Miss Brittany Smith Crowned as Miss ETBU 2016

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Miss ETBU 2015 Morgan Garrett places the crown on the new Miss ETBU Brittany Smith. East Texas Baptist University held the 60th Miss ETBU Scholarship Pageant on April 2 in Baker Auditorium of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center.  Looking on is ETBU Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Heather Hadlock and Student Government Association president Gavin McAdam.

Miss ETBU 2015 Morgan Garrett places the crown on the new Miss ETBU Brittany Smith. East Texas Baptist University held the 60th Miss ETBU Scholarship Pageant on April 2 in Baker Auditorium of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center. Looking on is ETBU Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Heather Hadlock and Student Government Association president Gavin McAdam.

The 60th  Miss East Texas Baptist University Scholarship Pageant was held Saturday, April 2, with sophomore nursing major Brittany Smith of Los Angeles, California crowned as Miss ETBU 2016. Miss Smith competed against 10 other contestants in the pageant held in Baker Auditorium of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center.

Miss Smith is the daughter of Steve and Sharon Jones. While attending ETBU, she has been a Resident Assistant in Centennial Hall and is a worship leader of a ministry organization called “Charge.”  She has been on Dean’s List and has received several academic and Christian leadership scholarships. She attends Praise Temple in Marshall. After graduating, she plans to work in a hospital emergency environment for a few years to prepare her to eventually work in medical missions with children overseas. She enjoys singing, playing the guitar, painting, and creating intentional conversations.

Pictured left to right: First runner up, Heather McGowin; Miss ETBU 2016, Brittany Smith; second runner up, Lauren McCollum; and voted Miss Congeniality, Corrie Andrews.   Miss McGowin also received the Talent Award for the pageant.

Pictured left to right: First runner up, Heather McGowin; Miss ETBU 2016, Brittany Smith; second runner up, Lauren McCollum; and voted Miss Congeniality, Corrie Andrews. Miss McGowin also received the Talent Award for the pageant.

When Mistress of Ceremonies Traci Ledford, ETBU Associate Professor and Chair of the Department Theatre Arts, called Smith’s name as the new Miss ETBU she was not sure at first it was her.

“My first reaction was as if they had made a mistake,” Miss Smith said afterwards. “I did not believe it at first. My stomach kind of dropped when everyone started applauding. I heard contestant number six, and said to myself, that’s me. I stepped up and still did not believe it. I am so blessed to be named Miss ETBU.”

Last year’s Miss ETBU, Morgan Garrett of Coushatta, La., along with ETBU Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Heather Hadlock, and Student Government Association, President Gavin McAdam, crowned Miss Smith before a large enthusiastic crowd.


Three Student/Athletes Earn ASC Awards

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combs pow d3 baseballHitting over .700, East Texas Baptist University’s Conner Combs was named the American Southwest Conference “Hitter of the Week” along with being on the D3Baseball.com “Team of the Week.” It is the first award this season for him.

Combs hit .727 in three games with a 1.364 slugging percentage recording two home runs and seven RBI. He went to the plate 11 times and never struck out. On Saturday, he hit two home runs in game one with the first one in the third inning to put ETBU ahead, 4-3, which sparked 14 unanswered runs in the next three innings in the 16-5 win. His second home run of the game was in the fifth inning to make it 9-3 and both home runs were on first-pitch swings. He finished the game with a single in the sixth inning for a RBI to give him six in the game. Overall, he had three hits in game one and two each and two in game three.

He now has 11 home runs on the year which is second in NCAA Division III and is batting .396 and leading the team with 35 RBI. He also has 13 stolen bases and a .772 slugging percentage. ETBU is currently 19-11 overall and 10-5 in the ASC.

tello pitcher of the weekEarning two wins in two appearances on the week, East Texas Baptist University softball player Raquel Tello has been named the American Southwest Conference “Pitcher of the Week.” It is her first award of the year in the ASC.

Tello went 2-0 on the week with one start and one relief appearance. She earned her first win in game one against Louisiana College in an 8-0 shutout. Allowing on three hits, she struck out one batter and retired the side twice in six innings. She then came in relief in game three and pitched 6.1 innings recording three strikeouts and retiring the side in three innings. Overall, she had four strikeouts and held Louisiana College to a .150 batting average.

For the season, Tello is 14-2 with a 2.02 ERA and 41 strikeouts. She has pitched in 89.1 innings and appeared in 20 games starting 14. ETBU is now 27-6 overall and ranked 11th in the latest NFCA National Poll.

kayla casey powFor the third time this season, East Texas Baptist University women’s tennis player Kayla Casey has been named the American Southwest Conference East Division “Player of the Week” for women’s tennis. This past week, Casey recorded two of ETBU’s four points in the match vs. UT-Tyler.

In singles play, Casey defeated UT-Tyler’s top player Mary Alice Blacketer by a score of 6-4, 6-1. In the doubles match, she and partner Kate Bramlett defeated Blacketer and her doubles partner Tori Musgni 8-4. Casey is still ranked #10 in the country.

Casey won the award back on February 16th and March 15th. ETBU is 10-4, which is the best record in program history entering the final two matches of the season


Padilla Named ASC Softball Hitter of the Week

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alex padillaSenior designated player Alexis Padilla (Houston, Texas / North Shore Senior HS) had the best week of her career with five RBI, one home run and was 8-for-13 at the plate for a .616 average. She hit a home run off of Texas-Tyler pitcher Kelsey Batten which was only the fourth of the year given up by Batten. She later recorded two RBI in game one and game three against Ozarks in a complete sweep of the Eagles. She hit in every game last week with two hits against UT Tyler in game one and three hits against Ozarks in game three. Padilla had a slugging percentage of .923 and an on-base percentage of .643.


The College of Marshall and the NCAA National Basketball Champions of 1966

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glory roadMarch Madness is in full swing for NCAA Division I Basketball with a national champion to be crowned on Monday, April 4, in Houston at NRG Stadium. As I was watching one of the games this past weekend the broadcast paid tribute to the 1966 national championship team Texas Western College.

Did you know that the College of Marshall, foundational school for East Texas Baptist University, has a tie to the team that won it all 50 years ago?

The athletic trainer for Texas Western in 1966 was Ross Moore. Moore attended the COM from 1933 to 1936.

Ross was described in the 1935 Martian yearbook as “a hard blocking back from Sarepta, Louisiana.”  Ross went to what is now the University of Texas at El Paso in 1936 on a football scholarship and played basketball. Except for serving in the Navy during World War II, Ross was at the West Texas school serving as a coach, assistant professor, and athletic trainer until his death.

Ross, who was one of the first trainers to develop fiberglass padding as a protective device for injured athletes, was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame in 1974. The Ross Moore Building at UTEP was dedicated in his name in 1985. He passed away in 1977.

There is a movie about the 1966 Texas Western team titled “Glory Road.” Former Elvis Presley bodyguard, Red West, portrays Ross in the movie. I had the pleasure of visiting on the telephone ten years ago with Ross’ wife, Kathleen Taylor Moore, after “Glory Road” came out on DVD.

Kathleen shared with me she was witnessing a part of her life when she saw the movie for the first time that was very real, not just some production on a screen. “I was not in shock, but I wasn’t all there either. ‘Glory Road’ is not a documentary. It is a story in which some of the things in the movie did not actually happen. I enjoyed the picture, but Red looks nothing like Ross, but does a creditable job of portraying his persona,” she told me.

Kathleen, who was raised in Marshall and graduated from COM met Ross “on the hill” while he was a student-athlete and she was his tutor in English.

“Our little joke between us is that we got married because the only way he was going to learn English was to have a life-long tutor.” They eloped and were married 42 years. Kathleen passed away peacefully in June 2014 at the age of 101.

Texas Western, coached by Don Haskins, won the national title with a 72-65 victory over Kentucky, coached by Adolph Rupp. Coach Haskins started five black payers for the first time in NCAA Championship history.

(From the Marshall News Messenger “From the Hilltop” blog written by ETBU Director of Public Relations Mike Midkiff)


Hallsville Native & Tiger Baseball Player Earns Honors

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warbington baseball pow d3 teamBatting .500 and hitting three home runs, East Texas Baptist University baseball player Josh Warbington has been named the American Southwest Conference “Hitter of the Week” as long as being on the D3Baseball.com “Team of the Week.” This is the first award for Warbington this season and the third for the team.

