AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE TENNIS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Matches: February 27-March 4, 2018
WEST DIVISION WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Cheyanne Lovelady, Sr., Howard Payne
Howard Payne University senior Cheyanne Lovelady (Bangs, Texas) helped lead the Lady Jackets to a 1-1 week as she went 2-0 in number six singles and 2-0 in number two doubles with Rosie Cadena. Lovelady’s victories came against Louisiana College (6-0, 6-0 / 8-0) and Howard Payne (6-2, 6-2 / 8-4).
EAST DIVISION WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Marisa Quevedo, Sr., UT Tyler
The University of Texas at Tyler senior Marisa Quevedo (Tyler, Texas) made her first appearance for the Patriots this weekend and came out with two big wins as they defeated Austin 8-1. She earned a number one singles victory 6-3, 6-3 and teamed with Nancy Perez for an 8-5 victory at top doubles.
WEST DIVISION MEN’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Giovanni Zamboni, So., UT Dallas
The University of Texas at Dallas sophomore Giovanni Zamboni (Milan, Italy) was a perfect 4-0 on the court as the Comets picked up a pair of road matches last week. He was a straight-set winner at number three singles and partnered with Mario Jelev with a quick 8-1 win at number one doubles in a 9-0 win against Sul Ross State. Zamboni then had a 6-2, 6-2 win at number three singles and an 8-3 victory at number three doubles in their come-from-behind 5-4 win at Austin.
EAST DIVISION MEN’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Christian Farris, So., LeTourneau
LeTourneau University sophomore Christian Farris (El Paso, Texas) picked up a pair of wins at both number one singles and number one doubles as the YellowJackets went 1-1 on the week. Farris defeated Howard Payne’s top competitor 6-4, 6-0 before teaming with Jimmie Henson to win 8-1 in doubles. Against Austin, Farris won 1-6, 6-2, 10-8 in singles and 9-8 (7-4) to claim doubles.
OTHER WOMEN’S PERFORMANCES
East Texas Baptist University senior Jabree McClaine (Arlington, Texas) won both points for the Tigers in a 7-2 loss to No. 35 Redlands. She won at fifth singles 2-6, 6-4, 10-3 and teamed with Mullika Seekhieo at third doubles to win 9-8 (10-4).
Concordia University Texas sophomore Danielle Cuteri (Austin, Texas) went 0-2 her matches against No. 24 Southwestern, falling 4-6, 2-6 at second singles and 2-8 at number one singles.
LeTourneau junior Terin Murray (Iowa Park, Texas) collected two points in a 7-2 win against Howard Payne, winning 6-0, 6-1 at number two singles and 8-6 at number two doubles.
UT Dallas junior Sophie Farmer (Eden Prairie, Minn.) was 2-0 in the Comets’ 9-0 win over Sul Ross State. She teamed with Elizabeth Labra for an 8-0 win at second doubles, then picked up a 6-0, 6-2 victory at number four singles.
OTHER MEN’S PERFORMANCES
Concordia University junior Hoanh Le (Phan Thiet, Vietnam) would only be broken twice as the Tornados’ win streak was snapped against No. 34 Southwestern. Le lost at number one singles 6-4, 6-4 and number one doubles 8-4.
Louisiana College freshman Leondro de Castro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) was the only Wildcat to win his singles match against Howard Payne, coming up with a 6-4, 6-1 win at number one singles.
UT Tyler sophomore Gabriel Hidalgo (Barquisimeto, Venezuela) won in straight sets to help the Patriots win 9-0 over Austin. He earned a 7-5, 6-2 win at fourth singles, before teaming with Daniel Rodriguez, as the No. 22-ranked doubles team in the nation, to defeat the ‘Roos 8-2 at number one.
MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Competitions: March 2-3, 2018
MEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Matthew Cecotti, Fr., UT Tyler
The University of Texas at Tyler freshman Matthew Cecotti (Lindale, Texas) earned his third Track Athlete of the Week award by winning the 1,500 meters in 4:05.23 at the Patriots’ Marc Randle Classic. His mark ranks 11th in the country.
MEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Gabriel Spivey, Jr., Concordia Texas
Concordia University Texas junior Gabriel Spivey (San Antonio, Texas) jumped 6.90 meters (22 ft.-7.75 in.) in the long jump, placing fourth at the Marc Randle Classic in Bullard, Texas. Spivey’s mark leads all of NCAA Division III. The award is the second in his career.
WOMEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Emily Villines, Jr., Concordia Texas
Concordia Texas junior Emily Villines (Huntsville, Texas) set a new school record in the 5,000 meters at the Marc Randle Classic in 19:24.22, finishing second. Her time ranks 15th in NCAA Division III. Villines also ran the 1,500 meters in 5:08.82, finishing fifth.
WOMEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Lexie Petty, Sr., UT Tyler
UT Tyler junior Lexie Petty (Midlothian, Texas) won the hammer throw with a distance of 46.80 meters (153 ft.-6 in.) at the Marc Randle Classic. Her mark ranks second in the nation.
OTHER TOP MEN’S PERFORMANCES
East Texas Baptist University sophomore Thomas Reynolds (Harleton, Texas) won the shot put at the Marc Randle Classic with a throw of 13.84 meters (45 ft.-5 in.), which ranks second in the nation. He also took fifth in the discus with a heave of 36.14 meters (118 ft.-7 in.), ranking 24th in the country.
East Texas Baptist freshman Mack Broussard (Hankamer, Texas) won the 5,000 meters at the Marc Randle Classic in 16:41.63. His time ranks 50th in the country. He also placed fourth in the 1,500 meters in 4:18.56.
University of the Ozarks freshman Michael Harris (Elkins, Ark.) ran a 4:26.75 to place eighth at the Marc Randle Classic in the 1,500 meters. He also had a time of 16:09.06 in the 5,000 meters, finishing fourth at the event and ranking 24th in the country.
Concordia Texas freshman Samuel Stewart (Galveston, Texas) placed first in the 800 meters at the Marc Randle Classic in 2:00.59, ranking 22nd in the nation. He also had a sixth-place finish in the 1,500 meters in 4:23.87.
LeTourneau University junior Keishaun McMillian (Tyler, Texas) started off the outdoor season with a fifth-place finish in the triple jump and 10th in the long jump at the Marc Randle Classic. His triple jump of 12.92 meters (42 ft-4.75 in.) ranks 13th and the nation, while the long jump of 6.31 meters (20 ft.-8.5 in.) is 14th.
Louisiana College freshman Dylan Fuselier (Opelousas, La.) set a new school record with a javelin throw of 49.47 meters (162 ft.-4 in.), placing second at the Mississippi College Season Opener, which ranks ninth in the nation.
OTHER TOP WOMEN’S PERFORMANCES
University of the Ozarks junior Hannah Smith (Blue Eye, Mo.) posted the second-fastest 5,000-meter time in the ASC this season, running a 19:46.33 for a fourth-place finish at the Marc Randle Classic. Her time is also 24th in the nation. Smith finished seventh in the 1,500 meters in 5:11.86.
LeTourneau senior Crystal Jones (Fort Worth, Texas) placed fifth in the long jump at the Marc Randle Classic with a mark of 5.18 meters (17 ft.), which ranks eighth in NCAA Division III.
LeTourneau sophomore Alexis Segura (Austin, Texas) picked up a second place finish in the 1,500 meters at the Marc Randle Classic. Her time of 5:03.86 ranks 28th in the nation.
Louisiana College freshman Nora Day (Marksville, La.) had the 11th-fastest 100 meter hurdle time in the country at 16.17, placing fourth at the Mississippi College Season Opener.
Louisiana College freshman Gracie Lacroix (Jena, La.) finished second in the javelin with a school-record throw of 33.60 meters (110 ft.-3 in.) at the Mississippi College Season Opener. Her distance ranks 13th in the nation in the event.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE BASEBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: February 27-March 3, 2018
HITTER OF THE WEEK – Blake Null, 1B, So., Howard Payne
Howard Payne University sophomore first baseman Blake Null (Federal Way, Wash.) led the Yellow Jackets to a 3-1 record at the Tucson Invitational and the best season start in over 15 years for Howard Payne. Blake went 8-for-15 (.533) over four games with 10 RBI and 12 total bases. With a .800 slugging percentage, Null posted two games with four RBI and also had two triples for the week. Versus Wheaton, Null was 4-for-4 with four RBI and a triple.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK – Ryan Cheatham, RHP, Sr., UT Tyler
The University of Texas at Tyler senior Ryan Cheatham (Whitehouse, Texas) picked up his second straight Pitcher of the Week award and third in his career by earning the win in the series finale over ETBU after he threw seven scoreless innings with five strikeouts. Cheatham baffled the Tigers throughout the night, limiting them to a .160 batting average and not allowing a walk.
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES AT THE PLATE
University of the Ozarks junior designated hitter Dakota Ebarb (Lavon, Texas) fifth-inning grand slam fueled a 9-2 win over Concordia Saturday. Ebarb’s big day started in the first inning when he doubled in a pair of runs. Ebarb would finish 2-for-4 with 6 RBI in the game. For the week, he hit .384 with seven RBI.
East Texas Baptist University freshman outfielder K.J. Miller (Orange, Texas) was a crucial player in sweeping No. 12 UT Tyler on their home field on Saturday. He batted .571 against a strict pitching staff of UTT recording four of ETBU’s nine runs. In game one, he had a double RBI to make it 3-0 in the fourth and then a single in sixth for RBI and a 4-0 lead. With game two tied at 1-1 in the seventh inning, Miller had a single up the middle, knocking in two runs to make it 3-1 and then scored in that same inning on a wild pitch for a 4-1 lead.
The University of Texas at Dallas senior third baseman Connor Scruggs (Garland, Texas) belted a pair of home runs as he lifted the Comets to a series win over Louisiana College over the weekend. Scruggs went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer Friday night as the Comets rallied past LC for a 5-2 victory. In the series finale on Saturday, Scruggs was 2-for-4 with a three-run blast in a 5-4 loss by the Comets.
The University of Texas at Tyler senior outfielder Jared Pauley (Longview, Texas) put together a solid weekend for the Patriots by going 4-for-9 with four singles and two walks during their series against ETBU. Pauley would drive in two runs and scored one for the Patriots.
LeTourneau University junior shortstop Will Bradshaw (Longview, Texas) helped lead the YellowJackets to a series win in their ASC opening series of 2018 over Hardin-Simmons. In Friday night’s loss, Bradshaw would go 4-for-5 with four RBI, including a three-run home run while also scoring twice. He would then go 2-for-3 in game one of a doubleheader with three RBI to help LeTourneau win 10-2 and added two RBI in a 9-8 win.
Sul Ross State University senior right fielder Jonothan Bigley (Dripping Springs, Texas) clubbed a pair of triples, two doubles, and a homer during a three-game, non-conference series against visiting Austin. He batted .538 (7-of-13) for the series and recorded three RBI and four runs scored.
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore outfielder Dakota Best (Giddings, Texas) had multiple hits in all three games of the Cru’s series win over Belhaven. He batted .500 (8-for-16), driving in two runs and scoring two more from his leadoff spot.
Concordia University senior outfielder Daniel Williams (Round Rock, Texas) helped the Tornados to a series win over Ozarks. In the second game, Williams went 2-for-2 with a double, driving in a run and scoring once. Williams followed that up in the series finale, with a double and a triple, a part of a three-hit game for Williams. He would finish, scoring twice and driving in three runs.
Louisiana College sophomore shortstop Keelyn Johnson (Pineville, La.) batted .400 in the weekend series against UT Dallas. He scored two runs, drove in two more, and hit a crucial double in the Wildcats win over the Comets in the series finale.
