SCIAC Athletes of the Week: October 30, 2017

SCIAC Fall Weekly Release #8
Football Athlete of the Week
Ricky Bautista
Senior • Quarterback • Irvine, California


Bautista led Chapman to a 46-38 victory over Cal Lutheran, helping the Panthers clinch the SCIAC automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship and at least a share of the conference title. Bautista was 22-for-28 for 309 yards and six touchdowns and broke the Chapman single-season passing TD record of 22. Bautista completed 70% of his passes for the fifth straight time this season in the win over the Kingsmen, and registered his fourth 300-plus yard game.

Men's Soccer Athlete of the Week
Sergio Valencia
Senior • Midfielder • San Jose, California


Valencia of Redlands led the Bulldogs to a 2-0 week after providing the game-winning goal from 30 yards out to give his squad a 1-0 victory over Pomona-Pitzer. The win sealed the 2017 SCIAC regular-season title for the Bulldogs. In a 2-1 win over Occidental, Valencia notched an assist on Redlands’ first goal of the game as the Bulldogs secured a 2-1 win and an undefeated 12-0-2 conference record. 

Women's Soccer Athlete of the Week
Hayley Romo
Junior • Midfielder • Port Orchard, Washington


Romo propelled Redlands to a 2-0 week and the third seed in the upcoming SCIAC Tournament as the junior midfielder netted the game-winning goals in the Bulldogs’ 1-0 win over La Verne, and 1-0 victory over CMS. Romo extended her goal total to five for the season, as Redlands notched a crucial six points to clinch a spot in the conference tournament. Romo fired three shots on goal, finding the back of the net twice en route to her four points on the week. 

Men's Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week
Andreas Nybo
Cal Lutheran
First-Year • Breaststroke 


Nybo of Cal Lutheran was solid in the pool for the Kingsmen winning three individual events and added a pair of wins in the 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard medley relays. Nybo won the 50-yard breaststroke (27.52), the 100-yard breaststroke (59.18) and the 100-yard individual medley (54.51). The 400-yard medley relay squad touched the wall first in a time of 3:40.57, while the 200-yard freestyle squad posted a time of 1:28.54. 

Women's Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week
Mardell Ramirez
Cal Lutheran
Junior • Freestyle/Backstroke • Santa Monica, California


Ramirez was stellar for Cal Lutheran in the pool as she claimed five individual victories including the 50-yard backstroke (28.63), the 50-yard freestyle (24.81), the 200-yard freestyle (1:54.33), the 100-yard freestyle (54.32) and the 100-yard individual medley (1:04.07). She also had a hand in the winning 200-yard freestyle relay which posted a time of 1:41.97, while the Regals’ 400-yard medley relay squad won the race with a time of 4:09.66.

Volleyball Athlete of the Week
Shelbi Stein
Senior • Opposite Hitter • Laguna Hills, California


Stein of CMS guided the Athenas to a 3-0 week with SCIAC victories over Occidental (3-0), Whittier (3-0), and Cal Lutheran (3-0). Stein hit at an impressive .390 clip for the week downing 30 kills on 59 swings with just seven errors. She averaged 4.29 kills per set and added nine digs, an assist, and five assisted blocks during the week. Stein registered 16 of her kills against the Regals, averaging 5.33 per frame in that contest in addition to hitting .414. Stein also added six digs in that win, while tallying 11 kills against the Tigers. 

Men's Water Polo Athlete of the Week
Chris Gardhouse
Cal Lutheran
Senior • Center/Defender • Agoura Hills, California


Gardhouse of Cal Lutheran paced the Kingsmen to a 2-0 week which featured wins over La Verne (13-9) and Redlands (12-7) - the team’s first victory on the road against the Bulldogs in program history. Gardhouse scored five goals against the Leopards and notched three steals, and followed with four goals against Redlands. This is Gardhouse’s first SCIAC Athlete of the Week award this season.