The sixth annual SAMMYS, hosted by the San Jose State University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and presented by the U.S. Marine Corps, recognized San Jose State's top achievements in competition on Monday, May 11 at the SJSU Student Union.
Emcee Justin Allegri led the capacity crowd through an event-filled evening featuring the very best of Spartan Athletics. Head coach Lauren Hanson and the women's soccer team won the coveted 2015 Spartan Cup Championship trophy. The trophy is awarded to the team that collects the most points throughout the year in five Champs Life Skills areas: Athletic Excellence, Academic Excellence, Personal Development, Career Development and Community Involvement.
Among the awards presented are;
Spartan Foundation Student-Athletes of the Month, sponsored by Scholarshare;
August: Blake Jurich, Football & Kareli Rodriguez, Women's Soccer
September: Josue Gonzalez, Cross Country & Megan Osland, Golf
October: Cody Blick, Men's Golf & Cari Reiswig, Swimming & Diving
November: Riley Spitser, Swimming & Diving
December: Andrew Vollert, Football & Ta'Rea Cunnigan, Women's Basketball
January: Ta'Rea Cunnigan, Women's Basketball
February: Brett Bautista, Baseball & Morgan McCormick, Swimming
March: Cody Blick, Men's Golf & Cami Guyer, Gymnastics
April: Ozzie Braff, Baseball & Nicole Schultz, Softball
Dean Scholars: The following student-athletes were named Dean's Scholars this year and earned a 3.65 or higher grade-point average in at least two of the three last semesters.
SJSU Dean's Scholars: Julianna Bacelar, Lynea Baudino, Allison Bellingham, Daniel Bradbury, Ben Branagh, Christina Bruni, Alysha Bush, Alyssa Cable, Paige Collins, Michelle Cox, Tim Crawley, Ta'Rea Cunnigan, Justine Deleval, Rachel Docherty, Casey Dreyer, Jannik Ernst, Julia Greer, Taylor Griffin, Cami Guyer, Cassandra Harrison, Jasmine Holmes, Gabrielle Kambur, Allison Kimura, Marie Klocker, Cheryl Kute, Sabastiani Leon Chao, Adrianne Manseau, McColl Matthews, Hannah McClintock, Mikaella Meibock, Aylin Mejia, Kayla Nakamoto, Amber Nelson, Samantha Nguyen, Karina Nunes, Marissa O'Quinn, Megan Osland, Arturo Osorio, Megan Powers, Madiha Raza, Stephanie Rebagliati, Gaelle Rey, Cara Robinson, Erin Rodriguez, Marcus Rogers, Ann Sabater, Mike Simonini, Dani Styles and Katelynn Thompson
Presidents Scholars: A President's Scholar is a student who earned a 4.0 grade-point average at San Jose State University in at least two contiguous of the three last semesters.
Community Service Award: the SAMMYS Award for Community Service Team of the Year goes to the Women's Basketball team. They accumulated over 3000 Spartan Cup points for community service events. Thank you for going above and beyond!
Female Newcomer of the Year is Morgan McCormick, Women's Swimming & Diving. Morgan was named the 2015 Mountain West Freshman of the Year. She won the 200 backstroke at the Mountain West Championships with a conference record-setting time. She placed fourth in 100 backstroke and fifth in the 200 individual medley at Mountain West Championships to earn all-conference in three events. Morgan qualified for the NCAA Championships and was the first Spartan in 15 years to compete in the NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships.
Male Newcomer of the Year award goes to Greg Harte from the soccer team. Greg was tied for second in the Western Athletic Conference, 41st in NCAA Division I and first on the Spartans for goals scored with nine. His nine goals are the most scored by a San Jose State freshman since 1996. He tied for sixth nationally among freshman goal scorers in NCAA Division I. Greg tied for first in the WAC and led the Spartans with three game-winning goals. He was second on the team, third in the WAC and tied for 78th nationally in points scored with 19.
Individual Female Performance of the Year was presented to Cami Guyer from the gymnastics team. At the 2015 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships, Cami finished first in the vault, floor exercise and all-around. She was the first San Jose State gymnast to win three individual conference championships in one meet. Her winning score in the vault, 9.900, was a personal best and contributed to the Spartans setting a new school record as a team in the event with a score of 49.150. She was the first San Jose State gymnast to win a conference all-around championship since 2012. Cami was named the 2015 MPSF Gymnast of the Year
Individual Male Performance of the Year was presented to Rory Knibbs from the Men's Soccer team. Rory had a foot in all four goals in San Jose's 4-1 non-conference win over Massachusetts for the Spartans' first victory of the season. He assisted on the first goal of the match. He scored the last three goals of the contest in a 16:51 span late in the second half. Rory was thefirst San Jose State player to score at least three goals in a match since the 2000 season.
Female Individual Performance of the Year for the Entire Season: Ta'Rea Cunnigan from the Women's Basketball team. Ta'Rea was an All-Mountain West selection. She became the San Jose State career scoring leader for men's and women's basketball. She was the first San Jose State basketball player to score more than 2,000 points in a career. Ta'Rea set San Jose State women's basketball records for games played, field goal attempts, free throws made and free throw attempts. She was third in the Mountain West and 60th nationally in points per game
Male Individual Performance of the Year for the Entire Season: Cody Blick from the Men's Golf team. Cody was ranked #13-nationally by GolfStat as of March 31. He has two tournament wins in eight events as of April 2. He was one of four Spartans to win at least two tournaments in a season since 1993. Cody had the lowest stroke average of any San José State player since at least 1993 with his 70.00 stroke average. He was 16 under-par rounds in 26 rounds of action and was ranked 80th in the April 1 World Amateur Golf Rankings. Cody was the highest World Amateur Golf Ranking for a San Jose State golfer in more than 15 years and he just received all conference honors from the Mountain West Conference.
Performance of the Year Overall Performance of the Year - Entire Season: goes to the Women's Golf Team qualifying for the NCAA regionals.
Female Team Performance of the Year - Single Event was awarded to the Women's Basketball Conference Tournament Quarterfinal Win versus Colorado State.
Male Team Performance of the Year - Single Event was awarded to the football team for its overtime win at Wyoming.
The Spartan Spirit Award was presented to Jared Leaf from the football team. Jared missed the 2014 football season due to being a victim of an apartment fire. He was hospitalized for 40 days with second and third degree burns. He returned to active participation with the football team for 2015 spring practice.
The Dick Tomey Class Act Award is presented to a student-athlete who has demonstrated a high level of accomplishment in three key areas: Academics, Leadership, and Community Service. The Dick Tomey Class Act Award goes to Felix Petermann from the men's soccer team and Timi Molnar from the women's water polo team.
The John Ralston Award, was presented to Lawrence Fan, our legendary Sports Information Director. This is awarded annually to recognize a staff member who displays high moral character and personal integrity that exemplify the spirit of devoted service to their profession and who have by their leadership has made an outstanding and noteworthy contribution to the advancement of San José State Athletics.
The USMC Leadership Award was presented to Mitch Ravizza from the football & baseball teams and Julianna Bacelar from the women's tennis team for their leadership and athletic performance.