Monday, August 30, 2010

LSC Roundup 8-30

Week One football recaps from the school websites
Greyhounds Ride Out Two Storms in One Night To Defeat Southern Nazarene, 59-21
Bronchos Fall In Opener
Football Falls to Emporia
SE Falls Hard in Season Opener
LSC Football Recap - Saturday, Aug. 28 - LSC Office

Better late than never: Hounds beat Southern Nazarene in marathon - Clovis News Journal
Sophomore Wes Wood of Muleshoe just missed a school record with seven passing touchdowns, as Eastern New Mexico claimed a 59-21 win over Southern Nazarene that ended just before midnight Saturday at Blackwater Draw.

Wood threw for 391 yards in the game, which was delayed three times by lightning and did not start until one hour and 45 minutes after its scheduled 6 p.m. kickoff in the season opener for both teams.

He came one passing touchdown short of tying Kevin Kott’s team record of eight, set Oct. 6, 1984 against Southern Colorado. Wood also carried nine times for 51 yards.

Langston roars past UIW - Jerry Briggs, San Antonio Express News
On the opening night of college football, the Langston Lions from Oklahoma recorded a victory for the little guys in the world, turning back the Incarnate Word Cardinals 28-20 on Saturday at Benson Stadium.
Langston, an NAIA program playing with only 111/2 scholarships, rolled to an 18-point lead behind the first-half passing of quarterback Darrion Lewis and aggressive special-teams play, which resulted in a 24-yard fumble-return touchdown by Nico Mauney.

After that, the NCAA Division II Cardinals, playing with 25 scholarships, rallied, only to fall short when quarterback Thomas Specia was picked off twice in Langston territory in the final three minutes.

“You know, it hurts,” UIW defensive tackle Diego McClain said. “You never want to lose your first game. Langston is better than people give them credit for. ... They have good athletes on their team. They just came out, and they were a better team tonight.”

related: Death in family led standout defensive tackle to UIW - David Flores, KENS TV
related: Oklahoma scene: Langston opens football season with victory

Mustangs' DBs 'need to jell' - J. Scott Russell, Times Record News
Midwestern State assistant coach Nate Jones has just one goal for the defensive backs he works with — “Be Great.”

However, it may be awhile before they can reach that goal as the defensive backs — like many other positions on defense — only have one returning starter.

“I like the athleticism of the group as a whole,” Jones said. “We lost five guys from last year’s club, which were not only talented, but also very intelligent. Because they knew what they were doing, we were able to give them a lot more freedom. We’re trying to get this group to have the same characteristics. It’s not just being a good athlete, but being a good football player. We have some guys who have been here awhile that we’ll mix with some transfers. They might just be one of our more talented groups from the first player to the last one. We just need to jell.”

Javs' Dean hoping to rebound from Arizona transfer - George Vondracek, Corpus Christi Caller Times
With his arrival on the Texas A&M-Kingsville campus, Delashaun Dean is approaching life in South Texas as a new beginning.

He certainly hopes it to be a better situation than how his life as one of the University of Arizona's top wide receivers ended.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder is getting a second chance with the Javelinas after Dean was indefinitely suspended in late June by Arizona coach Mike Stoops. Dean had been charged with one count of misconduct involving weapons.

"The process has gone well. We all make mistakes. I just put it in the Lord's hands and just asked Him to open doors for me," said Dean, a religious studies major. "I learned from it. I've got to move on now. It's in the past. I've just got to put it behind me and focus on what I've got to do here."

Sherrington: Former Texas A&I star Johnny Bailey was 'always better' - Kevin Sherrington, Dallas Morning News
When the bus came to pick up the Yates football team early on the morning of its 1985 date with Odessa Permian at Texas Stadium, Johnny Bailey was waiting. In full uniform.

The implication was clear: He was ready for Permian. Mojo got the message.

