Abilene Cooper grad Spears beefs up for starting role on ACU football team - Joey Richards, Abilene Reporter News
When Blake Spears first joined the Abilene Christian University football team in the fall of 2009, the 6-foot-6 Cooper graduate weighed just 220 pounds — quite a bit light for a college offensive lineman. He knew that, too, and wondered if he could make it with the Wildcats.
"I show up and weigh about 220, and the guy in front of me is 6-8, 350," Spears said. "I was a little hesitant, but I knew I could get there."
Spears, the Wildcats' projected starter at right tackle next season, has finally got there. Yet getting there took some work — not only on the field, but in the cafeteria as well. The ACU coaching staff was determined to put some weight on Spears — a lot of weight. That meant twice as much lifting as Spears was used to putting in, and twice as much eating, too. The lifting wasn't a problem, but the eating — usually four full plates at breakfast, lunch and dinner — proved to be a real chore.
"Last year, I hated it," Spears said. "I used to look at eating like a job. I looked at it as something I had to do, and it really made me sick."
Linebackers Talk Practice After Session No. 9 - ASU Football
AngeloSports.com caught up with a trio of Angelo State linebackers following the team's ninth spring football practice at the LeGrand Sports Complex Wednesday afternoon. Lance Tissue, Austin Benson and DJ Clough talk about practice and progress in this video.
LSC raises $2,200 for TWU softball player Abby Burns - LSC Office
RICHARDSON, Texas – The Lone Star Conference has joined Texas Woman’s University softball player Abby Burns in her fight against leukemia. Through merchandise sales at last weekend’s LSC Softball Crossover Tournament in San Angelo, the LSC raised $2,200 to help Abby pay for her medical expenses.
Burns, who was able to attend but did not play in the three-day event at San Angelo’s Texas Bank Sports Park, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) this past January. She returned to Denton on Sunday to begin her third round of chemotherapy treatment Monday as she continues to wait on a bone marrow transplant.
“Obviously the adversity that Abby has faced these past few months has caused all of us around the Lone Star Conference to approach this softball season a bit differently,” LSC Commissioner Stan Wagnon said. “It has been special to see teams from around the LSC showing their love and support for Abby this year, and last weekend was just another example of that.”
The funds raised reflect the proceeds of all merchandise sold at the 15-team, 40-game event, including a special edition LSC Crossover Tournament t-shirt that paid tribute to Burns’ fight against leukemia with an orange ribbon and her jersey number, 19.
LSC officials said the $2,200 in proceeds will be deposited into the “TWU Athletics Abby Burns Fund” at BBVA Compass Bank.
“First and foremost, we chose to do this so that Abby would know this entire conference is behind her and wishing her well,” Wagnon said. “It’s our hope that donating the proceeds from the Crossover will relieve some of her financial burdens, but also we’re trying to raise awareness of her situation so that others can help as well.”
Wagnon reported that about two dozen LSC Crossover t-shirts remain, and they will be sold out of the conference office for $15 while supplies last, with all proceeds continuing to benefit Burns. Sizes available are small (4), medium (14), large (4) and extra-large (10).
Those interested in donating to her fund can do so at any BBVA Compass Bank location by referencing the “TWU Athletics Abby Burns Fund.” For more details on Abby and how you can help, please visit twuathletics.com or www.caringbridge.org/visit/abigailburns.
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UCO's Shrum, WT's White pick up weekly awards - LSC Office
Central Oklahoma's Colby Shrum and West Texas A&M's Alisa White were tabbed Lone Star Conference Golfers of the Week for their efforts, league officials announced today.
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GOLFERS OF THE WEEK
Colby Shrum, University of Central Oklahoma, SR, Perry, Okla., Perry HS
Shrum set a school record after winning the ninth tournament of his career. He lead UCO to the team title at the UCO/KickingBird Classic this week. The senior star carded rounds of 74-72-69 for a five-over-par 215 total to share co-medalist honors, with the Bronchos cruising to a 19-shot victory for their seventh tournament crown of the season. Shrum’s opening-round 74 was one of just two rounds under 75 in rugged scoring conditions that saw wind gusts of up to 50 mph and his final-round 69 was one of just three under-par rounds on the final day.
Alisa White, West Texas A&M University, FR, Hereford, Texas, Hereford HS
White led the Lady Buffs to a ninth-place team finish at the Grand Canyon Invitational in Phoenix, Ariz. White shot a 153 (78, 75) over to the two rounds to tie for 16th.