Feb
5
2016

Atkins 3rd ASC Honor This Season


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Senior Bret Atkins. American Southwest Conference East Division Player of the Week

Senior Bret Atkins. American Southwest Conference East Division Player of the Week

For the third time this year and second week in a row, East Texas Baptist University men’s basketball player Bret Atkins has been named the American Southwest Conference East Division “Player of the Week.” Atkins hit 10 three-pointers on the week with eight vs. Texas-Tyler. He has earned this recognition on Dec. 14 and Jan. 25.

During this past week, Atkins averaged 21.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. He shot 66.7 percent from the field (12-of-18), 71.4 percent from 3-point range (10-of-14) and 90.0 percent from the foul line (nine-of-10).

On Jan. 25, Atkins contributed 10 points and five rebounds in ETBU’s victory against LeTourneau University. Two days later, he scored a career-high 33 points converting his first seven shots from the three-point line. He went 8-of-10 from the arc in that game scoring 30 points in the first half.

This season Atkins has started all of the team’s 21 games and is averaging 12.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

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Jan
26
2016

Two Times Now for Tiger Atkins


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atkins vs utdallasEarning the award for a second time this season, East Texas Baptist University men’s basketball player Bret Atkins is the American Southwest Conference East Division Player of the Week. He also won the award in December.

During this past week, Atkins averaged 17.5 points per game and shot 50.0 percent from the field (11-of-22) as well as from 3-point range (five-of-10) in two ETBU victories. In the win over Texas Dallas, he made two free throws with two seconds left to seal the four-point win. On Jan. 21, he contributed 15 points in ETBU’s win over the University of Texas Dallas. Two days later, Atkins had 20 points in another ETBU victory, this one against the University of the Ozarks (Ark.). For the season, he is averaging 12.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

Jan
26
2016

Lady Tiger Alexander Named ASC Player of the Week


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taylee vs ut dallas 2Averaging a double-double on the week in two games, East Texas Baptist University women’s basketball player Taylee Alexander has been named the American Southwest Conference East Division Player of the Week. She is the second player for ETBU to receive this award this year as April Leonard has earned it twice.

Alexander averaged 15.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.0 blocked shots per game as ETBU went 1-1 against a pair of conference opponents. On Jan. 21, she totaled 15 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and four blocked shots in an ETBU victory over the University of Texas Dallas. That was only ETBU’s third victory over Texas Dallas in seven years. Two days later, she posted 15 points, 14 rebounds and two steals in a loss against the University of the Ozarks (Ark.). For the season, she has a team-best six double-double performances.

Jan
11
2016

Tiger Football Players Named All-Americans


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all american football 2016Receiving one last award before the college football season ends, the East Texas Baptist University football had five players gain recognition from the USA Football Network with two being All-Americans. Josh Warbington and Kendall Roberson were named to the All-American team for NCAA Division III while C.J. Johnson, Tony Jones, and Bryston Parker made it onto the All-American Rookie Team.

For the second year in a row Warbington is on the All-American team. This is his second post-season award as he was voted All-ASC first-team at quarterback. He finishes a stellar career at ETBU throwing for over 7,000 yards and now holds 12 overall records from single game, single season, and career records. This past season he threw for 2,180 yards and 17 touchdowns with a 157.5 passing efficiency.

Roberson earns his first All-American award and this is his third post season award. He was already voted to the All-ASC first-team and the D3football.com All-South Region second-team. As one of the top premier back in NCAA Division III, he finished the year with 1,626 yards rushing and 24 touchdowns averaging 162.6 yards per game. At one point near the end of the season he was leading NCAA Division III in rushing touchdowns before post season play. He will finish in the NCAA Division III top 10 in three different categories. In September, he posted 420-yards rushing and five touchdowns vs. Belhaven University. The 420-yards rushing is eighth all-time in all NCAA.

Making it onto the All-Rookie team is Johnson (linebacker) and offensive linemen Parker and Jones. Johson was an All-ASC first-team selection and had 55 tackles and 6.5 sacks. Jones was an All-ASC second team selection and Parker was honorable mention.

ETBU finished the year at 7-3 and were tri-champions in the American Southwest Conference. It is the second championship in program history and the first winning season in 10 years.

Dec
17
2015

Tiger Coach Featured In NCAA Publication


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ncaa_story_prather_intEast Texas Baptist University’s Natalie Bach-Prather was featured in last October’s Champion Magazine, published by the NCAA.

Here is what Taylor Grayson wrote about Coach Bach-Prather:

Natalie Bach-Prather was home-schooled while growing up in Marshall, Texas, where her only taste of running came from racing her dad. But now she is making up for lost time – all without leaving her hometown. After enrolling at nearby East Texas Baptist University, Bach-Prather befriended the cross country coach and joined the team. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history and English in 2008, then became a volunteer assistant coach. Soon, she was the women’s cross country head coach.

Four years later, she took over the men’s team, as well. And in 2014, East Texas Baptist decided to revive its track and field program – and Bach-Prather agreed to coach both the men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams, too, starting with just four students. This spring, that number had grown to 52, and now that Bach-Prather is a 27-year-old coach of four Division III teams, she wonders: Could indoor track and field be in East Texas Baptist’s future, too?

Click here to view the article on the NCAA website.

Dec
15
2015

Atkins Named ASC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week


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Tiger guard (#23) Bret Atkins awaits for the play to develop as ETBU plays La. College in Ornelas Gym. Photo by Brittany Gatlin

Tiger guard (#23) Bret Atkins awaits for the play to develop as ETBU plays La. College in Ornelas Gym. Photo by Brittany Gatlin

Tiger senior guard Bret Atkins has been named the American Southwest Conference East Division Player of the  Week for his oustanding play in games played Dec. 7-13.  Atkins scored a career-high 27 points in a 78-68 win over Louisiana College. Atkins shot .700 from the floor, was a perfect 4-of-4 from three-point range and was 9-of-10 at the foul line.

