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STUDENT-ATHLETE AWARDS ANNOUNCED AT SECOND-ANNUAL GREEN AND GOLDEN GLOBES

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento State athletics department presented 15 honors at its second-annual Green and Golden Globes Awards, held Thursday evening at the University Union Ballroom to recognize athletic and academic performance during the 2012-13 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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ACADEMIC TEAM OF THE YEAR

Gymnastics
- team combined for a 3.49 grade point average between the spring of 2012 and this past fall.

Honorable mention - Women’s Tennis, Women’s Basketball, Volleyball, Men’s Tennis, Women’s Soccer

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

Janelle Currey - Volleyball


Honorable mention - Cayla Beutler (Gymnastics), Hillary Swanson (Cheer), Karoline Sly (Rowing), Alex Diemer (Volleyball)

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

Oscar Torrico - Men’s Soccer

Honorable mention - Mark Frazier (Cross Country/Track & Field), T.J. Knowles (Football), Aliaksandr Malko (Tennis), Ryan Williams (Golf)

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

Morgan Dampier - Track & Field

Dampier finished first in the 800 at the Big Sky Conference outdoor championships, and was second during the indoor championships. Her indoor time of 2:11.85 places her third in school history behind a pair of former All-Americans and her outdoor time of 2:09.94 ranks as the sixth best mark in school history.

Other finalists - Cassie Benning (Gymnastics), Jennifer Nguyen (Tennis), Kortney Solis (Softball)

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

Sutter McLoughlin - Baseball

McLoughlin set the Sacramento State single season record and leads all freshmen nationally with 17 saves. Entering this week, his total was tied for the third most in Division I this season and already places him second on the Hornet career list. In 26 appearances, he has a  2.48 ERA and has struck out 24 in 32.2 innings.

Other finalists - Ezekiel Graham (Football), Chris Lewis (Baseball), Mikh McKinney (Basketball)

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FEMALE INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Se’nyce Parrish, Basketball

Parrish scored 39 points in the team’s 80-71 overtime win at Oregon State. The win was the program’s second-ever against a Pacific 12 Conference foe. Parrish buried a school-record tying nine three-pointers, and went 13-of-18 from the field and 9-of-13 from the three-point line. She hit a three-pointer with 18 seconds left in regulation, and added two more in the overtime session.

Other finalists
Sakya Bolton (Track & Field) - Named the Women’s Most Valuable Athlete at the Big Sky Conference Championship after helping the Hornets to the indoor title.
Jennifer Hartman (Softball) - Threw an eight-inning shutout in a 1-0 victory against Kansas, which entered the game as the nation’s top hitting team.
Kalliah McCartney (Track & Field) - Scored a 39.350 at San Jose State, tying her for the second highest all-around score in school history.

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MALE INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Garrett Safron, Football

Safron Led the Hornets to a 30-28 victory at Colorado, the program’s second-ever win against a Pacific 12 Conference foe. He finished the day 25-of-37 for 312 yards with no interceptions and two touchdowns. Trailing by a point with 2:26 remaining in the fourth quarter, he engineered the game-winning drive that started at their own 15-yard line, and culminated in a last-second 30-yard field goal.

Other finalists

Marek Marksoo (Tennis) - Won 13 singles matches in a row and finished the season with a 16-3 record as the team’s No. 1 player
Mikh McKinney (Basketball) - Scored a season-high 30 points on 13-of-18 shooting from the field in a 77-71 win over Portland State
Jordan Weir (Golf) - Won the individual title at the America Sky Conference Championship with a three-round score of 213

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WOMEN’S TEAM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Women’s Tennis Winning Streak

With a win over Northern Colorado on March 29, the women’s tennis team won its 100th straight match against a Big Sky opponent, a streak which began in 2002. The streak is the longest by any team from any sport in Big Sky Conference history, and is believed to be the longest in NCAA Div. I tennis history. In fact, the last time Sacramento State lost a match to a Big Sky opponent, the current Hornet freshmen were six years old. The team stretched the winning streak to 105 straight wins with its Big Sky Tournament championship victory over Montana.

Other finalists
Gymnastics - Scored a season-high 195.500 at the WAC Championship, the third highest mark in school history.
Sand Volleyball - In its inaugural season, the team posted victories in both of its matches at Cal.
Track & Field - Won team titles at both the Big Sky Indoor and Outdoor Championships for the third time in four years.

