Friday, November 30, 2012

WTAM Football Game Preview

Buffs find successful formula in DII playoffs - Mark Haslett, Amarillo Globe News
Packing the stadium for Saturday's game still a goal - The Pueblo Chieftan
Getting a secondary chance - The Pueblo Chieftan
Pack prepares for rematch with Buffs - The Pueblo Chieftan
Games boosting economy - The Pueblo Chieftan
#16 Buffs Ready for Rematch with #1 CSU-Pueblo in NCAA Division II Quarterfinals Saturday

The Buffs are in unchartered territory.  In five previous playoff appearances, the team had never won more than one game.  That changed this year, as #6 seed WT knocked off Chadron State 38-30 two weeks ago and Ashland 33-28 last weekend.  Next up is top seed, #1 ranked Colorado State-Pueblo in the quarterfinal round.  The unbeaten Thunderwolves beat Indianapolis 28-7 to earn their first ever NCAA playoff win last weekend, setting up a rematch of the season opener for both teams.

Of course, CSU-P won that opener 44-34.  The teams traded TDs in the first quarter, but CSU-P took a 10 point lead into the half, and WT never got closer than 7 points the rest of the way.  A late TD made the final score more respectable, but CSU-P was clearly the better team that night.

Since then, CSU-P has reeled off 11 wins, with two by just one score (including an overtime win over Chadron State) and two by two scores.  The offense is balanced - 219 yds rushing, 242 passing, good for 38 points per game.  While the passing numbers are not huge, Ross Dausin's QB efficiency rating is very good, 166.78.  He has thrown for 6,493 yards and 52 TDs in his three years starting.  The running game is led by Soph. J B Mathews (1,104 yards in 9 games) and Fresh. Chris McDondle (858 yards in 8 games).  Five players have between 22 and 38 receptions and all have at least three TD catches. Up front, senior Ryan Jensen was named first team Daktronics All-Super Region 4, while fellow seniors Bryce Givens, Jonathan Jones and (TE) Roger Pfannenschmid were named to the second team.  The defense has been very good, giving up just 102 yds rushing, 254 passing and 18 points per game.  C. J. Roberts was the sole defender named to the All-Super Region 4 team.  He led the team with 5 interceptions, two of which he returned for TDs.  Linebacker Buster Thede led CSU-P with 109 tackles, with 6 for losses and a sack.  On paper, the CSU-P defense is on the smallish side, with DL averaging 250 lbs, and the linebackers just 211.  Head coach John Wristen has led the team since football was reinstated in 2008, and has gone 4-6, 7-4, 6-2, 11-1, and 12-0 for an overall record of 43-13.  Pretty impressive for any team, but even more so considering he was starting from scratch.

On the other side, the Buffaloes put together an eight game winning streak after the opening game loss.  They won those eight games by an average of 27.5 points.  Then came the Midwestern State loss.  When Khiry Robinson  scored his fourth TD with just under three minutes to play, the game appeared to be all but over.  But MSU put together a quick 75 yard TD drive and scored on a misplay on a WT punt and shocked the Buffs 52-48.  Once again, WT responded in positive manner, beating Texas A&M-Commerce in the season finale and overcoming second half deficits to win two playoff road games.

Dustin Vaughn has become the fourth WT quarterback since 2007 to surpass the 4,000 yard plateau and his 41 TD passes are tied for second best in LSC history.  His QB rating is up there too (162.6, 7th in the nation).  Khiry Robinson, who missed the first two games of the season, has rushed for 1,308 yards with 14 TDs.  Torrence Allen is having a fantastic season (73 receptions, 1,283 yards and 3 TDs) and has come on very strong in the playoffs (20 receptions for 327 yards and 3 TDs).  Five other Buffs have 35 or more receptions.  Manase Foketi and Sergio Castillo (both 1st team), Aaron Mullane, Allen and Vaughn (all 2nd) were the WT offensive players selected as All-Super Region 4.  Nationally, WT is 15th in scoring (40.5 points), 8th in total offense (485 yards), 7th in passing (345) and 91st in rushing (140).

