Apr
8
2015

Shelby Parker NFCA National/ASC Pitcher of the Week



Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors


parker national pitcher of the weekAdding to already stellar career at East Texas Baptist University, graduate student pitcher Shelby Parker (Brazoria, Texas) has been named the NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) National and American Southwest Conference Pitcher of the Week. This is the second time in her career she has been named the national pitcher of the week.

“We are really excited for Shelby as she has done a great job for our program over the past few years and she is really throwing the ball well now and we are excited for her and the honor,” says head coach Janae Shirley.

Parker went 3-0 last week with a 0.88 ERA and 22 strikeouts not walking a batter. She earned her first win in a 5-2 dual with then #4 Texas-Tyler handing them their first loss of the season. In the last three innings vs. Texas-Tyler, she retired the side to ensure the win, too. She followed that with 10 strikeouts each in shutout wins over Concordia-Texas in games one and three of the series.

She was also the ASC Pitcher of the Week on March 23rd.  Last year, she was the NFCA National Pitcher of the Week on March 5th.

This year she is 10-0 with 98 strikeouts and only 11 walks in 67.2 innings pitched. She also has three saves and a 1.76 overall ERA.

ETBU is currently 17-2 and ranked third in the latest NFCA National Poll.

Apr
6
2015

Two ETBU Staff Members Win TAPME State Awards



Posted by Tiger Pride in Faculty/Staff, Honors


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Two East Texas Baptist University staff members have won state awards for the blogs they write for the Marshall News Messenger website.

At the annual Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Conference held in Waco (3/29/15), in the Best Blog category for  similar size papers in the state,  Ryan Lueders, Schedule/Records Assistant in the Registrar office,  received the second place award. Mike Midkiff, Director of Public Relations in Enrollment Management and Marketing, received the third place award.

Lueder’s “Reel Ryan’s Movie Reviews” blog, brings a unique look at movies through the perspective of an actor who watches a ton of films, and also has a local Marshall perspective.

Midkiff’s  “From the Hilltop” blog, is about the good that happens at ETBU through the lives of students, faculty, and staff.

To read blogs by Lueder click here.

To read blogs by Midkiff click here.

The editorial staff of the Marshall News Messenger entered the blogs in the statewide completion. Each year, the TAPME joins the headliners Foundation of Texas to recognize outstanding journalism as practiced by the state’s daily newspapers.

The staff of the Marshall News Messenger also did well at the annual convention winning many awards.  Among the honors were first place in the Freedom of Information category and Star Online Package of the year.  Click here to read “Marshall News Messenger wins at Texas APME.”

To see the complete list TAPME winners click here.

Apr
2
2015

Bramlett Named ASC East Player of the Week



Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors


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For the second time this season the East Texas Baptist University women’s tennis team has an American Southwest Conference East Division player of the week. Kate Bramlett earned the award this week for her play over two matches. Sierra Pizarrio has also earned the award this spring.

Bramlett had her best weekend of the year posting a 2-0 singles and doubles mark. In a 6-3 loss to Southwestern, she scored a point at #1 singles and #1 doubles. Then, in the 9-0 shutout win over Howard Payne, she also scored two points.

Against Southwestern, she won 6-1, 6-3, and then teamed with Elizabeth Morton to win #1 doubles, 8-1. She then took a 6-2, 6-0 win vs. Howard Payne at #1 singles and won #1 doubles, 8-2.

The win over Howard Payne was also the first for ETBU this year.

Mar
26
2015

Pizarro Named ASC Player of the Week



Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors


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.

Mar
2
2015

Tigers Win First Ever ASC Basketball Championship



Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics


The 2015 American Southwest Conference Tournament Champions. (Photo by Mike Midkiff)

The 2015 American Southwest Conference Tournament Champions. (Photo by Mike Midkiff)

History happened on Saturday night, Feb. 28, as East Texas Baptist University won their 20th straight game in Ornelas Gym clinching their first-ever American Southwest Conference Tournament Championship, 82-71, over Concordia University-Texas. ETBU now receives their first-ever automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament and has won 13 of their last 14 games with 23 wins overall.

“This place is a special place as East Texas Baptist University is dear to my heart,” says head coach Bert West. “The fans, the students, all the athletic teams support each other and that was wonderful. I’ve coached a lot of teams and have to be careful how I say this but it’s fair to say that I have never had a team that has played more as a team than this team. They are absolutely selfless and that is one of the biggest reasons why we are where we are.”

To read the game story, click here.

Watch highlights of the Tiger win over Concordia Texas, click here.

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
19
2015

Assistant Principal Saves 6th Grader from Choking



Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni


ETBU alum Blake Coleman and Athony Middle School sixth grader Grayson Barger being interviewed by KRIV-FOX 26 Houston. (Screen shot-www.myfoxhouston.com)

ETBU alum Blake Coleman and Athony Middle School sixth grader Grayson Barger being interviewed by KRIV-FOX 26 Houston. (Screen shot-www.myfoxhouston.com)

If you have ever been in a middle school cafeteria during lunch you have witnessed all the activity that occurs while students eat.  There is visiting among students, school personnel walking around the cafeteria to maintain order and on occasion a small food fight might break out.

At first Anthony Middle School Assistant Principal Blake Coleman thought he was being summoned to break up “horse-playing” among students. He quickly assessed that students gathered around sixth grader Grayson Barger was trying to help him because he was choking.

Coleman, who graduated from East Texas Baptist University in 2004 with a Business Administration degree, reacted quickly to perform the Heimlich maneuver to save Barger’s life.

Coleman said in an article published on the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD website, “When I first turned around I saw one male student with two other male students around his back and my first thought was they were horse playing or fighting. I quickly realized what was happening and asked Grayson if he was in fact choking. He was bright red but was able to nod.”

The website article reports that Coleman had never performed the Heimlich maneuver, but—visualizing an instructional poster he had seen—stood behind Barger and joined his hands around his abdomen, making three forceful compressions under the diaphragm. The food lodged in the sixth graders throat popped out and he was no longer at risk.

Tiger Pride commends alum Coleman for his action that saved Barger’s life.

To watch an interview by KRIV FOX 26 with Coleman, Barger and his mother, click here.

To read the story on the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD website, click here.