Liles 11 RBI, 4 HRs Makes Her ASC Hitter of Week

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Putting together her best series of the year, Lacy Liles has been named American Southwest Conference Hitter of the Week.  Liles hit over .500 on the weekend in her final home games of year.

Recording 11 RBI, she batted .545 with all six of her hits in the series for extra bases with four home runs and two doubles.  She tied career highs in games for hits (3), runs scored (3), and home runs (2) while establishing a new career high of 6 RBI in game one of the series vs. SRSU.  In the first game of the series she went off the charts going 3-of-3 for 6 RBI including two home runs and a double scoring three times.  She hit a home run in every game of the series.  She posted a 1.818 slugging percentage and a .545 on base percentage.  She now has two or more hits in 14 games this year and 19 of her 44 hits are for extra bases.  In the double header on Friday, she was 4-of-7 with four runs scored and 9 RBI with 3 home runs.  Her first home run in game one made it 4-0 with a three-run shot and then she had another 3-run home run in the fourth inning for a 9-0 lead.  In the win on Saturday, she had a two-run shot to make it 15-0 in the 21-0 win.

ETBU will be put into the NCAA Division III record book tying the record for most home runs hit in an inning with four and is now third all-time for home runs hit in a game with seven.

This is the seventh award this year for ETBU in players of the week and the first for Lindsey.  ETBU is currently 35-5 and the #2 seed in the upcoming ASC Tournament.  They are also ranked seventh in the nation in the NFCA National Poll.


TigerCompass Wins Best News Story at TIPA

Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Honors

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The TigerCompass, East Texas Baptist University’s student-produced campus newspaper, was honored at this year’s Texas Intercollegiate Press Association convention in San Antonio April 10 with the Division III “Best News Story” award in the newspaper division.

Former ETBU student Angelina Vannicola received the award for her story on the Boston bombing and the impact it had on ETBU coaches Natalie and Michael Prather, who were at the event when the bombs exploded. Natalie was a contestant in the marathon, but had already crossed the finish line before the bombs went off.

This is the first year the TigerCompass has entered the TIPA competition. Forty-seven schools and more than 500 students took part in the competitions this year. Winning the award for best news writing is quite an accomplishment, according to TigerCompass adviser Dr. Dennis Robertson.

“There are so many schools and so many participants, to win Honorable Mention would have been a good thing,” Dr. Robertson said. “To win best news story was quite an accomplishment.”

To read the winning story by Vannicola click here.


Shear Love

Posted by Tiger Pride in Spiritual Life, Student Life

East Texas Baptist University junior Payton Beggs, before Shear Love and afte Shear Love.  Photo by Layne Bruno.

East Texas Baptist University junior Payton Beggs, before Shear Love and after Shear Love. Photo by Layne Bruno.

East Texas Baptist University students, faculty and staff rallied together and initially raised $5,500 during a fundraiser called Shear Love.  The Shear Love effort raised funds to help two people battling with cancer.  A total of 21 people put their hair on the line as donors were asked to stuff jars with cash with a photo of each of the volunteers pasted on it. The money raised by each person determined the type of hair cut they would receive. The hair cutting for Shear Love occurred Monday, April 21 in the Ornelas Student Center and an additional $500 came in after the event.

Tiger Pride interviewed junior Payton Beggs of Wichita Falls, she was one of the student organizers for the event, after she got her hair cut for the cause.

TIGER PRIDE: Why did you get involved?

BEGGS: A group of us wanted to organize a fundraiser to help fellow student Nathan Mathias and Jessica Bendo, sister of student Gabrielle Garcia. Some kind of hair sacrifice thing was our big fundraiser idea. After discussing details and nailing down some ideas, we decided to call the fundraiser “Shear Love.” Because I was a part of the planning, it made sense to put my hair on the line. I figured it was the least I could do for Nathan (one of the most selfless people I know) and for Gabrielle (who has been such an encouragement to me since I’ve known her). Both are incredible ministry partners and my dear friends. For all that they have done for me, organizing this fundraiser and sacrificing my hair was the least I could do.