Defensively, WT ranks 43rd in yards allowed (347), 47th in rushing (134), 69th in passing (213) and 33rd in scoring (21.3).  They lead the nation in sacks (3.9 per game).  Ethan Westbrooks was chosen as All-Super Region 4 defensive player of the year.  He leads the team with 16.5 sacks and 23 tackles for losses.  He was joined on the All Region team by linebacker Taylor McCuller (2nd team), who led WT with 141 tackles.  Other players to watch are Kyle Voss (105 tackles, 18.5 for losses and 4 sacks), Tyrell Higgins (13 TFL, 7 sacks) and DBs Curtis Slater and Jordan Smith (combined 132 tackles, 6 interceptions, 9 passes broken up).

And let's not forget Coach Carthel.  Since taking over at WT in 2005, Coach Carthel has compiled a 78-21 record, winning 10 or more games 5 times and making the playoffs 6 of 8 seasons.

This should be a really good game.  The Thunderwolves may have a mental edge, defeating WT in season openers the past two years, but at this stage of the season it might not have much of an impact.  The team that best controls the running game and wins the turnover battle will likely come away with the win.


LSC Roundup 11-30

WTAM Lady Buffs win regional volleyball opener - Terrence Hunley, Amarillo Globe News
#9 Lady Buffs Roll #23 Lions in South Central Regional Quarterfinals - WTAM Volleyball
Belles Advance in South Central Championship With Win Over Adams State - ASU Volleyball

Mustangs fall in double overtime - MSU WBB

Avery Named All-Region - UIW Football
LSC Players
1st Team - OL Ken Van Heule, MSU
1st Team - OL Manase Foketi, WTAM
1st Team - RB Keidrick Jackson, MSU
1st Team - K Sergio Castillo, WTAM
1st Team - DL Ethan Westbrooks (Def Player of the Year)
1st Team - DL Rufus Johnson, TSU
1st Team - LB Danny Mason, TAMC
2nd Team - OL Aaron Mullane, WTAM
2nd Team - WR Torrence Allen, WTAM
2nd Team - QB Dustin Vaughn, WTAM
2nd Team - K Blake Barnes, TSU
2nd Team - LB Taylor McCuller, WTAM
2nd Team - CB Devan Avery, UIW

Thursday, November 29, 2012

LSC Roundup 11-29

Samoei, Sindet named LSC Cross Country Runners of the Year
ENMU’s Isaiah Samoei and WT's Brenda Sindet
Eastern New Mexico’s Isaiah Samoei and West Texas A&M’s Brenda Sindet were named the 2012 Lone Star Conference Cross Country Runners of the Year.  The awards were announced Wednesday following a vote of the league's head coaches.
The Greyhounds Samoei earned the men’s award, while the Lady Buffs Sindet was the female winner.
Samoei, a senior from Eldoret, Kenya, became ENMU’s first All-American with an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Division II National Championships in a school record time of 29:25.  His achievement at the national meet followed a runner-up showing at the regional meet and a second straight individual title at the LSC Championships.
Sindet, a junior from Iten, Kenya, earned All-American status by placing 23rd with a time of 21:07 for a new school record at the national meet.  She finished seventh at the regional championship after claiming individual medalist honors to lead WT to its first-ever league title.  


WTAM gets chance to even score against No. 1 Thunderwolves - Mark Haslett, Amarillo Globe News
Buffs Ready for Rematch with CSU-Pueblo in NCAA Division II Quarterfinals Saturday - WTAM Football
Buffs’ NCAA Quarterfinal Rematch at CSU-Pueblo to be televised by KCIT FOX-14 - WTAM Football

Aiming high at regional tourney - Paul Harris, San Angelo Standard Times
Lady Buffs set for rematch in South Central Regional Tourney - Terrence Hunley, Amarillo Globe News

ACU knocks WTAM Buffs from unbeaten ranks - Lance Lahnert, Amarillo Globe News
Wildcats Stun #18 West Texas A&M, 59-58, For First Win In Canyon Since 1997-98 - ACU MBB

ACU tops WTAM Lady Buffs - Mark Haslett, Amarillo Globe News

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

LSC Roundup 11-28

Unconfirmed, but we are hearing some interesting names looking into Commerce football HC position, including several current LSC coaches......

