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
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 here.
From Josh Buchanan's Scouting.com
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)