Friday, February 29, 2008

Changes in leadership at SWO

From the SWO Website

Southwestern Oklahoma State University long-time Athletics Director Cecil Perkins has accepted a new assignment, and Kelli Litsch has been named interim AD at SWOSU effective June 1, 2008.

Perkins, who has been the AD since 1981, will serve as a special assistant under President John Hays. Litsch, who has been associate athletics director at SWOSU since 1996, is well-known for her basketball accolades.

SWOSU President John Hays has plans for Perkins. Hays said it is imperative that SWOSU enhance its efforts to recruit and retain more students on both the Weatherford and Sayre campuses. SWOSU must make every effort possible to continue to improve its relationships with school and community leaders throughout western Oklahoma.

“Cecil Perkins is the ideal person to assist the university in these efforts,” Hays said. “He is one of the best known and most admired persons in this part of the state.”

Perkins has overseen a myriad of changes in the Bulldogs’ athletics program, culminating with a move to NCAA Division II in 1997. Under his watch, SWOSU teams have won 12 national championships—six in rodeo, five in women’s basketball and one in football.

A 1960 graduate of SWOSU, Perkins began his coaching career at Carnegie High School and then held coaching positions at Northern Oklahoma Junior College and Northwestern Oklahoma State University before coming back to SWOSU in 1981, when he assumed the AD and golf coach duties.

Perkins is a member of three halls of fame, including the SWOSU Athletic Hall of Fame, NWOSU Sports Hall of Fame and NAIA Hall of Fame.

Litsch won championships, set records and brought a new spotlight to women’s basketball during her remarkable playing career, first at Thomas High School and later at SWOSU. She became the first NAIA player to be selected as a first team All-American four consecutive years. She ended her magical run at SWOSU on teams that combined for a 129-5 record and as the NAIA all-time record holder in points with 2,700.

Litsch has served in numerous roles at SWOSU, including NCAA compliance officer, Title IX officer, senior women’s administrator, and adviser to the Student Athlete Advisory Council.
She has been inducted into four halls of fame: SWOSU Athletic Hall of Fame, NAIA Hall of Fame, Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Women’s National Basketball Hall of Fame.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Baseball weekend matchups (3/2)

Tarleton State (9-11, 4-8) at Angelo State (15-5, 10-2)
Danny Morris loses his first game of the season as Angelo wins the series opener 6-2. Sean Winschler went 8 strong innings for the Rams and is now 5-0 on the season.
ASU takes game two 7-4 as Elkind wins his third game of the season, and Clay Calfee chips in with 3 rbi.
7-3 ASU in game three as Shan Sullivan drives in 3 runs to support Brett Nightengale's strong outing.
Angelo State sweeps the series with a 10-2 win in game four. Bradley Durst scattered 10 hits and went the distance allowing just 2 earned runs. Brian Rasberry hit his first home run of the season and drove in 4 runs .
The Texans are scoring right at 8 runs a game, while the Rams are putting up 7 per contest. Pitching-wise, ASU has a team ERA of 6.02, while Tarleton State's is at 8.20. However if you take out Danny Morris's numbers (4-0, 3.00 ERA) and TSU's era climbs to right at 10. Should be a lot of offense in San Angelo.

East Central (8-12, 5-7) at Central Oklahoma (14-4, 7-4)
Bronchos take the opener 9-1. Dean McIntyre improves to 3-0 as he goes the distance, giving up 5 hits and only one unearned run. Dustin Dailey knocked in 4 runs.
Another big win for UCO in game one, 14-2. Clint Straka throws 7 innings allowing one earned run, and Breck Draper hits 2 home runs and knocks in 5.
ECU takes game three, 11-10. Lucas Arment drove in 3 for the Tigers, including the go-ahead run in the fifth inning.
ECU salvages a series split winning game four, 14-13, as Dusty Rowland 4 hits and 4 rbi and Jared Owen 4 hits and 2 rbi to lead the Tiger offense. Breck Draper struggled on the mound for UCO, giving up 10 earned runs and 15 hits in 5 and 2/3 innings.
This looks like a mismatch on paper. The Bronchos are first in the LSC in batting average and second in ERA. ECU is 12th in batting average and 8th in ERA. The Bronchos are ranked in the top 20 in both baseball polls.

West Texas A&M (5-11, 3-8) at Southwestern Oklahoma (6-10, 4-7)
WTAM takes the opener 8-4. Brian Schupp drove in 3 and scored 2, while Billy Zeleznak allowed just one earned run in 7 innings.
SWO takes game two 9-0, as Max Grocki throws a 2-hit shutout. Three Bulldogs each had 2 hits and drove in two as well.
Game 3 is a wild one, 21-20 for the Bulldogs. 7 Buffs drove in at least 2 runs, while Blain Perkins, Dakota Streber and Dakota James go a combined 11-18, scoring 7 runs and knocking in 11. WTAM scored 11 runs in the sixth inning
Game 4 is a pitchers duel in comparison, but SWO wins a 14-13 squeaker - Jonathan Fontenant has 5 rbi for SWO.
While the Buffs and Bulldogs are both in the lower half of the LSC in batting, they both have individuals enjoying great seasons so far. For WTAM, Brian Schupp is hitting .439, with an LSC leading 9 HRs and 22 RBIs. SWO's Dakota Streber is hitting .500 with 2 HRs, but only 8 RBIs in an offense not producing much. The Bulldog's pitching has been pretty good with an overall ERA of 5.24 (3rd in the LSC) and having faced ACU and TAMK.

Eastern New Mexico (10-6, 4-4) at Cameron (11-9, 5-7)
Cameron wins the opener 4-3 in 10 innings, as Josh Mathiesen hits a walk-off home run.
Tyler Hayes and Ethan Wagner each have 4 rbi to lead ENMU to a 15-13 win in game two, while Blake Watson drove in 5 for the Aggies.
Cameron responds with 4-0 victory in game 3. Brad Birchel throws a 4 hit shutout and Blake Watson continues his productive hitting with two more rbi.
For the third time this season, ENMU eclipses 20 runs in a game and split the series with Cameron as they win game four, 20-7. ENMU broke open a 3-3 tie with 7 runs in the sixth inning , including a grand slam by Freddy Carmona.
ENMU offense is averaging just over 11 runs a game and its a good thing, because they are allowing over 8. Cameron, meanwhile is in the middle of the pack both batting and pitching, despite playing a tougher schedule.

Southeastern Oklahoma (7-9, 6-6) at Northeastern State (7-9, 3-5)
SEO takes game one 10-6. Randall Clay hit a 3-run homer in the top of the 8th to put SEO ahead. NSU committed 4 errors, leading to 6 unearned runs.
Game 2 is a football score of 21-10 in favor of SEO. The Savage Storm trailed 10-2 after 4 innings, but busted loose for 19 runs the rest of the way. Josh Rorex hit 3 HRs and knocked in 6 runs.
NSU takes game 3, 9-6

SEO wins game four, 6-4. Tyler Johnson and Robbie Morris each had 2 run homers for SEO.
On paper, this series looks like it should be close. SEO has outscored their opponents by 13 runs so far, while NSU has a 12 run advantage. NSU took two from Central Missouri earlier and split two games with Ouchita Baptist, while SEO opened their season with Angelo State and also split two games with Ouchita Baptist, including a 23-2 rout in game one Tuesday. In fact these two teams have given OBU their only two losses this season.

Abilene Christian (9-9, 8-3) at Texas A&M-Kingsville (11-7, 7-5)
The Wildcats turned 4 double plays and took advantage of 12 walks by Javelina pitchers to take a 10-2 decision in game one. Bret Maynard struck out 7 in 6 innings, allowing just 2 earned runs. With the score tied in the sixth, Anthony Walsh hit a 3-run triple to give ACU the lead.
In game 2, with the score tied 5-5 after 7 innings, ACU breaks loose for 9 runs. Mike Elkerson hits a grand slam for the Wildcats.
Chris Wiman and Josh Livingston dueled for most of the night. In the end it was Livingston getting the win for TAMK, 3-2. ACU tied the score in the top of the seventh with a two-out double by William Uechi, but freshman Will Mettlach hit a walk off HR to lead off the bottom of the inning.

