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Josh Boateng was named LSC Field Athlete of the Week.

RICHARDSON – Texas A&M University-Commerce thrower Josh Boateng has earned Field Athlete of the Week honors from the Lone Star Conference, as announced Wednesday. 

Boateng (St. George’s, Grenada) automatically qualified for the outdoor national meet in the discus throw last weekend, winning the competition at the David Noble Relays with a national-best mark of 197-0 (60.04m). He is one of five collegians to top 60 meters this season. 

The Lions host the East Texas Invitational this Saturday. 


Date Men’s Track Men’s Field Women’s Track Women’s Field
Mar. 17 James Majenge, Cameron Summer Grubbs, UT Tyler Mya Tovar, UT Tyler
Mar. 24 Ezekiel Kipchirchir, West Texas A&M Decio Andrade, Angelo State DeOndra Green, West Texas A&M Zada Swoopes, West Texas A&M
Mar. 31 Benjamin Azamati, West Texas A&M Deoux Deysel, Angelo State

Ushan Perera, A&M-Commerce

Dhanushka Sandaruwan, West Texas A&M

Minna Svaerd, A&M-Commerce Zada Swoopes, West Texas A&M (2)
Mar. 31 Benjamin Azamati, West Texas A&M (2) Josh Boateng, A&M-Commerce

Trpimir Siroki, Angelo State

DeOndra Green, West Texas A&M (2)

Five Lions earn LSC recognition for the Spring 2021 season.

Davidson, Hebert, Andersen named all-LSC, Rashford all-freshman, Gonelli repeats as All-Academic.

RICHARDSON – The Lone Star Conference’s release recognizes five Texas A&M University-Commerce volleyball student-athletes for the 2021 spring season, with three named to the All-Conference team, one called to the All-Freshman team, and one named Academic All-Conference. 

Named to the All-Freshman team were Riley DavidsonLyric Hebert, and Sydney AndersenNicki Gonelli was named Academic All-Conference. 

The Lions went 7-7 overall and 6-6 in Lone Star Conference regular-season play, finishing in second place in the LSC Central Division. 

Davidson – a senior from Commerce – played in multiple positions for the Lions, starting the libero season before moving to outside hitter. It is her first all-conference honor. She was one of the league’s top defensive players, averaging 4.98 digs per set. Her previous season’s best was 2.98 digs per set, and she now has 908 digs for her career. She was also in on 11 blocks, had 11 aces, and had 23 kills. She had double-digit kills in every match this season. 

Hebert – a junior from Arvada, Colo. – took over libero duties in mid-season and averaged 4.04 digs per set, which ranked 14th in the conference. She was especially impressive in the first round of the LSC Tournament against Oklahoma Christian, where she had 32 digs in four sets, which was the most in a four-set match in the league this year. 

Andersen – a senior from Placentia, Calif. – earned her second career all-LSC honor after ranking 17th in the conference in kills per set at 2.58, which led the Lions. She had three double-doubles on the year, starting the season with a pair of 20 dig matches with 10-plus kills in her two seasons as a Lion, including the shortened spring 2021 campaign. Anderson has 494 kills. She was also in on 14 blocks and had 99 digs in 14 matches. 

Rashford – a redshirt freshman from Placentia, Calif. – had an excellent opening campaign for the Lions, ranking 11th in the league in hitting percentage at .249 and 29th in kills at 2.49 per set. She had double-digit kills in four matches, including 17 in the LSC Tournament win over Oklahoma Christian. 

Gonelli – from Round Rock and Stony Point HS – earned Academic All-LSC honors for the second consecutive season while also averaging career bests at 2.21 kills per set and a .233 hitting percentage. She graduated with honors with her bachelor of science in sociology in December 2020 and is pursuing a graduate degree in counseling. They have named Gonelli to the President’s List six times, the Dean’s List once, the LSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll seven times, the Best In Class Honor Roll six times, and the Athletics Director’s List once. She’s also been a recipient of the D2ADA Academic Achievement Award twice. 



