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SOFTBALL

Mariah Jameyson among top-10 finalists for NFCA National Player of the Year.

LOUISVILLE, Ky.– Texas A&M University-Commerce catcher Mariah Jameyson has been named one of 10 finalists for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Player of the Year. The NFCA on Tuesday revealed the finalists.

Jameyson– a senior from Seattle, Wash.– was named the Lone Star Conference Player of the Year as well as a First Team All-LSC selection after a stellar season. She has been named First Team All-Region by both the NFCA and the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association (D2CCA), as well as the D2CCA South Central Region Player of the Year. During the regular season, Jameyson was a top-5 statistical leader in numerous categories and received national recognition several times during the season. In addition to being a top-10 finalist, she was a two-time NFCA National Player of the Week and a one-time Fastpitch News National Player of the Week.

Jameyson finished the regular season as the nation’s leader in on-base percentage. She was second in the nation in batting average, slugging percentage and RBIs, third in total bases, fourth in walks and fifth in home runs. Jameyson’s .542 batting average was nearly .100 points better than any other player in the LSC and broke the single-season conference record set in 1997. Jameyson also had an on-base percentage more than .100 points higher than any other LSC player. She was also the only hitter in the LSC to finish the season with a slugging percentage over 1.000. Jameyson led the LSC in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, RBIs, hits, and walks. She has had the game-winning RBI in 14 different games this season.

Jameyson has helped lead the Lions to their most successful season in program history. The team won the South Central Region I Championship and is now slated to face No. 6 Angelo State in the Super Regional Championship series. The first game of the best-of-three series will be at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday. Game two of the series will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday with game three (if necessary) to begin at 4:30 p.m. All games will be at Mayer Field in San Angelo.

NFCA TOP-10 FINALISTS FOR NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR (Alphabetical Order)
Brooke Goad, R-Sr., OF, Southern Arkansas
Brooke Hodgson, Sr., OF, Colorado Mesa
Mariah Jameyson, Sr., C, Texas A&M-Commerce
Amber Johns, So., P, North Georgia
Allison Lipovsky, Jr., P, Grand Valley State
Jessica Mohl, Sr., SS, Valdosta State
Callie Nunes, Fr., P, Concordia Irvine
Samantha Reilly, Jr., C, Georgian Court
Kylee Smith, So., P, North Georgia
Victoria Taylor, So., P, Southern Arkansas

 

TRACK AND FIELD

Lions to take 25 entries to NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Texas A&M University-Commerce track and field programs will send 14 men’s entries and 11 women’s entries to the 2018 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, as announced by the NCAA on Tuesday.

The championships will be held May 24-26 in Charlotte, N.C., at the Irwin Belk Complex. Johnson C. Smith University will serve as the host of the championships. Heat and flight information will be available on Monday, May 21.

The Lion men are ranked fourth nationally entering the national meet, while the Lion women are ranked 17th in the country.

On the men’s side, the Lion entries are loaded up in the sprints, with three entries in the 400-meter dash and two apiece in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash. Three previous national champions will travel to Charlotte for the men in DeVontae Steele in the triple jump (2016 indoor, 2018 indoor), Florian Obst in the decathlon (2017 outdoor), and the 4×400 meter relay (2018 indoor).

Rashard Clark entered in three events – the 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash, and 4×400-meter relay. Malcolm Woods is slated to compete in three – the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, and 4×100-meter relay.

On the women’s side, a record group will attend for the Lions. Both Kamryn McKee (400-meter dash, 4×100-meter relay, 4×400-meter relay) and Minna Svaerd (400-meter hurdles, 4×400 meter relay, pole vault) will enter into three events.

MEN’S 100 METER DASH
Malcolm Woods
Lamontris Johnson-Jessie

MEN’S 200 METER DASH
Rashard Clark
Malcolm Woods

MEN’S 400 METER DASH
Rashard Clark
D’Lance Sharp
Dedrian Windham

MEN’S 4×100 METER RELAY
Brice Ashburn, Malcolm Woods, Stadrian Taylor, Josiah Dennis

MEN’S 4×400 METER RELAY
Dedrian Windham, Gabriel Peterson, D’Lance Sharp, Rashard Clark

MEN’S POLE VAULT
Hudson Hall

MEN’S LONG JUMP
Sir Morgan Loudd
DeVontae Steele

MEN’S TRIPLE JUMP
DeVontae Steele

MEN’S DECATHLON
Florian Obst

WOMEN’S 100 METER DASH
Mackenzie Clark

WOMEN’S 400 METER DASH
Kamryn McKee

WOMEN’S 400 METER HURDLES
Minna Svaerd

WOMEN’S 4×100 METER RELAY
Mackenzie Clark, Courtlyn Gant, Kamryn McKee, Joy Spann

WOMEN’S 4×400 METER RELAY
Minna Svaerd, Ro’Nisha Simpson, Joy Spann, Kamryn McKee

WOMEN’S HIGH JUMP
Markie Abbott
Chelsea Cheek

WOMEN’S POLE VAULT
Minna Svaerd

WOMEN’S TRIPLE JUMP
Jasmine Roberts

WOMEN’S DISCUS THROW
Anitial’a Robins

WOMEN’S HAMMER THROW
Hailey Wanoreck

 

FOOTBALL

Luis Perez signs as an undrafted free agent with Los Angeles Rams.

LOS ANGELES – Texas A&M University-Commerce All-American quarterback Luis Perez has signed with the Los Angeles Rams, as announced by the Rams late Monday. Perez had tried out with the Rams late last week before signing on.

