Wednesday, April 21, 2010

LSC Roundup 4-21

TexAnns win third straight LSC golf title
Sports Editor

Tarleton State survived a front-nine charge by Angelo State and the steady play of West Texas A&M before pulling away on the back nine.

It was business as usual for the No. 5-ranked TexAnns, who won their third straight Lone Star Conference Women's Golf Championship at WinStar Golf Course in Thackerville, Oklahoma Tuesday.

It was the fourth LSC title in school history for Tarleton.

Katy Ward's best tournament of the year led the TexAnns. Ward shot back-to-back 2-under-par 70s in rounds two and three to come back from a first-round 77. The sophomore from Aledo finished third on the individual leaderboard, shooting a 3-over-par 219 for the three-round event. She was three strokes behind individual champ Cassy Knight (even-par 216) of Central Oklahoma and one behind second-place Raelyn Smith (2-over-par 218) of Angelo State.

LSC Golfer of the Year Carla Cooper tied the conference tournament record with a four-under-par 68 Tuesday, knocking down six birdies. She had four birdies and a pair of bogeys on the front nine before mixing two birdies with seven pars on the back nine. The 68 ties the record set by Central Oklahoma's Kelly Callison in 2004 and ASU's Smith in Monday's second round.

Cooper struggled to an 84 in Sunday's first round and found herself in 24th individually. She rebounded with a 1-over-par 73 Monday before her record-tying round Tuesday lifted her into a tie for seventh at 9-over 225 for the tournament.

The TexAnns improved each day of the tournament, shooting 321 in cold, rainy weather Sunday, 293 Monday and 289 Tuesday. Their finishing-round score was the best of all teams at the tournament, while their second round was third best.

Angelo State was seven under through six holes Tuesday, taking over the lead by as many as four strokes. But the Rambelles faded, shooting 11-over on the back nine, while runner-up West Texas A&M shot 3-over and Tarleton was 6-over.

West Texas A&M shot 907 for the tournament, ASU scored 912 and Central Oklahoma finished fourth at 922. Northeastern State finished fifth at 932, Cameron was sixth at 941 and Midwestern State placed seventh at 949. Further back was eighth-place East Central at 978, ninth-place Texas A&M-Commerce at 989 and cellar-dwellar Southwestern Oklahoma State at 1,035.

WTAMU was the only team to have three players in the top 10 of the individual leaderboard, and Tarleton was the only team with all five in the top 20.

Behind Ward and Cooper, Jacqueline Lau (83-73-73=229) finished 11th, Melanie Tham (81-77-76=234) tied for 16th and Andrea Lowe (80-79-76=235) tied for 18th.

Tarleton now awaits an invitation to the West Regional. The TexAnns are three-time defending regional champions.

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ACU, St. Ed's settle for split

MSU (18-2) - NSU, Open (Clinched LSC Tournament spot)
UCO (10-4) - CU, SOSU (2)
SOSU (9-7) - SWO, UCO - (3)
ECU (8-10) - Open, CU (4)
NSU (6-12) - MSU, SWO (9)
CU (5-11) - UCO, ECU (8)
SWO (4-14) - SOSU, NSU (10)

WT (11-4)- Open, ACU - (1)
ASU (9-5) - TAMK, Open - (3)
TWU (7-5) - TSU, ENMU (5)
TAMK (7-5) - ASU, TSU (5)
TSU (5-6) - TWU, TAMK (8)
ACU (3-8) - ENMU, WTAM (10)
ENMU (1-10) - ACU, TWU (12)

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Tarleton in pime position for next season
Brad Keith, Stephenville Empire-Tribune

One team stood between the 2009-10 Tarleton State men's basketball team and a shot to play for the South Central Region championship.
That team loses seven of its top eight players, while the Texans lose just two seniors and return three starters and more than 10 lettermen next year.

They are that close.

"We are close, we're very close," Tarleton head coach Lonn Reisman said. "To go 24-8 and reach the finals of the Lone Star Conference tournament and the second round of the NCAA tournament with such a young team is great. We only lose two players, and the rest come back with the experience of having gone through that. That will only make us better for next year."

When Tarleton walked off the court after its loss to No. 3 Midwestern State in the semifinal round of the South Central Regional Tournament in Wichita Falls, there was the feeling that it may be Midwestern's year, but it is the Texans who are built for more future success.

Starting point guard Corin Henry is only a junior. Ditto for Henry's fellow starters - swingman Devon Hills and center/power forward Wale Ogunoye.

Henry spent much of the season with an injured knee, but still averaged 11.8 points per game. He lifted that to an impressive 18.8 in five post season games and also averaged 4.2 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.7 steals for the season.

"Corin was our catalyst all season, and with the injury he was playing with, it is impressive what he was able to do," Lonn Reisman said.

Tarleton associate coach Chris Reisman says Henry was at the same level as Midwestern All-American candidate Jason Ebie when healthy.

