Tuesday, June 30, 2009

LSC Roundup 6-30

More football recruiting news....

OLB Treyvon Sims (Cameron Yoe HS) has Angelo State, Tarleton State, Texas A&M Commerce and Texas A&M Kingsville on his radar

WR Clint Haynes (Cameron Yoe HS) has some interest in Angelo State and Tarleton State

and teammate WR Jack Rhoades is looking at Abilene Christian, Angelo State and Tarleton State

Softball Nabs Blinn Transfer
KINGSVILLE, TEXAS – Texas A&M-Kingsville head softball coach Blake Miller announced that Blinn College pitcher-first baseman Lindsey Brown will play for the Javelinas next year after leading the Buccaneers to the NJCAA Division I World Series this past year.

Brown earned Second Team All-Region XIV honors as a freshman en route to leading her team to a conference championship and a fourth place finish nationally. At the World Series, she won two games, including a 4-0 shutout of Florida CCJ and picked up one save. The team finished with a 56-11 record in her only season.

Brown was equally good in the circle and at the plate. As a pitcher, she went 21-3 with a 1.96 earned run average while striking out 96 batters in 157.1 innings. At bat, she hit .406 with a team high 23 doubles, 16 home runs, 81 runs batted in and a .777 slugging percentage.

Brown will provide the Javelinas with a big bat in the middle of the order and should take the place of Courtney Rigamonti as the team’s #1 pitcher. She joins a team that went 32-22 and advanced to the Lone Star Conference Tournament last year.

Fourth and Long
Eddie Moten stayed alive last night. He returned a kickoff over 80 yards and picked off a two point conversion attempt. We will post a link to complete recap when it becomes available.

Previous show recaps
A Look Back At Episode Six For Irvin Reality Show
New Twist Takes Place At End Of 4th And Long
Swan Song On Latest 4th And Long

Basketball Adds 12 to Roster
WEATHERFORD, Okla. - First-year Southwestern Oklahoma State University men's basketball coach Charlie Schaef has announced the signing of eight players to National Letters of Intent and committing themselves to play for the Bulldogs during the 2009-10 season. In addition to the signees, Schaef has also secured agreements from four others to join the program as walk-ons.

"We are extremely proud of this class," Schaef said. "I would like to congratulate and compliment (assistant coach) Wayne Anderson who has been out on the road representing and recruiting for SWOSU basketball and our University."

Schaef and Anderson had extensive work heading into their first season together as the top seven scorers from last year's Lone Star Conference Tournament runner-up team have graduated.

"We were able to cover some needs across the board," Schaef said "Most importantly, I wanted people who were willing to join us as we start a new path. We found student-athletes who are self-disciplined, self-confidant and share the vision we have for the future of SWOSU basketball."

For a complete list of the signees go here.

Monday, June 29, 2009

LSC Roundup 6-29

Josh Schneider (profile with video) - offer from Texas A&M-Kingsville
First Offer For Quarterback

Adams 8th at U.S. Championships
Courtesy Angelo State Sports

Angelo State sophomore Aisha Adams placed eighth in the heptathlon at the 2009 USA Track & Field Outdoor National Championships this past weekend in Eugene, Ore.

Adams, a native of Covington, Tenn., finished the competition with a personal-best 5,636 points. She bettered her point tally from last month's NCAA Division II National Championships by 50 points on the national stage. By finishing in the top eight at the competition, Adams has qualified for the U.S. Team for the Thorpe Cup, held near Frankfurt, Germany, Aug. 8-9.

Adams opened the competition Saturday with a strong performance in the 100-meter hurdles, running a time of 13.18 for 1,005 points, winning her heat and matching her personal best set in the event at the D-II National Championships. However, she struggled in the high jump (5'4.25") and the shot put (38'5.5") before rebounding in the 200-meter dash. She closed the first day with a 13.68 in the fourth event, six one-hundredths shy of her personal best, for a day-one total of 3,335 points.

She opened the second day with a leap of 19'11.75" in the long jump and followed that up with a throw of 120' in the javelin to more her into the top eight. Adams finished the competition with a personal-best time of 2:20.13 in the 800-meter dash to secure her trip to Germany in August.

Adams was the only D-II student-athlete in the 19-person field of the heptathlon. This season, she was named the NCAA D-II National Female Field Athlete of the Year.

Felton Stars for Team Arizona
LITTLE AXE, Okla. - A future baseball player bound for Southwestern Oklahoma State University is among a handful of players competing for Team Arizona in the Sunbelt Classic. Mike Felton, a shortstop/second baseman from Chandler, Ariz., is starting for the Arizona all-star squad in an elite baseball showcase that features many of the top high school seniors from a number of different states.

The event, which brings together teams from six states, including one from Canada, is a hot spot for professional scouts and college recruiters who can get an early glimpse at future draft/college baseball prospects.

Felton's Arizona team has put up a 5-1 record against its competition this week and is a strong candidate to move into the finals Saturday against Texas. Team Arizona beat Ohio 8-4 early on Friday to set up a semifinals showdown against Maryland. In the game against Ohio, Felton started at second base and went one-for-two with one run scored.

