Tuesday, June 29, 2010

LSC Roundup 6-29

WTAM Football Roster additions
While checking out the newly spiffed up WTAM athletics website, we noticed some new additions to the Buffalo football roster.  At least one of the below additions had been reported on, but nothing official had come from the university.

RB - Thomas Hampton - Los Medranos CC - 1st All-COA, 2,410 yds rushing in two seasons
WR - Myron Dillard - Los Medranos CC
WR - Ray Magee -  Fullerton CC (Originally a Utah commit)
OL - Justin Brown - Saddleback CC 2007 (UCLA commit in 2005)
OL - James Otero - NMMI/Delta State
OL - Frank Arriola - Orange Coast CC
DL - Jacob Davis -
DL - Dishon Robertson - Hinds CC
DL - Justin Williams - Navarro JC (Kansas State commit)
DL - Drew Jones - Blinn JC

Rams sign Sims
Former West Texas A&M defensive end Eugene Sims signed a four-year contract with the St. Louis Rams, the team announced Monday.

TAMK Athletic Department Wins Community Engagement Award
KINGSVILLE, TEXAS – The Texas A&M-Kingsville athletic department was honored as the Lone Star Conference Community-Engagement Award of Excellence winner for 2009-10 at the recent Division II Chancellors and Presidents Summit in Indianapolis. 
The award-winning event was the women’s basketball team’s Take A Kid to the Game event that was sponsored by Christus Spohn Hospital-Kleberg.
By winning the Lone Star Conference award, the Javelina athletic department was awarded with $500 and was considered for the national NCAA Division II award that was won by Benedict College.
This is the second LSC award the Kingsville athletic department has won this year joining the Best Game Day Environment award that was won in the fall.

Elder announces MSU's 2010 signing class
MSU Sports Information

WICHITA FALLS, Texas - Midwestern State coach Doug Elder announced the 2010 signing class Monday afternoon with the addition one junior college transfer while signing seven prep players to National Letters of Intent.

"If this group comes in fit, strong and mentally ready, they could all see time next year to help defend our conference championship and make a run at another postseason appearance," Elder said.

The class includes four midfielders, two defenders and a pair of goalkeepers.

Chris Dwyer, a 6-2, 180-pound transfer from Western Texas College, garnered NSCAA first-team All-America honors after scoring 15 goals and adding 13 assists for the Westerners as a sophomore in 2009.

"Chris is a versatile playmaker," Elder said. "If he gets fit to play in our system, he should be a presence for us next year.'

The English native tallied 30 goals during his junior college career.

The Mustangs also added depth in the midfield with the signing of a trio of prep stars in Manmeet Bhogal, Luke Chapman and Patrick Murray.

Bhogal (5-9, 155) garnered first-team all-district honors at Cy-Fair High School as a senior this spring and competes with Reading FC in club play.

"Manny is a skilled and composed midfielder who comes from a good club and has experience playing overseas," Elder said.

Chapman (6-2, 200) garnered first-team Class 5A Front Range League honors as a senior this spring after leading Loveland High in scoring. He competes for the Colorado Rapids Academy club side.

"Luke is a hard-nosed, smart and hardworking midfielder," Elder said.

Murray (5-11, 160) earned all-region honors as a senior in 2010 at Legacy High School in Mansfield, Texas. He is a member of the Solar '92 Red club team and competes on overseas teams in Ireland.

"Patrick has experience from a good club and had a great high school career," Elder said. "He should bring skill and experience to the team."

Kevin Cabello and Sam Bartek give the Mustangs a pair of solid options on the back line.

Cabello (6-5, 203) garnered Oklahoma Defensive Player of the Year honors this season and is a four-time All-Oklahoma defender at Putnam City North High School. He has competed for Norman Celtic '91 at the club level for each of the last nine seasons.

"Kevin is a big presence in the back who should come in and fight for playing time right away as a true freshman," Elder said.

Bartek (5-9, 160) was a first-team Texas Class 4A all-state performer this spring at Dripping Springs (Texas) High School. He helped his Lonestars 92B Red club side to a Dallas Cup finalist showing in 2009.

"Sam can play outside or at center back," Elder said. "He brings toughness to the back line."

Midwestern State added a pair of stellar prep options in Bryan Byars and Noah Fazekas to fight for playing time behind returning All-America goalkeeper Raul Herrera.

Byars (6-2, 180) earned NSCAA/adidas All-America honors as a sophomore in 2008 and was an Oklahoma Class 6A all-state selection as a senior. He has served as team captain of his Edmond Soccer Club '92 Black side for each of the last six seasons.

"Bryan has enjoyed a good high school and club career," Elder said. "He has good size and great hands. He should compete for time as a freshman behind Raul."

Fazekas (6-0, 190) gained first-team all-district honors at keeper as a junior and senior after earning second-team honors as a sophomore at Mansfield (Texas) High School.

"Noah is a tough, fearless goalkeeper who should gain experience quickly," Elder said.

Midwestern State kicks of its 2010 campaign with eight of its first 10 matches at the MSU Soccer Field beginning Sep. 2 against Texas A and M International.

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