Thursday, May 27, 2010

LSC Roundup 5-27

Softball News
ASU SOFTBALL: Belles aim to finish season with title
MSU's Craig earns honors
MSU - Softball: Petersen named third-team Daktronics All American
MSU - Softball: Craig named ESPN The Magazine Academic All American
ASU - 'Belles arrive in Missouri
ENMU - Mayo Otis Becomes the Zias Second ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American

Track & Field News
Link to national championship meet

Top Times
LSC football preseason media day set for July 20
The Lone Star Conference will hold a football preseason media day Tuesday, July 20, on the University of the Incarnate Word campus in San Antonio, Texas.

With the 2010 season upcoming, all 14 football head coaches will be in San Antonio for a luncheon with the media including UIW’s Mike Santiago, whose Cardinals are joining the LSC this season. During the event, league officials will announce the preseason poll and players of the year.

The day begins at 11:00 a.m. with registration followed by lunch, a brief program, remarks from each football coach and an open interview session. LSC Commissioner Stan Wagnon will preview the upcoming season as well.

Also, select football, volleyball, soccer and cross country student-athletes and coaches will be on hand and the preseason choices for those sports will be announced.

The 2010 LSC football season begins Thursday, August 26, with two league teams in action, while three more play on Saturday, August 28, five other on Thursday, September 2 and the remaining four teams kick off their season on Saturday, September 4.

With UIW joining the league in the South Division, Eastern New Mexico will be realigned to the North Division in football for the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

In 2009, Midwestern State, Texas A&M-Kingsville and Tarleton State shared the LSC football title. Texas A&M-Commerce claimed the North Division crown with a perfect 5-0 mark, while Tarleton, MSU, TAMUK and West Texas A&M were the South Division co-champions with identical 4-2 marks.

The LSC continued its regular participation in the postseason with four teams – MSU, TAMUK, Tarleton and ACU - selected to play in the NCAA Division II playoffs last season, while WTAMU represented the conference in the inaugural Kanza Bowl in Topeka, Kan.

2010 LSC Football Preseason Media Day Schedule

University of the Incarnate Word Sky Room (847 E Hildebrand, San Antonio, TX 78212)

11-11:30 a.m. Register
11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:00 p.m. Program begins
12:00-12:08 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks (Commissioner Wagnon)
12:08-12:10 p.m. Football preview
12:10-12:15 p.m. Announcement of North Division Football preseason poll/awards
12:15-12:40 p.m. Remarks from LSC North Coaches (Reverse order of poll)
12:40-12:45 p.m. Announcement of South Division Football preseason poll/awards
12:45-1:10 p.m. Remarks from LSC South Coaches (Reverse order of poll)
1:10-1:15 p.m. Volleyball preview with announcement of preseason poll/awards
1:15-1:20 p.m. Women’s Soccer preview with announcement of preseason poll/awards
1:20-1:22 p.m. Men’s Soccer preview with announcement of preseason poll/awards
1:22-1:25 p.m. Cross Country preview with announcement of preseason poll/awards
1:30-2:30 p.m. Open interview session with coaches/players
2:30-3:30 p.m. Tour of UIW facilities

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

LSC Roundup 5-25

Softball News
MSU - Newberry: Change of pace is a refreshing adventure

Track & Field News
Top Times

Mills coming home to play for Tarleton

By BRAD KEITH
Sports Editor
brad.keith@empiretribune.com

Brad Mills is coming home to Stephenville to play for Tarleton State.

The 2009 Stephenville High School graduate who helped the Yellow Jackets to the 2008 4A Division II quarterfinals announced Monday his intentions to transfer from Sam Houston State to Tarleton. He red-shirted at SHSU last season.

"I'm coming home," Mills said Monday. "I'm getting all my transfer stuff done right now."

Mills set Stephenville's single-season rushing record with 1,830 yards his senior season. The Yellow Jackets went 10-4 that year, finishing second in District 8-4A then reeling off three playoff wins before falling to Everman in the quarterfinals.

