Tiger QB Top 10 Semi-Finalist for Gagliardi Award

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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.

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All-ASC Football Named with 12 Tigers on the List

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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

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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. 


Six Members of Tiger Volleyball Named All-ASC

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Putting together another stellar year in volleyball, East Texas Baptist University had six players earn All-American Southwest Conference awards.  Two players were first team, three on the third team, and one as honorable mention.

Mallory Sanders and Adaeze Elonu were both named to the first-team and are on an All-ASC team for the second year in a row.  Sanders, who was a second-team selection last year as a freshman, led the team with 339 kills and a 3.49 kills per set average while recording 300 digs.  For the year she had 13 double-doubles and a career-high 26 digs vs. Texas-Tyler on October 28th

Elonu broke the program record for blocks this year and finishes with 395 blocks in a three-year career.  She also holds the single-season record for blocks of 166 set last season.  She finished this year with 255 kills and 124 blocks.  She set a career-high in kills with 15 twice this year.

On the third team was Kayla Taylor, Kolby Sharp, and Bailee Moore.  Taylor is a three-time All-ASC selection and is on the third-team for the second year in a row. She finishes her career with 2,906 assists which is third all-time at ETBU.  She led the team with 625 assists and recorded five double-doubles this year. She also had 197 digs and averaged 6.01 assists per set.

Sharp also receives her third straight All-ASC award and is graduating early after only three years of playing at ETBU.  She finishes seventh all-time in kills at ETBU with 829 and third in blocks with 345. This year she was third on the team in kills with 172 and had 55 digs and 85 blocks. 

Moore had a great freshman season hitting .292 as one of the top hitters in the ASC.  She came away with 127 kills, 31 digs, and 31 blocks.  She averaged 1.87 kills per set and had a career-high 17 kills vs. Texas-Dallas on October 7th.

Nicole Buzzard rounds out the final award as a honorable mention selection for the second year in a row. She collected 349 assists and 62 digs while averaging 4.59 assists per set.

ETBU finished the year at 17-12 and 13-3 in the ASC in second place.  They were the #2 seed in the ASC Tournament and set a program record for consecutive wins at 14. Ornelas Gym’s home winning streak was kept alive, too, and is now at 18 straight matches as they haven’t been beat at home since 2011.


Tigers Make All-ASC Soccer Teams

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Three players from the East Texas Baptist University women’s soccer team were awarded All-ASC status for their play in 2014.  Natalie Torres, Christina Salas, and Kristi Freund were all named to a team.

Making the second team all-conference was senior Natalie Torres who has earned an All-ASC team award three times,  She finished with five goals this season to lead the team. She has been named to the all-academic team in both 2012 and 2013, as well as being named ASC honorable mention in 2012 and to the third team last season. She was also named ASC offensive player of the week on October 2, 2012.

Joining Torres were two members on the third team—defender Kristi Freund and goalie Christina Salas. Freund made 14 starts her freshman season and played in all 15 games. She took four total shots this season with two on goal. She also was a rock on defense, helping with shutout efforts against Millsaps and Ozarks.

Salas had previously been named to the all-academic team in 2013. She tied her career high with 17 saves against Howard Payne and recorded two shutouts this season—at Millsaps and against Ozarks. She started all 15 games in goal, making a total of 82 saves. She faced 200 total shots and only allowed 26 goals, for a goals against average of 1.67. 

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Three members of the ETBU men’s soccer team were named to the American Southwest Conference all-conference team. Christian Garcia, Gustavo Vasquez, and Juan Perales all were named to a team.

Senior Christian Garcia was named to an All-ASC team for the third time in his career and this year voted onto the first team. He had been named to the second team following the 2013 season and to the third team in 2011. He was also named to the all-academic team following the 2011 season. Garcia recorded nine goals, which led the team; as well as three game winning goals.

Defenseman Gustavo Vasquez was on an All-ASC team for the second year in a row as he was named to the third team. Last year he was an All-ASC honorable meniton selection in his first year at ETBU. He made 13 starts this season, recording an assist against Hardin-Simmons and assisting with defense in seven shutouts. ETBU shut out Austin College, Texas Lutheran, Hendrix, Concordia, Texas-Tyler, Louisiana College and Hardin-Simmons this season.

Freshman goalie Juan Perales was given honorable mention status. His first year he started in 12 of 15 games. He finished the year with 47 saves, almost four per game. He had a save percentage of .758 and allowed only 1.41 goals per game. He recorded six shutouts—in wins over Hendrix, Concordia, Texas-Tyler and Hardin-Simmons as well as ties against Austin College and Texas Lutheran.

ETBU finished the year with five wins and ended the regular season on a 1-0 shutout win over eventual ASC Tournament Champion Hardin-Simmons.



Garcia Named for the Second Time this Season as ASC Player of the Week

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garcia pow oct 30Propelling the East Texas Baptist University men’s soccer team to a 4-0 win over Louisiana College, senior Christian Garcia was given his second American Southwest Conference “Player of the Week” award this season.  He netted two of ETBU’s four goals in the shutout win.


Garcia netted goals in the 18th and 68th minutes to seal the win for ETBU. The 18th minute goal put ETBU ahead, 2-0, as he was given the ball by fellow senior Bryan Romero.  In the 68th minute, Brett Forbus passed the ball up to Garcia giving him his second goal of the match.  In the match, he took five shots with four on goal in his final match at Cornish Field on senior day.


For the season, Garcia now has eight goals for 16 points to lead the team.  He has taken 31 shots with 21 on goal this year.  He was also named the ASC’s player of the week on September 2nd. ETBU is still in contention for a spot in the ASC Tournament as they head to West Texas for their final two regular season matches vs. Howard Payne and Hardin-Simmons.




Two Tiger Athletes Gain Honors

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Becoming one of the American Southwest Conference’s best runners in 2014, Landon Price (Mount Vernon, Texas) gained his third straight runner of the week award.  This is a first for an ETBU runner as no runner as ever received three ASC awards in one year for the program.

“What an honor for Landon,” says head coach Natalie Bach-Prather.  “He has finally overcome his injury from the beginning of the season and has found his stride at the right moment.”

Price won the Austin College Invitational 5K race with a time of 16:01 out of 44 runners.  ETBU finished in third place out of six teams.  He finished six seconds ahead of the second place finisher.  He was also the ASC’s runner of the week for October 7 and 13.  No runner this year has won the award three times this year and only one other runner has won it twice in UT-Tyler’s Conner Benson. 

ETBU Cross Country will next run at the American Southwest Conference Championships on Saturday, November 1st, in Tyler.

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Having a stellar weekend in West Texas, senior Adaeze Elonu (Houston, Texas) was awarded the American Southwest Conference “Offensive Player of the Week” award.  It is her first ASC award of the year.

Elonu averaged 10.5 kills and five blocks per match and hit .529 overall.  She had 12 kills and nine blocks in a sweep of Hardin-Simmons on Friday night and then added nine kills and a .471 hitting percentage on Saturday at Howard Payne.  Overall she had 21 kills  and only three attack errors on 34 total attacks and 10 blocks.  She is now just two blocks away from becoming ETBU’s all-time leader in blocks.

ETBU is now 13-8 on the year and has won 12-straight matches.  They are tied for first place in the American Southwest Conference at 11-1 and have a 17-match home winning streak in Ornelas Gym which is sixth best in NCAA Division III. 



National Champions Back On Campus 15 Years Later

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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 reasons 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

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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

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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.