Monday, January 31, 2011

Breaking News - Ram Great Pierce Holt to Join Football Coaching Staff

SAN ANGELO – Pierce Holt, a two-time NFL All-Pro selection, member of two Super Bowl championship teams, and inductee in the College Football Hall of Fame, will be bringing his experience to the Angelo State sidelines as the fifth assistant hired by new Rams’ head coach Will Wagner. Holt will serve as a volunteer defensive assistant.

Holt was twice named the Lone Star Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year and earned two First Team All-America selections while starring on the gridiron for Angelo State. His collegiate efforts helped him earn a place in the LSC Hall of Fame, NCAA Division II Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame. After being selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1988 NFL Draft, Holt was twice named the team’s defensive player of the year while helping Bill Walsh’s squad win two Super Bowls. Holt led the Atlanta Falcons in sacks in 1993 and earned his second NFL All-Pro Team selection.

“He brings a lot of experience from the highest level, especially from a technique standpoint going against the best offensive linemen in the world,” Wagner said. “Our kids are really going to feed off of that and learn a lot from him. To have such a great person involved with Angelo State, who was such a huge player here is a great opportunity for our program. He’ll be an integral part to our staff and the future of Ram football.

A highly successful rancher in nearby Christoval for the last decade, Holt was one of four finalists for the head coaching vacancy that was ultimately filled by Wagner at the end of December. The process has reignited Holt’s desire to coach football and help return the Rams to the playoffs – something he accomplished as a player in 1987.

“I would be lying if I didn’t say I wanted to win a national championship,” Holt said during his interview process in December. “But that starts with the small steps. We need to get stronger as a team. We need to get faster, more agile. You take those small steps and build them into the big ones.”

Holt and his wife, Deanna, live in the San Angelo area, and their daughter, Lauren, is a member of Angelo State’s women’s basketball team. Holt joins Theron Aych, Russell Gaskamp, Michael Slater and Mike Walton on Wagner’s staff. Angelo State’s graduate assistant coaches are R.J. Bacon, Nick Norris, Steven Papp and David Reisner.

LSC Roundup 1-31

Recruiting Tidbits
Not Verified - Gage Windsor, Midlothian HS - Commit to Texas A&M Commerce
Not Verified - Anthony Hayes, Allen HS - Commit to Texas A&M Commerce
Not Verified - Tyrone Melton, Sachse HS - Commit to Tarleton Sate
Not Verified - Sam Kelley, RB Round Rock Stony Point - commit to Abilene Christian
Not Verified - Jordan Scelfo, QB Salpointe - Commit to Incarnate Word (Football and Baseball)
Not Verified - Tanner Jackson, WR Elgin HS - Commit to Southeastern Oklahoma
Not Verified - Ethan Ladymon - DE, Clement HS - Commit to East Central
Chris DiClemente, LB Katy Seven Lakes HS - commit to Angelo State
Jeffrey Williams, LB Katy Cinco Ranch HS - commit to Angelo State, will play DE for the Rams
Connor Keeton, OL Corpus Christi Carrol HS - commit to Abilene Christian
Musa Mahmud, Ath Houston Jones HS - commit to Abilene Christian
Marquis Cardinal, RB Klein Collins - commit to Texas A&M-Kingsville

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City loses LSC hoops tourney to Allen - Nick Gholson, Times Record News
Kay Yeager Coliseum has a brand spanking new basketball court. But nobody wants to use it. The Harlem Globetrotters played on it just last week. Then the new floor, which cost the city right at $100,000, was folded up and put away. It may not be used again until the Globetrotters come back next year.

"We have talked to Midwestern about possibly having a four-team tournament. I have also had some high schools express interest in a similar kind of tournament. And I have been trying to get an NBA exhibition game ever since I got here," MPEC Executive Director Bob Sullivan told me.

Sullivan is looking at all these alternatives after he was told that Wichita Falls had lost another bid to host the Lone Star Conference Basketball Tournament. The LSC is planning to announce that the tournament will move to Allen for the next three years after its four-year deal with Bartlesville, Okla., ends this year. The good thing about Allen is it's just 150 miles from Wichita Falls, Not only is that 140 miles closer than Bartlesville, you also save a booty full of money in tolls.

The bad thing about Allen is it's not Wichita Falls.

Allen, Wichita Falls and Amarillo were the towns that bid for the tournament. I have been told that Amarillo was a distant third in the competition.

ASU BASKETBALL: Rams succeeding despite adversity - Nathan Wright, San Angelo Standard Times
Adversity.

That is the one common word used by Angelo State men's basketball players and head coach Fred Rike when describing the 2010-11 season so far.

The season has seen its share of it. From beginning the season with injured players on the bench and one player since making a recovery from knee surgery that kept him from playing last season to the suspension of a returning All-American to the loss of one of the Lone Star Conference's leading scorers and the leading rebounder, the Rams have been through their share of adversity.

But through it all, the Rams have persevered. They are 8-10 overall, but 4-2 in the LSC South Division with upset victories over defending LSC champion Midwestern State and No. 13 Incarnate Word just two nights ago.


Mustangs roll over West Texas A&M, 69-54 - Nick Gholson, Times Record News
ASU BASKETBALL: ASU men upset Incarnate Word - Nathan Wright, San Angelo Standard Times
Texas A&M-Kingsville men, women fall to conference foes - Corpus Christi Caller Times
Hounds Tie Three-Point Record in Win over Abilene Christian - ENMU Sports
Bronchos Stroll Past ECU - UCO Sports
LIONS LOSE TO AGGIES ON THE ROAD 80-51 - TAMC Sports
Men Race Past Southeastern, 71-52 - SWO Sports


Lankford sparks ACU women to third straight basketball victory - Joey Richards, Abilene Reporter News
Carver's 24 end MSU women's losing streaks - J. Scott Russell, Times Record News
Smiling faces - Nathan Wright, San Angelo Standard Times
Davis Dials Long Distance - UCO Sports
Stewart Posts 21 As Aggies Tame Lions, 77-58 - TAMC Sports
Pioneers lose on the road to #7 Northeastern State - TWU Sports
Women Lose to Southeastern, 93-83 - SWO Sports

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ACU sets sights on another LSC baseball title - Abilene Reporter News
ACU softball team begins anew after forgettable 2010 - Abilene Reporter News

Sunday, January 30, 2011

LSC Roundup 1-30

Recruiting Tidbits
Not verified - DJ Seay, WR Van Alstyne - commit to Texas A&M-Kingsville
Ricardo Riascos, CB Fort Bend Travis - commit to Midwestern State
Not verified - Duncan Koonce, Deer Park - commit to Texas A&M Commerce
Not verified - Derek Lockhart, WR Converse Judson - has committed to Midwestern State
Not verified - Tyler Babb, LB Harker Heights - commit to West Texas A&M
Joshua Campbell, LB Brandeis - commit to UIW
Colton Lyon, LB, Boyd HS - Commit to Angelo State0

We are also hearing that Tarleton State will be playing at Texas State on September 17.

