Feb
14
2014

Surratt Named Texas High School Football Class 3A Co-Coach of the Year



Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni, Athletics, Honors


The caption from the 1989 ETBU Martian: "Thinking about it- Scott Surratt takes practice seriously."  Photo by Sara Kneipp

The caption from the 1989 ETBU Martian: “Thinking about it- Scott Surratt takes practice seriously.” Photo by Sara Kneipp

With the Carthage High School Bulldogs winning their 4th state championship in six years, Carthage Head Coach Scott Surratt has picked up another state honor. The 63rd annual Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writers Association Class 3A All-State Football team has been released.

ETBU alum Surratt shared Coach of the Year Honors in Class 3A with Argyle’s Todd Rogers. The former  Tiger baseball player was a four-year letterman on the Hill. In 2004, Surratt was inducted into the ETBU Athletics Hall of Fame and the plaque to commemorate the honor is located in the Tiger Room at Ornelas Gymnasium with all the other members’ plaques.

One of Surratt’s players also picked up a superlative, senior quarterback Blake Bogenschutz  shared Offensive Player of the Year and was named  as first team Class 3A all-state player.   Other Carthage players coached by  Surratt  that made first team all-state were Griffin Bankhead (guard),  Tee Goree (receiver), and Mario McCain (defensive lineman).

Feb
5
2014

Golden Gloves Champion On Campus



Posted by Tiger Pride in Faculty/Staff, Student Life


Coach Doug Krantz poses with Drew Dawson after he won first place in the 201 lbs Men's Novice at the 74th Annual East Texas Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament.  Courtesy photo.

Coach Doug Krantz poses with Drew Dawson after he won first place in the 201 lbs Men’s Novice Division at the 74th Annual East Texas Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament. Courtesy photo.

A Golden Gloves boxing champion on the Hill? Yes, indeed and his name is Drew Dawson. Dawson works in the ETBU Physical Facilities Department full-time and is finishing his last semester as a student.

The former ETBU football player represented Marshall’s D-Rocks Gym Boxing Club at the 74th annual East Texas Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament held at the UT-Tyler Herrington Patriot Center last month.  Dawson of Kountze, Texas, captured the Men’s Novice 201-pound title with a majority decision over Frankie Puron of Bravo’s Boxing Club.

Dawson is scheduled to graduate this May with his Mass Communication degree and will report to boot camp just days following Spring Commencement on May 3. Dawson will serve our country as a member of the United States Air Force.

Dawson and his wife, Kaylee, have three children, Brooklyn, and twin girls, Allyson and Kaitlyn.

Feb
4
2014

A Tiger at the Super Bowl



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ETBU alumna Hannah Rigg is second from the left as Renee Fleming sings the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII.  Courtesy photo.

ETBU alumna Hannah Rigg is second from the left as Renee Fleming sings the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII. Courtesy photo.

The Facebook page of East Texas Baptist University alumna Hannah Rigg  “blew up,” after the National Anthem was sung by opera star Renee Fleming at Super Bowl XLVIII.   The reason for over 100 posts to her page in a very short time is that family, friends and former ETBU classmates saw Rigg performing with Fleming.  She was as a member of the Armed Forces Chorus singing back up.

Friend Christy Fitzwater posted, “Hannah, could you hear us screaming from Montana when we saw you?” Several times on the Fox Sports telecast, Rigg was shown wearing her blue United States Air Forces Uniform on the front row of the chorus just over the right shoulder of Fleming.

ETBU nursing graduate and former classmate Judson LaGrone wrote on Riggs newsfeed wall, “The most exciting thing about this Super Bowl is not who wins for me; it was watching my dear friend from college sing back up for the National Anthem.”

Rigg graduated from ETBU in May 2010 with a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance. She then went to Southern Methodist University earning her Master’s degree in vocal performance.   Rigg auditioned for The Singing Sergeants of the United States Air Force in March of 2013 and earned a spot with the chorus. After undergoing basic training she joined the official chorus of the United States Air Force in August 2013.

