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May 14, 2014

STUDENT-ATHLETE AWARDS ANNOUNCED AT GREEN AND GOLDEN GLOBES

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento State athletics department presented 19 honors at its third-annual Green and Golden Globes Awards, held Wednesday evening at the University Union Ballroom to recognize athletic and academic performance during the 2013-14 academic year.

A total of five teams and 13 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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WOMEN'S ACADEMIC TEAM OF THE YEAR

Women’s Tennis - posted a 3.52 team grade point average during the fall semester

Honorable mention - Gymnastics, Golf, Cross Country

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MEN'S ACADEMIC TEAM OF THE YEAR

Baseball - posted a 3.14 team grade point average during the fall semester

Honorable mention - Tennis, Basketball, Track & Field

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

Jami Shimada - Soccer

Honorable mention - Katharina Knoebl (Tennis), Sophie Lohscheidt (Tennis), Lisa Persson (Golf), Ashley Wooff (Gymnastics)

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

Markell Williams - Football

Honorable mention - David Del Grande (Baseball), Trent Eskew (Football), Blake Hugaert (Baseball), Justin Weldon (Football)

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HORNET CUP - This award is run by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Awarded to one team for academics, success on the playing field, hours volunteering in the Sacramento community, support of fellow teams at athletics events and overall Hornet pride.

Gymnastics

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

Sasha Margulies - Softball
A Big Sky all-conference performer, Margulies punished conference pitching to the tune of a .381 batting average, .548 slugging percentage, .536 on-base percentage and a robust 1.084 ops. The team’s starting first baseman, the sophomore transfer from Ball State reached base safely in 37 of her 44 starts, and her 11-game hitting streak earlier in the year tied for the seventh best in the program’s Div. I history.

Other finalists - Chloe Bartek (Golf), Jennifer Lum (Soccer), Kristen Robinson (Track & Field), Morgan Stanley (Volleyball)



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

Alex Palsha - Baseball
A junior transfer from the College of San Mateo, Palsha has been among the premiere relievers on the West Coast throughout the 2014 season. He ranks among the national leaders in appearances and hits allowed per nine innings, pitching in nearly 60 percent of the Hornets’ games this season. In 31 appearances, he has a 5-1 record with a 1.90 ERA and two saves over 47.1 innings, including 23 scoreless outings.

Other finalists - Cody Bates (Golf), Andrew Gosselin (Soccer), Sam Long (Baseball), Russell Smith (Football)



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FEMALE INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Kalliah McCartney, Gymnastics
McCartney became the first gymnast in school history to advance to the NCAA Div. I Championships after placing sixth in the all-around at the NCAA Regional in Seattle. The junior scored a season-high 39.275 in the all-around which was the highest total by a Hornet in postseason history. She also set school postseason records on vault and bars after scoring 9.875 and 9.800, respectively.

Other finalists
Caitlin Brooks (Softball) - Struck out a career-high 13 batters while carrying a no-hitter into the sixth inning of a home win against Portland State.
Hallie Gennett (Basketball) - Buried the first eight 3-point attempts of her career and finished 8-for-9 from distance in a 92-73 win over Cal State Northridge.
Gabriela Trenton (Soccer) - Recorded the sixth hat trick in program history with three goals in a 4-0 conference win over Southern Utah.
Dominique Whittington (Track & Field) - At the Big Sky Indoor Championships, Whittington set the school record in the 200 and 400 while also anchoring the 4x400 relay team which finished in first place.



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MALE INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Owen Taylor, Golf
Taylor had a two-tournament stretch which saw him post the lowest score in both events. At the Lone Star Invitational in San Antonio, he had rounds of 71, 67 and 72 to finish tied for first place after 54 holes. At the UCSB Invitational two weeks later, he shot 74, 68 and 70 to win the tournament by two strokes. During that stretch, he posted a 150-0-1 record against the other individuals and played the six rounds at 10 strokes under par.

Other finalists
Rhys Hoskins (Baseball) - Went 3-for-4 with two home runs, a double, walk and six RBIs in an 11-0 road win at New Mexico State. Finished the three-game series 8-for-12 with three home runs, 12 RBIs, three doubles, and five runs scored.
Mikh McKinney (Basketball) - Scored a career-high tying 30 points to go along with five rebounds and six assists in a 78-75 overtime win against Weber State, the Hornets’ first against the Wildcats in seven years.
Garrett Safron (Football) - Completed 34-of-50 passes for a school-record 554 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for 42 yards and two scores in a 43-42 comeback win at Portland State.



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FEMALE TEAM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Basketball breaks the NCAA record for most 3-pointers in a season
Playing a fast-paced style under first year head coach Bunky Harkleroad, the Hornets broke the NCAA record for 3-pointers made in a season. The team finished the year with 373 made threes to shatter the previous NCAA record of 342. The squad also broke NCAA records with 12.4 three-point makes per game and 1,171 three-point attempts. Seven different players converted at least 24 3-pointers during the season.

Other finalists
Golf - Finished one stroke ahead of Hawai’i and New Mexico State to win the team title at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational.
Gymnastics - Scored a season high 195.650, which also ranks as the third highest total in school history, to win the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship.
Rowing - Claimed gold medals in three events, and a silver medal in another to propel the Hornets to the WIRA Championship team title.
Tennis - Claimed the team’s 13th consecutive Big Sky Tournament championship with an epic 4-3 win over Montana in the title match.



