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ASU Basebcall Capsule, 3/26
UCO baseball coach Wendell Simmons to retire
Simmons is in his 19th year with the Bronchos after spending 15 years in the high school ranks, including 14 at . He takes a 1,074-526-1 record into UCO’s four-game Lone Star Conference series at Southeastern Oklahoma this weekend.
“I’ve got nothing but great memories of my coaching career, especially here at UCO,” said Simmons, who played at UCO in the early 1970s. “I’ve been fortunate to have had a lot of great players come through here and we had a lot of success. It’s been fun and I know I’ll miss it, but it’s time to move on.”
Simmons is 628-359-1 at UCO and has had 15 winning seasons, including the eight best seasons in school history. He’s guided the Bronchos to six LSC North Division championships, three overall LSC titles and sevenNCAA Division II playoff appearances, with the 1997 team finishing as national runner-up.
Simmons was named LSC in 1994 and ’97, earned LSC North Coach of the Year accolades five times in seven years and has coached 134 All-LSC and All-LSC North Division players during his long tenure, with 14 players having earned All-America recognition.
Simmons came to UCO after a sensational high school career that saw him spend one year at Dover High School and 14 at Edmond Memorial in compiling a 446-167 record.
He guided Memorial to eight regional titles and eight state tournament berths, producing 13 All-Staters. Simmons was inducted into the Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association in 2003.
Track & Field: Three earn weekly honors
Four track and field student-athletes earned Lone Star Conference Athlete of the Week honors for their performances, league officials announced today.
LSC Track & Field Athletes of the Week
C.J. Griggs, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Fr., Jumps-Sprints, Cedar Lane, Texas/Van Vleck
Griggs was the biggest winner for the Javelinas at the IBC Bank Cactus Cup in Kingsville. He won the long jump (22-11) and triple jump (48-0.75). He also ran a leg on the winning 4x100-meter relay team that clocked a 42.77. He provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division II Nationals in the triple jump.
Rhonida Carter, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Sr., Hurdles, Houston, Texas/Nimitz
Carter picked up the team’s only win at the IBC Bank Cactus Cup in the 400-meter hurdles as she cruised to victory in 1:05.91. She grabbed silver medalist honors in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 16.78 that was slowed by major head winds all day long. She anchored the 4x400-meter relay team that took second place in a time of 4:07.95.
Chrystal Ruiz, Angelo State, Sr., Heptathlete, Lakehills, Texas/Bandera H.S.
Ruiz automically qualified in the heptathlon for the 2010 NCAA Division II National Championships as she won the event at the ASU Spring Break Multis last week. Ruiz set or tied five personal bests as she finished the two-day event with a career-high 5,210 points, the 12th best performance in ASU history. Ruiz set career bests in the high jump, shot put, 200-meter dash and 800-meter run and equalled her career top performance in the long jump. Her long jump (18-11.25) and 100-meter hurdles (14.29) were also provisional-qualifying marks. Already this season Ruiz has at least provisionally qualified in five events.
Central Oklahoma's Julia Shviadok and Cameron's Amanda Moberg shared Lone Star Conference Tennis Players of the Week honors, the league office announced today.
Tennis Athletes of the Week
Julia Shviadok, Central Oklahoma, So., No. 1 singles and doubles, Brest, Belarus, Brest HS
Shviadok led UCO to 9-0 shutouts over Colorado Christian and Metropolitan State last week in Denver, going a perfect 4-0 in single and doubles play. The sophomore standout didn’t lose a set at No. 1 singles, winning 6-2, 6-0 in the Colorado Christian rout, and teamed with Eli Abramovic for 8-2 and 8-3 doubles wins. Shviadok is 8-2 at No. 1 singles and 7-3 at No. 1 doubles for the Bronchos, who have won nine straight matches and are 9-1 on the year.
Amanda Moberg, Cameron, Fr., Women’s Tennis, Norkoping, Sweden
Cameron’s #1 singles and #1 doubles player is on her way to the top ranking in the region after sweeping all of her matches last week in Colorado. Moberg helped the Aggies win a 9-0 match over Metro State and a 9-0 match over Colorado Christian. Moberg failed to drop a game in any of her sets over the weekend.
Tennis Other Top Performers
Tennis Notes (Submitted by LSC SID’s)
Cameron’s nationally-ranked #20 men’s team was off last week after going 4-1 in their trip through Kansas a week before... last week the nationally-ranked #36 women’s team swept both of their matches in a Colorado roadtrip. CU first swept Metro State University 9-0, before sweeping Colorado Christian University in a very similar 9-0 match. CU’s matches against Mesa State and Colorado State-Pueblo were cancelled due to snow, and CU’s next scheduled match versus Oklahoma Christian was cancelled due to court vandalism.... The Aggie tennis teams next match up against Oklahoma Christian at home on Tuesday (March 30) at 2:00pm at the CU Tennis Complex.
The No. 26-ranked Bronchos have won nine straight matches since a season-opening loss to Oklahoma State to get to 9-1 on the year . . . UCO went to Denver for four matches last week, blanking Colorado Christian and Metropolitan State 9-0 before having matches with Colorado State-Pueblo and Mesa State snowed out . . . Julia Shviadok is 8-2 at No. 1 singles to lead the Bronchos, while Eli Abramovic is 8-2 playing mostly at No. 2 . . . That duo has combined to go 7-3 at No. 1 doubles.
The TexAnns had the week off and will return to action this Thursday with an LSC match against East Central in Stephenville. Tarleton then travels to Tahlequah, Okla. on Saturday to face Northeastern State.
Sherman's Taylor Hunt one of five to sign with A&M-Commerce soccer
Playing the part of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was Buffs head coach Don Carthel - the peacemaker.
"(The draft) can get pretty nasty sometimes. I'm the commissioner, and I have to step in and say we are going to do it this way," Carthel said with a laugh. "I have to overrule some of the drafts or make them trade."