Thursday, June 30, 2011

LSC Roundup 6-30

Baseball Announces Recruiting Class - TAMK Sports
KINGSVILLE, TEXAS – Texas A&M-Kingsville head baseball coach Jason Gonzales announced his 2011 recruiting class on Wednesday and it consists of seven ball players.

The Javelina coach signed two outfielders, two infielders and three pitchers to join a team that has made back-to-back Lone Star Conference Tournament appearances.

Miles Holcomb of Dripping Springs, TX and David Massey of Boerne, TX are a pair of outfielders. Holcomb earned First Team All-District 24-5A honors for Drippings Springs High School in 2011. Massey hit .408 with 10 doubles and three homeruns for Boerne Champion High School in 2011.

James Black of Spring, TX and Mario Siller of San Antonio, TX join the Javelinas as infielders. Black is a transfer from Hill Junior College. Siller earned First Team All-District 26-5A at second base for MacArthur High School. He earned Academic All-State honors en route to leading his team to the second round of the state playoffs.

The three pitchers are Adrian Delagarza of Pearland, TX, Justin Lundgren of Elgin, TX and Zach Pettiford of San Diego, CA. Delagarza is a transfer from Alvin Junior College where he was 2-1 with a 4.61 ERA in 39.0 innings this past season. He earned First Team District 22-5A honors in high school. Lundren earned Second Team All-District 17-4A honors as a junior at Elgin High School and will likely see playing time in the infield as well. Pettiford is a transfer from Grossmont College in California where he finished his career with a 1.91 ERA in 80 innings. He earned Honorable Mention all-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference honors in 2011.


Battle of long ball goes to Rangers  - Texas keeps its hold on the Silver Boot for the fifth consecutive year.
Ryan Express to the rescue - Nolan Ryan has given the Texas Rangers credibility and confidence.
Federer loses at Wimbledon despite 2-set lead
Wimbledon semifinalsMaria Sharapova's serve holds the key to her bout with Sabine Lisicki.
Clemens' prosecutors argue for teammates' testimony
Tyson Chandler remains non-committal on returning to Mavericks

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

LSC Roundup 6-29

From the Javelina Highlights, by Fred Nuesch
Matt Romig was in Kingsville last week to enroll for the fall semester. Romig, sophomore defensive lineman on the football team, was one of the team’s top tacklers last fall before becoming ill early in the season.

He has been undergoing treatment at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston. Matt will be a student assistant coach this fall and plans to return to the team for spring training in February.

2012 Tarleton baseball team adds Hawaiian standout - TSU Baseball
Tarleton baseball head coach Bryan Conger and the Texan program announced the signing of junior college transfer Joseph Aquino for the upcoming 2012 season.

Aquino is a 5'11" right-handed pitcher out of Mililani, Hawaii, who played the past two seasons at Cisco Junior College. At Cisco, the 185-pound righty earned an 11-6 record with a 3.18 ERA, 100 strikeouts and was named to the Texas Junior College All-Star team in 2011. This was all during 122 innings of work on the mound.

As a three-time Oahu Interscholastic Association first-team selection, Aquino was named to the Hawaii State All-Star team. He was picked for the 2008 Hawaii Showcase Tournament Top Prospect List and the 2009 Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason West Region All-High School Senior second team. In the Perfect Game USA Showcase, Aquino was highly touted as the No. 3 prospect out of Hawaii and received a Perfect Game rating of 9 on the 10 point scale.

Coach Conger talked about the addition of Aquino to the Texans' rotation.

"We are very excited to add Joseph to our incoming recruiting class," said Conger. "He was one of the most highly sought after pitchers in the Texas JC league this season and will certainly make an immediate impact on our pitching staff. Joseph features three above average pitches and produced tremendous numbers in one of the toughest JC regions in the country. With the addition of Joseph, we feel we have taken a major step forward in solidifying and improving our rotation next season."

WT's White Places Second in Collegiate Players Tour Event - WT Sports
West Texas A&M’s Alisa White finished second, overall, in the Collegiate Players Tour event at Houston, Texas, earlier this month. The event was held at Houston’s Gleannloch Pines Golf Club.

White, a native of Hereford, Texas, shot a three-round total of 224 to finish seven strokes back of Katie Petrino’s 217. White shot rounds of 75-74-76-224, while Petrino, a sophomore-to-be at Louisville and the daughter of Arkansas head football coach, Bobby Petrino, carded scores of 73-74-70.

The Collegiate Players Tour, starting its 18th year, is designed to provide summer golf competition for college-age men
and women. The CPT is sanctioned by both college golf associations, Golf Coaches Association of America (men), and National Golf Coaches Association (women), and the USGA.

The Tour runs from the first week of June through the second week of August.

Grant: Opposite-field approach could pull Kinsler out of slump
South Carolina repeats as College World Series champions
World Cup: Off and running - U.S. women open tournament with 2-0 shutout win over North Korea.
Solomon: Charles' dunk among plays that still sting here

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

LSC Roundup 6/28

LSC COUNCIL OF PRESIDENTS: ASU chosen to host LSC cross country final - Mike Whitson, San Angelo Standard Times
Also: Hoops championships to be decided by regular season

The Lone Star Conference Council of Presidents, which serves as the governing board for the LSC, concluded its annual summer meeting last week in Allen.

Among the items on the council's agenda were endorsing sites for the 2011-2012 conference championships, making changes in how champions are determined in men's and women's basketball, and issues concerning football participation within the conference.

Angelo State University previously had been reported by the Standard-Times as the host school for the 2012 LSC baseball tournament, which will take place May 5-8 at Foster Field.

In addition to hosting the baseball tournament, ASU also was announced as the site of the LSC cross country championships, set for Oct. 22.

ASU Athletic Director Kathleen Brasfield said serving as the host site is beneficial to both the university and its athletes, as well as the city of San Angelo.

"Angelo State always wants to host everything that we can," Brasfield said. "No. 1, because it's good for our student-athletes; No. 2, it's good for the San Angelo community.

South Carolina tops Florida in 11th, takes 1-0 CWS lead
Former N.C. State basketball star killed in bus accident
Justice: In the game again - Rockets coach Kevin McHale is back where he wanted to be and where he feels most comfortable.
More labor daze setting in - With Thursday's deadline approaching, the NBA will likely follow the NFL into lockout mode.
Rangers are Texas' team - Seehow the Metroplex ballclub has upper hand on the Astros.

Monday, June 27, 2011

LSC Scoop Afternoon Update 6-27

LSC Presidents take action at spring meeting - LSC Office
The Lone Star Conference Council of Presidents held its annual summer meeting June 20 in Allen, Texas, where several actions were taken by the league’s governing group.

President Ann Stuart of Texas Woman’s University served as chair for the meeting, wrapping up a year-long term in which she provided oversight to several important developments within the conference.

Among the Council’s most notable actions was a charge for Commissioner Stan Wagnon to identify and recruit football-playing members as the league moves forward. Wagnon’s objective will be to identify potential new members and determine solutions that align with the LSC’s vision to become the premier NCAA Division II conference.

“This is an important time to study membership options and capitalize on opportunities for enhancement,” said Commissioner Stan Wagnon, whose league has 11 total members and nine that play football. “We would find great value in an additional football-playing member, especially as non-conference scheduling opportunities in that sport appear to be on the decline.”

Further, the group agreed to a set of organizational values that will be used to define shared interests of conference members, help guide the league’s future decisions and actions, and provide a template for conference branding efforts. Those values are Integrity, Tradition, Community, Academic Excellence, Respect and Commitment.

“Our Presidents made it a priority to determine a shared code of values, and it’s my intention to keep these values in the forefront as we move forward, both for internal purposes in making key decisions and externally as we tell our story,” Wagnon said.

The Presidents approved a change in the determination of the conference champion in men’s and women’s basketball. The regular season winner will be crowned LSC champion and receive the league’s custom wooden trophy, with the tournament winner designated LSC Tournament Champion and given a cup award. This move, intended to reward performance over 18 games for men and 20 for women, was made possible due to a new scheduling format that allows teams to play all others both home and away. The modification also was discussed for baseball, softball, volleyball, tennis and women’s soccer before being tabled to study the impact in those sports and get feedback from those coaches.

The Presidents also endorsed the sites for next year’s conference championships along with new tournament formats in softball and golf. In 2012, softball will have an eight-team single-elimination championship tournament, with member schools bidding to serve as host. A request for proposals was distributed to the membership last week, and a site will be selected by summer’s end.