LSC Scoop Football Recruiting Report - Updated 2-1

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Signings/Transfers




Midwestern State
Gradian Muse - JC Football.com is reporting that the Blinn LB  has signed with Midwestern State.
Jercorey Quarterman, LB, Kilgore JC - Midwestern State (originally signed with Florida International out of HS)
Eric Kabeya - LB, Cisco JC - transfer to Midwestern State
Christon Lisika - LB, Navarro JC - transfer to Midwestern State

Tarleton State
Navarro College is telling us that WR Brad Croak and DB Joe Jones have signed with Tarleton State. Croak had 24 receptions for 204 yards and 2 TDs, while Jones had 35 tackles and 2 interceptions.
Roddy Green, QB, Navarro JC - Tarleton - We have just learned that Green will be playing ball for Tarleton State.  Last year, Green threw for 1,242 yards, 13 TDs, 7 Ints while completing 56% of his passes.  He also rushed for 286 yards and 6 TDs. In 2009 he threw for 956 yds and 11 TDs, while rushing for 402 yds and 3 TDs.
Henry Hunter IV, QB, Sachse HS, James Madison - heading to Tarleton State.
Andre Jones, DL Navarro - Tarleton State (Jones played at TSU in 2009)

Texas A&M-Commerce
Tyler Rawlings, WR, Snow College - JCFootball.com is reporting that Rawlings signed with Texas A&M-Commerce.  Coming out of HS in 2006, he graded a 65 by ESPN, Rivals 2 star, Scout 2 star, originally signed with Colorado State.  Rawlings had 31 receptions for 436 yards and 5 TDs.
Yogi Gallegos, QB, TCU - Texas A&M-Commerce - Killerfrogs.com is reporting that Gallegos is transferring to Texas A&M Commerce.  He had very limited playing time for TCU in 2009 and 2010.
Tyrik Rollison, QB, Sulphur Springs HS, Auburn/Sam Houston State - Smoaky.com is reporting that Rollison will be at Texas A&M Commerce but not eligible for spring drills.
Darryll Crummie, RB, transferred to Texas A&M-Commerce.

Texas A&M-Kingsville 
Jai Cavness, RB, TCU - is reported to be at Texas A&M-Kingsville.
Cass Mitchell, LB, Sealy - December Grad, enrolled at TAMK
Angelo Looney, DB Compton CC - transfer to TAMK
Eddie Kelly, DT Santa Monica CC - transfer to TAMK
Pat Daniels, C Tyler JC - transfer to TAMK
Trevor Pesek, S, Blinn JC - transfer to TAMK
Demontrelle Smith - S, The Citadel - transfer to TAMK
Randall Toney - RB, UT-Chattanooga - transfer to TAMK

West Texas A&M
Derrick Hall, RB, Navarro JC - West Texas A&M - Signed with Tulsa last year, but academically ineligible.  Planned to play at Lamar this year, but lingering eligibility concerns spoiled that.  Rushed for 2,222 yards and 29 TDs and added 27 receptions for 592 yards and 8 TDs in two seasons at Navarro JC.  Signed with Texas A&M out of high school. (Story)
Not confirmed, but  Jace Jackson, WR, Sam Houston - is reported to be at West Texas A&M.
Not confirmed, but Tyrell Higgins, DE, Texas - is reported to be at West Texas A&M.
James Jackson, LB Navarro - West Texas A&M



East Central
Chad Winbush, RB TVCC - at East Central



Northeastern State
Hans Cook, QB, Kilgore JC - Northeastern State
Jahmai Coleman, WR, Navarro JC - Northeastern State
Terrance Leach, DB, Kilgore JC - Northeastern State
Andre Taylor, WR, East Mississippi CC - Northeastern State

Southwestern Oklahoma
Kale Sawatzky, LB, 6-2, 210, Fr., University of Oklahoma/Weatherford HS - Southwestern Oklahoma…Spent last season at the University of Oklahoma where he was named the Scout Team Player-of-the-Year…Multiple all-state selection at Weatherford High School where he led team to an 11-1 record and a berth in the Class 4A semifinals in 2009…Rushed for more than 3,000 yards in his career, including 857 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior…Also caught 26 passes for 301 yards and three scores…Team leader on defense side of ball, finishing with 160 tackles, four sacks, an interception and three blocked kicks.

Andre Simmons, WR, 6-2, 200, Sr., University of Colorado /Blackville, SC - Southwestern Oklahoma …Played the 2009 season at the University of Colorado where he saw action in 11 games with one start…Had two catches for 47 yards, including a 44-yarder against Colorado State …Listed on Rivals.com 2009 Top 100 list as the No. 35 player overall and No. 6 wide receiver after impressive two seasons at Independence Community College…Had 91 catches for 1,215 yards and nine touchdowns as a freshman and sophomore…Set Independence school record with 12 catches for 232 yards in a single game and was named the KJCAA Player-of-the-Week…. All-State, All-Region and All-Area as a senior at South Carolina’s Blackville-Hilda High School, when he set school season records with 12 touchdown receptions and career record for interceptions with 14.

Jabari Harris, QB, 6-2, 205, So., University of Mississippi/Murrah HS - Southwestern Oklahoma…Attended the University of Mississippi on a track scholarship and later earned a spot on the football team as a walk-on…All-state football and track star at Murrah High School…Threw for more than 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior before injuries limited his senior year to just four games…Threw for 32 touchdowns in his high school career and rushed for another 14…State champion in the 400 meter dash and 300 meter intermediate hurdles…Earned Academic All-American honors in school and was a member of the National Honor Society.

Jim O’Brien, LB, 6-2, 225, Jr., San Bernardino Valley College/Rim of the World HS - Southwestern Oklahoma…Unanimous first team all-Mountain Conference selection for his role in leading the state in tackles at the linebacker position. …Had 26 solo tackles, assisted on 82 others, equaling 108 total tackles at SBVC…Also had 5.5 tackles for loss totaling 11 yards, one interception, three broken up passes, recovered two fumbles, had one forced fumble, and one blocked kick…Graduate of Lakeland’s Rim of the World High School.

Kaci Roinson, DE, 6-3, 295, Jr., Arkansas-Pine Bluff/Little Rock Central HS - Southwestern Oklahoma…Played two seasons at Independence Junior College in Kansas before transferring to the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff…All-conference pick at Little Rock Central High School where he helped lead the team to a 10-1 record and a berth in the state playoffs.

Cory Jones, RB/WR, 5-6, 165, So., Friends University/Jenks HS - Southwestern Oklahoma…Rushed for over 1,800 yards and scored 22 touchdowns in his career at Jenks High School where he helped lead the Trojans to the 2008 and 2009 Class 6A state title…Older cousin, Kejuan, played at the University of Oklahoma…Spent one season at Friends University where he had 19 carries for 105 yard and one touchdowns.

Arec Tucker, CB, 6-3, 180, Fr., Missouri Southern/Staley HS - Southwestern Oklahoma…Honorable mention all-conference player for the Kansas City Suburban Small Six…Played wide receiver in high school…Also ran track and participated in the high jump.

Cory Johnson, OL, 6-2, 270, Jr., College of the Siskiyous - Southwestern Oklahoma…First-team all-Mid Empire Conference for California's College of the Siskiyous…Graduate of Fortuna High School.

Jamaal Lewis, OL, 6-3, 300, Jr., Kilgore Junior College/Arlington Bowie HS - Southwestern Oklahoma...Two-year starter at Kilgore Junior College where he played for coach J.J. Eckert…Helped lead the Rangers to the SWJCFC playoffs after an 0-4 start…Team advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to Navarro….First-team, all-district selection at Arlington Bowie High School where he played for Coach Kenny Perry.

Dustin Crowley, LB, 6-0, 210, So., Blanchard, OK HS Southwestern Oklahoma…Two-time defensive MVP at Blanchard High School…Finished senior season with 94 tackles…Once had 17 tackles in a game against Newcastle...Attended school at Oklahoma State University-OKC.

Kemaine Thurston, DL, 6-1, 285, Jr., San Bernardino Valley College/Arroyo Valley HS - Southwestern Oklahoma... Two-year starter for SBVC where he helped the Wolverines to a 5-5 record which included four-straight victories and a 29-21 season-ending victory over Los Angeles Harbor…Graduate of Arroyo Valley High School where he was a three-year starter and also a member of the school’s varsity wrestling team.

