Lion Softball ranked No. 9 in NFCA Postseason Poll.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After a fantastic postseason run in the South Central Regional Tournament, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Wednesday ranked the Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team No. 9 the final 2021 national coaches poll.
It is the fourth season in the program’s seven-year history that the Lions were ranked in the Top 25 to end the season. The No. 9 ranking ties with the 2018 team for the highest postseason ranking in program history, and it also marks the 48th consecutive poll in which A&M-Commerce has been in the nation’s top 25.
The Lions are the highest-ranked team in the country who did not advance to Denver’s NCAA Championships final site. Lone Star Conference rival and Division II National Champions West Texas A&M is the No. 1 team in the poll.
Including WT, the Lions played six teams in the 2021 season who finished in the final top 25 – No. 3 Augustana, No. 14 Oklahoma Christian, No. 17 UT Tyler, No. 18 Southern Arkansas, and No. 23 Colorado Mesa.
The Lions finished the season with a 33-18 overall record, advancing to the final game of the South Central Regional Tournament. Statistically, the Lions ranked in the top 25 nationally in fielding percentage, pitching shutouts, stolen bases per game, total stolen bases, and walks drawn.
2021 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll – Postseason
|Rank||School||Points||2021 Record||Last Poll|
|1||West Texas A&M (16)||400||43-12||12|
|5||Grand Valley State||328||45-10||13|
New to Poll: No. 8 West Chester, No. 15 West Florida, No. 24 East Stroudsburg.
Dropped Out: No. 20 Angelo State, No. 23 Winona State, No. 25 Kutztown.
Receiving Votes: Angelo State (10), Central Missouri (9), Western Washington (9), Northwest Nazarene (3), Texas A&M University-Kingsville (2), Rogers State (1), West Liberty (1).
Lion Athletics excels in the classroom in Spring 2021
COMMERCE –Texas A&M University-Commerce student-athletes continued to excel in the Spring 2021 semester, posting fantastic grades throughout all sports programs in a term where most teams returned to competition as well.
As a whole, the athletics department posted a grade point average of 3.09 for the spring semester.
“As the Chief Academic Officer of A&M-Commerce, I am excited every semester to see the academic achievements of our student-athletes. We make sure that the ‘student’ in student-athlete comes first at our university, as shown by the continued good work being done in the Thrower Center for Student-Athlete Success,” said Provost Dr. John Humphreys. “We are blessed to have phenomenal student-athletes, dedicated faculty and staff, committed student success professionals, an extraordinary collaboration with every division on campus.”
With support from faculty, student success teams, academic advisors, and the staff in the Thrower Center for Student-Athlete Success, the Lions were able to succeed at sustained levels. Eight sports programs recorded grade point averages of 3.00 or higher in the spring semester, including all six women’s programs.
|Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country||3.12|
“In the midst of a pandemic, our student-athlete population chose to control what they can control,” said director of athletics Tim McMurray. “While numerous competitive and championship opportunities were reduced or eliminated, the opportunity to make progress towards diplomas, rings, and championships remained unwavering. Hearty congratulations to these talented young people.”
In terms of individual academic accolades, they named 40 Lion student-athletes to the Texas A&M University-Commerce President’s List and 58 student-athletes to the Dean’s List.
“Our student-athletes Best in Classwork in their academic pursuits as we returned to competition – and still under various learning situations – is something every Lion can be proud of,” said Victoria Kisluk, associate director of athletics for student-athlete success. “The support from our Provost, Division of Academic Affairs, faculty, academic success teams, department heads, and deans was exceptional this semester and is a true testament to the Best In Class Experience we provide for our student-athletes.”
They named a total of 56 student-athletes to the Best In Class Honor Roll, which represents a perfect 4.0 term grade point average. Additionally, 69 Lions went on the Athletics Director’s List for a term grade point average between 3.50 and 3.99, and 67 student-athletes to the Lion Honor Roll for a term grade point average between 3.00 and 3.49. In May, Lion Athletics celebrated a record 72 graduates who graduated in the spring.
Blasingame and Sanchez named LSC Scholar-Athletes.
RICHARDSON – Texas A&M University-Commerce spring graduates Kara Blasingame and Steven Sanchez have earned Lone Star Conference Scholar-Athlete awards, as announced by the conference office on Tuesday. The duo is among 35 student-athletes from across the conference to be named LSC Scholar-Athletes.
“I’m very proud of the recognition Kara and Steven have earned for their work in competition and the classroom,” said the associate director of athletics for student-athlete success, Victoria Kisluk. “They are great examples of what it means to be both an exemplary student and a hard-working athlete. Both are truly Best In Class and deserving of this recognition.”
Blasingame – a soccer student-athlete from Oswego, Ill. – graduated Summa Cum Laude in May with her bachelor of business administration in finance. Blasingame has served on the Lion Student-Athlete Advisory Council in multiple positions, including the president, and was also in Responsible Lions. She was named to the President’s List six times, the Dean’s List once, the LSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll seven times. She’s played in 51 matches for the Lions with five goals and eight assists in her career.
