UCCS wins academic points, concludes 2010-11 Steel & Silver Series

By Doug Fitzgerald published July 6, 2011

COLORADO SPRINGS - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs won the academic portion of the Steel & Silver Series, concluding the scoring for the 2010-11 season.

With the five points awarded for the highest GPA, UCCS won this past season's rivalry series against Colorado State-Pueblo 29-16 and will retain possession of the Ent Federal Credit Union Trophy.

The series was initiated prior to the 2005-06 season to recognize the natural rivalry that already existed between the schools, which are located just 48 miles apart. It is named to honor the heritage of each community; Pueblo's as a steel town and Colorado Springs' as a hub for the hard-rock miners of Cripple Creek and Victor.

The Steel & Silver Series is on a "winner-take-all" points system. In each of the 10 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 indoor and outdoor track and field - the school that earns the most wins in head-to-head competition will be awarded four points. If the head-to-head competitions are split evenly, each school will be awarded two points.

The school with the best cumulative grade point average among student-athletes in the school's common sports will also be awarded five points. The school with the most points at the end of the academic year will be awarded the Ent Federal Credit Union Trophy, with the presentation taking place in the home city of the winning school.

UCCS student-athletes in those sports earned a cumulative GPA of 3.090. CSU-Pueblo student-athletes in those sports were just barely behind at 3.023. It was the highest GPA posted by the Thunderwolves since the Steel & Silver Series was initiated prior to the 2005-06 season.

The scoring for the 2010-11 season was as follows:
Men's Soccer
CSU-Pueblo 4, UCCS 0

Women's soccer
UCCS 4, CSU-Pueblo 0

UCCS 4, CSU-Pueblo 0

Women's cross country
UCCS 4, CSU-Pueblo 0

Women's basketball
UCCS 2, CSU-Pueblo 2

Men's basketball
UCCS 2, CSU-Pueblo 2

Women's indoor track & field
UCCS 2, CSU-Pueblo 2

Men's golf
UCCS 4, CSU-Pueblo 0

UCCS 2, CSU-Pueblo 2

Women's outdoor track & field
CSU-Pueblo 4, UCCS 0

UCCS 5, CSU-Pueblo 0

UCCS has won the Steel & Silver Series in each the six seasons it has been contested. Below are the year-by-year results for the series:
2010-11  UCCS 29, CSU-Pueblo 16
2009-10  UCCS 33, CSU-Pueblo 12
2008-09  UCCS 33, CSU-Pueblo 12
2007-08  UCCS 21, CSU-Pueblo 9
2006-07  UCCS 36, CSU-Pueblo 8
2005-06  UCCS 27, CSU-Pueblo 18 

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