College Sports

Warrior Weekly: Stan State honors athletes in end of year banquet.

Stanislaus State celebrated the accomplishments of its student-athletes during the annual Athletics Awards Banquet on Monday night.

The even was held inside Ed & Bertha Fitzpatrick Arena where nearly 250 Warriors, staff, coaches and volunteers converged.

Eric Bejaran (Track and Field) and Sierra Adams (Volleyball) received the top awards as the male and female athletes of the year, respectively. Bejaran, who is returning to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, is a three-time champion in the men’s hammer throw. Adams is an All-American with a stellar season with 290 kills and averaged four kills per set.

The top team award went to women’s soccer with the highest combined GPA while Vinny Margiotta (baseball) and Ramey Gardner (women’s volleyball) were named the scholar athletes of the year. Both are seniors with the highest grade point averages.

The newcomers of the year were Matthew Gallego (men’s track & field), with three top two CCAA finishes including a win in the discus, and Maria Ochoa (women’s tennis), who was the No. 3 singles player with a 10-4 record and an eight-match winning streak.

Top freshmen of the year were Gracious Togiai (women’s track & field), who ranks No. 10 in Division II in shot put, and eight-game winner Rylan Tinsley (baseball).

The Will Keener Sportsmanship Award went to women’s track & field’s Mi’Shaye Venerable. The CCAA Hal Charnofsky Memorial Awards recipients were Alexus Martinez (softball) and Sean Bender (men’s soccer) for their contribution to not just their teams, but also their all-around involvement with the campus community and athletics staff.

The inaugural Community Engagement Award went to the women’s volleyball team, which performed more than 600 hours of community service including handing out care packages for the homeless in Turlock and played pool volleyball with residents at Covenant Village.