Tuesday, March 22, 2011

LSC Roundup 3-22

Following the Mustangs on internet, radio - Times Record News
Fans wanting to watch Midwestern State's basketball team on Wednesday in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight can do so online.

The Web site www.ncaa.com/championships/basketball-men/d2 will have the games. There will also be a link to get there from msumustangs.com.

The Mustangs (25-8) tip off against Bellarmine (30-2) at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The winner will play the survivor of Alabama-Huntsville (29-4) and Minnesota St.-Mankato at 1:30 p.m.

All MSU games will be broadcast on the radio at 100.9 KWFB BOB FM. The audio stream also is available at http://bobradio.fm/

An MSU coach's wife's life is hectic - Kristen Duwe, Times Record News
But hey, somebody's gotta live it

There is a common phrase that states, "Behind every great man is a great woman."

Behind Midwestern State University's men's basketball coach Grant McCasland is a woman who takes care of their four children — all under age 7 — and still enjoys the season like a fan.

"It's our favorite time of year, it really is," Cecelia McCasland said. "I feel like he's at his best, Grant, when he's coaching and preparing and practicing."

Cecelia, 33, and Grant have been married since 2001. Cecelia is a full-time mother and spends her days caring for their children: Amaris, 6; Jett, 5; Jersey, 2; and Beckett, 1.

"It's definitely crazy, but a lot of jobs are, in their own way ... just because my kids are young, it's pretty wild," she said. "Anybody that wants to have four kids in six years is a lunatic, but it doesn't change that God is a provider and he'll make a way."


Bengals' RB Scott watches cousin Gates work out for NFL scouts at ACU pro day - Joey D. Richards , Abilene Reporter News
Cincinnati Bengals running back Bernard Scott watched his cousin Edmund Gates work out at Abilene Christian University's pro day Monday at the ACU practice field.

Scott, a former ACU player, said he likes Gates' chances of being taken in this year's NFL Draft.

"I think his chances are real high," Scott said. "He's looking good. He's come a long way since his first year."

Gates puts on show at Pro Day - ACU Football
Neiswander Participates in Pro Day at ACU - ASU Football


Mustangs Men fourth after first day of MSU Invitational - MSU Men's Golf
Whittley, Mustangs lead after Day 1 of MSU Invitational - MSU Women's Golf
Nelson, RiverHawks 2nd at MSU Invite - NSU Men's Golf
Linksters Tied for Lead - NSU Women's Golf
Czarnecki Tied for First at Midwestern State Invitational - ASU Golf
Rivera Leads Golf Team - TAMK Golf
W. Golf: Women Links Sit at No. 13 after Day One at MSU Invitational - CU Golf
UCO In Front - UCO Men's Golf
In The Hunt - UCO Women's Golf
Buffs Eighth After Day One of Midwestern Invitational - WTAM Golf


Baseball: Aggies and Vikings Split Opening Day Double Header at McCord Field - CU Baseball


TWU sweeps doubleheader against Newman - TWU Softball


Padgett Adds Talented Trio for 2011 Season - ENMU Women's Soccer


Preparations for the 2011 football season get underway officially Tuesday when Incarnate Word’s Cardinals hit the turf for spring practices.

Over the next four weeks Coach Mike Santiago and his squad and staff will have four days a week to hone their skills before playing the annual Red and Black Spring Game on Thursday, April 14.

All sessions will be at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium on the UIW campus and Cardinals fans are encouraged to come out and watch. The UIW coaching staff is expecting more than 80 players to be on hand for the first practice.

With the first session set for March 22 the team will practice each day through Friday of this first week. Session times each day are 3:45 p.m.

Weeks two and three will see UIW on the field Monday and Tuesday followed by Thursday and Friday. The Monday sessions will begin at 3:15 p.m. The fourth and final week will have Monday through Wednesday sessions with the Red and Black Spring Game on Thursday.

For the fall of 2011, the third for the Cardinals and their second playing in the Lone Star Conference, the game schedule is nearing completion and will be announced soon.


Tuesday, March 22, 3:45 p.m.
Wednesday, March, 23 3:45 p.m.
Thursday, March 24, 3:45 p.m.
Friday, March 25, 3:45 p.m.

Monday, March 28, 3:15 p.m.
Tuesday, March 29, 3:45 p.m.
Thursday, March 31, 3:45 p.m.
Friday, April 1, 3:45 p.m.

Monday, April 4, 3:15 p.m.
Tuesday, April 5, 3:45 p.m.
Thursday, April 7, 3:45 p.m.
Friday, April 8, 3:45 p.m.

Monday, April 11, 3:15 p.m.
Tuesday, April 12, 3:45 p.m.
Wednesday, April 13, 3:45 p.m.
Thursday, April 14, Red and Black Spring Game 7 p.m.

Rams Open Spring Football Practice Monday - ASU Football
SAN ANGELO – Angelo State celebrated the first day of spring with a little football. The Rams took to the practice field for the first time under the leadership of new head coach Will Wagner and his staff, kicking off spring football practice at the LeGrand Sports Complex Monday afternoon. The session was the first of 13 practices leading up to the Angelo State Football Spring Game, April 17 at 3 p.m.

The team worked for close to two hours Monday afternoon in shorts and helmets during a session that could be best described as a “feeling out” practice with a new coaching staff, slight shift in the way the offense will run, and a complete change on the defensive side of the ball. The team conducted some similar drills to last fall's practices, but many of the drills were new or slightly augmented from years past. Many of the team drills focused on footwork and other fundamentals, and some featured a station-to-station rotation – all at a quick tempo.
There was a spirited competition between the defensive backs and the wide receivers with numerous wins by each side. The wide receivers look to be one of Angelo State's strongest units with several key performers returning, but the secondary held its own under the eye of Wagner, who coached the secondary at Northwest Missouri State before arriving at ASU in December.

Practice closed with a team session, pitting the offense against the defense while running through a series of scripted plays.

- Former Angelo State players Garrett Tidwell, John Norcott, V'Keon Lacey, and Calvin Fance made appearances at the Rams' practice. Tidwell was named the top return specialist in the nation last season before playing with Norcott and Neiswander in the All-American Bowl in Minneapolis. Lacey led the Rams in receptions each of the last two seasons, including a school-record 74 catches in 2009. Fance, who led NCAA Division II with a school-record 14 sacks in 2009, played on the Saskatchewan Roughriders practice squad in the Canadian Football League last season.

- Angelo State has 87 players listed on its spring practice roster, including 38 redshirt freshmen. Among those players are five quarterbacks – Aqura Brown, John Shalala, Blake Hamblin, Michael Cochran and Tyler Lloyd – vying to replace record-setting Angelo State quarterback Josh Neiswander.

- Speaking of Neiswander, the former Ram worked out for nearly 20 NFL teams at the Abilene Christian Pro Day Monday and had a side session throwing for the Houston Texans. The Texans and Carolina Panthers were among several teams talking to the Winnsboro, Texas native at the end of the day.

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