AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE GOLFER OF THE WEEK
Competitions: October 5-8, 2019
MEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK: Dalton Northcutt, So., LeTourneau
LeTourneau sophomore Dalton Northcutt (Longview, Texas) tied for fourth at the Tempest Intercollegiate with +12 (86-73-69=228). Northcutt leapfrogged 23 spots up the leaderboard in the final round, using a bogey-free back nine and four birdies to card the lowest round of the tournament. He helped the YellowJackets tie for first as a team.
WOMEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK: Mara Anunciacion, So., UC Santa Cruz
UC Santa Cruz sophomore Mara Anunciacion (Lodi, Calif.) finished 19th at the Culturame Classic in Canby, Ore. with a 90-76=166 +22. Her performance helped the Banana Slugs place fourth as a team.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
LeTourneau sophomore Shelby Allen (Rockwall, Texas) finished fifth at the Tempest Intercollegiate with an 82-86=168 +24 and helped the YellowJackets finish in second place.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Matches: October 1-5, 2019
EAST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Natalie Davenport, S, Fr., LeTourneau
LeTourneau freshman setter Natalie Davenport (Troup, Texas) had a career-high 59 assists in a four-set win at St. Thomas (Texas) in a mid-week game on the road. She followed with 26 assists in a sweep against Louisiana College for an average of 12.14 per set, leading the YellowJackets to a 2-0 record on the week. Davenport also averaged 2.85 digs per set.
EAST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Cam Taylor, L, Jr., LeTourneau
LeTourneau junior libero Cam Taylor (Huffman, Texas) earned her second consecutive Player of the Week award by averaging 6.71 digs per set as the YellowJackets picked up a pair of wins. She had 22 digs in a four-set victory at St. Thomas (Texas), followed by 25 in a home sweep of Louisiana College. Taylor also served three aces on the week.
WEST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Justice McGowan, RS, Sr., McMurry
McMurry senior right-side Justice McGowan (Waco, Texas) hit .432 with 3.17 kills per set as the War Hawks picked up a pair of road sweeps. She hit .625 with ten kills against Howard Payne, then had nine kills, seven digs, and hit .286 at Sul Ross State. It is McGowan’s second Player of the Week award of the year and seventh of her career.
WEST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Jenna Gillean, OH, Sr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
Mary Hardin-Baylor senior outside hitter Jenna Gillean (Belton, Texas) totaled 27 digs over two matches, averaging 4.50 digs per set. At Sul Ross State, Gillean recorded 12 digs and added six kills. She followed that with a 15-dig performance against Concordia Texas, adding nine kills and three assists for her second Player of the Week award of the season.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
East Texas Baptist sophomore setter Cassidy Zellmer (Keller, Texas) recorded a double-double with 13 assists and 11 digs with five kills in the Tigers’ three-set sweep over Belhaven.
Howard Payne sophomore right side Amaya Marshall (McKinney, Texas) led the Lady Jackets with 12 kills and nine blocks (1.44 per set) in their three matches this week.
UT Dallas senior outside hitter Jillian Via (Frisco, Texas) averaged 2.43 kills, 4.43 digs and 1.29 aces per set last week as she lifted the Comets to a pair of home victories. Via had seven kills and six aces along with 25 digs and three blocks Tuesday as the Comets held off Austin 3-1 in non-conference action. She then added ten kills and three more aces Friday in a sweep of Louisiana College in ASC play.
Mary Hardin-Baylor junior outside hitter Corrine Novak (Georgetown, Texas) helped the Cru to a 2-0 week with a pair of double-doubles. She opened against Sul Ross State on Tuesday, slamming 11 kills and adding ten digs. Novak followed that with 11 kills at Concordia Texas, adding 13 digs and two service aces. Novak averaged 3.67 kills per set and 3.83 digs while hitting .288 on the week.
Hardin-Simmons senior right-side Kaytlynn Lewis (Odessa, Texas) hit .367 with 2.50 kills per set as the Cowgirls earned a pair of conference sweeps. She had eight kills and hit .375 at Sul Ross State, then had eight kills and hit .429 against Howard Payne.
