COMMERCE – The Texas A&M University-Commerce soccer team has announced an updated schedule for matches this week.
The Lions’ match against West Texas A&M will now be played at 1 p.m. Friday. The match against DBU has been moved to 7 p.m. Sunday to accommodate this move.
The Lions will honor their seniors prior to the Sunday match. Both matches will be played at the Lion Soccer Field.
Stay tuned to LionAthletics.com and our social media channels for updates on schedules throughout the season.
Lion Soccer Remaining Schedule
|Friday||March 26||WEST TEXAS A&M*||1 p.m.|
|Sunday||March 28||DBU *||7 p.m.|
|Wednesday||March 31||at Midwestern State*||5 p.m.|
Lions hold steady at No. 2 in NFCA Division II Coaches Poll.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team held steady in this week’s national rankings. The Lions are ranked second in the national coaches poll released by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Wednesday.
It marks the 40th consecutive poll in which they ranked A&M-Commerce in the nation’s top 25. The Lions were also ranked second last week.
The Lions are 18-4 on the year and are on a 14-game winning streak. The Lions received six first-place votes, up from four last week, and no pollster ranked them lower than the third. North Georgia received ten first-place votes and is the current national No. 1.
A&M-Commerce has nine teams in this top 25 on this year’s schedule, including No. 3 Augustana, No. 6 UT Tyler, No. 8 Oklahoma Christian, No. 12 Southern Arkansas, No. 10 West Texas A&M, No. 12 Rogers State, No. 14 Texas A&M-Kingsville, No. 16 Oklahoma Christian, and No. 24 Angelo State. The Lions are currently 5-1 against teams in the national rankings.
Four of the Lions’ next six series are against top 25 teams, starting with today’s 2:00 pm doubleheader against No. 9 Southern Arkansas. The Lions also host No. 24 Angelo State on Sunday and play at No. 12 Rogers State on Tuesday.
2021 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll – March 24
|1||North Georgia (10)||393||12-0||1|
|10||West Texas A&M||241||18-6||18|
|19||Grand Valley State||97||9-3||19|
New to Poll: No. 21 Shepherd
Dropped Out: No. 20 West Chester
Receiving Votes: West Chester (24), Anderson (22), Western Washington (17), Minnesota State (16), Northwest Nazarene (9), Texas A&M International (6), Central Missouri (2), Auburn Montgomery (1), Trevecca Nazarene (1).
Lion Football announces 2021 schedule; A&M-Commerce and Midwestern State to begin two-year series at Globe Life Park.
COMMERCE – Texas A&M University-Commerce has released its 2021 football competition schedule, featuring 11 games with an exciting neutral site contest in Lone Star Conference play.
The Lions’ game against Midwestern State on September 11 will be played at Globe Life Park in Arlington, with A&M-Commerce as the home team. It will mark the Lions’ first regular season neutral site game since the Lone Star Conference Football Festival in 2014 and the first Division II game at Globe Life Park. Globe Life Park will be in its second fall season as a football facility.
“I think it will be an exciting opportunity for the young men on this football team to play at Globe Life Park,” A&M-Commerce head football coach David Bailiff said. “I went to several of the XFL games there last year, and it’s a beautiful venue with incredible amenities. I’m excited about this team and this university to show what we have there.”
Tickets for this game will be sold by the Texas Rangers-ticket office beginning in early April. More information, including specific sale dates, will be released on LionAthletics.com and our social media channels in the coming days.
The 2021 game is the first of a two-game series between A&M-Commerce and Midwestern State at Globe Life Park. The 2022 game between the Lions and Mustangs will be played at Globe Life Park on October 8, with Midwestern State as the home team.
The Lions and Mustangs will be meeting for the 26th time in a hotly contested series, with the Lions holding a 14-11 lead in the all-time series. It will be the first actual neutral site game in the series since 1952. The split game in 2018, which finished at Denton’s Apogee Stadium, was classified as an MSU home game, as the game began in Wichita Falls.
