Brotherton and Holly Glover Named 2004-05 American Southwest Conference
Athletes of the Year
McMurry Track and Field Standout, Mary Hardin-Baylor Golfer Each Top Academic and Athletic Performers in Their Sports
June 28, 2005
RICHARDSON, Texas --- A pair of Academic All-Americans who are also top NCAA Division III athletes in their respective sports have been selected as the 2004-05 American Southwest Conference Athletes of the Year. McMurry University senior track and field athlete Cody Brotherton (Stratford, Texas), the best shot putter in NCAA Division III, and University of Mary Hardin-Baylor senior golfer Holly Glover (Breckenridge, Texas), the NCAA Division III women's golfer of the year, earned the conference's top athletic honors as voted by the ASC sports information directors and selected media.
The American Southwest Conference Athlete of the Year award recognizes the male and female student-athlete whose athletic accomplishments best contributed to their sport, their institutions overall athletic program and to the conference for the 2004-05 year. Each ASC member institution nominates its 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 sixth year the American Southwest Conference has presented Athlete of the Year awards.
Cody Brotherton cemented his place among the all-time best NCAA Division III shot putters by sweeping both the indoor and outdoor national titles in 2005. It was the second time in three seasons that Brotherton had claimed the dual NCAA Division III championships and the third time he has won the national outdoor shot put title. The senior claimed the indoor title with a 59-2 3/4 throw and the outdoor championship with a 60-4 3/4 toss, both efforts setting local stadium records. Brotherton, named the South/Southeast Region 2005 Male Indoor and Outdoor Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field Coaches Association, claimed his fourth American Southwest Conference shot put and discus titles, won the hammer throw and earned ASC Male Field Athlete of the Year honors at the conference championship meet in April.
Brotherton is a six-time NCAA Division III All-America award winner in track and field. He put together a 15-1 record this season in shot put competitions, including an undefeated record against Division III competition. He suffered his only blemish at the prestigious Texas Relays where he was the only Division III athlete in any event to be invited to the University Section A finals. Brotherton eclipsed the 60-foot barrier four times, and he provisionally qualified for the 2005 USA Track & Field Championships. Brotherton set the McMurry record with a heave of 61-9 at the Angelo State Relays for the Division III season best throw in 2005.
A communications major, Brotherton was selected to first team honors on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America and District VI Track and Field/Cross Country teams as well as ASC All-Academic honors. He was recipient of the McMurry-ASC Scholar-Athlete Award for 2004-05. Brotherton is the fifth McMurry student-athlete to earn ASC Athlete of the Year honors.
Mary Hardin-Baylor golfer Holly Glover capped her senior season by winning NCAA Division III Womens Golf National Player of the Year honors from the National Golf Coaches Association. Glover claimed NGCA All-America and Region V First Team awards. Glover led UMHB to a runner-up finish in the 2005 NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championship, placing second individually with a 72-hole 307 (79-78-74-76) at the Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C. Glover was one of three players in the championship to finish all four rounds in the 70s.
Glover set an American Southwest Conference record for largest margin of victory with a 12-stroke individual win at the 2005 ASC Women's Golf Championship Tournament. Glover's medalist performance led the Lady Crusaders to a sixth straight ASC championship and earned her a second career ASC All-Conference citation. Glover won three individual tournament titles and helped UMHB to six team tournament titles, recording a 78.6 stroke average and top 10 finishes in nine of 11 tournaments played over the 2004-05 season.
An exercise and sport science major, Glover was named to first team honors on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America and District VI At-Large teams as well as NGCA Scholar-Athlete and ASC All-Academic honors. Glover is the fifth UMHB student-athlete to earn ASC Athlete of the Year honors and the first Lady Crusader selected for the award.
2004-05 AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE ATHLETES
OF THE YEAR
Institution Athletes of the Year / ASC Athlete of the Year Nominees
Top Three Vote Recipients 2004-05 ASC Athlete
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ANNUAL AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
2004-05 SEASON BIOGRAPHIES FOR
THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE MEMBER
The 2005 Pete Cawthon Award winner for most outstanding male athlete at Austin College, Clint Rushing lettered and started in both football and baseball for the 'Roos. As a member of the football team he was the leading punter in the ASC and ranked seventh in punt average in NCAA Division III. He also claims the longest punt in the ASC in 2004, while putting a league-best 19 punts inside the 20. During the spring Rushing worked in the starting pitching rotation for AC and helped the Roos to a late season rally that placed them in contention for a spot in the ASC Championship Tournament field going into the final week of the season.