Perez was the winner of the 2017 Harlon Hill Trophy, awarded the top Division II college football player in the nation. He completed 421-of-596 passes for 5,001 yards, 46 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. The 5,001 yards are the fourth-most by a quarterback in a single Division II season. He also set Division II Championship records for pass completions (144), pass attempts (211) and passing yards (1,570). He became the first quarterback to pass for over 300 yards in the National Championship game since 2005 and tied a Lone Star Conference record for the most 200-yard passing games in a season with 14. He became the first Harlon Hill Trophy winner to also win a Division II National Championship since 2002 and only the sixth overall in the 32-year history of Division II’s premier football award.

For his career, Perez completed 665-of-985 passes for 8,327 yards, 78 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions. He was the starting quarterback for 28 games, leading the Lions to a 25-3 record, two NCAA Division II playoff appearances, and a Lone Star Conference championship. He completed his collegiate career leading the Lions on a 10-game winning streak, which is the longest active winning streak in Division II.

He was named a First Team All-American by D2Football.com, the Division II Conference Commissioners Association, the Associated Press, and Don Hansen’s Football Gazette, and a Second Team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association. He was also named the Ron Lenz Offensive Player of the Year by the D2CCA, D2Football.com Offensive Player of the Year, and Don Hansen’s Football Gazette Offensive Player of the Year. He won the J.W. Rollins Award as the Lone Star Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year and is a two-time First Team All-Lone Star Conference selection at quarterback.

Perez is the second Lion from the 2017 National Championship team to sign with an NFL team. All-American tackle Jared Machorro signed with the Indianapolis Colts on Monday morning.

 

COLTS SIGN MACHORRO

Jared Machorro signs as an undrafted free agent with Indianapolis Colts.

INDIANAPOLIS – Texas A&M University-Commerce All-American tackle Jared Machorro has signed with the Indianapolis Colts, as announced by the Colts on Monday morning.

They signed Machorro as an undrafted free agent after participating in the Colts’ rookie mini-camp in Indianapolis.

Machorro was named to nine All-American teams at A&M-Commerce, including First Team All-American honors in the 2017 National Championship season from the American Football Coaches’ Association, Division II Conference Commissioners Association, D2Football.com, and Don Hansen’s Football Gazette, and Second Team All-American honors from the Associated Press.

The Lone Star Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year paved the way for the nation’s No. 2 passing offense on the road to the National Championship. The outstanding blocker was one of the nation’s top blockers, as the Lions allowed fewer than two sacks per game, while the offense dropped back to pass more than 45 times per game.

 

ALL-REGION HONORS

Lion Track & Field receives 33 USTFCCCA All-Region honors.

NEW ORLEANS– The Texas A&M University-Commerce track and field programs had 23 student-athletes named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Region teams for the 2018 NCAA Division II outdoor track & field season, as announced by the USTFCCCA on Monday.

The Lions earned 33 total all-region honors. The top-five individuals in each event from each region made All-Region distinction, in addition to each of the members of the regions’ top-three relay teams. The areas used for this award – Atlantic, Central, East, Midwest, South, South Central, Southeast, and West – match those used during the indoor track & field season.

Eight Lions– six men and two women– earned multiple all-region honors. On the men’s side, Rashard Clark took home three all-region awards. Florian Obst, D’lance Sharp, DeVontae Steele, Stadrian Taylor and Malcolm Woods each took home a pair of all-region honors. On the women’s side, Minna Svaerd was awarded three honors while Kamryn McKee took home two honors.

The 2018 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships will take place on March 24-26 in Charlotte, N.C. Qualifiers will be announced later this week.

2018 USTFCCCA NCAA DIVISION II ALL-REGION HONOREES

 Athlete  Event
 Brice Ashburn  4x100m Relay
 Rashard Clark  200 Meters
 Rashard Clark  400 Meters
 Rashard Clark  4x400m Relay
 Josiah Dennis  4x100m Relay
 Hudson Hall  Pole Vault
 Lamontris Johnson-Jessie  100 Meters
 Sir Morgan Loudd  Long Jump
 Florian Obst  110m Hurdles
 Florian Obst  Decathlon
 Gabriel Peterson  4x400m Relay
 D’lance Sharp  400 Meters
 D’lance Sharp  4x400m Relay
 Armani Smith  Hammer Throw
 DeVontae Steele  Long Jump
 DeVontae Steele  Triple Jump
 Stadrian Taylor  100 Meters
 Stadrian Taylor  4x100m Relay
 Dedrian Windham  4x400m Relay
 Malcolm Woods  100 Meters
 Malcolm Woods  4x100m Relay
 Markie Abbott  High Jump
 Chelsea Cheek  High Jump
 Kamryn McKee  400 Meters
 Kamryn McKee  4x400m Relay
 Jasmine Roberts  Triple Jump
 Anitial’a Robins  Discus
 Ro’nisha Simpson  4x400m Relay
 Joy Spann  4x400m Relay
 Minna Svaerd  400m Hurdles
 Minna Svaerd  4x400m Relay
 Minna Svaerd  Pole Vault
 Hailey Wanoreck  Hammer Throw

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Jameyson named D2CCA South Central Region Player of the Year, four Lions named to D2CCA All-Region teams.

CANYON– Texas A&M University-Commerce softball player Mariah Jameyson has been named the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association South Central Region Player of the Year. Also, Jameyson and Kinsie Hebler made First Team All-Region while outfielders Baylea Higgs and Ciera Nunez have been named Second Team All-Region. They released the All-Region teams Monday.

Jameyson– a senior from Seattle, Wash.– was named the Lone Star Conference Player of the Year as well as a First Team All-LSC selection after a stellar season. During the regular season, Jameyson was a top-5 statistical leader in numerous categories and received national recognition several times during the season. She is currently a Top-25 finalist for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association National Player of the Year and was a two-time NFCA National Player of the Week and a one-time Fastpitch News National Player of the Week.

