Oct
3
2014

ETBU O-Line Named D3Football Line of the Week



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Becoming one of the best offensive lines in the nation, the East Texas Baptist University offensive line was named the D3Football.com “Offensive Line of the Week.”  This is the first award for the ETBU offensive line that is senior led.

Charles Williams (Sr., Crowley, Texas), Landon Boffman (Sr., Waco, Texas), Alex Shetter (Sr., Crane, Texas), Michael Garcia (Gr., Pottsboro, Texas), and Tyler Scott (So., Missouri City, Texas) were the starting five linemen in the 68-15 win over Millsaps College.  This offensive line helped ETBU to a program best 68 points and 715 yards of total offense. 

This line allowed runs of 61 yards, 54 yards, and 39 yards and protected their quarterback Josh Warbington allowing him to pass for five touchdowns and 391 yards.  Warbington was awarded the ASC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks, too, which is a tribute to the offensive line.

ETBU is on a three-game winning streak and is only the fourth team in program history to start 3-1. ETBU has a bye week before they play Texas Lutheran in Seguin on October 11. 

Oct
3
2014

Nine Players Earn NFCA Scholar-Athlete Award



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A tradition of excellence both on the field and in the classroom has always been a part of the East Texas Baptist University softball program.  For the 2014 season, where ETBU finished fourth in the nation, nine players have been named NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) scholar-athletes.

In order to earn the NFCA scholar-athlete award you need a 3.5 grade point average or higher.  ETBU also finished the 2014 season with a 3.38 team grade point average which is in the top 30 in NCAA Division III out of our 430 programs.

Being named a NFCA scholar-athlete are Sara Clements, Katy Hill, Kaitlyn Hollingshead, Krista Leal, Lacy Liles, Lacey Lindsey, Shelby Parker, Shelby Phillips, and Alyssa Romero.

ETBU finished with a program best 45 wins, fifth at the NCAA Division III National Tournament, and fourth in the final NFCA national poll.  

Oct
1
2014

Tiger QB Named ASC Offensive Player of the Week



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East Texas Baptist University quarteback Josh Warbington drops back to pass in a game vs. Millsaps College at Ornelas Stadium.

East Texas Baptist University quarterback Josh Warbington drops back to pass in a game vs. Millsaps College at Ornelas Stadium.

East Texas Baptist University junior quarterback Josh Warbington of Hallsville has been named the American Southwest Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Tiger win over Millsaps, 68-15.

Warbington was 20-of-24 and finished the night passing for 391 yards and five touchdowns tying the program record he set last year. Warbington led the Tigers to a single-game team record in points scored (68) and total offensive yards (715) as the Tigers won their third consecutive game to improve to 3-1. Through four games this season Warbington leads the ASC with 1,344 passing yards, 12 touchdowns and has a 66.4 completion percentage.

This is the second time he has garnered this award from the ASC this season. 

Sep
30
2014

Kristine Reyes Crowned Miss Philippians Bahrain 2014



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ETBU Alum Kristine Reyes was crowned Miss Philippians Bahrain 2014 recently.  Photo courtesy Miss Philippines Bahrain 2014 Facebook page

ETBU Alum Kristine Reyes was crowned Miss Philippians Bahrain 2014 recently. Photo courtesy Miss Philippines Bahrain 2014 Facebook page

Kristine Reyes was crowned Miss Philippians Bahrain 2014 during The Grand Coronation Night on Friday, September 26 held at The Ramada Palace Hotel Gudaibiya.  She competed against 11 other aspiring young ladies. 

Reyes received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from East Texas Baptist University in 2012. 

Reyes posted this on Facebook after winning the pageant, “WOW! Praise the Lord for everything that has happened. Thank God so much for blessing me with the opportunity (and responsibility) to be crowned as Miss Philippines Bahrain 2014 and bag the Miss Photogenic & Best in Talent Awards!!!. Without Him, I would have never been able to make it through and win. Thank God for the strength, favor, guidance, wisdom, peace, calm nerves, energy, confidence, and every little thing in between! I am so overwhelmed and still in shock.  But very much grateful because I know God has a mission & purpose for me to fulfill in this new journey.”

Being crowned is not something new for Reyes.  In 2011, she was crowned the ETBU Homecoming Queen. While on the Hill she was involved in numerous groups on campus, Baptist Student Ministry Women’s Ministry Coordinator, Blue Crew, CEO, Tigerline, Dot Com, ETBU Cares, Intramurals, Merle Bruce Hall Council, Student Foundation, and Student Activities Board.

