Wednesday, January 12, 2011

LSC Roundup 1-12

ACU men rolled by Tartleton State in mens basketball - Daniel Youngblood, Abilene Reporter News
With ACU and Tarleton State entering Tuesday at 8-4 and 9-3, respectively, the two teams' LSC South opener was considered by some to be a measuring stick game for the Wildcats.

Unfortunately for ACU coach Jason Copeland, his squad didn't measure up very well, shooting just 32.6 percent and committing 24 turnovers in a 64-45 home loss.

"We just didn't shoot the ball well and we didn't take care of the ball. I'm just really disappointed," Copeland said. "I felt like they were the aggressor and we were the victim all night. We played on our heels, and you can't win games that way.

"We've got to get a better mental approach to the physical play that's going to take place in the South."

Tarleton State holds off ACU women - Daniel Youngblood, Abilene Reporter News
For nearly 35 minutes Tuesday, the upset-minded Abilene Christian University women's basketball team matched Tarleton State point for point in the two team's Lone Star Conference South Division opener. But a 16-8 run over the final five minutes turned a close game into 75-65 win for the favored Texans at Moody Coliseum.

"It's something we go over in practice, 'when your down four with four minutes left, what do you do?'" ACU coach Shawna Lavender said. "I felt like they made good decisions the last 3½ minutes, and we took some bad shots and had some bad fouls. We just didn't execute down the stretch."

LSC South rumble - Lance Lahnert, Amarillo Globe News
West Texas A&M men's basketball coach Rick Cooper begins his 18th Lone Star Conference race tonight with an undefeated team that is ranked No. 19 in the Division II nation.

No worries, right?

"When you start looking back at something you did yesterday," Cooper said, "the train coming down the tracks runs you over."

Lady Buffs seek fresh start - Ricky Treon, Amarillo Globe News
West Texas A&M hits the reset button when the Lady Buffs begin their Lone Star Conference South women's basketball schedule at 5:30 p.m. today against Incarnate Word in San Antonio.

"We are looking at it as a new season," WT junior forward Jamie Simmons said. "We're not trying to totally forget about the past. We are 7-6. But we're going to use that to motivate us and to remember not to look past our opponents."

ASU Basketball Capsules, 1/12 - San Angelo Standard Times
The Rambelles look to continue their winning ways as they begin LSC South play tonight against the Mustangs. ... ASU is coming off a 60-59 victory against Southwestern Oklahoma on Saturday. Camille Perkins led the Rambelles with 29 points. Paige Weishuhn led the team with 10 rebounds. ... MSU is coming off a 74-67 loss to Central Oklahoma on Saturday. ... ASU is 25-23 all-time against MSU. The teams split their meetings last season, with each one winning on its home court. ... ASU will be back in action Saturday when the Rambelles travel to Stephenville to face Tarleton State.

The Rams look to open LSC South play with a victory against the defending division champion and nationally ranked Mustangs. ... ASU is coming off a 62-38 victory against Southwestern Oklahoma on Saturday. Ridge McKeither led the Rams with 23 points. Richard Thomas and LaMarshall Corbett each had 14. ... MSU is coming off a 68-61 loss to Central Oklahoma on Saturday. ... ASU is 21-38 all-time against MSU. The teams split their meetings last season, wich each one winning on its home court. ... ASU will be back in action Saturday when the Rams travel to Stephenville to face Tarleton State.

5 Lone Star Conference football teams to play at Cowboys Stadium in 2011 - George Vondracek, Corpus Christi Caller Times
WT to play game in Cowboys Stadium - Dave Henry, Amarillo Globe News
Closer To Home: ACU, North Alabama to play football at Cowboys Stadium - Abilene Reporter News
ACU Announces Game At Cowboys Stadium - KTXS
MSU joins Lone Star Football Festival lineup - Times Record News
Lions become Cowboys for a day - Times Daily

LSC Track Preview – 2011
By Don Garrett - Special to LSC Scoop

With the indoor track season starting in the next few weeks, it is time to start previewing the upcoming track season. For practical purposes, I will start with schools that have already posted their rosters or have provided their spring rosters to me – Incarnate Word, TAMU-Commerce, TAMU-Kingsville, and West Texas A&M. As the rosters are posted for the other LSC track schools – ACU, Angelo, Eastern New Mexico and Tarleton - I will post those previews as well. After the previews are all posted and the LSC has made it predictions, I will also post my pre-season predictions. However, since the LSC does not have a formal indoor season, I don’t expect to see the conference predictions posted until early spring, concurrent with the beginning of the outdoor season.