But injuries hurt Mills' chances of competing for playing time next season at Sam Houston.

"I got hit with the injury bug and pulled my hamstring (in spring ball). That took me from competing for the starting spot to the back of the line," Mills said of leaving Sam Houston. "I decided it would be best to come home and be back around the people I grew up around and have been around my whole life."

Mills says his red-shirt year served him well physically.

"I'm a lot stronger than I was in high school, and I've got my 40 down to a 4.4, so I'm happy with that," he said. "I've also gotten a feel for the tempo of the game and that's a huge difference in college football versus high school football."

Mills says he is excited to play for a team he grew up watching.

"Being raised in Stephenville, I've gone and watched many Tarleton games," he said. "I've always enjoyed it there, and now my friends and family can see me play and be a part of it."

Friday, May 21, 2010

Incarnate Word - 2009-2010 Recap

With Incarnate Word set to join the LSC this fall, we thought we'd take a look to see how they fared last season.

Football - 5-5 overall, 4-5 vs. NCAA teams, no postseason (1-2 vs. LSC teams)
Volleyball - 24-9 overall, lost in first round of conference tournament (7-5 vs. LSC teams)
Men's Cross Country - won conference meet, 12th South Central Regional Championships (behind 4 LSC teams, in front of 3 LSC teams)
Women's Cross Country - 2nd in conference meet, 14th South Central Regional Championships (behind 4 LSC teams, in front of 4 LSC teams)
Men's Soccer - 9-7-3 overall, no postseason (0-2 vs. WTAM)
Women's Soccer - 15-3-3 overall, Second Round of NCAA South Central Regional Championship, (4-1-1 vs. LSC teams)
Men's Basketball - 23-7 overall, conference champion, First Round of NCAA South Central Regional Championship (1-2 vs. LSC teams)
Women's Basketball - 20-9 overall, conference runner-up, (3-3 vs. LSC teams)
Baseball - 42-18 overall, conference champion, 2-2 South Central Regional championship (3-3 vs. LSC teams)
Softball - 27-24 overall, (8-15 vs. LSC teams)
Men's Golf - 7th in conference championship
Women's Golf - 2nd in conference championship
Men's Tennis - 15-5 overall, conference champions, runnerup in South Central Regional Final (3-2 vs. LSC teams)
Women's Tennis - 16-5 overall, conference champions, runnerup in South Central Regional Final (4-3 vs. LSC teams)
Men's Swimming and Diving - 2nd in NCAA championships
Women's Swimming and Diving - 11th in NCAA championships
Women's Synchronized Swimming - 3rd in NCAA championships


While most think the LSC will be a step up in competition for the most part, look for the Cardinals to be competitive in several sports, with the potential to take LSC titles in their first year.

LSC Roundup 5-21










Softball News
2010 NCAA II South Central Super Regional - First pitch scheduled for 5:00 today

Fowler announces staff changes


Just an ol' country boy
Legendary Hugh Wolfe passes at 97

By BRAD KEITH
Sports Editor
brad.keith@empiretribune.com

He earned the nickname "Big Bad Wolfe" as a college football star. He won the NFL championship in 1938, became a millionaire businessman and maintained the family nursery until the 1990s.

Hugh Othello Wolfe did it all.

Wolfe, 97, passed away Thursday afternoon in a Fort Worth nursing facility. Memorial services are pending at Lacy Funeral Home.

Wolfe is best known to locals as the owner of Wolfe Nursery, which he ran from the time he sold his successful aluminum gates business in 1975 until the early 1990s.

Many locals easily recall the sight of the giant wolf sign that features a cartoon wolf with handfuls of money, which bears the saying, "Money DOES grow on trees!" The sign is now on display at the Stephenville Historical Museum.

Wolfe, who was born June 13, 1912 in Mason, moved to Stephenville at the age of seven when his father opened the nursery.

Wolfe's Nursery may have been his primary local venture, but it was just the tip of the iceberg when it came to the legend's life.