Committments


Cullen Stone - OC/DE Tatum - commit to ACU
Dylan Johnson - OL, Cy Creek - commit to ACU
Jon Parker - TE, Carson City, NV - commit to ACU
Sam Kelley - RB, Round Rock Stony Point - commit to ACU
Connor Keeton - OL, Corpus Christi Carroll - commit to ACU
Musa Mahmud - Ath, Houston Jones  - commit to ACU
Chudi Njeako - DL, Lamar HS - commit to ACU

Reagan Womack - OL Lake Travis - commit to Angelo State
Colton Lyon - LB Boyd HS - commit to Angelo State
Chris DiClement - LB, Katy Seven Lakes HS - commit to Angelo State
Jeffrey Williams - LB, Katy Cinco Ranch HS - commit to Angelo State
Lucas Zoller - OL, Bowie HS - possible to Angelo State
Matthew Gholston - DE, Bowie HS - possible to Angelo State
Daniel Perez - DB, San Angelo Central - commit to Angelo State


Jeff Tuck - QB, Dripping Springs - commit to ENMU
Wade Bounds - DL, Dripping Springs - commit to ENMU
Dupri Wells - LB SA MacArthur - commit to ENMU

Wade Roark, QB Monahans HS - commit to UIW
Gabriel Taylor, WR, San Antonio Brackenridge - Incarnate Word
Horace Hayes, OT, Schertz Clemens - Incarnate Word - 3 year starter, 2nd team all-district
Nick Ginn, LB, Corpus Christi Calallen - heading to Incarnate Word
Jordan Scelfo, QB Salpointe - commit to Incarnate Word (football and baseball)
Joshua Campbell, LB San Antonio Brandeis - commit to Incarnate Word
Kyle Fishbeck, QB Gregory Portland - commit to Incarnate Word
Lach Labana - Smithson Valley - commit to Incarnate Word

Zach Jimenez, LB Converse Judson - commit to Midwestern State
Derek Lockhart, WR Converse Judson - commit to Midwestern State
Ricardo Riascos, CB Fort Bend Travis - commit to Midwestern State


Joshua Johnson, RB, Trinity Valley CC - has informed us that he has committed to Tarleton State.  Josh was a first team all conference selection this past season, rushing for over 1,000 yards with 15 TDs, and adding another 200 receiving yards. Might need more JC hours to be eligible.
Wade Venable - DL Teague HS - commit to Tarleton
Koe Wetzel, LB Pittsburg HS - commit to Tarleton
Johnny Hubbard, Dallas Maceo Smith - commit to Tarleton
Ty Weaver, Comanche HS - commit to Tarleton
Chance Wallace, QB, Canton HS - commit to Tarleton
Tyrone Melton - Sachse HS - commit to Tarleton
Savion Washington - North Garland - commit to Tarleton

Quincy Sims - Waco HS - commit to TAMC
Jacob O'Neil - Deer Park - commit to TAMC
Kirwyn Moncriffe - Garland Lakeview - commit to TAMC
Gage Windsor - Midlothian - commit to Texas A&M-Commerce
Kris Woods - Lakeview Centennial HS - commit to Texas A&M-Commerce
Breynon Henderson - LB Pine Tree HS - commit to Texas A&M-Commerce
Duncan Koonce - Deer Park - commit to Texas A&M-Commerce 
Anthony Hayes - Allen HS - commit to Texas A&M-Commerce 

Tyler Chauvin - OL Cedar Park - commit to Texas A&M-Kingsville
Lamont Hills - DB SA Stevens - possible TAMK commit
Jovan Thomas - SA Stevens - commit to TAMK
Kevin Joseph - Fort Bend Elkins - commit to TAMK
DJ Seay - WR Van Alstyne - commit to Texas A&M-Kingsville
Ollie Brady - Fort Bend Elkins - commit to TAMK
Aarom Whalon - DL Converse Judson - commit to TAMK
Benji Mota - OL, Lamar Alexander - heading to Texas A&M Kingsville.
Tanner Sparks - Ath, Corpus Christi Calallen - heading to Texas A&M Kingsville.
Andrew Shows - OL, Corpus Christi Calallen - heading to Texas A&M Kingsville.
Marquis Cardinal - RB, Klein Collins - commit to TAMK
Alex Dean - QB, Pflugerville - commit to TAMK



One telephone call was all it took to convince Casey O’Connor to move thousands of miles away. To earn a football scholarship, the 2009 Lincoln High School graduate would do about anything.
Jimmy Goad, WR, Glendale CC - Scout.com is reporting that Goad has committed to West Texas A&M.  In 2010, he had 22 catches for 405 yards and 2 TDs and in 2008 he caught 14 passes for 229 yards and 4 TDs.
Beau Broussard - Brandeis HS - commit to WTAM
Tyler Babb, LB Harker Heights - commit to WTAM
Julian Ward - RB, Pflugerville - commit to WTAM
Quentin Pollard - Beaumont Westbrook - commit to WTAM


Xavier Williams, QB Mansfield Summit HS - commit to Central Oklahoma
Marcus Bruner, LB Porter HS - commit to Central Oklahoma
Tyler Newton - DL/OL/TE - commit to Central Oklahoma


Tylor Whitfield - Southmoore HS - commit to ECU

Logan Andrews, Gore HS - commit to Northeastern State
Brad Ross - DL, Putnam City - commit to Northeastern State
Nate Ross - LB, Putnam City - commit to Northeastern State


Tanner Jackson - WR, Elgin HS - commit to Southeastern Oklahoma
Da'Yon Denmon, LB, Del Valle has given a verbal commitment to Southeastern Oklahoma.
Jeremy Akomeah - LB, Mansfield HS - commit to Southeastern Oklahoma
Jacob Beachum - DL, Mexia HS - commit to Southeastern Oklahoma
Barry Ward - Lamar HS - commit to Southeastern Oklahoma 
Nic Sioson - QB, Georgetown - commit to Southeastern Oklahoma


Dylan Laurens - OL, Duncan HS - commit to SWO



Offers
Shaun Rutherford, WR, Blinn College - Scout.com is reporting that Shaun has received inquiries from Ablilene Christian, Tarleton State, West Alabama, and North Texas, with the Texans currently his only offer.  He played QB in HS, and originally signed with Eastern New Mexico, but opted to attend Blinn instead.  Update - Rutherford committed to Texas State.

Terrel Thompson, Glendale CC - WTAM - Scout.com is reporting that West Texas A&M has offered Thompson.  However, they also report that Washington State has offered and Thompson's interest is much higher in their direction. Update - Committed to Weber State

Colter Smith, QB, Snow College - JCFootall.com is reporting that Texas A&M-Commerce and Central Missouri have offered Smith.   Smith threw for 1,088 yards with 13 TDs and 3 Ints, completing 62% of his passes in 7 games.  Smith saved his best for Snow's bowl game against Iowa Western, completing his first 13 passes, en route to a 22-34 performance for 309 yards and 6 TDs, 5 in the first half.
Update - Smith committed to Central Missouri.

