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September 2004

Release Date: September 14, 2004

Newly Named Victory Lane to Celebrate ASU National Championships

Newly Named Victory Lane to Celebrate ASU National Championships To commemorate Angelo State University's NCAA Division II National Championship in softball as well as two previous national championships, the name of "Zenith Avenue" will be officially changed to "Victory Lane" during a ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday at the street's intersection with Varsity Lane just north of the ASU Soccer Field.

The name change, recently approved by the San Angelo City Council, will be a permanent tribute to past, present and future ASU athletic successes, according to Michael P. Ryan, ASU vice president for advancement and university relations. In addition to the national softball title, the street name also celebrates the institution's 1957 National Junior College Championship in basketball and the 1978 NAIA National Championship in football.

The newly named street runs between Johnson Street and Varsity Lane, skirting both the ASU Soccer and Softball Fields and ending on the west side of the Junell Center/Stephens Arena, home of ASU Men's and Women's Athletics.

During the Thursday ceremony, blue and gold replicas of the new street sign will be presented to Travis Scott, head coach of the National Championship softball team; Phil George, head coach of the 1957 national championship basketball team; and Jim Hess, head coach of the 1978 national championship football team. ASU Athletic Directors, Kathleen Brasfield and Jerry Vandergriff will also receive a replica sign for the ASU athletic offices.

The ASU Pep Band will perform at the unveiling. Also on hand for the ceremony will be members of the Rambelles softball team that captured the national title as well as the hearts of San Angelo.

Ryan said, "We are very proud of what these young ladies accomplished. They set out to win the championship and step by step they achieved their dream. They never faltered and they kept their focus. Our congratulations to each and every one of them and to their coaches Travis Scott and Brent Shaw for their leadership and support."

Ryan also expressed appreciation to the members of the city council for their support for the street name change and to Oliver C. Montemayor, supervisor/traffic control for the city, for his assistance in having the replica signs made.