With the 2012-13 academic year quickly coming to a close, the Menlo College Athletic Department honored the accomplishments and achievements of their student-athletes last Friday at the annual All-Athlete Banquet.
The department saw unprecedented success in the 2012-13 season that included the most wins in school history (137) and six of the departments 14 teams earning a trip to their respective national championships.
The remarkable numbers do not stop there. In total, seven athletes earned All American honors, eight were named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes, and two earned All-Region honors. In total, 26 athletes earned a spot on an all conference list including: three conference players of the year, three defenders of the year, two newcomers of they year, one libero of the year, and one freshman of the year.
A total of 17 athletes were named to the conference first-team list, seven second, and two honorable mentions. In addition to the impressive success of the student-athletes, two Menlo coaches earned top billing as California Pacific Conference Coaches of the Year in Daniel Rasay (volleyball) and Shannon Osborne (women's basketball).
Director of Athletics Keith Spataro, in his fifth season, handed out awards to a number of Menlo student-athletes for their achievements both on and off the field of play.
The Don Baike male and female athlete of the year awards headlined the evening with honors going to Jolise Limcaco (women's basketball) and Jimmy Bosco (baseball). These two athletes distinguished themselves as the premier athletes in an incredibly talented pool of players from the 2012-13 seasons.
Limcaco, a sophomore from Sacramento, led the Oaks' basketball team to its most successful season in school history. She played a major part in the team's 26-4 overall record and perfect 10-0 mark in conference play that included Cal Pac regular-season and tournament titles.
Limcaco was named first team all-conference, third team NAIA All-American, and the Cal Pac Player of the Year. She averaged 16.7 points and 4.9 assists per game, which put her 26th in the country in scoring and 10th in the country in assists per game.
Bosco, a junior from Granite Bay, has made his presence felt in his first season at Menlo. Bosco held a .417 batting average and was ranked fourth in the nation in home runs (14), first in slugging percentage (.806), first in total bases (141), first in total bases per game (3), and sixth in doubles (22) prior to Wednesday's opening round of the NAIA West Grouping Baseball Championships in Portland, Ore.
Bosco has played an integral role in the Oaks' success this season, which includes a 30-17 regular-season record and the No. 2 seed in the NAIA playoffs.
The Glen E. Dorst award, given to a Menlo College senior who most personifies the standards of sportsmanship in each phase of his/her life, was awarded to senior football player Greig O'Connor.
Fellow senior football player Devon Jonsson was awarded the Don W. Baer award, which is given to a senior male or female student-athlete who shows the greatest qualities of all-around leadership.
The F. Philler Curtis award was given to softball senior Ululani Reyes. This award is given to a senior female student-athlete who by scholarship, leadership and athletic ability has made an outstanding contribution to campus life at Menlo College.
The final individual award was the Menlo College Athletic Department Service Award, given to an athlete who has gone above and beyond to assist and service the athletic department at-large. This award was given to junior football player Camyar Meshkaty.
Coleman Cox (baseball), Ululani Reyes (softball), Kristina Roome (women's soccer), and Jan-Niklas Erasmy (men's soccer), earned Scholar-Athlete Awards as the seniors with the highest cumulative GPA's among senior student-athletes.
Each of Menlo's 13 head coaches presented a special student-athlete with their Coaches Award. This honor is based on dedication, work ethic, and success both on and off the field. The recipients of this years awards were: Jimmy Bosco (baseball), Tony Ramirez (football), Dylan Severson (men's basketball), Jeffrey Johnson (golf), Bryce Nelson (men's soccer), Jose Chacon (men's wrestling), Haley Heryford (Cross Country), Jessica Robertson (competitive cheerleading), Alyssa Holland (softball), Bayley Blackney (volleyball), Carly Tristao (women's basketball), Taylor Morrow (women's soccer), and Sherylyn Sabado (women's wrestling).