“We are thrilled to welcome two-storied Lone Star Conference football programs to Globe Life Park for the next two college football seasons,” said Sean Decker, Rangers Executive Vice President for Sports and Entertainment. “Our ability to successfully host professional, college and high school football events in our iconic setup has already proven to be a tremendous experience for student-athletes, fans, and coaches. It has been a pleasure to work with the leadership at Texas A&M-Commerce and Midwestern State to make this game a reality.”
The Lions have their 11-game schedule for the fall, with the University of Fort Lauderdale for a home game on Saturday, October 2. The Eagles are members of the National Christian College Athletic Association. This contest fills the spot in the schedule left when Azusa Pacific dropped its program.
“We are ecstatic to usher in our 2021 season with a schedule which gives our students, alumni, and fans seven opportunities to see the Lions within our north Texas footprint,” said A&M-Commerce director of athletics Tim McMurray. “Not only do we have a chance to showcase our institution in iconic Globe Life Park, but our schedule allows for six true home opportunities in Commerce. We appreciate our partners at the Texas Rangers for allowing us to bring Lion Football to a larger stage.”
The year’s schedule updates give the Lions six home games, four road games, and a neutral site contest. The home opener is now the West Florida game on September 18, a rematch of the 2017 national championship game, and matches up two of the last three NCAA Division II National Champions.
“It’s going to be great to have six home games and a game you don’t have to travel far too,” Bailiff said. “Our student-athletes won’t get exhausted with a lot of travel, and it’s also an incredible value to our fans to know they can come to six games in Commerce. Very rarely in my career have I had the chance to have six home games, and the normal routine a team develops will help in a long season.”
Season ticket plans will go on sale shortly, including the Homecoming game on October 16 against Western New Mexico. We will announce the Hall of Fame game, other notable dates, and further important details soon.
2021 LION FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
as of March 24, 2021
|Sept. 2 (Thur.)||at Colorado State-Pueblo||Pueblo, Colo.||6 p.m. MDT|
|Sept. 11||vs. Midwestern State *||Arlington (Globe Life Park)||6 p.m.|
|Sept. 18||WEST FLORIDA||Commerce||6 p.m.|
|Sept. 25||at Texas A&M-Kingsville *||Kingsville||TBA|
|Oct. 2||FORT LAUDERDALE||Commerce||6 p.m.|
|Oct. 9||SAGINAW VALLEY STATE||Commerce||4 p.m.|
|Oct. 16||WESTERN NEW MEXICO *||Commerce||4 p.m.|
|Oct. 23||at West Texas A&M *||Canyon||TBA|
|Oct. 30||UT PERMIAN BASIN *||Commerce||4 p.m.|
|Nov. 6||at Angelo State *||San Angelo||TBA|
|Nov. 13||EASTERN NEW MEXICO *||Commerce||4 p.m.|
Lions take on undefeated Javelinas in the LSC Tournament quarterfinals.
COMMERCE – After an opening-round win, the A&M-Commerce Lions move on to the Lone Star Conference Tournament quarterfinals against a division winner in the Texas A&M-Kingsville Javelinas.
WHO: A&M-Commerce at A&M-Kingsville
WHERE: Kingsville | Steinke Center
WHEN: 6:00 pm on Wednesday, March 24
RECORDS: A&M-Commerce is 7-6 overall after winning the opening round match over Oklahoma Christian 3-1. A&M-Kingsville is 12-0 and ranked eighth in the nation.
TELEVISION/LIVE VIDEO: LSC Digital Network
What’s at stake:
The winner of the match advances to the LSC Tournament semifinals next Tuesday. They announce the seedings and location after Wednesday’s quarterfinals.
On the Lions
Eleventh-year head coach Craig Case leads A&M-Commerce, who is the winningest coach in program history. His record at A&M-Commerce stands at 191-133.
The Lions are ranked 11th in the conference in hitting percentage at .160, fifth in assists at 11.86 per set, fourth in kills at 13.04 per set, ninth in blocks at 1.90 per set, and second in digs at 19.92 per set.
