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ASC – Sports

RICHARDSON, Texas – UT Dallas and Mary Hardin-Baylor have been picked to repeat as the 2019-20 American Southwest Conference East and West Division winners, respectively, following a vote of the league’s head coaches and directors of sports information, the ASC office announced Wednesday. 

UT Dallas (25-5, 14-2 ASC) received 141 points and 21 of 24 first-place votes to lead the East Division. Polly Thomason, the five-time ASC East Division Coach of the Year, and the Comets advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship last season after winning the 2019 ASC Championship. 

Mary Hardin-Baylor (27-4, 15-1 ASC) was picked to win the West Division with 139 points, and 20 out of 24 first-place votes. The Cru, under head coach West Division Mark Morefield, were the runners-up at the ASC Championship a year ago but made a run to the third round of the NCAA Division III Championship. 

In the East, East Texas Baptist (23-4, 14-2 ASC) was picked second with 117 points and three first place. The Tigers were followed by Louisiana College (11-14, 7-9 ASC), Ozarks (13-13, 9-7 ASC), LeTourneau (6-19, 3-13 ASC) and Belhaven (8-17, 4-12 ASC). 

Hardin-Simmons (19-8, 11-5 ASC) was selected as the runner-up in the West Division with 116 points and three first-place votes. The Cowgirls were followed by Howard Payne (11-15, 8-8 ASC) after receiving a first-place vote, Concordia Texas (8-17, 4-12 ASC), McMurry (8-18, 5-11 ASC) and Sul Ross State (5-20, 3-13 ASC). 

The 2019-20 ASC Women’s Basketball Watch List is composed of 30 players nominated by the head coaches and features all five all-conference selections from last season, 18 all-division recipients, and eight individual award winners. 

Belhaven has completed its final year of transition into Division III athletics and will be eligible for the ASC title and selection to the NCAA Championship for the first time. 

The 2019-20 season marks the 24th in league history. Regular season play begins Friday, November 8. The ASC membership will take on competition from 17 different NCAA Division III conferences, including – American Collegiate Athletic Association, American Rivers Conference, College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, Landmark Conference, Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Midwest Conference, Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, Northwest Conference, Southern Athletic Association, Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, State University of New York Athletic Conference, St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, University Athletic Association and USA South Athletic Conference. The ASC will also play members from NCAA Division I, Division II, NAIA, NCCAA, and USCAA. 

The three-day, eight-team, the single-elimination conference tournament is February 27-29 at the site of the East Division No. 1 seed. The ASC Championship Tournament features the top four seeds from both divisions. An automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship will be on the line. 

ASC Women’s Basketball Preseason Polls
East Division

No. Team (First-place votes) Pts.   2018-19 Record (ASC)
1. UT Dallas (21) 141 25-5 (14-2)
2. East Texas Baptist (3) 117 23-4 (13-3)
3. Louisiana College 80 11-14 (7-9)
4. Ozarks 71 13-13 (9-7)
5. LeTourneau 52 6-19 (3-13)
6. Belhaven 38 8-17 (4-12)

West Division

No. Team (First-place votes) Pts. 2018-19 Record (ASC)
1. Mary Hardin-Baylor (20) 139 27-4 (15-1)
2. Hardin-Simmons (3) 116 19-8 (11-5)
3. Howard Payne (1) 81 11-15 (8-8)
4. Concordia Texas 69 8-17 (4-12)
5. McMurry 64 8-18 (5-11)
6. Sul Ross State 39 5-20 (3-13)

ASC Women’s Basketball Preseason Watch List
East Division

Name Pos. Class School Hometown
Peyton Papenburg D G Sr. Belhaven Brandon, Miss.
Destiny Johnson C Jr. Belhaven Memphis, Tenn.
Kim Childress 1 F Sr. East Texas Baptist Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Kendrick Clark A N 1 D G Sr. East Texas Baptist Georgetown, Texas
Keauna Whitfield  H G Jr. LeTourneau Rosebud, Texas
Vanessa Cruz G Sr. LeTourneau Hercules, Calif.
Flora Akingbade F Jr. LeTourneau Grand Prairie, Texas
Morgan Blades F So. Louisiana College Livingston, La.
Kristen Breaux F Sr. Louisiana College Estherwood, La.
Alexis Lege F Sr. Louisiana College Erath, La.
Kerigan Bradshaw F G So. Ozarks Harrison, Ark.
Victoria Pena A Y 1 D G Sr. UT Dallas Helotes, Texas
Raenett Hughes A P 1 D G Jr. UT Dallas College Station, Texas
Katie Gunther H F Sr. UT Dallas The Woodlands, Texas

