February 27, 2006

Broncos Named Academic All-WCC

Feb. 27, 2006

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Santa Clara University placed three basketball players on the West Coast Conference All-Academic teams today -- men's student-athletes Joey Kaempf and Mitch Henke and women's player Ashley Graham.

The 2006 WCC Winter All-Academic teams honor some of the league's finest examples of the consummate scholar-athlete. Near the completion of each athletic season, the WCC selects an all-academic squad for each of the participating sponsored sports.

Portland's Whitney Grant earned WCC All-Academic honors for the third time during her career, while Pepperdine's Kelsey Ball, USD's Polly Dong and Sabine Loewe and Santa Clara's Ashley Graham were named Academic All-WCC for the second straight season. Gonzaga's Stephanie Hawk joined five other first time honorees on the All-Academic team after being named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII third team.

On the men's side, Pepperdine's Keith Jarbo was selected for academic all-conference honors for the third straight season after posting a team-high 3.73 GPA in Sports Medicine, while San Diego's Ross DeRogatis, Gonzaga's Sean Mallon, and Portland's Ben Sullivan were each selected for the second straight year. This season's Academic All-WCC squad also features four first-time selections in San Diego's Corey Belser, Santa Clara's Mitch Henke and Joey Kaempf and San Francisco's Vince Polakovic.

2006 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
Kelsey Ball, Pepperdine - Senior - F - 3.56 - Organizational Com.
Dominique Carter, San Francisco - Sophomore - G/F - 3.50 - Bus. Accounting
Polly Dong, San Diego - Senior - G - 3.57 - MA in Real Estate
Ashley Graham, Santa Clara - Junior - G - 3.60 - Psychology
Whitney Grant, Portland - Senior - G - 3.76 - Marketing & Mgmt.
Stephanie Hawk, Gonzaga - Junior - F - 3.58 - Business
Sabine Loewe, San Diego - Junior - C - 3.39 - History
Monica Mertle, Saint Mary's - Sophomore - F - 3.67 - HPER: Teaching
Nicole Warren, San Francisco - Junior - F - 3.55 - Bus. Marketing
Rachel Warren, Portland - Junior - C - 3.86 - Business Admin.
Rachael Ziemann, LMU - Senior - G - 3.29 - Business Admin.

2006 MEN'S BASKETBALL ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
Corey Belser, San Diego - Senior - F - 3.20 - MA in Leasdership
Ross DeRogatis, San Diego - Junior - G - 3.01 - Business
Mitch Henke, Santa Clara - Sophomore - F - 3.58 - Mathematics
Keith Jarbo, Pepperdine - Senior - G - 3.73 - Sports Medicine
Joey Kaempf, Santa Clara - Senior - G - 3.63 - Political Science
Sean Mallon, Gonzaga - Junior - F - 3.27 - Political Science
Vince Polakovic, San Francisco - Sophomore - F - 3.34 - Intn'l Business
Ben Sullivan, Portland - Junior - F - 3.24 - Finance