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Seguin’s Brooks chooses D-II Rattlers to pursue college basketball dream

April 18th, 2014

(Seguin) – Seguin High School senior Skyler Brooks signed a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday to accept a basketball scholarship from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.  Wednesday was National Signing Day for high school seniors committing to NCAA Division I and Division II programs.  

Brooks, who averaged 20.5 points, 8.7 rebounds, and hit 47 percent of his shots for the Matadors this past season, was recruited by several programs, but felt most comfortable accepting the offer to play close to home for coach Jim Zeleznak and NCAA Division II Rattlers.  

“I chose them because the coaches are real friendly.  They brought me in, and it was just the right school for me,” Brooks said. 

Brooks was a two-time first-team All-District 27-4A selection and three-year varsity starter at Seguin High School.  At 6’4” with a polished, versatile offensive skill set, Brooks has the combination of size, athleticism, ball handling ability, and shooting touch to become an ideal two-guard at the collegiate level.   

“He’s come a long way since his freshman year,” Seguin head boys’ basketball coach Dwayne Gerlich says.  “As a freshman, he was on our JV team, and we saw a lot of potential in him, and he kept putting the effort in.  Not only in the off-season, but in the summer, and traveling, and playing on select teams.  He’s definitely earned it.  He’s going to be a successful student in the classroom, and he’s also going to have success on the court.”  

Brooks expressed gratitude for the guidance and motivation he received from Gerlich over the past four years as a Matador. 

“It meant a lot.  He pushed me toward everything I’ve done, and he helped me get where I am today.”  

Academics played a major role in Brooks’ decision to attend St. Mary’s, and he plans to pursue a law career after graduation.  As for his continuing development as a basketball player, Brooks has identified the areas he intends to focus on this off-season.  

“I need more strength, and to work on my quickness, and I should be fine.”  

Signing with the Rattlers caps an exciting couple of weeks for Brooks.  He was also recently selected to play in the THSCA All-Star Game in San Antonio on July 21, and is the first Seguin player to receive that distinction in the event’s 79-year history.  Brooks joins a St. Mary’s program that has qualified for the NCAA Division II tournament in each of the past three seasons. 

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Seguin softball eliminated from playoff race in regular season finale

April 18th, 2014

(Boerne) – The Boerne-Champion Chargers crushed the Seguin High School softball team’s playoff hopes Tuesday night in the District 27-4A regular season finale, handing the Matadors a 6-4 loss in what was a must-win game for both teams.  

Buda-Hays and Lockhart had already clinched two of the four available playoff berths in the district, and four teams – Seguin, Champion, Kyle-Lehman, and Clemens – came into Tuesday tied for the final two spots with identical 7-6 district records.  Champion defeated Seguin to claim one of those spots, and Lehman beat Clemens to secure the other.  The Chargers and Lobos finish with final district records of 8-6, while the Matadors and Buffaloes are out of the playoffs at 7-7.  

Seguin took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning Tuesday when Kaycee Govett singled, advanced to second on a fly-ball by Jadyn Rojas, stole third, and scored on Alexis Nixon’s RBI-single.  Boerne-Champion scored two runs in the bottom of the first and three more in the third to open up a 5-1 lead.  Whitney Wendel and Megan Cruz each came up with base hits in the top of the fourth, and Paige Conrey drove in Wendel with a single to make it a 5-2 game.  Seguin could muster no more offense from that point, and the Chargers tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. 

Govett went 4-4 with a run scored, and Rojas finished 3-4.  Kaylee Atchley worked 3-1/3 innings in the pitcher’s circle, allowing one run on four hits with two strikeouts.  Kylee Osborne pitched 2-2/3 frames, giving up five runs (only one earned) on five hits.  Seguin committed six errors, leading to four unearned runs, and the Matadors stranded nine runners on base.  

Seguin softball’s final 2014 season record is 14-18. 

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Peterson finishes tied for 6th, TLU Men's Golf finishes fourth at Mirimichi/Rhodes Invitational

April 18th, 2014

(MILLINGTON, Tenn.) – The Texas Lutheran men's golf team, behind the strong play of Adam Peterson, finished fourth at the Mirimichi/Rhodes Spring Invitational on Monday with a total score of 626 (+50) at Mirimichi Golf Course. 

The Bulldogs improved by eight strokes in their second round, carding a team score of 309 (+21) on Monday and jumping Spalding University to move from fifth to fourth. 

Peterson notched a sixth-place tie, carding a 3-over par 75 in the final round to finish with a total score of 153 (+9). He was just one stroke out of a top-five finish, but still gave TLU its second top-10 finish in as many weeks. 

Chance Cathey  also improved upon his first-round score, carding a 5-over 77 on Monday to finish tied for 14th. He finished up the two rounds with a score of 156 (+12) after opening up with a 7-over 79. 

Freshman Tyler Kolb was next up for TLU, carding his second straight 7-over 79 to finish 21st at Mirimichi. He ended up with a two-round score of 158 (+14). 

Kraig Zimmerhanzel was right behind Kolb with a combined score of 159 (+15) to finish tied for 22nd. He turned in a 6-over 78 on Monday after carding a 9-over 81 in the first round. 

Jacob Garza finished tied for 55th with a score of 174 (+30) after a final-round 17-over 89. 

California Lutheran took home the team title with a two-round combined score of 608 (+32). Rhodes (+46), Washington and Lee (+46), Millsaps (+54) and Spalding (+54) all finished in the top five. 

California Lutheran's Mikey McGinn was the individual winner with a two-round score of 148 (+4). Rhodes' Luke Malanchuk (+5), California Lutheran's Nate Gray (+7), Spalding's Hunt Lenz (+8) and Webster's Jon Hughes (+8) all notched top-five finishes. 

The Bulldogs have just one tournament remaining on their regular-season schedule. They will participate in the SCAC Championship beginning on Monday, April 21. The two-day event will be played at Tapatio Springs Golf Course in Boerne, Texas.

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Friday Schedule

April 18th, 2014

Seguin baseball @ Lockhart, 7 p.m. on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com

TLU baseball vs. Schreiner (doubleheader), noon.

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Thursday Results

April 18th, 2014

Navarro baseball def. Bandera 8-6

Navarro softball def. Canyon Lake 14-6

Marion baseball lost to Jourdanton 13-10

Marion softball lost to Jourdanton 16-4

TLU baseball lost to Schreiner 2-0

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Matadors clinch playoff berth on senior night, Friday rematch with Lockhart to air on KWED

April 17th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Seguin High School baseball program clinched its third playoff berth in four years under head coach Doug Pearce Tuesday night with a 10-0 run rule victory in five innings over Lockhart at Smokey Joe Williams Field.  The victory moved the Matadors to 9-2 in District 27-4A, 19-3-1 overall.  Seguin is tied with Buda-Hays for first place in the district standings with three games left on the schedule.   

The Matadors also celebrated Senior Night, recognizing the nine soon-to-be graduates who represent the first class to play all four of its high school baseball seasons under Pearce.  Seguin’s 2014 seniors include Chris Campos, Bubba Miculka, Cody Carillo, Justin Montoya, Sheldon Whitson, Walker Franz, Matt Klingemann, Mack Aubrey, and Andrew Kuehne.  

After missing the playoffs in 2013, a return to the post-season was a primary goal for those players heading into 2014.  Pearce enjoyed seeing them accomplish it after being recognized for the four years they’ve invested in the program. 

“I was glad they had something to play for and something they’ll remember for senior night, for sure.  A one-year drought seems like a long time sometimes.  I’m proud of them – that’s our first goal, and now we’ve just got to continue to get better.”  

Kuehne bounced back from last Tuesday’s loss to Boerne-Champion to toss a one-hitter with five strikeouts and no walks in five innings.  After a two-out double by Lockhart’s Bernardo Longoria in the top of the first, the senior lefty didn’t allow a Lion to reach base the rest of the way.  

“He had that one off night against Champion, and I think he learned from that, and he’s come back strong, and that’s what we expect out of him,” Pearce said of Kuehne’s outing. 

Campos and Miculka each collected two hits, two runs, and two RBIs.  Franz also drove in two, while Montoya and Travis York each had an RBI.  Trever Kicrease scored three runs on the night.  

Seguin scored two runs in the first inning when Kilcrease and Miculka reached on errors and came home on Franz’s single.  The Mats tacked on four more in the fourth as Campos singled in Whitson, Miculka tripled to drive in Campos and Kilcrease, and York’s base hit scored Miculka.  Seguin invoked the 10-run mercy rule with four runs in the fifth.  Montoya drove in Klingemann with a base hit and Campos singled in Montoya.  Campos and Kilcrease both sprinted home on a wild pitch to end the game.  

The Matadors consistently put the ball in play with crisp contact, and the Lockhart defense buckled with eight errors on the night.  The Seguin bats coming back to life after a bit of a slump last week was a welcome sight to Pearce. 

“That’s what we hadn’t been doing as good a job of, and that’s what we wanted to do, is get back on track, putting the ball in play hard, and just putting pressure on the defense.” 

Seguin and Lockhart (0-11 dist., 8-17 overall) conclude their two-game series in Lockhart on Friday at 7 p.m.  The game will be heard live on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com, with pre-game coverage at 6:50.

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Navarro softball rolls Bandera to clinch playoffs, move into first place tie in 27-3A

April 17th, 2014

(Geronimo) – The Navarro High School softball team exploded for 14 runs in the fourth inning Tuesday night to notch a 17-1 run-rule victory over Bandera, which moved the Panthers into a first-place tie with the Bulldogs atop the District 27-3A standings, and secured the program’s first playoff berth since 2010.  

Navarro is 6-3 in district play, 16-14 overall.  The Panthers can clinch at least a share of the 27-3A championship with a victory over Canyon Lake in Fischer tonight, and Navarro could win the outright district title and top playoff seed if it beats Canyon Lake and Bandera loses to Fredericksburg.  The Panthers and Bulldogs split their head-to-head series 1-1 (Bandera won 10-8 on March 28), so they’d have to play a tiebreak game for seeding if they finish with the same district record. 

Tuesday night, Navarro led 3-1 after three innings before erupting in the fourth to end the game by way of the 15-run mercy rule.  Kristen Pollok went 3-4, drove in three runs and scored twice, while Sandra Hancock went 2-3, drove in two, and scored three times.  Cayli Cowan also recorded two RBIs, and Brooke Flanagan reached base three times, hitting a triple, a single, and rounding the bases to score on an error.  Ana Feely and Alyssa Arguello each drove in a run, and Arguello scored twice.  Miranda Escobar, Rachel Pearson, and Brittany Pollok each crossed the plate once. 

Cowan struck out 11 and tossed a two-hitter to earn the win in the pitcher’s circle.  The freshman is only 14 strikeouts from reaching 300 on the season, raising her total to 286 with Tuesday’s performance. 

Tonight’s first pitch for Navarro’s regular season finale at Canyon Lake is slated for 7 p.m.

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Navarro baseball edges Bandera, still alive in playoff race

April 17th, 2014

(Geronimo) – The Navarro High School baseball team is still in control of its own destiny in the race for one of the four available playoff berths in District 27-3A after a 4-3 win over Bandera in Geronimo on Tuesday.  

The win moved the Panthers to 4-8 in district play and into a fourth place tie with Fredericksburg with three games left on the 27-3A schedule.  Navarro won the head-to-head series with the Battlin’ Billies 2-1, so if the teams finish with the same record, the Panthers would own the tiebreaker for playoff seeding.  

Trevor Ripke struck out six in six innings to earn the win Tuesday night.  He allowed three runs (one earned) on eight hits.  Ty Durham struck out two in a scoreless seventh to shut the door on Bandera.  

Ripke also drove in two runs at the plate and scored once.  Sean Walter and Brett Stanzione each had two hits and one run scored.  Hunter Stephens and Ty Wright each drove in a run as well.  

Navarro’s overall record is 9-13.  The Panthers face Bandera again tonight, this time on the road, at 7 p.m. 

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Marion baseball downs Natalia, softball falls

April 17th, 2014

(Natalia) – The Marion High School baseball team moved a step closer to the District 29-2A championship Tuesday night with a 9-3 road win over Natalia on Tuesday.  With a 9-1 district record the Bulldogs are in first place by one game over Dilley with two remaining, and own the head-to-head tiebreak over the Wolves.  Marion owns a two-game lead over third-place Jourdanton, the team that handed the Bulldogs their only district loss.  

If Marion (18-2) can avenge that defeat with a home win over Jourdanton tonight, the Bulldogs will clinch at least a share of the 29-2A title.  Tonight’s first pitch is slated for 7 p.m.    

Raphael DeHoyos was dominant on the mount and at the plate against Natalia.  The senior struck out 15 in four innings and allowed just one hit and one earned run to pick up the win.  He also hit a two-run home run and finished 2-3 with four RBIs.  Michael Rayos drove in two, while Dakota Harding had an RBI and a run scored.  Tre Lambert went 1-3 and scored three times.  

The Marion softball team fell to Natalia for the second time this season on Tuesday, this time by a 7-0 final.  The result clinched the District 29-2A championship for the Mustaings, who own a 10-1 district record, and dropped the 8-3 Bulldogs two games back with one game remaining.  Marion has clinched a playoff berth.   

Marion (18-11) mustered just three hits on the night – one apiece from Ashlyn Haese, Stacey Radtke and Becca Travis.  Natalia scored four unearned runs with help from a pair of Marion errors.  

Marion concludes the regular season at home against Jourdanton tonight, and the Bulldogs can secure second place in the 29-2A standings with a win.  The first pitch is at 7 p.m. 

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DeBlanc, Jacobs lead TLU baseball to 5-1 win over Houston-Victoria

April 17th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Texas Lutheran baseball team received seven shutout innings from senior left-hander Christian DeBlanc and three RBI from junior shortstop Zach Jacobs in Tuesday's 5-1 non-conference win over the University of Houston at Victoria. 

At TLU's Katt-Isbel Field, DeBlanc yielded just five hits and two walks and added a strikeout against the Jaguars (17-23). DeBlanc improved to 2-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.99. 

The Bulldogs improved to 23-14 with the non-conference win over the NAIA's Jaguars. TLU, a member of the NCAA Division III, snapped a four-game skid. 

Jacobs delivered an RBI sacrifice fly in the Bulldogs' two-run second inning and belted a two-run double in the three-run sixth. 

Derek Kanas collected three hits in four at-bats and scored a pair of runs, and Tyler Carollo and Danny Brauckman each drove in a run and scored a run. 

Klaus Bohrmann reached base three times with a pair of walks and a single. He scored a run. 

Thomas Harwell worked the final 1-1/3 innings and struck out two. 

The Bulldogs host Schreiner University this Thursday and Friday in the final games of the 2014 season at Katt-Isbel Field. The Bulldogs and Mountaineers meet in a three-game Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference series, which begins Thursday at 2 p.m. with a nine-inning game.

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Tuesday Results

April 16th, 2014

Seguin baseball def. Lockhart 10-0

Seguin softball  lost to Boerne-Champion 6-2

Navarro baseball def. Bandera 6-3

Navarro softball def. Bandera 17-1

Marion baseball def. Natalia 9-3

Marion softball lost to Natalia 7-0

TLU baseball def. Houston-Victoria 5-1



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TLU softball clinches first in SCAC standings, tournament hosting rights with sweep of Centenary

April 16th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Texas Lutheran softball team clinched first place in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season standings and earned the right to host the SCAC Championship Tournament with a four-game series sweep of Centenary last Friday and Saturday in Seguin.  

The Bulldogs won Friday’s games 8-0 and 14-0, with the Game 1 victory securing first place and conference tournament hosting rights.  Saturday, TLU held Centenary to three hits in two games on its way to victories of 5-0 and 10-0 at Theos Morck Field at Ed Kruse Stadium. 

