Three Cougars Named All-Americans by the National Strength and Conditioning Association

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VALENCIA – The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) named three College of the Canyons athletes with All-American awards in Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year. Sophomore Kelli Lewis from the women’s basketball team, sophomore Cal Vogelsang from the baseball team and sophomore Justin Cudworth from the football team were honored with the award.

The players were chosen for this award based on their dedication to strength and conditioning training and were selected as candidates for the award by head strength and conditioning coach Robert dos Remedios and assistant Joel Gunterman.

Their hard work in the weight room and on the field has paid for these three players as they have made solid contributions to their teams on the playing surface.

Lewis finished the 2011 season leading the Lady Cougars averaging 14.7 points a game, 2 steals per game, and a 38 percent from behind the three point line. The Hart high graduate also contributed with 4.7 assists a game and helped lead the team to two straight Western State Conference titles and to the semi-final game in the Southern California Regional playoffs where they lost to Mt. San Antonio College. Lewis recently committed to the University of Pacific this week.

Like Lewis, Vogelsang has been the heart of the line up for the Cougars baseball team over the last two years. In 2010 Vogelsang hit 380 and lead the team with 11 homeruns, 35 runs batted in and a slugging percentage of 718. While the West Ranch graduate’s numbers have dropped off tremendously this year with a 255 avg. 3 homeruns and 21 rbi’s, he is still being recruited by Oklahoma the number 17th ranked school in the country and number one earlier in the season. Vogelsang was also drafted by the Dodgers in 2010 in the 32nd round but opted to return to COC for his second year.

No one was more of a force to reckon with on the football field than Justin Cudworth this season. The sophomore safety brought fear in the eyes of the offense he would face every week as he made 47 tackles and 5 sacks. The Agoura high graduate has committed to the University of Eastern Michigan where he is expected to play outside linebacker.

The National Strength and Conditioning Association is in its 29th year and has honored 247 student athletes from 96 schools.