Maddie Huth stands tall despite 5-10 frame - Paul Harris, San Angelo Standard Times
Dougherty and Hayes Named Daktronics First Team All-Region - WTAM Volleyball
Wilt, Goode Named to Daktronics All-South Central's 2nd Team - ASU Volleyball

Conference competition tips off tonight with games in Canyon, Commerce, Kingsville and Portales.
ASU BASKETBALL: Capsule, 11/28 - San Angelo Standard Times
Ready or not, WT set for first LSC contest - Lance Lahnert, Amarillo Globe News
Lady Buffs test ACU in opener - Mark Haslett, Amarillo Globe News

Men's basketball returns to Kingsville to start LSC play - CU MBB

LSC Basketball Weekly Release: League play begins - LSC Office

Lone Star Conference action starts this week with teams playing a double round robin league schedule, in which each team plays a home and away contest against each of the other teams to determine the LSC champion. The LSC champion will be the regular season winner determined by conference games, while the postseason tournament winner is designated as LSC Tournament Champion and earns the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Championship. The top eight teams in the final conference standings qualify for the postseason tournament set for March 6-9 in Allen, Texas.
Only three teams remain undefeated after non-conference play including West Texas A&M on the men’s side, and Midwestern State and Texas A&M-Commerce on the women’s side.
The LSC men have a 34-16 overall record so far this season.  In the NCAA South Central Region, the men’s teams are currently 10-10 combined versus Heartland Conference teams and 3-1 opposed to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
The LSC women are 21-22 overall. The women’s squads are currently 9-6 combined versus Heartland teams, and 5-1 against the RMAC, which are the other conferences in the NCAA South Central Region.

Donald Sims, West Texas A&M University, SR, Forward, Chester, SC, Chester

Sims continued to lead the No. 20 Buffaloes offensively this past weekend as they went 2-0 with wins over Missouri Southern and CSU-Pueblo at the Pak-A-Sak Thanksgiving Classic in Canyon to move to a perfect 6-0 on the season. Sims averaged 18.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per contest while shooting an incredible .800 from the floor (16-20). The senior from Chester, South Carolina registered his first double-double of the season against Missouri Southern on Friday night with 19 points and 12 rebounds in the 57-55 win.

Dennis Hardwell, Eastern New Mexico University, JR, Forward, Los Angeles, Calif., Carson HS/LA Harbor

Hardwell’s defensive presence enabled the Greyhounds to average 15.8 points off turnovers over four games, which were played in a seven-day span. He turned in two multiple-block performances, with a two-block, four-steal performance in a win over Missouri Southern.

Peyton Adamson, Tarleton State University, JR, Guard, Rockwall, Texas, Rockwall HS

Adamson had a great week as an offensive force for the No. 21 Tarleton TexAnns. The junior guard from Rockwall averaged over 20 points per game for Tarleton against UTPB and Northeastern State. She drained 17 points, including eight of Tarleton’s nine points in the overtime period against the Falcons, before returning home where she turned in a 24-point effort against MIAA foe, NSU. She hit over half of her attempts from beyond the arc (9-17) and was a near-perfect 10-11 from the charity stripe. Adamson also had three rebounds and two assists.

Chontiquah White, West Texas A&M University, SO, Forward, Dallas, Texas, Life School

Averaged a double-double for the week as the Lady Buffs went 2-1. Tallied a career-high 16 rebounds and her second career-double-double with 11 points and 16 rebounds against Southwestern Oklahoma State. She and the rest of the Lady Buffs held McMurry to just 23 points, including an astonishing three points in the second half of an 82-23 win as the Lady Buff “D” forced 33 turnovers and held the War Hawks to 8 of 45 from the field for 17.8 percent for the game and without a field goal for the final 15:57 of the game. White had a game-high five rebounds on the defensive end and two offensive boards as WT tallied a season-high 47 rebounds. Against SWOSU, White had a season-high six offensive rebounds to go along with 10 on the defensive end. She pulled down 10 offensive rebounds for the week and 20 on the defensive end.

