New levels of achievement and accolades mark recent sports seasons
Erin Shackelford, Sports Information Director
The Spring season features action from the baseball, golf and tennis teams. Each looks to garner top finishes in this years conference tournaments.
Producing the schools best-ever conference record at 11-3, Mens Basketball entered the 2005 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) as the No. 1 seed for the first time ever. Head coach Bill Raleigh captured well-deserved SCAC Coach of the Year honors, while junior Aaron Bowser was named as the SCAC Player of the Year. Raleigh, in his sixth season at Southwestern, led the Pirates to a 19-6 overall regular season mark. Raleigh was previously honored as the leagues Coach of the Year in 200203. Southwestern has produced a 5425 overall mark the last three seasons, its best three-year mark since joining the SCAC.
Bowser not only received his first SCAC Player of the Year honor but was also the first-ever Southwestern basketball player to be so honored. He finished the regular season ranked fifth in the league in scoring (15.6 ppg) and three-point field goals per game (2.16). He ranked third in steals (1.60 spg). Bowser was also named All-SCAC First Team, and was selected as a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) third-team All-American for his performance during the 2004-2005 season. Junior Robert Cates was also an All-SCAC First Team selection and junior Jamonn Little received an All-SCAC honorable mention.
After struggling in the beginning of their season, the Womens Basketball team fired back with key wins to earn a spot in the 2005 conference tournament. The Pirates wrapped up their season 917 overall while going 57 in conference play. Seniors Kari Crandall and Erika Dunkman were both tabbed as All-SCAC honorable mention selections. Crandall led the conference with a 57.9 field goal percentage (99171), was SUs leading scorer and second leading rebounder with 5.0 rpg. Crandall tallied 17 double-figure performances, with a season-best 22 points against Sewanee. Dunkman, a two-time All-SCAC selection, was SUs threat at the guard position this season. She averaged 4.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists this season.
Swimming & Diving
Southwestern co-hosted the 2005 SCAC Swimming and Diving Championships, where the women finished sixth and the men took eighth. Senior Jessica Lovorn earned SUs first-ever individual medal at the SCAC Championship, garnering top honors in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:01.
Athletic Staff Honors
The Institute for International Sport announced that Glada C. Munt, director of athletics at Southwestern University, has been named a 2005 Sports Ethics Fellow. This years list of Sports Ethics Fellows, called A Celebration of Division III, recognizes the great strides and ethical initiatives undertaken at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III level. The 12 honorees have consistently demonstrated an interest in promoting the ideals of ethics and fair play in sport and society.
Lifetime Achievement Award
The Round Rock Express recently honored former Southwestern University Baseball Coach Jim Mallon with the 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award goes to a player, coach or scout that has made a major contribution to baseball in Central Texas. Mallon, who is legendary in Georgetown and Central Texas, served as the head baseball coach at Southwestern from 1971 to 2004 and built the Southwestern University baseball team into one of the top programs in Division III. In 34 seasons with the Pirates, he compiled an impressive 1,197601 overall record and became the seventh-winningest coach in NCAA Division III history.