Student athletes were honored at the University of La Verne Fall Sports Award Banquet at the Church of the Brethren Fellowship Hall last Tuesday night.
Nancy Blickenstaff, director of women’s sports, presented lifetime passes to nine seniors who have competed on a varsity team for three consecutive years. Seniors who received this award were Fred Gomeztrejo, Robin Holland, Jeff Howe, Gary Koustic, Paul Martinez, Dan Olivera, Alex Salinas, Pam Sloan and Bill Szitkar. These seniors will receive the blanket award at the Spring Awards Banquet.
Jim Paschal, women’s volleyball coach, announced each member of his team and commended them all personally for their hard work. He reminded the group that the team is ranked number one going into the National Tournament, and he later commented, “I appreciate the fans’ support, and I look forward to having all of you on our side during the tournament.” Special awards for the team will be announced at a later date.
Soccer Head Coach David Goldstein was next to honor the achievements of his team. In addition to honoring each team member, Goldstein presented special awards to a few exceptional players. Most inspirational was awarded to Don Todd. Most improved was Barry Morrow and receiving the coach’s award was Peter Gunby. Rich Nelson, Doug Werner and John Gates, and all members of the JV team, presented Assistant Coach Fred Bruce-Oliver with a t-shirt.
Cross Country Coach Tim Morrison recognized each of his team members and specified that there were actually two separate teams, men and women. Thelma Rubio and Terry Smith were voted most valuable players. The coaches award went to Debbie Juhrend and Terry Smith. Ann Grudzinski and Layne Heiny were voted most improved.
Ortmayer, the offensive backs’ coach, named his players and announced that Greg Hopkins was voted most valuable of the offensive backs. Bill Shier, receiver coach, recognized each member of his team and named Maurice Harper MVP.
Joe Davalos and Dwight Hanawalt, offensive line coaches, recognized their team and named Scott Shier most valuable offensive lineman.
Following a special tribute to the defensive team, Rex Huigens, defensive coordinator, announced his team and named Gomeztrejo MVP.
Monse Estrada, linebacker coach, paid special tribute to Olivera and Martinez. Estrada then went on to name Martinez most valuable linebacker.
Emmett Terrell, defensive line coach, announced his players after commenting that his group ranked as the top defensive unit in the conference. Jerry Redman, who made first team all conference and second team all district, was named most valuable lineman.
Receiving Coaches Awards were Olivera and Koustic.