ACU blew open a 1-0 game in the fourth inning, scoring 7 unearned runs, and won game four 15-8. Matt Spotanski and J.J. Pacheco each drove in 3 runs for ACU.
Don't let ACU's 6-8 record fool you - three of the series opponents (Delta State, Southern Arkansas, and UCO) have a combined 33-7 record. Last weekend's series split could give them confidence down the road. TAMK's record is better than expected at this point, but their schedule hasn't been as challenging. This weekend will be their sternest test to date. Offensively the teams have performed equally so far, but there is a big difference in the pitching numbers so far. TAMK leads the LSC with an ERA of 3.66, while ACU is in the middle of the pack at 6.67.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Baseball Power Poll - Week 1

Two weeks of LSC play are in the books (one in the case of NSU and ENMU), so how do the teams stand?

  1. (3) UCO (11-2, 5-2) - got a split in Abilene, opened the season with 10 straight wins.

  2. (1) Angelo State (11-5, 6-2) - two of their losses were to national power Delta State.

  3. (6) TAMK (10-4, 6-2) - haven't played top-notch competition yet, but beating teams they are supposed to.

  4. (2) ACU (6-8, 5-2) - tough early schedule with Delta State, So. Arkansas, and UCO already.

  5. (4) Northeastern State (6-6, 2-2) - some big early wins, split on road at TSU.

  6. (5) Tarleton (9-7, 4-4) - Danny Morris is outstanding, Greg Terppeninng good, rest of staff really struggling, luckily offense is scoring 8+ per game.

  7. (10) ENMU (8-4, 2-2) - Offense carrying team so far.

  8. (9) Cameron (9-7, 3-5) - did better against MIAA (6-2) than LSC.

  9. (12) East Central (6-10, 3-5) - after tough opening 12 games, split w/WTAM not what they wanted.

  10. (7) Southeastern Ok (4-8, 3-5) - Angelo not the easiest way to start the season, could get rolling once warmed up. Split with #2 Ouachita Baptist on Tuesday, including a 23-2 stomping in game one.

  11. (11) West Texas A&M (4-8, 2-5) - Bats haven't been able to overcome pitching. NAIA College of Southwest beat WTAM 21-3 in game 2 Tuesday.

  12. (8) Southwestern Ok (3-9, 1-6) - Streber and Espinal only guys hitting early on, pitching hasn't been bad.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Recruiting Snapshots

We know that recruiting is an inexact science. High school success and expert rankings don't always pan out on the field. Also, not all student athletes complete four years of college football for a variety of reasons. To top it off, some signings are missing and transfers haven't been made available from all schools. Despite those obstacles, we will be spending the next couple of weeks looking into each LSC team's (and Incarnate Word's) announced signing lists, and seeing how the addressed their needs.

First up is three-time defending LSC champion West Texas A&M.
Tuesday - a look at playoff qualifier Abilene Christian.
Wednesday - what did Tarleton State do to get over the hump?
Thursday - did Midwestern State replace 9 first or second team All-LSC players, (including 2 who were honored on multiple All-American teams)?
Friday - who did Texas A&M-Kingsville bring in to get try and return to their winning ways?
Monday - did Angelo State reinforce their defense?
Tuesday - How did Eastern New Mexico do in overhauling their roster?
Wednesday - Now for the LSC North and a look at Southeastern Oklahoma.
Thursday - Did Southwestern Oklahoma get some playmakers?
Friday - Texas A&M Commerce fills in the gaps for a title run.
Tuesday - Did the coaching change help or hinder Northeastern State in recruiting?
Wednesday - Was Coach Holland able to overcome a late start and bring in a good class for Central Oklahoma?
Thursday - Did East Central replenish their defense?

LSC in the Polls (Week ending 3/2)

South Central Men's Regional Basketball Poll
  1. (1) Tarleton State - ENMU 83-43, Angelo State 58-76
  2. (5) West Texas A&M - ACU 82-77, OPEN
  3. (2) Southwest Baptist - UCM 66-57, Emporia St 82-79
  4. (3) Northwest Missouri State - MoWest 84-55, Ft Hays 73-51
  5. (9) St. Edwards - Lincoln 77-68 , Newman 80-66
  6. (4) Central Oklahoma - SWO 74-71, SEO 85-41
  7. (6) Southwestern Oklahoma - UCO 71-74, Cameron 75-72
  8. (8) Fort Hays State - Washburn 69-66, NWMSU 51-73
  9. (NR) Abilene Christian - WTAM 77-82, TAMK 95-83
  10. (NR) Washburn - Ft Hays 66-69, UCM 59-64
South Central Women's Regional Basketball Poll
  1. (1) West Texas A&M - ACU 60-58, TWU 66-63
  2. (2) Washburn - Ft Hays 64-60, UCM 59-68
  3. (6) Central Oklahoma - SWO 66-52, SEO 89-71
  4. (3) Southwest Baptist - UCM 64-74, Emporia St. 83-120
  5. (4) Emporia State - Truman 80-54, SBU 120-83
  6. (5) Missouri Southern - Pitt St 70-53, MoWest 58-70
  7. (7) Angelo State - Texas A&M-Kingsville 63-75, Tarleton State 70-60
  8. (9) Northeastern State - OPEN, East Central 65-57
  9. (10) St. Marys - Newman 49-34, Lincoln 67-51
  10. (8) Texas A&M-Commerce - Cameron 67-48, OPEN

NABC Basketball Poll
#16 Tarleton State
#21 Southwestern Oklahoma
RV - West Texas A&M 12 (one spot outside of top 25) , Central Oklahoma 4

Other South Central Teams - #23 Southwest Baptist, RV Northwest Missouri State

USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 Coach's Poll
#16 West Texas A&M

Other South Central Teams - #17 Washburn, #22 Emporia State, RV St Marys 16 (one spot out of top 25 and winners of 20 in a row)

Collegiate Baseball News Top 25
#13 Central Oklahoma, RV Texas A&M-Kingsville, Abilene Christian

Other Regional teams ranked - #2 Ouachita Baptist, #4 Delta State, #10 West Alabama, #15 Southern Arkansas, #20 St. Edwards, #29 North Alabama, RV St. Mary's, West Florida, Montevallo Top 30
#15 Central Oklahoma, #18 Angelo State

Other Regional teams ranked - #2 Ouachita Baptist, #4 Delta State, #7 Southern Arkansas, #11 West Alabama, #19 North Alabama spotlight on Central Oklahoma
Previous spotlight on Angelo State

Monday, February 25, 2008

LSC Basketball Power Poll - Week Seven

  1. 20-6 WTAM (3) - Hottest team in the league (seven wins in a row) at just the right time.
  2. 21-4 Tarleton (2) - should still be tops in the South Central region.
  3. 20-5 UCO (1) - a win over SWO can re-establish confidence and some momentum.
  4. 20-5 SWO (4) - last win by more than 4 was back on Feb 2.
  5. 16-9 TAMK (5) - must win one of remaining games to get in LSC tourney.
  6. 18-7 ACU (6) - huge win over MSU, one more win puts them in LSC tourney, could still squeak in with two losses.
  7. 12-14 TAMC (9) - inconsistent, but can beat any team on a given night.
  8. 13-13 NSU (10) - showed UCO they cannot be overlooked.
  9. 15-10 ASU (7) - must win in Kingsville to have any shot at LSC tourney.
  10. 12-13 MSU (8) - need ACU and ASU to lose both games......oh yeah, and must beat ENMU as well.
  11. 13-12 ECU (11) - try to close out season by upsetting NSU.
  12. 5-20 Cameron (13) - could screw up someone's seeding.
  13. 6-19 ENMU (12) - team looks like they mailed it in after the Tarleton game.
  14. 3-22 SEO (14) - has there ever been a bigger one year drop?