Interest (Information from Scout.com unless otherwise noted)
QBs
Alexander Dean, Pflugerville HS - ACU (Commit to TAMK)
Cole Freytag, El Paso Coronado- ASU, WTAM   - Co-MVP District 1-5A - Commited to UTEP
James Satterwhite, Red Oak - ACU
Paul Wagner, Austin Crockett - ACU
Aaron Bueno, Ben Bolt - TAMK

RBs
Sam Brown, El Paso Coronado - ACU, WTAM
Trevion Cooks, Aldine Eisenhower - ACU
D'vonte Daniels, LaGrange - TAMK -  First Team All-District 23-3A (LB)
Treveon Taylor, Alief Taylor - ACU, TAMC, TAMK, WTAM
Terrance Tusan, Euless Trinity - ACU
O'Ryan Wiley, Aldine HS - ACU, WTAM
Chris Favella, San Antonio Southwest - ACU, WTAM   -  First Team All-District 28-5A (LB)
Kelton Rhine, Fort Bend Travis - ACU, WTAM
Deandre Bell, Waller - ACU, WTAM
Christian Ross, Fort Bend Travis - ACU as well as SW Baptist and Texas State.
Donnie Butler, Mathis - TAMK

WRs
Matt Arend, Flower Mound - ACU
Nick Bradley, Klein Oak - ACU - Second Team All-District 13-5A
Breland Dortch, South Houston - ACU, WTAM
DD Goodson, Lamar Consolidated - WTAM   -  First Team All-District 23-4A
Clinty Haynes, Cameron Yoe - Angelo, Tarleton
Damien Hurtado, El Paso Coronado - ACU, WTAM   -  First Team All-District 1-5A
Ross Jones, Houston Lamar - TAMC, TAMK
Clinton Killough, San Antonio McArthur - ACU
Keaton Knapp, Hutto - ACU
DeAndre Lewis, St Pius X - ACU, WTAM
Cole Parkey, All Saints Episcopal - ACU, WTAM
Jack Rhoades, Cameron Yoe - ACU, Angelo, Tarleton - 1st Team All State (QB and P)
Cody Sample, All Saints Episcopal - ACU, WTAM
Josh Taylor, Bastrop - ACU, WTAM
Luke Tomas, Richmond Foster - ACU   -  Second Team All-District 23-4A (QB)
Ryan Crew, Fort Bend Travis - ACU, WTAM
Kevin Thomas , WR, Waco Midway - visits to ACU, Tarleton and Midwestern State
Logan Simpson, WR, Waco Midway - visits to Mary Hardin Baylor and Incarnate Word

Offensive Line
Rudy Rodriguez, SA Southwest - ACU, WTAM
Juan Torres, Dayton - ACU, WTAM
Malcolm Rios, SA Southwest - ACU, WTAM   -  First Team All-District 28-5A
Francisco Lopez, Spring - Angelo
Alex Fogle,  Dallas Newman Smith - ACU, Angelo State
Michael Quiroga,  Dallas Newman Smith - TAMC, TAMK
Christian Barry, OL, Waco Midway - visits to Midwestern State and Tarleton

Defensive Line
Tyler Marvel, Angleton - TAMK -  First Team All-District 23-4A
Brody Johnson, Royse City - ACU, WTAM
Levi Garza, Dallas Newman Smith - TAMK, WTAM
Jonathan Parker, Carson City - ACU
Lyndell Mitchell - DT, Christian Brothers HS, TN - visiting ACU this weekend

Linebackers
Ragan Robichaux, Kingwood Park - Midwestern   -  First Team All-District 18-4A
Hani Annabi, El Paso Coronado - ACU   -  Second Team All-District 1-5A
Erick Callier, Midland - ACU, WTAM   -  First Team All-District 3-5A
Jake Knowles, Arlington Heights - ACU
Treyvon Sims, Cameron Yoe - Angelo, Tarleton, TAMC, TAMK - 2nd Team All State
Mikele Hicks, Dallas Madison - ACU
Luke Swierc, Falls City - UIW
Marc Martinez, LB, Waco Midway - visits to Tarleton and ACU


Defensive Backs
Mayo Akindele, Dekaney HS - ACU
Zachary Jimenez, Converse Judson - ACU, TAMK, WTAM
Jonathan Morrisette, Aldine Taylor - ACU, TAMC, TAMK, WTAM
Trey Oliver, Pearland Dawson - ACU
Raziel Velgis, El Paso Coronado - WTAM   -  First Team All-District 1-5A
Felix Castillo, SA Southwest - ACU   -  Second Team All-District 28-5A
Trevon Gamboa, Converse Judson - ACU, WTAM
Dante Jackson, Pflugerville - ACU

D.C. Dye,  Dallas Newman Smith - ACU, WTAM
Jaylon Jenkins, Dallas Newman Smith - ACU, TAMC


Kickers/Athletes
Dillion Duarte, Tomball HS - ACU - Honorable Mention All-District13-5A
Blake Kidd, Fort Bend Travis HS - hearing from ACU, but would like to walk on at A&M.

Visits

Joshua Campbell - SA Brandeis - WT visit
Austin Potter - Hargrave HS - WT visit
Justin Stewart - LB/DB, SA Churchill HS - ACU visit
Ricardo Riascos - CB, Fort Bend Travis - MSU visit

Friday, January 28, 2011

LSC Roundup 1-28

Smoaky.com is reporting that Chance Wallace, QB Canton HS, has committed to Tarleton State.
From Smoaky...
"Wallace completed 229-373 passes for 3,421-yards and 37-TD's, and ran for 874-yards on 152-carries and 15-TD's.

His career stats are mind-boggling as he completed 706 of 1,111 passes for 9,205-yards and 93-TD's."

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Basketball opponents stifled any scoring - Nick Gholson, Times Record News
West Texas A&M 44, Tarleton State 36.

At first glance, it looks like a Lone Star Conference football score. In fact, the last two times these LSC schools met on a football field, the final scores were somewhat similar, 48-17 and 49-35. both games won by WT. But 44-36 was actually the final score of a basketball game — a men's basketball game — played Wednesday night in Canyon.

The 44 points matched the fewest points the Buffaloes have scored in Rick Cooper's 18 seasons as head coach at WT. His 1994-95 team was whipped 77-44 by Kansas State. The 36 points were the fewest the Texans have scored in the 23 years that Lonn Reisman has coached them. The previous low had been 40, also against WT back 17 years ago.

Cooper swears it was good defense by both teams that led to a final score that you would expect to see in a Saturday morning kids' game at the Y rather than one between two of the better Division II college teams in the country.

"This game was a good defensive effort by both teams. It was definitely a steel-toe boots kind of game," the WT coach said.

Reisman saw it a bit differently.

"We probably played the poorest offensive game that we have played this year. Execution was horrible," he said.

Since I wasn't at the game, I called a friend to get his take on things. Bad defense or bad offense?

"It was hellacious defense and poor shooting," said Phil Woodall, the radio voice for WT.


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Improved Javelinas track and field teams still building - George Vondracek, Corpus Christi Caller Times
As the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons dawn at Texas A&M-Kingsville, fourth-year coach Ryan Dall is willing to sacrifice a few points at the Lone Star Conference meet in order to retool his teams for next season.

That doesn't mean there isn't reason for optimism this season, which begins Friday at the Houston Invitational indoor meet.

"Last year we obviously took a big step up. But our conference is so strong, we had four teams in the top 25 last year at some point during the outdoor season," Dall said. "In order to win the conference you've got to go up there with 30 scorers. So I feel like if we kind of give some of our younger guys another year of experience, and then bring in a couple more guys on top of that, that can impact right away recruiting-wise, that gives us our best shot to make it happen next year.

"So we're really going to be focused on those men's relays this year and our women's field events are going to be our strong point," he said.

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Moore Takes Over Women's Tennis - TAMK Sports

KINGSVILLE, TEXAS – Texas A&M-Kingsville Director of Athletics Kenneth Oliver introduced Josh Moore as the new head women’s tennis coach on Friday.

Moore is a former collegiate tennis player who comes to the Javelinas from the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch where he is a Tennis Professional. He is a certified United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Professional 1.

“Josh (Moore) is a good fit for Texas A&M-Kingsville,” said Oliver. “He brings the energy and enthusiasm needed to start a program and we are excited to have him join the staff.”

Moore has worked with a number of top tennis coaches in the United States throughout his playing days and time at the John Newcombe Tennis Academy. During that time he has also worked with some top players including Ryler Dehart, former NCAA #1 Singles player who made it to the second round of the 2008 U.S. Open, Kevin Anderson, owns a tournament semi-final victory of Novak Djokovic in 2008 and Jeroen Joling, a former top 20 junior player from the Netherlands.

