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September 10, 2013 > Diamond stars win Ohlone College awards

Diamond stars win Ohlone College awards

By Biff Jones
Photos By Don Jedlovec

Every year Ohlone College Renegades choose one female and one male as their athletes of the year. Recipients are chosen from the eleven team sports Ohlone fields over the fall, winter and spring seasons: men's and women's soccer and water polo and women' volleyball in the fall; men's and women's basketball in the winter; and men's and women's swimming and diving, men's baseball and women's softball in the spring.

Female athlete of the year for 2012-2013 is Katelin "Katy" Weger of the women's softball team. "Loo," as her teammates affectionately call her, was a sophomore center fielder who often was the team's leadoff hitter. Weger was the team's MVP and a first team All Coast Conference North outfielder. She was selected as a first team Academic All State player by the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) and awarded an athletic/academic honor from the "Girls Got Game" Foundation. Weger had a GPA over 3.5 all four semesters at Ohlone and ended up with a 3.77 GPA.

On the field, Weger played in all of the team's 39 games, had 49 hits, scored 37 runs, stole 27 bases and hit one home run. She had a batting average of .441, an on base percentage of .500 and added 12 outfield assists on defense.

Weger is the daughter of Carla and Kevin Hewitt of San Leandro. She is a graduate of San Leandro High School where she played four years of varsity softball and also played basketball. Weger credits her parents and Ohlone Head Softball Coach, Donna Runyon with most of her success.

At Ohlone, Weger received an A.A. Degree in Kinesiology and will be attending NCAA Division II Chico State University on an athletic scholarship. She wants to continue her education in Kinesiology as she hopes to become a physical education teacher.

Male athlete of the year for 2012-2013 goes to Ohlone sophomore baseball player, outfielder L.J. (Lee-Jun) Kalawaia. As a sophomore in 2013, Kalawaia was a California Community College Baseball Coaches Association (CCCBCA) first team All-Coast Pacific Conference player and a CCCBCA All-American. In Kalawaia's freshman year, 2012, he also was named to the same All-Coast Pacific Conference first team and to the CCCBCA All-Northern California Team. Kalawaia took and passed 70 credits at Ohlone and ended up with a 3.1 GPA.

In the field, Kalawaia batted .405 in 2013, had 51 hits, 7 doubles, 6 triples, a home run and stole 5 bases in 33 games. He also had a slugging percentage of .579, an on base percentage of .462 and in
2012 batted .330.

Kalawaia is the son of Mark and Lisa Ann Kalawaia of Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii. He attended Lahainaluna High School on Maui freshman through junior years then finished his prep career at Saint Louis School on Oahu where he played second base and led his team to the Interscholastic League of Honolulu Championship.

Kalawaia intends to continue his education and play baseball at NCAA Division I North Carolina Greensboro. UNC Greensboro baseball coach, Link Jarrett says, "L.J. Is a very athletic player that can fill several needs for us. He has good speed and a strong arm which will play well at our field. Offensively, his well rounded approach makes him a great addition to our lineup." Kalawaia also wants to major in Kinesiology.

Players will be given their awards certificates and a check for $500 to further their education at four-year schools. Awards will be given at the banquet following the 29th Annual Ohlone College Golf Tournament at Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton on Monday, September 23; banquet starts at 5:30 p.m. Chris Warden is the Athletic Director at Ohlone College.

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