Player of the Year: Kailyn Gilbreath, Angelo State

Offensive Player of the Year: Torrey Miller, West Texas A&M

Defensive Player of the Year: Ayanna Jackson, Texas A&M-Kingsville

Setter of the Year: Emily Witt, Texas A&M-Kingsville

Libero of the Year: Chandler Vogel, West Texas A&M

Newcomer of the Year: Mikayla Ware, UT-Tyler

Freshman of the Year: Ayanna Jackson, Texas A&M-Kingsville

Coach of the Year: Lyndsay Mashe, UT-Tyler

Player Team Pos. Yr. Hometown
Kailyn Gilbreath Angelo State RS Jr. Fort Worth, Texas
Chloe Patton Angelo State L Jr. Gillette, Texas
Sophia Berg Angelo State MB Jr. Georgetown, Texas
Lindsey Ledyard Angelo State S Sr. Cedar Park, Texas
Grace White Angelo State MB Jr. Helotes, Texas
Ariana Navarrete Cameron OH So. Tucson, Ariz.
Sofia Black DBU MB Jr. Houston, Texas
Alyssa Pevehouse DBU L Sr. Red Oak, Texas
Jalee Sims Lubbock Christian S Jr. Amarillo, Texas
Lauryn Bourne Midwestern State OH Fr. Cypress, Texas
Lissette Lefforge Midwestern State MB Sr. Otis, Colo.
Jaycie Fuller Midwestern State L Sr. Ft Worth, Texas
Morgan Demuth Oklahoma Christian MB Fr. Mansfield, Texas
Kelsie Scheifelbein Oklahoma Christian MB Jr. Peoria, Ariz.
Kaitlyn Krafka St. Edward’s OH Jr. Kyle, Texas
Maya Smalls St. Edward’s MB So. San Antonio, Texas
Emily Tran St. Edward’s S Jr. Eagan, Minn.
Julia Deais St. Mary’s MB Jr. San Antonio, Texas
Mackenzie Catalina Texas A&M International OH Jr. Cedar Park, Texas
Regina Tijerina Texas A&M International L Jr. Brownsville, Texas
Riley Davidson A&M-Commerce OH Sr. Commerce, Texas
Lyric Hebert A&M-Commerce L Jr. Arvada, Colo.
Sydney Andersen A&M-Commerce OH Sr. Placentia, Calif.
Emily Witt Texas A&M-Kingsville S Jr. Rose Hill, Kan.
Ayanna Jackson Texas A&M-Kingsville MB Fr. San Antonio, Texas
Nicole Murff Texas A&M-Kingsville L Jr. San Antonio, Texas
Roxanne Morris Texas A&M-Kingsville OH Sr. Goliad, Texas
Kailey Estrada Texas A&M-Kingsville MB Jr. San Antonio, Texas
Tabitha Spray Texas Woman’s RS Sr. Denton, Texas
Kaia Saylor Texas Woman’s OH Fr. Aubrey, Texas
Courtney Crownover UAFS S So. Waxahachie, Texas
Hannah Holland UAFS MB So. Fort Smith, Ark.
Reagan Macha UAFS OH Fr. Wichita Falls, Texas
Julia McCown UAFS OH So. Ozark, Mo.
Lexy Lexis UAFS L So. Phoenix, Ariz.
Aquincia Strambler UT Permian Basin OH Jr. Midland, Texas
Analise Lucio UT Permian Basin S Jr. Justin, Texas
Christina Escamilla UT Tyler RS Jr. Arlington, Texas
Savannah Guzman UT Tyler L Jr. San Antonio, Texas
Mikayla Ware UT Tyler OH Jr. San Antonio, Texas
Hattie Murray UT Tyler MB Jr. Krum, Texas
Taylor Stoops UT Tyler S Jr. Waxahachie, Texas
Torrey Miller West Texas A&M OH So. Brownwood, Texas
Chandler Vogel West Texas A&M L Sr. Hereford, Texas
Kayla Elliott West Texas A&M MB Jr. Wildomar, Calif.


