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Parker, Lindsey, Perez are NFCA All-Americans

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

all america softballEarning All-American status is hard to do and the East Texas Baptist University softball team has three NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) All-Americans players this year. Shelby Parker, Lacey Lindsey, and Jayme Perez are all NFCA All-Americans announced at the annual NCAA National Championship Banquet in Salem, Va.

Parker becomes ETBU’s fifth NFCA All-American first-team selection following Ayrika Henderson (2009-pitcher), Allison Ratcliff (2004-DP), Tonya Minor (2004-OF), and Angela Gonzales (2004-catcher). It is the first time that Parker has been named an All-American and she is only one of two pitches selected on the first-team. The other pitcher selected is Tufts University Allison Fournier. This adds to the awards Parker has already earned in NFCA All-West Region first-team, ASC Pitcher of the Year, All-ASC first-team, five-time ASC pitcher of the week, and CoSIDA Academic All-District. Parker owns seven ETBU pitching records and leaves with over 600 career strikeouts and 78 wins.

Earning a spot on the NFCA All-American second-team is Lindsey (at-large) and Perez (designated player).  Both players were NFCA All-American third-team selections in 2014. Lindsey finished the year as the ASC co-Player of the Year and was a two-time ASC Hitter of the Week. She broke the ETBU single season record for home runs, held by Ratcliff, with 16. Perez hit 11 home runs and was also an All-ASC first-team selection.

This is the third year in a row that ETBU has had a NFCA All-American player.

Doud Voted ABCA All-West Region

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

dynas doudFor the third year in a row the East Texas Baptist University baseball team has landed a player on the ABCA All-Region team. Junior Dynas Doud (Adel, Iowa) was voted onto the third-team for his performance at short stop. The last two years outfield Tyler Bates was on the ABCA All-West Region third-team.

This is Doud’s second post-season award as he was an All-ASC first-team selection, too. He finished with a .358 batting average with 14 doubles, four home runs, and 37 RBI. This is his first year at ETBU after transferring from Tyler Junior College.

Doud was one of 10 ASC players selected for the all-region team. The ASC had six players on the first-team and then two on the second and third teams each.

The ABCA/Rawlings All-Region teams are voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the process is led by the ABCA NCAA Div. III All-America Committee. All-Region first-team selections are nominated for ABCA/Rawlings All-America honors.

The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 6,600 members represent all 50 states and 23 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, Junior College, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth. The 72nd annual ABCA Convention will be held Jan. 7-10, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

ETBU Teacher Education Grad Named Teacher of the Year for Moore Elementary

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
ETBU graduate Tiffany Blalock Stevenson was named J.H. Moore Elementary Campus Teacher of the Year. Photo courtesy by MISD Communications Officer David Weaver.

ETBU graduate Tiffany Blalock Stevenson was named J.H. Moore Elementary Campus Teacher of the Year. Photo courtesy by MISD Communications Officer David Weaver.

The past Monday at the Marshall ISD Board Meeting the district recognized campus teachers of the year.  As one goes down the list of 12 teachers named for being outstanding educators at their respective campuses you will find the name of Tiffany Blaylock Stevenson.

Stevenson is a second grade teacher at J.H. Moore Elementary located just blocks from the East Texas Baptist University campus. The Livingston native graduated from ETBU in 2013 and is married to Will Stevenson, a graduate of ETBU as well.

This is Stevenson’s second year at Moore but taught fourth graders the previous year. She writes on her Moore Elementary personal web page, “Each day is an exciting adventure. My goal is to help students learn the school content and social aspects of life. I also desire for each student to feel loved and encouraged each day at Moore.”

Stevenson will now be considered for the district teacher of the year award which will be announced at next month’s Marshall ISD Board Meeting.

Congratulations to Stevenson for being named Teacher of the Year at Moore Elementary.


Special Presentations at Spring Commencement

Monday, May 18th, 2015
Summa Cum Laude graduate Brittney Garner with ETBU Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler. Miss Garner received the Presidential Award. Photo by Ben Daily of Daily Photography-Marshall.

Summa Cum Laude graduate Brittney Garner with ETBU Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler. Miss Garner received the Presidential Award. Photo by Ben Daily of Daily Photography-Marshall.

Spring Commencement was held on May 2 in Baker Auditorium of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center. Family, friends, alumni, current students and well-wishers came to see the 126 East Texas Baptist University students walk across the stage to receive their degrees.

