Thursday, May 20, 2010

LSC Roundup 5-20

Baseball News
Box Scores and Stats
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

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.

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