Pargo, Schaefer, Wells Earn Senior Student-Athlete Honors
May 7, 2009
SPOKANE, Wash. - Women's basketball player Jami Schaefer walked off with a pair of awards while men's basketball player Jeremy Pargo and baseball player Evan Wells were also honored at the Gonzaga University Bulldog Club Senior Athletes Social Thursday night that paid tribute to 57 senior student-athletes.
Schaefer was honored as the Senior Female Athlete of the Year and the Senior Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while Pargo was named the Senior Male Athlete of the Year and Wells the Senior Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Schaefer, a product of Spokane's University High, had a stellar four years as a member of the women's basketball team. She propelled the Zags to a 92-40 record during her tenure and an astounding 49-7 West Coast Conference mark. The Bulldogs won the WCC regular-season crown each of her four years, along with two WCC Tournament titles and two NCAA Tournament automatic berths. She earned All-Freshman team accolades her first season on campus, went on to earn WCC All-Tournament honors as a sophomore and All-WCC honorable mention and Defensive Player of the Year as a junior.
She finished her career playing in 117 games for GU, ranking seventh all-time. She was 25 points shy of scoring 1,000 points, finishing with 975, along with 65 career 3-pointers, 187 assists, 128 steals and 434 rebounds. Off the court, she is a three-time ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 first team and WCC Winter All-Academic honoree. She was named to the I-AAA Scholar-Athlete Team both her junior and senior seasons. She currently holds a 3.95 GPA while pursuing a bachelor of science degree in business administration.
Pargo, who came to the Bulldogs out of Robeson High in Chicago, started all 101 games his final three years and appeared in all 34 games with two starts as a freshman. He became the 30th player in Bulldog history to record 1,000 points, leaving with 1,245 to rank 18th. He also became the fourth player in school history to reach the 500 assist plateau, departing with 589 to move ahead of John Stockton and into third place while having one streak of 76 straight games with an assist.
This past season Pargo earned MVP honors in leading Gonzaga to the Old Spice Classic, was a John R. Wooden Award Pre-Season Top 50 nominee, a Naismith Award Top 30 candidate and a Bob Cousy Award finalist. He was voted the 2008 West Coast Conference Player of the Year and was an Associated Press honorable mention All-America honoree. He helped the Bulldogs extend their streak of NCAA Tournament appearances to 11, including two trips to the Sweet Sixteen in his four years.
Wells, a native of Olympia, Wash., who attended Capital High and played his freshman season of collegiate baseball at Lassen College prior to joining the Bulldogs, has had four outstanding years both on the field and in the classroom. A soon-to-be three-time West Coast Conference All-Academic selection, Wells on Thursday was named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA District 8 All-Academic first team with a 3.90 GPA in journalism.
He will leave Gonzaga as one of the school's all-time leaders in walks, games played and runs scored. In his three seasons as the Bulldogs everyday second baseman, he has started more than 150 games, all of which came while serving as the team's leadoff hitter. It is no coincidence that during that time the Zags have posted three consecutive 30-win seasons, marking the first time Gonzaga has accomplished the feat in more than 20 years. In 2008 he produced a team-best 21-game hitting streak, one of the longest in school history, and received All-WCC honorable mention honors.
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