Jameyson finished the regular season as the nation’s leader in on-base percentage (.644). She was second in the country in batting average (.542), slugging percentage (1.137) and RBIs (80), third in total bases (149), fourth in walks (39) and fifth in home runs (22). Jameyson’s .542 batting average was nearly .100 points better than any other player in the LSC and broke the single-season conference record set in 1997. Jameyson also had an on-base percentage more than .100 points higher than any other LSC player. She was also the only hitter in the LSC to finish the season with a slugging percentage over 1.000. Jameyson led the LSC in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, RBIs, hits (71) and walks (39). She had the game-winning RBI in 13 different games this season. NFCA also named Jameyson the First Team All-Region, and it is her second consecutive season as a D2CCA First Team All-Region selection.

Hebler– a sophomore from Cypress– improved her batting average (.414), home runs (15) and RBIs (56) from her freshman season and has received national recognition for her play. Hebler is a current Top-25 Finalist for the NFCA National Player of the Year award and was named Fastpitch News National Player of the Week. She finished the regular season in the top 20 in the nation in home runs, RBIs, slugging percentage (.814) and total bases (118). Hebler finished fifth in the LSC in RBIs, home runs, walks and on-base percentage and sixth in batting average. She had the game-winning RBI in 12 different games this season. The NFCA also named her to the First Team All-Region.

Higgs– a senior from Arlington– was a First Team All-LSC selection, winning the third All-LSC award of her career to go alongside her second Gold Glove selection. During the regular season, she set career bests in batting average (.411), runs scored (50), hits (62), RBI (34) and doubles. Higgs led the LSC in triples with five and was third in the conference with 26 stolen bases. She finished third amongst outfielders in both runs scored and batting average and was second in hits. As a defender, Higgs led the LSC with a perfect fielding percentage. She also robbed two home runs during the year and made numerous diving catches. Higgs was also a Second-Team All-Region selection by the NFCA.

Nunez– a junior from Amarillo– set career highs in batting average (.375), runs scored (55), walks (36) and steals (44, during her junior year. She was named First Team All-LSC as well as a Gold Glove recipient. Nunez led the LSC in stolen bases and finished the regular season ranked fifth in the nation. She was also in the top 10 in walks and the top 20 in the country in runs scored. Nunez was second in the LSC in walks, third in runs scored and fourth in on-base percentage (.506). On defense, Nunez finished the season with a .986 fielding percentage with 65 putouts. She robbed one home run and made numerous diving catches throughout the year. It is the first All-Region selection of her career.

Jameyson, Hebler, Higgs, Nunez and the No. 13 Lions won the South Central Region 1 Championship and advance to the Super Regional Tournament for the first time in program history. They will face No. 6 Angelo State in a best-of-3 series beginning Thursday at 7:00 p.m. All games will be at Mayer Field in San Angelo.

 

SOFTBALL

No. 13 Lions win South Central Region 1 Championship after 14-2 win over No. 17 Tarleton State.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.– The No. 13 Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team defeated No. 17 Tarleton State University 14-2 in the deciding game of the South Central Region 1 Championship game. TSU defeated A&M-Commerce 10-9 in the first game of the day to force a final game.

The Lions improve to 42-10, and they advance to the South Central Super Regional Championship series. The TexAnns drop to 50-11 and their season is over.

The Lions will face No. 6 Angelo State in the Super Regional Championship series. The first game of the series will be Thursday at 7:00 p.m. The second game of the series will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. with the possibility of a deciding game three to follow on Friday.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE (Game 1)
– Mariah Jameyson hit a two-run homer in the third inning. She also walked in two runs.
– Kinsie Hebler had a two-RBI single and also walked in a runner.
– Chealsea Slider went 3-of-4, knocking in two runs.
– Ciera Nunez, Baylea Higgs, and Monica Cherry scored two runs apiece. Kayla Kilcrease and Jodie Hill also scored runs.
– Emily Otto, Katie Dean, Lacie Bullard and Hebler all saw action in the circle.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Game 1)
TSU scored three runs in the first inning. After two walks started the action, a home run put three runs on the board. The Lions went three-up and three-down in the bottom of the first. TSU led 3-0 after one.

The Lion defense kept TSU off the board in the bottom of the inning before the Lions had a two-out rally. After two walks of their own, Slider came up to bat and hit a double to right center, scoring both base runners. The Lions trailed 3-2 after two complete.

TSU had a solo homer in the top of the third to bring their lead back up to two runs. The Lions responded right back. After Higgs drew a walk, she scored on a home run from Jameyson that cleared the fence by several feet. The score tied at four after three innings.

TSU hit another solo homer in the fourth inning to again take the lead. The Lions responded by taking their first lead of the game. Slider hit a single. A pitch hit Cherry and Higgs drew a walk to load the bases. Jameyson also drew a walk to tie the game. Hebler then came to the plate and smoked a pitch to second. The baseman made a diving stop, but Jameyson hustled to second and beat the throw. Nunez and Higgs both scored on the single, and the Lions led 7-5 after four innings.

The TexAnns retook the lead in the top of the fifth. Three singles brought in the first run. Two more singles and a walk brought in three more runs, bringing the TSU lead to 9-7. The Lions had two base runners in the bottom of the inning but could not get them around. TSU led 9-7 after five innings.

Hebler did quick work of the TexAnns in the top of the sixth inning, not giving up a hit. The Lions then came up and filled the bases with no outs. However, they turned a quick line drive for a double play, and the Lions could not bring in a run. TSU led 9-7 headed into the seventh.

