Friday, April 9, 2010

LSC Roundup 4-9

Baseball News
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ASU Baseball Capsule, 4/9
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Track & Field News
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Four track and field student-athletes earned Lone Star Conference Athlete of the Week honors for their performances last week, league officials announced today.

Track & Field Athletes of the Week
Sergio Rios, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Fr., Hurdles, Brownsville, Texas/James Pace HS
Rios was the top performer for the Javelinas at the 83rd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. He finished in second place in the College Division 400-meter hurdles. He clocked a personal best time of 52.47 which is the top time in the conference and third fastest time in the nation this year.

Nolan Eubanks, Tarleton State, Jr., Thrower, Chico, Texas/Chico HS
Eubanks out-threw the entire collegiate competition in the discus event at the 2010 McMurry Relays this past Thursday, with an NCAA Division II automatic qualifying mark of 54.75m. He beat out his next competitor by 2.26m and two other throwers who tossed provisional qualifying marks. Eubanks’ discus toss is the farthest throw amongst NCAA Division II athletes so far this season. Overall he finished third in the event behind two unattached competitors and he also finished fifth in the shot put with a throw of 15.65m.

Andria Nussey, Angelo State, Sr., Hept./Mid-Dist./Jumps, San Angelo, Texas/Cornerstone Christian
Nussey set the ASU record and automatically qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships in the 800-meter run as she won the event at the Texas Relays over the weekend. Nussey’s time of 2:09.51 smashed ASU’s old mark in the 800, is the top time in the event this season in NCAA D- II and was the second-best time ever at the Texas Relays. The previous ASU record in the 800 was 2:12.52, set by Thelma McDow in 1996. Nussey also ran the anchor leg for the Rambelles’ 4x400-meter relay squad that also set a school record, placing eighth at the Texas Relays with an automatic-qualifying time of 3:40.29.

Aisha Adams, Angelo State, Sr., Heptathlete, Covington, Tenn./Millington Central HS
Adams set the NCAA Division II record in the heptathlon as she placed second with 5,795 points in the event at the Texas Relays. Adams eclipsed the previous NCAA D-II record of 5,780 points set by Nebraska-Omaha’s Anastassia Kyvelidou in 2005. She broke both the ASU and LSC record in the event (5,670), set by former Rambelle Amber Miller in 2003. In the process of her record-setting performance that automatically qualifies her to defend her national title in the heptathlon at next month’s NCAA D-II National Championships, Adams posted the top marks this season in both the high jump and the long jump. She recorded automatic-qualifying performances in both events, with a high jump of 5-9.75 and a personal-best long jump of 20-5.25. Her long jump is the fifth-best in ASU history. She also added an automatic mark in the 100-meter hurdles (13.80) and a provisional mark in the 200-meter dash (24.48) during the heptathlon.

General News
ECU strength coach Travis Reust resigns
ADA — Travis Reust, East Central University’s strength and conditioning coordinator for the past two years, has resigned.

“I’ve achieved just about everything I can at East Central,” Reust said Tuesday. “I want to purse some other opportunities and have some family time.

“I think I’ve done a good job there,” he added. “I just have to look out for me now.”

Cameron's Thomas Peixoto and Amanda Moberg were named Lone Star Conference Tennis Players of the Week for their efforts last week, the league office announced today.

Tennis Athletes of the Week
Thomas Peixoto, Cameron, So., Campo Grande, Brazil
Peixoto had a very productive week for the Black and Gold, as his singles and doubles victories against Midwestern State and Southeastern Oklahoma State helped the Aggies to go 2-0 on the week. Peixoto teamed with Manuel Barroetavena to win their doubles match versus MSU 8-5, which he followed up with a 6-4, 6-4 singles victory. Against SOSU, Peixoto again went undefeated as he won both his singles and doubles matches. Peixoto is a big reason the No. 23 Aggie men’s tennis team is 14-5 on the season and headed to the NCAA Regional Championship tournament.

Amanda Moberg, Cameron, Fr., Norkoping, Sweden
Moberg, the Region’s top women’s tennis player, continued her winning streak this week with five straight singles and doubles victories. Moberg went undefeated over the week to help Cameron mount a four-match winning streak and come within a match victory of clinching a berth to the regional championship tournament. The No. 33 Aggies (11-5) defeated 4 regional teams last week, 3 of which were LSC schools. Moberg’s No. 1 singles victory over Zuzanna Orinska in CU’s big win over No. 16 Northeastern State proved to be the clincher in the 5-4 win for the Black and Gold. Moberg won it 2-6, 7-5, 6-3, which is impressive considering she lost the first set.