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES ON THE MOUND
Ozark’s junior righty Brady Taylor (Plano, Texas) cruised through seven innings against Concordia to pick up the win. Taylor didn’t allow a hit until the fourth inning and Concordia wouldn’t score until the sixth inning. He scattered six hits in his complete-game victory.
East Texas Baptist freshman right-hander Blaine Parker (Longview, Texas) shutout UT Tyler for 4.2 innings of a seven-inning game to upset the No. 12 team in the nation. He allowed only four hits in that time and pitched out of a jam in the first inning with runners on second and third with two outs. In the third, there was a runner on third with one-out and UTT did not score.
UT Dallas senior right-handed starter Jamie Andriot (Plano, Texas) recorded a career-high 12 strikeouts Friday night as he pitched the Comets to a 5-2 win over Louisiana College to open the weekend series with the Wildcats. Andriot tossed a complete game, scattering seven hits, as he improved to 3-1 on the season.
LeTourneau sophomore righty Luke Ludwig (Spring, Texas) picked up his team-leading third win of the year after throwing strong for six innings in a 9-8 win over Hardin-Simmons.
Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore southpaw Evan Samoff (The Woodlands, Texas) scattered seven hits and allowed just one earned run in a 7-1 victory over Belhaven. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter as he held the Blazers to a .233 batting average in the win.
Concordia Texas junior right-hander Caleb Nicholson (Moody, Texas) picked up his second save of the season, striking out one in 1.1 innings of work as the Tornados defeated Ozarks 4-2. In the following game, Nicholson would enter the contest, allowing one hit, and struck out the side.
Howard Payne junior righty Seth Owen (Brownwood, Texas) went six innings versus Wheaton, allowing just one run on three hits and striking out four to pick up his third victory of the year.
Louisiana College junior right-handed starter Carson Bolyer (Minden, La.) responded with shutout innings after allowing three hits and three runs in the first inning against UT Dallas. He allowed just three hits the rest of the way and kept the Wildcats in the game to pick up his second win of the year.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE SOFTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: February 27-March 4, 2018
HITTER OF THE WEEK – Morgan Prince, SS, So., East Texas Baptist
The NFCA Leadoff Classic All-Tournament Team named East Texas Baptist University sophomore shortstop Morgan Prince (Splendora, Texas) after hitting .444 (8-for-18) with three triples, two home runs, six runs batted in, 20 total bases and four runs scored while the No. 13 Tigers went 3-3 against top competition. In a 3-2 win over No. 8 Trine, she went 2-for-3 with two triples and a pair of RBI. Prince also hit a home run against No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan and William Paterson.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK – Simone Langland, RHP, Fr., Concordia Texas
Concordia University Texas freshman Simone Langland (Cypress, Texas) first no-hitter for the Tornados since 2011 in a 6-0 win over McMurry. Langland would face one batter over the minimum allowing one walk while striking out seven War Hawks. It is the first no-hitter in program history to be a full seven-inning game.
PERFORMANCES AT THE PLATE
The University of Texas at Dallas junior second baseman Melissa Livermore (Frisco, Texas) went 5-for-10 from the plate with five runs scored as the Comets swept a three-game series at Howard Payne over the weekend. Livermore opened the series with a 2-for-4 performance with two runs scored in Friday’s 4-3 win in the series opener. She then went 2-for-3 in Friday’s nightcap 5-0 shutout with a double and an RBI. Livermore closed the weekend with a 1-for-3 outing with two runs scored and three stolen bases in Saturday’s 6-4 victory.
The University of Texas at Tyler junior infielder Nicole Garcia (Sugar Land, Texas) had a great weekend in Belton by going 7-for-11 with a double, home run and five singles as the leadoff hitter for the Patriots in their series win against Mary Hardin-Baylor. Garcia scored seven runs in the three-game series and led the team with 11 total bases and a 1.000 slugging percentage. She led the series finale off with a home run and came into this week with a .571 batting average and 14 runs scored through eight games.
