Aundrea Mendoza and Iker Cruz Named Cuesta’s 2019 Warren Hansen Scholar-Athletes of the Year


SAN LUIS OBISPO — In 2002 the Cuesta Athletic Department established and named the Warren Hansen Scholar-Athlete Award in recognition of former Cuesta Athletic Director Warren Hansen’s 36-year commitment to academic excellence. A student must maintain a 3.5 GPA and be nominated on the basis of their citizenship and athletic performance. Both of the athletes will represent Cuesta at the Conference and State as Cuesta College’s CCCAA Scholar Award nominees. This year’s winners are all-Conference soccer fullback Aundrea Mendoza (Paso Robles HS) and all-Conference basketball forward Iker Cruz (Madrid, Spain).

Aundrea Mendoza (Paso Robles HS) is a two-time Western State Conference Scholar-Athlete in the classroom and was twice accorded All-Western State Conference honors on the pitch. She earned all-WSC Second Team honors as a freshman and all-WSC Honorable Mention this season. Aundrea had two assists as a freshman but occasionally moved up to forward this year and added three goals and four assists to lead Cuesta to its first winning season since 2010. Aundrea is majoring in Communications Studies and has posted a 3.75 GPA at Cuesta College.

Iker Cruz (Madrid, Spain) is a two-time Western State Conference Scholar-Athlete in the classroom and was twice accorded All-Western State Conference honors on the court. He earned all-WSC Honorable Mention as a freshman and was selected to the 2019 All-WSC First Team this past season. He averaged 11.3 points per game and led the team with 7.4 rebounds per game. Iker led men’s basketball to Cuesta College’s only conference title of the 2018-19 year, plus back-to-back playoff seasons. Iker is Majoring in Social and Behavioral Sciences and has posted a 3.94 GPA at Cuesta College, with his lone “B” coming in his first semester in the United States.

Both Aundrea and Iker shall represent Cuesta at the Conference and State level as Cuesta College’s CCCAA Scholar Award nominees. Their nominations will move forward to the conference level in September.

Cuesta has earned more CCCAA Scholar-Athlete Awards than any other community college.

Male                                      Female

2002 Savio Gomes (Water Polo)                 Virlena Bascos (Basketball)

2003 Jeremy Waldram (Wrestling)            Leilani Greene (X-Country/Track)

2004 Kevin Bradley (Water Polo/Swim)    Chelsea Tallcott (Soccer)

2005 Jared Hollows (Track)                      Lauren Villa (Basketball)

2006 Jon Jordan (Track)                           Clare Nowel (X-Country/Track)

2007 Mark Stephen (Water Polo)               Haley Woeste (Basketball)

2008 Quinn Clair (Baseball)                      Majida Fazal (X-Country/Track)

2009 Miles Wallace (Wrestling)                 Chloe Redman (Tennis)

2010 Demian Nelson (Diving)                    Alex Ramirez (Softball)

2011 Nic Lalanne (Water Polo)                   Kaysea Woods (Soccer)

2012 Malte Kramer (Basketball)                Ensley Allmon (Volleyball)

2013 Spencer Silva (Water Polo)                Julia Mills (X-Country/Track)

2014 Geoff Merker (Wrestling)                   Karissa Sternfels (Water Polo/Swim)

2015 John Sinclair (Wrestling)                   Molly Casey (Water Polo/Swim)

2016 Nick Rutckyj (Baseball)                    Keiley Hansen (Soccer)

2017 Modan Goldman (Wrestling)             Miranda Daschian ((X-Country/Track)

2018    Chandler Mankins (Water Polo/Swim & Dive)   Mia Viss (Water Polo/Swim & Dive)

2019   Iker Cruz (Basketball)                   Aundrea Mendoza (Soccer)

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