LSC Basketball This Week (3/1)

Players of the Week

Ashley Tucker SEO
Camille Perkins ASU
Ben Rovenstine NSU
Nolan Richardson IV MSU

93 Cameron 48
91 Texas A&M-Commerce 67

74 Central Oklahoma 66
71 Southwestern Oklahoma 52

54 Angelo State 63
52 Texas A&M-Kingsville 75
The Rams win a sloppy game. Javelinas in a must-win situation now.
San Angelo Standard Times recap Men's game
San Angelo Standard Times recap Women's game
Corpus Christi Caller recap both games

75 East Central 75
53 Southeastern Oklahoma 68
Webcast at SEO Website

77 Abilene Christian 58
82 West Texas A&M 60
WT overcame a late second half deficit to win the game and the LSC South.
Abilene Reporter News recap Men's game
Abilene Reporter News recap Women's game
Amarillo Globe News recap Men's game
Amarillo Globe News recap Women's game

43 Eastern New Mexico 64
83 Tarleton State 79
A Tarleton win and TWU loss seals the deal for the TexAnns.
Clovis News Journal recap Men's game
Clovis News Journal recap Women's game

Texas Woman's 64
Midwestern State 51


72 Northeastern State 65
57 East Central 57

83 Texas A&M-Kingsville 74
95 Abilene Christian 92

West Texas A&M 66
Texas Woman's 63

75 Southwestern Oklahoma 69
72 Cameron 61

58 Tarleton State 60
76 Angelo State 70

73 Midwestern State 56
57 Eastern New Mexico 75

41 Southeastern Oklahoma 71
85 Central Oklahoma 89

MSU football player injured in crash

Jeff Williams is now listed in fair condition.

Link to update
Link to Times Record News

By Clayton

Sunday, February 24, 2008

A freshman football player with the Midwestern State University football team was critically injured in a two-car collision late Friday, according to MSU Head Coach Bill Maskill.

About midnight Friday, Jeff Williams of Lufkin and former player and MSU student Brett Davis of McKinney, Texas, were in a Ford Mustang that collided with a pickup driven by Albert Jackson Gee, 22.

Gee was arrested and charged with intoxication assault in connection with the accident that occurred at the intersection of Maplewood and Southwest Parkway.

His bond was set at $3,500, and he was free Saturday from the Wichita County

Both Williams and Davis were rushed to United Regional Health Care System’s 11th Street Campus, where Williams remains.

Davis was treated and released, but Williams is in intensive care, Maskill said in a phone interview Saturday afternoon.

United Regional listed Williams in stable condition.

“It’s heartbreaking to have anyone involved in an accident,” Maskill said. As a coach, “you feel like you’re responsible” when something happens to a player.

The coach got the call moments after the accident and called Williams’ parents, and then he said he went to the hospital.

When he arrived, he saw the support that Williams had from fellow MSU players and students.

About 30 people, and not just MSU football players, were at Williams’ side.

“He’s well liked….. He’s a very quiet, unassuming kid,” Maskill said. “You wouldn’t know he was in a room if you were there with him.”

Williams’ family made the drive from southeast Texas to be at his side.

The freshman’s prognosis was unclear at press time, but Maskill heard a promising report from one of United Regional’s medical staff who told him Williams might be able to return to the field next year.

Reporter Clayton J. Hein can be reached at HeinC(at) or by phone at (940)

Friday, February 22, 2008

NCAA places UCO on three years probation

On Wednesday, the NCAA Division II Committee on infractions announced that the University of Central Oklahoma was placed on three years probation for rules violations by the football program. In addition to the three year probation, there will be an additional reduction of 2 scholarships this academic year, as well as a reduction of 4 scholarships during the 08-09 and 09-10 academic years, and the football team cannot appear on television from Feb. 20, 2008-Feb 19, 2010.

A two-year "show cause" order coach Chuck Langston was imposed as well. Any school wanting to hire Langston for an athletic-related position must appear before the infractions committee to determine whether his duties should be limited.

Link to the NCAA Public Infraction Report article
SportingNews article
Chronicle of Higher Education article
Edmond Sun

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Baseball - Weekend Matchups (2/24)

Southwestern Oklahoma (3-9, 1-6) at Texas A&M-Kingsville (9-4, 6-2)
TAMK wins opener 6-0. Mario Gonzalez allows 3 hits over 8 innings, Joe Hamon raises his average to .618 by going 4-4 w/a HR and 3 RBI, 2 R.

Game two for the Javelinas, 5-1. Tim Jones limits the Bulldogs to 5 hits, barely missing back-to-back shutouts. Thmas Miller hit a two-run homer in the seventh, and Lee Venegas went 2-4 driving in 2 and scoring 2. For SWO, Dakota Streber goes 3-4 with a solo home run.

The Javelinas take the third game, 5-3. Josh Livingston threw a complete game, allowing 6 hits in 7 innings, striking out 8. Joe Hamon drove in 2, and hit his 2nd home run of the season. Caleb Cole, went 2-3 with a triple, knocking in 2 runs for teh Bulldogs.

SWO takes game four 5-3 to avoid the sweep. Chris Morrison improved to 2-1 on the season, with six-plus strong innings, giving up only one earned run. Jeff Robinson pitched the final two and a third innings, allowing one hit and no runs for the save.

Dakota Streber went 4-5 with a double, drove in a run and scored one to lead the Bulldog offense.

For the series, Streber went 8-16, including his second HR of the season, drove in 2 and scored two. Joe Hamon went 8-15, hit 2 HRs, scored 4 runs and drove in 5.

East Central (6-10, 3-5) at West Texas A&M (3-7, 2-5)
In a slugfest, WTAM takes the opener of this series 13-12, holding off a Tiger rally that almost saw them overcome a 12-5 deficit heading into the 7th inning. Brian Schupp hit his 6th HR and drove in 3 runs, while Darby Walker had 2 doubles and drove in 3 as well. ECU's Zach Hammons hit a grand slam in the third and the Tigers outhit the Buffs 16-11, but the Buffs escape with the win.

The bats continued to be the story in game two as ECU pulls out a 11-10 win. Lucas Armenta hit three HRs, including a two-run shot in the ninth to bring on extra innings, then another two run shot in the tenth. Brian Schupp had two HRs for WTAM.

In the nightcap, Brian Schupp continued his hot hitting, knocking in 3 runs and hitting a walk off solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to lead WTAM to a 10-9 win. Greg Shanks had 3 hits, scored twice and drove in 2. The teams have combined for 81 hits and 65 runs in the first three games.

ECU gets the series split with a 10-0 win Sunday. Kolbie Brown throws 8 innings of 4 hit shutout ball, and Clint Bowker and Zach Hammons each had 3 hits and Trevor Gavin, Tyler Pybas and Lucas Armenta each drove in two runs for the Tigers

Cameron (9-7, 3-5) at Angelo State (11-5, 6-2)
Angelo State wins the opener 8-1. Sean Winschler goes 7 strong innings, allowing only 1 run on 7 hits and 1 walk, striking out 8. Steven Allred, Shan Sullivan and Trey Carter each get 2 hits, with Allred knocking in 3 runs, and Sullivan 2. Josh Barnett goes 3-4 for Cameron.

Cameron takes game two 7-5. Josh Barnett hit a leadoff HR for the Aggis, and Blake Watson had a two run shot as well.

Angelo State was able to overcome a 9-2 deficit heading into their last at bat in the second game. Trey Carter's three run double was the ninth straight Ram hit, and gave the Rams a 10-9 win in the nightcap.

Rams take finale, 13-3. Bret Nightengale, in his first start of the season, only gave up three runs on three hits. Shan Sullivan had four hits to lead the Rams. Cameron did not help themselves in the field, committing six errors.

Southeastern Oklahoma (2-7, 2-5) at Eastern New Mexico (8-3, 2-1)
Luis Estrella goes the distance to pick up his first win in the opener, as SEO wins 7-2. He alloweds just 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 12. Trey Wingo drove in 3 and he and Randall Clay each had homers for SEO. Jonathan Marbury had 3 of ENMU's 5 hits including 2 solo homers.

