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Badminton's Ortiz, Basketball's Crump 2011-2012 PCC Athletes Of The Year

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The Pasadena City College Kinesiology, Health & Athletics Division named women's badminton player Angie Ortiz and men's basketball player Givon Crump as the 2011-2012 PCC Athletes of the Year. 

Ortiz, a freshman from Pasadena High, recently was crowned PCC's first CCCAA State singles champion after also winning both the South Coast Conference singles and doubles titles. Ortiz, who is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, also helped the 13-1 Lancers to their fourth consecutive SCC team championship. She held a 44-match win streak to start the season and finished a combined 58-3 in singles/doubles play. Ortiz was guided by PCC head coach Bill Sanchez.

Ortiz's talents extend also to the classroom as she currently holds a 3.7 GPA. She is the first badminton player to win the PCC top women's athlete award. 

In his one season for Pasadena, the 6-foot-7, sophomore guard-forward Crump averaged 20.3 points a game and helped the Lancers to a 16-12 record, good enough for second place in the SCC North Division. Crump's production aided the Lancers to more victories than each of the previous two seasons combined (2009-2011, 14).

Named All-SCC First Team, Crump was seventh in the state in scoring and he added 7.4 rebounds per game. His 150 free throws made and .829 line accuracy was also in the state top 10. He made a team-high 69 baskets from 3-point range. He scored 30 or more points in five contests, including a 39-point game against Cerritos (fifth highest single-game scoring total in PCC history).

Matt Chavez received the President's Award for the combination of athletic and school performance plus sportsmanship. The middle infielder became the first Lancer in eight years to be named to the All-SCC First Team.

An outstanding left-handed batter, Chavez led the Lancers in nine different offensive categories, including a .362 batting average, 13 doubles, 20 walks, a .444 on-base percentage, and 30 RBI. Chavez accepted a playing scholarship at Division II New Mexico Highlands University. A product of Pasadena Maranatha High, Chavez topped all baseball players in the classroom with a 3.3 GPA. Chavez's PCC head coach is Evan O'Meara.

The men's highest GPA award (sophomores with at least 48 units completed) was captured by All-SCC First Team men's soccer sophomore forward Gor Kirakosyan (from Burbank High). Kirakosyan, who is moving on to UC Irvine, held an outstanding 3.56 GPA. Of sophomore student-athletes, the Lancers men's soccer team had the three highest GPAs. Kirakosyan was guided by PCC head coach Edgar Manvelyan.

Women's distance swimmer Courtney Jensen (Burbank High) won the women's high GPA award with a 3.48 mark. Jensen twice was a CCCAA state meet qualifier and she swam her all-time best in the marathon 1,650-yard freestyle to finish 12th. She was third at the conference championships in the event. Jensen was aided her two seasons by PCC head coach Terry Stoddard.

The following student-athletes are sophomores who received transfer scholarships with a minimum of a 2.5 GPA and at least 48 units completed: Cassandra Lew (women's cross country runner, track and field, 3.45 GPA, from Temple City High); Ryosuke Tarui (men's soccer midfielder, All-SCC Second Team, 3.42 GPA, international student from Osaka, Japan); Kim Wong (women's basketball guard, twice sank eight or more 3-pointers in a game, 3.42 GPA, from Arcadia High); Rebecca Iraheta (women's water polo team captain; swimming, 3.39 GPA, from Alverno High); Joleen Galeazzi-Pimentel (All-SCC Second Team women's soccer midfielder, 3.30 GPA, from Arcadia High); Mallorie Hopkins (women's volleyball defensive specialist, 3.19 GPA, from Bell Gardens High, headed to continue her playing career at Mercy College, N.Y.); Elizabeth Lyons (All-SCC women's cross country/also track and field, 2.6 GPA, from Rosemead High); and Ilene Suleymanyan (women's softball third baseman, 22 RBI this season, 2.6 GPA, from Glendale High). 

The Jensen scholarships are $1,000 awards and their acceptance by student-athletes are guided by standards set by the CCCAA and NCAA.

Grant Haggard, who played two seasons on the PCC football team as a linebacker, was awarded the Horrell Scholarship, for outstanding athletic achievement and sportsmanship. Haggard (Monrovia High) totaled a Lancers' combined 2010-2011 best of 116 tackles and earned a 3.1 GPA.

Men's sophomore swimmer Cario Liu, a South Coast three-time champion in individual medley events, was chosen for the Thomas O. Mallory Scholarship. Liu helped PCC finish eighth at the 2011 CCCAA state meet and 15th at this year's state competition. Liu holds the school record in the 400 IM and placed third at state in the event. Earlier in the year, he earned top individual swimmer honors at the Mt. SAC Invitational, swimming high places in five different events. Liu (from Temple City High) earned a 3.13 GPA.

Release Date: 05/21/12
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu