SAN ANTONIO (April 28, 2016) – Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) held its Fifth Annual Big Blue Athletic Banquet Tuesday evening in the University's Mabee Gymnasium. More than 250 athletes from OLLU's 13 teams were honored for their accomplishments from the 2015-2016 season. Spring teams, including baseball, softball and golf, received their awards from last year since their seasons did not end until after the 2015 banquet took place.
The evening began with a welcome from Jay Tope, the voice of the Saints. After the invocation by Gloria Urrabazo, Vice President for Mission and Ministry, Athletic Director Jack Hank introduced Board of Trustees Chair Roy Terracina. The video, "2015-2016 – A Season filled with Success," was shown. The video was produced by the sports information office and edited by sports information intern and tennis athlete Bernardo Pegas (JR/Bage, RS, Brazil).
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OLLU's 13 athletic teams.
After an inspirational talk by Guest Speaker Tom Contreras, an MBA graduate of OLLU, Tope announced the award recipients beginning with the fall sports, then winter sports and finally spring sports.
Volleyball received more than 60 awards and certificates highlighted by the team's tournament and regular season championship plaques; All-Conference awards for Jaclyn Bautista (SR/El Paso, Texas), Alysha Blanco (SR/El Paso, Texas), Alexia Bustamante (JR/Helotes, Texas), Kendall Groff (JR/Helotes, Texas), Stephanie Rubio (SR/San Antonio, Texas), Leilani Smith (JR/Hilo, Hawaii), Janelle Solis (JR/San Antonio, Texas), Gloriana Villarreal (SR/Brownsville, Texas) and Jessica Walaski (JR/San Antonio, Texas); Blanco's NAIA All-American Honorable Mention, AVCA All-Region, AVCA All-Region, Conference Player of the Year, All-Tournament awards; Groff's and Villarreal's Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete awards; Groff's All-Tournament and Tournament MVP awards; Raven Swain (SO/Pflugerville, Texas)'s All-Tournament awards; Smith's Newcomer of the Year award; Lance Pulliam's AVCA Assistant Coach of the Year award; and Jeremiah Tiffin's AVCA and conference Coach of the Year awards. Seniors Bautista, Blanco, Rubio and Villarreal were also recognized.
Men's Soccer's awards included All-Conference honors for Angel De la Garza (JR/Brownsville, Texas) and Marco Perales (JR/Linares, Nuevo Laredo); All-Tournament honors for Igor Nunes do Nascimento (JR/Rio de Janeiro, Brazil); CoSIDA Academic All-District award for Jared Poling (JR/Keller, Texas); and the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar award for De la Garza. Seniors Jorge Cantu (SR/Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, Mexico), Simon Chavez (SR/Burgos, Tamaulipas, Mexico), Jose De la Garza (SR/Valle Hermoso, Tamaulipas, Mex), Israel Lince (SR/Tehuacan, Puebla, Mexico), Sebastian Luehr (SR/Flensburg, Germany), Max O'Shea (SR/St. Albans, North London) and Giovani Sierra (SR/Brownsville, Texas) received their framed jerseys.
Women's Soccer received more than 70 awards and certificates highlighted by the team's tournament and regular season championship plaques. Awards included Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete awards for Daniela Colina (JR/Katy, Texas), Gabriela Colina (JR/Katy, Texas), Dulcie Gomez (SR/San Antonio, Texas), Gabriela Lopez (JR/New Braunfels, Texas), Teegan Luckemeyer (SR/New Braunfels, Texas), Katherine Murtagh-Huerta (JR/San Antonio, Texas) and Erika Thompson (SR/Rowlett, Texas); CoSIDA Academic All-American for Thompson; CoSIDA Academic All-District awards for Luckemeyer and Thompson; All-Tournament awards for Lopez, Luckemeyer and Maggie Miller (SO/Manhattan, Kan.); All-Conference awards for Lopez, Luckemeyer, Miller, Amanda Olson (JR/Keller, Texas), Brandy Salazar (SR/Austin, Texas), Amaris Tavares (JR/Houston, Texas), Thompson and Stephania Vazquez (SR/Houston, Texas); Offensive Player of the Year for Vazquez; Defensive Player of the Year for Thompson; and NAIA All-American for Vazquez. Seniors Gomez, Luckemeyer, Salazar, Thompson, Vazquez and Alissa Villarreal (SR/McAllen, Texas) received their framed jerseys.
Women's Cross-Country received more than 30 awards highlighted by their conference and season championship plaques. Receiving All-Conference were Jazmine Garcia (SO/San Ygnacio, Texas), Gabriela Guerrero (SO/McAllen, Texas), Elena Oslund (JR/Hendersonville, N.C.) (SR/Hendersonville, N.C.) (JR/Hendersonville, N.C.) (SR/Hendersonville, N.C.), Ione Rodriguez (SR/Port Isabel, Texas), Sarah Taylor (FR/Austin, Texas) and Jocelyn Trask (JR/San Antonio, Texas); Halo Club White award recipients included Garcia, Guerrero, Oslund, Rodriguez, Taylor and Trask; Halo Club Blue award winners were Garcia and Oslund; Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete awards to Rodriguez and Trask; and Coach of the Year recognition for Stephen Sherman. Seniors Ione Rodriguez and Bonnie Perez (SR/El Paso, Texas) received their senior collage and framed jersey, while Oslund received a senior collage.
Men's Cross-Country's awards were highlighted by the team's conference and season championship plaques. Receiving All-Conference were Nathaniel Aguilar (FR/El Paso, Texas), Samuel Bonilla (SO/McAllen, Texas), Patrick Bousselot (FR/Cibolo, Texas) and Emilio Marquez (FR/Dickinson, Texas); Sherman received Coach of the Year honors.
Golf's awards included All-Conference recognition for Christopher Schriedel (JR/Helotes, Texas) (2015), Francisco Gonzalez (2016) and Rafael Jauregui (2016) and Coach of the Year awards (2015 and 2016) for Alan E. Baxter.
Tennis received their NAIA Regional Championship plaque, while seniors Zahry Edmond (SR/Port-Au-Prince, Haiti), AJ Gallardo (SR/El Paso, Texas) and Tanis Martinez (SR/Carrizo Springs, Texas) received their senior collage.
Men's Basketball's awards included All-Conference honors for Darion Brown (SO/Alexandria, La.), Olajuwon Garner (JR/Pittsburg, Calif.), Joe Jackson (JR/San Antonio, Texas) and Christian Wood-Dvorak (SR/Halletsville, Texas); All-Tournament award for Garner and Jackson; NAIA All-American Second Team, NAIA Nationals All-Tournament, Conference Newcomer of the Year and the Jack Hank Newcomer of the Year award for Jackson; Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete, Marsha Eldridge Defensive Player of the Year award and Richard Castro Hardest Worker of the Year Award for Wood-Dvorak; and the Roy Terracina Offensive Player of the Year award for Brown. Seniors Anthony Cole (SR/Memphis, Tenn.), Alex Sattley (SR/Portland, Oregon) (SR/Portland, Ore.) (SR/Portland, Oregon) (SR/Portland, Ore.) and Wood-Dvorak received their framed jerseys.
Women's Basketball received more than 40 awards highlighted by their regular season and conference tournament championship plaques. Sonji Green (SR/Fresno, Calif.) received NAIA All-American Honorable Mention recognition; Taylor Hamilton (SR/Fairfield, Calif.) received NAIA All-American First Team, Tournament MVP, All-Tournament, Conference Player of the Year and All-Conference awards; Daniela Nopuente (SR/Daly City, Calif.) and Nakia Page (JR/Bakersfield, Calif.) received All-Tournament awards; and Christopher Minner received WBCA-NAIA and conference Coach of the Year awards. Seniors Ariel Clay (SR/Fairfield, Calif.), Green, Hamilton and Nopuente received their framed jerseys.
The baseball team received their awards from last season, as their season has not yet finished. Tyler Davis (SR/Weatherford, Texas) received the All-Tournament Gold Glove award; Anthony DeJesus (SR/Sugarland, Texas), Jordan Hackett (SO/San Antonio, Texas) and Connor Kalisky (JR/San Antonio, Texas) received All-Conference awards; Hackett received the Rawlings Gold Glove Trophy. Seniors Leudy Betancourt (SR/Danbury, Conn.), Davis, DeJesus, Austin Gallego (SR/Bryan, Texas), David Marte (SR/Boston, Mass.) and Josh Razo were recognized.
The softball team also received their awards from last season, as their season has not yet finished. Jana Arena (SO/Sugar Land, Texas) and Lauren Garza (SO/McAllen, Texas) received NFCA All-American Scholar Athlete awards; Taylor Doege (SO/San Antonio, Texas), Elizabeth Rodriguez (JR/San Antonio, Texas) and Kristina Tiffany (SO/San Antonio, Texas) received All-Conference awards; and James Kling received conference Coach of the Year. Senior Victoria Balderas (SR/Humble, Texas) was recognized.