Taryn Cast ranks 14th in the conference in hitting percentage at .249, and Celeste Vela is sixth in the conference in assists at 6.46 per set. Riley Davidson’s 5.06 digs per set rank fourth in the league and Lyric Hebert is 13th in the conference at 3.98.
On the opponent
TAMUK ranks second in the conference in hitting percentage at .236, and the Hogs’ 13.41 assists per set and 14.16 kills per set leads the league. They’ve been strong at the net with 2.4 blocks per set to lead the league, and the 19.59 digs per set rank third in the league.
Kailey Estrad and Ayanna Jackson are in the top 10 in the conference in hitting percentage at .328 and .265. Setter Emily Witt leads the league in assists at 10.58, the only setter over 10 per set in the LSC.
Jackson’s 1.14 blocks per set are second in the league. Her 3.14 kills per set are seventh in the conference. Nicole Murff has 5.39 digs per set to rank third in the league.
In the series history
The Lions and Javelinas meet up for the 62nd time, with the Lions holding a 48-13 lead. The Lions won the first 31 meetings in the series. A&M-Commerce has won the last five meetings between the schools, dating back to 2017, and are 12-8 in the Steinke Center.
The No. 2 Lions host a key meeting of nationally-ranked teams with No. 12 Southern Arkansas Wednesday.
COMMERCE – The No. 2 Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team steps out of the Lone Star Conference loop Wednesday for a key matchup with nationally-ranked Southern Arkansas.
WHO: Southern Arkansas at A&M-Commerce
WHERE: Commerce | John Cain Family Softball Field
WHEN: 2:00 pm on Wednesday, March 24
RECORDS: A&M-Commerce is 18-4 overall and 12-0 in the Lone Star Conference. Southern Arkansas is 9-3 overall and 6-2 in the Great American Conference.
RANKINGS: A&M-Commerce is second nationally in the NFCA Division II Coaches Poll, and Southern Arkansas is ranked 12th in the nation. (They announce the new rankings Wednesday morning.)
LIVE VIDEO: LSC Digital Network
A&M-Commerce is on a 14-game winning streak with doubleheader sweeps of then-No. 16 Rogers State, Eastern New Mexico, then-No. 17 West Texas A&M, Western New Mexico, UT Permian Basin, Midwestern State, and Texas Woman’s University. The 14-game win streak tied for the second-longest active streak in Division II and second-longest in program history.
The 10-game home win streak is tied for the ninth-longest in Division II. St. Cloud State leads the nation in that category with 29 straight home wins.
The Lions are ranked second nationally, tying the highest-ever national ranking for the program. North Georgia is the No. 1 team, and neither team was voted lower than second in the nation, with UNG getting 12 first-place votes and A&M-Commerce getting four.
The Lions lead the nation in shutouts, with 11 blankings in 22 games, tied with Lubbock Christian. This is in large part due to a 4.17 strikeout-to-walk ratio which ranks 20th nationally. Alyssa LeBlanc ranks fourth nationally with 96 strikeouts and her 12 wins in the circle is tied for the national lead.
We usually highlight individual performances here, but the narrow differences between the teams in terms of key statistics is noteworthy
|Runs per game||6.55||6.17|
|Earned Run Average||2.05||2.12|
On the opponent…
The Muleriders are on a four-game winning streak and held the No. 1 national ranking earlier in the season. In 12 games, three Muleriders have double-digit RBIs. Kaxynn Dixon has a .412 average with three homers and 11 RBIs. Sara Evans leads the team with 12 RBIs and has a .387 average. Five SAU players are hitting over .300.
Sydney Wader has a 1.87 ERA in the circle with four complete games and a 3-2 record. Victoria Taylor has a 2.90 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 31 innings and a 6-0 record.
On the series history…
The all-time series is tied 2-2, with the Lions winning twice in 2015 and SAU winning in 2017 and 2020. In 2017, the Muleriders won a wild 15-14 game.
