A couple of Texas A&M-Kingsville recruiting tidbits. One, for football, is unconfirmed and can be found here. The other, for softball, is below.
Softball Adds a Pitcher - TAMK Sports
KINGSVILLE, TEXAS – Texas A&M-Kingsville head softball coach Ricki Rothbauer added junior college pitcher, Denise Arnold, to the program’s 2011 recruiting class on Monday.
Arnold played two seasons at McLennan Community College after completing her career at Katy High School. She led McLennan to an NJCAA National Tournament appearance this year after going 25-6 with a 2.02 earned run average in 215 innings of work. She struck out 142 batters en route to earning first team all-conference honors. As a freshman, she went 15-3 with a 2.07 ERA and earned second team all-conference honors. She struck out 102 in 122 innings and was a member of the Region V North squad for the Texas Junior College Softball Coaches Association Sophomore All-Star Weekend.
“I am so excited to have Denise join our pitching staff for the 2012 season,” Rothbauer said. “In 2011, she pitched her way through the NJCAA Region V tournament and competed in the NJCAA National Tournament. After watching her at McLennan, I respect the intensity that she carries on the mound. She is aggressive in fielding her position and I am confident that she will complement our pitching staff well.”
At Katy High School, Arnold was a three-time all-district performer. She earned first team honors as a senior after going 11-3 with a 1.98 ERA. She was honorable mention as a junior and took home second team honors as a sophomore when she was part of a team that went to the state finals.
Track & Field Team Adds 18 Athletes to 2011-12 Roster - WT Sports
West Texas A&M head track & field coach Darren Flowers has announced the signing of 18 athletes to join the Buff and Lady Buff track & field teams for the 2011-12 season.
“We have worked really hard this year to fill in some immediate gaps with some high-quality junior college transfers,” Flowers said. “With the combination of transfers and incoming freshmen, I feel that we have the potential to be very good this season and beyond.”
Of the 18 athletes, nine of them are female which include Paula Bowens, a New Mexico Junior College transfer; Aleese Pittman, also a NMJC transfer; Rhemecka Graham, an incoming freshman out of Saginaw High School; Jessie Thomas, an incoming freshman out of Anna; Carnisha Simpson, out of Clear Springs High School; Elizabeth Beltran, a transfer out of El Paso Community College; Melissa Velasco out of Shamrock High School; Emma Love, out of San Antonio; and J’Cee Pool out of Borger High School.
The remaining nine athletes on the men’s side include Emmanuel Denson, out of John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City, Okla.; Dylan Doss out of Water Valley High School; Jacob Villereal, out of EPCC; Jerell Banks out of San Antonio Churchill High School; Ellis Maise, out of Timberland High School in Wentzville, Mo.; Patrick Scheuchzer, a former Swiss National Indoor Champion; Alexander Korn, a former German National athlete; Tyler Nolan, out of Thousand Island Secondary School in Canada; and Lorenzo Johnson, out of Mineral Wells High School.
“We will have many new faces this year, so leadership from the upper classmen will be vital to our success,” Flowers said. “I am excited about the future of the track & field program here at West Texas A&M.”
Four Lady Buff Golf Athletes Named NGCA All-American Scholars
The National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Teams for Division I, II & III were announced on Friday with a total of 566 women’s collegiate golfers recognized with this prestigious honor. West Texas A&M’s Macy Davis, Alisa White, Sara Coe and Vanessa Spradlin each received the honor.
“The Lady Buff golf team strives to achieve excellence both in the classroom and on the links,” WT head women’s golf coach Meredith Jameson said. “I am very proud of these young ladies for all of their hard work and dedication to their studies.”
Davis is a Sports and Exercise Science major, White is Journalism major, Coe is an Education major and Spradlin is majoring in Engineering. All four athletes are coming off a successful 2011 golf season.
The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50.
BENITES, DIAZ TABBED NGCA ALL-AMERICAN SCHOLAR RECIPIENTS
Lion senior Megan Benites and freshman Sara Diaz were named All-American Scholar recipients by the National Golf Coaches Association for the 2010-11 season. The teams for Divisions I, II and III were announced with a total of 566 women's collegiate golfers recognized with this prestigious honor.
Benites closed out her A&M-Commerce career competing in seven events for the Lions, posting an 85.67 scoring average on the year, the fourth-best among Lion golfers. She finished a season-best 31st at the season-opening Northeastern State Golf Classic, but ultimately saved her best for last - birdieing the final hole of her collegiate career to card a season-best 5-over 77 in the final round of the Lone Star Conference Championships.
Diaz was a constant in the A&M-Commerce lineup during her freshman campaign, competing in all 10 events on the year. She posted an 84.10 scoring average on the year, which was the third-best among the squad, including a season-best 2-over 74 over the final round of the Lone Star Conference Championships. She posted a 36-hole low 20-over 164 at the UCO Broncho Classic, while her best individual placing was a 28th-place finish at the Pepsi Lion Invitational.
Both Benites and Diaz were named to the Lone Star Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll for the 2010-11 academic year, with Diaz being recognized for posting a perfect 4.0 GPA for the year. The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50.