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MEN’S TEAM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Football’s win at Colorado

Sacramento State defeated Colorado, 30-28, in front of nearly 47,000 fans at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colo. The victory was the second for the Hornets in school history over a Pac 12 team, and the second in as many years. Trailing, 28-27, with 2:26 remaining in the game, Sacramento State took over on their own 15-yard line and marched down the field to set up a game-winning 30-yard field goal as time expired.

Other finalists
Men’s Basketball - Won at Utah, 74-71, to pick up its third win in school history over a Pac 12 school.
Men’s Tennis - Won their fifth straight Big Sky Tournament championship, and 11th in the last 16 years.
Men’s Track & Field - Won team titles at both the Mondo Mid-Major Challenge in Sacramento and the Cal-Nevada Championships in La Jolla over a span of two weeks.

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HORNET AWARD - 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.

Bryan Oliver, Men’s Soccer
A team captain, Oliver played every minute of the team’s final 17 matches last year at goalie, and finished his career playing 4,670 minutes in goal. An all-conference and all-academic selection during his tenure, his 16 career shutouts are the most in school history while his 238 career saves are the second most in program history. In addition, the Hornets posted a 26-17-7 record when he started at goalie. As a freshman in 2009, he saved a pair of penalty kicks during the overtime shootout to help clinch the program’s first-ever conference tournament championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. Oliver has donated his time to UC Davis Children’s Hospital and Howe Aveune Elementary School, and represents the soccer team on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Janelle Currey, Volleyball
A three-time team captain, Currey started every match of her career, a span of 126 straight starts, the second longest streak in program history. An eight-time all-tournament selection and four-time Big Sky all-academic choice, Currey became the fourth player in school history to record 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs prior to her senior season. Among Sacramento State Div. I era (1991-pres.) career leaders, Currey finished her career ranked fourth in digs (1,662) and attempts (5,029), seventh in kills (1,418), tied for eighth in aces (127), ninth in points (1,657.5) and 10th in digs per set (3.35). She currently has a 4.0 gpa, has been selected to speak at graduation on behalf of the mathematics department, represented the volleyball team on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and donates all of her mentor earnings to a charity in Africa.

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DIRECTOR’S AWARD - Chosen by Athletics Director Terry Wanless, this award is given to one male and female student-athlete for their unselfishness, commitment, work ethic and excellence in their sport.

Andrew Ayers, Baseball
A team leader and four-year starter, Andrew has been the face of the baseball team’s emergence as a back-to-back 30-win program. Last season, he was named the Western Athletic Conference MVP, second team all-region, first team all-league, and is well on his way to more accolades this season. He is currently batting .294 with nine home runs, 45 RBIs and a team-best 14 multiple-RBI games. In Sacramento State’s career record book, Andrew ranks among the top four players in five different categories, including third all-time in hits and doubles.

Sakya Bolton, Track & Field
Bolton has had an amazing career which includes winning a Big Sky Conference individual championship during each season of her four-year career. She is a seven-time event champion, and received all-Big Sky accolades 11 times during her tenure. Bolton established herself as one of the most accomplished athletes in the track and field program’s history in terms of versatility and contribution in six different events. This past weekend, the team captain won the 100-hurdles and helped the women’s track and field squad to its sixth straight Big Sky outdoor title.

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MALE AND FEMALE SENIOR STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - Nominated by coaches for having the best academic and athletic contributions to their respective program.

MALE - Ryan Williams, Golf
After not cracking the lineup for his first two and a half years, Williams will leave Sacramento State with the top scoring average in school history. He averaged 72.58 in his 33 rounds this season, finished tied for fifth at the America Sky Championships and earned the top seed as an individual for the NCAA Pullman Regional. Williams has also earned all-academic honors during his career.

Other finalists - Andrew Ayers (Baseball), Jesse Elvrom (Track & Field), T.J. Knowles (Football), Oscar Torrico (Soccer)


FEMALE - Kylie Kuhns, Women’s Basketball
A three-time all-Big Sky Conference selection and four-time Big Sky all-academic selection, Kylie helped lead the women’s basketball team to its most wins in school history and an appearance in the semifinal round of the Big Sky Touranment this year. She became the first player in school history to record 1,000 career points and 1,000 rebounds, became the Big Sky Conference’s all-time leader with 1,234 rebounds, and ranks among the top 10 players in Sacramento State history in 10 different statistical categories.

Other finalists - Cayla Beutler (Gymnastics), Sakya Bolton (Track & Field), Rebeca Delgado (Tennis)

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