Friday, July 31, 2009

LSC Roundup 7-31

Official LSC Releases from the Media Day event

LSC Football Preseason Poll announced
Five selected for LSC football preseason honors

Volleyball preseason honors announced
Volleyball: Preseason poll announced

Preseason poll announced for men's soccer
Men's Soccer: Everson, Martinez claim preseason honors

Women's Soccer: Preseason poll announced
Women's Soccer preseason honors announced

ACU, MSU picked in cross county preseason polls

and from the school sites
ACU picked to win South
Rams Picked Sixth in LSC South
Bronchos Favored In LSC North Football
Johnson preseason offensive player of the year
Football: Preseason Poll: Mustangs tabbed fifth in the LSC South
Football: Football Picked Second in LSC-North Poll
Texans picked to finish third in LSC South
Smith named LSC South Division Offensive Preseason POY
Lions' William Green and Meagan Lasley Earn Pre-Season Lone Star Conference Honors
A&M-Commerce Picked to Share Second Place in the LSC North in Preseason Poll
Javelinas Picked 4th in LSC South
Football. Buffs Picked Second in Preseason LSC South Poll

Rambelles Tabbed Sixth in LSC
UCO Volleyball Picked Seventh
Volleyball: Picked fourth, MSU has room to grow in 2009
Volleyball: Volleyball Tabbed Ninth in LSC Poll
TexAnns picked to finish thrid in LSC
Lions Picked to Finish Eighth in the Lone Star Conference
TWU picked to finish fifth in LSC Preseason Volleyball Poll
W. Volleyball. Lady Buffs Picked As Favorite In LSC Preseason Poll

Soccer Picked Sixth in LSC
Soccer Tabbed For Third
M. Soccer: Preseason Poll: Midwestern slated to take fourth-straigh conference title
W. Soccer: LSC Preseason Poll: Mustangs ticketed for fourth place finish in 2009
Lions Picked to Finish Second in the Lone Star Conference
Soccer tabbed eighth in Lone Star Conference Preseason Poll
M. Soccer. Buffs Picked Second In LSC Preseason Soccer Polls
W. Soccer. Women's Soccer Tabbed as Preseason Favorite By LSC

Cross Country: Making strides: MSU picked to win second-straight LSC title
Men Picked to Finish Third; Women Picked Ninth in Lone Star Conference Preseason Poll
XC men picked second, women picked seventh in preseason polls
W. Cross Country. Lady Buffs Picked Second In Lone Star Conference Preseason Poll
M. Cross Country. Buffs Picked Seventh In Lone Star Conference Preseason Poll

From the papers
ACU picked as South's preseason No. 1
Unexpected respect for WT
MSU picked fifth in LSC South preseason football poll
NSU down low in preseason picks
Javelinas football picked fourth in LSC
Morriss is content just to coach
UCO picked to win North, SOSU tied for 2nd
LSC poll doesn't favor Rams football
Javelinas Picked 4th In LSC South
UCO's Cudjo billed LSC North's Co-Defensive Player of the Year
UCO picked to win LSC North Division
LSC media day provides riverhawks with motivation
Day, Cocannouer re-unite at Southwestern

Lady Buffs expected to dominate

Two MSU teams picked to repeat as LSC champs
Good year forecast for WT soccer

Thursday, July 30, 2009

LSC Media Day Update

A BIG THANK YOU to Tarleton, UCO and MSU Sports for the updates and ACU for the coaches' comments.

LSC South Prediction
1. ACU - 135 pts (16 first place)
2. WTAM - 107 pts (3 first place)
3. Tarleton - 86 pts
4. TAMK - 84 pts
5. MSU - 82 pts (1 first place)
6. Angelo St - 42 pts
7. ENMU - 24 pts

Off POY - Roderick Smith, Tarleton
Def POY - Aston Whiteside, ACU

LSC North Prediction
1. UCO - 90 pts (12 first place)
2. TAMC - 70 pts (3 first place)
2. SOSU - 70 pts (1 first place)
4. SWO - 39 pts
5. ECU - 37 pts
6. NSU - 30 pts

Off POY - Marcus Johnson, ECU
Def Co-POY - William Green, TAMC and Jermelle Cudjo, UCO

Coaches' comments:
> Kenny Evans, NSU head coach -- "We've got a new look, and hopefully it doesn't end up looking like it did in the poll. Brought in a new coaching staff and a lot of new players. New helmet; new uniforms; hopefully a new look at the end of the season."

> Tim McCarty, ECU head coach -- "Pleased that (Abilene native) Marcus Johnson is back with us at quarterback. We have a lot of work to do, though. We want to build a foundation for a program that will excite our alumni, lettermen and fans."

> Dan Cocannouer, SW Oklahoma State head coach -- "We got a late start in recruiting, but were able to sign 38 high school kids; 33 from Oklahoma and five from Texas. Got five junior college transfers. But only suited up 47 kids for our spring game. Won't have many seniors or juniors, but anticipate 75 freshmen and 35 sophomores."

> Ray Richards, SE Oklahoma State head coach -- "We feel good about this year and the future. We've got a great receiver in Daniel Nichols, who I believe is one of the best receivers in the Lone Star Conference."

> Guy Morriss, Texas A&M-Commerce head coach -- "Can't tell you a lot about this football team. Went through spring training with only about 50 players, but I think the thing that excites me the most is Aug. 6 when we report to camp and get to mix in the kids that we signed. We signed about 30 high school kids, and I'm excited about them. I really believe that's the best way to build a program, but you never know until the lights come on and find out what they can and can't do. A lot of our freshmen are going to have starting roles or see a lot of playing time."

> Tracy Holland, UCO head coach -- "We had an exciting first year, and we're looking forward to a great second season. A lot's been written and said about those seven games we won to end the 2008 season, but truth be know, five of those wins came down to the last series and we were able to pull those games out."

> Mark Ribaudo, ENMU head coach -- "We're excited about the Greyhounds. We're very excited about the spread offense once again. We'll be a junior-sophomore offense. Signed 38 kids, including 30 high school players. We're still a young team that's trying to get better and better. We'll be a little bit older on the defensive side of the ball who will help us."

> Dale Carr, Angelo State head coach -- "It's been disappointing the last three years. Last year was our fourth year, and should have been the year we started to turn the corner. We lost our starting quarterback first rattle out of the box in the first game last year and we were never the same. We got a redshirt for Josh Neiswander, though, and I think he'll be a real blessing for us."

> Bill Maskill, Midwestern State head coach -- "We are a team of blue-collar workers, much like our coaches and much like our university. But we've got some talented players. Defensively we don't have the depth that we've had in the past, but we've got some talented players. Offensively we're a veteran team with an offensive line full of guys who have all played."

> Bo Atterberry, Kingsville head coach -- "We've got a lot of guys coming back, but we'll find out pretty quickly how we stack up on Aug. 29 when Delta State comes to Kingsville. Hopefully the great minds aren't right on putting us fourth, but I'm anxious to get started and find out."

> Sam McElroy, Tarleton State head coach -- "We've got a good group of guys back, and it's a group that's been around a while. We've been close to doing what everybody wants to do and that's win championships and reach the playoffs. But we just haven't gotten over the top. I'm proud of the way our kids worked this off-season and the commitment they've made to reaching that goal."

> Don Carthel, West Texas A&M head coach -- "We lost a lot of seniors, and to be picked second is a shock to me. I would venture to say that we have the fewest returning starters in the league. We'll find out really quick if our Thursday night scrimmages will pay off on Aug. 29 when Grand Valley State comes into Canyon. We think we've got a great bunch of young guys who are waiting for their chance to play."

