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Brittany Cary, Cody Fredenburg Named American Southwest Conference 2003-04 Athletes of the Year
June 15, 2004

RICHARDSON, Texas ----- NCAA Division III national golf champion Brittany Cary of McMurry University and record-setting quarterback Cody Fredenburg of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor have been selected as the 2003-04 American Southwest Conference Athletes of the Year.

Brittany Cary Cody Fredenburg

Brittany Cary of McMurry University and Cody Fredenburg of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor have been selected as the 2003-04 American Southwest Conference Athletes of the Year. Cary turned in arguably the most dominating women's golf performance the ASC has seen in recent years, and Fredenburg capped his collegiate football career as a finalist for the Gagliardi Trophy.

The American Southwest Conference Athlete of the Year award recognizes the male and female student-athlete whose athletic accomplishments have contributed to their sport, their institution’s overall athletic program and to the conference for the 2003-04 year. Each ASC member institution nominates their campus Athlete of the Year award recipients to the conference-wide ballot with the winners selected by the ASC sports information directors and selected media. This is the fifth year the American Southwest Conference has presented Athlete of the Year awards.

McMurry University junior golfer Brittany Cary (Sylvester, Texas) turned in arguably the most dominating performance the American Southwest Conference has seen in recent years, winning medalist honors in all six spring 2004 tournaments she played, including the ASC Championships in April and the NCAA Division III individual title in May. Cary’s NCAA crown was a stunning victory as she came from behind to win by shooting an NCAA Championships round record-tying 71 (2-under) for a tournament total 314. Cary was tied at 30th (+9) after day one, tied at ninth (+8) after day two and, on the final day, trailed by five shots after the front nine. Her 77.79-stroke average led the ASC and ranked in the top three nationally.

Cary, named a finalist for the Honda NCAA Div. III Athlete of the Year by the Collegiate Women’s Sports Awards organization, is the National Golf Coaches of America (NGCA) Division III Women’s Player of the Year. She claimed All-America First Team citation by the NGCA and the NCAA, and was a member of the ASC All-Conference First Team. In the Golfstat final 2004 season statistics, Cary led NCAA Div. III in par-4 and par-5 scoring and was second in par-3 in addition to leading McMurry to a No. 27 national ranking.

Starting quarterback at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor for four seasons, senior Cody Fredenburg (Belton, Texas) capped his collegiate career as a finalist for the Gagliardi Trophy, presented to the outstanding Division III football player in the country. Fredenburg earned ASC 2003 Offensive Player of the Year honors after throwing for 1,535 yards and 14 touchdowns, and rushing for 525 yards and four touchdowns to lead the conference and rank fifth nationally in pass efficiency.

Fredenburg directed UMHB to the ASC tri-championship in 2003 (9-1, 8-1 ASC). He was named to both the ASC All-Conference First Team and Football Gazette All-South Region Third Team. He is a three-time ASC All-Academic award recipient.

In Fredenburg’s four years as starting quarterback the Crusaders compiled a 36-5 overall record, won a share of two conference titles (2002, ’03) and made two trips to the NCAA Division III Football Championship (2001, ’02). Fredenburg holds every major UMHB passing record and is second on the school’s all-time rushing list. He accounted for more than 7,000 yards of offense in his career and was responsible for 60 touchdowns.

2003-04 AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
Male: Cody Fredenburg, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (football, senior)
Female: Brittany Cary, McMurry University (golf, junior)

