May. 2, 2005
BEAUMONT - Lamar seniors Raymond Anthony and Casey Cain took home the top honors as the male and female Athlete's of the Year, respectively, and junior Natasha Williams was the recipient of the Babe Zaharias/John Gray Award Monday night at the annual All-Sports Banquet.
Anthony, a two-year letterwinner on the men's basketball team, was second on the team in scoring at 15.5 points per game this season and led the team with 125 assists, which ranked second in the Southland Conference (4.31 pg). He led the team and the SLC with 81 three-pointers made and shot 37% from 3-point range, which ranked 12th in the SLC. He was named third team All-SLC.
A native of Aurora, Ill., Anthony averaged 15.5 ppg as a junior. He led the team with 94 3-pointers made, which was the second-highest single-season total in school history. He shot 90.8% from the free throw line, which ranked seventh in the NCAA. For his career, he averaged 15.5 ppg with 235 assists and 104 steals. He ranks second all-time in school history in free throw percentage (.858) and second in 3-pointers made (175).
A four-year letterwinner on the women's golf team, Cain was a four-time time All-SLC performer and helped Lamar win the 2003 and 2005 SLC championships. After earning second team all-SLC honors as a freshman, Cain was named first team all-SLC as a sophomore, junior and senior. She is the first golfer in SLC history to earn first team all-conference honors three times.
Cain, a native of Lumberton, led the team and ranked third in the SLC with a 77.35 scoring average. She won individual medalist honors at three tournaments this season and helped Lamar win three tournament titles. She posted nine top 10 finishes in 11 events this season.
Trey Rinando of the baseball team and Cain were honored with the Mary and John Gray awards as the graduating seniors with the highest grade point averages.
Rinando, who is sidelined this season with an injury, has a career record of 6-3 with a 4.19 earned run average. He was named to the All-Tournament Team at the 2003 NCAA Regional at Austin after pitching a complete-game in Lamar's 6-2 win over ninth-ranked Texas that sent the Cardinals to the regional championship game.
Williams, a three-year letterwinner on the women's track team, was named this year's recipient of the Zaharias Award, which is given annually to the top senior-to-be female student-athlete and is based on athletics, academics and leadership.
A Nederland native, Williams helped Lamar win the 2005 SLC cross country championship by pacing the team with a second place finish. She also helped Lamar qualify for the 2003 and 2004 NCAA South Central Regional. She currently holds the third fastest indoor 5,000-meter and third fastest outdoor 10,000-meter times in school history.