2004-2005 Academic Year
Four Outstanding Sagehen Atheletes 2005
Felipe Aguilar, Outstanding Male Student Athlete of the Year
Receiving Pitzer’s Most Outstanding Male Student Athlete of the Year award was the icing on the cake for Felipe Aguilar ’05. As one of Pomona-Pitzer’s top baseball players, Aguilar played an integral role in the team’s success during his four years on the team.
“I am very proud that we beat the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team each game this year,” Aguilar said. “And we only lost to them once in all of my time playing on the team.”
In his final game as a Sagehen, Aguilar hit a homerun and drove in three runs to contribute to the Pomona-Pitzer 17-7 win against Occidental College. Going out with such a good performance only makes leaving the team that much more difficult, he said.
“I will miss the team greatly,” Aguilar explains. “We were very close this year, probably the closest team I have ever been on in all my years in sports.”
Aguilar, an economics major at Pitzer, plans to become a high school teacher and coach baseball and football. However, that will all come later. Aguilar will leave for Sweden this fall, where he will play in a professional European league.
“I didn’t get to study abroad while I was at Pitzer,” Aguilar said. “So now it is my chance to get abroad and see the world a bit, as well as getting to play baseball a little longer.”
Raudric Curtis ’05, Judi and Frank Fenton Athletic Leadership Award
Raudric Curtis ’05,already a two-time First Team All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) defensive back, captain of the 2004 football team, and the recipient of the Michael Aytch ’84 Award and the John Zinda Award, was awarded Pitzer’s Judi and Frank Fenton Athletic Leadership Award for Sportsmanship at Pitzer’s annual dinner honoring student athletes. His long list of awards highlight Curtis as not only an exceptional football player, but as a leader on and off the field and an accomplished student.
Of all of his accolades, Curtis said the two that mean the most are the Michael Aytch ’84 Award and the Judi and Frank Fenton Athletic Leadership Award.
“Those are the awards that Pitzer puts the most emphasis on,” Curtis said. “The awards focus on life outside of football, which means a great deal. And the Aytch award is the only one that goes in the football locker room to inspire us every day.”
Curtis will be facing the fall football season from a different angle this year; he will be coaching at his alma mater, Bellflower High School in Bellflower, Calif.
So what will he miss the most from his four years playing for the Pomona-Pitzer team?
“The thing I will miss the most is playing, period,” Curtis explained. “But my most memorable moment was when we had the big game against Trinity College my sophomore year. They were a strong, highly ranked team and we were a small, unranked team and we managed to beat this powerhouse. I liked that we were always the underdog, but we fought hard and played our hearts out and we surprised a lot of people.”
Living an hour away from Claremont in Bellflower, Curtis will be coming out to support—and inspire—the team this fall.
Raudric Curtis ’05, already a two-time First Team All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) defensive back, captain of the 2004 football team, and the recipient of the Michael Aytch ’84 Award and the John Zinda Award, was awarded Pitzer’s Judi and Frank Fenton Athletic Leadership Award for Sportsmanship at Pitzer’s annual dinner honoring student athletes. His long list of awards highlight Curtis as not only an exceptional football player, but as a leader on and off the field and an accomplished student.
Katherine Hopkins, ’05 Daley Award for Athletic Achievement
Katherine Hopkins ’05 transferred to Pitzer from the University of Puget Sound (UPS) after her freshman year, eager to join the positive athletic community of the Pomona-Pitzer volleyball team. The move proved to be a good one, as Hopkins served as a key player on the team for all of her three years at Pitzer.
Among the many accolades Hopkins won this year, three stand out as her most valued accomplishments. First, and most recently, Hopkins received Pitzer’s Daley Award for Athletic Achievement.
“My coach nominated me every year for this award,” Hopkins said. “It is great to finally win it. Every senior wants to go out having their best year and I certainly have.”
Being voted the first team all-tournament for Amherst College’s Amherst Classic sticks out as another treasured accomplishment.
“We were the only West Coast team invited,” Hopkins said. “Amherst really didn’t think they would have any competition and everyone expected them to win. We won in an upset in the fifth game of five.”
Hopkins was also voted All Western Region Honorable Mention. Athletes given this recognition are chosen by the coaches from all over the region. In Hopkins’ case, this included the coach from UPS who cut her from the team her freshman year.
“I was going up against an athlete from the UPS volleyball team and the coach was trying really hard to get her the mention,” Hopkins explained. “So winning over the UPS athlete as an athlete the coach said wasn’t good enough to play on the team was great vindication.”
Hopkins double majored in psychology and art and will attend Temple University in Philadelphia to pursue her masters degree in sports psychology. She hopes to coach volleyball one day.
“I will miss playing at this level of competition,” Hopkins said. “I would like to coach and that will let me focus on a different aspect of the sport.”
Jennie Marble ’05 Two Time Female Athlete of the Year
Jennifer Marble ’05, recipient of Pitzer’s Most Outstanding Female Student Athlete of the Year Award for the second consecutive year, already misses the competition of swimming, perhaps by force of habit.
“I’ve been swimming competitively since I was 10 — I think I learned to swim before I could walk!” she exclaimed. “I was out watching track the other day and it really reminded me how much I miss the competition.” Marble even found a way to keep herself competition-ready while studying abroad in Denmark by practicing with a club team.
The Pomona-Pitzer swimming team has earned academic All-American status for the past four years. Coming from an academically strong team, Marble feels especially fortunate to be the female student-athlete of the year.
“It is such an honor to get the award,” Marble said. “And it is even more of an honor to be chosen among such a great group of student-athletes.”
With many off-season traditions, the team was like an on-campus family and Marble has formed strong bonds with her teammates.
“Swimming for a Division III school means that people are out there because they want to be here, not because they have to for their scholarship,” Marble said. “One day a raccoon decides to join practice. It took three people to chase him out of the pool area. It was such a circus! It’s nice that people can practice so hard, but still have time for a little comedic relief. I don’t think that would have happened at a Division I school.”
Marble, who was a double major in psychology and linguistics, will attend Northwestern University for graduate school in speech pathology.