ENMU takes game two 23-13. The Greyhounds pounded out 26 hits, including 5 doubles, 3 triples, and 2 HRs. Tyler Hayes and Ethan Wagner each drove in 5 runs, while Freddy Carmona and Seth Clabaugh knocked in 4.

Game three also goes to ENMU, as they score the final 7 runs of the game to win 12-6. Only 13 hits this time for the Greyhounds, but Ismael Solis goes the distance, allowing 6 earned runs in 7 innings, improving his record to 2-0.

SEO takes the finale 22-1, to split the series. With the score 2-1 in favor of SEO after four innings, the Savage Storm exploded for 8 runs in the fifth, and 12 more the rest of the way. Trey Wingo drove in 7 runs and Randall Clay and Ryan Bowen each drove in 4.

Northeastern State (5-6, 1-2) at Tarleton State (9-6, 4-3)

Texans take opener 6-2. Danny Morris pitched 8 innings of 6-hit ball and improved to 4-0 on the season. Greg Terpenning knocked in the go ahead runs with a two run double in the fourth. Jimmy Pike had three hits in a losing effort for the Riverhawks.

Game two to the Riverhawks in a slugfest that makes the ENMU-SEO game or the ECU-WTAM series look like a pitchers duels. NSU scored in every inning to take a 31-20 win over Tarleton. Chris Bennet gets the victory, despite giving up 12 runs in 3 and a third innings. LINK TO BOX SCORE. The teams combined 47 hits, for 11 doubles, a triple, and 10 HRs. Just too many hitting heroes to single anyone out.

Game three a relatively mild 7-6 Texan win. Greg Terpenning went the distance for Tarleton, allowing just 7 hits and striking out 8. Justin Delay did hit a 2 run, 2 out HR to draw NSU to within one, but Jimmy Pike flew out to end the game and a wild day in Stephenville.

Jacob Etzkorn got his first win of the season as the Riverhawks beat Tarleton 10-3 to gain a split in the weekend series. Joel Eusebio had 3 hits and drove in 4 runs to lead NSU.

Matchup of the Week

Central Oklahoma (11-2, 5-2) at Abilene Christian (6-8, 5-2)

Trailing 3-0 after three innings, UCO outscores ACU 7-1 the rest of the way to win the opener 7-4. Tyler Carroll led the way with 3 hits, including a home run, scored 2 runs and had 2 RBIs and even stole a base.

ACU needed a triple play in the eighth inning to hold off UCO 12-11 in game one Saturday. Cameron Satten drove in 3 runs and 4 other Wildcats knocked in 2. Mike Moctezuma had 3 hits and drove in 4 runs for UCO.

The Bronchos salvaged a split, winning the second game 12-10. Breck Draper went 3-3, knocking in 2 runs and scoring twice. UCO led 10-3 after 4 innings and held on to a 12-10 win. Trey Watten hit his second home run of the season in a losing effort.

Matt Spotanski had the big 2 run single in the seventh to put ACU on top 3-1. Trey Watten outdueled Breck Draper, throwing a complete game, limiting UCO to 6 hits and one unearned run.

In boxing terms, this would qualify as a no decision - Both teams landed some big punches, but no one was knocked out. ACU has to be pleased with winning 2 of the last three and beating Draper, while UCO should be happy to travel to Abilene and leave with a split.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Current Polls (2/19)

Basketball Regional Rankings (2/20)
1 (1) Tarleton State- ACU 66-63, #5 WTAM
2. (2) Southwest Baptist- #8 Fort Hays 54-78, Pitt State
3. (3) Northwest Missouri State- Washburn 61-71, #7 Missouri Southern
4. (4) Central Oklahoma- NSU 68-75, ECU
5. (5) West Texas A&M- #10 TAMK 69-51, #1 TSU
6. (6) Southwestern Oklahoma State-
TAMC 75-86

7. (10) Missouri Southern State- Central Missouri 64-78, #3 NWMSU
8. (8) Fort Hays State- #2 SBU 78-54, Truman
9. (7) St. Edward's - Texas A&M-International
10. (NR) Texas A&M-Kingsville- #5 WTAM 51-69

1 (1) West Texas A&M- TAMK 81-64, TSU
2 (2) Washburn- NWMSU 81-71, #4 Emporia
3 (4) Southwest Baptist- Fort Hays 60-74, Pitt State
4 (7) Emporia State- Pitt State 94-49, #2 Washburn
5 (3) Missouri Southern State- Central Missouri 64-53 , NWMSU
6 (5) Central Oklahoma - #9 NSU 57-53
7 (6) Angelo State- MSU 96-89, ENMU
8 (8) Texas A&M-Commerce- SWO 68-62, SEO
9 (9) Northeastern State- #6 UCO 53-57, Cameron

10 (10) St. Mary’s (Texas) - Incarnate Word

Men's Basketball Poll NABC
Tarleton State up 5 spots to #12
SWO also up 5 spots to #14

Central Oklahoma still only receiving votes (6 this week)

Southwest Baptist is the only other South Regional Team in the rankings. They are at #18, dropping 3 spots after splitting their two games last week. Northwest Missouri received 4 votes.

Women's Basketball Poll USA Today/ESPN (WBCA)
West Texas A&M up one spot to #16

Other Regional teams ranked or receiving votes.
Washburn up one spot to #17
Emporia State up two spots to #18
St. Mary's receiving votes (12 this week)

Baseball Poll (Baseball News)
Central Oklahoma up 5 spots to #10
Angelo State receiving votes (4 this week)

Other regional teams ranked and receiving votes
Ouachita Baptist #3
Delta State #5
West Alabama #12
Southern Arkansas 13
St. Marys #21
Montevallo #23
North Alabama #30

St Edwards RV (2)

No so fast my friend

Our apologies to Lee Corso for stealing his line, but it is fitting in this instance.

It was reported a few weeks back that Allen Johnson was leaving Midwestern State to become the defensive coordinator at Texas A&M Commerce. Apparantley that is not going to happen after all. It now appears that Johnson will become the cornerback coach at the University of Texas-El Paso. The Times-Record News even points out his brief "tenure" at Commerce, but the UTEP news release omits that minor detail.

Monday, February 18, 2008

LSC Basketball This Week (2/23)

Players of the Week
LSC Website
Jessica White - NSU
Audrey Maxwell - ACU
Trevor Guy - SWO
Corwin Ragland - ACU

Feb. 20
68 Central Oklahoma 57
75 Northeastern State 53
UCO women need a win to stay a game in front of SEO, who should beat Cameron.
NSU men's tourney hopes would go to about 90% with an upset here.

66 Angelo State 96
68 Midwestern State 89 in OT
Mustang men outscore ASU 9-0 over last 1:14, Richardson had 8 of those points including the game winner with one second to play.
Listen Here
MSU women out with a loss here.
Same for the MSU men. ASU loss would put them on life support.

63 Abilene Christian 66
66 Tarleton State 63
ACU men would get a huge boost with a win, a loss doesn't really hurt though.

75 Southwestern Oklahoma 62
86 Texas A&M-Commerce 68
Listen Here
Women - SWO needs a win to not fall behind SEO, and further behind UCO. TAMC clinches tourney spot with win.
SWO men have had several close calls lately. A TAMC win virtually puts them in tourney, a loss doesn't really hurt them.

73 Cameron 76
72 Southeastern Oklahoma 82
Listen Here
Women - an SEO win coupled with an SWO loss would put them up a game in the loss column.

51 Texas A&M-Kingsville 64
69 West Texas A&M 81
Listen Here
WT men want to keep pace w/ Tarleton, for TAMK a win would just about put them into LSC tourney.

Feb. 21
Eastern New Mexico 48
Texas Woman's 65
TWU keeps their very slim playoff hopes alive.