Elsa Lamphere Angelo State OH Fr. Aurora, Colo.
Lauryn Bourne Midwestern State OH Fr. Cypress, Texas
Maddy Rashford A&M-Commerce OH R-Fr. Placentia, Calif.
Ayanna Jackson Texas A&M-Kingsville MB Fr. San Antonio, Texas
Kaia Saylor Texas Woman’s OH Fr. Aubrey, Texas
Reagan Macha UAFS OH Fr. Wichita Falls, Texas
Evelyn Torres UT Tyler OH Fr. Fort Worth, Texas


Player Team Yr. Pos. Major Hometown
Sophia Berg Angelo State So. MB Biology Georgetown, Texas
Morgan Preston Angelo State Sr. DS English Vicksburg, Mich.
Kailyn Gilbreath Angelo State Sr. RH Kinesiology Fort Worth, Texas
Chloe Patton Angelo State Sr. DS Biology Gillett, Texas
Arianna Navarrete Cameron So. OH Psychology Tucson, Ariz.
Jalee Sims Lubbock Christian Jr. S Middle School Education Bushland, Texas
Kaitlyn Krafka St. Edward’s Jr. OH Kinesiology Kyle, Texas
Emily Tran St. Edward’s Jr. S Behavioral Neuroscience Eagan, Minn.
Mackenzie Catalina Texas A&M International Jr. OH Accounting Cedar Park, Texas
Nicki Gonelli A&M-Commerce Jr. OH/RS Sociology /Counseling Round Rock, Texas
Isela Murillo UT Permian Basin Sr. OH Nursing Laredo, Texas
Callie Craus UT Tyler So. S Health Studies Grapevine, Texas
Hattie Murray UT Tyler Jr. MB Kinesiology Krum, Texas
Sadie Snay West Texas A&M Jr. S Sports & Exercise Science Kingman, Ariz.

Academic Player of the Year: Sadie Snay, West Texas A&M


Lions ranked No. 4 in NFCA Coaches Poll.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team fell two spots in this week’s national rankings, as the Lions are ranked fourth in the national coaches’ poll released by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Wednesday. 

It marks the 42nd consecutive poll in which they ranked A&M-Commerce in the nation’s top 25. The Lions were ranked second in the three previous weeks. 

The Lions are 21-8 on the season after the Easter weekend break in the Lone Star Conference schedule. They received one first-place vote.

A&M-Commerce has seven teams in this top 25 on this year’s schedule, including No. 1 Augustana, No. 5 UT Tyler, No. 10 West Texas A&M, No. 12 Texas A&M-Kingsville, No. 13 Oklahoma Christian, No. 22 Rogers State, and No. 24 Southern Arkansas. Lions are currently 7-5 against teams in the national rankings at the time of the game. 

The Lions face two tough LSC series on the road this weekend, taking on Texas A&M International, who is receiving votes for the poll, in Laredo at noon Friday, followed by No. 12 A&M-Kingsville at noon Sunday. 

2021 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll – April 7

Rank School Points Record Last
1 Augustana (10) 389 17-3 t2
2 North Georgia (4) 383 18-2 1
3 Valdosta State (1) 365 22-3 4
4 A&M-COMMERCE (1) 351 21-8 t2
5 UT Tyler 331 21-5 5
6 Rollins 315 10-1 6
7 Indianapolis 307 21-2 9
8 Lincoln Memorial 303 25-4 7
9 Young Harris 264 21-6 11
10 West Texas A&M 261 21-7 10
11 Winona State 239 16-3 13
12 Texas A&M-Kingsville 220 21-6 12
13 Oklahoma Christian 190 21-5 14
14 Concordia Irvine 174 12-7 8
15 Alabama-Huntsville 172 20-7 t17
16 Saint Anselm 153 5-1 16
17 Grand Valley State 145 16-4 15
18 Central Oklahoma 134 21-7 t17
19 Colorado Mesa 110 19-1 19
20 Minnesota State 95 13-4 20
21 West Florida 83 21-10 22
22 Rogers State 62 18-10 21
23 Kutztown 40 18-4 24
24 Southern Arkansas 32 13-6 25
25 Saint Leo 26 13-6 23

New to Poll: None.
Dropped Out: None.
Receiving Votes: Western Washington (15), Lubbock Christian (13), Texas A&M International (10), Biola (9), Auburn Montgomery (3), Southeastern Oklahoma State (3), Northwest Nazarene (2), Anderson (1).

Lions’ LSC Championship run ends with a 4-0 loss at West Texas A&M.

