Northridge, Calif. – Not only has Cal State Northridge enjoyed success on the playing field in recent years, Matador student-athletes have earned success in the classroom.
For seven CSUN student-athletes, their academic prowess has been rewarded with memorial scholarships that will provide financial assistance towards their education during the 2011-12 school year.
Nearly $16,000 is being given to these current Cal State Northridge student-athletes. Five of the student-athletes play on the Matador baseball team while two other student-athletes are members of the women’s tennis team.
Adam Barry is this year’s $5,000 recipient of the Lyman Bostock Endowment Scholarship. This award is given to a baseball player in honor of the late Matador outfielder who also starred for the Minnesota Twins and the California Angels for several years. During his major league career, Bostock hit .311.
Barry, a redshirt junior infielder from Simi Valley, Ca., was a starter in 44 games last year with a .288 batting average. His hitting streak of 15 games was the longest in the Big West Conference last year.
Barry is majoring in Sociology.
Steven Keller has been awarded the Paul Edmondson Memorial Scholarship worth $2,800. Edmondson, the first Matador player to play in the major leagues (Chicago White Sox) was a top pitcher for the Matadors during the mid 1960’s.
Keller, a senior catcher who is majoring in Sociology, chalked up an impressive 3.70 GPA during the spring semester in 2011. Overall at Cal State Northridge, Keller has a 3.68 GPA.
Kyle Attl and Harley Holt are each recipients of the Mike Frick Memorial Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship is given annually in memory of the late Mike Frick who was a standout pitcher (1999-01) for the Matadors. Following his career at CSUN, Frick pitched in the Oakland A’s organization.
The Mike Frick Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a second-year member of the CSUN baseball team. Attl was awarded the 2010-11 Mike Frick Memorial Scholarship winner. Holt is the 2011-12 recipient.
Attl, a junior from San Diego who is majoring in Communications, was the team’s starting shortstop for the majority of the 2011 baseball campaign. Last year, Attl was named to the Varsity ‘N Academic Athletics Honor Roll in 2011.
Holt, a sophomore undeclared major from Honolulu, Hawaii, pitched in eleven games last year. Holt chalked up a 1.35 ERA during Big West Conference play. In the classroom, Holt has achieved a 3.25 GPA.
Chris DeBoo, a senior from San Diego who is majoring in Business Administration, has been awarded the Kent Testerman Memorial Scholarship Endowment that is given to a senior or junior student-athlete. DeBoo completed his third season on the Matador staff last year with the second lowest ERA on the staff at 3.91. DeBoo will graduate at the end of the school year with a 3.00 GPA.
Testerman, who died in an automobile accident in 1985, was a redshirt freshman catcher on the 1984 national championship team.
“We have a number of outstanding student-athletes that we are proud to recognize,” said CSUN head baseball coach Matt Curtis. “These players have combined high academic achievement and leadership, and have also contributed to our team and the University as well.”
Ryma Korab and Maria Pistalu, two members of the CSUN women’s tennis team, have each been awarded $2,500 from the Jim & Mary Gorman Athletic Scholarship Endowment. The scholarship is given to candidates who have maintained a grade point average of 3.20 or higher for the prior two semesters.
"We are proud of Maria and Ryma's commitment to their academic excellence,” said head coach Gary Victor. “With English not the native language for either person, this is particularly impressive. Both young women have big goals when they graduate and they are preparing for success with a great education at Cal State Northridge."
Korab, a junior majoring in Biochemstry, hails from Baranovichy, Belarus. Korab has been a two-year member of the Matadors. Last year, she achieved a winning record in both singles and doubles. Korab gained All Big-West Academic honors in 2011.
Pistalu, a junior from Munich, Germany, also has played two seasons at Cal State Northridge where she has chalked up a 30-10 record in singles competition and 27-9 in doubles play. For her efforts last year, Pistalu gained All-Big West Doubles Honorable Mention honors.
Pistalu is majoring in Biology.
Korab and Pistalu are members of the Varsity ‘N Academic Athletics Honor Roll.