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National Champion Lions to host Lone Star Pro Day and Small College Combine on March 31.

COMMERCE – The National Champion Texas A&M University-Commerce football program will host the third annual Lone Star Pro Day and Small College Combine on Saturday, March 31.

Testing and indoor workouts will begin at 9:00 a.m. that day in Whitley Gym. Ernest Hawkins field at Memorial Stadium is the site following the indoor portion, drills, and exercises. Fans are invited to observe the workouts from the weight room balcony in Whitley Gym during the indoor part of the event, and from the East side stands in Memorial Stadium during the outdoor testing and positional drills.

Players slated to work out include Harlon Hill Trophy winner Luis Perez, All-Americans Jared Machorro and Yusef Sterling-Lowe, Poet Thomas, a host of other former Lions, and other small college players from the Lone Star Conference and other in-state institutions.

“It is fun to see these former Lion student-athletes, as well as players from 13 different schools across Texas, come together and perform in front of all these NFL and CFL scouts,” stated Lions’ NFL Liaison and outside linebackers coach Andy Townsend. “We put a lot of effort into putting on a great pro day, as this event helps those guys get a step closer to reaching their dreams.”

Nearly half of the teams in the NFL have already confirmed their attendance at the Pro Day. They include the Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl runner-up New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

For more information on the Lone Star Pro Day and Small College Combine, please contact pro liaison and assistant coach Andy Townsend at (903) 886-5566 or andy.townsend@tamuc.edu.



Mariah Jameyson named LSC Hitter of the Week for the fourth time in five weeks.

RICHARDSON– Texas A&M University-Commerce catcher Mariah Jameyson has been named the Lone Star Conference Hitter of the Week. The award was announced Monday by the conference office. It is the fourth time in five weeks that Jameyson has won the honor.

Jameyson– a senior from Seattle, Wash.– had another outstanding week at the plate, hitting .875 with seven hits, three home runs, and five RBIs. She had an on-base percentage of .909, reaching base on 10 of her 11 plate appearances, with a slugging percentage of 2.125. In the first game of the No. 9 Lions’ three-game series against A&M-Kingsville, Jameyson had a single, a double and a home run and scored two runs while also bringing in two. She then went 3-for-3 in the second game of the series, including a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game in the Lions’ eventual win. In the final game of the series, Jameyson had two walks and hit a walk-off home run in the seventh inning to help the Lions sweep the series. The senior leads the LSC in batting average, hits, RBIs, slugging and on-base percentage.

Jameyson leads all of Division II in RBIs (59). She is in the top 10 in the nation in home runs (15), hits (50) and slugging percentage (1.144). She also leads the LSC in on-base percentage (.629) and batting average (.556).

Jameyson and the No. 9 Lions are currently 28-3 on the season after sweeping Texas A&M-Kingsville last week. The Lions are 13-2 in conference play and are in a tie for first place in the conference standings. A&M-Commerce returns to the diamond on Thursday to start a three-game road series against Eastern New Mexico. The teams will play a doubleheader on Thursday beginning at 6:00 p.m. CDT (5:00 p.m. MDT). The teams will then conclude the series on Friday with a single game starting at 1:00 p.m. CDT (Noon MDT). All games will be at the Greyhound Softball Field in Portales, N.M.

Feb. 6 – Kinsie Hebler, A&M-Commerce
Feb. 13 – Kourtney Coveney, West Texas A&M
Feb. 20 – Kinsie Hebler, A&M-Commerce (2)
Feb. 27 – Mariah Jameyson, A&M-Commerce
Mar. 6 – Mariah Jameyson, A&M-Commerce (2)
Mar. 12 – Madison Greenwell, Angelo State
Mar. 19 – Mariah Jameyson, A&M-Commerce (3)
Mar. 26 – Mariah Jameyson, A&M-Commerce (4)

Feb. 6 – Emily Otto, A&M-Commerce
Feb. 13 – Jordan Withrow, Tarleton State
Feb. 20 – Morgan Hill, Angelo State
Bethany Hines, Cameron
Feb. 27 – Brandy Marlett, Angelo State
Mar. 6 – Katie Dean, A&M-Commerce
Mar. 12 – Jordan Withrow, Tarleton State (2)
Mar. 19 – Megan Rosewell, Tarleton State
Mar. 26 – Jordan Withrow, Tarleton State (3)



Full Lion squad opens outdoor season at Bobby Lane Invitational.