TLU has won 11 straight games.  The Bulldog pitching staff held Centenary scoreless in all 22 innings of the series and have now tossed 23 straight shutout innings. 

The four wins improved Texas Lutheran's record to 29-7 on the year and 21-1 in the SCAC. 

The newly built Kruse Stadium was formerly dedicated prior to Saturday's contests, with TLU President Dr. Stuart Dorsey giving a speech and welcoming Mr. Kruse and Ms. Terri Richter Morck to toss out the ceremonial first pitches. 

After the ceremony, Samantha Yenne took the ball in the circle for the Bulldogs and frustrated Centenary hitters all day on her way to a complete-game one hitter. The one single was an infield one and it came in the first inning. After that, Yenne was lights out, striking out four and improving to 7-2 on the year. It was the freshman's second complete game and first shutout of her career. 

The 5-0 win was the only time all series the two teams played more than five innings as the TLU offense invoked the eight-run rule in the other three contests. 

The Bulldog bats gave Yenne all the support she needed, scoring five runs on seven hits and three walks. 

Ashley Jacobsen scored the game's first run, coming home on a wild pitch. She had reached base on a Centenary error. 

Maegan Taylor drove in two runs in the third inning, smashing a two-run single up the middle to score both Grace Estes and Jacquelyn Brown. Both Estes and Brown were in the middle of the Bulldog offense all series, scoring 13 runs between the two of them. Estes finished 7-for-10 (.700) with six runs, while Brown finished 7-for-12 (.583) with seven runs. 

The Bulldogs ended the second game in five innings, scoring in all four frames they came up to bat. They cranked out 14 hits in the game while limiting Centenary to just two. Both Jacobsen and Estes finished a perfect 3-for-3 in the game. 

The majority of the damage came in the second and third innings when TLU scored seven runs. Three of those runs came in the second on the help of two Centenary errors. The Bulldogs scored four more in the third. 

Kimberly Leschber improved to 8-2 on the year after getting the win in the circle. The junior tossed the game's first four innings, holding Centenary scoreless on just two hits while notching one strike out. 

Elyse Hlavinka came in to finish off the game, tossing the final inning and sitting the Ladies down in order. 

In the first game on Friday, the Bulldogs jumped on the board early, scoring five runs in the first inning to take control. Those five runs came with the help of a crucial throwing error by Centenary. Three of the five runs were unearned. The scoring binge was keyed by a two-run single for Taylor Yancey and capped off with a deep double to right field by Heather Hummel that drove in one. 

After scoring those five runs in the opening frame, the game settled down with neither team able to get on the scoreboard again until the fourth inning. That's when the TLU offense woke back up, scoring three more behind a Yancey sacrifice fly and a Maegan Taylor one-run single. Again, the rally was aided by a Centenary miscue in the field resulting in two unearned runs. In all, five of the eight TLU runs were unearned. 

The five runs in the first inning were all Taylor Grissom needed in the circle as she earned her seventh win (7-2), while notching her fifth complete game and fourth shutout of the year. She tossed all five innings, allowing just five hits and a walk while striking out one. She's now given up just four earned runs in 42 2/3 innings of work in conference play. 

Yancey led the Bulldog offense with three RBI, finishing 1-for-3 with a run scored. She's now driven in 16 runs in her last six games. 

The Bulldog offense came alive even more in Friday’s second game, scoring in every inning on its way to a 14-0 route. Once again, TLU scored early, notching three runs in the first inning to take control. Three different Bulldogs each drove in a run in that inning. 

The big damage came in the third when TLU exploded for eight runs. The production did not come from extra-base hits. Instead, the Bulldogs racked up eight singles to score the first six runs of the frame. Finally, the inning was capped off with a Hummel two-run triple down the left field line. 

Eight different Bulldogs tallied RBI in the game, with Grace Estes leading the way with three. She finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored, a walk and a triple. 

Amanda Lochte earned the win in the circle, improving to 6-1 on the year. She tossed the game's first four innings, allowing just two hits and striking out one.  Nicole Snow finished off the game, throwing the final inning and sitting Centenary down in order while only tossing seven pitches. 

The Bulldogs outscored Centenary 37-0 in the series and are playing well heading into the conference tournament, having outscored opponents 99-12 in their last eight games.  The SCAC Championship Tournament will be plated at Kruse Stadium in Seguin next week, beginning Friday, April 25. 

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Navarro girls take third at district track and field meet, boys finish fourth

April 16th, 2014

(Fischer) – The Navarro High School girls’ track and field team finished third in the team standings behind first place Wimberley and runner up Fredericksburg in the District 27-4A meet at Canyon Lake High School in Fischer last week, while the Navarro boys finished fourth behind Fredericksburg, Boerne, and Bandera.  

On the girls’ side, the Panthers qualified for the District 27-28 Area meet with top-four finishes in ten events.  The Navarro boys will send athletes to the area meet in nine events.  

Kendall Torres won the girls’ district championship in the 800m run with a time of 2:22.64.  The 4x400 relay team of Torres, Meagan Cunningham, Kelly Kubenka, and Savanna Russell also captured a golf medal, finishing the race in 4:08.93.  

Torres took silver in the 400m dash (60.35), and Cunningham took bronze with a time of 61.78.  Skyler Osborne earned a third-place finish in the 200 meters in 27.91 seconds.  Kubenka brought home silver medals in both the 100m hurdles (15.58) and 300m hurdles (47.61), as well as the high jump (5’0”).  The 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams each qualified for area with fourth place finishes.  

The Navarro boys brought gold medals back to Geronimo in three events.  Luke Jaroszewski took first place in the 400 meters with a time of 49.83 seconds.  The 4x100 relay team won its final in 43.83 seconds, and the 4x400 relay team claimed a district championship with a time of 3:25.24.  

Ryan Young qualified for area with a fourth place finish in the 100 meters (11.35), as did Jared Leal by finishing fourth in the 300m hurdles (43.04), and Kyle Martin in the high jump (5’8”).  Jaroszewski and Chad Wieland claimed second and third place, respectively, in the pole vault, both clearing the bar at 13 feet.  

The District 27-28 Area meet began Monday with field events in La Vernia, and concludes today with running events at Canyon Lake in Fischer. 

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Marion boys win 29-2A track and field title, girls take third place

April 16th, 2014

(Universal City) – The Marion High School boys’ track and field team brought home the District 29-2A championship last week with a first place finish in the team standings of the district meet at Randolph High School in Universal City.  The Marion girls also fared well in the district meet, finishing third among teams participating.  

The MHS boys’ athletic program now owns district titles for this academic year in football, basketball, and track and field, and has a chance to add a baseball championship to that list over the course of the next week.  

On the boys’ side in the 29-2A meet, Jourden Stanley claimed individual district titles in the long jump (21-10.5) and triple jump (43-3.5), and he also notched a silver medal in the 100m dash with a time of 11.40 seconds.  The 4x100 relay team of Stanley, Lorenzo Washington, Brady Edmiston, and Michael Rayos earned a gold medal, as did the 4x200 relay team of Tanner Bridges, Rayos, Stanley, and Edmiston.  Joe Eicher won the district championship in the high jump, clearing the bar at 6-2.  Harlan Vick was a gold medallist in the 110 hurdles (16.17).  

Vick qualified for the area meet in the high jump with a second place finish (6-0), the 300m hurdles with another silver medal (44.17), and the pole vault with a fourth place finish (9-6.)  Cory Roe is headed to area in the pole vault as well, claiming bronze by clearing the bar at 10-0.   Bridges and Edmiston will head to area in the 200m dash, finishing second and third, respectively, in district with times of 23.78 and 24.13.  Edmiston qualified in the long jump as well with a third place finishing (20-0).  Washington took fourth in the 400 meters (54.61, while Bailey Ridgeway did the same in both the 110 hurdles (17.49) and 300 hurdles (44.80).  

In the girls’ district meet, Robyn Young won the 29-2A championship in the discus with a throw of 94-3, and she also earned the bronze medal in the shot put with a toss of 30-7.75.  Cameron Boedeker claimed the gold medal in the pole vault (11-0) and silver in the 200m dash (28.27).  Zada Washington is headed to area in the 200 as well after a fourth place finish (28.45).  Meagan Littlefield qualified in the 100m hurdles with a time of 17.77 seconds, good enough for fourth.  

Shelby Martin took third in the 300m hurdles (51.01) and Becca Nyul finished fourth in the same event (51.86).  Nyual also competes at area in the long jump after a silver medal in district (16-11) and the triple jump after a third place finish (33-1.75).  Two of the Marion girls’ sprint relay teams also qualified for area – the 4x100 team finished third in district, while the 4x200 team finished second.  

The District 29-30 area track and field meet is today at Rutledge Stadium on the campus of Judson High School in Converse.   

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Texas Lutheran baseball swept by Trinity in SCAC road series

April 15th, 2014

(San Antonio) – Top 10-ranked Trinity secured 5-2 and 9-3 wins Saturday over Texas Lutheran to complete a three-game Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference sweep of the Bulldogs. 

In the first-ever conference games between the two longtime area baseball rivals, Trinity out-scored TLU 18-5 over the three-game series. The Tigers won the series opener 4-0 on Friday night. All three games were played at the Trinity Baseball Field. 

In the early game Saturday, TLU jumped out a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI single from Christian DeBlanc. The single scored Tony Gennusa, who led off the game with a double to right field. 

Trinity took control of the game with a run in the first, a run in the second and three runs in the fourth. Two of the runs in the fourth were unearned due to a TLU error. 

The Bulldogs' only other run of the early game came on a Keaton Bohrmann home run in the sixth. 

Zack Speer went the distance in the seven-inning game. He struck out two, scattered six hits and improved to 7-1 with the win. 

In the late game, Trinity scored in every inning but the fourth. The Tigers held a 3-0 lead after two innings before TLU scored three in the top of the third. 

In the three-run third, TLU scored on an RBI single from Keaton Bohrmann and bases-loaded walks from DeBlanc and Klaus Bohrmann. The Bulldogs managed just two singles the rest of the way. 

Carter Lauck (2-1) picked up the win in relief. He tossed 4-2/3 innings, struck out four and allowed two hits. 

Drew Butler and Chris Bianchi each hit homers for Trinity in the second game. 

Trinity improved to 28-6 overall and to 14-1 in the SCAC. The Tigers clinched the top seed for the SCAC Tournament and the tournament-hosting duties that come with claiming the top seed. 

TLU dropped to 22-14 overall and to 9-6 in the SCAC. 

The Bulldogs' next game is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at TLU's Katt-Isbel Field against the University of Houston at Victoria. TLU will have live video and stats for the non-conference game on tlubulldogs.com.

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Seguin’s Brooks selected for THSCA All-Star Game

April 15th, 2014

(Seguin) – Seguin High School senior Skyler Brooks has been chosen to play in the Texas High School Coaches Association’s Basketball All-Star game this summer in San Antonio on July 21.  

Brooks is the first player from Seguin to be selected for the THSCA All-Star game in the 70-year history of the event.  

The 6’4” forward was a two-time first-team All-District 27-4A selection and three-year varsity starter for head coach Dwayne Gerlich during his high school basketball career.  As a senior in 2014, Brooks led the Matadors in scoring (20.5), rebounding (8.7), and blocked shots (1.1) while hitting 47 percent of his field goal attempts.  

The 70th annual THSCA All-Star game will be played on Monday, July 21 at 7 p.m. at the Alamo Convocation Center in San Antonio, and will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest. 

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Henderson wins 400m district tile, Matadors qualify six for area track and field meet

April 15th, 2014

(Cibolo) – D’Onte Henderson’s first-place finish in the 400 meters was the top performance among six Seguin High School athletes who advanced through the District 27-4A track-and-field meet at Steele High School in Cibolo last week to qualify for the upcoming area meet.  

Henderson ran the 400 meters in 49.84 seconds, beating runner up Jordon Johnson of Lockhart by .82 seconds.  

Henderson also qualified for the area meet with a fourth-place finish in the 200 meters, completing the race in 23.88 seconds, and as part of the 4x100 relay team that also includes Joseph Freeman, Avion Dora, and Henry Young.  The sprint relay team posted a time of 43.90 seconds.    

Brock Gerlich earned an area meet qualification with a third-place finish in the high jump, clearing the bar at 6’0”.  

On the girls’ side, Seguin’s Brittany Ball qualified for the area meet in the discus with a throw of 102-04.5, good enough for fourth place.   

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Seguin softball controls playoff destiny after 13-2 pasting of Tivy

April 14th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Seguin High School softball team stares at both an opportunity and an ultimatum heading into Tuesday’s District 27-4A finale against Boerne-Champion.  Win, and the Matadors clinch a playoff berth.  Lose, and the season is over.  

Seguin is in position to seize the opportunity and answer the ultimatum after a dominant 13-2 run-rule victory over Kerrville-Tivy this past Friday.  With a 7-6 district record, the Matadors are now part of a four-way tie for third place in the 27-4A standings along with Champion, Kyle-Lehman, and Clemens.  In addition to Seguin (14-17 overall) and Champion squaring off in Boerne to conclude the regular season on Tuesday, Lehman and Clemens face each other as well.  The winners of those two games will advance to the post-season with 8-6 district records, and the losers will be left out with 7-7 marks.  

Lockhart is currently the second-place team at 8-5 in district and has secured a playoff berth, and Buda-Hays (12-1) has already clinched the 27-4A championship and top playoff seed.  

After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first inning Friday night, Seguin wasted little time in taking control of the game.  The Matadors scored five runs in the bottom of the first, three in the second, two in the third, and three more in the fourth.  Coach John Garcia’s bunch looked every bit like a team hungry for a playoff berth, and needed all of about an hour and 20 minutes to send the Antlers packing on the long bus ride back to Kerrville.  

“We were focused, and did what we needed to do, and jumped on them early, and that helps,” Garcia said.  “I hope it carries over.  We’re going to come back Monday and get to work, and hopefully take care of business on Tuesday.”  

Shelby Janda led the offensive onslaught with three hits, three RBIs, and three runs scored.  She belted an RBI-triple in the third inning and drove in two with a double in the fourth.  

“She’s on fire right now,” Garcia said of his junior All-State second baseman and leadoff hitter.  “Last week, she was like 10-for-10, player of the week, and this week she’s just continuing that.  Hopefully it carries over to next week, and it will get us in the playoffs.”  

Janda was just one of numerous standouts at the plate for Seguin.  Kaycee Govett collected two hits, drove in two runs, and crossed the plate twice.  Jadyn Rojas and Alexis Nixon each scored twice, drove in a run, and recorded one hit.  Kaylee Atchley, Megan Cruz, and Whitney Wendel recorded a run and an RBI apiece, with Cruz going 2-3 while Atchley and Wendel each hit singles.  Paige Conrey drove in a run, and Kylee Osborne scored once.  

All nine spots in the batting order produced at least one run or one RBI, and the Matadors totaled 11 hits on the night.  Garcia says jumping on strikes early in the count against Tivy pitchers Bailey Havis and Sahara Fogle allowed for Seguin’s second 13-run output against the Antlers this season.  

“That’s kind of our philosophy and what we’ve wanted all along – if it’s there, hit it.  You know, most good pitchers are going to get that first or second pitch over for the hittable pitch, and then they’re going to work you, so you’ve got to jump on that, and we did a good job of that tonight.” 

Atchley worked four strong innings in the pitcher’s circle to pick up the win, allowing two runs on four hits with five strikeouts and no walks.  After missing two games with an injury, Osborne returned Friday to pitch the top of the fifth in relief of Atchley.  The freshman worked around two base hits to keep Tivy scoreless in the frame and help the Matadors end the game early by the 10-run rule.  