A 2018-19 All-American Southwest Conference
Y 2018-19 East Division Player of the Year
N 2018-19 East Division Newcomer of the Year
P 2018-19 East Division Defensive Player of the Year
1 2018-19 East Division First Team Selection
F 2018-19 East Division All-Freshman Team
D 2018-19 East Division All-Defensive Team
H 2018-19 East Division Honorable Mention

West Division

Name Pos. Class School Hometown
Kaycie Dunkerley S 1 G Sr. Concordia Texas Azle, Texas
Payton Berger H 2 F Sr. Concordia Texas Azle, Texas
Alyssa Marquez G Sr. Concordia Texas Mercedes, Texas
Taylor Gaffney 2 G Sr. Hardin-Simmons Frisco, Texas
Kaitlyn Ellis C Jr. Hardin-Simmons Breckenridge, Texas
Keilee Burke P 2 F D F So. Hardin-Simmons Belton, Texas
Chelsey Harris 1 D G Jr. Howard Payne Waco, Texas
Anastasia Willis H F Jr. Howard Payne San Antonio, Texas
Hannah Holt A Y 1 D G Sr. Mary Hardin-Baylor Lumberton, Texas
Kendall Rollins 1 G Sr. Mary Hardin-Baylor Fulshear, Texas
Alicia Blackwell A 1 D G Sr. Mary Hardin-Baylor McKinney, Texas
Skyler Reyna 2 F Sr. McMurry San Antonio, Texas
Sarah Doherty 2 G Sr. McMurry Lubbock, Texas
Savannah Johnson F F So. McMurry Azle, Texas
Chandre Nunez N 2 G/F Sr. Sul Ross State San Antonio, Texas
Jocelyne Roque S H F So. Sul Ross State El Paso, Texas

A 2018-19 All-American Southwest Conference
Y 2018-19 West Division Player of the Year
2018-19 West Division Newcomer of the Year
2018-19 West Division Defensive Player of the Year
2018-19 West Division Tri-Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year
1 2018-19 West Division First Team Selection
2 2018-19 West Division First Team Selection
F 2018-19 West Division All-Freshman Team
D 2018-19 West Division All-Defensive Team
H 2018-19 West Division Honorable Mention


Competitions: October 12-15, 2019

MEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK: Robert Quintana, Fr., Hardin-Simmons

Hardin-Simmons freshman Robert Quintana (Allen, Texas) tied for the medalist title at the Alamo City Classic but lost the second hole of a playoff. Quintana’s 68 in the first round was a new career-low, as he shot a 68-71=139 for a -3. The Cowboys finished two strokes off the lead as a team.

WOMEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK: Madyson Milliorn, Sr., Concordia Texas

Concordia Texas senior Madyson Milliorn (Houston, Texas) improved in each round of the 54-hole Golfweek DIII Invite in Florida, shooting her best round of 73 on the final day. She finished the week with a three-round scorecard of 82-77-73-232 (+16), moving up the individual leaderboard and ending in a tie for 16th overall. It is Milliorn’s second career Golfer of the Week award.



Concordia Texas senior Ben Balen (Freeland, Mich.) shot a 73-70-71=214 over three rounds at the Golfweek DIII Invite to finish in a tie for 16th with a +1. On the final day, Balen fired an even-par round, moving up four spots on the leaderboard to lead the No. 10 Tornados. The 214 three-round score ties his career-best.

Mary Hardin-Baylor freshman Grant Russell (DeBary, Fla.) shot back-to-back rounds of +1 72 to finish in a tie for fourth place at 144 at the Alamo City Classic. His play helped lead the Cru men to a second-place team finish.

LeTourneau junior Landon Oney (Diana, Texas) tied for fourth at the Alamo City Classic, shooting a 67-77=144 (+2). He made six birdies in the first round and was one stroke off the school record for a low round.




Matches: October 8-12, 2019



UT Dallas senior setter Caroline Shecterle (Pearland, Texas) averaged 6.00 assists per set in the Comets’ 6-2 offense while leading UTD to a perfect 3-0 record at home last week. Shecterle had 25 assists, along with five digs and an ace Friday afternoon in a quick 3-0 win over Belhaven. In the sweep of Belhaven, the Comets tied a school record with .468 team hitting percentage. She added 20 assists and eight digs Saturday in a 3-2 come-from-behind over East Texas Baptist. In UTD’s only non-conference match of the weekend, Shecterle had 21 assists and 12 digs in a sweep of Centenary. It is her third Player of the Week award of the season and fifth of her career.


