Mar
26
2015

Pizarro Named ASC Player of the Week


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tennis player of the week.Earning East Texas Baptist University’s first American Southwest Conference award of the year is junior Sierra Pizarro. She has been named the ASC East tennis player of the week.

She scored two of ETBU’s four points in a 5-4 loss to Mary Hardin-Baylor. She won the #3 singles match, 6-1, 6-2, over Hayley Hicks. She then teamed with Jabree McClain for an 8-6 win at #2 doubles.

ETBU will host Southwestern and Howard Payne this weekend at the Veterans Memorial Tennis Courts.

Mar
18
2015

Bert West Named Coach of the Year


Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni, Athletics, Honors


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Adding more accolades to the historic season, head coach Bert West has been named the D3Hoops.com South Region “Coach of the Year.” It is his second coach of the year award this season as he was also the American Southwest Conference coach of the year.

West took a team that was voted to finish seventh in the American Southwest Conference and had a Bennett Ranking of 171 to the NCAA Division III Elite Eight.  He also guided his team to their first-ever American Southwest Conference regular season and tournament championships and a 3-1 record in the NCAA Tournament.

West, a native of Arkansas, is a graduate of ETBU as well as a former Tiger basketball play.

Other accomplishments the team had this year were 26 wins which are the second most in program history, an 8-0 start (program best), a 10-game winning streak (program best), first-ever NCAA Division III national ranking at 25th, and the second longest home winning streak in NCAA Division III at 22 games. ETBU also had one of the top defensive shooting percentages in the nation, too.

ETBU defeated Hendrix College, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, and Northwestern-St. Paul in the NCAA Tournament before falling in the Elite Eight. ETBU also defeated conference champions Texas Lutheran (SCAC), Centenary (SCAC regular season), Hendrix (UAA), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (SCIAC), and Northwestern-St. Paul (UMAC).

Click here to watch Coach West on the ETBU Extra Show.

 

Mar
6
2015

Classroom Interruptions Can Be Good


Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni, Honors


ETBU Alum Bethany Bradley was recently named Teacher of the Year for Bonnette Junior High (Dear Park ISD). Photo: Facebook

ETBU Alum Bethany Bradley was recently named Teacher of the Year for Bonnette Junior High (Dear Park ISD). Photo: Facebook

School teachers do not like interruptions in their classrooms when they are teaching. Some distractions are good. East Texas Baptist University alum Bethany Bradley was involved in teaching her seventh grade reading class when she heard the Bonnette Junior High (Deer Park ISD) fight song being played in the hallway.

Bradley shared, “The symphonic band came marching down the hall to our fight song and interrupted class.  My principal had a bouquet of flowers for me.”

Why the interruption? Bradley, who graduated from ETBU in 2009 with a degree in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Reading, was being presented the Teacher of the Year Award for Bonnettee Junior High.  The Pullman, Washington native will now be nominated for the Deer Park ISD Teacher of the Year Award.

This is her third year teaching at Bonnette and she taught three years prior in the Cy-Fair ISD. Bradley enjoys the relationships she creates with her students and the celebration of growth as they learn.

Her fondest memory of her days on the Hilltop, “ETBU’s education program offered so many different opportunities to be in so many different classrooms. Without that, I wouldn’t be teaching middle school, I would be in lower elementary having no idea I would have missed out on the fun age of middle school. One of my professors, Dr. Paul Vickers actually forced me to try middle school, knowing I would fall in love, and he was exactly right.”

In the essay Bradley wrote as part of the Teacher of the Year process she writes:

“Teaching is about making a difference, building confidence that never even existed before, and finding ways to make each other better no matter what we are doing. My heart beats for students who have had a rough life, who have to work harder than the average Joe to keep up, who think they hate to read and write, for it is with these students that the planted seeds sprout and blossom to the surprised delight of a cynical world. When my year is done with each of these loves, I will send them on with the hope that each will continue to bear fruit, to their own satisfaction and the benefit of their families, friends, and associates.”

Mar
3
2015

All-ASC Basketball Honors Released for 2014-15 Season


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bball all ascWhat a way to bring in the NCAA post season than with the American Southwest Conference’s best coach and four of their top players.  Head Coach Bert West was named the ASC Coach of the Year while three players were given All-ASC awards.

West, a former ETBU basketball player, was voted the coach of the year for what he did with his team that was picked to finish seventh in the preseason poll. Also making All-ASC were Jamil Samuel, Erby Thompson, Junior Mitchell, and Dylan Augustine.

Samuel was voted onto the second team and All-Defensive team as this is the second year in a row he has received the awards. He led the ASC in rebounding at 9.1 per game and was second in blocked shots.

Augustine earns his first award being named to the All-ASC third.  He is fourth in the ASC in three-point field goals made (66). He is second on the team in scoring at 10.8 ppg.

Thompson and Mitchell were named All-ASC honorable mention. It is the second award for Mitchell as he was named the ASC Tournament MVP and the third time that Thompson has been given an honorable mention award.

ruckerFinishing out her career at ETBU, senior Amanda Rucker was named to the American Southwest Conference  second-team.  Rucker was a four-year starter for ETBU and recorded over 1,000 points in her career.