Tennis Other Top Performers
Julia Shviadok, Central Oklahoma, led UCO to a 1-1 week in Lone Star Conference action, going a combined 4-0 in singles and doubles play. The sophomore standout teamed with Eli Abramovic to go 2-0 in doubles and went 2-0 in singles, including a 6-4, 0-6, 6-2 triumph over No. 41-ranked Adrianna Jaskova of Tarleton State. Shviadok is 12-4 on the year in singles and 11-6 in doubles.

Tennis Notes (Submitted by LSC SID’s)
Abilene Christian

Last week the No. 33 Cameron Aggie women’s tennis team (11-5) got themselves within a win of clinching an NCAA Regional Championship berth by going 4-0 in their four matches. CU had an extraordinary weekend of tennis, beating St. Mary’s, Midwestern State, and Northeastern State. Cameron started out the weekend with a huge 5-2 win over Midwestern State University on Friday. The Aggies then swept a tough St. Mary’s Rattlers squad 5-0 to close out Friday’s play. CU’s ladies won their third and final match Saturday, beating nationally-ranked No. 16 Northeastern State in the morning in a down-to-the-wire 5-4 match. The Aggies came back during singles to tie with Northeastern at 4-4, and were forced to wait on the No. 1 singles match between Amanda Moberg and NSU’s Zuzanna Orinska to decide the winning team. Moberg lost her first set 6-2, but won her second 7-5 and the third set 6-3 to bring a win for the Aggies, 5-4 overall. Against the Mustangs, Cameron’s No. 1 and No. 3 doubles teams won their matches 8-3 and 8-2, respectively, while the No. 2 doubles team lost 8-2. The sweep against St. Mary’s was the result of a strong performance by all three of Cameron’s double teams. CU needed only two wins in the singles matches, which were executed quickly by Moberg and doubles partner Julia Puckhaber at the No. 2 singles spot. Cameron’s No. 1 doubles team won 8-2, No. 2 doubles Sara Flores and Daniela Stevenson won 8-4, and No. 3 doubles Elvira Sholles and Carolina Mullor won 8-4. The Black and Gold then hosted Southeastern Oklahoma State on Tuesday and won by the score 7-2. Cameron’s women swept their doubles matches, and only lost the bottom two singles battles. The Aggies could not hold onto the No. 5 or No. 6 singles matches, although both were very close... On the men’s side, the No. 23 Aggie men’s tennis team (14-5) went 2-0 in their two matches last week. The Aggies began with a big 6-3 LSC victory over Midwestern State on the road. The Aggies took two of the three doubles to start the match. The doubles scores included outstanding performances from Thomas Peixoto and Manuel Barroetavena as well as Jorge Gerosi and Jeff Sasser. At the bottom four singles spots Barroetavena, Peixoto, Gerosi, and Sasser were all able to mount victories and secure the CU win. Peixoto won 6-4, 6-4, Gerosi won 6-0, 6-1, Barroetavena won 6-1, 6-3, and Sasser finished things off with a score of 6-1, 4-6, 10-8. In CU’s match with SOSU on Tuesday, the men won handily by the score 8-1. The men only dropped the No. 3 doubles match by the score 8-6... Cameron’s tennis teams take a three-match swing through South Texas this week for a trio of important regional matches. On Thursday (April 8) the Aggies take on St. Edward’s at 1:00pm in Austin. The next day (April 9), Cameron takes on Incarnate Word at 9:00am and St .Mary’s at 2:00pm. Both Saturday matches will be held in San Antonio.

Central Oklahoma
Central Oklahoma went 2-1 in three LSC matches last week, beating Cameron and Southeastern Oklahoma while falling to Tarleton State . . . The Bronchos are 13-4 on the year and 3-2 in league play . . . UCO overcame a 2-1 doubles deficit to win five of the six singles matches in rallying past Cameron last week . . . Sophomore Julia Shviadok led the Bronchos, teaming with Eli Abramovic for a perfect 3-0 doubles record while going 2-1 at No. 1 singles.

Football News
Knicky taking on leadership role for Tarleton defense
Sports Editor

Nobody knew who Matt Knicky was, much less what he would become.

He had previously made just six tackles all season.

But even in a season finale Tarleton State couldn't wait to forget - a 51-0 loss at West Texas A&M that cost the Texans a playoff spot in 2008 - there was a bright spot.

Knicky, then a true freshman who had converted from high school safety to college linebacker, made 10 tackles that November afternoon in Canyon, suggesting to Tarleton coaches that they may have stumbled upon a special player.

A year later, those suspicions were confirmed, as Knicky finished the 2009 season with a team-leading 98 tackles to help the Texans to a share of the Lone Star Conference championship, a run to the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs, and a No. 9 ranking in the final American Football Coaches Association poll.