Wolfe was first known as an athlete - starring in football, basketball and track and field at John Tarleton Agricultural College and in football at the University of Texas.

He turned down an invitation to compete in the decathlon in the 1936 Olympics - the games in Germany where Jesse Owens made history with his four gold medals.
Wolfe said years later his marks were good enough to win gold.

Later that year, he won a junior college conference football championship at JTAC, and he followed it up with a senior college conference title at Texas. For the Longhorns, he hit a 37-yard drop-kick field goal to beat Rose Bowl-bound Baylor 9-7, and set a school record that stood until the 1970s with a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Minnesota.

Wolfe was a member of both the Tarleton Athletics Hall of Fame and the University of Texas Athletics Hall of Honor.

Wolfe was part of the New York Giants team that won an NFL Championship, edging the Green Bay Packers 23-17 on Dec. 11, 1938 at the Polo Grounds in New York. It was his only year of professional football.

Wolfe moved from the gridiron to service in World War II, which led to a business idea that later made him a wealthy man.

In 1940, Wolfe and partner Karl Kessler established Al-Prodco (Aluminum Products Company) Manufacturing. They used surplus aluminum from B2 bombers that were grounded after the war, transforming it into gates for ranchers.

Years later, Wolfe estimated the company sold one $20 aluminum gate for every mile of ranch land in Texas.

As a successful businessman, Wolfe was acquaintances with presidents Lyndon B. Johnson, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.

Wolfe once owned the famous Baker Motel in Mineral Wells, and donated a valuable art collection to Tarleton State University. He is listed as one of the biggest donors to Tarleton in the school's history.

Wolfe spent his twilight years sharing coffee and many an old story - most of them, he claimed, are even true - with his friends in the group known affectionately as "The Old Goats."

Stuart Chilton is a member of the club. He is also a retired educator and journalist who considered Wolfe a great friend and wrote multiple news and feature stories on him.

"Hugh Wolfe was an example of a successful businessman, who was devoted to his family, church and this community," Chilton said. "He will be greatly missed, especially by the members of the 'Old Goats Club.'"

In an interview for a three-part Empire-Tribune series that was published in December 2008 and January 2009, Wolfe summed up his life in one brief statement:

"I'm just an old country boy," Wolfe said. "But I've lived an exciting life."

Thursday, May 20, 2010

LSC Roundup 5-20

Baseball News
Box Scores and Stats
Standings
ACU's 24-hour baseball ride comes to an unhappy end
Casazza earns second all-region honor this year
Baseball. Mann Named to Rawlings/ABCA All-South Central Region Team
Softball: Petersen named Daktronics South Central Region Pitcher of the Year
First Team
C - Kacie Easley - ASU
1B - Kaitlyn Witte - WTAM
2B - Alix Dan - ASU
OF - Cassie Anderson - TAMK
OF - Billie Callahan - TWU
P - Katie Petersen - MSU
P - Chelsea Nelson - ASU

Second Team
C - Lauren Craig - MSU

SS - Amber Farr - WTAM
3B - Mallory Mooney - MSU
OF - Sarah DeMoss - ASU
OF - Alex Mayo-Otis - ENMU
OF - Courtney Bingham - MSU
DP - Kaycee Taylor - ASU
P - Briana Sanchez - UIW
P - Carly Case - TWU


Track & Field News
Top Times



Denison prep standout picks Tarleton State

By BRAD KEITH
Sports Editor

Denison High School basketball standout Coleman Furst recently signed a letter of intent to play for Tarleton State.

Furst, a 6-1 guard, averaged 11.5 points, 3.3 assists and 3.1 rebounds while helping Denison to the second round of the 4A playoffs. He was named Defensive Player of the Year in District 9-4A.

"He's a very good athlete and a good defensive player," Denison head coach Jody Bass said. "He still has some things to learn when it comes to help-side defense, but he's a very good on-ball defender."

Bass, who came to Denison just in time for Furst's senior season, also praises the newest Texan's offensive skills.