Veronica Stephens (San Antonio,
The 2005 Gene Day Award winner for most outstanding female athlete at Austin College, Veronica Stephens earned recognition, not only from the conference, but on the regional level as well. Stephens was named ASC East Division Player of the Year, ASC All-Conference and All-East First Team. She was also named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association South Region Honorable Mention team. She not only led the conference in assists/game, but was ranked eighth among NCAA Division III setters. One of the most dominating players at her position, she was five times named the ASC East-setter of the week during the 2004 season. She helped AC to a school record 20-game win streak to start the season, and led the 'Roos to the ASC East Division title. In just two years Stephens has lept into the Austin College volleyball record book, listing second all-time in career assists.
CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY AT AUSTIN
Dan Darden was a second year letterman on the Concordia-Austin mens soccer team this season, playing as the Tornados' No. 1 goal keeper. Darden is known for his hard work and competitiveness, and his work ethic and spirit are tremendous assets to Tornado Athletics. Darden led all NCAA Division III goal keepers in saves per game during 2004. Darden is a biology major, completing 93 hours toward his degree with a 3.78 grade-point average. Darden has earned Academic Dean's List honors each semester and was named to the ASC Soccer All-Academic list in 2004. He has been elected vice-president of the CUA student body for 2005-06.
Ashley Edwards (Santo, Texas/HS)
Four-year starting guard, Ashley Edwards led Concordia-Austin to its first-ever berth in the ASC Women's Basketball Championship Tournament, then collected numerous conference, region and national honors. Edwards was named the ASC West Division Player of the Year, All-West Division First Team and All-ASC after leading the conference in scoring (21.9 ppg) and free throw percentage (.890). Edwards was a finalist for the 2005 Josten's Trophy (Division III national player of the year), and earned both All-South Region and All-America Third Team honors from D3hoops.com. Edwards completed her collegiate career scoring better than 1,600 points and setting seven school records. She scored a season-high 43 points in front of the CUA homecoming crowd. She graduated with a degree in business.
EAST TEXAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY
Cedric Isom ran the table of postseason awards in 2004-05 ASC East Player of the Year, All-ASC, D3hoops.com and NABC All-Region, D3hoops.com All-American and TABC Texas Small College Player of the Year. He was also named ASC East Player of the Week four times and a D3hoops.com National Team of the Week member three times. Isom led the ASC in scoring with 24.1 ppg and ranked eighth in NCAA Division III, as well as ranking in the top five in the ASC in rebounding (9.0 rpg), assists (4.8 apg) and steals (2.2 spg). The scoring average was the highest-ever in a single season by an ETBU player. In 2004-05, he had 11 double doubles and one triple double, and scored a career-high 41 points in a win over Louisiana College late in the year. He enters his senior season needing 510 points and 44 assists to become ETBUs all-time leader in those categories and is 134 rebounds from breaking into the top 5 in that category. Isom has been the only ASC East player to be named All-ASC the last two years and he has been the ASC East Preseason and Player of the Year each of the last two years.
Christy Shipley (Longview, Texas/Pine
Only a sophomore, Christy Shipley is already a two-time All-West Region shortstop who hit .404 this past season with 4 home runs, 26 RBI, 43 runs scored and 19 stolen bases. Shipley led the Lady Tigers in batting average, runs, hits, at-bats, doubles, triples, stolen bases and total bases. She was named the ASC East Division Player of the Year and will enter her junior season (2006) ranking in the programs top 10 career statistical categories of runs scored (91, 7th), hits (123, 9th), doubles (25, 5th), triples (8, 3rd), home runs (11, 4th), RBI (79, 5th) and stolen bases (41, 3rd). Her career batting average of .416 is the best-ever among ETBU players with at least 200 career at-bats. Shipley lettered on the 2004 Lady Tiger volleyball team as a defensive specialist.
Calvin Nite, who transferred to Hardin-Simmons for his senior season, was named the American Southwest Conference West Division Player of the Year after averaging almost 18 points per game and helping the Cowboys go from seven wins in 2004 to 19 wins and the ASC West Division Tri-Championship in 2005. Nite was named All-South Region First Team and literally put the Cowboys on his back countless times throughout the season. The Cowboys qualified for the ASC Men's Basketball Championship Tournament for the first time.