Click here for the 2011-12 Championships and Events

The 2012 golf championships will be conducted simultaneously on the Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club, with both genders playing a practice round on Sunday, the men playing 36 competitive holes and the women 18 on Monday, before concluding with 18 for both on Tuesday.

Additionally, next year’s baseball tournament will move to a new site as Angelo State University was selected to host. ASU also will host the cross country championships, while the track & field championships meet will be conducted at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

In its approval of future schedules, the group supported format changes in baseball and softball. The 2012 and 2013 schedules for baseball were set with a four-game series against all teams, to include nine-inning games on Friday and Sunday and a doubleheader of two 7-inning contests on Saturday. Next year’s softball schedule includes a three-game weekend series against all teams, except that each team will play its closest opponent in three games over a series of two Tuesdays.

Finally, the group approved for the upcoming 2011-12 academic year the Executive Committee of officers, which will include Steve Tallant from Texas A&M University-Kingsville as chair, Steve Gamble of Eastern New Mexico University as vice-chair, Dan Jones from Texas A&M University-Commerce as second vice-chair and University of the Incarnate Word’s Louis Agnese as third vice-chair.

The LSC Council of Presidents, which meets twice annually, serves as the governing board of the Conference and has final decision-making authority regarding any legislation, policy or activity pertaining to the Conference.

LSC Roundup 6-27

New facilities help ASU land baseball tournament - Mike Whitson, Nathan Wright, San Angelo Standard Times
The Lone Star Conference postseason baseball tournament is coming to San Angelo.

LSC Assistant Commissioner Melanie Robotham confirmed that on Monday, the presidents of the LSC's members schools voted on and approved San Angelo's Foster Field as the site of the 2012 LSC Baseball Championship.

The ASU Athletic Communications office also confirmed the selection. An official announcement by the conference is expected on Monday.

It was a decision ASU head baseball coach Kevin Brooks has been looking forward to.

"How long have we had baseball? Seven years?," Brooks said.

"It is something we have been wanting for a long time. We felt like we deserved the opportunity. Now we have it and we are excited."

Neiswander adjusts to Canada - Mike Whitson, San Angelo Standard Times
When Josh Neiswander left for the Great White North last month, he assumed his stay in Canada would be a short one.

The former Angelo State signal-caller was invited to participate in a three-day rookie camp with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League — who already had four quarterbacks on the roster — and he still had hopes of pursuing a career in the NFL.

Nonetheless, Neiswander packed three changes of clothes and made the 2,000 mile trek to the City of Saints not knowing what the outcome would be.

"I just came down for the rookie camp and I didn't know what to expect," Neiswander said. "I didn't know if (the Alouettes) were going to keep me around, or if they were going to send me home. And I wasn't even real sure of the decisions I was going to make."

Solomon: Mr. Crane, you get what you pay for
Florida-S. Carolina rivalry about to heat up in CWS
Top contenders still around for Wimbledon's Week 2
Mavericks' draft grades: Fernandez deal 'nothing short of phenomenal'

3-point stance: - Ivan Maisel, ESPN
3. ACC blogger Heather Dinich’s item this week about the large number of former FBS players now playing for Division II North Alabama coach Terry Bowden reminded me of a story that Terry’s dad loves to tell. When Bobby Bowden coached at Howard (Samford) some 50 years ago, he would get a call from Tuscaloosa to come watch Alabama practice. Bear Bryant had decided which players he couldn’t use. Bobby would watch practice, evaluate, and ask them to play for him. It’s almost Life Father, Like Son.

Friday, June 24, 2011

LSC Roundup 6-24

LSC Commissioner's Honor Roll Announced
A total of 1,027 student-athletes were named to the Lone Star Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the 2010-11 academic year league officials announced Thursday.

This year’s release marks a new beginning for the Commissioner’s Honor Roll program. Previously, the honorees qualified by cumulative grade point average and were announced by sport at the end of each respective season, but this year’s version is being announced after the conclusion of the spring academic term and student-athletes must qualify based on GPA solely for the current academic year. As such, this year’s listing truly reflects those student-athletes most deserving of recognition for academic achievement during the 2010-11 academic year.

Incarnate Word placed the highest number of student-athletes on the honor roll with 123 members. Abilene Christian was second with 108, while West Texas A&M ranked third with 83 honorees.

The final tally included 122 students with a perfect 4.0 grade point average for the year. ACU topped the list of flawless marks, producing 20 individuals, while WT had 15, Tarleton State 13, along with Angelo State and Southeastern Oklahoma with 11 each. The sport of football had the most 4.0’s with 19, followed by Women’s Soccer (16), Softball (13) and Men’s Track & Field (11).

To be eligible for the Commissioner’s Honor Roll, student-athletes must have a minimum 3.30 GPA for the current academic year and be active on the roster.

Complete List

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Texans land Tennessee junior college standout

Sports Editor

Tarleton State added a fourth member to its 2011 men's basketball recruiting class Thursday when head coach Lonn Reisman and staff released the signing of Tennessee junior college standout Tim Eriste.

Eriste, a six foot, four inch guard from Volunteer State Community College (Tenn.), averaged 16.1 points and 6.3 rebounds as a sophomore last season. A popular junior college sports website,, ranks him as the No. 148 juco prospect in the nation.

After being courted by various four-year schools, Eriste said Tarleton was simply where he felt the most comfortable.

"I really liked the environment when I came on my visit," said Eriste, an Orlando native. "The school has great tradition and a great basketball program and I'm comfortable with the coaches. Most schools you visit, the players don't communicate with you well, they don't tell you what it's really going to be like. The players I met at Tarleton were different, they let me know how much integrity the program has. I left there with a good feeling."

Tarleton head coach Lonn Reisman, who has guided the Texans to appearances in eight of the last 10 NCAA Division II Championship tournaments including a pair of Elite Eight's, says two characteristics stood out about Eriste - versatility and toughness.

"Tim is a big, strong guard who plays with a lot of versatility. Watching him play, I really think he has a good feel for the game and can bring a level of toughness that is always an important intangible I'm looking to add to our team," said the veteran head coach who has won 483 games in 24 seasons at Tarleton. "(Eriste) put up good numbers in a very tough junior college conference (Tennessee Junior College Athletic Association) despite playing through some injuries and adversity in the first part of the season."

Eriste, a second-team TJCAA all-conference selection, had a season-best 31 points and 15 rebounds against Dyersburg State Community College on Feb. 12. He scored 28 points, grabbed 7 boards and dished out 4 assists against Jackson State College exactly one week later. He hit 49 percent from inside the arc, 34 percent from 3-point land and 64 percent from the free throw line as a sophomore.

Eriste is a physical therapy major and plans to move to Stephenville shortly after finishing the current summer semester.

"I'm going home to visit my mom for a few days then I'll try to get down there and get to work so I'll be ready," Eriste said.

He says he can't wait to take the next step in his career.

"I've been told I have the ability to play professionally, and I want to take my talent as far as it will go," says Eriste, who is joining a Tarleton program that has turned out 26 professional players in the last 13 years. "I know if I continue to work hard that Tarleton's coaches will help me improve my game and that (going pro) could definitely happen for me."

Eriste joins a recruiting class that already includes early signee Brian Word, the 2009-10 NJCAA Division II National Player of the Year, Shedrick Haynes, a senior transfer from South Florida, and Davene Carter, a high school standout at 5A Duncanville. Reisman and staff declined to name other prospects, but expect to add to that list soon.

Tarleton is coming off a 24-6 season that included a Lone Star Conference South Division championship, an appearance in the final at the LSC Championship tournament and an appearance in the South Central Regional.

LSC Roundup 6-23

Little becomes a Wildcat
Sophomore point guard Marc Little has signed a national letter-of-intent to continue his basketball career at Abilene Christian University. Little, an Honorable Mention All-Conference selection in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference this past season, signed with the Grizzlies on May 12th.

This past season Little averaged 11 points and 3.3 assists per game. Little connected on 42% of his three-point attempts and shot 77.7% from the free throw line. Little was the only player to finish conference play ranking in the top-ten in scoring average, assists per game, 3-point percentage and free throw percentage. He scored a career high 24 points in a 77-71 overtime win over South Plains on January 31st of this year.

During his two years at New Mexico Junior College Little appeared in 53 games, starting 28 of them. He averaged 8.8 points, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He finished his Thunderbird career shooting 40% from beyond the 3-point arc and 76.2% from the free throw line.

Snoga signs to play for Incarnate Word - Pat Turner, San Antonio Express-News
Connor Snoga shined in football and baseball at Smithson Valley High School.