Seguin and Boerne- Champion conclude the regular season Tuesday night with a playoff berth at stake at 7 p.m. in Boerne. 

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Matadors salvage split with Chargers, remain tied for first in District 27-4A

April 14th, 2014

(Boerne) – Seguin High School senior Bubba Miculka sparked the Matador baseball team on the mound and at the plate Friday night in a 2-1 road victory over Boerne-Champion that enabled Seguin to maintain its share of first place in the District 27-4A standings.  

Miculka scored the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth on a double by Travis York, and Miculka drove in Willie Tijerina for the Matadors’ first run in the top of the first inning.  

On the mound, Miculka tossed a complete-game three-hitter and struck out eight with just two walks in seven inning to earn the win and move his record to 5-1.  His season ERA is down to 1.04.  

Champion’s only run came on a solo home run by Charlie Shipp in the bottom of the second, but Miculka kept the door shut on the Chargers the rest of the way.  

With the win, Seguin avoided a sweep at the hands of Champion after falling at home 9-4 in the first game of the series last Tuesday.  

Seguin is 8-2 in district play (18-3-1 overall) and shares first place with Buda-Hays atop the 27-4A standings, though the Matadors own the head-to-head tiebreak over the Rebels after sweeping the season series.  

The Matadors can clinch a playoff berth Tuesday night with a home win over Lockhart.  The first pitch at Smokey Joe Williams field is slated for 7 p.m.  The second game of the series in Lockhart on Friday will air live on KWED 1580 AM.  That contest also starts at 7 p.m., with pre-game coverage at 6:50. 

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Navarro softball comes up short in extra innings

April 14th, 2014

(Fredericksburg) – The Navarro High School softball team came out on the short end of a pitcher’s duel in Fredericksburg Friday night, falling 1-0 in eight innings to the Battlin’ Billies on a close play at the plate.  The Fredericksburg runner who scored the walk-off run in the bottom of the eighth was ruled safe by the home plate umpire just as she was tagged by Navarro catcher Ana Feely.  

Cayli Cowan suffered the tough-luck loss in the pitcher’s circle.  Cowan, Sandra Hancock, and Brooke Flanagan each recorded hits for the Panthers in the loss.  

Navarro is 5-3 in district play, 15-14 overall.  The Panthers host Bandera on Tuesday at 7 p.m. 

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Seguin’s McRae qualifies for regional golf tournament

April 14th, 2014

(Kerrville) – Seguin High School senior Garrett McRae will continue his final season of varsity golf today and Tuesday in the Class-4A Region 4 tournament after finishing second in the District 27-4A meet last week at Comanche Trace Golf Club in Kerrville.  

McRae fired a 36-hole score of 152 (77, 75) to finish two shots back of district champion Gerry Diaz of Buda-Hays.  

Seguin junior Ryder Wuest also performed well in the district tournament, posting rounds of 84 and 79.  Other Matador team members who competed at district include Devin Ryan, Sawyer Richardson, Christian Ferrell, Walker Edwards, Shayne Newton, Gus Strauss, Ben Gerth, and John Harborth.  The Seguin boys’ golf team is coached by Dustin Wyatt and assistant Paul Stadtmueller.  

The Region 4 tournament is also being contested at Comanche Trace Golf Club in Kerrville. 

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Saturday Results

April 14th, 2014

TLU softball swept doubleheader vs. Centenary 5-0, 10-0

TLU baseball lost to Trinity (doubleheader) 5-2, 9-3

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Friday Results

April 12th, 2014

Seguin softball def. Kerrville-Tivy 13-2

Seguin baseball def. Boerne-Champion 2-1

Navarro baseball vs. Fredericksburg **no final reported**

Navarro softball lost to Fredericksburg 1-0 (8 innings)

TLU baseball lost to Trinity 4-0

TLU softball def. Centenary 8-0, 14-0



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Texas Lutheran baseball takes 6-3 road loss against Mary Hardin-Baylor

April 11th, 2014

(Belton) – Texas Lutheran stranded 14 base-runners and gave up three unearned runs in a 6-3 non-conference road loss Tuesday night to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. 

At UMHB's Red Murff Field, the Cru (18-9) ended TLU's four-game win streak. The Bulldogs fell to 22-11 overall. UMHB swept two games from TLU in 2014. 

The Cru led 6-0 after four innings before surviving a TLU comeback bid that included three Bulldog runs in the top of the sixth and a bases-loaded situation in the ninth. 

With the bases full in the ninth, TLU put the tying run at first and brought the go-ahead run to the plate. UMHB reliever Aaron Barteau worked out of the jam by getting called third strikes on the next two Bulldogs. 

Barteau struck out three in the ninth and claimed his fourth save of the season. Gunner Vaught started for UMHB, went four innings and notched his first win of the season. 

Cody Moore (0-1) took the loss for TLU. Moore allowed two earned runs in two innings. 

Thomas Harwell pitched four innings of shutout baseball to keep the Bulldogs close. Harwell struck out five and walked two. 

Tony Gennusa, Von Wendel and Zach Jacobs each recorded RBI for the Bulldogs. 

Jacobs and Danny Brauckman each collected a pair of hits. 

The Bulldogs get back into Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play tonight and Saturday with a three-game conference series at Trinity University in San Antonio. 

Trinity (25-6) leads the SCAC with an 11-1 league record. The Bulldogs are second in the SCAC with a 9-3 mark. 

First pitch tonight is set for 7 p.m. on the Trinity campus. The Saturday doubleheader starts at 1 p.m., also on the Trinity campus.  Trinity will have live video and live stats from trinitytigers.com for all three games.

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Cathey finishes tied for third, Bulldogs finish fifth at NCAA West Region Invitational

April 11th, 2014

(Georgetown) – Chance Cathey finished tied for third at the Texas Lutheran men's golf team finished fifth with a team score of 948 (+84) on Tuesday at the NCAA West Region Invitational at Berry Country Club. 

The Bulldogs started the final round in fourth and carded a 332 (+44) wile battling windy conditions on Tuesday. TLU finished just six strokes behind Hardin-Simmons for fourth. 

Cathey tallied his third top-three finish of the season with a three-round score of 226 (+10). The senior carded an 8-over par 80 in the final round, tying him for third. 

Freshman Kraig Zimmerhanzel also notched a top-10 finish, wrapping things up tied for ninth with a combined score of 232 (+16). Zimmerhanzel turned in a 9-over 81 on Tuesday to finish his tournament. 

Adam Peterson carded a 13-over 85 in the final round on Tuesday, finishing tied for 15th after starting the day tied for 10th. He finished with a three-round score of 237 (+21). 

Matthew Grant carded a 14-over 86 in the final round, finishing tied for 30th with a final score of 253 (+37). Kerry Culberson turned in an 18-over 90 in the final round, finishing 33rd with a score of 263 (+47). 

Jeff Spillane finished tied for 30th as an individual qualifier, shooting an 18-over 90 on Tuesday to finish with a score of 253 (+37). 

Texas-Tyler took home the team title with a score of 905 (+41). Schreiner (+45) and Southwestern (+68) finished in the top three. 

Texas-Tyler's Buddy Hallman and Schreiner's matt McClung tied for the individual title with a score of 221 (+5). Southwestern's Cody Hebert (+10) joined Chance Cathey in a tie for third. 

Texas Lutheran has one more tournament remaining on its schedule. The Bulldogs will participate in the SCAC Championships on April 21-22 at Taptio Springs Golf Course in Boerne, Texas.

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TLU Women's Golf finishes strong despite windy conditions at Berry Creek Country Club

April 11th, 2014

(Georgetown) – The Texas Lutheran women's golf team improved by eight strokes in the final round of play at the NCAA West Region Invitational, finishing eighth with a two-round score 756 (+180) on Tuesday at Berry Creek Country Club. 

The Bulldogs turned in a final-round score of 374 (+86) on Tuesday, improving upon their first round despite battling windy conditions. 

Former Seguin High School standout Gabby Rangel led the strong second-round surge for the Bulldogs, finishing tied for 28th after carding a 12-over par 84 in the final round, a score seven strokes lower than her first round effort. She finished with a two-round score of 175 (+31). Her second-round score was the only round lower than 90 for the Bulldogs. 

Autumn Durst, a junior, also improved upon her first round with a 19-over 91 on Tuesday, besting her first-round effort by two strokes. She finished 36th with a final score of 184 (+40). 

Alessa Gonzales was the third Bulldog to put together a lower score in the final round, carding a second-round 21-over 93. She finished with a total score of 187 (+43), putting her in 39th in the tournament. 

Freshman Amanda Cloessner carded a 34-over 106 and finished 45th with a score of 210 (+66). 

Mary Hardin-Baylor took home the team title with a combined score of 630 (+54). Texas-Tyler (+67), Southwestern (+80), Schreiner (+93) and Trinity (+117) rounded out the top five. 

Mary Hardin-Baylor's Victoria Thane won the individual medal with a combined score of 157 (+13). UMHB's Taylor O'Rear (+14), Southwestern's Alie Walden (+14) and UMHB's Elizabeth Davis (+15) and McKenzie Ralston (+15) finished in the top five. 

The Bulldogs will have two weeks off before their season culminates with the SCAC Championships April 21-22 at Tapatio Springs Golf Course in Boerne, Texas.

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Marion lineup explodes for 20 runs in rout of Cotulla

April 11th, 2014

(Marion) – The Marion High School baseball team pounded out 18 hits and had three players finish with four RBIs apiece Tuesday night in a 20-10 home win over Cotulla.  The win moved the Bulldogs to 8-1 in District 29-2A, 17-2 overall.  

Raphael DeHoyos and Austin Young each hit home runs to spark Marion’s offensive onslaught.  Young finished 2-3 with four RBIs and three runs scored, while DeHoyos went 3-3, scored once, and drove in two.  

Jourden Stanley and Tre Lambert each drove in four runs, with Stanley going 2-4 and scoring three times and Lambert finishing 2-6 on the night.  Dakota Harding and C.J. Markgraf each delivered one RBI and two runs scored.  Harding went 2-3 and Markgraf 1-2.  Michael Rayos and Jake Soto each went 2-5 and scored three runs, while Hunter Rust collected one hit and two runs scored.  Nick Hauptman was 1-5 with one run, and Brady Edminston scored once. 

On the mound, Young earned the win after giving up four runs (two earned) and striking out six while working around six walks and three hits in three innings.  Stanley pitched two relief innings, allowing five runs (only one earned) and one hit while striking out five and walking three.  Jake Soto allowed an unearned run and struck out one in a single inning.  

Neither team was particularly sharp defensively.  The teams combined for 11 errors, with Marion scoring 11 unearned runs and Cotulla seven unearned runs.   

The game was knotted up at 4-4 after two innings, but Marion erupted for 10 runs in the third to break the game open.  The Bulldogs tacked on two in the fourth and four in the sixth to invoke the mercy rule, while the visiting Cowboys scored once in the fourth, four times in the fifth, and once in the sixth.  

Marion is idle tonight and continues the District 29-2A schedule Tuesday with a 7 p.m. road game against Natalia. 

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Errors costly for Marion softball in district loss to Cotulla

April 11th, 2014

(Marion) – The Marion High School softball team was unable to overcome 12 errors Tuesday night in an 11-4 home loss to Cotulla.  The Bulldogs’ defensive miscues led to nine unearned runs for the Cowgirls, who dropped Marion to 8-2 in District 29-2A, 18-10 overall.  

Jordan Proctor went 1-2 and drove in two runs for the Bulldogs, while Ashlyn Haese was 2-4 with an RBI and one run scored.  Cassie Mergele went 1-3.  Stacey Radtke and Shelby Martin each scored once.  

Proctor walked two, struck out two, and surrendered nine hits in seven innings in the pitcher’s circle.  

Marion continues the district schedule Tuesday night with a visit to Natalia at 7 p.m. 

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Seguin winning streak snapped in home loss to Chargers

April 10th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Seguin High School baseball team’s six-game winning streak in District 27-4A ended Tuesday night in a 9-4 loss to Boerne-Champion at Smokey Joe Williams Field.  The defeat drops the Matadors (17-3-1, 7-2) into a first-place tie with Buda-Hays in the district standings, though Seguin owns the head-to-head tiebreak should the teams finish the regular season with the same record.  

Tuesday against Champion, the Matadors came back from early deficits of 3-0 and 4-1 to knot the game up at 4-4 in the bottom of the third, but the Chargers scored four runs in the fourth and another in the fifth to pull away.  

Champion’s first four runs were unearned with help from four Seguin errors, and the Matadors struggled to induce outs against the bottom of the Chargers’ lineup.  Champion’s eighth and ninth hitters, Cort Cowart and Kelton Roe, combined to reach base five times in eight plate appearances, and leadoff man Nick Kindred took advantage of those opportunities with a two-run double in the second and an RBI-double in the fourth.  

Seguin head coach Doug Pearce says his team has to regroup and reclaim the attention to detail that produced the winning streak after Tuesday’s mistake filled loss. 

“There’s not an excuse.  It was uncharacteristic, and we just can’t fall into a lull of expecting the wins to keep happening for us.  We’ve got to just refocus, and I just told them let’s start another win streak.  We’ve got to start at practice tomorrow and battle through some of these injuries and some of the adversity, but we’ve been doing it all year, so I expect them to keep doing it.” 

Travis York’s RBI-single drove in Walker Franz’s courtesy runner Sheldon Whitson after Franz was hit by a pitch in the second inning.  Chris Campos walked to lead off the bottom of the third, Govett was hit by a pitch, and both eventually came home on a passed ball that produced a scary moment for the Chargers.  Champion catcher Trey Moskal was injured on the play, and the game was delayed about 15 minutes while an ambulance came to take Moskal off the field.  When play resumed, Franz drove in Kilcrease for the tying run with a groundout to second, but that was all the offense the Matadors would muster for the evening.  

Andrew Kuehne started on the mound and worked the first 3-1/3 innings for Seguin.  The senior lefty gave up eight runs (four earned) on seven hits with three strikeouts and no walks.  Adrian Garza pitched the final 3-2/3 frames in relief, allowing one run on three hits while striking out three and walking two.  

The outcome allowed Boerne-Champion to remain tied with Alamo Heights for fourth place in District 27-4A at 4-5 in district, 7-14-3 overall.  Pearce says the Matadors now understand that the Chargers can’t be taken lightly, and hopes his team plays with more focus when the teams square off again on Friday in Boerne.  

“They’re in desperation mode, trying to fight back in it, and I warned them of that.  When you’re at the top, anybody is gunning for you, so they’re kind of desperate.  Not that we’ve got to be desperate, but we’ve got to realize what’s at stake and try to stay at the top, and then obviously avoid a sweep that you could possibly end up being tied with later on.” 

The second game of the series between the Matadors and Chargers is slated for a 7 p.m. first pitch Friday evening on Champion’s home field in Boerne.

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Seguin softball falls to Hays, looks to bounce back Friday vs. Tivy on KWED

April 10th, 2014

(Buda) – The Seguin High School softball team is now one game back of Lockhart, Kyle-Lehman, and Boerne-Champion in the race for the second, third, and fourth playoff spots in District 27-4A after a 10-6 road loss to Buda-Hays on Tuesday.    

The Matadors are 6-6 in district play, 13-17 overall with two games left on the schedule.  Lockhart, Lehman and Champion are all tied for second with 7-5 district records.  Seguin dropped both games of its season series with Lockhart, split two games with Lehman, and still has a game remaining against Champion – the regular season finale next Tuesday.  