Mollie Porter (Austin, Texas/McNeil HS)
Hardin-Simmons soccer standout Mollie Porter is one of the most dominant athletes in recent memory of the American Southwest Conference. In 2004 Porter was named ASC Defensive Player of the Year for the third straight In the 2004 season, Porter led the Cowgirls to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship, including a defeat of then-No. 1 ranked Trinity on its home field in the process. The Cowgirls won three ASC titles in her four seasons and she was named All-ASC Academic three times. Porter is one of the top sweepers in the nation, but unselfishly moved up to score 14 goals and 10 assists when the Cowgirls needed the help up top due to injuries.
HOWARD PAYNE UNIVERSITY
For the second time in his collegiate career, Howard Payne quarterback Adam King led NCAA Division III in total offense, finishing with 3,680 yards and 34 end-zone appearances. He commanded the nations third most prolific passing offense which averaged 340 yards per game. As a sophomore, King compiled 3,618 yards (3,177 passing; 441 rushing) to lead the nation in total offense. King's career numbers of 11,588 total offensive yards (third all-time) and 10,250 passing yards (eighth all-time) etched his name in the record books as one of the top offense players in the history of NCAA Division III football. King also holds numerous career passing and total offense records for both the ASC and at HPU. King was voted All-ASC First Team, and earned a place on both the Don Hansen National Weekly Football Gazette and D3football.com All-South Region teams. He earned ASC, NWFG, D3football.com and Player/Team of the Week honors. King graduated in 3-1/2 years with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business, earning Academic Dean's List and ASC All-Academic citations. King is the 2004-05 ASC Sportsmanship Award recipient and nominee for the NCAA Sportsmanship Award.
Kami Collins (Amarillo, Texas/Tascosa
Howard Payne basketball standout Kami Collins is the epitome of a student-athlete, excelling on and off the court. Collins earned the 2005 ASC Women's Basketball Championship Tournament MVP and All-West Division Second Team awards, leading HPU to its first ASC title and NCAA Championship Tournament berth. A starter in all 29 games, Collins led HPU in rebounding (9.0) and field goals (139) and was the team's No. 2 scorer (11.6). She finished with her career with 572 rebounds and 816 points, including three straight 100 point/100 rebound seasons. An education major, Collins was an ASC All-Academic award winner, a member of the HPU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and is listed in Whos Who Among American College and University Students. She was the 2004-05 HPU Homecoming Queen.
Demetri White led the YellowJackets in strikeouts for the third consecutive season and is second on LeTourneau's all-time strikeout list with 264. He went 4-4 with a 4.10 ERA in the 2005 season, but lost two 2-1 decisions this season. In addition to earning ASC East Division honorable mention pitching honors, White was also an All-ASC East honorable mention utility player after hitting .366 on the season. White claimed NCCAA Central Region Second Team honors. He was honored a second consecutive year as ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI First Team and was an ASC All-Academic award recipient. White earned second team NCCAA Central Region honors this season.
Katrina Visina (Rowlett, Texas/HS)
LeTourneau's Katrina Visina is a rare three-sport athlete who excelled in all three sports. In cross country and golf she was the second best runner/golfer among the LadyJackets. She posted her best round of golf in the final round of the ASC Championships with an 84 that led the LadyJackets to a school record best round. Visinas best sport was basketball in which her season was cut short due to an injury, but she still managed to earn NCCAA All-America Second Team honors after averaging 13.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. She was also selected to ASC East Honorable Mention honors and claimed All-ASC Academic citations in cross country, basketball and golf.
James Halle not only had one of the best years in recent Louisiana College baseball history, but also had one of the best seasons in the American Southwest Conference. In 2005, Halle dominated ASC East Division opponents as he went 5-2 with a 2.44 ERA on his way to being named the ASC East Division Pitcher of the Year and All-ASC East Division First Team . Halle threw seven complete games, struck out 37 in 44 innings, and only walked six in his seven ASC East starts. Overall, Halle went 7-3 with a 3.44 ERA and walked 14 batters in 68 innings of work. Halle was named ASC East Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 4th, and is one of only three ASC players playing in the prestigious Texas Collegiate Summer League in 2005.