Thought the tight end-first baseman enjoyed both sports, baseball was Snoga's favorite. He found a reason to love it even more after signing a scholarship with Incarnate Word.

Incarnate Word had a number of attractions. The school is close to home. His cousin, Robert Moorman, signed to play football for the Cardinals and the academics are to his liking.

But the strongest selling point was the baseball tradition.

“I really like Coach (Danny) Heep,” Snoga said. “Playing for him is going to be awesome. His teams play with a lot of intensity.”

Clabaugh Receives LSC Distinguished Service Award - ENMU Sports
Longtime Eastern New Mexico University Baseball Coach Phil Clabaugh has received the Lone Star Conference Distinguished Service Award for his 20 years and 455 wins with the Greyhounds. The award was presented to Clabaugh at the annual coaches meeting, held on May 3rd.

Clabaugh announced his retirement last month, and finished his coaching career with 552 victories, at both Eastern New Mexico University and Western New Mexico. In 2009, he guided the Hounds to their first-ever appearance in the LSC Championship tournament.

Clabaugh arrived at ENMU in 1992 and revived the dormant baseball program from scratch, building Greyhound field and a team to play on it. The Hounds won 20 games that year and posted a higher winning total in each of his first five years. Four of his players are in the ENMU Athletic Hall of Honors, with standout Dallas McMann set for induction this fall. Clabaugh’s teams produced more than 65 All-Lone Star Conference selections.

Greyhound Field is another prize Clabaugh will leave to Eastern, a facility that has seen numerous improvements during his time as coach. Two years ago, a new fence, giving the facility deeper dimensions, along with better bullpens was set up over the summer. Several years ago, the Greyhounds received their indoor practice facility next to the game field, which enabled the team to work on hitting and fielding during the cold early months of the season.

Banks Signs with Hoggies - TAMK Sports
KINGSVILLE, TEXAS – Texas A&M-Kingsville head men’s basketball coach Pete Peterson added Antonio Banks to his 2011 recruiting class on Wednesday.

Banks, a 5-9, 165-pound guard from Grand Rapids, MI, played his high school ball at Lee High School and played two years at Neosho County. He earned Honorable Mention all-Conference honors as a sophomore at Neosho after averaging 12.5 points and 2.7 assists per game. He drained 60 three-points in 20 games while shooting 42.6 percent from beyond the arc. He also shot 82.4 percent from the foul line. As a freshman, he averaged 7.5 points and 3.5 assists per game while making 24 three-pointers in 17 games at a 45 percent clip.

As a senior in high school, Banks scored 27 points per game while dishing out seven assists per game. He is the son of Anietra Jackson and plans to study Business.


US advances to Gold Cup final
Parker the focus on draft day
Wimbeldon Coverage

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Tarleton State family needs your help

The 1977-1978 Tarleton State Football Team Members and Coaches are trying to help a former teamate, Tony Tuck, who is critically ill.

Tony was working for a private security company in Afghanistan and contracted Typhoid Fever, which resulted in a stroke. This left the former All American Defensive End paralyzed on one side of his body. Tony is unable to walk or talk and has to be fed with a feeding tube.

The company that Tony was working for had no medical insurance for him and this has not only affected Tony physically, but has also affected his family financially.

Former players and friends can make a financial contribution to the following...
Tony Tuck Benefit Account
Town and Country Bank
PO Box 1157
Stephenville Texas 76401
Acct # 5131610
Routing #111907555.

LSC Roundup 6-22

Henry becomes 26th Texan to go pro since 2000
NAESTVED, Denmark – Former Tarleton guard Corin Henry has signed to play basketball for Team FOG Naestved in Naestved, Denmark.

Henry will join Team Fog, which plays in the Danish basketball league, Canal Digital Ligaen, for the new season.

“I cannot wait to get over there,” Henry said. “I leave August 15th. The chance to play professionally while traveling the world has always been a dream of mine. Everything the Tarleton coaching staff guaranteed me when they recruited me has come true. They told me coming in if I worked hard I would graduate and have a chance to continue playing once my college career was over. I’m a few courses away from graduating and I intend to finish those online during the coming school year.”

Henry was named the Lone Star Conference South Division Defensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2010-11, and he helped the Texans to the LSC South Division championship.

Henry led the team with 14.2 points per game and 127 assists this season. He also topped the squad with 53 steals and broke the school record of charges taken.

“What a great accomplishment for Corin,” Reisman said. “I am truly ecstatic about the opportunity he will have in Denmark next season. Corin had a tremendous two seasons with us and certainly deserves this opportunity to pursue his dream. Team FOG Naestved has signed not only a great player, but an even better individual. Corin comes to work every day, pushes those around him to make them better and has a never say die attitude that rubs off on those around him. We will miss him, but we wish him the best of luck.”

Squire Selected Capital One Academic All-American, First for Greyhound Track & Field Since 2005
Junior Bill Squire (Hagerman, N.M./Hagerman HS) from the Eastern New Mexico University men’s track & field turned in an outstanding effort in the classroom and field, during the 2011 season. For his efforts, Squire was selected Third Team Capital One Academic All-American. The honor marks the 14th time a Greyhound or Zia was selected Academic All-American and the first time for a cross country/track & field athlete since 2005, when Ty Touchstone was honored.

To be eligible for Capital One Academic All-America honors, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

Squire graduated from ENMU with bachelor’s degree a pre-veterinary studies and a concentration in dairy and animal sciences, in just three years. He capped a strong season by earning All-Lone Star Conference and USTFCCCA All-Region status, and earned LSC Track & Field Academic Player of the Year honors. Squire placed second in the hammer throw at the LSC Championships and narrowly missed the NCAA Championships. Squire joins Brian Holik from Angelo State as representatives from the LSC on the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America team.

Holik Garners First Team Academic All-America Honors
Angelo State graduate Brian Holik was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America 2010-11 Men's Track and Field/Cross Country First Team as announced by CoSIDA Tuesday morning. The announcement comes just two weeks after he was named the Lone Star Conference Scholar-Athlete Award winner.

Holik garnered the honors after posting a 3.97 GPA as an exercise science major. The accolades are just one of many accomplishments for the Wall native this season as he collected his sixth All-American award earlier this year from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) after helping lead ASU's 4X400-meter relay team to a fifth-place finish at the 2011 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

“It's a great honor for him, Angelo State athletics and Angelo State Track and Field,” head coach James Reid said. “He's a guy that is typical of a lot of ASU athletes. He excels in his area of athletics and in the classroom. Brian is part of a long line of track and field kids that have been able to garner national awards based on their success on the track and in the classroom.”

“As a captain, he was a leader and other athletes looked up to him,” Reid continued. “Not just because of how he was on the track, but also as a person. He is a good representation of Angelo State both on and off the field.”

The hurdler also qualified for nationals in the 400-meter hurdles and won the event at the Lone Star Conference Championships. Holik received the NCAA Elite 88 Award after graduating with his impressive GPA, and has already begun the doctoral program at Angelo State in physical therapy.

Timmis Turns Heads, Makes It To The Final 16 At The British Amateurs
Cameron University’s Jason Timmis impressed the crowds at the 2011 British Amateurs in England over the weekend, en route to the top 16 finish before being eliminated in match play.

The Tournament started with two days of stroke play. Of 288 participants, only the top 64 would advance through to match play. Timmis began the tournament on at the Hillside Golf Club, where he posted a 72 (even) on the tough course, which stretches more than 7,000 yards. His score of 72 was good enough to place him in a tie for 7th place.

On day 2, Timmis shot a 1-under 70, to pull into a tie for 4th place overall with a 142, three shots off the leader and good enough to move into a high seed for match play.

Timmis bested Frenchman Gary Stahl 2 & 1 to advance past the first round of match play. On day four, In the round of 32, he found himself paired against Stuart Phillips, a native of Royston, Scotland. TImmis was able to gain the upper hand and cruise to a victory 6 & 4.

It was not until the evening of the fourth day that Timmis stumbled, dropping the match to Norwegian Joakim Mikkelsen 4 & 2, effectively ending his run at the 2011 British Amateur Championship and an automatic bid for next year’s Masters Tournament.

Georgia Bulldog and Australia-native Bryden Macpherson would go on to capture the championship with a 3 & 2 victory over Michael Stewart. Abilene Christian’s Cyril Bounil, a native of France, also participated in the tournament, but failed to make it out of stroke play.

