Bulldog Club Honors Calvary, Streufert, McDonald's
May 2, 2001
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University's Bulldog Club bestowed its annual honors Wednesday during the Senior Athletes Luncheon.
Men's basketball standout Casey Calvary was named the Male Athlete of the Year, women's soccer career scoring leader Sara Streufert was selected the Female Athlete of the Year and Bob and Claire McDonald were named the Bulldog Club Service Award recipients.
Calvary is one of the most decorated athletes in Gonzaga history. He helped lead Gonzaga's men's basketball team to four straight post-season berths, including the Bulldogs' run to the 1999 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight as well as the NCAA Sweet 16 each of the past two seasons. He was selected to the 1999 NCAA Tournament All-West Region team, and was named the MVP of the 2000 West Coast Conference Tournament. After earning WCC honorable mention accolades as a sophomore, he earned back-to-back first-team recognition each of the past two seasons and was the WCC Player of the Year this past season. He was recently named to the John R. Wooden All-America Top 10, the first Bulldog so honored, and was named to the Associated Press honorable mention All-America team. He leaves Gonzaga with 1,509 career points for 7th on the all-time Gonzaga list, and with 757 rebounds for 4th all-time.
Streufert helped bring a new respect and recognition to Gonzaga women's soccer. A native of Spokane and a graduate of University High School, she capped her 4-year career by becoming just the 10th player in West Coast Conference history to surpass the 100-point plateau - her school record 44 goals and 15 assists giving her a GU record 103 career points. She became Gonzaga's inaugural All-West Coast Conference first-team selection in 1999, and repeated first-team honors last fall. She was also named third team All-West Region as selected by Soccer Buzz. She was drafted in the second round by the San Diego Spirit of the Women's United Soccer Association, and is currently exploring her professional options.
The McDonald's were first introduced to Gonzaga University in 1987. As a former officer in the Navy, Bob was immediately interested in the Gonzaga rowing program, which at the time was a club sport. As members of the Board of Regents of Gonzaga University, the McDonald's began to go to work to help the crew program with its many facility and fiscal needs. They helped work to lease the land needed to build a boathouse, so the crew program could move out from under the tents at Spokane's Felts Field that housed the Gonzaga shells. They assisted in transitioning a rough plan of the very much-needed boathouse, and turned it into a plan that the engineers and contractors could use to build the boathouse. With their efforts, and those of others, the current Gonzaga Boat House was built in 1990. They have also provided much of the needed equipment the program has had over the years. They have helped provide up to a half-dozen shells. In addition to their strong involvement in crew, the McDonald's have also been strong backers of Gonzaga's entire athletic mission.
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