TSU added another run in the seventh inning to bring their lead to three runs. The Lions came up looking to even up the game or walk off and got off to a good start. Hill and Cherry both drew walks and Slider had a single to load the bases with no outs. The next two batters grounded out, with the throw going home both times. Jameyson and Hebler both came up next but were walked to bring in two runs. The Lions had one final chance with the bases loaded to bring in the winning run, but a fly out ended the game.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE (Game 2)
– Baylea Higgs went 3-of-3 with four RBIs while scoring two runs.
– Kinsie Hebler hit a three-run home run in the first inning.
– Bri Sims had two hits and three RBIs, including a two-run homer in the fifth inning.
– Ciera Nunez and Mariah Jameyson also had RBIs.
– Nunez stole her 46th base of the season, tying a single-season program record.
– Allie Thompson, Kimber Neal, Jodie Hill and Monica Cherry all scored runs.
– Emily Otto pitched a complete game, striking out three in five innings against three hits. She earned her 19th win of the season.
– The Lions advance to the Super Regional Tournament for the first time in program history.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Game 2)
The Lions scored four runs in the first to lead off the game. Nunez singled and stole second. She scored on the double from Higgs. After a Jameyson walk, Hebler came to the plate and crushed a pitch off of the scoreboard in center, bringing in three runs. The Lion defense also started well, holding TSU without a hit. The Lions led 4-0 after one complete.

The Lions were unable to add to their lead in the second inning. TSU then came up, and the leadoff hitter hit a home run over the center field fence. The third batter of the inning also hit a solo homer, and the Lions led 4-2 after two innings.

The Lions were again held scoreless in the third inning. The Lion defense stepped up in the bottom of the third. Hill made a diving stop and flipped the ball to Chealsea Slider on second. She fired it over to Sims on first for the double play and the Lion defense held TSU scoreless.

The Lions added to their lead in the fourth inning with a two-out rally. Nunez drew a walk and Higgs singled. Jameyson then singled to score Nunez. The wind played a part in the next play as Hebler hit a fly to the right, but a muffed catch allowed two runs to score. Hebler scored on a single from Sims, and the Lions held an 8-2 lead. The TexAnns loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning, but the Lion defense held them without a run. A&M-Commerce led 8-2 after four.

The Lions again threatened in the fifth inning. Slider singled to lead off and was pinch run for by Neal. A pitch hit Hill, and Cherry reached base on a bunt hit. Nunez singled to center to score Neal. Higgs then cleared the bags on the double to center, scoring all three runners. Higgs scored on a two-run homer by Sims. The Lions led 14-2.

The Lions finished TSU off in the fifth inning. Otto forced two groundouts, and the final out was made on a fly out.

 

SOFTBALL

No. 13 Lions advance to Regional Final after 14-7 win over No. 3 Colorado Mesa.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.– The No. 13 Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team defeated No. 3 Colorado Mesa 14-7 on Friday. The Lions built a big lead early and traded blows with CMU through the rest of the game to get the win.

With the win, the Lions improve to 41-9 on the year and advance to the Regional Championship game for the first time in program history. CMU falls 48-4 on the year.

The Lions advance to the Regional Final and await their opponent. Game six of the tournament will be at Noon MDT (1:00 p.m. CDT). If necessary, a seventh and final game is 2:30 p.m. MDT (3:30 p.m.). The games will be at CMU Softball Field in Grand Junction, Colo.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Kinsie Hebler hit two homers, including a grand slam for five RBIs. She scored three times.
– Baylea Higgs went 2-of-3, including a three-run triple. She also scored once.
– Kayla Kilcrease, Mariah Jameyson, and Monica Cherry also drove in runs.
– Ciera Nunez scored twice. Precious Thompson, Allie Thompson, Bri Sims and Vanessa Avina also scored runs.
– Emily Otto started the game and earned her 18th win of the season. Lacie Bullard finished the game.

HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lions came up to bat first and went three-up and three-down. The Mavericks then came up and had two leadoff singles. A double brought in both runs and CMU led 2-0 after one complete.

The Lions answered back. Hebler came up and smashed a pitch over the left field fence to get the Lions on the board. The Lion defense also made some plays in the bottom of the inning, holding CMU without a run. A&M-Commerce trailed 2-1 after two.

The Lions went to work in the third inning. Nunez and Higgs, both hit singles, and Jameyson drew a walk to load the bases. Hebler then smoked a pitch again, this time over the right-center fence for the third grand slam of her career. The Lions led 5-2 going into the bottom of the inning. The defense again made some great plays, retiring the Mavericks in order. The Lions led 5-2 after three complete.

The Lions broke the game open in the fourth, scoring seven runs. Cherry had an RBI single. Higgs then came up to the plate and hit a triple to clear the bases and bring in three more runs. Jameyson and Kilcrease also had RBI singles, and Hebler scored on a wild pitch from third. The Lions held a 12-2 lead. CMU hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth. The Lions led 12-3 after four.

After the Lions went scoreless in the fifth, the Mavericks put up three runs in the bottom of the inning, cutting the Lion lead to 12-6. The Lions answered back with two runs in the top of the sixth. With two runners on, the Mavericks’ fielding error followed by a throwing error, and both runners came across. The Lions led 14-6.

CMU scored one run in the bottom of the sixth to force a seventh inning.

 

TRACK AND FIELD

25 Lions named to All-LSC Outdoor Track and Field teams.

RICHARDSON – A total of 25 Texas A&M University-Commerce track and field student-athletes earned All-Lone Star Conference honors for outdoor track and field, as announced by the LSC office.

The Lions had 14 men and 11 women earn All-LSC accolades. Six men and five women were first-team honorees. The list of all-conference performers includes the first team, which consists of event winners, all members of the winning relay teams, and athletes scoring 14 or more points at the LSC Championships. The second team includes athletes scoring 8-13.9 points, and the third team those scoring 6-7.9 points. Overall, 58 men and 57 women were recognized.

Men’s first team honorees include Rashard Clark (gold medalist in the 400-meter dash and 4×400 meter relay), Florian Obst, DeVontae Steele (gold medalist in the triple jump), and the trio of Dedrian Windham, Gabriel Peterson, and Josiah Dennis (gold medalists in the 4×400 meter relay).