Timmis is currently playing in a regional 2011 British Open qualifying tournament and has made it through to the second round with a first round 71. The tournament began today, and is being played at 16 regional clubs in England: Abridge, Berwick-upon-Tweed (Goswick), Bruntsfield Links, Buckinghamshire, Clitheroe, Coventry, East Sussex National, Enville, Ferndown, Gog Magog, Hankley Common, Lindrick, Mere, Pannal, Royal Dublin and The London. Timmis is playing at the Enville Golf Club and with his score of 71, tied for 5th place, he is the highest placing amateur on his course. Play will resume at a later date.

The 2011 British Open will be played july 14th - July 17th at the par-70, 7,211 yard Royal St. Georges Golf Club in Kent, England.

ACU fourth in Learfield Cup 
Three golfers honored by PING 
Four Wildcats earn ITA honors 
ASU's "Coaching Texas": Former QB Returns as State Champ  


Cal puts cap on A&M's season
The Big 12's best ever
Gold Cup reaches Reliant
Justice: Astros GM Wade must be proactive with agenda
TP being peddled for pick? - Parker’s days running the Spurs’ offense could be numbered.
Drafting of Parker: A way to remember
Sherrington: Rangers need an ace; could it be Highland Park's Clayton Kershaw? 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Very Inspiring story leading up to NBA Draft

Jimmy Butler finds a new home, hope - Chad Ford,
"I don't like the look of you. You gotta go."

Those were the last words Jimmy Butler says he remembers his mother saying to him before, according to his recollection, she kicked him to the curb.

He was 13 years old. There was no family to run to. No place to call home. No money in his pocket.

Most kids his age are concerned with school, sports, girls. Butler was just trying to survive. Alone.

Butler pauses as he speaks to me from a hotel room in Cleveland. He sounds unsure about doing this interview. For years, he's kept the story out of the headlines. Several times he tells me he's not sure it's the right time to talk.

He's focusing on NBA draft workouts. He just flew in from New Jersey, where he worked out June 8. Two days later, he tried out with the Cavs. His coach at Marquette, Buzz Williams, always told him to take everything one day at a time.

"That's literally what I live by," Butler said. "One day at a time. The NBA is a goal of mine. But I'm not there yet. I can't lose my focus."
(Please the entire story. It's well worth it)

LSC Roundup 6-21

Standout Ram excited about possible call to the NBA - Mike Whitson, San Angelo Stanedard Times
Five months ago, LaMarshall Corbett feared his lifelong journey to play in the NBA had come to a dead end.

Suspended from the Angelo State University basketball team for alleged theft just 13 games into his much-anticipated senior campaign, the all-America guard wondered if his lofty hoop dreams would ever become a reality.

But Thursday night, the 6-foot-3, 170-pound Corbett will be watching the 2011 NBA draft closely from his North Carolina home, with a still "realistic" chance of hearing his name announced.

An already uphill battle to make it to the pros — which went through junior college and Division II ASU — suddenly became an even more arduous road with the suspension.

"At that point, I felt like it might not happen," Corbett said. "But (ASU head basketball) coach (Fred) Rike talked to me a lot. He talked to my father and my mother, and told me to keep my head up."

UCO baseball player signs with independent league - UCO Sports
Former Central Oklahoma pitcher Jordan Stern has signed a professional contract with the Lincoln (Neb.) Saltdogs of the American Association, considered the leading independent professional league in the country.

A 6-foot-6 right-hander from Plano, Texas, Stern was a workhorse on the mound for the Bronchos in 2011. He finished 5-4 with a solid 3.78 earned run average while leading the team in starts (12), complete games (five), innings pitched (78 2/3) and strikeouts (80).

“Jordan was probably the best pitcher in our league down the stretch,” UCO coach Dax Leone said. “He has an unbelievable work ethic and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him continue to develop with the Saltdogs and become a mainstay in their rotation.

“He had a lot of interest from Major League scouts this year and this opportunity with Lincoln will put him a great position to possibly get picked up in the future.”

The Saltdogs, one of 14 teams in the American Association, are currently 17-18. The season runs through Aug. 30, with the three division winners and one wild card team advancing to the playoffs.


Horns go out with a whimper
Aggies hinge future on Wacha
Waltrip excited about NASCAR's move to fuel injection engines
Buck Harvey: Drafting of Parker: A way to remember
Rockets' draft downfall

Monday, June 20, 2011

A note from Dave Campbell's Texas Football

Basically, our copy for the LSC came in earlier than most other pieces — back before the NCAA gave formal approval to the formation of the Great American Conference. But, knowing the Oklahoma schools were leaving at some point, I still did the checking anyways to ensure that the two-division structure was in place for 2011. My information was, simply, bad — I OK’ed the pages under the understanding the Oklahoma schools were leaving in 2012, not 2011. That’s 100 percent my fault, and I’m incredibly frustrated over the error. Our LSC fans are some of our most vocal and dedicated — especially on the web — and knowing that I dropped the ball on this has been eating at me. I really am sorry for that.

We will obviously have this problem fixed for our digital editions (on iPhone and iPad) near the end of June, and we’ll have PDFs of corrected pages available for anyone interested for their records. Anyone with questions or comments can catch me by email or phone. Door is always open here at DCTF.
Travis Stewart | Managing Editor
IMG | Dave Campbell's Texas Football |

Preseason All American Team

Consensus Draft Services has released their 2011 Preseason All-American Teams.  Players from the LSC include:

First Team
Amini Silatolu - OG - Midwestern State

Second Team
Tyson Williams - WR - West Texas A&M ?!?!?!?!?! (This is their list not ours.  While TW is a very good receiver, he is now at Texas Tech, and will redshirt this year)
Aston Whiteside - DE - Abilene Christian

Honorable Mention
Mitchell Gale - QB - Abilene Christian
Ben Gibbs - TE - Abilene Christian
Adam Robinson - OT - Eastern New Mexico
Hector Rodriguez - C - West Texas A&M
Matt Webber - C - Abilene Christian
Sergio Castillo - K - West Texas A&M
Barrington Morrison - DE - Abilene Christian?!?!?!?  (ACU listing is an error from CDS.  Should be Clarion University)
Johnny Tivao - DT - Texas A&M-Kingsville
Bracy McCoy - DL - Eastern New Mexico
Curtis Jackson - LB - Eastern New Mexico

Former LSC Players
1st team - Armonty Bryant - DE - ECU
1st team - Nate Robinson - CB - NSU (not Northwestern State as listed on CDS website)
2nd team - Colton Ables - OG - NSU
2nd team - Ryan Sullivan - OG - SOSU
2nd team - Donate Smith - CB - ECU
HM - Ryan Shelly - TE - SOSU
HM - Eric Walker - DB - SOSU
HM  Creadell Pennon - DB - UCO

LSC Roundup 6-20

Gholson: Big year for MSU leaves tough picks for awards - Nick Gholson, Times Record News
With four teams qualifying for national championship events, it was one great year for Midwestern State athletics.

It was so good, in fact, that I had a really tough time choosing my Gholson Award winners for the school.

For example, Brady Tigert could be coach of the year for taking the softball team to the NCAA Division II Softball Championship for the first time ever.

You could also make an argument for Grant McCasland after leading the men's basketball team to back-to-back Elite Eight appearances.

Koby Styles continues to do an amazing job with the women's cross-country team, making it to the D-II National Championships for the second time in three years.

All three of those coaches are deserving of a "Nicky."

But I didn't choose any of the three.

Controversial lineman grateful for second chance in Calgary - Scott Cruickshank, National Post
The Calgary Stampeders are offering the opportunity. The players are offering the clean slate.

Tony Washington, in return, is offering the tantalizing stack of raw talent, 6-foot-6 and 311 pounds of it.

The unknown in this equation: how fans react to a registered sex offender being signed by their favourite team.

“I have no control over that,” Stamps head coach and general manager John Hufnagel said after Saturday morning’s workout, the offensive lineman’s first with his new employers. “I mean, I’m comfortable with the decision I made. And Tony is very excited about playing here.”

A week ago, when news of Washington’s signing initially broke in Canadian Football League circles, Hufnagel had said: “I knew the history would be a challenge. But I have given a lot of players on this football team a second chance, and I personally was comfortable with everything I discovered about him, that it was a good gamble.”

Business as Usual for Fance in CFL Debut - ASU Sports
REGINA - Calvin Fance made a habit of wrangling quarterbacks while earning All-American honors at Angelo State so it should come as no surprise that his first career tackle in the Canadian Football League came at the expense of the opposing team's signal caller. Fance and the Saskatchewan Roughriders held off Edmonton 23-22 in their preseason opener at Mosaic Stadium late Friday night.

