Castleton honors winter sports teams

The Castleton State College Department of Athletics honored the 2008-09 President's Cup Winners winter sports teams at an awards ceremony last week. All six teams were honored for a very successful winter sports season, and team most valuable player awards were given.

The event kicked off with the presentation of the annual President's Cup for Academic Excellence. The award is given out each season to the team with the highest cumulative grade point average.

Winning the award for the winter season was the men's ice hockey team, with a team grade point average of 3.357, edging out last year's recipient the women's ski team which attained a GPA of 3.25. The 2006-07 winner of the award, the women's basketball team ranked third with a team GPA of 3.18.

Team MVP Awards:

Men's Basketball: Kevin Cayea. Cayea earns his first-ever Most Valuable Player award in his final season. Cayea ranked third on the team in scoring, averaging 11.1 points per game and dished out a team-leading 104 assists. Cayea ends his career with 794 points, 211 assists and 143 steals. He was instrumental in the leadership and improvement of a young Spartan team in 2008-09.

Women's Basketball: Jessica Banks. Banks was named team MVP for the second-straight season. The senior point guard was named to the NAC All-Conference First Team for the second year in a row, averaging a team high 12.1 points. Banks also hauled in 4 rebounds per contest, while also leading the team with 106 assists. She ends her career with 1120 career points, becoming the eleventh player in Castleton history to achieve the milestone earlier this season. She also led the conference in assists-to-turnover ratio in each of her four seasons, compiling 426 assists and 182 steals for her career. Banks also ranks third all-time in three-pointers made with 205 and shot 36 percent from distance for her career. Banks capped her career with a North Atlantic Conference Championship, and led Castleton to its first ever berth in the NCAA National Tournament.

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