ARLINGTON – The Texas A&M University-Commerce track and field teams began the outdoor season in earnest on Saturday at the UT Arlington Bobby Lane Invitational, held at Maverick Stadium. Seven Lions earned provisional qualifying marks in the first full-squad meet of the outdoor season.

“The staff and I are delighted with the results from today,” said Lion head track and field coach George Pincock. “After the indoor National Championships, the team hit the reset button and has been training hard. Because of that, a lot of the athletes are competing, and a little bit tired, or on sore legs. It’s a competitive group, and we still saw great marks for this time of the year. Malcolm Woods’ time in the open 200 meters is one of his fastest races ever. We also had a PR for one of our freshman pole vaulters in Jake Graf (4.70m), and I know he was excited about that. I’m confident that as we move through the outdoor season, we will see some spectacular performances.”

DeVontae Steele put up a provisional qualifying mark in the men’s triple jump to start his outdoor season with the top score in the nation. His leap of 15.56 meters (51-0 ¾) is the high mark in the country by 15 centimeters, and he is only one of two men in the nation to go over 50 feet at this point in the season. He is just two centimeters short of an automatic qualifying mark.

Malcolm Woods earned a provisional qualifying mark in the men’s 200-meter dash with a time of 21.36 seconds.

Minna Svaerd earned a provisional qualifying mark in the women’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:01.37.

A trio of Lion women earned provisional qualifying marks in the women’s high jump, as Markie Abbott, Hailey Nelson, and Chelsea Cheek all cleared 1.68 meters (5-6).

2017 All-American Jasmine Roberts earned a provisional qualifying mark in the women’s triple jump with a score of 11.81 meters (38-9).

The Lions will split their squad between two meets in Central Texas next week. A&M-Commerce will compete in both the 91st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays built by the Home Depot at the University of Texas, as well as Texas State’s Bobcat Invitational.



Walkoff homers push No. 9 Lions to a series sweep of Javelinas.

COMMERCE – The No. 9 Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team used walk-off home runs in both games of Saturday’s doubleheader against Texas A&M University-Kingsville, winning 7-6 and 4-3 to sweep the Lone Star Conference series at the John Cain Family Softball Complex.

The Lions are now 28-3 overall and 13-2 in the LSC with the sweep and move their winning streak to 12 games, while A&M-Kingsville falls to 17-18 overall and 7-11 in the league.

A&M-Commerce hits the road for its next series, taking on Eastern New Mexico in Portales for a three-game Lone Star Conference series. The sequence in Portales, N.M., is set to begin Thursday, March 29, with a doubleheader at 5:00 p.m. MDT.

– All seven of the Lions’ runs came via the home run with Bri Sims smashing two homers and Kinsie Hebler, Kimber Neal, and Mariah Jameyson hit a long ball each.
– Jameyson went 3-for-3 in the game with two RBIs, while Sims’ pair of homers brought home three runs.
– Emily Otto picked up the win in the circle with three innings of hitless and scoreless relief. She moved her record to 9-3 on the season.
– Selena Rima allowed four earned runs in four innings as the starting pitcher. Hebler allowed two runs.

Neither team was able to score in the first two and a half innings before a Lion offensive explosion with two out in the bottom of the third. Hebler jumped on the first pitch of her at-bat and hammered it entirely out of the John Cain Family Softball Complex for her seventh homer of the season and a 1-0 lead.