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MALE TEAM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Baseball’s victory over fourth-ranked Oregon State
The Hornet baseball team rallied from an early 6-1 deficit to stun fourth-ranked Oregon State, 7-6, on April 21 at Raley Field. Oregon State, which has since moved up to the No. 1 ranking in the country, is the highest ranked opponent the Hornets have defeated in the baseball program’s history. Four Sacramento State relievers combined to throw seven scoreless innings after the early deficit, allowing the offense to chip away and move ahead in the eighth inning on an RBI-single from Scotty Burcham.

Other finalists
Basketball’s victory against Weber State - Dylan Garrity’s 75-foot shot at the overtime buzzer defeated eventual conference champion Weber State.
Golf wins the Dash Thomas Memorial - Ran away from the field at the Boise State Dash Thomas Memorial where the team totaled 851 for the three rounds which was the second lowest three-round score in school history.
Track wins the Mondo Mid Major team title - Claimed the team title at the Mondo Mid Major Challenge where the Hornets tallied 186 points to handily defeat second place Fresno State and a pair of other teams that scored 128.



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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.

Women - Maddie Montoya, Gymnastics
A fourth-year senior and a team captain this season, Montoya competed all four years while maintaining a 3.19 grade point average. A member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee for two years, she is also an active participant in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and asked to be the gymnastics team’s community service director. Among the numerous community service projects she organized were visits to Shriners Hospital, putting together care packages for troops and Christmas stockings for the homeless, working at festivals for the local deaf community and working at Loaves and Fishes for the Mustard Seed School during Christmas.

Men - David Del Grande, Baseball
A team captain, fifth-year senior and four-year starter, Del Grande is a double major in history and anthropology. Currently sporting a 3.63 grade point average, he has started every game over the last two seasons. During his four-year career, he helped the baseball squad improve upon their conference record each season and has helped lead the team to three consecutive 30-win seasons. Del Grande has spent the last year tutoring high school students, as well as helping students with disabilities at Hiram Johnson High School and a pre-kindergarten class at David Lubin Elementary.

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MOMENT OF THE YEAR

Dylan Garrity’s 75-foot shot at the buzzer beats Weber State - Junior Dylan Garrity buried a 75-foot shot at the overtime buzzer to defeat Weber State, 78-75, on Feb. 1. The win not only gave the Hornets a win over eventual conference champion Weber State, but also gave Sacramento State a tremendous amount of national attention as video of the shot went viral. The shot, which
was termed “The Hail Garrity”, was featured on numerous websites, including ESPN, CNN, Deadpsin, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, Fox News and Sporting News to name a few. In addition, it was the #1 play on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays that evening.

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

Todd Davis, Football
Named second team All-America by the Associated Press and was a first team all-Big Sky Conference selection after leading the conference and ranking fifth in the nation with 10.9 tackles per game. His total of 131 stops are the fifth most in Sacramento State single-season history and he concluded his career with 351 total tackles to rank second in the Hornet record book. Davis also had five sacks, two interceptions, a pair of forced fumbles and four pass breakups during the season.

Rhys Hoskins, Baseball
Hoskins currently ranks among the top three players in the Western Athletic Conference in home runs, RBIs, doubles, walks, total bases and slugging percentage while recording 15 multiple-hit games and 11 multi-RBI games. Hoskins has eight home runs, 42 RBIs, and a .331 batting average in 48 games played. In WAC play, he is hitting .371 with five homers and 29 RBIs in 24 games, leading the Hornets to a first place positioning in the conference.

Jessica Smith, Rowing
A fourth-year senior, Smith has competed with the Hornets’ top boat in all 10 races this season, sitting in the five seat on eight occasions. A team co-captain and first team all-WIRA selection, Smith has a personal best time of 6:55.6 on the 2,000-meter ergometer test, which is the fastest mark in school history. A member of Conference USA’s Honor Roll, Smith also won a gold medal on the pre-elite level with the Vesper Boat Club last summer.

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FEMALE STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - Nominated by coaches for having the best contributions to her respective program. Freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible for this award.

Caitlin Brooks, Softball
Unanimously selected as the Big Sky Conference’s Pitcher of the Year and a unanimous first team all-league selection, Brooks’ 1.86 ERA easily leads the conference and ranks among the top 50 marks in the nation. A four-time Big Sky Pitcher of the Week selection (and nine-time selection dating back to last year), she went 10-7 with a 1.86 ERA, completed 14 of her 17 starts, had a 3-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and limited Big Sky opponents to a .219 batting average.

Other finalists - Sophie Lohscheidt (Tennis), Kalliah McCartney (Gymnastics), Lisa Persson (Golf), Morgan Pope (Track & Field), Jessica Smith (Rowing)



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MALE STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - Nominated by coaches for having the best contributions to his respective program. Freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible for this award.

Mikh McKinney, Basketball
A unanimous first team all-Big Sky Conference selection, McKinney became the first basketball player during Sacramento State’s Div. I era to be named to the all-district squad. He finished his second season with the Hornets averaging 16.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game on .482 shooting from the field and .820 percent from the free throw line. In conference play, he led the Big Sky in assists (4.6 per game) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.4-to-1), and ranked fifth in scoring (17.0 per game) and minutes played (35.8 per game).

Other finalists - Todd Davis (Football), Rhys Hoskins (Baseball), Nathanael Litwiller (Track & Field), Owen Taylor (Golf)

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