Tigers Make All-ASC Soccer Teams

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Three players from the East Texas Baptist University women’s soccer team were awarded All-ASC status for their play in 2014.  Natalie Torres, Christina Salas, and Kristi Freund were all named to a team.

Making the second team all-conference was senior Natalie Torres who has earned an All-ASC team award three times,  She finished with five goals this season to lead the team. She has been named to the all-academic team in both 2012 and 2013, as well as being named ASC honorable mention in 2012 and to the third team last season. She was also named ASC offensive player of the week on October 2, 2012.

Joining Torres were two members on the third team—defender Kristi Freund and goalie Christina Salas. Freund made 14 starts her freshman season and played in all 15 games. She took four total shots this season with two on goal. She also was a rock on defense, helping with shutout efforts against Millsaps and Ozarks.

Salas had previously been named to the all-academic team in 2013. She tied her career high with 17 saves against Howard Payne and recorded two shutouts this season—at Millsaps and against Ozarks. She started all 15 games in goal, making a total of 82 saves. She faced 200 total shots and only allowed 26 goals, for a goals against average of 1.67. 

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Three members of the ETBU men’s soccer team were named to the American Southwest Conference all-conference team. Christian Garcia, Gustavo Vasquez, and Juan Perales all were named to a team.

Senior Christian Garcia was named to an All-ASC team for the third time in his career and this year voted onto the first team. He had been named to the second team following the 2013 season and to the third team in 2011. He was also named to the all-academic team following the 2011 season. Garcia recorded nine goals, which led the team; as well as three game winning goals.

Defenseman Gustavo Vasquez was on an All-ASC team for the second year in a row as he was named to the third team. Last year he was an All-ASC honorable meniton selection in his first year at ETBU. He made 13 starts this season, recording an assist against Hardin-Simmons and assisting with defense in seven shutouts. ETBU shut out Austin College, Texas Lutheran, Hendrix, Concordia, Texas-Tyler, Louisiana College and Hardin-Simmons this season.

Freshman goalie Juan Perales was given honorable mention status. His first year he started in 12 of 15 games. He finished the year with 47 saves, almost four per game. He had a save percentage of .758 and allowed only 1.41 goals per game. He recorded six shutouts—in wins over Hendrix, Concordia, Texas-Tyler and Hardin-Simmons as well as ties against Austin College and Texas Lutheran.

ETBU finished the year with five wins and ended the regular season on a 1-0 shutout win over eventual ASC Tournament Champion Hardin-Simmons.



Alum of the ETBU Athletic Training Program Credited for Saving Player’s Life

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The East Texas Baptist University Academic Catalog defines that an “athletic trainer is qualified allied health care professional, educated and experienced in the management of health care problems associated with sport participation.”  This definition was put to the test when ETBU alum and Spring Hill ISD athletic trainer Michael Rich attended to Spring Hill quarterback Garrett Plumlee as he suffered a concussion in Panther football game against Atlanta this past Friday night.

In a story that was published in the Longview News-Journal (11/10/2014), “According to Spring Hill Head coach and athletic director Mark Sartain, Plumlee suffered a concussion during the third quarter of Friday’s loss to Atlanta. The training staff, led by trainer Michael Rich, took immediate precautions and called an ambulance, and while en route to the hospital Plumlee had to be resuscitated by medical officials.”

“Hats off to Michael Rich and the emergency crew that picked him up,” Sartain said, who was the ETBU head football coach from 2007-2012.  “As soon as he got into the ambulance, he started having issues. Michael handled it quickly, and efficiently, and the emergency crew took care of him on the way to the hospital. It could have been one of those tragic situations.”

Rich, who has been on staff at Spring Hill ISD for two years, began evaluating Plumlee before he even reached the sideline after being hit. In a news report by KLTV-Tyler, Rich shared, “He was complaining about how much his head hurt and being nauseous was just a huge red flag, and I just wanted to make sure he got appropriate medical care.”

Plumlee was eventually taken to a Plano Hospital because of the seriousness of his condition.  The family reported that he is expected to make a full recovery.

The ETBU community is very thankful to God for using Rich to recognize the care this young athlete needed. The family of Plumlee would appreciate your prayers for a full recovery for Garrett.  