Sanchez – a track & field student-athlete from New Braunfels – completed his second degree at A&M-Commerce in May, graduating with his master of science in health, kinesiology, and sports studies. Sanchez was named Academic All-LSC three times in his career, as he was an indoor honoree in 2019 and 2021 and an outdoor honoree in 2021. Sanchez placed sixth at the conference meet in the discus throw at 49.71 m (163′ 1″). He was USTFCCCA All-Academic in 2020 and ranked in the top 10 in the LSC in all four throws – hammer, javelin, shot put, and discus. He is a D2ADA Academic Achievement Award winner, and they’ve named him to the LSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll six times.
Each academic year, the LSC presents a Scholar-Athlete Award to one male and one female student-athlete at each member institution. They select the student-athletes as representatives of the outstanding accomplishments in athletics, scholarship, and leadership displayed on each LSC campus during the year. For a student to be eligible for consideration, student-athletes must have participated for at least two years in their sport and be a member of the graduating class.
2020-21 LSC Scholar-Athletesaris Police arrested James William Arnold, 32, of Clarksville, at the Paris District Parole Office on a felony warrant charging him with failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements at 5:56 Tuesday evening. Officers booked Arnold and later transferred him to the Lamar County Jail.
Paris Police responded to 80 calls for service and arrested four people on Tuesday (Jun 8).
|Jordan Williams||Angelo State||R-So.||Baseball||Round Rock, Texas|
|Marissa Brezgiel||Angelo State||Sr.||Women’s Soccer||Frisco, Texas|
|Eduardo Gutierrez||Cameron||Sr.||Men’s XC/Track and Field||Hondo, Texas|
|Melany Opolz||Cameron||Sr.||Women’s Tennis||Ituzaingo, Argentina|
|Chandler Jacobs||DBU||Sr.||Men’s Basketball||Missouri City, Texas|
|Hanna Harrison||DBU||Sr.||Women’s Golf||Plano, Texas|
|Liam Sabiston||Eastern New Mexico||Sr.||Baseball||Calgary, Alberta, Canada|
|Caroline Bachman||Eastern New Mexico||Sr.||Women’s XC/Track and Field||Grants, N.M.|
|Jonathan Woods||Lubbock Christian||Sr.||Men’s Soccer||Chesterfield, England|
|Ashton Duncan||Lubbock Christian||Sr.||Women’s Basketball||Lubbock, Texas|
|Julian Barajas||Midwestern State||Sr.||Men’s Soccer||Fort Worth, Texas|
|Kityana Diaz||Midwestern State||Sr.||Women’s Basketball||Amarillo, Texas|
|Andres Brictson||Oklahoma Christian||Jr.||Men’s Golf||Merida, Mexico|
|Brianna Robinson||Oklahoma Christian||Jr.||Softball||Henderson, Texas|
|Ryan Garza||St. Edward’s||Sr.||Men’s Basketball||Edinburg, Texas|
|Kaitlyn Stark||St. Edward’s||Sr.||Women’s XC/Track and Field||Rockwall, Texas|
|Alain Peralt||St. Mary’s||Sr.||Men’s Soccer||Mountain Home, Texas|
|Alex McLennan||St. Mary’s||Sr.||Softball||Austin, Texas|
|Philip Sanchez||Texas A&M International||Sr.||Baseball||Houston, Texas|
|Nicole Heyn||Texas A&M International||Sr.||Women’s Basketball||Spanish Fork, Utah|
|Steven Sanchez||A&M-COMMERCE||Gr.||Men’s Track and Field||New Braunfels, Texas|
|Kara Blasingame||A&M-COMMERCE||Sr.||Women’s Soccer||Oswego, Ill.|
|Caleb Nash||Texas A&M-Kingsville||R-So.||Baseball||San Antonio, Texas|
|Madison Lake||Texas A&M-Kingsville||Sr.||Women’s Golf||Victoria, Texas|
|Lexi D’Abrosca||Texas Woman’s||Sr.||Women’s Soccer||Carrollton, Texas|
|Chris Rollins||UAFS||Sr.||Men’s Basketball||Akron, Ala.|
|Alejandra Rodriguez||UAFS||Sr.||Women’s Golf||Brownsville, Texas|
|Pemron Burrows||UT Permian Basin||Sr.||Baseball||Coconut Creek, Fla.|
|Megan Ashton||UT Permian Basin||Sr.||Volleyball||Midland, Texas|
|Zachary Tucker||UT Tyler||Sr.||Men’s XC/Track and Field||Perrin, Texas|
|Tristin Anders||UT Tyler||Sr.||Softball||Mont Belvieu, Texas|
|Alexander Vencel||West Texas A&M||Sr.||Men’s Soccer||Mittlehausbergen, France|
|Lexy Hightower||West Texas A&M||Sr.||Women’s Basketball||Amarillo, Texas|
|Michael Anzures||Western New Mexico||Sr.||Men’s Cross Country||Seboyeta, N.M.|
|Grisdey Parades-Alvarez||Western New Mexico||Sr.||Softball||Tucson, Ariz.|