As Rigg and the group traveled back to their hotel after their performance she shared with her family in a phone call back to Tomball, Texas how thrilled she was at the hundreds of texts and words of  encouragement on Facebook she had viewed.  Her father Dan, posted on his daughter’s wall, “We will never forget Super Bowl XLVIII. Thank you God for this moment together, this small place in history, and may you always be honored.”

“Thank you to all of my friends and family who watched the Super Bowl,” posted Rigg to her Facebook wall. “To the One who made it all possible, I am truly grateful!”

Jan
30
2014

Softball Ranked 8th in Nation by NFCA



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Writing about spring sports at ETBU is strange this week since the weather on campus has been cold with morning lows below freezing the past few days.  All week both the ETBU softball and baseball teams have been braving the cold as they hold practices for the upcoming season. Matter of fact, light snow flakes fell on one afternoon on Woods and Taylor Fields.

Lady Tiger softball once again is on the national map as one of the best softball programs in the nation.  The National Fastpitch Coaches Association preseason poll has been released. The Lady Tigers, coached by Janae Shirley, are ranked eighth, one spot higher than where they finished in 2013.

In the American Southwest Conference Preseason softball poll, the defending ASC Champs Lady Tigers, are picked to finish second in 2014 behind Texas-Tyler.

After the ASC poll was released, KTAL-TV sports director Brandon Dunn (@BrandonDunnNBC6) tweeted, “The defending ASC softball champion from @ETBU_Softball have been picked to finish second in conference. Don’t bet against them!!!”

Totally agree with the tweet.

ETBU softball opens the 2014 season on Friday, Feb. 14 in Abilene, Texas, against Hardin-Simmons University.

ETBU baseball starts the season against Centenary College on Friday, Feb. 7, at Woods Field with first pitch scheduled at 2:00 p.m.

Jan
23
2014

ETBU Has 44 Athletes Named Academic All-ASC



Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Athletics


all academic asc 2014With the 2013 fall season in the books, East Texas Baptist University had 44 athletes named American Southwest Conference All-Academic for their work in the classroom.   That number increased by 13 from 2012 for ETBU.

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.


Award Winners

Men’s Cross Country

Nicolas Larzabal              Jr.           Bogota, Columbia
Seth Powers                      Jr.           Midlothian, Texas
Landon Price                    Jr.           Mount Vernon, Texas


Women’s Cross Country

Madison Kauffman          Jr.           Sugarland, Texas

Leslie Martinez                 So.          Marshall, Texas

Megan Merrill                   So.          Mount Pleasant, Texas


Men’s Soccer

Justin Adams                   Jr.          Kilgore, Texas

Brett Forbus                     So          Kilgore, Texas

Chandler Frazer              So.         Deer Park, Texas

Juan Perez                        So.         Willis, Texas


Women’s Soccer

Paola Bear                       Sr.          Baytown, Texas

Kelsey Biscoe                   Sr.          Clear Lake, Texas

Kayla Cradit                    Jr.          Houston, Texas

Ashley Gonzalez             Jr.          Henderson, Texas

Nicole Graham               Jr.          Athens, Texas

Kia Jelley                        Jr            Deerfield, Mass.

Whitney Justice             So.         Tyler, Texas

Shelby Klein                    Jr.           Seattle, Wash.

