Foothill-Pleasanton grad Sam Novitske is a standout academically and athletically for the University of Oregon
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Past NorCal prep standouts recognized for academic prowess

May 22, 2020

A half-dozen former prep baseball and softball standouts from the North Coast Section and Central Coast Section were recently recognized for their academic and athletic prowess at the collegiate level, each earning Academic All-District honors from CoSIDA, the College Sports Information Directors of America.

The city of Pleasanton is able to boast a pair of Academic All-District recipients, as Amador Valley grad Nick Proctor and Foothill grad Sam Novitske were both named to the NCAA Division I District 8 team. Proctor, a sophomore pitcher at Cal, had a 2.03 ERA this spring in the limited season, while Novitske, also a sophomore, has started all 71 games of his career in the Oregon infield, the first player in Ducks' history to start every game of his first two years. Novitske boasts a 3.95 GPA.

The other local baseball player named to the NCAA Division I District 8 team is Bellarmine grad Connor Mack, a junior outfielder at Cal who holds a 3.74 GPA on the Berkeley campus.

All three softball players from the region to earn accolades are from the NCS, beginning with Fresno State junior pitcher Hailey Dolcini and UCLA junior infielder Briana Perez. Dolcini, a Fortuna grad who was named to the All-Mountain West second-team as a sophomore, boasts a 3.94 GPA with the Bulldogs and went 17-7 in the circle during the 2019 season. Perez, an Alhambra grad, was a first-team All-American in 2019, when she hit .383 with seven home runs, 45 RBIs and 21 stolen bases. She was also named to the All-Pac 12 first-team and the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team.

Dolcini and Perez were both named to the NCAA Division I District 8 team, while Berkeley grad Robyn Wampler was named to the NCAA Division II District 8 team. Wampler, a junior at UC San Diego, has also been named CCAA Pitcher of the Week on nine different occasions in her career, during which time she has registered over 400 career strikeouts. She was also named to this year's CCAA All-Star Team and was named to the All-CCAA first-team after both her freshman and sophomore seasons. In 2018, she was named the CCAA Freshman of the Year.

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