Women’s first team honorees are Minna Svaerd (gold medalist in the 400-meter hurdles and 4×400 meter relay), Laura Alicke (gold medalist in the 10,000-meter run). Also, Kamryn McKee (gold medalist in the 400-meter dash and 4×400 meter relay), and Joy Spann and Ro’Nisha Simpson (gold medalists in the 4×400 meter relay).

MEN’S ALL-CONFERENCE PERFORMERS
SPECIAL AWARDS
Outstanding Male Track Athlete (Cap Shelton Award): Marcus Parker, Eastern New Mexico
Outstanding Male Field Athlete (Oscar Strahan Award): Richard Cervantes, Texas A&M-Kingsville
Men’s Track and Field Coach of the Year: Tom Dibbern, Angelo State

First Team
Athlete  School  Year Points Event winner
Richard Cervantes Texas A&M-Kingsville JR 26 Shot Put, Discus
Marcus Parker Eastern New Mexico SO 21.25 100 meters, 200 meters
Rashard Clark A&M-Commerce JR 20.5 400 meters, 4×400 Relay
Harry Maslen Angelo State SO 19.5 Decathlon
Charles Greaves Texas A&M-Kingsville JR 18.5 4×100 meter relay
Florian Obst A&M-Commerce SO 18
Geoffrey Kipchumba West Texas A&M SR 18 3,000-steeplechase
Abraham Seaneke West Texas A&M JR 17 Long Jump
Dalton Stidham Tarleton State JR 16.75
Owen Hind West Texas A&M SR 16 10,000 meters
Dragan Pesic Angelo State SR 14.5
DeVontae Steele A&M-Commerce SR 14 Triple Jump
Mason Myrick Angelo State SR 14
Briggs Wittlake West Texas A&M FR 14 5,000 meters
Javier Lopez Texas A&M-Kingsville SR 13.75 110 hurdles, 4×100 meter relay
Ben Thiel Angelo State SR 13 400 hurdles
Ayman Zahafi Texas A&M-Kingsville FR 11.25 800 meters
Kenny Zamorano Texas A&M-Kingsville SR 10 Hammer Throw
Tyler Russell Angelo State FR 10 High Jump
Johen Deleon Tarleton State SO 10 1,500 meters
Nils Fischer Angelo State SO 10 Javelin
Trivett Jones Angelo State SO 10 Pole Vault
Todd Nicholas Texas A&M-Kingsville JR 9.5 4×100 meter relay
Jonathan Harper Texas A&M-Kingsville FR 8.5 4×100 meter relay
Dedrian Windham A&M-Commerce SR 6.5 4×400 Relay
Gabriel Peterson A&M-Commerce FR 4.5 4×400 Relay
Josiah Dennis A&M-Commerce SR 4.5 4×400 Relay
Second Team
Stadrian Taylor A&M-Commerce SO 13
Malcolm Woods A&M-Commerce JR 13
Kylon Drones West Texas A&M SR 12
Ayodeji Adedokyn Angelo State JR 11
Laban Kandie Angelo State SO 10
Ryan Thomson West Texas A&M SR 10
Sir Morgan Loudd A&M-Commerce FR 10
Jorge Rios Texas A&M-Kingsville SO 10
Michael Simcho Tarleton State SO 10
Armani Smith A&M-Commerce SR 10
Robert Downs Texas A&M-Kingsville JR 9.25
Quinton Sansing West Texas A&M FR 9
Tobia Lahbi West Texas A&M JR 9
D’Lance Sharp A&M-Commerce SR 9
Austin Yaeger A&M-Commerce SR 9
Hudson Hall A&M-Commerce SO 8
AJ Perez Texas A&M-Kingsville FR 8
Kenneth Lloyd Eastern New Mexico SR 8
Peyton Heinig Tarleton State SR 8
Reese Montgomery Angelo State JR 8
Vitaly Zhgun Texas A&M-Kingsville SO 8
Third Team
Tyler Welch Angelo State FR 7
Cade Halliburton West Texas A&M SO 7
Antonio Barrancos West Texas A&M SR 7
Jordan Wilson A&M-Commerce FR 7
Gabe Galvan Angelo State FR 7
Paolo Lazaric West Texas A&M JR 7
Ivar Moinat Eastern New Mexico SO 6
Zach Holmes Angelo State SO 6
Justin Botello Tarleton State FR 6
Derek Wieck West Texas A&M JR 6

 

WOMEN’S ALL-CONFERENCE PERFORMERS
SPECIAL AWARDS
Outstanding Female Track Athlete (Wes Kittley Award): Kelsey Warren, Angelo State
Outstanding Female Field Athlete (David Noble Award): Kami Norton, Angelo State
Women’s Track and Field Coach of the Year: Tom Dibbern, Angelo State