11/13/13- Click here for an update on Garrett’s condition in story by Longview News-Journal Sport Editor Jack Stallard.


The Beauty of the Hill

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The front entrance to East Texas Baptist University. Photo by Jason Funderburk.

The front entrance to East Texas Baptist University. Photo by Jason Funderburk.

One comment that students, faculty and staff hears on a regular basis from the Marshall community is how beautiful the campus looks. The entrance where one finds the brick wall with East Texas Baptist University spelled out is looking so colorful and nice after work done by the Physical Facilities Department.

According to Ground Maintenance Manager Jason Funderburk, the university purchased from Ellis Home and Garden of Marshall a total of 58 chrysanthemums and 10 flats of marigolds to plant this year. The gold, yellow and purple flowers are very stunning when the morning sun shines brightly on them each new day.   

A Tiger Pride high five to Funderburk, Joshua Klitz, Windell Moris and Randall Murphy for a job well done of landscaping the entrance to ETBU. 


Garcia Named for the Second Time this Season as ASC Player of the Week

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garcia pow oct 30Propelling the East Texas Baptist University men’s soccer team to a 4-0 win over Louisiana College, senior Christian Garcia was given his second American Southwest Conference “Player of the Week” award this season.  He netted two of ETBU’s four goals in the shutout win.


Garcia netted goals in the 18th and 68th minutes to seal the win for ETBU. The 18th minute goal put ETBU ahead, 2-0, as he was given the ball by fellow senior Bryan Romero.  In the 68th minute, Brett Forbus passed the ball up to Garcia giving him his second goal of the match.  In the match, he took five shots with four on goal in his final match at Cornish Field on senior day.


For the season, Garcia now has eight goals for 16 points to lead the team.  He has taken 31 shots with 21 on goal this year.  He was also named the ASC’s player of the week on September 2nd. ETBU is still in contention for a spot in the ASC Tournament as they head to West Texas for their final two regular season matches vs. Howard Payne and Hardin-Simmons.




Two Tiger Athletes Gain Honors

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Becoming one of the American Southwest Conference’s best runners in 2014, Landon Price (Mount Vernon, Texas) gained his third straight runner of the week award.  This is a first for an ETBU runner as no runner as ever received three ASC awards in one year for the program.

“What an honor for Landon,” says head coach Natalie Bach-Prather.  “He has finally overcome his injury from the beginning of the season and has found his stride at the right moment.”

Price won the Austin College Invitational 5K race with a time of 16:01 out of 44 runners.  ETBU finished in third place out of six teams.  He finished six seconds ahead of the second place finisher.  He was also the ASC’s runner of the week for October 7 and 13.  No runner this year has won the award three times this year and only one other runner has won it twice in UT-Tyler’s Conner Benson. 

ETBU Cross Country will next run at the American Southwest Conference Championships on Saturday, November 1st, in Tyler.

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Having a stellar weekend in West Texas, senior Adaeze Elonu (Houston, Texas) was awarded the American Southwest Conference “Offensive Player of the Week” award.  It is her first ASC award of the year.

Elonu averaged 10.5 kills and five blocks per match and hit .529 overall.  She had 12 kills and nine blocks in a sweep of Hardin-Simmons on Friday night and then added nine kills and a .471 hitting percentage on Saturday at Howard Payne.  Overall she had 21 kills  and only three attack errors on 34 total attacks and 10 blocks.  She is now just two blocks away from becoming ETBU’s all-time leader in blocks.

ETBU is now 13-8 on the year and has won 12-straight matches.  They are tied for first place in the American Southwest Conference at 11-1 and have a 17-match home winning streak in Ornelas Gym which is sixth best in NCAA Division III. 



National Champions Back On Campus 15 Years Later

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Members of the ETBU 1998 & 1999 National Christian Collegiate Athletic Associaiton National soccer championship team held a reunion at homecoming. Pictured left to right: (front row) Ken Morris, Trey Carlile, Clint Carter, Ike Awagu, and Buddy Ogletree. (Back row)  Antonio Encarnacion, Justin Cooley, Jonathan Cardenas, Cody Carter, Stu Morrow, Gonzalo Gonzales, and Head Coach Jose Alonzo. Photo by Jason Soles.

