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Seventeen Lions to participate in December 2018 Commencement Exercises.

COMMERCE – The Texas A&M University-Commerce athletics department celebrated the graduation of its student-athletes this weekend, as 17 Lions will participate in December Commencement ceremonies in the Field House on Friday and Saturday.

Seventeen Student-Athletes and Student Athletic Trainers are participating in graduation, with 13 earning bachelors’ degrees and four earning their Masters degree.

The December graduates were honored with a reception on Friday night following the graduate program’s commencement ceremony. Ceremonies for bachelor’s degrees are Saturday.

ATHLETIC TRAINING
Anastasia Davis – Bachelor of Science – Kinesiology and Sports Studies; Concentration in Human Performance
Courtnee Dooley – Bachelor of Science – Kinesiology and Sports Studies; Concentration in Human Performance

FOOTBALL
Chase Pemberton – Bachelor of Science – History
Christian Rodriguez – Masters of Education – Counseling

MEN’S GOLF
Jordan Brown – Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting

WOMEN’S GOLF
Emily White – Bachelor of Science – Learning, and Technology

MEN’S TRACK & FIELD
Evan Luecke – Bachelor of Science – Journalism News Editorial
Igor Misljenovic – Masters of Science – Business Analytics
Florian Obst – Masters of Business Administration
Erick Quiroz – Masters of Science – Business Analytics

WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD
Markie Abbott – Bachelor of Business Administration – Marketing
Kamryn McKee – Bachelor of Science – Kinesiology and Sports Studies; Concentration in Human Performance
Kendra Mims – Bachelor of Science – Psychology
Jasmine Roberts – Bachelor of Science – Sports and Recreation Management
Joy Spann – Bachelor of Science – Learning and Technology

VOLLEYBALL
Bina Njikam – Bachelor of Science – Kinesiology and Sports Studies; Concentration in Human Performance
Gabriela Rosa – Bachelor of Science – Biological Science

 

 

Kristov Martinez, Dominique Ramsey earn Associated Press First Team All-America honors.

NEW YORK– Texas A&M University-Commerce football players Kristov Martinez and Dominique Ramsey have been named First Team All-Americans by the Associated Press. The AP Division II, Football All-America teams, were announced this week. Martinez was appointed as the First Team kicker while Ramsey was named First Team as an all-purpose player.

Ramsey– a sophomore from Converse (Judson)– earns the first All-America award of his career after an outstanding season both in the Lion secondary and on special teams. Ramsey led the LSC in both punt return average (12.9 yards per return) and punt return touchdowns (2), returning 36 punts for 464 yards, including a 72-yard punt return touchdown against Colorado State-Pueblo and a 79-yard punt return against Minnesota Duluth in the first round of the NCAA playoffs. Ramsey also returned two of his three interceptions, recording a 99-yard touchdown against Angelo State and an 84-yard touchdown against West Texas A&M. For the season, he averaged 75.3 yards per interception return. Totaling his punt\, kickoff and interception return yardage, Ramsey totaled 777 return yards on the year. Ramsey previously was named Second Team All-Super Region and First Team All-LSC.

Martinez– a graduate student from Edinburg– earns his fourth All-American award of the 2018 season after another record-setting campaign in which he set multiple schools, conference and NCAA records. After becoming the all-time leading scorer in program history in 2017, Martinez became the all-time leading scorer in Lone Star Conference history during his senior season. He finished his career as the active scoring leader in Division II (449 points) and the all-time leading kick scorer in Division II history.

Martinez was also named a First Team All-American by the AFCA, First Team Academic All-American by CoSIDA and Second Team All-America honors from the D2CCA and was both a First Team All-Super Region and First Team All-Conference selection. He was also named the LSC Academic Player of the Year. He scored 111 points on the year, including 21 field goals and all 48 of his extra point attempts. He finished his career having made 103 consecutive extra points. His strong leg helped the Lions rank as one of the top kick return defenses in the nation, recording 32 touchbacks. He tied a Division II playoff record with five field goals in a game, including a career-long 55-yarder, in the team’s final game of the year. For his career, Martinez is a five-time All-American, a four-time All-Region selection, a four-time All-Conference honoree and was a member of two LSC Championship teams and the 2017 National Championship team.