She was the second leading scorer in all of the ASC averaging 19.8 points per game.  She had two 30-point games with 32 vs. Louisiana College and 30 against Howard Payne. She scored 20 or more points in 12 games and recorded four double-doubles on the year.

Last year she was an All-ASC third team selection and has made the All-ASC East player of the week twice in her career.

Feb
26
2015

Three ETBU Student-Athletes Recognized By ASC


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baseball wilkerson pow 2015Jordan Wilkerson’s (Irving, Texas/homeschool) gem on Friday at Texas Dallas notched him his first career award, winning pitcher of the week.

The sophomore threw eight shutout innings in a 1-0 win over Texas Dallas. He struck out five batters and retired the side three times. He pitched out of a jam in the seventh with two men on base and two outs he got a much needed strikeout to end the threat.

ETBU has gotten off to a hot start this season at 6-3, 2-1 in conference. Wilkerson has made three starts with a 1-1 record and nine strikeouts this season.

track and field pow 2015After competing in their first meet last weekend, the East Texas Baptist University track teams swept the player of the week honors as Cody Blankenship took the honor for the men and Shelby Sparks took if for the women.

Blankenship, a freshman from Hallsville (Hallsville HS), won the high jump with a jump of 6’2” and Sparks (Richardson, TX/Plano East Senior HS) placed fifth in the two mile run with a time of 13:17. She also competed in the 1500 meter run, taking 10th, the distance medley relay and the 4×400 relay.

The track and field teams compete next at UT-Tyler on March 6th.

Feb
18
2015

Two ETBU Student-Athletes Named Players of the Week by ASC


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Two East Texas Baptist University student-athletes were recognized by the American Southwest Conference in the same week as Player of the Week in their respective sports.

Sophomore  basketball player Dylan Augustine was named Player of the Week for games played February 9-15. During that stretch the Tigers gained the first place spot in the conference standings led by Augustine’s performance on the court.

Softball pitcher Kelly Jo McLendon was named Pitcher of the Week for games played February 10-16. The Lady Tigers, ranked third in the preseason NFCA Division III poll swept Hardin-Simmons over the weekend in a three game series at Taylor Field.

 

Games played Feb. 9-15

PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Dylan Augustine, G, So., East Texas Baptist
Sophomore guard Dylan Augustine (Jennings, La./Hathaway HS) averaged 15.5 points and shot .667 overall in the two biggest games of the year for ETBU. He shot .778 from three-point range (7-of-9) and was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line against HSU. Augustine scored a career-high 25 points and only missed one shot from the floor making all five three-point attempts against the Cowboys in the game for first place in the conference standings. In the final 31 seconds against HSU went 6-of-6 from the foul line to put the game away. With ETBU up by four with 10 seconds left, Augustine stole the ball, got fouled and made two more free throws to seal the win. Against Texas Dallas he scored six points hitting two three-pointers with his second one being made with 46 seconds left in the game to put ETBU up by one (59-58) as they went on for the 63-58 win.

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Games played Feb. 10-16

PITCHER OF THE WEEKKelly Jo McLendon, RHP, Jr., East Texas Baptist
Junior pitcher Kelly Jo McLendon (Livingston, Texas/Livingston HS) pitched a no-hitter in game three on Saturday and allowed just one walk in 17 batters faced. She went 2-0 with no earned runs in both outings as each game was a run-rule victory. In her first outing last Friday McClendon gave up just three hits and no earned runs in an 11-1 win. The next day she recorded six strikeouts with one walk in the no-hitter winning 8-0. McClendon retired the sides in the first, second, fourth, and fifth innings in the no-hitter win.

(Copy from the American Southwest Conference website.)

Jan
30
2015

Tiger Landon Price Votes As ASC’s Distinguished Scholar


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East Texas Baptist University men’s cross country runner Landon Price has been awarded a prestigious academic award from the American Southwest Conference as the distinguished scholar athlete for his sport. He is the first for ETBU to receive this award under Natalie Bach-Prather.

Each school nominated an athlete for the award which was voted on by the sports information directors. Price was chosen out of seven nominees for the elite award.

The Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Teams 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. Below is Price’s bio for the award.

Landon Price (Mount Vernon, Texas / Mount Vernon HS) is a religion and missions major with a 3.89 grade point average. An Academic All-Conference selection, Price graduated in December with Dean’s List honors and is currently enrolled at East Texas Baptist as a graduate student. One of the best runners in program history, Price finished fourth at the ASC Championship and later competed in his second consecutive NCAA Division III South / Southeast Regional Meet. A two-time first team all-conference selection, Price broke the ETBU 8K record and recorded three top-five finishes last fall.

Jan
23
2015

Tigers On the ASC Fall All-Academic Teams


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The American Southwest Conference has announced its 2014 Fall All-Academic Teams with 34 East Texas Baptist University student/athletes on the list. More than 350 student-athletes from 12 member institutions are on the honor list and include the sports of men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball.