Due to the transfer rules in NCAA track and field where an athlete can transfer and be immediately eligible if the previous school releases them, there are frequently mid-term transfers who might have immediate impact and who do not appear in this preview. I will try to look for these transfers and post about them later in the season, when I prepare some ongoing track and field reports.

NOTE: I was very surprised to see a few female athletes entered at the LSC track meet in 2010 from Central Oklahoma. UCO has fielded a XC team for years, but had never competed at the conference level in the spring, until last year. They only brought 5-6 competitors, but did score a few points. However, I don’t expect to preview their team, since after the 2011 season, it will be a moot point since they will move to the MIAA anyway.

Today a look at UIW, with the others to follow in the near future...

I thought it would be the polite thing to do to preview the newest member of the LSC. It is tough to get a read on UIW’s track team, since their former conference home, the Heartland Conference, did not host a conference track meet. Therefore, I have tried to pull some results from other regular season track meets that might give us an idea of the talent they have assembled. Both of the UIW teams look decent - not top 3 teams, but probably not last place teams either.

WOMEN – the Cardinals have a few returnees capable of making noise at the conference track meet. By signing some good young sprinters, they appear to be in good shape to have competitive relays as well. The list of returnees is led by Marie Troufflard (14th LSC XC and the winner of the Oliver Jackson Invitational 5K last spring), but the word at the LSC XC meet was that Marie may head back to France after the fall semester, a big loss for UIW. Other returnees of note include: Lauren Pratt (a national qualifier in 2010 in the LJ – an immediate top-3 contender); Lilya Piskunova (a Russian kid who was 2nd in the Oliver Jackson Inv 400 hurdles); Bailey Lloyd, a RS distance runner who was 28th at the LSC XC meet this fall; Alyson Gonzales (2nd in the Oliver Jackson 5K); and Alma Santos, who finished 27th in the LSC XC meet.

UIW has picked up some good new kids as well, that include:
• Elodie Barre – a qualifier for the French national meet in the 200
• Kristy Gonzalez – Laredo Alexander – 4th 300H, 7th 100H at the 5A state meet
• Vanecia Spencer – Grandview – 3rd 2A 4X100 and 3rd in the Reg II-3A 100
• Shaneve Swift – San Antonio Clark – 8th 5A 400 at state
• Danielle delaPaz - Corpus Christi Calallen – 8th Reg IV-4A 800
• Taylor Welch – San Antonio FEAST (the home school association) – qualified for the Texas Relays in the 100H

MEN – the Cardinal men have a stronger core of returning runners and they were also very successful in rounding up some young weight men, which they did not have any in 2010. The “wild card” in track revolves around which football players may come out to compete in the spring. There might be some newcomers off the football team that change the complexion of the conference meet. The Cardinals have all four returnees from a 4X400 relay that was a provisional qualifier for the national meet that should be immediately competitive for top 3 at conference.

The returnees for UIW include: Sebastian Jaraba-Heffner (the Frenchman was a provisional qualifier in the 800, where his time in 2010 would have been top-3 at the LSC meet); Corey McDonnough, who won the Trinity Twilight 400 and anchored the provisional qualifying 4X400; Zachary Kurz (2nd in the Trinity Twilight 800 and a member of the 4X400 relay); Howard Gill, who was 28th at the LSC XC meet; Adrian Carrillo, who was 30th at the LSC XC meet; Curtis Davis (2nd in the Trinity Twilight TJ); Steven Young (2nd in the Texas State Triangular LJ); Juan Perez, who won the Texas State Triangular 1500; and the Alicea brothers, Christian and George, who made up half of that 4X400 relay.

A solid group of newcomers include:
• Chance Dziuk – Poth HS – the 2A state discus champ
• A.J. Ybarra – LaVernia – 4th in the 3A shot put, from a great little track and field town
• Christian Chacon – San Antonio FEAST (the home school association) – won the Northeast ISD Invitational 3200 against 4A and 5A competition
• Michael Elsik – Alief Elsik – won the Dist 18-5A discus
• Alex Hernandez – San Antonio Warren – 4th in the Dist 27-5A 1600
• Curtis Corley – San Antonio Incarnate Word – 5th in the TAPPS 4A discus in 2009

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