Fance, who led NCAA Division II in sacks per game during his senior season in 2009, dragged down Edmonton Eskimos' quarterback Matt Nichols after a short scramble in the second quarter and helped hold Edmonton to a field goal. The points would prove critical as the Riders won by just one point.

Fance, a Houston native, spent the last several weeks of the 2010 CFL season helping the Riders' active roster prepare for games but never got a real taste of the action. Friday night the wait ended and work continued for Fance as he trys to prove he's worthy of one of the team's spots when the regular season opens July 1.

Fance came to Angelo State from Cisco Junior College and played a few games for the San Angelo Stampede Express of the Indoor Football League after completing his Ram career. Fance was invited back to Saskatchewan this season and participated in the team's rookie camp prior to the start of training camp. The Riders will play one more exhibition before the start of the regular season.

Brown Signs with Javelinas - TAMK Sports
Texas A&M-Kingsville men’s basketball coach Pete Peterson has signed another guard for the Javelinas, junior college transfer Ashton Brown.

Brown, a 5-10 scoring guard from Randolph, NY, has been an outstanding scorer wherever he has played. In high school, he averaged 34 points per game as a senior at Randolph Central en route to earning All-Western New York honors. He was a three-time Western New York Player of the Week and set the school record with 47 points in a game.

As a freshman, Brown went to Jamestown Community College. He finished third in the nation in scoring with 24.2 points per game. He knocked down 75 three-pointers and shot 87 percent from the foul line. He earned first team all-region and fourth team All-American honors. He scored 59 points in a win over JCC-Olean.

Last year, Brown transferred to Coastal Bend College where he had a solid season averaging 12.4 points, 4.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game. He is the fourth signee of the year for the Javelinas.

M. Golf: Jason Timmis Latest Aggie To Be Voted All-American - CU Sports
Despite the season ending, Cameron’s Jason Timmis is still bringing in hardware. One day after being named to the 2011 PING All-Region South Central Team, TImmis today was named a DII PING Second Team All-American.

"That’s (being named All-American) an extremely difficult to do; especially this year," said long-time CU Head Coach Jerry Hrnciar. "There were some tremendously talented players, and a lot in own conference and regions. He is very deserving, one of hardest working players I’ve ever had. He has a very businesslike manner; consequently, he gets such a great honor."

Timmis led the way for the Aggies this season, guiding the team to the NCAA DII Championships in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. During the season Timmis was a workhorse, leading the Aggies in eight out of 12 tournaments entered, including a victory at the UCO/Kicking bird Classic at the Kicking Bird Gold Club in Edmond. Timmis shot a 215 (+5) on the 6,722-yard par 70.

The Aggie golfer’s best round of the year, a 65, was shot at The Golf Club of Dallas, while participating in the DBU Patriot Invitational in late March. Timmis finished the DII NCAA Championships in 40th place, with a 226 (+10).

Patrick Bauer of Sonoma State, Barry’s Chris Carlin, Josh Creel of Central Oklahoma, Central Missouri’s Matt Miller, Cal State San Bernardino’s Kenny Pigman, Daniel Stanley of Newberry, Cameron’s Jason Timmis and Georgia College’s Joe Young comprised the second team.


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Aggies on brink of elimination after walk-off loss to South Carolina
Texas-UNC, 1 p.m.; Longhorns face elimination from CWS
Hamlin wins NASCAR race at Michigan
Jones, Dempsey score as US advances in Gold Cup
Major win for McIlroy

Friday, June 17, 2011

LSC Scoop Afternoon Update 6-17

Three UCO golfers named All-American
A trio of Central Oklahoma golfers have earned NCAA Division II PING All-America honors, it was announced Friday by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Josh Creel was named to the second-team unit, Andrew Green was a third-team selection and Baer Aneshansley made the honorable mention list for the Bronchos.

A junior-to-be from Cheyenne, Wyo., Creel enjoyed a fabulous 2010-11 season,
finishing with a 71.91 scoring average for 34 rounds. He had top-10 finishes in nine of 12 tournaments -- winning two titles -- and shot 11 rounds in the 60s.

An honorable mention All-America as a freshman in 2008-09, Green had a 72.30 average for 37 rounds. The senior-to-be from Edmond finished in the top-10 seven times and placed third in the national tournament at three-under-par.

Aneshansley, who will be a senior this fall, finished with a 73.89 average in 35 rounds. The Clinton native had three top-10 finishes and shot a final-round 67 in finishing 14th at the national tournament.

The threesome helped lead UCO to arguably the best year in school history, with the Bronchos winning nine titles – including the Lone Star Conference and South Central/Central Region crowns – and finishing third in the stroke-play portion of the national tournament before losing in the first round of match play.

WT's Hargis Named to PING All-America Squad
The Division II PING All-America Teams have been announced by the GCAA (Golf Coaches Association of America), with West Texas A&M junior Ben Hargis has been named to the third team.

Abilene Christian’s Cyril Bouniol and Alex Carpenter, Lynn’s Ricardo Gouveia and Jose Joia, Cal State Monterey Bay’s John Jackson, Jake Murphy of Coker, Chico State’s Kyle Souza and Barry’s Daniel Stapff were previously named to the PING All-America First Team.\

Patrick Bauer of Sonoma State, Barry’s Chris Carlin, Josh Creel of Central Oklahoma, Central Missouri’s Matt Miller, Cal State San Bernardino’s Kenny Pigman, Daniel Stanley of Newberry, Cameron’s Jason Timmis and Georgia College’s Joe Young comprised the second team.

Along with Hargis, third-team honorees included West Florida’s Otto Bonning, Daniel Claytor of Barton, Western Washington’s Dylan Goodwin, Andrew Green of Central Oklahoma, Tyler Sheppard of Abilene Christian, Columbus State’s Rourke Van der Spuy, Columbus State and Scott Yeakel of Cal State Monterey Bay.

A total of 21 golfers were named honorable mention All-America.

Men’s Basketball Adds Ellsworth Recruit
KINGSVILLE, TEXAS – Ellsworth Community College shooting guard Derryl Nash has decided to continue his basketball career playing for Texas A&M-Kingsville and head coach Pete Peterson.

Nash is a 6-2 guard from Austin, TX where he starred at Elgin High School. As a senior, he averaged 19.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game in 2008-09.

At Ellsworth CC in Iowa, Nash earned First Team all-Region XI Division II honors this past season. He averaged 12.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game while shooting over 80 percent from the free throw line. He knocked down 27 three-pointers in only 16 games. As a freshman, he averaged 7.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.

Nash plans to study Criminal Justice at A&M-Kingsville.

West Texas A&M Basketball Signs Sims
CANYON, Texas – West Texas A&M head basketball coach Rick Cooper has announced that Donald Sims, a 6-5, 215 lb. forward from USC-Salkehatchie will attend WTAMU and play for the Buffs during the upcoming 2011-12 season.

“Donald is going to be a great fit into our offensive and defensive schemes for next year. He does a terrific job of scoring on angles when he is posted up, and has the ability to score over bigger defenders.”

As a sophomore during the 2010-11 campaign, Sims was the Indians’ leading scorer, averaging 18.6 points, while shooting at a 66.6 percent clip from the field. He also grabbed 12.0 rebounds per contest and dishes 2.2 assists per outing.

For his efforts, he was honored as a first-team all-Region 10 selection.

“Donald is a great addition to our program,” Cooper continued. “His size, athleticism and versatility will be a great addition to our team as we prepare for next year.”

Sims is the fifth player signed by Cooper’s staff this year, joining transfer Kerry Jones, a 6-6 forward from Tyler, Texas (Hill College), and incoming freshmen Kevin Waller, a 6-9, post from Groesbeck, Texas (HS), Jamarlas ‘Tez’ Dumars, a 6-2 guard from Garland, Texas (Lakeview Centennial HS) and 6-4 guard Kennon Washington from Mobile, Ala. (Faulkner State CC).

LSC Roundup 6-17

Neiswander Begins Pro Football Career in Canada
MONTREAL – It was only an exhibition game and the stats won’t count, but that won’t keep former Angelo State quarterback Josh Neiswander from forever remembering Thursday night. Neiswander, a rookie quarterback with the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League, completed 7-of-13 passes for 88 yards and led the two-time defending Grey Cup Champions on a pair of field goal scoring drives while preserving a 27-15 exhibition win over Winnipeg.

Neiswander, who entered a game with the Alouettes already leading late in the third quarter, completed his very first pass attempt but a holding call negated the play. He completed his next two passes before two incompletions ended the drive. In the fourth quarter, the Winnsboro, Texas, native engineered a five-play, 27-yard drive and a seven-play, 56-yard drive to set up a pair of field goals by Sandro DeAngelis.

