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AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE TENNIS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Matches: February 8-11, 2018

WEST DIVISION WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Hayley Anderson, Sr., Hardin-Simmons

Concordia University Texas sophomore Hayley Anderson (San Antonio, Texas) won three of her four matches, picking up wins at number two and number three singles and a victory at number two doubles. She defeated Sul Ross State in the third flight 6-2, 6-1 and teamed with Justus Aarhus at number one doubles for a tough 8-6 loss. Against Ozarks, Anderson swept second singles 6-0, 6-0 and paired with Lauren Popovich for an 8-2 win at second doubles.

EAST DIVISION WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK – none

WEST DIVISION MEN’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Adam Compton, Fr., Concordia Texas

Concordia Texas freshman Adam Compton (Pflugerville, Texas) went 4-0 over the weekend, including a number one singles 6-0, 6-0 win against Sul Ross State. He also teamed with Clayton Hernandez for an 8-0 shutout at second doubles against the Lobos. Compton picked up a 6-2, 6-1 win at number two singles against Ozarks and teamed with Hernandez again to gain an 8-7 (7-4) win in a tiebreaker.

EAST DIVISION MEN’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Spencer Turner, Sr., Ozarks

University of the Ozarks senior Spencer Turner (Pearcy, Ark.) posted a 3-0 singles record and went 2-2 in doubles over the week. Playing number four singles, Turner won 6-0, 6-2 against Sul Ross State and 6-3, 6-3 against Concordia Texas. He also had a 6-0, 6-0 sweep against Howard Payne in the fifth flight. He teamed with Reid Birch at number one doubles to defeat Sul Ross 8-6 and HPU 8-5.

OTHER MEN’S PERFORMANCES

Hardin-Simmons University senior B.J. Farmakis (Frisco, Texas) was the last player on the court in a 4-4 match, and he fell behind a set to Safe Rahman of Austin College and rallied for a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 win at number six singles to give the Cowboys the win over the regionally-ranked team.

 

AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Competitions: February 9-10, 2018

MEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Michael Brown, Sr., McMurry

McMurry University senior Michael Brown (Oxnard, Calif.) won his second career Athlete of the Week award by winning the 400-meter dash in 50.46 seconds at the Broncho Open in Norman, Okla. His mark is second in the ASC and fifth in the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Region. Brown also ran the anchor leg of the 4×400 meter relay that won the event in 3:26.70, ranking second in the region.

MEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Aaron Webb, Fr., McMurry
McMurry freshman Aaron Webb (Broncho Open) tied with teammate Tiyoshi Hopes to win the high jump by clearing 2.00 meters (6 ft.-6.75 in.). The height ranked second in the region and tied for 31st in the country. He also ran the lead leg of the 4×400 meter relay team that won the event.

WOMEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Kaylee Prather, Sr., UT Tyler
UT Tyler senior Kaylee Prather (Elysian Fields, Texas) earned her second consecutive Track Athlete of the Week award after placing fourth in the 60-meter dash finals at the Broncho Open in Norman, Okla. with a time of 7.92 seconds. Her mark leads the ASC and is tied for 36th in NCAA Division III and tied for sixth in the region. Prather also won the long jump with 5.32 meters (17 ft.-5.5 in.).

WOMEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Shamaujae Crockett, Jr., McMurry

McMurry junior Shamuajae Crockett (Houston, Texas) posted the No. 2 height in the region and 37th-best in the nation in the high jump at the Broncho Open in Norman, Okla. She cleared 1.60 meters (5 ft.-3 in.), placing second at the event. Crockett also posted a season-best long jump of 5.08 meters (16 ft.-8 in.), tied for the 10th-best mark in the South/Southeast. She ran the second leg of the War Hawks’ 4×400 meter relay which finished in 4:10.03 and placed third.

OTHER TOP MEN’S PERFORMANCES
University of the Ozarks freshman Michael Harris (Elkins, Ark.) posted a time of 16:17.68 in the 5,000 meters at the Pittsburg State Gorilla Classic in Kansas. His time is the fastest in the ASC this season and ranks 33rd in the region.

UT Tyler freshman Matthew Cecotti (Lindale, Texas) set a new school record by 11 seconds in the mile with a time of 4:24.84, placing second at the Broncho Open. His time leads the ASC and is ninth in the South/Southeast.

