May 11, 2007
Four WCC Baseball players were named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The WCC tied with the Pac-10 for the most honorees from one conference in District VIII, as San Francisco's Tavo Hall and Jonnie Knoble joined Saint Mary's Eric Cattoni and Santa Clara's Carl Bacon on the list.
Saint Mary's Cattoni, who was also named a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, maintains a 4.0 grade point average while taking pre-med courses. Cattoni was awarded the CRC Press Chemistry Achievement Award for his outstanding scholastic achievement in chemistry. On the field the Lethbridge, Alberta native is batting .302 with three home runs and 15 RBI. Cattoni leads the West Coast Conference with 52 runs scored and is second with three triples and 26 stolen bases. His 52 runs this season rank him tied for third at SMC in the single season annals. The fleet-footed outfielder's 43 career stolen bases rank sixth all-time.
San Francisco's Hall owns a 3.88 GPA in International Business, while Knoble turned in a 3.66 in Biology. In addition to tremendous success on the field, Hall excelled in the classroom and the redshirt junior will serve as the class Valedictorian in the upcoming 2007 USF Commencement. Hall is the first USF student-athlete in nearly a decade to finish at the top of his class. A highly decorated student, Hall won the 2007 Charles Harney Award presented to graduating student-athlete with the top GPA and is a two-time All-West Coast Conference Gold Honors student. Off the field, Hall volunteered in projects to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims and breast cancer survivors.
USF's Knoble, a fifth-year senior returned to the field this season after suffering a career-threatening back injury in 2006. A team leader since his arrival on the Hilltop, Knoble won the 2007 Sandee Hill Senior Graduation Award, for overcoming adversity in pursuit of academic and athletic excellence. For his efforts in the classroom, Knoble earned the Joe Kuharich Scholarship in 2005 and 2006. This season, Knoble is enjoying perhaps his best season on the field and currently ranks third in West Coast Conference in steals (20). The Sandy, Utah native ranks third on the career stolen base chart with 59, and is the all-time leader in stolen base percentage (.867). Knoble also ranks eighth in career runs (127), 10th in at-bats (614) and 12th in hits (179). Off the field, Knoble volunteered in projects to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims and breast cancer survivors.
Santa Clara's Bacon, a senior from Santa Cruz, sports a 3.24 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in civil engineering in the classroom. On the field, he is batting a career-high .323 with 60 hits, 10 doubles, and 28 runs batted in, good for second on the team. In his first year as a full-time starter at SCU, Bacon has made the most of his opportunity in the Bronco lineup. Having started 49 of SCU's 50 games this season, he is third on the team with 60 hits and fourth with a .323 average. Bacon has also posted 18 multi-hit games, including six three-hit performances, four of which helped key the Broncos to wins over such programs as Hawaii, Cal Poly, Fresno State, and Stanford.
All four selections will advance to the national ballot for Academic All-American consideration. San Francisco is the only school to have a pair of first team All-Academic District VIII selections this season.