The Matadors led Hays 4-3 in the middle of the fourth inning, but the Rebels scored six runs in the bottom of the frame to take the lead for good.  Shelby Janda led Seguin at the plate, driving in three runs on the night.  On the season, Janda leads the Matadors with 30 RBIs and a .549 batting average.  

Before Seguin visits Champion on Tuesday, the Matadors play their final home game of the season Friday when they host Kerrville-Tivy.  The Antlers have struggled to a 1-11 district record dropping their most recent game to Lehman 7-2 on Tuesday.  

Friday’s Seguin – Tivy game will air on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com.  The first pitch is slated for 7 p.m., with pre-game coverage beginning at 6:50. 

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Panthers end skid with road win over Billies

April 10th, 2014

(Fredericksburg) – The Navarro High School baseball team snapped a six-game losing streak in District 27-4A Tuesday night with a 7-4 victory over Fredericksburg on the Battlin’ Billies’ home field.  

Trevor Ripke struck out eight in six innings to earn the win on the mound, and he also led the Panthers at the plate with a pair of RBIs.  Brett Stanzione drove in one run.  

Navarro won despite recording only three hits to Fredericksburg’s eight, but the Panthers outplayed the Billies defensively, committing only two errors while capitalizing on five Fredericksburg miscues.  

The Panthers scored four runs in the second inning, two in the fifth, and one in the sixth.  The Battlin’ Billies plated single runs in the bottom of the first, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. 

Navarro is 3-7 in district play, 8-12 overall.  The Panthers look to complete a sweep of Fredericksburg Friday when the teams meet in Geronimo at 7 p.m. 

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Flanagan triple sparks Navarro softball to district win over Texans

April 10th, 2014

(Geronimo) – Brooke Flanagan’s two-RBI triple in the bottom of the fourth inning proved to be all the offense the Navarro High School softball team would need Tuesday night in a 2-1 home victory over Wimberley.  

Cayli Cowan and Tori Monaco (courtesy running for Ana Feely) scored on the play, giving the Panthers a 2-0 lead at the time.  The visiting Texans plated an unearned run on an error in the top of the sixth, but Navarro held on to improve to 5-2 in District 27-3A, 15-13 overall.  

In the pitcher’s circle, Cowan allowed just four hits and no earned runs to notch the complete-game win.  

The Panthers continue district play Friday night with a 7 p.m. road game in Fredericksburg. 

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Jimmy Smith named Texas Lutheran Head Men's Basketball Coach

April 9th, 2014

(Seguin) - Texas Lutheran University announced Monday that Jimmy Smith, previously the head coach at Schreiner University, has been named the ninth head coach of the TLU men's basketball program. 

"Jimmy Smith is one of the best young basketball coaches in Texas, and we are delighted he will lead the TLU men's basketball program," Texas Lutheran President Dr. Stuart Dorsey said. "He had great success at Schreiner, and I know he will be a winner here as well. TLU's athletics programs are on the rise, and Coach Smith will play an important role in the program's future success." 

Smith comes to Seguin after spending the last two years at the helm of the Schreiner program, where he helped lead a quick turnaround for the Mountaineers, amassing a 36-37 record in those two years. 

Before Smith came to Schreiner, the Mountaineers' record in their Division III era was 92-253 (.270 win pct.). In just his second season, Smith guided Schreiner to its first winning season since joining the NCAA Division III, finishing 15-12 overall and 10-4 in the SCAC. Smith's squad finished second in the SCAC standings and reached the semifinals of the SCAC Championship. 

"I'm excited," Smith said. "I've known about TLU for a long time – both as a player playing against them and then coaching against them in the league. I've always had a lot of respect for the university. I think there's a lot of untapped potential, so I'm just trying to get in here, figure out exactly how things work and get things going in the direction I have in my mind, as soon as possible. 

"I think everyone's goal is to try and win the conference. I have a lot of familiarity with these guys from coaching against them, so I think that's the goal next year. Let's figure out what we've got, figure out who we can add to the group to help us improve and start working towards winning the SCAC Championship next year." 

Last season, Smith's Mountaineers set school records (NCAA-era) for wins (15), winning percentage (.556), conference winning percentage (.714) and points per game allowed (68.9). He also coached the 2013-14 SCAC Co-Player of the Year and SCAC Defensive Player of the Year AJ Myres. 

"We're really excited to have Jimmy Smith as the next head coach of the TLU's men's basketball program," Texas Lutheran Athletic Director Bill Miller said. "We believe he is the right man at the right time to elevate the program. He is an outstanding fit for both this campus and the community." 

Before coming to Schreiner, Smith spent three years as an assistant coach at his alma mater University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. As both a player and coach at UMHB, Smith was part of a winning culture. During his three years as an assistant coach, the Cru racked up a 70-18 record and qualified for three NCAA Tournaments. 

He also enjoyed an outstanding playing career for UMHB, earning the school's Male Athlete of the Year award and All-ASC West Division recognition. He was also the first Cru basketball player to receive Academic All-District VI First Team honors. 

Smith began his coaching career at Sam Houston State University. He joined the Bearkats as an assistant coach in 2004 and spent two years with the basketball program, helping the Bearkats to a 40-21 record during that span. 

Smith is a husband and a father. Smith and his wife, Lori, are the parents of two young children.

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TLU softball sweeps Schreiner, Yancey honored by SCAC

April 9th, 2014

(Kerrville) - The Texas Lutheran softball team outscored Schreiner 25-2 and finished off a four-game sweep of the Mountaineers with two more wins on Saturday at Mountaineer Field. 

The Bulldogs' offense continued the hot streak it started last night, rolling to 12-1 and 13-1 blowouts on Saturday to complete the four-game sweep and extend TLU's winning streak to seven games.  TLU won the first two games of the series on Friday by finals of 14-2 and 23-7.   

The wins improve the Bulldogs' record to 25-7 and 17-1 in the SCAC. They are now four games ahead of Trinity in the loss column with just four conference games remaining. 

In the four games against Schreiner, Texas Lutheran outscored the Mountaineers 62-11, scoring at least 12 runs in all four games. 

Taylor Yancey's performance in the series earned her the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week award.  The sophomore finished the weekend 10-for-16 (.625) with 13 RBI, nine runs and six extra-base hits, including two homers and four doubles. Yancey ended the weekend with a 1.250 slugging percentage in the four games against the Mountaineers. 

In the first game Saturday, the Bulldogs scored 11 runs in the final three innings to blow the game wide open. 

After taking a 2-0 lead into the fifth, the Bulldogs started the inning with a leadoff home run from Heather Hummel. The Bulldogs would go on to score four more in the inning to break open a 7-0 lead. 

The rest of the TLU damage came in the seventh inning with the Bulldogs notching six more runs on four hits. A big blow came when Hummel (Houston, Texas) blasted her second homer of the game. This one was a three-run blast. The two homers were her first of her TLU career. 

The offense finished the game with 13 hits. Along with Hummel's production, the Bulldogs got a big day from Maegan Taylor. The sophomore went 3-for-3 with four RBI and two runs. She blasted her second homer of the season, giving the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead in the second inning. 

Samantha Yenne went the distance for the Bulldogs in the circle, improving to 6-2 with the effort. The freshman gave up just one run on two hits and two walks while striking out five. 

The Bulldogs continued their offensive dominance in the series finale, scoring all 12 of their runs in the first four innings, scoring at least twice in each of those frames. 

Again, the long ball was part of TLU's arsenal. This time, it was Taylor Yancey who left the yard, blasting a two-run homer in the second inning to open up a 6-0 lead for the Bulldogs. It was Yancey's team-leading fifth home run of the year and second of the series.  The sophomore finished the game1-for-3 with the two RBI. 

Taylor continued her good day, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs in the second game Saturday. She finished the series 7-for-10 with six RBI and six runs. 

Amanda Lochte earned the win in the circle, tossing four innings and allowing just one run on four hits. The freshman improved to 5-1 with the win. 

There is just one more conference series remaining for Texas Lutheran. The Bulldogs will come home next weekend for a four-game set against Centenary. The two teams will play doubleheaders at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 11 and noon the next day.

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Anderson, Landry lead Texas Lutheran performances at Islander Dash

April 9th, 2014

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- Saturday at the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islander Dash, Texas Lutheran senior Monique Anderson improved on her NCAA Division III top-ranked times in the 100 and the 200, and senior Kristyna Landry broke into the DIII top 10 with a career-best toss in the discus. 

Anderson finished third in the 100 and third in the 200 at the Islander Dash. She clocked a season-best time of 12.06 seconds in the 100 and a season-best time of 24.77 in the 200. 

Both times by Anderson are at the top of the NCAA DIII list for reported times in the events. Anderson, a five-time NCAA DIII All-American, is a former outdoor NCAA DIII All-American in both events. 

Landry put herself in good position for her first NCAA DIII Championship qualification with a throw of 140 feet, 7 inches Saturday in the discus. Landry moved up the national rankings, from 16th to sixth, with the new personal best. 

At the Islander Dash, Landry's discus performance produced a second-place finish. Landry finished nearly seven feet ahead of third-place performer Megan Shaw of Texas-Pan American. Omesha Locke of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi won the event with a toss of 146-09. 

Among other Bulldogs competing for spots in the NCAA DIII national meet, senior Vanecia Spencer finished fifth in the 400 with a time of 59.34. Spencer did not improve on her season-best. She currently sits 14th in DIII with a 2014 best of 58.07. 

Sophomore Sarah Randall moved closer to breaking into the national top 50 with a time of 2 minutes, 22.88 seconds in the 800. Randall finished fifth in the 800 in Corpus Christi and was the top DIII finisher. 

In the high jump, senior Kristi Ellis recorded a third-place finish with a clearance of 5-2.25. Ellis remains in the top 15 nationally with a season-best jump of 5-4.25. She sits in a tie for 13th (with five others) in the DIII rankings. 

Junior long jumper Marlena Hunt stands 26th nationally with her jump of 17-5.5, set on March 6. Hunt finished seventh on Saturday with a jump of 16-10. 

Hunt moved up to 32nd nationally with a mark of 35-10.75 in the triple jump on Saturday. Hunt was fifth in the event at the Islander Dash. 

Senior Claudia Morquecho grabbed an eighth-place finish in the shot put with a toss of 40-2. Morquecho's best mark of the season, a throw of 40-2.75, also came on March 6. 

Sophomore Brittany Bowers still sits in the top 50 in the javelin. Bowers' mark of 122-6 is 46th nationally. Bowers placed fourth Saturday with a mark of 97-4. 

The Bulldogs have one more meet before the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships. TLU competes this Friday and Saturday at the University of the Incarnate Word Invitational in San Antonio. 

The SCAC Championships will be held Friday and Saturday, April 25-26, at Trinity University in San Antonio. TLU is in its first season as a member of the SCAC. The Bulldogs exited the American Southwest Conference with four consecutive women's track and field team titles.

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Tuesday Results

April 9th, 2014

Seguin baseball lost to Boerne-Champion 9-4

Seguin softball lost to Buda-Hays 10-6

Navarro baseball def. Fredericksburg 6-4

Navarro softball vs. Wimberley **no final reported**

Marion baseball def. Cotulla 20-10

Marion softball lost to Cotulla 11-4

TLU baseball lost to Mary Hardin Baylor 6-3

TLU men's golf finished 5th @ NCAA D-III West Region Invitational (Chance Cathey 3rd, Kraig Zimmerhanzel T-9th)

TLU women's golf finished 8th @ NCAA D-III West Region Invitational (Gabby Rangel 28th)

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Seguin softball answers Lehman rally with seventh inning comeback to keep footing in playoff race

April 8th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Seguin High School softball team moved into a tie with Kyle-Lehman in the race for the fourth and final playoff berth in District 27-4A with its second straight come-from-behind one-run win on Saturday afternoon.  After edging Clemens 3-2 on Thursday, the Matadors saw a 7-3 lead over Lehman slip away Saturday when the Lobos scored four runs in the sixth inning and two more in the seventh to put Seguin in a 9-7 hole, but the Matadors took advantage of an error and two wild pitches to plate three runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull out a 10-9 win.  

Seguin (13-15 overall) and Lehman are both 6-5 in district play with three games left on the schedule, and they split their head-to-head series 1-1, so the teams would have to play a tiebreak game to determine playoff seeding if they finish with the same record.  The Matadors are still in contention for second or third place in the district, trailing two teams (Lockhart and Boerne-Champion) tied for that spot by just one game.  

Jessica Teeple started Seguin’s seventh inning rally Saturday when she was hit by a pitch.  Shelby Janda and Kaycee Govett followed with singles, and Teeple scored on a Lehman error to make it a one-run game.  Janda scored the tying run on a wild pitch with one out to tie the game, and Govett sprinted home on yet another wild pitch with two outs for the winning run.  

Seguin head coach John Garcia was relieved to see his team survive the gut wrenching game after two critical errors helped the Lobos claw back into contention in the sixth.  

“Fortunately after that last time they scored two, we scored three, and we came out on top, but that’s the kind of team they (Lehman) are – they’re not afraid to swing the bat, they put the ball in play, and you’ve got to play good defense.  If not, they’re going to get you.”  

The Matadors plated three runs in the bottom of the second to take the game’s first lead.  Paige Conrey singled, Teeple walked, and Conrey scored when Janda reached on an error.  Govett came up with a base hit, Kaylee Atchley drove in Janda with an RBI-single, and Govett came home on an error.  

Lehman scored three runs in the third to tie the game, but Seguin reclaimed the lead with three runs in the fourth and another in the fifth.  Janda and Govett opened the bottom of the fourth with consecutive singles, and Jadyn Rojas moved both into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt.  Atchley plated Janda with an RBI groundout, Alexis Nixon walked, and Whitney Wendel belted a double to drive in Govett and Nixon.  Rojas delivered an RBI-single to bring home Janda in the fifth.  

Batting in the leadoff and number two spots of Seguin’s lineup, Janda and Govett were exceptional as offensive catalysts Saturday.  Janda went 3-4 and scored four runs, while Govett finished 3-5 with three runs scored.  Atchley and Wendell each drove in two, with Wendell finishing 2-4 at the plate.  Rojas was 1-3 with an RBI, and Conrey went 1-3 with a run scored.  

In the pitcher’s circle, Atchley capitalized on the strong run support to earn the complete game win despite giving up nine runs (six earned) on 15 hits.  She struck out seven and walked one in seven innings.  

Garcia commended his team for playing with intensity in a must-win district game.  

“We just told the girls to stay focused like we’ve done all year.  If we can maintain that level and play like that, we can compete with just about anybody. It was a tough win.  Lehman’s a really tough team to beat.” 

Seguin visits district leader Buda-Hays tonight at 7 p.m.

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Matadors extend winning streak, complete sweep of Tivy with 5-3 home win

April 8th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Seguin High School baseball team maintained its stronghold on first place in District 27-4A Saturday afternoon with a 5-3 victory over Kerrville-Tivy at Smokey Joe Williams Field.  The win followed the Matadors’ 7-2 victory over Tivy on Thursday and completed a two-game series sweep of the Antlers.  Seguin, winners of six straight, is 7-1 in district play, 17-2-1 overall.  

After allowing a pair of Tivy runs in the first inning and falling behind 2-0, the Matadors erupted for all five of their runs to take the lead for good in the bottom of the third.  Chris Campos, Bubba Miculka, Travis York, and Trever Kilcrease each drove in a run, and York finished 2-2 on the afternoon.  Campos, Willie Tijerina, York, Justin Montoya, and Sheldon Whitson each scored once.  Campos went 1-2, Tijerina 1-3, and Montoya 1-2.  

Miculka earned the complete-game win on the mound, moving his record to 4-1 and lowering his season ERA to 1.05.  He worked around six hits to allow just one earned run (two unearned) against Tivy in seven innings, striking out five and walking just one batter.  