Howard Payne sophomore libero Kylee Shirley (Deer Park, Texas) led the Lady Jackets with 5.00 digs per set in their three matches this week. Shirley posted 23 digs in a four-set loss to Schreiner.
UT Dallas senior middle blocker Lauren Schilling (San Antonio, Texas) averaged 1.43 blocks per set last week as she helped the Comets to a pair of home victories. Schilling had eight blocks along with seven kills Tuesday night in a 3-1 non-conference win over Austin. She then added two blocks and five kills Friday in a quick 3-0 win over Louisiana College in ASC play.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE CROSS COUNTRY RUNNERS OF THE WEEK
Meets: October 5, 2019
MEN’S RUNNER OF THE WEEK – Nathaneal Rankin, Jr., Ozarks
Ozarks junior Nathaneal Rankin (Plano, Texas) ran a 25:14.2, a program-best, to place 39th at the Greater Louisville Classic in Kentucky. Rankin topped his own time of 25:25.0 he set at the NCAA III Regional last season. Rankin’s time Saturday helped the Eagles place 30th overall and earned his third Runner of the Week of the season and fifth of his career.
WOMEN’S RUNNER OF THE WEEK – Sydney Tencate, Sr., Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons senior Sydney Tencate (Moran, Texas) finished 17th out of 351 runners as the prestigious Chile Pepper Festival. She posted a 5K mark of 18:43.9, earning her fourth Runner of the Week award of the year and 12th of her career.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
East Texas Baptist junior Mack Broussard (Hankamer, Texas) finished 140th of 276 runners at the Greater Louisville Classic. He ran an 8K of 26:33.5.
Hardin-Simmons senior Tyler Rohrman (Waller, Texas) was two seconds off the Cowboy 8K school record in 26:41.0 at the Chile Pepper Festival, placing 36th.
UT Dallas senior Chris Reyna (Harlingen, Texas) led the Comets to a 21st place finish, competing against many scholarship programs at the Chile Pepper. Reyna completed the eight-kilometer race in a time of 27:30.1, placing 93rd among the 346 competitors.
Mary Hardin-Baylor freshman Holly Dasher (Katy, Texas) led the Cru with a 95th place finish with a 5K mark of 20:14.4 at the Chile Pepper Festival.
UT Dallas freshman Elizabeth Chimitt (Round Rock, Texas) was the Comets’ top finisher Saturday morning as the squad competed at the Chile Pepper Festival. She placed 111th out of 351 runners in the field, recording a season-best 5K time of 20:27.5.
McMurry senior Shelby McWilliams (Cross Plains, Texas) finished 124th at the Chile Pepper Festival with a 5K time of 20:38.5
East Texas Baptist sophomore Almalisseth Rodriguez (Houston, Texas) paced the Tigers with a 5K time of 21:55.1, finishing 211th at the Chile Pepper Festival.
Ozarks sophomore Silvia Chavez (Fort Smith, Ark.) was the Eagles’ top finisher at the Chile Pepper Festival, running a 22:28.6 5K for 244th place.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE ‘S WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: October 3-5, 2019
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Keely Fillman, M, Jr., UT Dallas
UT Dallas junior midfielder Keely Fillman (Los Angeles, Calif.) scored her conference-leading fourth game-winner of the season in the 88th minute as the Comets defeated Mary Hardin-Baylor 2-1 win on Thursday night. Already registering an assist on the Comets’ first goal of the night, Fillman drilled a one-timer with just 2:43 left in regulation to lift UTD to the win. Fillman added two assists in Saturday’s 6-0 home win over Concordia, Texas, for her second career Player of the Week award.
CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Mackensie Moreno, M, So., Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons sophomore defender Mackensie Moreno (Keller, Texas) led the Cowgirl defense in a pair of road shutouts. She helped limit East Texas Baptist to five shots on goal in a 1-0 victory on Friday, then held LeTourneau to a just three shots on goal in a 2-0 win on Saturday.
CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Meriah Sikora, M, So., McMurry
McMurry sophomore midfielder Meriah Sikora (Arlington, Texas) led the War Hawk defense to a pair of shutouts as they went 2-0 on the road. She also scored the game-winner in the first half of a 3-0 win at East Texas Baptist, while limiting the Tigers to just four shots on goal. Sikora helped hold LeTourneau to four shots on goal in a 1-0 win on Thursday.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Hardin-Simmons senior forward Taylor Bernal (Abilene, Texas) scored the game-winning goal in the 80th minute of a 2-0 win at LeTourneau.
Belhaven junior midfielder Pepper Ann Filbert (Brandon, Miss.) recorded the game-winning goal and an assist in the ‘Blazers’ 2-0 victory over Sul Ross State Saturday.
McMurry junior midfielder Sky Reynolds (Midlothian, Texas) assisted on the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory at LeTourneau, then scored an early second-half goal in the War ‘Hawks’ 3-0 win at East Texas Baptist.
Howard Payne freshman forward Kara Moore (Azle, Texas) had a goal and an assist in the Lady Jackets’Jackets’ 2-1 victory over Louisiana College. She had two shots in the match and four on the week.
Ozark’s senior goalkeeper Kiara Henry (Rogers, Ark.) recorded 13 saves in a 1-0 overtime loss against Mary Hardin-Baylor. For the week, she tallied 22 saves with a 1.38 goals-against average.
Belhaven sophomore keeper Georgia Jordan (Madison, Miss.) came up with 14 saves with a 0.50 goals-against average as the Blazers went 2-0 on the week. She posted nine saves in a 2-0 shutout of Sul Ross State Saturday.
UT Dallas senior defender Megan Theros (Batavia, Ill.) helped lift the Comets to a pair of home victories last week, keeping UTD unbeaten on the season with a 10-0-1 overall record. Theros and company pushed the Comets to a 2-1 win over Mary Hardin-Baylor Thursday night. The UTD backline then recorded its seventh shutout of the fall on Saturday with a 6-0 win over Concordia, Texas.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE MEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: October 3-5, 2019
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Oliver Placencia, M, Fr., LeTourneau
LeTourneau freshman midfielder Oliver Placencia (Fort Worth, Texas) scored two goals to break No. 7/13 Hardin-Simmons’ school-record 10-game win streak in a 3-1 victory. He scored both of his goals, including the game-winner, in less than four minutes late in the second half. Placencia also scored the game-winner in the 72nd minute of a 2-1 win against McMurry on Thursday.
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Charleus Emmanuel Ritch, F, Fr., Ozarks
Ozarks freshman forward Charleus Emmanuel Ritch (Carrefour, Haiti) scored two golden goals to help the Eagles to a 2-0 week. Ritch delivered a dramatic game-winning goal just 29 seconds into overtime in a 2-1 win against Concordia Texas, while assisting on the Eagles’ other goal. Ritch came back against Mary Hardin-Baylor and provided the heroics with the game-winner in the 93rd minute of a 2-1 victory. He scored the Eagle’s first goal in the 69th minute. For the week, he totaled three goals and an assist on 11 shots.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Max Rudolph, GK, Fr., Belhaven
Belhaven freshman goalkeeper Max Rudolph (Vestavia Hills, Ala.) posted 11 saves in 186 minutes in goal as the Blazers’ went 1-0-1 on the week. He combined for a 5-0 shutout over Howard Payne, coming up with six saves, then stopped five shots in a 1-1, double-overtime tie with Sul Ross State. Rudolph recorded a 0.48 goals-against average in the two matches.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Hardin-Simmons sophomore forward Kiko Redondo (Coppell, Texas) scored the second goal in the 59th minute of the No. 7/13 Cowboys’ 3-0 win at East Texas Baptist.