Institution Athletes of the Year / ASC Athlete of the Year Nominees

Austin College

  • Matt Reed (Jr., Plano, Texas); Football / Austin College
    Matt Reed, the 2003-04 Austin College Male Athlete of the Year, was a vital part of the Austin College 2003 football program. Reed started in three positions -- kick returner, punt returner and defensive back -- and was selected All-ASC Honorable Mention. Reed led both the conference and team in punt return average, running back one punt for a touchdown to claim October 18 D3Football.com National Team of the Week (special team) and co-ASC Special Teams Player of the Week awards. Reed led Austin College in interceptions and kick return yards, and was second on the team in all-purpose yards despite not playing a down on offense. Reed is a psychology major.
  • Tresy Ross (Sr., Midwest City, Okla.); Soccer / Austin College
    The 2003-04 Austin College Female Athlete of the Year, Tresy Ross, is an athlete whose name has become synonymous with Austin College soccer. Ross was recognized by the conference coaches with her third All-Conference and All-East Division citations along with a third ASC East Division Player of the Year award. For the 2003 season, Ross led the league in goals (19/17) and points (40/36) in overall and conference-only matches, and finished the year No. 29 in goals per game among all NCAA Div. III players. She was named October 20 ASC East Offensive Player of the Week following a five-goal, one-assist weekend vs. LeTourneau and East Texas Baptist. Ross holds school career records of 162 points and 73 goals. Ross is a three-time ASC All-Academic award recipient who has claimed CoSIDA District and National Soccer Coaches Association of America academic awards during her career. Ross is a chemistry and exercise/sport science major.

Concordia University at Austin

  • Timmothy Gardner (Sr., Deer Park, Texas); Baseball / Concordia University at Austin
    In his four years at Concordia University at Austin, Tim Gardner has proven to be an avid student, athlete, and school representative. On the baseball field, Tim helped lead the Tornados to a share of the ASC West Division title and a berth in the ASC Baseball Championship Tournament. He finished as the second-leading hitter in the West Division (.435) and carried an overall season batting average of .351 with 52 runs batted in and 14 home runs. He capped his final season earning ASC West Division First (designated hitter) and Second Team (catcher) awards and NCAA Div. III All-West Region First Team (catcher) honors through the American Baseball Coaches Association. Gardner is a two-time ASC All-Academic selection, the 2003-04 CUA Sportsmanship Award recipient and served as president of the university’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (2002-04).
  • Tiara Sanders (Sr., Arlington, Texas); Basketball / Concordia University at Austin
    A tri-captain for the Concordia University at Austin women’s basketball team in 2003-04, Tiara Sanders completed her collegiate career averaging 7.3 points and 6.0 rebounds in a starting role this season. She earned nomination from the CUA coaching staff for the conference’s West Division Defensive Player of the Year award. A member of the national academic honorary Alpha Chi, Sanders carried the highest grade-point average on the Tornados’ squad and is a three-time ASC All-Academic selection, an Academic Dean’s List student and a cum laude graduate with a degree in kinesiology.

East Texas Baptist University

  • Tyrone Robinson (Sr., Williston, Fla.); Football / East Texas Baptist University
    Tyrone Robinson ended his four-year athletic career at East Texas Baptist in fine style, helping the Tigers to their first ASC championship and a second-round NCAA Championships appearance in only the fourth year of the program. Robinson was a four-year starter, the last three at cornerback, and was recognized as one of the most outstanding student-athlete leaders on campus by earning the prestigious Top Tiger Award in 2003-04, given to the ETBU athlete who best exemplifies Christian leadership and integrity. Robinson earned All-ASC recognition in 2003, finishing with 40 tackles, two interceptions and a team-high eight pass breakups. He was also one of the fastest players on the team, clocking a blistering 4.2 in the 40-yard dash last spring.
  • Angela Gonzales (Sr., Magnolia, Texas); Softball / East Texas Baptist University
    Angela Gonzales, a four-year starter for East Texas Baptist softball, capped her final season by leading the Lady Tigers to a fifth straight ASC Championship, the ASC East Division title, a third consecutive NCAA Regional berth and a No. 1 ranking in the last regular-season NFCA Coaches poll. Gonzales batted .500 against conference-only competition, finishing the overall season hitting .453 with 10 home runs, 12 doubles, three triples and 50 RBIs. The catcher was selected by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association for a third All-America First Team and fourth All-West Region awards. The ASC coaches voted Gonzales as East Division Player of the Year for a second straight season, and placed her on both the All-Conference and All-East teams. Gonzales ranks in the top three in eight ETBU career statistical offensive categories, including the RBIs record. She was named female recipient of the ETBU Top Tiger Award in 2003-04, given to the student-athlete who best exemplifies Christian leadership, integrity and athletic achievement on campus.