Seguin plays a two-game district series against Boerne-Champion this week, with the first game tonight slated for a 7 p.m. first pitch at Williams Field. 

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Navarro softball edges Boerne on Feely’s walk-off single

April 8th, 2014

(Geronimo) – Ana Feely hit a walk-off RBI-single to score Alyssa Arguello in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday night to lift the Navarro High School softball team over Boerne 6-5 in a District 27-3A game in Geronimo.  

With the game knotted up at 5-5, Arguello and Sandra Hancock led off the final frame with consecutive base hits to set the table for Feely.  Arguello, Hancock, and Cayli Cowan each recorded two hits on the night.  Boerne took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning, but the Panthers scored a run in the bottom of the third and three more in the fourth to go up 4-3.  The Greyhounds tied it with a run in the top of the fifth, Navarro went back up by one in the bottom of that inning, and Boerne knotted it up again with a run in the top of the seventh.  

In the pitcher’s circle, Cowan earned her 12th win of the season and notched seven strikeouts, bringing the freshman’s season total to 250.  Navarro is 4-2 in district play, 14-13 overall.  The Panthers host Wimberley at 7 p.m. 

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NHS baseball’s slide continues with loss to Texans

April 8th, 2014

(Wimberley) – The Navarro High School baseball team suffered its sixth consecutive loss in District 27-3A play Friday night, dropping a road contest to Wimberley 3-1.  It was the Panthers’ second loss of the week to the Texans following Thursday’s 4-1 setback in Geronimo.  

Navarro only managed four hits on the night, two from Jay Leal.  The Panthers tied the game at 1-1 with their only run in the top of the fourth inning, but Wimberley scored twice in the bottom of the frame to take the lead for good. 

Navarro is 2-7 in district play, 7-12 overall.  The Panthers host Bandera tonight at 7 p.m.

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Marion baseball downs Cole, softball crushes Brooks

April 8th, 2014

(San Antonio) – The Marion High School baseball and softball teams cruised to District 29-2A road victories in San Antonio Friday evening.  The Bulldog baseball team took care of Cole 9-2, and the softball team needed only three innings to roll to a 15-0 run-rule triumph. 

In the baseball win over Cole, Hunter Rust worked a complete-game on the mound and both the runs he surrendered were unearned.  Rust scattered four hits, struck out eight, and walked just two in seven innings to earn the win.  At the plate, Michael Rayos and Austin Young each totaled two hits and two RBIs.  Nick Hauptman went 1-3, drove in one, and scored twice, and C.J. Markgraf also scored a pair of runs. Jourden Stanley and Raphael DeHoyos each drove in a run, with Stanley going 1-3 and scoring once, and DeHoyos finishing 1-4.  Tre Lambert, Dakota Harding, and Jake Soto each had a hit and a run scored.  

In the softball rout of Brooks, Marion’s Jordan Proctor tossed a three-inning no-hitter in the pitcher’s circle and drove in two runs at the plate.  Katy O’Bryan and Cassie Mergele each had two RBIs and one hit, with O’Bryan scoring twice and Mergele crossing the plate once.  Shelby Martin went 2-3, scored once, and drove in one.  Chelsea Krueger recorded one hit and one run scored.  

Marion baseball is 7-1 in district play, 16-2 overall.  The Bulldog softball team improved to 8-1 in district, 18-9 this season.  Both Marion teams host 7 p.m. district games against Cotulla tonight at 7 p.m. 

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TLU Baseball completes three-game sweep of Centenary

April 8th, 2014

(Seguin) - The Texas Lutheran Bulldogs collected 3-0 and 13-3 wins Saturday over Centenary (La.) to complete a three-game conference series sweep of the Gents.  The Bulldogs opened the series with a 2-0 win on Friday, as Dwayne Snider tossed a six-hit shutout for TLU.  

The Bulldogs improved to 22-10 overall and to 9-3 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Bulldogs also won 2-0 on Friday night and started the three-game series with 22 scoreless innings against the Gents. 

Centenary dropped to 14-17 overall and to 7-5 in the SCAC. 

The Bulldogs now hold sole possession of second place in the SCAC baseball standings. TLU entered the series trailing Centenary by a game in the standings. 

In the early game Saturday, TLU junior right-hander Aaron Aleman pitched all seven innings and notched his sixth win of the season. Aleman (6-1) worked around nine hits and three walks. 

The Bulldogs broke the game open with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. All three runs were unearned. Derek Kanas and Von Wendel each drove in runs. 

In the late game, the Bulldogs and Gents were scoreless again until the sixth. TLU then erupted for six runs in the bottom of the sixth and seven more in the bottom of the seventh. The game was called in the seventh with the 10-run rule. 

Bulldog senior catcher Danny Brauckman hit a bases-loaded double to drive in three runs in the seventh. Brauckman went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and four RBI. 

Christian DeBlanc doubled twice and drove in two, and Keaton Bohrmann went 2-for-3 with two RBI.  Tony Gennusa and Klaus Bohrmann each scored a pair of runs. 

Centenary used seven pitchers in the late game.  TLU used just one - senior right-hander Kellen McGriff. The Humble native improved to 4-1. He allowed two earned runs, six hits and one walk. 

The Bulldogs play a non-conference game in Belton tonight against the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor at 7 p.m. 

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Saturday Results

April 7th, 2014

Seguin baseball def. Kerrville-Tivy 5-3

Seguin softball def. Kyle-Lehman 10-9

TLU baseball swept doubleheader vs. Centenary 3-0, 13-3

TLU softball swept doubleheader @ Schreiner 12-1, 13-1

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Matadors rally past Buffaloes for crucial District 27-4A road win

April 5th, 2014

(Schertz) – The Seguin High School softball team survived a game that could prove to be critical in the District 27-4A playoff race Thursday night, rallying from a 2-0 deficit for a 3-2 road victory over Clemens in Schertz.  

The win improved Seguin to 5-5 in district play (12-15 overall), moved the Matadors into a tie with Clemens for fifth place in the 27-4A standings, and completed a two-game district sweep of the Buffaloes that would give Seguin the tiebreak should the teams finish the regular season with identical district records.  At the time, the victory kept Seguin just one game back of Kyle-Lehman in the race for the fourth and final playoff seed in the district.  The Matadors hosted Lehman on Saturday, but the game had yet to go final at press time.  

Seguin trailed 2-0 Thursday after Emilie Baker hit a two-run home run for the Buffaloes in the bottom of the first inning, and the Clemens lead stoop up through the end of the fourth.  Seguin junior Shelby Janda led off the top of the fifth with a triple, Kaycee Govett reached base, and Jadyn Rojas drove in Janda to cut the deficit in half, 2-1.  

With runners at first and third and one out, Alexis Nixon ripped a two-RBI double to the centerfield wall, allowing Govett to score the trying run and Rojas to come home for the go-ahead run.  

Seguin head coach John Garcia had a hunch that his lineup’s aggressive approach would eventually pay off after stranding six runners over the first four innings.  

“We’ve said that all along.  We’re hitting the ball – just keep doing it, keeping doing it, keep swinging, keep doing what we’re doing, and eventually something’s going to get through, and that’s what happened in that inning when we scored those three, and it came out our way.”  

Garcia was forced to make a last-minute pitching and lineup change due to an injury to listed starter Kylee Osborne.  Kaylee Atchley, slated as the starting shortstop on the lineup card, replaced Osborne in the pitcher’s circle.  Nixon, originally tabbed as the designated player, moved back to the shortstop position she has spent most of junior season playing.  

After allowing the home run to Baker in the first inning, Atchley held Clemens scoreless over the final six frames to earn the complete-game win with some help from a stout defensive effort in the field.  

The Buffaloes had a chance to score the tying run in the bottom of the seventh when Kookie Soliz tried to sprint home from first on a one-out triple from Anissa Rodriguez.  The throw home found Seguin catcher Whitney Wendel’s mit a few feet up the third base line before Soliz could reach the plate, and Wendel tagged out Soliz to keep the Matadors’ lead intact.  

With Rodriguez representing the tying run at third base, Atchley induced a fly ball to centerfield from Tameka Warren, and Govett made the catch for the final out.  

“It was a complete game,” Garcia said.  “They played really great defense, and they rallied behind her (Atchley).  The girls did what they needed to do, we had to move some people around, and everybody just did what they were supposed to do and did their job, and I’m just so proud of the girls right now.” 

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Seguin baseball downs Tivy after lightning delay

April 5th, 2014

(Kerrville) – The Seguin High School baseball team extended its District 27-4A winning streak to five games Thursday night with a 7-2 victory over the Tivy Antlers after a long lightning delay in Kerrville.  The victory moved the Matadors to 6-1 in district play, 16-2-1 overall, and the teams completed their series on Saturday afternoon, but the game had yet to go final at press time.    

Trailing 1-0, the Matadors took the lead for good with three runs in the top of the third inning.  Seguin plated four more runs in the fifth to open up a 7-1 cushion, and Tivy capped the game’s scoring with its final run in the bottom of the sixth.  

Walker Franz hit a two-RBI double for the Matadors, while Justin Montoya finished 2-3 with two runs scored.  Willie Tijerina went 2-2, drove in a run, and scored once, and Trever Kilcrease also recorded an RBI.  Chris Campos went 1-4 with a run scored, and Matt Klingemann had a base hit in two at-bats.  Adrian Garza and Collin Govett each scored once as courtesy runners, and Mack Aubrey crossed the plate once.  

On the mound, Andrew Kuehne struck out three, walked one, and scattered six hits in six innings to earn the win and move his record to 5-0.  Both Tivy runs off Kuehne were unearned, and his season ERA is down to 0.84.  

Kilcrease worked a 1-2-3 scoreless seventh in relief of Kuehne, striking out two of the three batters he faced. 

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Cowan’s no-hitter helps Panthers ground Hawks

April 5th, 2014

(Geronimo) – Navarro freshman Cayli Cowan pitched a no-hitter Thursday night to help the Panthers move back above .500 in the District 27-3A softball race with a 3-0 home win over Canyon Lake in Geronimo.  

Cowan struck out 12 in seven innings to notch the complete-game win, and Navarro received all the offense it would need when Alyssa Arguello blasted a two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning.  

Brooke Flanagan established the final 3-0 cushion with an RBI-single that scored Cowan in the fifth after Cowan doubled.  Rachel Pearson and Brittany Pollok each had a base hit for the Panthers.  

The win moved Navarro 3-2 in district play, 13-13 overall.  The Panthers hosted Boerne on Friday, but no final was available at press deadline. 

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Navarro baseball falls at home to Wimberley

April 5th, 2014

(Geronimo) – The Navarro High School baseball team suffered a 4-1 home loss to Wimberley in a Disrtrict 27-4A contest on the Panthers’ home field in Geronimo Thursday evening.  The defeat dropped Navarro to 2-6 in district play, 7-11 overall.  The teams met again on Friday in the series rubber match after splitting the first two district meetings, but Friday’s game had yet to go final at press time. 

Sean Walter drove in Navarro’s only run on Thursday in the bottom of the third inning after the Texans had taken a 2-0 lead with single runs in the top of the first and third frames.  Wimberley added two runs in the sixth to establish the final cushion.  The Panthers managed just two hits on the night against Wimberley pitcher Mason Andrews.     

Trevor Ripke worked 5-1/3 innings on the mound for Navarro and struck out three batters.  Ty Shelton came on with one out in the sixth and finished out the game, recording two strikeouts during that span. 

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Friday Results

April 5th, 2014

TLU baseball def. Centenary 2-0

TLU softball def. Schreiner 14-2, 23-7

Navarro baseball lost to Wimberley 3-1

Navarro softball def. Boerne 6-5

Marion baseball def. S.A.-Cole 9-2

Marion softball def. S.A.-Brooks 15-0

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April 4th, 2014

Seguin softball def. Clemens 3-2

Seguin baseball def Kerrville-Tivy 7-2.

Navarro baseball lost to Wimberley 4-1

Navarro softball def. Canyon Lake 3-0

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Texas Lutheran baseball edges Concordia 2-1 in 10 innings, hosts first night game at Katt-Isbel Field tonight

April 4th, 2014

(Seguin) – Texas Lutheran's Zach Jacobs hit a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 10th for a walk-off 2-1 Bulldog victory over 16th-ranked Concordia Texas. 

Tuesday afternoon at TLU's Katt-Isbel Field, the Bulldogs rallied for a run in the ninth and another in the 10th against the Tornados. Concordia left-hander Ragan Pope held TLU scoreless until the ninth. 

TLU scored the run in the ninth without a hit. The Bulldogs used a hit-by-pitch, a stolen base, a walk, a ground-out, and a wild pitch to finally break through against the Tornados.  Tony Gennusa scored from third on the wild pitch. 

In the 10th, Von Wendel started the inning with a double to right-center. He moved to third on a bunt single from freshman Holden Bryant. 

After an intentional walk to Ryan Hill loaded the bases with no outs, Jacobs singled up the middle, past a drawn-in infield. 

The victory gave TLU a two-game sweep of Concordia this year. The Bulldogs defeated the Tornados 11-3 in Austin on Feb. 12. 

TLU improved to 19-10 overall with Tuesday's win. Concordia dropped to 19-4. 

Thomas Harwell picked up the win out of the TLU bullpen. Harwell worked the 10th, allowed one hit and struck out two.  Harwell's record moved to 2-2. 

Cody Moore started for the Bulldogs and went 4-1/3 innings with four hits and one earned run allowed. He struck out three and walked four. 

Christian DeBlanc relieved Moore in the fifth after Moore allowed an RBI single to Estevan Hernandez. DeBlanc retired the final two batters in the fifth and pitched the next four innings. 

DeBlanc kept the Tornado lead at 1-0 by surrendering just two hits, striking out two and walking one in 4-2/3 innings.  Dillon Stavinoha took the loss for Concordia. Stavinoha fell to 2-1. 

TLU returns to action tonight with the first-ever night game at Katt-Isbel Field. The Bulldogs host Centenary College (La.) at 7 p.m. in the opener of a three-game Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference series. 

The Bulldogs and The Gents play a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday, also at Katt-Isbel.

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TLU's Dwayne Snider named SCAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week

April 4th, 2014

(Seguin) – Texas Lutheran senior right-hander Dwayne Snider has been named the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for games played from last Monday through Sunday.  

For Snider, the SCAC Pitcher of the Week award is his second of the season. His first award came after a home win over University of Texas at Tyler on Feb. 8. 

Snider led the Bulldogs to a road win over Southwestern in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader in Georgetown, Texas. 

Snider tossed a five-hit shutout in the Bulldogs' 2-0 victory. He struck out eight and walked just one. 

Snider leads the SCAC with a 1.27 ERA and is fifth in the SCAC with 35 strikeouts. He is now 4-1 on the season.

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Lifegate athletes fare well at Harper meet

April 4th, 2014

(Harper) – The Lifegate Christian School track and field team recently competed in the Harper Longhorn Relays, with six Falcon athletes placing and earning points in numerous events.  

Cameron Scott took first place in the long jump, clearing the bar at 18’1.25”.  Savannah Knight finished first in three events with a long jump of 13’3”, a 100m dash time of 13.67 seconds, and a victory in the 100m hurdles in 18.37 seconds.  Knight also took second place in the pole vault, clearing seven feet, and sixth in the 300m hurdles with a time of 57.99 seconds.  

Jacob Renaeu placed in two jumping events with a fourth-place long jump of 17’2.75” and a second place triple jump of 37’5.75”  Hagen Tetzlaff finished fourth in the 800 meters, crossing the finish line in 2:28.61, while Jonathan Reneau took sixth in the same event with a time of 2:28.71.  Sidney Knight finished fourth in the pole vault, clearing six feet, and sixth in the 100 meters with a time of 14.71 seconds. 

