Thursday, July 22, 2010

LSC Roundup 7-22

Midwestern State Sports Information Office

WICHITA FALLS, Texas - Midwestern State's Bill Powers earned a second prestigious Jake Trussell Award Wednesday as the Lone Star Conference's top broadcaster during the 2009-10 athletic season.

The Trussell Award for Sportscaster of the year is in memory of Jake Trussell, who broadcasted games for then Texas A&I for more than 20 years prior to his death in 1971. He was also a renowned sportswriter at the Kingsville-Bishop Record News having won the third Kirk Hill Award presented by the LSC in 1966.

Powers was previously tabbed the league's top broadcaster in 1989 during his tenure at the former East Texas State University (Texas A&M-Commerce) before serving as the school's sports information director for 15 years over two terms.

He moved to Midwestern State as sports information director in 2005 before earning a promotion to Assistant Athletic Director in 2007.

Powers has served as the "Voice of the Mustangs" for the last three seasons while relaying the excitement of MSU's Lone Star Conference championships in football and men's basketball last season on KWFB BOB-FM.

"It's honor to win this award," Powers said. "There are numerous outstanding broadcasters among the former recipients. I consider many of them close friends."

Midwestern State alum Nick Eatman was named the 2010 Kirk Hill Award as the league's top sportswriter.

Glover Scores Points Off The Field (with video)
Tyler Garrett

KINGSVILLE - Javelinas Strong Safety DeIra Glover has matured over the last three years in Kingsville, becoming a team leader not to mention a community leader.  Off of the field Glover spends his free time speaking at area schools as well as volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club.

"It's just a wonderful feeling because these kids are our future and it's important we give them the knowledge and the education to be specific in life," said Glover.

On this day Glover spoke to the kids about education, being drug free, and staying physically fit. The kids meanwhile listened to him and then issued a challenge. First they had a push-up contest, then a race, finished off with a 20-minute autograph session.

"I always like putting a smile on their faces it makes my day and I know it makes their day to see a Javelina," said Glover.

In 2009 he was named 2nd Team All-Lone Star Conference Defense, leading the Javelinas in tackles and defensive touchdowns.

All-American Safety Transfers

All-American strong safety Giorgio Durham is leaving the UCO program this season. Durham was a two-year starter on an underachieving Broncho football team. He was also the leader of a group that was just starting to come together.

Rumors began flying as soon as the season ended that Durham wasn’t happy with the program. “It’s not that I didn’t like it here in Edmond,” Durham said. “These coaches gave me an opportunity out of high school, but there was just some issues that we couldn’t get worked out.”

One issue he spoke of was the fact that while being an All-American defensive player, he still wasn’t a full scholarship player. The problem wasn’t with the coaches, just the aspect of playing Division II football where there are considerably less scholarships to give out than schools like the University of Oklahoma or Oklahoma State University. Division I schools like OU can offer 85 scholarships, whereas Division II schools like UCO can only offer up to 36 scholarships. Both divisions still have to fill out rosters in upwards of 80-90 players.

When Durham decided to leave UCO after the season ended, he turned his attention on getting hooked up with a Division I school. While working out with his cousin from OU, Dominique Franks, Durham was getting his body and mind ready for the jump in divisions. When his close friend who plays at Texas Tech told him to come for a visit, Durham jumped at the chance.

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