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.


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.


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.


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.


Marshall News Messenger Editorial: Maverick University A Marvelous Idea

Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics

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)


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


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.


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.


Quillian is the ASC East Player of the Week

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quillan pow feb 2016For the third straight week in a row an East Texas Baptist University men’s basketball player has earned the American Southwest Conference East Division Player of the Week as Jordan Quillian is given the award. Bret Atkins won the award the previous two weeks.

Earning his first award of the year, Quillian averaged 14.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game with ETBU winning all three of its games. He shot 64.0 percent from the field (16-of-25) and 80.0 percent at the foul line (12-of-15).

On Feb. 1 against Louisiana College, Quillian finished with a team-high 18 points. Two days later against the University of Texas-Tyler, he chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds. To close out the week, Quillian contributed 16 points and nine rebounds on Feb. 6 against LeTourneau (Texas) University.

For the season, Quillian averages 9.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game and shoots 54.0 percent from the floor.

ETBU plays next on Feb. 11 at the University of the Ozarks (Ark.) starting at 7:30 p.m.


ETBU Singing Alumnae Back at the Super Bowl

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Third from the left is ETBU alumnae Sgt. Hannah Rigg Shirey. She is singing at Super Bowl 50 with a chorus comprised of members from of all the United States Armed Forces. Photo from CNN.com, 'Super Bowl  50 best photos.'

Third from the left is ETBU alumnae Sgt. Hannah Rigg Shirey. She is singing at Super Bowl 50 with a chorus comprised of members representing each branch of  the United State of America military. Photo from CNN.com, ‘Super Bowl 50 best photos.’

Super Bowl Trivia question: What East Texas Baptist University graduate has sung in not one, but two Super Bowl pregame festivities within the past three years? I will give you a hint, she graduated from ETBU in May 2010 and is a technical sergeant in the United States Air Force.

As CBS was showing the pregame activities of Super Bowl 50, announcer Jim Nantz said something like, “And now to perform God Bless America, select members representing all the Armed Forces bands and singing groups…”

Many of the ETBU family began to look for Hannah Rigg Shirey. The camera panned from left to right and as it got to the middle of the chorus there she was on the front row.

Technical Sergeant Shirey has been a member of the United States Air Force Singing Sergeants since 2013. The Tomball, Texas native was also part of the chorus when Renee Fleeming sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII when Denver lost to Seattle, 43-8.

In 2010, Shirey along with five others from ETBU shared their Christian testimony on a DVD produced by the Baptist General Convention of Texas. The DVD was part of the Texas Hope 2010 evangelism outreach to the entire state of Texas.

Before Shirey knew Christ as Savior she shared, “When I was 13, my oldest brother Isaac was murdered. He was shot and killed in Austin, Texas and I could not understand how this merciful, gracious God could do something like that.”

After knowing Christ as Savior, she found hope. “My brother died, then my sister died in a car accident, and it was really tough.  Had I not had Jesus to cling too, I would have not been able to surpass any of those trials.”

Here is another trivia question: What ETBU alumnae is returning back to Marshall to perform?

The United States Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants National Tour visits ETBU on April 12.


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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ETBU Debate Wins Championship

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ETBU Debater Shayne Davis won the championship in the Junior Varsity Division at the Southern Forensics Classic Debate Tournament.

ETBU Debater Shayne Davis
won the championship in the Junior Varsity Division at the Southern Forensics Classic Debate Tournament.

A “Tiger Pride” high five to East Texas Baptist University debate team member Shayne Davis. Davis, a junior from Marshall, Texas, competed in the Junior Varsity Division at the Southern Forensics Classic Debate Tournament held in Shreveport, La., Jan. 30-31.

Davis won the tournament’s Junior Varsity Division Championship, besting 30 other competitors in the division field. Davis posted a 3-3 preliminary record, entering the elimination rounds as the 12th seed. Davis became dominant in the elimination rounds, however, defeating his opponents in the octofinal round of 16, quarterfinal, semifinal, and final rounds to take the division championship.

This is the second championship ETBU Debate has won in as many tournaments. ETBU debater Harleigh Parrish, a sophomore from Huntington, won the Novice Division Championship at the Mississippi College Debate Tournament in December 2015.

The ETBU squad will next compete at the Bossier Parish Community College debate tournament Feb. 20-21.  The ETBU debate team is open to any ETBU student, faculty, or staff member that would like to participate. No experience is required. For more information about the ETBU debate team, please contact Dr. Cole Franklin via email cfranklin@etbu.edu