Saint Cloud defeats MSU, 92-88, advance to Final Four
St. Cloud guard has legendary performance against MSU
Lone Star Conference play continued last week with Cameron and Southeastern Oklahoma sweeping their weather shortened two-game series, while Abilene Christian, Angelo State and Texas A&M-Kingsville each won three of four games.
LSC Baseball teams are 171-157 overall this season. In the NCAA South Central Region, the LSC is currently 9-3 combined versus Heartland Conference squads and 5-1 against the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA).
Teams are competing for one of six spots in the Lone Star Conference Championship to be held in Abilene, Texas, May 1-2-3-4.
Diamond Players of the Week
Adam DeLaGarza, West Texas A&M, Sr., Shortstop, Red Oak, Texas/Red Oak HS
DeLaGarza continued to be consistent at the plate this past week as he hit .542 with six RBI and 10 runs scored for the Buffs. He had 10 hits in the four-game series against Tarleton State including a 4-for-4 performance in game one and a 3-for-4, 2 RBI effort in game three.
Aaron Oliver, Abilene Christian, Jr., Centerfielder, Los Angeles, Calif./South Hills HS
Oliver helped the Wildcats go 5-2 last week with a series split against Delta State (1-1), a series win over Eastern New Mexico (3-1) and a win over Texas-Permian Basin. ... Oliver hit .424 on the week, scoring eight runs while belting out a team-best 14 hits in seven games. ... In last Saturday’s tripleheader against Eastern New Mexico, Oliver was 9 for 14 with six runs scored, two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI as ACU won all three games. ... Oliver had two home runs in the middle game of the tripleheader, leading ACU to a 12-5 win.
Dan Rogers, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Sr., Pitcher, Redwood City, Calif./Woodside HS
Rogers closed out the Javelinas’ series with Northeastern State with a dominating performance. He earned the complete game victory after scattering six hits in seven innings. He allowed just one run and two walks while striking out five to improve to 4-1 on the season. He extended his streak to 40 straight innings without allowing a home run this year.
Phillip Clinard, Angelo State, Jr., Pitcher, Rockwall, Texas/Rockwall HS
Clinard collected his team-leading third win of the season Friday as he had eight strikeouts without a walk in ASU’s 13-1 win over Central Oklahoma to open the weekend series. Clinard tossed 6.1 innings against UCO, scattering four hits and allowing just one earned run, that coming in the seventh inning. Clinard improved to 3-2 on the season and lowered his ERA to 3.38.
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Golf: ECU's Pool, UCO's Bensch pick up weekly honors
East Central's Zac Pool and Central Oklahoma's Erica Bensch were named Lone Star Conference Golfers of the Week for their efforts last week, the league office announced today.
Golfers of the Week
Zac Pool, East Central, Sr., Poteau, Okla./Poteau HS (Arkansas-Fort Smith)
Pool posted a 3-over par 216 and finished third at the three-round Midwestern State University Invitational earlier this week in Wichita Falls, Texas. Pool fired a 3-under-par 68 in the opening round and followed with back-to-back scores of 74 in the next two rounds as he finished six strokes off the pace. Pool displayed consistency by registering pars on 38 holes during the three-round, two-day event.
Erica Bensch, Central Oklahoma, So., Broken Arrow, Okla./Home schooled
Bensch won her first college title at the Midwestern State Invitational Tuesday, coasting to a three-stroke victory in the 61-player event to lead UCO to a third-place finish. Bensch was tied for the lead after an opening-round 76 and followed with a final-round 78 at the wind-blown Weeks Park Golf Course to win by three. The sophomore pulled away early Tuesday, playing the first seven holes three under par.
Golf Other Top Performers
Robbe Trout, Cameron, had a phenomenal outing at this week’s three-round, two-day Midwestern State Invitational. Trout finished the event in a tie for 4th place, with the event’s third-lowest score. His three-round stroke total of 217 (71-71-75) was +4 over par and the second best score by a Lone Star Conference golfer. Trout finished the event with the third-most pars (37) and the fourth-best par 4 scoring average (4.06, +2). Trout’s play this year is a huge reason why the Aggie men are rocketing up the regional and national rankings after a 2nd place finish two weeks ago, and this week’s 6th place finish out of 18 teams.
Carol Blanton, East Central, tied for second place with a 15-over par 157 at the two-round, two-day Midwestern State Invitational in Wichita Falls, Texas. Blanton fired a 4-over 76 in Monday’s opening round before shooting an 81 in the second round on Tuesday as she finished three shots off the pace. Blanton posted three birdies during the event as ECU finished fifth in the team standings.
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Spring football practice blooms for UIW
Renovations are under way to Incarnate Word's Benson Stadium, creating visual proof that the young Cardinals remain a work in progress.
But for a sign of how far things have come in just one year? Spring ball kicks off today, and the Cardinals, suddenly veterans of this sort of thing, are devising ways to spice up a time of year that has become old hat.
“We're going to try out new things,” running back Trent Rios said.
Rios spoke of UIW's plan to tinker with the quarterback operating from under center after working almost exclusively out of the shotgun in its inaugural season.
Chuckling, Rios added, “If it doesn't work, we'll scrap it and stick to what we know best.”
Former OU linebacker Gus Jones has resurfaced at Northeastern State University. Jones, a graduate of Wagoner, spent last season redshirting at OU, then at semester’s end, decided he was transferring.
“It was a great experience at OU, but it just wasn’t for me,” Jones told the Muskogee Phoenix. “Why did I leave? I really didn’t fit in. I didn’t want to sit around and wait to play either, but it was tough to leave friends because I’d been with them for six to seven months.”
“There are a lot of country kids at NSU and there were very few at Oklahoma. I feel a lot more comfortable at NSU.”
Only this time, there is no fear.
Null and Martin each spent the past NFL season as rookies and want to give back to WT athletes. The pair will be the stars in what is billed as "A Night With The Pros," where all proceeds will benefit West Texas A&M football players.
"The thing I'm excited about is to see the vision Keith and I had is coming about," Martin said. "We wanted to do something because Amarillo, Canyon and the entire West Texas area were so key in supporting us through college. We wanted to give back and give back in a big way. We want to make an impact."