Thursday, March 19, 2009

LSC Roundup 3-19 is reporting that Emporia State and Southwestern Oklahoma will face off in a non-confernce game football game on Thursday, August 27. The list of non-conference foes (with final AFCA rankings) for LSC teams now includes #2 Northwest Missouri (ACU), #4 Grand Valley State (WT), #7 Delta State (TAMK), #8 Pittsburg State (UCO), #13 Central Washington (WT), #22 Nebraska-Omaha (ECU), IAA Texas State (ASU), IAA Southeastern Louisiana (TAMC), and Incarnate Word (MSU, ECU, ENMU).

Harrell hoping to pass at ACU
Clark Harrell has followed in the footsteps of two great quarterbacks. First, it was his brother, Graham, at Ennis High School. Then came Billy Malone at Abilene Christian University. Now, Clark Harrell would like the chance to step out of those shadows -- just as he did at Ennis when his brother graduated -- and prove he can be ACU's starting quarterback.

With the departure of Malone, the Lone Star Conference's all-time leading passer, the starting quarterback job is up for grabs, too. That leaves three guys -- Zach Stewart, Mitchell Gale and Harrell -- battling for the job. Stewart would appear to have the inside edge, since the 2007 Cooper graduate got a chance to start two games last season while Malone nursed a hurt thumb. The Wildcats won both starts en route to earning their first Lone Star Conference championship since 1977.

But Harrell isn't ready to concede the job.

"They've told us it's open right now and that's the way I'm looking at it," he said. "Zach did a good job last year in the two games he did start. They're going to play the best guy, so that's what I'm trying to be -- the best guy."

NATHAN WRIGHT: ASU men's basketball season was one to remember
The 2008-09 Angelo State University men's basketball season may have ended with four consecutive losses, but those defeats don't take away from the campaign being one of the most successful in school history.

And for what the future might hold.

In just his third season, head coach Fred Rike led the Rams to a 20-8 record. Along the way, the Rams earned their highest ranking in school history - No. 23 - and at one point were a win away from earning a share of the Lone Star Conference South Division championship.

Here are some other notable milestones and achievements from the season........

ASU multi-eventers take center stage
Three weeks into the season, the Angelo State multi-event specialists will finally get their first chance to qualify for the NCAA Division II National Championships over the next two days.

Four heptathletes and two decathletes will compete at the LeGrand Sports Complex and attempt to qualify for the national meet that will also be at the LeGrand Sports Complex May 21-23.

The seven-event heptathlon will begin at noon today with the 100-meter hurdles, while the 10-event decathlon will begin at 1 p.m. with the 100-meter dash. Only four heptathlon events and five decathlon events will be contested today. The rest will be on Friday.

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