Monday, November 26, 2012

LSC Roundup 11-26

WT lineman Foketi's career path took unexpected turn  - Mark Haslett, Amarillo Globe News 

Buffs bounce CSU-Pueblo - Lance Lahnert, Amarillo Globe News

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

LSC Roundup 11-21

Rambelle Softball Signs Three - ASU Softball

Dustdevils Edge Hounds in Heartbreaker at Greyhound Arena - ENMU MBB
Foster's double-double leads CU over OPSU, 94-75 - CU MBB
Wildcats Withstand DBU'S Furious Second-Half Rally In 75-73 Win - ACU MBB

All 21 Lone Star Conference basketball teams have competed with six squads still undefeated early in the 2012-13 season.
The LSC men have a 22-8 overall record so far this season.  In the NCAA South Central Region, the men’s teams are currently 7-5 combined versus Heartland Conference teams and 1-1 opposed to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.  The LSC women are 12-15 overall. The women’s squads are currently 5-4 combined versus Heartland teams, and 3-0 against the RMAC, which are the other conferences in the NCAA South Central Region.

Steven Werner, Abilene Christian University, SR, Center, Fort Worth, Texas, Birdville HS

Newcomer and senior center Steven Werner averaged a double-double this past weekend at the ACU/Whitten Inn Classic, where the Wildcats beat York, 93-82, and Sul Ross, 83-66. Werner led ACU with 19.0 points and 14.5 rebounds per game. Against the Panthers, Werner had 17 points and 16 rebounds, and vs. the Lobos he had a season-high 21 points and 13 boards. Werner shared the team lead with 3 blocks.

Darnell Jackson, West Texas A&M University, SR, Guard, Savannah, Ga., Savannah HS

Jackson has stepped into a starting role for his first and only season at West Texas A&M as the senior guard averaged 10.5 points and a team leading 8.0 rebounds in WT’s wins against CSU-Pueblo and Oklahoma Christian this past weekend to pick up MVP honors at the 29th annual Al Kaly Shriners’ Classic in Pueblo, Colorado. The Savannah, Georgia native registered eight rebounds in each game to go along with a team leading 12 assists and four steals on the weekend. Jackson found teammate Kennon Washington open in the corner for a game winning three as time expired on Friday night as the Buffs topped CSU-Pueblo in their home opener.

Breanna Harris, Texas A&M University - Commerce, JR, Forward, Mansfield, Texas, Mansfield Summit HS

Harris scored 30 points and added 15 rebounds in A&M-Commerce’s 76-57 victory over Southern Arkansas Wednesday ... Harris hit 9 of 16 shots from the floor and 12-of-15 from the line ... She also grabbed 15 rebounds, 10 of which were offensive ... She had a double-double by halftime, recording 22 points and 11 rebounds in the first half as the Lions notched their most decisive victory in five seasons, also marking the first time in five years they were above .500.

Andrea Carter, Midwestern State University, SO, Forward, Angleton, Texas, Angleton HS

Carter helped lead Midwestern State to a pair of wins over Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams and a title in MSU’s Comfort Inn and Suites Ashbrook Classic. Carter double-doubled in both games, with 12 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots against Colorado Mines and 17 points with 13 rebounds and four steals against Fort Lewis (Colo.). MSU downed CSM 67-60 and Fort Lewis 68-54 to lead the LSC at 3-0 on the season. Carter shot 41.2 percent from the floor (7-17) and 83.3 percent from the foul line (15-18) as she averaged 14.5 points, 12.0 boards and 4.0 steals for the weekend and was named to the all-classic team.