Feb. 23
77 Northeastern State 82
60 Cameron 68

72 East Central 68
80 Central Oklahoma 81

86 Midwestern State 64
90 Abilene Christian 73

58 Tarleton State 48
64 West Texas A&M 64

49 Eastern New Mexico 52
83 Angelo State 70

81 Texas A&M-Commerce 77
46 Southeastern Oklahoma 88

Texas Woman's 67
Texas A&M-Kingsville 54

Sunday, February 17, 2008

LSC Basketball Power Poll - Week Six

  1. 19-4 UCO - (LW 1) Should keep cruising this week.
  2. 20-3 Tarleton (2) Big matchup against WTAM Saturday.
  3. 18-6 WTAM (4) Survived scare vs. MSU, two big games at home this week, TAMK and Tarleton.
  4. 20-4 SWO - (3) Flirting with disaster, only a late 3 pointer saved them from SEO. Will they beat TAMC on the road?
  5. 16-8 TAMK (5) OK, so MSU beats Tarleton, Tarleton beats TAMK, and TAMK beats MSU? An upset Wednesday could give them big momentum down the stretch.
  6. 17-6 Abilene (7) win over Angelo St. huge, may be difference in playoff race. A win over TSU would be nice, but MSU more important.
  7. 14-9 Angelo St (6) playoff chances slipping away. Need to sweep ENMU and MSU for any chance.
  8. 11-12 Midwestern St (8) WTAM game slipped away, letdown at Kingsville. Must sweep ACU and ASU for any chance at playoffs.
  9. 10-14 TAMC (10) easing toward LSC tourney.
  10. 11-13 Northeastern St (11) got their upset over TAMC, almost over SWO as well.
  11. 13-11 ECU (9) not likely to move up this week.
  12. 6-18 ENMU (12) double digit losses becoming more common.
  13. 4-19 Cameron (13) ECU loss just about killed any tournament possibility.
  14. 3-20 SEO (14) young team not giving up, nearly shocked SWO.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Baseball Weekend Matchups (2/17)

Eastern New Mexico (6-2, 0-0) at Northeastern State (4-4, 0-0) Series cancelled
The Greyhounds took 3 of 4 from Colorado Mines, outscoring the Ore Diggers by a 38-26 margin. They are hitting .356 scoring 10.6 runs per game, while allowing 6.5. Three starting pitchers have ERAs of 3.60 or better, and four starting batters are hitting .400 or better. NSU split with Missouri Southern last week, and the Riverhawks also own a two-game sweep over Central Missouri. They are hitting .307, scoring 9 runs per game, while allowing 9.333. They have three starting pitchers with ERAs of 3.68 or better. Joel Eusebio leads the offense with a .579 average.

Angelo State(7-4, 3-1) at Southeastern Oklahoma(1-3, 1-3)
ASU takes three of four 6-4, 4-1, 5-0, 3-13
SEO will be playing their season opener as they host the Rams. Last weekend, ASU won the opener against #7 Delta State 3-1, but dropped the last two 1-8 and 1-9. The Rams are hitting .318, and averaging 5 runs per game, while giving up 7. Today's scheduled opener can be heard by going to the SEO Website.

West Texas A&M(1-5, 0-3) at Central Oklahoma(8-0, 3-0)
UCO sweeps WTAM 19-0, 9-1, 15-14
WT won the finale 13-4 to salvage a win last week against Sul Ross, after losing two close games 6-8 and 2-3. They are hitting .321, scoring 7 runs a game, while giving up 5. Brian Schupp hit .643 with 5 HRs and 10 RBIs in the series. UCO beat Missiour Southern and national power Central Missouri by a combined 21-3 margin last week to remain undefeated. As a team, they are hitting .333, scoring 11 runs a game, while allowing just over 3. Dean McIntyre is 2-0 after holding the Mules to 2 runs last weekend.

East Central (4-8, 1-3) at Texas A&M-Kingsville (6-2, 3-1)
ECU wins opener 10-9, TAMK takes last three 5-0, 18-3, 3-0
Ortinginally scheduled for Ada, this series was moved to Kingsville due to inclement weather. ECU was swept by Central Missouri last week 4-0, 8-6, and 16-5. They are hitting .282, scoring 4.5 runs per game, while allowing just over 7. Their starting pitching has been good, with 3 starters sporting ERAs at 3.60 or lower. Dusty Rowland is hitting.423 with 10 RBI. TAMK beat UT-Brownsville 5-1 and Texas A&M-International 20-3 last week, extending their winning streak to three. They are hitting .344 scoring just under 11 runs per game, while allowing just under 6. Six starters are hitting .333 or higher.

Abilene Christian (4-5, 3-0) at Southwestern Oklahoma (2-6, 0-3)
ACU Sweeps 6-1, 15-5, 10-1
The Wildcats are off to a very slow start, having dropped 5 in a row after winning their opener. Their opponents, Delta State and Southern Arkansas were a combined 86-33 last year and this year are currently tied for the #10 national ranking. They are hitting .294, scoring 6.7 runs per game, while allowing 10.3. Trey Watten is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA (the only starter under 8.00). Mike Elkerson leads the offense with a .524 average and 8 RBI. The Bulldogs took two from St Gregorys last week, after being swept by Henderson State to open the season. They are hitting .299 and scoring 7.4 runs per game, while allowing 6.2. Dakota Streber leads the team with a .647 average and 5 RBI.

Tarleton State (7-4, 2-2) at Cameron (84, 2-2)Series moved to Tarleton
Teams split series TSU 9-0, 10-6, Cameron 11-3, 14-13
The Texans were blasted by St Marys 21-5, after sweeping a three-game series with Henderson State 14-10, 7-4, and 10-9. They are hitting .333, scoring 7.5 per game, while giving up 8.6 (drops to 6.9 if you take out the St Mary's game). Six batters are hitting over .300. Greg Sillivent has 2 homers and 13 RBI to lead the offensive attack. Cameron dropped two to Central Missouri last week, after taking 4 from Pittsburg State earlier. They are hitting .278 and are scoring 4.3 per game. The pitching has been impressive, allowing just under 3 runs per game, and not allowing more than 4 in any game so far. The ERAs of their starters range from 2.57 to 3.24.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

LSC Schools Signing Lists

Click on the school to see their list of signees.

Abilene Christian
Angelo State
Central Oklahoma
East Central
Eastern New Mexico
Midwestern State
Northeastern State
Southeastern Oklahoma
Southwestern Oklahoma
Tarleton State
Texas A&M-Commerce
Texas A&M-Kingsville
West Texas A&M

Incarnate Word

South Central Regional Rankings (2/13)

1. (LW 1) Tarleton State 16-3 13-3 (beat TAMK 70-51)
2. (2) Southwest Baptist 14-4 14-4 (lost to Washburn 68-71, beat Missouri Southern 85-75)
3. (3) Northwest Missouri State 12-6 11-6 (beat Truman 61-49, Pitt St 67-46)
4. (6) Central Oklahoma 15-4 15-4 (beat Cameron 89-77)
5. (8) West Texas A&M 16-4 14-3 (beat Midwestern St 86-83 in OT, ENMU 72-58)
6. (4) Southwestern Oklahoma State 15-4 15-4 (beat SEO 71-70, Northeastern St 74-70)
7. (7) St. Edward’s 14-4 12-3 (Beat UT Permian Basin, OPSU 69-58)
8. (5) Fort Hays State 8-7 8-7 (Lost to Central Missouri, beat Missouri Western 65-52)
9. (10) Angelo State 14-8 14-8 (Lost to Abilene Christian 85-96)
10. (NR) Missouri Southern State 10-6 10-5 (Beat Emporia 80-69, lost to SW Baptist 75-85)

Womens Rankings
1. (1) West Texas A&M 17-4 16-1 (Beat Midwestern St 89-51, ENMU 78-57)
2. (3) Washburn 14-4 13-4 (beat SBU 74-62, Truman 80-75)
3. (2) Missouri Southern State 13-5 13-5 (lost to Emporia 46-79, SBU 53-62)
4. (5) Southwest Baptist 14-4 13-4 (lost to Washburn 62-74, beat Missouri Southern 62-53)
5. (4) Central Oklahoma 16-6 15-6 (Beat Cameron 70-61)
6. (6) Angelo State 18-5 17-5 (beat Texas Woman's 71-60, lost to Abilene Christian 67-77)