2018 ASSOCIATED PRESS DIVISION II FOOTBALL ALL-AMERICANS

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

QB Jayru Campbell Jr. Ferris State
RB Gabe Watson Jr. Sioux Falls
RB Jaleel McLaughlin Fr. Notre Dame (Ohio)
OL Trey Pipkins Sr. Sioux Falls
OL Jeremy King Sr. Valdosta State
OL Tyler Drob Sr. West Chester
OL James Moore Sr. Central Washington
OL Devon Johnson Sr. Ferris State
TE Erik Henneman Jr. Lindenwood
WR Trey Brock Sr. Hillsdale
WR Brody Oliver Sr. Colorado School of Mines
AP Dominique Ramsey So. A&M-COMMERCE
K Kristov Martinez Sr. A&M-COMMERCE

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

DL Markus Jones Sr. Angelo State
DL Chris Garrett So. Concordia-St. Paul
DL Sha’huan Williams Jr. Notre Dame (Ohio)
DL Cardell Rawlings Sr. Wingate
LB Brandon Payer Sr. Colorado State-Pueblo
LB Jose Delgado Sr. Fort Hays State
LB Tyler Morrisey Sr. West Chester
DB Lamont McPhatter II Jr. California (Pa.)
DB Gunner Olszewski Sr. Bemidji State
DB Marcus Haskins R-Fr. Concordia-St. Paul
DB Delon Stephenson Jr. Ferris State
P Cody Mills Sr. Delta State

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

QB Rogan Wells So. Valdosta State
RB Wes Hills Sr. Slippery Rock
RB Cameron Mayberry Jr. Colorado School of Mines
OL Steve Gaviglia Sr. Slippery Rock
OL LaVonne Gauthney Sr. Valdosta State
OL Justin Gooseberry Sr. Ouachita Baptist
OL Evan Heim Jr. Minnesota State
OL Deon Sheppard Sr. Tarleton
TE Qua Boyd Sr. West Alabama
WR Chad Hovasse Sr. Adams State
WR Shane Zylstra Jr. Minnesota State
AP Lawrence Woods So. Truman State
K Jonas Schenderlein Sr. Concordia-St. Paul

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

DL Diquan Gilbert Sr. West Chester
DL James Prater, Jr. Sr. Ashland
DL Kevin Petit-Frere Sr. LIU Post
DL Austen Eskew Sr. Northwest Missouri State
LB Aaron Berry Sr. Azusa Pacific
LB J.T. Hassell Sr. Florida Tech
LB Dominic Cizauskas Jr. Glenville State
DB Brian Williams Sr. Davenport
DB Devin Hafford Jr. Tarleton
DB Ravarius Rivers Jr. Valdosta State
DB Joshua Simmons Sr. Limestone
P Isaac Parks So. UNC Pembroke

Willie Rooks named LSC Defensive Player of the Week.

RICHARDSON – Texas A&M University-Commerce guard Willie Rooks has been named the Lone Star Conference Men’s Basketball Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the league office on Wednesday. It is the third consecutive week a Lion has earned LSC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Rooks– a senior from Houston (North Forest)– was an impact player on both ends of the floor for the Lions last week. He averaged 10.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in the Lions two wins and also impacted the turnover margin. Rooks had three rebounds, and three steals against Central Baptist and his defense helped the Lions hold CBC to 37 percent shooting in the team’s 24-point victory. He then had a steal and a block to go with five rebounds and 16 points in the team’s 22-point win over Dallas Baptist. Rooks and the Lion defense held DBU to 38 percent shooting in the game. Overall, teams shot under 38 percent against the Lion defense as they had a +23.0 scoring margin in two victories.

Rooks and the Lions are next in action on Dec. 30 with a home game against Texas A&M-International. The game will be at 4:00 p.m. at the Field House. Tickets for the game are available at WeAreLionsTix.com, by calling (903) 468-8756 or by visiting the Lion Sales & Service Box Office in the Field House.

2018-19 LSC MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offensive
N-13 Reggie Reid, A&M-Commerce
N-20 Bishop Coulter, MSU Texas
N-26 Zach Dumas, Cameron
D-3 Ryan Quaid, West Texas A&M
D-12 Antonio Singleton, Angelo State

Defensive
N-13 Josh Hawley, Tarleton
N-20 Josh Wallace, MSU Texas
N-26 Trey Conrod, A&M-Commerce
D-3 Tyree Robinson, A&M-Commerce
D-12 Willie Rooks, A&M-Commerce

 

 

Kristov Martinez earns D2CCA Second Team All-America honors.

WICHITA FALLS– Texas A&M University-Commerce placekicker Kristov Martinez has been named a Second Team All-American by the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association (D2CCA). The All-America awards were announced Wednesday by the D2CCA.

Martinez– a graduate student from Edinburg– earns his third All-American award of the 2018 season after another record-setting campaign in which he set multiple schools, conference and NCAA records. After becoming the all-time leading scorer in program history in 2017, Martinez became the all-time leading scorer in Lone Star Conference history during his senior season. He finished his career as the active scoring leader in Division II (449 points) and the all-time leading kick scorer in Division II history.

Martinez was also named a First Team All-American by the AFCA and First Team Academic All-American by CoSIDA and was both a First Team All-Region and First Team All-Conference selection. He was also named the LSC Academic Player of the Year. He scored 111 points on the year, including 21 field goals and all 48 of his extra point attempts. He finished his career having made 103 consecutive extra points. His strong leg helped the Lions rank as one of the top kick return defenses in the nation, recording 32 touchbacks. He tied a Division II playoff record with five field goals in a game, including a career-long 55-yarder, in the team’s final game of the year. For his career, Martinez is a five-time All-American, a four-time All-Region selection, a four-time All-Conference honoree and was a member of two LSC Championship teams and the 2017 National Championship team.

2018 D2CCA All-America Football Teams
First Team Offense

 Pos.   Player   School  Yr. 
 TE  Erik Henneman  Lindenwood  Jr.
 OL  Jeremy King  Valdosta State  Sr.
 OL  Devon Johnson  Ferris State  Sr.
 OL  Deon Sheppard  Tarleton State  Sr.
 OL  Evan Heim  Minnesota State  Jr.
 OL  Justin Gooseberry  Ouachita Baptist  Jr.
 WR  Brody Oliver  Colorado School of Mines  Sr.
 WR  Trey Brock  Hillsdale  Sr.
 QB  Jayru Campbell  Ferris State  Jr.
 RB  Jaleel McLaughlin  Notre Dame  Fr.
 RB  Gabriel Watson  Sioux Falls  Jr.
 RS  Lawrence Woods  Truman State  So.
 PK  Dante Brown Fort  Hays State  Jr.

First Team Defense

 Pos.  Player  School  Yr. 
 DL  Markus Jones  Angelo State  Sr.
 DL  Sha’haun Williams  Notre Dame  Jr.
 DL  Cardell Rawlings  Wingate  Sr.
 LB  Jose Delgado  Fort Hays State  Sr.
 LB  Cody Leonard  Quincy  Sr.
 LB  J.T. Hassell  Florida Tech  Sr.
 LB  Brandon Payer  Colorado State-Pueblo  Sr.
 S  Delon Stephenson  Ferris State  Jr.
 S  Lamont McPhatter II  California  Jr.
 CB  Marcus Haskins  Concordia-St. Paul  R-Fr
 CB  Keandre Evans  Ouachita Baptist  Jr.
 P  Cody Mills  Delta State  Sr.

