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ETBU Has 31 Winter/Spring Athletes Named ASC All-Academic

Monday, June 23rd, 2014


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The East Texas Baptist University winter and spring sports were recently honored by the American Southwest Conference as 31 student-athletes made the all-academic team.  The sports teams  that had athletes on the academic teams were men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s track & field, and men’s and women’s tennis.

The softball team led the way with 10 student-athletes on the list which was the second best in the softball category.  The baseball team followed with six student-athletes while men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s  tennis teams each had three on both teams.  The women’s track team added two student-athletes and men’s track had one student-athlete to finish up the 31 student-athletes.

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.

Below are ETBU’s athletes that made the all-academic team:


Kayla Garcia East Texas Baptist Jr. Kinesiology Navasota, Texas
Jessica Delgado East Texas Baptist Jr. Criminal Justice Arlington, Texas
Mallory Westbrook East Texas Baptist Jr. Psychology Rusk, Texas
Maranada Westbrook East Texas Baptist Jr. Kinesiology Rusk, Texas
Shelby Parker East Texas Baptist Sr. Athletic Training Brazoria, Texas
Kelly Jo McLendon East Texas Baptist So. Kinesiology Livingston, Texas
Alyssa Romero East Texas Baptist Sr. Education & Biology Humble, Texas
Sara Clements East Texas Baptist Jr. Athletic Training Pearland, Texas
Lacy Liles East Texas Baptist Sr. Business Elysian Fields, Texas
Shelby Phillips East Texas Baptist Jr. Kinesiology Nederland, Texas


Jordan Brewer East Texas Baptist Sr. Kinesiology Rowlett, Texas
Ben Beltran East Texas Baptist Jr. Kinesiology El Paso, Texas
Kirby Moore East Texas Baptist Jr. Secondary Education Minden, La.
Ernesto Perez East Texas Baptist So. Math Corpus Christi, Texas
Joshua Warbington East Texas Baptist So. Accounting Hallsville, Texas
Cody Pruitt East Texas Baptist Jr. Mass Communications Huffman, Texas

Men’s Basketball

Eric Horton East Texas Baptist So. Business Paris, Texas
JD Richardson East Texas Baptist Jr. Athletic Training White Oak, Texas
Erby Thompson East Texas Baptist Jr. Kinesiology Pitkin, La.

Women’s Basketball

Kelly Johnstone East Texas Baptist Sr. Criminal Justice Howe, Texas
Amanda Rucker East Texas Baptist Jr. Kinesiology Grand Saline, Texas
Morgan Garrett East Texas Baptist Jr. Undecided Coushatta, La.

Men’s Tennis

Nicolas Larzabal East Texas Baptist So. History & Sociology Bogota, Columbia
Tyler Tolopka East Texas Baptist So. Biology Sugarland, Texas
Jeremy Rhodes East Texas Baptist So. Business Bullard, Texas

Women’s Tennis

Kayla Franklin East Texas Baptist Sr. Kinesiology Princeton, Texas
Kali Kipp East Texas Baptist Sr. Business Fort Worth, Texas
Hannah Word East Texas Baptist Jr. Accounting Centerville, Texas

Women’s T&F

Jenny Utterbeck East Texas Baptist Jr. Athletic Training Rowlett, Texas
Megan Merrill East Texas Baptist So. Biology Mount Pleasant, Texas

Men’s T&F

Landon Price East Texas Baptist So. Religion & Missions Mount Vernon, Texas

Athletic Training

Bailey Alanis East Texas Baptist So. Athletic Training Elgin, Texas
Dana Boyd East Texas Baptist So. Athletic Training Kilgore, Texas
Kristen Hensley East Texas Baptist So. Athletic Training Van Alstyne, Texas
Harley McCoy East Texas Baptist So. Athletic Training Dallas, Texas
Brady Tomlin East Texas Baptist So. Athletic Training Gilmer, Texas
Tiffannee Byrd East Texas Baptist Jr. Athletic Training Livingston, Texas
Sara Clements East Texas Baptist Jr. Athletic Training Houston, Texas
J D Richardson East Texas Baptist Jr. Athletic Training White Oak, Texas
Jenny Utterbeck East Texas Baptist Jr. Athletic Training Rowlett, Texas

Sports Information

Drew Dawson East Texas Baptist Sr. Kinesiology Marshall, Texas

Liles Voted ASC’s Distinguished Scholar-Athlete

Monday, June 23rd, 2014


liles distinguished athlete

For the second year in a row, the East Texas Baptist University softball team has the American Southwest Conference’s softball distinguished scholar-award winner.  Lacy Liles is the award winner earning another academic award this spring.  Last  year, Lya Swaner was the award winner in the ASC.