Mary Hardin-Baylor junior forward Seth Neveloff (Wylie, Texas) helped the Cru to a 1-1 week with a big game at UT Dallas. He scored the equalizer with the Comets with 46 seconds remaining in regulation, then scored the game-winner in the third minute of overtime. Neveloff was also one of just five Crusaders to get a shot off against Ozarks.
East Texas Baptist junior forward Silas Sangano (Kigoma, Tanzania) had the first goal in the 2-1 win over McMurry and tallied four shots on goal total in two matches. His goal against the War Hawks came in the 12th minute.
Belhaven junior forward Dalton Morgan (Jackson, Miss.) scored a pair of goals in the second half as the Blazers’ defeated Howard Payne 5-0. For the week, he had two goals on eight shots, three on goal, as BU went 1-0-1.
Sul Ross State senior midfielder Lorenzo Segura (El Paso, Texas) guided the Lobos to 4-1 win Saturday over Louisiana College with a hat trick. He put up five total shots with four on goal. He put up an additional five shots with one on goal in a tie with Belhaven.
LeTourneau sophomore defender Cordrick Sabbatini (Spring Branch, Texas) played a huge rule in limiting No. 7/13 Hardin-Simmons to only two shots on goal in a 3-1 win for the YellowJackets. He also helped hold McMurry to three shots in the second half in preserving LeTourneau’s 2-1 victory.
Hardin-Simmons sophomore midfielder Austin Wills (Flower Mound, Texas) scored a goal while helping lead a shutout in the No. 7/13 Cowboys’ 3-0 victory at East Texas Baptist.
Ozark’s freshman defender Alain Claude (Petion Ville, Haiti), played a key role in the backline defense to push the Eagles to a 2-0 week. Claude did not allow a shot on the frame against the leading goal scorer from Concordia, Texas, in a 2-1 overtime win. Claude helped limit Mary Hardin-Baylor to five shots overall, including no shots in overtime in another 2-1 overtime victory.
Sul Ross State senior goalkeeper Frank Rodriguez (El Paso, Texas) helped the Lobos to a 1-0-1 record over the past weekend with 200 minutes in goal. He allowed only two goals and saved eight shots for a 0.90 goals-against average.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: October 5, 2019
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Jase Hammack, QB, Sr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
Mary Hardin-Baylor senior quarterback Jase Hammack (Andrews, Texas) accounted for five touchdowns in about two-quarters of action in his first start of the season. He threw for four touchdowns on 10-of-16 passing for 217 yards and ran for another score to lead the No. 1/1 Cru to a 79-0 victory over McMurry.
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Jaquan Hemphill, RB, Sr., Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons senior running back Jaquan Hemphill (Coleman, Texas) ran for a school-record 304 yards on 32 carries with three touchdowns in the No. 6/6 Cowboys’ 38-27 loss to Texas Lutheran. He averaged 9.5 yards per carrying with scoring runs of 10, 57, and a school-record 97 yards. It is Hemphill’s second Player of the Week season and sixth of his career.
TRI-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Anton Clark, CB, Sr., East Texas Baptist
East Texas Baptist senior cornerback Anton Clark (Mansfield, Texas) posted a career-high 15 tackles, including a momentum-changing sack in the end zone that ended in a touchdown for the Tigers by KJ Kelly. He had a forced fumble on a sack in the fourth quarter that sealed the win and also had one break up. Clark also had 2.5 tackles for a loss of 13 yards and 1.5 sacks in ETBU’s 28-17 victory over Belhaven.
TRI-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Daniel Enriquez, S, Fr., Texas Lutheran
Texas Lutheran freshman safety Daniel Enriquez (Edinburg, Texas) intercepted two passes and returned one for a 58-yard touchdown in the Bulldogs’ 38-27 road win at No. 6/6 Hardin-Simmons. Enriquez’s first interception of the first half set up a short 17-yard scoring drive. The second interception, returned for the touchdown, came late in the first half and gave TLU a 17-10 lead. When Enriquez crossed the goal line, 12 seconds remained in the first half. Enriquez also had seven total tackles and a tackle for loss.