7. (7) Emporia State 14-4 13-4 (beat Missouri Southern 79-46, Central Missouri 83-65)
8. (8) Texas A&M-Commerce 14-6 13-6 (Lost to Northeastern St 65-87, beat ECU 70-64)
9. (10) Northeastern State 12-9 12-9 (Beat A&M Commerce 87-65, SWO 68-51)
10.(9) St. Mary’s (Texas) 16-3 13-2 (Beat OPSU 68-61, UT Permian Basin 88-64)

New Football Signings

Southeastern Oklahoma announces two more signings:
Baylen Laury RB – Forney High School , transfer from Northern Iowa
Cordney Smith RB – Duncanville High School , transfer from Baylor University

Texas A&M-Kingsville announces one more signing:
Spenser Duncan DE - Giddings High School

Angelo State announces two more signings:
Stephen Williams WR - Waller High School
Austin Benson LB - Del Rio High School

Eastern New Mexico announces one more signing:
Stephen Smith OL/DL - La Cueva High School (NM)

Midwestern State announces three more signings:
Jean-Luc Motlagh LB - Heath High School (Rockwall)
Matt Tanner WR - Heath High School (Rockwall)
Jeremy Hernandez DB - Mesquite Horn High School

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

NABC Basketball Poll (2/12)

LSC Teams

17 Tarleton State (12 Last Week)
19 Southwestern Oklahoma (9 Last Week)

Central Oklahoma still can't crack top 25 receives 8 votes to finish just outside (#25 Ft Lewis received 11 votes).

Side note Southwest Baptist is #15 and is the only other South Central team ranked. NW Missouri received 6 votes.

It will be interesting to see if Tarleton maintains the #1 regional ranking when that poll is released tomorrow.

Monday, February 11, 2008

LSC Basketball this week (2/16)

Players of the Week
Destiny Brown - SEO
Audrey Maxwell - ACU
Sam Belt - UCO
Jeremy Ford - MSU

Games this week

73 Cameron 60
77 East Central 53

51 Texas A&M-Kingsville 43
70 Tarleton State 60

86 West Texas A&M 89
83 Midwestern State 51
mens game OT - WTAM outscores MSU 13-4 over last 7:37 to force OT. Robert Lee scores 30.

68 Texas A&M-Commerce 65
76 Northeastern State 87
mens game double OT

71 Southwestern Oklahoma 72
70 Southeastern Oklahoma 69
(could decide a playoff spot for women)
Men's game decided on a SWO 3 pointer with 24 seconds remaining in game.

84 Abilene Christian 80
60 Eastern New Mexico 60

Texas Woman's 60
Angelo State 71


55 East Central 64
68 Texas A&M-Commerce 70

63 Midwestern State 71
78 Texas A&M-Kingsville 86
(could decide a tournament spot for the men)

89 Central Oklahoma 70
77 Cameron 61

70 Northeastern State 68
74 Southwestern Oklahoma 51
(big game for
the women)

58 Eastern New Mexico 57
72 West Texas A&M 78

Tarleton State 51
Texas Woman's 65


85 Angelo State 67
96 Abilene Christian 77
(could decide a tournament spot for the men)

Sunday, February 10, 2008

LSC Basketball Power Poll - Week Five

  1. 18-4 UCO - (LW 1) Beat their top LSC North competitors.
  2. 19-3 Tarleton (2) Midwestern State took it to them at Wisdom.
  3. 18-4 SWO - (3) Came within a point of being swept for the week.
  4. 16-6 WTAM (4) Almost ready to jump over SWO.
  5. 15-7 TAMK (5) Split a pair on the road.
  6. 14-8 Angelo St (7) split a pair at home.
  7. 15-6 Abilene (6) losing streak up to 4, a loss Saturday would virtually eliminate them.
  8. 11-10 Midwestern St (10) does a big win at Tarleton propel them the rest of the season?
  9. 12-10 ECU (8) just a point short vs. SWO, season finale vs NSU could decide tourney spot.
  10. 9-13 TAMC (9) holding on to the third spot in the North.
  11. 10-12 Northeastern St (11) though they are in the fourth spot, they need at least one upset in next three (UCO, SWO, TAMC)
  12. 6-16 ENMU (12) played TSU close, never mustered much against TAMK.
  13. 4-17 Cameron (13) crazy to think a 4-17 team has a shot at the LSC tourney.
  14. 3-19 SEO (14) the season can't end soon enough.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Don Hansen Football Gazette All-American Team

First Team Offense
RB - Bernard Scott - ACU

First Team Defense
DE - Brandon Swain - WTAM
CB - Rod Mosely - TAMK

Second Team Defense
LB - Will Clewis - UCO
S - Ranardrick Phillips - TSU

Third Team Offense
QB - Daniel Polk - MSU
C - Tony Burson - MSU
K - Matt Adams - ACU

Third Team Offense
LB - Jared Brock - WTAM

Honorable Mention (by school alpha)
WR - Jerale Badon - ACU
WR - Johnny Knox - ACU
QB - Billy Malone - ACU
OL - Nathan Young - ACU
FB - Josh Postin - SWO
RS - Nathan Robinson - TSU
AP - Keithon Flemming - WTAM
TE - Kolo Kapanui - WTAM
CB - Cashmin Thomas - WTAM

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

More signing stories

Some names not on yesterday's signing lists are listed below each link. We will add these to the lists when the schools have confirmed.

National signing day: Sherman duo signs with East Central

National signing day: Seizing the chance to compete collegiately

Signed and sealed
Three Bulldogs lead big list of local recruits

Sixteen Buccaneers ink scholarship offers
DT Terrance Flagg - Tarleton State
LB Gary Ragston - Tarleton State

February 7, 2008: Childs, Forga ink with Division II schools
CB Casey Forga - Abilene Christian

R.E. Lee Players Reveal Choices

Gales taking different roads to college

Signing day high school profile: Chris Scott and Brian McGuire, Broken Arrow

Heritage Hall trio to play together at UCO

Connor, Frenship lead list of area signings

Padilla inks with Eastern New Mexico

Area Athletes Commit On Signing Day

Area recruits find schools that feel like home

Temple's Tuck picks Midwestern State; Reaves-Brown chooses Cisco; Monsen to join BYU's 2010 class

8 Copperas Cove Bulldawgs sign letters of intent

County players sign letters of intent
WR Matt McLaren - Texas A&M Commerce

SOSU football adds 32 to 2008 roster

Seguin QB signs with WTAMU

Mens Basketball South Central Region (2/6)

1. Tarleton State (15-2)
2. Southwest Baptist (12-4)
3. Northwest Missouri State (10-6)
4. Southwestern Oklahoma State (14-3)
5. Fort Hays State (8-5)
6. Central Oklahoma (13-4)
7. St. Edward's (14-4)
8. West Texas A&M (14-4)
9. Texas A&M-Kingsville (12-6)
10. Angelo State (13-7)

Northwest Missouri loses both games last week and passes SWO who won both of their games. Central Oklahoma wins both games and drops a spot, WTAM wins its only game and drops two spots, while Fort Hays splits its two games a rises a spot.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

NABC Poll (2/5)

1Bentley, Mass. (5)20-01971
2Grand Valley State, Mich. (3)24-01952
3Winona State, Minn.23-11843
4South Dakota19-11734
6Northern State, S.D.20-21608
7South Carolina Aiken17-21519
8Findlay, Ohio18-313211
9Southwestern Oklahoma State17-312112
10Gannon, Pa.19-211715
11Drury, Mo.16-31147
12Tarleton State, Texas18-211317
13West Liberty State, W.Va.17-21016
14LIU-C.W. Post, N.Y.18-29916
15Southwest Baptist, Mo.15-48821
16Augusta State, Ga.14-48410
18Mount Olive, N.C.14-35224
19Cal State-San Bernardino16-45113
20Fort Lewis, Colo.17-34725
22Northern Kentucky16-323NR
24Kentucky Wesleyan19-316NR

Others receiving votes - Central Oklahoma 2

LSC Players of the week of the Week (2/4)

LSC Website

LSC Women North - Lucy Ramon - Southwestern Oklahoma
LSC Women South - Kristee Davidson - Abilene Christian
LSC Men North - Sam Belt - Central Oklahoma
LSC Men South - Avery Patterson - Tarleton State

Pitcher - Joel Eusebio - Northeastern State
Batter - Kenny Elkind - Angelo State

North Pitcher - Marjorie Johnson - Southeastern Oklahoma
North Hitter - Megan Campbell - Central Oklahoma
South Pitcher - Kim McDonald - Abilene Christian
South Hitter - Whitney Meeks - Angelo State

Monday, February 4, 2008

Recruiting Preview and Team Needs

Central Oklahoma
Needs - QB, DL and LB (O'Hara, Lewis and Clewis gone)
Depth - OL, DB, RB (8 of 10 OL will be Srs, need depth behind Birmingham)
Okay - WR (return almost all)

Ryan O'Hara wasn't a world beater, but was a two year starter that needs to be replace. Clewis was a world beater, and the Bronchos likely won't fill that void with equal talent.