> Chris Thomsen, Abilene Christian head coach -- "I'm a little bit surprised to be picked first in the division considering the number of starters we lost. Not only did we lose Bernard, but we also lost two other senior running backs (Chancy Campbell and Taber Minner). Not only did we lose Johnny Knox, we lost four other senior wide receivers. But we brought in some guys that we feel good about. I'm very fortunate to be at a great university with great support and very fortunate to be in this league."

LSC Roundup 7-30

Javelinas Make Some Changes For Upcoming Season (with video)
KINGSVILLE - The Annual Lone Star Conference Football Media Day is Thursday afternoon in Dallas, and the Javelina football team is just over eight days from opening practice.

Just three wins in Atterberry's first campaign, the Hogs went 7 and 4 last season, earning some much deserved respect. This year, a lot of people expect the Javelinas to contend for the conference crown. They have beefed up their offensive line, added some talent in the backfield, plus their returning star signal-caller Billy Garza.

McCarty's quick search
ADA — For most head football coaches, finding a suitable replacement for a veteran defensive coordinator with his team on the cusp of preseason practice would be almost impossible. For East Central University head man Tim McCarty, it required just one phone call.

McCarty admitted he was caught by surprise When Todd Fugett announced last week that he was leaving ECU after 15 seasons — 13 as defensive coordinator — to go to work for the Chickasaw Nation. The Tigers are due to open preseason camp on Aug. 6 and open their season three weeks later at Nebraska-Omaha, and with all of the team’s defensive assistants just beginning their coaching careers, promoting from within was pretty much out of the question.

Ex-Steele RB headed to UIW
Former Steele running back Keith Brown has completed his transfer from Mississippi to Incarnate Word. Brown, who will also run track at UIW, will be eligible to play immediately when the school opens its first training camp on Aug. 5.

Brown ran track last year at Mississippi, leading the team with a 6.88 in the 60-meter dash and a 10.68 in the 100. He only played one season of football at Steele, scoring 11 touchdowns.

ACU volleyball team earns academic award
The Abilene Christian University volleyball team has been honored with an academic award from the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association for the 2008-09 season.

The Wildcats had seven players honored as academic all-Lone Star Conference players last season, and the team posted a cumulative 3.48 grade point average.

Rams sign 2nd-round pick Laurinaitis, Ohio State linebacker
ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Rams signed three draft picks Wednesday, including second-rounder James Laurinaitis.

Only first-round pick Jason Smith, an offensive tackle from Baylor who was the second overall selection, remained unsigned. Practice begins Thursday for quarterbacks, rookies and selected veterans with the first full-squad workout under new coach Steve Spagnuolo on Friday.

The Rams also signed fourth-rounder Darell Scott, a defensive tackle from Clemson, and sixth-rounder Keith Null, a quarterback from West Texas A&M.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

LSC Roundup 7-29

Deason ECU's new defensive coordinator
ADA – Justin Deason hopes to bring a winning edge to East Central University’s football program this fall.

Deason, who was an ECU assistant for two seasons in 2004-05, was named the Tigers’ new defensive coordinator on Tuesday, replacing longtime assistant Todd Fugett, who stepped down last week to pursue a career with the Chickasaw Nation.

Deason spent the last three seasons as linebackers’ coach and special teams coordinator at highly-successful West Texas A&M.

“We’re very pleased to have Justin back at East Central. He gained some valuable insight, coming from a championship-type program at West Texas A&M,” said ECU head coach Tim McCarty. “He’s an excellent coach and a great recruiter off a successful team in the Lone Star Conference. We’re excited about what he is going to bring to the table. He’s an up-and-coming young coach who brings a successful resume’ to East Central.”

Sigwing Selected as the Seventh Head Coach of Zia Softball Program
Eastern New Mexico University athletic director, Dr. Jeff Geiser has announced the selection of Lauren Sigwing as the new head coach of the Zia softball program. Sigwing is no stranger to the highly competitive nature of NCAA Division II softball, having served as a graduate assistant at Northwest Missouri State, and played collegiately at Central Missouri State in the Mid-American Athletic Association. Most recently, she served a three-year stint at Fort Scott Community College and led the program to its best season in 2009, winning 36 games.

Malone commits to Tarleton State
Recent Stephenville High School graduate Chris Malone, a wide receiver, has committed to playing football this fall at Tarleton State University. Malone, an all-district wide receiver for the Yellow Jackets as a junior and senior, says hes looking forward to playing for the Texans and believes he will enjoy the opportunity to again be teammates with SHS classmate Josh Emmons, who signed with Tarleton in the spring. StephenvilleHead Coach Joseph Gillespie referred to Malone as a kid who loves football and says he has done a wonderful job of always representing Stephenville well.

Angelo State softball names Naumoff as assistant coach
After serving as a graduate assistant for the two seasons, Katie Naumoff has been announced as the new assistant coach for the Angelo State softball program. Naumoff fills the position left open by the departure of Claudia Lopez after the conclusion of the 2009 season.

“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to hire coach Naumoff as a full-time assistant,” ASU head softball coach Travis Scott said. “She has been with the program for two seasons and understands Angelo State softball. Coach Naumoff will be a big asset to the program in the office, in recruiting and on the field.”

Cocannouer ready for first collegiate season
One of the featured speakers in Monday’s session of the Oklahoma Coaches Association coaches’ clinic was former Edmond Santa Fe football coach Dan Cocannouer, who left the Wolves late last year to take over at Southwestern Oklahoma State.

"Usually you have to win a state championship to speak at these things,” Cocannouer said. "But I’ve had a great response from the coaches here.”

Cocannouer is making a concentrated effort to recruit in the state. He estimated the Bulldogs had 29 players from Oklahoma on their roster last year. This year, he said, there will be 70 from the state.

The biggest adjustment, Cocannouer said, was relinquishing some control during the off-season.
"I’m used to having summer pride and 7-on-7 and you can’t do those things in college,” he said. "Every time I’ve woke up this month, I start thinking, ‘My gosh, I’ve got to get into the weight room.’ ”

Instead, Cocannouer has spent his time getting settled in — his family is in the process of moving to Weatherford after his house recently sold — and brushing up on NCAA rules.

"There are a lot of NCAA regulations to learn,” Cocannouer said. "I’m scared to death. Every time we do something I ask, ‘Can I do this? Can I do that?’ ”

Paris College pitcher signs with Tarleton
Tarleton head baseball coach Bryan Conger has announced the signing of Chris Pearson to a national letter-of-intent to play baseball for the Texans this coming spring.

Shockers forced to pare down
Five players will not return to Wichita State's baseball team as a result of NCAA rules limiting the number of scholarship athletes.

Infielder Taylor Brown, designated hitter Josh Rosecrans, outfielder Andrew Letourneau and pitchers Clint Maune and Cameron Maldonado are no longer on the roster, according to coach Gene Stephenson. They chose to leave WSU, after being told their scholarships would not be renewed.

"This is difficult," Stephenson said. "It hurts me, personally. It hurts the team, because these were good guys and good teammates who wanted to be here."

Brown, as a sophomore, hit a team-leading .338 and started 43 games, 21 on the infield, nine as the DH and 13 in left field. He was hitting .402 as of April 15 before a slump knocked him out of the lineup. He hit . 219 over the remainder of the season. He will transfer to Central Oklahoma, Stephenson said.

Waits featured in Hawaii Games
Shrum Qualifies For U.S. Amateur
Belt Leads Team To Title
Aggie men sign first of three groups
CU's second group brings experience
Third group gives Aggies a top class
Women Sign Four Players
Men Sign Two Golfers

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

LSC Roundup 7-28

Taylor Fore Selected as Nominee for 2009 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team
Texas A&M University-Commerce redshirt sophomore wide receiver Taylor Fore on Thursday was one of 106 nominees for the 2009 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team. The award is given to “hard-working and committed college football players” and has nothing to do with touchdowns, tackles or receptions.