After Jameyson drew a walk, Sims launched her fifth homer of the season to the berm in center field. The two-run shot gave the Lions a 3-0 advantage after three complete innings.

The Javelinas responded in the top of the fourth inning, narrowing the deficit to 3-2 after a pair of solo home runs by Roxy Chapa and Anastasia Leibas.

A&M-Commerce used two-out offense to plate its next run, as Neal smashed her first career home run to left field to push the Lions back out to a two-run lead at 4-2.

The Javelinas took their first lead of the series in the top of the fifth. After the first two runners reached base, Hebler entered the game and conceded a three-run home run to the left by Victoria Schoonard-Saborio giving A&M-Kingsville a 5-4 lead. A squeeze bunt with a runner on third brought home another run, but Otto managed to leave the bases full of Javelinas with the visitors up 6-4.

The Lions made the home faithful sweat out the decision to the end before walking off with a victory. After a pair of groundouts to start the frame, Hebler drew a walk. With two strikes and two out, Jameyson mashed her 14th homer of the season to right-center to tie the game at 6-6.

With a full count, Sims hammered her ball to nearly the same spot for her sixth homer of the year, walking the Lions off with the 7-6 win and ensuring the series win.

– Jameyson smashed a walk-off homer to seal the Lion sweep. She also walked twice.
– Emily Otto earned the win in relief with a third of an inning, as the Lions threw out the go-ahead run at the plate in the top of the seventh. Katie Dean allowed three runs on seven hits in 6.2 innings, walking two and striking out one.
– Monica Cherry hit a sixth-inning triple, followed by a Kayla Kilcrease homerun to give the Lions a lead in the sixth inning.
– Ciera Nunez had two hits and drew two walks to reach base in all four plate appearances.
– Kilcrease finished the game with two singles.

The Lions opened the scoring in the first, as Nunez singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Sims brought her home with a single to give A&M-Commerce a 1-0 lead, but the rally ended as the trail runner was thrown out.

The Javelinas tied up the game in the top of the third after a hit batsman moved to second on a groundout and scored on Schoonard-Saborio’s single to center.

The game would stay at 1-1 as the pitchers took over until the bottom of the sixth. Cherry led off with a triple past the diving right fielder, and Kilcrease immediately launched her third homer of the season to centerfield, putting the Lions ahead 3-1 with the chance to close out the game in the top half of the seventh inning.

A&M-Kingsville tied up in the game with a two-run, two-out home run to right field by Schoonard-Saborio in the top of the seventh. The go-ahead run tried to score from second on a single to the right but Vanessa Avina rifled the throw home, and Jameyson tagged the runner out.

Jameyson would provide the late-inning dramatics yet again, smashing the first pitch she saw in the bottom of the seventh over the center field fence for her 15th dinger of the season and the second straight walk-off win.



No. 9 Lions push winning streak to 10 with a 5-2 win over Javelinas.

COMMERCE – The No. 9 Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team held on for a 5-2 win over Texas A&M University-Kingsville in the opening game of the Lone Star Conference series at the John Cain Family Softball Complex on Friday night.

The Lions move to 26-3 overall and 11-2 in the LSC with the win, while the Javelinas fall to 17-16 overall and 7-9 in LSC play.

The two teams will meet for a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m. on Local Heroes Day.

– Mariah Jameyson went 3-for-3 at the plate for the Lions, who collected eight hits to the Javelinas’ four.
– Baylea Higgs, Kinsie Hebler, Monica Cherry, Kayla Kilcrease, and Jodie Hill each had one hit for the Lions.
– Jameyson and Hill each hit home runs for the Lions. Seven of the Lions’ eight hits were extra base hits, as Cherry hit a triple and Higgs, Hebler, Jameyson, and Kilcrease doubled.
– Katie Dean moved her record to 11-1 on the season, allowing two earned runs on four hits, walking three and striking out none.
– Selena Rima made her third save of the year, coming into the game with the bases loaded and none out and getting out of the game without allowing a run.