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Friday Schedule

April 4th, 2014

Navarro baseball @ Wimberley, 7 p.m.

Navarro softball vs. Boerne, 6 p.m.

Marion baseball @ S.A.-Cole, 4:30 p.m.

Marion softball @ S.A.-Brooks, 5 p.m.

TLU baseball vs. Centenary, 7 p.m.

TLU softball @ Schreiner, 5 p.m.

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Marion baseball rallies past Dilley for home win

April 3rd, 2014

(Marion) – Marion High School sophomore Jake Soto showed the poise of an upperclassman in the late innings of Tuesday night’s District 29-2A baseball game against Dilley to help the Bulldogs rally past the Wolves for a 6-3 win on Marion’s home field.  

The Bulldogs trailed 3-2 entering the bottom of the fifth, but Tre Lambert led off with a single, and Soto’s bloop single to right field drove in Lambert for the tying run.  When Dilley committed an error on the ensuing play, Soto alertly sprinted around the bases and all the way home to put Marion in front for good.  

Soto also earned the complete-game win on the mound, shaking off a rough start to hold Dilley scoreless over the final four innings.  The Wolves threatened to tie or perhaps reclaim the lead in the top of the sixth with the bases loaded and just one out, but Soto received some help from his defense to work out of the jam.  When Dilley’s Christian Cruz popped up to right centerfield, Marion right fielder Nick Hauptman made the catch and threw out runner Leo Garcia at second base to turn the inning ending double play.  

On the night, Soto allowed two earned runs and struck out six in seven innings. 

“He’s a sophomore kid, but he doesn’t pitch like a sophomore,” Marion head coach Jason Fox said of the first-year varsity player.  “It helps that he’s got a senior pitcher behind the plate (Raphael DeHoyos) that knows how to call for him and how to catch him, and he’s got confidence in him.  He got a little rattled early, because he came out and tried to be a thrower instead of a pitcher.  He tried to overpower people, and he missed his spots, and they made him pay.  Those latter innings, he hit his spots, and he got a big play by our rightfielder to get the guy doubled at second base to help him out.”  

Jourden Stanley ripped a two-run double that scored Hunter Rust (courtesy running for C.J. Markgraf) and Mike Rayos to establish the Bulldogs’ final three-run cushion in the bottom of the sixth.  Stanley struggled with a strikeout and a fly-out in his previous two at-bats against Dilley starting pitcher Sabby Torres, but Fox wasn’t surprised that his senior All-District centerfielder adjusted in the final plate appearance. 

“Jourden’s been big all year, and you’ve got three seniors that are kind of the foundation of what we’ve got right now, that have been playing on this team since they were sophomores, and they know what it takes to get there, and they’re good leaders.  He stepped up in a big situation.  He knew he had some bad at-bats chasing pitches he shouldn’t have earlier, but that time he waited for a pitch that he knew he could drive somewhere, and he finally got one.” 

Marion trailed 1-0 when Cruz singled in Jeremy Herrera in the top of the first inning, but the Bulldogs answered to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the frame.  Stanley was hit by a pitch and came home on Austin Young’s RBI-single, and Young scored on Lambert’s sacrifice fly.  Lambert finished 2-2 with on RBI and a run scored.  

Dilley reclaimed the lead in the top of the third on a single by Daniel Autrey that scored Leo Garcia and a bases-loaded walk by Zane Hutchinson to plate Prendi Garcia.  

Marion swept the season series against Dilley this season, winning the first meeting on the road 4-1 on March 4.  The Wolves (10-5 overall, 5-2 district) have made the Bulldogs scrap and claw for both victories, and they own a win over the Jourdanton team that handed Marion its only district loss.  

“They’re a very good baseball team,” Fox said.  “They’re well coached, and they play hard.  The Torres kid, their ace, is a smart pitcher.  They’re a team that come playoff time will be very difficult out.”  

Marion is 6-1 in district play, 15-2 overall.  The Bulldogs continue the 29-2A schedule Friday afternoon with a visit to San Antonio-Cole at 4:30 p.m. 

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Marion softball routs Dilley, moves to 7-1 in district play

April 3rd, 2014

(Marion) – The Marion High School softball team notched its third straight District 29-2A victory Tuesday night, rolling to a 12-2 run-rule decision over Dilley on the MHS campus.  

The Bulldogs exploded for eight runs in the second inning, and after the visiting Wolves plated single runs in the fourth and sixth, Marion pushed four across in the bottom of the sixth to invoke the 10-run mercy rule.  

The Bulldogs totaled seven hits and capitalized on six Dilley errors.  

Jordan Proctor tossed a two-hitter and struck out four to post the complete-game win in the pitcher’s circle.  

Stacey Radtke paced Marion at the plate with two hits and two runs driven in.  Ashlyn Haese and Cassie Mergele also drove in two runs apiece, and Robyn Young collected a pair of hits.  

Marion softball is 7-1 in district play, 17-9 overall.  The Bulldogs have a 29-2A road game against San Antonio-Brooks on Friday 5 p.m. 

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Seguin softball visits Clemens, game to air on KWED

April 3rd, 2014

(Schertz) – The Seguin High School softball team begins a critical stretch of the District 27-4A schedule tonight with a road game against Clemens in Schertz.  The Matadors are 4-5 (sixth place) in district play, 11-15 overall.  The five teams ahead of Seguin in the district standings are Hays (8-1), Lockhart (6-3), Boerne-Champion (6-3), Kyle-Lehman (5-4), and Clemens (5-4).  

While ninth-year head coach John Garcia’s Matadors look to bounce back from a stunning 5-4 loss to an Alamo Heights team that was previously winless in district play, the Buffaloes (11-9) are surging right now under first year coach Amanda Balthun.  Clemens rides a four game winning streak into tonight after a 12-6 victory over Lockhart last Friday.  

That said, Seguin owns two victories over the Buffaloes this season – an 11-4 final in the Northeast ISD Tournament on Feb. 21 and a dramatic come-from-behind 4-3 triumph in the first district meeting on March 7.  The Matadors rallied from a 3-0 deficit in that contest, with Kaylee Atchley driving in Shelby Janda and Jadyn Rojas to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh, and Alexis Nixon sliding under a tag at the plate for the winning run after a Clemens overthrow.  

The Matadors have faced two Buffalo pitchers this season – Anissa Rodriguez and Jo Jo Valencia – and it was Valencia who fared better among the two in the district meeting a few weeks ago.  

“She’s got a little bit more speed and a little bit more control as far as the outside corners, and we’ve kind of had trouble with that all year,” Garcia said in scouting Valencia.  “We’re just going to have to prepare for that and mentally go up there knowing that’s going to happen and be ready for that outside pitch.” 

Seguin’s Kylee Osborne was the winning pitcher the last time the teams squared off, and she has worked the bulk of the innings this season.  Whether it’s Osborne or reliever Atchley in the circle, Garcia says their teammates in the field need to start making more plays if the Matadors hope to snap their two-game losing streak and gain some ground in the district playoff race.  

“We’ve got to play defense.  We’ve done well on offense.  We have scored more runs than our opponents, and our team batting average is like .446, so we’re hitting the ball well.  We’re just not doing the right things whey they (opponents) hit the ball, so we’ve got to fix that and cut down on the errors and mental mistakes.  That’s what’s really killed us this year.”  

Tonight’s first pitch in Schertz is slated for 7 p.m.  The game will air live on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com, with pre-game coverage at 6:50. 

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Tuesday Results

April 2nd, 2014

Marion baseball def. Dilley 6-3

Marion softball def. Dilley 12-2

TLU baseball def. Concordia 2-1

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TLU softball takes SCAC series from Trinity, Leschber receives weekly conference award

April 2nd, 2014

(Seguin) – The Texas Lutheran softball team opened up some breathing room in the SCAC standings with a Sunday doubleheader sweep of Trinity at Kruse Stadium. 

The Bulldogs beat the Tigers 4-0 and 4-1 in the two games, opening up a three-game advantage in the loss column in the SCAC standings over the second-place Tigers. After splitting Saturday’s doubleheader with a 2-0 loss and a 3-2 win on Jaime Ohm’s walk-off RBI-single, the Bulldogs took three out of four in the series against Trinity and improved to 21-7 (13-1 SCAC) on the year with the pair of wins. Trinity dropped to 13-12 (8-4 SCAC). 

Taylor Grissom continued her pitching dominance in SCAC play in Sunday's first game, tallying her fourth complete game and third shutout of the season, all of which have come in conference action. She shut down the Trinity offense, holding the Tigers to just three hits on the day and striking out one.  Grissom is now 4-1 in SCAC play with a miniscule 0.44 ERA in 32 innings of work. 

The Bulldog offense did enough to earn Grissom the win. After being shutout for the first time all season on Saturday by Trinity's Kaci Wellik, the offense finally broke through against her in the third inning on Sunday. After the first two batters of the inning reached base, Jennifer Gallagher laced a single through the right side, scoring Jacquelyn Brown and giving the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. 

They would give themselves some breathing room in the fifth, scoring three in the frame. Maegan Taylor came up with a two-run double to left center before Hope Estes drove Taylor in with an RBI single down the right field line. 

The Bulldogs finished the game with 11 hits. Brown led the way with a 3-for-4 day, scoring two runs and stealing her eighth base of the year in the process. 

In Sunday’s second game, Kimberly Leschber and Samantha Yenne combining to hold the Tigers to one run on seven hits. 

Leschber earned the win, improving to 6-2 on the year. The junior tossed five innings of shutout softball, scattering six hits across those five innings while striking out one. She has been almost as good as Grissom in conference play, now owning a 3-0 conference record with a 0.78 ERA in 18 innings of work.  Over the course of last week, she posted a 0.54 ERA in 13 innings, earning her the SCAC’s Pitcher of the Week award.  

Yenne came in out of the bullpen for the third time in the series and nailed down her first-career save. She tossed the final two innings, allowing one run on one hit and a walk. She finished the four-game series with eight innings of relief work. She gave up just one earned run in those innings on five hits. She struck out four in the series. 

The Bulldogs' pitching staff finished with a 0.72 ERA in the four games against the Tigers, giving up 22 hits and striking out 10. The seventh-inning run scored by Trinity in the final game of the series broke up a 16-inning shutout streak for the Bulldog pitching staff. 

The offense took advantage of a couple defensive miscues made by Trinity in the second game. The first two runs were scored in the fourth inning and both were unearned. Grace Estes came around to score the first run after reaching base on an error. She scored all the way from first after Trinity pitcher Katie Castillon threw the ball into the right field corner on a sacrifice bunt attempt. 

The Bulldogs notched a pair of insurance runs in the sixth inning. Taylor Yancey notched her second RBI of the day with a run-scoring single. Her first RBI came in the fourth inning on an RBI double.  Jaime Ohm drove in the fourth run of the game for TLU on an infield single that scored Brianna Alter. 

With just two more conference series remaining, the Bulldogs are in good shape to take home the SCAC regular-season title and earn the right to host the SCAC Championship. Before that, they still must take care of business in the next two series, starting with a four-game road set against Schreiner. The two teams will play doubleheaders this Friday and Saturday at 5 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.

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Navarro boys take second in Panther Relays, girls finish fifth

April 2nd, 2014

(Geronimo) – The Navarro High School track and field teams hosted their annual home meet, the Navarro Panther Relays, at Erwin-Lee Field in Geronimo last week, with the Navarro boys finishing second in the team standings while the girls took fifth place.  

The Navarro boys earned 86 total points, while Luling took first place with 138 points.  Marion also participated in the meet, with the boys finishing fifth (68 points), and the girls taking third (90.5 points).  

On the boys’ side, the Panthers earned two gold medals.  Jay Leal took first in the 300m hurdles with a time of 42.5 seconds, and Navarro’s 4x400 relay team of Lucas Lake, Luke Jaroszewski, Campbell Willfond, and Ryan Young crossed the finish line first in 3:27.62.  Second place finishers include Jaroszewski in the pole vault (14’6”), the 4x100 relay team, and Young in the 100m dash (11.30).  Navarro’s 800m relay team took third place with a time of 1:34.02, and Kyle Martin finished third in the 300m hurdles (43.46).  Also earning points for the Panthers were Lucas Lake in the long jump (6th, 18’8”), Martin in the high jump (5th, 5’10”), Dillon in the 400m run (6th, 56.77), and Tanner Law in the 200m dash (6th, 23.93) 

The Navarro girls took the top three spots in the 400m run, with Kendall Torres finishing first (1:00.58), Savanna Russell second (1:02.52), and Meagan Cunningham third (1:02.99).  The Panthers also won the girls’ 4x400 relay, with the team of Torres, Cunningham, Kelly Kubenka, and Russell finishing in 4:12.74.  Ashley Merritt took second in the 1600m run (5:47.78).  Osborne, Butler, and Besa finished third, fourth, and sixth, respectively, in the 200m dash.  The 4x100 relay team finished sixth, as did Coleman in the 3200m run.  Russell tied for fifth in the pole vault, while Cunningham and Allison Hensley finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the long jump.  

For the Marion boys, Joe Eicher took second in the high jump (6’4”), and Max Ramirez did likewise in the 800m run (2:07.02).  Marion also earned a second place finish in the boys’ 4x200m relay.  The Marion girls earned four gold medals with Becca Nyul winning the long jump (17’3”), Cameron Boedecker taking first in the pole vault (11’6”), the 800m relay team crossing the finish line in 1:48.58, and Shelby Martin placing first in the 300m hurdles (49.36).  Martin finished second in the 100m hurdles, Nyul third in the triple jump, and the 4x100 relay team third in 52.24 seconds. 

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Tuesday Schedule

April 1st, 2014

TLU baseball vs. Concordia, 2 p.m.

Marion baseball vs. Dilley, 7 p.m.

Marion softball vs. Dilley, 7 p.m.

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Stanley drives in nine, hits two home runs to spark Marion’s 19-7 win

April 1st, 2014

(Marion) – Marion High School baseball player Jourden Stanley belted two home runs and totaled nine RBIs Friday night to help the Bulldogs blow out Randolph 19-7 in a District 29-2A game on Marion’s home field.  Stanley finished 4-5 and scored four runs as well.  

The game didn’t look like it would result in a lopsided Marion win in the first inning, as the visiting Ro-Hawks jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the opening frame.  The Bulldogs responded with a run in the bottom of the first, six in the second, three in the third, and six more in the fourth to open up a 16-5 cushion.  Randolph plated two runs in the top of the fifth to bring the deficit back to single digits at 16-7, but Marion pushed three more across in the bottom of the frame to end the contest by 10-run mercy rule. 

In addition to Stanley’s big night, Tre Lambert drove in three runs, going 1-3 with a run scored.  C.J. Markgraf went 2-3, scored three times, and drove in one.  Raphael DeHoyos also drove in a run, while Mike Rayos scored four times and Austin Young went 2-4.  Hunter Rust crossed the plate four times as a courtesy runner. 

Young picked up the win on the mound, allowing seven runs (four earned) on five hits with nine strikeouts and just three walks in five innings of work. 

Marion is 5-1 in district play, 14-2 overall.  The Bulldogs continue the 29-2A schedule tonight with a 7 p.m. home game against Dilley. 

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Marion softball routs Ro-Hawks

April 1st, 2014

(Marion) – The Marion High School softball team notched a 10-0 run-rule victory in five innings over Randolph Friday night in District 29-2A play.  

The victory moves the Bulldogs to 6-1 in district play, 16-9 overall.  

Jordan Proctor pitched a two-hitter and struck out five to earn the complete-game win, and she also paced Marion at the plate with a hit and two RBIs.  Cassie Mergele and Chelsea Krueger each drove in a run, and Mergele totaled two hits on the night.  