Lions’ dominant closing stretch earns 3-1 win over Oklahoma Christian in LSC Tournament Opening Round.
KINGSVILLE – The Texas A&M University-Commerce volleyball team dominated the third and fourth sets Tuesday night to take a 3-1 win over Oklahoma Christian University in the opening round of the Lone Star Conference Volleyball Championship.
The Lions, who are the second seed from the Central Division, won by set scores of 25-22, 20-25, 25-11, and 25-12, over the Eagles, the third seed from the North Division.
A&M-Commerce has now won five straight matches and is 7-6 on the season, while Oklahoma Christian ends at 6-10 in its first season since 1983.
The Lions now face the top seed from the South Division, undefeated and No. 8-ranked Texas A&M-Kingsville, in the LSC quarterfinal at 6:00 pm Wednesday.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– The Lions dominated in all phases, with 65 kills to OC’s 35 and a .233 hitting percentage to the Eagles’ .108. The Lions had 93 digs to help keep points alive, and OC had only one set with double-digit kills.
– Maddy Rashford (Placentia, Calif.) had a career-high 17 kills on a .279 hitting percentage for her fourth double-digit kill match of the season.
– Setters Celeste Vela (Guadalajara, Mexico) and Aislynn Shore (Hockley – Frassati Catholic) each had double-doubles. Vela passed out 25 assists and had ten digs, and Shore had 21 assists and 11 digs.
HEAD COACH CRAIG CASE AFTER THE MATCH
“I’m really proud of how this team played tonight, especially in tight situations. On the defensive side of the ball, I was really pleased with our first contacts, and that was key down the stretch for us to make some runs. OC is an incredible blocking and serving team. For us to finish hitting over .200 is really pleasing. There was nothing easy about this win tonight.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
The opening set was a game of runs, as each side seemed to take momentum for a few points at a time. The Lions scored seven of eight points to take an 18-14 lead before the Eagles scored five straight to take a 19-18 lead. Rashford then threw down three consecutive kills to start a 5-2 run that put the Lions ahead 23-21. Two Eagle errors handed the Lions a 25-22 set win. The Lions hit .146 with 17 kills in the frame, led by Rashford’s six finishers.
The Eagles were able to tie the match at a set apiece, thanks to a big run in the middle of the second set. An 11-3 OC surge included three Lion hitting errors, and the Eagles took a 19-11 lead. A&M-Commerce was able to narrow its deficit to four points late in the frame before OC took the 25-20 win. Gonelli and Rashford each had four of the Lions’ 13 kills in the set, but ten hitting errors and a .071 percentage were too much to overcome.
The Lions regained control with a run of their own in the third set. From a 3-all tie, TAMUC took off on a 14-4 rally with nine kills. That 17-7 lead was too much for the young Eagle squad to fight back from, and the Lions scored the final five points of the set, with an Andersen hammer closing the 25-11 win. OC’s Allyssa Hamlin had six kills in the Eagles’ 11 points, but the Lions hit .381 with 18 kills against only two errors, and Hebert had 11 digs.
The fourth set was all Lions again, with strings of three and four points to the Eagles’ one. The Lions hit .350 in the set with 17 kills against only three errors. A Davidson service ace closed out the victory.
A&M-Commerce women take third in Lion Invitational.
TROPHY CLUB – The Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s golf team was climbing towards the top of the leaderboard Tuesday before settling for a third-place finish at the Lion Invitational.
The Lions wrapped up the event at 618 (307-311, +42), finishing behind DBU (599) and Oklahoma Christian (610). [FULL RESULTS]
Inma Ortiz Prieto (Huelva, Spain) was the Lions’ top finisher in fifth place at 8-over par 152 (76-76). She notched three birdies in Tuesday’s round and claimed her third top-five finish in six events this season.
Sophie-Charlott Hempel (Pirmasens, Germany) placed ninth at 10-over par 154 (77-77). She had two birdies Tuesday and has placed in the top 10 of all six events this year.