Hallettsville grad signs to play with A&M-Kingsville
Hallettsville pitcher Colby Schindler had his junior season cut short by Tommy John surgery.
But Schindler returned as a senior and became the Most Valuable Player in District 26-2A. Schindler helped lead the Brahmas into the regional quarterfinals and has signed a letter-of-intent to continue his baseball career at Texas A&M-Kingsville.

"Toward the end of the season, I really felt like I was back to where I was," Schindler said. "I was gaining strength through the season and I felt like I had gotten my strength back."

Schindler pitched 77 innings and yielded only 48 hits and 22 walks, while recording 126 strikeouts. He had a 9-5 record with two saves, and a 1.40 earned run average.
Schindler played shortstop when he wasn't pitching. He hit .370 with one home run, one triple, eight doubles and 24 RBI. Schindler scored 28 runs and stole a team-leading 27 bases.

"I like that they are recruiting people close to the area," Schindler said of the Javelinas, who are coached by Cuero graduate Jason Gonzales. "They've been on top before. I think they are recruiting some good people and I'm looking forward to getting back to winning a conference championship."

New look for ECU
By BOB FORREST Sports Writer
ADA — In recent years, East Central University’s athletic department had very little to ‘wow’ prospective recruits who visited the campus.

Norris Field is approaching its eighth decade as the home of ECU football, the Elvan George Building — which formerly housed both the school’s weight training facilities and football locker room — was starting to show its age, and the Kerr Activites Center is about to enter its fourth decade as the venue for Tiger basketball and, more recently, volleyball.

As a result, ECU’s coaches had almost nothing to point to when comparing their facilities to those of other schools in the Lone Star Conference, and those shortcomings consistently translated into more losses than wins in virtually every sport.

But when the 2009-2010 school year begins in August, the playing field — at least where it relates to recruiting — will be slanted a little more in ECU’s favor.

Gilmer's Johnson confirms transfer from OU to ACU
Abilene, Texas (Abilene Reporter) - Justin Johnson made it official. The former Oklahoma running back said Friday that he will transfer to Abilene Christian University this fall.

"I talked to the coach (Friday)," he said. "I committed today."

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Johnson got little playing time last year as a freshman with the Sooners. He rushed 14 times for 24 yards and no touchdowns. Johnson didn't expect to see much time on the field his sophomore year, either, playing behind senior Chris Brown and junior DeMarco Murray, each of whom ran for more than 1,000 yards last season.

"Oklahoma was great. It was a great school," Johnson said. "I didn't leave because I had problems or anything. I was doing great in academics. I feel like I was putting in some hard work, and I was doing great in the weight room and everything," Johnson said. But "with DeMarco and Chris there, two great running backs, I felt like I wasn't going to get my time to shine. I want to put myself in a position where I can get on the field and play."

Bell just biding his time
Track and field: Five scholarships handed out at Cepero meet
How the West won West Fork Genz's pick-six spurs West to victory
Super Centex Athletes of the Year: Robinson, La Vega standouts ...

Friday, June 26, 2009

LSC Update 6-26

A big thanks to Smoaky.com
***Breaking News***
Justin Johnson will tranfer to A.C.U.

Former Oklahoma running back Justin Johnson has committed to play college football at Abilene Christian University and will begin the transfer process immediately.

Johnson, from Gilmer, had 14 carries for 24 yards his freshman year.

Johnson told KTBB's David Smoak, "I heard good things about Abilene Christian before I left, but as soon as I stepped on their campus it was unbelievable." Johnson continued, "The guys on their team and coaching staff are unbelievable, it's beyond football, all of them took me under their wing and welcomed me with open arms and I am excited about being apart of their family."


Monday, June 22, 2009

LSC Roundup 6-22

Its never too early for recruiting news....
Matt Gray - Abilene Christian, Angelo State, Tarleton, Texas A&M-Commerce, Texas A&M-Kingsville on his radar
Julian Clark - Tarleton, Texas A&M-Commerce, Texas A&M-Kingsville on his radar
Tevin Lovings - Abilene Christian, Angelo State, Tarleton, Texas A&M-Commerce, Texas A&M-Kingsville on his radar

Cornelsen hopes to jump start NSU offense
In Northeastern State head football coach Kenny Evans’ first season, the RiverHawks struggled offensively and finished last in the Lone Star Conference in total offense at just 259 yards per game.

In an effort to jump start the offense, Evans decided to bring in someone he was familiar with in the offseason.

That is why in January, Oklahoma State graduate assistant Brad Cornelsen was hired to take over the position of offensive coordinator.

Bengals sign ACU's Scott
CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Bengals have signed sixth-round draft pick Bernard Scott of Abilene Christian University and waived four players at the conclusion of their minicamp.

ASU TRACK & FIELD: Adams featured in SI’s 'Faces in the Crowd'
Angelo State heptathlete Aisha Adams is spotlighted in the June 22 issue of Sports Illustrated as part of the “Faces in the Crowd” section.

Adams, a sophomore from Covington, Tenn., captured media attention last month after competing in seven events at the NCAA Division Outdoor Track & Field National Championships. Adams claimed the title in the heptathlon and placed second in two other individual events at the national meet.