He also snagged three interceptions last fall, broke up four more passes and tallied seven passes defensed to go with a pair of fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

Fellow Texan linebacker Marcus Phillips stole much of the spotlight, earning LSC South Division Linebacker of the Year honors, while Knicky wasn't even voted to the second-team roster. He was instead relegated to the honorable-mention list.

"I don't care who got what as far as the post season awards, I knew who the best linebacker in the conference was last year," says Tarleton head coach Cary Fowler, who was the Texans' defensive coordinator in 2008 and 2009. "Not to take anything away from Marcus, but Matt played one less game and had one more tackle."

Phillips exhausted his eligibility last fall, but Knicky says he soaked up everything he could from the veteran standout while he had the chance.

"Marcus took me under his wing and helped me so much," Knicky says. "Without him around it's a lot different - I have a lot more responsibility. I want to take guys under my wing the way Marcus took me under his."

Linebackers coach Henry Coffer says Knicky is already excelling in his new leadership role as spring ball unfolds.

"Matt has such a good sense of leadership about him. He leads vocally, but he's also a leader by example," Coffer says. "He makes my job as a coach much easier."

Fowler couldn't agree more.

"Matt makes all our jobs easier because he prepares probably as hard as any coach we have," Fowler says.

Fowler was still at Midwestern State as defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator when he learned of Knicky from a friend in the coaching business.

"I got to be good friends with Chris Ross when he coached at Wichita Falls High School before he left for Cedar Park," Fowler says. "He called me up and told me he had a kid that could flat out play."

Ross had previously led Fowleer and Midwestern to prospects Rahsaan Bell and Jerome Jefferson, who both became all-conference players.

"When Chris tells me he has a guy who can play I know he means it," Fowler says. "He's 3-3 now. He's batting a thousand."

Knicky, was a two-time all-district safety at Cedar Park, tallying 80 tackles while picking off four passes and forcing three fumbles as a senior.

"We knew he was a 'tweener,'" said Fowler, referring to a player believed to be a step slow to play in the secondary and a little small to play linebacker. "He wasn't getting any Division I looks, and wouldn't really fit into a traditional 4-3 defense."

But Knicky fit perfectly in Fowler's 4-2-5 defense, which features a position called "backer" that is a hybrid between a defensive back and a linebacker.

"He's good enough in pass coverage to defend slot receivers, tight ends and running backs, and he's a good enough runner and tackler to play linebacker," Fowler says. "He was perfect for our defense."

Fowler left Midwestern for Tarleton in the spring of Knicky's senior year, and immediately made him one of his primary recruiting targets.

Two years later, Knicky, who will be a junior next season, couldn't be happier.

"I wasn't getting much recruiting attention. I was offered some partial scholarships and was invited to walk on at a few schools, but Tarleton made me the best offer," Knicky says. "Now I love it here - I love my coaches and teammates and the campus atmosphere is great."

In street clothes away from the field, Knicky doesn't exactly put off a "star player" type of vibe, which has earned him a nickname from Fowler and staff.

"He walks around in glasses looking like a normal kid," Fowler said. "Then he takes his disguise off and puts on the uniform and transforms completely. We call him Superman."

Knicky now has big goals not only for himself but for the Tarleton defense as a whole.

"We have some new faces on the defensive line, but their good players, and our secondary has some good guys returning," he says. "If we can get the entire defense in the right spots and on the same page there's no telling where we can go. We can be at least as good as we were last year, probably better."

Fowler agrees the defense could be even better than the 2009 group that finished third in the LSC in total defense and scoring defense, especially with Knicky leading the way.

"Every drill of every practice, Matt plays at game speed," Fowler says. "It makes the guys around him work harder, and that's what you look for in a leader.

"If I could find 100 Matt Knickys, I'd take every one of them," the head coach continues. "If every player on our football team matched his intensity, passion and emotion for the game, we would win the national championship."

Texas A&M receiver Howard Morrow might have been the most recognizable name at Bandit Day on Wednesday, but the "diamond in the rough" was Southwestern Oklahoma State receiver Johnathan Haggerty.

Haggerty, who is 6-2, 205 pounds, attended Dallas Day at Valley Ranch on Monday. He caught passes from former Coppell quarterback Daniel Raudabaugh, who played at Miami of Ohio, for Cowboys receivers coach Ray Sherman.

"I ran great routes; I caught every pass," Haggerty said. "It was a little wet at Valley Ranch, a little marshy, but I thought I did really well."

The Cowboys won't keep Haggerty a secret, though. The Dallas Lincoln product is sure to be highly sought as a college free agent if, as expected, he isn't drafted.

Haggerty, who ran a 4.55 on Wednesday, caught 54 passes for 748 yards and six touchdowns last season. He left as the school's all-time leading receiver with 173 receptions for 2,726 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Midwestern State receiver Andy Tanner and New Mexico defensive back Frankie Solomon drew some interest from scouts.

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