Tuesday, October 23, 2012

LSC Roundup 10-23


The Lone Star Conference will hold a LSC Basketball Online Preseason Media Day featuring video content on October 25.
      
The 2012-13 men’s and women’s basketball preseason poll and awards will be revealed at www.lonestarconference.org.  In addition, videos featuring season previews from all 21 conference head basketball coaches will be available on the league’s website and YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/lscmedia31).
      
The LSC has 10 men’s and 11 women’s teams set to play this season, and the league competition should be as tight as ever.  Each team is playing a double round-robin conference schedule with 18 conference games for the men’s teams and 20 on the women’s side.  The 2012-13 season begins November 9.
      
This year’s LSC Basketball Championship will be held March 6-9 at the Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas, for the second straight year.  The $52.6 million state-of-the-art facility, which opened in November 2009, is city owned with approximately 8,000 seats in the basketball configuration plus 24 luxury suites.  



LSC to hold first-ever Spring Championships Festival in Amarillo and Canyon - LSC Office
The cities of Amarillo and Canyon will partner with West Texas A&M University to host the 2013 Lone Star Conference Spring Championships Festival, league officials announced Monday after a unanimous vote by presidents at LSC universities.
        
The festival, to be held May 2-6, will begin with an opening ceremony at the Amarillo Civic Center before featuring multiple days of competition in the LSC’s baseball, softball, and outdoor track & field championships at Buffalo Sports Park on the WTAMU campus.

         “This event promises to be another feather in the cap for the Lone Star Conference,” LSC commissioner Stan Wagnon said of the event that is expected to include more than 800 student-athletes and coaches representing 11 different universities. “Our teams enjoy a great deal of success in the sports of baseball, softball and track, so this will provide LSC fans with a tremendous opportunity to see some of our great athletes and teams competing at one of the nation’s premier collegiate sports complexes in Buffalo Sports Park.”
        
By contesting the 6-team, double-elimination baseball tournament, 8-team single-elimination softball tournament and 17-team track meet at a single location, league officials are hoping to create a festival environment similar to the NCAA Division II Championship Festivals which provide student-athletes with an opportunity to support their peers and to interact outside of practice or competition periods. LSC student-athletes and coaches also are expected to engage in community events within the host cities, similar to NCAA festivals.
        
The bid from Amarillo, Canyon and WTAMU was selected from a pool including two other Texas cities wanting to host the inaugural event. Areas of consideration for selecting the host site included finances, lodging for participants and officials, banquet facilities, revenue opportunities, and marketing plans.

         “We’re going to have quite an economic impact on both Amarillo and Canyon by combining these three events into one festival,” Wagnon said. “It should be a win-win situation for everybody involved, and most of all we think this format will lend itself to a positive experience for our student-athletes, coaches and fans.”
        
Buffalo Sports Park is a 45-acre complex, which was completed in December of 2010 and features competition facilities for baseball, soccer, softball, and track and field. It is expected that the purchase of a single ticket will provide fans with access to all venues within Buffalo Sports Park each day.  Tickets are set to go on sale Dec. 1 through the WTAMU ticket office with more information on tickets and pricing to be released at a later date.
        
The LSC, with headquarters in Richardson, Texas, has 11 member institutions with nine in Texas and one each in Oklahoma and New Mexico.


2013 Lone Star Conference Spring Championships Festival
  • Opening Ceremony: Amarillo Civic Center, May 2, 2013
  • Outdoor Track & Field: West Texas A&M University Track, May 2-3-4, 2013
  • Softball: Schaeffer Park, May 3-4-5, 2013
  • Baseball: Wilder Park, May 3-4-5-6, 2013


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Starting QB tears ACL, out for season - San Angelo Standard Times
Haslett's Notes - Mark Haslett, Amarillo Globe News















First Football Regional Rankings - D2 win-loss (our calculations) remaining games
SUPER REGION FOUR
1 (1) Colorado State-Pueblo 8-0  - Colorado Mesa, New Mexico Highlands, Western State
2 (2) Ashland 8-0  -  Findlay, Tiffin, Notre Dame
3 (3) Chadron State 6-1 - Western New Mexico, Fort Lewis, Colorado Mines
4 (4) Indianapolis 6-1  -  William Jewell, Delta State, Urbana
5 (5) West Texas A&M 7-1   -  West Georgia, Midwestern State, Texas A&M-Commerce
6 (9) Hillsdale 6-2  -  Grand Valley, Michigan Tech, Northwood
7 (8) Saginaw Valley State 6-2  -  Michigan Tech, Northern Michigan, Grand Valley
8  (7) Midwestern State 6-1  -  Eastern New Mexico, Midwestern State, West Georgia
9 (10) Wayne State (Mich.) 5-2  -  Ferris State, Grand Valley, Michigan Tech
10 (6) New Mexico Highlands 6-1- Black Hills, CSU-Pueblo, Western New Mexico

Top five are all the same in our calculations and the official rankings.  The second five are the same five teams, but in different order.  Only two remaining matchups of teams in the regional poll and both are next week, but there are still some good matchups out there.  One team that is not ranked, but that will have an impact on the playoffs is Grand Valley State.  The Lakers face Hillsdale, Wayne State, and Saginaw Valley, and might have a slim chance on cracking the top 6 if they can win all three.

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