In addition to being a member of the Lions' football team, he has served as a volunteer basketball and baseball coach for the Commerce Parks and Recreation Department. This fall, he will serve as the chair of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. He has been involved with the Big Event, a city-wide clean up in Commerce, the Commerce Children’s Museum Father/Daughter Dance and the Hunt County Special Olympics.

A total of 106 student-athlete football players were nominated by sports information directors for the team which honors college football players who make “outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement.” The number of nominations is the largest number in the 18-year history of the award and ’09 nominees represent 41 states, including Washington, D. C. and 45 conferences.

From the 106 nominees, a national panel will select two 11-player Good Works Teams, one team composed of players from the NCAA Bowl Subdivision and a combined team from the Championship Subdivision, Divisions II and III and the NAIA.

West Texas A&M's James Chandler nominated for Allstate AFCA Good Hands Team

James Chandler has been nominated for the 2009 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team. Chandler, born in London, England, has been involved in numerous community service projects, including:

  • Traveling to Taiwan , May 17- June 2, 2009, to perform missionary work through Baptist Student Ministries.
  • Leading Youth Worship and performs Youth Ministry at Believers Way Church in Amarillo , Texas .
  • Serving as counselor at Angel Tree Camp in 2008 and will again in 2009. This is a four-day camp, held each August at Ceta Canyon Methodist Camp, outside of Canyon, Texas, which administers to inner-city Amarillo, Texas youths.
  • Giving testimonies at West Texas A&M chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). He also gave a testimony during the Panhandle-area FCA banquet, as well as speaking at area high-school FCA chapters.
  • Making regular visits, along with West Texas A&M teammates, to the Children’s Wards of Amarillo hospitals.

Mustangs lend many helping hands
College and professional athletes have long been considered spoiled, many of them displaying a “what have you done for me lately?” attitude.

But the football coaches for the Midwestern State Mustangs have tried to develop a different attitude on their team — more like “What can we do for you?”

So the Mustangs were involved in several community service projects during the spring semester of 2009.

“We decided in December, as a staff, that we needed to do more things together as a team — off the football field,” head coach Bill Maskill said. “And in doing that, we could do some things within the community.”

Zia Volleyball Team Earns Second Straight AVCA Academic Award
PORTALES, N.M.— For the second consecutive season, the Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team has been selected for the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. The Zias were one of 46 NCAA Division II teams to receive the award.

The AVCA created the award in the 1992-93 year to honor both college and high school teams that maintained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale or a 4.1 GPA on a 5.0 scale.

Following the 2008 season, Heidi Geyer (OH, Santa Fe, N.M./St. Michaels HS) was selected Academic All-Lone Star Conference, while Caitlin Murphy (L, Amarillo, Texas/Tascosa HS), Vanessa Wilcox (OH, Houston, Texas/Kempner HS), Karen McIntyre (S, Houston, Texas/J. Frank Dobie HS) and Grace Brandt (S, Dumas, Texas/Dumas HS) were named to the LSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

Sigwing Selected as the Seventh Head Coach of Zia Softball Program

PORTALES, N.M.— Eastern New Mexico University athletic director, Dr. Jeff Geiser has announced the selection of Lauren Sigwing as the new head coach of the Zia softball program. Sigwing is no stranger to the highly competitive nature of NCAA Division II softball, having served as a graduate assistant at Northwest Missouri State, and played collegiately at Central Missouri State in the Mid-American Athletic Association. Most recently, she served a three-year stint at Fort Scott Community College and led the program to its best season in 2009, winning 36 games.

“I am very excited about coaching the softball program at ENMU,” said Sigwing. “I think there is a lot of potential and am looking forward to coaching them.”

“The fact that she was a 4.0 student in psychology was very impressive,” said Geiser. “She was a NFCA All-American Scholar Athlete and what that tells me is that she is a very hard worker and will do whatever it takes to get the job done. She played in the MIAA and is very familiar with Division II and the Lone Star Conference. The search committee did an outstanding job and I think we have hired an outstanding softball coach”

In the 2009 season, she guided FSCC to a 36-23 record, including a 17-9 mark in the competitive Jayhawk Conference. The Lady Hounds picked up a doubleheader sweep second place Johnson County and split with third place Pratt. The squad closed their season by earning a second-place finish at the District D Regional Tournament and ended up breaking team records in home runs and stolen bases.

Sigwing attended NCAA Division II Central Missouri State, where she was a National Fastpitch Coaches Association of America All-American Scholar Athlete and a Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Presidential Scholar.

UIW football to be on ESPN radio

Incarnate Word’s inaugural season will be broadcast on ESPN 1250 The Zone, the university announced.

The deal includes pregame and postgame shows, and a weekly show with coach Mike Santiago set to air at 7 p.m. each Thursday. ESPN 1250 personality Paul Alexander will provide play-by-play action.

The Cardinals open the season against Monterrey Tech at 7 p.m. on Aug. 29 at Benson Stadium.

Monday, July 27, 2009

LSC Roundup 7-27

Q and A with Coach Sam McElroy
Editors note: E-T Sports Editor Brad Keith sat down with Tarleton Head Football Coach Sam McElroy on Friday to discuss the start of the upcoming 2009 season. Keith asks and McElroy answers in this, the first of four installments in the Q&A; series previewing upcoming football training camps.

Fugett steps down after 15-year stay at ECU
ADA – Todd Fugett, East Central University’s third-longest tenured coach, has decided to step down from his assistant football position to accept a customer relations position with the Chickasaw Nation in Ada.

Fugett, a native of Blanchard, has spent the last 15 years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, mostly as the Tigers’ defensive coordinator.

“The last 15 years have been an invaluable experience. Being at East Central has allowed me to develop as a person,” said Fugett. “I’ve established some roots. Ada has become my home and given me stability.”

“I’m glad to have worked at my alma mater for 15 years. In the college coaching profession, guys tend to bounce around. I was very fortunate to stay in one place,” Fugett said.

During Fugett’s 15-year stay at ECU, 13 were spent on the defensive side of the ball. He also served as offensive coordinator in 1997 and was special teams’ coordinator in 1998.

Fugett played for the Tigers from 1982-84 as a defensive back as specialized in coaching that area through most of his career.

“Few college football coaches have been around long enough to see young men develop, grow and to become contributing members to society,” said Fugett. “I was always excited when our former players came back to campus and to see how they succeeded with their families and careers.”

Rowe named to Allstate AFCA Good Works Team
NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Tarleton’s Jacob Rowe has been selected to the 2009 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team.

The award is given to hard-working and committed college football players will take the field this fall knowing that the impact they have on their teams and communities has nothing to do with touchdowns, tackles or receptions. For a second consecutive year, Allstate Insurance Company has partnered with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) to announce the list of 106 student-athletes nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team((R)), which honors college football players who make outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement.

Rowe, a junior defensive end on this year’s football team, is a graduate of Alvarado high school. The two year letterman has been very active while attending Tarleton, and not just on the football field.

Rowe is a member of College Life, Refuge and Core while also holding student-athlete Bible studies. He regularly helps hand out meals to the elderly and disabled in Stephenville with other members of the Texan football squad via Meals on Wheels. Other activities he has helped with in Stephenville are the Tri-Star Games, Foster’s Home for Children, Disciple Now, Vacation Bible School and the Tarleton Student Government Association. The Texan has also served on various mission trips and counseled at several summer camps as well as making frequent trips to the retirement homes in Stephenville to visit their residents.

Rowe also sponsors a child through Compassion International and is an active member of a mentoring program.

