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Two ETBU Student-Athletes Named Players of the Week by ASC

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

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Two East Texas Baptist University student-athletes were recognized by the American Southwest Conference in the same week as Player of the Week in their respective sports.

Sophomore  basketball player Dylan Augustine was named Player of the Week for games played February 9-15. During that stretch the Tigers gained the first place spot in the conference standings led by Augustine’s performance on the court.

Softball pitcher Kelly Jo McLendon was named Pitcher of the Week for games played February 10-16. The Lady Tigers, ranked third in the preseason NFCA Division III poll swept Hardin-Simmons over the weekend in a three game series at Taylor Field.

 

Games played Feb. 9-15

PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Dylan Augustine, G, So., East Texas Baptist
Sophomore guard Dylan Augustine (Jennings, La./Hathaway HS) averaged 15.5 points and shot .667 overall in the two biggest games of the year for ETBU. He shot .778 from three-point range (7-of-9) and was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line against HSU. Augustine scored a career-high 25 points and only missed one shot from the floor making all five three-point attempts against the Cowboys in the game for first place in the conference standings. In the final 31 seconds against HSU went 6-of-6 from the foul line to put the game away. With ETBU up by four with 10 seconds left, Augustine stole the ball, got fouled and made two more free throws to seal the win. Against Texas Dallas he scored six points hitting two three-pointers with his second one being made with 46 seconds left in the game to put ETBU up by one (59-58) as they went on for the 63-58 win.

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Games played Feb. 10-16

PITCHER OF THE WEEKKelly Jo McLendon, RHP, Jr., East Texas Baptist
Junior pitcher Kelly Jo McLendon (Livingston, Texas/Livingston HS) pitched a no-hitter in game three on Saturday and allowed just one walk in 17 batters faced. She went 2-0 with no earned runs in both outings as each game was a run-rule victory. In her first outing last Friday McClendon gave up just three hits and no earned runs in an 11-1 win. The next day she recorded six strikeouts with one walk in the no-hitter winning 8-0. McClendon retired the sides in the first, second, fourth, and fifth innings in the no-hitter win.

(Copy from the American Southwest Conference website.)

Tiger Softball Ranked High By NFCA

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

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Starting off the season as one of the best NCAA Division III teams in the nation, the East Texas Baptist University softball team has been voted third in nation by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. ETBU received 186 points and was just three points off of being the second ranked team in the nation.

ETBU returns 15 players from last year’s team that went 45-10 and finished fifth at the NCAA Division III World Series.  With their program best 45 wins, the NFCA gave them a fourth place finish in the national poll. The 45 wins were the second most in the nation behind national champion Tufts University’s 47 wins.  ETBU is also three spots ahead of fellow ASC member Texas-Tyler who is tied for sixth place.

ETBU opens up their 2015 season on Friday, February 13th with a double-header against Hardin-Simmons at Taylor Field at 4:00 p.m.

Tiger Landon Price Votes As ASC’s Distinguished Scholar

Friday, January 30th, 2015

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East Texas Baptist University men’s cross country runner Landon Price has been awarded a prestigious academic award from the American Southwest Conference as the distinguished scholar athlete for his sport. He is the first for ETBU to receive this award under Natalie Bach-Prather.

Each school nominated an athlete for the award which was voted on by the sports information directors. Price was chosen out of seven nominees for the elite award.

The Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Teams recognizes student-athletes who achieve a high level of academic achievement (a 3.20 grade-point average or better) while competing as a starter or important reserve on their team. From that list – limited to one nominee per school in each ASC championship sport – the sports information directors from the 12 ASC member institutions select a Distinguished Scholar-Athlete in each sport. Below is Price’s bio for the award.

Landon Price (Mount Vernon, Texas / Mount Vernon HS) is a religion and missions major with a 3.89 grade point average. An Academic All-Conference selection, Price graduated in December with Dean’s List honors and is currently enrolled at East Texas Baptist as a graduate student. One of the best runners in program history, Price finished fourth at the ASC Championship and later competed in his second consecutive NCAA Division III South / Southeast Regional Meet. A two-time first team all-conference selection, Price broke the ETBU 8K record and recorded three top-five finishes last fall.

Tigers On the ASC Fall All-Academic Teams

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

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The American Southwest Conference has announced its 2014 Fall All-Academic Teams with 34 East Texas Baptist University student/athletes on the list. More than 350 student-athletes from 12 member institutions are on the honor list and include the sports of men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball.

To be eligible for ASC All-Academic honors, student-athletes must be classified academically as a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student during the competition season and have been in attendance and completed at least one academic year (two consecutive semesters) at their institution. They must also have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) as certified at the conclusion of the academic semester in which the ASC sport championship is held.