East Central
Needs - WR, DL, LB, and DB lose their top players at these positions
Depth - RB (Holland needs help), OL (only 9 OL on roster that have remaining eligibility)
Okay - QB Jackson a good one, but what if he gets hurt

Defense loses 4 top tacklers (7 of top 10) and wasn't stellar to begin with (35 pts, 457 yds per game). Who will Jackson throw to?

Northeastern State
Needs - OL, QB, WR (lost 2 second team and 1 HM All-LSC OL, QB was a weakness last year, only 1 WR with more than 9 catches expected to return)
Depth - LB, DL, DB, RB (some good players return, especially DB Mondy and RB Lewis, but need more around them)
Okay - ST (first team kicker, HM punter to return)

Outside of Josh Lewis, the whole offense needs to be replenished or upgraded. The defense looks to be in better shape, but won't get the Riverhawks to the playoffs on their own.

Southeastern Oklahoma
Needs - DL, RB (lose top 2 DL, and RB Sean Cooper)
Depth - OL, LB, DB (lose 3 OL)
Okay - WR, QB (Top 5 receivers return + maybe some ineligilble from last year, QB moves to needs if Pitrucha isn't back)

SEO's recruiting class will be a success if Justin Pitrucha is eligible in the fall. Defense needs to get better, esepcially against the run.

Southwestern Oklahoma
Needs - OL, DL, RB (OL loses two first team All-LSC, DL loses two second teamers, RB just needs help)
Depth - QB, WR, DB (Day only QB with experience, Haggerty only WR w/more than 20 catches)
Okay - LB, Special Teams (McCoy and Franklin return at LB)

SWO needs to replenish the lines and add some playmakers on offense.

Texas A&M-Commerce

Needs - OL, WR and LB - lost a total of 5 first team All-LSC players
Depth - top RB and QBs will be Srs
Okay - DL and DB each return 2 first team All-LSC players

The Lions will have a lot of seniors returning. A good chance for them to have that breakout year that has been expected in recent times.

Abilene Christian
Needs - OL, DL (lose a lot on both sides of the trenches)
Depth - WR, LB (need a WR to keep teams from double teaming Knox, lose steady LB Stutts)
Okay - QB, RB, DB (top 3 QBs back, top 3 RBs back, DB is deep w/returnees)

If the defense can just improve to above average, the Wildcats could make a serious run in the playoffs. A lot of seniors, this is their best chance since 1977.

Angelo State
Needs - DL, LB, DB (Rams don't lose many, but level of play must get better)
Depth - OL, RB, QB (good players in place, just need more)
Okay - WR (not scheduled to lose anyone)

Angelo State is very young, and could use help all over (even more depth at WR wouldn't be a bad thing.)

Eastern New Mexico
Needs - QB, WR, RB, OL (Switching from the option to the spread?)
Depth - DL, LB, DB (take out Bacone and OPSU games, ENMU gave up 440+ yds and 34 pts per game)
Okay -

The Greyhounds are apparently throwing in the towel on the option, which means they basically need to replace their offense. Defense loses some of their better players and they struggled as it was.

Midwestern State
Needs - Coaches, QB, WR, OL (Daniel Polk, DelJuan Lee, Tony Burson, Immanuel Sennett gone)
Depth - DL, DB (lose 2 second team All-LSC DL, and 1 first and 2 second teamers at DB)
Okay - RB, LB (plenty of good bodies to replace those leaving)

The Mustangs lose a lot of talent - Daniel Polk first and foremost, but also both the OC and the DC, and a total of 9 first or second team All-LSC performers. Last year may have been their best shot to break out.

Tarleton State
Needs - DB, LB, OL (Many of the top Texans were here)
Depth - DL (Miles will be hard to replace)
Okay - QB, RB, WR (good and good depth at all the offensive skill positions)

The Texans may have to take a page from ACU's playbook last year and outscore teams to win. They lose more than a ton of talent including 4 first team All-LSC on defense and 2 on the offensive line.

Texas A&M-Kingsville
Needs - RB, DL, DB (leading RB only had 226 yds, lost 2 DTs, and DBs that had 75% of INTs)
Depth - OL, QB (OL only loses two but needs to improve, only had 3 QBs last year, all frosh and all played)
Okay - WR, LB (should return everyone at these spots)

Didn't lose many seniors, but are thin at spots and need to get better at others.

West Texas A&M
Needs - OL (lose 3 top linemen)
Depth - LB, DB, DL (a lot of seniors in these spots next year)
Okay - QB, RB, WR (good and deep here with backups ready to contribute when called upon)

With all the seniors on the Buffalo roster, next year might be their year if they can re-tool the OL.

LSC Basketball this week (2/9)


55 Northeastern State
68 Ouachita Baptist
Men only


73 Southeastern Oklahoma 60
83 East Central 64

76 Texas A&M-Kingsville 65
79 Angelo State 67

72 Southwestern Oklahoma 60
83 Central Oklahoma 70

93 Texas A&M-Commerce 89
78 Cameron 75

73 Tarleton State 68
63 Eastern New Mexico 47

Midwestern State 49
Texas Woman's 62


90 West Texas A&M 66
82 Abilene Christian 71 in OT


66 Southwestern Oklahoma 49
65 East Central 35

76 Central Oklahoma 68
60 Texas A&M-Commerce 74

79 Midwestern State 66
65 Tarleton State 77

61 Texas A&M-Kingsville 60
47 Eastern New Mexico 66

84 West Texas A&M 66
78 Angelo State 42

59 Northeastern State 65
48 Southeastern Oklahoma 66

Texas Woman's 62
Abilene Christian 64

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Darrell Green Elected to NFL Hall of Fame

Link to Washington Post (with video)

Link to Houston Chronicle (with video)

Link to Canton Repository

The Story below is from the Texas A&M-Kingsville Athletic Website

From Houston Jones High School, to Texas A&I, to the Washington Redskins and then to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