First Team
Athlete  School  Year Points Event winner
Kami Norton Angelo State SR 37.25 Heptathlon, 100 hurdles
Kelsey Warren Angelo State SR 26 3,000-steeplechase
Fatim Affessi West Texas A&M SO 21.5 Long Jump, Triple Jump
Nikolina Hrelec West Texas A&M SR 21 800 meters, 1,500 meters
Minna Svaerd A&M-Commerce FR 20.5 400 hurdles, 4×400 Relay
Valda Kabia West Texas A&M JR 19.5
Keandria Taylor Texas A&M-Kingsville SO 18.5 200 meters, 4×100 meter relay
Amira Cunningham Lubbock Christian SO 18 5,000 meters
Daisy Osakue Angelo State SO 18 Discus
Kennedy Hudson West Texas A&M SO 16.5 100 meters
Zada Swoopes West Texas A&M FR 16 Shot Put
Laura Alicke A&M-Commerce FR 16 10,000 meters
Danee Bustos Eastern New Mexico JR 15.5
Jordan Nash Angelo State JR 15
Kandace Miles Eastern New Mexico SO 14
Madison Thetford West Texas A&M SO 14
Trenadey Scott Angelo State SO 14
Cheyenne Williams West Texas A&M JR 14
Kamryn McKee A&M-Commerce SR 13.75 400 meters, 4×400 Relay
Rachael Somoye Texas A&M-Kingsville JR 13 Hammer Throw
Taylor Roberson Texas A&M-Kingsville FR 10.5 4×100 meter relay
Kaitlin Lumpkins Angelo State SR 10 High Jump
Heather Shaffer Angelo State JR 10 Pole Vault
Barbara Rivera Angelo State JR 10 Javelin
Joy Spann A&M-Commerce  JR 3.75 4×400 Relay
Deana Richardson Texas A&M-Kingsville SO 3.5 4×100 meter relay
Teandria Taylor Texas A&M-Kingsville SO 2.5 4×100 meter relay
Ro’Nisha Simpson  A&M-Commerce FR 2.5 4×400 Relay
Second Team
Anitial’a Robins A&M-Commerce SR 13
LaGae Brigance Texas A&M-Kingsville JR 12.5
Kaitlyn Matthews Angelo State FR 12
Imani Williams Tarleton State FR 11
Mackenzie Clark A&M-Commerce JR 10.25
Erman Jepleting West Texas A&M FR 10
Mallory Shehan West Texas A&M FR 10
Ashley Dendy Angelo State SR 10
Kara Bickham Tarleton State JR 9.75
Nele Heinrich West Texas A&M SO 9.5
Irene Almarcha Texas A&M-Kingsville SR 9.5
Jessica Clay A&M-Commerce SR 9
Hailey Wanoreck

 

SOFTBALL

No. 13 Lions defeat No. 17 Tarleton State in 15-8 slugfest.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.– The No. 13 Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team defeated No. 17 Tarleton State 15-8 on Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the NCAA Division II South Central Region Tournament I. The Lions had offensive explosions in the first and sixth innings to get the win.

The win brings the Lions to 40-9 on the season. It is the first 40-win season in A&M-Commerce softball history. The TexAnns fall to 47-10 on the year.

The Lions move into the winner’s bracket of the tournament and will play at Noon MDT (1 p.m. CDT) Friday against top-seeded Colorado Mesa. The game will be at CMU Softball Field in Grand Junction, Colo.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Mariah Jameyson had two hits, including the game-winning double in the sixth inning to bring in three runs. She also scored twice.
– Ciera Nunez hit a three-run home run in the first inning, her first-career outside the park homer. She drove in three runs and scored three times with a stolen base.
– Bri Sims had two hits and drove in three runs.
– Chealsea Slider had two hits and two RBIs.
– Monica Cherry, Kayla Kilcrease, Kinsie Hebler and Vanessa Muro also all brought in a run.
– Baylea Higgs, Precious Thompson, Chloe Horn and Vanessa Avina all scored runs.
– Emily Otto, Lacie Bullard and Katie Dean all had a strikeout. Dean was credited with the win.

HOW IT HAPPENED
Things could not have started better for the Lions on both sides of the ball. Otto struck out the first batter she saw and retired the side in order without a hit or a walk. In the bottom of the inning, the Lion offense exploded, scoring eight runs on six hits. Sims and Slider both had two-RBI singles, and Cherry added an RBI double. The inning was finished off with a three-run homer from Nunez. The Lions led 8-0 after one complete.

The TexAnns started to get things going in the second. A leadoff single was followed by a double to put two runners in scoring position. A sacrifice fly brought in a run, and the Lions led 8-1 after two complete.

The TexAnns again got a rally going in the third inning. A single, walk and hit-by-pitch loaded the bases with one out. Two singles brought in runs. A hit-by-pitch brought in another. With two outs, the Lions brought in Bullard, and she fought through the at-bat to get a swinging strike. The Lions led 8-4.

Neither team recorded a hit in the fourth inning as the pitchers were on the mark for both teams. The TexAnns hit a solo homer in the fifth inning to again cut into the Lion lead. The Lions faced extra runners with two outs, but Bullard forced a fly out to center to get the final out. The Lions had a single in the bottom of the inning but could not bring in a run. A&M-Commerce led 8-5 after five complete innings.

TSU tied the game in the sixth inning. Two doubles brought in a run, and a triple brought in two more to bring the game back to even at eight apiece.

The Lions answered back in the bottom of the sixth with a two-out rally. With the bases loaded, Jameyson came to the plate and hit a bases-clearing double to score three runs. Hebler then hit a double to score Jameyson. She scored on an RBI single from Sims. Sims scored on the double from Kilcrease. Kilcrease scored on a single by Muro. The Lions held a 15-8 lead after six innings.

The Lions did quick work of the TexAnns in the seventh inning to seal the win.

 

SOFTBALL

Hebler, Jameyson, and Nunez named Google Cloud/CoSIDA Academic All-District®.

COMMERCE – Texas A&M University-Commerce softball players Kinsie Hebler, Mariah Jameyson, and Ciera Nunez have been named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Softball Team, as announced Thursday.

The 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District®, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.

First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot, with first- and second-team Academic They announce the All-America® honorees in June.

Hebler – a sophomore from Cypress – earns her first Academic All-District® honor. She has been named to the Dean’s List once, President’s List twice, Best in the Class honor roll twice, Athletic Director’s List once, Lone Star Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll three times, and was a 2017 Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete.

The two-time NFCA All-Region selection improved her batting average (.414), home runs (15) and RBIs (56) from her freshman season and has received national recognition for her play. Hebler is a current Top-25 Finalist for the NFCA National Player of the Year award and was named Fastpitch News National Player of the Week. She finished the regular season in the top 20 in the nation in home runs, RBIs, slugging percentage (.814) and total bases (118). Hebler finished fifth in the LSC in RBIs, home runs, walks and on-base percentage and sixth in batting average. She had the game-winning RBI in 12 different games this season.