UTSA notebook: Possible football foes
The first UTSA football game won't come until Sept. 3, 2011, but talks already are under way to help fill the Roadrunners' first few schedules.

Sources said Friday that UTSA could include Georgia State and Northeastern (Okla.) State among its first opponents.

Northeastern State, meanwhile, is Coker's alma mater. The RiverHawks, who were the Redmen when Coker played there in 1966-69, play in the Division II Lone Star Conference.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Scott, Brister named LSC Athletes of Year

From the LSC Office

RICHARDSON , Texas – Abilene Christian’s Bernard Scott and West Texas A&M’s Emily Brister were chosen as the 2009 Lone Star Conference Male and Female Athletes of the Year, respectively. The awards were announced Tuesday following a vote of the league’s sports information directors.

ACU’s Scott earned LSC top male athlete acclaim after winning the Harlon Hill Award following the Wildcats LSC championship and quarterfinal appearance in the NCAA Division II playoffs. WTAMU’s Brister claimed the honor of top female athlete in the conference for the fourth consecutive year after helping the Lady Buffs win the LSC and NCAA South Central Regional titles.

Scott received the most votes followed by Midwestern State basketball standout Nolan Richardson and West Texas A&M football star Charly Martin. Brister grabbed the women’s award ahead of Texas A&M-Commerce basketball star Britney Jordan and Angelo State track & field standout Adree Lakey.

Scott completed one of the greatest careers in both LSC and Wildcat history in 2008. He capped his career by winning the Harlon Hill Award as the top player in NCAA Division II football. He led ACU to just the second perfect regular season in program history (10-0), the program's first outright LSC championship since 1973, a third straight berth in the NCAA Division II playoffs, a quarterfinal appearance in the NCAA Division II playoffs, and the highest Division II ranking (No. 2) ever achieved by ACU.

The All-LSC South Division first-teamer and Offensive Back of the Year, was also a first team Daktronics all-Super Region 4 selection and that team's Offensive Player of the Year. Scott was also first team all- America by the American Football Coaches' Association, Daktronics, Don Hansen's Football Gazette and d2football.com, and he won the Ron Lenz Award as the Daktronics Offensive Player of the Year. He was selected in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.

Brister concluded her remarkable career as one of the most decorated women's basketball player to ever grace the LSC hardwoods. Despite a season-ending knee injury, Brister averaged 21.6 points per game and came within 125 points of breaking the LSC career scoring record as the Lady Buffs won the LSC and NCAA South Central Regional championships to advance to the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time in 12 seasons. She holds 10 school records and is the only WTAMU basketball player to surpass the 2,000 points scoring mark with 2,645 points, which is the second highest total ever in the LSC. Brister is the conference career leader in steals and made free throws as well.

During her four years Brister received multiple honors including: State Farm Coaches' All-America Basketball Team, WBCA/Kodak first team and all-America honorable mention (three times), Daktronics All-American first-team (three times), South Central Region Player of the Year (three times) and first team all-region (four times), LSC Female Athlete of the Year (four times), LSC South Division Player of the Year (four times) and first-team (four times), LSC Academic Player of the Year (three times) and Fred Jacoby Academic Athlete of the Year (two times).

Monday, June 15, 2009

LSC Roundup 6-15

DCTF's 50th Summer magazine on store racks all across Texas.
When you consider how humble its beginnings were, it's amazing Dave Campbell's Texas Football has managed to make it to a Golden Anniversary.

But here we are, celebrating our 50th summer edition magazine -- and in grand style, no less. Colt McCoy, Texas' record-setting quarterback, adorns our cover and sets the tone for a book laden with bold predictions. Texas winning a national championship, TCU breaking into a BCS bowl, Baylor ending a postseason drought and Houston hoisting a conference championship; some people say it’s far-fetched, but we think it's just a perfect storm of extraordinary teams and once-in-a-lifetime talents.

If you have already bought the book and are looking for the expanded playoff brackets we promised, you can find them below. But if you haven't picked up your copy yet, you can find a small taste of the many features and stories 2009's book has to offer. Either way, we hope you enjoy the magazine as much as we did. The past 50 years has gone by fast -- here's to an even brighter future.
-- The DCTF Staff
5A-DI bracket 4A-DI bracket 3A-DI bracket 2A-DI bracket 1A-DI bracket
5A-DII bracket 4A-DII bracket 3A-DII bracket 2A-DII bracket 1A-DII bracket

ACU gets Sooner
Oklahoma running back Justin Johnson will transfer to Abilene Christian University to this fall, according to a report in the Oklahoman on Friday.

The Oklahoman said Johnson, who played for Gilmer when the Buffaloes beat Wylie in the 2007 high school playoffs, told Tyler radio station KTBB on Thursday that he plans to transfer to ACU. Also Thursday, OU coach Bob Stoops told the Oklahoman during the Sooner Caravan in Dallas that Johnson was leaving the Sooners.

"Right now, we anticipate him transferring, which is fine," Stoops said. "We'll give him a full release and wish him the best.

"Certain guys seek certain things, and he feels that's best for him. We want it for him as well."
ACU coach Chris Thomsen said he couldn't comment on the situation.
ACU now may have a glut at running back. The Wildcats signed Reggie Brown and Cooper's A'mon Pimpton in the spring. Kyle Fox, the LSC freshman of the year at Angelo State in 2005, also transferred to ACU in the spring.