Sandi Clark (Hineston, La./Oak Hill HS)
Sandi Clarks softball accomplishments have helped bring attention to Louisiana College in not only the ASC and the state of Louisiana, but nationally as well. Clark helped lead Louisiana College to the Conference and ASC East Division titles and the NCAA-III West Regional Championship final game. Selected the preseason ASC East Pitcher of the Year, Clark lived up to the billing as she was named the ASC East Pitcher of the Year, ASC East First Team and All-Conference after compiling a 0.75 ERA, which ranked in the top 20 nationally all season, and a 19-5 record. Clark was also an all-tournament pick at both the ASC and West Regional Championships. She struck out 121 batters, and only walked 30 in 167.1 innings of work. The only time Clark allowed more than two earned runs in a game all season was in LCs season ending loss to Chapman in the West Regional finals. Clark threw a no-hitter and three one-hitters and contributed from the plate batting .311 with three home runs and 29 RBI.
UNIVERSITY OF MARY HARDIN-BAYLOR
Mary Hardin-Baylor football three-year starter Matt Bush closed his senior season by winning the Rimington Trophy as the Outstanding NCAA Division III offensive center in the country -- the first ASC football player to win that honor. Bush was an anchor on the offensive line as the Crusaders set school and conference records for scoring, total offense and rushing offense. He also helped lead the UMHB football team to the NCAA Division III Stagg Bowl and a national runner-up finish. Bush earned All-America and All-Region honors from D3football.com, Associated Press and Football Gazette. He was an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Second Team choice. He is a two-time ASC All-Conference First Team selection and a three-time ASC All-Academic and CoSIDA Academic All-District VI First Team award winner.
Holly Glover (Breckenridge, Texas/HS)
**ASC Female Athlete of the Year, 2004-05** Mary Hardin-Baylor golfer Holly Glover capped her senior season by winning NGCA Division III Womens Golf National Player of the Year honors and claiming NGCA All-America First Team, All-Region V First Team and All-America Scholar-Athlete honors. Glover was also named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America and District VI First Teams on the at-large sport squad. Glover finished second individually at the NCAA Division III National Championship and she helped UMHB to a second-place team finish at nationals. An All-Conference player, Glover set a conference record for largest margin of victory with a 12-stroke individual win at the ASC Women's Golf Championship Tournament, helping the Lady Crusaders to a sixth straight ASC championship. During the 2004-05 season she won three individual tournament titles and led UMHB to six team tournament titles. Glover finished the year with a 78.6 stroke average and recorded top 10 finishes in nine of her 11 tournaments this season.
**ASC Male Athlete of the Year, 2004-05** Cody Brotherton swept the NCAA Division III shot put titles for the second time in three years, winning indoors in 59-2 3/4 and outdoors in 60-4 3/4. Both winning efforts set the local stadium records. Brotherton was named USTFCA South/Southeast Region male indoor and outdoor athlete of the year for 2005. Brotherton captured his fourth consecutive ASC title in both the shot put and discus as well as taking his first in the hammer throw on the way to earning the ASC Male Field Athlete of the Year award for the third time. Brotherton went 15-1 this season in the shot put, was undefeated against Division III competition, and defeated scores of scholarship opponents (including D-I). He suffered his only blemish at the prestigious Texas Relays where he was the only D-III athlete in any event to be invited to the University Section A finals. Brotherton eclipsed the 60-foot barrier four times, and he provisionally qualified for the USA Track & Field Championships in June. Brotherton set the McMurry record with a heave of 61-9 at the ASU Relays to set a D-III season high. A three-time Academic All-ASC honoree and six-time NCAA All-American, Brotherton is an ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-America and All-District VI Track & Field award recipient.
Junior runner Matthew Manning became the first Mississippi College cross country runner to compete in the NCAA Division III National Championship meet, capping a stellar 2004 season. Manning earned ASC Runner of the Year honors after winning the ASC Cross Country Championship with a time of 27:37. Manning went on to finish eighth in the NCAA South/Southeast Regional (27:07) to earn All-Region honors and qualify for nationals. At the national meet, Manning again lowered his time running a personal-best 26:13 in cold and wet conditions. In addition to his cross country accomplishments, Manning also dominated the track, winning two ASC titles in the 5,000 and 1,500 meter runs to help Mississippi College to its best ever finish in the ASC Track & Field Championship. Manning was an All-ASC Academic award winner in both cross country and track and field.