Second Team Offense

 Pos.  Player  School   Yr. 
 TE  Qua Boyd  West Alabama  Sr.
 OL  Jimmy Burchett  Notre Dame  So.
 OL  Trey Pipkins  Sioux Falls  Sr.
 OL  Nic Sawyer  Ferris State  Sr.
 OL  Steve Gaviglia  Slippery Rock  Sr.
 OL  Adonis Sealey  Valdosta State  Jr.
 WR  Ka’Ronce Higgins  Southern Arkansas  Sr.
 WR  Craig Rucker  Mars Hill  Jr.
 QB  Rogan Wells  Valdosta State  So.
 RB  Nate Gunn  Minnesota State  Jr.
 RB  Deontae Jackson  West Georgia  Sr.
 RS  Lyrics Klugh  Fairmont State  Sr.
 PK   Kristov Martinez  A&M-COMMERCE  Sr. 

Second Team Defense

 Pos.  Player   School  Yr. 
 DL  Austen Eskew  Northwest Missouri State  Sr.
 DL  Chris Garrett  Concordia-St. Paul  So.
 DL  Chance Bowen  Minnesota State  So.
 LB  Bo Brooks  Missouri S&T  Sr.
 LB  Aaron Berry  Azusa Pacific  Sr.
 LB  Tyler Morrissey  West Chester  Sr.
 LB  Korie Rogers  West Georgia  Jr.
 S  Ravarius Rivers  Valdosta State  Jr.
 S  Jai Edwards  Tarleton State  Jr.
 CB  Devin Hafford  Tarleton State  Jr.
 CB  Zuril Hendrick  Edinboro  Sr.
 P  John Cummings  West Texas A&M  Sr.

Ron Lenz Offensive Player of the Year: Jayru Campbell, Ferris State
Ron Lenz Defensive Player of the Year: Markus Jones, Angelo State

 

 

Kristov Martinez, Garrett Blubaugh earn Google Cloud Academic All-America® honors.

AUSTIN – Texas A&M University-Commerce kicker Kristov Martinez and linebacker Garrett Blubaugh have been named to the Google Cloud Academic Division II All-America® teams, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Tuesday. Martinez was named to the First Team while Blubaugh earned Second Team honors. The duo wins the 14th and 15th Academic All-America awards in A&M-Commerce history and the fourth and fifth respectively for the Lion football program.

Martinez– a graduate student in Secondary Education from Edinburg– earns Academic All-America honors after being named to the Academic All-District team as well as Lone Star Conference Academic Player of the Year. He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in December 2017. During the 2017-18 academic year, Martinez was named an LSC Scholar-Athlete and has been named to the LSC All-Academic team three times, the Dean’s List twice, the President’s List three times, the Best In Class list four times, and the Athletics Director’s List four times. He has been named to the Lone Star Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll six times and is a two-time recipient of Division II Athletics Directors Association Academic Achievement Award.

On the field, Martinez set multiple schools, conference and NCAA records during the 2018 season. After becoming the all-time leading scorer in program history in 2017, Martinez became the all-time leading scorer in Lone Star Conference history during his senior season. He finished his career as the active scoring leader in Division II (449 points) and the all-time leading kick scorer in Division II history. Martinez was named a First Team All-American by the AFCA and was both a First Team All-Region and First Team All-Conference selection. He scored 111 points on the year, including 21 field goals and all 48 of his extra point attempts. He finished his career having made 103 consecutive extra points. His strong leg helped the Lions rank as one of the top kick return defenses in the nation, recording 32 touchbacks. He tied a Division II playoff record with five field goals in a game, including a career-long 55-yarder, in the team’s final game of the year. For his career, Martinez was a four-time All-American, a four-time All-Region selection, a four-time All-Conference honoree and was a member of two LSC Championship teams and the 2017 National Championship team.

Blubaugh– a senior Biological Science major from Keller– added to an already impressive academic résumé. During the 2018 season, he has earned Academic All-District and Academic All-Conference honors. During the 2017 season, Blubaugh made school history as the first student-athlete in A&M-Commerce history to win the NCAA Division II Football Elite 90 Award, awarded to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating in the national championship game. Blubaugh is a two-time Academic All-Conference honoree and has been named to the Dean’s List once, the President’s List four times, the Best In Class List four times, and the Athletics Director’s List once. He has been named to the Lone Star Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll six times and is a recipient of Division II Athletics Directors Association Academic Achievement Award.

