With Coastal Bend Softball’s season concluding at the Region XIV Softball Championship Tournament, the 2018-2019 Coastal Bend College athletic season came to an end. Let’s take a moment to look back at the academic year that was the greatest season in Cougar Athletic history as all six teams advanced beyond regular season play, while Baseball became the first Cougar athletic program to capture a Region XIV Championship…
The Coastal Bend Volleyball started off the season with a bang, as they reeled off seven straight victories for a program record. CBC Volleyball also earned its first-ever post-season berth as the South’s zone #4 seed in the Region XIV Championships this past season. While advancing to the first post-season in program history, the Cougars set a school record for Wins in a season with 13.
For the first time in program history, a member of the Coastal Bend College Women’s Volleyball team has been named NJCAA National Player of the Week. Freshman, Libero/Defensive Specialist, Alyssa Hutcheson was named the Tachikara / NJCAA Division I National Defensive Player of the Week back in September of 2018. Hutcheson’s defensive efforts last week helped the Cougars to a 2-0 mark including it’s first-ever Region XIV win over Wharton County Junior College.
For the week “Hutch” averaged eight digs per set, registering 56 total digs in the seven sets CBC played. For the year Hutcheson is among the NJCAA’s Division I elite. She ranks third nationally in both total digs (506) and digs per set (6.33); she leads Region XIV in both categories. As a team, the Cougars are the top defensive team in the nation digging 21.14 digs per set. Hutcheson became Coastal Bend College’s All-Time Dig leader in the first set of the match with Wharton County Junior College.
Alyssa Hutcheson has been named to the All-Region XIV – South – First Team. Hutcheson played in 31 Matches, recorded 720 Digs, 29 Service Aces and 58 Assists.
Emma Batte and Samantha Santos would both be named All-Region XIV – South – Second Team for the 2018 volleyball season. Batte played in 28 Matches and recorded 135 Kills, 28 Digs, 64 Solo Blocks, and 25 Block Assists. Santos played in 31 Matches, recording 133 Kills, 748 Assists, 42 Service Aces and 241 Digs.
Cameron Del Angel and Lindsay Garibay also received votes and would be recognized in the All-Region XIV – South – Honorable Mention Team. Del Angel played in 30 Matches during her Freshman year, penciling in 176 Kills, 52 Digs, 9 Solo Blocks, and 13 Block Assists. Garibay saw action in 29 Matches while compiling 150 Kills, 280 Digs, 14 Solo Blocks and 9 Block Assists for her Sophomore season.
Coastal Bend Soccer produced an 8-10-1 record this season but finished Region XIV Conference play with a 6-8 record. The Cougars would clinch the 5th spot in the conference to advance to their sixth consecutive playoff. The Cougars also knocked off the #12 team in the country, in Laredo Community College. Coastal Bend beat the Palominos in a tough match, 2-1 back in September.
CBC Striker, Sam Robinson would be named to the All-Region XIV – First Team. Robinson a striker hailing from Hull, England tied for the team lead in assists with three, was second in goals with five and second on the team in total points with 13.
Coastal Bend Women’s Basketball achieved much success during the 2018-2019 campaign. The Cougars won eight games on the year, falling one victory short of tying the program record for wins in a season. CBC Women’s hoops won five conference games, a program record. The Cougars forced a play-in game for the last spot in the Region XIV Conference Championship Tournament versus Paris Junior College. Coastal Bend fell short in overtime to the Dragons, losing 70-63.
Coastal Bend College Women’s Basketball Sophomore, Emiko Hemphill and Freshman, Jada Mitchell were selected as All-Region XIV South Honorable Mention players for the 2018-2019 season as determined by the Region’s coaches.
Hemphill a Forward out of San Antonio and Seguin High School led the Cougars in Shooting Percentage, Minutes Per Game, Steals Per Game and Rebounds Per Game. Mitchell a guard out of Houston’s Westfield High School made her impact by using her versatility. Mitchell scored double-figures on 17 occasions include1 28-point performance versus San Antonio College on January 31st.
Hemphill averaged 9.6 Points Per Game to go with her 11.5 Rebounds while Mitchell posted 10.9 Points Per Game while averaging 4.3 Rebounds and 2 Assists.
Recently, Emiko Hemphill signed her letter of intent to continue her academic and playing career at Our Lady of the Lady University.
