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Yotes’ Mansanarez recognized academically

By Luke O’Roark | Post Register | @Lukeoroark
Four years at the College of Idaho treated Cole Mansanarez well.

Mansanarez (via College of Idaho Athletics)

Mansanarez, a former Blackfoot baseball player, was recently recognized by CoSIDA as a member of the 2017 Academic All-American College Division baseball team — the second time winning the academic honor. He also won the award his junior year at College of Idaho, the fourth Yote in school history to earn the recognition twice.

Mansanarez achieved a 3.95 GPA during his senior year, according to a PDF provided by CoSIDA’s website. He studied accounting.

The CoSIDA Academic All-American College Division baseball team is comprised of athletes from the NAIA, Canadian and JUCO programs, per a College of Idaho press release.

According to its mission statement, CoSIDA is the College Sports Information Directors of America — an organization of 3,000-plus college sports PR members from all levels of intercollegiate athletics.

“It’s definitely a huge honor,” Mansanarez told the Post Register over the phone Thursday. “That’s one thing, as soon as I got to school that was a goal of mine: to excel in the classroom as well as on the field.”

Mansanarez said time management was the biggest component of achieving on-and-off the mound success, enjoying the Yotes’ occasional 12-hour bus rides with homework.

He said he didn’t have trouble balancing the rigorous work load of school (College of Idaho is a private, liberal arts school in Caldwell) and playing 54 games as the Yotes’ designated hitter. He lead the Yotes in hits (64), home runs (9) and batting average (.380) in 2017.

“It’s definitely tough. It’s a huge time management thing,” Mansanarez said. “From bus trips to games at home to practices, there’s a lot commitment in terms of how far baseball goes. So being able to manage your time and get homework done, I think that’s the biggest thing. Putting priorities together and managing time.”

Graduating from Blackfoot in 2013, Mansanarez received honorable mention on the Post Register’s 2013 All-Area Baseball Team selections. His brother, Dylan, was the Post Register’s 2015 All-Area Baseball Player of the Year.

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