UT Tyler freshman Cody Benton (Richardson, Texas) won the men’s long jump with a mark of 6.61 meters (21 ft.-8.25 in.) and placed third in the triple jump at 13.22 meters (43 ft.-4.5 in.). He moved into third in the ASC in the triple jump and up to 11th in the region.

LeTourneau University senior Arvin Hrushka (Kaiserslautern, Germany) placed seventh in the 60-meter hurdle finals in 9.76 seconds at the Broncho Open. His time was good for third in the ASC and 36th in the region.

LeTourneau University freshman Alex Hindman (Seminole, Texas) won the pole vault at the Broncho Open by clearing 1.60 meters (15 ft.-1 in.).

OTHER TOP WOMEN’S PERFORMANCES
Ozarks junior Hannah Smith (Blue Eye, Mo.) posted a time of 19:23.48 in the 5,000 meters at the Pittsburg State Gorilla Classic. Her time is in the best in the ASC this season by 1:31 and ranks 19th in the region.

LeTourneau sophomore Alexis Segura (Austin, Texas) improved upon her school record in the mile by more than 15 seconds at the Broncho Open. Her time of 5:29.95 was good for third place at the event, and it leads the ASC and ranks 24th in the South/Southeast Region.
Belhaven senior Brooklyn Schumaker (Moscow, Idaho) posted the top 400 meter dash time in the ASC at the Samford Open with a time of 1:01.91. She also ran the 800 in 2:27.11 which is second best in the conference. Schumaker’s times rank 14th in the region in the 400 and 26th in the 800.

 

Ozarks’ Justin Crider and Hardin-Simmons’ Ty Engelhardt earned ASC Baseball Player of the Week recognition for the second week of the 2018 season

AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE BASEBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: February 7-11, 2018

HITTER OF THE WEEK – Justin Crider, CF, Sr., Ozarks

University of the Ozarks senior center fielder Justin Crider (Dallas, Texas) propelled the Eagles to a 4-0 start, sweeping Berea, with a walk-off double Friday and a walk-off homer Saturday. He displayed his late-inning heroics in the bottom of the ninth in game two of the series by ripping a two-run double down the left field line to secure a 5-4 win. The left-handed hitting Crider followed that with even more dramatic in the third game. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, he launched a three-run homer over the right-field fence to give Ozarks an 8-7 win. For the weekend, Crider hit .400 (6-for-15) with eight runs, eight RBI, five walks and a stolen base.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK – Ty Engelhardt, RHP, Sr., Hardin-Simmons

Hardin-Simmons University senior right-handed hurler Ty Engelhardt (North Richland Hills, Texas) started the Cowboys’ season with a three-hit shutout in a 9-0 win over Hendrix. He threw a complete nine-inning game, racking up five strikeouts and limiting batters to a .103 average with only two walks.

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES AT THE PLATE

The University of Texas at Tyler senior outfielder Ben Romines (Tyler, Texas) opened the season by leading the Patriots with four RBI and two doubles in a three-game sweep of La Verne at Irwin Field. He hit .300 (3-for-10) and scored three runs with three walks. His two doubles led the team in extra base hits.

McMurry University senior utility player Tyler Jenkins (Abilene, Texas) opened the season with three consecutive multi-hit games, as the War Hawks went 2-1 against Schreiner. He homered in each of their first two contests. He hit .636 (7-for-11) with five RBI, two walks, 13 total bases, three runs scored and a 1.182 slugging percentage. Jenkins played first, third, designated hitter and pitched and was errorless in 20 chances on the field. On the mound, he was the pitcher of record in the game two win with four strikeouts in 5.1 innings.

The University of Texas at Dallas junior outfielder/designated hitter Thomas Craig (Austin, Texas) opened the season hitting .471 (8-for-17) as the No. 7/22-ranked Comets played top competition in Tucson, Ariz. at the Cactus Classic. He hit safely in all four games, including a pair of three-hit performances. He went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Friday’s loss to No. 2 Cal Lutheran and was 3-for-5 with two runs in an extra-inning defeat to Redlands.

Hardin-Simmons sophomore second baseman Jamie Dominguez (Cameron, Texas) hit .385 (5-for-13) with a pair of RBI, a walk, two runs scored and two steals in his debut weekend for the Cowboys.

Belhaven University freshman infielder Evan Moore (Alpharetta, Ga.) played a vital role for the Blazers in their split against No. 12 Centenary. He hit .571 (4-for-7) with a double, two RBI, two walks and two runs scored in the doubleheader.