On the field, Blubaugh earned Honorable Mention All-LSC honors, ranking seventh in the LSC with 90 tackles. He ranked third in the LSC with two fumble recoveries and fourth with two forced fumbles. During the Lions’ final game of the season, he tied a program record with 21 tackles in a single game. During his four-year A&M-Commerce career, Blubaugh was a member of two LSC Championship teams and the 2017 National Championship team.

2018 Academic All-America® Football Team – NCAA Division II
First Team

 Pos.  Name  School  Yr.  Major
 QB  Layton Rabb  MSU Texas  Sr.  Finance
 RB  Austin Micci  Colorado State-Pueblo  Jr.  Business Management & Business Administration
 RB  Landon Nault  Emporia State  Sr.  Biology
 WR  Cory Contini  Ohio Dominican  Sr.  Accounting
 WR  Shane Zylstra  Minnesota State  Jr.  Biology: Biomedical Sciences
 TE  Marqus Andrews  Northwest Missouri State  Jr.  Chemistry
 TE  Jordan Smith  Gannon  Jr.  Biomedical Engineering
 OL  Jack Hansbury  Bentley  Sr.  Corporate Finance & Accounting
 OL  Brandon Roe  Southwestern Oklahoma State  Sr.  Engineering Technology
 OL  Ryan Spelhaug  Northwest Missouri State  Jr.  Business / Economics
 OL  Austin Treneff  Notre Dame (Ohio)  Sr.  Accounting & Software Development
 OL  Robert Vargo  Ohio Dominican  Sr.  Sport Management
 K  Kristov Martinez  A&M-COMMERCE  Gr.  Secondary Education (G)/Business Administration (UG)
 ST  Kevin Ribarich  Colorado State-Pueblo  Sr.  Accounting & Economics
 DL  John Cominsky  Charleston (W. Va.)  Sr.  Biology / Chemistry
 DL  Jon Dicke  Southwest Minnesota State  Sr.  Exercise Science
 DL  Joey Newman  Augustana  Sr.  Athletic Training
 DL  Levi Wyrick  Pittsburg State  Sr.  Education
 LB  Sam Blankenship  Harding  Gr.  Finance / Secondary Education
 LB  Alex Goettl  Minnesota State  Jr.  Biology: Biomedical Sciences
 LB  Kirby Hora  Augustana  Sr.  Biology
 DB  Geoff Keating  Colorado School of Mines  Jr.  Mechanical Engineering
 DB  Connor Shedeed  Fort Hays State  Sr.  Criminal Justice & Political Science
 DB  Kyle Toth  Wayne State (Mich.)  Sr.  Kinesiology
 DB  Avram Tynes  Augustana  Sr.  Exercise Science
 P  John Cummings  West Texas A&M  Gr.  Criminal Justice