Montreal did not play veteran starter Anthony Calvillo and gave all the game reps to its three back-up quarterbacks – Adrian McPherson, Ricky Santos and Neiswander. McPherson started the game and gave way to Santos after giving the Alouettes a lead in the first quarter. The trio combined to go 26-for-44 in the contest and racked up 407 yards through the air, nearly all of the team’s 434 total yards on offense. McPherson went 6-for-10 for 112 yards and Santos completed 13-of-21 passes for 207 yards. Both players found the end zone, completing touchdown passes to Bo Bowling and Brandon London.

Neiswander, who re-wrote the record books at Angelo State and graduated with a master’s of business administration in December, signed with Montreal after impressing the coaching staff during the team’s three-day rookie camp. Montreal will play one more exhibition contest before opening the defense of its back-to-back CFL titles against the BC Lions at home June 30.

Elsewhere in the CFL, former Ram defensive end Calvin Fance is pushing for playing time with the Saskatchewan Roughriders as the team opens its exhibition slate against the Edmonton Eskimos on Friday.

Terry Tabbed to Lead Greyhound Baseball Program
Courtesy: Culver-Stockton Sports Information
Eastern New Mexico University Athletic Director, Dr. Jeff Geiser has announced the addition of Chris Terry to the staff as the Greyhounds new baseball coach. Terry joins the ENMU staff after a highly successful stint at Culver-Stockton College (Mo.) and succeeds Phil Clabaugh, the Greyhound coach for the last 20 years.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to be the next coach at Eastern New Mexico University,” said Terry. “Both the academic and athletic direction of the university impressed me and I am looking to move the tradition forward and into a new era.”

“The bottom line is that he’s a winner,” said Geiser. “He proved he can win at Culver-Stockton, where he was the head coach.” “We believe he is a fit for Eastern New Mexico University. We put him before a lot of people during the interview process and everyone was impressed. Our search committee did a great job, as we started with over 106 applicants and narrowed it down to three finalists. Chris Terry emerged as our best choice to lead the baseball program.

Terry was the head coach at Culver-Stockton College (Mo.) since the 2007 season and has registered three seasons with at least 30 wins. In 2011, he guided the Wildcats to a 36-15 record, with a 24-4 mark in the Heart of America Athletic Conference. For his efforts, Terry was selected as the HAAC Coach of the year, while the team received 11 all-conference honors. Ranked 23rd in the NAIA, CSC received a bid to the national championship tournament. Prior to his stint at Culver Stockton, Terry spent seven years at Sheldon High School in Sacramento, Calif.


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McIlroy opens 3-shot lead at U.S. Open
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A&M coach relies on pitching to key trek to Omaha
Gene Chizik opens up about Iowa State

Thursday, June 16, 2011

LSC Roundup 6-16

Tarleton baseball hauls in nine more signings to add to 2012 class (Complete Story Link)
Head Coach Bryan Conger and the Tarleton baseball team announced the signing of nine more recruits for the 2012 season.

The Texans finished the season 35-10 and made on the second trip to the NCAA Division II tournament in school history. The Tarleton coaching staff is hoping that these nine additions will help the Texans to a potential return trip in 2012 and fill the void of the 15 seniors from 2011.

Buck Harvey: The luck of Horry came with a price
Pitching winning concept
Launch date set for Longhorn Network
Justice: Astros’ Norris takes hopeful steps to pitching stardom
Tennis notebook: Is Roddick stuck with 1 Slam?
Former MLB commissioner: 'Mark Cuban is a real problem in basketball'
Grant: Why Derek Holland may need to move to Rangers' bullpen

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

LSC Roundup 6-15

as reported earlier (thanks to Tyler Garrett for breaking the story)
Trujillo Named Women's Basketball Coach
KINGSVILLE, TEXAS – Texas A&M-Kingsville Director of Athletics Kenneth Oliver announced that Michael Trujillo is the new head women’s basketball coach for the Javelinas on Tuesday afternoon.

“Michael was extremely prepared during the interview process and he really distinguished himself from the other candidates,” Oliver said. “We are excited to welcome he and his family to the athletic department and think he will do an outstanding job.”

Trujillo had been an NCAA Division I assistant coach for the past eight years and began his career as a student assistant for the women’s basketball program at Northern Arizona. He spent the last four years at Texas State where he was a part of one Southland Conference regular season championship team that made an appearance in the WNIT. He spent one season as an assistant coach at his alma mater Northern Arizona and three seasons at Sam Houston State. At all three schools, he was directly involved in recruiting and on-court coaching.

Trujillo plans to “lead by example” and mentioned that changing the mentality of the players in the program will probably be his greatest challenge in his first year. “My vision for the program is a commitment to excellence in everything we do on the court, in the classroom and in the community,” said Trujillo.

Heading into his first role as a head collegiate coach, Trujillo talked about having many emotions all wrapped into one. “I have been looking forward to it (getting a head coaching job) for several years,” Trujillo said, “and can’t wait to get started.”

Trujillo has recruited the same general region in his seven years at Sam Houston State and Texas State that he will be recruiting at A&M-Kingsville. He has developed strong contacts among the AAU and high school coaches in the region. “Having already recruited the region and knowing the coaches makes it that much easier on me when it comes to recruiting because I already have a relationship with the coaches,” said Trujillo.

Assistant coach Crystal Oates, who served as the interim head coach for the past few months, will be retained on Trujillo’s staff and he looks forward to working with her. “I felt very comfortable knowing that I would be working with Crystal,” said Trujillo. “I have known her for several years out on recruiting and have always been impressed by her. We have talked a few times already and we are on the same page with a lot of things already.”

Trujillo will officially begin in Kingsville on June 27 and he takes over for Scott Hyland who was the head coach for four years previously. “This is a tremendous opportunity for me and my family,” said Trujillo. “I am extremely excited about it and am thankful for Dr. Tallant, Ken Oliver and the search committee giving me this opportunity.”

Trujillo and his wife, Tammy, have an infant son, Aaron.

Lofton announces new Wildcats 
ABILENE – ACU head track and field coach Roosevelt Lofton announced Tuesday that the Wildcats have added five athletes for the 2012 season.

Lofton announced the middle distance runner Banjo Jaiyesimi will join the men's team, while junior college transfers Shenae Steele and Ayesha Rumble and high school standouts Emily Hill and Karolyn Palmer will join the women's team. Lofton also said the team will have additional signings to announce later in the summer.

Jaiyesimi joins a men's team that will be trying to replace three program pillars from the last four years in sprinter Desmond Jackson, jumper Ramon Sparks and hurdler Andrew McDowell. All three won national championships in their career, and they were part of the ACU men's track team that won both the NCAA Division II indoor and outdoor national championships in 2011.

Jaiyesimi is a junior college all-America transferring to ACU from Iowa Western Community College where he was fifth in the 800 meters at the NJCAA national indoor championship meet last spring. He also ran on the IWCC 4x400 relay team, which finished seventh indoors.

He has personal best times of 49.68 in the 400 meters, 1:53.54 in the 800 meters and 18:15.56 in the 5000 meters.

"After watching Banjo at the junior college indoor championship meet, I believe he will be a great asset for our program," Lofton said. "He has a tough, aggressive attitude on the track, and that will make him a high-caliber competitor and scorer at the national meet for us."

Steele is transferring to ACU from Iowa Western Community College she is the school record-holder in both the 100 meters (11.72) and 200 meters (24.05).

"Shannae is an extremely talented athlete with multiple all-America certificates to her credit," Lofton said. "She will be a huge asset to our women's sprint group. Shannae will bring leadership and experience to a young women's team and has a chance to be a top scorer at the national championship meet."

Rumble is transferring to ACU from Iowa Central Community College where she won the NJCAA 1000-meter national championship last winter. Rumble won the title in a school-record time of 2:58.14, helping her team to a third-place finish in the team standings.

Rumble now holds school records in the indoor and outdoor 800 meters, the 1000 meters, and as part of both the 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams.

Palmer is a sprinter from Duncanville High School with career bests of 12.20 in the 100 meters and 25.93 in the 200 meters. She'll compete in the 100, 200 and 400 and on both relays for the Wildcats.

Hill is a middle-distance standout from Magnolia High School, which is where former ACU pole vaulter Seth Westmoreland is now the boys' head track coach.

