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LeTourneau University



LeTourneau University


The LeTourneau University women’s tennis team has added Madeline Schultz, who will join the program in the fall of 2016.

Madeline “Maddy” Schultz – San Antonio, Texas (Incarnate Word High School)

At Incarnate Word High School, she has been a four-year letter winner on the tennis team and a member of the honor roll as well as Big Brothers/Big Sisters a student. During her senior year, she qualified for the TAPPS State Tournament. At LeTourneau, Schultz plans on majoring in civil engineering. She is the daughter of Walter Schultz and Lisa McNary.

LETU head coach Suzanne Merritt is excited to add Maddy to the roster: “Madeline is an excellent player with a lot of potentials and I am excited to welcome her to our team. Her experience as a player will have an immediate impact on our team.”

The YellowJackets have reached the American Southwest Conference Tournament for the last three seasons.


The LeTourneau University men’s tennis team has added Nick McFarland from White Oak, Texas, who will join the program in the fall of 2016.

Nick McFarland – White Oak, Texas (White Oak HS)

McFarland has been a two-time district champion and three-time regional champion. He will be competing next week at the state tournament. In addition to being a standout on the tennis team, he was an Interscholastic League Press Conference state champion and twice named honorable mention. At White Oak, he has also been involved with Student Council, the debate team and the yearbook staff. At LeTourneau, McFarland plans on majoring in kinesiology. He is the son of Steve and Susan McFarland.

LETU head coach Suzanne Merritt is excited to add McFarland to the roster: ” Everyone who has worked with Nick during his high school career talks about his incredible work ethic and dedication. I’m very proud to welcome him to our YellowJacket family and look forward to the enthusiasm and competitive spirit he brings to our team.


The LeTourneau University landed six players on the All-American Southwest Conference Team as announced by conference officials on Monday.

The YellowJackets had three players – catcher Taylor Empkey (Sr., Bedford, Texas); second baseman Kyle Jacobs (Jr., Leander, Texas) and starting pitcher Boone Privette (Sr., Fort Worth, Texas) – on the second team.

Empkey led the team in hits (41), RBI (24), doubles (8) and total bases (54). He was second in walks (16) and stolen bases (6), third in runs scored (21) and slugging percentage (.386); fourth in batting average (.293) and fifth in on-base percentage (.371).

Jacobs led the team in home runs (3), walks (21) and on-base percentage (.427). He was second in RBI (20) slugging percentage (.420) and runs scored (22); tied for second in total bases with Sellers (50); third in batting average (.290), hits (35) and tied for third in doubles (6)

Privette wrapped up his career at LeTourneau with a strong senior season, posting a 3-2 record with a 4.67 ERA in 44.1 innings pitched and a team-high 51 strikeouts in nine appearances – five starts.

Three more – third baseman Rayne Hobbs (So., Mont Belvieu, Texas), outfielder Sean Sellers (Sr., Fort Worth, Texas) and starting pitcher Andrew Harlan (Fr., Lewisville, Texas) – were selected honorable mention.

Hobbs led the team in batting average (.310) and slugging percentage (.423) and second in on-base percentage (.424) in 25 games played.

Sellers led the team in runs scored (29) and stolen bases (10). He was second in hits (40) and doubles (7); tied for second in total bases (50); fourth in RBI (16) and on-base percentage (.373); tied for fourth in walks (13) and fifth in batting average (.284).

Harlan in his freshman season posted a 4-7 record with a 4.15 ERA in 12 starts. He led the team with 80.1 innings pitched en route to a team-high five complete games to go along with 41 strikeouts which were second on the team.

Sellers, Empkey, Jacobs played and started all 37 games for the YellowJackets in 2016.

2016 marked the third-straight year that LeTourenau reached the American Southwest Conference Tournament. It is the first time in program history that LETU has attained the tournament in three-straight years.

Danny Kambel
LeTourneau University
Sports Information Director