LeTourneau University senior first baseman Gonzalo Sosa (Houston, Texas) played a role in both YellowJacket wins on the opening weekend, scoring in both the seventh and eighth innings of their come-from-behind win over Willamette and driving a run during an eight-run eighth. He went 4-for-5 with two extra-base hits and four runs scored on Sunday in their 8-4 win against Hardin-Simmons. Sosa hit .462 (6-for-13) as they went 2-1 on the weekend.

Sul Ross State University senior outfielder Jonathon Bigley (Dripping Springs, Texas) batted .611 (11-for-18) over four games at the Cactus Classic. He notched a double, a pair of triples and two homers while posting four RBIs and crossing the plate seven times. Bigley totaled 21 bases with a 1.909 slugging percentage and a stolen base.

East Texas Baptist University junior outfielder Zach Gartner (The Woodlands, Texas) helped the Tigers to a three-game sweep of Southwestern, picking up two doubles and a pair of triples. He scored three times and hit .333 (5-for-15). Gartner posted two RBI with both triples in Friday’s 5-1 win.

Concordia University junior second baseman Carson Cox (Cotulla, Texas) drove in seven runs and scored twice as the Tornados went 2-1 at the Cactus Classic in Arizona. He hit a three-run triple in their 12-6 win over No. 2 Cal Lutheran. Cox had a pair of hits and two runs batted in a 6-4 win against Redlands. For the week, he hit .400 (6-for-15).

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES ON THE MOUND

UT-Tyler senior right-hander Simon Sedillo (Grand Prairie, Texas) earned the series finale win over La Verne, allowing one run in five innings of work in a 14-7 victory for the Patriots. Making his first career start, he scattered five hits and struck out two.

McMurry sophomore righty Jack Poe (Sweetwater, Texas) threw seven scoreless frames with three strikeouts to earn the win in the War Hawks’ 8-4 victory at Schreiner to open the season.

Ozark’s sophomore right-hander Gyeongju Kim (Seoul, South Korea) was nearly untouchable in the first two innings as he struck out the first four batters he faced in a 14-2 win over Berea. Kim ended the day with seven strikeouts in six scoreless innings and left the game with a 14-0 lead.

Belhaven senior righty Austin Douglas (Mount Olive, Miss.) earned the win in the Blazers’ 7-6 victory at No. 12 Centenary. He threw three innings of scoreless relief, allowing just a hit and two walks while fanning three.

LeTourneau junior right-hander Ryder Lognion (Kountze, Texas) made an appearance in both YellowJacket wins last week, tossing three innings in both games. He allowed only a run in each game out of the bullpen. For the weekend, he recorded a 1.50 ERA with three strikeouts over six frames.

East Texas Baptist sophomore right-handed hurler Blake Corbin (Katy, Texas) pitched a solid five innings in game one of the three-game series earning the victory in the Tigers’ 5-1 win at Southwestern. He allowed just one earned run with two strikeouts and retired the side in the first and third frames.

Concordia Texas junior righty Caleb Nicholson (Moody, Texas) earned the win in 3.1 scoreless innings of relief as the Tornados knocked over No. 2 Cal Lutheran 12-6. He fanned five batters, allowing just three hits with no walks.

 

ASC Softball Players of the Week Honors to Kenyon and Jackson

The second ASC Softball Player of the Week honors for the 2018 season earned by Mary Hardin-Baylor third baseman Dusti Douglas and pitcher Hannah Halepaska

AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE SOFTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: February 6-10, 2018

HITTER OF THE WEEK – Dusti Douglas, 3B, Sr., Mary Hardin-Baylor

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor senior third baseman Dusti Douglas (Killeen, Texas) had a strong opening weekend for the Cru, hitting .833 (5-for-6). She opened with a 3-for-4 performance in their 8-4 win at No. 12 UT Dallas, hitting the game-winning home run in the third inning. Douglas followed with a 2-for-2 performance in a 6-4 win against the Comets. She singled in the fifth and scored the game-winning run in the nightcap. Douglas finished the doubleheader with three runs, five hits, and eight total bases.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK – Hannah Halepaska, RHP, So., Mary Hardin-Baylor

Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore Hannah Halepaska (Orange Grove, Texas) made her debut for the Cru in the circle and earned the victory in an 8-4 win at No. 12 UT Dallas. She threw four scoreless innings to open the game, allowing UMHB to take a seven-run lead over the Comets. She gave up seven hits, and two earned runs with a strikeout in the win.

