Pirates recognized for their academic and athletic accomplishments
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PORTERVILLE – (May 3, 2018) – At Porterville College’s 10th annual Academic & Athletic Achievement Awards ceremony Monday night inside a packed Student Center on campus, dozens of PC student athletes were honored for their academic and athletic accomplishments.
“As a student athlete, you have developed skills that will help you be successful in life no matter what you choose to do,” PC interim President Bill Henry told the student athletes before the awards were presented. “Those skills include discipline, setting goals and the importance of teamwork.”
The awards and winners were:
FRESHMEN OF THE YEAR, presented to first-year student athletes for demonstrated excellence in his or her sport:
- Chelsea Ramos, softball, third-baseman: A Monache High graduate, Ramos led the team in batting average (.564), runs batted in (50), slugging percentage (1.051), on-base percentage (.630) and stolen bases (nine). Her batting average was tops in the Northern California region and second in all of California. Regional coaches named her to the All-Northern California team and in week 2 the California Community College Fastpitch Coaches Association recognized her as player of the week.
- Elijah Cardenas, men’s basketball, guard: Cardenas played both guard spots for the Pirates. He was second on the team in 3-pointers made, connecting on 38 percent of his shots from behind the arc. He also made 89 percent of his free throws.
- Andres Garza, baseball, shortstop: Garza was sure-handed at his shortstop position, committing just six errors all season. He was also an anchor in the batting lineup, hitting in the top three spots all year. He hit .274 and scored 15 runs.
SOPHOMORES OF THE YEAR, presented to second-year student athletes for demonstrated excellence in his or her sport:
- Ashlyn Miller, volleyball, libero: Originally from Strathmore and a Porterville High graduate, Miller tallied 80 sets and 10 kills. Miller will continue her volleyball career at Presentation College in South Dakota.
- Brandon Lozano, baseball, outfielder: Lozano, a Monache graduate, produced 18 hits and scored 13 times. An injury forced him to miss all of last season, but he came back stronger than ever and turned in a great season.
PIRATES OF THE YEAR, presented to student athletes who demonstrate a team-first attitude and show heart, spirit and dedication:
- Shantae Gutierrez, softball, shortstop: A freshman from Orange Cove High who made it a habit to always encourage her teammates, Gutierrez’s .342 batting average was fourth on the team. She also had 24 RBIs and scored 35 runs. Gutierrez was named player of the game six times.
- Tevin Howell, men’s basketball, forward: The sophomore displayed a unique toughness and a whatever-it-takes attitude. Howell shot 42 percent from the floor, 29 percent from 3-point range and 72 percent from the charity stripe. He also grabbed 75 defensive rebounds and 21 offensive boards.
TYLER CURRY SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD, presented to student athletes who consistently display outstanding behavior and conduct themselves with a high degree of character and good sportsmanship:
- Brooklynne Beavers, volleyball, outside hitter: A Monache graduate, Beavers was the team captain as a sophomore. She was one of the starting outside hitters all season and her 170 kills led the team. Beavers will be attending California State University, Bakersfield, in the fall.
- Jackson Cascio, men’s basketball, guard: Cascio, a sophomore, was named team captain for the second consecutive year. His 33 3-pointers were third on the team. Cascio also shot 43 percent from the floor and 83 percent from the free-throw line.
TIFFANEE ANDERSON MOST INSPIRATIONAL AWARD, presented to first- or second-year student athletes who have overcome adversity and are inspirational and valuable members of his or her team:
- Alfredo Vasquez, baseball, pitcher: Vasquez, a Lindsay High graduate, overcame many obstacles to get to where he is today. His teammates look up to him for his work ethic. The freshman Vasquez pitched 62.2 innings and averaged 3.59 strikeouts a game.
- Angel Geston, softball, first-baseman: The freshman hit .505, which was fifth in the Northern California region and 12th in the state. Regional coaches named her to the All-Northern California team. Geston also hit seven home runs, drove in 47 runs and was named player of the game seven times.
SCHOLAR ATHLETES OF THE YEAR, presented to second-year student athletes with the highest overall grade-point average:
- Julianne Huerta, softball, catcher: A two-year starter, Huerta was named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association Academic All-American as a freshman and should repeat as a sophomore. She was chosen as player of the game twice. Huerta is considering Wilmington College in Ohio to continue her academic and softball career.
- Carlos Angel, men’s basketball, guard: The sophomore was named to the All-Central Valley Conference Second Team and nominated for the All-Defensive Team. The do-it-all player scored 352 points, sank 56 3-pointers, shot 75 percent from the free-throw line and snagged 97 total rebounds.
TEAM OF THE YEAR:
- Women’s basketball, which played most of the season with just five players: Lindsay graduate Sayla Arguelles, guard, freshman; Kassy Cervantes, guard, freshman; Maria Lopez, forward, sophomore; Sierra Perez, guard, freshman; and Strathmore High graduate Kathy Rodriguez, forward, freshman
PRESIDENT’S HONOR LIST, an honor for those with a 3.5 GPA or higher:
- Granite Hills High graduate Illianna Castillo, softball, pitcher; Monache graduate Ashley Eyraud, softball, pitcher; Leonardo Gomez, baseball, pitcher; Jhared Gonzalez, baseball, pitcher; Eric Loredo, baseball, outfielder; Malik McCowan, men’s basketball, guard; Granite Hills graduate Priscilla Tanguma, softball, outfielder; Angel; Gutierrez; Huerta; Lozano; and Miller.
DEAN’S LIST, an honor for those with a GPA between 3.0 and 3.49:
- Porterville graduate Emily Baeza, volleyball, outside hitter; Monache graduate Ashley Campos, women’s basketball, guard; Alexis Lafarga, softball, outfielder; Emma Poll, softball, first-baseman; Cascio; Ramos; Rodriguez.
“I appreciate everything our student athletes do in the classroom, on the field and on the court,” PC Director of Student Programs and Athletics Joe Cascio told the audience. “They keep on fighting, because that’s what we’re trying to teach them to do, not just in college, but in life.”
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