Student Athletes of the Year

by staff Jul 1, 2019

Gavilan, CA –  The Department of Kinesiology & Athletics is proud to announce the 2018-19 Gavilan College Male and Female Student-Athlete of the Year Awards presented by Togo’s Eatery on 1st Street in Gilroy.  This year’s recipients are Sarah Weiby of the women’s volleyball and beach volleyball teams and Ibn Zaid of the men’s basketball team. The award will be presented at the Board of Trustee meeting on August 13, 2019 in Morgan Hill.  This is the first time the award will recognized both a female and male student-athlete. This is the third consecutive year that a member of the women’s volleyball and beach volleyball teams has won this coveted award (Erica Chapa, 2016-17 and Haley Leifheit, 2017-18). For the men’s basketball team this is the second time a member of the team has won the award (Robbie Skinner, 2015-2016)

Background:

Since 2008, the Rams Athletic Department has recognized and honored its student-athletes for their accomplishments on and off the field.  In 2015, the Rams teamed up with Togo’s Eatery on 1st Street in Gilroy and Articulate Solutions to celebrate our students’ successes.

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 2018-19 academic year, 31 individual student-athletes were recognized for their accomplishments as student-athletes of the month.  As a result, each was honored with a certificate of recognition, compliments of Articulate Solutions, and a complimentary lunch gift certificate from Togo’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.

Recognition:

This year’s recipient of the 2018-19 Female Student-Athlete of the Year Award goes to Sarah Weiby of the women’s volleyball and beach volleyball teams.

Weiby, a native of Gilroy who graduated from Gilroy High School in 2016, successfully completed 32.5 units out of the 32.5 attempted units this past year. She also earned both Presidents’ Scholar (3.5 g.p.a. during any semester while completing at least 15 units) and Scholar-Athlete (2 semesters with a 3.0 g.p.a. after completing 12 units) while posting a 3.81 cumulative grade point average for the year. Weiby walked the graduation stage in May after earning her Associates of Science Degree in Biological Science as well as an Associates of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts, Multiple Subjects.

As a competitor, Weiby leaves with an impressive list of accomplishments on the court and beach, which include the following:

INDOOR:

  • 2018 2nd Team All Coast Conference Selection
  • 2018 Coast Conference Champion (Back to Back)
  • 2018 CCCAA State Regional Playoff appearance (Back to Back)
  • 2018 CCCAA State Championships Final Four Appearance

ON THE BEACH:

  • Qualified for 2018 CCCAA State Beach Volleyball Team Championships 
         (Semifinalist-1st Ever)
  • 2019 Coast Conference Championship (1st in program history)
  • Played in every beach volleyball match this past season as Gavilan’s #1 pair.

 

As a result of her hard work and determination, Weiby will continue her education and playing career at the University of Niagara, a Division I institution.

This year’s recipient of the 2018-19 Male Student-Athlete of the Year Award goes to Ibn Zaid of the men’s basketball team.

Zaid, a native of Los Angeles who graduated from Taft High School in 2016, successfully completed 32.5 units out of the 32.5 attempted units this past year. He also earned both Dean’s Scholar (3.0 g.p.a. during any semester after completing 12 units) and Scholar-Athlete (2 semesters with a 3.0 g.p.a. after completing 12 units) while posting a 3.40 cumulative grade point average for the year. Zaid walked the graduation stage in May after earning his Associates of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts, Multiple Subjects.

As a competitor, Zaid also leaves with an impressive list of accomplishments on the court, which include the following:

  • 2018 2nd Team All Coast Conference Selection
  • 2018 Coast Conference Champion (Back to Back)
  • 2018 CCCAA State Regional Playoff appearance (Sweet 16-Back to Back)
  • 2018 Team Captain
  • Led the Team in scoring with 13.9 points per game
  • 10th in Conference in points per game
  • 6th in Conference in total points scored

Just like his fellow award winner Weiby, Zaid will also be continuing his education and playing career at Eastern New Mexico University, a Division II institution.

“On behalf of the Rams Athletic Department, we are proud to recognize the accomplishments of these two fine student-athletes.  Sarah and Ibn embody the spirit of Rams Athletics and Gavilan College as a whole.  I’m looking forward to seeing how they progress at the next level,” stated Ron Hannon, Dean of Kinesiology and Athletics.  “They are truly on a path towards great success in their lives.”