TIGER PRIDE: What can you say about the support from the students?

BEGGS:  I was completely blown away by the support from the students. Students were dropping big bucks into the mason jars, and there were students emptying out their coin purses every day to save their friends from losing their hair.

Sacrifice is tough, and I think students saw the sacrifice from the beginning and were encouraged and challenged by those who were willing to sacrifice their hair. I was even blown away by those who put their hair on the line. They fundraised at their home churches, from the Marshall community, and solicited donations from professors who have been incredibly supportive. It was a unique fundraiser, which helped us get support from students. It was also a chance to be a part of something greater than ourselves. There was a need in our ETBU community, and students came together and did what we could the meet that need- even if they don’t know Nathan or  Jessica.

TIGER PRIDE: Do you know how many who had jars to donate in?

BEGGS: I’m not sure about exact numbers, but I think there were 8 girls and 9 guys with jars. There was also Buck Buchanan,  our beloved maintenance man, who would have given up his beard if $500 were put in his jar. The deciding factor for the girls’ cuts was their place in fundraising. The less you rose in comparison with the other girls, the shorter your hair was. The deciding factor for the guys was similar to an auction. The highest bidder for one guy’s head got to cut that guy’s hair, or at least decide what they wanted it to look like.

TIGER PRIDE: Was it just students or did ETBU staff and faculty get involved?

BEGGS: Baptist Student Ministry Director Mark Yates was our biggest organizer and advocate for the fundraiser, and he also put his hair and facial hair on the line. ETBU staff and faculty have donated money and given so much encouragement to their students. I emailed almost every professor or faculty member that I had ever come in contact with, asking for donations. They were more than willing to give and were also lifting up Nathan and the family of Gabrielle in prayer.

To read the Longview News-Journal story about  Shear Love, click here.


Re-sil-ince [ri-zil-yuhs ns]

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ETBU Cross Country Coach Natalie Bach-Prather (far right) gives instruction to Tiger runner Landon Price of Mount Vernon during the Centenary Invitational. Photo courtesy of ETBU Sports Information.

ETBU Cross Country Coach Natalie Bach-Prather (far right) gives instruction to Tiger runner Landon Price of Mount Vernon during the Centenary Invitational. Photo courtesy of ETBU Sports Information.

Re-sil-ience [ri-zil-yuh ns] – the ability to recover readily from adversity, or the like.

As some 36,000 runners raced in the Boston Marathon on Monday  (April 21) with an estimated one million gathering on the 26.2 mile course to show support of the runners and remember the ones who died and were injured, “resilience” is the word that comes to mind after last year’s tragic bombing at the finish line.

As I heard the news last year for the first time that a bomb exploded near the finish line my mind wondered quickly, “Is East Texas Baptist University Cross Country coach Natalie Bach-Prather okay?”

I knew she was running in the 2013 race.  As I checked various social media outlets I saw the post from Natalie’s husband, Michael that she was okay. Natalie had crossed the finished line about 5 minutes after the bomb went off.

Natalie, 2008 graduate of ETBU, raced again in the Boston Marathon finishing with a time of 3:36:20.  Last week on a report by KSLA-TV about how Americans just can’t be shaken the Marshall native said, “You can’t stop us. We’ll show up every year in bigger, stronger, better numbers.”

Yes, resilience is the word that comes to mind.

“Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand.” –Psalm 37:24 (NLT)

To read more about Natalie’s experience at the 2014 Boston Marathon, click here.


ETBU Sweeps Player of the Week Awards

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ETBU senior Alyssa Romero (left) hit .444 with six RBI. Senior Shelby Parker allowed no runs in two wins with 13 strikeouts.

ETBU senior Alyssa Romero (left) hit .444 with six RBI. Senior Shelby Parker allowed no runs in two wins with 13 strikeouts.

