Menlo's Larson repeats as academic All-American


Menlo College senior Nicole Larson became one of four softball players in the nation to repeat on the Capital One Academic All-America College Division Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Larson joined Brittani McGue of Concordia University, Kasey Trierweiler of Madonna University and Jamie Rateliff of Oklahoma City University as the players to repeat.

In the classroom, Larson accumulated a 3.9 GPA as an accounting major and was a co-Valedictorian.

She also earned the College's Board of Trustees award and the Athletic Department's F. Philler Curtis award which goes to a female student-athlete who has made an outstanding contribution to campus life through her scholarship, leadership and athletic ability.

On the field, Larson turned in one of the best seasons in Menlo softball history.

The outfielder hit a team-best .466 with 30 RBIs, 37 runs, six home runs and 10 doubles and also stole 26 bases to break the single-season record.

In addition, Larson finished her career as the school's all-time stolen base leader with 50. She earned Cal Pac Player of the Year honors along with a first-team all-conference nod.

Women's basketball

Six-foot-one center Breanna Turner signed to join the Oaks' latest recruiting class.

A native of Menifee, Turner produced one of the best seasons in Irvine Valley College history. As a sophomore last year, sh averaged 14.5 points, 11.4 rebounds and one blocked shot per game while shooting 52.7 percent from the field.

She scored in double figures in 24 of the 30 games she played in and topped 20 points in seven contests, finishing the season by scoring double figures in 13 straight.

"We are really excited about Breanna and the post presence she will bring to the team," Menlo coach Shannon Osborne said. "She is a talented player that has the ability to dominate in the paint. She scores well with her back to the basket and does a great job on the boards."

Turner earned a host of awards, including: All-American Honorable Mention, OEC Conference MVP, First Team All-Conference and First Team All-State.

She helped the Lasers to a 27-4 overall record as a sophomore.

"Emma is an outstanding shooter with great range on her shot. She also has good quickness and length and does a good job of attacking the basket," said Osborne. "We are very excited about her becoming an Oak."

Turner joins a Menlo College team that went 22-6 a season ago, marking their fourth consecutive trip to the NAIA National Championships and netting their fourth-straight regular season Cal Pac Conference Title.

The Oaks begin their first-ever season as members of the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) in the fall.

— Menlo College Athletics

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