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Monday, March 27, 2006

Yoder, El Zanaty earn NAIA national honor

Nate Yoder and Moustafa El Zanaty, who helped the Sunbirds men's basketball team to only their second winning record in nine seasons, have booth been named to the 2006 NAIA All America Scholar Athlete team.

El Zanaty, a junior guard, appeared in 27 games for the Sunbirds and averaged 10.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per contest. This despite having knee surgery during the Christmas break. He was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, but grew in and now call Montreal his home. He is appeared in 27 games for the Sunbirds and averaged 10.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per contest.

Yoder, a junior guard, is a native of Lakewood, Colorado. He appeared in 28 games and contributed 3.6 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

Under first year head coach Clark Sheehy, El Zanaty and Yoder helped the Sunbirds to a 15-13 record, their first winning season since 2002-03 (17-15) and second since 1996-97 (17-13).

Yoder will graduate in May while El Zanaty will return ion the fall for his senior season. Both are business administration majors.

The NAIA All-America Scholar Athlete award is limited to student athletes who have reached junior year academic standing, have made a significant athletic contribution to their team and earned a grade-point average of 3.50 or higher (on a 4.00 scale).

FPU Men's Basketball Scholar Athlete list

FPU NAIA All-America Scholar Athlete list

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Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. Each year more than 2,000 traditional and adult students attend classes on the 42-acre main campus in southeast Fresno or centers in Visalia and Bakersfield. The university also reaches 12,000 students across the nation and around the world through professional development studies programs. The only four-year Christian university in the Central Valley, FPU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked in the top quarter among Western universities master's category by U.S. News & World Report.

Opponent - Score - Record
Westminster T
Westminster T
Idaho State
Fresno State
DOMINICAN
GOLDEN STATE BAP
Dominican
NORTRE DAME
California Baptist *
CONCORDIA *
LIFE PACIFIC
CSU Monterey Bay
Holy Names
Westmont *
PT LOMA NAZ *
Biola *
VANGUARD *
The Master's *
AZUSA PACIFIC *
San Diego Chr *
HOPE INTER *
Concordia *
CAL BAPTIST *
WESTMONT *
Pt Loma Naz *
BIOLA *
Vanguard *
THE MASTER'S *
Azusa Pacific *
SAN DIEGO CHR *
Hope International *
* GSAC contest

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