Five Rebels Voted Best of Las Vegas
March 21, 2000
LAS VEGAS - Five UNLV student-athletes and coaches were voted as the "Best of Las Vegas" in various categories by the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Sunday.
Three basketball players were among the Rebels honored by the newspaper. Junior Kaspars Kambala was the readers' choice as Las Vegas' Best Male College Athlete after leading the Runnin' Rebels in scoring and rebounding this season. Kambala was a first-team All-MWC selection.
The staff of the Review-Journal thought senior point guard Mark Dickel, who led the nation in assists with a 9.1 per-game average, was a better choice for Best Male College Athlete. Dickel was an honorable mention All-America (AP) selection and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Mountain West Conference Tournament.
Sophomore standout Linda Fröhlich was chosen Best Female College Athlete by both the readers and the staff of the paper. Fröhlich earned honorable mention All-America honors as well as the MWC's Player of the Year award after leading the league in both scoring and rebounding.
Two UNLV coaches - football coach John Robinson and men's basketball coach Bill Bayno - were also named in the poll. The readers voted Robinson Best Local Coach after he guided UNLV to a 3-8 record in his first season. Under Robinson, the 1999 UNLV football team won as many games as the team had won in the two previous seasons combined and ended a 16-game overall losing streak and 26-game road losing streak.
Bayno was selected by the Review-Journal staff as the Most Stylish Las Vegan.
Sunday's poll marked the 19th poll conducted annually by the Review-Journal.