"Corin frustrated him in the regional tournament," Chris Reisman said, referring to Henry scoring 15 points while Ebie was limited just seven. "When Corin was healthy early in the year he was dominant."

Henry averaged 15.8 points, 5.4 assists and 2.2 steals in the first five games. He played through his knee injury for the rest of the season and, though he was still impressive, his numbers took a slight dip. He was still at his best in the playoffs, and Tarleton coaches can't wait to see what he can do when he's completely healthy with the experience of this season to learn from.

"We're going to get him healthy," Lonn Reisman said. "When he's healthy next year he should be one of the best guards I've ever coached."

Hills, who was the highest rated junior college player to transfer to a Division II school last off-season, averaged 13 points per night including 15.5 in conference play. He shot 45.9 percent for the season, 50.8 percent in Lone Star Conference games.

"Devon is only going to get better," Chris Reisman said. "There were times this season when he would just take games over. He should be able to do that more consistently next year."

Power forward Donta Smith returns after starting early in the year then coming off the bench to score 7.6 points and grab 6.5 boards per contest. Smith shot an off-the-charts 71.2 percent from the floor in the LSC, lifting his season percentage to 52.5.

"Donta was a starter at the beginning of the year, but he was still getting comfortable and learning our system and our level of expectations here," Chris Reisman said. "As he adjusted he kept getting better and better. You have to think about how much Jeremiah Wilson improved from his junior to his senior season (he went from 6.3 points and 5.2 rebounds to 10.8 points and 8.1 boards). Donta could improve that much, too. I believe he can be a double-double guy for us."

Off the bench comes proven help in Warren Webb, who missed all of the 2008-09 season with a knee injury that was still getting progressively stronger as this season went along.

Webb first made a name for himself at Tarleton in the 2008 South Central Region championship game. The Texans were hosting the event and the Wisdom Gym crowd fell in love with Webb - then a true freshman - when he scored 10 points and grabbed six boards in just 21 minutes against Central Oklahoma.

"People forget about Warren, but he played like a starter in the (2008) regional championship game," Chris Reisman said. "Having him at 100 percent next year is going to be big-time because he's an energy guy. When he's on the floor he makes other players around him step up to meet his energy level."

Other players also gained experience under pressure this season, including backup point guard Darrion Washington, who was only a sophomore, and sophomore Chris Harrell.

The Texans also have 6-8 Wes Dipprey on campus. He redshirted after transferring as a juniorand will have 2 years left to play.

"Wes Dipprey could have helped us this year.," Lonn Reisman said.

Dipprey was a high school standout at Shallowater before beginning his college career at Division I Cal Poly.

"Wes has a really nice skill set," Chris Reisman said. "He's one of the best passing big men we've had here in a long time."

Lonn Reisman agrees.

"I'm trying to think of a post player I've coached who passes the ball better," he says before pausing to think. "I don't think I've ever coached one better."

The Texans are also expecting Irving High School products James Thomas, a forward/guard, and Chris Marshall, a post, to contribute after redshirting this year.

"Chris Marshall has probably improved more than anyone else in our program this year because he was only 17 when he got here," Chris Reisman said.

With all the weapons returning, Tarleton is prioritizing quality over quantity when it comes to recruiting.

"We're not looking for a lot," Lonn Reisman said. "We have a couple spots where we're looking for the best player possible."

Chris Reisman says it comes down to what you need most, and Tarleton's list is short.
"We're looking to add one big-time guard and one big-time post player," he said.

The Texans really are that close, going 24-4 against all teams not named Midwestern, a team that faces a rebuilding effort because four starters and a host of role players off the bench were seniors.
Tarleton, meanwhile, is in prime position to retake its spot at the top of the LSC and the South Central Region.

And with the core of this team returning, few holes to fill and the Reismans' reputation as recruiters, further success on the national scene is easily within reach.

Recruiting News
DAVID FLORES: UIW football has made steady progress this spring

As his team heads into its spring game Wednesday night, University of the Incarnate Word football coach Mike Santiago is fairly certain of at least one thing.

The Cardinals, he says, are better than they were when they finished 5-5 in their first season last year.
But then again, the Cards will have to be if they hope to hang with the caliber of competition they’ll face in 2010.
After playing their inaugural season as an NCAA Division II independent, UIW moves into the highly competitive Lone Star Conference this year.
“I’m a big fan of Texas Hold ’em,” Santiago said Tuesday, chuckling. “We’re the guy playing with the short stack. But we’re going to go all in. We’re just going to try to win some cards and win with some bluffs.”
The Cards will play in the South Division, which includes traditional small-college power Texas A&M-Kingsville, where the roll call of alumni is led by three players elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Javelinas and three other South Division schools, Abilene Christian, Midwestern State and Tarleton State, advanced to the Division II playoffs last year.

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