Monday, November 19, 2012

LSC Roundup 11-19

Buffs hold off Chadron State - Mark Haslett, Amarillo Globe NewsBuffs need faster start to stay alive in D-II football playoffs - Mark Haslett, Amarillo Globe News
MSU Ripp-ed - J. Scott Russell, Times Record News
WT tops Chadron State; MSU falls to Indianapolis - LSC Office




Flores finishes strong at NCAA II Championships - MSU
Doss Finishes 48th at NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championships - WTAM


WTAMU, ASU selected for volleyball regional - LSC Office
Lady Buffs Tabbed as #2 Seed in South Central Regional Tournament - WTAM

LSC Volleyball Championship: WT wins seventh straight title in five sets - LSC Office
Lady Buffs win LSC Volleyball tourney - Terrence Hunley, Amarillo Globe News
West Texas A&M rallies against ASU for LSC championship-Paul Harris, San Angelo Standard Times



Saturday, November 17, 2012

LSC Game Day Roundup 11-17

LSC Volleyball Championship: ASU, WT advance to title game - LSC Office
#9 Lady Buffs and #11 Belles Set for LSC Championship Showdown - WTAM

Regular guy Robinson powers West Texas A&M ground Game - Mark Haslett, Amarillo Globe News

Coach Carthel on Chadron State:
They have a very talented offensive line anchored by a huge, mean, physical specimen at LT. they are very balanced with their ability to run the football and throw the ball very effectively. They will be extremely hard to slow down on offense. They have great special teams players and are very sound in that area.

Defensively they are very physical and well coached. They do as good a job as anyone we have played in regards to creating turnovers. It will be a very physical game and we look forward to the challenge of playing in a hostile environment in the football crazed state of Nebraska.

Friday, November 16, 2012

LSC Football All Conference Team Named

All-LSC Football Awards announced
Offensive Player of the Year (J.W. Rollins award): Dustin Vaughan, West Texas A&M
Offensive Back of the Year: Khiry Robinson, West Texas A&M
Receiver of the Year: Torrence Allen, West Texas A&M, Robert Armstrong, Texas A&M-Kingsville, and Taylor Gabriel, Abilene Christian
Offensive Lineman of the Year: Ken Van Heule, Midwestern State
Freshman of the Year: Clayton Callicutt, Angelo State
Defensive Player of the Year (J.V. Sikes award): Ethan Westbrooks, West Texas A&M
Defensive Lineman of the Year: Rufus Johnson, Tarleton State
Linebacker of the Year: Danny Mason, Texas A&M-Commerce
Defensive Back of the Year: LB Suggs, Abilene Christian
Coach of the Year: Bill Maskill, Midwestern State, Don Carthel, West Texas A&M, and Bo Atterberry, Texas A&M-Kingsville