Sep
26
2014

Torres Voted ASC Player of the Week for Hat Trick



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For the third time this season an East Texas Baptist University women’s soccer player has been named the American Southwest Conference “Player of the Week” for their play in Natalie Torres.  Torres collected a hat trick on Saturday to defeat McMurry, 4-2.

Torres scored goals in the 2nd, 34th, and 52nd minutes of the match all unassisted.  Her first goal was at the 1:01 mark to set the tone for the match.  After McMurry tied the match at one in the 9th minute, Torres struck again in the 34th minute for a 2-1 advantage.

In the second half, McMurry was within one, 3-2, scoring in the 52nd minute but Torres added the insurance goal in the 76th minute for the win.  This was the second time in her career to have a hat trick as she posted three goals in 2012 vs. the University of the Ozarks.

ETBU is now 4-2 overall and will next play on October 3rd in Marshall against Mary Hardin-Baylor.

Sep
26
2014

Tyler Bates Honored By American Southwest Conference



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Setting a program record in special teams for East Texas Baptist University, Tyler Bates has been named the American Southwest Conference “Special Teams Player of the Week.” This is the second week in a row that ETBU has produced a special teams player of the week.

Bates had only one punt return against Southwestern University and he took advantage of it.  In the 3rd quarter, ETBU was only leading, 38-27, when he took a punt back to the endzone from 60-yards out giving ETBU a 17-point advantage. The 60-yard punt is the longest punt return for a touchdown in program history and the first touchdown scored on a return since 2008.

Bates finished the game, offensively,  with seven receptions for 95 yards and one receiving touchdown as ETBU came from behind for the 58-34 win. 

ETBU is now 2-1 on the year and will host Millsaps College on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.

Sep
18
2014

Need To Read An Encouraging Story?



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At the age of two, Carson Bryant was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.  The words of the diagnosis heard by his parents, Tom and Leslie Bryant, are words a parent never wants to hear.

Tom works at East Texas Baptist University in our Institutional Technology Department.  Leslie is a graduate of ETBU and served as a teacher at Waskom Elementary until she decided to direct her devotion to Carson and her daughter Avery Kate, who just turned one.

I first became friends with Leslie when she began to work as a student worker in the Public Relations office here at ETBU during her early years on the Hill as a student. The Sulphur Springs native worked in the PR office until she graduated.  She was a shy young lady as she began to work in my office but grew into a mature, confident lady.

2005: Leslie Nelson Bryant aids hurricane victims on their way to shelters in Dallas. PHOTO: Hilltop News/Ron Munden

2005: Leslie Nelson Bryant aids hurricane victims on their way to shelters in Dallas. PHOTO: Hilltop News/Ron Munden

I remember when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 I saw Leslie jump into action one day to help those fleeing New Orleans. If you recall, a large group of people had to be evacuated from New Orleans to a shelter in Dallas. The route that the buses took came through Harrison County and they made a stop at the Texas Travel Information Center in Waskom.  

The call from officials is that volunteers were needed to greet the ones who no longer had homes and to hand out supplies as they stopped in East Texas. Leslie was on the front line handing out water, clothing, and food.  She got out of her comfort zone at ETBU to serve those in need.

Leslie and Tom are servants. Tom, even with a heavy burden on his heart concerning his son does his job each on our campus with a smile on his face. This strength to carry on, in my opinion, is because of their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Take time to read their story in the Marshall News Messenger and see how the Bryant’s are giving back in an effort to help others.

Click to read, ‘Three-year old Waskom Child looks to overcome leukemia’.

Sep
17
2014

Lady Tiger Salas Named ASC Defensive Player of the Week



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Earning her first shutout of the year, junior Christina Salas has been named the American Southwest Conference “Defensive Player of the Week.”  This is the second week in a row that ETBU has had an ASC Player of the Week as Kia Jelley was given the award last week.

Salas recorded four saves in a 2-0 shutout of Millsaps College in Mississippi as ETBU moved to 3-1 on the year. The win is the second straight for ETBU which was last done in 2012.  She faced 10 shots from Millsaps and stopped shots for saves in the 27th, 57th, 77th, and 79th minutes.  Her defensive stops in the box were key each time as ETBU took the win.

ETBU will be back home on Friday, September 19th hosting Belhaven College at 5:00 p.m. at Cornish Field.

Sep
16
2014

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.

Sep
16
2014

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.