“This is a great honor for Jacob, our football team and our University,” said Tarleton head football coach Sam McElroy. “There are a great number of kids that do things throughout the year to help others, and for Jacob to be singled out as one of the best means a great deal to us. He certainly deserves this award and the things he does to help others is wonderful. We know he will continue to serve because that is who Jacob is.”

Wesley Nominated for AFCA Good Works Team
NORTHBROOK, ILLINOIS – A hard-working and committed group of college football players will take the field this fall knowing that the impact they have on their teams and communities has nothing to do with touchdowns, tackles or receptions. For a second consecutive year, Allstate Insurance Company has partnered with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) to announce the list of 106 student-athletes nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team((R)), which honors college football players who make outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement.

Texas A&M-Kingsville senior left guard Markeith Wesley (Navasota/Navasota HS) was one of 106 nominees nationwide. Wesley’s resume offers several examples of the positive impact he has had on his community. For example, he volunteered with the Kingsville Boys and Girls Club, mowing the lawn and working summer camps. The massive offensive lineman dedicated his time to the Driscoll Children’s Hospital as well as Special Olympics events held on campus. Wesley is an active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and serves as Junior Deacon at his home church in Navasota, Texas. He is one of four Lone Star Conference student-athletes receiving a nomination.

ACU recognized by WBCA
BILENE – Just a few months before its season begins on the court, the ACU women's basketball team has been recognized by the Women's Basketball Coaches' Association for its work in the classroom.

The women's basketball team has been ranked No. 5 in the NCAA Division II Academic Top 25 Honor Roll for the 2008-09 season. The Wildcats checked in with a team GPA of 3.580 during the season to earn the No. 15 spot. St. Thomas Aquinas College is the top-ranked team in the academic poll with a team GPA of 3.694. Saint Martin's is No. 2 in the poll at 3.668, followed by Ashland at No. 3 (3.647), Michigan Tech (3.653) and ACU. The only other Lone Star Conference team in the rankings for 2008-09 is West Texas A&M, which is No. 24 with a 3.371 team GPA.

The Wildcats have been ranked in the top 25 in each of the 11 academic polls conducted by the WBCA, finishing 17th in 1998-99 to ninth (1999-2000), fifth (2000-1), first (2001-02), fourth (2002-03), fifth (2003-04), 21st (2004-05), ninth (2005-06), 10th (2006-07), 17th (2007-08), and now fifth.

The ACU women's basketball program has a history of academic excellence with four former greats – Claudia Schleyer, Suzanne Johnson, Jennifer Clarkson and Jackie Bucher – earning first team academic all-America honors, and those four plus two others (Cathe Crow and Caroline Omamo) earned NCAA Post-Graduate scholarships.

Friday, July 24, 2009

LSC Roundup 7-24

UTPA taps Downing as next women's basketball coach
EDINBURG – The University of Texas-Pan American has chosen Denny Downing as its next women’s basketball coach.

Downing replaces DeAnn Craft who resigned May 15 after she said she did not feel she had the support of interim athletic director Ricky Vaughn.

Downing beat out two other finalists for the job – Stephen F. Austin assistant Taqueta Braxton and West Georgia University coach Craig Roden.

“I’ll say this, all three of our finalists were extremely qualified,” Vaughn said. “(Downing’s) experience as a head coach really stood out. … With such limited resources, he was able to take Commerce to the Elite Eight.”

Downing said he preferred not to talk about what may have transpired with the program in the past.

“I am just glad to have this opportunity,” he said.

Downing comes to UTPA after seven years at the helm of Division-II Texas A&M-Commerce. He also served as coach at Collin Community College from 2001-02 and as an assistant at Drake University (1994-96) and at Fort Hays State University (1993-94).

Downing helped turned around a once struggling Commerce program, leading the program this past year to its third straight winning for the first time in school history. He also led Commerce to the Division II Elite Eight in 2007.

Downing’s hiring continues a trend in UTPA opting for non-Division I coaches in its major coaching searches.

Ryan Marks, who was hired as the men’s coach in May, arrived from Division II St. Edwards and baseball coach Manny Mantrana came to UTPA via NAIA St. Thomas University in Miami.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

LSC Roundup 7-22

Texas High School Coaches Association Football All Star Game - South wins 48-21
Wes Wood 8-17 for 114 yards
Cole Hicks 3 recpetions for 36 yds
Lance Ratliff 2 catches for 51 yds
Brady Brown helped South rush for 139 yards, 3 TDs
Bo Adams (started on DL) 2 tackles, 1 for loss
Jeremy Boyd 1 tackle
Josh Emmons 3 tackles, 1 for loss, 1 forced fumble

South hits early in all-star game
Area players help lead South over North
Harris Sparks South Over North
Jones, Howard make big plays
Future Aggies help South beat North
Texas A&M signee leads South past North in THSCA All-Star Game

ACU football program will meet with NCAA about violations
Abilene Christian University will have a hearing with the NCAA today in Denver, hoping to convince the NCAA to reverse its decision to strip the ACU football program of victories and statistics from the 2007 season.

The NCAA on Feb. 12 penalized the ACU football and track and field teams for several infractions, mostly in the track and field program. Both programs were put on probation for two years.

The football team, though, was hit the hardest. The team had to vacate its 10 victories and statistics from those wins because, the NCAA reported, two assistant coaches helped two junior college recruits become academically eligible to play for the Wildcats in the 2007 season.

Big man on campus
When the Northeastern State football team takes the field this season, one player who will undoubtedly attract a lot of attention from the opponent is senior nose tackle TJ Raymond.

At 6-foot-2, 285 pounds, Raymond is not only one of the largest players on the field, but also one of the best. He is a two-time All-Lone Star Conference selection and has seven sacks and 112 tackles in his two seasons with the RiverHawks. He has been torturing offensive linemen and coaches in the conference for the past two seasons.

“I always talk to the o-lineman before the first play and tell him he’s going to have a long day,” said Raymond. “Then I make sure I do my assignment.”

Former Cowboys RB Calvin Hill slated to speak at Welcome Back Dinner
Former Dallas Cowboys running back Calvin Hill will be coming to Midwestern State as the keynote speaker at the Third Annual Welcome Back Dinner set for 6 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Comanche Suites in the Clark Student Center.

The cost for the dinner is $70 for individual sponsorship and $40 for each additional ticket. Contact Melissa Alonzo at 613-0121 for additional information.

The Next Eric Parker?
Undrafted rookie WR Charles Martin has virtually no chance to make the active roster in 2009. However, he has an opportunity to stick on the practice squad and work his way into a very fluid mix for 2010. Find out why this small-school product just may become the next Eric Parker.

Position battle: Wide receiver
This is the second in a five-part series examining the top Bears positional battles in this upcoming training camp.
Position: Wide receiver
Favorites: Devin Hester, Earl Bennett
Contenders: Johnny Knox, Rashied Davis, Brandon Rideau
Long shots: Juaquin Iglesias, Derek Kinder

Knox was the biggest hit of organized team activities. He can absolutely fly down the field, and to everyone's delight -- and perhaps surprise -- caught almost everything thrown his way. Still, it's always wise to be cautious when it comes to rookie receivers. Knox played at a very small college -- Abilene Christian -- and might still have issues adjusting to life at the next level. But right now, Knox has a decent chance of contributing in 2009. What else do you want from a first-year player?

MSU's Brown making move to the indoors
AUGUSTA, Ga. — The Augusta Colts announced the signing of former Midwestern State standout Frank Brown on Tuesday.

Brown earned first-team All-Lone Star Conference South Division honors during his senior season when he helped the Mustangs to an 8-3 record with 26 tackles, three sacks and three interceptions in 2007.

Former West Oso Star Signs With Javelinas (with video)
KINGSVILLE - Two years after the initial recruiting pitch, the Javelinas have signed former West Oso basketball star Novella Thomas.