ETBU President-Elect Dr. J. Blair Blackburn addressed the graduates. He encouraged them by saying, “Students, soon to be graduates of East Texas Baptist University, congratulations to you on the completion of your educational journey. The earning of your degree is a remarkable achievement but the journey of lifelong learning and discovery does not end with the awarding of your earned degrees. Today, you will commence from here to passionately pursue the vocational calling, God has on the rest of your life.”

Not only did the graduates receive the recognition they earned the ceremonies also had a time for special presentations. Three professors received Professor with Distinction honors and one student received the Presidential Award.

Summa Cum Laude graduate Brittney Garner received the Presidential Award from Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler. The Lumberton native graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with honors and Mathematics. Her Honors Project was titled “Community Plant Analysis: 10-Years of Succession.” The President’s Award is given to a graduating senior judged by the faculty to be the best all-around student enrolled in the University. The award includes scholastic ability and development, the degree of involvement in activities which reflect the ideals of the institution, character, integrity, and general attitude.

ETBU Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler with Dr. Donna Dooley, retiring Dean of the School of Education. Dr. Dooley, along with Dr. Stan Coppinger and Dr. Bill Mils were presented Professor with Distinction honors during Spring Commencement.  Photo by Brendon Sceroler.

ETBU Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler with Dr. Donna Dooley, retiring Dean of the School of Education. Dr. Dooley, along with Dr. Stan Coppinger and Dr. Bill Mils were presented Professor with Distinction honors during Spring Commencement. Photo by Brendon Sceroler.

Three faculty members were presented Professor with Distinction honors for the 2014-2015 academic year. The three honored were Dr. Stan Coppinger, professor of English; Dr. Bill Mills, professor of Computer Science; and Dr. Donna Dooley, professor of Teacher Education and Dean of the School of Education. Dr. Dooley is retiring after serving 17 years at ETBU.

Two sessions were held with the morning ceremony including graduates of the Fred M. Hale School of Business, School of Christian Studies, School of Humanities, and the Frank S. Groner Endowed Memorial School of Professional Studies (Nursing).  The afternoon ceremony had graduates of the School of Education, School of Fine Arts, and School of Natural and Social Sciences.

Congratulations to the Spring graduates of ETBU and those who received special honors.

Tigers Honored with Post-Season Honors

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

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Spring sports at East Texas Baptist University ended after both Tiger Baseball and Lady Tiger Softball made strong runs in the post season. The Lady Tigers lost in the championship game of the NCAA Division III Tyler Regional to end their season. Tiger baseball made the American Southwest Conference Championship losing in the semi-final round to end their season. First time since 2005 that Tiger baseball had made it into the ASC Tournament.

Post season awards are coming in with many ETBU student/athletes receiving honors.  Find our more continue reading.


Five Players Earn All-ASC; Doud on First-Team

Five players were named to the 2015 American Southwest Conference team after East Texas Baptist University made their run in the conference tournament. Dynas Doud was a first-team selection while Zach Compton made the second-team. Brice Winter, Jimmy Russo, and Matt Lefler were on the honorable mention team.

Doud was a first-team selection at short stop as the best short stop in the ASC. He batted .358 with 14 doubles, four home runs, and 37 RBI. He had a .910 fielding percentage with 61 putouts and 110 assists. His .358 batting average was 13th in the ASC while he was third in doubles and sixth in RBI.

Compton earns his first ASC award being voted onto the second team at third base. In the ASC, he was second in doubles (15), eighth in hits (57), and ninth in RBI (32). He finished second on the team in batting behind Doud at .352 and RBI (32) and also produced two home runs and 18 runs scored. He had a .886 fielding percentage with 33 put outs and 115 assists.

Earning honorable mention status were Brice Winter at utility and Jimmy Russo and Matt Lefler as relief pitchers. Winter batted .324, which was third on the team, and had six doubles with two home runs for 18 RBI. He went to the plate 111 times and had 36 hits and a .432 slugging percentage. Russo pitched in 28.1 innings winning two games in 19 appearances recording four saves with 22 strikeouts. Lefler pitched in 13 games with a 3-0 record in 24.1 innings recording 12 strikeouts.

ETBU finished the year at 21-22 going 2-2 in the ASC Tournament. The two wins were the first in 10 years for the program in the tournament and the 20-win season was the first since 2006.

four players softball 2015Lady Tigers Named NFCA All-Region

Four East Texas Baptist University softball players have been awarded with NFCA awards being voted onto the All-West region team. Shelby Parker, Lacey Lindsey, Jayme Perez, and Kayla Garcia have all been named all-region.