Hardin-Simmons University

  • Chris Phillips (Sr., Salem, Ore.); Golf / Hardin-Simmons University
    Chris Phillips represented Hardin-Simmons and the ASC as an individual player at the 2004 NCAA Div. III Golf Championships after leading the conference stroke-average (74.40) for the spring season. At the national tournament, Phillips carded a 312 over four rounds (+24) to finish tied for 62nd. The Golf Coaches Association named the senior to its All-America Honorable Mention team, making Phillips the first HSU Division III golf All-American since 2000. He finished the year ranked No. 9 in Par 4 scoring (4.20) in the Golfstat Div. III national listing. Phillips shot a one-under par 143 to win medalist honors at the NCAA District VI Tournament in early April. Phillips was twice selected as ASC Men’s Golfer of the Week during the 2004 season.
  • Lauren Harris (Sr., Stephenville, Texas); Basketball / Hardin-Simmons University
    Lauren Harris, a three-year starting forward, led Hardin-Simmons to the NCAA Championships Elite Eight and a seventh straight ASC Championship in 2003-04 while averaging 15.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and totaling 92 assists. A First Team Kodak All-America selection by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, Harris connected on 84-of-211 (.398) three-point field goals to finish the season ranked No. 22 in Div. III field goal percentage. Harris was voted ASC All-Conference and All-West Division First Team by the league coaches after leading the ASC in three-point field goals and ranked second in three-point field goal percentage and 10th in scoring. She was listed on the D3Hoops.com All-South Region Second Team. She is a three-time ASC All-Academic award recipient. Hardin-Simmons finished the season ranked sixth by the WBCA and No. 10 by D3Hoops.com.

Howard Payne University

  • Benny West (Sr., Dallas, Texas); Basketball / Howard Payne University
    Benny West claimed the ASC career scoring record (1,906 points/all games) while leading the ASC West Division in scoring (25.3 ppg), rebounding (11.0 rpg) and steals average (5.29) in 2003-04. West shared the ASC West Division Player of the Year award, won his second West Division Defensive Player of the Year award, and was named to the ASC All-Conference and West Division First Team. West capped his season with selection to the D3Hoops.com All-America Third Team and All-South Region First Team. For the overall season, West won the NCAA Div. III steals average title (4.6 ave.), ranked 10th in scoring (23.4 ppg) and was among the nation’s top 80 players in rebound average (38th, 9.3 ave.) and field goal percentage (76th, .542). In 2003-04, West was five times named ASC West Player of the Week and was twice a member of the D3Hoops.com Team of the Week.
  • Lindsey Cantrell (Sr., Bowie, Texas); Basketball / Howard Payne University
    Captain of the Howard Payne basketball team, Lindsey Cantrell led the Lady Jackets to a runner-up ASC West Division finish, a spot in the ASC Championship Tournament and a berth in the conference title game. Cantrell, who finished tournament play with 20 points and 19 rebounds, was named to the conference championship all-tournament team. The forward averaged 7.0 points and 4.1 rebounds for the season, earning selection to the ASC West Division Honorable Mention team. A Dean’s List student, Cantrell is a three-time ASC All-Academic award recipient. She served on the HPU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

LeTourneau University

  • Tim Dygert (Sr., Alamogordo, N.M.); Basketball / LeTourneau University
    Senior Tim Dygert, a four-year starter with the LeTourneau basketball team, averaged a team-high 6.1 rebounds, 9.8 points, and totaled 67 assists in his final collegiate season (2003-04) to earn a spot on the ASC East Division Honorable Mention list. Dygert ranked 16th in NCAA Div. III free throw percentage stats (.873), finishing second in the ASC from the line. A captain for the past two seasons, his leadership is especially apparent on the non-glamorous defensive side where Dygert has been named ASC East Division Defensive Player of the Year in each of the last two years. A May 2004 graduate in management information systems, Dygert serves in the United States Marine Reserves and has balanced that commitment with his studies and playing collegiate basketball. One Saturday this season he had a five-mile run at his base in Dallas and drove back to Longview arriving just before game time, where he scored 23 points and had double-digit rebounds.
  • Stephanie Ray (Sr., Gilmer, Texas); Softball / LeTourneau University
    Senior Stephanie Ray, co-captain of the LeTourneau softball team, completed her collegiate career holding 12 all-time and seven season school records, including hits, home runs, RBIs and stolen bases. Ray hit .308 with 21 RBIs and seven home runs for the 2004 season, earning ASC East Division Second Team honors. Ray’s home run average ranked No. 1 in the National Christian College Athletic Association’s Div. I final season statistics. An English secondary education major, Ray is an ASC All-Academic award recipient. She served as vice-president of the campus Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for her last two years.