UT Dallas senior outside hitter Jillian Via (Frisco, Texas) averaged 3.18 kills, 3.64 digs and 0.91 aces per set over the weekend as she lifted the Comets to a 3-0 home record. Via had a solid all-around performance Saturday as she finished with 14 kills, 13 digs, five aces, and three blocks in the Comets’ come-from-behind 3-2 win over East Texas Baptist to remain unbeaten in ASC play. Via opened the weekend with eight kills, 15 digs, an ace and a block in a sweep of Belhaven Friday. She added a 13-kill, 12-dig performance against Centenary, adding four more aces in the sweep of the Ladies. It is Via’s third Player of the Week honors of the year and fourth of her career.


Mary Hardin-Baylor senior setter/right side Miranda Klein (Georgetown, Texas) was an all-around offensive threat for the Cru went 3-2. She hit .327 over five matches, adding 47 assists (2.61 per set) and seven service aces. Klein hit a week-high 13 kills against UC Santa Cruz and recorded 31 assists against No. 10 Trinity. She totaled 41 kills (2.27 per set) on the week and scored 55.5 points for the Cru for her sixth career Player of the Week award.


Concordia Texas junior middle blocker Marjani Myles (Houston, Texas) hit .440 with 2.00 kills per set as the Tornados swept Howard Payne and Sul Ross State in conference play. Against the Lady Jackets, Myles hit .545 with seven kills and only one error. She followed with five kills against the Lobos. It is her second Player of the Week of the season. 


Concordia Texas senior outside hitter Tristyn Massey (Amarillo, Texas) averaged 4.67 digs per set as the Tornados swept Howard Payne and Sul Ross State at home. She had a seven-kill, six-dig performance with three blocks against HPU. Massey followed with 22 digs and 11 kills in the win over the Lobos for her second Player of the Week award of the year.



Howard Payne sophomore outside hitter Mya Ross (Irving, Texas) led the Lady Jackets with 2.33 kills per set to go with 1.88 digs in their three losses. She came up with eight kills against both Mary Hardin-Baylor and Schreiner. 


Howard Payne sophomore libero Kylee Shirley (Deer Park, Texas) averaged 5.22 digs per set as the Lady Jackets went 0-3 on the week. She had 21 digs in a loss at Schreiner.

Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore middle blocker Kayla Janikula (Kingwood, Texas) Janikula recorded 21 blocks over five matches and added 20 digs. She averaged 1.17 blocks per set, and 1.11 digs per set as the Cru went 3-2. She recorded a week-high seven blocks with seven digs against UC Santa Cruz. Janikula hit .336 offensively with 39 kills (2.17 per set).




Games: October 10-12, 2019

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Ashleigh Rondon, F, Jr., East Texas Baptist

East Texas Baptist junior forward Ashleigh Rondon (Carrollton, Texas) spurred the Tigers to their first two ASC wins of the year, scoring eight points in the two contests. She had a goal, and three assists in the 5-0 win over Belhaven and a goal and an assist in a 3-0 win against Louisiana College. She scored the first goal in the 46th minute and assisted the second, third, and fifth against the Blazers. Rondon scored the third goal in the 85th minute against the Wildcats, earning her the second Player of the Week award of her career.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Kendell Groom, D, Sr., Hardin-Simmons

Hardin-Simmons senior defender Kendell Groom (Frisco, Texas) led the Cowgirls to a pair of shutouts, a 2-0 win over Ozarks, and 1-0, double-overtime victory against UT Dallas. Groom and the HSU defense allowed just one shot on goal in the two games. She netted the game-winning goal in the 107th minute against UTD. It is Groom’s second Player of the Week award of the year.



Howard Payne freshman forward Kara Moore (Azle, Texas) recorded her first hat trick as a Lady Jacket in a 3-2 win at Concordia, Texas. Moore took six shots, five on goal, as HPU went 1-1 on the week.

Hardin-Simmons freshman defender Jessica Boldenow (Shreveport, La.) recorded two goals, including the game-winner, in the Cowgirls’ 2-0 victory over Ozarks.

LeTourneau sophomore forward Reagan Sandford (Gastonia, N.C.) had her second hat trick of the season in a 3-0 shutout of Louisiana College and added an assist in a 3-2 victory against Belhaven.

Concordia Texas senior forward Kaycee Moore (Azle, Texas) recorded a goal in each game as the Tornados went 1-1 on the week. On Thursday, Moore hit the game-winner from the corner of the net from outside the box, followed by an assist on Pamela Lasprilla’s goal, in a 3-2 victory against Sul Ross State. On Saturday, Moore followed her penalty kick miss with a goal to even the score at 2-2 against Howard Payne, but CTX fell short 3-2.