Making the 2014 ASC Fall All-Academic Teams from ETBU are:

Men’s Cross Country

Aaron Durham – Liberty, Texas

Nicolas Larzabal – Bogota, Columbia

Jack Perkins -  Anna, Texas

Landon Price – Mount Vernon, Texas

Ian Spencer – Marshall, Texas

 

Women’s Cross Country

Madison Kauffman – Sugarland, Texas

Megan Merrill – Mount Pleasant, Texas

Shelby Sparks – Richardson, Texas

Shelby Taylor – Flint, Texas

 

Football

Travis Danford – Fort Worth, Texas

Bryce Hale – Quinlan, Texas

Ricky Jenkins – Fort Worth, Texas

Jacob McClain – Teague, Texas

Onisokien Osuamkpe – Rosharon, Texas

Cody Pruitt –  Huffman, Texas

Evan Simpson -  Dew, Texas

Josh Warbington -  Hallsville, Texas

 

Men’s Soccer

Justin Adams – Kilgore, Texas

Brett Forbus – Kilgore, Texas

 

Women’s Soccer

Kayla Cradit – Houston, Texas

Whitney Justice – Tyler, Texas

Sasha Kotowych – Humble, Texas

Erin Miller – Lumberton, Texas

Amber Pless – Willis, Texas

Christina Salas – College Station, Texas

Nicole Salom – Rockwall, Texas

Natalie Torres – Mabank, Texas

 

Volleyball

Nicole Buzzard – Round Rock, Texas

Megan Elrod – Irving, Texas

Kayla Green – Keller, Texas

Morgan Rupp – Mansfield, Texas

Mallory Sanders –  Mansfield, Texas

Kolby Sharp – Pearland, Texas

Kayla Taylor – Arlington, Texas

Carver Named ASC Player of the Week

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

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Averaging a double-double last week, East Texas Baptist University women’s basketball player Amber Carver has been named the American Southwest Conference Player of the Week.  This is the first time ETBU has had a player of the week since February 19, 2013, when April Leonard was given the award.

Carver averaged 23 points and 10.5 points per game against the University of the Ozarks and Rust College.  She scored a career-high 29 points with 11 rebounds in an ASC loss to Ozarks and then added 17 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Rust College.  Against Ozarks, she shot .619 from the floor (13-of-21) in just 22 minutes of play.

For the year, Carver is averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds per game.  She has nine blocked shots and is shooting .567 from the floor.

ETBU is 4-3 overall and hosting Texas-Tyler on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Five Players Earn All-American Awards

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

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Picking up more awards for the 2014 season, East Texas Baptist University had five players earn All-American awards from the USA Football Network. Stephen Alfred, Kendall Roberson, Josh Warbington, Tyler Bates, and Dylan Bowman all received awards.

Alfred was named an USA Football Network All-American first-team selection. This award goes with his All-ASC first team and D3football.com All-Region third-team awards.  He finished the year with 1,210 yards receiving breaking the ETBU single season record for yards receiving.  He also had 12 receiving touchdowns to lead the ASC and also breaking the ETBU record.

Warbington earns his fourth post-season award as he was All-ASC second-team, D3football.com All-Region third-team, a Gagliardi Trophy semi-finalist, and now a second-team All-American.  He broke several ETBU single season, game, and program records.  He threw for 3,580 yards, 30 touchdowns, and had a 163.4 passing efficiency.

Roberson gains his second post season award after being named All-ASC first-team.  He is on the USA Football Network’s All-American second-team.  He led ETBU in rushing with 629 yards and six touchdowns.  He averaged 6.4 yards per carry and 69.6 yards per game.

Bates received a vote onto the USA Football Network’s second-team, too, for his play.  He was also All-ASC first-team as a receiver.  He became the third receiver in program history to catch more than 1,000 yards in a year with 1,156 and posted 11 touchdown catches.  He also set the single season record for receptions at 84 breaking his own record from 2013.

Bowman was named to the All-Freshman team for his play.  He finished fifth on the team in tackling with 54 tackles.  This is his first award as a player at ETBU.  He also recorded one interception, recovered one fumble, and forced two fumbles.

ETBU finished the year with four wins and broke numerous offensive records.  They also won four games in Ornelas Stadium which is the most since 2003.

Tigers Voted to D3Football.com All-Region Team

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

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Landing two players on the D3football.com All-South Region team, East Texas Baptist University continues to bring in awards to the program for the 2014 season.  Both Josh Warbington and Stephen Alfred were voted to the third-team. Over 252 players were nominated for the awards with 79 players earning awards. This is the first time ETBU has had a player selected on the D3football.com All-Region team since 2008.

This is the third post-season award for Warbington as he was a Gagliardi Trophy semi-finalist and All-ASC second team.  He finished the season leading NCAA Division III in passing 3,580 yards and passing yards per game (358) and was in the top 10 in two other categories.  He broke a combined 24 records from individual game, individual season, team, and program. 

Alford earns his second post-season award after being an All-ASC first team selection.  He broke the ETBU single season record for receiving yards with 1,210 surpassing Jamaine Sherman’s record from last year.  He led the American Southwest Conference in receiving and was in the top 10 in NCAA Division III in receiving yards.  He averaged 121 yard per game receiving and 20.5 yards per catch.

ETBU won four games in 2014 continues to improve under second year head coach Joshua Eargle. The four games were won at home which were the most since 2003.  

Warbington was not selected as one of the final four for the Gagliardi Trophy. To read more about his selection, click here.