By the time the Class 5A state title game was over, Bailey had run for 190 yards in a 37-0 rout, and critics debated whether Yates might be the best Texas high school team ever.

Had Bailey's exploits ended then and there, he'd be no less revered in Houston's Third Ward. But he didn't stop running.

His senior year, the NCAA enacted requirements that would make him ineligible at a Division I school as a freshman. Nebraska offered anyway. Bailey couldn't wait that long.

Texas A&I offered a rich history of seven national titles from 1959-79; an assistant, Don Pittman, who was a friend of Luther Booker, Yates' head coach; and the opportunity to play immediately at the Division II level.

Ron Harms had no idea what he was in for.

"I knew I was getting an outstanding talent," the Javelinas' longtime coach said, "but I never dreamed he'd do the things he'd do."

Brains and brawn - Dave Henry, Amarillo Globe News
One can only imagine the intensity of the Wesley family wrestling matches when Shaun Wesley and Jared Wesley were growing up. Vince McMahon would have been envious. The Wesley brothers of Canyon - all 12 feet, 11 inches and 530 pounds of them - are linemen for the West Texas A&M Buffaloes.

Shaun is a 6-foot-7, 285-pound sophomore offensive lineman who more than answered the call when he was thrust into a starting role last season as a true freshman because of injuries.

Jared is a 6-foot-4, 245-pound true freshman defensive lineman, who is more than just following in his older brother's footsteps.

Josh Birmingham glad to be on the field for Central Oklahoma - David Stanley Ford, The Oklahoman/NewsOK

The best rehabilitation Josh Birmingham could ever have came Saturday night on Central Oklahoma's sixth offensive snap of the new football season.

For the first time in more than two years, Birmingham cradled a ball and traded paint with an opponent's helmet. The 2-yard gain might not have looked like much to the 8,425 fans who watched a 31-20 loss to Pittsburg State (Kan.) at Wantland Stadium. To the former Luther High School standout, though, it meant a release from mental prison.

"Not being able to play, it was agonizing,” Birmingham said. "All the practices we had and then having to watch the games ...”

Receiver still chasing dream after broken back - Jeff Latzke, Associated Press
EDMOND, Okla. — As Artrell Woods lay motionless on Oklahoma State's weight room floor, Hubert Anyiam looked on in shock.

A freshman, Anyiam was just getting acquainted with the Cowboys' conditioning program when he witnessed an accident that would make anyone cringe. His teammate, Woods, had just completed a step-up drill when he went to return his 185-pound barbell and slipped.

The weight came crashing down on top of Woods, who knew something wasn't right with his spine.

As Anyiam looked on, he and his teammates could only wonder, "Is he going to get up?"

That was three years ago. The spinal cord injury left him partially paralyzed, but a determined Woods is back on the path toward becoming a top-notch receiver again. Now at Central Oklahoma, a Division II school in suburban Oklahoma City, Woods could make his debut as early as Saturday night when the Bronchos open their season against Pittsburg State.

He has a football dream he refuses to let die.

"That's one thing I always believed in, just keeping my faith," Woods said. "After what happened with the back situation, I was allowed to walk again, I was allowed to run again. God put it on my heart, so I felt like it's something I need to do.

"I also owe it to my family because I'm still that one last hope. I feel like the pressure's on."

RiverHawks begin last hurrah in Lone Star Conference - Ben Johnson, Muskogee Daily Phoenix
TAHLEQUAH — When Kenny Evans arrived in Tahlequah to take over the Northeastern State football program two years ago, he said he had to build an offensive line from scratch.

And it’s no coincidence that the RiverHawks endured their fair share of abuse while the guys up front gained experience. But as the offensive line has grown, so have the RiverHawks.

And Evans hopes that’s the trend that continues this season.