Thomas averaged just under 21 points a game her senior season in 2008, leading the Lady Bears to the state semifinals and a 34-1 record. She ended up signing a volleyball scholarship with Tarleton State, but never played for the Texanns.

She'll have to sit out the upcoming season and will be eligible to play the 2010-11 campaign and have a full four years of eligibility.

Astros honor state champion Panthers
HOUSTON — Celebrations have been a constant for the Danbury Panthers baseball team this summer since the squad won the Class 2A state championship.

With parades through Danbury on firetrucks, autograph parties at players’ houses, proclamation letters from the Commissioners Court in Angleton and an appearance on Foxsports Channel 55, the Panthers have made the rounds.

But Tuesday night’s appearance at Minute Maid Park was pretty “crazy.”

“Man this is a crazy experience. Something you experience once in a lifetime,” Danbury’s Scott Zimmerle said. “It is definitely something that you cannot describe. One of those things where you just lose your mind on.

“Just to hear your name announced by the Astros’ announcer and see your face on the Jumbotron is crazy,” he said.

Zimmerle, the Class 2A most valuable player, was 17-0 on the season for the Panthers and slugged away at the plate for a .491. average. He will next suit up for the Javelinas at Texas A&M Kingsville next.

Monday, July 20, 2009

LSC Roundup 7-20

Football: LSC to play in Kanza Bowl starting in 2009
The Lone Star Conference has agreed to annually send a representative to the Kanza Bowl, a newly formed postseason football game to be played at Hummer Sports Park in Topeka, Kan. The decision was announced Monday morning at a press conference in the Kansas capitol city.

The Kanza (pronounced CANS-uh) Bowl, one of only four NCAA Division II bowl games, will be played the first Saturday in December each year, always featuring a match-up of teams from the LSC and Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA). Both the LSC and MIAA signed a one-year agreement with the bowl, with the option to renew the contract for up to two additional years.

"We're grateful for Rick Benke at Hummer Sports Park and the other folks in Topeka for identifying the Lone Star Conference as a worthy participant in this bowl game, and we look forward to some great competition against the MIAA teams," said Stan Wagnon, LSC commissioner. "Having the chance to participate in a postseason bowl game is something our coaches have desired for some time, and I think it's appropriate that we can do that in an agreement with the MIAA. Both conferences play football at the highest level in Division II, and both of us seem to always have a team or two that feels like they should have been included in the playoffs. This will give those teams an opportunity that wouldn't otherwise exist."

Texas High School Coach's Association Football All-Star Game
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - University of Texas, Austin, TX - 7:30 PM
Broadcast information - Wednesday 1:00 PM Fox Sports Southwest
LSC Signees Participating
Lance Ratliff - WR (WTAM)
Wes Wood - QB (ENMU)
Kaleb Horsford - CB (WTAM)
Danny Reyes - WR (WTAM)
Brandon Jeffrey - LB (MSU)
Jesse Jennings - LB (ACU)
Brandon Terry - DT (UIW)
Josh Emmons - DL (TSU)
Joseph Warren - DT (ACU)

Carl Moore - LB (TSU)
Cole Hicks - WR (WTAM)
Darrell Cantu-Harkless - K (ACU)
Andrew Brooks - OL (SWO)
Will McLane - C (TSU)
Bo Adams - DE (TAMK)
Klayton Smith - OL (UIW)
Brady Brown - OL (TAMK)

Abreu MVP of Eastern League All-Star Game
Courtesy: ECU Sports Information
Release: 07/16/2009

ADA – Former East Central University baseball standout Miguel Abreu is having an outstanding season at second base for the Bowie Baysox, the Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.

Abreu’s season is so solid that he was selected to play in the Eastern League All-Star Game on Wednesday night in Trenton, N.J., where he was named the Most Valuable Player. He went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and a pair of runs scored as the South All-Stars beat the North All-Stars, 5-3. Abreu was the only South player to have multiple hits as the South edged the North, 10-9, in that category. He also excelled defensively on a couple of plays, including a diving stop to prevent a run.

Heading into a weekend series at Akron, Abreu was batting an even .300 to lead the team with 22 doubles, 21 stolen bases and 29 runs batted in. He has also homered four times.

In the first half of the Eastern League season, he collected 31 multi-hit games and had one stretch of five consecutive multi-hit efforts from April 26-May 1. Included in that was a five-hit game against Erie on April 29.

Abreu has also proven to be deadly against left-handed pitching as he boasts a .348 batting average so far this season.

He moved up to Bowie for the 2009 season after playing the 2008 campaign at Class A Frederick where he led the team in doubles (24) and was second in stolen bases (24). Abreu also finished the 2008 season, hitting .302 against southpaws while striking out only five times in 116 at bats. He also hit .305 before the all-star break of that season.

Abreu, a native of Salinas, Puerto Rico, played one season (2005) for ECU as an outfielder and earned All-Lone Star Conference North First Team honors as he batted .447 (second in the LSC) with 89 hits (also second in the league) and 143 total bases (second in the LSC).

He led the team in homers (11), RBIs (42), doubles (15), runs scored (60) and stolen bases (20). He also topped the Tigers in on-base percentage (.479) and slugging percentage (.719).

Following the 2005 season, Abreu was drafted in the 28th round (843rd pick overall) by the Orioles.9

Reunion for Teaff's Rams
Former Angelo State football players that played for Grant Teaff are invited back to campus this fall to celebrate the success Rams teams under the legendary coach.

A reunion for members of the 1969, 1970 and 1971 ASU football teams will take place Aug. 28-29, 2009. The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at the LeGrand Center with a meet and greet of former players with dinner set for 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Aug. 29, a breakfast is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. in the VIP Lounge of the Junell Center followed by a campus tour for all attendees. Later in the day, there will be reception at the house of President Joseph C. Rallo which will be followed by Ram Jam and ASU's season-opening game against Texas A&M-Commerce at 6 p.m. at San Angelo Stadium.

For more information, a web site has been established. You can visit that site by clicking

From Josh Buchanan's
LSC Football Players mentioned
Potential Draft Pick
Tony Washington - OT (ACU) #7 Small School Prospect

Potential Free Agents
Ben Birmingham - RB (UCO)
Jonathan Haggerty - WR (SWO)
J'Marcus Webb - OT (WTAM)
Eugene Sims - DE (WTAM)
Jimmy Saddler-McQueen - DT (TAMK)
Anthony DeGrate - LB (TAMC)
Terrance Gaston - LB (NSU)
Rashaad Johnson - S (NSU)
Chad Washington - S (TAMC)

Friday, July 17, 2009

LSC Roundup 7-17

It looks like Owen Dixon (who was linked with two LSC schools) will be playing at Valdosta State. Of course that is subject to change as well.

Lancers' Football Places 7 At Next Level
After posting a 7-4 season and a victory at the Tremblay Financial Services Bowl in 2008, the Pasadena City College football team has placed seven players at four-year universities, according to Acting Head Coach James Kuk. PCC had a primarily freshmen team in '08 with just 13 sophomores on the roster.

Wide receiver Owen Dixon committed to Valdosta State University in Georgia (NCAA Division II), a member of the Gulf South Conference. Dixon was PCC's leading receiver with 54 receptions for 828 yards and one of just two Lancers to be named All-National Northern Conference First Team.

Dixon, a 6-1, 195-pounder from Miami Killian High, Florida, is third on PCC's all-time receivers list with 89 catches for 1,277 yards over two seasons. He is one of only five Lancer players to ever record 50 catches in a season.

