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Fourteen Panthers make Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s (SCIAC’s) football All-Academic team:

For the second year in a row, 14 Chapman football players made the SCIAC All-Academic team. Sophomore offensive lineman Michael Brown (kinesiology), junior wide receiver Taylor Carter (business), sophomore defensive back Jack Cullen (business), sophomore offensive lineman Sam Dapper (economics), junior defensive lineman Mitchel Eby (television and broadcast journalism), junior defensive lineman Brandon Gettleman (health sciences), senior offensive lineman Justin Lalonde (health sciences), sophomore wide receiver Sean Myers (business), junior offensive lineman Luke Sanborn (biology), sophomore offensive lineman Jacob Speer (business), sophomore tight end Louis Volk (business), senior linebacker David Belz (accounting), sophomore defensive back Drew DeMarco (television and broadcast journalism) and sophomore linebacker Rami Hanna (health sciences) received the honor from SCIAC. Chapman’s 14 honorees tied for second most in the SCIAC, behind Redlands and tied with Pomona-Pitzer. To be eligible for the list, players must have at least a 3.4 GPA, completed one full year at the given university and be at least a sophomore standing.

Zavrsnick, Hamasaki make All-SCIAC list:

Fresh off a surprise SCIAC tournament championship, junior guards Colin Zavrsnick and Taylor Hamsaki both received All-SCIAC honors. Zavrsnick, who was a first-team selection, led the SCIAC in scoring with 18.4 points-per-game, due in large part to a streak of eight straight games with 20-plus points that helped propel the Panthers into the SCIAC tournament. Hamasaki, who was a second-team selection, was narrowly beaten out for the SCIAC scoring title, averaging 18.2 points-per-game.

Trio of Panthers grace women’s All-SCIAC list:

After falling short of a SCIAC tournament championship, three Panthers took home All-SCIAC honors, more than any other school. Senior guard Kimi Takaoka received the Athlete of the Year, becoming the first female athlete in Chapman history to receive the honor. Athletes of the Year are eligible for the first or second team lists. Junior guard Andrea Villanueva and sophomore forward Sandra Gao were both named to the second-team All-SCIAC. Villanueva averaged more than four assists-per-game, while shooting 47.5 percent from the field, good for third in the SCIAC. Gao was second in shooting percentage, 49.2, while ranking fifth in rebounds-per-game, with 8.6.

Takaoka named Jostens Finalist:

The accolades keep piling up for senior guard Kimi Takaoka. After being named to the Capital One Academic All-American team earlier this year, Takaoka was listed as one of the ten finalists for the Jostens Trophy, a national award given to the women’s Division III basketball player that embodies three traits: basketball abilities, academic prowess and community service. Takaoka was SCIAC’s leading scorer, while maintaining a 3.97 GPA in the athletic training major and volunteering as an athletic trainer at community events. Takaoka is the third Panther to be named a finalist. The honor is given out by the Rotary Club of Salem, Va.

Joyce earns SCIAC player of the week:

Junior center John Joyce was named the male SCIAC athlete of the week for Feb. 24-March 2 for playing a key role in Chapman’s first ever SCIAC championship in basketball. Joyce scored 16 points and pulled down seven rebounds in the first round of the SCIAC tournament when third-seeded Chapman went on the road to upset second-seeded Pomona-Pitzer. Then, in the championship game, Joyce scored 17 points and came one rebound from a double-double, with nine Joyce was remarkably efficient from the field, shooting 8-for-9 in the two games combined.

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