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.

Making the 2014 ASC Fall All-Academic Teams from ETBU are:

Men’s Cross Country

Aaron Durham – Liberty, Texas

Nicolas Larzabal – Bogota, Columbia

Jack Perkins -  Anna, Texas

Landon Price – Mount Vernon, Texas

Ian Spencer – Marshall, Texas

 

Women’s Cross Country

Madison Kauffman – Sugarland, Texas

Megan Merrill – Mount Pleasant, Texas

Shelby Sparks – Richardson, Texas

Shelby Taylor – Flint, Texas

 

Football

Travis Danford – Fort Worth, Texas

Bryce Hale – Quinlan, Texas

Ricky Jenkins – Fort Worth, Texas

Jacob McClain – Teague, Texas

Onisokien Osuamkpe – Rosharon, Texas

Cody Pruitt –  Huffman, Texas

Evan Simpson -  Dew, Texas

Josh Warbington -  Hallsville, Texas

 

Men’s Soccer

Justin Adams – Kilgore, Texas

Brett Forbus – Kilgore, Texas

 

Women’s Soccer

Kayla Cradit – Houston, Texas

Whitney Justice – Tyler, Texas

Sasha Kotowych – Humble, Texas

Erin Miller – Lumberton, Texas

Amber Pless – Willis, Texas

Christina Salas – College Station, Texas

Nicole Salom – Rockwall, Texas

Natalie Torres – Mabank, Texas

 

Volleyball

Nicole Buzzard – Round Rock, Texas

Megan Elrod – Irving, Texas

Kayla Green – Keller, Texas

Morgan Rupp – Mansfield, Texas

Mallory Sanders –  Mansfield, Texas

Kolby Sharp – Pearland, Texas

Kayla Taylor – Arlington, Texas

Jan
7
2015

4th Consectutive Year: President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Role


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For the fourth consecutive year, East Texas Baptist University has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve. ETBU was recognized in the General Community Service category which recognizes institutions that have made a commitment to improving the quality of life of off-campus community residents.  

The ETBU Great Commission Center, led by Dr. Lisa Seeley, encourages students to be involved in community service projects. ETBU was named to the 2014 Honor Roll for its community and service work accomplished during the 2012-2013 academic year.

To read more about this honor, click here.

Jan
6
2015

A New Semester & Congratulations to the Graduates


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Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler presents Payton Beggs with the President's Award during fall commencement. Photo by Mike Midkiff.

Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler presents Payton Beggs with the President’s Award during fall commencement. Photo by Mike Midkiff.

The Spring Semester at East Texas Baptist University begins tomorrow (Jan.7). Yesterday students started to move back into the residential halls. The number of students returning yesterday was light but today it will be in full force.  Classes resume bright and early tomorrow at 8:00 a.m.

Congratulations to the 72 students who were awarded degrees on Saturday, December 20, during Fall Commencement. Of those, 59 received baccalaureate degrees and 13 received master’s degrees. The Fred Hale School of Business had its first every graduates of the Master of Business in Entrepreneurial Leadership program with six. The new program began during the fall 2013 semester. The Schools of Christian Studies, Education and Natural and Social Sciences also awarded master degrees during commencement.

During fall commencement, Payton Beggs was presented the President’s Award by ETBU Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler.   

The President’s Award is given to a graduating senior judged by the faculty to be the best all-around student enrolled in the University. The award includes scholastic ability and development, the degree of involvement in activities which reflect the ideals of the institution, character, integrity, and general attitude.

When Dr. Ressler called her named I was watching her as she sat among her fellow graduates.  She was stunned. It appeared to me she said to herself, “Did he just call my name. Let me wait and make sure it was my named he called before I stand up.”

Payton is a young lady who was very involved during her time at ETBU. She told me she is going to miss the Hilltop very much.

East Texas Baptist University Dean of the Fred Hale School of Business Dr. Scott Ray calls the name of graduate Haley Marie Hilton of  North Richland Hills. Behind Hilton, awaiting their names to be called are sisters Kaitlyn and Karson Kent of Mount Pleasant.

East Texas Baptist University Dean of the Fred Hale School of Business Dr. Scott Ray calls the name of graduate Haley Marie Hilton of North Richland Hills. Behind Hilton, awaiting their names to be called are sisters Kaitlyn and Karson Kent of Mount Pleasant.

The Wichita Falls native graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication. Earlier in the fall semester, she received the Bob and Gayle Riley Servant Leadership Award.  During her time on the Hilltop, Payton was a member of the very successful ETBU Debate team as well as being involved in the ministries of the Baptist Student Ministry. She also led the worship service many times for Refuge that is held on Tuesday evenings. She attended Crossroads Baptist Church while a student at ETBU.

One of the joys of serving at ETBU is watching students achieve their educational goals by receiving their degrees from ETBU.  As the spring semester begins, I am looking forward to commencement on May 2nd to witness again those who graduate from the Hilltop.  

To see the Fall graduate list, click here.