Sasha Kotowych             So.         Humble, Texas

Jasmine Perez               So.         Willis, Texas

Amber Pless                   So.         Willis, Texas

Christina Salas               So.         College Station, Texas

Nicole Salom                  Jr.          Rockwall, Texas

Erin Slaughter               So.          Longview, Texas

Natalie Torres               Jr.          Mabank, Texas


Football

Jacob Alford                  Sr.           Lindale, Texas

Isaac Avery                    So.         White Oak, Texas

Romeo Botelua             So.         Saginaw, Texas

Alex Curl                        So.         Cedar Park, Texas

Austin Dicks                  So.         Missouri City, Texas

Daniel Esposito            Jr.          Springfield, Ohio

Bryce Hale                     So.         Quinlan, Texas

Blaine Knipe                  Sr.          Snyder, Texas

Jacob McClain             So.         Teague, Texas

Marcus Olearnick         So.         Cibolo, Texas

Cody Pruitt                    So.         Huffman, Texas

Evan Simpson               Jr.          Dew, Texas

Josh Warbington          So.         Hallsville, Texas

Harvey Wiggins             Sr.          Lancaster, Texas


Volleyball

Kassie Freitag                So.         San Antonio, Texas

Hannah Jones                So.         Magnolia, Texas

Melanie Moyer               Jr.          Katy, Texas

Kolby Sharp                    So.         Pearland, Texas

Kayla Taylor                    Jr.          Arlington, Texas

Jan
23
2014

Windham Named Pre-season All-American



Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors


windham all americanOn the very first day of baseball practice (Jan. 21st), East Texas Baptist University received great news to start the season as senior Phillip Windham was named a pre-season All-American.  D3Baseball.com voted Windham to the pre-season All-American first-team at first base.  Windham is the only American Southwest Conference player listed out of all three teams.

Windham finished last year third in NCAA Division III in home runs with 12 and was just two away from leading the nation.  He recorded 41 RBI to lead the team and had a .311 batting average with five doubles and a .615 slugging percentage.  Starting 40 games, he led the ASC in home runs and was second in slugging percentage, third in RBI, and fourth in runs scored (83).

Last year Windham earned All-ASC East first-team honors and was a member of the ABCA All-West Region first-team and the D3Baseball.com second-team.

ETBU hosts their season opener on Friday, February 7th, at 2:00 p.m. against Centenary College.

Jan
22
2014

A Fond Farewell, Thank You Gaye Christy



Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni, Honors, Memories on the Hill


 

ETBU President Dub Oliver tweeted after the Trustee Dinner, "Blessed to honor Gaye Christy for her amazing service to #ETBU! #ShesTheBest #Grateful .

ETBU President Dub Oliver tweeted after the Trustee Dinner, “Blessed to honor Gaye Christy for her amazing service to #ETBU! #ShesTheBest #Grateful .”

If you have ever called the East Texas Baptist University President’s Office over the past 10 years, more than likely Gaye Christy answered the phone.  With her enthusiastic voice, you could hear how blessed and proud she was serving at the University she graduated.

The Board of Trustees honored Gaye during the Trustee dinner, Jan. 16 at The Marshall Grand prior to the Friday trustee meeting.  The Trustees and President Dub Oliver presented her as a show of thankfulness an engraved crystal bowl.  The faculty and staff of ETBU honored her during a reception before the Christmas Holiday break.

If you know Gaye personally, you know she has a servant’s heart like Christ and wants everything carried out for God’s purpose and glory.  She leaves ETBU to continue the call on her life to serve others by becoming the administrative assistant to Dr. Glynn Stone, pastor of Mobberly Baptist Church of Longview.  Mobberly is the home church for Gaye and her husband, Gary.

When everyone was mingling and visiting, after the trustee dinner, Gaye was overheard saying to Becky Scott, the new administrative assistant to Dr. Oliver, “Call me anytime day or night if you have any questions,” another testimony to her servant’s heart.

Jan
6
2014

TIger Softball On Marshall News Messenger Top Sports Story List



Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors


ETBU Tigers 2013 American Southwest Conference Champions

2013 American Southwest Conference Champions

The Marshall News Messenger announced the Top 12 sports stories for the area recently. At number seven, the ETBU softball team winning their seventh American Southwest Conference tournament championship and falling one win short of qualifying for the 2013 NCAA Division III National Championship tournament.

Here is Marshall News Messenger Sports Editor Tyler Clifton’s story:

ETBU SOFTBALL TEAM FALLS ONE WIN SHORT OF PLAYING FOR A TRIP TO THE NATIONAL TOURNAMENT, MAY 12

The Tigers beat top-ranked rival UT Tyler twice to win their seventh American Southwest Conference tournament championship and advance to regional action ironically in Tyler. The teams had split their six meetings of 2013 and met once again the winner’s bracket, where UTT took a 4-1 win.

