And the Winner is... Bulldog Athletics Celebrates the Best of the Best at the Golden Bone Awards

Photo credit: Halie West
Photo credit: Halie West


The University of Redlands, Bulldog Athletics, and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted the 2017 Golden Bone Awards on Sunday evening in a celebratory, ESPY-like event.  After logging more than 300 votes, the winners of the awards were announced.

BONEYARD: A workhorse, someone who works extremely hard in the weight room and in practice, always giving their best effort day in and day out

Lacey Bjorndal – women's lacrosse

Mitchell Walker – men's water polo


STANDOUT: MVP, someone who showcases exceptional talent on the field/court/course/track/pool

Alison Smith – women's track & field

Mitch Shepherd – football


THURBER AWARD: Someone who represents everything the University of Redlands is about, a fantastic representation of your team and the university

Shayla Funk – women's soccer

Patrick Neville – football


TEAM CLOWN:  Someone who is always laughing, cracking jokes, and having a great time, contagious energy and humor

Chum Alvarez-Zakson – women's water polo

Kyle Wallau – baseball


MOST INSPIRATIONAL: Someone who inspires their teammates on a daily basis, pushes their teammates to be the best that they can be and someone whom their teammates look up to 

Hayley Romo – women's soccer and softball

Colin Zaccagnio – men's soccer


MOST ATHLETIC: Can be the same as the Standout Award, but can also be someone who demonstrates a wide variety of skills and talents to help their team as much as they can

Claire Stuhr – women's swimming & diving

Afari La-Anyane – men's track & field


MOST IMPROVED: For the individual, please nominate the student-athlete that you feel improved the most from last season to this season

Reyna Ta'amu – women's basketball

Matias Lazo-Fanning – men's soccer


SIDEKICK AWARD: Everyone's friend, someone who can't help but put a smile on everyone's faces, a great teammate and person to be around

Leah Bolin – women's swimming & diving

Henry Stuckenschmidt – men's swimming & diving


DOUBLE-DAWG AWARD (dual-sport):

Hayley Romo – women's soccer and softball

Kyle Kabeary – football/baseball



Brent Vihlene, Assistant Equipment Manager, and friend to all



Men's Soccer - U of R vs. No. 1 University of Chicago. This season in the Round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament they played the undefeated, #1 team in the country, University of Chicago. The game was played at the University of Chicago in 30-degree weather with a wind chill that made it feel like 20 degrees. Chicago had only given up five goals all season and we went up 3-1 with about 20 minutes left to play and ultimately defeated the No. 1 team in the country, 3-2, to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals.



Women's Volleyball - The team doubled its wins for the second season in a row, finishing with a 13-14 record and the most wins since 2010.  From last season, the team improved in kills, kills per set, aces, assists, digs, digs per set, and hitting percentage.  The Bulldogs jumped over 150 spots in the Hero Sports rankings from the start of the season to the finish.   Furthermore, the team achieved additional statistical successes, including the most aces since the 2006 season with 227 and the highest hitting percentage since 2010 at .175. 



Men's Soccer - U of R vs. Washington U. In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the Bulldogs were down two goals in the second half with only 20 minutes left.  Casey ChubbFertal scored two header goals off corner kicks that were served by Isaac Bogart to tie the game.  The team ultimately advanced on penalty kicks to the second round of the NCAA tournament.