Louisiana College

  • Wayne Davis (Sr., Garrison, Texas); Football / Louisiana College
    Louisiana College senior running back Wayne Davis capped what has been one of the most prolific football careers in American Southwest Conference history. Davis led ASC regular-season rushing for the second time in his career, running for 1,368 yards over 10 games to break the ASC career rushing record with 3,468 yards. Davis rushed for 13 touchdowns and averaged 7.8 points a game, both ranking second in the conference. Three times in the 2003 season Davis rushed for over 200 yards, including an October 11 performance against McMurry when he shattered the ASC and Louisiana collegiate (all divisions) single-game rushing record with 322 yards. In that game Davis tied the ASC record for rushing touchdowns (4) and became the first ASC athlete to be recognized by Sports Illustrated in its "Faces in the Crowd" section. Davis was selected All-ASC Second Team, All-Louisiana Honorable Mention, D3Football.com Team of the Week, National Weekly Football Gazette Offensive Player of the Week, and ASC Offensive Player of the Week during the season.
  • Patrece Carter (Sr., Winnfield, La.); Basketball / Louisiana College
    Patrece Carter capped a very successful four-year career at Louisiana College with a record-setting senior season. Carter, a four year starter for the Lady Wildcats, finished fourth in NCAA Div. III and topped ASC scoring with a 22.0-point average. She led team scorers in 20 of 25 games, pouring-in 30 or more points in four games. Carter finished her collegiate career with 1,695 points. Against Texas-Tyler, Carter tied the LC record for points in a game (45) and set the school and tied the ASC record for single-game field goals (18). For the season, Carter averaged 7.0 rebounds, shot .506 from the field and .784 from the free throw line. She was voted to the ASC All-Conference and ASC East Division First Team, D3Hoops.com All-South Region, and was twice named to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week. Carter is a three-time ASC All-Academic award recipient.

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

  • Cody Fredenburg (Sr., Belton, Texas); Football / University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
    Cody Fredenburg, a four-year starting quarterback at Mary Hardin-Baylor, capped his collegiate career as a finalist for the Gagliardi Trophy, presented to the outstanding Division III football player in the country. Fredenburg earned 2003 ASC Offensive Player of the Year honors after throwing for 1,535 yards and 14 touchdowns, and rushing for 525 yards and four TDs to lead the ASC and rank fifth nationally in pass efficiency. Fredenburg, who directed UMHB to the ASC tri-championship (9-1, 8-1 ASC), was ASC All-Conference First Team and Football Gazette All-South Region Third Team. In his four years as starting quarterback the Crusaders compiled a 36-5 overall record, won a share of two conference titles and made two trips to the NCAA Division III National Championships. Fredenburg holds every major UMHB passing record and is second on the school’s all-time rushing list. He accounted for more than 7,000 yards of offense in his career and was responsible for 60 touchdowns. He is a three-time ASC All-Academic award recipient.
  • Jennifer Pietrowski (So., Buda, Texas); Softball / University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
    Two-year starting first baseman Jennifer Pietrowski rewrote the Mary Hardin-Baylor softball record book in 2004, earning NFCA All-America Third-Team, NFCA All-West Region, ASC All-Conference and ASC All-Division honors in the process. Pietrowski set UMHB season records with 12 home runs--shattering the old season mark of four, 38 RBIs, 12 doubles and an .844 slugging percentage. She batted .404 and made just two errors during the season. Pietrowski led the Crusaders to the ASC Softball Championship Tournament for the sixth straight season. The sophomore was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VI First Team and earned Academic All-Conference honors. She ranked in the top five in the conference in four major offensive categories, tying for 10th in league batting average. Through the month of May, Pietrowski ranks fifth in home runs per game and 14th in slugging percentage among all NCAA Div. III players.

