12 Comets earn 4.0 GPA's, including Ivy-bound Sidney, softball POTY Fisher

Josh Sidney (33) takes his 4.0 grades to the Ivy League (Hugh Cox Photo)
Josh Sidney (33) takes his 4.0 grades to the Ivy League (Hugh Cox Photo)

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:

BASEBALL (21)

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)

SOFTBALL (10)

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