Earning NFCA All-West Region first team are Parker, Lindsey, and Perez. Parker, a graduate student, was just one of two pitchers selected for the first-team. She finished the year at 24-2 with a 1.52 ERA and 210 strikeouts with four saves. She pitched in 166.1 innings and only walked 21 batters.

Lindsey earns her second straight All-West Region first-team award at first-base as a sophomore. Last year she was on the team and named a third-team all-American. She led the ASC with 16 home runs breaking the program record of 15 that she tied last season. She finished the year with a .381 batting average, 12 doubles, one triple, and led the team with 55 RBI. This year she was the co-ASC Player of the Year, a NFCA National Player of the Week, and an All-ASC first-team selection at first base.

Perez also gains her second straight All-West Region first-team award as a designated player and now has a chance to become an All-American again. She finished the year with 11 home runs and 36 RBI while batting .373. She had 44 hits with 10 doubles and two triples and a .771 slugging percentage. She was also an All-ASC first-team selection.

Garcia was voted onto the All-West Region third-team earning her second NFCA award. In 2013 she was also a third-team selection. She was second on the team in batting at .402 and finished with 10 doubles, 15 RBI, and 49 hits. She had a 1.000 fielding percentage in outfield with 40 putouts and one assist.

Parker, Lindsey, and Perez will now be put onto the All-American ballot that will be released during the 2015 NCAA Division III National Softball Championship banquet May 21-24.

parker cosida 2015Shelby Parker Voted to CoSIDA Academic All-District Team

For the fourth year in row the East Texas Baptist University softball team has a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection as Shelby Parker has made the team. Parker was voted to the team by the sports information directors of district 8.

Parker was the only American Southwest Conference player selected to the 12-player team and only one of two pitchers chosen. She will now be put on the national ballot to try and earn a spot on the Academic All-American team. She carries a 3.8 grade point average in graduate school at ETBU.

Other ETBU softball players that have been All-District are Lacy Liles (2014), Lya Swaner (2013), and Ashton Brey (2012). All of them were then voted All-American for their academic and athletic accomplishments.

Parker finished the year at 22-2 with over 200 strikeouts for the second year in a row.  She owns all the program records for pitching and has played in four NCAA Tournaments. She was recently just named to the NFCA All-West Region first-team and is the ASC’s Pitcher of the Year. ETBU finished their season at 35-6 in the NCAA Tournament.

ETBU Grad Receives Advisors with Heart Award

Thursday, May 7th, 2015
Photo by Marc Bailey.

Photo by Marc Bailey.

Since 2013, The Chinn Guitar Project has donated more than 340 guitars to musical therapy programs and schools. The project also finds teachers to teach the ones who received the guitars, all paid for by private donations. The founder of the project is an alumnus of East Texas Baptist University.

Longview, Texas based Wells Fargo Financial Advisor and founder of the project Ken Chinn graduated from ETBU in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ministry. Wealth has recognized Chinn’s efforts by presenting him an “Advisors with Heart Awards.”

The Kilgore native was inspired to donate guitars to others by his daughter, Tara. A few years back, she was receiving treatment for frontal lobe epilepsy at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and passed the time playing the guitar. A nurse saw how she was spending her time strumming the guitar and introduced the Chinn family to musical therapy.

To read more about the Chinn Guitar Project, click here.

A “Tiger Pride” high five to the founder of the Chinn Guitar Project.

ETvarsity Best Preps Banquet: The Natalie Bach-Prather Cross Country Runner of the Year Award

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

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It is not every day that an award that represents the best is named after you. Well, this has happened to East Texas Baptist University Cross Country and Track & Field Coach Natalie Bach-Prather.

The first ETvarsity Best Preps Banquet will be held on June 16 in Longview and the top male and female cross country runner will be awarded the Natalie Bach-Prather Cross Country Runner of the Year award. The evening will recognize the top high school athletes in all sports in the combined coverage areas of the Longview News-Journal, Marshall News Messenger and Panola Watchman.

Here is what the Longview News Journal printed on May 3rd  about Coach Bach-Prather.

Bach-Prather is a Marshall native, who was homeschooled and later attended and ran cross country at ETBU. In the fall, she will begin her seventh season as ETBU’s coach.

“Never in a million years did I expect this,” Bach-Prather said. “I would never have thought that this is where I would end up but I’m so glad and grateful that I did. It’s just awesome.”

Bach-Prather was a four-year letter winner and All-American Southwest Conference runner at ETBU, and she has competed in the Boston Marathon three times.

