Mar
3
2016

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.

Mar
3
2016

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.

Mar
1
2016

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.

Feb
24
2016

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.

Feb
24
2016

Lindsey Earnds 2nd Straight ASC Player of the Week Award



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pow lindsey 2East Texas Baptist University’s Lacey Lindsey is the American Southwest Conference hitter of the week for the second week in a row. Lindsey recorded eight RBI in three games helping ETBU to a sweep of LeTourneau University.

Batting .400 (4-for-10) with three home runs and eight RBI, Lindsey had another stellar week at the plate. In the final game vs. LeTourneau, she broke a 4-4 tie in the top of seventh inning with a two-run home run as ETBU eventually claimed a 6-5 win In the first game of the day, she went 2-for-4 with two homers and five RBI in a 7-2 victory.

For the season, Lindsey is batting .429 with four homers and 15 RBI.

ETBU hosts the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) for a three-game series, starting on Feb. 26 at 6 p.m.

Feb
17
2016

Casey Named ASC Player of the Week



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casey pow tennisHelping East Texas Baptist University to their biggest win in program history, Kayla Casey has been named the American Southwest Conference East Division “Player of the Week.” Casey was a key in the 7-2 victory over #23 University of La Verne as ETBU moved to 4-0 on the year.

She took out La Verne’s top player Bridget Etchegaray, 6-0, 6-4, in No. 1 singles, not allowing a set point in the first set. She helped ETBU with a doubles point taking No. 1 doubles in a hard fought, 8-6 win against their best doubles team. ETBU now has three of their four wins over ranked regional opponents.

The 4-0 start is also the best for ETBU in program history.

Feb
17
2016

Lady Tiger Lindsey Named ASC Hitter of the Week



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lacey lindsey hitter of the week 2016Batting over .600 in a three-game series, East Texas Baptist University’s All-American Lacey Lindsey has been named the American Southwest Conference Player of the Week. This is the fifth time in her career to earn the weekly award from the ASC.

Lindsey batted .625 with seven RBI in three games vs. Belhaven University and blasted her first home run of the year in the final game. She produced four RBI with a grand slam in the bottom of the 6th inning to put ETBU back on top, 7-5. She also had two RBI in the first game of the day on Saturday and one RBI on Friday night. She was 2-of-2 in the final game with a home run and four RBI. She went to the plate nine times and never struck out and had one sac fly.

For the season, she is batting .455 with seven RBI and 11 hits. ETBU is currently 2-2 on the year and ranked fourth in the preseason NFCA Division III Poll. ETBU travels to Longview, Texas, this weekend for a series with LeTourneau.

Feb
16
2016

Alexander Earns 2nd ASC Award



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taylee pow 2For the second time this season Taylee Alexander has been named the American Southwest Conference East Division Player of the Week for her play. She also received the award on January 25th.

ETBU went 2-0 last week and Alexander averaged 14.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game and shot 50.0 percent from the field (10-of-20). On Feb. 11 against the University of the Ozarks, Alexander finished with 16 points and seven rebounds. Two days later against the University of Texas Dallas, she totaled in 13 points and eight rebounds. She was 5-of-6 from the free-throw line and a key contributor in the win. With 1:20 remaining against UTD, she grabbed a defensive rebound and had an assist that led to a field goal to put ETBU up by three points after being down eight points in the quarter. Later with 18 seconds to go and up by two points, she made both free throws to seal the win, 57-53.

For the season, Alexander averages 13.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots per game and shoots 54.0 percent from the floor.

ETBU has secured a spot in the ASC Championship Tournament and plays its regular-season finale on Feb. 18 against Belhaven (Miss.) University starting at 5:30 p.m.

Feb
15
2016

Marshall News Messenger Editorial: Maverick University A Marvelous Idea



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editorial marshall news 2 14 16The schools in the Marshall area always work diligently to provide the best education for their students but sometimes a new initiative comes along that is simply inspired. Such was the announcement of Maverick University, a partnership between Marshall High School and East Texas Baptist University that allows students to earn a previously unheard of number of college credits while still in high school. This program will greatly serve both schools and most importantly the students.

Qualifying juniors and seniors at MHS will be able to earn up to 27 college credits without leaving campus as ETBU instructors will come to them for class at a fraction of the cost to the high school students. Courses cost $50 per credit hour or $150 per a three-hour course plus the cost of books. That is half of the current cost for high school students currently enrolled in ETBU dual credit courses. This is a great savings from a top-notch private institution.

And while MHS students were able to take dual credit courses before, under Maverick University students will be able to take many more as a total of nine courses are being offered including American History I and II, English I and II, College Algebra, Statistics, Calculus I and II and Speech. This will make graduating seniors essentially sophomores when they enroll in college. A better head start they could not hope for.

So far 20 students are enrolled but the program is aiming for 100 and surely they will meet that goal as this truly is a good gig for students.

To help defray the already reduced costs, the Marshall Education Foundation is taking donations in order to offer scholarships to help some qualifying students who can’t afford tuition or books. The Marshall Education Foundation was one of the key movers behind this effort to create a better educational opportunity for Marshall students. This truly gives students that take advantage a leg up in college and in life. In today’s world, the cost of a college education is daunting and we applaud their efforts.

This will offer a nurturing environment for students who may not have been exposed to institutions of higher learning before. We can only hope this inspires students who were not considering college to think again.

We hope MHS students take advantage of this opportunity and make the most of their last years in high school.

(Editorial published 2/14/16 Marshall News Messenger)

Feb
11
2016

Tiger Softball Players Named Pre-Season All-Americans



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perez lindsay all american preseason 2016East Texas Baptist University softball players Jayme Perez and Lacey Lindsey have earned pre-season awards from HeroSports being named All-Americans to start the 2016 season. Perez has been selected to the first team as a designated player and Lindsey on the second team at first base.

Both players are two-time NFCA All-Americans in their first two seasons at ETBU. Last year they both were NFCA All-American second-team selections while Lacey was the co-Offensive Player of the Year in the ASC. Below are the bios from HeroSports.com

PEREZ

As a sophomore Jayme Perez started all 41 games for East Texas Baptist last season, most as the Designated Player. She totaled 44 hits, hitting .373 with 11 home runs. Perez was named first team All-West Region and ranked in the top 50 in the nation with a .771 slugging percentage.

LINDSEY

East Texas Baptist first baseman Lacey Lindsey blasted 16 home runs during her sophomore season to lead all American Southwest Conference players, and rank third nationally. She posted a .381 average on the season, along with a .467 on-base percentage and .873 slugging percentage. Her 55 runs batted in led the team and tied her for 11th nationally. Defensively, Lindsey played a perfect first-base, without a single error in 209 fielding opportunities, and earned honors as ASC 2015 Co-Player of the Year.