|Coach Cooper receiving commerative|
ball from Michael McBroom after big win
University to honor former coach Messbarger on Saturday - Nathan Wright, San Angelo Standard Times
Going out in style - Nick Gholson, Times Record News
Greyhounds Pick Up Critical LSC South Win at Texas A&M-Kingsville - ENMU Sports
Senior Sendoff - UCO Sports
M. Basketball: Aggie Basketball Secures LSC Playoff Berth in Victory at Northeastern State, 69-64 - CU Sports
M. Basketball: Storm End Year with Loss at ECU - SOSU Sports
No. 15 Tarleton races past ACU women - Abilene Reporter News
Rambelles finish strong, top Mustangs - San Angelo Standard Times
Women: ASU buries 3's, edges MSU - J Scott Russell, Times Record News
Lady Buffs continue late-season surge - Ricky Treon, Amarillo Globe News
Overtime Thriller - UCO Sports
W. Basketball: Nester Three Lifts SE past Tigers - SOSU Sports
Records fall in the win over Texas A&M-Commerce - TWU Sports
Henry leads Texans to perfect home record - BRAD KEITH, Sports Editor
It's no secret Tarleton State's opponents have a hard time winning in Wisdom Gym. So hard in fact, that this season, for only the second time since Tarleton became a senior college in 1961-62, none of them did.
The Texans (21-4, 12-1) completed their first perfect home record since 2005-06 Wednesday night, dominating Abilene Christian (9-16, 1-12) 82-61. They finished 15-0 at home this season and won their 16th straight in Stephenville dating back to last year. It was also their fifth straight win over ACU.
"It was a great night," said Tarleton head coach Lonn Reisman. "Defending our home court is something we take very seriously and something we work very hard to do, and to come out here and go undefeated in this gym in front of these fans means a great deal to me, our players and our program."
No. 20 Tarleton, which had already secured the 2010-11 Lone Star Conference South Division championship and moved up to No. 4 in Wednesday's latest South Central Regional rankings, was led by senior point guard Corin Henry with an impressive double-double consisting of 25 points and 11 assists. He also had three rebounds and a pair of steals.
"Corin had a great night and he did it on senior night, which made it even better," Reisman said. "He really came out and led us tonight. It was one of his best nights as a Texan."
Five Tarleton players reached double figures as Wes Dipprey had 12 points to go with seven rebounds and Darrion Washington, Donta Smith and Nick Mosley added 10 each. Tarleton, which hit 55 percent (33-60) from the field and forced 22 ACU turnovers, was in control from the start.
Abilene Christian shot 46.7 percent (21-45), the best by a team against the Texans since Midwestern State hit 48.9 percent almost three weeks ago. Tarleton entered the game first in the nation in scoring defense and sixth in field goal percentage defense. The Wildcats were led by Ben Warton with 18 points while Preston Davis added 12.
It's the final season of divisional play in the LSC, and Tarleton has a chance to finish with just one loss for the second time. The Texans, who were 11-1 in the South when they won the title in 2006, would finish 13-1 with a win at Angelo State Saturday.
TexAnns pull within one game of South perfection - BRAD KEITH, Sports Editor
Four Tarleton State (23-2, 13-0) players reached double figures and two posted double-doubles Wednesday night, as the Lone Star Conference South Division champion TexAnns cruised past Abilene Christian (8-5, 11-14) 65-48.
No. 16 Tarleton, which wrapped up its first LSC South title last week and is No. 2 in the South Central Regional rankings, moved within one game of becoming the first team to go unbeaten in South Division play since West Texas A&M did it in 2006-07. Tarleton can match that feat with a road win at Angelo State in its season finale Saturday.
"This season has been all about making history for the TexAnns," said eighth-year head coach Ronnie Hearne. "We have our highest-ever ranking in the nation, our highest-ever ranking in the region and we've won the South Division for the first time ever. If we can (go undefeated in the South Saturday) that would just be another piece of history."
Junior All-American candidate Shelby Adamson posted the first double-double of her career with 11 points and a career-best 11 rebounds. She also had three assists.
"Shelby is terrific," said Hearne. "Everyone sees the things she does that make the stat sheet, but I don't think everyone appreciates all the intangibles she brings. When we have subs going in, she always makes sure everybody (gets matched up defensively). She's never negative, she's always positive with her teammates. She's outstanding.
"I voted for her for All-American (Wednesday)," Hearne added. "I hope she gets it. She definitely deserves it."
