May
13
2014

Nine Named to ASC All-Conference Team


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Leading the American Southwest Conference in the most first-team selections, East Texas Baptist University garnered nine players receiving All-ASC awards.  Seven players were named to the first team to lead the ASC while Lacey Lindsey was named the freshman of the year.

Lacy Liles, Alyssa Romero, Shelby Parker, Kayla Garcia, Kelly Jo McLendon, Lacey Lindsey, and Jayme Perez were all named to the first-team.  It is the second year in a row for Liles, Parker, and Romero to be named to the first-team.

Lindsey earned one of the biggest awards of the year as she was named the freshman of the year and to the first-team as a first baseman.  In the ASC, she is first in RBI (50), total bases (105), and home runs (14), fourth in slugging percentage (.808), fifth in hits (53), and seventh in batting average (.408) and runs scored (36).  She has been named the ASC Hitter of the Week twice.

Kaitlyn Hollingshead and Mallory Westbrook were voted to the third-team.

The Lady Tigers won the NCAA Tyler West Regional over the weekend and host the Super Regional this Friday and Saturday at Taylor Field. ETBU will play Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in a best two out of three series with the winner advancing to the NCAA Division III Softball Championship Tournament.

May
12
2014

A Tiger Signs Free Agent Contract in the NFL


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Making some noise for NCAA Division III, East Texas Baptist University wide receiver Jamaine Sherman will continue his career in football in the NFL.  Sherman did not get drafted but signed a free agent contract with the St. Louis Rams.

After the draft was over, Sherman received a call from his agent confirming the interest from the St. Louis Rams which led to him signing.  Sherman will report with the rookies next week to St. Louis for a rookie mini-camp.

Sherman was an All-ASC first-team selection and set the single season receiving yards record for ETBU with 1,084 yards.  He was the first-ever 1,000 yard receiver for ETBU.  He played only one year at ETBU which came in 2013 finishing up his eligibility.

May
7
2014

And the National Player of the Week Is….


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ETBU Lady Tiger Jayme Perez has been name the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III National Player of the Week. Photo by Ryan C. Perry

ETBU Lady Tiger Jayme Perez has been named the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III National Player of the Week. Photo by Ryan C. Perry

Jayme Perez of East Texas Baptist University has been selected as the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III National Player of the Week.

Perez, a freshman designated player and leadoff hitter for the number 6th ranked Tigers (39-7), was a powerful contributor to her team’s run to the American Southwest Conference (ASC) title game over the weekend.

The Austin, Texas, native hit five home runs in six ASC Tournament games, including four straight contests. Five of her seven hits on the week were homers and two of the homers went off the scoreboard in left field at Texas-Tyler’s Suddenlink Field. Perez added a .280 average, five runs scored and seven runs batted in to her ledger to earn ASC All-Tournament team recognition.

The Tigers will be playing in the NCAA West Tyler Regional this weekend along with UT-Tyler and Texas Lutheran in a three-team round robin double elimination tournament. The winner advances to the Super Regional.  

Click here to watch video highlights of Tiger win over Concordia Texas in the first game of the ASC Tournament. The first clip is Perez’s first homerun hit in the tournament which hit about three feet below the top of the left field scoreboard.

May
7
2014

Lady Tiger Softball Selected To Their 8th NCAA Tournament


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Receiving an at-large bid into the 2014 NCAA Tournament, East Texas Baptist University will be making their eighth appearance in the tournament.  ETBU has made the NCAA Tournament in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013.

“It’s an honor to be given and at-large bid to go to the regionals as it is a testament to the great year the girls have had,” says head coach Janae Shirley.  “We will be playing with the best and we are excited for the opportunity.”

It is the second straight year that ETBU has made the tournament and fifth time in the last six years.  Last year, ETBU went 3-2 falling in the regional championship game.  ETBU has an overall record of 17-13 in the NCAA Tournament and won the 2010 national championship.

ETBU will be facing very familiar teams in Texas-Tyler (41-4) and former American Southwest Conference member Texas Lutheran University (32-7).  The NCAA regional tournament has a different look this year as there are 14 regional tournaments and eight super regional tournaments.  The West Region was the only region to have two three-team regional tournaments as Linfield, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, and the Redlands will play in the other regional.  The winners of the regional will then meet up for a three-game series in the super regional.