“It’s so cool, it’s such a huge honor,” Bach-Prather said of having the awards named after her. “I feel so honored to be a part of this. It’s just so cool. It’s great for the kids to have a big ceremony like this. It’s fantastic.”

Student/Athletes Recognized by ASC and NFCA

Friday, May 1st, 2015

This week on the Hilltop has been busy as students finished finals. Spring Commencement is Saturday, May 2 with a total of 126 receiving degrees, 111 bachelor’s degrees and 15 master’s degrees.

The last week of the Spring Semester has also been a time for many of ETBU’s student/athletes receiving recognitions for outstanding play on the field or court.

Below are the honors that Tiger athletes have received this week.

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Six Players Earn ASC Awards – Program Record

Finishing off a fine season in women’s tennis East Texas Baptist University has picked up several American Southwest Conference awards which are all firsts for the program. ETBU had six players earn awards along with an individual award.

Sierra Pizarro was named the ASC East Division Newcomer of the Year for her play. She went 3-1in singles and doubles play in the ASC.  She was also voted to the All-ASC East second team for #3 singles and #2 doubles with partner Jabree McClaine.

ETBU swept the ASC East Division second team singles in all six positions. There was a tie for #1 singles as Kate Bramlett earned her first award. She went 2-1 in the ASC East and had a 6-5 overall record this year. In #2 singles is McClaine as she posted a 3-1 record at that position. Following after Pizarro at #3 singles is

Elizabeth Morton in #4singles. She also went 3-1 and was 5-6 overall on the year. Taking the #5 singles spot is Karah Hedquist with a 2-2 record. Rounding out the #6 singles position is Desjha Ellis as she had a 3-1 record.

In doubles, Bramlett and Morton were All-ASC East second team at the #1 spot. They went 2-1 overall in the ASC East and 8-4 on the season. McClaine and Pizarro were named to the #2 doubles spot as they went 3-1 and 6-7 on the year.

ETBU finished 3-1 in the ASC East and was the #2 seed for the ASC Tournament from the East Division. It was the first ASC Tournament that the program has played in and they fell to Mary Hardin-Baylor, 5-4.

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Doud Named ASC Hitter of the Week

Dynas Doud had a career week for the East Texas Baptist University baseball team as he was named the American Southwest Conference player of the Week. He helped ETBU to a 3-3 week and an 18-18 overall record.

For the week he batted .571 with seven RBI, nine runs scored, and two home runs. He went 12-of-21 at the plate and was walked six times and only struck out three. In the series vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor he had three hits and two RBI with one home run.

His best series of the year came vs. Ozarks going 9-of-11 at the plate for five RBI.  He posted a home run and a double and scored six times. In the 4-0 win in game one of the double header, he had three of the RBI with a home run. He also had a RBI in game one and three.  He had a slugging percentage of .905 and an on-base percentage of .667.

ETBU finishes out the regular season this weekend at home in a three-game series with Louisiana College.

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Lindsey is NFCA National Hitter of the Week

Lacey Lindsey has added another award to her career as she has been named the NFCA National Hitter of the Week for NCAA Division III. Lindsey is the second ETBU player to earn a national award this season as Shelby Parker was the NFCA National Player of the Week earlier this year.

Lindsey had a career week batting .524 in six games with five home runs and 11 RBI. In the series vs. Howard Payne she recorded her 10th home run of the year helping ETBU to a three-game sweep. Against Sul Ross State she then added four more home runs to give her 14 on the year. In game one she collected her 11th of the year and then in the series finale went 3-of-4 with three home runs for six RBI.

She leads the ASC in home runs (14) and RBI (48) and is second in total bases (97). She only needs two home runs to break the ETBU program record that she tied last year hitting 15.

ETBU entered the ASC Tournament on Thursday  winning game one against Louisiana College, 5-2, and play Friday against UT-Tyler at 4:00 p.m.

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Parker, Lindsey Sweep ASC Weekly Awards

For the second week in a row the East Texas Baptist University softball team has been awarded both the American Southwest Conference player of the week awards. Shelby Parker and Lacey Lindsey earn the respective award again.

Parker, who now has been the pitcher of the week five times, went 5-0 last week with 40 strikeouts and a 0.80 ERA. She won all three games vs. Howard Payne combining with Shelby Phillips for a 5-inning perfect game in game one. She struck out 10 batters in game one and 14 batters in game two and then had five in three innings pitched in game three. In Alpine vs. Sul Ross State she pitched in all three games while starting two for a 2-0 record. Overall in the series she had 11 strike outs.  She is now 20-0 on the year with 185 strikeouts and a 1.28 ERA.

