SSU Notebook: Golf standout Heller an All-American


Finishing at the top of her game, Sonoma State golfer Spencer Heller was named to the NCAA Div. II All-American team and also gained a spot on the Academic All-District Team.

On the men’s side, Alex Marry recently was named to the All-Conference squad.

For the third consecutive year, the National Golf Coaches Association picked Heller as one of the nation’s top women collegiate players. Heller joins seven other Div. II golfers on the Div. II first team All-America squad. She was honorable mention as both a freshman and a sophomore.

Heller’s academic award — named to the Capital One Div. II Academic All-District team — recognizes top college student athletes and puts her in contention for national honors.

A junior from Turlock, she capped a great season by sharing individual medalist honors at the NCAA Div. II women’s Super Regional to earn a spot in the national championships. Making her third appearance in the finals, Heller finished eighth at the Persimmon Ridge Golf Course in Louisville, Ky.

Already the Seawolves career leader in stroke average, Heller shot even better this season, averaging 75.2 per round. Four of Heller’s five career tournament wins came this season.

Also a junior, Marry was named to the California Collegiate Athletic Association All-Conference team for the first time.

Marry, a junior from San Clemente, averaged 75.2 this season.


The future appears bright for the SSU women’s water polo team with three returning players earning All-Conference honors.

Receiving the Western Water Polo Association Co-Newcomer of the Year award was junior goalie Ariel Lockshaw.

Another junior, Laura Kunz, and freshman Brittny Hummel were selected to the honorable mention and freshman teams, respectively.

Defending the Seawolves cage this season, Lockshaw led the nation with 305 saves and she’s just 22 saves away from the Sonoma State career record. In 29 matches this season, the Placentia native recorded double-digit saves 18 times.

Lockshaw earned a WWPA Co-Player of the Week honor.

Scoring six goals on the season earned Kunz, from Sacramento, honorable mention. Valuable all over the water in three seasons, Kunz has totaled 38 assists, 60 steals, and 33 knockouts.

Hummel, a Santa Barbara native ein her first year, netted 12 goals and handed out a team-high 20 assists. She added 15 steals.

The three standouts should anchor an improved Sonoma State squad next season. The Seawolves finished 10-23 this past campaign.