UT Dallas sophomore forward Kaitlyn Manning (Lino Lakes, Minn.) came off the bench to score the game-winner in the 61st minute Thursday night as the Comets knocked off McMurry 1-0 on the road. It was Manning’s only shot of the night after she shook off a defender in the six-yard box.


Howard Payne sophomore keeper Delaney Castor (Irving, Texas) had a huge week with 18 saves at Mary Hardin-Baylor, and ten saves at Concordia Texas. It came along with two penalty kick saves and an assist off a goal kick on the game-winner by teammate Kara Moore. Castor’s 18 saves were just one shy of tying the HPU record for saves in a game. She tallied 28 saves and 1.38 goals-against average as they went 1-1 on the week.

LeTourneau senior defender Riley Blok (Kyle, Texas) helped the YellowJackets record their fifth shutout of the season in a 3-0 win over Louisiana College. She Scored the game-winner, her first career goal, in a 3-2 win against Belhaven.

Ozark’s senior goalkeeper Kiara Henry (Rogers, Ark.), totaled ten saves over two matches, bringing her season yield to 75, in the Eagles’ two losses.

Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore forward Kristen Burdick (Flower Mound, Texas) led the Cru to a 2-0 week, including a 1-0 double-overtime shutout of Howard Payne. She also scored the game-winner against the Lady Jackets. In a 2-1 win against Sul Ross State, the UMHB defense allowed just four shots, one on the frame. In two games, Burdick and the Cru allowed only two shots on goal.

UT Dallas senior defender Megan Theros (Batavia, Ill.) sparked the Comets to a 1-1 record last week as they played the two ASC leaders on the road. Theros and company limited McMurry to just four shots on goal Thursday night as the Comets earned a 1-0 over previously ASC unbeaten WarHawks. Theros was then crucial in the Comets’ overtime battle with Hardin-Simmons Saturday, anchoring a defense that limited the Cowgirl offense to just six shots on frame in a 1-0 overtime defeat.

East Texas Baptist sophomore goalkeeper Maddie Rae (Haslett, Texas) posted two combined shutouts playing 135 of the 180 minutes in the Tigers’ pair of wins. She had six saves in a 5-0 win against Belhaven and one in 3-0 victory over Louisiana College.




Games: October 10-12, 2019

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Rolando Nieto, M, So., Mary Hardin-Baylor

Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore midfielder Rolando Nieto (Waxahachie, Texas) helped the Cru to a 2-0 week, scoring three goals. He opened with two goals against Howard Payne in UMHB’s 5-0 win, scoring in the 54th and 57th minutes. He followed that with the game-winning goal in the 54th minute against Sul Ross State.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Erik Rodriguez, GK, So., Concordia Texas

Concordia Texas sophomore goalkeeper Erik Rodriguez (San Antonio, Texas) played 180 minutes and recorded back-to-back shutouts as the Tornados took down Sul Ross State and Howard Payne 1-0. He tallied a total of five saves in the two games.



Hardin-Simmons sophomore midfielder Austin Wills (Flower Mound, Texas) scored the game-winning goal in the fifth minute for the No. 15/15 Cowboys in a 1-0 victory against Ozarks.

Ozarks freshman forward Charleus Emmanuel Ritch (Carrefour, Haiti) recorded his fourth game-winning goal of the season in the Eagles’ 2-1 win over McMurry. Ritch netted the game-winner in the 58th minute.

Concordia Texas freshman forward Rodrigo Arellano (Pflugerville, Texas) registered his first career game-winning goal, firing it past the keeper in the 60th minute of Thursday’s 1-0 win against Sul Ross State to break a scoreless game.

UT Dallas senior midfielder/forward Alfredo Kaegi (Frisco, Texas) scored twice last week, including the game-winner in the 80th minute to cap a come-from-behind 2-1 road win over No. 15/15 Hardin-Simmons Saturday night. Kaegi also added a goal and an assist Thursday in a UTD’s 7-1 road win over McMurry.


Hardin-Simmons senior midfielder Jacob Gonzales (Austin, Texas) helped the No. 15/15 Cowboys to a 1-0 shutout over Ozarks. He also recorded two assists in a 1-1 week, allowing just ten shots on goal in the two games.

Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore defender Marston Fisher (Houston, Texas) led the Cru to a pair of wins last week. Fisher led a backline that allowed Howard Payne just seven total shots and only three on the frame in a 5-0 win. UMHB’s defense followed that allowing just 11 shots and only eight on the frame against Sul Ross State, despite playing 23 minutes a man down in a 3-1 victory.