Running back Joshua Morgan accepted a scholarship at Abilene Christian University, Texas (Division II), a member of the Lone Star Conference. Morgan became just the 12th back in PCC history to rush for a 1,000 yards in a season. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound rusher from Encino's Crespi High is 18th on the Lancers' all-time rushing list (1,215 yards), right behind the college's most famous alumnus Jackie Robinson (17th, 1,251 yards, 1937-38).

Morgan was an All-NNC Second Team selection and led the Lancers in all-purpose yards in '08 with 1,347.

Anthony Armstrong hoping to be the jewel of the Dolphins
MIAMI -- Players with Arena Football League roots have made NFL rosters. Players make NFL rosters off practice squads every year. But you don't find too many players making NFL rosters a few years after being on an Arena Football League practice squad - while selling jewelry.

That's the deep route that slight, swift wide receiver Anthony Armstrong is running toward a Dolphins roster spot.

Although there's only so much stock you can put in minicamp - touch football with helmets - Armstrong counted as one of the surprises by streaking behind coverage on deep routes and running better routes in the medium and short zones. Last year's practice-squad member commanded notice running drills alongside last year's receivers plus 2009 draftees Patrick Turner and Brian Hartline. Still, wideout is one of the most competitive positions on the team.

"I can say that every day Anthony Armstrong has done something like that right now," Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said during minicamp last month a few hours after Armstrong beat Eric Green for a big play. "To the point that I see these quarterbacks are trying to find him in matchups. Now what I can take from that: Until I see it in a game, I am still at 50 percent that way with the evaluation part of it."

Coaching the fundamentals
YOAKUM - Kaitlin McCool loves to help younger softball players because she sees a lot of herself in them as she watches them learn.

"I remember going to high school and then college camps, and you meet older girls that you look up to," she said. "I always thought 'I want to be like them.' Now, I'm hoping that I'm doing that for these girls and teaching them to love the sport as much as I do."

McCool, who graduated from Woodsboro and will play at Texas A&M-Kingsville next season, was one of the student coaches at the Texas Trouble Softball Clinic in Yoakum on Thursday. Her team, Texas Trouble, are the American Softball Associate 18U "A" state champions and are running the clinic to raise money for a trip to the national championship tournament from July 26 to August 2 in Las Vegas. There have already been clinics in Woodsboro and Hallettsville, and there will be a final clinic on July 23 in Victoria.

Hidalgo Coach, Player Lead South All-Star Team To Victory
Hidalgo girls basketball coach Monica Rodriguez capped off a very good year Thursday night in Austin, as she coached the Sub-4A South girls All-Star team to a 57-49 win over the North at St. Edward's University. Three months ago, Rodriguez and the Lady Pirates made another trip to the state capital, that time as one of the final four 3A hoops teams in the state.

As she did back then, the Hidalgo coach once again received solid support from one of her finest players, as all-stater and soon-to-be-Javelina Victoria Gonzalez scored 12 points in the win.

Coaches select Cole Hicks to play in state all-star bash
Cole Hicks, former Bandera High School All State wide receiver, will play in the 75th annual Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Game.

The most prestigious game for high school gridironers in the Lone Star State takes place Tuesday, July 21, at DKR Memorial Stadium, home of the Texas Longhorns. Kick-off is set for 7:30 pm. High school football coaches selected all participating players, who will report to Austin on Friday, July 17.

For the next three days, the players will attend rigorous two-a-day practices in preparation for the game. The practices, which are open to the public, will also be held at Memorial Stadium on the University of Texas campus.

The Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) funds transportation and room and board for the players. They will also receive an engraved wristwatch to commemorate their achievement. “It’s a fun time for athletes, coaches, parents and fans of the game with memories they will treasure for a lifetime,” said a THSCA spokesman.

In the past, the Coaches All-Star Game has featured National Football League greats such as Earl Campbell, Don Meredith, Drew Brees and LaDainian Tomlinson. The All-Star football game began in 1935.

Meanwhile, Hicks has signed to play with West Texas A&M and will report to practice on August 4. Located in the town of Canyon, West Texas A&M is located about 15 miles south of Amarillo.

Schaef Announces Signee Class
Schaef Announces Signee Class
July 16, 2009
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.

"We are extremely proud of this class," Schaef said. "Coach (Wayne) Anderson and I hit the ground running in April. We think we have a fantastic group of young men that SWOSU can get excited about supporting."

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 our needs across the board," Schaef said "Most importantly, we wanted great student-athletes on the court and in the classroom. These young men will be fun to watch and will be tremendous examples for kids in the Weatherford community."

The following is a list of the eight basketball players who have signed letters of intent. SIGNEES

Damian Henderson, 6-4, 200, Sr., G/F, Texarkana, TX (Texas Southern/Weatherford JC)Played in all 32 games for Division I Texas Southern where he was the No. 1 play on ESPN's Sportcenter on Feb. 16, 2009 for a dunk in which he leaped over a defender from Grambling.Coaches Comments: "Damian is a versatile athletic talent that will bring D-1 experience into our program. He should fit great with our style of play. We expect great things from Damian this upcoming year."

Ty Pace, 6-7, 210, Jr., F, Buffalo, NY (Gannon/NOC-Enid)All-city first-team selection at Burgard High School before transferring to Plano East...Played two seasons at Northern Oklahoma College Enid where he averaged 11.7 points and 7.6 rebounds...Led the Jets to a 19-14 record and a Region 2 second-place finish...Signed with Gannon University but did not play during the 2008-09 season.Coaches Comments: "Ty will be an immediate impact player in our program. He has the ability to put the ball on the floor and attack the basket as well as post up and score. He has a tremendous work ethic on the court."

Curtis Nickson, 6-9, 275, Jr., C, Boligee, AL (Mississippi Gulf Coast)Signed with the University of Alabama-Birmingham out of high school with Coach Mike Anderson, now current coach at the University of Missouri...Top high school football and basketball recruit in the state of Alabama...Played on a team that went 19-11 and made its first trip in 15 years to the Junior College National Tournament at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.Coaches Comments: "Curtis is a great low block player with tremendous hands...He should be an outstanding scorer and passer down low in our program as well as a solid defender and rebounder. He will be a "go-to" guy on the block."

Charleston Flemmings, 6-0, 185, Jr., G, Austin, TX (Navarro JC)Averaged 14 points and 4.0 assists in Navarro's undefeated Region XIV Tournament run...Team finished 24-10 and advanced to the National Junior College Tournament...Played at Austin's McCallum High School where he averaged 18 points and 4.0 steals a game...Selected to Austin American Statesman's All-Central Texas team.Coaches Comments: "Charleston is a very talented guard with the ball in his hands as well as one of the best defenders at the junior college level last year. He has great lateral speed and his toughness is perfect for our full court defensive style of play."

Jamere King, 6-2, 190, Jr., G, Tulsa, Okla. (Centenary/Northeastern A&M)Star at Tulsa's Booker T. Washington High School where he originally signed with Division I Centenary...Played in 21 games for the Gents where he was considered their best player as a true freshman...Played last season at Northeastern A&M Junior College.Coaches Comments: "Jamere is a tremendous young man on the court, classroom and community. He is a great shooter with a high basketball I.Q. He also has the ability to run multiple guard positions and will be an exceptional defender in our system."

Chancellor Jones, 6-3, 190, Jr., G, Little Rock, AR (Arkansas Baptist)Played at North Little Rock High School where he was named All-Conference in Class 7A...He averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds at Arkansas Baptist this year.Coaches Comments: "Chancellor is another skilled athlete that will add athleticism to our team. He is long and athletic which is the perfect combination for success in our philosophy."

