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Epperson, Cavalier receive awards

By Dave Loveton, sports information
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Baseball players have GPAs of 3.1 or higher

Pat Cavalier  Joey Epperson
  Pat Cavalier                             Joey Epperson

 SBCC baseball players Pat Cavalier and Joey Epperson have been honored for their achievements off the field.
 The sophomores were key parts of the Vaqueros' WSC North championship squad. Epperson played first base and batted .321 with a team-high 21 stolen bases to earn first-team all-conference honors. Cavalier split time between third base and designated hitter.
 Epperson is the 2012 SBCC History Student of the Year. He has a 3.1 GPA and received a scholarship to play baseball at UCSB.
 Cavalier, a former San Marcos High standout, received the 3C4A Achievement Award from the California College Counselors/Advisors Academic Association for Athletics. The award goes to a student-athlete who has overcome great personal, academic or emotional odds to achieve success while participating in intercollegiate athletics.
 Three years ago, Pat's older brother was severely beaten, leading to brain damage and a loss of sight. Instead of being overwhelmed by negative thoughts, Pat chose to use the incident as a positive motivation in his life.
 "I learned that any given moment in your life, things can go wrong and your life can be taken away from you," Cavalier said. "I have taken this realization to heart and chose to use it as a form of motivation."
 Cavalier has a 3.4 GPA with a major in Landscape Architecture. He plans to attend Cal Poly SLO in the fall.


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