COMMERCE – The Texas A&M University-Commerce soccer team saw its Lone Star Conference Spring Championship run coming to an end in the quarterfinal round Tuesday with a 4-0 loss at West Texas A&M. 

The Lions’ season ends at 4-3-0, while the Lady Buffs will take a 7-3-0 record to the LSC semifinal round. 


– The Lions were under attack all night, as WT outshot A&M-Commerce 30-13.

– Goalkeeper Jen Peters (Allen) tied a school record for saves in a match, stopping 15 Lady Buff offerings. She shares the record with Tiffany Wilcox from the 2001 season.

– Leslie Campuzano (Garland – Lakeview Centennial) had four shots to lead the Lions, with two on goal. 


With the wind howling in the Panhandle, having the wind at a team’s back would seem to preclude more shots. That held in the first half, as West Texas had a 15-7 shot advantage. Despite the wind advantage, the Lions had the best chance of the half in the 32nd minute, when a Campuzano shot hit the crossbar and Cora Welch (Plano Senior) smoked a shot just outside the post. 

After the scoreless first half, the Lady Buffs broke the game open in the 48th minute, when Emily Avila scored a direct free kick from about 30 yards out. The Lions did not get a shot on goal in half for over half an hour, and WT had stretched the lead by then with goals from Hannah Kelly-Lusk and a pair from Noir Hawash. 

The Lions had two chances to cut into the scoreline late, but Daniela Estrada saved both attempts.

Wongsinth and Lions take titles at WT Desert Invitational.

TUCSON, Ariz. – The Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s golf team shot the lowest round of the day. It maintained the tournament lead all day on the way to a victory at the West Texas A&M Desert Invitational on Tuesday. 

The Lions shot a 308 for the day’s best round by three strokes. They were on the way to a 36-hole event total of 603 (+27, 295-308). A&M-Commerce earned the win by eight strokes over West Texas A&M. 

A&M-Commerce had more pars than any team in the field, led the tournament in par-five scorings, and finished second in birdies, par-three scoring, and par-four scoring for the Lions’ second win of the spring semester after starting the 2021 portion with a win at the Jack Brown Memorial in Laredo. 

Sarah Wongsinth (Udon Thani, Thailand) earned individual championship honors for the first time the season and the second time in her Lion career. Her two-day total of 147 (+3, 71-76) was enough to hold off Colorado Christian’s Faith Kilgore and WT’s Loukyee Songprasert by one stroke. 

Wongsinth’s only birdie of the day came on the 12th hole, but that one stroke helped give her the win. She’s earned three top fives and four top 10s in five events this season. For her Lion career, she has two wins, 11 top fives, and 17 top 10s in 22 events. 

Inma Ortiz Prieto (Huelva, Spain) shot a 75 with a birdie on Tuesday, one of the top five rounds of the day. It vaulted her up to fifth place at 152 (+8, 77-75). She has four top-five finishes in eight events this season. 

Karlee Nichols (Smithson Valley) had two birdies on the way to a seventh-place finish at 153 (+9, 76-77). It is her third top 10 finish in seven events this season. 

Sophie-Charlott Hempel (Pirmasens, Germany) and Michelle Becker (San Antonio – Reagan) tied for 25th at 160 (+16). 

This event wraps up the most successful regular season in program history, as the Lions have been ranked as high as fourth in the Golfstat statistical rankings – for now – and finished in the top five of every tournament. 

The Lions will compete in the Lone Star Conference Championships next Monday-Wednesday at the Texas Rangers Golf Club in Arlington.

 Rank   Team Scores  Total   Par 
1.  A&M-COMMERCE   295  308  603   +27
2.  West Texas A&M  300  311  611   +35
3.  Colorado Mesa  310  315  625   +49
4.  Point Loma  308  321  629   +53
5.  Midwestern St.  320  313  633   +57
6.  Biola  313  325  638   +62
 Cameron  319  319  638   +62
8.  Colorado Christian  322  318  640   +64
9.  Colorado-Colorado Springs  315  329  644   +68
10.  Angelo St.  320  331  651   +75
 Westminster  326  325  651   +75
12.  Tex. A&M International  324  330  654   +78
13.  MSU Denver  336  323  659   +83
14.  Chadron St.  333  342  675   +99
15.  St. Martin’s  336  348  684   +108
16.  UT Permian Basin  350  354  704   +128
17.  Hawai’i-Hilo  363  358  721   +145


