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Blasco, van der Wyk, Alaoui Chosen 2009-2010 PCC Athletes of the Year

Blasco, van der Wyk, Alaoui Chosen 2009-2010 PCC Athletes of the Year image

The Kinesiology, Health & Athletics Division selected women's volleyball player Patti Blasco, women's cross country/track and field runner Tracee van der Wyk, and men's swimmer Sharif Alaoui as the Pasadena City College Athletes of the Year for the 2009-2010 sports season. The trio were all freshman performers.

The accolades are part of the annual Elizabeth Jensen scholarship awards, named after the former PCC administrator and coach. Each student-athlete receives a $1,000 award from the division.

Blasco and van der Wyk were picked as Co-Women's Athletes of the Year. Blasco was the South Coast Conference Most Valuable Player in 2009 as the All-State outside hitter led the Lancers to their first-ever conference championship. PCC went undefeated in conference at 16-0 and was the No. 1 seed in the Southern California region entering the playoffs. Blasco led the 23-2 team as far as the regional finals where the program's school record 22-match winning streak was stopped. Blasco, from Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico, recorded 299 kills and her 3.78 kills per game average was among the top 15 in the state.

A two-sport star this past season, van der Wyk followed a third place finish at the South Coast Conference Championships by finishing fourth overall at the CCCAA State Cross Country meet, the highest finish ever by a female Lancer. In track and field, van der Wyk captured the 1,500 meters conference title and was the Southern California champion in the event. During the regular season, she was among the top 5 runners in five different distance events. At the CCCAA Championships, she placed third in the 1,500 and fifth in the 800 meters. Van der Wyk came to PCC from Temple City High.

Blasco and van der Wyk ended a remarkable run of six straight years in which women's basketball players captured the PCC women's top athlete year. Kim Smith, a member and guard from the 2008-2009 state champion basketball team who recently accepted a scholarship at University of Texas-El Paso, and badminton player Iris Xu, the top singles player from the Lancers' 2010 state finalist team, were also candidates for the top performance award. 

Alaoui became the third swimmer in as many years to be named the college's Men's Athlete of the Year, following the selections of Tai Nuntampramote in 2008-2009 and Keisuke Yagi in 2007-2008 (shared the award with current NFL football player David Reed). Alaoui was the SCC Co-Swimmer of the Year, winning the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle events, and 200-butterfly. He then captured the state title in the 200-freestyle and was second overall in the 100-free at the CCCAA Championships. Alaoui is a product of Crescenta Valley High in La Crescenta.

All-National Northern Conference First Team football linebacker Jeremy Aguilar also received consideration for the top performance award. Aguilar led PCC in tackles for the second consecutive season. 

Sophomore two-sport star Marissa Rangel received the President's Award for athletic performance/scholarly achievement and sportsmanship after achieving All-South Coast Conference First Team in volleyball and All-SCC Second Team in softball. Rangel was the conference champion volleyball team's libero and set a school record for digs in a career (636) a year after setting the single-season record (322). In softball, she led the Lancers in batting with a .368 average and had 10 outfield assists thanks to her strong right arm. Rangel, from California High in Whittier, had the distinction of making four all-conference teams in her two years here.  

The Top Scholar-Athlete awards for highest grade point average were earned by women's cross country runner Abby Read and men's track and field sprinter Gary Terzian. Rangel, Read and Terzian all will receive $1,000 scholarships. 

Special Needs Grants ($500 each) went to women's basketball center Cherisa Sellers, football wide receiver Andrew Tree, softball third baseman/pitcher Amber Frame, and volleyball middle blocker Miranda Doing, the only freshman of that group. Sellers, Frame and Doing were each all-conference selections in their respective sports.

Transferring Student Awards ($300 each), for sophomores with at least a 2.5 GPA and intentions to move on to 4-year universities this fall, were given to men's basketball guard BJ Rosary, football quarterback Jonathan Troast, and baseball players Brian Smith, a catcher, and Trevor Hendershott, a pitcher. 

The KH&A Division granted Daniel Lottes, a photographer for the college's newspaper, a $250 student assistance award. 

Besides the Jensen scholarship awards, the division also selected football placekicker Nick Luevano for the Horrell Family Scholarship ($300), an award to a freshman from the Pasadena area maintaining a 3.0 GPA. Luevano set the school record for longest field goal (49 yards) in 2009.

A new award, the Thomas Mallory Scholarship was awarded to 2009 baseball player Tyler Craig. The $600 prize is for a student-athlete who successfully transferred from PCC to a 4-year institution and maintained full-time enrollment with at least a 2.0 GPA. Craig, an outfielder, finished his junior season at Campbellsville University in Kentucky.

[Photo--PCC sports information photographer Richard Quinton created the collage of the 2009-2010 Athletes of the Year: Sharif Alaoui (top), Patti Blasco (lower left), and Tracee van der Wyk (lower right).]

Release Date: 06/25/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu