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ASC – Sports

Rico, Bean Lead Women’s Soccer Postseason Awards

RICHARDSON, Texas – Mary Hardin-Baylor junior Maria Rico was named the American Southwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Hardin-Simmons senior Rachel Bean was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year to highlight the 2021 ASC Women’s Soccer awards and all-conference teams as voted on by the league’s head coaches.

Rico was tied for the league-lead with 13 goals, including five game-winners, to go with five assists for the Cru. Bean helped the Cowgirls limit opponents to just eight goals and 0.43 against average with 13 shutouts for the ASC champions. 

For the second time, HSU senior Madelyn Dowell was the Midfielder of the Year, scoring six goals, five game-winners, and adding five assists. East Texas Baptist senior Claire Montondon had 1.05 goals-against average, 61 saves, and was a part of nine shutouts for the Tigers to earn Goalkeeper of the Year. 

Howard Payne forward Lexi De La Cruz was the Offensive Freshman of the Year, and UMHB’s Reagan Williams was the Defensive Freshman. De La Cruz tied for the league lead with 13 goals and eight assists for 39 points. Williams recorded 0.35 goals against, averaged 43 saves, and was a part of 13 shutouts. ETBU senior Brianna Mickshaw was named the Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year. 

HPU’s Brandon Badgeley was the Coach of the Year for the first time after guiding the Lady Jackets to an 11-5-2 record, improving from 1-7 last season.

UT Dallas’ midfielder Keely Fillman became the first five-time All-Conference selection in ASC Women’s Soccer history. Mickshaw, Dowell, Meriah Sikora from McMurry, Sofia Munoz of UTD, Delaney Castor from HPU, Reagan Sandford of LeTourneau, Reagan Kappler from ETBU, and Britney Berumen of Sul Ross State earned All-Conference honors for the fourth time.

2021 All-ASC Women’s Soccer Teams

Individual Awards

Offensive Player of the Year: Maria Rico, Mary Hardin-Baylor 2

Defensive Player of the Year: Rachel Bean, Hardin-Simmons

Midfielder of the Year: Madelyn Dowell, Hardin-Simmons 2

Goalkeeper of the Year: Claire Montondon, East Texas Baptist

Offensive Freshman of the Year: Lexi De La Cruz, Howard Payne

Defensive Freshman of the Year: Reagan Williams, Mary Hardin-Baylor

Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year: Brianna Mickshaw, East Texas Baptist

Coach of the Year: Brandon Badgeley, Howard Payne

2 Two-Time Award Winner

First Team

Pos. Name Cl. University Hometown
D Peyton Guidry 2 Fr. UT Dallas Katy, Texas
D Rachel Bean 2 Sr. Hardin-Simmons Frisco, Texas
D Kristen Burdick 3 Sr. Mary Hardin-Baylor Flower Mound, Texas
D Kate Holland 2 Sr. McMurry Mansfield, Texas
D Mercy Mummert 2 So. Hardin-Simmons Albuquerque, N.M.
F Lexi De La Cruz Fr. Howard Payne Lubbock, Texas
F Maria Rico 2 Jr. Mary Hardin-Baylor Cedar Park, Texas
F Grace Greenly 2 Sr. Mary Hardin-Baylor Round Rock, Texas
F Brianna Mickshaw 4 Sr. East Texas Baptist Katy, Texas
F Sierra Foster 2 Fr. UT Dallas Fullerton, Calif.
M Madelyn Dowell 4 Sr. Hardin-Simmons Plano, Texas
M Meriah Sikora 4 Sr. McMurry Arlington, Texas
M Sofia Munoz 4 Jr. UT Dallas Dallas, Texas
M Caroline Pool So. Hardin-Simmons Arlington, Texas
M Shay Taylor 3 Sr. Mary Hardin-Baylor Kerrville, Texas
GK Claire Montondon 2 Sr. East Texas Baptist Nederland, Texas
GK Delaney Castor 4 Sr. Howard Payne Irving, Texas

Second Team

Pos. Name Cl. University Hometown
D Kaelyn Riley Fr. Concordia Texas Southlake, Texas
D Kate Van Wyk 2 Sr. Howard Payne Fort Worth, Texas
D Mackensie Moreno 2 Sr. Hardin-Simmons Keller, Texas
D Katherine Vela Fr. East Texas Baptist Fort Worth, Texas
F Hallie Rutherford 2 Sr. McMurry Austin, Texas
F Patricia Heckendorn 2 So. Concordia Texas Lake Jackson, Texas
F Michaela Sabrsula 3 Sr. Hardin-Simmons Tomball, Texas
F Reagan Sandford 4 Jr. LeTourneau Gastonia, N.C.
M Keely Fillman 5 Sr. UT Dallas Los Angeles, Calif.
M Ashland Hansen 3 Sr. McMurry Wichita Falls, Texas
M Amy Pineda 2 Jr. East Texas Baptist Katy, Texas
M Rana Hussein 2 Jr. UT Dallas Houston, Texas
GK Haley Foley Jr. Hardin-Simmons Prosper, Texas

