Two Tiger Football Players Named ASC Players of the Week

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pow football sept 13Winning their home opener over Austin College, 43-27, East Texas Baptist University has two players that were named the American Southwest Conference Players of the Week.  Junior Josh Warbington and freshman Wayne Grice both earned the award.

Warbington was named the offensive player of the week for throwing over 400 yards and three touchdowns in the win.  His 408 yards is second best in his career and only the second time to reach 400 yards passing. He completed over 70% of his passes (27-of-38) and had touchdown passes of 63 yards, 43 yards, and 25 yards.  After ETBU took a 16-14 lead on a safety, he drove his team to two straight scoring drives and a third one that ended on the one-yard line. 

Grice earns his first ever award as the special teams player of the week helping ETBU with field position on kickoffs.  He returned six kickoffs for 138 yards with his longest of the night being 53 yards. That run was stopped by the kicker that was between him and the goal line. 

 ETBU hosts Southwestern University at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 20th in Ornelas Stadium.


Jelley Named ASC Player of the Week

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jelley pow(9/10/14) – For the second week in a row an East Texas Baptist University soccer player has been named the American Southwest Conference co-Player of the Week.  This week, women’s soccer player Kia Jelley enjoys the award after men’s soccer player Christian Garcia won it last week.

Jelley played in only one match last week due to the weather but made the most of it netting both goals in a the 2-1 win over Texas Lutheran.  She collected the game winning goal in the 55th minute two minutes after Texas Lutheran tied the match at one.  Her first goal was in the eight minute of the match for the 1-0 lead.  She took five shots in the game with four on goal and two scoring. 

Overall, she now has four goals and two assists for 10 points on the year leading the team.  It is the third time in her career to have two goals in a match and is the second time in a week as she put in two goals in the season opening 6-1 victory over Centenary. 


Tiger Soccer Player Named ASC Player of the Week

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After just one week of play, the East Texas Baptist University men’s soccer team has picked up an award with an American Southwest Conference player of the week.  Christian Garcia was named co-offensive player of the week for his play in two matches.

“Christian has always been a very good player for our program and last year we told him that he would have to carry a bigger load this year for us,” says head coach Paul Grant.  “For him to score three goals and get us back into the match with Centenary was big.  He is just that kind of player.  If you give him the ball something is going to happen.  It was a well-deserved award for him this past weekend.”

Garica netted all three goals for ETBU in a 5-3 loss to Centenary scoring them all in the second half in a 15 minute period.  Down 3-0, he cut the lead to two with his first goal in the 49th minute.  Just eight minutes later, he took a break away pass and put it into the top right corner of the net.  The tying goal came in the 64th minute when he slipped a shot just past the goalie’s hands in the box.  The hat trick is the second of his career as he collected four goals vs. Ozarks in 2012. 

ETBU is currently 0-1-1 and will host Texas Lutheran and Schreiner this weekend on Friday and Saturday at Cornish Field.


The 30th Year for the Marshall High/ETBU Invitational

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ETBU Lady Tigers in action last year vs Mary Hardin-Baylor in Ornelas Gymnasium. This weekend, for the 30th year, the Marshall High/ETBU Invitational being played on campus.  Photo by Ryan C. Perry.

ETBU Lady Tigers in action last year vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor in Ornelas Gymnasium. This weekend, for the 30th year, the Marshall High/ETBU Invitational being played in the Dean Healthplex on campus. Photo by Ryan C. Perry.

The athletic venues of East Texas Baptist University are not only used by Tiger Athletics but also by area high schools.  The top notch athletic facilities have played host to high school tournaments as well as playoff games through the years. 

This weekend Ornelas Gymnasium is hosting the Marshall High School/ETBU 2014 Invitational Volleyball Tournament.  This is the 30th year for the local high school volleyball teams to be on campus. The tournament started in 1984 by ETBU’s Randy Pringle, manager of Recreational and Athletic Facilities, and former Marshall High volleyball coach Faye Whitlow.

A total of 16 teams are playing in the invitational. The high school teams are Marshall, Rusk, Center and Nacogdoches in Pool A. Pool B consists of Carthage, New Diana, Henderson, and John Tyler. Pool C consists of Arp, Gilmer, DeKalb, and Mount Pleasant. Pool D consists of Pleasant Grove, Tatum, Kilgore and Elysian Fields.

It is good to have high school students and their families on campus because one day they could become NCAA Division III student athletes playing for the Tigers.


