SAN MARCOS (8-06-2018) -- Baseball pitcher Josh Sidney, who is headed to Penn in the Ivy League, and softball State Player of the Year Sarah Fisher are among 12 Palomar student-athletes who have earned straight-A 4.0 grade-point averages for the Spring 2018 semester.
Other Palomar student-athletes who posted 4.0 grade-point averages during their competitive season of sport in the spring semester, listed in alphabetical order, are: Audrey Braun (softball), Zach Brown (men's golf), Ryan Harrel (baseball), Katrina Hope (women's swimming), Ryan Miller (men's tennis), Sarah Mitchell (beach volleyball), Kaitlyn Murphy (women's track & field), Sophia Neubauer (women's basketball), Mikayla Seiler (beach volleyball) and Sydney Thomas (women's swimming).
The above 12 lead a list of 74 spring sports student athletes who met qualifying standards to earn All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete honors.
The PCAC honors list includes 21 members of Palomar's PCAC-championship baseball team, 10 members of the Comets' PCAC champion and state runner-up softball team, 8 members of the women's swim team, 7 from women's track & field, 5 each from Palomar's PCAC North champion, regular-season state No. 1-ranked and state Elite Eight-qualifying women's basketball team and PCAC co-champion men's golf team, 4 each from women's volleyball, men's swimming and men's tennis, and 2 each from men's basketball, women's tennis and men's volleyball.
To qualify for All-PCAC Scholar-Athlete honors, a student athlete must pass a minimum of 12 semester units with at least a 3.0 grade-point average. Of 156 Palomar spring sports athletes, 109 (70 percent) finished with 12-or-more units passed.
Three Palomar baseball players previously earned California Community College Baseball Coaches Association All-State Academic honors, Sidney, George Chapman and Marco Young. Chapman turned down an 80 percent Division I scholarship to transfer to UC San Diego where he is passing up an opportunity to play baseball to be strictly a student. Young is moving on to play at the Division I level for the University of Oregon.
Softball player Samantha Gonzales also gained All-State Academic recognition.
The complete list of Palomar student athletes named receiving All-PCAC Scholar-Athlete honors:
4.0 grade-point averages: Josh Sidney (2nd-time spring sport honoree), Ryan Harrel
Also: Izayah Alvarez, George Chapman, Eric Charles, Michael Galvan, Russell Grant, Tristan King (2nd-time spring sport honoree), Kenneth LaPierre, Brandon Luna, Conor McKenna (2nd-time spring sport honoree), Justin Miller, Jack Moberg, Mitchell Moralez, Kevin Moscoso, Braden Olthoff, Kevin Palm (2nd-time spring sport honoree), Austin Salcedo, Jacob Thompson, Marco Young (2nd-time spring sport honoree), Terry Zuccola
MEN'S BASKETBALL (2)
Jamario Harris, Jackson Strong (2nd-time spring sport honoree, PCAC Men's Athlete of the Year for all sports)
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (5)
4.0 grade-point average: Megan Scott (2nd-time spring sport honoree)
Also: Kendall Crosby, Dominique Liebentritt, Sophia Neubauch, Tianna Shaw
BEACH VOLLEYBALL (4)
4.0 grade-point averages: Sara Anne Mitchell (also fall sport honoree), Mikayla Seiler (also fall sport honoree)
Also: Britanny Palma, Samantha Radebaugh (2nd-time spring sport honoree, also fall sport honoree)
MEN'S GOLF (5)
4.0 grade-point average: Zach Brown
Also: Kyoshiro Azumada, Jacob Montes, Zachary Osborne, Jaime Sanz (2nd-time spring sport honoree)
4.0 grade-point averages: Sarah Fisher, Audrey Braun
Also: Emily Burrow, Mckenna Cfrawford, Alicia Garcia, Samantha Gonzales, Allie Hughen, Jordan Ladner, Crystal Moore-DesLauriers, Kylie Pignone
MEN'S SWIMMING (4)
Michael Aspiotes, Tobias Fast (also fall sports honoree), Elijah Foli, Christopher Hope
WOMEN'S SWIMMING (8)
4.0 grade-point averages: Sydney Thomas (2nd-time spring sport honoree, also fall sport nominee), Katrina Hope
Also: Jacqueline Grange, Jordann Heimback (2nd-time spring sport honoree, also fall sport nominee), Riley McDonald, Emma Peyton, Samantha Roessel (2nd-time spring sport honoree, also fall sport nominee), Sophie White
MEN'S TENNIS (4)
4.0 grade-point average: Ryan Miller
Also: Stephen MacVean, Will Molenkamp, Patrik Trhac
W0MEN'S TENNIS (2)
Summer Aguirre, Eren Sugimoto
WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD (7)
4.0 grade-point average: Kaitlyn Murphy
Also: Marissa Horton, Tria Jo Ismay, Katherine Preston, Betsabe Reyes (2nd-time spring sport honoree), Astrid Sanchez Martinez, Alicia Zappia-Neeley
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL (2)
Sergio Garcia, Samuel Sommers