In a non-conference game against Rust College, Atkins had 15 points shooting .600 from the floor (6-of-10) with six rebounds. Overall, he averaged 21 points per game, shot .650 from the floor, .500 from three-point distance, and .857 from the free throw line. Against Louisiana College with 12:13 remaining, ETBU led by four points when Atkins scored the next nine points in four minutes for a 60-51 lead on a 9-4 run.

In the latest D3hoops.com  National Top 25 Poll, the Tigers move from number 22 to 15 this week. ETBU is 7-1 on the year.

 

Dec
11
2015

Three Players Gain All-Region Awards


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south region 2015Kendall Roberson, Tyler Bates, and Xavier Davis have earned another post-season award as they were named to the D3football.com All-South Region team. It is the first time ETBU has had All-Region awards in back-to-back years since 2005-06 and the first D3football.com all-region award for all three of them.

“It’s always an honor to have players receive post season awards,” says head coach Joshua Eargle. “These players have been a part of a senior class that has worked really hard to put ETBU back on the map in football and these awards represent the entire team.”

Last year, Josh Warbington and Stephen Alford were named to the third-team at quarterback and wide receiver. Prior to that it had been since 2008 when ETBU had an All-Region player. The last back-to-back seasons for All-Region awards came in 2005 and 2006 on the AFCA All-Region team for ETBU.

Roberson and Davis were both named to the All-South region second-team while Bates was a third-team selection at wide receiver. It is the second year in a row that ETBU has had an All-Region receiver.

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Dec
10
2015

An Expression of Love through Service and Giving


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athletes rakingA group of East Texas Baptist University student-athletes heard about a need facing an elderly Marshall couple and acted upon that need. ETBU baseball, softball, volleyball, and soccer players joined together this past Sunday afternoon with rakes in hand to do much needed yard work at the couple’s home. Health issues have kept the couple from taking care of their yard.

Lady Tiger softball coach Janae Shirley shared that the students were willing to set aside a few hours to do something nice for someone they did not know. “They were not made to do this, they just wanted to help this couple,” Shirley said.

Then last week, the Tiger football team, after raising funds themselves, went to J.H. Moore Elementary School to bless eight children with Christmas gifts. These eight children come from families in need.

Tiger football members on the Moore campus is not an unusual sight. Each week about 20 players volunteer their time to work with the children in the Afterschool Centers for Education (ACE) program.

ACE Site Coordinator LaDarius Carter expressed his thankfulness in a Letter to the Editor in Sunday’s Marshall News Messenger.  He wrote, “Coach Joshua Eargle did not want much attention paid to these acts of kindness because his goals were simply; bless some kids in need and to show his team the importance of giving back.”

Right before the Thanksgiving break, ETBU students, faculty, and staff participated in the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child ministry.  The ETBU community donated 207 Christmas gift boxes for children around the world through Samaritan’s Purse.

Why this giving by the ETBU family to the Marshall community and the world?  The giving is motivated by the love that God has shown to world by sending His Son, Jesus Christ.

“For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

-Luke 2:12

Dec
9
2015

Lady Tiger Earns 2nd ASC Weekly Award


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ETBU's April Leonard shoots a 3-pointer vs. Hardin-Simmons. Leonard scored 24 points in the 78-77 win by ETBU. Photo by Brittany Gatlin.

ETBU’s April Leonard shoots a 3-pointer vs. Hardin-Simmons. Leonard scored 24 points in the 78-77 win by ETBU. Photo by Brittany Gatlin.

For the second time this year East Texas Baptist University women’s basketball player April Leonard has been named the American Southwest Conference East Division Player of the Week. Leonard guided ETBU to a 2-0 week and a 1-0 start in the ASC.

She averaged 20.5 points per game in helping ETBU improve to 6-2 overall and 4-0 in Ornelas Gym. She had her third 20+ scoring game this season with 24 points vs. HSU. She scored 17 vs. McMurry on Thursday shooting .500 from the floor (6-of-12) with six assists. She made 8-of-10 free throws vs. HSU. In the last 2:08 of the game vs. HSU, she scored six of the 10 points making a three-pointer and going 3-of-4 from the FT line. With 13 seconds left and a one-point lead, she made both free throws to take a three-point lead, 77-74. She then made one-of-two FTs with five seconds left for a three-point lead, 78-75. ETBU is now 4-0 at home this year.

ETBU defeated both McMurry and Hardin-Simmons for the first time in over 10 years. ETBU last defeated HSU in 2005-06 and McMurry in 2002-03. Leonard also leads the ASC in scoring at 19.0 points per game.

Nov
20
2015

Leonard is ASC East Player of the Week


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leonard pow 11 20Just one game into the 2015-16 season, the East Texas Baptist University women’s basketball team has earned an American Southwest Conference weekly award. Senior April Leonard has been named the ASC East Division player of the week.

Leonard scored a career-high 30 points and had six three-pointers in the win against Southwestern University on Saturday, November 14. Leonard scored the majority of her 30 points with 19 in the second half and hit three 3-pointers. When SU pulled to within one with 4:37 remaining, Leonard hit a three-pointer for a four-point lead. Southwestern took the lead with 1:19 left to play but Leonard hit another three-pointer at the 1:06 mark to regain the lead. She then made one free throw with eight seconds left for a three-point lead (69-66) to put the game away.

This is the third time in her career that she has earned an ASC weekly award.