Sarah Wongsinth (Udon Thani, Thailand) placed 11th at 12-over par 156 (77-79), Karlee Nichols (Smithson Valley) placed 15th at 13-over par 157 (77-80), and Michelle Becker (San Antonio – Reagan) placed 25th at 16-over par 160 (81-79).
The Lions have two regular-season events remaining, both on an Arizona road trip. A&M-Commerce will play in the Palm Valley Classic in Goodyear, Ariz., on April 2-3 and the West Texas A&M Desert Invitational in Tucson, Ariz., on April 5-6.
|6.||Tex. A&M International||321||326||647||+71|
|13.||UT Permian Basin||344||335||679||+103|
|15.||Missouri Southern St.||344||341||685||+109|
|Inma Ortiz Prieto||76||76||152||+8||t-5th|
McCulloch’s top 10 moves Lion men to a fifth-place finish in Lion Invitational.
TROPHY CLUB – The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s golf team shot even par in the Lion Invitational final round on Tuesday to earn a fifth-place finish.
The Lions’ final round 288 on the par 72, 7,021-yard Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club improved five strokes over Monday’s opening round.
That round combined with Monday’s 293 gave A&M-Commerce a 581 total, five strokes behind tournament champions Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College. LSC foes Cameron, Midwestern State, and Oklahoma Christian were all tied for second at 1-over par 577. [FULL RESULTS]
Nathan McCulloch (Edinburgh, Scotland) had a great round of 4-under par 68 to finish with a two-day total of 142 (-2, 74-68). He birdied his first four holes of Tuesday’s round and had the third-best game of any player on the course. His ninth-place finish in the tournament gave him a fourth top 10 of the season in four events.
Tripp Wallace (Wolfforth Frenship) had an even-par round with two birdies and two bogeys, finishing the tournament in 20th place at 145 (+1, 73-72).
Joe Wolcik (Cleveland – Tarkington) placed 29th at 5-over par 149, Zach Burch (Lubbock – Cooper) placed 47th at 7-over par 151, and Simon Haas (Lorch, Germany) placed 52nd at 8-over par 152. Haas had four birdies on the way to an even-par round Tuesday, and Burch finished with birdies on three of his last five holes.
The Lions have one regular-season event remaining, playing in the DBU Men’s Classic at Robson Ranch in Denton on April 5-6.
|6.||Tex. A&M International||287||297||584||+8|
|11.||Missouri Southern St.||298||298||596||+20|
|15.||West Texas A&M||304||299||603||+27|
Lion Softball doubleheader vs. Southern Arkansas moved to 2:00 pm Wednesday.
COMMERCE – The start time of Wednesday’s softball doubleheader between Texas A&M University-Commerce and Southern Arkansas has moved up an hour to avoid potential incoming inclement weather.
The No. 2 Lions and No. 12 Muleriders will now start the twinbill at 2:00 pm at A&M-Commerce’s John Cain Family Softball Field.
Stay tuned to LionAthletics.com and our social media channels for updates on schedules throughout the season.
Kernal and Robinson named WBCA Honorable Mention All-Americans.
LILBURN, Ga. – The Texas A&M University-Commerce sophomore duo of DesiRay Kernal and Dyani Robinson have been named Honorable Mention All-Americans, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced today.
It marks the first All-American honor for student-athletes and the third season in program history with multiple All-Americans.
“What a tremendous honor for both Dyani and DesiRay in a year filled with so many challenges,” said Lion head women’s basketball coach Jason Burton. “They were both tasked with moving into bigger roles in their sophomore years and to say they stepped up big for us would be an understatement. I couldn’t be more proud of these two young women for not only what they’ve done on the court but for the great teammates they are and the great women they are becoming. They are just tapping into the players they can become, and if they’re willing to put in the work, the future will be very, very bright for them both.”