Members of the ETBU 1998 & 1999 National Christian Collegiate Athletic Associaiton National soccer championship team held a reunion at homecoming. Pictured left to right: (front row) Ken Morris, Trey Carlile, Clint Carter, Ike Awagu, and Buddy Ogletree. (Back row) Antonio Encarnacion, Justin Cooley, Jonathan Cardenas, Cody Carter, Stu Morrow, Gonzalo Gonzales, and Head Coach Jose Alonzo. Photo by Jason Soles.

There are many reasons people fall in love with East Texas Baptist University. One would only have to look at the many different groups who come back for homecoming to learn why.  Last year, alumni of the signing group, Innerview came back and performed the national anthem at the Homecoming football game.

This year along with the different class reunions, a group of accomplished student athletes reconnected on the Hill to celebrate the 15th anniversary of ETBU’s first athletic national championship.   

In 1998, Tiger Soccer coach Jose Alonzo, led his team to win the National Christian Collegiate

Athletic National Soccer championship. One year later, with many members of the ’98 team back to put on the blue and gold Tiger uniform, they won it all again.

Members of the back-to back championship teams gathered Saturday afternoon during the 2014 Homecoming weekend in the Phillips Great Room to visit and recall the two championship seasons. Members of the national championship teams were also recognized at the Tiger soccer match played that afternoon vs. Ozarks as well as the Tiger football game vs. Howard Payne that evening.

Two members who were on the team were brothers, Clint and Cody Carter, from Whitehouse, came to play for the Tigers. Clint, the oldest, came first, and then was followed by his younger brother. Both Clint and Cody are medical doctors today.  

“We always played together growing up since we are only a year apart,” said Cody. “But still, it was a blessing to play collegiate soccer with my brother at ETBU.”

When asked what it was like to play for Coach Alonzo Clint shared, “Coach was good at recruiting guys that were motivated to want to win and work hard.”

“Coach Alonzo was such a laid back guy, shared Cody. “All my memories of him getting mad at our play on the field really stand out because the episodes were few and far between.”

“He was very good at putting us together on the field at the right place and the right time. It was an honor to play for him,” concluded Clint.

Both had an enjoyable experiences seeing past teammates and visiting Coach Alonzo.  “It was fun watching the videos and seeing the pictures back when were skinnier and had hair,” laughed Clint.

(ETBU Director of Admissions Jason Soles contributed to this Tiger Pride posting)


2014 Homecoming

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East Texas Baptist University nursing students provided cotton candy at the Tiger/Cub Carnival during homecoming. Photo ETBU Public Relations

East Texas Baptist University nursing students provided cotton candy at the Tiger/Cub Carnival during homecoming. Photo ETBU Public Relations

The weekend on the Hill for Homecoming 2014 was outstanding. The East Texas weather was picture perfect as many alumni came back to see the changes on campus and see old friends.


The popular place to be on Saturday afternoon was the Tiger/Cub Carnival held by the Office of Alumni Relations with student help from the Office of Student Affairs.  The carnival was held right next to Tiger Alley at the corner of Van Zandt and North Grove, next to the new Veterans Memorial Tennis Complex.

Children had large inflatables to play on as well as fun activities at carnival like booths staffed by ETBU students.  The Tiger Marching Band booth gave children the experience of playing musical instruments like a violin or a trumpet.

On Friday, many alumni were honored with awards. The award recipients were Jerry Ellis (’73) and Janeth (Bass ’71) Ellis, Alumni Achievement Award; Wes Hinote (’03) and Rhonda (Parker ’03) Hinote, Beaux Hinote (‘03) and Amy (Churchman ’02) Hinote, Young Alum Award; Robert Cole (’82) and Joan (Cook ’82) Cole, “Unsung Hero” Award; Gary Stokley (’68), J. Wesley Smith Achievement Award; and Mr. and Mrs. T.D. “Rusty” Howell, the W.T. Tardy Service Award.   

