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Students walked the red carpet during the RECSPY awards April 26.            (Photo and story by Grace Ferrell)

CBU’s recreational sports awards honor intramural participants

RIVERSIDE (April 30, 2013)--California Baptist University’s Office of Community Life held the annual Recreational Excellence in Collegiate Sports Yearly awards April 26.

“We started the RECSPY’s last year as a way to close out the recreation sports year and to honor our top recreational sports athletes,” said Taylor Neece, director of recreation programs.

Over the course of the year, CBU recreational sports featured 2,426 total participants on 311 different teams that played 857 games and matches.

Students and staff members had a chance to walk the red carpet while celebrating their success during the 2012-2013 recreation sports including dodge ball, basketball, quidditch, soccer, volleyball and football.

RECSPY winners were selected by a peer vote held through Facebook. The 2013 award recipients include:

Best Breakthrough Athlete - Rachel Miya

Best Female Football Player - Katy Knutson

Best Male Football Player - Jordan Kloosterman

Best Dodge Ball Player - Riley Pitts

Best Official - Caleb Mott

Best Female Volleyball Player - Kaylea Ott

Best Male Volleyball Player - David Rodriguez

Best International Athlete - Faruk Gasasira

Best Female Basketball Player - Tsz Yan Chung

Best Male Basketball Player - Josh Siemens

Best Female Soccer Player - Fabiola DaSilva

Best Male Soccer Player - Osiris Vincent Ntarugera

Best Female Athlete - Katy Knutson

Best Male Athlete - Will Cunningham

Best Championship Performance - MyKale Hall

Ms. RECSPY- Nicole Saar

Mr. RECSPY- Brandon Fries

Best Team - Bus Drivers

The awards also recognized the founder of the Bus Drivers intramural football team, Allyson Wilhite. The team began 10 years ago during the fall of 2003. Their success has continued in recent years, with a win at the Fortuna Bowl in November 2012.

“Allyson’s contribution to CBU recreational sports is extensive,” Mott said. “She began a tradition that has been thriving for 10 years and that likely will be around for many years to come.”

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