Thursday, July 14, 2011

LSC Roundup 7-14

Rios leads rushing in Lone Star Conference - Pat Turner, San Antonio Express-News
This football season will be a little different for Trent Rios.

Being a two-year starter, the Incarnate Word junior running back is more familiar with life as a college football player, especially in the highly-competitive Lone Star Conference.

In addition, Rios' stock as a durable running back has risen as he goes into this season as the LSC leader in rushing (888 yards) and all-purpose (1,632) yards among all returning offensive players. For the former Smithson Valley athlete, being a little more polished makes his situation even more comfortable.

Now, Rios hopes to do more. Being one of the leading rushers (he was third a year ago) again would be nice, but his main objective is helping Incarnate Word take a positive step forward during its third year of football.

“It gets more exciting every year,” said Rios, who works out each morning at 6 a.m. with many of his Incarnate Word teammates before going to his job on campus. “We're a building program right now. It's crazy how fast the last two years went by. It seems like yesterday we were putting the field up. We feel we have a lot more experience now. So, we're definitely ready.”

There's a small line tucked in the district preview pages of Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine calling this season undoubtedly one of rebuilding for the three-time defending Class 2A state champions out of Daingerfield. The Tigers have lost seven players to college programs from last year's team and saw their head coach leave for Paris.

Former Angelo State running back Aric Sardinea is only optimistic about the Tigers. He sees a senior class with three championship rings on their fingers and players who grew up watching and hearing brothers, cousins, uncles and fathers talk about being a part of Daingerfield's winning tradition. Sardinea had only heard about it from an outsider's point of view until March. Now he's the one with the opportunity to lead the Tigers to their fourth consecutive state title.

“Everyday our kids have been challenged to work hard at the little things, to be persistent at having the high expectations and to be their best in everything that they do,” said Sardinea, who was named the Daingerfield head coach and athletic director in March. “We will always have tradition here. Winning here is reality and it is in the air. We do not want to maintain expectations. We have been working to exceed expectations and this comes with controlling 'us' and by not becoming complacent, staying hungry and setting higher goals.”

Texans' arsenal improves with addition of Robertshaw  - TSU Sports
Tarleton baseball head coach Bryan Conger announced yet another signing with the addition of Division I transfer Britt Robertshaw.

Robertshaw joins the Texans from Northwestern State, where he redshirted during his junior season. The 6'3" right-handed pitcher earned two saves in as many tries before suffering a season-ending injury. During that span, Robertshaw stayed focus in the classroom, earning Dean's List Honors (3.5 GPA minimum) both semesters.

Prior to playing at Northwestern State, Robertshaw played two seasons at Blinn Junior College and received a number of accolades. Besides being named Academic all-conference, he was named JUCO Pitcher of the Week on one occasion and posted a perfect 4-0 record on the season with a 3.04 ERA. Robertshaw also struck out 51 batters in 53 innings of work, helping his team to a Region 14 runner-up finish.

Out of Cedar Park High School, the 210-pound flamethrower was a first-team all-district selection and 5A honorable mention for all-state. Robertshaw was named Cedar Park's Athlete of the Year, as well as Hill Country News County MVP with a 11-3 record and 1.96 ERA as a senior. The Cedar Park standout retired 101 batters in 83 innings before his team lost to eventual national champion Plano West in the fourth round of the state playoffs. Robertshaw was just as successful in the classroom, posting a 3.81 GPA.

Coach Conger talked about Robertshaw's signing for the program.

"Britt is a tremendous addition to this recruiting class," said Conger. "He is a big, strong righty that has a fastball in the low 90's and has been as high as 94 mph in the past. Britt has experience both starting and closing and will give us some very nice options in either of those types of roles this year. He has experience against Mountain West Conference, Southland Conference and SEC competition at the D1 level, and we look forward to watching him compete with us."


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