Kiara Wright scored 10 points and grabbed 13 boards for the TexAnns, giving the true freshman four double-doubles for the year. Morgan Stehling was also in double figures with 14 points, while Brittnie Haley just missed adding a third double-double with 13 points and nine boards. Kelsey Benford was also close, scoring eight points to go with 11 rebounds.
Tarleton grabbed a season-high 51 boards compared to just 30 for ACU, resulting in 14 more shot attempts. The TexAnns were 32.3 percent (21-65) from the floor while the Wildcats hit just 25.5 percent (13-51).
"We did a great job on the backboards," said Hearne. "I think part of it was (Benford and Haley) being fired up for senior night. They were pumped."
Tarleton outscored the Wildcats 34-14 in the paint and and 27-10 off the bench. The TexAnns never trailed and stayed in control after scoring 10 of the first 12 points. ACU scored the next four points to pull within four, but that would be as close as the Wildcats got the rest of the night. Tarleton scored nine of the next 10 to lead 19-7, and was ahead by as many as 14 before leading 33-21 at the break.
The Wildcats had a small push to get within nine three minutes into the second half, but Stehling hit a triple and Wright followed it up with three straight points for a 41-26 advantage. Tarleton later picked up four points each from Stehling, Haley and Wright during a 13-0 run to extend the lead to 56-31 with 9:20 left.
"During the second media timeout (just after the 12-minute mark) I told the girls it felt like time for us to go on a run," said Hearne. "Then they went out and really put the game away."
The Wildcats used a late 7-0 run make the game appear closer than it really was.
ACU was led by Mack Langford, a true freshman from Weatherford who knocked down three 3-point field goals and finished with 16 points. ACU had already punched its ticket to next week's LSC Championship in Bartlesville, Okla., but the loss didn't help the Wildcats' chances of coming out on top in the three-team race for second.
They entered the contest tied with Angelo State and WTAMU, but are now alone in fourth after both ASU and WT won Wednesday. The Wildcats host Midwestern Saturday.
Buffaloes Slot Fifth in South Central Region Ranking - WT Sports
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The West Texas A&M men’s basketball team fell to fifth in the NCAA South Central Region ranking, as released by the NCAA today. In addition to WT, Lone Star Conference South teams held positions three through seven.
MIAA member Missouri Southern State tops this week’s rankings, with Fort Hays State second. LSC North member Central Oklahoma stands third with Tarleton State fourth and WT rounding out the top five.
Midwestern State, Incarnate Word, Washburn, Nebraska-Omaha and Texas A&M-Commerce comprise spots six through 10.
Each of the top eight teams in the final regional poll (including one team each from the LSC, MIAA and Heartland conferences) will advance to the NCAA Division II basketball playoffs. Each of the conference’s postseason tournament winners earns an automatic bid into the postseason, while five others gain at-large bids to the postseason regional tournaments, which will be played from March 12-15 at campus sites.
The winners of each regional gain a berth into the Elite Eight, to be held at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass., March 23-26.
NCAA South Central Region, February 23, 2011
School Record Region
1. Missouri Southern State
2. Fort Hays State
3. Central Oklahoma
4. Tarleton State
5. West Texas A&M
6. Midwestern State
7. Incarnate Word
10. Texas A&M-Commerce
Lady Buffs Remain at No. & in Latest Regional Rankings - WT Sports
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The West Texas A&M Lady Buff basketball team remained at No. 7 in this week’s South Central regional rankings, according to a release from the NCAA league office on Wednesday.
The Lady Buffs (15-10) dropped just one contest last week to Tarleton State (19-2), which came in at No. 2 in this week’s rankings. WT then defeated Midwestern State this past Saturday and with the strength of schedule the Lady Buffs attain, they managed not to slip any spots in the poll.
Northeastern State (20-2) dropped a game last week, but still managed to hold down the No. 1 spot. Northwest Missouri State of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) came in at No. 3 this week with fellow MIAA member, Washburn (17-4) coming in behind them at No. 4.
Southeastern Oklahoma State (16-6) came in at No. 5 this week with Central Oklahoma (16-7) coming in just ahead of the Lady Buffs at No. 7. Texas Woman’s came in at No. 8 this week to round the top-eight spots. The top eight teams in the regional earn a trip to the NCAA Division II South Central Regional.
The Lady Buffs are back in action this evening at First United Bank Center in Canyon. WT hosts Incarnate Word for the final home game of the season and will then close-out the regular season at Eastern New Mexico on Saturday.
