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National Champions Back On Campus 15 Years Later

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Members of the ETBU 1998 & 1999 National Christian Collegiate Athletic Associaiton National soccer championship team held a reunion at homecoming. Pictured left to right: (front row) Ken Morris, Trey Carlile, Clint Carter, Ike Awagu, and Buddy Ogletree. (Back row)  Antonio Encarnacion, Justin Cooley, Jonathan Cardenas, Cody Carter, Stu Morrow, Gonzalo Gonzales, and Head Coach Jose Alonzo. Photo by Jason Soles.

Members of the ETBU 1998 & 1999 National Christian Collegiate Athletic Associaiton National soccer championship team held a reunion at homecoming. Pictured left to right: (front row) Ken Morris, Trey Carlile, Clint Carter, Ike Awagu, and Buddy Ogletree. (Back row) Antonio Encarnacion, Justin Cooley, Jonathan Cardenas, Cody Carter, Stu Morrow, Gonzalo Gonzales, and Head Coach Jose Alonzo. Photo by Jason Soles.

There are many reason people fall in love with East Texas Baptist University. One would only have to look at the many different groups who come back for homecoming to learn why.  Last year, alumni of the signing group, Innerview came back and performed the national anthem at the Homecoming football game.

This year along with the different class reunions, a group of accomplished student athletes reconnected on the Hill to celebrate the 15th anniversary of ETBU’s first athletic national championship.   

In 1998, Tiger Soccer coach Jose Alonzo, led his team to win the National Christian Collegiate

Athletic National Soccer championship. One year later, with many members of the ’98 team back to put on the blue and gold Tiger uniform, they won it all again.

Members of the back-to back championship teams gathered Saturday afternoon during the 2014 Homecoming weekend in the Phillips Great Room to visit and recall the two championship seasons. Members of the national championship teams were also recognized at the Tiger soccer match played that afternoon vs. Ozarks as well as the Tiger football game vs. Howard Payne that evening.

Two members who were on the team were brothers, Clint and Cody Carter, from Whitehouse, came to play for the Tigers. Clint, the oldest, came first, and then was followed by his younger brother. Both Clint and Cody are medical doctors today.  

“We always played together growing up since we are only a year apart,” said Cody. “But still, it was a blessing to play collegiate soccer with my brother at ETBU.”

When asked what it was like to play for Coach Alonzo Clint shared, “Coach was good at recruiting guys that were motivated to want to win and work hard.”

“Coach Alonzo was such a laid back guy, shared Cody. “All my memories of him getting mad at our play on the field really stand out because the episodes were few and far between.”

“He was very good at putting us together on the field at the right place and the right time. It was an honor to play for him,” concluded Clint.

Both had an enjoyable experiences seeing past teammates and visiting Coach Alonzo.  “It was fun watching the videos and seeing the pictures back when were skinnier and had hair,” laughed Clint.

(ETBU Director of Admissions Jason Soles contributed to this Tiger Pride posting)

Tiger’s Price Earns Second Straight ASC Weekly Award

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

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Making history for the East Texas Baptist University men’s cross country program Landon Price (Mount Vernon, Texas) gained his second straight American Southwest Conference runner of the week award.  This is the first time in the program for a runner to earn back-to-back ASC runner of the week awards.

Price finished in the top five at the inaugural ETBU invitational in Marshall with a fourth place finish.  His time of 26:21 tied his personal best from 2013 on the muddy course as he was the top NCAA Division III runner out of over 300 runners.

He won the award last week for his first award of the season after his time at the Mississippi College Invitational.  ETBU is running at the Austin College Invitational this weekend in a 5K in Sherman tuning up for the ASC Championships.

Tiger QB Gains Weekly Award for the Third Time

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

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Becoming one of the top quarterbacks in the American Southwest Conference, Josh Warbington (Hallsville, Texas) earned his third “Offensive Player of the Week” award in five weeks after his performance at #18 Texas Lutheran.  Warbington is the only offensive player to earn the award three times this year from the ASC.

“Josh Warbington is playing outstanding right now and doing a really great job of being a captain for us and leading us on the field,” says head coach Joshua Eargle.  “What’s special about it is he had three other players around him have career nights in Kendall Roberson, Tyler Bates and Stephen Alfred.  It all starts up front offensively and I really love what our offensive line has done up front for us this year, too.”

Warbington threw for 426 yards going 22-of-37 with no interceptions and four passing touchdowns.  He was just five yards shy of breaking his career high as it was his third game in his career with 400 or more yards passing.  He also rushed for a touchdown from 12 yards out. 

He has also received the award on September 14th and 28th.  ETBU has had three players earn five player of the week awards this season with Wayne Grice and Tyler Bates also receiving special teams player of the week awards.

ETBU is currently 3-2 on the year and will host Howard Payne University on Saturday, October 18th, in the homecoming game.

Two Athletes Honored by ASC in the Same Week

Friday, October 10th, 2014

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Sanders Voted ASC’s Player of the Week

Pushing the East Texas Baptist University volleyball team to three big wins last week in the American Southwest Conference, sophomore Mallory Sanders was named the player of the week.  She helped ETBU to their eighth straight win and 16th overall in Ornelas Gym.

Sanders posted 48 kills with two double-doubles as ETBU defeated Texas-Tyler, Concordia-Texas, and #20 Mary Hardin-Baylor.  She tied her career high with 19 kills in the five set win over Mary Hardin-Baylor recording her ninth double-double of the year.  Her first double-double came on Friday vs. Concordia-Texas with 15 kills and 10 digs.

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Price Named ASC Runner of the Week

Landon Price has earned East Texas Baptist University’s first award this season for men’s cross country as he has been named the American Southwest Conference’s male runner.  He was one of the top runners at the Mississippi College meet.