Third Team

Pos. Name Cl. University Hometown
D Maren Fields So. Mary Hardin-Baylor Keller, Texas
D Aylisse Warren 2 So. East Texas Baptist Wylie, Texas
D Kelsey White Jr. UT Dallas San Diego, Calif.
D Kendra Cecil 2 Jr. Howard Payne Odessa, Texas
F Kaley Kaspar Jr. Concordia Texas Brazoria, Texas
F Anna Crane Jr. Belhaven Pearl, Miss.
F Emily Mowrer 2 So. Concordia Texas Cibolo, Texas
F Kyla Shaw 2 Fr. Belhaven Hoover, Ala.
M Olivia Gallegos 3 Jr. East Texas Baptist Mesquite, Texas
M Kennedy Harris Fr. Mary Hardin-Baylor Missouri City, Texas
M Chandler Jackson Sr. Mary Hardin-Baylor Round Rock, Texas
M Aurora Arevalo 2 Jr. Hardin-Simmons Pflugerville, Texas
GK Sydney Frazier So. Ozarks Lake Dallas, Texas
GK Kiersten Reeser 2 So. LeTourneau Dover, Pa.

Honorable Mention

Pos. Name Cl. University Hometown
D Alexa Polanco Fr. LeTourneau Gilmer, Texas
D Kayla Nichols 2 Jr. East Texas Baptist Orange, Texas
D Skylar Brown 2 Sr. Ozarks Maumelle, Ark.
D Falynn Pyterek Fr. Concordia Texas Austin, Texas
D Abby Goff Jr. Belhaven Beaumont, Texas
D Grace Singleton Fr. McMurry Sachse, Texas
D Emily McClendon 2 Fr. Howard Payne Corpus Christi, Texas
D McKenna Standifer So. McMurry Flower Mound, Texas
D Alysia Terry 2 Sr. Belhaven Byram, Miss.
F Breezie Davis Sr. Ozarks Coweta, Okla.
F Carrie Gerdes Jr. Howard Payne Fulshear, Texas
M Raegan Kappler 4 Sr. East Texas Baptist McKinney, Texas
M Kate Recendez Jr. Howard Payne Alvin, Texas
M Britney Berumen 4 Gr. Sul Ross State El Paso, Texas
M Macy Mathers So. Belhaven Mobile, Ala.
M Lauren Samford Jr. Belhaven Georgetown, Texas
M Stephanie Ward 2 Jr. UT Dallas San Diego, Calif.
M Jessica Alvarado 2 Jr. Ozarks Springdale, Ark.
M Kailey Barnes 3 Jr. Ozarks Roanoke, Texas
M Yissel Olivares So. Sul Ross State El Paso, Texas
GK Mariana Gonzalez Fr. UT Dallas Rockwall, Texas
GK Cortlynn Boone So. McMurry Argyle, Texas
GK Reagan Williams Fr. Mary Hardin-Baylor Round Rock, Texas
GK Julianne Wilson Fr. Belhaven Mobile, Ala.
GK Alitzel Ybarra 2 Jr. Sul Ross State Juarez, Mexico

Two-Time All-Conference
Three-Time All-Conference
Four-Time All-Conference
Five-Time All-Conference

Bradshaw Selected as Women’s Basketball Player of the Week


Games: November 5-7, 2021

Kerigan Bradshaw, G, Sr., Ozarks

Ozarks senior guard Kerigan Bradshaw (Harrison, Ark.) paced the Eagles to a season-opening 65-51 win at Hendrix, scoring 25 points. She also recorded six rebounds, four assists, and three steals while shooting 4-of-9 from three-point territory. It is Bradshaw’s second Player of the Week of her career.


LeTourneau senior guard Keauna Whitfield (Rosebud, Texas) tallied 18 points with eight rebounds, two assists, and three steals in a 69-64 loss at Centenary (La.).

McMurry junior forward Destiny Mathews (Palestine, Texas) led the War Hawks with 18.5 points and 11.5 rebounds as they opened the season with a pair of losses. She scored 26 points in a 79-76 loss to Texas Lutheran and had 11 points and 11 rebounds in an overtime loss at Schreiner.

