Tiger QB Top 10 Semi-Finalist for Gagliardi Award

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More history is being made for the East Texas Baptist University football team as junior quarterback Josh Warbington (Hallsville, Texas) is a top 10 semi-finalist for the NCAA Division III Gagliardi Trophy.  This is the first time a player from ETBU has been awarded a spot on the ballot as a top 10 semi-finalist and he becomes the 10th player from the American Southwest Conference to be up for the NCAA Division III Player of the Year.  The ASC  has not had a top 10 finalist since 2010.

“Josh is a young man who exemplifies excellence in every part of his life,” says head coach Joshua Eargle.  “I cannot say enough about what an outstanding young man he has become.  On the field, his numbers speak for themselves.  He is the best quarterback in the country.”

The Gagliardi Trophy represents the total NCAA Division III athlete in community service, academics, and leadership on the football field.  The award committee takes into fact what the player has done on the field, in the classroom, and his service to the community.

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All-ASC Football Named with 12 Tigers on the List

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Wrapping up the 2014 season with 12 players earning All-American Southwest Conference awards, East Texas Baptist University had three players earn first-team awards.  Overall, ETBU had eight players on the first and second teams.

Offensively, ETBU had three players all first-team led by wide receivers Tyler Bates and Stephen Alfred and running back Kendall Roberson.  Bates, who was also named to the honorable mention team as a return specialist, led the ASC in receptions (84) and receptions per game (8.4) while setting a new ETBU record for receptions in a season.  He is the third ETBU receiver to go over 1,000 yards receiving with 1,156 yards and this was the second year he was All-ASC as he was on the second team in 2013. He set a career-high of 195 yards receiving, which is third best all-time, against Sul Ross State.

Alfred led the ASC in receiving yards with 1,210 and receiving yards per game at 121 yards.  He broke ETBU’s single season record for yards receiving and receiving touchdowns (12) and averaged 20.5 yards per catch.  He had 100 yards or more in seven of the 10 games he played in and caught two touchdowns in four different games.

Roberson earns his first ASC award in his first year as a junior at ETBU.  In limited time playing due to injuries, he acquired 629 yards on just 98 carries while recording six touchdowns.  He had two games over 100 yards rushing with 172 yards vs. Texas Lutheran and 182 yards vs. Howard Payne in back-to-back weeks.  He also recorded three touchdowns against Howard Payne.

Receiving All-ASC second team on offense were Josh Warbington, Roy Butler, Charles Williams, Alex Shetter, and Dominque Bailey.

Warbington, who led the ASC in four different offensive categories and is the top passer in NCAA Division III for passing yards and passing yards per game, gains his first All-ASC award.  He was the ASC’s player of the week three times this year and broke a combined 24 records at ETBU this season for team, game, and individual.  He threw for 3,580 yards and 30 touchdowns recording a 163.36 pass efficiency.  In seven of the 10 games, he passed for three or more touchdowns with five against Millsaps when the offense broke the record for total offense (715 yards) and points (68).

Butler earns his first ASC award as a slot back finishing with 458 yards receiving.  He had four touchdowns and a career-high 131 yards receiving vs. Austin College.  He averaged 10.7 yards per catch in 10 games played.

Williams and Shetter both were awarded their first-ever ASC award on the offensive line.  They both were on the D3Football National Offensive Line of the Week in September and helped ETBU break numerous offensive records.  Both started all 10 games this year and started 20 straight games the past two years.

Bailey once again is on an All-ASC for the second time in his career as he was a second team selection in 2012.  Interception three passes this year he finished with 34 tackles and five pass break ups.

Earning honorable mention were Michael Garcia (OL), Jourdan McNeill (RB), Xavier Davis (DL), and David Jaynes (DL).  It is the second time Garcia and Jaynes have been given an All-ASC award.

ETBU finished with four wins in 2014 and broke numerous individual, game, season, and program records in head coach Joshua Eargle’s second year.