It was announced today that former Javelina great Darrell Green will be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on on Saturday, August 2, 2008 in Canton, Ohio. Green joined former Washington Redskin teammate Art Monk, New England linebacker Andre Tippett, San Diego/San Francisco defensive end Fred Dean, Minnesota/Denver tackle Gary Zimmerman and senior committee choice, Kansas City cornerback Emmitt Thomas.
Green is one of the best-known players ever in the National Football League and a two-sport All-American at Texas A&I.
Green retired after the 2002 season after 20 years with the Washington Redskins. He was a first-round draft pick after finishing his career with the Javelinas.
Green played football for four years at Texas A&I and was on the track and field team for three years.
From Houston Jones High School, Green was an Associated Press Little All-America and American Football Coaches Association All-America first-team honoree. He was on the All-Lone Star Conference first team as a junior and senior and was selected as the LSC’s most valuable player in 1982. He was selected by his teammates as a captain in 1982.
He was selected to the Lone Star Conference Team of the Decade for the 1980s.
Green got much of his collegiate notability in track.
His first meet came in the spring of 1981 in San Angelo and he ran a 10.08 in the 100-meter dash. That was the beginning of his reputation as one of the world’s fastest runners. The mark still stands as the all-time best in the Lone Star Conference.
Green holds the Lone Star Conference records, which are set at the annual conference meet, in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. His times are 10.22 in the 100 and 20.67 in the 200.
His all-time collegiate best in the 100 was 10.08, 20.50 in the 200 and 45.90 in the 400. He ran on relay teams that recorded 40.43 in the 400 and 3:10.06 in the 1600.
He was named the most valuable track performer at the 1982 and 1983 Lone Star Conference Championships. He won gold medals at the LSC meet in the 100-meter dash in 1981, in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes in 1982 and in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes in 1983.
Green was named to the NCAA Division I All-America roster in 1981 and 1982, and was on the NCAA Division II All-America team in five events in 1981 and 1982. He was NAIA All-America in 1981 and 1982 in four events.
Green was on All-America first teams in track and field 10 different times.
Green has been inducted into the NCAA Division II Hall of Fame, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, the Lone Star Conference Hall of Honor and the Javelina Hall of Fame.
In his first season with the Redskins in 1983, Green was named the NFL Rookie of the Year.
He was a seven-time All-Pro defensive back, four-time NFL Fastest Man honoree and two-time Super Bowl championship team member.
Green, a first round draft pick (28th overall) by the Washington Redskins in the 1983 NFL Draft, enjoyed instant success in the NFL. As a rookie, he set the tone for things to come when he scored the very first time he touched the football. That touchdown came on a 61-yard punt return in a preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons. Green started all 16 regular season games during his rookie campaign and finished fourth on the team in tackles with 109 that included a team-leading 79 solo stops. He was runner-up for the Associated Press NFL Rookie of the Year Award.
During his first regular-season game with the Redskins, he made his first hallmark play when he chased down the legendary Tony Dorsett of the Dallas Cowboys to prevent a touchdown.

He holds the following NFL and Redskin records:
*First NFL player to make at least one interception in 19 consecutive seasons.
*First NFL player to return an interception for a touchdown at age 37.
*First NFL player to play cornerback at the age of 42.
*First Redskin to play 20 consecutive seasons, start in 254 games and play 279 games.
*First Redskin to have 54 interceptions.
*First Redskin to return a fumble 78 yards for a touchdown, longest in Redskin history.
*First Redskin to return six interceptions for touchdowns

In all, Green totaled a club record 54 interceptions for 621 yards and six touchdowns. He also added two additional touchdowns on interception returns in the post-season. Three times he recorded a career-best of five interceptions in a season (1984, 1986, and 1991). He registered a career-high three interceptions in a game against the Detroit Lions on November 15, 1987.
Known for his speed, something he never lost even as he played into his 40s, Green also had success as a punt returner. He averaged nearly 12 yards a return as he recorded 51 career returns for 611 yards. In addition, he owns the team record for longest fumble return – a 78-yard TD against the Colts in 1993.
Green played in four NFC championship games and three Super Bowls including the team’s victory in Super Bowls XXII and XXVI. In the 1987 NFC Championship Game, on a pivotal fourth-down pass play at the goal line late in the game, Green jarred the ball from Minnesota’s Darrin Nelson to secure a Redskins 17-10 victory that catapulted the team into Super Bowl XXII.
Green was named All-Pro in 1986, 1987, 1990, and 1991 and voted to seven Pro Bowls. He is also a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s.
His passionate commitment to strengthening families and helping children is at the center of his long-range goals and was the impetus for the founding of the Darrell Green Youth Life Foundation (DGYLF).
Since 1988, the DGYLF has offered opportunities for children and their families. The DGYLF provides a wide-range of academic development and values-based education programs through learning centers operating in select urban, suburban, and rural neighborhoods throughout America. Green considers the Darrell Green Youth Life Learning Center (DGLC) the centerpiece of the DGYLF. The DGLC was established in 1993 to equip youth to address obstacles they face while training them to provide quality leadership for their peers, family members, and their community. The DGLC flagship center in Northeast Washington, DC and its Richmond, VA, and Nashville, TN affiliates currently operate in the DGYLF network with an expansion plan for other centers underway.
He has founded the Darrell Green Business Council for Youth bringing together business leaders to utilize their expertise in support of DGYLF programs. In addition, he served as a board member for the Baltimore-Washington 2012 Olympic Bid, NFL/NFLPA September 11th Relief Fund, and the Loudoun Education Foundation.
In 2003, he was selected to serve as the Chair of President Bush’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. The Council consists of an outstanding group of Americans who will work together to strengthen and promote service and civic participation. He currently sits on the boards of the WolfTrap Foundation as its National Spokesman for Education, Washington, DC’s Board of Trade, and Marymount University.
Green has also flourished in the business arena, successfully operating a number of companies in a variety of industries under the conglomerate, Darrell Green Holdings. Darrell Green Enterprises manages endorsements, speaking engagements, and autograph signings for a growing roster of current and former athletes. Intekras, Inc is an SBA-certified 8(a) company offering integrated solutions in three primary disciplines: Information Security, National Security and Defense Systems. Trusted Solutions Group specializes in providing training and workforce development solutions to government and industry.
Green completed his Bachelor of Science degree in general studies and social science at St. Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, Virginia. In 1999, Marymount University recognized Green for his extraordinary humanitarian endeavors and conferred upon him the honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree. In 2002, George Washington University and St. Paul’s College awarded Green his second and third honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degrees.
He has received the NFL/True Value Man of the Year award, the NFL Bart Starr Award, the NFL Defensive Player of the Year honor, the Redskin Alumni Player of the Year award, the Redskins Most Valuable Player award, the Ken Houston Humanitarian Award, the USA Today Most Caring Athlete Award, the U.S. Sprint Good Sportsmanship Award, the Redskins Player of the Year honor, the Sporting News Good Guy Award, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award and the Sporting News Top 100 Athletes of the Century Award.
In December 2007, he was voted the All-Time Redskins Legend in a WUSA-TV Channel 9 online poll.
He and his wife, Jewell, have three children: Jerrell, Jared and Joi. They reside in the Washington D.C. area.

LSC Basketball Power Poll - Fourth Week

  1. 16-4 UCO - (LW 1) We'll find out Wednesday if the Bronchos deserve the top spot.
  2. 18-2 Tarleton (2) The margins aren't huge, but a win is a win.
  3. 17-3 SWO - (3) Can knock UCO out of the top spot.
  4. 14-6 WTAM (5) Beat TAMK on the road
  5. 14-6 TAMK (6) Split with WTAM and ACU. 5 of last 7 games on the road
  6. 15-5 Abilene (4) lose a heartbreaker to Tarleton, then by 16 to TAMK, to stretch losing skid to 3.
  7. 13-7 Angelo St (7) split with MSU and Tarleton.
  8. 11-9 ECU (8) split with Rhema and NSU
  9. 8-12 TAMC (9) played SWO close
  10. 10-10 Midwestern St (10) split with ASU and ENMU
  11. 9-11 Northeastern St (11) split with ECU and UCO
  12. 6-14 ENMU (12) dropped one to MSU.
  13. 4-16 Cameron (13) split with SEO and SWO
  14. 3-17 SEO (14) dropped two to Cameron and UCO

Friday, February 1, 2008

Breaking News - Fowler leaves Midwestern for Tarleton

The LSC Scoop has learned that Midwestern State Defensive Coordinator Cary Fowler has resigned his post at MSU, and accepted the same position at Tarleton State.

Fowler, who spent the last 7 years at MSU as their Defensive Coordinator, resigned late Thursday night. According to sources, the Tarleton football team was advised of the move on Thursday night as well.

This marks the 3rd coach to leave Midwestern in the past few days, with Defensive Backs Coach Allen Johnson leaving to take the Defensive Coordinator position at Texas A&M-Commerce, and Offensive Coordinator Glenn Thomas leaving to take the Quality Control position with the Atlanta Falcons.

Lone Star Conference

Angelo State University

Cameron University

Eastern New Mexico University

Texas A&M-Commerce

Tarleton State University

Texas A&M-Kingsville

Texas Woman's College

University of Texas of the Permian Basin

West Texas A&M University

Western New Mexico