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Golden Nuggets, 6/4: Postseason Roundup

Cal sports are earning postseason honors and cleaning up on the recruiting front

Stony Brook v Virginia Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images

The California Golden Bears continue to make nationwide news even during the coronavirus shutdown of all sports. The Bears have made multiple All-American lists and seen several athletes be named to Academic or Athletic postseason awards lists.

The Bears also continue to stay hot on recruiting trails, no matter the sport.

The men’s basketball team finalized their recruiting class with the addition of Makale Foreman. [Read more about Foreman here] He’s a 6’1 transfer guard from Stony Brook who had a strong season in 2019-20.

The Bears women’s gymnastics team added a strong trio to their recruiting class as well this offseason. [Find more from these three here] Kennedy Quay, Elise Byun and Blake Gozashti each joined the program as Quay is a two-time Nastia Liukin Cup qualifier and silver Junior Olympic medalist. Byun is a two-time JO National qualifier and National Honor Society member while Gozashti finished fifth in the all-around back in 2017 in the NorCal State Championships.

In addition to the Johnson duo being named All-Americans, the track & field team wasn’t done there as Tess Callan was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team as well. [More on Callan can be read here] Callan held a 3.97 GPA in her mechanical engineering major this season and earned MPSF All-Academic honors after her terrific indoor season.

Then there was the four athletes who earned postgraduate scholarships. [Read more on these athletes here] Chen Yue on the women’s basketball team and Morgan Wright of the volleyball team each were rewarded the Oscar Geballe Award, annually given to the Cal student-athlete based on a combination of scholarship and athletic competition. Neomie Thomas on the women’s swimming team and Sam Ebstein of the men’s soccer team both graduated in 2018 and won the Pac-12 postgraduate scholarship that included a $9,000 stipend.

These student-athletes and Cal Bears making positive news during a time of tribulation in our country is extremely refreshing. Congrats and thanks for calling Berkeley home.