Two Eagle Scouts From the Same Family

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Jacob Smith, right, and his brother, Lucas Smith, listen to the Eagle Scout Challenge at their joint Eagle Scout Court of Honor.  Parents, Laurie and Michael Smith look on.  (Courtesy photo)

Jacob Smith, right, and his brother, Lucas Smith, listen to the Eagle Scout Challenge at their joint Eagle Scout Court of Honor. Parents, Laurie and Michael Smith look on. (Courtesy photo)

The highest rank a young man can achieve as a member of the Boy Scouts of America is Eagle Scout. For an individual to obtain this ranking they at least earned 21 merit badge and demonstrate “Scout Spirit” through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, service and leadership.

East Texas Baptist University Professor of Sociology Dr. Laurie Smith, and her husband,  Michael, now have two Eagle scouts in their family as sons, Jacob Wiley Smith , 16, and Lucas Raymon Smith, 15,  earned their Eagle Scout designation during a Court of Honor held at First Baptist Church of Hallsville on Nov. 16.

To read more about these two fine young men, click here to read a story published in the Marshall News Messenger about the ceremony.

Congratulations from the ETBU family to the Smith’s. Dr. Smith has been teaching at ETBU since 1991.


Adaeze Elonu Named to West All-Region Team

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For the second straight year, the East Texas Baptist University volleyball team has a member named to the All-Region team.

Middle Blocker Adaeze Elonu, also named first team All-ASC, was named an honorable mention to the West Regional team. She is the fourth player in ETBU history to be named to the All-Region team. Kolby Sharp was named to the All-Region team in 2013, first since Arden Tunnell in 2003. She directly followed Allison Castillo, was the first All-Region team member in program history in 2002.

Elonu led the team with 124 blocks, finishing her career with the most blocks in school history with 395. She averaged 1.17 blocks per set, which was second best in the conference; with a season high nine blocks against Hendrix and at Hardin-Simmons. She also had a stellar season offensively, finishing seventh in the conference in hitting percentage at .276 with 255 kills. She had a season high 15 kills against Southwestern and Sul Ross. Elonu was named first team All-ASC two of her three years in the program.

During Elonu’s time in the program, the Tigers had a total record of 68-34. The team advanced to the conference tournament all three years and won nine ASC Tournament games. Elonu also finished with many program records—in addition to the career blocks record she also has the single season blocks record with 166 in 2013, and the seventh and ninth best marks in single season blocks with 124 in 2014 and 105 in 2012. 


Six Members of Tiger Volleyball Named All-ASC

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Putting together another stellar year in volleyball, East Texas Baptist University had six players earn All-American Southwest Conference awards.  Two players were first team, three on the third team, and one as honorable mention.

Mallory Sanders and Adaeze Elonu were both named to the first-team and are on an All-ASC team for the second year in a row.  Sanders, who was a second-team selection last year as a freshman, led the team with 339 kills and a 3.49 kills per set average while recording 300 digs.  For the year she had 13 double-doubles and a career-high 26 digs vs. Texas-Tyler on October 28th

Elonu broke the program record for blocks this year and finishes with 395 blocks in a three-year career.  She also holds the single-season record for blocks of 166 set last season.  She finished this year with 255 kills and 124 blocks.  She set a career-high in kills with 15 twice this year.

On the third team was Kayla Taylor, Kolby Sharp, and Bailee Moore.  Taylor is a three-time All-ASC selection and is on the third-team for the second year in a row. She finishes her career with 2,906 assists which is third all-time at ETBU.  She led the team with 625 assists and recorded five double-doubles this year. She also had 197 digs and averaged 6.01 assists per set.

Sharp also receives her third straight All-ASC award and is graduating early after only three years of playing at ETBU.  She finishes seventh all-time in kills at ETBU with 829 and third in blocks with 345. This year she was third on the team in kills with 172 and had 55 digs and 85 blocks. 

Moore had a great freshman season hitting .292 as one of the top hitters in the ASC.  She came away with 127 kills, 31 digs, and 31 blocks.  She averaged 1.87 kills per set and had a career-high 17 kills vs. Texas-Dallas on October 7th.

Nicole Buzzard rounds out the final award as a honorable mention selection for the second year in a row. She collected 349 assists and 62 digs while averaging 4.59 assists per set.

ETBU finished the year at 17-12 and 13-3 in the ASC in second place.  They were the #2 seed in the ASC Tournament and set a program record for consecutive wins at 14. Ornelas Gym’s home winning streak was kept alive, too, and is now at 18 straight matches as they haven’t been beat at home since 2011.


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.