Menlo football’s Michele Canali was recently announced as a 2013 Capital One Academic All-America First Team College Division selection in a vote by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
The Capital on Academic All-America football team is comprised of student-athletes from the NAIA, Canadian and other two-year institutions.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his or her current institution and be nominated by his or her sports information director.
One of just 24 student-athletes in the U.S. and Canada to earn a place on the team, the senior defensive had a tremendously successful senior season that included 39 total tackles and a team-high 7.5 sacks as part of the 37th best defense in the nation.
His .800 sacks per game were good for a No. 18 ranking nationally while his 7.5 total sacks placed him at No. 21 in the country. The Parma, Italy native also led the team in fumbles recovered (2) and blocked kicks (1) while helping Menlo to a 5-5 record in 2013.
A business management major with a 3.87 GPA, Canali concluded his two-year stint at Menlo with 54 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks in 18 games played. He is the only player from a school located in the state of California to earn this accolade.
Canali joins men’s soccer’s Giuseppe Fratarolli as a Capital One Academic All-America selection. With the naming of Canali to the first team, Menlo becomes one of just five schools in the U.S. and Canada to place a player on both the football and soccer All-America teams.
The 24 members of the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America College Division Football team have a 3.80 average GPA.
Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honor on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions, I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
BASKETBALL IS HERE
The first basketball scores of the 2013-14 season are starting to come in.
The Menlo boys’ basketball team dropped a tough 60-42 season opener against Sacred Heart Cathedral in non-league play at home Monday night.
Menlo seniors Bobby Roth contributed 13 points and Ryan Young added 12 more.
The Irish came out with a 26-point first quarter and held a 14-point edge at the half. The Knights came within 10 in the fourth with free throws by Young and Roth, but Sacred Heart Cathedral’s David Parsons countered with consecutive shots.
Menlo hits the road for a matchup with St. Mary’s on Thursday and Salesian on Tuesday, Dec. 10. — a very tough two-game swing.