"He's kind of a combo-guard," Bass said. "He has point guard skills as far as ability to handle the ball. He's not a polished passer yet, but I think he will get there. He can shoot - he's a good 3-point shooter and can get to the rim. His mid-range game is also pretty good."

According to the Sherman Herald-Democrat, Furst picked Tarleton over The Citadel, West Texas A&M, Texas A&M-Commerce and Collin County College.

Furst visited Tarleton in April and says Tarleton coaches offered him a full ride a couple days after he returned home.

"After I visited Tarleton, everything was perfect. That's where I wanted to be," he said, according to the Herald-Democrat. "I had heard about their winning reputation. Their goal is to win a national championship."

He may have drawn more attention from NCAA Division I schools, Bass said, if he had not been forced to play point guard alongside standout scorer and Oklahoma signee T.J. Taylor.

"The biggest issue for Coleman was having to play point guard. He would give the ball up and a lot of times he wouldn't get it back," Bass said. "That happens a lot when you play with a guy like (Taylor) because he can create his own shot pretty much whenever he wants."

Bass labeled Furst a smart, unselfish player.

"Coleman is very unselfish and he understands taking what the defense gives him," he said. "His shooting percentage was better his senior year than in the past."

Coleman missed his sophomore season due to off-court transgressions, according to the Herald-Democrat. He was back on the court as a junior and had his best scoring season, averaging 14.7 points per game to go with 3.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists.

"I wasn't here his sophomore year, but I think he's learned the error of his ways," Bass said. "Since I've been around him he's been a great teammate and a great kid to coach."

Furst is part of what is expected to be a small recruiting class numbers-wise at Tarleton, as the Texans return the vast majority of last season's team that went 24-8 and reached the championship game of the Lone Star Conference tournament and the semifinal round of the South Central Regional tournament.

The only signee the team has confirmed is Nick Mosley, a 6-9 power forward/center who is transferring from theUniversity of Houston as a senior.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

LSC Scoop Afternoon Update 5-19

LSC announces Track & Field awards
Abilene Christian and Angelo State led the All-Lone Star Conference awards with each putting 18 of the 55 student-athletes on the list for their performances at the 2010 LSC Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Championships. The awards were announced Wednesday by league officials.

ACU won the men’s championship for the 17th consecutive year at the 2010 LSC meet with seven all-conference athletes. Angelo State won the women’s crown with the second-most points in the meet’s history for their second straight and fourth conference title behind the efforts of nine all-conference performers.

The list of all-conference performers includes the winner of each event at the conference meet, including all members of the winning relay teams, plus any athlete who scores at least 14 points at the meet. In all, 27 men and 28 women were recognized by the all-conference program

In addition to the announcement of All-LSC performers, the league recognized four student-athletes and two coaches with individual awards.

On the men’s side, ACU’s Amos Sang earned the Cap Shelton Award as Outstanding Male Track Athlete, while West Texas A&M’s Eldon Grimslid picked up the Oscar Strahan Award as Outstanding Male Field Athlete. Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Ryan Dall was named Men’s Track Coach of the Year.

ASU swept the women’s awards as Celethia Byrd claimed the Wes Kittley Award as Outstanding Female Track Athlete, Chrystal Ruiz won the David Noble Award as Outstanding Female Field Athlete and James Reid earned Women’s Track Coach of the Year honors for the fourth straight year.

The special awards were voted upon by the league coaches.

Many of the LSC track and field athletes are now preparing for the conclusion of the 2010 outdoor season with the NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Championships, set for May 27-29 in Charlotte, N.C.