Coastal Bend Men’s Basketball won eight games during the 2018-2019 season. CBC Men’s Hoops went through a gauntlet in during Region XIV Conference play. The Cougars won four games, which was good enough to make the Regional Tournament in Shreveport, Louisiana. To put how difficult and rugged the conference play was, the Cougars lost five games decided by three points or less.
Coming off its second post-season in as many years, the Coastal Bend College Cougars received recognition this season, when four members of the team’s hard work were noticed and rewarded by the conference coaches.
Sophomores Royce Hunter, Charles Callier, and Gerald Thomas, and Freshman Charles Moleon received All-Region XIV South Honors. Hunter, a shooting guard out of Houston was voted to All-Region XIV South Second Team. Fellow teammates, Thomas, Callier and post player Moleon were all named to the Region XIV South Honorable Mention Team.
Hunter posted 15.7 Points Per Game this season, while averaging 4 Rebounds and 2 Assists a game. Thomas averaged 11.8 Points Per Game along with 3.1 Rebounds and 2.3 Assists. Callier scored 10.5 Points Per Game while snagging 4.1 boards a game. Freshman Center, Elijah Moleon netted 11.5 Points Per Game while corralling 7.5 Rebounds per contest.
Coastal Bend Softball set a program record for Wins with 26 during the 2019 season. The Cougars did not stop their as they won 11 Region XIV Conference games, making history for most conference victories in a season. The 2018-2019 CBC softball team also recorded the first winning season in Women’s athletics with a .510 winning percentage.
The Coastal Bend College Cougar Softball team kept the “Best season ever” motif going with the announcement of the All-Region XIV-South team. The team included a new program mark and department high six selections; as well as the program’s first, First-Team Selection.
Vanessa Garces First-Team – The Freshman speedster from Edinburg led of the powerful Cougar line-up and patrolled center field. She led the team with 17 stolen bases on the season while batting .366 at the plate, collecting 56 hits. Garces had 80 Put-Outs on the year and committed only five Errors for a .944 Fielding Percentage.
Annette Cardenas Second-Team – The Freshman, big hitting right hander out of Houston was a force at the plate hitting a Region XIV – South, and program record 12 Home Runs. Cardenas also led the team in RBI’s with 42 and hit 10 Doubles as she went on to average .356 in the batter’s box and a Slugging Percentage of .656.
Kirsten Gomez Second-Team – The Freshman pitcher from Deer Park, was the team’s ace this season, working 136.2 innings on her way to 14 wins and 60 strikeouts. Gomez appeared in 34 games and made 16 Starts. She recorded one Save on the season and had an ERA of 3.23.
Emily Michki Second-Team – The lone Sophomore to take home honors was the other “big stick” in the CBC line-up, but more importantly a true team leader this season. Michki hit eight Home Runs, 33 RBI’s, 16 Doubles on 77 hits to average .418 at the dish while obtaining a .647 Slugging Percentage . The Third Baseman led the team in Hits, with 77.
Avery Hearn Honorable Mention – The Freshman Right Fielder from Alvin made an immediate impact this season. Hearn averaged .344 during her plate appearances throughout the year while hitting five Home Runs, 11 Doubles in 39 games played.
Madysen Parker Honorable Mention – The Freshman Utility Player from Port Lavaca played in 48 games and started in 46. Parker batted .354 on the season while recording 52 hits, five Home Runs, 11 Doubles and 33 RBI’s and a team-leading three Triples.
The Coastal Bend Baseball program accomplished much success this year and making history along the way. The toughest NJCAA Division III schedule proved to be just that. The Cougars won 27 games this year out of the 58 games played. The Cougars swept #6 Brookhaven College in three games to begin the season. Coastal Bend also beat Division II powerhouses, Louisiana State University – Eunice and Western Oklahoma State college once on the season. CBC faced tough opponents in the NJCAA Division I level, going for a combined record of 8-11 on the year. They played against the likes of South Suburban College (IL), Wharton County Junior College, Blinn College, San Jacinto College, Panola College, Laredo Community College, Weatherford College, and Galveston College. The Cougars were also ranked #7 nationally this season.
For the first time in school history, Coastal Bend claimed its first-ever conference title. The Cougars beat the Tyler Junior College Apaches in a seven-game series for the NJCAA Division III Region XIV crown. By winning the conference title, the Cougars would also host the District C East Division Championship tournament, another school first.