Willie make it?
Coming into training camp, they knew he had the look.

Now, after seeing him in two-a-day practices over 10 days, the Edmonton Eskimos are seeing what's underneath the surface of Willie Thornton.

The rookie receiver has constantly been compared to former Eskimos slotback Kelly Campbell -- even before arriving in Edmonton.

"I haven't talked to him. Never met the guy but I've been compared to him a million times," said Thornton, who is far from being sick of it.

Editorial: Leaves may fall, laws cannot
The Ryan Leaf saga continues as the former NFL quarterback/West Texas A&M assistant football coach and second overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft - behind Peyton Manning - faces multiple charges related to allegations of illegally obtaining a controlled substance.

Last week, there were rumblings in Canyon that Leaf faced extradition from Canada - where he is reportedly in a drug rehabilitation program. Leaf was indicted in May for burglary to a habitation, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and delivery of a simulated controlled substance.

The indictment stems from allegations that Leaf broke into an apartment in Canyon in October and stole a painkiller from a WT football player. Leaf resigned as WT quarterbacks coach in November.

Leaf will have to answer these charges, as Randall County District Attorney James Farren has little choice to make sure the law is followed.

Rosato named new ECU head baseball coach
ADA, OK – After guiding Bacone College to a runner-up finish in the NAIA’s Red River Athletic Conference this past spring, Dino Rosato has been named the new head baseball coach at East Central University, it was announced Friday.

Rosato led the Warriors to a 29-20 finish this past season, including a second-place finish to Northwood (Texas) and a 10-5 mark in the RRAC regular season. It was Rosato’s first season as Bacone head coach after serving three years as an assistant at the Muskogee institution.

In his three years as an assistant the Warriors were one of the top teams in the RRAC with an impressive 41-14 record during the 2008 campaign.

“I’m extremely excited about this opportunity. East Central is a class organization and a step up,” said Rosato. “I’m glad to help represent ECU and I know we’ll continue the positive direction that Coach Hurt had on the baseball diamond.”

He replaces Mike Hurt, who stepped down as ECU head coach in May after three seasons.

“I look forward to the challenge at East Central,” Rosato said. “The Lone Star Conference is one of the best leagues in the nation and I look forward to hitting the recruiting trail soon.”

Fred Shaw on target as Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz defense takes control
Wood leads North to win
Blazing a trail: Talons QB Justin Allgood is on pace to break ...
Durant Council recognizes SE players' efforts
Feeling the heat
Red shakes off early deficit to win inaugural Victory Bowl, 29-24

Friday, June 12, 2009

LSC Roundup 6-12

Major League Baseball Draft
Northeastern State's Joel Eusebio has been drafted by the Oakland A's with the 1,383rd pick in the Major League Baseball Draft. Eusebio, a 2nd team LSC performer, hit .350 with 12 home runs and 54 RBI in 2009 and had 28 home runs, 145 RBI and scored 134 runs in his four year NSU career.

Eusebio joins Sam Strickland of Texas A&M Kingsville as the only two players from the Lone Star Conference drafted in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft.

OU football: Justin Chaisson to join team, Justin Johnson transferring
After days of speculation and Internet rumors about Johnson leaving, Stoops confirmed to reporters during the Sooner Caravan in Dallas that Johnson was gone.

"Right now we anticipate him transferring, which is fine," Stoops said. "We'll give him a full release and wish him the best. We wish him the best. Certain guys seek certain things and he feels that's best for him. We want it for him as well."

Johnson was a fourth-string freshman fill-in behind DeMarco Murray, Chris Brown and Mossis Madu last season, rushing for 24 yards on 14 carries. With Madu's move to receiver this season, Johnson was again expected to be fourth string behind Murray, Brown and redshirt freshman Jermie Calhoun.

Johnson was ranked the No. 2 high school running back in the nation by Scout.com at Gilmer (Texas) High School and was a U.S. Army All-American. He reportedly told an Austin radio station he intends to transfer to Division II Abilene Christian.

DA says Leaf is 'stalling'
Former NFL quarterback and West Texas A&M football coach Ryan Leaf has less than a week to return to Texas before deputies are sent to Canada to retrieve him.

Leaf has been in a drug rehabilitation program in Canada, said his attorney, William Kelly.

Randall County Criminal District Attorney James Farren said if Ryan Leaf does not turn himself in by Monday or Tuesday, he will begin the extradition process.

"If he wants to play games, we'll do it the hard way. ... We are tired of waiting," Farren said. "We are only going to play this game so long. From Ryan Leaf's point of view, we are under two minutes in the fourth quarter. The game is just about over."

Big cheering section expected for 'King Leonidas'
(This is a nice story on one of the high school seniors we interviewed earlier this year)
Though all the players in the 72nd Oil Bowl will get their fair share of support from the fans, the biggest cheering section will undoubtedly be for Waco Reicher’s Kenneth Cluley, a Wichita Falls native.

“There’s probably 30 to 35 Cluleys in the Wichita Falls area,” said Kenneth Cluley’s dad Joe, “and I don’t think any of us are going to miss it.”