Hill qualified for the Region III-4A finals in the 800 meters three times, reaching the state track met as a junior. She was a two-time district champion in the 800 meters in high school. She also helped her cross country team advance to the state meet for the first time last fall.

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Small-ball key to UT's return trek to Omaha
Aggies have Gamecocks on tap in CWS

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

LSC Scoop Afternoon Update 6-14

Larsson signs deal with Braves - Jacob Unruh, Lawton Constitution
Former Cameron outfielder Chase Larsson made it official.

The Vancouver native confirmed through text message Sunday afternoon that he reached a contract agreement over the weekend with the Atlanta Braves after being drafted in the ninth round last week.

Larsson had one year of eligibility remaining at Cameron, but signing with the Braves as expected rules out any chance of him returning next season.

ASU's "Coaching Texas": Former QB Returns to San Angelo
One completion on three pass attempts probably went largely unnoticed that 1978 afternoon in Huntsville. The pass, thrown by a freshman from Fredericksburg who was in the game only because Angelo State head coach Jim Hess felt the outcome was determined, went for 10 yards in a 44-17 Rams' win over Sam Houston State. The young quarterback would also see limited time against Oregon College and Western Colorado as the Rams advanced through the playoffs on their way to claiming the NAIA National Championship.

Ever since that first season, Doug Kuhlmann's name has been recognized and connected with football in San Angelo and West Texas. Kuhlmann, who went on to throw for 4,443 yards and lead his team to a 25-8-1 record as a starter, has stayed involved with football as a coach after graduating from Angelo State in 1981 with a degree in Physical Education.

“I enjoyed everything about my time at Angelo State,” said Kuhlmann, who was named the athletic director and head football coach at San Angelo Lake View in late March. “My college coaches always had high expectations for us and we all felt so highly of them that we worked to achieve our goals. We were all treated so great as students and athletes at Angelo State that I changed my mind on what I wanted to do after college and decided I wanted to go into coaching.”

Kuhlmann said he originally thought about pursuing a career with the United States Secret Service because of a childhood friend's father who was an agent assigned to help protect Lady Bird Johnson who lived near his hometown. He credits Hess and Jerry Vandergriff for guiding him to a fulfilling coaching career that has produced an 89-74-1 record as a head coach. His career includes coaching positions at Lake View, Grape Creek, Eldorado, Wall and Vanderbilt Industrial. He started his high school coaching career as an assistant at Lake View under current San Angelo school district athletic director Jim Slaughter.

"We wanted someone that we had confidence in and Doug fit all those bills,” Slaughter told the San Angelo Standard-Times. “He will bring a winning attitude – he is used to winning. He has been with some tough programs where he has had to fight. When you've done that it makes you an even better coach. It puts you in a better position to prepare the next team and on down the line.”

Kuhlmann is replacing Sterlin Gilbert, another former Angelo State quarterback, who took the offensive coordinator job at Temple. He quickly got started in his new position at Lake View in April by familiarizing himself with his new players and has continued working with them with conditioning programs that have been implemented since the end of the school year. The Chiefs went 1-9 last season in the challenging District 8-4A which includes Stephenville, Killeen, Waco High, Waco Midway and Waco University.

“I'm very excited to be back in San Angelo and for the opportunity we have here at Lake View,” Kuhlmann said. “West Texas and San Angelo has been like home since I graduated high school. We're going to do our best to get this going in the right direction.”

Kuhlmann, who earned his Master's degree in Physical Education and Administration from Stephen F. Austin State before coming back to San Angelo in 1983, is coming off a 9-4 season at Industrial that ended in the quarterfinals. In six seasons at the South Texas school just north of Victoria, Kuhlmann's Cobras advanced to the playoffs five times and accumulated a 48-24 record. While at Industrial, he helped maintain and develop a winning culture throughout the athletic programs at the Class 2A school. He also stresses that building strong character of young men and women is what makes a great coach and teacher.

“There's so much of a bigger picture to being a coach than most people see or imagine,” he said. “We want to make a positive impact that will be beneficial to them later in life. Hearing stories of people I've coached in the past who are doing great things is even better than winning games for me.”

The decision to coach has provided a positive influence for countless students who have played for or been in a classroom with Kuhlmann.

“Doug did a great job for us,” Industrial school district superintendent Tony Williams told in The Victoria Advocate newspaper after Kuhlmann accepted the Lake View position. “Even if he never won a game, he was a great human being and a great role model for our kids.”

Kuhlmann said he's excited to be coaching at Lake View and to be back in San Angelo. He and his wife, D'Anna (also a graduate of Angelo State), have recently moved back into the home they own and have been renting out since their last tenure in West Texas. Their youngest daughter, Leah, is a junior at Angelo State where she is an Early Childhood education major. Leah's sister, Kate, currently works in Washington, D.C. after graduating from Texas Tech.

Though he hasn't been able to attend an Angelo State football game since 2004, Kuhlmann said he's looking forward to watching games at San Angelo Stadium this fall when he's not busy on Saturday's watching film to get his Lake View Chiefs ready for their next game.

“I liked to keep up with all of the sports at ASU even when I was in South Texas,” he said. “I was able to keep up with what was going on here. It has always been a special place for me and my family.

“I've been very impressed by what I've seen from the new football coaches at ASU. They've come out and introduced themselves to me and I heard they came out to watch our spring game. To make the time to come over here to show an interest in our program goes a long way with me. It shows that the University has coaches that really care about the community.”

Kuhlmann will also be one of a large group of former ASU players returning to San Angelo for this week's Angelo Football Clinic at the Junell Center. Kuhlmann and the Lake View Chiefs open their regular season on Sept. 2 at Ft. Stockton and play their home opener on Sept. 9 against Amarillo Caprock.

This is the first in a series of stories about Angelo State University graduates who have pursued coaching careers after graduation.

Special thanks to Quinton Martinez of the San Angelo Standard-Times and Mike Forman of the Victoria Advocate for their work which contributed to Doug Kuhlmann's story.

Brasfield Named Under Armour West Region AD of the Year

SAN ANGELO – Angelo State Director of Athletics Kathleen Brasfield was one of 28 winners of the Under Armour AD of the Year Award (ADOY), voted as the top athletic director in NCAA Division II's West Region as announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Monday.

Brasfield has been a fixture at Angelo State University and held a powerful presence in NCAA Division II for more than 30 years. Brasfield was hired as the women's athletics director in 1982 and started leading the entire department in 2004, expanding the department to 13 intercollegiate sports. The most recent additions include baseball (2005), women's golf (2009) and women's indoor track (2011). Under Brasfield's guidance, ASU won its first two NCAA National Championships – softball in 2004 and women's track and field (2010).

Brasfield was instrumental in securing the first-ever endowment solely for Angelo State athletics – a $1 million gift to benefit ASU student-athletes for years to come. The donors of the endowment provided an additional $100,000 for a new scoreboard at the recently renamed LeGrand Sports Complex, and improvements to the track facility prior to the NCAA Division II National Championships in 2009, which ASU hosted for the fifth time. Brasfield also served on the Division II Management Council and served as chair of the council in 2010. She's also spent time on the NCAA DII Volleyball Regional Advisory Committee and spent four seasons on the NCAA DII Volleyball National Advisory Committee, acting as national chair in 2004.

NACDA Executive Director Mike Cleary explains the ADOY Award is essential because it highlights the efforts of athletics directors at all levels for their commitment and positive contributions to campuses and their surrounding communities.

"Our Honors and Awards Committee recognized a need for an award such as the AD of the Year," said Cleary, who oversaw implementation of the program to allow all NACDA Officers and Honors and Awards Committee members to participate in the awards process, should they be elected. "The program brings to light the outstanding jobs done by athletics directors across the country. These 28 winners exemplify that, providing us with a group of exemplary athletics directors who excel at their jobs."

All NACDA-member directors of athletics in the United States, Canada and Mexico who met the criteria were eligible for the award. Among the criteria were service as an AD for a minimum of five academic years; demonstration of commitment to higher education and student-athletes; continuous teamwork, loyalty and excellence; and the ability to inspire individuals or groups to high levels of accomplishments. Additionally, each AD's institution must have passed a compliance check through its appropriate governing body (i.e., NCAA, NAIA, etc.), in which the institution could not have been on probation or cited for a lack of institutional control within the last five years during the tenure of the current athletics director.

Winners will receive their awards during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon on Saturday, June 18 at NACDA's 46th Annual Convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Fla.

Transfer Update

There are almost always questions when a student-athlete transfers from DI to DII. The reasons for transferring are varied - lack of playing time, legal issues, grades, homesickness, or other personal issues are the most common explanations. In the age of the internet, it is relatively easy to find information, but too often, only a portion of the story is told.