Jarett Boss, 6-4, 190, Fr., G, Tulsa, Okla. (Noah Home School)School career scoring leader with over 2,700 points at Tulsa's Noah Home School...Two-time MVP at the NCHBC National Tournament...Helped guide high school team to the 5A Championship of the National Prep School Tournament in Springfield Mo...Played AAU basketball with PWP and Team Oklahoma.... Two-time Tulsa World all metro and all state selection...Played with Score Internationals, a high school all star team in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic...Played for his father, Chad, in high school.Coaches Comments: "Jarett is one of the best shooters in the state of Oklahoma. His range allows us to really spread the floor on the offensive end...Being the son of a basketball coach, he has tremendous basketball I.Q. and court awareness...His footwork is among the best we've seen in some time."

Aleksa Rovic, 6-5, 190, Fr., G/F, Waterloo, Ontario (Blue Vale)Played at Blue Vale Collegiate Institution in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.Coaches Comments: "Aleksa is a very skilled shooter that has the ability to come off screens and shoot jump shots extremely well. He has really good size and strength for an incoming freshman."

Nonconference Hoops Schedule Announced (Brigham Young)
The final home nonconference game will be against Eastern New Mexico on Jan. 2

Rule helps freshmen enter school in summer
Tech's Harrell inks with CFL squad
Local sports roundup - 7/16
Nicholls State hires 3 football assistants

Thursday, July 16, 2009

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LSC Roundup 7-16

Finalists revealed for opening
EDINBURG — The University of Texas-Pan American has narrowed the search for its next women’s basketball coach to three finalists.

Through information requested under the Freedom of Information Act, The Monitor has learned that Stephen F. Austin assistant Taqueta Braxton, Division II University of West Georgia women’s coach John Craig Roden and Division II Texas A&M-Commerce coach Denny Downing were invited for on-campus interviews this week.

Downing has spent the last seven years as head coach of Commerce and this past season one of his players — Britney Jordan — was drafted by the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks.

“For me it’s a move up,” Downing said about the possibility of being UTPA’s next coach. “I’m going form Division II to Division I. Them being in a league really makes it attractive to me. It really changes things up when you are in a league. It really gives a reason to play and is a tremendous boost to recruiting.”

Miami Dolphins WR Anthony Armstrong has taken hard road to NFL
Players with Arena Football League roots have made NFL rosters. Players make NFL rosters off practice squads every year. But you don't find too many players making NFL rosters a few years after being on an Arena Football League practice squad -- while selling jewelry.

That's the deep route that slight, swift wide receiver Anthony Armstrong is running toward a Dolphins roster spot.

UIW 'strength' coach driven by memory of parents' advice about ...
As he neared graduation at Texas Tech last year, Caesar Martinez found himself in a quandary. Majoring in exercise and sports science, Martinez couldn’t decide whether he wanted to coach a sport or be a strength-and-conditioning coach.

Looking back now, Martinez said, it wasn’t a tough decision.

“I like to work out, so I thought I would like training athletes and helping them get stronger, bigger and faster,” he said. “So I decided to become a strength-and-conditioning coach.”

Martinez, who made the Tech football team as a junior walk-on in 2004, was a student assistant under Tech strength-and-conditioning coach Bennie Wylie for nearly three years before getting hired by Incarnate Word football coach Mike Santiago last summer.

W. Basketball. Women's Basketball Recognized For Academic Achievement
CANYON, Texas - The 2008-09 West Texas A&M Women's Basketball team has been recognized with 2008-09 Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll status, as announced by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). This award, given in NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA, and Junior College/Community College, awards teams throughout the nation that carry the highest grade-point averages for the entire season, based on the nomination submitted by the WBCA-member head coaches.

"It is always an honor for the WBCA to recognize these teams for putting together outstanding cumulative grade point averages," WBCA CEA Beth Bass said. "We want to congratulate each and every one of these teams for their efforts in the classroom and want them to know that we celebrate their hard work. My thanks go out to the teams for setting a benchmark of success academically among their peers in the sport."

The Lady Buffs compiled a team grade point average of 3.371 to earn the 24th spot on the prestigious list.

"Being recognized in the academic top 25 is always an honor, but this year particularly is extra sweet," said head coach Krista Gerlich. "Advancing to the Elite Eight means missing a great amount of class while enduring the time constraints of preparation and the stress that comes along with competing at a high level. With that being said, for our girls to still maintain a 3.371 is an extraordinary achievement."

The grade point averages were calculated by dividing the total number of quality points earned by each student-athlete on an institution's roster in the given academic terms by the total number of hours earned by the team. The GPAs are rounded to the nearest thousandth of a point. Teams making the list of Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll must obtain at least a 3.000 overall GPA.

Texans add Juco pitcher
Just over a year after taking over the program he once played for, Tarleton Head Baseball Coach Bryan Conger must feel as if hes light years further ahead than he was at this time in 2008.

Stockton added to Texan Baseball roster
STEPHENVILLE - Tarleton head baseball coach Bryan Conger has announced the signing of Keith Stockton to a national letter-of-intent to play with the Texans next season.

“We are truly excited to get Kenneth committed to our program for this upcoming year," Conger said. "We feel like he was going to be one of the better pitching prospects in the region next year, so to get him committed before his sophomore year is something we are very pleased with. Kenneth is a big, strong young man who is very athletic and he just goes out and attacks the strike zone. He has a very bright future.”

Stockton, a 6-2 right-handed pitcher, transfers to Tarleton from Cisco Junior College where he went 6-1 with a 4.35 earned run average this past spring. He attended Pflugerville High School where he lettered in both baseball and football. Stockton was a starter for the Panthers and helped lead his team to a trip to the 2007 class 5-A state championship game. He was named to the 14-5A All-District Second Team as a senior in 2008.

Stockton will join the Texans in August to participate in the fall baseball program.

Former TexAnn Ortiz hired as assistant softball coach
STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton head softball coach Julie Mata has announced the hiring of former TexAnn Leslee Ortiz as the program’s assistant softball coach.

Ortiz, who lettered for the TexAnns in 1998-99, comes to the TexAnns after serving as a head coach for the last seven seasons at Bruceville-Eddy. She was the head coach at China Spring for one year prior to her stint at BEHS.

“Coming back to Tarleton is something I have always wanted to do,” Ortiz, who played for the TexAnns prior to getting married as Leslee Drummond, said. “To have the opportunity to play for Coach Mata was wonderful, but to get to come back and coach under her is very exciting. I am glad to be back at Tarleton.”

Ortiz was a Second Team All-Lone Star Conference catcher in 1998 before being selected as an honorable mention catcher for the TexAnns her senior season. She was on Tarleton’s first and second South Division Championship teams, and she helped the TexAnns to back-to-back LSC Postseason Tournament appearances.

In her two seasons with the program, Ortiz helped the squad to a combined 61-30-2 overall record and a 22-10 South Division record. She played in 40 games as a junior, starting 38. As a senior, Ortiz started 35 of 38 games played from behind the plate. A graduate of Groesbeck High School, Ortiz was a first team all-district selection in high school.

“We are so fortunate to have Leslee Ortiz joining us as our new assistant coach,” Mata said. “She brings a great deal of experience to the position, having been a high school head coach for eight years and having played softball collegiately. She was an outstanding catcher for us here at Tarleton and our battery is going to benefit greatly with her knowledge and coaching expertise in their area in particular.

Mata also believes the new assistant coach will help the team in recruiting.

“Leslee is well-connected for recruiting and has a great eye for talent, having been such a successful college player herself,” Mata said. “She is smart, has a great work ethic and loves softball. We couldn't ask for better!”

Ortiz is married to former Texan baseball letterman Robert Ortiz. The couple has a 15-month-old, Rylee.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

LSC Roundup 7-15

Transfer Rumor Alert
We are hearing that another Big 12 running back might be heading to the LSC. Jocques Crawford is rumored to be in Abilene and interested in transferring. Crawford was a highly recruited high school player out of Cordova, TN and originally signed with Texas Tech.

