The following is the fifth of 10 Flashback Friday articles that look back on the highlight achievements of CBU athletics over the 2013-14 campaign. A post will be made each Friday up until August 29, leading in to the 2014-15 season.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- The 2013-14 season was full of success for California Baptist University. Records were broken, playoff berths were earned and championships were won, not to mention the Lancers hauled in 21 of the top awards offered in their conferences at the end of their seasons.
Ten student-athletes picked up conference Player of the Year honors, with some grabbing the recognition along with the Freshman or Newcomer of the Year awards.
Alex Anderson and Kelly Jenks were named the men's and women's soccer PacWest Players of the Year, respectively, after leading their teams in scoring. Anderson finished the year with nine goals, three of which were game-winners, and seven assists. Jenks closed out her senior year with 16 goals in 18 games, with five proving to be game-winners, and assisted on eight others. Among all NCAA Division II squads, Jenks ranked ninth with .889 goals per game and tied for 10th in total goals.
Bryton Reim took first place at the PacWest Championship cross country meet to become the conference Player and Newcomer of the Year. The junior transfer led the Lancers in four of his five events and set a new CBU record in the 8K by finishing in 24:09.3 at the Bronco Invitational.
Men's basketball's Ryan Berg became a force to be reckoned with in his collegiate debut. Berg led the Lancers to an impressive 24-4 overall record in their first year eligible for NCAA Division II postseason action, helping CBU secure a berth in the playoffs. The freshman finished the year with a team-high 17.6 points per game and scored in double-figures in all but three games. He was named the PacWest Player and Freshman of the Year--the first player in conference history to be awarded the honors in the same season.
In their first season as a part of a conference, the Lancers men's and women's swimming and diving teams picked up both Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Year honors, as well as the Female Diver of the Year. Siblings Mary and Josh Hanson grabbed the respective Female and Male Swimmer of the Year awards after dominating the lanes at the RMAC Championship Meet. Off the diving board, Breanne Schlenger earned the top diver title after securing two gold medal finishes at the meet.
Closing out the year in style, baseball's Trevor Oaks and Andy Crowley picked up the top two honors in the PacWest: Pitcher and Player of the Year, respectively. Oaks put together a sophomore season that stands as one of the best overall campaigns in CBU history, finishing the year with a 1.68 earned run average and 11 wins on the mound. Oaks also earned the Newcomer of the Year title after leading the conference in wins, strikeouts and ERA.
Crowley, the 2012 PacWest Freshman of the Year, proved to be a threat at the plate, ending the year just shy of batting .400 with a .399 average. The junior outfielder scored a total of 48 runs while batting in 36 on 91 hits.
Marvi Monsalve also had a breakout year to become the PacWest Golfer and Freshman of the Year. In her rookie season, Monsalve finished the year with a team-best, fourth-place finish at the conference championship with a score of 152. In 21 total rounds over the course of the 2013-14 season, Monsalve averaged a 77.10 score per round, with one first-place finish at the Point Loma Invitational.
Adding to the list of student-athlete accolades, three other Lancers received recognition in their first year at CBU. Cross country's Kimberly Rabenstein, women's basketball's Kamille Diaz and women's swimming and diving's Courtney Chacon were each voted as the conference's Freshmen of the Year after breakout rookie seasons.
It wasn't just student-athletes who were recognized, however, as four CBU coaches were awarded Coach of the Year in their respective sports. Ben Gall received his second PacWest Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year honor after his team won its third-straight conference championship. Rick Croy was named the PacWest Men's Basketball Coach of the Year in his first year at the helm, also leading his Lancers to a conference championship. Rounding out the PacWest honors, John Hackney shared the Women's Golf Coach of the Year title after a stellar first year in charge.
Outside of the PacWest, Rick Rowland was awarded the RMAC Women's Swim Coach of the Year after leading his squad to their first-ever RMAC championship.