Liles has now been named a CoSIDA Academic All-American, voted to the CoSIDA Academic All-District first-team, and named to the ASC’s All-Academic and the ASC’s medal of honor list before winning the distinguished scholar-athlete award.  She also earned various awards this year for her play.


The award, in its seventh academic year, 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.


Liles helped ETBU to one of their finest years, ever, in the program winning a program best 45 games and winning the Tyler Regional and Marshall Super Regional Tournament Championships.  ETBU finished ranked #4 in the final NFCA national poll and was ranked in the top 10 all season.  They advanced to the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament for the second time in five years, also.



Softball Staff Named NFCA West Region Staff Of The Year

Monday, June 23rd, 2014


etbu coach staff of year 2014

Putting together one of the finest years in East Texas Baptist University softball, the staff of head coach Janae Shirley and assistant coaches Bill Galloway and Guy Shirley were awarded the NFCA West Region award for staff of the year.  This is the second time in five years that Shirley’s staff has received this award also winning the award in 2010.

Shirley and her staff guided ETBU to a program best 45 wins and to the Tyler Regional and Marshall Super Regional Championships.  Her team earned a berth to their second-ever NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament where they finished in fifth place.  ETBU also produced a program best 20-game winning streak this year and had nine players named All-ASC

ETBU was also ranked in the NFCA’s top 10 the entire season finishing as the fourth ranked team in the nation.  They have now been ranked for 25 straight weeks.  Under Shirley, ETBU has made the NCAA Tournament in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014 winning the national championship in 2010.  She has a 21-10 record in the NCAA Tournament and is 5-2 in the championship tournament.

Two Tigers Earn ASC’s Medal of Honor Award

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

liles simpson

Named as one of the top male and female academic athletes in the American Southwest Conference, Evan Simpson (football) and Lacy Liles (softball) were the recipients of the scholar-athlete medal award representing East Texas Baptist University.  Each school in the ASC has two athletes receive the award.


Simpson and Liles each had the top grade point average for a senior at ETBU and were given the award.  They are one of select few in the ASC to receive this award.  Simpson is from Dew, Texas, and played in nine games.  Liles is from Elysian Fields, Texas, and has won numerous ASC awards and is a NFCA All-American.

For more, visit the American Southwest Conference  website by clicking here.

ETBU Finishes 4th in Final NFCA Poll

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

top four ranking

Finishing up their season in the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament and with a program record 45 wins, East Texas Baptist University ends the 2014 season #4 in the final National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll.  It is the second straight year that ETBU has finished in the top 10 of the NFCA Poll as they were ninth last year.

With a record of 45-10, ETBU received 168 votes for the fourth place finish.  They were just seven points away from finishing third behind St. Thomas (Minn.).  ETBU moved up two spots from sixth where they were in the final regular season poll.  The American Southwest Conference also had a second team finish in the top 10 in UT-Tyler as they were eighth.

ETBU has now been ranked in the NFCA national poll for 25 straight weeks and been in the top 10 for 15 straight weeks.   ETBU pushed back into the NFCA top 10 last year in week 11 (May 1) as they moved to 10th.  From that point one ETBU has never dropped out of the top 10.

The final ranking for ETBU this year is the highest they were ranked in 2014 as their previous best was fifth earlier in the season.

 ETBU went 45-10 this year and were the Tyler Regional Champions and Marshall Super Regional Champions.  They became the first Texas NCAA Division III program to play in a NCAA Division III national tournament in Texas, too, as this year marked the first-time ever that a division III national championship tournament was in Texas.  They broke several team and individual records in the season and recorded numerous individual awards.


Lady Tiger Named To NCAA All-Tournament Team

Monday, June 2nd, 2014


romero all tournament ncaa champ

Finishing up her career at the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament, Alyssa Romero was named to the all-tournament team for her play.  Romero, an outfielder from Humble, Texas, was a four-year starter for East Texas Baptist University.

In the championship tournament, Romero went 4-of-8 (.500) with two home runs and six RBI.  She hit home runs vs. Tuft’s Allyson Fournier (NFCA All-American 1st team) and Trine’s Bree Fuller. She produced all three runs vs. #1 Tufts University in game one of the tournament and had three of the 11 runs brought in against Trine University.