McMurry University

  • Cody Brotherton (Jr., Stratford, Texas); Track & Field / McMurry University
    A three-year junior-eligible member of the McMurry track and field team, Cody Brotherton won the NCAA individual title in the outdoor shot put and placed third indoor, earning all-America accolades at each NCAA Championship. Brotherton was named the Male MVP for the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Region. Nationally-ranked in three events in 2004, Brotherton was an All-Conference performer after capturing first place both in the shot put and discus and placing second in the hammer. Brotherton broke his own ASC shot put record with a throw of 59-3 and owns the top 10 indoor/outdoor shot put marks in McMurry history as well as several conference career-bests. Brotherton was named the 2003-04 ASC Male Sportsmanship Award winner. A communications major, Brotherton is a two-time ASC All-Academic award winner and is a candidate for CoSIDA Academic All-District honors.
  • Brittany Cary (Sr., Sylvester, Texas); Golf / McMurry University
    McMurry golfer Brittany Cary turned in arguably the most dominating performance the American Southwest Conference has seen in recent years, winning medalist honors in all six spring tournaments she played, including the ASC Championships in April and the NCAA Division III title in May. Cary’s NCAA crown was a stunning victory as she came from behind to win it by shooting an NCAA Championships round record-tying 71 (-2) for a tournament total 314. Cary was tied at 30th (+9) after day one, tied at ninth (+8) after day two and, on the final day, trailed by five shots after the front nine. Her 77.79-stroke average led the ASC and ranked in the top three nationally. In the Golfstat season final statistics, Cary led Div. III in par 4 and par 5 scoring and was second in par 3. Cary’s postseason accolades include ASC All-Conference First Team, NGCA and NCAA-III All-America, NGCA Division III Women’s Player of the Year and finalist for the Honda NCAA III Athlete of the Year by the Collegiate Women’s Sports Awards organization. Cary three times earned ASC Women’s Golfer of the Week accolades. A team leader, she helped the Lady Indians to a No. 27 national ranking.

Mississippi College

  • Derek Tillman (Sr., Long Beach, Miss.); Baseball / Mississippi College
    Senior closer Derek Tillman had one of the best statistical seasons in all of NCAA Division III in 2004, leading the country in saves with 11 and leading Mississippi College to a 31-12 record. Tillman earned All-West Region Second Team and ASC All-East Division Second Team honors. In 24 appearances and 34.0 innings over the season, Tillman posted a 4-1 record, 1.06 earned run average, struck out 53, allowed 17 hits and 8 walks. Opponents batted .146. Tillman was unhittable after allowing three earned runs in the first two weeks of the season. In his final 29 1/3 innings, he posted a .031 earned run average allowing one earned run, 10 hits, 47 strikeouts and five walks. Opponents batted .104 during that stretch. In late May Tillman signed a professional contract with the Florida Marlins and reported to the Marlins Single-A ball club in Jupiter, Fla.
  • Lacey Palomarez (So., Brookhaven, Miss.); Basketball / Mississippi College
    Sophomore forward Lacey Palomarez led Mississippi College to its second consecutive ASC East Division title and earned ASC East Division Player of the Year, ASC All-Conference and East Division First Team, and ASC Championship All-Tournament honors in the process. Palomarez averaged an MC-record 19.9 points a game in 2003-04, breaking the 1,000-point career plateau and moving at a pace to eclipse the all-time Lady Choctaw scoring record. Palomarez topped MC scoring in 20 of 26 games, netting 20 or more points in nine games with a season-high 37 points vs. Huntingdon in December. Palomarez finished 16th in Div. III and second in ASC scoring averaging, ranked among the top 50 in Div. III field goal and free throw percentages, and listed 12th in ASC rebounding average (7.5). She was selected to the D3hoops.com All-South Region First Team -- one of only four sophomores across the country to earn first team all-region honors.

