Wednesday, March 30, 2011

LSC Roundup 3-30

Feasibility report on ENMU's possible conference switch near completion - Clovis News Journal
A committee report studying a possible move for Eastern New Mexico University athletics from the Lone Star Conference to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference is expected to be on the desk of university president Steven Gamble by the end of the week.

ENMU was invited by the RMAC to consider the change earlier this year. An “RMAC feasibility committee” headed by Gene Smith, an associate professor of accounting and the faculty athletic representative, has been busy preparing and tweaking its report and expects to have it to Gamble by Friday.

The committee includes a variety of people associated with ENMU, including faculty, coaches and athletes.

“We were asked to study the feasibility (of a change),” Smith said. “Our report goes to Dr. Gamble, and then he will be making a recommendation to the Board of Regents.”

Athletic director Jeff Geiser said that whatever happens, ENMU has benefited from the study.

“The whole process has been good for Eastern,” he said. “It’s allowed us to scrutinize the problems we have in the athletic department.”


MSU coach heads to ACU - Nick Gholson, Times Record News
Midwestern State is losing its men's head basketball coach. Not only that, the school is losing Grant McCasland to a team in its own conference and own division.

McCasland, who has taken the Mustangs to two straight Elite Eights, has agreed to accept the head coaching position at Abilene Christian University.

ACU plays in the Lone Star Conference South Division with MSU. A news conference has been scheduled today at ACU.

Midwestern has also scheduled an afternoon news conference to discuss the search for McCasland's replacement. MSU assistant coach Nelson Haggerty is expected to be a candidate for the job.

McCasland met with his team Tuesday evening to tell them he was leaving.

The coach did not return telephone calls, and no one in the Midwestern State athletic department was available to comment on why he chose ACU over MSU.

But in an ACU press release, McCasland mentioned the environment at the school played a part in his decision.

"When God tells you to go, you go," McCasland said. "When God has a plan for your life and He opens doors that make that plan evident, then that's where you go because we're called to follow Him. The driving force behind the decision to make this move was to make sure we were doing it for the right reasons and that it was a good fit for our family. I believe this is absolutely the right fit for me and my family."

It is rumored that the Abilene school has told McCasland that it intends to jump from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I in the next couple of years. After replacing Jeff Ray as head coach of the Mustangs in the spring of 2009, McCasland had instant success. His first team went 31-3, won a second straight LSC title and won its first South Central Region championship.

WT's Cooper finalist for coach of year - Lance Lahnert, Amarillo Globe News
West Texas A&M men's head basketball coach Rick Cooper is a finalist for the Clarence "Big House" Gaines Division II Coach of the Year award.

Cooper is one of 17 finalists for the award, which will be presented Friday in Houston.

Cooper earned his 500th career victory this past season. Cooper, who finished his 18th season at WT, led the Buffs to 23-7 record and a No. 23 national ranking.


Scorpions Top Hoggies, 6-0 - TAMK Baseball
Thompson Cycle Powers Hounds Past University of the Southwest - ENMU Baseball
No. 27 Texans survive weather, Yellow Jackets in 5-2 victory - TSU Baseball
#18 Buffs Take Two from Aggies on the Road - WT Baseball


Softball Weekly Release: Crossover Tournament set for this week - LSC Office
The Lone Star Conference Crossover Tournament will be played this week in San Angelo, Texas. The 2011 version will be played April 1-2-3 at the Texas Bank Sports Complex. The annual three-day event started in 2000 to guarantee teams games against opposite division opponents. The South Division is 109-76 all-time against its North counterparts. Angelo State and Texas A&M-Kingsville lead the South teams with records of 21-5 and 20-9, while Central Oklahoma and Midwestern State pace the North at 20-8 and 12-5, respectively.

MSU continues to hold the top spot in the North Division standings at 5-1, with Southeastern Oklahoma and Cameron sharing second place (5-4). ASU has taken the lead in the South at 7-2, with Abilene Christian behind them at 6-3.

LSC softball teams are 283-185-2 overall, with a 157-104-1 record in the South and 126-81-1 in the North this season. The squads are currently 82-34 combined versus Heartland Conference squads and 38-35 against the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, which are the other two conferences in the NCAA South Central Region.