For the year, Romero finished batting .363 with nine home runs, eight doubles, 40 RBI, and 53 hits.  She was an All-ASC first-team selection, NCAA Tyler Regional All-Tournament team, and the ASC Hitter of the Week (April 21).  Last year, she was voted to the All-ASC East first-team and NFCA All-West second team.

ETBU won a program best 45 games, produced a record 20-game winning streak, and won both the Tyler Regional and Marshall Super Regional.

Bates Named to All West Region Team

Monday, June 2nd, 2014


bates all region

For the second year in a row, East Texas Baptist University’s Tyler Bates has been named to the ABCA’s All-West Regional team.  Bates was a third team selection again this season after leading ETBU in batting average, runs scored, hits, doubles and stolen bases.

Bates was also an All-ASC first team selection and had a .354 batting average (8th in the ASC) this season with 26 runs scored, 45 hits, nine doubles and 15 stolen bases (tied for 4th in the ASC) and was one of six ASC players named to the West Region team.

Two Lady Tigers Named All-Americans

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

lindsey perez graphic

Two players from East Texas Baptist University were named to the NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) All-American team for their great play in Lacey Lindsey and Jayme Perez.  Lindsey and Perez were voted to the third team as freshman and the first ETBU freshmen to be named all-American since Christy Shipley. 

Lindsey has earned several accolades in her first year at ETBU including ASC Freshman of the Year, All-ASC first-team, NFCA All-West Region first-team, Marshall Super Regional Most Outstanding Player, Tyler Regional All-Tournament Team, and two-time ASC Hitter of the Week.  She broke the ETBU single season record for RBI (59) and tied the home run record (15).  She hit the walk-off home run for ETBU as they captured the Marshall Super Regional championship. 

Perez earns her first all-American award in her first season at ETBU.  She was a NFCA All-West Region first, All-ASC tournament team, All-ASC first-team, and the NFCA National Hitter of the Week.  Perez hit five home runs in six ASC Tournament games, had a walk-off home run for the win over Claremont Mudd Scripps in the Marshall Super Regional first-game, and had a lead-off home run vs. Trine in the NCAA Championship Tournament.  She finished with 12 home runs, 48 RBI, and 13 doubles.

ETBU now has 10 all-Americans in their program and it is the second year in a row for ETBU to produce an all-American.  Lacy Liles was a second-team all-American in 2013.

Liles Academic All-American

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

lacy liles all american again

For the fourth year in a row an East Texas Baptist University softball player has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-American team as Lacy Liles earned the award this year.  Liles is just one of 33 softball players out of all NCAA Division III softball players to be named a Capital One Academic  All-American as a second team member.  Ashton Brey (2011, 2012) and Lya Swaner (2013) were both academic All-Americans the past three years for ETBU.

“This is a tremendous honor for Lacy to earn this award as the academic All-American awards are so hard to receive due to the amount of athletes nominated for the award,” says ETBU director of sports information Adam P. Ledyard.  “She is in elite status in NCAA Division III for academics receiving this award from the sports information directors.  This is an award she can share with her family and friends the rest of her life.”

Liles is just one of two Texas players voted onto the academic All-American team as Ashley Jacobsen (Texas Lutheran) made the third-team.  Liles is a senior majoring in business with a 3.8 grade point average and is a NFCA All-American.  Her academic accolades, team awards, and individual awards helped put her at the top of the list.  She is a NFCA All-American and a two-time All-ASC first-team selection along with being named twice to a NFCA West All-Region team.  She has helped ETBU to two NCAA Tournament appearances, a regional tournament title, a super regional title, and an ASC Tournament Championship.  She will also finish in the top 10 in several ETBU program categories.

ETBU is currently 44-8 and will be playing in the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament this week in Tyler, Texas.

ETBU Alum Speaks at Jacksonville College Commencement

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Rev. Richard Smith, ETBU Alum

Rev. Richard Smith, ETBU Alum

East Texas Baptist University graduate Rev. Richard W. Smith delivered the key note address for spring commencement at Jacksonville College (Texas) held May 9th.

Rev. Smith graduated from Jacksonville College with his A.A.  in 1979 and from East Texas Baptist College in 1981 with a B.A.   He also holds a master’s degree in Theology from Jacksonville BMA Seminary.

He has been serving as the pastor of Farley Street Baptist Church of Waxahachie since March 1993.  He  and his wife Kim have been  married for 33 years.

A Tiger Pride “high five” to Rev. Smith for his faithful years of service in the ministry.