Warbington had the best series of his career with three home runs, including a grand slam, with eight RBI and a .500 average at the plate with a slugging percentage of 1.500. He went 4-of-6 in the first two games of the series with seven RBI, two home runs, and a double. In the first game against McMurry, Warbington was 2-of-3 with three RBI, a double and a home run. In the first game on Saturday he was 2-of-3 with four RBI and a home run. In the final game he was 1-of-4 with an RBI from another home run. In the 9-2 win on Friday, Warbington accounted for three of the nine runs on a solo shot and then a double for two RBI to make it 8-0. On Saturday, ETBU was only up 3-1 when Warbington hit a grand slam in the sixth inning of a seven inning game for a 7-1 lead. In the final game, he homered in the fifth inning to tie the game at one.

ETBU is currently 11-4 and 2-1 in the American Southwest Conference and host Texas Dallas this weekend at Woods Field.


Lady Tiger Tennis Ranked Nationally For 1st Time

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tennis rankedAlready with a program best 8-0 start and wins over regionally ranked opponents, the East Texas Baptist University women’s tennis team was awarded their first-ever national ranking by the ITA. ETBU enters the second poll of the season at 37th and is only one of two teams that weren’t rated to make the jump into the national poll.

ETBU has defeated one nationally ranked team in then #23 University of LaVerne, 7-2, who was also ranked fifth in the West Region. ETBU has also picked up regional wins over #12 McMurry, 8-1, #15 Hardin-Simmons, 8-1, and #18 Schreiner, 6-3. In another close regional match, ETBU earned a 5-4 win over a tough Southwestern University team.

Only in their fifth year of the program, ETBU has become one of the top teams in the West Region after their 8-0 start.

ETBU also has nationally ranked players from the November release in #10 singles player Kayla Casey and #19 Casey/Kate Bramlett in doubles and #24 regionally ranked Tiffany Stankiewicz. Casey won the fall ITA Regional Meet qualifying for the ITA National Meet.

ETBU will be off until March 12 when they travel to San Antonio, Texas, to face Texas Lutheran, #24 Trinity University, and Gustavus Adolphus.


Three Lady Tigers Earn ASC Awards

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baketball asc 2016Three East Texas Baptist University women’s basketball players have earned an American Southwest Conference award in April Leonard, Taylee Alexander, and Lauren Lee. Leonard earned the highest award being named to the All-ASC East Division first-team while Alexander was a second-team and All-Defensive team selection and Lee was voted honorable mention.

This is Leonard’s ninth ASC award in her four-year career at ETBU and her first All-ASC East Division first-team award. She previously earned ASC East Division Freshman of the Year, All-Freshman Team and honorable mention recognition in 2012-13 along with being the player of the week four times. This year she finished averaging 14.8 points per game, had 75 assists, and 50 steals while shooting 41 percent from the floor. She leaves ETBU as the all-time steals leader with 226 and has 1,100 career points which is ninth all-time.

Alexander earns her first All-ASC award being voted onto the East Division second-team and is a member of the All-Defensive team. This year, she has also been the ASC East player of the week twice and finished the season averaging 13.5 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. She shot .536 from the floor which led the ASC, recorded 45 blocks, and had eight double-doubles.

Lee was named to the honorable mention team and averaged 8.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. She finished shooting .477 from the floor and scored 10 or more points in nine games.

In head coach Edsel Hamilton’s first season, ETBU finished with a 17-10 overall record and an 8-7 record in ASC play. After earning the ASC East Division No. 3 seed, the team competed in the ASC Championship Tournament and advanced to the semifinals. The 17 wins mark the program’s highest total since the 2006-07 season, while the conference tournament victory was ETBU’s first since 2007.


Biles is ASC Athlete of the Week

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track and field athlete of the week biles 2016Receiving an American Southwest Conference award for the first time for his first collegiate event, Zack Biles is the “Athlete of the Week.” Biles earned the ASC award for his first place at the Trinity University Open track and field meet.

Biles cleared 15 feet (4.55 meters) to take first place out of 13 vaulters finishing ahead of NCAA Division I, II, and III competition including Incarnate Word, Hardin-Simmons, and McMurry. It was his first collegiate meet and first time he has vaulted since early in high school.