Hardin-Simmons junior guard Hallie Edmondson (Roby, Texas) averaged 18.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals, and 3.0 assists per game as the Cowgirls opened the season with a pair of road wins. She was also 11-of-12 at the free-throw line and 6-of-12 from outside.

Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore center Kaitlyn Kollmorgen (Houston, Texas) averaged 9.5 points, and 8.5 rebounds as the Cru opened the season with a 1-1 record. She also posted 2.5 blocks per game.

Howard Payne graduate student guard Chelsey Harris (Waco, Texas) scored 19 points and gathered nine rebounds in a 64-56 loss to Southwestern (Texas).

East Texas Baptist senior guard Bridget Upton (George West, Texas) averaged 16.5 points per game with 3.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists as the No. 2 Tigers opened the season 1-1. She heads 22 points in a loss to Rhodes and 11 in a victory over Trinity (Texas).

Brown Selected as Men’s Hoops Player of the Week


Games: November 5-7, 2021

Myles Brown, G, So., Howard Payne

Howard Payne sophomore guard Myles Brown (Houston, Texas) led the Yellow Jackets in a season-opening 79-70 win at Southwestern (Texas) with 20 points. He was 5-of-11 from behind the arc and 7-of-16 from the field with three rebounds and one assist.


McMurry sophomore forward Michael Imariagbe (Houston, Texas) had a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds in the War Hawks’ 99-96 win at Schreiner to open the season. He followed with 15 points and eight rebounds in a loss at Texas Lutheran. Imariagbe averaged 18.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game for the week while shooting 57.1 percent from the field.

Ozarks senior guard Grayson Nix (Red Oak, Okla.) averaged 16.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in a pair of Eagle losses. He scored 23 points against Hendrix on Sunday.

Sul Ross State junior guard Trey Nelson (Irving, Texas) led the Lobos with a game-high 20 points in a loss at Trinity (Texas). He also dished out six assists and had four rebounds, and was 4-of-6 from three-point range.

Hardin-Simmons senior forward Steven Quinn (Dallas, Texas) averaged 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.0 steals per game as the Cowboys opened the season with a pair of road wins.

Jones, Redding, Sencherey, Garcia Named Players of the Week


Games: November 6, 2021

CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Kyle Jones, QB, Sr., Hardin-Simmons

Hardin-Simmons senior quarterback Kyle Jones (Giddings, Texas) completed 20-of-22 passes for 309 yards and three touchdowns in just over a half of play, as the No. 8/8 Cowboys won 56-14 at Austin. He had touchdown passes of 9, 37, and 38 yards. It is Jones’ fifth career Player of the Week. 

CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Ryan Redding, QB, Sr., Mary Hardin-Baylor

Mary Hardin-Baylor senior quarterback Ryan Redding (New Braunfels, Texas) led the No. 2/2 Cru to come-from-behind 59-14 win over Howard Payne with 307 yards and two touchdowns 21-for-28 passing. He also added 98 yards on the ground with two more touchdowns.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Bernard Sencherey, LB, Sr., Southwestern

Southwestern senior linebacker Bernard Sencherey (Lake Jackson, Texas) posted seven tackles, including four solos, with one quarterback hurry and returned a fumble 50 yards for a touchdown as the Pirates defeated Texas Lutheran 24-14.

SPECIAL TEAMS OF THE WEEK – Alberto Garcia, K, So. East Texas Baptist

East Texas Baptist sophomore kicker Alberto Garcia (Huntsville, Texas) put the Tigers ahead for good with a 33-yard field goal in the fourth quarter in a 31-28 win at Sul Ross State. He was also 4-for-4 on extra points and averaged 57.7 yards per kickoff. It is Garcia’s second career Player of the Week award.



Southwestern freshman running-back Jaquon Marion (Bellaire, Texas) led a second-half comeback with 22 carries for 109 yards and two touchdowns in the Pirates’ 24-14 win against Texas Lutheran. He also caught two passes for 12 yards.

Belhaven senior running back Brad Foley (Memphis, Tenn.) became the first Blazer to rush for 3,000 career yards, going for 155 yards on 14 attempts with a touchdown in a 35-20 win over McMurry. He also had three catches for 62 yards and a score.

Sul Ross State freshman wide receiver Vicente Luevano (San Diego, Calif.) came up with six receptions for 165 yards and a touchdown in the Lobos’ 31-28 loss to East Texas Baptist.

