NATHAN WRIGHT: ASU football team in midst of spring workouts
The Angelo State University football team is in its third week of spring drills and head coach Dale Carr is pleased with what he is seeing.
The Rams began spring workouts on March 5 and have been hard at work since then, practicing four days a week with the exception of last week when the school was out for spring break.
"We had six good days before spring break," Carr said. "Monday was kind of sketchy but Tuesday was better."
One junior that everyone is happy to see back on the field is quarterback Josh Neiswander. He suffered a season-ending injury in the Rams' first game of the season last fall but is back and going through spring drills at full speed.
The Rams will need him as they won't have the experience behind Neiswander they had expected. Neiswander's fill-ins last season, Will Mezger and Michael Cochran, will not play in the fall. Mezger quit the team and Cochran is recovering from a leg injury.
Archer City signings, March 26
Three Archer City football players signed letters of intent Wednesday to play at two different Lone Star Conference schools.
Sam Smith and Kolby Rowe signed with Abilene Christian, while Braden Stovall signed with Tarleton State.
Smith collected plenty of honors this past season. He was the Texas Sportswriters Association’s Class A Defensive Player of the Year. He was also an all-state running back and punter, plus was named the Times Record News Small School Red River 22 MVP.
Rowe was a first-team Class A all-state selection at defensive end, leading the Wildcats in sacks. He also played on the offensive line.
Smith is expected to play wide receiver and Rowe will be a defensive end.
Stovall, a fullback and part-time linebacker, was the third leading rusher for the Wildcats, who advanced to the state quarterfinals and finished 12-1. He signed with the Texans as an outside linebacker.
Football: Iraan's Allen excited to continue career at ACU
Iraan senior linebacker Drew Allen has signed a letter of intent to walk on and play football for NCAA Division II power Abilene Christian University.
Allen had 175 tackles and three sacks last season, earning District 8-1A Defensive MVP and Associated Press Honorable Mention all-state honors.
"It's a big honor to be able to play at the next level," Allen said. "It's something that my parents and my coaches are happy for. I just wanted opportunity to keep playing after high school."
Offensive woes hamper WT's effort
Poor shooting on Tuesday night doomed the finest season in 12 years by West Texas A&M's Lady Buffs.
They were 16-of-63 from the field, easily their worst shooting performance of the season, as they lost to Delta State, 55-47, in the quarterfinals of the Elite Eight at Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio.
Despite what happened on Tuesday night, it would be difficult to erase the outstanding season by this team. It won the Lone Star Conference championship for the second year in a row and for the third time in four seasons.
Mustangs 5th in initial regional softball rankings
Midwestern State opened the 2009 South Central Rankings at No. 5 which were released Wednesday by the NCAA Division II Softball Committee.
The top eight teams advance to the NCAA postseason which will consist of a pair of four-team regionals with the winners advancing to a best-of-three game super regional for the right to advance to the 29th Annual Division II Softball Championship in Salem, Va. It marks a departure from the eight-team double elimination format used last season. The regionals commence at campus sites from May 8-10 with the super regionals following from May 15-16.
The Lone Star Conference is well represented in the rankings with Southeastern Oklahoma State at No. 1, Angelo State at No. 2, Abilene Christian at No. 3, West Texas A&M at No. 4, Midwestern State at No. 5 and Central Oklahoma at No. 9.
ASU baseball update for March 26
The Rams look to sweep the season series against St. Mary's today when the teams meet for the second time in eight days. ASU defeated the Rattlers 8-3 on March 17 in San Antonio. ... The Rams are coming off a four-game series against Eastern New Mexico over the weekend. ASU and ENMU split the series. ENMU's two wins came in walkoff fashion while the Rams won the finale in the ninth inning. Keith Towne hit three home runs in the series to give him 14 on the season and a new school record. The previous record of 13 was held by Clay Calfee and Matt Lenderman. ... SMU is coming off a four-game sweep of Texas A&M-International over the weekend. ... ASU is 8-2 all-time against the Rattlers, including the win last week. The Rams won both meetings between the two teams last season. ... ASU will return to Lone Star Conference play this weekend with a four-game series at Central Oklahoma.
No. 28 ECU snaps MSU's three-game win streak, 5-3
No. 28 East Central won four of the completed singles’ matches Wednesday afternoon to claim a 5-3 win over No. 34 Midwestern State at the MSU Tennis Center.
SFA adds two assistant football coaches
Kurt Corbin and Erik Slaughter have joined the Lumberjack football coach staff Stephen F. Austin head coach J.C. Harper announced Wednesday afternoon. Corbin will work with the Lumberjack defensive tackles, while Slaughter will take over the 'Jacks' defensive ends.
Slaughter brings a ton experience from the high school and college ranks to SFA. After a successful 15-year career in the high school ranks, Slaughter was hired as the linebackers and strength and conditioning coach at Houston in March 2003. During his three seasons with the Cougars, Slaughter helped guide Houston to an appearance in the 2003 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, which was the school's first bowl appearance in seven years. Two years later, the Cougars received a bid to play in the Plains Capital Fort Worth Bowl.
Slaughter was named head coach at Glen Rose High School in March 2003, where he spent three seasons. During that time, Slaughter guided Glen Rose to back-to-back district titles, and an appearance in the 2007 state quarterfinals. He was named the 2006 and 2007 District 12 AAA Coach of the Year.
Slaughter comes to Nacogdoches from Texas A&M-Commerce where he has spent the past season serving as the Lions' defensive coordinator.
"Slaughter has had a great career at the high school level in the state of Texas," said Harper. "He also did a very good job under Art Briles at Houston. We're excited that he is on board here at SFA. I feel these two coaches will be a great fit for the Lumberjacks."