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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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.

Apr
22
2014

ETBU Sweeps Player of the Week Awards


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ETBU senior Alyssa Romero (left) hit .444 with six RBI. Senior Shelby Parker allowed no runs in two wins with 13 strikeouts.

ETBU senior Alyssa Romero (left) hit .444 with six RBI. Senior Shelby Parker allowed no runs in two wins with 13 strikeouts.

The 7th ranked East Texas Baptist University Lady Tigers have swept this week’s American Southwest Conference Player of the Week Awards for games played April 14-20.

ETBU senior Alyssa Romero was named Hitter of the Week with senior Shelby Parker garnering the Pitcher of the Week Award.

 

 

HITTER OF THE WEEK: Alyssa Romero, Sr., OF, East Texas Baptist
Outfielder Alyssa Romero (Humble, Texas/Atascosita HS) recorded a hit in every game of the series including a grand slam in the 9-0 game three win with a 2-of-3 showing at the plate. She had a .889 slugging percentage and a .500 on-base percentage. In the 11-1 win, she had a double in the 10-run eighth inning to make it 11-1. In the fourth inning of the final game, Romero slugged a grand slam to make it 9-0 sealing the shortened nine-inning game. She also had two sacrifice hits in game one and two of the series. Her four RBI in game three tied a career high.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Shelby Parker, Sr., RHP, East Texas Baptist
Pitcher Shelby Parker (Brazoria, Texas/Columbia HS) recorded another two shutouts pitching a complete game, seven inning win (5-0) in the first game of the series and then a 9-0 five-inning win in the final game. Parker struck out six in game one and then seven in her final appearance. She retired the first nine batters faced in game one striking out the side to start the game and then retired the side once in the final game. Parker has now pitched 27 straight innings without giving up any runs and has 10 shutouts on the year. She now also has five straight shutouts in her last five appearances.

ETBU will finish out the regular season at home this Friday and Saturday with a three-game series with Sul Ross State.

Apr
21
2014

NCAA Region Softball Rankings Out


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From the American Southwest Conference website:

The first NCAA Region softball rankings of the 2014 season were released Thursday (April 18) with three American Southwest Conference universities listed among the top six teams in the West Region.

Conference leader, the University of Texas at Tyler, (33-2) leads the NCAA West Region Rankings while East Texas Baptist University (30-5) is second and University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (24-12) ranks sixth.

All three teams will close the conference portion of their 2014 schedules next week (April 26). Texas-Tyler has won its last 13 games and has a three game lead with one week left to play in the regular season. The Patriots have won 30 or more games for eight-straight seasons, the longest streak in the conference. East Texas Baptist has also won its last 13-games, is currently second in the ASC standings and has recorded six consecutive shutouts. Mary Hardin-Baylor has won its last 11 games, including five run-rule victories, to cross the 20-win mark for the season.

The NCAA Region rankings posted by the softball national committee are used to determine the seeding in team selections for the NCAA Division III national tournament. The April 17 ranking is the first of three region rankings the NCAA will release this season. The next region ranking will be released April 24 and the final ranking will be posted May 1.

The regionals of the NCAA Division III Championship will be played May 9-11, with the Super Regionals scheduled to be played May 16-17. The Championship will be played May 22-27 and hosted by Texas-Tyler.

Apr
17
2014

Second Time for Blankenship


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East Texas Baptist University freshman track and field athlete Cody Blankenship of Hallsville has done it again. After winning another meet in the high jump, the American Southwest Conference has named him one of the Men’s Athletes of Week for competition held April 9-15th.

His latest first place jumped occurred at the Hardin-Simmons University Track & Field meet held in Abilene on April 12. Blankenship won the high jump clearing 1.98 meters (6’5”) in a field of five athletes.  Coming into the weekend, he was tied for seventh in NCAA Division III in the high jump with a leap of 2.03 (6’8”) with four other athletes.

In his first-ever collegiate meet (Mississippi College Invitational) he cleared 6’8’ to win his event over seven others who competed.  Blankenship also received the ASC Conference award for Men’s Athlete of the Week in Track & Field for his winning jump at Mississippi College.

Next up for the ETBU Track & Field athletes is the ASC Conference Championship Meet, April 25-26th.

Cody is the son of Vince and Susan Blankenship. Vince serves at ETBU’s Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing.

Apr
15
2014

Windham ASC Hitter of the Week


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Senior Phillip Windham of Keithville, La., has been named ASC Hitter of the Week

Senior Phillip Windham of Keithville, La., has been named ASC Hitter of the Week

Putting on a hitting clinic in game one of the series against Sul Ross State University, Phillip Windham has been named the American Southwest Conference’s “Hitter of the Week.”  Windham batted .500 in the series with five RBI and three home runs.

On Friday night, Windham collected three home runs going 3-of-3 with four RBI in an 11-0 route of the Lobos.  He hit home runs in the second, fourth, and seventh innings of the game with the first two giving ETBU the lead.  His first shot in the second inning was a solo shot and then he added his second of the game with a two-run home run in the fourth inning for a 3-0 lead.  His final moonshot was his longest of the night over the left field fence that landed out in the ETBU intramural field as a solo home run.

On Saturday, he collected another RBI as the first run of the game in game one of the 8-4 win.  His three hits ties a career high in a game and the three home runs in a game is a career high.

ETBU is currently on a six-game winning streak sweeping the last two ASC series from UT-Tyler and Sul Ross State.  They are now 13-18 and 10-14 in the ASC.