Thursday, October 14, 2010

LSC Roundup 10-14

Folks, young people make mistakes - Dave Henry, Amarillo Globe News
To be honest, I was a little surprised to see Simi Kuli at Monday's weekly West Texas A&M news conference/luncheon.

If I were the Buffs' defensive lineman, the last place I would have wanted to be Monday was the Big Texan Steak Ranch, standing before the WT faithful - not to mention the peanut gallery of Amarillo media (present company included) - and apologize for getting busted in a house with hallucinogenic mushrooms.

Perhaps I'm not that hip but getting high on mushrooms seems just a step above sniffing magic markers, but maybe that's just me.


ASU FOOTBALL: U-turn needed - Nathan Wright, San Angelo Standard Times
After a 2-0 start to the season, each of the past three close defeats has been harder to take for the Angelo State football team.

First came a 37-27 loss to West Texas A&M on Sept. 25 in which the Rams scored 14 unanswered points in the second half but couldn’t get any closer.

The Buffaloes led 37-13 at halftime.

Then there was a 37-34 loss to Tarleton State on Oct. 2 in which the Rams saw a 14-point lead slip away in the final minutes.

TSU kicked a game-winning field goal with 1:34 remaining.

Finally, this past Saturday, the Rams led Texas A&M-Kingsville 21-14 with 8:22 to go in the third quarter but allowed the Javelinas to tie the game late in the third quarter and then win it with a long pass with 1:44 remaining in the contest.

The winning touchdown pass covered 62 yards.

Both WTAM and TAMUK are nationally ranked. They were the first of four ranked opponents on ASU’s schedule.

“The next one is always the hardest one,” ASU sophomore receiver Dakarai Pecikonis said. “Each one just gets harder and harder. The first one was the hardest and then the next one was harder than that and then this one was even harder.”


Explosive West Texas A&M heading to Kingsville - George Vondracek, Corpus Christi Caller Times
The consensus in the West Texas A&M football camp following its season-opening loss to Grand Valley (Mich.) State was that the Buffaloes probably should have won the game.

Hindsight being what it is, the seventh-ranked Buffaloes have to be content with the 5-1 record they will take into Saturday's Lone Star Conference South Division showdown at No. 9 Texas A&M-Kingsville.

"We're probably lucky to be where we are to be honest with you," West Texas coach Don Carthel said. "We've been a little inconsistent this year. We played Grand Valley pretty good, so we were proud to be on the same field with them."


Area college report/Postcard Home - San Antonio Express News
Best bet
Incarnate Word football: The Cardinals, fresh off a victory against East Central Oklahoma, host fifth-ranked Abilene Christian at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Postcard home
Bryan Ehrlich, Newberry (S.C.) football

Ehrlich, a sophomore from Madison, established school and South Atlantic Conference records for touchdown passes in a 63-56 victory against No. 23 Tusculum.

He accounted for eight TDs in the game, completing 23 of 40 passes for 515 yards and seven scores. He also ran for a TD.

In five starts, Ehrlich has thrown for 20 TDs for the Wolves (3-2, 2-0), ranking third for a season in school history.
(Scoop note: Ehrlich was one of our first HS student-athlete interviews. He received little to no attention from LSC schools)



Texans' Wiest takes it one kick at a time - Coy Slavik, special to the Times Record News
Tarleton State’s Blake Wiest wasn’t worried about making the game-winning field goal. His primary concern was to make it back to the sidelines without getting hurt.

After Angelo State called a timeout in an attempt to ice Wiest with 1:34 remaining in their 34-34 game on Oct. 2, the former Henrietta High School standout went to the Texans sideline to get some encouragement from head coach Cary Fowler.

“I just told him he was about to be the most popular man on campus in about five seconds,” Fowler said. “He told me, ‘Coach, I don’t care about that. I just want to kick this thing and run out of here so our big guys don’t pile all over me.’ “


Ex-Buffs WR Armstrong makes name with 'Skins - Joseph White, Amarillo Globe News
When Anthony Armstrong speaks to reporters in the Washington Redskins' locker room, he stands with his back to a large burgundy pillar.

The former West Texas A&M Buffaloes receiver doesn't hold court in front of his locker - the way other players do - because the stall next to his happens to belong to Donovan McNabb.

"I can't be in front of the locker without getting an HOA fine for violation of private property," said Armstrong, who played at WT from 2001-04. "When he signed, I told him 'Don't bring all the reporters in front of my locker.' And now I'm the one with all the reporters in front of his locker."



LSC rankings - Joey Richards, Abilene Reporter News



ACU's Hach takes tennis seriously - Abilene Reporter News
Abilene Christian freshman Hans Hach isn’t quite sure whether or not he’s going to stick with his major of business management. But there’s little doubt he’s passionate about tennis.

How passionate? Hach left his family and his hometown of Culiac├ín, Mexico, at age 16 to hone his tennis skills for four years at Niagra Academy of Sports in Vineland, Ontario, Canada — all after spending a year playing in junior tennis tournaments throughout the Western Hemisphere, including South America.

