Steel & Silver trophy rechristened, point system adjusted

By Anthony Sandstrom published August 27, 2008

PUEBLO - The "Steel and Silver Series," an all sports competition between Colorado State University-Pueblo and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, will be getting a new look in 2008-09, and in more ways than one.

Ent Federal Credit Union, the leading credit union in the Southern Colorado area, serving residents in both Pueblo and Colorado Springs, has purchased the naming the rights to the "teel and Silver" series trophy. "The Ent Federal Credit Union Trophy" will be awarded to the school that wins the annual competition, beginning with the 2009 presentation. The first trophy, designed by Joan Aaland, was handed out this year for the first time to the 2007-08 winner, UC-Colorado Springs. The Mountain Lions have won the competition each of the first three years of the series' existence, dating back to 2005-06.

With Ent's sponsorship of the trophy, Ent will donate $3,000 to the general scholarship fund of the winning school.

"We are pleased to be associated with this intercollegiate prize and to support the educational goals of CSU-Pueblo and UCCS," said James Moore, Ent senior vice president. "We look forward to a long association with both schools and to a competitive all-sports series for many years to come."

Ent's announcement of sponsorship comes in the same year that the scoring system will be getting revamped to a "winner take all" format.

In each of the nine intercollegiate athletics programs that both schools sponsor - men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, men's golf, women's cross country, softball, volleyball, and women's track and field - the school that earns the most wins in head-to-head competition will be awarded four (4) points. If the head-to-head competitions are split evenly, each school will be awarded two (2) points. The school with the best cumulative grade point average among student-athletes in the school's common sports will also be awarded five (5) points. The school with the most points at the end of the academic year will be awarded the trophy, with the presentation taking place in the home city of the winning school.

The first competition to take place between the two schools as part of the 2008-09 "Steel and Silver Series" is Sept. 21 when the school's men's and women's soccer teams square off in Colorado Springs.

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