l Capital University Journal
The Year of the Hornets
Sophomore Ryan Leadingham has already claimed nearly every Sac State passing
record. Sophomore Fred Amey was a first-team all-Big Sky selection and
honorable mention All-American by Football Gazette as a wide receiver.
Steve Mooshagian has been named the new head coach.
The team had its best season since moving to Division I in 1991, advancing
to the Big Sky Tournament for the first time. Senior Derek Lambeth, the
team’s top scorer, led the team to the playoffs by scoring a season-high
25 points in the final game of the regular season.
Both the men’s and women’s teams beat preseason expectations
by finishing seventh and sixth respectively at the Big Sky Conference
Indoor Championships. The women’s team was paced by freshman Roshena
Duree, who recorded three top-five finishes. For the men, senior Jonathan
Davis was second in the 55-meter dash.
The women’s team competed in five tournaments this year, culminating
with the Big Sky Championship in April in Goodyear, Ariz. The Hornets
were led by Courtney Cotter, a sophomore who tied for second at the San
Diego State tournament. The men’s team played in four spring tournaments
and were guided by senior Tanner Makimoto.
Sac State head coach Kim Hughes was voted 2002 Mountain Pacific Sports
Federation Coach of the Year. He coached the team to its second-highest
mark in program history with a 194.900 as the Hornet gymnastics team won
the inaugural MPSF Championship in March.
Sac State began the 2003 season with a 5-1 record, the squad’s best
start since the 1991. Head coach John Smith, now in his 25th season, passed
the 700 career win mark with a 5-3 win over Saint Mary’s in February.
Also in February, Junior Chris Kinsey tied for second in the program’s
record book by striking out 12 batters during a 5-4 win over Pacific.
A tough season ended on a high note: consecutive shutout victories over
Weber State and San Jose State. Junior defender Stacey Rowell and sophomore
goalkeeper Michelle Balzouman earned all-Big Sky Conference honorable
The team finished fourth in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular-season
standings, earning a trip to the conference tournament for the second-consecutive
season. The squad also placed four players on the MPSF all-conference
The Hornets continued to dominate the Big Sky, finishing the 2002 season
24-11 overall and winning the Big Sky Conference Tournament championship.
The team advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in six years.
Head coach Debby Colberg was once again named Big Sky Conference Coach
of the Year and four players were named to the all-Big Sky team.
The team had its best start since 1995, opening with a 14-4 record. That
included a 10-game winning streak, which set a new Division I program
record for consecutive wins.
The team won three games this year after going winless the year before.
Among the wins was one on the road against first-place Montana State,
which had previously won 23 straight at home.
The squad finished with a 7-2 dual-meet record and a silver medal at the
Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships. Over the last
four years at that event, Sac State’s varsity eight has accounted
for two silver medals (1999, 2002) and two gold medals (2000, 2001). Seniors
Mieke Boynton and Megan Spitze each received National Scholar-Athlete
In 2002, the team finished with a 20-4 record, won its first Big Sky Conference
championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time. Head
coach Bill Campbell was named Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year. The
team received four all-conference selections, the most in program history.
In 2003, freshman Margarita Karnaukhova was ranked 51st in the nation,
the first women’s tennis player in program history to be ranked.
The 2002 men’s tennis team won its second-consecutive Big Sky Conference
title. The team advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in
the last four years. Senior Sherif Zaher, who was named head coach for
the 2003 season, received Big Sky Most Valuable Player honors for the