PERFORMANCES AT THE PLATE

The University of Texas at Dallas freshman catcher Emily Schroeder (Windthorst, Texas) came off the bench in the No. 12 Comets’ season opener against Mary Hardin-Baylor and went 2-for-2 with a double and a home run in an 8-4 loss. She started the second game and went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Schroeder was 4-for-6 with three runs scored, eight total bases and a 1.333 slugging percentage during the twin bill.

LeTourneau University freshman center fielder Katelyn Trombley (Tyler, Texas) came up big in her collegiate debut, collecting, RBI-double as a pinch hitter in the YellowJackets’ season-opening loss to Schreiner. She then went 2-for-3 at the plate with two doubles, RBI and a run scored in the 5-3 win over Schreiner. Trombley hit .750 (3-for-4) with two RBI and three doubles in the two games.

University of the Ozarks senior designated player Katie Ventress (Oklahoma City, Okla.) went 5-for-5 with two doubles, a walk and a run scored as Texas A&M-Texarkana sweeps the Eagles in a twin bill. She owned a 1.400 slugging percentage over the two games.

East Texas Baptist University sophomore first baseman Sabrina Salts (Houston, Texas) hit a home run and a double with four RBI in the Tigers’ 7-5 win against Centenary. Both hits were clutch, as ETBU came from behind. With a one-run lead in the fourth, Salts hit a two-run homer to make the game 6-3. She doubled in the Tigers’ final run to post their lead to 7-3 in the sixth inning.

Concordia University Texas senior outfielder Brittani Whitten (Roseville, Calif.) had four hits, including three doubles, as the Tornados dropped two games to Trinity. She would also drive in three runs and scored twice with a walk and a stolen base.

PERFORMANCES IN THE CIRCLE

LeTourneau junior Faith Genoway (Lake Jackson, Texas) picked up the win in the YellowJackets’ 5-3 victory at Schreiner. She gave up two earned runs with a pair of strikeouts in the complete-game victory.

 

AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: February 5-10, 2018

CO-EAST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Kourtney McGhee, Sr., G, Louisiana College

Louisiana College senior guard Kourtney McGhee (Simmesport, La.) was dynamic for the Wildcats on both ends of the floor as they went 3-0 on the week. She averaged 14.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 4.0 steals per game for the week. She netted 25 points, five assists, and five steals in an 85-81 win over Belhaven and shed dished out four assists with three steals in a 77-62 victory against LeTourneau. McGhee finished the week with 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists and six steals in their 58-57 win against East Texas Baptist.

CO-EAST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Kelley Skinner, Fr., G, UT Dallas
The University of Texas at Dallas freshman guard Kelley Skinner (Katy, Texas) averaged 14.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game as she sparked the No. 25 Comets to a pair of road wins and a share of the ASC East Division title. She opened the week with11 points and ten rebounds for her second double-double of the year in an 81-51 win at Ozarks. Skinner then had 18 points and nine boards as they downed UT Tyler 65-58.

WEST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Skyler Reyna, So., F, McMurry

McMurry University sophomore forward Skyler Reyna (San Antonio, Texas) had a pair of double-doubles, giving her 13 on the season, as she led the War Hawks to a couple of wins, which assured the program’s first winning record since 2011-12. In the team’s last-second 70-69 win over Howard Payne, Reyna had 13 points and 16 rebounds. She registered 20 points and 19 rebounds despite not playing the bulk of the fourth quarter in an 80-42 victory against Sul Ross State.

OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES

EAST DIVISION
The University of Texas at Tyler senior guard Alex Kochner (Clear Lake, Texas) averaged 17.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game in the final two home games of her career. She posted double-doubles in both contests, including 19 points and 12 boards in the Patriots’ win over Ozarks. Kochner finished with 16 points and ten rebounds in a loss to UT Dallas.

LeTourneau University junior guard Jaila Leaven (Sourlake, Texas) led the YellowJackets to their first home win of the season by scoring a game-high 20 points in a 62-55 win over Belhaven.

University of the Ozarks freshman forward Cassie Emerson (Jasper, Ark.) scored a career-high 20 points while shooting 8-of-16 from the floor in a loss to UT Tyler. For the week, she averaged 20.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and was 13-of-14 (92.8 percent) from the free throw line.

East Texas Baptist University sophomore forward Kim Childress (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) averaged a double-double on the week with 14.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. She had 20 points and shot 43.8 percent (7-of-16) from the floor to go with 13 boards in a win over Belhaven. Childress added nine points and seven rebounds at Louisiana College.

