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LeTourneau University – Sports

Sarah Harder Named To CoSIDA Academic All-District Women’s Soccer Team

LONGVIEW, Texas – LeTourneau University senior women’s soccer player Sarah Harder has been named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Women’s Soccer Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, which recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.

Harder was chosen as one of 14 women’s soccer from NCAA Division III District 8 which includes institutions from the states of California, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Nebraska, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.

Harder was a four-time All-American Southwest Conference selection and was a second-team All-ASC defender this past season. The Pearland, Texas native is part of a senior class that is the first class in program history to qualify for the American Southwest Conference Tournament all four years and helped the YellowJackets advance to the ASC Tournament semifinals for the first time in school history. Harder has a 4.00 GPA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood – 6th Grade Education and is the daughter of Jim and Donna Harder.

To be eligible for Academic All-District honors, a student-athlete must be in at least their third semester at the institution and have a 3.30-grade point average or higher. All-District selections are eligible for the CoSIDA Academic All-America team to be announced later this month.

The 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Men’s and Women’s Soccer Teams, selected by CoSIDA, recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. The Google Cloud Academic All-America® program separately recognizes soccer honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, and NAIA.

First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot. First-, second- and third-team (if necessary) Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in early December.

The Google Cloud Academic All-District® teams include the student-athletes listed in links provided above and are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada.

The Division II and III Google Cloud Academic All-America® programs are partially financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2018-19 Divisions II and III Academic All-America® programs. The NAIA Google Cloud Academic All-America® program is partially financially supported through the NAIA national office.

 

 

2018-19 LeTourneau University Men’s Basketball Season Preview

GENERAL INFORMATION
INSTITUTION: LeTourneau University
CITY/ZIP: Longview, TX 75602
FOUNDED: 1946
NICKNAME: YellowJackets
SCHOOL COLORS: Blue and Gold
ARENA NAME (CAPACITY): Solheim Arena (1,000)
AFFILIATION: NCAA Division III
CONFERENCE: American Southwest Conference (ASC)
PRESIDENT: Dale A. Lunsford
ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: Terri Deike
TWITTER: @LETUathletics
INSTAGRAM: letu_athletics

COACHING STAFF
HEAD COACH: Dan Miller (Minnesota State-Mankato, 2000)
CAREER RECORD: 63-46, 5th Season
ASC RECORD: 39-31, 5th season
BASKETBALL OFFICE PHONE: (903) 233-3723
ASSISTANT COACH: James Wallace

MEN’S BASKETBALL HISTORY
FIRST YEAR IN NCAA: 1998
ALL-TIME RECORD: 195-294
OVERALL CONFERENCE RECORD: 136-216

TEAM INFORMATION
OVERALL RECORD LAST SEASON: 24-5
CONFERENCE RECORD/FINISH: 24-5/1st East
STARTERS RETURNING/LOST: 3/2
LETTERWINNERS RETURNING/LOST: 6/5

TOP PLAYERS LOST
– G Alec Colhoff (First-Team All-ASC East Division, 15.0 PPG, 82 3pt FG Made)
– F Caylab Herrera (10.8 PPG, 5.3 RPG)
– G Sam Talbert (26 Games Played, 54 Pts)

TOP RETURNING PLAYERS
– Junior Nate West (D3hoops.com Preseason All-American, 18.8 PPG, 4.7 APG)
– Sophomore Justin Moore (ASC East Division Freshman of the Year 15.1 PPG, 5.9 RPG)
– Senior Caleb Loggins (ASC East Division Defensive Player of the Year, 15.3 PPG, 7.2 RPG)

NEWCOMERS
Andrew Eberhardt (Pearland, TX)
Kyle Matthews (Pearland, TX)
Alex Burkhart (Katy, TX)
Brick Fosnight (Houston, TX)
Korrin Taylor (Plano, TX)
Elijah Gerber (McKinney, TX)
Paul Thelen (Briggs, TX)
Garrett Beene (Rowlett, TX)
Rashard Johnson (Houston, TX)

 

 

Five From LeTourneau Men’s Soccer Earn All-ASC Honors

RICHARDSON, Texas – Five LeTourneau University men’s soccer players have been rewarded for their 2018 season performances by being named to the American Southwest Conference All-Conference men’s soccer teams, the ASC announced Tuesday afternoon.