Howard Payne University junior catcher Katelyn Dickerson (Orange, Texas) went 5-for-11 versus UT Dallas in a weekend series. Dickerson recorded six total bases and scored twice finishing the weekend with a .455 average and a .545 slugging percentage.
Sul Ross State University senior catcher Destanie Hernandez (El Paso, Texas) posted two doubles, a homer, four runs, six RBI and batted .625 (5-for-8) in a three-game conference sweep of visiting Hardin-Simmons.
University of the Ozarks senior outfielder Brooke Hoffsommer (Alma, Ark.) recorded a hit in each game of the Louisiana College series. Hoffsommer has been steady in the outfield owning a 1.000 fielding percentage.
Belhaven University junior outfielder Whitney Jemison (Saraland, Ala.) led the Blazers to a 4-0 week, hitting .462 (6-of-13) with three RBI and a run scored.
Concordia Texas senior outfielder Brittani Whitten (Roseville, Calif.) had a pair of hits in the final two games of its series against McMurry. In the Tornados’ 6-0 win, Whitten would provide insurance runs with a three-run triple in the sixth inning. She would also walk three times and picked up two steals.
Louisiana College freshman left fielder Briley Johnston (West Monroe, La.) used her speed to apply pressure to the defense once reaching base. She was 6-for-15 (.400) from the plate on the week but a perfect 11-for-11 in stolen bases, including swiping four in one game against Ozarks. She scored three runs this week and drove in another on the double.
PERFORMANCES IN THE CIRCLE
East Texas Baptist senior right-handed hurler Rocki Tello (Katy, Texas) went 2-0 with a 2.00 earned run average and 14 strikeouts over 14 innings at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Arizona. She made the win over No. 8 Trine with six strikeouts and no walks in a complete game effort. Tello also recorded eight strikeouts in a 10-1 victory against Wittenberg.
UT Dallas junior righty Allie Stephens (Mineral Wells, Texas) picked up a win and a save over the weekend in the Comets’ three-game sweep of Howard Payne. Stephens started the series opener Friday and earned the victory with five strikeouts in a complete-game 4-3 win. She then tossed the final three scoreless innings in the series finale Saturday as she fanned one and gave up just one hit, closing out a 6-4 victory.
UT Tyler left-hander Colleen Bentke (Brenham, Texas) went 1-1 last weekend at Mary Hardin-Baylor in two starts against the Cru. She finished the weekend with seven strikeouts and no walks and limited the Cru to a .211 batting average with a 0.72 earned run average.
Sul Ross State senior right-hander Jackie Gonzalez (El Paso, Texas) threw 12 innings over a three-game ASC series with Hardin-Simmons. She picked up two wins and yielded three runs for a 1.00 ERA with seven strikeouts.
Belhaven senior righty Jordan Herring (Forest, Miss.) went 3-0 with three complete games with a 2.55 ERA and 12 strikeouts over 22 innings.
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor senior Karen Tennis (League City, Texas) pitched 14.2 innings against No. 3 UT Tyler, allowing just three earned runs. Tennis opened in a relief performance in UMHB’s first contest on Friday, pitching the final 3.2 innings of play with no runs and just three hits allowed. She came back the same day to close out the second contest, pitching five innings with only two earned runs, and seven hits surrendered. On Saturday, Tennis entered the competition in the top of the first with no outs and threw for six complete innings. She pitched five shutout innings and did not give up an earned run into the top of the seventh. She made the win in that contest, pitching six innings with six hits, two runs (one earned) and just two walks allowed. Tennis faced 62 batters in her three appearances on the week and limited the Patriots to a .281 batting average.
Louisiana College senior right-handed pitcher Savannah Settle (Natchitoches, La.) allowed four total hits in 13 innings of work while going 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA. She held opponents to a .093 average and struck out 17 batters.
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