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GOLF TEAM WINS SLC. The golf team cruised to a 13-stroke victory in the Southland Conference Menís Golf Championships in April. The title is UTAís first since 1999 and earned the team a berth in the NCAA Central Regional Tournament. Senior Jordan Krantz won medalist honors with a 54-hole total of 8 under par. Krantz was named SLC Menís Golfer of the Year, and Jay Rees was named Coach of the Year. Junior Tyrone Mordt was a first-team all-conference selection. Junior Jeff Murray and freshman Zack Reeves were named to the second team.

THOMAS EARNS ALL-CONFERENCE. UTA junior Steven Thomas was named to the first-team All-Southland Conference menís basketball squad. Thomas led the Mavericks in scoring (17.4 points) and rebounding (8.0) per game last season, finishing second in the conference in scoring and first in rebounding. He was second in field goal accuracy at 59.6 percent.

11 NAMED TO FALL ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL. Eleven volleyball and cross country student-athletes were named to the Hibernia Bank/Southland Conference Commissionerís Fall Academic Honor Roll. Six volleyball players were selected: senior Caley Smith, junior Melissa Marek and freshmen Torie Dacus, Dani Johnson, Ellen Murray and Morgan Rogers. The cross country performers were senior Kristina Bird, juniors Courtney Carter and Ivorita Taylor and freshman Jodi Hulett from the womenís team and freshman Kevin Opp from the menís team. The honor requires a 3.0 grade average.

CASTEEL REPEATS AS NATIONAL CHAMP. Senior Sarah Casteel won the womenís championship for the second straight year at the Wheelchair Tennis College Nationals hosted by Middle Tennessee State in March. She beat Arizonaís Kirsten Mohr, 6-1, 6-3, to retain the title. UTAís Danny Fik finished third in the menís division after winning the title last year.

JACKSON, STAFFORD CAPTURE TRACK TITLES. In the Southland Conference Indoor Track Championships in February, Kelley Jackson won the 35-pound weight throw while teammate Adam Stafford took first place in the 60-meter hurdles. The menís team finished third in the competition. For the women, Tiffany Reeves was second in the shot put and Ivorita Taylor second in the 800 meters. The distance medley relay team finished second for the women, who were fifth overall.

FROM MAVERICKS TO TYCOONS. Former Mavericks Jabari Johnson, Donald Harris and Mack Callier played for the Fort Worth-based Texas Tycoons professional basketball team in the American Basketball Association season just ended. Johnson and Harris each averaged more than 15 points per game while Callier was one of the teamís top rebounders. The Tycoons lost in the first round of the playoffs in March.

ROLLER HOCKEY REACHES ELITE EIGHT. The roller hockey sport club team advanced to the Elite Eight of the 2005 Collegiate Roller Hockey National Championships at Fort Collins, Colo., in April. UTA won its first four games in the tournament before losing to Michigan State, 8-4, in the quarterfinals. It was the Mavericksí only loss of the season as they finished 28-1-1 after winning a fourth consecutive Southwest Collegiate Hockey League title.

MAVS SCORE IN CLASSROOM. Junior point guard Brady Dawkins was named to the menís Southland Conference All-Academic basketball team in April. The communication technology major ranked second in the conference in three-point shooting accuracy during the 2004-05 season. Senior guard Tabitha Wesley was named to the womenís SLC All-Academic team. The kinesiology major was among the nationís leaders in three-point field goal percentage last season.




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