After a scoreless first inning, the Lions opened the scoring in the bottom of the second. Jameyson led off the frame with a single up the middle and came home on Cherry’s triple to the gap in right-center.

Jameyson personally extended the Lion lead in the bottom of the fourth, leading off the frame by blasting her 13th home run of the season to the berm in dead centerfield to push the host’s advantage to 2-0.

Hill doubled the Lion advantage with two out in the bottom of the fourth. The sophomore smashed her fifth homer of the season to left field with a runner on base, extending the lead to 4-0.

Dean carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning when the Javelinas rallied. The guests loaded the bases with one out, and a pinch-hit single by Delila Gillespie scored a run to cut the lead to 4-1. After a runner left early, Dean induced a foul out to minimize the damage.

The Lions immediately pushed the margin back to four runs in the bottom of the fifth as Hebler led off with a frozen rope double to force a pitching change. Jameyson welcomed the new pitcher with an RBI double to center, giving the Lions a 5-1 lead.

A&M-Kingsville brought a run back in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly after a leadoff double, making it a 5-2 contest.

The Javelinas brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the seventh inning with none out, as the guests loaded the bases. Rima came into the game and induced a double play ball back to the circle followed by a foul out to lock down the victory.



Softball adds April 4 doubleheader to the home schedule

COMMERCE – Texas A&M University-Commerce head softball coach Richie Bruister has announced the program has added a home doubleheader against Rogers State University to the schedule. The Lions and Hillcats will face off on Wednesday, April 4, with the first game starting at 3 p.m.

The Lions are currently ranked No. 9 nationally, carrying a 25-3 record, while Rogers State is 24-7 overall. This matchup comes after the Lions had five games canceled due to poor weather conditions earlier in the season.

Season ticket holders will receive complimentary admission to this doubleheader, and will not need to buy additional tickets.



Perez’ Player of the Year honor leads six Lions on Don Hansen All-American teams.

BROOKFIELD, Ill. – As spring football concludes in preparation for the 2018 season, the National Champion Texas A&M University-Commerce football program has six players honored as All-Americans by the Don Hansen Football Committee, as released on Thursday, March 22.

Quarterback Luis Perez was named the Offensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-American, while offensive tackle Jared Machorro was named a first-team All-American.

Tight end Vincent Hobbs was named a second-team All-American, kicker Kristov Martinez was named a third-team All-American, and defensive end Michael Onuoha and linebacker Brucks Saathoff were named honorable mention All-Americans.

The Don Hansen team carries out the legacy of long-time small college football advocate Don Hansen, who passed away at age 75 on Aug. 29, 2010. Hansen, from Brookfield, Ill., started and published Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA Division II All-America teams for the first time in 1988. Don Hansen’s Football Gazette began picking Division II All-Region squads in 2003.

Perez was the winner of the 2017 Harlon Hill Trophy, awarded the top Division II college football player in the nation. He completed 421-of-596 passes for 4,999 yards, 46 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. The 4,999 yards are the fourth-most by a quarterback in a single Division II season. He also set Division II Championship records for pass completions (144), pass attempts (211) and passing yards (1,570). He became the first quarterback to pass for over 300 yards in the National Championship game since 2005 and tied a Lone Star Conference record for the most 200-yard passing games in a season with 14. He became the first Harlon Hill Trophy winner to also win a Division II National Championship since 2002 and only the sixth overall in the 32-year history of Division II’s premier football award.

For his career, Perez completed 665-of-985 passes for 8,325 yards, 78 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions. He was the starting quarterback for 28 games, leading the Lions to a 25-3 record, two NCAA Division II playoff appearances, and a Lone Star Conference championship. He completed his collegiate career leading the Lions on a 10-game winning streak, which is the longest active winning streak in Division II.

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

Machorro earns his ninth career All-American honor, as he was also named a First Team All-American by the American Football Coaches’ Association, the Division II Conference Commissioners Association, and D2Football.com, and a Second Team All-American by the Associated Press.