Ken Van Heule Midwestern State OG  Sr. Hurst, Texas
Aaron Mullane  West Texas A&M  OG  Sr.  Amarillo, Texas 
Manase Foketi  West Texas A&M  OT  Sr.  Hesperia, Calif. 
Joe Unga Midwestern State OT  Sr. Rochester, Calif.
Justen Tyler Midwestern State C Sr.  Garland, Texas
Andrew Mocio  Incarnate Word  TE  Sr.  Waco, Texas 
Robert Armstrong  Texas A&M-Kingsville  WR  Jr.  Cuero, Texas 
Taylor Gabriel  Abilene Christian  WR  Jr.  Mesquite, Texas 
Torrence Allen  West Texas A&M  WR  Jr.  Meridian, Texas 
Sherman Batiste  Texas A&M-Kingsville  WR  Sr.  Fort Bend, Texas 
Dustin Vaughan  West Texas A&M  QB  Jr.  Corpus Christi, Texas 
Khiry Robinson  West Texas A&M  RB  Sr.  Temple, Texas 
Keidrick Jackson  Midwestern State  RB  Jr.  Arlington, Texas 
Blake Smith Angelo State FB So. Burleson, Texas
Sergio Castillo, Jr.  West Texas A&M  PK  Jr.  La Joya, Texas 
Khiry Robinson  West Texas A&M  RS  Sr.  Temple, Texas 
Tyrell Higgins  West Texas A&M  DT  Sr.  Schertz, Texas 
Joey Searcy  Angelo State  DT  Jr.  Grand Prairie Texas 
Ethan Westbrooks  West Texas A&M  DE  Jr.  San Leandro, Calif. 
Rufus Johnson  Tarleton State  DE  Sr.  Dallas, Texas 
Jeremy Aguilar  Texas A&M-Kingsville  ILB  Sr.  Los Angeles, Calif. 
Marquis Wadley  Tarleton State  ILB  Jr.  Mesquite Texas 
Danny Mason  Texas A&M-Commerce  OLB  Sr.  Louisville Ky. 
Donald Napoleon  Midwestern State  OLB  So.  Dallas, Texas 
Dashaun Phillips  Tarleton State  CB  Jr.  Duncanville Texas 
Steven Ford  Abilene Christian  CB  Jr.  Charleston, SC 
LB Suggs  Abilene Christian  Sr.  Cedar Hill, Texas 
Curtis Slater  West Texas A&M  Jr.  Houston, Texas 
Taiyon Jackson  Midwestern State  Jr.  Bakersfield, Calif.
Spencer Covey  Abilene Christian  Sr.  Coppell, Texas 
Avery Rigg Angelo State DS Sr. Crane, Texas
Tino Tuilata Midwestern State OG  Jr. Pago Pago, American Samoa
Craig Watts  West Texas A&M  OG  Jr.  Killeen, Texas 
Nick Perez  Tarleton State  OG  Fr.  Stephenville Texas 
Adrian Campbell  Tarleton State  OT  Sr.  Richardson Texas 
Lucus Love  Tarleton State  OT  So.  Van Alsten Texas 
Casey O'Conner  West Texas A&M  Sr.  Lincoln, Calif.
Isi Cocker  Angelo State  Jr.  Euless Texas 
Antwan Williams Angelo State TE Sr.  Austin, Texas
CJ Akins  Angelo State  WR  Sr.  Killeen Texas 
Clifton Rhodes III  Tarleton State  WR  So.  Fort Worth Texas 
Lance Ratliff  West Texas A&M  WR  Jr.  Lubbock, Texas 
Darrell Cantu-Harkless  Abilene Christian  WR  Jr.  Austin, Texas 
Brandon Kelsey  Midwestern State  QB  Sr.  Arlington, Texas 
Anthony Johnson  Texas A&M-Kingsville  RB  Sr.  Orlando, Fla. 
Vaughn Smith  Tarleton State  RB  Jr.  San Mateo Calif. 
Zach Henshaw  Tarleton State  FB  Fr.  Canyon Lake Texas 
Elton Crochran Abilene Christian  FB R-Fr. San Antonio, Texas
Blake Barnes  Tarleton State  PK  Fr.  Stephenville Texas 
Greg Saladino  Midwestern State  PK  Jr. Kingwood, Texas 
Taylor Gabriel  Abilene Christian  RS  Jr.  Mesquite, Texas 
Darnell Hicks  Texas A&M-Kingsville  DT  Sr.  Detroit, Mich.
Brian Ford  Tarleton State  DT  Sr.  Worthing, Texas 
Zane Brown  Texas A&M-Kingsville  DT  Jr.  Houston, Texas 
Bryan Johnson  West Texas A&M  DE  Jr.  Bellport, NY 
Marquis Singleton  Texas A&M-Kingsville  DE  Sr.  Decatur, Ill.
Rush Seaver  Angelo State  ILB  So.  Lampasas Texas 
Taylor Mcculler  West Texas A&M  ILB  Jr.  Red Oak, Texas 
Mike Wallace  Abilene Christian  OLB  Sr.  Vallejo, Calif. 
Perron Sellers  Eastern New Mexico  OLB  Sr.  La Marque, Texas 
Coryan Briggs  Midwestern State  CB  Sr.  Vernon, Texas 
Devan Avery  Incarnate Word  CB  Sr.  San Antonio, Texas 
Torian Oakley  West Texas A&M  CB  So.  Spring, Texas 
Steve Harris  Texas A&M-Kingsville  Sr.  Dallas, Texas 
Alvin Johnson  Angelo State  Sr.  Houston Texas 
Jayson Serda  Eastern New Mexico  Jr.  Albuquerque, NM 
Angel Millan  Texas A&M-Kingsville  Jr.  Edinburg, Texas 
Ramon Lopez  West Texas A&M  DS  Jr.  Avondale, Ariz. 
Randall Arbuckle  Midwestern State  DS  Sr.  Canadian, Texas 