The format for the Tyler Regional is that everybody will play each other on Friday with the possibility of a team being eliminated.  ETBU starts off the tournament on Friday at 3:30 vs. Texas Lutheran and then faces host Texas-Tyler at 6:00 p.m.  ETBU and Texas-Tyler have played each other 14 times in the last two years with seven of the games coming in the post season.  Currently, Texas-Tyler is ranked second and ETBU eighth in the NFCA National Poll.  ETBU last played Texas Lutheran when they were ranked 20th in the nation at the 2013 ASC Tournament winning, 3-1.

The tournament will start on Friday afternoon, May 9 at 1:00 p.m. at Suddenlink Field in Tyler, Texas, as Texas-Tyler will play Texas Lutheran.


Tournament Schedule (Double elimination format):

 Friday, May 9:

G1:  No. 1 Texas-Tyler vs. No. 3 Texas Lutheran – 1 p.m.

G2:  No. 2 East Texas Baptist vs. No. 3 Texas Lutheran – 3:30 p.m.

G3:  No. 1 Texas-Tyler vs. No. 2 East Texas Baptist – 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 10:

Two games are possible if second loss is not reached in Game Four.

**It is a double-elimination style format.  So there are a couple of scenarios that could happen.  If ONE team is knocked out on day one, the remaining two teams will play until one has two losses.

May
7
2014

Liles Voted onto CoSIDA All-District Academic Team


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Named one of the top academic softball players in the West Region, senior Lacy Liles (Elysian Fields, Texas) was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District first-team for her grades and athletic awards.  This is the fourth year in a row that ETBU has had a player named academic all-district.

“This is a well-earned award by Lacy as she was voted the top second baseman in the region academically,” says ETBU Director of Sports Information Adam P. Ledyard.  “Earning this award is very hard with the competition in such a large region.  It’s always an honor to have a player named to the CoSIDA all-district team.”

There are 21 states in the West Region and Canada that have NCAA Division III programs where players were nominated from.  The first team has only 13 players selected as five were selected for the infield.

Liles carries a grade point average of 3.8 as a business major, is a two-time All-ASC first-team selection, a NFCA All-American second-team selection, and a three-time ASC hitter of the week.  She helped ETBU to the 2013 ASC tournament championship and to two straight NCAA Division III tournament appearances.

The First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

The Academic All-District® teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the third year of the expanded Academic All-America® program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-America® Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.

To be nominated an athlete has to have a 3.5 grade point average or higher and be in attendance at the school for at least two semesters.

 


 

May
7
2014

Alford Named to NFF’s Hampshire Honor Society


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Being a true student-athlete at NCAA Division III balancing being a football player and pursuing his academic goals, East Texas Baptist University’s Jacob Alford was given another academic award from the National Football Foundation.  Alford was a NFF scholar-athlete earlier this year for his grades and work on and off the field and now will be a member of the NFF Hampshire Honor Society.

“Jacob is such a great person to be around and has a strong work ethic,” says head coach Joshua Eargle.  “I am not surprised that he has been given these awards as he has earned everything that has been given to him.”

Alford recently graduated with an education degree after playing four years for ETBU as an offensive lineman.  He was an All-ASC selection, preseason all-American, and won the ASC’s sportsmanship award.  Below are the qualifications to make it into the Hampshire Honor Society.

Qualifications for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include:

  • Being a starter or a significant contributor in one’s last year of eligibility (or a senior who has declared for the NFL Draft) at an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III or an NAIA college or university;
  • Achieving a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study; and
  • Meeting all NCAA-mandated progress towards degree requirements.

The Hampshire Honor Society represents a powerful component in the organization’s rich history as an innovator in promoting the scholar-athlete ideal. Launched in 1959 with a donation from Hall of Fame coach Earl “Red” Blaik, the NFF’s National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments, became the first initiative in history to grant postgraduate scholarships based on a player’s combined academic success, football performance and community leadership. And, since its inception, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program has awarded $10.4 million to 787 top scholars and community leaders.

Apr
29
2014

Blankenship Wins ASC Championship in High Jump


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Crowning an American Southwest Conference champion in the first day of competition, East Texas Baptist University’s Cody Blankenship became the first champion for the Tigers.  ETBU took four athletes to Abilene for the championships as two competed on day one.