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

Hobbs earns his first career All-American honor after finishing the 2017 season as the tight end with the most receiving yards in Division II. He had 64 receptions for 785 yards and seven touchdowns in his junior campaign, including four TDs in the playoffs. He had two games with over 100 yards receiving with 144 against UT Permian Basin and 105 against Midwestern State. He was previously named First Team All-Lone Star Conference.

Martinez earns his second career All-American honor after being named honorable mention by Don Hansen’s in 2016. He led the Lone Star Conference in field goal percentage (85.7 percent), field goals per game (1.6), and a school single-season record for total points scored (137). Martinez became the Lions’ all-time leading scorer with 338 points scored through his first three seasons. He made 65-of-66 PAT attempts and 24-of-28 field goals, including a perfect 16-of-16 on PATs and 11-of-12 on field goals in the playoffs. He was named second team all-region by the D2CCA, first team all-Lone Star Conference, and Lone Star Conference All-Academic.

Onuoha earns his first career All-American honor after earning first team all-Lone Star Conference honors. From his defensive end position, Onuoha made 56 tackles with 12 tackles for loss and five sacks with a forced fumble in the first round of the playoffs at Winona State. He had at least one tackle for loss in seven consecutive games to end the season and had 21 tackles in the playoffs.

Saathoff earns his first career All-American honor. He was a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award as the small college defensive player of the year. Saathoff finished as the leading tackler for the 2017 National Champions with 101 stops including six tackles for loss and four sacks. He had six tackles and a sack in the National Championship Game. He was previously named a first-team all-Lone Star Conference selection at linebacker. He had double-digit tackles in four games, including 11 at Central Washington and 14 in the National Semifinal victory over Harding. He was named Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week against West Texas A&M when he made 12 tackles and forced a fumble.

Offensive Player of the Year: Luis Perez, QB, A&M-Commerce
Defensive Player of the Year: Marcus Martin, DE, Slippery Rock
Special Teams Player of the Year: Deonte Harris, RS, Assumption
Freshman of the Year: Austin Ryan, WR, Bentley
Co-Coaches of the Year: Pete Shinnick, West Florida & Paul Tortorella, Indiana (Pa.)

First Team Offense

QB Luis Perez 6-3 220 SR A&M-Commerce Chula Vista, Calif.
FB Jordan  Johnson 6-1 231 SO West Texas A&M Eagle Lake, Texas
RB Marc Jones 5-11 225 JR Gannon Painesville, Ohio
RB Cameron Mayberry 5-11 200 SO Colorado Mines Stillwater, Okla.
WR Weston Carr 6-2 200 SO Azusa Pacific Benicia, Calif.
WR J.T. Luper 5-9 175 SR Central Oklahoma Sherman, Texas
WR Austin Ryan 6-0 185 FR Bentley Foxborough, Mass.
TE Nick Keizer 6-5 255 SR Grand Valley State Portage, Mich.
OC Taylor Nikithser 6-4 300 SR California (Pa.) Wexford, Pa.
OG Bryan Redmond 6-2 312 SR Bowie State Upper Marlboro, Md.
OG Nic Sawyer 6-5 305 JR Ferris State Ann Arbor, Mich.
OT Jared Machorro 6-7 280 SR A&M-Commerce Coldspring, Texas
OT Travis Talley 6-3 285 SR Fort Hays State Colorado Springs, Colo.
AP Trenton Cannon 5-11 175 SR Virginia State Hampton, Va.
PK Cole Tracy 5-11 190 SR Assumption Camarillo, Calif.