The Bulldogs totaled six hits, and Randolph helped Marion’s cause by committing six errors defensively.  

Marion built the 10-run cushion methodically, scoring two runs in the first inning, three in the second, two in the third, one in the fourth, and two in the fifth.  

The Bulldogs can clinch a playoff berth with a district win over Dilley tonight.  The teams square off in Marion at 7 p.m.

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Navarro baseball drops road game to Greyhounds

April 1st, 2014

(Boerne) – The Navarro High School baseball team finds itself in a four-game slump in District 27-3A after falling on the road to Boerne 11-1 in six innings Friday night.  It was the Panthers’ second loss of the week to the Greyhounds, who swept all three games in the season series against Navarro.  

The Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Boerne plated two in the bottom of the second, seven in the fourth, and two in the sixth to invoke the 10-run mercy rule.  

Navarro only managed four hits on the night, with Trevor Ripke providing half of that total.  Boerne finished with nine hits, and capitalized on four Panther errors.  

Navarro is 2-5 in district play, 7-10 overall.  The Panthers look to snap their four-game skid Thursday evening with a 7 p.m. home game against Wimberley. 

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Navarro softball’s rally falls short in Bandera

April 1st, 2014

(Bandera) – The Navarro High School softball team battled back from an 8-2 deficit to tie its District 27-3A game against Bandera in the fifth inning Friday night, but the rally fell short as the Bulldogs reclaimed the lead with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to ultimately hand Navarro a 10-8 loss.  

Brittany Pollok and Kristen Pollok started the fifth-inning rally with consecutive hits, and Alyssa Arguello drove in both with a double.  Sandra Hancock blasted a two-run homer to make it an 8-6 game.  Ana Feely singled and went to second on a wild pitch, and Cayli Cowan’s RBI-double plated Feely.  Cowan scored the tying run when Brooke Flanagan reached on an error.  

Hancock finished with three hits and three RBIs, while Kristen Pollok totaled two hits on the night. Cowan struck out nine in seven innings in the pitcher’s circle.  The Panthers lost despite out-hitting Bandera 11-8 and committing fewer errors – three to the Bulldogs’ five. 

Navarro is 2-2 in district play, 12-13 overall.  The Panthers host Canyon Lake in a 27-3A contest Thursday at 7 p.m. 

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Bulldogs split Saturday games with Southwestern, lose series 2-1 to Pirates

April 1st, 2014

(Georgetown) – The Texas Lutheran baseball team scored a 2-0 win and then fell 10-4 in a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader Saturday with the Southwestern Pirates.  The doubleheader split Saturday secured a series win for the Pirates, who outlasted TLU 9-8 in 13 innings on Friday night. 

Southwestern moved to 7-22 overall and to 3-8 in the SCAC with the Saturday split. TLU's overall record now stands at 18-10 overall and at 6-3 in the SCAC. 

In the early game Saturday, TLU senior right-hander Dwayne Snider tossed a complete-game, five-hit shutout in the seven-inning contest. Snider struck out eight and walked just one. He improved to 4-1 overall.  The Bulldogs gave Snider a run in the first and a run in the second. 

Keaton Bohrmann doubled in the first and scored on a Derek Kanas single. Bohrmann went 3-for-4 with a run scored. 

In the second inning, Zach Jacobs reached on an error and moved to second on the error. Mason Briscoe drove home Jacobs with an RBI single. 

In the late game Saturday, Southwestern broke open a scoreless game with an eight-run fifth inning. The Pirates sent 13 batters to the plate in the frame. 

The Bulldogs cut the lead in half, at 8-4, with a four-run seventh inning. Danny Brauckman pushed across a run with bases loaded walk, and Jacobs and Tony Gennusa each collected RBI singles.  The Pirates scored two more runs in the eighth to push the lead to 10-4. 

Kellen McGriff took the loss for the Bulldogs. He pitched 4-1/3 innings and allowed eight earned runs. 

In the series opener Friday night, Southwestern scored three runs in the bottom of the 13th and erased an 8-6 deficit in the inning to hand TLU the 9-8 loss.  Von Wendel's two-run triple in the top of the 13th gave TLU its first lead since the fifth inning, but the TLU bullpen could not make the run-scoring hit stand up. 

Southwestern scored the three runs in the 13th without a hit. The Pirates took advantage of three walks, an error, a walk and a wild pitch.  The winning run, scored by shortstop Colten Shea, came across on the wild pitch. 

After giving up five runs in the fifth and falling behind 6-4, TLU scored a run in the seventh and another in the eighth to tie the game at six. Four scoreless innings would follow until the teams combined for five runs in the 13th. 

Klaus Bohrmann singled home Christian DeBlanc for the run in the seventh. Alejandro Gutierrez brought home the run in the eighth with a sacrifice fly. 

Conner Capdau kept the Pirates scoreless from the eighth until the 13th. The senior right-hander ultimately was charged with two runs after allowing two hits, walking two and striking out four. 

Kyle Simmons took the loss. Simmons dropped to 0-1.  Michael Platz (1-0) picked up the win in relief for Southwestern. 

Klaus Bohrmann led the TLU offense with two hits in three at-bats and a career-high four walks (one off the TLU single-game record). He drove in two runs.  TLU walked a total of 12 times against Southwestern pitching. Danny Brauckman walked three times in three plate appearances.  TLU ptching issued nine walks and struck out 10. 

TLU returns to Katt-Isbel Field for a non-conference game today against Concordia Texas. Game time has been moved to 2 p.m. TLU will have live video and live stats for the single game on tlubulldogs.com.

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Friday Results

March 31st, 2014

Seguin baseball def. Buda-Hays 4-1 

Seguin softball lost to Alamo Heights 5-4

Navarro baseball lost to Boerne 11-1

Navarro softball lost to Bandera 10-8

Marion baseball def. Randolph 19-7

Marion softball def. Randolph 16-1

TLU baseball lost to Southwestern 9-8 (13 innings)



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Weekend Results

March 31st, 2014

Saturday

TLU baseball split doubleheader @ Southwestern (won 2-0, lost 10-4)

TLU softball split doubleheader vs. Trinity (lost 2-0, won 3-2)

Sunday

TLU softball swept doubleheader vs. Trinity (4-0, 4-1)

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Thursday Results

March 28th, 2014

TLU baseball split doubleheader vs. Pacific Lutheran (lost 4-3, won 5-4)

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Friday Schedule

March 28th, 2014

Seguin baseball @ Buda-Hays, 7 p.m. on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com

Seguin softball @ Alamo Heights, 7 p.m.

Navarro baseball @ Boerne, 7 p.m.

Navarro softball @ Bandera, 7 p.m.

Marion baseball vs. Randolph, 7 p.m.

Marion softball vs. Randolph, 7 p.m.

TLU baseball @ Southwestern, 6 p.m.

Navarro track-and-field @ Texas Relays (Austin)

Boys 4x400 relay (Lucas Lake, Luke Jaroszeski, Campbell Willfond, Ryan Young)

Girls 4x400 relay (Kendall Torres, Kelly Kubenka, Meagan Cunningham, Savannah Russell)

Kelly Kubenka, girls' 110 hurdles.

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Navarro softball outlasts Fredericksburg for district win

March 28th, 2014

(Geronimo) – Cayli Cowan’s work in the pitcher’s circle and Ana Feely’s big night at the plate helped the Navarro High School softball team move above .500 in District 27-3A with a 6-4 victory over Fredericksburg Tuesday night in Geronimo.  

Cowan struck out 11 and surrendered just four hits in seven innings to earn the complete-game win.  Feely connected on three base hits and drove in two runs.  

Feely wasn’t the only Panther who did damage with her bat.  Sandra Hancock totaled two hits, including an RBI-double, and score two runs.  Cowan and Brooke Flanagan also collected a pair of hits and an RBI apiece.  Rachel Pearson drove in a run, while Alyssa Arguello and Brittany Pollok each hit singles.   

Navarro led 4-2 after the first inning, and stretched the cushion to 5-2 in the second.  Fredericksburg cut the deficit back to a single run, 5-4, with a pair of runs in the third, but Cowan shut down the Battlin’ Billies the rest of the way and tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth.  

The Panthers are 2-1 in district play, 12-12 overall.  Navarro pays a visit to Bandera for a district contest tonight at 7 p.m. 

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Panthers fall at home to Greyhounds

March 28th, 2014

(Geronimo) – The Navarro High School baseball team suffered its third straight District 27-3A loss Tuesday night, falling at home to Boerne 10-0 in a five-inning run-rule affair.  

The Greyhounds scored three runs in the first inning, one in the second, two in the third, and four more in the fourth in invoke the 10-run mercy rule. 

Boerne totaled 10 hits in the night, while the Panthers managed just three.  On the mound for Navarro, Trevor Ripke struck out five in 2-2/3 innings, while Lucas Lake fanned two batters in 2-1/3 frames. 

The Panthers are 3-4 in district play, 7-9 overall.  After splitting the first two games of the season series (Navarro beat Boerne 6-5 on March 5), the teams play the rubber match tonight in Boerne at 7 p.m. 

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Marion softball notches district win over Jourdanton

March 28th, 2014

(Jourdanton) – The Marion High School softball team felt no lingering effects from its first district loss during Tuesday’s road trip to Jourdanton.  After falling to Natalia 13-1 last Friday, the Bulldogs bounced back with a 5-2 win over the Squaws, moving Marion’s District 29-2A record to 5-1.  

Marion scored a run in the third inning and three more in the top of the fifth to open up a 4-0 lead.  Jourdanton crossed the plate twice in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 4-2 game, but the Bulldogs plated another run in the sixth and held the Squaws scoreless the rest of the way.  

Jordan Proctor pitched all seven innings and allowed just three hits to earn the complete-game win.  

Ashlyn Haese and Katy O’Bryan each totaled two hits and one RBI, and Robyn Young also drove in a run. 

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Errors, run support spoil DeHoyos gem in Bulldogs’ first district loss

March 28th, 2014

(Jourdanton) – The Marion High School baseball team is no longer unbeaten in District 29-2A after falling on the road to Jourdanton 5-1 on Tuesday.  The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 4-1 in district play, 13-2 overall.    

Marion starting pitcher Raphael DeHoyos did his best to keep his team in the game, striking out 11 and giving up just three hits in five innings of work, but the defense behind him struggled and the Bulldog bats were nearly silent.  All five Jourdanton runs were unearned – the product of five Marion errors – and the Marion lineup only produced two hits against Indians’ starting pitcher Mark Medina, who struck out 10 in seven innings. 

The game was scoreless through four innings, and Jourdanton scored all five of its runs in the bottom of the fifth.  Michael Rayos scored Marion’s only run in the top of the sixth on Jourdanton error as a courtesy runner for DeHoyos.  

Jake Soto and Nick Hauptman had the Bulldogs’ only base hits.  

Marion looks to get back on track tonight with a home district game against Randolph at 7 p.m. 

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TLU Men's Golf jumps into top five with strong finish to Hal Sutton Intercollegiate

March 28th, 2014

(Bossier City, La.) – The Texas Lutheran men's golf team moved up the leaderboard on Tuesday, finishing tied for fifth at the Hal Sutton Intercollegiate with a combined score of 638 (+62) at the Golf Club at Stonebridge. 

The Bulldogs started the day in seventh, but improved upon their first round, firing a 318 (+30) in the final round to move into a tie with Mississippi College for fifth. They finished just one stroke behind Jacksonville Community College for fourth. 

The Bulldogs are back in action at the NCAA Division III West Region Invitational at Berry Creek Country Club in Georgetown, Texas on April 7-8. 

Freshman Kraig Zimmerhanzel was the individual leader for the Bulldogs, finishing tied for 11th with a two-round score of 155 (+11). He improved upon his first-round score by one stroke on Tuesday, carding a 5-over par 77 in the final round. 

Adam Peterson, a junior, also carded a 5-over 77 on Tuesday and finished the tournament tied for 14th after starting the final round in 21st place. He finished with a two-round score of 156 (+12). 

Chance Cathey, who started the day tied with Zimmerhanzel for 18th, ended up tied for 19th with a combined score of 160 (+16). The senior carded a 10-over 82 in the final round. 

Tyler Kolb finished in 36th with a two-round score of 170 (+26). He turned in a 10-over 82 on Tuesday. Jeremy Leal finished 38th with a combined score of 172 (+28). He carded a 15-over 87 in his final round. 

Tournament-host Centenary took home the team title with a combined score of 608 (+32). Paris Community College (+39), Tyler Junior College (+48), and Jacksonville Community College (+61) rounded out the top four. 

Paris Community College's Zac Oliver came away with individual medalist honors, finishing with a two-round score of 142 (-2). Centenary's Hank Strickler (+5), Centenary's Larry Balthazar (+6), Tyler Junior College's Charlie Cameron (+6) and Paris' Tyler Dunbar (+7) finished in the top five.

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TLU's Nelson, Vega named SCAC Tennis Players of the Week

March 28th, 2014

(Seguin) – Texas Lutheran sophomores Greg Nelson and Sofia Vega are the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week, the conference office announced Wednesday. 

Nelson went 4-0 in singles play on the Bulldogs' Spring Break road trip and went 2-2 at No. 2 doubles.  Nelson won at No. 3 singles at Centenary, at No. 4 singles against LeTourneau and Austin College, and at No. 5 singles against East Texas Baptist. In the Bulldogs' tight 5-4 loss to LeTourneau, Nelson recorded a singles win in three sets - 6-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-6). 

Vega won all four of her singles matches and three of her four doubles matches with Caitlin Zarr in completed TLU team matches last week.  Vega won 6-0, 6-0 against Centenary, 6-0, 6-1 against LeTourneau, 6-0, 6-0 against East Texas Baptist, and 7-6 (2), 6-1 against Caltech. She played all the matches at No. 1 singles.  

Vega and Zarr won 8-1, 8-2 and 8-3 in No. 1 doubles play before dropping an 8-6 decision to Caltech. Vega, an ITA and NCAA All-American, is undefeated in singles play this spring season. 

TLU Women's and Men's Tennis host Hardin-Simmons today at 2 p.m. in a non-conference match.  TLU Women's Tennis hosts Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.) at 3 p.m. Sunday in another non-conference match.

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TLU softball doubleheader vs. Linfield rained out

March 27th, 2014

(Seguin) - The Texas Lutheran softball team will have to wait at least one additional day to open the newly built Morck Field at Ed Kruse Stadium on the TLU campus, as Wednesday's non-conference doubleheader against Linfield College was cancelled due to rain.  The Bulldogs will try again to play their first games at the new facility tonight, weather permitting, with a 5 p.m. doubleheader against Pacific Lutheran.  Construction is ongoing at Kruse Stadium, but the facility is ready to host games.  TLU will officially dedicate the new stadium on Saturday, April 12 at 11:30 a.m. just before the Bulldogs' SCAC doubleheader against Centenary. 

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Seguin boys’ soccer falls in opening round of 4A playoffs

March 27th, 2014

(New Braunfels) – The Seguin High School boys’ soccer team was unable to extend head coach Ed Perry’s final season with the program Tuesday night in the bi-district round of the Class-4A playoffs.  The Matadors suffered a 3-0 loss to Boerne-Champion at Unicorn Stadium in New Braunfels.  

The Chargers scored the first goal of the match in the 14th minute and took a 1-0 lead into halftime.  Champion added goals in the 46th and 55th minutes to pull away, and Seguin’s season ended in the first round of the playoffs for the third consecutive year.  

The Matadors advanced the ball into scoring position on several occasions, but couldn’t find the back of the net with any of their shots.  Perry says his players delivered an effort that was more competitive than the final score indicates, and that’s been the case in other losses this season.  

