Hometown News: Placer grad receives Chernofsky award

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Matt Ralls of Auburn was awarded the Dr. Hal Chernofsky Memorial Award for distinguishing himself in the classroom and in sport at his college, CSU Monterey Bay. Ralls, who has a 3.3 GPA, is a senior at California State University, Monterey Bay. A starter on the baseball team, the left-handed outfielder hit .386 this season and scored 24 runs. Ralls struck out just eight times all season and had a .481 on base percentage. He was also solid in the field, with a .963 fielding percentage. Ralls is a graduate of Placer High and played baseball at Sierra College as well. The Chernofsky Award recognizes student athletes who have distinguished themselves in the Division II California Collegiate Athletic Association. Recipients are selected by their respective athletics department. The award is named after the late Dr. Hal Chernofsky, a long-time faculty athletics representative from CSU Dominguez Hills.