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Magazine Reprint: 2002-03 Honor Roll

Wrapping up the year

We are constantly striving for innovation within our publications, and an exciting new feature for our magazine is the creation of The Bootleg's Honor Roll. In the May/June issue we unveiled the 30 finalists in our search for the top Stanford athletes of the 2002-03 year, and reprint that story here. Enjoy this free look and <a href="https://www.grassy.com/citadel_publishing/stanford/">Subscribe Today</a>! Also stay tuned to this website as we name the 10 winners over the next weeks.

Originally published May-June 2003 (vol. 1, no. 10) in The Bootleg Magazine.  "The Bootleg's Honor Roll" by Lars Ahlstrom

 

In our never-ending quest to promote Stanford sports and recognize athletic excellence on The Farm, we have created a brand new, unprecedented and prestigious award, officially dubbed, "The Bootleg's Honor Roll." The criteria are as follows:

Each academic year, The Bootleg's Honor Roll will recognize the top ten Stanford student-athletes who have performed at an exceptional level, with athletic accomplishments that are both extraordinary and inspirational. While achieving athletic success, these athletes should also have displayed uncommon leadership, sportsmanship and respect towards their fellow teammates and opponents. Finally, these honorees' performances and actions should also demonstrate their love for their particular sport as well as their school pride, the famed "Spirit of Stanford."

Athletic achievement is recognized in several ways for all varsity sports at Stanford. There are team MVP awards, the Athletic Board's year-end awards and, later on down the road, the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame. Team MVP awards recognize "impact" players in each individual sport. The Athletic Board's awards aim to honor athletes in many sports, but except for the highly coveted Al Masters Award, the other awards are and fairly specific in their recognition (e.g., outstanding male and female athletes of each class, best competitive attitude, highest GPA, etc.). Finally, the Hall of Fame recognizes excellence over an entire career.

In contrast, the goal of The Bootleg's Honor Roll is to recognize the top ten athletes across all sports at Stanford for any particular school year, regardless of class year, overall career, or "reputation." Which players were the real "difference makers" for Stanford – the ones that made our opponents change their game plans and generally shake in their boots, puddle their pads, or shiver in their bathing suits? Who simply had a huge year?

With our criteria in mind, we hereby put forth our list of 30 finalists (opposite page). This task created a lot more internal editorial anxiety than we anticipated and unquestionably, we have left some well-deserving athletes off our list. We never said life was fair and it's a good lesson to teach our student-athletes. Nevertheless, the tough choices had to be made and this is the group of athletes who have made our critical cut. Keep in mind, this award is based on performance during the 2002-2003 school year only. Interestingly, there are more juniors (12) than seniors (11) on this list and not a single freshman made the cut. As you might expect, a good portion of these athletes hail from California (13) while New Jersey was the only other state to have more than one finalist. Finally, with the extensive international representation on the Stanford campus, the big surprise was that only one finalist (gymnast Lise Leveille of British Columbia, Canada) was from outside the United States (no, you old timer red-hots, Canada is not a "state").

As you can imagine, space does not permit us to chronicle all of these outstanding athletes' achievements during this past school year. Suffice it to say that every one of them has been recognized as a team captain, MVP, All-Conference, All-Region or All-American. This is truly a special collection of superior athletes selected from the finest group of amateur athletes of any university on the planet.

From this list of 30 finalists, our top-secret, highly-paid panel will select the ten winners who will make up The Bootleg's Honor Roll 2002-2003 class. This perilous process will be even more demanding as we must eliminate 20 of these 30 top-notch athletes. "The Bachelor" has it a lot easier that we do! The announcement of the winners will be made in June. Since this is our last magazine issue of the current school year, this feature will be published proudly on our award-winning website*, at www.TheBootleg.com. [* TheBootleg.com was recently voted the premier Stanford sports website in North America by the Des Moines Register]

We congratulate all the Fab Farm FinalistsÔ as well as all hardworking student-athletes who always represent the Cardinal well and continue to make us proud of our truly incomparable university.

 

Candidate

School Year

Hometown

Sport

Tony Azevedo

Sophomore

Long Beach, CA

Men's Water Polo

Randall Bal

Senior

Fair Oaks, CA

Men's Swimming & Diving

Julius Barnes

Senior

Rowland Heights, CA

Men's Basketball

Lauren Barnikow

Junior

Woodbridge, NJ

Women's Tennis

Josh Childress

Sophomore

Lakewood, CA

Men's Basketball

Alicia Craig

Sophomore

Gillette, WY

Women's Cross Country

Todd Dunivant

Senior

Wheat Ridge, CO

Men's Soccer

Lauren Fleshman

Senior

Canyon Country, CA

Women's Track & Field / Cross Country

Ryan Garko

Senior

Walnut, CA

Baseball

Matt Gentry

Sophomore

Grants Pass, OR

Wrestling

Dan Gill

Junior

Fairfax, VA

Men's Gymnastics

Tara Kirk

Junior

Bremerton, WA

Women's Swimming & Diving

Lise Leveille

Junior

Burnaby, British Columbia

Women's Gymnastics

Louis Luchini

Junior

Ellsworth, ME

Men's Track & Field / Cross Country

David Martin

Senior

Tulsa, OK

Men's Tennis

Sara McGee

Junior

Davis, CA

Women's Volleyball

Casey Moore

Senior

Largo, FL

Football

Nicole Powell

Junior

Phoenix, AZ

Women's Basketball

Carlos Quentin

Junior

Chula Vista, CA

Baseball

Grant Robison

Junior

San Angelo, TX

Men's Track & Field / Cross Country

Don Sage

Junior

Elmhurst, IL

Men's Track & Field / Cross Country

Greg Schindler

Senior

Morgan Hill, CA

Football

Jamie Schroeder

Junior

Wilmette, IL

Men's Crew

Dana Sorensen

Junior

San Diego, CA

Softball

Logan Tom

Senior

Salt Lake City, UT

Women's Volleyball

Curt Toppel

Senior

Pacific Palisades, CA

Men's Volleyball

Kelsey Twist

Sophomore

Baltimore, MD

Women's Lacrosse

Brenda Villa

Junior

Commerce, CA

Women's Water Polo

Marcia Wallis

Senior

Los Gatos, CA

Women's Soccer

Iris Zimmermann

Sophomore

Rochester, NY

Women's Fencing

 


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