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Le Tourneau University – Sports


LONGVIEW, Texas – The first NCAA Division, III Regional Rankings of the 2017-18 season, have the LeTourneau University men’s basketball team ranked eighth in the South Region.

LETU is 18-3 overall and 12-2 in the American Southwest Conference heading into Thursday’s game against Louisiana College while also holding a one-game lead over East Texas Baptist University and Texas-Dallas in the East Division standings. The YellowJackets have won 12 of their last 13 games and are just two wins shy of matching their highest regular-season win total in school history.

It marks the second consecutive season that LETU has appeared in the NCAA South Region basketball rankings, getting as high as fourth in last year’s rankings.

The NCAA Region rankings released by the men’s basketball national committees are used to determine team selections in the NCAA Division III Championships. The February 7 ranking is the first of three region rankings in the 2017-18 season. The next region ranking is scheduled to be released February 14, and the third and final region rankings posted February 21.



RICHARDSON, Texas – For the first time in his career, LeTourneau University track and field freshman Alex Hindman has been named the American Southwest Conference Men’s Field Athlete of the week for his performance at the Texas Tech University Open last weekend.

Hindman continued to make strides during his freshman campaign in the pole vault, clearing 4.69 meters (15 ft. – 4.5 in.) which was good enough for a fifth-place finish. The mark is currently the best mark in the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Region and the 20th best mark among all NCAA Division III competitors in the event.

A native of Seminole, Texas, Alex is the son of Eric and Jenny Hindman and is majoring in mechanical engineering at LeTourneau University.



RICHARDSON, Texas – For the first time in her career, LeTourneau University women’s tennis player Maddison Brackenreg has been named American Southwest Conference East Division Women’s Tennis Player of the Week.

Brackenreg helped secure two points for the YellowJackets in their season opener, as LETU defeated McMurry 5-4. After falling behind 4-7 in the No. 1 doubles match with partner Gracie Favela, the two went on to win the final five games of the match to pick up a 9-7 win that ended up making the difference in the team score. The Melbourne, Australia native then went on to defeat Samantha Ritz of McMurry in the singles match with a 6-3, 6-4 victory.

A criminal justice major with a computer science minor, Maddison in the daughter of Craig and Jodie Brackenreg.

Matt Kinney

Sports Information Director