The 7th ranked East Texas Baptist University Lady Tigers have swept this week’s American Southwest Conference Player of the Week Awards for games played April 14-20.

ETBU senior Alyssa Romero was named Hitter of the Week with senior Shelby Parker garnering the Pitcher of the Week Award.



HITTER OF THE WEEK: Alyssa Romero, Sr., OF, East Texas Baptist
Outfielder Alyssa Romero (Humble, Texas/Atascosita HS) recorded a hit in every game of the series including a grand slam in the 9-0 game three win with a 2-of-3 showing at the plate. She had a .889 slugging percentage and a .500 on-base percentage. In the 11-1 win, she had a double in the 10-run eighth inning to make it 11-1. In the fourth inning of the final game, Romero slugged a grand slam to make it 9-0 sealing the shortened nine-inning game. She also had two sacrifice hits in game one and two of the series. Her four RBI in game three tied a career high.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Shelby Parker, Sr., RHP, East Texas Baptist
Pitcher Shelby Parker (Brazoria, Texas/Columbia HS) recorded another two shutouts pitching a complete game, seven inning win (5-0) in the first game of the series and then a 9-0 five-inning win in the final game. Parker struck out six in game one and then seven in her final appearance. She retired the first nine batters faced in game one striking out the side to start the game and then retired the side once in the final game. Parker has now pitched 27 straight innings without giving up any runs and has 10 shutouts on the year. She now also has five straight shutouts in her last five appearances.

ETBU will finish out the regular season at home this Friday and Saturday with a three-game series with Sul Ross State.


NCAA Region Softball Rankings Out

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From the American Southwest Conference website:

The first NCAA Region softball rankings of the 2014 season were released Thursday (April 18) with three American Southwest Conference universities listed among the top six teams in the West Region.

Conference leader, the University of Texas at Tyler, (33-2) leads the NCAA West Region Rankings while East Texas Baptist University (30-5) is second and University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (24-12) ranks sixth.

All three teams will close the conference portion of their 2014 schedules next week (April 26). Texas-Tyler has won its last 13 games and has a three game lead with one week left to play in the regular season. The Patriots have won 30 or more games for eight-straight seasons, the longest streak in the conference. East Texas Baptist has also won its last 13-games, is currently second in the ASC standings and has recorded six consecutive shutouts. Mary Hardin-Baylor has won its last 11 games, including five run-rule victories, to cross the 20-win mark for the season.

The NCAA Region rankings posted by the softball national committee are used to determine the seeding in team selections for the NCAA Division III national tournament. The April 17 ranking is the first of three region rankings the NCAA will release this season. The next region ranking will be released April 24 and the final ranking will be posted May 1.

The regionals of the NCAA Division III Championship will be played May 9-11, with the Super Regionals scheduled to be played May 16-17. The Championship will be played May 22-27 and hosted by Texas-Tyler.


Debate Team Ranked 7th

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The ETBU Debate Team. Photo courtesy of the ETBU Department of Communication

The ETBU Debate Team. Photo courtesy of the ETBU Department of Communications

Once again the East Texas Baptist University Debate Team coached by ETBU Professor of Communication Dr. Cole Franklin experienced a great year competing. The team finishes the year ranked 7th in the nation after debating at the the International Public Debate Association National Championship Tournament held April 10-13 at Middle Tennessee State University.

The ETBU team went up against some 250 competitors from 33 universities from across the nation.

“Over 80 universities competed in the IPDA circuit this year” said Dr. Franklin. “We are one of the very smallest universities competing in IPDA. To finish the season ranked seventh in the country is quite an accomplishment. We are very happy with our results.”

Dr. Franklin finished the season ranked fourth nationally out of 145 individuals that competed in the IPDA Profession Division this season.

The ETBU debate team has been competing in the IPDA debate organization since 2007. Membership on the team is open to any ETBU student, faculty, or staff member. No experience is necessary. The 2014-2015 season will begin in September, 2014.