Moore has been involved in numerous tennis camps including USA Junior Team Tennis and as the Tennis Instructor for the City of Brownwood, TX.

Moore graduated from Howard Payne University with a B.S in Exercise and Sport Management. He played at both Howard Payne and Cloud County Community College.

The Javelinas will begin competition during the 2011-12 school year. Moore replaces Meenakshi Sundaram who originally accepted the position, but later declined to accept a position elsewhere.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Breaking News - LSC and GSC partner to create First and Ten Challenge


From the LSC Office

The Lone Star Conference and Gulf South Conference have joined forces to create the GSC-LSC First and Ten Challenge, a regular-season series set to debut in 2012 that will match up football teams from two of the best leagues in all of NCAA Division II.

The event will include a total of 10 inter-conference games involving all five of the GSC’s football-playing members - Delta State, North Alabama, Valdosta State, West Alabama and West Georgia - and six of the LSC’s nine - Abilene Christian, Angelo State, Midwestern State, Tarleton State, Texas A&M-Kingsville and West Texas A&M.

“I want to commend Commissioner Nate Salant and the athletics administrators at Gulf South Conference institutions for their spirit of cooperation in creating this challenge event,” LSC commissioner Stan Wagnon said. “Those associated with Lone Star Conference football are excited to join the GSC in this effort, and we’re committed to ensuring this event becomes a showcase for the NCAA and particularly for the tremendous football being played in Division II.”

All five GSC teams will play one home game and one road game as part of the event, as will ACU, MSU, TSU and TAMUK from the LSC. LSC members ASU and WTAMU will play one game apiece.

The 10 contests include: Valdosta State at Angelo State (Sat, Sept. 15); Abilene Christian at Delta State (Thu, Sept. 27); Midwestern State at West Alabama (Thu, Oct. 4); Delta State at Tarleton State (Thu, Oct. 4); North Alabama at Texas A&M-Kingsville (Sat, Oct. 6); West Texas A&M at West Georgia (Thu, Oct. 25); Tarleton State at North Alabama (Thu, Nov. 1); Texas A&M-Kingsville at Valdosta State (Sat, Nov. 3); West Alabama at Abilene Christian (Sat, Nov. 3); and West Georgia at Midwestern State (Sat, Nov. 10).

Of the 10 games, five have been scheduled for Thursday night and four of those are tentatively set to be televised live.

"When I canvassed our fans and asked about the idea of seeing teams like Abilene Christian, Texas A&M-Kingsville and West Texas A&M on their campuses, there was a lot of excitement and interest,” GSC commissioner Nate Salant said. “Our fans know the Lone Star schools and view them as high-quality opponents. Stan tells me that Lone Star folks see GSC schools the same way, so we think this will spike home attendance on both sides. It’s also the kind of cross-region, almost national, inter-conference play that football fans hunger for, so we believe we're addressing a real appetite.”

The event is being created for two general purposes: first, both conferences are partnering to address a mutual need for additional non-conference games due to the conference membership changes that have occurred in recent months; and second, football programs from both conference’s are highly competitive and desire to play the very best non-conference competition as a means of better preparing Division II postseason competition.

The First and Ten Challenge name was chosen to symbolize the beginning of a 'new set of downs' for both conferences after going through recent membership changes, with the LSC set to move forward with nine football-playing members next year while the GSC starts anew with five football-playing members in 2012.

The highlight of the 2012 schedule may be TAMUK’s games. The Javelinas’ contest against North Alabama is a rematch of the 1994 NCAA Division II National Championship game won by UNA, 16-10, while the TAMUK-Valdosta State game replays the 2002 national semifinal game in which the Blazers prevailed 21-12.

The remaining eight games will mark the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

GSC member Delta State played for the Division II national title last month. GSC football teams have claimed 10 national championships, including seven of the past 19. LSC football teams have tallied 14 national titles, most recently in 1982.

“Both conferences have a tremendous amount of pride in their football programs. For the LSC, it’s been too long since we’ve crowned a national champion. The football is too good in this conference, and it’s time we asserted ourselves again on the national stage,” said Wagnon. “These games against the Gulf South certainly will keep our teams in the national conversation, and it’s my belief the stronger competition will serve our teams well as they advance into the postseason. We’ve had teams knocking on the door for 10-15 years now, and I hope 5-10 years from now people will look at this challenge event and recognize it as a turning point that helped LSC teams take that next step.”

Officials from both leagues think the event has great potential for sponsorship opportunities and television exposure. Gaining financial support through corporate partnerships will help to ensure to the success of this event, due to the high travel costs associated with making the long trips between GSC and LSC campuses.

“The 10 games we’ve lined up for this event are marquee match-ups. The lineup of games just doesn’t get any better in Division II, so certainly we think the event will provide a unique sponsorship opportunity,” Wagnon stated. “It will have far greater reach than a typical athletic event involving regional universities, as the exposure for this event will span the entire length of the football season with visibility in key markets in Texas and throughout the southeastern United States.”

The event has potential for television exposure as well, with the GSC being the nation’s first Division II conference to have its own broadcast network. Each year 10 GSC football games are broadcast via Charter Sports South, reaching millions of households in the southeast. Officials from both leagues are working to build upon the GSC’s efforts and expand coverage into Texas markets for the games in this event.

While only the match-ups for 2012 have been settled, both conferences have expressed interest in continuing this event in future years. Plans for 2013 and beyond will be determined as early as this spring.

2012 GSC-LSC First and Ten Challenge:
Saturday, Sept. 15 Valdosta State at Angelo State (tentatively planned as part of Lone Star Football Festival)
Thursday, Sept. 27 Abilene Christian at Delta State (tentatively planned for live television)
Thursday, Oct. 4 Delta State at Tarleton State
Thursday, Oct. 4 Midwestern State at West Alabama (tentatively planned for live television)
Saturday, Oct. 6 North Alabama at Texas A&M-Kingsville
Thursday, Oct. 25 West Texas A&M at West Georgia (tentatively planned for live television)
Thursday, Nov. 1 Tarleton State at North Alabama (tentatively planned for live television)
Saturday, Nov. 3 Texas A&M-Kingsville at Valdosta State
Saturday, Nov. 3 West Alabama at Abilene Christian
Saturday, Nov. 10 West Georgia at Midwestern State

LSC Roundup 1-27

Recruiting Tidbits
Kyle Fishbeck - QB Gregory Portland - Commit to Incarnate Word (KRISTV)
Breynon Henderson, LB Pine Tree HS - Committ to Texas A&M-Commerce (Per Smoaky.com)
Not Verified - Kris Woods, Lakeview Centennial HS - Commit to Texas A&M-Commerce
Not Verified - Koe Wetzel, LB Pittsburg - Commit to Tarleton State
Not Verified - Johnny Hubbard, Dallas Maceo Smith - Commit to Tarleton State
Not Verified - Ty Weaver, Comanche HS - Commit to Tarleton State

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Buffs slow down Texans - Lance Lahnert, Amarillo Globe News
West Texas A&M scored its lowest point total in a men's basketball game in more than 25 years on Wednesday night.

WT coach Rick Cooper couldn't have been happier.

Cooper's Buffs played defense and rebounded like crazy, knocking off the hottest team in the Lone Star Conference South Division, Tarleton State, 44-36.

Yes, the 1,438 fans in the First United Bank Center left seeing a halftime-like score. But, the No. 20 Buffs won their third straight LSC South game after opening 0-2, and handed Tarleton State (4-1) its first loss in South play, surviving a ridiculously physical game.

"It's was like Frazier vs. Ali out there," said WT senior post Jacquiese Holcombe, who led all rebounders with nine. "It was very physically out there. Offensively, they knew everything we were doing and we knew everything they were doing. So this game came down to whomever was the most physically tough team."