First Team Defense

DE Marcus Martin 6-2 255 SR Slippery Rock West Mifflin, Pa.
DE Zach Sieler 6-6 290 JR Ferris State Pinckney, Mich.
DT Jake Klinger 6-2 275 JR Bloomsburg Berwick, Pa.
DT Nathan Shepherd 6-5 300 SR Fort Hays State Ajak, Ontario, Canada
LB Kirby Hora 6-2 210 JR Augustana (S.D.) Sioux Falls, S.D.
LB Kyle Kitchens 6-2 205 SR Catawba Decatur. Ga.
LB Osband Thompson 6-0 205 SR Tuskegee Miami, Fla.
LB Collin Schlosser 6-1 230 SR Grand Valley State Ada, Mich.
S Andrew Benson 6-2 205 SR Assumption East Bridgewater, Mass.
S Chris Johnson 6-3 200 JR North Alabama Birmingham, Ala.
CB Tyler Hasty 6-0 190 JR Central Washington Bellevue, Wash.
CB Zuril Hendrick 6-0 181 JR Edinboro Rochester, N.Y.
P Justin Marcha 6-1 200 SR Emporia State Edmond, Okla.
RS Deonte Harris 5-6 170 JR Assumption Baltimore, Md.

Second Team Offense

QB Connor Jessop 6-5 220 SR Shepherd Ashburn, Va.
FB Chris Eastburn 6-0 244 JR Arkansas Tech Pearcy, Ark.
RB Kamal Cass 5-11 185 SR Eastern New Mexico Clovis, N.M.
RB Walter Fletcher 5-9 191 SO Edinboro Columbia, Md.
WR Cory Contini 6-1 195 JR Ohio Dominican Dover, Ohio
WR Ryan Feiss 5-10 190 JR Shepherd Forest Hill, Md.
WR Keshaun Taylor 6-1 180 SR Mars Hill Homestead, Fla.
TE Vincent Hobbs 6-3 255 JR A&M-Commerce Mesquite, Texas
OC Dominic Giunta 6-3 284 SR Ashland Willoughby, Ohio
OG Innis Claud V 6-0 290 SO Delta State Albany, Ga.
OG Colin McAllister 6-2 290 SO Indiana (Pa.) Boothwyn, Pa.
OT John Conner 6-5 293 SR Ashland Akron, Ohio
OT Levonte Hights 6-4 300 SR Shepherd North Chesterfield, Va.
AP Ja’Quan Gardner 5-7 205 SR Humboldt State Ceres, Calif.
PK Casey Bednarski 6-1 230 JR Minnesota State Oconomowoc, Wis.

Second Team Defense

DE Myles Humphrey 6-2 245 SR Shepherd Upper Marlboro, Md.
DE James Prater, Jr. 6-0 253 JR Ashland Columbus, Ohio
DT Jemal Averette 6-2 288 SR Indiana (Pa.) Upper Marlboro, Md.
DT Freddie Reed 6-0 309 SR North Alabama West Point, Miss.
LB Sam Blankenship 6-2 205 JR Harding Tulsa, Okla.
LB Dennis Gareck 6-0 205 SR Sioux Falls Lake in the Hills, Ill.
LB Kevin Haynes 6-1 228 SR Central Washington Battle Ground, Wash.
S Glenn Harris 6-1 180 SR Wayne State (Neb.) Kansas City, Mo.
S Andrew Spencer 6-1 210 SR Winona State Lake Villa, Ill.
CB J.R. Stevens 6-0 175 SO Indiana (Pa.) Langhorne, Pa.
CB Darius  Williams 6-0 195 JR Colorado State-Pueblo Gilbert, Ariz.
P Zach Gaines 6-1 218 SO West Alabama Calera, Ala.
RS Trenton Cannon 5-11 175 SR Virginia State Hampton, Va.
RS Vashon Nutt 5-9 175 SR Northwood Northridge, Calif.

Third Team Offense

QB Amir Hall 6-4 180 JR Bowie State Bowie, Md.
FB Theo Blackston 6-0 235 JR Mercyhurst Wheeling, W. Va.
RB Daouda Sylla 5-9 210 SR Findlay Ypsilanti, Mich.
RB David Tann 5-10 210 SR Colorado Mesa Cedar Rapids, Iowa


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