Joe Cluley coached at Wichita Falls High School for two seasons from 1990-1991 and Kenneth was born just before the start of his first season with the Coyotes.

“He has some great stories about that time and still has highlight films from the teams he coached here,” Kenneth Cluley said. “And since I’ve got a whole lot of family here, I’m always up visiting.”

Thursday, June 11, 2009

UPDATE: Justin Johnson

I just received a text from David Smoak of smoaky.com. He just got off the phone with Justin Johnson and has this quote on his website:

"Former Gilmer High School star Justin Johnson has confirmed he would like to transfer from the University of Oklahoma to Abilene Christian University.

Johnson, a sophomore who will be eligible to play immediately at the NCAA Division II program, told KTBB's David Smoak, "I'm relieved the process is over, a lot of pressure is off my back, I loved Oklahoma and I was very proud to be part of the Sooner family," Johnson continued, "and I'm also proud of how I progressed through their system athletically and academically, but it was time for me to move in a different direction, and I'm so excited about going to Abilene.

However, a source close to Johnson told KTBB Sports on Thursday afternoon, "I don't think Justin has been released from his scholarship at OU, so I don't know how he can make that decision yet."

Stay tuned..."

Update from Smoaky.com

Gilmer's Johnson confirms interest in transfer(Updated, 6-11-2009, 8:47pm)

(Courtesy Stoops quotes to Cary Murdock at SoonerScoop.com)
Here are Bob Stoops quotes just moments ago on the status of Justin Johnson."Right now we anticipate him transferring, which is fine," said Stoops. "We’ll give him a full release and wish him the best. We wish him the best. Certain guys seek certain things and he feels that’s best for him. We want it for him as well."

BREAKING NEWS - Scoop sources say OU RB Justin Johnson transferring to ACU

LSC Scoop sources are telling us that OU Running Back Justin Johnson is transferring to ACU.

Several reasons were given for the transfer, the main reason being the fact that Johnson can step in and be the go-to guy immediately.

Johnson comes into the LSC as one of the more decorated transfers in recent memory:

- MVP in Texas Class 3A at Gilmer
- First Team All-State as a Sr, Second Team All-State as a Junior
- Senior year stats: 204 carries for 2,164 yards (10.6 ypc) and 25 TD's
- Played in the US Army All-American Game
- #2 RB in the nation - 5 stars (Scout.com)
- #14 RB in the nation - 4 stars (ESPN and Rivals.com)
- #17 Overall Player in Texas (Rivals.com)

LSC Scoop Thoughts: Obviously the success that Bernard Scott had the last couple of years were a good selling point to Johnson. This also appears to give ACU a firm hold on the team to beat in 2009. WT is still right behind them, but adding a player at RB of Johnson's quality certainly takes a lot of pressure off of their inexperienced QB. A HUGE pickup for the Wildcats if this works out.

BREAKING NEWS - ACU's Hood resigns

per AcuSports.com

ABILENE -- Abilene Christian University head track and field coach Don D. Hood resigned his post Wednesday to accept a similar position at Brownwood High School.

Hood -- who took over the ACU program in August 2005 -- will be the head track and field and cross country coach at Brownwood. His final day at ACU will be July 17.

"I want to express my appreciation to Coach Hood for his service to our program while at ACU and wish he and his family the best as he moves into his new role at Brownwood High School," ACU director of athletics Jared Mosley said. "He has continued to build on the rich track and field history we have experienced at ACU and I know he will do well in serving the student-athletes and community at Brownwood."

ACU's Hood riding off to Brownwood
Don D. Hood's prayers have been answered.

The Abilene Christian University track and field coach finally found a job that will allow him to spend more time with his family. Hood announced Wednesday that he will be stepping down July 17 to become the track and cross country coach at Brownwood High School.

"Honestly, for about four or five years, I've been struggling with balancing the profession and the fatherhood and being a husband," Hood said. "I've been praying really hard that it would work out here, that we could stay here and I could still do what I felt like I needed to do as a husband. Boy, a few weeks ago, Bob Shipley called me down at Brownwood and said, 'Hey, I've got a deal for you.'

"For me, it's just an answer to prayer. I've got three girls, the oldest is 13, with five years left on my house, and I just don't want to miss what I'd have to miss if I stayed here and did this job right. I just don't feel like I can do both right."

Hood and his wife, Rachel, have three daughters -- Victoria Rose, 13, Julianne Renee, 11, and Annabeth Dawn, 6.
The ACU track teams were penalized by the NCAA earlier this school year for several infractions. The teams, along with the football team, were put on probation for two years. Hood said none that played into his decision to step down. He doesn't expect the penalties will hurt the track teams either.

"I don't think it will make any difference," he said. "I think we weathered the first year of it, and you can see the light at the end of the tunnel here. I think it's going to be a great situation to walk into, actually."

LSC Roundup 6-11

Javelinas' Strickland drafted in 25th round
KINGSVILLE — Texas A&M-Kingsville left-handed pitcher Sam Strickland was drafted in the 25th round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.

Strickland was the 760th overall pick.

