Esther Wofford Named Cal Pac Defender of the Year

Simpson University Sports News


REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University women’s basketball players Esther Wofford and Katie Lenik earned California Pacific Conference all-conference honors for their outstanding play in the 2015 season. Wofford was picked as Defender of the Year for her outstanding on-ball capabilities, but she also put up some impressive offensive numbers, averaging 15.5 points and over five rebounds per game. She also earned first team all-conference honors. Lenik received honorable mention honors.

Wofford was joined on the first team by Cal Maritime’s Karissa Booker and Joie Camalo, UC Merced's Christina Castro, Menlo’s Laurel Donnenwirth, Amber Lane, Aaliyah Sowards, La Sierra’s Faith Fantroy and Tina Fantroy, and Pacific Union’s Amber Washington. Donnenwirth was unanimously selected Player of the Year; Tina Fantroy was named Newcomer of the Year; and Castro was selected as Freshman of the Year.

In addition to Lenik, Menlo’s Jacki Bateman and Vanessa D'Amico, UC Merced’s Courtney Danna and Shelby Howard, and Pacific Union’s Kaitlyn Knab earned honorable mention honors.

Cal Maritime head coach Mike Warrington was voted the Coach of the Year by his peers after guiding the Keelhaulers to the best record in program history and a second-place finish behind Menlo.

  • PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Laurel Donnenwirth (Menlo)
  • DEFENDER OF THE YEAR: Esther Wofford (Simpson)
  • NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Tina Fantroy (La Sierra)
  • FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Christina Castro (UC Merced)
  • COACH OF THE YEAR: Mike Warrington (Cal Maritime)

First Team All-Cal Pac

Player School Year Position Height
Karissa Booker Cal Maritime SR G 5'6"
Joie Camalo Cal Maritime JR G 5'8"
Christina Castro UC Merced FR G 5'3"
Laurel Donnenwirth Menlo SR F 5'10"
Faith Fantroy La Sierra SR G 5'9"
Tina Fantroy La Sierra SR G 5'9"
Amber Lane Menlo SR G 5'5"
Aaliyah Sowards Menlo SR G 5'6"
Amber Washington Pacific Union SR F 6'0"
Esther Wofford Simpson SO G 5'6"

Second Team All-Cal Pac

Player School Year Position Height
Toni Anaya Cal Maritime SR F 6'0"
Ariel Barnes Pacific Union SR F 5'7"
Kristen Brummett La Sierra JR F 6'0"
Brittany Martinez UC Merced SO C 6'2"
Alexis Wu UC Merced SR G 5'4"

Honorable Mention All-Cal Pac

Player School Year Position Height
Jacki Bateman Menlo JR F 5'10"
Vanessa D'Amico Menlo JR G 5'8"
Courtney Danna UC Merced SO G 5'6"
Shelby Howard UC Merced JR G 5'4"
Kaitlyn Knab Pacific Union SR G 5'6"
Katie Lenik Simpson SR F 6'0"


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