Kernal (Newton, Kan.) averaged 15.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game in her sophomore season, earning first-team all-Lone Star Conference honors. She scored in double figures in 14 of the Lions’ 18 games, with over 20 points in six games. She had double-doubles in five games, including the regional semifinal game against Southwestern Oklahoma. She also led the LSC in free throws and ranked fourth in the league in scoring.
Robinson (Cypress – Langham Creek) averaged 16.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 31 assists per game. She led the LSC in scoring in the regular season, scoring in double digits in 14 of 15 games played. She had 20 points or more in six games, including 29 in a record-breaking rout of Midwestern State and 25 in the regional semifinal game against Southwestern Oklahoma.
The duo led the Lions to their third straight NCAA Division II Championship berth. The win over Southern Nazarene in the regional quarterfinals made the 2020-21 Lions the second squad in program history to win a national tournament game. Along with 2019-20 WBCA honorable mention, they project All-American Chania Wright and the 2021-22 Lions to return three WBCA All-Americans.
|Hannah Belanger||Truman State|
|Kwajelin Farrar||Valdosta State|
|Brynne Lytle||Christian Brothers|
|Brooklyn Pannell||Charleston (W. Va.)|
|Allie Schulte||Lubbock Christian|
|Zakiyah Winfield||Glenville State|
WBCA Honorable Mention All-Americans
|Amy Baum||Hawaii Pacific|
|Kiara Bradley||William Jewell|
|Claire Dingus||Saint Martin’s|
|Zyaire Ewing||Delta State|
|Riley Fitzwater||Concord (W. Va.)|
|Lexy Hightower||West Texas A&M|
|Jaden Hobbs||Fort Hays State|
|Tre’Zure Jobe||Emporia State|
|Alex LaPorta||Missouri-St Louis|
|Ellie Mackay||Michigan Tech|
|Jada Marone||Notre Dame (Ohio)|
|Allie Navarette||Metro State|
|Erin Norling||Wayne State (Neb.)|
|Haley Schubert||Lee (Tenn.)|
|Julianne Sutton||North Georgia|
|Olivia West||Hawaii Pacific|
|Tori Wortz||St Cloud State|
Lions start LSC Tournament with an opening-round game vs. Oklahoma Christian.
COMMERCE – The A&M-Commerce Lions start the 2021 spring Lone Star Conference Tournament on Tuesday night, taking on the Oklahoma Christian Eagles.
WHO: A&M-Commerce vs. Oklahoma Christian
WHERE: Kingsville | Steinke Center
WHEN: 6:00 pm on Tuesday, March 23
RECORDS: A&M-Commerce completed the regular season with a 6-6 record and is the second seed out of the LSC Central. OC went 6-9 overall and 4-8 in conference play as the third seed out of the LSC North.
On the Lions:
The 11th-year Head Coach Craig Case leads A&M-Commerce, who is the winningest coach in program history. His record at A&M-Commerce stands at 190-133.
The Lions rank 11th in the conference in hitting percentage at .153, moving up two spots in that ranking with the sweep of TWU. The 11.69 assists per set rank sixth in the league, as does the 12.76 kills per set. The back row defense has kept points alive, ranking second in the conference with 19.62 digs per set.
Taryn Cast ranks 12th in the conference in hitting percentage at .260, and Celeste Vela’s 6.49 assists per set rank sixth in the conference. Maiya Dickie has moved into the top 20 in the conference in blocks at 0.76 per set.
Sydney Anderson is 17th in the LSC in kills per set at 2.60, and Dickie is 20th at 2.43, as the setters have spread the offensive opportunities around.
Riley Davidson ranks fourth in the conference in digs per set at 5.11, even after moving to outside hitter from libero earlier this year. Relatively new libero Lyric Hebert is 17th in the conference in digs at 3.62 per set.
On the opponent
Oklahoma Christian was playing intercollegiate volleyball for the first time since 1983 and qualified for the LSC Tournament with one win over Midwestern State and two wins over Cameron. The entire Eagle roster is freshmen or junior college transfers.