“That’s a big key for us — how well those guys play this year,” said Evans of the group that’ll feature two sophomores and three juniors in the starting rotation. “They do have some experience, but they’re still young.”

related: Southern Nazarene basketball getting even stronger tidbit on former NSU OL Michael Yoder's reason for leaving
A couple of links to opponents' stories
Ichabods maintain composure - Ken Corbitt, Topeka Capital Journal
Washburn wins football opener - Kansas City Star
Ft. Hays Rolls To Football Win -
and some volleyball news...

Javelinas seek more than reaching LSC postseason - George Vondracek, Corpus Christi Caller Times
KINGSVILLE — Prospects are bright as usual in the 2010 Texas A&M-Kingsville volleyball camp.

To be sure, the Javelinas are coming off a 17-13 year, only their second winning season since 1998. With a cast of nine returnees expectations have been kicked a notch forward. Yet reaching the postseason Lone Star Conference tournament, which A&M-Kingsville did last season for just the fourth time since 2002, isn’t the end-all anymore. It would be nice for the Javelinas to at least win a postseason match.

“We’re going to have to take care of our business during the regular season and give ourselves a little bit better opportunity in the postseason, to be in a place where we can do more than a one-and-done,” said Shannon Alvarado, who begins her fourth season as A&M-Kingsville’s coach.

Fort Worth Paschal grad helps fuel Abilene Christian volleyball team - John Henry, Fort Worth Star Telegram
Abilene Christian volleyball coach Kellen Mock has made clear her expectations for a team that was 55-15 the past two seasons but without an NCAA Division II regional appearance.

"We have a really good opportunity in front of us to do some things that haven't been done here in a while," said Mock, whose team opens the season Friday against Fort Lewis College at the Oredigger Volleyball Classic in Golden, Colo. "It all comes down to preparation and work. How hard are we willing to prepare, and how hard are we willing to work?"

She'll have back senior Ijeoma Moronu, a program stalwart.

The Paschal High School graduate was recently selected the Lone Star Conference's preseason Setter of the Year. Her teammate, Shawna Hines, was selected Defensive Player of the Year, and Euless Trinity graduate Zuela Adom, now playing at Central Oklahoma, was chosen Offensive Player of the Year.

"It means a lot to me," said Moronu of the honor. "I've been working very hard, so it's very special. I just want to be able to live up to it and get postseason [selection] as well."

ACU volleyball preview: 'Cats hope to be undeniable - Joey D. Richards, Abilene Reporter News
Last year left a bitter taste in Shawna Hines’ mouth.

Hines and the Abilene Christian University volleyball team went 29-6 and beat Pittsburg State twice. Yet Pittsburg State, not ACU, got one of the eight South Central Region tournament berths.

“It was very, very frustrating,” said Hines, a 6-foot-1 senior middle blocker. “But it’s actually going to be a good thing for us. All of the returners feel that desire, that fire, and it’s driving us not only to compete against each other, but to be the best we can be so we can be undeniable and go to regionals without relying on anybody else.”
LSC Football Weekly Release: Tough Schedule on tap - LSC Office

The 2010 Lone Star Conference football season continues with eight games including four on Thursday and four on Saturday this week. League opponents include three top-10 ranked squads in the American Football Coaches Association Preseason Poll (8/9/10) as No. 16 Texas A&M-Kingsville plays at No. 1 Northwest Missouri State, No. 11 West Texas A&M faces No. 2 Grand Valley State on the road and No. 7 Abilene Christian travels to No. 10 Washburn. In addition to non-conference action, there are two LSC crossover games with Northeastern State at Tarleton State and Eastern New Mexico at Angelo State.

Click here for the complete release
West Texas A&M will begin its 2010 season with a nationally televised game at Grand Valley State on Thursday, Sept. 2. The game will be shown live by CBS College Sports in high definition at 7 p.m. This is the fifth time an LSC team was selected to be part of the Division II and CBS College Sports Network package. Last year, WT won its last six games, including a 31-25 victory over Nebraska-Omaha in the Lower Kanza Bowl in Topeka, Kansas. GVSU reached the 2009 Division II championship game against Northwest Missouri State last year before falling, 30-23. The Lakers have won two national titles since 2005 and reached the national semifinals in 2007.

