Osborne, Perkins Named Top Athletes
May 11, 2005
By Brian Witter
The Santa Clara
For nine years, The Santa Clara has honored the top Bronco athletes and teams with the annual TiSCy awards. This year, with so many outstanding moments in Santa Clara sports, the tallied votes were extremely close in several categories that even saw a few dead heats. However, after some discussion (and argument) between the members of the sports staff, a list of distinctions was finally comprised. With that in mind, the TiSCy for 2004-05 goes to:
Male Athlete of the Year - Doron Perkins
Perkins played only two seasons at Santa Clara after transferring from Southwestern Oregon Community College, but he certainly made an impact on Bronco basketball during that time. Both years at Santa Clara, Perkins was named all-WCC, with an honorable mention last year and a position on the first team this season. Perkins started all but four of his appearances while under Dick Davey. This year, he led the Broncos in blocks, rebounds and points per game. With the loss of both guards, Kyle Bailey and Perkins, the future of Santa Clara's back court has a lot to live up to. Honorable mentions: Kevin Drever and Travis Niesen.
Female Athlete of the Year - Leslie Osborne
In addition to her feats of statistical greatness on the field, Osborne has also garnered accolades off of it as well. Not only is she a member of the U.S. National Team, but Osborne was also honored with the Honda Award, which signified her as the top collegiate soccer player in the nation. The senior midfielder started every game this season and was third in the WCC in goals and second in game-winning goals. Osborne was named to both the All-WCC first team and the College Cup All-Tournament Team. This is in addition to being named Most Inspirational by her teammates. Honorable Mention: Quinn Thomas.
Team of the Year - Women's Soccer
Even though women's soccer was one of the lowest-seeded teams entering the 2004 College Cup, it did nothing to hurt their chances of moving on. In the other huge University of North Carolina upset this year, the Broncos defeated the No. 1 seed and earned the right to advance in the NCAA Tournament, eventually losing to Notre Dame in the semifinals. Honorable Mention: Volleyball.
In one of the toughest TiSCy decisions this year, freshman volleyball standout Annalisa Muratore took the honors with stellar statistics to back her up. The WCC's Freshman of the Year was ranked third in the nation in blocks per game and twenty-first in total hitting percentage. Muratore was also named WCC player of the week twice this season. Honorable Mention: Brody Angley.
Coach of the Year - Michelle Bento-Jackson
Bento-Jackson did an amazing job of turning last year's 9-20 team into a viable contender who stole the WCC Championship from Gonzaga -- a team riding into the match on a 23-game winning streak. Even though the Broncos fell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Bento-Jackson inspired a squad which finished above .500 both overall and in the conference with only one senior. Honorable mention: Damon Coupe.
Breakthrough Performance of the Year - Shannon Bell
After sitting out for fifteen months due to a leg injury, the sophomore cross country and track runner placed second and third respectively in her first two events as a member of the newly formed track team. At the Chico Twilight Invitational on Apr. 23, Bell won the first individual title for the Broncos in the 5000-meter race. Honorable mention: Kayla Huss.
Game of the Year - Men's Basketball Upsets UNC Tar Heels, 77-66
Even though the Tar Heels were without suspended point guard Raymond Felton, the Broncos still beat the 2005 National Champions on a cold night in Oakland.