Academic All-America of the Year: Kirby Hora, Augustana

Second Team

 Pos.  Name  School  Yr.  Major
 QB  Cole Sears  Arkansas-Monticello  Gr.  Education
 RB  Kevin Coy, Jr.  Chadron State  Sr.  Sport & Recreation Management
 RB  Deshawn Jones  Missouri S&T  Jr.  Biological Sciences
 WR  Mitch Nichols  Truman State  Sr.  Health Science
 WR  Brody Oliver  Colorado School of Mines  Sr.  Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
 OL  Ronnie Clifton  Lenoir-Rhyne  Jr.  Finance / Management
 OL  Neal Davis  Findlay  Sr.  Strength & Conditioning
 OL  Ryan Dodd  Pittsburg State  Sr.  Marketing
 OL  Lawrence Guyot  Mississippi College  Sr.  Kinesiology
 OL  Ben Walling  Grand Valley State  Sr.  Occupational Safety
 K  Brian Alsobrooks  California (Pa.)  Sr.  Business Administration
 ST  Travis Downing  Ashland  Sr.  Sport Management
 DL  Andrew Berger  Gannon  Sr.  Criminalistics
 DL  Ned Bingaman  Pittsburg State  Sr.  Justice Studies
 DL  Kolbie Foster  Wayne State (Neb.)  Jr.  Family Consumer Science / Fashion Merchandising
 DL  Mikal Toliver  Urbana  Jr.  Strategic Management
 LB  Garrett Blubaugh  A&M-COMMERCE  Sr.  Biological Sciences
 LB  Tyler Bradfield  Grand Valley State  So.  Finance & Accounting
 LB  Bo Brooks  Missouri S&T  Sr.  Petroleum Engineering
 DB  Sam Fareri  Clarion  Jr.  Rehab Science
 DB  Josh Hornback  Pittsburg State  Sr.  Construction Management
 DB  Brandon Morrison  West Liberty  Sr.  Criminology
 DB  Isaiah Stiverson  Ashland  Sr.  Marketing
 P  Jordan White  Southern Arkansas  Sr.  Chemistry / Biochemistry

Texas A&M University-Commerce CoSIDA Academic All-Americas by Year

 Year  Player  Sport  Team
 1972  Will Cureton  Football  2nd
 1977  Mike Hall  Football  1st
 1994  Tammy Scott  Track & Field  2nd
 1994  Andrea Hines  Women’s Basketball  2nd
 2002  Summer Sparnon  Women’s Basketball  1st
 2011  Taylor Fore  Football  1st
 2012  Desmond King  Men’s Basketball  1st
 2012  Andrew Davis  Men’s Basketball  3rd
 2013  Andrew Davis  Men’s Basketball  1st
 2016  Kylene Hatton  Softball  3rd
 2017  Jaslyn Wacker  Volleyball  2nd
 2018  Mariah Jameyson  Softball  1st / AAA of the Year
 2018  Jaslyn Wacker  Volleyball  2nd
 2018  Kristov Martinez  Football  1st
 2018  Garrett Blubaugh  Football  2nd

 

 

Jaslyn Wacker repeats as Google Cloud Academic All-America®.

AUSTIN – Texas A&M University-Commerce volleyball player Jaslyn Wacker has been named to the Google Cloud Academic Division II All-America® Second Team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Tuesday. It is the second consecutive season Wacker received the Google Cloud Academic All-America® team. It is the 13th Academic All-America award earned by an A&M-Commerce student-athlete in school history, and Wacker joins former Lion men’s basketball player Andrew Davis as the only two athletes in school history to win Academic All-America status multiple times.

Wacker – a senior accounting major from Austin (Vista Ridge) ­– repeats as an Academic All-America after becoming the program’s first Academic All-America during the 2017 season. Wacker earned a 4.0 GPA during the 2018 season while also helping lead the Lions to their best campaign in 31 years.

Wacker earned Second Team All-Conference honors and was named both to the Academic All-Conference team and the Academic All-Region team. She finished the season with a career-high 340 kills and also totaled 119 blocks on the year. Wacker had 18 matches with more than ten kills and 12 games with at least five blocks. She helped the team win its second-ever LSC Tournament Championship and helped the team qualify for its second consecutive berth into the NCAA Tournament and advance to the Regional Championship match.

She is a four-time All-Lone Star Conference selection, earning first-team honors in 2017, second team honors in 2018 and 2015, and honorable mention in 2016. She was also named second team all-region in 2017. She has been named to the President’s List six times and the Best In Class List six times. She has been named to the Lone Star Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll six times and is a two-time recipient of Division II Athletics Directors Association Academic Achievement Award.

Wacker finished her career as the program leader in sets played and ranks second in school history in career blocks and 11th in career kills.