Tarleton St. smacks WT - Ricky Treon, Amarillo Globe News
Wednesday night's Lone Star Conference South women's basketball game between West Texas A&M and Tarleton State was supposed to be a showdown between the division's two best teams.

But the Lady Buffs played sloppy basketball and seemed unmotivated in the second half, allowing No. 23 Tarleton State to walk off the floor of the First United Bank Center with a 64-43 win and the outright South Division lead.

"We looked very lethargic out there; very uninspired," WT coach Krista Gerlich said. "I just don't think we wanted it very badly. I'm not sure why."

UIW finds rhythm in clutch - Pat Turner, San Antonio Express
Loyd brothers lead MSU over Javelinas - Times Record News
Huckaby's Three Lifts Rams to Bittersweet Victory, 70-68 - ASU Sports
Men Fall at End, Lose to A&M-Commerce - SWO Sports
SE tops Aggies to End Losing Skid - SOSU Sports
Tigers Trump RiverHawks - NSU Sports


ACU knocks off Cardinals, 72-58 - ACU Sports
Mustangs 0 for 9 away from coliseum - Times Record News
ASU BASKETBALL: Early deficit hurts Rambelles - San Angelo Standard Times
Texas-sized Blowout - UCO Sports
Women Collect Easy Win, Defeat A&M-C - SWO Sports
Storm Weather CU Rally for 66-62 Win - SOSU Sports
Tyler, RiverHawks Trip Tigers - NSU Sports

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Former Texas A&M-Commerce coaches hired at Middle Tennessee State - Adam Sparks, The Daily Journal
MTSU has hired two new football assistants, quarterbacks coach Buster Faulkner and linebackers coach Joe Cauthen, to complete its staff. Both were hired following the recent promotions of Willie Simmons to offensive coordinator and Steve Ellis to defensive coordinator.

Faulkner and Cauthen are both known as superb recruiters and served as coordinators in their previous job. They coached together on Valdosta State's 2007 Division II national title team.

Hardin-Simmons Completes Football Staff - KTXS
Michael Salinas has joined the staff as the wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator. Salinas comes to HSU from Harlingen South High School, but he has also coached at Sam Houston State, West Texas A&M and Texas A&M-Kingsville. He was the secondary coach and recruiting coordinator at both Sam Houston State and Kingsville and was defensive coordinator for his one season at West Texas A&M leading them to the playoffs for the first time in school history. He coached at Robstown and Corpus Christi Flour Bluff prior to going into collegiate coaching.
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Women's track goes indoors - Nathan Wright, San Angelo Standard Times
The Angelo State University women's track team's first official venture into the indoor version of its sport was a success.

ASU added women's indoor track and field to its list of sports over the summer and the team competed in its first meet over the weekend at the Texas Tech Invitational at Lubbock.

Four Rambelles came away with provisional qualifying marks for the Indoor National Championship Meet, which will be March 11-12 in Albuquerque, N.M.

"We haven't run indoors seriously here at Angelo State in many years," ASU track and field head coach James Reid said. "We have carried some kids to some meets as a reward over the past few years.

"For a lot of these kids, it was the first time they had done anything inside. I thought the group we took last weekend, we had a chance to get some marks out of them. I was pleased we were able to do that."

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Basketball Regional Rankings out 1-26

Lady Buffs No. 6 in First Set of Regional Rankings - WTAM Sports Information

INDIANANPOLIS, Ind. – The first set of South Central Regional rankings were released on Wednesday and the West Texas A&M Lady Buffs came in at No. 6 in the initial poll, which was released by the NCAA this afternoon.

Northeastern State (14-1) topped the first poll among the South Central region teams, with Washburn (13-2) right behind at No. 2. Tarleton State (12-2) came in at No. 3 this week, with Northwest Missouri State (12-2) and Emporia State (10-4) rounding out the top five spots.

Closing out the top-eight spots behind the Lady Buffs (11-6) was Central Oklahoma (11-5) and Southeastern Oklahoma (10-5). The top eight teams in the final regional poll earn a trip to the South Central Regional postseason tournament.

The Lady Buffs will host Tarleton Wednesday evening at the First United Bank Center. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION RANKINGS
# Team Record Regional Record
1 Northeastern St. 14-1 14-1
2 Washburn 13-2 11-2
3 Tarleton St. 12-2 12-2
4 Northwest Mo. St. 12-2 12-2
5 Emporia St. 11-4 10-4
6 West Tex. A&M 11-6 11-6
7 Central Okla. 11-5 11-5
8 Southeastern Okla.. 10-5 10-5
9 Mo. Southern St. 8-6 8-6
10 Texas Woman's 12-6 10-5

MSU Men's Basketball: Midwestern opens South Central Region rankings at No. 8 - MSU Sports Information

WICHITA FALLS, Texas - Midwestern State stands eighth in the first South Central Regional rankings of the 2010-11 season as released Wednesday by the NCAA Division II Basketball Committee.

The top eight teams from each of the eight regions advance to the postseason which will be played from March 12-15 at campus sites.

Tournament selections will take place via a Web cast selection show on NCAA.com on Sunday, March 6.

The winners of each regional gain a berth into the Elite Eight which is played at the MassMutual Center from March 23-26 in Springfield, Mass.

The South Central Region consists of the Lone Star Conference, Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association and Heartland Conference.

Each of the conference's postseason tournament winners earns an automatic bid into the postseason, while five other gain at-large bids.

Midwestern State advanced to the South Central Regional as LSC champions in 1999, 2000, 2007. 2009 and 2010.

MIAA leading Missouri Southern (13-1) opens at No. 1 followed by Central Oklahoma (15-2), Incarnate Word (13-2), West Texas A&M (13-2), Fort Hays State (14-2) to close out the Nos. 1-5 positions.

Texas A&M-Commerce (10-5) stands in at No. 6 despite losses to Tarleton State and Midwestern State, but the Lions are padded by No. 7 Washburn (Kan.) (9-5) followed by the Mustangs (10-4) and Texans (10-3) at Nos. 8 and 9, respectively.

Cameron (7-6) fills out the ranking at No. 10.

Midwestern State takes on Texas A&M-Kingsville on the road Wednesday night at Steinke Center. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.

NCAA II South Central Region Rankings
Rank
Team D2 Record D2 In-Region
1 Missouri Southern 13-1 13-1
2 Central Oklahoma 15-2 15-2
3 Incarnate Word 13-2 13-2
4 West Texas A&M 13-2 13-2
5 Fort Hays State 14-2 14-2
6 Texas A&M-Commerce 10-5 10-5
7 Washburn (Kan.) 9-5 8-5
8 Midwestern State 10-4 10-4
9 Tarleton State 10-3 10-3
10 Cameron 7-6 7-6

LSC Roundup 1-26

Football Recruiting Tidbits
Kirwyn Moncriffe - DL, Garland Lakeview - Commit to Texas A&M-Commerce

Kevin Joseph - DL, Fort Bend Elkins - Commit to Texas A&M-Kingsville

Ollie Brady - DT Fort Bend Elkins - Commit to Texas A&M-Kingsville

Jovan Thomas - WR, SA Stevens - Commit to Texas A&M-Kingsville

Trevor Moll - WR, Bartlesville HS - Offer from Central Oklahoma

John Ferrari - OL Notre Dame Preparatory - Offer from Eastern New Mexico

Jack Rhoades - QB Cameron Yoe - strong interest from Angelo State

Tyler Marvel, DE Angleton - TAMK has shown interest, but has not offered as of yet. He is listed as one of the top available defensive athletes in the Houston area by Scout.com.