East Texas Baptist sophomore quarterback Alek Child (Castroville, Texas) was 8-of-16, passing for 159 yards, and ran 86 yards with three touchdowns while coming off the bench in the Tigers’ 31-28 win at Sul Ross State.


Texas Lutheran sophomore cornerback Eugene Robinson IV (Lake Charles, La.) had four solo tackles and two interceptions in the Bulldogs’ 24-14 loss to Southwestern.

Austin sophomore defensive end Max Walstad (Highland Village, Texas) recorded six tackles, including 5.5 for -19 yards in a loss to No. 8/8 Hardin-Simmons.

Mary Hardin-Baylor senior linebacker Akeem Jackson (Fairfield, Texas) totaled six tackles, with one for a loss, a forced fumble, one interception, and a pass breakup in the No. 2/2 Cru’s 59-14 win over Howard Payne.

Belhaven junior linebacker Connor Fordham (Wedowee, Ala.) led the Blazers with nine tackles, including 2.5 for a loss in their 35-20 home win against McMurry.

Sul Ross State freshman linebacker Quincy Brown (Missouri City, Texas) recorded nine tackles, 1.5 for a loss of 12 yards and a sack in the Lobos’ 31-28 loss to East Texas Baptist.

East Texas Baptist senior linebacker Justice Henson (Shreveport, La.) led the Tigers with eight tackles, including two for a loss, in the Tigers’ 31-28 win at Sul Ross State.

Hardin-Simmons freshman cornerback Brock Bujnoch (Hutto, Texas) led the No. 8/8 Cowboys’ with eight tackles and recorded an interception in Austin’s 56-14 win.

Special Teams

Mary Hardin-Baylor senior kicker Brandon Cunningham (Wylie, Texas) was 6-for-6 in extra-point attempts and hit a 33-yard field goal in the No. 2/2 Cru’s 59-14 victory over Howard Payne.

Belhaven sophomore defensive lineman Carlton Brown (Memphis, Tenn.) blocked an extra point midway through the third quarter, shifting momentum in the Blazers’ 35-20 win over McMurry. He also had six tackles, with .5 for a loss.

Sul Ross State senior punter/kicker Jaden Brown (Andrews, Texas) averaged 44.2 yards per punt, with a long of 72, in the Lobos’ loss to East Texas Baptist. Brown also kicked one inside the 20 and had two of more than 50 yards.


HSU Wins 24th ASC Women’s Soccer Crown

ABILENE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons won its 24th American Southwest Conference Women’s Soccer Championship and 19th in a row on a 3-1 advantage in penalty kicks after dueling Mary Hardin-Baylor to 0-0, double-overtime draw at HSU Soccer Complex Sunday.

The Cowgirls (14-3-1) kicked off into the wind to open the game. After a strong opening in Cru territory, UMHB (14-3-2) could fend off the Cowgirl advance with long balls up into the jet stream.

The Cru mounted several attacks from the range, including a handful of shots from Ashley Vensel, who put three on frame in the contest. Cowgirl keeper Kendall Dowling and the HSU defense held down the fort, and the half ended scorelessly.

The second half was a tug of war match, with constant high pressure and counter-attacks from both teams. Each keeper earned the shutout with shots so close that watching couldn’t explain how they made the save.

The match went through two overtimes without a score, meaning a shootout would decide the champion. Hardin-Simmons would begin the penalty kicks.

The first was a score for HSU in the corner, and UMHB followed with a make. Cru keeper Reagan Williams stopped the second Cowgirl kick, and Dowling answered, punching out the next Cru try to keep it even at 1-1.

The Cowgirls scored the third kick to go up 2-1, and the Cru hit the top left post to bounce out kick number three. The Cowgirls hit the side post to miss the fourth, followed by another Dowling denial to make it a 2-1 lead going into the fifth kick, with HSU clinching the championship on a make. Aurora Arevalo netted the final PK to secure the title for the Cowgirls.

HSU outshot UMHB 21-11 overall and 11-3 on goal.

Hardin-Simmons earn the automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship Tournament. The selection show will air at noon on

All-Tournament Team

MVP – Madelyn Dowell, Hardin-Simmons

Gabby Aviles, Hardin-Simmons

Kendall Dowling, Hardin-Simmons

Rachel Bean, Hardin-Simmons

Chandler Jackson, Mary Hardin-Baylor

Shay Taylor, Mary Hardin-Baylor

Kristen Burdick, Mary Hardin-Baylor

Kaelyn Riley, Concordia Texas

Hope Williams, Concordia Texas

Meriah Sikora, McMurry

Ashland Hansen, McMurry