Point Loma Nazarene University relief pitcher Garret Levsen has been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) All-West Region team as an honorable mention.
Levsen, a junior, tied for the PacWest lead with 10 saves to go along with a 2.39 earned-run average. Opponents hit just .186 off him as he yielded just 18 hits in 26.1 innings pitched. The native of Whittier was also tied for second in the PacWest with 21 appearances to go along with a 23-to-9 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Levsen’s season was also notable in the Sea Lions record books. His 10 saves tied him with Robbie Naegele for the second most in a single-season in PLNU history. He was save short of matching Justin Marabeas’ record of 11 saves in a season.
Levsen now has 12 saves in his career to hold sole possession of the third spot in the school record books. He also paired with Sam Sadler to throw the first combined no-hitter in PLNU history on April 12 against Fresno Pacific.
Point Loma athletics accepting Hall of Fame nominations
The ninth class of the PLNU Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducted on Sunday, Nov. 24 at the Liberty Station Conference Center at 1 p.m.
In the interim, the university’s Hall of Fame Committee is seeking and accepting nominations for that class. PLNU supporters are urged to obtain the necessary form and return it to Russ Blunck at firstname.lastname@example.org, or print out the form from www.plnusealions.com and mail to: HOF Athletics, 3900 Lomaland Drive, San Diego, 92106.
The deadline to accept nominations is Thursday, Aug. 1.
A lengthy tally of the nominee’s accomplishments is not necessary but a basic description of some of his or her athletic accomplishments, along with any other pertinent information helps.
PLNU men’s soccer signs 10
Point Loma head men’s soccer coach Phil Wolf has completed his first recruiting class and he said he is proud to welcome 10 freshmen student-athletes to the Sea Lions’ program in the fall.
Tyler Allen, Simon Bell, Joshua Eusebio, Brady Johansen, Keaton Kaichi, Luke Lance, Ricardo Martinez, Nathan Miramontes, Nico Tagaloa and Arend (Val) Doppenberg will comprise the first recruiting class for PLNU in the Wolf era.
PLNU community engagements
In the 2012-13 academic year, PLNU student-athletes engaged in both new and reccurring community engagement events. The estimated combined total of hours spent in both community engagement and service by PLNU student-athletes is 3,200 hours.
One of the largest events that PLNU student-athletes participated in this year was Superfest. This is a annual event that invites kids of all ages to come to campus, participate in any sport they choose for about three hours with PLNU students, and then enjoy food and prizes while hearing a message from professional athletes and the pastor of The Rock Church in San Diego.
This year, the university served about 700 students at the event.
The second-largest event on campus was the first-ever PLNU Make-A-Wish Day and dodgeball tournament.
SAAC planned and executed the day to include five different sporting events to attend (men’s and women’s tennis, baseball, men’s and women’s basketball), give-a-ways, Make-A-Wish videos, a special presentation to a Make-A-Wish recipient kid, and a dodgeball tournament open to all students and non-students with an entry fee and all proceeds going to Make-A-Wish.
This will be an ongoing and yearly event at PLNU.
Another accomplishment was creating a partnership with Dana Middle School. Student-athletes will have the opportunity to go to the school to play with the kids at lunch hour break, starting in 2013-14.
The partnership and details were organized this year and university officials said they look forward to starting the school visits in the fall. The university also partnered with the Point Loma YMCA to send student-athletes there as coaches for various sports teams.
As part of the university’s diversity initiative and engagement within campus, SAAC organized the halftime show at a men’s basketball game to showcase the Hawaiian Club. The club performed the hula and then later asked the women’s volleyball team to perform at the annual luau.
More Than A One Night Stand was a monthly event open to the entire community. It was organized by student-athletes and supported by SAAC. It was developed to offer a safe place for college students to go and have fun without the pressure often presented by drugs and alcohol at other events.
Finally, SAAC started Student-Athlete Game Night. All teams attended and had fun fellowship participating in old-school games like musical chairs and chubby bunny.
It is the position of SAAC that community engagement includes the university and other sports teams in addition to those outside the campus.
The event prompted plenty of smiles and will be an annual event to help promote the interaction of all teams with each other.