the highest team score in the meet on vault, beam and floor, and had 12 top-three finishes in the four events and the all-around.

Other finalists
• Basketball -- Shattered the Div. I record with 25 made 3-pointers in a 126-78 victory at Portland State. The team made three more 3-pointers than had ever been made in a Div. I game. Sacramento State matched its new record with 25 made threes later in the year at Montana State.
• Golf -- Rewrote the school record book during the final round of the Big Sky Conference Championships. The team finished with a 5-under par 283, had all five of its golfers shoot 73 or better, and was the lowest round posted by a team in the history of the Big Sky Championships.
• Track & Field -- Continued their dominance at the Big Sky Indoor Championships, claiming their third title in the last four years. The Hornets’ depth was on display throughout the meet as Sacramento State placed multiple athletes among the top eight in several events.
• Volleyball -- Crowned tournament champions of the Bulldog Showdown after posting a perfect 4-0 record. That included 3-1 wins over Fresno State, UC Riverside and Central Michigan, as well as a three-set sweep of Cal State Fullerton.



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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 - James Del Curto, Soccer
A starter in every Big West Conference game, Del Curto is a team co-captain despite being just a sophomore. He is the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) vice president and attends and supports all other athletics events regularly. In addition, he participates in Childrens Hospital visits, reading to elementary school kids and he also volunteered for the MPSF Gymnastics Championships as a team host. He will be representing Sacramento State

Women - Nikki Pappelis, Track & Field
Currently the president of the Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), Pappelis has finished first in three of the four meets she has competed this year in the javelin. In fact, Pappelis currently ranks ninth in school history in the javelin. She represented Sacramento State at the Big Sky Conference SAAC meetings last summer, spearheaded a SAAC-sponsored drive for the support of local elementary schools, and will be traveling to the Big Sky Student-Athlete Health & Wellness Symposium in June.

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DIRECTOR’S AWARD - Chosen by Athletics Director Bill Macriss, this award is given to student-athletes for their unselfishness, commitment, work ethic and excellence in their sport.

Chris Lewis, Baseball
A fifth-year senior, Lewis opened his career as a Freshman All-American and the Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, is a two-time all-WAC Tournament selection and was the 2014 WAC Tournament MVP. He ranks in the top 10 in program history in career RBIs, doubles, and at-bats. This year he is leading the team in home runs, doubles, RBIs, runs, and slugging percentage and earned a WAC Player of the Week award on April 18 after hitting .647 with 8 RBIs and 5 runs scored over four games.

Adella Randle-El, Basketball
A junior college transfer from Wisconsin, Randle-El led the Hornets in points, rebounds, assists, and steals and was a first team all-Big Sky selection this year. She ranked third in NCAA Div. I with 3.77 steals per game and broke program records with 10 steals in a game and 117 steals for the season. She also tallied the sixth highest scoring season in program history in 2015-16 while averaging 16.7 points per game. A Big Sky all-tournament selection as a junior, Randle-El ended her career sixth in program history in career steals despite playing just two seasons with the Hornets.

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MALE STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Darnell Sankey - Football
Became the first consensus All-American in the school’s FCS era as he earned the honor from STATS, Inc., the Associated Press, the Walter Camp Football Foundation and the AFCA. During the season, the linebacker ranked second in the FCS and first in the Big Sky Conference with 153 total tackles. He led the team in tackles in nine of the 11 games and had 10 or more stops nine times. The team captain and first team all-conference selection also led the Hornets with nine tackles for loss.

Other finalists
Tyler Beardsley (Baseball), Aaron Beverly (Golf), Paul Geyer (Soccer)



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FEMALE STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Kalliah McCartney - Gymnastics
Named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Year and qualified for the NCAA postseason for the fourth time of her career. McCartney set the school all-around record at the MPSF Championship meet and was also the conference champion on vault and beam. During the season, McCartney finished first in the all-around six times and added nine other individual event wins. She was the only gymnast to earn first team all-MPSF honors in all four events as well as the all-around.

Other finalists - Adella Randle-El (Basketball), Lauren Kissell (Volleyball), Chloe Berlioux (Track & Field), Sasha Margulies (Softball)