A&M-Commerce 295 308   603    +27   1st
Sarah Wongsinth 71 76   147    +3   1st
Inma Ortiz Prieto 77 75   152    +8   t-5th
Karlee Nichols 76 77   153    +9   t-7th
Michelle Becker 71 89   160    +16   t-25th
Sophie-Charlott Hempel 80 80   160    +16   t-25th

Lion men shoot Tuesday’s lowest round to move up to second on DBU Classic final leaderboard.

DENTON – The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s golf team carded the lowest team score of the final round at the DBU Men’s Classic on Tuesday, allowing the Lions to climb up to second in the team standings. 

The Lions shot a 4-under par 284 in Tuesday’s final round, which was the day’s best round by five strokes. They finished the tournament at 864 (291-289-284), which is even par for 54 holes at the Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch. The Lions tied for tournament runner-up honors with St. Mary’s, two strokes behind event winner Oklahoma Christian (862). The Lions led the tournament in par four scoring and holes parred. 

Brody Blackmon (Sulphur Springs) was the Lions’ top finisher in the sixth pl­ace at 5-under par 211. He shot a 2-under par 70 in the final round on Tuesday, with four birdies. It marks Blackmon’s first top 10 finish as a Lion. 

Tripp Wallace (Wolfforth Frenship) placed 12th with a 54-hole score of 1-under par 215, including a 1-under par 71 Tuesday with four birdies.

Zach Burch (Lubbock – Cooper) had the Lions’ lowest round of the day with a 3-under par 69, including four birdies. He completed the event in 22nd place at 3-over par 219. 

Nathan McCulloch (Edinburgh, Scotland) had three birdies Tuesday on the way to a 2-over par 74 for the day and a 27th place finish at 4-over par 220. Simon Haas (Lorch, Germany) placed 60th at 13-over par 229, and Jovin Tan (Taiping, Malaysia) ranked 70th, competing as an individual at 16-over par 232, notching four birdies Tuesday. 

This event closed out the regular season for the Lions, who had one event win, one runner-up, and top-five placements in six of eight tournaments this season. 

A&M-Commerce’s men return to the links on April 19-21 in Arlington at Tierra Verde Golf Club for the 2020 Lone Star Conference Championships.

 Rank   Team Scores  Total   Par 
1.  Oklahoma Christian  284  283  295  862   -2
2.  A&M-COMMERCE   291  289  284  864   E
 St. Mary’s  290  282  292  864   E
4.  Midwestern St.  288  301  289  878   +14
5.  Lubbock Christian  299  289  291  879   +15
 Tex. A&M International  288  294  297  879   +15
7.  Cameron  299  287  295  881   +17
8.  Dallas Baptist  293  294  295  882   +18
9.  Southeastern Oklahoma St.  301  293  296  890   +26
10.  West Texas A&M  298  307  291  896   +32
11.  UT Dallas  294  301  305  900   +36
 UT Tyler  301  297  302  900   +36
13.  Dallas Baptist B  303  305  309  917   +53
14.  Arkansas-Ft. Smith  294  315  309  918   +54


A&M-Commerce 291 289 284   864   E   t-2nd
Brody Blackmon 74 67 70   211    -5   t-6th
Tripp Wallace 70 74 71   215    -1   t-12th
Zach Burch 74 76 69   219    +3   t-22nd
Nathan McCulloch 73 73 74   220    +4   t-27th
Simon Haas 78 75 76   229    +13   t-60th
Jovin Tan# 80 77 75   232    +16   t-70th

Lions face a rematch with WT in LSC Tournament divisional semifinal.

COMMERCE – The A&M-Commerce Lions look to continue their Lone Star Conference Tournament run on Tuesday evening, traveling to the Panhandle to take on West Texas A&M in a divisional semifinal. 