The 6-foot-5 left-hander was 5-4 with a 5.15 earned-run average last season. He started 12 games and threw five complete games. In 71.2 innings pitched, he struck out 82 and walked 30.

Javelinas Pitcher Drafted By Toronto Blue Jays
KINGSVILLE - Javelinas pitcher Sam Strickland was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 25th round.

He is scheduled to fly out to camp this Saturday. The lefty was tabbed second team all LSC this season after finishing 5 and 4, with a 5.15 era.

He became just the second Hoggie to strikeout 80-plus batters in back-to-back seasons.

Day 2 of Jays' Draft filled with connections
Round 25 (760th) -- Samuel Strickland, LHP, Texas A&M University-Kingsville: Strickland has shown the ability to go deep into games, as he finished five of the 12 games he started this year. The 6-foot-5 left-hander struck out more than a batter per inning, fanning 82 in 71 2/3 innings while walking only 30.

CU bolsters roster with Juco standouts
Former Broncho On Pro Roster
Former Memorial star Scypion to play in Bayou Bowl after all
Fulps anxious to enjoy a vacation
Shrum, Green Earn All-America Recognition
Robison inks with Lady Tigers
Cortez, Korb Earn Completion Awards
Baseball: Former SE Greats Square Off in Triple-A
Stenta to play in Oil Bowl
Hauser Inducted into Hall
Softball adds big bat and defense to 2009-10 roster
Men add another Irving High School recruit
Texans sign Irving High School Standout
Michael earns NCAA Division II Degree-Completion award
M. Track. West Texas A&M Track & Field Adds to List of Signees

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

10% off LSC Scoop Merchandise Code

If you haven't ordered what you want from the LSC Scoop Online Store, now is the time!

I just received this banner from our merchandise provider with a code for 10% every order over $30 between now and June 22nd.

Just enter the code "JUNE19" when placing your order. We've received REALLY good reviews on the quality of the clothes and the speed of delivery (shipped out in 1-2 business days).

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

State of the Scoop Address

Hey guys,

Just wanted to thank all of you that have made purchases from the store recently. I never dreamed this many of them would be going this long before the season starts. We've received a lot really good comments from all of you regarding the quality of the shirts and how fast they were shipped out. It looks like our partnership with Spreadshirt.com is going to work out really well.

ALSO - remember to send us any ideas that you would like to see in the store (phrases, different colors of a particular item, etc). I'm going to be adding a few new ones here in the next few days thanks to an idea from Chrisattsu. I'll list them all here each time I add something new so you don't have to go checking the store to see what has been added. I'm planning on coming up with some specific game-related shirts for the bigger games this year (Wagon Wheel, ACU/WT, etc). Let me know if you have a particular game you want one made for. WT Fans, you might wanna get on the ball here and give me some ideas. The "93 points. Any questions?" shirts are going like crazy, and I've heard they will definitely be worn during the ACU/WT game this year.

Don't forget that this coming Monday, June 15th, the 50th anniversary edition of Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine will be on newsstands. The LSC Scoop was asked to provide all of the Lone Star Conference information in the magazine and we are really excited about it. It appears that they gave us more space than in the past editions. We are also VERY proud that the LSC Scoop was the first "blog" ever allowed to write for the publication that has been around for half a century.

I think that says a LOT about the quality of our work here and our credibility in the industry, and the fact that "blogs" are now accepted as actual media members. Especially considering they will be all that is left of sports reporting in 10 years when all of the newspapers are bankrupt and have moved on to websites. *wink wink nudge nudge*

There will be a 30 minute show on Fox Sports Southwest this Sunday night at 10 pm covering this year's magazine, releasing who will be on the cover, and going over it's history. Should be pretty interesting.

We also have some big news possibly coming soon regarding a Title Sponsor of the Scoop. This is going to allow us to do a LOT of the things we were really hoping we could do (weekly LSC podcasts, contests, etc) but needed financial help to make them happen. We think we have found a really good/obvious fit. Now that the Title Sponsor appears to be filled, we still have the weekly podcasts/podcast website looking to be sponsored, and sidebar links are now available as well. If you are interested in any of those, let me know.

We are also looking for people interested in possibly covering particular sports for us. At the present time, we have Football, Basketball and Soccer covered for 2009-2010. But we would love for anyone interested in being "the guy/gal" that covers Baseball, Track, etc to shoot me an email and let me know. We're trying to have someone in charge of each particular sport so that every single one of them gets the coverage/discussion they deserve. We're not looking for Bob Costas....if you're interested in a particular LSC sport and think it would be fun to cover it for this year, let me know.

Thanks again, and I'll get back to you guys soon with more info.

Brock Callaway

Monday, June 8, 2009

LSC Roundup 6-8

2 Rams receive honors from baseball writers
Angelo State juniors Chris Adamson and Keith Towne were named by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) to its All-America team released Thursday afternoon.

Four Wildcats honored
ABILENE -- Four ACU baseball standouts have been voted to two more all-America baseball teams, which were released Friday. Junior relief pitcher Brad Rutherford and senior catcher Jordan Schmitt were each voted to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association team, while Schmitt, senior outfielder Thomas Bumpass and junior shortstop Willie Uechi were each voted to the Daktronics all-America team.