Complete List

SPECIAL AWARDS

Outstanding Male Track Athlete (Cap Shelton Award): Amos Sang, Abilene Christian
Outstanding Male Field Athlete (Oscar Strahan Award): Eldon Grimslid, West Texas A&M
Men’s Track & Field Coach of the Year: Ryan Dall, Texas A&M-Kingsville

Outstanding Female Track Athlete (Wes Kittley Award): Celethia Byrd, Angelo State
Outstanding Female Field Athletes (David Noble Award): Chrystal Ruiz, Angelo State
Women’s Track & Field Coach of the Year: James Reid, Angelo State

NCAA National Championship Participants
Men
100 Meter Dash - 1 -Desmond Jackson (ACU), 4 - Tommy Singletary (TAMK)
200 Meter Dash - 3 - Desmond Jackson (ACU), 4 - James Howell (ASU)
400 Meter Dash - 3 - James Howell (ASU), 13 - Isidro Garcia (ASU)
5,000 Meter Run - 1 - Amos Sang (ACU)
10,000 Meter Run - 2 - Amos Sang (ACU)
110 Meter Hurdles - 9 - Garrett Thomas (TSU)
400 Meter Hurdles - 10 - Sergio Rios (TAMK), 14 - Brian Holik (ASU)
4 X 100 Meter Relay - 2 - ASU, 6 - TAMK
4 X 400 Meter Relay - 3 - ASU
Pole Vault - 4 - Aaron Cantrell (ACU), 5 - Landon Ehlers (ACU), 13 - Jacob McDonald (ASU)
Long Jump - 2 - Connell Davis (TAMK), 6 - Ramon Sparks (ACU), 15 - CJ Griggs (TAMK)
Triple Jump - 2 - Ramon Sparks (ACU), 13 - CJ Griggs (TAMK), 15 - Mark Slone (ASU)
Shot Put - 17 - Casey Keeter (TSU)
Discus - 2 - Servell Dandridge (WTAM), 4 - Nolan Eubanks (TSU), 5 - Tyler Fleet (ACU), 9 - Wade Goode (ASU), 11 - Hayden Eubanks (TSU), 15 - Casey Keeter (TSU)
Hammer Throw - 10 - Tyler Fleet (ACU)
Javelin - 4 - Raymond Orlando (ASU), 5 - Jacob McDonald (ASU), 10 - Eldon Grimslid (WTAM), 15 - Daniel Draper (ENMU)
Decathlon - 7 - Eldon Grimslid (WTAM), 8 - James Hardin (ACU)

Women
100 Meter Dash - 3 - Wanda Hutson (ACU), 8 - Kim Prather (ACU), 14 - Sydney Smith (ACU)
200 Meter Dash - 5 - Celethia Byrd (ASU), 13 - Wanda Hutson (ACU), 14 - Kim Prather (ACU),
400 Meter Dash - 3 - Celethia Byrd (ASU), 8 - Kim Prather (ACU), 17 - Tara Tarrant (WTAM), 20 - Kris Crockett (ASU)
800 Meter Run - 7 - Andria Nussey (ASU)
1,500 Meter Run - 14 - Anais Belledant (ACU)
100 Meter Hurdles - 3 - Aisha Adams (ASU), 5 -Chrystal Ruiz (ASU), 11 - Kandis Brooks (TSU), 15 - Bailee Skeen (WTAM)
400 Meter Hurdles - 1 - Aisha Adams (ASU), 4 -Chrystal Ruiz (ASU), 15 - Morgan Shelton (WTAM), 16 - Kris Crockett (ASU)
4 x 100 Relay - 2 - ACU, 6 - ASU
4 x 400 Relay - 5 - ASU
High Jump - 4 - Aisha Adams (ASU)
Long Jump - 3 - Aisha Adams (ASU), 8 - Andria Nussey (ASU), 13 - Amanda Clemons (ACU), 18 - Chrystal Ruiz (ASU)
Triple Jump - 3 - Aisha Adams (ASU), 4 - Amanda Clemons (ACU), 6 - Destinee Nixon (ACU)
Shot Put - 16 - Jadiah Riley (WTAM)
Discus - 3 - Paige Newby (ACU)
Hammer Throw - 12 - Jessic Sloss (ACU)
Javelin - 1 - Linda Brivule (ACU)
Heptathlon - 1 - Aisha Adams (ASU), 2 - Chrystal Ruiz (ASU), 15 - Jessica Withrow (ACU)