WHO: A&M-Commerce at West Texas A&M

WHERE: Canyon | The Pitch

WHEN: 6:00 pm on Tuesday, April 6

RECORDS: A&M-Commerce is 4-2-0 overall and earned the third seed in the division. West Texas A&M is 5-3-0 overall and reached the second seed in the division.



The Lions had a one-goal differential in all five matches in the regular season, with two overtime matches. They outperformed Oklahoma Christian in every phase on Saturday for a 3-0 win, allowing no shots on goal.

The Lady Buffs fell behind in their divisional quarterfinal to Texas Woman’s, then scored the match’s last three goals for a 3-1 win. 

The two teams have similar resumés on offense, with WT averaging 2.375 goals per match and the Lions averaging 2.333 goals per match. WT concedes 1.75 goals per match, and A&M-Commerce allows 1.67 goals per match. 

A&M-Commerce’s Leslie Campuzano (5.5) and WT’s Hannah Kelley-Lusk (4.63) take more shots per match than any other LSC players. Kelley-Lusk’s 0.875 goals per match are second in the conference, and Campuzano’s 0.833 is third. 

Campuzano averages 1.0 assists per match and ranks second in the conference in points per match at 2.67, followed by Kelley-Lusk’s 2.0. 

Prepared are both defenses for the formidable challenge of two speedy teams on the turf in Canyon. It is the Lions’ first match on an artificial surface this season. 

The last meeting

WT was a 4-3 overtime winner in Commerce on March 26. The Lady Buffs led three separate times, and the Lions equalized three times in regulation. Skylar SorrellMelissa Storey, and Lauren Shaw scored for the Lions, with Campuzano passing out two assists. 

In the series history

It is the 45th all-time meeting between the Lions and the Lady Buffs, with WT holding a 26-16-2 lead. The Lady Buffs have a 12-6-1 record in Canyon. The Lions are searching for their first win in the Panhandle since 2014.

Becker and Wongsinth top leaderboard as Lions lead WT Desert Invitational.

TUCSON, Ariz. – The Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s golf team leads the West Texas A&M Desert Invitational by five strokes and two Lions tied at the top of the leaderboard after 18 holes. 

The Lions shot a 295 (+7) in the first round and were the only team in the 17-school field under 300. West Texas A&M is in second at 300, and Point Loma is in third at 308. The Lions had the most pars and birdies in the round, lead the field in par three and par four, and are second in par-five scoring. 

A duo leads A&M-Commerce at 71 (1-under par), tied for the individual lead by one stroke. The Lions’ four counting scores are all in the top 20 of the field. 

Michelle Becker (San Antonio – Reagan) is one player with 71, setting a low round for her collegiate career. She had four birdies and was 3-under at one point in the round.

Sarah Wongsinth (Udon Thani, Thailand) was incredibly consistent on the way to her 71, notching 15 pars, two birdies, and a bogey. She was bogey-free for the final 16 holes. 

Karlee Nichols (Smithson Valley) is in 14th place at 4-over par 76, with three birdies on the card. Inma Ortiz Prieto (Huelva, Spain) is in 16th place at 5-over par 77 with two birdies, and Sophie-Charlott Hempel (Pirmasens, Germany) is in 31st place at 8-over par 80 with two birdies. 

The Lions’ final 18-hole round of the regular season commences on Tuesday morning.

 Rank   Team  Total   Par 
1.  A&M-COMMERCE   295   +7
2.  West Texas A&M  300   +12
3.  Point Loma  308   +20
4.  Colorado Mesa  310   +22
5.  Biola  313   +25
6.  Colorado-Colorado Springs  315   +27
7.  Cameron  319   +31
8.  Angelo St.  320   +32
 Midwestern St.  320   +32
10.  Colorado Christian  322   +34
11.  Tex. A&M International  324   +36
12.  Westminster  326   +38
13.  Chadron St.  334   +46
14.  MSU Denver  335   +47
15.  St. Martin’s  336   +48
16.  UT Permian Basin  348   +60
17.  Hawai’i-Hilo  363   +75


Tex. A&M-Commerce   295    +7   1st
Michelle Becker   71    -1   t-1st
Sarah Wongsinth   71    -1   t-1st
Karlee Nichols   76    +4   t-14th
Inma Ortiz Prieto   77    +5   t-16th
Sophie-Charlott Hempel   80    +8   t-31st


Lion men in third after two rounds at DBU Classic, Blackmon in top 10

DENTON – The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s golf team is in third place after 36 holes of action at the DBU Men’s Classic on Monday at the Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch. 