Josh Perez  Abilene Christian  OG  Jr.  Rio Hondo, Texas 
Lee Mattingly  Texas A&M-Kingsville  OG  Sr.  Hallettsville, Texas
Xavier Ruben  Tarleton State  OG  So.  Baytown Lee Texas 
John Mendoza  Eastern New Mexico  OG  Jr.  Concord, Calif. 
Bryan Keith Midwestern State OT  Jr. Wichita Falls, Texas
Blake Spears  Abilene Christian  OT  Jr.  Abilene, Texas 
Patrick Ward  West Texas A&M  OT  Jr.  Phoenix, Ariz. 
Trent Davis  Angelo State  OT  Jr.  Round Rock Texas 
Tommy Parsons  Texas A&M-Kingsville  OT  Jr.  Canyon Lake, Texas 
Chris Hudgins  Texas A&M-Kingsville  OT  Sr.  Van Vleck, Texas 
Devin Threatt  Incarnate Word  OT  So.  Mexia, Texas 
Ricky Padilla  Eastern New Mexico  Sr.  Las Cruces, NM 
Brad Dittmar  Midwestern State  TE  Jr.  Fredericksburg, Texas 
Will McLane  Tarleton State  TE  Jr.  Smithson Valley 
Jake Willingham  Texas A&M-Kingsville  TE  Jr.  Van Alstyne, Texas 
Trevor Hammergren  West Texas A&M  TE  Jr.  Aztec, NM 
Dakarai Pecikonis  Angelo State  WR  Jr.  Allen Texas 
Nathan Slaughter  West Texas A&M  WR  Jr.  Lubbock, Texas 
Jared Freeman  Midwestern State  WR  Sr.  Southlake, Texas 
Arthur Buckingham  Tarleton State  WR  Sr.  Pilot Point Texas 
Garrett Smith  Texas A&M-Commerce  WR  Jr.  College Station Texas 
Wes Wood  Eastern New Mexico  QB  Sr.  Muleshoe, Texas 
Mitchell Gale  Abilene Christian  QB  Sr.  Alva, Okla. 
Chauncey Harris  Midwestern State  RB  So.  San Antonio, Texas 
Trent Rios  Incarnate Word  RB  Sr.  Spring Branch, Texas 
Matt Stoll  Texas A&M-Kingsville  PK  Jr.  College Station, Texas 
Arthur Buckingham  Tarleton State  RS  Sr.  Pilot Point Texas 
Jonathan Woodson  Texas A&M-Kingsville  RS  Sr.  Missouri City, Texas 
Darrell Cantu-Harkless  Abilene Christian  RS  Jr.  Austin, Texas 
Joseph Vela  Texas A&M-Kingsville  RS  Sr.  Harlingen, Texas 
Aaron Wampler  West Texas A&M  DT  Sr.  Lubbock, Texas 
Melvin Shead  Abilene Christian  DT  Jr.  Cayuga, Texas 
Bobbie Hampton  Texas A&M-Kingsville  DT  Sr.  Houston, Texas 
Nick Richardson  Abilene Christian  DE  So.  Waco, Texas 
Austin Benson  Angelo State  DE  Sr.  Sacramento Calif. 
Clayton Callicutt  Angelo State  DE  Fr.  Crosby Texas 
Ricky Marshall  Texas A&M-Kingsville  DE  Jr.  Tyler, Texas 
Kyle Voss  West Texas A&M  ILB  Jr.  Belton, Texas 
Matt Ellerbrock  Midwestern State  ILB  Sr.  Garland, Texas 
Thor Woerner  Abilene Christian  ILB  Jr.  Marble Falls, Texas 
Seth Bailey  Eastern New Mexico  ILB  So.  Texico, NM 
Matt Knicky  Tarleton State  OLB  Sr.  Cedar Park, Texas 
Chris Olson  West Texas A&M  OLB  Jr.  Flower Mound, Texas 
Trevor Pesek  Texas A&M-Kingsville  OLB  Jr.  Inez, Texas 
Dwight Morrison  West Texas A&M  CB  Jr.  Dallas, Texas 
Willie Riley   Eastern New Mexico  CB  Fr.  Amarillo, Texas 
TJ McCullough  Texas A&M-Kingsville  CB  So.  Reddick, Fla. 
Chaz Pavliska  Incarnate Word  Sr.  Floresville, Texas 
Pat Gardner  Midwestern State  Sr.  Kingwood, Texas 
Blair Johnson  Tarleton State  Sr.  Mesquite Texas 
Angel Lopez  Abilene Christian  So. San Antonio, Texas 
Charles Moore  Tarleton State  So.  Carrolton, Texas 
Jordan Smith  West Texas A&M  Sr.  Killeen, Texas 
Kevin VanVoris  West Texas A&M  Jr.  Elizabeth, Colo. 
Isaac Arellano  Tarleton State  So.  Euless, Texas 
Manny Nunez  Incarnate Word  Jr.  Arlington, Texas 
Brent Schroeder  Abilene Christian  DS  Jr.  Abilene, Texas 
Derek Tesch  Texas A&M-Kingsville  DS  Jr.  Blanco, Texas 
Patrick Bettiol  Tarleton State  DS  So.  Bryan, Texas 

