Bronco athletic program stands strong

By Jonathan Aviles

Now that the track team is back from its national showing, the
Bronco athletic season is over. No more games to play and no more
games to attend.

It has been a wild year for our student-athletes, starting with
the volleyball team’s playoff run and reaching the high point of
the year with the basketball team’s march to the National
Championship game.

Volleyball senior Vanessa Williams led the powerful team deep
into the playoffs but came up short.

Williams, an All-American in just about every way, will be
missed along with other seniors Jenna Young, Allie Newman,
Anne-Marie Hofmans and Rocio Vargas.

Back to lead the team will be Jasmine Davis and Rafaela Rosa.
Both played an integral part in the Lady Broncos’ success and look
to do so again in the fall.

Also playing the fall of course are both men’s and women’s
soccer teams.

Overall, it was a pretty rough year for both teams with so-so
records, but both look to rebound in ’09. The men’s team is
bringing in a new coach after the “resignation” of American soccer
great and former Head Coach Paul Caligiuiri.

As the winter came, so did the basketball season. Both men and
women’s teams were good enough to make it past the regular season
and into the postseason, but it was the men’s team who had a
magical run to the Division II National Championship game.

Coming in, Cal Poly didn’t seem to have a chance against the
basketball powerhouse that is Findlay University.

But in the end, it took a lucky shot to beat the Broncos.

Thanks to the efforts of seniors Walter Thompson, All-American
Larry Gordon and the post play of sophomore sensation Tobias Jahn,
the Broncos will have more fans in the stands next year.

After the basketball season ended, on came track and field and
baseball.

Concluding this week, the track team was well represented at the
championships in Texas with eight members competing.

Jonathan Williams and Tiffany Turner were named All-Americans
for their spectacular seasons.

On the baseball side, the team improved their record from 16-31
to 26-23.

This was all thanks to a team made up of mostly fresh new
faces.

Freshman Jenzen Torres provided the lineup with much needed
power, while Head Coach Mike Ashman brought in solid pitching in
the offseason.

Hopefully, Ashman works his magic again and they can step up
those win totals once again in 2010.

Reach Jonathan Aviles at sports@thepolypost.com

No Manny needed here

No Manny needed here

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