1 Northeastern State
2 Tarleton State
3 Northwest Mo. State
5 Southeastern Okla.
6 Central Oklahoma
7 West Texas A&M
8 Texas Woman's
9 Pittsburg State
10 Mo. Southern State
MSU Softball: Mustangs maintain No. 12 ranking in NFCA Divison II Poll - MSU Sports
WICHITA FALLS, Texas - Midwestern State maintained its No. 12 ranking in the latest National Fast-pitch Coaches' Association Top 25 Poll released Wednesday afternoon.
But the poll obviously has the look of a very early season ranking as Indianapolis (Ind.) and Winona State (Minn.) took leaps to Nos. 9 and 11 and past the Mustangs, who extended the best start in school history to 17-1 with a doubleheader sweep at Abilene Christian Tuesday at Wells Field.
Valdosta State (Ga.) maintained the No. 1 position with a 2-0 record with nine first-place votes to outdistance No. 2 Angelo State with four first-place votes at 15-0 and No. 3 North Georgia with three first-place votes at 13-2.
Indianapolis completed a 6-0 start at the Charger Chillout in Decatur, Ala. which included wins over No. 13 Arkansas-Monticello and No. 21 Wayne State (Mich.), while Winona State swept four games against unranked Nebraska-Kearney, Colorado-Colorado Springs, Mesa State (Colo.) and Colorado State-Pueblo at the NSIC/RMAC Crossover last weekend in Rochester, Minn.
The oddities continue as both Wayne State (Mich.) and Wayne State (Neb.) remained in the poll at Nos. 21 and 23 with matching 1-5 records - not a typo.
No. 6 Bloomsburg (Pa.), No. 18 Ashland (Ohio), No. 19 Dowling (N.Y.) and No. 25 Molloy (N.Y.) await the start of its respective seasons.
Eight teams from the South Central Region are receiving mention in the poll including No. 2 Angelo State, No. 7 West Texas A&M, No. 8 Nebraska-Omaha and No. 12 MSU while Emporia State (Kan.), Tarleton State, St. Edward's (Texas) and Central Oklahoma are receiving votes.
Midwestern State enjoys a 10-day respite before playing host to the Holiday Inn at the Falls/MSU Invitational set for March 4-6 at Mustangs Park and Burkburnett High School.
The Mustangs will welcome a six-team field including Abilene Christian, Fort Hays State, St. Edward's, Arkansas Tech and Incarnate Word.
NFCA Preseason Poll
February 23, 2011
|1||Valdosta State (Ga.) (9)||2-0||390||1|
|2||Angelo State (Texas) (4)||15-0||383||3|
|3||North Georgia (3)||13-2||353||2|
|7||West Texas A&M||6-1||280||7|
|11||Winona State (Mich.)||4-0||218||NR|
|12||Midwestern State (Texas)||17-1||204||12|
|21||Wayne State (Mich.)||1-5||91||6|
|23||Wayne State (Neb.)||1-5||65||10|
|Others Receving Votes: Emporia State (Kan.) 40; Lewis (Ill.) 39; Armstrong Atlantic (Ga.) 35; Sonoma State (Calif.) 35; Tampa (Fla.) 27; West Virginia Wesleyan 16; Indiana (Pa.) 14; Tarleton State (Texas) 13; Southern Connecticut 11; Saginaw Valley (Mich.) 8; Metro State (Colo.) 4; St. Edward's (Texas) 4; Caldwell (S.C.) 3; Augusta State (Ga.) 2; Central Oklahoma 1; Francis Marion (S.C.) 1; Regis (Colo.) 1.|
|Dropped out: No. 21 Armstrong Atlantic; No. 24 Mesa State; No. 25 Emporia State|
Castillo's long journey - Jonathan Tamari, Philadelphia Inquirer
Juan Castillo's path to the NFL started with beheaded shrimp.
At a seafood-packing house on the Gulf of Mexico, Castillo held his first job, donning gloves too big for his 8-year-old hands, thumbing the heads off shrimp and dropping the bodies into a bin. Paid by the pound, he quickly saw the importance of working fast - and hard. There was a technique to it, and soon Castillo could use two hands at once.
He'd line up with his mother and grandmother at 3 or 4 in the morning to secure a prime spot near the front of the conveyor belt that brought the shrimp in.
"I didn't really know anything different," Castillo said.
That raw effort and capacity for work has sustained a football career that began in a small town near the Mexican border and has led to the Eagles defensive coordinator job.