UT Dallas senior defender Mason Anderson (Frisco, Texas) anchored a Comet backline to pick up two key ASC road wins last week, downing McMurry No. 15/15 Hardin-Simmons. Anderson scored on a set piece in Thursday’s 7-1 win at McMurry, his fourth tally of the season. Anderson and company then limited the Cowboys to just three shots on frame in a come-from-behind 2-1 win.



Meets: October 11-12, 2019

MEN’S RUNNER OF THE WEEK – Mack Broussard, Jr., East Texas Baptist

East Texas Baptist junior Mack Broussard (Hankamer, Texas) placed second at the ETBU Tiger Invitational with an 8K mark of 27:10.70. His time was 17 seconds behind the winner. It is Broussard’s second Runner of the Week honors of the season and sixth of his career. 

WOMEN’S RUNNER OF THE WEEK – Alexis Segura, Sr., LeTourneau

LeTourneau senior Alexis Segura (Austin, Texas) ran her fastest 6K time of the season in 23:37.8 to place second at the ETBU Tiger Invitational. It was her second top-two finish of the season and third top 10, helping the YellowJackets finish second as a team. It is Segura’s second Runner of the Week award of the year and fourth of her career.  



LeTourneau junior Lorien Nightingale (Njoro, Kenya) finished sixth at the ETBU Tiger Invitational with an 8K time of 27:36.6, helping the YellowJackets to a second-place team finish.

UT Dallas senior John Gabriel (Allen, Texas) placed 10th at the ETBU Tiger Invitational with a season-best time of 28:17.0 in the 8K race. 


UT Dallas freshman Hannah Bennett (Washington, Ill.) ran as an individual at the ETBU Tiger Invitational, finishing 10th with a 6K time of 26:46.2 in her first collegiate meet.




Games: October 12, 2019


OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Wade Freeman, QB, So., Texas Lutheran

Texas Lutheran sophomore quarterback Wade Freeman (Richmond, Texas) threw for three scores, completed all 13 of his passes, and rushed for 72 yards (on only six carries) and a score to lead the Bulldogs to a 59-21 win over Louisiana College. Freeman hit CJ Romero on scoring tosses of five, 28, and 26 yards as TLU opened a 21-0 lead with barely more than a quarter of play expired. Freeman only played in the first half, earning his second Player of the Week award of the season.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Akeem Jackson, LB, Jr., Mary Hardin-Baylor

Mary Hardin-Baylor junior defensive end Akeem Jackson (Fairfield, Texas) had two interceptions and a forced fumble, all of which the No. 1/1 Cru turned into points in a 50-14 win against East Texas Baptist. He returned one of his interceptions 73 yards for a touchdown and added ten total tackles, broke up a pass and had a half-tackle for loss.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Tavion Page, PR, Fr., Mary Hardin-Baylor

Mary Hardin-Baylor freshman punt returner Tavion Page (Giddings, Texas) returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown in the No. 1/1 Cru’s 50-14 victory over East Texas Baptist. He finished with 102 yards on three punt returns for a 34.0 average and also had a 14-yard kickoff return.



Mary Hardin-Baylor freshman running back Robert McGrue (Beaumont, Texas) ran for a season-high 143 yards, and a touchdown on just 17 carries in the No. 1/1 Cru’s 50-14 win over East Texas Baptist. He averaged 8.4 yards per carrying and had a long run of 28 yards.

Southwestern senior running back Devin Shaw (Lone Oak, Texas) led the Pirates with 116 yards with a touchdown on 12 carries in a 31-21 win over Belhaven. Shaw averaged 9.7 yards per carrying.


Texas Lutheran senior cornerback Kedrick Ward (Missouri City, Texas) intercepted two passes against Louisiana College as part of five turnovers gained by the Bulldog defense in a 59-21 win. Ward picked off a pass in the TLU endzone to stop the Wildcats’ first drive of the game. He picked off another pass, this time at the TLU 18, in the second quarter. Both interceptions turned into TLU scoring drives.

Southwestern senior defensive back Hayden Smith (Katy, Texas) recorded seven tackles, six solos, with 4.5 for a loss of 17 yards in the Pirates’ 31-21 victory at Belhaven.

Special Teams

Texas Lutheran sophomore kicker Juan Ocampo (Lockhart, Texas) was excellent on all eight of his extra points and made a 43-yard field goal in the Bulldogs’ 59-21 victory over Louisiana College. The 43-yarder was just a yard off his career-long made field goal, a 44-yarder made in 2018.