Friday, June 18, 2010

LSC Roundup 6-18

UCO, Northeastern State set to split from Lone Star Conference
The University of Central Oklahoma and Northeastern State have decided to leave the Lone Star Conference and join the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association, sources close to UCO told The Oklahoman Thursday.

UCO and NSU would join 10 schools in the MIAA spread across Missouri and Kansas in their new conference. There is no word on when the changes would begin. UCO became a member of the LSC in 1987. NSU joined in 1995. In that time UCO has won two conference championships in football and advanced to the national playoffs four times.

NSU and UCO are not the only institutions looking into realignment. Southwestern Oklahoma State, Southeastern Oklahoma State and East Central University are also reportedly looking for a new conference.

LSC picks 2010 Hall of Honor inductees
RICHARDSON, Texas – The most recent inductees to the Lone Star Conference Hall of Honor include a former track & field star and former football standout league officials announced on Thursday.

Amy Bippert-Bohensky of Angelo State University and Harvey Martin of Texas A&M-Commerce make up the 2010 class of inductees for the LSC Hall of Honor, which recognizes outstanding individuals who have brought pride and honor to the conference through their contributions as an athlete or who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to the betterment of the conference as a coach or administrator.

The inductees were chosen by a panel of athletic administrators throughout the league.

“Both Amy and Harvey are excellent additions to the LSC Hall of Honor,” said Stan Wagnon, LSC commissioner. “Both excelled not only as Lone Star Conference athletes, but also Amy was an Academic All-American and Harvey went on to a high-profile professional career. It’s special to see these two former greats take their rightful spots among the very best in LSC history.”

Each of the inductees will receive the LSC’s signature Hall of Honor award, a 15-inch custom-sculpted eagle figurine mounted on a cherrywood base. The awards for Bippert-Bohensky and Martin are to be presented this fall with ceremonies at each recipient’s institution.

Here’s a closer look at each of the 2010 inductees to the LSC Hall of Honor:

Amy Bippert-Bohensky, Track & Field, Angelo State: Bippert-Bohensky was a nine-time NCAA Division II All-American during her career from 1994-97 for the ASU track and field team. During the Rambelles run to a sixth-place finish at the national championships in 1997, she scored 19 of the Rambelles’ 37 points. Bippert-Bohensky became ASU’s fourth female track and field national champion claiming the title in the heptathlon. She added a second-place finish in the high jump and an eighth-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles. Bippert-Bohensky left ASU as the school record holder in the heptathlon (5,268 points) and in the triple jump (42’4.25”) and had the fourth-best ever performance by a Rambelle in the high jump (5’6.5”) during her senior season.

In addition, she finished her career with six of the top 10 all-time performances in the 100-meter hurdles. After her senior season, Bippert-Bohensky was named the LSC women’s track and field athlete of the year. She earned at least one All-American certificate each of her four years as a Rambelle. She was a four-time NCAA Division II All-American in the triple jump (1994-97), earned three certificates in the heptathlon (1995-97) and earned honors twice in the 100-meter hurdles (1996-97).

Bippert-Bohensky was also recognized for her work in the classroom while at ASU. She was honored as a two-time Academic All-American earning Academic Athlete of the Year for at-large sports as a senior. After her athletic career, she collected the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, become the first ASU athlete to earn the honor. Bippert-Bohensky was inducted into the ASU Athletics Hall of Honor in 2006.

Harvey Martin, Football, Texas A&M-Commerce: Martin is one of the most recognized names in the history of A&M-C athletics. He starred at South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas before beginning his collegiate football career with the Lions.

As a senior in 1972, Martin was selected as an Associated Press Little, Football News and NAIA All-American en route to leading the Lions to a national title. He went on to become a third-round selection by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1973 NFL Draft. He was a four-time Pro Bowler (1976-1979) and a four-time all-pro selection (1976, 1977, 1979, and 1982). Martin was named to the NFL All-Decade Team for the 1970’s and was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1977. In Super Bowl XII, he was named the game’s MVP along with teammate Randy White.

He was inducted into the A&M-C’s Hall of Fame in 1987. In 2007, he was selected to the LSC’s 75th Anniversary Football Team and was named the LSC Defensive Player of the Decade for the 1970’s. A&M-C hosted the inaugural Harvey Martin Classic in his honor in 2008 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. In 2009, Martin became the first A&M-C athlete to be inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

UCO names baseball coach
EDMOND, Okla. (June 17) – Central Oklahoma athletic director Joe Mueller announced Thursday that the Bronchos had named Dax Leone as head baseball coach.

Loene comes to UCO after serving the past year as an assistant coach at Division I power Oklahoma State following previous stints as an assistant coach on the NAIA, Division I and Division II levels.

A product of Shawnee High School who played at Seminole State College and the University of Texas, Leone replaces legendary coach Wendell Simmons, who announced his retirement in April after 19 years at the UCO helm.

“As a native Oklahoman, Dax has a healthy appreciation for the caliber of baseball played in this state,” Muller said. “That, combined with his knowledge of the game through coaching at a variety of levels and his experience in recruiting, make him uniquely qualified to lead our program. We’re excited about the future of UCO baseball.”

Leone, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at East Central, started his coaching career as a student and graduate assistant with the Tigers. He helped lead ECU to its only Lone Star Conference North Division championship during a three-year stint there before moving on to St. Gregory’s.

Leone served as pitching coach for one year at SGU before becoming pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Seminole. He was with the Trojans for one season, directing a staff that led the NJCAA in strikeouts and had seven pitchers sign Division I scholarships.

Leone went from Seminole to Division I Louisiana-Monroe, spending two and a half years there as pitching coach and recruiting coordinate. He helped lead ULM to a Sun Belt Conference championship before spending the past year at OSU.

Leone becomes just the third baseball coach since the early 1960s for UCO, following lengthy tenures by Bobby Hunt and Simmons.


Lightfoot Signs With Abilene Christian
BRYAN, TX -- Brazos Christian graduating senior Jordan Lightfoot signed a letter of intent to play college football at Abilene Christian University.

Today the Eagle lineman signed his letter of intent.

Lightfoot was a second team all state selection, and totaled 46 tackles last season including 3 and a half sacks.

Jordan will not only play defensive tackle for the Wildcats, but is also expected to help out on Special Teams at deep snapper

Off Topic
Lakers rally by Celtics in Game 7
Woods, Lefty fail to birdie in 1st round
US seeks key victory against Slovenia
Utah accepts invitation to join Pac-10
Sherrington: A chance to settle some Big 12 scores 
Deion Sanders: I'm willing to bet WR Roy Williams has a great year


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