“I started playing tennis when I was 3½ years (old),” the 20-year-old Hach said. “I just played it my whole life. When I was 12, I started taking it more serious. When I was 15, I found I didn’t have any players to play with. I was getting better and better, and I realized I had to move out and find a better place for me so I could compete and get better. My parents supported me all the way.”



West Texas A&M Volleyball Capsules - Amarillo Globe News
This is WT's first of three consecutive matches in Oklahoma. ... The Lady Buffs can win their 73rd consecutive match over an LSC opponent today, which would give WT the third-longest streak over conference teams in NCAA Division II volleyball history.

• WT Coach Jason Skoch on why he schedules nonconference matches on Friday: "I think a lot of teams, except for the top two teams in the region, come ready to play Saturday like they do Thursday and Friday (in the postseason). So, if we're fortunate enough to make it to Saturday, I want our girls to be ready for that moment."



ASU Volleyball Capsule, 10/14 - San Angelo Standard Times
The Rambelles look to extend their conference winning streak to six tonight when they travel Lawton, Okla. to face the Aggies of Cameron. ... ASU is coming off a 25-9, 25-17. 25-15 victory against Central Oklahoma on Saturday. Kaelen Valdez led the Rambelles with 13 kills and 11 digs. Chelsea Gibson added seven kills and Alisa Meredith six. Caroline Cleveland and Alexa Williams each had nine digs. Alex Woolsey had 33 assists. ... CU is coming off a three-game loss to Eastern New Mexico on Saturday. ... ASU is 17-11 all-time vs. the Aggies. The Rambelles won last year’s match in five games. ... ASU will be back in action Saturday when they play at Midwestern State.



There's a method to ASU's 'Madness' - Nathan Wright, San Angelo Standard Times
It began as an opportunity for college basketball teams to get a head start on preseason practices.

But at many colleges and universities, Angelo State included, it has become a celebration, a spectacle and even a party.

“It” is Midnight Madness. And it begins at 10 tonight at the Junell Center.

College basketball teams across the country will be able to begin scheduled workouts in preparation for the 2010-11 season when the calendar turns to Oct. 15.

Many schools take advantage of the date and begin practice promptly at midnight. ASU is — and has been for some time — one of those schools.

Tonight’s festivities not only will be a chance for fans to get a first look at this season’s Ram and Rambelle squads, but it also will feature games, contests, free T-shirts, free food and a concert.

“If we can give students at Angelo State something that will stick in their minds, something that will help them remember the ASU basketball teams going into the season, it will help us out as far as attendance goes, as far as student involvement goes,” ASU marketing and promotions graduate assistant Michael Wilkinson said. “It will help us improve everything.”


LSC Weekly Cross Country Release - LSC Office
RUNNERS OF THE WEEK
MALE
Westyn Rosiles, Tarleton State University, Sr., Carrollton, Texas, Hebron HS &nbs p;
Rosiles won the ACU Naimadu Classic Saturday, Oct. 9 in Abilene against strong competition. Rosiles finished the 8K in 25:05.39. After finishing second in his first meet of the year at North Texas, Rosiles finished first in the Texans’ second competitive event of the season.

FEMALE
Emeline Crutcher, Angelo State University. So., Wellman, Texas, Wellman-Union HS &nbs p;
Crutcher ran at the top of the Angelo State lineup for the second time in three meets and finished fourth at the ACU Naimadu Classic with a 23:08.07 on the 6K course in Abilene. The sophomore from Wellman, Texas, was one of three Rambelles in the top-10 and helped ASU to the team title.

OTHER TOP RUNNERS
Marissa Acosta, Texas A&M University - Kingsville, was the first Javelina runner to cross the tape at the Naimadu Collegiate Classic. It was the fourth straight race that she has been the team’s top runner. She finished in 10th place in the 6K event. She posted a time of 24:41.23.

Rhyland Pittenger, Tarleton State University, led the TexAnn runners last weekend at the ACU Naimadu Classic with a time of 25:03.11, good for 14th place in the women’s 6K. She had the best time in Tarleton’s first meet at North Texas, and did so again in Abilene. Pittenger, the junior anchor for the women’s team, helped the TexAnns to fourth-place at the pre-conference meet.

Alina Istrate, University of Central Oklahoma, returned from a lengthy absence to finish sixth in the Bison Invitational and lead UCO to a third-place team showing. The senior standout has been out with injury since winning the season-opening UCO Land Run on Sept. 11 before returning last Saturday, finishing the 5-kilometer course in 19:02.00.

Robert Hummingbird, Angelo State University, ran the best race of his career and became the third Angelo State men’s runner to lead the team when he finished eighth at the Naimadu Pre-Conference Meet in Abilene. Humminbird turned in a sub-27-minute time on the 8K course (26:57.02) to guide the Rams to a third-place finish.

Kiya Dandena, Texas A&M University - Kingsville, had another outstanding performance at the Naimadu Collegiate Classic hosted by Abilene Christian. He took third place overall in the 8K race. He clocked a 25:17.69 which is a 44 second personal record for him.

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