Click here for the complete release

Angelo State was ranked No. 1 for the fourth straight week in last week’s NFCA Division II Top 25 poll.
Midwestern State matched its highest national ranking in program history when the Mustangs moved to No. 3 in last week’s NFCA Division II Top 25. MSU is off to its best start through 33 games at 30-3 bettering last year’s 29-4 mark.

Emily Kennemer, East Central University, JR, First Baseman, Mesquite, Texas, Mesquite HS
Kennemer batted .579 (11-for-19) with two homers, three doubles and nine runs batted in as ECU went 3-2 in five games this past week. Kennemer finished with a 1.053 slugging percentage to go with a .579 on-base percentage in the five contests. She homered in both ends of a home doubleheader sweep of St. Edward’s on Monday. Against SEU, she was 4-for-8 with two homers, one double and eight RBIs. Kennemer was 7-for-11 in a three-game series at Cameron, including a perfect 4-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI in the series finale, a 3-2 Lady Tiger victory.

Kim Jerrick, Midwestern State University, FR, Catcher, Belle Plaine, Kan., Belle Plaine HS
Jerrick clubbed home runs in three consecutive at bats to help the No. 3-ranked Mustangs to an MSU Invitational titles with wins over Delta State and St. Edward’s Sunday afternoon. The freshman from Belle Plaine, Kan. connected for a sixth inning grand slam to close out Delta State 10-0 before blasting successive two-run homers in the first and second innings of a 7-0 victory over St. Edward’s. Jerrick hit .444 (4-for-9) with three homers and drove eight runs while scoring six times as the Mustangs went 3-1 in tournament play. Jerrick, who is second in NCAA II with a .587 on-base percentage, also drew four walks and stole a base.

Brittney Tanner, Midwestern State University, SR, Pitcher, Burkburnett, Texas, Burkburnett HS
Tanner delivered her Lone Star Conference leading eighth shutout while going 2-0 in the circle to help the No. 3-ranked Mustangs to an MSU Invitational title last weekend. The senior from Burkburnett permitted one run on six hits while notching 19 strikeouts and five walks in 14 innings for a 0.50 ERA in tournament play. Tanner notched 11 strikeouts and three-hit St. Mary’s for a 2-1 win Friday before weaving a 3-hit shutout in a 7-0 victory Sunday afternoon over St. Edward’s.

Kaycee Bryan, Texas A&M University - Kingsville, JR, CF, Splendora, Texas, Splendora HS
Bryan had an unbelievable weekend at Eastern New Mexico. She went 2-for-4 with a double and scored the game-winning run in the seventh inning of a 10-3 win in game 1. In the second game, she went 4-for-4 with three RBI’s, three runs, two triples, a double, a walk and two stolen bases, including a steal of home in a 22-5 win. In the series finale, she went 2-for-4 with two runs and a double in an 8-3 loss. She had a streak of six consecutive at bats with hits while pounding three doubles and two triples for a 1.250 slugging percentage overall.

Claire Molina, Angelo State University, JR, Pitcher, San Bernardino, Calif., Colton HS
Molina earned the decision in all three games against Tarleton State last week, posting a 2-1 record. In game one, Molina threw 6.0 innings allowing just one earned run and striking out seven to earn a 6-3 victory. She came on in relief in game two, tossing the last 1.2 innings without surrendering a hit and tallying her second win. Her final outing was in game three, and the southpaw entered in the first inning after teammate Jessica Newsome failed to record an out. Down 3-0, the junior tossed 6.0 innings allowing just five hits and surrendering just one run, however, the TexAnns earned a 4-3 win. Molina is now 13-1 on the year and 5-1 in conference.


ACU Opens Outdoor at No. 1 - ACU Track
Lofton Named Coach of the Year - ACU Track
Men’s Track and Field Debuts at No. 4 in USTFCCCA Division II Poll - ASU Track
Men's Track 17th in Preseason Poll - TAMK Track


Wildcats Earn 2nd Spring Win - ACU Golf
Mustangs improve in final round of DBU Patriot Classic - MSU Golf
Rambelles Show Improvement at Lady Otter Invite - ASU Golf
Aggie Linksters Conclude Play in Dallas and California - CU Golf
Creel Sparks Bronchos - UCO Men's Golf
UCO Rallies For Sixth Place Finish - UCO Women's Golf
Buffs Finish 12th at DBU Invitational - WT Men's Golf
Lady Buffs Finish 10th at Lady Otter Invitational - WT Women's Golf


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