These 2 Hurricane Katrina graduates made DFW home
A large, close family and the festive season of Mardi Gras always made Bruce Johnson think New Orleans would be his home forever. Justin Reeves was just getting used to living in the Crescent City.

Oil Bowl is still special
Canyon's Allison, Wesley garner medals
Strawn's Lindsey 'settles' for state title
Gobblers bring home gold in 1,600 relay

Bell an all-round nice guy
On Day 1 of (t)raining camp, Dalton Bell proved to be the rare quarterback who does not insist upon protection. Bell was offered coverage, in the form of an umbrella, in the early stages of an interview after the Saskatchewan Roughriders concluded practice Sunday on Taylor Field.

"No, we're good,'' Bell said, cordially.

Then the skies opened up. In good conscience, I could not allow an interviewee to be saturated -- and my column to be washed away in the process. So I pulled out the umbrella and attempted to keep both of us dry. The downpour was momentary, so I gracefully dropped the umbrella, along with my notes. As I fumbled around, Bell was thoughtful enough to pick up my roster.

So why am I telling you this? It is, after all, a trivial detail. But little things often reveal the most about a person.

He is, I discovered, as advertised.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Dave Campbell's Texas Football Coming Soon !!!


The "unofficial" beginning of the 2009 football season is near.

The 2009 summer edition of Dave Campbell's Texas Football is set to hit newsstands starting June 15th. This upcoming edition marks the 50th anniversary of DCTF magazine, a summer-time staple in Texas that first published in 1960.

Throughout the 2009 DCTF, the magazine commemorates the previous 50 years with "flashbacks" remebering the past players, coaches and games. All of that will lead up to our special release: The 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition, due on newsstands this fall.

But that will come soon enough. Until then, the 2009 summer edition of Dave Campbell's Texas Football is available for pre-order by clicking here, or pick up a copy at your local book-seller or grocery store starting June 15th.

Here's the final kicker, the Lone Star Conference Preview was written by your's truly. That alone is worth the price of the magazine.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

LSC Roundup 6-4

2008-09 LSC Scholar-Athletes announced
The annual Lone Star Conference Scholar-Athlete Award winners for 2008-09 were announced on Wednesday, with 29 student-athletes honored by league officials.

Each academic year, the LSC presents a Scholar-Athlete Award to one male and one female student-athlete at each member institution. These student-athletes are selected as representatives of the outstanding accomplishments in athletics, scholarship and leadership that are displayed on each LSC campus during the year.

To be eligible for consideration, student-athletes must have participated at least two years in their sport and must have exhausted their athletic eligibility.

Besides representing each of the league's 15 member institutions, this year's recipients represent nine of the 16 sports that are sponsored by the conference. Basketball had the most Scholar-Athletes with five selections.

The 2008-09 Scholar-Athletes led their respective teams to four conference championships and two LSC divisional titles.

Texas is home for 12 of the honorees, with eight from Oklahoma, two from New Mexico and one each from Utah, Kentucky, Louisiana, Canada, France, Chile and Poland.

This year's LSC Scholar-Athlete Award recipients are:

Abilene Christian
Camille Vandendriessche Track and Field Paris, France
Audrey Maxwell-Lively Basketball Abilene, Texas

Angelo State
Christopher Odom Baseball Frisco, Texas
Amber Korb Soccer Sandy, Utah

Jenna Boren Softball Waurika, Okla.
Cristian Easton Tennis Santiago, Chile

Central Oklahoma
Mallory Markus Basketball Kingfisher, Okla.
Andrew Foshee Baseball Guthrie, Okla.

East Central
Tyler Pybas Baseball Ringling, Okla.
Laura Kuestersteffen Softball Konawa, Okla.

Eastern New Mexico
Jacob Wiklund CC/Track&Field Cloudcroft, N.M.
Hillary Gintowt Soccer Gallup, N.M.

Midwestern State
Allison Schreiber Volleyball Windthorst, Texas
Brannon Calvert Soccer Pryor, Okla.

Northeastern State
Zuzanna Osinska Tennis Warsaw, Poland
Jeff Cox Golf Norman, Okla.

Southeastern Oklahoma
Deana Brooks Tennis Dripping Springs, Texas
Ryan Bowen Baseball Cameron, Okla.

Southwestern Oklahoma
Kaci Carpenter Softball Murray, Ky.
Scott Kulczycki Golf Regina, Saskatechewan

Tarleton State
Marlin Cloudy Basketball Center, Texas
Emily Richardson Volleyball Georgetown, Texas

Texas A&M-Commerce
Logan Kelly Track and Field Van Alstyne, Texas
Melissa DoRemus Soccer Mesquite, Texas

Texas A&M-Kingsville
LaKeisha Jones Basketball Winnsboro, La.
Abel Garcia Track and Field Del Rio, Texas

Texas Woman's
Kandis Schroeder Volleyball Windthorst, Texas

West Texas A&M
Jared Brock Football Abernathy, Texas
Emily Brister Basketball Amarillo, Texas

More ASU players likely to feel the draft
By Nathan Wright (Contact)
Thursday, June 4, 2009

SAN ANGELO, Texas — A year ago, Angelo State baseball players Clay Calfee and Shan Sullivan made history by becoming the first two Rams to be selected in the Major League Basebal draft.