LSC Roundup 5-19

Baseball News
Box Scores and Stats
Standings
ACU battles into title game, falls to Central Missouri 11-4
Baseball: Wildcats fall in regional final

Softball News
Box Scores and Stats
Standings
Times set for NCAA Super Regional

Track & Field News
Top Times

Tanner signs three-year pact with the New Orleans Saints
WICHITA FALLS, Texas - Former Midwestern State wide receiver Andy Tanner has agreed to a three-year deal with the NFL's New Orleans Saints according to ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas.

Tanner enjoyed a breakout season during his senior campaign of 2009 when he was named a D2Football.com Honorable Mention All-American and was the LSC South Division's Receiver of the Year.

The Rockwall product set MSU single-season records with 75 receptions for 1,186 yards and 12 touchdowns while helping the Mustangs to an NCAA Division II postseason berth after the team claimed its first Lone Star Conference championship.

Tanner leaves MSU ranked on many career receiving lists as he is second in receptions (120), third in receiving yards (1,716) and first in TD receptions (20).

He was one of three receivers signed by the Super Bowl champion Saints including Larry Beavers and Roy Hall.

Tanner is expecting to compete for a roster spot behind Marques Colston, Robert Meachem, Devery Henderson and Lance Moore.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

LSC Roundup 5-18

Baseball News
Box Scores and Stats
Standings
ACU downs St. Mary's in 13 innings
..... and in a late, late game, ACU eliminates UIW 9-4. The Wildcats will face Central Missouri today at 2 p.m., with a second game TBA if ACU wins.

Listen to the game here.


Softball News
Box Scores and Stats
Standings


Track & Field News
Top Times


Recruiting News
Texas guard duo signs with CU men
LAWTON, Oklahoma (May 17) – In the second of three scheduled announcements, the Cameron Aggie men’s basketball program released the names of two more student-athletes signed to play for the Black and Gold in 2010-2011. Denzell Newsome of God’s Academy (Dallas) and Desmond Henry of Irving High School (Texas) will both be freshman at CU next season. Today’s announcement brings CU’s class to 5 players so far.

Football News
Bears sign WT-ex Webb
Former West Texas A&M offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb on Monday became the first of the Chicago Bears' draft picks to sign, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Monday, May 17, 2010

LSC Roundup 5-17

Baseball News
Box Scores and Stats
Standings
ACU-St. Mary's to play Monday - Elimination Game
WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- All of Sunday's games in the NCAA Division II South Central Region baseball championship have been rained out for the second straight day.

Overall, 16 players from the LSC (eight first, eight second) were named to the Daktronics All-South Central teams. He is joined on the first team by fellow LSC players Heath Wyatt (Southeastern Oklahoma, relief pitcher), Michael Felton (Southwestern Oklahoma, second base), Adam DeLaGarza (West Texas A&M, shortstop), Chris Adamson (Angelo State, catcher), Aaron Oliver (Abilene Christian, outfield), Will Calhoun (ACU, designated hitter) and Clay Puckett (ASU, utility player).

Also named to the second team were Zach Sneed (ACU, starting pitcher), Brad Rutherford (ACU, relief pitcher), Rob Mann (WTAM, 1B), Nate Valdez (Cameron, 3B), Isaac Garcia (ASU, OF), Alex Lyons (Cameron, OF), Clifton Thomas (TAMK, OF) and Travis Earles (TAMK, Utility).