This is the first award for ETBU this season in the second outdoor meet they have attended.


American Southwest Conference Superlatives

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asc basketball all conference 2016Capping off a 21-win season and the American Southwest Conference East Division Championship, the East Texas Baptist University men’s basketball team had five players earn All-ASC awards along with Bert West being named the coach of the year. Bret Atkins, Dylan Augustine, Jay McKnight, Junior Mitchell, and Jordan Quillian all earned awards.

Atkins (Sr.; Croatia) took home several pieces of hardware being named the ASC East “Defensive Player of the Year”, was one of five players to make the All-ASC team from both the East and West Division, All-ASC East first-team, and on the All-ASC East defensive team. During the year, he was twice named the ASC East Division player of the week and he finished averaging 12 points per game. He made 53 three-pointers shooting 38 percent from the arc and shot 45 percent from the floor. He started and played in all 27 games and scored 458 points in two years at ETBU.

Augustine (Jr.; Hathaway, La.) earned All-ASC East second-team honors and was also named to the All-ASC East Defensive team and the ASC All-Tournament team. This is his fifth All-ASC award in his career as last year he was All-ASC third team and he was a member of the ASC All-Freshman team in 2013-14. He earned three awards this year to bring his total to five. He finished with 12.8 points per game and then lead the ASC in three-point field goal percentage (47 percent) and made three-pointers (78). In three years, he has made 201 three-pointers and has 879 points.

McKnight (Fr.; Marshall, Texas) became the 14th player under coach West to make the All-ASC East Freshman team. He played in 21 games and hit nine three-pointers and scored 38 points.

Mitchell (Sr.; Marshall/Houston, Texas) earns his fifth ASC award in his four-year career at ETBU being voted honorable mention All-ASC. Playing three full years with one another medical redshirt year, he made the All-ASC East honorable mention team. Last year he was named ASC All-Tournament and was the ASC Tournament MVP and was twice before named All-ASC honorable mention. This year, he averaged 10.2 points per game and had 87 assists while shooting 42 percent from the floor. He finishes his career with 896 points and 258 assists.

Quillian earns his first ASC award being on the honorable mention team. He averaged 9.6 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game. He started 18 games playing in 27 and made 55 percent of his shots from the floor and scored 10 or more points in 15 games.

Rounding out the awards is head coach Bert West as he earns the “Coach of the Year” award for the second straight year. He was named the ASC East Division “Coach of the Year” for guiding ETBU to the program’s second ASC East Division championship. This is also the second year in a row that ETBU has had a 20-win season.

ETBU finished the year at 21-6 and won the ASC East Division. The 21 wins is the second most in the NCAA Division III era behind the 26 wins last season.


Tigers Combs, Loson Sweep ASC Player of the Week

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baseball pow 2xSweeping the American Southwest Conference baseball player of the week awards, both Conner Combs and Kyle Loson earned hitter and pitcher awards for East Texas Baptist University. This is the first time this year that ETBU has swept the awards.

ETBU went 3-1 last week to improve to 7-2 overall. Combs batted .385 (5-for-13) with three home runs and 10 RBI, while Loson went 1-0 with a 0.00 earned run average.

Combs had a career week at the plate with 10 overall RBI and three home runs putting up over a 1.000 slugging percentage. On Feb. 19 against Schreiner (Texas) University, Combs went 2-for-4 with two homers and seven RBI in a 10-1 victory. A day later on Feb. 20, Combs hit a two-run home run in game one of the doubleheader as ETBU won by a 3-0 final. For the season, Combs is batting .321 with five extra-base hits and 14 RBI. He has scored 11 runs and is 2-for-2 on stolen-base attempts.

Loson made his third outing of the season against Schreiner University in the seven-inning game on Saturday. He pitched a complete-game, one-hit shutout going all seven innings while walking three and striking out five batters. Loson did not allow a base hit until the fourth inning. In three pitching appearances thus far, he is 2-1 with a 1.29 ERA.

ETBU travels to Clarksville, Arkansas, for a three-game series against the University of Ozarks (Ark.), beginning on Feb. 26 at 2 p.m.