Sports Briefs: Cal's Schott named to NSCAA All-America Team



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She wasn't the best player in the conference, and she wasn't the most valuable player on her team. But Laura Schott is one of the best players in the country according to the National Coaches Association of America.

Schott, a sophomore striker on the Cal women's soccer team, was named to the NSCAA All-America team yesterday. Schott is one of 12 players selected to the team. She was the only player from the Pac-10 named to the team.

This season, Schott's name has been indelibly linked to that of Joy Fawcett, an Olympian and former Cal soccer star. Schott is the first Bears player to be selected to the All-America team since Fawcett was chosen in 1989.

Schott also tied Fawcett's record of goals in a season. The sophomore's 23 goals - nine of which were game-winners - were the most in the Pac-10. She also had one assist on the year to give her a conference-best 47 points.

The Wilsonville, Ore., native collected a number of accolades after one of the most successful seasons in Cal history, in which the Bears went 17-3-1 overall and were 7-2 in the Pac-10.

Schott was named Cal's Most Valuable Player on offense, a no-brainer considering she scored a goal in eight straight games this season. But the Most Valuable Player award went to goalkeeper Maite Zabala.

Zabala won the award for the second straight season. The senior set a school-record for career shutouts with 26.5, 9.5 of which came this season.

The Bears Freshman of the Year award went to walk-on Ashley Valenzuela, the Most Inspirational Award was earned by Shanon McNab and Alea Kerch was the Most Improved Player.

BASEBALL ANNOUNCES RECRUITING CLASS

The Cal baseball team inked seven players to national letters of intent, Cal coach David Esquer announced yesterday.

The Bears signed four pitchers and three position players, who will join the team for the 2002 season.

The pitchers - all right-handers - include Tyler Adamczyk, Brent Hale, Matt Swanson and Alex Trapton.

Adamczyk is from Westlake Village, Calif., where he attended Westlake High School. He went 9-1 with 64 strikeouts last season and played first base, hitting .400 with four home runs and 25 RBIs. Adamczyk was named the Los Angeles Daily News All-Area Player of the Year.

Cal also signed Justin Nelson, an outfielder and left-handed pitcher from Vista, Calif. Nelson throws in the mid-80s and also has an excellent curveball, but is likely to play in the outfield.

Terry Jones and David Nicholson also signed with the Bears. Jones is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound shortstop and Nicholson is an outfielder from Esperanza High School in Anaheim, Calif.

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