Softball News
Box Scores and Stats
Standings
Mustangs take softball championship

Track & Field News
Top Times

Thursday, May 13, 2010

LSC Roundup 5-13

Baseball News
Box Scores and Stats
Standings
Take Me Out to the Ballgame (in Missouri), Zach
Starting pitching gives ACU chance at region baseball title
ACU, St. Mary's set to battle

Softball News
Box Scores and Stats
Standings
MSU catcher's play on the field equal to her work in classroom

Track & Field News
Top Times

General News
2 University of Central Oklahoma football players charged with burglary
Golf News
ASU GOLF: Smith tied for 34th after 1st round
Smith ends first round

Recruiting News
W. Basketball. Lady Buff Basketball Completes 2010-11 Signing Class
CANYON, Texas - West Texas A&M University women's basketball coach Krista Gerlich has announced the signing of an additional student-athlete to a national letter-of-intent to attend WTAMU and play for the Lady Buffs during the 2010-11 season.

Football News
Ex-Wildcats QB Malone arrested on assault charge

Former Abilene Christian University quarterback Billy Malone was arrested by the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department on Monday in regard to a warrant out of Lamar County for aggravated assault.

According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Malone was involved in a fight at Harley’s, a nightclub in Paris, on the night of April 9. The report said witnesses at the club reported Malone hit another man in the jaw.

Malone was released from Taylor County Jail after posting a $15,000 bail. Aggravated assault is a second-degree felony.

Malone is the Lone Star Conference’s all-time leading passer. He led ACU to a LSC title his final season in 2008, and the Wildcats reached the third round of the playoffs that season.

Monday, May 10, 2010

LSC Roundup 5-10

Track & Field News
Top Times

Lone Star Conference results, 05/10
Buffs' Dandridge wins discus
Wildcats narrowly edge out Rams
Rambelles win team title again
LONE STAR CONFERENCE TRACK & FIELD: Records fall in heptathlon

Watch The D-II Selection Show Live Monday at 9:00 a.m. !
INDIANAPOLIS – Central Oklahoma received an at-large bid into the NCAA Division II Softball ChampionshipMonday morning, with the Bronchos set to go to Emporia, Kan. this weekend for the South Central Regional.

UCO, 32-19 on the year and runners-up of the Lone Star Conference North Division, will meet LSC South Division rival Angelo State in a first-round game Friday at a time to be determined. Host Emporia State will take on Texas Woman’s in the other game.

Three games will be held Saturday, with the championship game and “if necessary” contest scheduled for Sunday.

The champion moves on to face the winner of the other four-team South Central Regional that will be held in Wichita Falls, Texas this weekend. Host Midwestern State, St. Mary’s, Nebraska-Omaha and West Texas A&M will compete in that regional.

The two regional winners face off in a best-of-three series the weekend of May 21-22, with the champion advancing to the eight-team Division II World Series in St. Joseph, Mo. May 27-31.

“We’re excited about being in the national tournament again and look forward to seeing what we can do this weekend,” said 13th-year UCO coach Genny Stidham. “It’s great to still be playing and our players are ready for the challenge.”

The Bronchos will be making their fifth Division II national tournament appearance since 2002. UCO won its only South Central Regional title in 2006 en route to a fifth-place national finish.
Redskins' tryouts, rookies put in long days at Shanahan's minicamp


Doyle ready for whatever role comes his way

By BRAD KEITH
Sports Editor
brad.keith@empiretribune.com

From the moment he signed his letter of intent with Tarleton State, Evant product Aaron Doyle has been the subject of much speculation.

First, coaches debated whether to redshirt Doyle or play him as a true freshman, a decision made easier when he broke his hand just before the start of the 2009 season.

Then, Scott Grantham announced he would forego his final season of eligibility and Doyle was immediately viewed as one of the frontrunners to replace him as the Texans' starting quarterback.

He had an impressive spring, dazzling coaches and fans alike with his mobility. He then ran the 40 in 4.46 seconds shortly after the conclusion of spring ball.

Then Nick Stephens, a 6-4, 230-pound quarterback with three years of experience at Tennessee, decided to transfer to Tarleton.

Just like that, questions about Doyle and how Tarleton would utilize him have surfaced again.

Doyle welcomes the speculation, and says he doesn't care what his role is, he's just glad to know he will have one.

"I'll play any position the coaches want me to," he said. "I love playing quarterback but I'll do anything to help the team win."

When Doyle says any position, he means it.