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ASU Basketball Capsules, 1/26 - San Angelo Standard Times
The Rambelles look to keep pace in the LSC South race today when they travel to Portales, N.M. to face Eastern New Mexico. ... ASU is coming off a 65-56 loss to West Texas A&M on Saturday. Lindsey Mahone led the Rambelles with 21 points. Camille Perkins added 16. Mahone led the team in rebounds with nine. ... ENMU is coming off a 65-59 loss to Tarleton State on Saturday. ... ASU is 33-20 all-time vs. ENMU. The Rambelles won both meetings last year between the two teams. ... ASU will be back in action Saturday when the Rambelles host Incarnate Word.

Of note: The Rams look to get back on track today when they travel to Portales, N.M. to face Eastern New Mexico. ... ASU is coming off a 62-59 loss to West Texas A&M on Saturday. Joey Lenox led the Rams with 18 points. Steven Moore added 12. Ridge McKeitehr led the team with 10 rebounds. ... ENMU is coming off a 77-53 loss to Tarleton State. ... ASU is 31-29 all-time against ENMU. The teams split their meetings last season, with each winning at its home court. ... ASU will be back in action Saturday when the Rams host Incarnate Word.

Tarleton St. tough test for Buffs - Lance Lahnert, Amarillo Globe News
It's collision time in the Lone Star Conference men's South Division.

Hoops fans in the First United Bank Center tonight are in for a treat when Tarleton State, the hottest team in the LSC South, meets West Texas A&M, playing with a great sense of urgency, in a game which could eventually determine the South champion.

WT, TSU to answer who's No. 1 - Ricky Treon, Amarillo Globe News

There's little doubt that West Texas A&M's Lone Star Conference South Division women's basketball game with No. 23 Tarleton State is important.

The Lady Buffs and TexAnns are tied in South Division play at 4-0 and will determine who stays atop the standings at 6 p.m. today at the First United Bank Center.

But win or lose, WT coach Krista Gerlich is telling the Lady Buffs (11-6 overall) that the season is long, and this game isn't a must-win.

"The thing that we can't do is place too much emphasis on it: that this is our season," Gerlich said. "Obviously, we want to put ourselves in the best position we can to win the South Division. It is a big game but we have a long way to go. Our season is still very long, so we just need to come out and do what we do, play the best that we can and focus on getting better."

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MSU, ASU favored in 2011 LSC Softball Preseason Poll

RICHARDSON, Texas – Midwestern State and Angelo State were selected to win the 2011 Lone Star Conference Softball North and South Division titles, respectively, as the preseason polls were announced by league officials on Wednesday.  MSU is favored to repeat in the LSC North Division, while ASU is the top choice to claim the LSC South crown.

The LSC has 15 teams including the debut of Incarnate Word, with seven teams in the North and eight in the South Division. The 2011 season starts February 1 with non-conference action. Along with a three-game series against each divisional opponent, the league will hold its annual crossover tournament April 1-3 in San Angelo, Texas. The top four teams in each division will advance to the LSC Championship, May 5-6-7 in Durant, Okla.

North Division
Midwestern State is the top choice to win the Lone Star Conference North Division title. The Mustangs received 14 of the 16 first-place votes cast by LSC coaches, sports information directors and various media representatives.  MSU totaled 109 points on the heels of winning a LSC record 54 games including a 20-2 league mark to win the North Division for the fourth time in school history. The Mustangs advanced to the NCAA Division II South Central Super Regional after claiming the regional crown.

Central Oklahoma’s Kacie Edwards earned LSC North Division Preseason Player of the Year honors.
Edward’s, a sophomore catcher from Yukon, Okla., made an immediate impact in her first season to earn LSC North Division first-team and Freshman of the Year acclaim. She had a team-high .356 average and also led UCO in hits, doubles and runs batted in, while making just three errors in nearly 300 fielding chances behind the plate.

MSU’s Brittney Tanner was named LSC North Division Preseason Pitcher of the Year.
Tanner, a senior from Burkburnett, Texas, posted a 22-3 mark with a 1.61 ERA and 214 strikeouts, both of which ranked second in the LSC, including six shutouts in 28 appearances last season. She was a second-team All-North Division selection as both a pitcher and designated player.

UCO collected one first-place vote to finish second with 87 points, while East Central was third with 72 points and the remaining first-place nod.  Southeastern Oklahoma was fourth with 71 points, followed by Cameron fifth with 46, Southwestern Oklahoma sixth 32 and Northeastern State seventh with 31.

Here’s a closer look at the voting breakdown:

RANK SOFTBALL NORTH 1ST TOTAL
1. Midwestern State 14 109
2. Central Oklahoma 1 87
3. East Central 1 72
4. Southeastern Oklahoma 71
5. Cameron 46
6. Southwestern Oklahoma 32
7. Northeastern State 31

South Division
Angelo State is the favorite to prevail in the Lone Star Conference South Division. The Rambelles totaled 165 points with 12 of the 22 first-place votes cast by LSC coaches, sports information directors and various media representatives.  ASU, the three-time defending LSC champions, won the league, regional and super regional titles en route to the NCAA Division II National Championship, where their notable season ended in the semifinals. The Rambelles closed out 2010 with 50 or more wins for the third time in four years and fourth time in eight campaigns. ASU has won five South Division titles and five conference crowns.

West Texas A&M Kimberly LeComte was tabbed LSC South Division Preseason Player of the Year.
LeComte, a junior outfielder from Boerne, Texas, paced the Lady Buffs to their best season in program history including their first LSC South title and regional appearance last season. She was named the school’s first NFCA All-American after leading the team in most offensive categories including a league-best .790 slugging percentage, 64 runs scored, 21 home runs and 166 total bases. LeComte also earned LSC South Division Player of the Year and NFCA South Central Region first team acclaim.

WTAMU’s Shelbey Cockrell claimed LSC South Division Preseason Pitcher of the Year honors.
Cockrell, a junior from Pearland, Texas, led the nation in saves with eight and boasted a 1.85 ERA and perfect 10-0 record. She was tough on opposing batters with a .200 average, allowing a conference-best 66 hits, 28 runs and 24 earned runs along with no triples. Cockrell threw the second no-hitter is WTAMU history last season and was named so the All-LSC South second team.

WTAMU, the defending South Division champions, was right behind ASU in the poll with 159 points and nine first-place votes, while Texas Woman’s was third with 128 points and the remaining first-place nod.
Tarleton State was fourth with 98 points, followed by newcomer Incarnate Word in fifth with 85, Abilene Christian and Texas A&M-Kingsville tied for sixth with 64 and Eastern New Mexico eighth with 29.
Here’s a closer look at the voting breakdown:

RANK SOFTBALL SOUTH 1ST TOTAL
1. Angelo State 12 165
2. West Texas A&M 9 159
3. Texas Woman's 1 128
4. Tarleton State 98
5. Incarnate Word 85
T6. Abilene Christian 64
T6. Texas A&M-Kingsville 64
8. Eastern New Mexico 29

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

LSC Roundup 1-25

Chadron State to host Angelo State on September 10.


Recruiting Tidbits
JCFootball.com is reporting that Angelo Looney, DB from Compton CC, has transferred to Texas A&M-Kingsville.

JCFootball.com is reporting that Andre Taylor, WR from East Mississippi CC, has transferred to Northeastern State.

JCFootball.com is reporting that Eddie Kelly, DT from Santa Monica CC, has transferred to Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Jon Parker has committed to Abilene Christian.

Not verified - Darryll Crummie has transferred to Texas A&M-Commerce.

Not verified - Beau Broussard,  Brandeis HS has committed to West Texas A&M

Not verified - Austin Potter (Hargrave HS)  visited WT this past weekend.

Not verified - Dylan Johnson (OL Cy Creek HS) commited to ACU.

Not verified - Justin Stewart (LB/DB SA Churchill HS) visited ACU this past weekend.

Not verified - Ricardo Riascos (CB Fort Bend Travis) will visit Midwestern State this week.

