Burks, Gordon Among 36 Athletes Honored
May 5, 2004
NACOGDOCHES, Texas-- Antonio Burks and Blake Gordon were honored as male and female athletes of the year Wednesday night at the annual SFA Athletic Awards Ceremony held in the William R. Johnson Coliseum. Burks was named the 2004 recipient of the Ralph Todd Award and Gordon was honored as the 2004 June Irwin Award winner. The presentation of the Todd and Irwin awards capped an evening in which 36 awards were presented to Stephen F. Austin student-athletes.
Burks, a senior basketball player for the Lumberjacks this past season, was named the 2004 Ralph Todd Award winner after leading the 'Jacks in scoring and leading the Southland Conference in three-point field goal percentage. The Texarkana, Ark. senior finished fourth in the nation in three-point field goal percentage, shooting 47.6 percent from beyond the arc. He was a first team All-Southland selection and was also named the NABC All-Region team.
Blake Gordon, a three-time individual event champion and six-time All-Conference pick, holds the school record in the discus and is also an academic all-conference pick. Gordon, a senior from Gladewater, is also a U.S. Track Coaches Association all-academic team member. She has also served as the SFA president of the FCA and will wrap up her SFA and NCAA career later this spring.
David Phillips, a senior offensive tackle from Kemp, was named the winner of the Bob Shelton Award which honors a student-athlete at SFA that has combined athletic achievement and scholastic excellence. Phillips started the final 33 straight games of his career with the 'Jacks and earned First Team All-SLC honors this past year along with CoSIDA Academic All-Region honors. He is also a two-time academic All-Southland Conference team member. He recently signed a free agent contract with the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League.
Melissa Bass, a junior tennis player on the Ladyjack tennis team won the Kathy McGough Academic Athlete of the Year after posting the best winning percentage on the Ladyjack tennis team and also posting a perfect 4.0 GPA for the year. Bass, from Arlington, played both singles and doubles for the Ladyjacks in 2004.
The 2004 Dick Wright Award went to former Lumberjack safety David Crocker of Killeen. Crocker capped off his SFA career with an outstanding senior season in which he recorded 116 tackles. He finished his four year career with 338 tackles and is the only Lumberjack ever to return two interceptions for touchdowns in a single season.