University of the Ozarks

  • Ricky Herrera (Sr., Las Cruces, N.M.); Soccer / University of the Ozarks
    One of the most dynamic offensive scoring threats in the ASC over the last four seasons, Ricky Herrera capped a brilliant soccer career by garnering NSCAA All-America, CoSIDA Academic All-District VI, ASC All-Conference, ASC East Division First Team and ASC All-Academic honors while leading Ozarks to the 2003 ASC Soccer Championship and the school’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Div. III Men’s Soccer Championship. In 2003, team captain Herrera set UO career records in goals (54), games played (83) and game-winning goals (14). Perhaps the biggest goal of his career came in the 2003 ASC Championship title match when he nailed a clutch game-tying goal and propelled the Eagles to a 2-1 win. The four-time all-conference performer finished this season ranked in the ASC’s top 10 in goals (10) and points (24). During his time at Ozarks, Herrera led his team to an unprecedented four conference tournament appearances and an impressive 59-24-2 record. The business administration major is a three-time ASC All-Academic award recipient.
  • Mandi Carter (So., Clarksville, Ark.); Basketball-Soccer / University of the Ozarks
    Mandi Carter turned into one of the top basketball players in the ASC and became a reliable contributor on the soccer team at Ozarks during 2003-04. On the court, Carter earned ASC All-East Division First Team honors after averaging 16 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. She was a solid inside force recording eight double-doubles and was the team’s leading scorer in 16 games. She ranked in the top 15 in ASC scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage. Proving to be Ozarks’ go-to player, she led her team in numerous statistical categories including scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and blocked shots. Carter played in 18 matches for the UO soccer squad and her 6-1 athletic frame allowed her to effectively play the fast-paced forward position. She earned ASC All-Academic honors.

Schreiner University

  • McAlister Southern (Sr., Midland, Texas); Soccer / Schreiner University ;
    A four-year starter and two-time team captain, McAlister Southern proved herself among the top American Southwest Conference student-athletes. A defender on the soccer field who competed in 66 career matches for Schreiner, Southern was voted to the ASC West Division First Team, her second straight placement on the top division honor squad and fourth all-division citation. She was three times named her team’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year and earned ASC All-Academic citation three seasons. Southern was a member of the SU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, earned Academic Dean’s List honors every semester and graduated with a degree in psychology.

Sul Ross State University

  • Larry Morales (Sr., El Paso, Texas); Basketball / Sul Ross State University
    Larry Morales, an All-ASC selection in men's basketball, completed his Sul Ross State basketball career helping the Lobos to a berth in the NCAA Div. III Sweet Sixteen, the ASC Championship and a second consecutive ASC West Division title in 2003-04. SRSU was ranked 25th in the season’s final D3Hoops.com Div. III poll. Named as the Most Valuable Player for the ASC Championship Tournament as well as the SRSU team, Morales led Lobos’ scoring with a 14.5-point average and finished with 1,287 points for his collegiate career. He also collected 81 assists, shot .754 from the free throw line (10th in the ASC), and ranked 51st in NCAA Div. III in steals per game (2.4 ave.).
  • April Ramirez (Sr., Corpus Christi, Texas); Basketball / Sul Ross State University
    April Ramirez, the ASC West Division Women's Basketball Player of the Year, claimed her fourth consecutive Sul Ross State team Most Valuable Player award after leading the Lady Lobos to a 15-9 record, their first winning campaign in eight years. Ramirez led the ASC in rebounding two straight years and this season set new SRSU career marks in points (1,526); rebounds (871); steals (328); field goals made (582) and attempted (1,380). She also holds school season marks in steals and rebounds. Against ASC competition, Ramirez averaged 17.1 points (4th) and 10.4 rebounds (1st), claiming ASC All-Conference and West Division First Team awards. She ranked No. 22 in NCAA Div. III scoring (19.2 ppg), No. 32 steals average (3.5) and No. 33 rebounding (10.7 rpg).

University of Texas at Dallas

  • Anthony Adler (Sr., Dallas, Texas); Baseball / University of Texas at Dallas
    Senior right-hander Anthony Adler led a pitching staff that helped UT Dallas to its first ASC East Division title and ABCA Top 30 ranking, a second straight ASC Baseball Championship Tournament spot and conference championship title game berth. A transfer into the UTD program, Adler was voted to both ASC East Division Pitcher and Newcomer of the Year awards after compiling a 4-0 record with 2.37 ERA over 38 innings vs. the East Division hitters. Adler finished the overall season with an 8-0 record with a 1.99 ERA and 60 strikeouts over 68 innings, helping UTD to a No. 14 ranking in the mid-May NCAA Div. III earned run average listing. Adler was named to the ABCA All-West Region Second Team.
  • Candace Felts (Sr., Lewisville, Texas); Softball / University of Texas at Dallas
    Candace Felts was one of the original members of the UT Dallas softball program formed three years ago. Felts led the Comets to a pair of ASC Softball Championship Tournament appearances, including a berth in the 2004 conference title game. Felts, the leading UTD hitter for two of her three seasons, batted .303 with 19 RBIs and eight extra-base hits. She ranked 15th among ASC East Division hitters, earning her second ASC East Division First Team selection.