ETBU fought its way through the loser’s bracket and held a 6-0 lead, before a four-run seventh inning tied the game, and the hosts scored the game-winning run in the top of the ninth inning. Tawny Hank’s line drive down the first-base line was snared by Rachel Howell to prevent the game from being tied again, and it marked the end of quite a four-year career for ETBU’s Lya Swaner, who was a finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year and was the lone member left from the 2010 team which brought a national title back to Marshall.

Head coach Janae Shirley continued another strong run at the helm and welcomed her second child in late 2013. Shelby Parker had a solid year in the circle with her 15-4 record and is part of the entire team returning in 2014 with the exception of Swaner and including All-American first baseman Lacy Liles of Elysian Fields. The team expects a return trip to Tyler, as it’s the site of the 2014 World Series May 22.

Jan
2
2014

Four State Championships



Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni, Honors


The big screen at AT & T Stadium shows Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones presenting the Texas High School Class 3A Div. I State Football Championship trophy to the Carthage High Bulldogs. Photo: Mike Midkiff

The big screen at AT & T Stadium shows Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones presenting the Texas High School Class 3A Div. I State Football Championship trophy to the Carthage High Bulldogs. Photo: Mike Midkiff

East Texas Baptist University Tiger Athletics Hall of Fame member Scott Surratt can put another state championship football trophy into the case at Carthage High School.  The Carthage Bulldogs defeated the Kilgore High School Bulldogs back on Dec. 20 at AT&T Stadium, 34-23, to win the Class 3A, DI state championship.  It is the fourth time in six years, that the former Tiger baseball player has coached his football team to a state championship title.

Surratt graduated from ETBU in 1990. While at ETBU, he was a four-year letterman with the baseball team. Surratt’s name is found in the Tiger baseball record book ranking in the top 10 in hits, doubles and rbi’s. In 2004, he was inducted into the ETBU Athletics Hall of Fame.

Read the game story from the Longview News-Journal by clicking here.

Surratt is also the Athletic Director for CISD serving alongside Superintendent Dr. Glenn Hambrick, a 1978 graduate of East Texas Baptist College.

Dec
18
2013

Congratulations to the Newest Alumni



Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Alumni, Honors


ETBU President Dub Oliver shares with the Fall Commencement audience the accomplishments of graduate Brent Hetherington.  The Gladewater native received the President’s Award which is given to a graduating senior judged by the faculty to be the best all-around student enrolled in the University.  Photo: Ryan Perry.

ETBU President Dub Oliver shares with the Fall Commencement audience the accomplishments of graduate Brent Hetherington. The Gladewater native received the President’s Award which is given to a graduating senior judged by the faculty to be the best all-around student enrolled in the University. Photo: Ryan Perry.

Fall Commencement was held on Saturday, Dec. 14, in Baker Auditorium as 53 Tigers accomplished a great goal in their lives, graduating from ETBU.  

 The President’s Award was presented to Brent Hetherington during Fall Commencement held on December 14, 2013. 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. 

A crystal memento was presented to a surprised Hetherington by ETBU President Dr. Dub Oliver. The Gladewater native graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance along with 52 others. 

“Brent Hetherington is an outstanding student. He involves himself in activities far beyond that which is required and works with exceptionally high standards. Even though he has extensive and diverse talents, he has maintained a gentle and humble spirit,” shared Dr. Oliver to the Commencement audience.        

            While at ETBU, Hetherington has been on the Dean’s List or Dean’s List with Honors every semester. He has been intensively involved in Choral Actives including the Chapel Choir, Concert Choir, Men’s Choir and University Singers. In 2012, he was one of only 18 students selected in the state to be a Texas Choral Directors Association student conductor.  Hetherington also served as an intern for the Texas Shakespeare Festival and spent a summer studying in Austria. He was in 12 different theatre, musical theatre and opera activities at ETBU.