Monday, June 20, 2011

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.


Grant: Rangers find positives, but serious problems exist after road trip
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

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