West Texas A&M quarterback Dustin Vaughan topped the 2012 Lone Star Conference football academic awards, which were announced by league officials on Friday.

      Vaughan, a junior biology/pre-medicine major form Corpus Christi, Texas, was selected as Academic Player of the Year.  He started all 11 games under center for the Buffaloes and leads the league in passing yards per game (322.9), pass efficiency (164.6) and total offense (327.5). Vaughan, who has 35 touchdowns to 7 interceptions, has not thrown for less than two TDs and 200 yards all year.

      A total of 11 players were named to the LSC All-Academic Team, which recognizes both academic and athletic achievement.

      The All-Academic Team is selected by the league's sports information directors, who vote on the basis of both academic and athletic achievement. To be eligible for LSC academic honors, student-athletes must have played in at least 50 percent of team’s contests, reached sophomore athletic and academic standing (true freshmen and redshirt freshmen are not eligible), completed at least one full academic year at the nominating institution, and have a minimum 3.30 cumulative grade point average based on the 4.0 system for his/her entire collegiate career.

      With Vaughan on the All-Academic Team were teammates Nathan Slaughter, Aaron Mullane and Aaron Wampler, Angelo State’s Blake Hamblin, Incarnate Word’s Charles Segura and Trent Rios, Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Zane Brown, Eastern New Mexico’s Wesley Wood and Kyle Stephens, and Tarleton State’s Charles Moore.

Player  Team  Pos.  Yr.  Major  Hometown
Dustin Vaughan  West Texas A&M  Jr.  QB  Biology/Pre-Med. Corpus Christi, Texas 
Blake Hamblin  Angelo State  Jr.  QB  Management  Rowlett, Texas 
Charles Segura  Incarnate Word  Sr.  OL  Accounting  San Antonio, Texas 
Zane Brown  Texas A&M-Kingsville  Jr.  DT  Kinesiology/Exer. Sciences  Houston, Texas 
Wesley Wood  Eastern New Mexico  Sr.  QB  mathematics education Muleshoe , Texas 
Nathan Slaughter  West Texas A&M  Jr.  WR  Mass Communications  Lubbock, Texas 
Aaron Mullane  West Texas A&M  Sr.  OL  Biology and Chemistry Amarillo, Texas 
Aaron Wampler  West Texas A&M  Grad DL  Sports Exer./Sport Mgmt.  Lubbock, Texas 
Trent Rios  Incarnate Word  Sr.  RB  Business Administration  Spring Branch, Texas 
Charles Moore  Tarleton State  Jr.  DB  Kinesiology  Carrollton, Texas 
Kyle Stephens  Eastern New Mexico  So.  RB  Biology/Pre-Med. Augusta, Ga. 

Special Recognition

Academic Player of the Year: Dustin Vaughan, West Texas A&M  

Lone Star Conference

Angelo State University

Cameron University

Eastern New Mexico University

Texas A&M-Commerce

Tarleton State University

Texas A&M-Kingsville

Texas Woman's College

University of Texas of the Permian Basin

West Texas A&M University

Western New Mexico