The Lions shot a 4-over par 580 (291-289) over the opening 36 holes, sitting behind Oklahoma Christian (567) and St. Mary’s (572). Texas A&M International is just behind A&M-Commerce at 582. The Lions led the field in par four scoring, at a 4.13 average, and the two eagles carded tied for the tournament lead. 

Brody Blackmon (Sulphur Springs) leads the Lions in eighth place at 3-under par 141. In the second round, he shot a 5-under par 67. That tied for the lowest of the day. It matched his collegiate-best from the first tournament of his freshman year at Ole Miss. After one birdie in the first round, the graduate transfer had a bogey-free second round with three birdies and an eagle on the par-five 12th hole. 

Tripp Wallace (Wolfforth Frenship) is in 16th place at even-par 144 (70-74). He had an eagle and three birdies in the opening round, including a run where he was four under in five holes with an eagle on the par-four 16th. He had two birdies in the second round. 

Nathan McCulloch (Edinburgh, Scotland) is in 21st place at 2-over par 146 (73-73). He had three birdies in the first round and two in the second round. 

Zach Burch (Lubbock – Cooper) is in 49th place at 6-over par 150 (74-76) with five total birdies, Simon Haas (Lorch, Germany) is in 65th place at 9-over par 153 (78-75) with four birdies, and Jovin Tan (Taiping, Malaysia) is in 84th competing as an individual at 13-over 157 (80-77) with three birdies. 

The Lions close out the regular season with 18 holes on Tuesday, starting at 8:30 am.

 Rank   Team Scores  Total   Par 
1.  Oklahoma Christian  284  283  567   -9
2.  St. Mary’s  290  282  572   -4
3.  A&M-COMMERCE   291  289  580   +4
4.  Tex. A&M International  288  294  582   +6
5.  Cameron  299  287  586   +10
6.  Dallas Baptist  293  294  587   +11
7.  Lubbock Christian  299  289  588   +12
8.  Midwestern St.  288  301  589   +13
9.  Southeastern Oklahoma St.  301  293  594   +18
10.  UT Dallas  294  301  595   +19
11.  UT Tyler  301  297  598   +22
12.  West Texas A&M  298  307  605   +29
13.  Dallas Baptist B  303  305  608   +32
14.  Arkansas-Ft. Smith  294  315  609   +33


A&M-Commerce 291 289   580    +4   3rd
Brody Blackmon 74 67   141    -3   8th
Tripp Wallace 70 74   144   E   t-16th
Nathan McCulloch 73 73   146    +2   t-21st
Zach Burch 74 76   150    +6   t-49th
Simon Haas 78 75   153    +9   t-65th
JoVin Tan# 80 77   157    +13   t-84th

Courtney Washington named Associate AD for Compliance and Student Services.

COMMERCE – Texas A&M University-Commerce has announced Courtney Washington’s hiring as the Lions’ Associate Athletics Director for Compliance and Student Services. 

“What a thrill to welcome Courtney Washington to our Lion Athletics family,” Director of Athletics Tim McMurray said. “Courtney quickly emerged from a deep and talented pool of compliance professionals during this process. She demonstrated tremendous expertise and knowledge, along with authenticity for serving student-athletes and coaches that was evident. Her professional acumen aligns perfectly with our Best in Class mission and core values, and it is a thrill to have her as a teammate.”

Washington comes to A&M-Commerce from Alcorn State University, where she served as the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Services for the Division I Braves’ program since November 2019. 

“I’m excited to join the Lion family, and I look forward to meeting all the student-athletes and coaching staff,” Washington said. “They’ve been doing amazing things in athletics and the classroom, and my goal is to keep that tradition going and hopefully add more to it.” 

Before Alcorn, she served at the University of Memphis as its NCAA Compliance Certification Officer. She has experience working with both Division I and Division II programs. 