Due to the addition of Incarnate Word, all 14 LSC football teams will play 10 conference games with four crossover and six division contests. Previously, each team counted only nine games in the conference standings and due to unequal teams in the divisions, three South Division teams played a crossover game that did not count in the standings.

The LSC will play 13 non-conference games this year including five this week, six in week two and two more in week four. Games are scheduled against opponents from the Mid-America Intercollegiate (MIAA), Great Lakes Intercollegiate, Gulf South, Northern Sun and Rocky Mountain conferences along with the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision and NAIA ranks. Below is the breakdown:
MIAA (5): Emporia State at Southwestern Oklahoma; Pittsburg State at Central Oklahoma; Texas A&M-Kingsville at Northwest Missouri State; Abilene Christian at Washburn; East Central at Fort Hays State
GLIAC (1): West Texas A&M at Grand Valley State
GSC (1): Southeastern Oklahoma at Henderson State
NSIC (1): Upper Iowa at Texas A&M-Commerce
RMAC (1): Midwestern State at New Mexico Highlands
NAIA (2): Langston at Incarnate Word; Southern Nazarene at Eastern New Mexico
DIVISION I FCS (2): Northeastern State at North Dakota; Tarleton State at Northwestern State

The LSC has added a new member and 14th football team with the addition of Incarnate Word. The Cardinals will play in the South Division, while Eastern New Mexico moves to the North resulting in seven teams for each. UIW’s first LSC game will be a crossover tilt at Southeastern Oklahoma on Sept. 11. Head coach Mike Santiago leads the team in the program’s second year.

LSC set to kick off 78th year of football in 2010.
Four LSC teams earned top-25 rankings -- No. 7 Abilene Christian, No. 11 West Texas A&M, No. 16 Texas A&M-Kingsville and No. 19 Midwestern State -- in the American Football Coaches Association Preseason Poll, while four others - Texas A&M-Commerce, Tarleton State, Angelo State and Southeastern Oklahoma - are all receiving votes.
101 All-LSC players, including 51 in the North Division and 50 in the South, from a year ago return to the gridiron in 2010.
In week 1 the LSC had one quarterback throw for 300-plus yards, two receivers and one rusher over the century mark and six double-digit tacklers. Top performances included:
Passing: 391, Wesley Wood (41-57-0), ENMU vs Southern Nazarene
Rushing: 15-111, Josh Birmingham, UCO vs Pittsburg State
Receiving: 10-126, Jesse Poku, ENMU vs Southern Nazarene
Tackles: 18, Anthony Laws, SWOSU vs Emporia State

Wesley Wood, Eastern New Mexico University, SO, QB, Muleshoe, Texas/Muleshoe HS
Wood passed for 391 yards and seven touchdowns in leading the Greyhounds to a 59-21 win over visiting Southern Nazarene. He completed over 71 percent of his passing attempts and rushed for 51 yards to post 442 yards of total offense.

Matt Kalisch, Eastern New Mexico University, SR, DE, Harker Heights, Texas/Harker Heights HS/NMMI
Kalisch turned in a stellar game for the Hounds against Southern Nazarene, registering two sacks, including one in the first quarter, while the game was still in doubt. He finished with 10 tackles, including seven solo stops and one quarterback hurry.

Chris Robbs, University of Central Oklahoma, SO, K, Dallas, Texas/Bishop Lynch HS
Robbs made all four kicks and scored eight points in UCO’s season-opening 31-20 loss to Pittsburg State, hitting both field goal tries and both extra point attempts. The sophomore place-kicker had two PATs in the first half as the Bronchos took a 14-7 lead and he came back with field goals of 39 yards late in the third quarter and 36 yard with 10:06 left to play to give UCO a 20-17 lead after PSU had surged in front.

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