2016-17 Falcon Athletes Honored at 3rd Annual Athletic Awards Night

Falcon of the Year, Hannah O'Donnell
Falcon of the Year, Hannah O'Donnell

The Folsom Lake College athletic department honored their outstanding student athletes and teams Wednesday night during the 3rd annual Athletic Awards Night at the Harris Center Stage One.  Dean/Athletic Director Matt Wright emceed the hour-long event, which included recognition of the 2017 graduating student-athletes, the Scholar Athletes (3.0 GPA or better in-season), and the athletic department's featured awards: the Scholar Team Award, the Fighting Falcon Award, the Male & Female Athlete of the Year, and finally, the  "Falcon of the Year."    Also highlighted was the "Year in Pictures" slide show/video with action and still shots of athletes from all eight FLC sports teams.  

The 2016-17 Scholar Team Award went to the Women's Volleyball team with a cumulative in-season GPA of 3.2.  

Men's soccer player Jose Munoz was awarded the Fighting Falcon Award, given to a student-athlete who has persevered through extraordinary odds in order to attend college and play a sport.  Jose is an amazing example of what people can do went they want something bad enough.  He is the father of two young children, goes to FLC during the day, practices soccer in the afternoon, spends some time with his children before their bedtime, then works a graveyard shift before starting all over the next day.  On top of that, Jose has maintained a 3.1 GPA at Folsom Lake College and will return for his second season of soccer in the fall.

The Female Athlete of the Year was awarded to women's soccer standout Karina Torres.  Karina was FLC's first ever All-American award winner, earning national recognition after her two outstanding seasons at FLC.  She was a two-time all-conference winner, named to the CCCAA all-region team, the CCCAA all-state team, and was also a scholar athlete.  In her two years at FLC, she scored 25 goals to go along with her 15 assists.  She will attend and play soccer at Chico State on a scholarship in the fall.

Freshman baseball player Carson McCusker earned the Male Athlete of the Year Award.  Carson rewrote the record books during his just-completed freshman year at FLC, batting .371 with 15 doubles, 5 triples, 10 home runs, 40 runs scored, and had 50 RBI's.  He also finished with an absurd slugging percentage of .694.  As a right fielder,  his arm was feared by opponents who learned to not try to run on him.  On top of all that, his fall semester GPA was 3.5 and he is on track for a 4.0 this spring.

Finally, the highly-coveted Bruce Werner Falcon of the Year Award was presented to women's soccer player Hannah O'Donnell. The Falcon of the Year Award is based upon a combination of athletic achievement, academic success, and college/community service.  Hannah was instrumental in helping the Falcons reach the state Final Four while scoring nine goals during the 2016 season, earned All-Big 8 Conference, has maintained a 3.5 GPA while at FLC, and has volunteered her time for Folsom Soccer Club's "Top Soccer" program, which provides activities for local youth with physical and/or mental disabilities.  Hannah has accepted an athletic scholarship to continue her collegiate soccer career at Abilene Christian University (Texas) in the fall.

Congratulations to these outstanding individuals and teams, as well as all the Falcons athletes on their amazing 2016-17 seasons.

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