Tuesday, November 24, 2009

LSC Roundup 11-24

Football News
Sam Houston begins quest for new coach
Word spread quickly Monday morning that Sam Houston State University football head coach Todd Whitten had been fired. Whitten, who has been at Sam Houston state for five years, has had three losing seasons and no playoff appearances.

"I was disappointed and upset," said quarterback Bryan Randolph. "He has done a lot for the program."
Some candidates who could be considered for replacing Whitten include Abilene-Christian's Chris Thomsen, West Texas A&M's Don Carthel, and Blinn College's Brad Franchione, Jr.

"I don't know," said Carthel, who has coached four conference champions en route to a 90-53-1 career record. "I'd have to talk with them and think about it."

Bengals' Scott off and running
After getting just 29 carries in his first nine games with the Cincinnati Bengals, rookie Bernard Scott was handed the ball 21 times on Sunday in Oakland. The former Vernon High School star and graduate of Wichita Falls High School got his first NFL start ran for 119 yards. Cedric Benson, the regular starter, sat out with a hip injury.

Scott’s performance as a running back came just one week after he returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown against Pittsburgh and was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.

“Bernard’s doing what we expected him to do,” Lewis said on cincinnatibengasl.com. “To play as much as he did today, he worked through it. You’ve got to make sure we know what’s going on and doing things the right way. Brian (Leonard) gave us some good snaps in there (36 yards on 13 carries) and Larry gave us two good snaps.”

Men's Basketball News
Buffs look for consistency in road outing against OPSU
The West Texas A&M Buffs will be thrilled to play their first home basketball game of the season this weekend in the Holiday Inn WT Thanksgiving Classic. But first WT must handle one more road trip at 8 tonight, visiting the Panhandle State Aggies in non-conference Division II men's college action.

WT veteran coach Rick Cooper - in his 17th season - plays a roster loaded with new faces and said the bonding experience for his players on the road has been a good thing. But he says consistency on the floor is lacking.

"We have a learned a lot and have played some pretty good people on the road," Cooper said. The quicker you get your strengths and weaknesses pointed out to you, it helps. Right now, what we are focusing on doing is playing together and playing consistent."

NSU men win
Northeastern State used a 13-0 run midway through the second half and 29-of-39 free throw shooting to defeat Southern Arkansas 61-53 on Monday at W.T. Watson Athletic Center in Magnolia, Ark. Morlon Burnett led the RiverHawks (2-1) with 22 points. Jason Jones, who hit 15-of-17 free throws, added 19, and Antonie Branch scored 10. Dade Sanchez led Southern Arkansas (2-1) with 15 points.

NSU held a 30-26 lead at the half, but Southern Arkansas quickly scored four points to pull even. After the Muleriders tied the game for the final time at 35-all, the RiverHawks scored 13 straight points to take control.

Livingston, Marks Lift Bronchos
Blake Livingston and Keith Marks combined for 13 points in a game-deciding 15-6 run midway through the second half that sparked No. 17-ranked Central Oklahoma to a 76-73 triumph over Emporia State here Monday night.

Wildcats Cruise to 104-49 win
For the second time in three games the Wildcats scored over 100 points as they rolled to a 104-49 victor over Hillsdale College Monday night inside Moody Coliseum.

Recruiting News
Women's Basketball Signs One in Early Period
Texas A&M-Kingsville women’s basketball coach Scott Hyland announced that he had signed one student-athlete during the early signing period that recently ended. Hyland and the Javelinas signed Chelsea Solis, a 5-8 wing out of Wagner High School in San Antonio. As a junior, Solis averaged 5.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game en route to earning second team all-district honors on a team that went 32-3.

“Chelsea is an above average athlete that is very skilled with the ball,” said Hyland. “She handles it well, attacks the basket and finishes well or can shoot the 3. She does a lot of little things that help you win games. This summer her game really developed. We followed her all summer long and she even came to our camp in late July so we got a chance to see her up close. I feel she has a very bright future in our program.

Softball Inks Two Players
Southwestern Oklahoma State University has secured the services of two current high school softball stars who are expected to play for the Bulldogs beginning in the fall of 2010.
SWOSU coach Tami Loy announced that Tuttle's Lacey Stonebraker and Weatherford'sBailey Bell signed National Letters of Intent during the NCAA early signing period last week.

Stonebraker will join three other Tuttle Tigers on the SWOSU team. She previously played with current Bulldogs Audra Chambless, Cassie Chambless and Sara Harwell in high school. Stonebraker played a number of infield positions for Coach Jerry Bates where she was a member of two state championship teams in 2007 and 2008 and a runner-up squad in 2009.

Softball Adds Two
Central Oklahoma softball coach Genny Stidham added two state high school standouts during the early signing period that ended recently. Agreeing to join the UCO program in 2010-11 were Hannah Justus of Catoosa High School and Carly Skinner of Verden High School.

A projected shortstop-third baseman for the Bronchos, Justus was an All-Conference and All-Metro pick as a senior at Catoosa. She was also a state qualifier in track last spring.

Skinner was a two-time Conference Offensive Player of the Year selection at Verden, earning All-State honors this past fall. The catcher/shortstop batted .582 as a junior before hitting .581 as a senior.

"Hannah and Carly are both excellent ball players and I look forward to having them in our program," Stidham said. "They're good athletes with great work habits and will have a chance to come in next year and help us."

Softball adds five for 2011
Angelo State softball coach Travis Scott has announced the addition of five players that will join the Rambelles for the 2011 season as three high school players and two transfers signed with ASU during the early signing period last week.

Pitchers Clarissa Molina, a junior transfer from Midland College, and freshmen Heather Newton of Coahoma and Mary Katy McKay of Madill (Okla.) will allow the Rambelles to re-load in the circle while junior transfer Renee Martin from Texarkana College and freshman Morgan Spearman of Kennedale will give ASU depth in the outfield.

"We feel very good about the signing of three top quality pitchers," said Scott, entering his seventh season at the helm of the Rambelles this spring. "Pitching was a priority out of this class and we feel as if we couldn't have done much better in replacing Chelsea Nelson and April Haywood."

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