By Ismael Morales |Staff Writer|
The ousting of the Coyotes softball team at the Super Regionals has brought an end to CSUSB’s athletic season and it’s now time to crown the Coyote Chronicle’s third annual athlete of the year.
While you are busy voting for MLB’s All-Star game, take a minute to vote for CSUSB’s athlete of the year. (Do so online at coyotechronicle.net)
This year’s nominees, in no particular order, are: baseball’s Josh Pond, softball’s Cassidy Lee, soccer’s Obi Agwu, volleyball’s Jane Chafeh and golf’s Kenny Pigman.
Each of these athletes had a stellar season in their respective sport and they have the stats to back their nominations.
The first nominee is junior reliever Pond who set the school record and tied the CCAA record in saves with 16. Pond also led the Coyotes baseball team with a stellar 1.54 ERA and opposing batters had a dismal .175 batting average against him.
Pond has earned first team honors for the All-West Region for the third time. He earned first Team Daktronics West Region and Pond also earned first team All-CCAA honors.
Pond was also named athlete of the week by the Coyote Chronicle for the week of May 2.
The next nominee is Senior pitcher Lee who led the Coyotes to its first ever West Regional II Championship by pitching three consecutive complete games, the last two via shutouts in the West Regional II tournament in Hawaii.
Lee was recently named to the 2011 Louisville Slugger All-West Region softball team. Lee finished the season with a 17-10 record while posting a team best ERA at 2.75 with 124 k’s. Her 17 wins were also team best.
Lee was named athlete of the week by the Coyote Chronicle for the week of April 18.
Also in the running is senior Agwu who led the Coyotes with 12 goals, half of which were game winners. He also led the team in points with 27.
Agwu earned NCSAA first team All-American, first team Daktronics All-West Region honors, and first team All-CCAA honors.
Senior Pigman was the Coyotes best golfer and was named CCAA Player of the Year.
He was named CCAA Golfer of the Week for the week of March 28-April 3. He received this honor twice. During the season Pigman placed first twice, second three times, and third one time in tournaments he participated in.
Pigman was also named athlete of the week by the Coyote Chronicle for the week of May 9.
The final nominee is senior Chafeh who led the volleyball team in points with 424.5, in kills with 362 and was second in digs with 223. Chafeh received AVCA first team honors, and earned AVCA West Region honors.
Students, faculty, teammates, coaches, administrators are all encouraged to vote.