Price finished 14th overall out of 169 runners finishing ahead of several NCAA Division I, II, and III runners.  He ran a 27:22 in the 6K tying his personal best from 2013 and was the top NCAA Division III runner at the meet. 

ETBU was 17 out of 24 teams at the meet finishing ahead of NCAA Division I Nicholls State.

 

ETBU O-Line Named D3Football Line of the Week

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

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Becoming one of the best offensive lines in the nation, the East Texas Baptist University offensive line was named the D3Football.com “Offensive Line of the Week.”  This is the first award for the ETBU offensive line that is senior led.

Charles Williams (Sr., Crowley, Texas), Landon Boffman (Sr., Waco, Texas), Alex Shetter (Sr., Crane, Texas), Michael Garcia (Gr., Pottsboro, Texas), and Tyler Scott (So., Missouri City, Texas) were the starting five linemen in the 68-15 win over Millsaps College.  This offensive line helped ETBU to a program best 68 points and 715 yards of total offense. 

This line allowed runs of 61 yards, 54 yards, and 39 yards and protected their quarterback Josh Warbington allowing him to pass for five touchdowns and 391 yards.  Warbington was awarded the ASC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks, too, which is a tribute to the offensive line.

ETBU is on a three-game winning streak and is only the fourth team in program history to start 3-1. ETBU has a bye week before they play Texas Lutheran in Seguin on October 11. 

Nine Players Earn NFCA Scholar-Athlete Award

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

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A tradition of excellence both on the field and in the classroom has always been a part of the East Texas Baptist University softball program.  For the 2014 season, where ETBU finished fourth in the nation, nine players have been named NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) scholar-athletes.

In order to earn the NFCA scholar-athlete award you need a 3.5 grade point average or higher.  ETBU also finished the 2014 season with a 3.38 team grade point average which is in the top 30 in NCAA Division III out of our 430 programs.

Being named a NFCA scholar-athlete are Sara Clements, Katy Hill, Kaitlyn Hollingshead, Krista Leal, Lacy Liles, Lacey Lindsey, Shelby Parker, Shelby Phillips, and Alyssa Romero.

ETBU finished with a program best 45 wins, fifth at the NCAA Division III National Tournament, and fourth in the final NFCA national poll.  

Tiger QB Named ASC Offensive Player of the Week

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

East Texas Baptist University quarteback Josh Warbington drops back to pass in a game vs. Millsaps College at Ornelas Stadium.

East Texas Baptist University quarterback Josh Warbington drops back to pass in a game vs. Millsaps College at Ornelas Stadium.

East Texas Baptist University junior quarterback Josh Warbington of Hallsville has been named the American Southwest Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Tiger win over Millsaps, 68-15.

Warbington was 20-of-24 and finished the night passing for 391 yards and five touchdowns tying the program record he set last year. Warbington led the Tigers to a single-game team record in points scored (68) and total offensive yards (715) as the Tigers won their third consecutive game to improve to 3-1. Through four games this season Warbington leads the ASC with 1,344 passing yards, 12 touchdowns and has a 66.4 completion percentage.

This is the second time he has garnered this award from the ASC this season. 

Torres Voted ASC Player of the Week for Hat Trick

Friday, September 26th, 2014

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For the third time this season an East Texas Baptist University women’s soccer player has been named the American Southwest Conference “Player of the Week” for their play in Natalie Torres.  Torres collected a hat trick on Saturday to defeat McMurry, 4-2.

Torres scored goals in the 2nd, 34th, and 52nd minutes of the match all unassisted.  Her first goal was at the 1:01 mark to set the tone for the match.  After McMurry tied the match at one in the 9th minute, Torres struck again in the 34th minute for a 2-1 advantage.

In the second half, McMurry was within one, 3-2, scoring in the 52nd minute but Torres added the insurance goal in the 76th minute for the win.  This was the second time in her career to have a hat trick as she posted three goals in 2012 vs. the University of the Ozarks.

ETBU is now 4-2 overall and will next play on October 3rd in Marshall against Mary Hardin-Baylor.

Tyler Bates Honored By American Southwest Conference

Friday, September 26th, 2014

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Setting a program record in special teams for East Texas Baptist University, Tyler Bates has been named the American Southwest Conference “Special Teams Player of the Week.” This is the second week in a row that ETBU has produced a special teams player of the week.

Bates had only one punt return against Southwestern University and he took advantage of it.  In the 3rd quarter, ETBU was only leading, 38-27, when he took a punt back to the endzone from 60-yards out giving ETBU a 17-point advantage. The 60-yard punt is the longest punt return for a touchdown in program history and the first touchdown scored on a return since 2008.

Bates finished the game, offensively,  with seven receptions for 95 yards and one receiving touchdown as ETBU came from behind for the 58-34 win. 

ETBU is now 2-1 on the year and will host Millsaps College on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.

Lady Tiger Salas Named ASC Defensive Player of the Week

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

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Earning her first shutout of the year, junior Christina Salas has been named the American Southwest Conference “Defensive Player of the Week.”  This is the second week in a row that ETBU has had an ASC Player of the Week as Kia Jelley was given the award last week.

Salas recorded four saves in a 2-0 shutout of Millsaps College in Mississippi as ETBU moved to 3-1 on the year. The win is the second straight for ETBU which was last done in 2012.  She faced 10 shots from Millsaps and stopped shots for saves in the 27th, 57th, 77th, and 79th minutes.  Her defensive stops in the box were key each time as ETBU took the win.

ETBU will be back home on Friday, September 19th hosting Belhaven College at 5:00 p.m. at Cornish Field.