CoSIDA First Team Academic All-America Team

 Name  School  Yr.  Major
 Taylor Bauer  Illinois Springfield  Sr.  Elementary Education
 Emily Conlin  Anderson  Jr.  Business Computer Information Systems
 Madison Davis  Urbana  Sr.  Adolescent & Young Adult Education
 Megan Gebhardt  Wayne State  Gr.  Finance
 Kylie Hohlen  Central Missouri  Sr.  Elementary Education
 Makenzie Morgen  Minnesota Duluth  Sr.  Biochemistry / Psychology
 Erica Whiteaker  Lincoln Memorial  Sr.  Biology / Pre-Medicine

Academic All-America of the Year: Erica Whiteaker, Lincoln Memorial

CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-America Team

 Name  School  Yr.  Major
 Erika Barbour  Embry-Riddle (Fla.)  Sr.  Business Administration
 Bekah Boyle  Chico State  Jr.  Biochemistry
 Tina Ceriello  Saint Rose  Jr.  Communication Sciences & Disorders
 Anna Holmquist  Wingate  Sr.  Political Science
 Alexandra Kaeberlein  Notre Dame College  Jr.  Accounting & Finance
 Brooklyn Lewis  Concordia-St. Paul  Gr.  Biology
 Taylor Reiss  Southwest Minnesota State  Sr.  Exercise Science
 Emily Torve  Minnesota Duluth  Sr.  Chemical Engineering
 Jaslyn Wacker  A&M-COMMERCE  Sr.  Accounting

CoSIDA Third Team Academic All-America Team

 Name  School  Yr.  Major
 Taylor Bevis  Central Oklahoma  Sr.  Nursing
 Peyton Lindblad  Shepherd  Jr.  Nursing
 Rachel Londot  LIU Post  Sr.  Criminal Justice / Forensic Science
 Johanna Voss  Barry  Sr.  Psychology
 Brooke Witmer  University of the Sciences  Sr.  Pharmacy

Texas A&M University-Commerce CoSIDA Academic All-Americas by Year

 Year  Player  Sport  Team
 1972  Will Cureton  Football  2nd
 1977  Mike Hall  Football  1st
 1994  Tammy Scott  Track & Field  2nd
 1994  Andrea Hines  Women’s Basketball  2nd
 2002  Summer Sparnon  Women’s Basketball  1st
 2011  Taylor Fore  Football  1st
 2012  Desmond King  Men’s Basketball  1st
 2012  Andrew Davis  Men’s Basketball  3rd
 2013  Andrew Davis  Men’s Basketball  1st
 2016  Kylene Hatton  Softball  3rd
 2017  Jaslyn Wacker  Volleyball  2nd
 2018  Mariah Jameyson  Softball  1st / AAA of the Year
 2018  Jaslyn Wacker  Volleyball  2nd

 

 

Brucks Saathoff nominated for Cliff Harris Award for the second consecutive season.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.– Texas A&M University-Commerce linebacker Brucks Saathoff has been nominated for the Cliff Harris Award, as announced by the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Friday. The Cliff Harris Award receives the top small college defensive player representing Division II, Division III, and the NAIA. It is the second consecutive season they nominated Saathoff for the award.

Saathoff– a senior from San Antonio (Reagan HS)– has previously been named Second Team All-Region by the D2CCA and was a First Team All-Lone Star Conference selection after another stellar season. He played in all 13 games for the Lions, leading the team with 103 tackles, including 15 tackles for loss. Saathoff had four games with at least ten tackles, including an 18-tackle, 2.5-sack performance against Eastern New Mexico and a 16-tackle outing in the Lions’ second-round NCAA Playoff game. For his performance against Eastern New Mexico, Saathoff was named the D2Football.com National Defensive Player of the Week. During the season, Saathoff also had a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and blocked a kick.

Saathoff and the Lion senior class finished as the winningest class in A&M-Commerce program history. He finished his career in third place in school history in total tackles.

The announcement for the finalists for the Cliff Harris Award is next week, and they announce the award winner on Dec. 24. The winner will be honored at the Little Rock Touchdown Club’s annual award banquet on Jan. 10, 2019.

For more information on the Cliff Harris Award and the full nominee listing, please visit www.CliffHarrisAward.com.

 

Josh Manck
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