WEST DIVISION
Hardin-Simmons University senior center Heidi Schroeder (Montgomery, Texas) helped the Cowgirls snap an eight-game losing streak with 16 points and rebounds in the win over Sul Ross State. She followed with 16 points and eight boards in a loss to Howard Payne.

Howard Payne University junior guard Valarie Matlock (Azle, Texas) had 17 points in three assists in the Lady Jackets’ win at Hardin-Simmons.

Concordia University Texas senior guard Jaela Dejean (Houston, Texas) posted 13 points, five rebounds, eight assists and five steals as the Tornados defeated No. 25 Mary Hardin-Baylor 61-55.

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore guard Kendall Rollins (Fulshear, Texas) had 17 points, ten rebounds, two assists and two steals in the Cru’s loss at Concordia Texas. She also went 3-for-5 from three-point range.

 

AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: February 5-10, 2018

EAST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Dimitrius Underwood, So., G, UT Dallas

The University of Texas at Dallas sophomore guard Dimitrius Underwood (Mesquite, Texas) won his fourth Player of the Week honors of the year by averaging 29.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 3.0 steals, and a block per game in two principal ASC East road wins for the Comets. He scored a career-best 29 points Thursday, hitting 10-of-16 shots from the field, and added six rebounds, four assists and three steals in a 97-81 win at Ozarks. Underwood then scored 29 again with ten rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season in a 97-86 win over UT Tyler. He was 15-of-16 from free throw line for the week.

WEST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Ephriam Price III, Jr., G, Concordia Texas
Concordia University Texas junior guard Ephriam Price III (Lake Charles, La.) led the Tornados to their second straight win, pouring in 34 points while shooting 69 percent (11-of-16) from the field as they defeated Mary Hardin-Baylor 105-98. He also posted four rebounds and two assists and was 6-for-11 from three-point territory. The award is the second of the season for Price and third in his career.

OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES

EAST DIVISION
Louisiana College junior forward Devon Washington (Houston, Texas) averaged 26.7 points, and 12.0 rebounds as the Wildcats went 1-2 on the week. He scored 25 or more points in all three contests with his best game being a 30-point, 17-rebound performance against East Texas Baptist.

The University of Texas at Tyler senior forward Skyler Hadden (Waco, Texas) led the Patriots by averaging 18.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as they defeated Ozarks and lost to UT Dallas. He opened the week with 16 points and seven boards in the win over the Eagles, then poured in 20 points on a senior day against the Comets. Hadden also averaged 3.5 assists per game.

LeTourneau University senior guard Alec Colhoff (Katy, Texas) was a consistent scoring threat last week while helping the YellowJackets go 2-0 with a pair of victories. After scoring 14 points against Louisiana College, he would play his final home game and score 13 points with six assists in a win over Belhaven.

University of the Ozarks senior forward Dylan Gray (Siloam Springs, Ark.) averaged 18.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game over two contests. He scored 17 points against UT-Tyler then poured in 20 points for the senior night.

East Texas Baptist University senior Jordan Gosey (Manor, Texas) was a stout, inside force in two key ASC wins to keep the Tigers in the hunt for first place in the East. He posted 18 points and nine rebounds at Louisiana College and scored 13 against Belhaven. For the week, Gosey averaged 15.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

WEST DIVISION
Hardin-Simmons University junior guard Joe Hoeup (Santa Rosa, Texas) led the Cowboys with 23.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in a pair of home losses.

McMurry University sophomore forward Mike Williams Jr. (Houston, Texas) had a career-high 25 points with nine rebounds in a loss to ASC West Division leader Sul Ross State. He recorded 15 points and six boards in a win over Howard Payne. Williams shot 62.1 percent (18-of-29) from the field during the week.

Howard Payne University senior guard Khyce Randall (Beaumont, Texas) averaged 32.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game as the Yellow Jackets were 1-1 on the week. He scored 35 points in a win at Hardin-Simmons, connecting on seven three-pointers in the game. Randall tied the program record for three-pointers made for the second time this year. Randall shot 12-of-23 (48 percent) from outside and 92 percent (12-of-13) from the free throw line in the two contests.

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor junior forward Shaq Martin (Killeen, Texas) scored 17 points on 60 percent shooting in the Cru’s loss at Concordia. He also grabbed six rebounds, dished out four assists without a turnover and posted two steals.

Cody Usher

Assistant Commissioner

American Southwest Conference