Men's Track and Field awards included All-Conference recognition for Nathaniel Aguilar, Patrick Bousselot, Anthony Gonzalez (SO/El Paso, Texas), Emilio Marquez, Luis Ramirez (FR/San Antonio, Texas), Tristen Robles (FR/Palmview, Texas), Alex Sattley, Steven Tomlin (SR/Seattle, Wash.), Patrick Torres (JR/San Antonio, Texas) and Justin Ybarra (FR/Harlingen, Texas); and Halo Club White awards for Ramirez and Sattley. Sattley and Tomlin received their framed jerseys and senior collage.
Women's Track and Field awards included All-Conference recognition for Rosalinda Avalos (FR/Alvin, Texas), Jazmine Garcia, Gabriela Guerrero, Valeria Guerrero (SO/McAllen, Texas), Emily Lee (SO/Katy, Texas), Krystal Ochulo (FR/Dallas, Texas), Elena Oslund, Bonnie Perez, Bianca Renteria (JR/Del Rio, Texas), Luz Rincon (FR/Raymondville, Texas), Ione Rodriguez, Sarah Taylor, Shenaya Thomas (SO/Katy, Texas) and Jocelyn Trask; Halo Club White awards were given to Garcia, Ochulo, Oslund, Rodriguez and Trask; and Halo Club Blue awards were presented to Garcia and Oslund. Seniors Ione Rodriguez and Bonnie Perez received their senior collage and framed jerseys.
After the team awards were presented, Tope announced that the 2014-2015 Softball Team had earned the Top GPA Award after tallying an overall 3.239 GPA.
The final awards presented were for the Top Female Saint and Top Male Saint for 2015-2016. The head coaches of each team nominated one player who excelled in academics, athletics and community service as a member of his or her team in 2015-2016. Judges included: Ryan Hollander – representing students; Casey Hebenstreit – representing athletics; Dr. Adriana Garcia, Visiting Assistant Professor of Marketing – representing faculty; Ana Flores – representing staff; and DJ Castro – representing alumni.
Female nominees included Jocelyn Trask – Cross-Country, Ione Rodriguez – Track and Field, Kendall Groff – Volleyball, Victoria Balderas – Softball, Erika Thompson – Soccer and Taylor Hamilton – Basketball. Winning the Big Blue Female Top Saint was Erika Thompson. Her accomplishments included: Community Service – Volunteered at Myers Elementary, tutoring and doing various activities; Volunteered at TopSoccer, an event for a day where they played soccer with children and adults with disabilities; Coached and practiced soccer with children from the YWCA; Refereed high school soccer games; Volunteered at SAMMinistries, which is a homeless shelter, helping children after school with their homework; Volunteered at McCollum High School teaching financial literacy classes to seniors; Volunteered with VITA, which prepares tax returns for low-income families; Volunteered for ALPHA, a residential drug rehab and alcohol rehab center in San Antonio, preparing their marketing campaign for the Big Give Event; Athletics -- Conference Regular Season and Tournament Champions, NAIA National Tournament First Round, Conference Scholar Athlete, Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete, CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District, CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-American, NAIA Scholar Team, Conference Defensive Player of the Year, NSCAA College Team Academic Award; Academics – 3.9 GPA as a first-year graduate student.
Male nominees included Xavier Jimenez (SO/McAllen, Texas) for Cross-Country and Track and Field, Christopher Schriedel for Golf, Jose De la Garza for Soccer, Christian Wood-Dvorak for Basketball, Anthony DeJesus for Baseball and Jacob Galaviz (JR/El Paso, Texas) for Tennis. Winning the Big Blue Male Top Saint was Christian Wood-Dvorak. His accomplishments included: Community Service – Taught a wellness class at a retirement home; Spent time with little brother's football team offering coaching; Guided and instructed youngsters in basketball and football; Taught basketball and football to children at his church; Refereed in a youth league; Volunteered at Gilbert Elementary School giving motivating talks to kids; Volunteered at Haven for Hope, the homeless shelter in San Antonio; Athletics -- Team Captain, NAIA National Championship Elite 8, Conference Tournament Semifinalist, Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete, All-Conference, Conference Champions of Character, Conference Scholar Athlete, Character Athlete of the Week; Academics – 3.7 GPA.
The evening concluded with benediction by Ms. Urrabazo.