Soon after we posted the story on Cade Shaw transferring from Rice University to Texas A&M-Kingsville, we received a few emails "informing" us of an arrest back in April, in which Shaw and Cody Bauer (his roommate) were charged with firearms possession in a prohibited place.

As we do when we receive tips, we began researching the story, and a much more complete picture emerged.  What our tipsters failed mention was that Shaw and Bauer had already been cleared of those charges by a grand jury on May 31.  The grand jury issued a no bill, clearing both students' records.  Tyler Garrett of KRISTV reported that the gun did not belong to Shaw and was never in his possession.

We appreciate our readers sending us information, whether it be tips, links to stories or even first-hand information.  We get some really good stuff to share.  However, we feel it is our duty to perform some due diligence to ensure accuracy and completeness.  If the intent is inform and share information that might not otherwise get to a wide LSC audience, then bring it on.  If the intent is to try and cast a negative light on another LSC school, just know that it won't be posted without being looked into.

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With the 2011 season on the horizon Incarnate Word has announced two additions to the football staff.

Coach Mike Santiago said Michael Briglin and Larry Moore are on board as the Cardinals prepare for the University’s third season of competition and it’s second in the Lone Star Conference.

Briglin worked on staff during the 2010 season as a graduate assistant and now he has moved to fulltime status as the running backs coach.

Prior to coming to UIW Briglin was head of the National Football League’s development program in Hawaii. Over three years his teams won three championships. He also was linebackers coach at Moanalua High School, a divisional champion in Hawaii.

Briglin is a graduate of Oswego State University in New York. He holds certifications in supervision and management through US military programs. While in the Army he played rugby.

Moore over the previous two years was the offensive line coach at Ohio’s Central State University. At Incarnate Word he will coach the tight ends.

After he finished his collegiate eligibility at Grossmont Junior College and Brigham Young University, Moore played in 98 games, 75 as a starter, in the National Football League. Between 1997 and 2006 he played center and offensive guard with Seattle, Indianapolis, Washington and Cincinnati. He was an offensive captain with both the Colts and Redskins.

After his NFL playing days he coached tight ends at Bridgewater College before working internships with Cincinnati and Indianapolis of the NFL.

TexAnns add St. Edward's transfer Lowrance to 2011-12 squad
The Tarleton women's basketball team and head coach Ronnie Hearne announced the signing of Shanae Lowrance, a sophomore transfer from St. Edward's.

Lowrance was a highly touted foward out of Rockwall Heath High School before heading to St. Edward's for the 2010-11 season. As a member of the Hilltoppers, Lowrance averaged 5.6 points and a team-high 5.1 rebounds per game. The 5'10" post player led St. Edward's in rebounding on nine seperate occasions, including a 16-rebound performance against Huston-Tillotson, and averaged 15.2 minutes of action per contest. She also was very efficient offensively, shooting 50.9 percent from the floor.

In high school, Lowrance received a plethora of accolades, including first team all-district four times and ranked in the top the top two in rebounding in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex all four years. As a senior, the Rockwall standout was named first team all-region by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, as well as academic all-state.
Within the district in 2009-10, Lowrance was named offensive MVP and ranked No. 1 in rebounding and No. 2 in scoring. This was all while setting a school record for points (1,405) and rebounds (1,421).

Coach Hearne is excited about adding such an important player to next year's line-up.

"Shanae is a young lady who is a good fit for our program," said Hearne. "She has outstanding character, an excellent student and will provide us with quality depth at the post position."

Rothbauer Signs First Recruit
KINGSVILLE, TEXAS – Texas A&M-Kingsville head softball coach Ricki Rothbauer signed her first official recruit on Tuesday in Paris Junior College catcher Kodie Garner.

Garner hails from Garland, TX where she played at Garland High School and was a teammate of current Javelina shortstop Rose Stubbs. In her two years at Paris, Garner led the Lady Dragons to 79 wins, including a 47-17 mark in 2011. This past season she hit .330 with a .417 on base percentage. She had 14 doubles, scored 29 runs and drove in 25 runs en route to earning Region XIV All-Conference Second Team honors. That came after an outstanding freshman season where she hit .359 with a .470 slugging percentage and 26 RBI’s in 45 games. She was a First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-Region honoree as a freshman. She had 100 hits and 27 doubles in her career.

“I am excited for Kodie to join our team for the 2012 season,” said Rothbauer. “She is a great defensive catcher with the ability to work with various types of pitchers. She will be an asset to us as a leader on the field.”

Monday, June 13, 2011

Tigert, Carroll, Duke named NFCA South Central Coaching Staff of the Year

WICHITA FALLS, Texas - Midwestern State coach Brady Tigert, assistant coach Kasi Carroll and volunteer assistant Amiee Duke were named the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association Division II South Central Region coaching staff of the year for the second consecutive campaign as announced Monday morning.

The Mustangs capped off a banner season finishing the 2011 campaign as NCAA Division II national semifinalists led by a trio of All Americans in senior pitcher Brittney Tanner, junior third baseman Mallory Mooney and sophomore center fielder Elena Bennett.

Midwestern State earned its first regional championship while matching its Lone Star Conference record of 54 wins in 2011.

Tigert and his staff also earned the same honor following the 2006 and 2010 campaigns. He has led the Mustangs to the NCAA Division II postseason in seven of their eight seasons since restarting the program in 2004.

Tigert, who has posted a 329-137 (.706) mark in eight seasons at MSU, claimed his sixth Lone Star Conference divisional coach of the year honor this season. As the hitting coach, he mentored the Mustangs to their best season in team batting average (.332), runs scored (386), hits (612) and home runs (60).

Carroll, who just completed her first season as the program's first full-time assistant coach, directed the pitching staff to team records in ERA (1.49), opponent batting average (181) and strikeouts (608). The senior staff including Tanner and Kristina Gutierrez also set an LSC and school record with 27 shutouts.

Duke completed her first season as a volunteer assistant making her return to campus after completing her playing career at MSU in 2004 and 2005.

California-San Diego's staff led by head coach Patti Gerckens earned top national honors after leading the Tritons to the NCAA Division II national championship.

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Stampeders hoping to give OL Washington a second chance - Allen Cameron, Montreal Gazette
CALGARY — John Hufnagel had been bracing for the impact for the better part of six months when he decided to sign offensive lineman Tony Washington to a contract.

It arrived on Friday when word finally started leaking out that Washington, 25, is a registered sex offender who, at the age of 16, had sex with his 15-year-old sister.

Now, the Stamps are waiting to see if Canadian immigration officials will allow Washington, who had a troubled upbringing but who has owned up to his past and has been forgiven by his sister, across the border.

“We signed him knowing it would be a challenge getting him to Calgary,” Hufnagel acknowledged on Friday. “He has a history, but we’ve done our due diligence, we’ve been in communication with numerous people who are involved in the situation, and I’ve talked personally to Tony numerous times on the phone, and he was in Florida (for the Stamps’ free-agent camp), where I sat down and talked to the young man.”

The process of Washington applying for permission to come to Canada was hampered by Hurricane Katrina, which destroyed court records and psychiatrist reports that came out of the incident.

“The process is continuing,” said Hufnagel. “They wanted certain things to be sent to them, which was the court-case proceedings and the results of his psychiatry test. Both sets of papers were lost in the hurricane, so he’s just finished taking a psychiatric test that is being delivered, and we’ll see where it goes.”

Stamps try to give ex-con chance - Ian Busby, Calgary Sun
John Hufnagel believes in second chances.

He believes Tony Washington deserves one.

The problem with bringing in a player with a checkered past into the Canadian Football League is immigration officials sometimes have other ideas about letting a registered sex offender into the country.

The Calgary Stampeders GM-head coach has met Washington face to face, heard his story and believes he’s paid the price for his crime.

When Washington was 16, he was convicted of having consensual sex with his 15-year-old sister.

It was a horrible mistake, one that has nearly completely destroyed any chance he has of living a normal live let alone playing professional football.

But the label doesn’t completely describe the offensive lineman who is now 24 and eight years removed from the incident.

The Stamps may never get him into training camp, but they are still going through the process.

“If he shows up, good. If he doesn’t show up, we’ll move on,” said Hufnagel. “I knew the history would be a challenge.

“I have given a lot of players who are part of this team a second chance. I personally was comfortable with everything I discovered about the young man in conversations I’ve had and communications I’ve had.

“It was a good gamble to make.”

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