Coastal Bend Closer, Trent Sholders became the second Cougar to capture the National Pitcher of The Week honors this season, following Marco Becerril in the opening week of the season. Sholders compiled three saves in a weeks span, going 3.1 innings for three saves, including the one which gave Coastal Bend College its first-ever Region XIV Championship. The Big Righty notched 14 Saves on the season setting a program record an leads all NJCAA Division III in that category.
Coastal Bend College announced back in December the Fall 2018 Semester Dean’s List recipients, and among those students were 40 student-athletes. A student must have above a 3.50 Grade Point Average to earn Dean’s List Honors. Five of CBC’s six sports had at least one recipient as Cougar baseball took home the Athletic Director’s Award for having the highest team GPA with a 3.06 with 18 team members on the list, while men’s soccer was second with 17 Cougars earning the honor. Included in the 40 Dean’s List Students, were 15 student-athletes who earned all A’s and a perfect 4.00 GPA.
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Coastal Bend College Student Services Department held their semester Fall Student Awards Ceremony in November. 20 Coastal Bend College Student-Athletes were recognized for Outstanding Achievement and Excellence in the classroom or were awarded academic scholarships.
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Devin Aguado- Academic Achievement in Kinesiology and Health Science
Kyler Bumstead- Academic Achievement in Biology
Michael Dinsdale- Academic Achievement in Kinesiology and Health Science
Enrique “Ricky” Garcia- Outstanding Student-Athlete in Math 1314
Justin Gomez- CBC Foundation Conservation Contest Scholarship
Amilcar Mantanez- Academic Achievement in Kinesiology and Health Science
Kyle McMahan- Academic Achievement in Kinesiology and Health Science
Knight Newcomb- Outstanding Student-Athlete in Math 1314
Cody Vega- Outstanding Student in BMGT 1341-Business Ethics
Spencer Wallace- Academic Achievement in Humanities
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Peyton Hardin- Academic Achievement in Sociology
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Aneth Jimenez- Outstanding Student-Athlete in Math 1314
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Manuel “Manu” Garcia- Academic Achievement in Science
Enzo Guercio- Academic Achievement in Spanish and CBC Foundation Conservation Contest Scholarship
Jan Gruhn- Academic Achievement in Kinesiology and Health Science
Leonardo Magnago- Outstanding Student-Athlete in Math 1314
Lucas Paixao- Academic Achievement in Psychology and Excellence in English Composition
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Vanessa Garces- Academic Achievement in Biology
Devon Parsons-Academic Achievement in Biology
Ashley Soto- Academic Achievement in Biology
Coastal Bend College Student Services Department recently held their semester Spring Student Awards Ceremony at the beginning of May. Seven Coastal Bend College Student-Athletes were recognized for Outstanding Achievement and Excellence in the classroom or were awarded academic scholarships.
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Spencer Wallace- High Academic Achievement in SOCI 1301- Introduction in Sociology
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Aneth Jimenez- Outstanding Achievement and Devotion to the CBC Spanish Club and Service to the Community. Jimenez was also inducted to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
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Jao Lobo Dos Santos- Outstanding Student-Athlete – College Algebra
Lucas Paixao- Outstanding Achievement in Kinesiology and Outstanding Student in Composition I.
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Amanda Aguirre- Outstanding Achievement in Child Growth & Developments, Outstanding Achievement in Creative Arts for Early Children, Outstanding Achievement in Wellness of the Young Child and Outstanding Achievement in Administration of Programs for Children II.
Ashley Soto- Outstanding Achievement in Kinesiology
Kirtstie Soto- Outstanding Achievement in Kinesiology
Softball Team- Received an Award from Spanish Professor Luz Miranda, Collaboration and Service to the Community at the International Women’s Day.
The Region XIV Directors of Athletics announced the 2018-2019 Region XIV All-Academic Team. The list includes a program record 11 Cougars. They are Ashley Soto and Kirstie Soto from softball and Victor Ferraz, Manuel Garcia, Julio Gomez, Jan Gruhn, Kim Holopainen, Edward McGuire, Oliver Nugent, Matthew Shorrocks and Nenad Vuletic from the men’s soccer.
These 11 joins 130 Student-Athletes competing in 12 sports from 10 Region XIV member schools who met the following standards:
- Must have completed at least 36 hours of college work of courses that leads toward a degree.
- Must have an accumulative grade point average of 3.25 or better on a 4.0 scale of non-developmental courses only.
- Must have participated in at least one season at the varsity level at the college from which they are nominated.
- Must have lettered on one or more sports recognized by the Region XIV Athletic Conference.