To read more about the ETBU Debate Team and how other Tiger debaters finished nationally, click here.


Second Time for Blankenship

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East Texas Baptist University freshman track and field athlete Cody Blankenship of Hallsville has done it again. After winning another meet in the high jump, the American Southwest Conference has named him one of the Men’s Athletes of Week for competition held April 9-15th.

His latest first place jumped occurred at the Hardin-Simmons University Track & Field meet held in Abilene on April 12. Blankenship won the high jump clearing 1.98 meters (6’5”) in a field of five athletes.  Coming into the weekend, he was tied for seventh in NCAA Division III in the high jump with a leap of 2.03 (6’8”) with four other athletes.

In his first-ever collegiate meet (Mississippi College Invitational) he cleared 6’8’ to win his event over seven others who competed.  Blankenship also received the ASC Conference award for Men’s Athlete of the Week in Track & Field for his winning jump at Mississippi College.

Next up for the ETBU Track & Field athletes is the ASC Conference Championship Meet, April 25-26th.

Cody is the son of Vince and Susan Blankenship. Vince serves at ETBU’s Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing.


Windham ASC Hitter of the Week

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Senior Phillip Windham of Keithville, La., has been named ASC Hitter of the Week

Senior Phillip Windham of Keithville, La., has been named ASC Hitter of the Week

Putting on a hitting clinic in game one of the series against Sul Ross State University, Phillip Windham has been named the American Southwest Conference’s “Hitter of the Week.”  Windham batted .500 in the series with five RBI and three home runs.

On Friday night, Windham collected three home runs going 3-of-3 with four RBI in an 11-0 route of the Lobos.  He hit home runs in the second, fourth, and seventh innings of the game with the first two giving ETBU the lead.  His first shot in the second inning was a solo shot and then he added his second of the game with a two-run home run in the fourth inning for a 3-0 lead.  His final moonshot was his longest of the night over the left field fence that landed out in the ETBU intramural field as a solo home run.

On Saturday, he collected another RBI as the first run of the game in game one of the 8-4 win.  His three hits ties a career high in a game and the three home runs in a game is a career high.

ETBU is currently on a six-game winning streak sweeping the last two ASC series from UT-Tyler and Sul Ross State.  They are now 13-18 and 10-14 in the ASC.


Karson Kent Honored as Senior Girl Call-Out

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Karson Kent (left) stands next to her "little sister" Morgan Walters after being named Senior Girl Call-Out. Photo by Ryan Perry.

Karson Kent (left) stands next to her “little sister” Morgan Walters after being named Senior Girl Call-Out. Photo by Ryan Perry.

East Texas Baptist University’s oldest, most honored tradition returned for its 67th year on Friday, April 11, 2014, naming the 2013-2014 Senior Girl Call-Out. The ceremony was held on a gorgeous East Texas afternoon on the front lawn of Marshall Hall.

This year’s Senior Girl Call-Out is Karson Kent of Mount Pleasant. Last year, Karson’s older sister, Kallie Kent Philips was named the Senior Girl Call-Out. Miss Kent is a Business Management major. Her parents are Kevin and Jill Kent. Karson, has three sisters, Kaitlyn, Kinsey, and Klaire, they are quadruplets and students at ETBU.

While at ETBU,  Miss Kent played tennis her freshman and sophomore years and was chosen Academic All Conference in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.  She was inducted into Alpha Chi and Sigma Beta Delta, chosen Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, and has been on the Dean’s List with Honors every semester.  Karson enjoys playing tennis, traveling, watching movies, and drinking coffee with friends.  After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in the business field. She is a member of First Baptist Church of Mount Pleasant. On Wednesday nights, she volunteers in the three and four year old class at Friendship Baptist Church of Marshall.

To read more about this year’s ceremony click here.

To see the video of the announcement  click here.