University of Texas at Tyler

  • Brandon Weasby (Fr., Houston, Texas); Basketball / University of Texas at Tyler
    Playing on the inaugural UT Tyler basketball squad, Brandon Weasby led the Patriots to a sixth-place finish in the ASC East Division. The first-year guard led UT Tyler scoring averaging 16.7 points while shooting .476 from the floor, and scored a Patriot single-game record 29 points in an overtime loss at LeTourneau in late February. Weasby, the top-scoring freshman vs. the conference (17.6 ppg), was voted ASC East Division Co-Freshman of the Year and earned places on both the East Division Freshman Team and East Division Second Team.
  • RaTonya Hunter (Fr., Athens, Texas); Basketball / University of Texas at Tyler
    Point guard for the inaugural UT Tyler women’s basketball squad, RaTonya Hunter embraced her role offensively and defensively. The second-leading scorer on the Patriots squad (11.5 ppg), Hunter piled up 115 assists and 74 steals. She topped Patriot game assists 16 times and steals 14 times while averaging 37.3 minutes a game in 2003-04. Hunter was voted to the ASC East Division Freshman Team after finishing conference games ranked 16th in scoring (13.6 ppg) and tying at second in steals average (3.14) and tying at third in assist average (4.93).

Texas Lutheran University

  • Tommy Stolhandske (Jr., San Antonio, Texas); Basketball / Texas Lutheran University
    Tommy Stolhandske was named ASC West Division Co-Player of the Year after leading Texas Lutheran to a 17-8 record, the school’s best overall mark since the 1995-96 season. Stolhandske led TLU scoring (20.1 ppg), rebounding (14.0 rpg) and field goal percentage (.572) for a second straight season. He set the TLU season rebounding average record and moved into 20th on the Bulldogs’ career scoring list, despite missing 17 days after Jan. 26 with a broken hand. Stolhandske ranked among the NCAA Div. III leaders in rebounding (3rd), field goal percentage (36th) and points (49th). Stolhandske, who was voted to the ASC All-Conference and West Division First Team for a second year, was a finalist for the 2004 Jostens Trophy for Div. III men’s basketball player of the year and claimed a spot on the D3Hoops.com All-South Region First Team. A kinesiology major, Stolhandske was selected the 2004 CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team and Academic All-District First Team in addition to ASC All-Academic honors.
  • Tracy Heathcock (Sr., San Antonio, Texas); Volleyball / Texas Lutheran University
    Texas Lutheran volleyball standout and four-year starter Tracy Heathcock capped her collegiate career with selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Third-Team. A molecular biology major, Heathcock also claimed CoSIDA Academic All-District and ASC All-Academic honors in 2003. On the court, Heathcock led the Bulldogs to their third ASC West Division title in four years and a second straight ASC Volleyball Championship berth. The 23 season wins were the most since TLU’s 1999 season. The middle blocker led TLU in kills (503), kills average (4.16), hitting percentage (.326) and blocks (100) to close her career with 1,235 kills and 334 blocks. Heathcock was voted ASC West Player of the Year and earned spots on both the ASC All-Conference and All-West Division teams after finishing second in season hitting and third in kills average in the conference.

2003-04 Athlete of the Year Top Three Vote Recipients
Male: 1. Cody Fredenburg (UMHB); 2. Benny West (HPU), 3. Tommy Stolhandske (TLU)
Female: 1. Brittany Cary (McM); 2. Angela Gonzales (ETBU); 3. Lauren Harris (HSU)

ANNUAL AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

Year Male Athlete of the Year Female Athlete of the Year
1999-2000 Brad Parris, McMurry University Ogonna Merritt, McMurry University
2000-01 (co) Aaron Kernek, Austin College Talitha Belcher, McMurry University
  (co) Robert Moore, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor  
2001-02 Robert Moore, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Kendra Anderson, Hardin-Simmons University
2002-03 Preston Meyer, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Kendra Anderson, Hardin-Simmons University
2003-04 Cody Fredenburg, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Brittany Cary, McMurry University


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