Kellie Kirby (Springdale, Ark.)
Freshman forward Kellie Kirby turned in one of the greatest season's in Mississippi College women's soccer history becoming the first ever Lady Choctaw soccer player to earn Adidas NSCAA All-Region honors. Kirby led the team to a 14-6 record and an appearance in the ASC Women's Soccer Championship Tournament. She completed the 2004 season scoring 18 goals -- two short of the school record and fourth in the conference -- and was selected ASC Freshman Offensive Player of the Year and All-ASC First Team. Her 43 total points were good enough for fifth in the league and her eight game-winning goals led the ASC.
UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS
Chris Schultz rewrote the Ozarks' men's soccer record books en route to earning his fourth all-conference award citation. The 5-10, 155-pound goalkeeper from Coppell, Texas, was named to the All-ASC First Team and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas Scholar All-South Region Honorable Mention teams. Schultz finished his senior campaign fifth in the conference in goals against average (1.28) and shutouts (3), and 10th in saves (69). Schultz will rank among the career all-time leaders in NCAA Division III in minutes played (6619) and owns school career records in goals-against average (1.17), wins (52), saves (349) and shutouts (28) and minutes played while leading the Eagles to a conference championship and an East Division championship during his career. Schultz excelled academically, too. An Ozarks' Presidential Scholar, Schultz was a three-time All-ASC Academic selection, a member of the ASC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a Phi Beta Lambda member and an Assistant Resident Director.
Lindy Swatzell (Westwood, Kan./Shawnee
Mission East HS)
Lindy Swatzell ended her four-year starting campaign on the Ozarks womens soccer team as the most prolific offensive producer in school history. She finished the 2004 season second in the conference in goals (21) and shots (94) and fourth in points (46). The 5-4 senior forward from Westwood, Kan., was named All-ASC First Team in 2004 and ends her career as a four-time All-Conference performer. Swatzell led the team in goals, points and shots for four consecutive seasons. She is among the NCAA Division III all-time leaders in both goals in a match (6) and points (14) in a match. She holds numerous career offensive records at Ozarks, including goals (42), points (95) and shots (313). She holds nearly every single-season offensive school record as well.
Junior baseball player Cory Fite displayed courage, determination and leadership not only on the baseball field but also in the classroom. An ASC All-West Division player at designated hitter and a two-time All-ASC Academic honoree, Fite was named the Schreiner Male Athlete of the Year (2004-05). A leader by example every day; Fite has shown a determination to be successful in life and will not let anything to prevent that, including a hearing impairment. Fite, who has an implant in the back of his head that allows him to hear some, reads lips 95 percent of the time. A degree candidate in mathematics, Fite compiled a 4.0 grade-point average during the baseball season.
Michelle Leija (San Antonio, Texas)
Co-captain of the Schreiner softball team, Michelle Leija led the Mountaineers' middle infield defense and provided an offensive spark with aggressive base running. Her work ethic on and off the field made Leija a role model for student athletes at Schreiner. She has been named to the Academic Deans List, the University Presidents List and has received the highest scholar award at Schreiner -- the Summerlin Scholarship award.
SUL ROSS STATE UNIVERSITY
Sul Ross State senior Rockland Owens, whose skills as a shot blocker quickly established him as a defensive force in ASC basketball circles, exhibited exemplary on-court demeanor throughout his four seasons in a Lobo uniform. Owens led the Lobos with 160 rebounds for 2004-05 (6.2 rpg.) while totaling 33 blocks; he leaves as the ASC and Sul Ross State career blocked shots leader (220). He helped SRSU to the ASC Tri-West Division championship and a berth in the conference championship tournament. Owens is active in campus and community activities, including the Alpine "Relay for Life," and assists the campus as a student employee for the SRSU Alumni Association.
Kim Alcorn (Fort Hancock, Texas/HS)
Sul Ross State senior volleyball standout Kim Alcorn completed her final Sul Ross State season pulling-in several preseason, season and postseason accolades. Selected as ASC West Preseason Hitter of the Year, Alcorn twice earned division hitter of the week awards and was named 2004 All-ASC and All-West Division First Team. She led the Lady Lobos in 2004 with 443 kills (3.89 ave.) behind a .303 an attack percentage and a team-high 94 kills. Alcorn maintained a 3.8 grade-point average in kinesiology and earned three All-ASC Academic citations during her career.