ASC Honors ETBU Sports Information Department

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Before the start of a new year of classes and athletic contests on the campuses of members of the American Southwest Conference, a meeting is held of all the Sport Information Directors (SID) in the conference. The meeting is a time for the SID’s from their respective universities to visit with ASC Commissioner Amy Carlton and Assistant Commissioner Jimmy Glenn about the upcoming athletic seasons as well as learn of any NCAA Division III rule changes.

SID’s have the responsibility to report and keep official statistics for every game played. SID’s are usually the first to arrive at the stadium, gym, field, or court, and the last to leave. Since 2008, the ASC has given out a Sports Information Department of the Year award.

This year, ETBU’s SID department led by Adam Ledyard is the co-recipient of this year’s award along with the staff at UT-Tyler.

I am very humbled by this award and being honored by my peers,” said Ledyard after receiving the award.  “I had a great staff last year in Erik Holth, Kayla Franklin, Drew Dawson, and T.J. Barnes helping out. They deserve this award just as much as I do. I am grateful to use my gifts every day that God has given me to use and am thankful for those gifts.”

Congratulations to the ETBU SID staff.  Keep up the good work on reporting the great things the #TigerFamily is accomplishing on the field as well as the classroom.

To read more about the ASC Sports Information Department Staff of the Year Award, click here.

ETBU competes in NCAA Division III athletics for a number of sports: football, volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s track and field, softball, and baseball.


Liles Plays Softball in Europe

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Lacy Liles in her Team USA uniform before playing softball in Europe.

Lacy Liles in her Team USA uniform before playing softball in Europe.

East Texas Baptist University All-American softball player Lacy Liles, who graduated this past May, had the opportunity to play a few more softball games even though her time in a Lady Tiger uniform had ended.  

Liles was chosen by the organization American International Sports Teams to play softball overseas. She represented the United States of America during a 10-day trip across Europe.

Upon returning back home to East Texas, Marshall News Messenger sports editor Nathan Hague reported on her international softball playing experience.

To read the story by Hague, click here.


McClain Nominated for Allstate Good Works Team

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The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) has released the list of candidates for the Allstate Good Works team and East Texas Baptist University’s Jake McClain is on the list.  Over 182 nominees from across the country are on the list from NCAA Division I to NAIA and McClain is the only nominee from the American Southwest Conference.

 “Jake is well deserving of this nomination as he gives a lot back to this community, ETBU, and his churches he is a part of,” says head coach Joshua Eargle.  “He is a hard worker and is what ETBU football is all about.”

 McClain will be a junior at ETBU and played in three games last year as the quarterback.  The Teague, Texas, native has volunteered at numerous church events and been a leader in small groups.  At ETBU he is a Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle leader, a Journey parent for Baptist Student Ministry, and helps with the Tupas Discipleship program.  He has taken two mission trips in the last year to Honduras and Mexico and been a camp counselor at “Nextreme.”  He volunteers at Mission Marshall and the ETBU Sports Camps last spring along with leading a weekly Bible study.  He has also preached at First Baptist Church in Redwater. 

To read the complete release from ETBU Sports Information click here.

The Marshall News Messenger also reported on McClain’s nomination, read the story by clicking here.


Three Tiger Football Players Named to Pre-Season All-American Team

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There are still over 40 days until the East Texas Baptist University football team starts the season but they have earned three pre-season awards from the USA Football Network. Toi Glover, Tyler Bates, and Michael Garcia have been named All-Americans heading into the 2014 season.

“These awards show how hard our program is working and represents us all at the national level,” says head football coach Joshua Eargle.

Earning USA Football Network Pre-Season All-American third-team status is running back Toi Glover. The senior returns after his first 1,000 yard rushing season and nine touchdown effort. In five games he rushed for over 100 yards and had 187 yards vs. Willamette and 182 yards against Sul Ross State. He also rushed for two touchdowns in a game three different times.

Tyler Bates and Michael Garcia were both named to the USA Football Network Pre-Season All-American honorable mention team. Bates had a standout season in 2013 breaking the ETBU record for receptions in a season (73) and touchdowns caught (10) while being named All-ASC second team as a wide receiver and return specialist.

Garcia started on the offensive line for the third straight year and was named to the All-ASC honorable mention team. He helped ETBU’s offense break several team and single game records last year.

ETBU starts their season under second year head coach Eargle on Thursday, September 4, in Commerce, Texas, against NCAA Division II Texas A&M-Commerce at 7:00 p.m. ETBU has the very first game among all the other NCAA Division III football teams.


Click here to view 2104 Tiger Football Schedule so you can plans to attend a Tiger game. The Tigers have six home games this year at Ornelas Stadium and make plans to visit Tiger Alley before all home games. 


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

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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

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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.