Before she arrived at Memphis, she worked at Delta State University as the Records and Compliance Specialist and at Auburn University at Montgomery as a Compliance Assistant. Washington has an immense passion for athletics and the promotion of competitive, prepared student-athletes who can join society well-equipped and knowledgeable.

Before her athletics career, Washington taught high school in the Mississippi Delta, and that experience sparked her passion for education and student development. 

A native of Cleveland, Miss., in the Mississippi Delta, she holds a Bachelor’s in Public Policy from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Education in Sport Management from Auburn University at Montgomery. 

Washington is also a member of the National Association for Athletics Compliance and National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals.

Lauren Flowers named to AVCA Thirty Under 30

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Texas A&M University-Commerce assistant volleyball coach Lauren Flowers has been recognized as a recipient of the “Thirty Under 30” Award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association, as released Monday. 

Flowers is in her second full year as an assistant coach for the Lions and has helped lead A&M-Commerce to a record of 31-14, a Lone Star Conference North Division championship and NCAA Division II Tournament appearance in 2019, and a 7-7 record in the abbreviated 2021 spring season. 

“It is amazing to be recognized by an organization like the AVCA and to represent Lion Athletics and NCAA Division II,” Flowers said of her recognition. “Our whole program has worked so hard in the last year, and I’m really blessed to work with our student-athletes and staff every day.” 

Of the 30 coaches recognized by the AVCA, Flowers is one of only three Division II coaches who earned the award. 

While not competing during fall 2020, Flowers and Lion Volleyball worked off the court to accomplish the AVCA Community Voting Award for 100% voter registration and participation. The Lions also had a record-breaking Fall 2020 team grade point average of 3.7, with 11 student-athletes receiving a 4.0. In addition to the postseason appearance and divisional championship in 2019, Flowers helped coach two AVCA All-Americans and six all-LSC selections. 

“I’m really proud of Lauren and for her receiving this recognition by the AVCA,” said head coach Craig Case. “Her dedication and her commitment to both becoming better herself and improving those around her every day is very inspiring. Any success we have on and off the court is in large part due to her efforts and passion. I couldn’t be happier she is being recognized by the AVCA, and I couldn’t think of anyone more deserving.” 

Before coming to Commerce, Flowers coached for two seasons at UT-Permian Basin and two seasons at Western New Mexico. She coached three all-LSC players and a conference player of the year at those stops. 

“I want to learn as much as possible about this game and become the best coach I can. I am much less interested in titles than I used to be and have really tried to focus on my personal best and the overall excellence of the program I’m with. I would love to continue pursuing a career in coaching and use it to connect with other people in this amazing community! Volleyball has given me so much, and I’d like to focus on ways I can continue to grow and then give back,” Flowers added. 

She has her bachelor of arts from Azusa Pacific and her master of arts from Western New Mexico. Lauren’s husband, Steven, is a volunteer assistant coach for Lion Volleyball, and the couple’s daughters Joy and Micah are an ever-present part of the program.

Named to the LSC Athletic Performance Team – Hempel and Sanchez.

RICHARDSON – They announced the second annual Lone Star Conference Athletic Performance All-Conference Team with Texas A&M University-Commerce’s Sophie-Charlott Hempel and Steven Sanchez honored. 

The all-conference team recognizes student-athletes who excel in work ethic, dedication to process, attendance, communication, leadership, and growth. The individual awards are voted upon by the league’s athletic performance staff. 

Hempel – a senior golfer from Pirmasens, Germany – is ranked 45th in the nation with two career top-five finishes and 12 top 10 placements. She has finished in the top 10 in six of the seven events she’s played in this season.

According to sports performance graduate assistant Adam Markley, “Sophie is the first golfer to the weight room each day, and she demonstrates a high work ethic and leadership. Sophie has shown great improvement throughout the school year.” 

Sanchez, a graduate thrower on the Lion track and field team from New Braunfels, has been a top performer for the Lions. He earned points in the weight throw at the LSC Indoor Championships earned LSC All-Academic and USTFCCCA All-Academic awards twice in his career. 

According to the director of sports performance Lance Farmer, “Steven has demonstrated a strong work ethic over the course of his career. Steven is active with SAAC and is currently student teaching while practicing and competing. During weight room sessions, he will give technique tips to fellow teammates on the surrounding platforms.”