Jameyson – a senior from Seattle, Wash. – earns her first Academic All-District® honor. She has been named to the Dean’s List once, President’s List twice, Best in Class honor roll twice, Athletic Director’s List once, Lone Star Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll three times, was named Lone Star Conference All-Academic in 2018 and was a 2017 Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete.

The two-time NFCA All-Region selection and 2017 All-American was named the Lone Star Conference Player of the Year as well as a First Team All-LSC selection after a stellar season. During the regular season, Jameyson was a top-5 statistical leader in several categories and received national recognition several times during the season. She is currently a Top-25 finalist for the NFCA National Player of the Year and was a two-time NFCA National Player of the Week and a one-time Fastpitch News National Player of the Week.

Jameyson finished the regular season as the nation’s leader in on-base percentage (.644). She was second in the country in batting average (.542), slugging percentage (1.137) and RBIs (80), third in total bases (149), fourth in walks (39) and fifth in home runs (22). Jameyson’s .542 batting average was nearly .100 points better than any other player in the LSC and broke the single-season record that they set in 1997. Jameyson also had an on-base percentage more than .100 points higher than any other LSC player. She was also the only hitter in the LSC to finish the season with a slugging percentage over 1.000. Jameyson led the LSC in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, RBIs, hits (71) and walks (39). She had the game-winning RBI in 13 different games this season.

Nunez– a junior from Amarillo– earns her first Academic All-District® honor. The two-time Lone Star Conference All-Academic selection has been named to the Dean’s List once, President’s List four times, Best in Class four time, and Athletic Director’s List once. She was previously a D2CCA Academic Achievement Award winner and is a two-time Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete.

Nunez set career highs in batting average (.375), runs scored (55), walks (36) and steals (44). Nunez led the LSC in stolen bases and finished fifth in the nation. She was also in the top 10 in walks and the top 20 in the country in runs scored. Nunez was second in the LSC in walks, third in runs scored and fourth in on-base percentage (.506). On defense, Nunez finished the season with a .986 fielding percentage with 65 putouts. She robbed one home run and made numerous diving catches throughout the year. She is a two-time All-Lone Star Conference selection and won the LSC Gold Glove in 2018.

2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District Softball Team
NCAA DIVISION II – DISTRICT 6 (Heartland, Lone Star, Rocky Mountain)
FIRST TEAM

Pos. Name School Yr. Major
P Madison Hagood Oklahoma Christian Jr. Mass Communication/ Public Relations-Advertising
P Kilee Halbert West Texas A&M Sr. Nursing
P McKenzie Surface Colorado Mesa Jr. Psychology
P Jordan Withrow Tarleton State So. Kinesiology
C Mariah Jameyson A&M-Commerce Sr. Kinesiology & Sport Studies
IF Morgan Dufour Lubbock Christian Jr. Accounting & Finance
IF Megan Durante Tarleton State Sr. Kinesiology
IF Clara Larson Colorado School of Mines So. Electrical Engineering
IF Hazel Puempel Texas Woman’s So. Business Administration
OF Delaney Hiegert Newman Sr. Communication
OF Brooke Hodgson Colorado Mesa Sr. Kinesiology / K-12 Education
OF Ciera Nunez A&M-Commerce Jr. Human Performance
OF Whitney Weber Colorado-Colorado Springs Sr. Criminal Justice
DP Kinsie Hebler A&M-Commerce So. Human Performance

 

SOFTBALL

Softball holds at No. 13 in NFCA Poll headed into Regional Tournament.

LOUISVILLE, Ky.– The Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team is ranked 13th in the latest coaches poll released by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association as announced Wednesday. The Lions stayed in the same spot from last week’s ranking. For all 12 weeks, the coaches’ poll has nationally ranked the Lions.

The No. 13 Lions went 1-1 last week, picking up their first-ever LSC Tournament win. The Lions are one of four teams from the LSC in the national rankings. Angelo State is ranked sixth, West Texas A&M is ranked 10th, and Tarleton State is ranked 17th. North Georgia is the top-ranked team.

The Lions are also highly ranked in three other rankings. They are No. 5 in the current rankings done by Hero Sports, which also takes into account strength of schedule, offensive and defensive ranking. The Lions are ranked No. 7 in the Massey Ratings and are No. 7 in the rankings by Fastpitch News.

The No. 13 Lions are currently 39-9. They qualified for the NCAA South Central Regional Tournament for the second time in school history. The Lions are the fourth seed in the region. The Lions will open up their regional action facing Tarleton State on Thursday at 3 p.m. MDT. All games in the double-elimination tournament will be at the CMU Softball Field in Grand Junction, Colo.

2018 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll – May 9 (Week 12)

 Rank  Team  Points  Record  Previous
 1  North Georgia (15)  399  56-2  1
 2  Chico State (1)  384  50-3  2
 3  Colorado Mesa  369  47-3  3
 4  North Alabama  348  44-5  4
 5  Winona State  331  45-5  5
 6  Angelo State  327  47-7  6
 7  Palm Beach Atlantic  294  33-6  8
 8  Southern Arkansas  280  52-9  7
 9  Grand Valley State  266  41-7  9
 10  West Texas A&M  244  39-11  10
 11  Lenoir-Rhyne  238  42-8  11
 12  Concordia Irvine  231  44-12  12
 13  A&M-Commerce  191  39-9  13
 14  California Baptist  181  33-10  15
 15  Augustana  164  39-13  14
 16  UAH  156  35-15  17
 17  Tarleton State  144  47-9  15
 18  Dixie State  130  38-8  19
 19  Illinois Springfield  113  36-16  18
 20  Georgia College  94  36-14  21
 21  UC San Diego  86  35-17  20
 22  Embry-Riddle  76  33-13  22
 23  West Virginia Wesleyan  47  39-12  23
 24  Adelphi  25  30-19-1  25
 t-25  Minnesota Duluth  16  40-13  RV
 t-25  Saint Leo  16  32-15  RV

 

MEN’S GOLF

Two Lions shoot under par Wednesday as A&M-Commerce finishes 16th at Super Regional.