Freshman Luis De La Torre would earn third-team all-conference honors while Eric Smith, Zachariah Malik, Alec Wier, and C.J. Leyva all earned Honorable Mention All-Conference honors after helping lead the YellowJackets to their first ASC Tournament berth since 2011.

De La Torre made an immediate impact for LETU in his rookie campaign, leading the team with eight assists and 16 total points. The eight assists were the second-most among all players in the ASC this season, while the four goals were the second most for LeTourneau.

Malik earned his second All-ASC honors after leading the YellowJackets with five goals after appearing in 15 games and making nine starts. Malik’s goal against Louisiana College on October 18th would wind up being the game-winner that would help LeTourneau clinch an ASC Tournament bid.

Wier was named an All-ASC athlete for the second straight season after appearing in and starting 13 matches for the YellowJackets, scoring one goal and adding two assists. Serving as team captain this past season, Wier would battle through injuries throughout the year to help lead LETU to a sixth-place finish in the ASC regular-season.

Leyva was named Honorable-Mention All-ASC honors after appearing in and starting all 17 matches at goalkeeper for the YellowJackets, playing a total of 1586 minutes between the pipes. The Fontana, California native would turn away 78 shots and post a shutout against McMurry University to help kick-start a four-match winning streak for LeTourneau.

 

 

LeTourneau Women’s Soccer Nets Six All-ASC Selections

RICHARDSON, Texas – The LeTourneau University women’s soccer team has landed a total of six players on the ASC All-Conference teams following an 11-6-2 overall record in 2018 and the program’s first-ever ASC Women’s Soccer Tournament Semifinal appearance.

Seniors Keely Hayden and Sarah Harder, along with juniors Alexis Segura and Rebekah Stevenson and freshmen Reagan Sandford and Mackenzie Wilbanks all earned the all-conference accolades after leading the YellowJackets to a new school-record with 11 wins and the sixth all-time appearance in the ASC Women’s Soccer Tournament. Sandford would represent LETU on the All-ASC first team after being named ASC Freshman of the year while Harder would snag second-team All-ASC honors for the first time in her career. Hayden was LeTourneau’s lone representative on the ASC all-conference third team with Segura, Stevenson, and Wilbanks collecting All-ASC Honorable Mention honors.

Sandford’s freshman of the year and first-team All-ASC awards come after a standout rookie campaign that saw the Gastonia, North Carolina native lead the YellowJackets with 26 points after scoring nine goals and assisting on eight shots. The 26 points rank third among all players in the ASC this year, and the eight assists tied a single-season LETU record.

Harder ended her LETU career with her fourth-straight All-ASC honors after helping lead the YellowJackets to their fourth-consecutive ASC Tournament appearance. The Pearland, Texas native appeared in 15 matches this season after dealing with a preseason injury and helped lead a back line that surrendered just 1.17 goals per match and 13.1 shots per game.

Earning her second All-ASC award, Hayden was named a third-team All-ASC selection following a senior campaign that saw the Alvin, Texas native scored seven goals and added two assists for a total of 16 points. Two of Hayden’s seven goals ended up being game-winning goals on a total of 36 shot attempts.

Segura earned her first All-ASC recognition after appearing in and starting all 19 matches for the YellowJackets this past season. While helping play on the back line for LETU, Segura recorded one assist and took a total of three shots while playing the entire duration of the match four times this season.

Stevenson landed on the All-ASC Honorable-Mention list for the first time in her career as a holding defensive midfielder for the YellowJackets. Scoring three goals and adding one assist, the Conroe, Texas native appeared in and started 18 matches for LETU this past season while scoring one game-winning goal.

Wilbanks would earn All-ASC Honorable-Mention Honors as a freshman after playing a vital role for the YellowJackets in eight of their 11 wins this season. Playing as LETU’s starting goalkeeper, Wilbanks logged 1438 minutes in goal and allowed just 21 goals while turning away 96 shots and recording three shutouts. The Frisco, Texas native saw her most significant performance of the year come in the ASC Tournament Quarterfinal matchup against Sul Ross State University, in which the YellowJackets would advance 6-5 on penalty kicks after Wilbanks made a save to allow LETU to proceed.

Matt Kinney
Sports Information Director
Office: 903-233-3735
MattKinney@letu.edu
www.letuathletics.com