Receiving Golden Blazers were Morris Brock, Bachelor of Arts 1954; Leon Carter, Bachelor of Arts 1980; Billy Foote, Doctor of Divinity, 2009, Attended 1960-65;  Jana (Allen) Sims, Bachelor of Science 1996;  Mike Templeton, Bachelor of Music 1964; and David Warren, Bachelor of Arts 1970.

The Golden Lightkeeper Award recipients include James Best (’55), Morris Brock (’54), and Annette Harrison (’51). The “Golden Lightkeepers” include those who have been alumni for 50 or more years.

ETBU crowned the 2014 Homecoming King and Queen during halftime of the Tiger football game with Howard Payne University at Ornelas Stadium. The King is senior Tafadzwa Charuma of Harare, Zimbabwe and Queen is senior Anna Alonzo of Marshall.   

The Marshall News Messenger did a feature on Annette Harrison who received a Golden Lightkeeper award. Read the story by clicking here.

Education Reporter Rebecca Holland also reported on the Homecoming activities and her story was published in the Sunday’s edition of the Marshall News Messenger. Read the story about ETBU’s 2014 Homecoming by clicking here.


Tiger’s Price Earns Second Straight ASC Weekly Award

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Making history for the East Texas Baptist University men’s cross country program Landon Price (Mount Vernon, Texas) gained his second straight American Southwest Conference runner of the week award.  This is the first time in the program for a runner to earn back-to-back ASC runner of the week awards.

Price finished in the top five at the inaugural ETBU invitational in Marshall with a fourth place finish.  His time of 26:21 tied his personal best from 2013 on the muddy course as he was the top NCAA Division III runner out of over 300 runners.

He won the award last week for his first award of the season after his time at the Mississippi College Invitational.  ETBU is running at the Austin College Invitational this weekend in a 5K in Sherman tuning up for the ASC Championships.


Tiger QB Gains Weekly Award for the Third Time

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Becoming one of the top quarterbacks in the American Southwest Conference, Josh Warbington (Hallsville, Texas) earned his third “Offensive Player of the Week” award in five weeks after his performance at #18 Texas Lutheran.  Warbington is the only offensive player to earn the award three times this year from the ASC.

“Josh Warbington is playing outstanding right now and doing a really great job of being a captain for us and leading us on the field,” says head coach Joshua Eargle.  “What’s special about it is he had three other players around him have career nights in Kendall Roberson, Tyler Bates and Stephen Alfred.  It all starts up front offensively and I really love what our offensive line has done up front for us this year, too.”

Warbington threw for 426 yards going 22-of-37 with no interceptions and four passing touchdowns.  He was just five yards shy of breaking his career high as it was his third game in his career with 400 or more yards passing.  He also rushed for a touchdown from 12 yards out. 

He has also received the award on September 14th and 28th.  ETBU has had three players earn five player of the week awards this season with Wayne Grice and Tyler Bates also receiving special teams player of the week awards.

ETBU is currently 3-2 on the year and will host Howard Payne University on Saturday, October 18th, in the homecoming game.


Two Athletes Honored by ASC in the Same Week

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Sanders Voted ASC’s Player of the Week

Pushing the East Texas Baptist University volleyball team to three big wins last week in the American Southwest Conference, sophomore Mallory Sanders was named the player of the week.  She helped ETBU to their eighth straight win and 16th overall in Ornelas Gym.

Sanders posted 48 kills with two double-doubles as ETBU defeated Texas-Tyler, Concordia-Texas, and #20 Mary Hardin-Baylor.  She tied her career high with 19 kills in the five set win over Mary Hardin-Baylor recording her ninth double-double of the year.  Her first double-double came on Friday vs. Concordia-Texas with 15 kills and 10 digs.

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Price Named ASC Runner of the Week

Landon Price has earned East Texas Baptist University’s first award this season for men’s cross country as he has been named the American Southwest Conference’s male runner.  He was one of the top runners at the Mississippi College meet.

Price finished 14th overall out of 169 runners finishing ahead of several NCAA Division I, II, and III runners.  He ran a 27:22 in the 6K tying his personal best from 2013 and was the top NCAA Division III runner at the meet. 

ETBU was 17 out of 24 teams at the meet finishing ahead of NCAA Division I Nicholls State.