AMARILLO – The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s golf team had two players shoot under par and climbed two spots in the team standings to finish in 16th place at the NCAA Division II South Central/West Super Regional on Wednesday.

The Lions completed the tournament with a score of 895 (+43, 311-291-293) and had the fourth-best score in the final round of the tournament.

Blake Hartford was the Lions’ top finisher, thanks to a 2-under par 69 in the final round, His 6-over par 219 for the event tied him for 22nd place. The sophomore had three birdies and only one bogey to close out the tournament.

Garrett Landers also shot a 2-under par 69 Wednesday, finishing in 37th place with a 9-over par 222. The junior eagled the 17th after sticking his approach shot within five feet of the hole. He also had four birdies and four bogeys in his final round.

Lucas McCubbin placed 64th in the tournament at 13-over par 226. He had three birdies on the way to a 6-over par 77 on Wednesday.

Wilfredo Sanchez closed out his collegiate career on his birthday, carding a 7-over par 78 in his final round with two birdies. He placed 83rd at 17-over par 230. Joe Wolcik shot an 84 Wednesday and finished the tournament in 103rd at 240.

It was the Lions’ first NCAA regional appearance as a team since 2009.

 Rank   Team Scores  Total   Par 
1.  St. Mary’s  286  285  290  861   +9
2.  California Baptist  292  278  295  865   +13
3.  Holy Names  298  283  288  869   +17
4.  Colorado-Colorado Springs  294  287  290  871   +19
5.  Colorado Christian  291  286  301  878   +26
 Sonoma State  295  286  297  878   +26
7.  Chico State  292  285  302  879   +27
 Oklahoma Christian  290  292  297  879   +27
9.  Colorado School of Mines  298  287  295  880   +28
10.  Midwestern State  302  289  293  884   +32
11.  Arkansas-Fort Smith  297  290  298  885   +33
 Cal State Monterey Bay  296  294  295  885   +33
13.  Dominican (Calif.)  301  295  294  890   +38
14.  Cal State San Marcos  301  288  302  891   +39
 Simon Fraser  299  293  299  891   +39
16.  A&M-Commerce   311  291  293  895   +43
 Dixie State  297  299  299  895   +43
18.  Rogers State  309  285  302  896   +44
19.  Colorado State-Pueblo  314  294  301  909   +57
20.  Western Washington  316  302  301  919   +67
A&M-Commerce 311 291 293   895    +43   t-16th
Blake Hartford 79 71 69   219    +6   t-22nd
Garrett Landers 78 75 69   222    +9   t-37th
Lucas McCubbin 78 71 77   226    +13   t-64th
Wilfredo Sanchez 78 74 78   230    +17   t-83rd
Joe Wolcik 77 79 84   240    +27   t-103rd

 

SOFTBALL

Three Lions named to NFCA All-Region teams.

LOUISVILLE, Ky.– The Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team had three players named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Region Teams. Announced were Mariah Jameyson and Kinsie Hebler to the First Team while Baylea Higgs was named Second Team All-Region. The teams were announced Wednesday by the NFCA.

Jameyson– a senior from Seattle, Wash.– was named the Lone Star Conference Player of the Year as well as a First Team All-LSC selection after a stellar season. During the regular season, Jameyson was a top-5 statistical leader in several categories and received national recognition several times during the season. She is currently a Top-25 finalist for the NFCA National Player of the Year and was a two-time NFCA National Player of the Week and a one-time Fastpitch News National Player of the Week.

Jameyson finished the regular season as the nation’s leader in on-base percentage (.644). She was second in the country in batting average (.542), slugging percentage (1.137) and RBIs (80), third in total bases (149), fourth in walks (39) and fifth in home runs (22). Jameyson’s .542 batting average was nearly .100 points better than any other player in the LSC and broke the single-season record that they set in 1997. Jameyson also had an on-base percentage more than .100 points higher than any other LSC player. She was also the only hitter in the LSC to finish the season with a slugging percentage over 1.000. Jameyson led the LSC in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, RBIs, hits (71) and walks (39). She had the game-winning RBI in 13 different games this season. It is the second NFCA All-Region selection of her career.

Hebler– a sophomore from Cypress– improved her batting average (.414), home runs (15) and RBIs (56) from her freshman season and has received national recognition for her play. Hebler is a current Top-25 Finalist for the NFCA National Player of the Year award and was named Fastpitch News National Player of the Week. She finished the regular season in the top 20 in the nation in home runs, RBIs, slugging percentage (.814) and total bases (118). Hebler finished fifth in the LSC in RBIs, home runs, walks and on-base percentage and sixth in batting average. She had the game-winning RBI in 12 different games this season. It is the second NFCA All-Region selection of her career.

Higgs, a senior from Arlington, was a First Team All-LSC selection, winning the third All-LSC award of her career to go alongside her second Gold Glove selection. During the regular season, she set career bests in batting average (.411), runs scored (50), hits (62), RBI (34) and doubles. Higgs led the LSC in triples with five and was third in the conference with 26 stolen bases. She finished third amongst outfielders in both runs scored and batting average and was second in hits. As a defender, Higgs led the LSC with a perfect fielding percentage. She also robbed two home runs during the year and made numerous diving catches. It is the first All-Region selection of her career.

Jameyson, Hebler, Higgs and the No. 13 Lions are the fourth seed in the South Central Regional Tournament. The Lions will open up their regional action facing Tarleton State on Thursday at 3 p.m. MDT. All games in the double-elimination tournament will be at the CMU Softball Field in Grand Junction, Colo.

 

Josh Manck

Associate Athletics Director for Marketing and Communications | Texas A&M University-Commerce