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Awards: The haul for the fall

Several TMC, COC athletes win awards for the season

Posted: December 11, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: December 11, 2012 1:55 a.m.

College of the Canyons' Brittney Sayre was named to the All-Western State Conference, South Division first team.

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The fall season is complete for The Master’s College and College of the Canyons, and now is the time of year to honor the outstanding athletes from each school for the season that was.

John Gilbertson’s perfect cross country season highlighted the fall slate for The Master’s College, while Kris Grimes making All-State for the COC women’s golf was the top performance for her school in the fall.

On Nov. 17, Gilbertson won the school’s first-ever individual national championship when he crossed the finish line in 23 minutes, 56 seconds at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Men’s Cross Country National Championships.

It was the senior’s seventh victory in seven races for the fall, earning him his third straight NAIA All-American honor.

His teammate Anthony Pizzo, a senior and Canyon High graduate, also earned All-American status for his third straight year with a 15th place finish in the same race.

Also gaining All-American nods on the same day in the women’s race were Hannah Kellerman and Karis Frankian, who finished eighth and 26th respectively in the NAIA championship.

Along with those four, David Eller and Katrina Graham were also named to the All-Golden State Athletic Conference cross country teams.

Mustangs cross country head coach Zach Schroeder was named GSAC Coach of the Year after the men’s team won a third straight conference title.

The final TMC athlete to come out of the season with an All-American title was junior volleyball player Sam Dougherty, who was named an NAIA second-team All-American after helping lead the Mustangs to their most successful season in school history.

TMC made it to the round of 16 in its first appearance in the NAIA National Championship Tournament.

The team’s head coach Robert Blanken was named GSAC Coach of the Year.

As for College of the Canyons, the highest individual honor was garnered by Grimes, a sophomore golfer.

With a two-day score of 10-over 154, she finished fourth individually on Nov. 13 at the College Athletic Association Women’s Golf State Championship, which gave her a second consecutive All-State distinction.

A week prior to her finish at the state finals, she won the CCCAA Southern California Championship.

Both schools also had several athletes make all-conference teams.

Joining Grimes on the All-Western State Conference list were teammates Nicole DeFransisco, Catherine Walgamuth and Madison Loomis.

For the WSC, South Division champion Cougars women’s soccer team, five players were named to the all-conference first team.

Those included were Jessica Heade, Sarah Sager, Brittney Sayre, Sydney Tobin and Casey Wesley.

Stacey Atwater, Katie Colleta and Katherine Koury were conference second-teamers while Alexandra Leon and Jessica Weber were honorable mentions.

COC women’s volleyball put Kelsey Hundtoft and Ashley Pagan on the All-WSC South first team and Cory Nua on the second team.

Teammates Jordan Carter and Cassidy Fitzpatrick were honorable mentions.

As for the Cougar football team, Hart graduate Time White was named to the All-National Division, Northern Conference first-team offense.

Fellow COC football players Lloyd Tunstill, Dan Vear and Ryan Kasdorf were also named to the conference’s second-team offense while Justyn Eddins, Joey Cicoria and Kahlil Bolling were placed on the second-team defense.

The All-WSC cross country runners for COC were Alex Ruther (second team) along with honorable mentions Chase Wheeler, Jordan Mendoza and Alexander Gonzalez. Jessica Gill and Emily Hinde were honorable mentions for the women’s team.

Ruther, Wheeler and Gill all qualified as individuals for the CCCAA state finals.

For TMC women’s soccer, Shea Richards, Kristyn Richards and Iylssa Espiritu were selected for the All-GSAC team.

Andrew Bussell and Taylor Shahi were the All-GSAC nods for TMC men’s soccer.

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