The Eagles rank 13th in the conference in hitting percentage at .133, and their 61 sets played ties for the conference lead. OC has been a solid defensive team, ranking seventh in the LSC in opponents’ hitting percentage at .160, tied with the Lions in that category.
Morgan Demuth ranks sixth in the LSC in hitting percentage at .273 and fourth in blocks at 1.08 per set but has missed 12 sets the Eagles have played. Spencer Plato is 15th in the conference at 5.04 assists per game.
Caitlynne Hudgens has 2.45 kills per set to rank 19th in the league and leads the Eagles. The OC service game has been strong, with Karlee Alonzo leading the league with 0.56 aces per set and Plato ranking fourth at 0.46. The top seven players in the league in aces are from the North Division.
In the series history
The Lions and Eagles meet for the first time, as the teams did not meet in intercollegiate competition before OC dropping their program.
Lion men sit in seventh after the first round of Lion Invitational, only six strokes off the lead.
TROPHY CLUB – After a tightly contested opening round, the Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s golf team sits in seventh place in the Lion Invitational.
The Lions completed the trip around the par 72, 7,021-yard Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club in 293 strokes (+5). Despite the lower position on the leaderboard, the Lions are only six strokes back of the lead, which Texas A&M International holds at 287 (-1).
They originally had planned to play 36 holes Monday, but lightning came into the picture around lunchtime, delaying the event by nearly three hours. It eliminated 18 holes of play.
Joe Wolcik (Cleveland – Tarkington) leads the Lions with a 1-under par 71 to sit in 10th place. He had five birdies on the day, all in a stretch of seven holes. He leads the tournament in par four scorings.
The event concludes Tuesday with 18 holes of action.
|1.||Tex. A&M International||287||-1|
|Missouri Southern St.||298||+10|
|West Texas A&M||304||+16|
Four Lion women sit in the top 10, with the team in second.
TROPHY CLUB – Four Lions are in the top 10 on the individual leaderboard. The Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s golf team sits in second place in the team standings after 18 holes at the Lion Invitational.
The Lions shot a 307 (+19) in the opening round, two strokes ahead of Oklahoma Christian and 16 strokes behind DBU.
They originally planned the event to play 36 holes Monday, but lightning came into the picture around lunchtime, delaying the event by nearly three hours as most teams were completing their ninth hole. It eliminated 18 holes of play.
Inma Ortiz Prieto (Huelva, Spain) leads the Lion pride in sixth place at 4-over par 76, notching two birdies on the par 72, 6,075-yard Whitworth Course. She enters the final round one stroke out of an all-tournament spot and six strokes off the lead.
Wongsinth leads the event with 14 pars, while Nichols had 13 and Hempel had 11. Michelle Becker (San Antonio – Reagan) is in 26th place at 9-over par 81, carding two birdies.
The event concludes Tuesday with 18 holes of action.
|Tex. A&M International||321||+33|
|14.||Missouri Southern St.||344||+56|
|UT Permian Basin||344||+56|
|Inma Ortiz Prieto||76||+4||t-6th|
Perera is named Lone Star Conference Indoor Field Athlete of the Year.
RICHARDSON – The Lone Star Conference named Texas A&M University-Commerce national champion high jumper Ushan Perera the Lone Star Conference’s male Indoor Field Athlete of the Year, as announced Monday.
Perera is the national champion in the men’s high jump after clearing 2.26 meters (7′ 5″) at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, AL, earlier this month. His top clearance was five and a half inches higher than the nearest competitor. He set the fourth-highest clearance in Division II history, the Sri Lankan national record, and the A&M-Commerce record. He earned the Lions’ sixth indoor national championship and had previously been named the USTFCCCA’s National Field Athlete of the Year and South Central Region Field Athlete of the Year.
Perera is the second Lion to earn LSC male Indoor Field Athlete of the Year honors, joining Matt Rich’s 2015 honor. The Lion men have won six total men’s LSC Athlete of the Year honors in indoor track and field.
A&M-COMMERCE LSC INDOOR ATHLETES OF THE YEAR