Kathol, Gordon Named Athletes of the Year

Kathol, Gordon Named Athletes of the Year
Antoinette Kathol, senior
Larry Gordon, junior

Senior Antoinette Kathol and junior Larry Gordon are the Bronco athletes of the year, as announced at the 25th annual Bronco Spring Bash on Friday, June 6.

Kathol, a Sierra Madre native, was a key member for the volleyball team. She led the Broncos to the NCAA postseason and was named second-team Daktronics Pacific Region selection, American Volleyball Coaches Association Pacific Region honorable mention and first-team all-CCAA selection. She led the California Collegiate Athletic Association in blocks with a 1.39/game average and ninth in the NCAA in its last rankings (Nov. 4).

Off the court, she was named to the second-team CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine District 8 all-academic team. She set the top kill percentage in a match in school history (.737) and ranks 8th in all-time block solos (66), 2nd in block assists (428), 3rd in total blocks (494). She ranks 3rd and 8th on single season block assists and is 7th in single season total blocks (163, 2006).

Kathol also earned the senior class scholar-athlete of the year.

Kathol and soccer's Lindsey Latham (San Diego) also earned the CCAA's Hal Charnofsky Award that recognizes CCAA student-athletes who have distinguished themselves in the classroom, and in their sports. Twenty-four student-athletes  two from each university — earned the award this spring.

Latham was honored with an individual Academic Excellence Award for having the highest overall GPA for a senior who has exhausted his/her eligibility.  Latham also earned a Co-SIDA/ESPN the Magazine all-academic team honors this past fall.

Gordon, a Pomona native, was named to the 2007-08 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II all-West District first team. He also was named to the all-CCAA first team, all-CCAA Tournament team and the Daktronics West Region first team.

Gordon finished second in both scoring and rebounding in the CCAA, averaging 17.7 points and 9.1 rebounds and led the conference in double-doubles with 13. He scored in scored in double figures in each of this season's 28 games and also established the school record with28 consecutive free throws and was a two-time CCAA player of the week honoree. He was the only player in the CCAA to rank in the top 10 in scoring, rebounding, FG percentage, FT percentage, steals and blocked shots.

The awards ceremony honored the Bronco's top scholar-athletes in each class. Those individuals honored earned the highest grade point average for the year and competed in their season.

Those individuals are:

Freshman class: Kailah Martin (women's soccer, Fountain Valley)

Sophomore class: Derek Wong (men's track and field, Glendora)

Junior class: Rocio Vargas (volleyball, Baldwin Park)

Junior class: Chris Brehm (baseball, Murrieta)

Senior Clas: Antoinette Kathol (volleyball, Sierra Madre)

On the field, the Broncos totaled 46 all-California Collegiate Athletic Association honors, four individual all-region honors, two CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine academic district honors, four CCAA player of the week honors, and one all-American (Jasmine Winn, track and field).

From left: Antoinette Kathol, Rocio Vargas, Chris Brehm, Derek Wong and Lindsey Latham were honored as scholar athletes of the year.