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Fall All-SCIAC: Dees is CLU's first four-time, first-team All-SCIAC football player

Ventura County Star logo Ventura County Star 1/1/2020 Joe Curley, Ventura County Star
a person wearing a helmet holding a baseball bat: Cornerback Obasi Dees was Cal Lutheran University football's first D3football.com All-American selection since 2012 last year, as a junior. © JUAN CARLO/THE STAR Cornerback Obasi Dees was Cal Lutheran University football's first D3football.com All-American selection since 2012 last year, as a junior.

Senior cornerback Obasi Dees became the first Cal Lutheran University football player named first-team All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in all four seasons of his career.

Dees had four interceptions and 30 tackles as a senior for CLU, which finished 5-5 and tied for third in the conference.

Three Kingsmen, senior linebacker Ethan Pulley, junior defensive end Caleb Casimere and junior wide receiver Jajuan Thomas, joined Dees on the first team.

Pulley led the SCIAC with 94 tackles, was third in the nation with five forced fumbles and had 4.5 sacks. Casimere had 5.5 sacks and eight tackles for a loss. Thomas led the SCIAC with eight TD receptions.  

Sophomore linebacker Connor McDermott, a Ventura High graduate, was named second-team All-SCIAC after finishing fifth in the SCIAC with 71 tackles. He also had seven tackles for losses and a sack.

Four Kingsmen, senior quarterback Cesar De Leon, freshman receiver Cameron Jones, freshman offensive lineman Jacob Cerda and senior placekicker Christian Antezana, joined McDermott on the second team.

McDermott wasn’t the only Venturan named to the team. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps offensive lineman Jacob Lyle, a junior from Buena High, was also named to the second team.

Pomona-Pitzer quarterback Karter Odermann was named Offensive Athlete of the Year. Chapman defensive end Dillon Keefe was named Defensive Athlete of the Year. Chapman’s Bob Owens was named Coach of the Year.

Women's soccer

CLU freshman Mandy Crawford was named to the All-SCIAC women’s soccer first team.

a group of young men playing a game of football: Simi Valley High graduate Mandy Crawford (right) was named the All-SCIAC first team as a freshman. © PHOTO COURTESY OF CLU ATHLETICS Simi Valley High graduate Mandy Crawford (right) was named the All-SCIAC first team as a freshman.

The striker from Simi Valley High had a team-leading six assists and also scored six goals for CLU (13-3-4), which finished second in the conference, reached the second round of the NCAA tournament and was ranked No. 21 in the final United Soccer Coaches’ national poll.

Senior defender Zandra Stewart and junior forward Alexandra Fagerberg joined Crawford on the first team.

Sophomore goalkeeper Alexa Soto, a Westlake High graduate, was named to the second team after posting a 0.48 goals-per-game average in 16 matches, making 62 saves and keeping four shutouts.

Sophomore defender Danielle Vis, a Simi Valley native, and junior defender Trinity Martinez joined Soto on the second team.

CLU’s six all-conference nominations led the conference.

Pomona-Pitzer’s Bria VarnBuhler and Jen Scanlon were named SCIAC Athlete and Coach of the Year, respectively.

Women's volleyball

Maci Haddad was named to the All-SCIAC women’s volleyball first team for the second straight season.

a group of people around each other: All-SCIAC women's volleyball graphic © PHOTO COURTESY CLU ATHLETICS All-SCIAC women's volleyball graphic

The sophomore middle blocker was third in the SCIAC in blocks (90) and hitting percentage (.312) for the Regals (17-11), who finished third in conference play.

Senior libero Carly Rose Howard and junior opposite Morgan Given were named to the second team.

CLU’s three all-conference nominations tied for the conference lead.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps’ Phoebe Madsen and Caltech’s Tom Gardner were named SCIAC Athlete and Coach of the Year, respectively.

Men's water polo

Sophomore attacker Ben Brown was named first-team All-SCIAC after setting the school record for assists in a season for CLU men’s water polo (14-13) team, which tied for fifth place in the conference.

Brown became the program’s first player to record 50 goals, assists and steals in a season, amassing 55 goals, a school-record 51 assists and 51 steals. He also had 14 drawn ejections and 19 field blocks.

a group of people swimming in a pool of water: Cal Lutheran goalie Andre Rivas was named to the All-SCIAC second team. © PHOTO COURTESY OF CLU ATHLETICS Cal Lutheran goalie Andre Rivas was named to the All-SCIAC second team.

Junior goalie Andre Rivas was named to the second team. He had 203 saves, 18 steals, 12 assists and one goal in 20 starts.

Whittier’s Dominick Nevarez and David Kasa were named SCIAC Athlete and Coach of the Year, respectively.

Men's soccer

CLU did not have a representative on the All-SCIAC men’s soccer teams after a 5-10-2 season, which included a seventh-place finish in the conference.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps’ Adam Singer and Redlands’ Ralph Perez were named SCIAC Athlete and Coach of the Year, respectively.

Joe Curley covers college sports for The Star. Follow @vcscolleges on Twitter for more local college coverage. 

This article originally appeared on Ventura County Star: Fall All-SCIAC: Dees is CLU's first four-time, first-team All-SCIAC football player

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