Former SMC baseball player Mark Teahen ’03 won the 2009 Hutch Award from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in November, and he will receive the award on Jan. 27 in Seattle.

The award is given to the Major League Baseball player who best exemplifies the courage and dedication of former pitcher and manager Fred Hutchinson, who died from cancer in 1964. As a Kansas City Royal, Teahen was a spokesman and fundraiser for a program that gave children with physical or mental challenges the chance to play baseball.

Teahen, now with the Chicago White Sox, will be the keynote speaker at the 2010 Saint Mary’s Baseball Meet The Players banquet on Jan. 31 in the Soda Center.

Former Saint Mary’s point guard Patrick Mills signed a contract with the Portland Trail Blazers and made the team’s 15-man roster for the 2009–10 NBA season.

Mills, who broke his foot during an NBA summer league practice, was the final player added to the Portland roster.
In two seasons at Saint Mary’s, Mills scored 950 points and averaged 16.4 points per game.

Saint Mary’s signed an agreement with IMG College to be a third-party sales representative for its athletic corporate sponsorship program.

"We are very pleased to enter into this strategic partnership with IMG,” says Athletic Director Mark Orr. "In addition to IMG’s wealth of knowledge and experience in revenue generation, we are equally excited about their commitment to our mission and core values. We firmly believe they are the right choice for Saint Mary’s College, as we look to bolster our corporate partner initiatives.”

SMC joins Gonzaga, Santa Clara and the West Coast Conference as partners with IMG College.

Three players from the women’s soccer team garnered All-West Coast Conference honors in fall 2009. Jessica Menzhuber was a First Team All-WCC selection, Daelyn Paul garnered honorable mention and all-freshman team selections, and Christina Tognetti garnered all-freshman honors team honors.

"It’s a great honor for these kids, and our program, to be selected to the all-conference teams,” said head women’s soccer coach Kai Edwards. "They all worked extremely hard for their teammates.”

In the WCC, Menzhuber finished the season tied for third in goals, fourth in points, and led the conference with 75 shots.

Saint Mary’s is again participating in the WCC and Zappos.com Shoe Drive. New and gently used shoes were collected at soccer and volleyball games, and collection bins will be at McKeon Pavilion for men’s and women’s basketball games.

Last year, the College collected more than 750 pairs of shoes. This year’s goal is 1,200.

The shoes will be distributed around the world through the nonprofit organization Soles4Souls.

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