Blankenship cleared 6’8.75” to win the field over five other participants with his best height of the year.  His leap was over four inches more than the second place finisher and should propel him into the top 10 in the NCAA standings tied for 10th place.

Apr
29
2014

Affolter Gains ETBU’s First-Ever All-ASC Award


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As the East Texas Baptist University men’s tennis program continues to grow in their third year, they received their first-ever All-ASC team award.  Terry Affolter has been named to the All-ASC honorable mention team.

“I can’t be more excited for Terry,” says head coach Jeff Bramlett.  “He almost didn’t play this year but we convinced him to come out and now he is making history.  We are happy as a program for him.”

Affolter went 7-7 on the year in singles play and was 6-6 in the #3 singles position.  In the ASC, he was 4-6 overall.  In singles play he finished 4-9 at #2 doubles with partner Jeremy Rhodes.

This is just the second award for ETBU in men’s tennis as Tyler Tolopka was named the ASC East’s freshman of the year last year.

ETBU won a program record four matches this year and fell in three matches, 5-4.

Apr
29
2014

Liles 11 RBI, 4 HRs Makes Her ASC Hitter of Week


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liles hitter of the week

Putting together her best series of the year, Lacy Liles has been named American Southwest Conference Hitter of the Week.  Liles hit over .500 on the weekend in her final home games of year.

Recording 11 RBI, she batted .545 with all six of her hits in the series for extra bases with four home runs and two doubles.  She tied career highs in games for hits (3), runs scored (3), and home runs (2) while establishing a new career high of 6 RBI in game one of the series vs. SRSU.  In the first game of the series she went off the charts going 3-of-3 for 6 RBI including two home runs and a double scoring three times.  She hit a home run in every game of the series.  She posted a 1.818 slugging percentage and a .545 on base percentage.  She now has two or more hits in 14 games this year and 19 of her 44 hits are for extra bases.  In the double header on Friday, she was 4-of-7 with four runs scored and 9 RBI with 3 home runs.  Her first home run in game one made it 4-0 with a three-run shot and then she had another 3-run home run in the fourth inning for a 9-0 lead.  In the win on Saturday, she had a two-run shot to make it 15-0 in the 21-0 win.

ETBU will be put into the NCAA Division III record book tying the record for most home runs hit in an inning with four and is now third all-time for home runs hit in a game with seven.

This is the seventh award this year for ETBU in players of the week and the first for Lindsey.  ETBU is currently 35-5 and the #2 seed in the upcoming ASC Tournament.  They are also ranked seventh in the nation in the NFCA National Poll.

Apr
24
2014

Re-sil-ince [ri-zil-yuhs ns]


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ETBU Cross Country Coach Natalie Bach-Prather (far right) gives instruction to Tiger runner Landon Price of Mount Vernon during the Centenary Invitational. Photo courtesy of ETBU Sports Information.

ETBU Cross Country Coach Natalie Bach-Prather (far right) gives instruction to Tiger runner Landon Price of Mount Vernon during the Centenary Invitational. Photo courtesy of ETBU Sports Information.

Re-sil-ience [ri-zil-yuh ns] – the ability to recover readily from adversity, or the like.

As some 36,000 runners raced in the Boston Marathon on Monday  (April 21) with an estimated one million gathering on the 26.2 mile course to show support of the runners and remember the ones who died and were injured, “resilience” is the word that comes to mind after last year’s tragic bombing at the finish line.

As I heard the news last year for the first time that a bomb exploded near the finish line my mind wondered quickly, “Is East Texas Baptist University Cross Country coach Natalie Bach-Prather okay?”

I knew she was running in the 2013 race.  As I checked various social media outlets I saw the post from Natalie’s husband, Michael that she was okay. Natalie had crossed the finished line about 5 minutes after the bomb went off.

Natalie, 2008 graduate of ETBU, raced again in the Boston Marathon finishing with a time of 3:36:20.  Last week on a report by KSLA-TV about how Americans just can’t be shaken the Marshall native said, “You can’t stop us. We’ll show up every year in bigger, stronger, better numbers.”

Yes, resilience is the word that comes to mind.

“Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand.” –Psalm 37:24 (NLT)

To read more about Natalie’s experience at the 2014 Boston Marathon, click here.