By this time next week, they could be joined by three or four members of this year’s ASU squad.

Calfee and Sullivan were both selected by the Dodgers last season — Calfee in the 14th round and Sullivan in the 32nd round. Calfee is still in the Dodgers’ organization. He saw some time with the big-leaguers in a spring training game in March.

Sullivan was released by the Dodgers and will spend his summer playing with the San Angelo Colts.

Both were standouts at ASU, helping lead the team to the Division II World Series two years ago. This year’s team had its share of standouts as well and at least two of them and as many as four are likely to be drafted next week.

First on the list is pitcher Joe Key. Key went to Tampa, Fla., two weeks ago to work out for some teams, including the Toronto Blue Jays.

Catcher Trey Carter is also likely to be picked. He said he has gotten interest from a few teams, including the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs.

Kenny Elkind has also drawn some interest from a few major league clubs. One of the best pitchers in the Lone Star Conference, Elkind has the ability to dominate opponents.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

First Two Preseason Football Polls out

Not exactly D2 experts, but when there's no other news out there....

2009 Sporting News Preseason Division II Top 25 Poll
1. Grand Valley State [MI]
2. Northwest Missouri State
3. Minnesota-Duluth
4. Delta State
5. Edinboro [PA]
6. Pittsburg State
7. Bloomsburg [PA]
8. Carson-Newman [TN]
9. Central Oklahoma
10. Central Washington
11. North Alabama
12. Tusculum [TN]
13. California [PA]
14. Ashland [OH]
15. Abilene Christian
16. Tuskegee [AL]
17. Chadron State [NE]
18. Minn. State-Mankato
19. Valdosta State
20. Nebraska-Kearney
21. Seton Hill [WV]
22. Indiana [PA]
23. American International
24. Arkansas Tech
25. Shaw [NC]

Lindy's Magazine
3. Minn-Duluth
4. Delta St.
5. Cal PA
6. Pitt St.
7. Bloom
8. ACU
9. C-N
10. Valdosta St.
11. Chadron St.
13. Ashland
14. UNA
15. Catawba
16. Tuskegee
17. West Chester
18. Nebraska-Kearney
19. Ind. PA
20. Tusculum
21. Edinboro
22. Wayne St. Neb.
23. Seton Hill
24. Mars Hill
25. CWU

Teams in red are non-conference opponents.

LSC Roundup 6-3

Fred Jacoby Academic Athletes of the Year announced
West Texas A&M basketball star Emily Brister and Central Oklahoma baseball standout Andrew Foshee were chosen as the 2009 Lone Star Conference Fred Jacoby Academic Athletes of the Year. The awards were announced Tuesday following a vote of the league's sports information directors.

WTAMU's Brister and UCO's Foshee are just the second recipients of the award bearing the name of Jacoby, the long-time LSC commissioner who passed away in March 2008. The nominees included the Academic Player of the Year in each sport as selected during the year.

LSC honors Sports Information Students
Three sports information students were recognized by the Lone Star Conference on Monday as the league announced the 2008-09 Sports Information Student Academic Award winners.

Each academic year the LSC will recognize sports information students who devote countless hours to assist with the operation of the athletics department while also finding the time to excel in the classroom. To be eligible for LSC academic honors, sports information students must carry at least a 3.20 grade point average with a minimum of 24 semester hours at the nominating institution. The qualifications mirror those required of student-athletes to gain LSC All-Academic recognition.

This year's recipients represent three of the LSC's 15 member institutions, with Abilene Christian, Midwestern State and Texas Woman's each honoring one student.

This year's LSC Sports Information Student Academic Award recipients are:

Abilene Christian: Kyle Robarts
Midwestern State: Kaitlin Morrison
Texas Woman's: Kaelyn McPherson

Four receive Track & Field Athlete of the Year honors
Angelo State's Aisha Adams and Adree Lakey, Tarleton State's Jared McNeil and Abilene Christian's Camille Vandendreissche were selected as the 2009 Lone Star Conference Track & Field Athletes of the Year. The awards were announced Tuesday following a vote of the league's head coaches.

The Texans McNeil was the male track recipient and the Wildcat's Vandendreissche was voted top male field athlete, while the Rambelles duo of Adams and Lakey claimed the top female track and field honors, respectively.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Grand Opening of the LSC Scoop Online Store!

The LSC Scoop is proud to announce the grand opening of our new online clothing store!

This is the place to order all of your game day clothing. LSC Scoop hats or polo shirts in your school colors, t-shirts supporting your favorite team, or even funny school related shirts - we've got them all!

Feel free to take a look around. If you can think of anything else you want added, need any of the shirts in XXXL or just in different colors, shoot us an email and we'll get it added immediately for you.

Our store is operated by Spreadshirt.com, which is one of the most respected clothing outlets online. They are accredited by the Better Business Bureau, and accept all major credit cards as well as Paypal. Each order is shipped within 48 hours of payment.

Simply click on the "Categories" option in the upper left hand corner of the store and you will see that the clothing is all place into easy to find groups.

Go to LscScoop.Spreadshirt.com to start your shopping!

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