Thursday, December 23, 2010

LSC Roundup 12-23

Angelo State expected to name new football coach today - San Angelo Standard Times
Angelo State University is expected to name its new head football coach today, according to the school’s Athletic Communications Department.

One potential name that can be scratched off the list is Abilene High’s Steve Warren, who confirmed Wednesday to KTXS News in Abilene that he has withdrawn his name from consideration.

That leaves the three other finalists — Will Wagner, Pierce Holt and Todd Whitten.

Wagner is the associate head coach at Northwest Missouri State, a Division II powerhouse that knocked ASU out of the playoffs in 2005 when the Rams were in their first year under Dale Carr.

Steve Warren Not Heading to ASU 12-22-10 - KLST
Abilene High coach Warren withdraws from Angelo State hunt - Sam Waller, Abilene Reporter News

Abilene High football coach Steve Warren announced Wednesday that he has withdrawn from consideration for the Angelo State University head coaching position and will return to the Eagles for a 16th season.

Warren, a 1985 Angelo State graduate and former graduate assistant with the program, interviewed with ASU officials on Sunday and Monday. He said his decision was based on a number of factors.

“The Good Lord has always taken care of me on decisions like this and he did it once again,” he said. “(Abilene High) is where I’m supposed to be and I’m glad it’s turned out this way.”

Don Hansen Football Gazette All-Super Region Teams announced

10 Wildcats earn all-region - ACU Sports Information
Three Rams Named to Don Hansen All-Super Region Four Team - ASU Sports Information
Smith, Bryant named to Don Hansen All-Region 4 Third Team - ECU Sports Information
Cannon Leads Six Greyhounds on Don Hansen Football Gazette All-Super Region 4 Team - ENMU Sports Information
Robertson, 3 Javs teammates on all-super region team - Corpus Christi Caller Times


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Midwestern is 20th in fall edition of Learfield Sports Directors' Cup - MSU Sports Information
Midwestern State completed a successful fall season ranked 20th in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup as released Wednesday morning by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

The Mustangs sent three teams to the postseason including a national semifinal appearance by the men's soccer program to earn 83 points while cross country earned 40 points with a 17th-place showing at NCAA Division II nationals and the women's soccer program reached the postseason for the first time in program history good for 25 points in the standings.

MSU amassed 148 points which are the second most to Abilene Christian in the Lone Star Conference.

The Wildcats reached the postseason in four sports including football (53 points), women's soccer (50 points), women's volleyball (50 points) and men's cross country (45 points). The total of 198 points put ACU in eighth place following the completion of the fall.

Other Lone Star Conference institutions include Texas A&M-Kingsville at 72nd (53 points), West Texas A&M at 80th (50 points) and Angelo State at 105th (25 points).

Grand Valley State (Mich.) tops the rankings with 411 total points which includes 100 points each as the Lakers claimed national championships in women's cross country and women's soccer. GVSU also placed third in men's cross country (85 points), fifth in women's volleyball (73 points) and received 53 points for qualifying for the football postseason.

Rounding out the Top 10 is Shippensburg (Pa.) (264), Central Missouri (259), Tampa (Fla.) (224), Chico State (Calif.) (220), Augustana (S.D.) (211), Colorado Mines (208), ACU, Rollins (Fla.) (190) and Adams State (Colo.) (185).

The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 14 sports -- seven women's and seven men's.

The first Division II winter standings will be released Thurs., March 17, 2011.

Complete Learfield Sports Directors' Cup release

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ACU No. 6 in pre-season poll - ACU Sports Information
Two-time defending Lone Star Conference champion ACU has been ranked No. 6 in the nation in the Collegiate Baseball magazine NCAA Division II pre-season poll, which was released Monday.

The Wildcats – who finished 50-15 last season to record the first 50-win season in program history – lost to Central Missouri in the championship game of the NCAA Division II South Central Region tournament in Warrensburg, Mo.

ACU head coach Britt Bonneau's squad returns all-America performers in centerfielder Aaron Oliver and pitcher / designated hitter Will Calhoun as well as third baseman Cameron Watten, outfielder Cameron Bankston, catchers Ian Tomkins and Abe Williams, pitchers Aaron Lambrix, Zach Sneed, Chay Lytle Kevin Justice and others in Andrew Yacek, Sky Valenzuela and Ryan Luckie.

Defending national champion Southern Indiana will open the season ranked No. 1 after posting a 52-14 record in 2010. UC-San Diego (54-8 in 2010) is ranked No. 2, followed by Central Missouri at No. 3, Georgia College and State at No. 4 and Tampa (Fla.) at No. 5.

ACU leads the second 10 at No. 6 in the poll, followed by Mount Olive (N.C.) at No. 7, Florida Southern at No. 8, Kutztown (Pa.) at No. 9 and Franklin Pierce (N.H.) at No. 10.

Other teams from the South Central Region ranked in the pre-season poll are Emporia State (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) at No. 13, St. Mary's (Heartland Conference) at No. 18, Incarnate Word (LSC) at No. 22), and Southeastern Oklahoma State (LSC) at No. 39.

Casazza named to ABCA Preseason Second Team for South Central Region - TSU Sports Information
ABILENE – The American Baseball Coaches Association and Rawlings announced their Preseason All-Region teams Wednesday, and named Tarleton senior third baseman Chris Casazza to the second team for the South Central Region.

Last season, Casazza hit a .379 average, with team highs of 16 home runs, 48 runs scored and 59 RBI’s for the Texans. He started in 50 of Tarleton’s 51 games, and also led the team with 177 at bats, 15 doubles, 132 total bases and 34 walks.

The Temecula, California native received second team All-Lone Star Conference honors after a season in which Tarleton went 26-25 and reached the LSC Tournament. Casazza also was named a Daktronics, Inc. Division II All-America honorable mention, as well as to the All-South Central Region and All-LSC tournament and regular season teams.

After a busy summer of playing summer ball in the West Coast Collegiate League, Casazza will join the rest of the Texan Baseball team as they begin their 2011 campaign on Feb. 4 at 3 p.m. when they host Cameron at the Cecil Ballow Baseball Complex.
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