He was recruited by the likes of Oklahoma State and Baylor, among others, as a linebacker, and Fowler says Tarleton planned to use him on all special teams and in special offensive packages last fall.

"There are a lot of things we could have done with Aaron. He was going to start on all our special teams until he broke his hand," Fowler said. "I'm glad we redshirted in the end, though, because now we have him for four more years."

Doyle knew there was a possibility he would play last fall.

"I understand now that all the coaches wanted to redshirt me except Coach Mac (former head coach Sam McElroy)," Doyle said. "I'm glad to know they think highly of me, but I'm also happy with the way it worked out. I needed that year to get ready."

Fowler says the uses for Doyle, who is listed at 6-2, 218, are endless.

"He can play just about every position on the field. He can line up at quarterback and bring his own offense to the field with him, or we can use him as a receiver," Fowler said. "I'm sure he can help us a lot of ways on special teams."

Doyle was a first-team all-state selection and district MVP as a high school senior, when he passed for 2,400 yards and 33 touchdowns while also rushing for 1,300 yards and 13 scores. He made 178 tackles defensively.

But he has learned one thing for sure - the level of competition in the NCAA Division II ranks is much stiffer than it was at a Class A high school.

"The level of play and speed of the game are totally different," Doyle admits. "It's taken some getting used to, but I've been working on that."

Now that he's had a year to get acclimated, Doyle says he's ready to go this fall.

"I can't wait," he says. "When we come back for the fall, it's for real."

It will be for real, beginning Sept. 2 when the Texans host Northeastern State in the season opener at Tarleton Memorial Stadium.

And Doyle is sure to be a big part of Tarleton's plans that night and for much of the season - wherever he plays.

Basketball News
U of H center says he's coming to Tarleton

By BRAD KEITH
Sports Editor
brad.keith@empiretribune.com

With the bulk of it's 2009-10 men's basketball team that went 24-8 and reached the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs returning, Tarleton State wasn't looking to add much.

But the Texans may have added a lot with one commitment Friday.

Nick Mosley, a 6-9 center/power forward formerly of the University of Houston announced he will play his final season of eligibility at Tarleton.

Tarleton head men's basketball coach and athletic director Lonn Reisman declined to comment except to say no commitment is official until the appropriate paper work has been signed and received by school officials.

But Mosley, who says he also visited Lone Star Conference South Division members Midwestern State and Angelo State, says the decision has been made.

"The winning program, the tradition and the family environment at Tarleton were the main things," he said. "The coaches and the (players) all made me feel welcome and wanted."

Mosley's cousin, former Tarleton football standout Mike Jackson, helped make his decision easier.

"Mike talked to me and played a significant role in me going there," Mosley said. "He told me how the program is one of the best in the country, and he said he knew Coach (Lonn) Reisman from when he played football there and that he's a great guy."

Mosley was ranked among the top 20 high school players in the state by texashoops.com after averaging a solid double-double of 21.5 points and 13.8 rebounds as a senior in 2005-06. He filled up the stat sheet for Class 3A Bellville, also averaging 7.6 blocked shots, 3.3 assists and 1.7 steals.

Mosley picked Houston over the likes of Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Rice and Wichita State, and lettered three years with the Cougars before not playing in 2009-10.

"The system wasn't fit for my game," Mosley said. "It was more guard oriented."

Still, Mosley had moments when he shined at Houston, none bigger than his 11-point, nine-rebound performance against Conference USA rival Rice in 2008-09. He also started and scored six points while grabbing seven boards in 30 minutes against Memphis that season.

In his three seasons at Houston, Mosley appeared in 74 games and started in two, averaging 10.1 minutes per contest. He was a 47.7 percent shooter from the floor and averaged 2.1 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.

Mosley believes he has the skills - especially on the defensive end - to excel at any level.

"I'm a versatile forward. I feel like I can guard all five positions on the floor," Mosley said. "I'm mainly a defensive player, but offensively I can post up or shoot threes."

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