Not verified - Marcus Bruner (LB, Porter HS) will sign with Central Oklahoma.

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WT Announces grid slate - Amarillo Globe News
West Texas A&M will open it 2011 football season by hosting Colorado State-Pueblo at 6 p.m. Sept. 1 at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium.

The Buffs' schedule, released Monday, features six home games plus the Lone Star Conference Football Festival on Sept. 17 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, where WT will meet Texas A&M-Kingsville. That game will be among eight against conference members.

WT's other nonconference game will be Oct. 29 when the Buffs host Super Region Four member Central Washington. The schedule:
Sept. 1: Colorado State University-Pueblo, Kimbrough Memorial Stadium, Canyon, 6 p.m.
Sept. 17: Texas A&M-Kingsville, Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Time TBA
Sept. 24: Incarnate Word, Kimbrough Memorial Stadium, Canyon, 6 p.m.
Oct. 1: at Tarleton State, Stephenville, Time TBA
Oct. 8: Angelo State (Homecoming), Kimbrough Memorial Stadium, Canyon, 6 p.m.
Oct. 15: at Abilene Christian, Abilene, Time TBA
Oct. 22: Eastern New Mexico, Kimbrough Memorial Stadium, Canyon, 6 p.m.
Oct. 29: Central Washington, Kimbrough Memorial Stadium, Canyon, 6 p.m.
Nov. 5: at Midwestern State, Wichita Falls, Time TBA
Nov. 12: Texas A&M-Commerce, Kimbrough Memorial Stadium, Canyon, 1 p.m.

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Hagan's status is day-to-day - Times Record News
Chris Hagan's status is day-to-day after dislocating a toe on his right foot in Saturday's basketball game against Incarnate Word.

The good news for the Mustangs is that all of Hagan's X-rays came back negative.

Hagan leads MSU in scoring at 22.6 points per game. The senior guard also is averaging 4.7 assists and 1.94 steals a game for the 14-4 Mustangs. Hagan left Saturday's double-overtime loss six minutes into the second half. MSU travels to Texas A&M-Kingsville on Wednesday.

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Tidwell Named Don Hansen National Special Teams POY - ASU Sports Information
Link to complete team
SAN ANGELO – Angelo State return specialist Garrett Tidwell, who returned three kicks for scores and ranked in the top-10 nationally in both punt retuns and kickoff returns, was selected as the Don Hansen National Special Teams Player of the Year and punter George Shamblen was tabbed as a Hansen All-American as announced by the Don Hansen Football Committee Monday.

Tidwell, a senior from Boyd, Texas, was named to the Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America First Team as a return specialist and was selected as the top special teamer after averaging 17.5 yards per punt return and 28.08 yard per kick return – both among the top 10 marks in the country. Tidwell returned two punts for scores and a kickoff for a touchdown during the 2010 season. He was previously selected as a first teamer and the top return specialist according to Daktronics. Tidwell closed his ASU career as the leader in single-game (182), single-season (740) and career (2,049) kick return yardage.

Shamblen, a junior from Miles, recorded the fifth-best punting average in the nation at 43.39 yards per kick during the 2010 season and helped Angelo State lead the nation in net punting with 39.66 yards per punt. The fourth ASU punter to be named an All-American with his Daktronics selection in December, Shamblen placed 18 punts inside the 20 and logged 10 kicks of 50 yards or more in his first season back to football after a three-year absence. Shamblen was also named an All-Lone Star Conference South Division First Team player and was named the top punter on the Daktronics All-Super Region Four First Team.

The Don Hansen team carries out the legacy of long-time small college football advocate Don Hansen, who passed away at age 75 on Aug. 29, 2010. Hansen, from Brookfield, Ill., started and published Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA Division II All-America teams for the first time in 1988.

The Don Hansen Football Committee selected All-Super Region teams in December and early January, with the first-team and second-team All-Super Region players advancing to the national ballot. A total of 167 players earned some form of Don Hansen All-America honors.

Baptiste, Robertson Named to Don Hansen AA Team - TAMK Sports Information
Cannon Selected Don Hansen Football Gazette All-American - ENMU Sports Information

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Buffs Picked Eighth in LSC Preseason Baseball Poll - WT Sports Information
The West Texas A&M Baseball team has been picked eighth in the 2011 Lone Star Conference Preseason poll announced Tuesday morning from the conference’s office in Richardson, Texas.

The Buffs finished the 2010 season with a 23-20 overall record with a 17-18 mark in the LSC, finishing just one spot out of the LSC Tournament. WT lost 22 games due to cancellations from the effects of weather including nine conference games.

Head coach Matt Vanderburg enters his third season at the helm of the Buffs, 2010 saw WT hit .353 as a team with 85 doubles, 22 triples, 39 homers and 327 RBI for a slugging percentage of .522 with 56 stolen bases on 66 attempts.

Abilene Christian tops the poll for the 13th consecutive season after winning their second straight LSC Championship in 2010. ACU was a near unanimous selection, receiving 29 of the 32 first-place votes on the ballots cast by LSC coaches, sports information directors and various media representatives for 401 total points. The Wildcats, who finished 50-15 last season to record the first 50-win season in program history, fell to Central Missouri in the NCAA Division II South Central Region championship game.

The Wildcats Aaron Oliver was named the LSC Preseason Player of the Year.

Oliver, a senior outfielder from Los Angeles, Calif., recorded one of the most prolific seasons in ACU history earning South Central Region Player of the Year and first team all-America honors in 2010. He hit .405 and led the team in hits (102), runs scored (79), doubles (22), triples (eight), home runs (14), RBI (65), total bases (182) and stolen bases (27) to earn LSC Player of the Year, LSC Championship MVP and regional all-tournament team honors.

Southeastern Oklahoma’s Heath Wyatt was tabbed LSC Preseason Pitcher of the Year.

Wyatt, a senior relief pitcher from Searcy, Ark., was the co-national leader and topped the LSC with 15 saves last year in a school record 33 appearances. He posted a 3.17 ERA, second best in the league, for a 7-6 record to earn LSC Pitcher of the Year acclaim along with first team all-South Central Region by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and second team all-region by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

The 2011 season starts in early February and the LSC has 13 teams set to compete with the addition of Incarnate Word. LSC teams will play an 11-week, single round-robin schedule with a three-game series against every other team. Each series shall consist of a 9-inning game and a 7- and 9-inning doubleheader.

The Buffs open the 2011 season on the road on February 1 at University of the Southwest for a doubleheader with first pitch set for 1:00 p.m. The LSC schedule starts on February 4-5 as the Buffs travel to Northeastern State for a three game series.


Here's a closer look at the voting breakdown for the conference:



Rank LSC BASEBALL 1st TOTAL
1. Abilene Christian 29 401
2. Southeastern Oklahoma 1 320
3. Angelo State 305
4. Cameron 293
5. Incarnate Word 264
6. Tarleton State 256
7. Texas A&M-Kingsville 1 243
8. West Texas A&M 193
9. Central Oklahoma 143
10. Eastern New Mexico 141
11. Northeastern State 113
12. Southwestern Oklahoma 108
13. East Central 41


ACU Picked to Repeat - ACU Sports
Wyatt Tabbed Preseason Pitcher of the Year, SE Picked Second in LSC - SOSU Sports
Rams Picked Third in LSC Preseason Poll - ASU Sports
BASEBALL PICKED 5th IN LSC POLL - UIW Sports
LSC Preseason baseball poll has Texans at No. 6 - TSU Sports
LSC Baseball Preseason Poll - TAMK Sports
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USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 Poll 1-25
#7 Northeastern State
#23 Tarleton State
Receiving Votes - West Texas A&M


NABC Coaches' Poll 1-25
#10 Central Oklahoma
#13 Incarnate Word
#20 West Texas A&M

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