Tiger QB Top 10 Semi-Finalist for Gagliardi Award

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

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More history is being made for the East Texas Baptist University football team as junior quarterback Josh Warbington (Hallsville, Texas) is a top 10 semi-finalist for the NCAA Division III Gagliardi Trophy.  This is the first time a player from ETBU has been awarded a spot on the ballot as a top 10 semi-finalist and he becomes the 10th player from the American Southwest Conference to be up for the NCAA Division III Player of the Year.  The ASC  has not had a top 10 finalist since 2010.

“Josh is a young man who exemplifies excellence in every part of his life,” says head coach Joshua Eargle.  “I cannot say enough about what an outstanding young man he has become.  On the field, his numbers speak for themselves.  He is the best quarterback in the country.”

The Gagliardi Trophy represents the total NCAA Division III athlete in community service, academics, and leadership on the football field.  The award committee takes into fact what the player has done on the field, in the classroom, and his service to the community.

Click here to read more….

All-ASC Football Named with 12 Tigers on the List

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

 

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Wrapping up the 2014 season with 12 players earning All-American Southwest Conference awards, East Texas Baptist University had three players earn first-team awards.  Overall, ETBU had eight players on the first and second teams.

Offensively, ETBU had three players all first-team led by wide receivers Tyler Bates and Stephen Alfred and running back Kendall Roberson.  Bates, who was also named to the honorable mention team as a return specialist, led the ASC in receptions (84) and receptions per game (8.4) while setting a new ETBU record for receptions in a season.  He is the third ETBU receiver to go over 1,000 yards receiving with 1,156 yards and this was the second year he was All-ASC as he was on the second team in 2013. He set a career-high of 195 yards receiving, which is third best all-time, against Sul Ross State.

Alfred led the ASC in receiving yards with 1,210 and receiving yards per game at 121 yards.  He broke ETBU’s single season record for yards receiving and receiving touchdowns (12) and averaged 20.5 yards per catch.  He had 100 yards or more in seven of the 10 games he played in and caught two touchdowns in four different games.

Roberson earns his first ASC award in his first year as a junior at ETBU.  In limited time playing due to injuries, he acquired 629 yards on just 98 carries while recording six touchdowns.  He had two games over 100 yards rushing with 172 yards vs. Texas Lutheran and 182 yards vs. Howard Payne in back-to-back weeks.  He also recorded three touchdowns against Howard Payne.

Receiving All-ASC second team on offense were Josh Warbington, Roy Butler, Charles Williams, Alex Shetter, and Dominque Bailey.

Warbington, who led the ASC in four different offensive categories and is the top passer in NCAA Division III for passing yards and passing yards per game, gains his first All-ASC award.  He was the ASC’s player of the week three times this year and broke a combined 24 records at ETBU this season for team, game, and individual.  He threw for 3,580 yards and 30 touchdowns recording a 163.36 pass efficiency.  In seven of the 10 games, he passed for three or more touchdowns with five against Millsaps when the offense broke the record for total offense (715 yards) and points (68).

Butler earns his first ASC award as a slot back finishing with 458 yards receiving.  He had four touchdowns and a career-high 131 yards receiving vs. Austin College.  He averaged 10.7 yards per catch in 10 games played.

Williams and Shetter both were awarded their first-ever ASC award on the offensive line.  They both were on the D3Football National Offensive Line of the Week in September and helped ETBU break numerous offensive records.  Both started all 10 games this year and started 20 straight games the past two years.

Bailey once again is on an All-ASC for the second time in his career as he was a second team selection in 2012.  Interception three passes this year he finished with 34 tackles and five pass break ups.

Earning honorable mention were Michael Garcia (OL), Jourdan McNeill (RB), Xavier Davis (DL), and David Jaynes (DL).  It is the second time Garcia and Jaynes have been given an All-ASC award.

ETBU finished with four wins in 2014 and broke numerous individual, game, season, and program records in head coach Joshua Eargle’s second year.

Adaeze Elonu Named to West All-Region Team

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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For the second straight year, the East Texas Baptist University volleyball team has a member named to the All-Region team.

Middle Blocker Adaeze Elonu, also named first team All-ASC, was named an honorable mention to the West Regional team. She is the fourth player in ETBU history to be named to the All-Region team. Kolby Sharp was named to the All-Region team in 2013, first since Arden Tunnell in 2003. She directly followed Allison Castillo, was the first All-Region team member in program history in 2002.

Elonu led the team with 124 blocks, finishing her career with the most blocks in school history with 395. She averaged 1.17 blocks per set, which was second best in the conference; with a season high nine blocks against Hendrix and at Hardin-Simmons. She also had a stellar season offensively, finishing seventh in the conference in hitting percentage at .276 with 255 kills. She had a season high 15 kills against Southwestern and Sul Ross. Elonu was named first team All-ASC two of her three years in the program.

During Elonu’s time in the program, the Tigers had a total record of 68-34. The team advanced to the conference tournament all three years and won nine ASC Tournament games. Elonu also finished with many program records—in addition to the career blocks record she also has the single season blocks record with 166 in 2013, and the seventh and ninth best marks in single season blocks with 124 in 2014 and 105 in 2012.