The Gavilan College Department of Kinesiology & Athletics is proud to announce the 2013-14 Gavilan College Student-Athlete of the Year Award presented by Famous Dave's Legendary Pit BBQ. This year's recipient is Paige Miguel of the women's softball team.
In 2008-09, the Rams Athletic Department teamed up with Famous Dave's and Articulate Solutions to honor our student-athletes for their accomplishments on and off the field.
As part of the selection process, special attention was paid specifically to four areas: academic achievement, leadership; athletic contributions; and involvement in the community. Over the course of the 2013-14 academic year, 26 individual student-athletes were recognized for their accomplishments as student-athletes of the month. As a result, each were honored with a certificate of recognition, compliments of Articulate Solutions and a $25 gift certificate from Famous Dave's. Their names were also added to a perpetual plaque that will be proudly displayed in the foyer of the Bud & Jean Ottmar Memorial Gymnasium.
This year's recipient of the 2013-14 Student-Athlete of the Year Award goes to Paige Miguel of the women's softball team. Paige had a cumulative grade point average of 3.19 for the academic year, posting a 3.7 gpa during the spring semester, a personal best. She was recognized as a President's Scholar during the spring term.
After playing and transferring from Hartnell College in the fall of 2012, Paige sat out the 2013 season to hone her skills. As a result of developing multiple pitches once transferring to Gavilan, this pitcher became a powering nemesis for opponents. She finished the 2014 campaign 9th overall in statistical categories for pitchers in the conference, ranking 11th in the entire state. From the pitcher's circle, Paige accumulated a 20-6 overall record; striking out 139 batters in 178.1 innings pitched. That's almost a batter per inning. She had 19 complete games in 29 starts and an ERA of 2.16 in conference and 2.59 overall. She also recorded a .975 fielding percentage as well.
From the offensive side of the game, Paige had a .308 batting average with 23 RBIs and scoring 30 runs. For her effort, Paige was named a 1st Team All Coast Conference selection and an All-NorCal Student-Athlete for 2014. Due to her effort, along with her teammates, Gavilan College claimed its first Coast Conference Championship in 30 years. Paige was also recognized by the California Community College Fastpitch Coaches' Association as Pitcher of the Week in week #8 of the season (April 9, 2014).
As an active member in the community, Paige was instrumental in mentoring local elementary school girls through the BAWSI program, an afterschool program that promotes self-esteem, development and healthy life choices through physical activity and sport.
As a result of her hard work and determination, Paige will be playing for the Statesmen of William and Penn University on a softball scholarship in Iowa where she'll be looking to continue with her Kinesiology degree in Sports Medicine.