TRI-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – E’Monte Smith, DE, Jr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
Mary Hardin-Baylor junior defensive end E’Monte Smith (Austin, Texas) had 2.5 sacks for 10 yards and 3.5 tackles for a loss of 26 yards among his five total tackles in the No. 1/1 Cru’s 79-0 victory at McMurry. His strip-sack and recovery set up a UMHB touchdown. Smith led a Cru defense that posted its second consecutive shutout and allowed just 54 yards of total offense to the War Hawks.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK – McGwire Martin, P, Fr., Howard Payne
Howard Payne freshman punter McGwire Martin (Canton, Texas) had five punts for 217 yards, a 43.4 average, in the Yellow Jackets’ loss to Louisiana College. Martin had a long punt of 58 yards and booted two inside the 20-yard line with one touchback.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Sul Ross State senior running back Williton Grear (Austin, Texas) rushed for 173 yards, and a score on 21 carries as the Lobos won 21-9 over Southwestern. Grear’s score was a 54-yard run for a touchdown. He averaged 8.2 yards per carrying for his second straight 100-yard rushing game.
Louisiana College junior wide receiver Zion Williams (Pineville, Texas) received seven catches for 93 yards and a touchdown with a 13.3 yards per catch in the Wildcats’ 27-21 win at Howard Payne.
East Texas Baptist senior quarterback Brian Baca (Pittsburg, Texas) threw three touchdown passes en route to a 28-17 win against Belhaven. He passed 85-yards, 58-yards, and 2-yards. Baca was 16-for-26 for 247 yards and rushed for 22 yards.
Texas Lutheran senior running back Austin Mathews (Houston, Texas) scored a pair of touchdowns in a 38-27 win at No. 6/6 Hardin-Simmons. His 30-yard touchdown run near the end of the third quarter came on a 4th-and-2 play and gave TLU a 31-20 lead. Mathews also scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter with a total of 12 carries for 64 yards.
Belhaven junior running back Brad Foley (Memphis, Tenn.) rushed for 153 yards on 18 carries with one touchdown in the Blazers’ 28-17 loss to East Texas Baptist.
Sul Ross State sophomore defensive back Cory McMahan (Austin, Texas) had an interception with a 10-yard return, five total tackles, and a punt block that resulted in a teammate’s touchdown return in the Lobos’ 21-9 victory at Southwestern.
Hardin-Simmons senior defensive end Zai Zai Smith (Stamford, Texas) 1ad a career-best ten tackles, including two tackles for a loss of 10 yards in the No. 6/6 Cowboys’ 38-27 loss to Texas Lutheran.
Louisiana College sophomore linebacker Micah Latin (Gloster, La.) recorded three tackles, including a pair of sacks for 14 yards, in the Wildcats’ 27-21 victory at Howard Payne.
Belhaven senior linebacker David Lewis (Marrero, La.) led the Blazers with 11 tackles, 2.5 for a loss of 13 yards, 1.5 sacks, and one pass breakup in their loss at East Texas Baptist.
Howard Payne senior linebacker Britt Boler (Midland, Texas) led the Yellow Jackets with eight tackles, one for a loss of three yards, and two pass breakups in a loss to Louisiana College.
Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore kicker Anthony Avila (Troy, Texas) 2-of-3 field goals and 7-for-7 extra points to account for 13 points in the No. 1/1 Cru’s 79-0 win at McMurry. He converted field goals of 30 and 24 yards before missing his first field goal of the season.
Hardin-Simmons junior kicker Jamie Pogue (Abilene, Texas) hit field goals from 40 and 32 yards and hit all three of his extra points in the No. 6/6 Cowboys’ loss to Texas Lutheran. The 40-yarder tied his career-long.
Texas Lutheran sophomore punter Justice Porter (Cypress, Texas) punted eight times for 35.3 yards per punt with four inside the 20-yard line in the Bulldogs’ 38-27 victory at No. 6/6 Hardin-Simmons.