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS
Ali Morshedi capped his third UT-Dallas soccer season with selection as the ASC Offensive Player of the Year and All-ASC First Team honors. In addition, Morshedi was named to the 2004 NSCAA All-South Central Region First Team. He helped UTD to the ASC Men's Soccer Championship Tournament and the conference title in 2004, culminating the ear with a trip to the NCAA Division III Soccer Championship first round. Morshedi led the team in scoring with 18 goals and 7 assists and connected on .528 of his shots on goal (18-38), including five game-winning shots. An electrical engineering major, Morshedi was a member of the ESPN The Magazine All-District VI Academic team, the NSCAA Scholar-Athlete squad and the ASC All-Academic award list in 2004. Morshedi was also a member of UTDs national championship intercollegiate chess team, and was featured on a segment on Fox Sports television program, NCAA Spotlight.
Natalie Taylor (Midland, Texas)
UT-Dallas junior Natalie Taylor was the dominant womens soccer player in the American Southwest Conference in 2004, leading the Comets and the league with 22 goals and assists. She had 8 game-winning shots and 8 multi-goal games on her way to being voted the 2004 ASC Offensive Player of the Year and All-ASC First Team. Taylor took over the leadership role on a UTD team that finished as co-champions of the ASC, forcing a 1-1 double-overtime tie with Hardin-Simmons in the title game before losing the tournament on a penalty kick shootout.
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT TYLER
Phil Grau, centerfielder for ASC East Division champion UT Tyler, was selected to the American Baseball Coaches Association NCAA Division III All-West Region Team and the ASC East Division First Team after hitting a team-best and conference fifth-best .436 and scoring 58 runs, including 11 home runs. He led the ASC with a .544 on-base percentage. Grau was chosen as the UT Tyler Male Athlete of the Year and Student-Athlete of the Year finalist. The baseball team representative to the UT Tyler Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and team captain, Grau is active in community service projects such as Sports Cards for Kids, Azelway Boys Ranch Glove Drive, American Heart Walk, Dixie Baseball League Clinic, ARC Walk, Trinity Mother Francis Hospital visits to childrens wing.
Tami Trail (Kaufman, Texas)
Tami Trail is an outside and right side hitter and played in 32 matches for UT Tyler in 2004. Trail averaged 2.17 kills. 1.07 blocks and 2.37 digs a game for the Patriots, earning ASC East Division Second Team and Patriots team MVP honors. A nursing major, Trail was a 2004-05 Presidents and Deans List award recipient and is listed in Whos Who in College Sports. Trail has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, Patriot Sports Clinic for Austin Elementary by SAAC, and Beauty and the Beast bicycle race. She is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
TEXAS LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY
Texas Lutheran senior tight end Matt Ross was an All-America Third Team selection by two associations (D3football.com and Football Gazette) and an All-Conference First Team selection. Ross was named the 2004-05 TLU Male Athlete of the Year and Sportsmanship Award winner. Following the 2005 NFL Draft, Ross signed a rookie free agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings and has reported to their summer mini-camps. Ross, a co-captain, caught 28 passes for 546 yards and scored six touchdowns in 2004. His two-point conversion catch against Louisiana College was the winning play in TLUs four-overtime win over the Wildcats. Ross led all ASC tight ends in TD receptions and yards. He was also a devastating blocker. A 2004 Aztec Bowl participant, Ross started all 40 games of his Bulldog football career.
Samara Williams (Austin, Texas/LBJ HS)
Samara Williams repeated as the ASC Womens Cross Country individual champion and earned ASC conference track and field titles in the 100 hurdles, the 400 hurdles, the 4x100 relay and 4x400 relay. Williams was named the ASC Womens Track Co-Athlete of the Year and led the Bulldogs to their first ASC women's track and field title. Williams and her 4x100 relay teammates qualified for the DIII track and field championships and placed sixth in the national finals. Williams earned NCAA All-America status as a member of the relay team. She also competed at the national meet in the 100 and 400 hurdles. This season, Williams set school records in the 400 hurdles and the 200 and ran on the record-setting 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. At the ASC Championships, Williams and her 4x100 teammates posted a time of 46.64 seconds, the fastest time in NCAA Division III entering the national meet. Williams earned All-Region honors in cross country and was named to the Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team as well as the ASC All-Academic winners in cross country and track and field.
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