Lindsey batted over .500 in six games with five home runs for 12 RBI. In the Howard Payne series she posted four RBI and a home run with five hits. Against Sul Ross State she went 6-of-12 with four home runs and eight RBI. She hit a home run in the first game and then collected three home runs in the final game of the series going 3-of-4 with six RBI. This is the second time that Lindsey has received the award this year.  ETBU now has garnered nine ASC player of the week awards.

ETBU Alum Chosen for the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy

Monday, April 27th, 2015
Upon graduating from ETBU in 2011, Constance Massey and her roomate, Alison Midkiff, spent a month in Thailand. While in Thailand they worked with a Baptist missionary helping him teach children in the local schools. Here is Constance with students she taught during her time in Thailand. Photo Facebook.

Upon graduating from ETBU in 2011, Constance Massey and her roomate, Alison Midkiff, spent a month in Thailand. While in Thailand they worked with a Baptist missionary helping him teach children in the local schools. Here is Constance with students she taught during her time in Thailand. Photo Facebook.

Have you ever received an email that just made your day?  East Texas Baptist University graduate Constance Massey did recently.

Here is what Constance posted on Facebook back on April 14th: “I got a super exciting email today!! I applied to go to the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy last fall and heard back today that I was selected to attend the all-expense-paid academy in New Jersey!”

Out of 1,500 applicants only 150 are chosen to attend the Academy July 27-31 at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey. The selection panel based their decision on teacher qualifications, dedication to inspiring students and overall commitment to enhancing the teaching profession.

During the week-long Academy, participants will work with a curriculum developed by the National Science Teachers Association and Math Solutions. After the program, teachers will return to their classrooms reinvigorated with the passion to teach students how to be science literate, using hands-on experiments that show how math and science surround us daily.

Constance graduated from ETBU in Spring 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. She teaches 5th grade Science and Social Studies at Pine Tree Middle School in Longview.  The Gilmer native also taught in her hometown upon graduating from ETBU before moving to Pine ISD two years ago. She also is the owner of Constance Massey Photography.

A “Tiger Pride” high five for being chosen to participate in the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy.

Lady Tigers Ranked #3 in the Nation & Two Players Gain Player of the Week Awards

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

lindsey parker powThe East Texas Baptist University Lady Tiger softball team enters the last three games of the regular season ranked nationally in NCAA Division III Softball.  The latest poll released by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association ranks ETBU at number three.

The Lady Tigers, coached by former ETBU softball player Janae Shirley, have a season record of 28-2 and an American Southwest Conference record of 24-2. The Lady Tigers travel to Sul Ross State for a three-game series April 24-25 to end the regular season. In conference play ETBU is in second place one game behind the University of Texas at Tyler (26-1 ASC, 34-1 overall).

Lady Tiger players Lacey Lindsey and Shelby Parker have been recognized this week by the ASC as players of the week for games they played in April 13-19.

CO-HITTER OF THE WEEKLacey Lindsey, 1B, So., East Texas Baptist
Sophomore first baseman Lacey Lindsey (Leander, Texas/Leander HS) had a strong performance against No. 16 Louisiana College hitting .556 with a 1.222 slugging percentage and two home runs with for six RBI for the series. In the first game Lindsey had a home run in the fifth inning to make it 3-0. In game one of the doubleheader on Wednesday she was HBP, walked, and still went 1-for-2. In game three she went 3-for-3 with five RBI and a home run in a 7-1 win over LC. After two scoreless innings in the final game she hit a single up the middle for two runs making it 2-0. In the sixth inning leading just 4-1, she hit a three-run home run to make it 7-1 for her third hit of the game.

PITCHER OF THE WEEKShelby Parker, RHP, Gr., East Texas Baptist
Graduate pitcher Shelby Parker (Brazoria, Texas/Columbia HS) shut down the No. 16 Louisiana College line up striking out 23 of the 53 batters faced in two complete games. Parker recorded 15 strike outs in a 4-1 win in game one. She retired the first 11 batters of the game and had a perfect game in the fourth inning. In a 7-1 in the final game of the series Parker retired the first 10 batters and had eight strike outs overall before LC got a hit. She is now 15-0 and has 145 strike outs on the year.

After the Sul Ross State series the Tigers will play in the 2015 ASC Championship Tournament to be held April 30-May 3.