He spent two seasons at Cisco Junior College, rushing for yards 3,004 yds with 27 TDs and garnered All American honors in 2007. He signed with Kansas and was the third leading rusher for the team last fall.

He was suspended from the Jayhawks this past spring. “It was a situation where he has breached team policy more than once in a relatively short period of time,” Mangino said of Crawford. “I am taking a look at his situation and he will not participate the rest of the spring. I’ll be honest with you, I don’t know his status, whether he’ll be back or not.”

Mangino keeps mum on suspended players

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

LSC Roundup 7-14

Abilene Christian University receiver Chance McCoy spent the first three days of this month in Lake Forest IL at Chicago Bears’ linebacker Brian Urlacher’s youth camp. One of the things he told writers there what his brother, University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, thought about the Wildcats’ star receiver Johnny Knox, who was drafted and signed by the Bears last spring.

Colt saw the Wildcats play one game last fall and Chance said he compared Knox favorably to Longhorn receivers Jordan Shipley and Quan Cosby. He told Chance that Knox was the same type of guy, just at a smaller school. Colt thinks Knox can play in the NFL.

WOODSBORO - Woodsboro's Kaitlin McCool is headed to A&M-Kingsville to play softball next year, but not before representing the Eagles one more time.

She'll play in the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-Star game Tuesday in Austin. She's the only single-A player from South Texas to get an invite.
She was chosen for the All-State Honorable Mention team for the Texas Sports Writers Association in 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 season. The Texas Girls Coaches Association voted Kaitlin as first team all-state catcher in 2007-2008 season. (Link)

Football highlights to tide you over

Monday, July 13, 2009

LSC Roundup 7-13

Five selected for LSC Degree Completion Scholarships
Five Lone Star Conference student-athletes were selected to receive an award from the LSC Degree Completion Scholarship program for 2009-10.

Cameron's Renee Breeze, Tarleton State's Nicole Cone, Texas Woman's Ashley Martin, Midwestern State's Allison Schreiber and East Central's Kacey Thomas are the initial scholarship recipients.

The purpose of the LSC Degree Completion Scholarship Program is to provide financial assistance for completion of a first baccalaureate degree to deserving student-athletes in the conference. In the first year of the program, the league is providing more than $11,000, which is funded with assistance from the NCAA Conference Grant program.

"The Lone Star Conference has long recognized the excellence of our teams and individuals in athletic competitions, but implementing this degree-completion program shows our student-athletes that we are equally committed to success in the classroom," said Stan Wagnon, LSC commissioner. "The recipients in this inaugural class are most deserving, and I'm confident they will provide a solid foundation upon which this program will grow for years to come."

Breeze, a former women's golfer at CU, is completing her degree in education. She was a four-time all-conference selection with two second team and two honorable mention nods. Breeze was also a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-America and LSC all-academic team pick.

Cone, who just exhausted her eligibility with Tarleton's softball team, is on track for a degree in nursing. She was an All-LSC first teamer in 2007 and an all-academic selection in 2007 and 2008.

Martin, a former women's softball player at TWU, is finishing her marketing degree. She started her career as a pitcher and led the team with 101 strikeouts in 2006, before moving to first base as a junior.

Schreiber, who finished her four-year career with MSU's volleyball team, is completing her degree in kinesiology. She became the eighth player in conference history to achieve 5,000 career assists, ending her stellar career with a school record 5,741 assists. Schreiber was a four-time All-LSC pick, including Setter of the Year honors in 2007, and was named Setter of the Week 15 times in her career. She was also an All-Academic team selection in 2008.

Thomas, who completed her senior year of eligibility with ECU's women's basketball program, is pursuing a degree in biology. She was All-LSC North honorable mention on the court after leading ECU in scoring (14.2 points per game) and rebounding (7.8) and was also named to the LSC North All-Academic team in 2009.

Friday, July 10, 2009

LSC Scoop Afternoon Update

Texas A&M Kingsville is in the market for a new AD. D. Scott Gines became interim vice president for institutional advancement in July 2009. He previously served as athletic director at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, a post he assumed in August 2007. Read more»

Changes to the LSC Football Record Book

Single Game Records Broken or Tied in 2008
Passing Attempts - 70 (ENMU vs. MSU)
Passing Yards - 595 (WTAM vs. ACU) Playoff game
Passing TDs - 7 (WTAM vs. ACU) Playoff game
Total Yards - 810 (ACU vs. WTAM) Playoff game
Kick Return Yards - 304 (TAMK vs. WTAM)
Points - 93 (ACU vs. WTAM) Playoff game
TDs - 13 (ACU vs. WTAM) Playoff game
PATs - 11 (ACU vs. WTAM) Playoff game

Season Records Broken or Tied in 2008
Points per game - 52.3 ACU
Kicking Points - 118 ACU
Pass Completion Percentage - 67.5 WTAM
Passing Yards - 5,565 WTAM
Passing Yards per game - 428.1 WTAM

Individual Career Records Broken or Tied in 2008
Rushing yards/carry - 8.4 Bernard Scott, ACU
Rushing yards/game - 172.8 Bernard Scott, ACU
Passing Attempts - 1,320 Billy Malone, ACU
Passing Completions - 818 Billy Malone, ACU
Pass Completion Percentage - 67.5% Keith Null, WTAM
Passing Yards - 12,012 Billy Malone, ACU
Passing Yards/game - 305.3 Keith Null, WTAM
Passing TDs - 114 Billy Malone, ACU
Total Yards - 12,080 Billy Malone, ACU
Total Yards/Game - 298.5 Keith Null, WTAM
Receptions - 244 Charly Martin, WTAM
Receiving Yards - 4,108 Charly Martin, WTAM
Receiving Yards/game - 97.8 Charly Martin, WTAM
Receiving TDs - 45 Charly Martin, WTAM
Points - 438 Bernard Scott, ACU
TDs - 73 Bernard Scott, ACU
PATs - 213 Matt Adams, ACU
PAT attempts - 222 Matt Adams, ACU
Kicking Points - 339 Matt Adams, ACU

Individual Season Records Broken or Tied in 2008
100 yd rushing games - 12 Bernard Scott, ACU
Passing Yards - 5,097 Keith Null, WTAM
Passing Yards/Game - 392.1 Keith Null, WTAM
Passing TDs - 48 Keith Null, WTAM
200 yd passing games - 13 Keith Null, WTAM
Total Yards - 4,976 Keith Null, WTAM
Total Yards/Game - 382.8 Keith Null, WTAM
Receptions - 95 Charly Martin, WTAM
Receiving Yards - 1,867 Charly Martin, WTAM
Receiving Yards/Game - 143.6 Charly Martin, WTAM
Receiving TDs - 22 Charly Martin, WTAM
Field Goal Attempts - 30 Jared Homer, NSU
Kicking Points - 117 Matt Adams, ACU
All Purpose Yards - 2,982 Bernard Scott, ACU

Individual Single Game Records Broken or Tied in 2008
Pass Attempts - 70 JJ Harp, ENMU
Passing Yards - 595 Keith Null, WTAM
Passing TDs - 7 Keith Null, WTAM
Total Plays - 80 JJ Harp, ENMU
Total Yards - 582 Keith Null, WTAM
Receiving Yards - 323 Charly Martin, WTAM
Receiving TDs - 5 Charly Martin, WTAM
Kick Returns - 8 Brandon Williams, MSU
All Purpose Yards - 409 Bernard Scott, ACU
Points Scored - 42 Bernard Scott, ACU
TDs - 7 Bernard Scott, ACU
PATs - 11 Matt Allen, ACU
PAT Attempts - 11 Matt Allen, ACU

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