ACU baseball team ranked No. 11 in nation
The Abilene Christian University Wildcats will begin the 2009 baseball season ranked No. 11 in the nation, according to the Collegiate Baseball magazine NCAA Division II preseason poll that was released last week.
ACU finished 44-17 last season (topping the 40-win mark for the 10th time in Bonneau's tenure) and won the Lone Star Conference regular-season title with a 35-7 conference record. The Wildcats finished as the runner-up at the LSC Post-Season Tournament for the third straight season, falling to sixth-seeded Texas A&M-Kingsville. The Wildcats, who advanced to the NCAA Division II South Central Region Tournament for the seventh time in Bonneau's career at ACU, have not won the LSC championship since 2002.
Northeastern State University freshman basketball player Jasmine Wright of Richardson, Texas won a contest for strangest person on the team by her teammates as she is willing to dance anywhere and anytime, with or without music.
The rest of the Northeastern State basketball team might want to consider dancing as well.
The best of the best
With 2008 coming to a close, the time has come to remember the best this year had to offer.
The sports staff of the Abilene Reporter-News has selected the top stories of 2008, and presents this retrospective.
The stories are in no particular order.
Lady Buffs cruise to win in Colorado
West Texas A&M, ranked No. 4 in NCAA Division II women's basketball, showed no effects from a 12-day layoff as they routed host Mesa State, 93-50, on Sunday in the Holiday Inn Christmas Bash at Grand Junction, Colo.
The Lady Buffs, who improved to 9-1 after suffering their first loss of the season Dec. 15 at Southeastern Oklahoma State, never trailed against the Mavericks, who lost their sixth straight to fall to 3-8.