“I’m very proud of these guys.  I’ve known all the seniors for four years, and most of them have been working very hard and gotten to this point. Maybe they didn’t quite get the brass ring, maybe they didn’t quite get what they wanted, but they can walk off this field with their head high.  They worked very, very hard this year, we’ve given them everything we could, they’ve given a lot, and we’ve never walked off a field really feeling like we were beaten.  We made some mistakes, and sometimes those mistakes hurt us, but for the most part we’ve been in every game and we’ve been very competitive.” 

Tuesday marked Perry’s final match on the Seguin sideline, as he recently announced his retirement from coaching, effective at the end of the current school year.  Perry reflected on how far the boys’ soccer program has progressed in recent years, and believes the pieces are in place for the improvement to continue after he’s gone. 

“We rose from scoring a goal, to winning a game, to winning a few games, to fifth place, and fifth place, and fifth place, and finally made the playoffs, made the playoffs, and made the playoffs.  I’m proud of that.  We’ve made it that far.  I think we simply have to keep our foot on the accelerator, keep our nose to the grindstone and all these nice clichés.  We need to keep the eye on the ball, just keep the eye on the prize, because I think it’s there, and I think eventually they’ll get it.”  

Seguin finished third in District 53-4A with a 4-3-1 district record, and the Matadors’ final season record is 7-12-1. 

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Matadors move into first place tie with Hays in 27-4A, Friday rematch to air on KWED

March 27th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Seguin High School baseball climbed to the top of the District 27-4A standings Tuesday night with a 2-1 victory over Buda-Hays at Smokey Joe Williams Field.  

The Matadors and Rebels are now tied for first place with identical 4-1 district records, but one of the teams will take sole possession of the top spot on Friday when the teams square off again at Hays’ home field in Buda.  That contest will air live on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com, with pre-game coverage at 6:50 p.m. and the first pitch at 7:00.   

Andrew Kuehne was dominant on the mound for Seguin, allowing just three hits and striking out five in six scoreless innings to earn the win.  Kuehne moved his season record to 4-0, and his ERA is down to a miniscule 1.02.  Adrian Garza survived the Rebels’ only run in the top of the seventh to earn the save.  

Willie Tijerina went 2-3 at the plate and scored both Seguin runs, one in the first inning and one in the sixth.  Trever Kilcrease drove in one of those runs with an RBI-triple, and Walker Franz had the Matadors’ only other hit.  

Seguin, 14-2-1 overall in head coach Doug Pearce’s fourth season, could turn to Bubba Miculka or Mack Aubrey on the mound in Friday’s rematch.  Miculka is 1-1 in district play, with a loss in a start against Clemens on March 13 and a win in four innings of relief work against Kyle-Lehman last Friday.  On the season, he’s 2-1 with a 1.45 ERA, 16 strikeouts, and just two walks in 19-1/3 innings.  Aubrey is 2-0 with 14 strikeouts and hasn’t allowed an earned run in 14-2/3 innings.  

Tijerina now sports the Matadors’ top batting average at .372, and he also leads the team with 17 runs scored and six stolen bases.  Travis York is still the home run (2) and RBI (14) leader, and he looks to snap a two-game RBI drought against Hays tonight.  

Hays is 13-3 overall after Tuesday’s loss.  The Rebels swept their first two district series over Lockhart (15-1, 3-2) and Clemens (2-0, 3-0), and haven’t allowed more than two runs against any 27-4A opponents.  Hays pitcher Michael Gonzalez threw a no-hitter against the Buffaloes last Friday, and he’ll likely be the Rebels’ starter against Seguin this week. 

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SHS softball falls at home to Lockhart

March 27th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Seguin High School softball team opened the second round of the District 27-4A schedule Tuesday night with a 5-1 loss to Lockhart on Seguin’s home field.  

The Matadors took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but went scoreless the rest of the way, scattering seven hits on the evening.  The visiting Lions tied the game with a run in the third, took the lead with three more in the fifth, and produced the final cushion with a run in the top of the seventh.  Lockhart totaled 13 hits on the night to complete a two-game sweep of Seguin in the head-to-head regular season series.  

Seguin is 4-4 in district play and part of a three-way tie for fourth place in the 27-4A standings along with Kyle-Lehman and Clemens with six games left on the schedule.  The Matadors, 11-15 overall, continue the district schedule Friday in San Antonio with a visit to Alamo Heights at 7 p.m. 

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TLU softball sweeps Dallas for 13th straight win, opens new stadium today

March 26th, 2014

(Irving) – The Texas Lutheran softball program finished a four-game road sweep of the Univeristy of Dallas on Saturday afternoon, sweeping a doubleheader at Crusader Field and stretching its winning streak to 13 games. 

The Bulldogs won the first game on Saturday 6-3 before closing out the four-game series with an 11-1 blowout in five innings.  Friday, TLU opened the series with a pair of shutout victories, 13-0 and 5-0.  The sweep improves TLU's record to 17-5 on the year and continue their unblemished start to SCAC play, improving to 10-0 in the league. 

The Bulldogs opened Saturday holding off a seventh-inning Dallas rally to secure a 6-3 victory. After taking a three run lead into the final frame, it looked like TLU had finished the Crusaders off by scoring three more in the top of the seventh to take a commanding 6-0 lead heading into the bottom of the inning. 

Dallas wasn't quite ready to go quietly into the night though, as Samantha Yenne, who had held the Crusaders scoreless on just three hits through the first six innings, gave up a three-run homerun to Ciara Stewart with nobody out. 

Taylor Grissom entered the game after the Stewart homer and quickly slammed the door for the Bulldogs, recording her first save of the season and giving up just a one-out single. She got all three outs on fly balls or pop flies. 

Those three runs the Bulldogs scored in the top of the seventh proved key. Taylor Yancey got the scoring going on an RBI double to right center before Hope Estes finished the inning off with a two-run single through the right side. 

The double was Yancey's team-leading ninth of the season and gave her 19 RBI on the year. Estes' two-run single gave her 15 RBI on the year. Fourteen of those RBI have come in her last nine games. She finished the day 3-for-4 with a run to go along with those two RBI. 

Yenne improved to 3-2 with the win. She pitched the game's first six innings without allowing a run before running into trouble trying to finish of the complete game. She finished the game giving up three runs on six hits while tallying three strikeouts. 

The Bulldogs' offense finished with 11 hits on the day with four players notching two hits apiece. TLU took the lead in the third inning, scoring two runs in the frame on a Jaime Ohm RBI groundout and a Grace Estes RBI. 

The next inning Grace Estes would extend the lead to three with a solo homerun, trying her for the team lead with three homers on the season. She finished 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. 

The Bulldogs finished off the convincing sweep in dominant fashion, defeating the Crusaders in five innings for the second time in the series, this time winning 11-1. The offense did almost all of its damage in the second and third innings, scoring 10 runs in that span. 

After both teams failed to score in the first inning, but things quickly changed in the second as the Bulldogs unleashed four runs. Hope Estes continued her strong day by driving in the game's first run on an RBI single that scored Ashley Jacobsen. Two more runs would come across on a two-run triple from Molly Gorrie before Grace Estes capped off the inning with an RBI single. 

Things kept clicking for the TLU offense in the third inning as the Bulldogs exploded for six more runs and blew the game open. Jacobsen got the inning started with an infield RBI ingle. Estes drove in another run on a groundout, while another run came across on an error. Grace Estes drew a walk with the bases loaded to make it 8-0 and Jacquelyn Brown extended the TLU lead to double digits with a two-run single. 

The Bulldogs finished with 13 hits in the game and ended up out-hitting the Crusaders 41-16 in the series. They outscored Dallas 35-4 in the four games. 

Kimberly Leschber tallied her first complete game in a Texas Lutheran uniform. The sophomore transfer went the distance, giving up just one run and working around six hits. She improved to 5-2 on the year with the win. 

Texas Lutheran will leave conference play for a pair of midweek doubleheaders against Linfield College and Pacific Lutheran at 11 a.m. today and 5 p.m. Thursday. Those two doubleheaders will be the first games ever played at the new Morck Field at Ed Kruse Softball Stadium on campus at TLU. Live video and live stats will be available via TLUBulldogs.com.

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TLU Women's Golf uses impressive second round to finish second at UTD Lady Comet Invitational

March 26th, 2014

(Richardson) – The Texas Lutheran women's golf team put together a second round almost 40 strokes lower than its first as the Bulldogs finished second at the UTD Lady Comet Invitational last week at Canyon Creek Country Club. 

The Bulldogs carded a two-round combined score of 755 (+187) to clinch second place, finishing 45 strokes lower than third-place LeTourneau. 

Texas Lutheran's final round 358 (+74) was its lowest combined round of the spring season. The Bulldogs carded a combined score of 397 (+113) still placed it in second after the first day. 

Leading the way for the Bulldogs was former Seguin High School standout Gabby Rangel. The sophomore finished tied for fifth with a two-round score of 176 (+34). She carded an opening-round 20-over par 91 before coming on strong in the final day, putting in a 14-over 85. 

Alessa Gonzales just missed a top-10 finish, ending up in 11th with a combined score of 184 (+42). As with every other TLU golfer on Tuesday, Gonzales' second round was much better than her first. After carding a 26-over 97 in the opening round, she finished up with a 16-over second round. 

Autumn Durst was right behind Gonzales, finishing 12th with a score of 186 (+44). She enjoyed the biggest jump in production from day one to day two. She carded a 30-over 101 on Monday before turning things around with a 14-over 85 to jump up the leaderboard. 

Amanda Cloessner finished 19th with a two-round score of 209 (+67), carding a 30-over 101 on Tuesday, while Kathrene Fitzpatrick finished 22nd with a combined score of 239 (+97). 

Schreiner took home the team title with a two-round score of 685 (+117), while Schreiner's Gabby Davis was the individual medalist with a combined score of 161 (+19). 

The NCAA West Regional in Georgetown, Texas is next up for the Bulldogs on April 7-8 at Berry Creek Country Club.

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Tuesday Results

March 26th, 2014

Seguin boys' soccer lost to Boerne-Champion 3-0, 4A bi-district playoffs @ New Braunfels

Seguin baseball def. Buda-Hays 2-1

Seguin softball lost to Lockhart 5-1

Navarro baseball lost to Boerne 10-0

Navarro softball def. Fredericksburg 6-4

Marion baseball lost to Jourdanton 5-1

Marion softball def. Jourdanton 5-2

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Seguin boys’ soccer drops district finale, opens 4A playoffs vs. Boerne-Champion tonight

March 25th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Seguin High School boys’ soccer team dropped to third place in the final District 53-4A standings Friday night after a 2-0 loss to Dripping Springs in the regular season finale at Matador Stadium.  

Seguin is in the playoffs for the third consecutive season, and will open the Class-4A bracket tonight with a 7 p.m. match against Boerne-Champion at Unicorn Stadium in New Braunfels.  The Matadors enter the matchup with an overall record of 7-11-1 after going 4-3-1 in district play.  

Friday’s game saw Dripping Springs produce its first goal in the 11th minute and another in the 62nd minute.  Seguin goalkeepers Lionel Tello and Nevin Lewis each played 40 minutes, and each surrendered one goal.  Tello recorded four saves, while Lewis came up with six.

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SHS boys take 2nd at Matador Relays, girls finish 8th

March 25th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Seguin High School boys’ track and field team finished second in the team standings of the Matadors Relays over the weekend, while the SHS girls finished eighth. The Seguin boys barely missed out on winning the meet, finishing with 108.5 points to first-place Taft’s 110.

The boys’ sprint relay team of Avion Dora, D’Onte Henderson, Henry Young, and Joseph Freeman notched second-place finishes in both the 4x100 and 4x200 meter races with times of 43.28 and 1:31.75, respectively. The quartet of Anthony McKnight, James Williams, Seth Anderson and Nevin Lewis took third in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:35.15.

Individually, Freeman (11.28) and Dora (11.37) finished second and third, respectively, in the 100-meter dash. McKnight and Williams took second and third in the 400 meters with times of 52.22 and 52.5. Henderson earned a second place finish in the 200 meters, running it in 22.21 seconds. Andrew Hall earned points in the 800 meters, finishing fourth in 2:09.40.

Genovani Watson was the top Matador in the boys’ field events, taking second in the triple jump (41-04.00) and third in the long jump (20-02.00). Young earned points with a fourth-place finish in the high jump (5-08.00), Matthew Bothe notched a point with a sixth-place finish in the same event, and Hunter Ullrich took sixth in the discus throw (109-11.25).

Seguin girls’ team members earning points were as follows: Carrigan Herring took fourth in the long jump, and the relay team of Herring, Renae Ramon, Kirstyn Bode, and Kacey DePalermo finished fourth in the 4x400 relay. Bode took fifth in the 300 meter hurdles, and Palermo sixth in the 400 meter dash. Brittany Ball finished fifth in the discus throw, and sixth in the shot put.

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Soto’s 12 strikeouts spark Marion baseball past Mustangs

March 25th, 2014

(Marion) – Jake Soto pitched a one-hitter and struck out 12 in seven innings Friday night to help the Marion High School baseball team outlast Natalia 4-1 in a District 29-2A game on Marion’s home field.  

The only run Soto allowed was unearned as a result of a Bulldog error in the top of the sixth inning.  Marion scored two runs in the first and another in the second to build an early 3-0 lead, and after the Mustangs plated their only run in the top of the sixth, the Bulldogs capped the game’s scoring in the bottom of the frame. 

Jordan Stanley led Marion at the plate with a 3-4 performance that included a solo home run, a double, and two runs scored.  Raphael DeHoyos doubled and drove in two, Soto went 2-4, Josh Quidachay finished 1-3 with an RBI, and Dakota Harding tripled and scored once.  

Marion is 4-0 in district play, 13-1 overall.  The Bulldogs visit Jourdanton in a 29-2A contest tonight at 7 p.m. 

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Marion softball suffers first district loss

March 25th, 2014

(Marion) – After a dominant 4-0 start to the District 29-2A softball schedule in which Marion outscored its opponents a combined 57-4, the Bulldogs suffered their first district loss Friday night in a 13-1 home setback to the Natalia Mustangs.  

Marion’s only run came in the bottom of the first inning after Natalia had established a 2-0 lead in the top of the frame.  The Mustangs added another run in the third, exploded for nine in the fourth, and tacked on one more in the fifth.  The Bulldogs were unable to whittle the deficit back to single digits in the bottom of the fifth, and the game ended early due to the 10-run rule. 

Marion manages just three hits on the night, while Natalia totaled 13.  

The Bulldogs are 4-1 in district play, 13-9 overall.  Marion looks to start a new winning streak tonight with a 7 p.m. visit to Jourdanton.   

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Kirkendall aces No. 16 at Starcke Park

March 25th, 2014

(Seguin) – Bud Kirkendall aced the 16th hole at Max Starcke Park Golf Course in Seguin last Thursday.  Kirkendall used a 5-wood on the 190-yard par three.  The hole-in-one was the second of Kirkendall’s career.  He aced the par three sixth at Starcke Park in 2008.  Witnesses to Kirkendall’s ace on Thursday were Phil Rinn, Mickey Franz, Jon Ullrich, and Mark Herbold.

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Strikers Volleyball Camps

March 25th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Strikers Volleyball Club will hold camps for girls in grades 3-8 this spring at Seguin High School’s Tom Crump Gym.  The camps are designed to give athletes an opportunity to refresh their volleyball skills and learn new skills and strategies.  Session I consists of four Sundays – March 23, March 30, April 6, and April 13 from 4 – 6 p.m.  Session II Sundays are May 18, May 25, June 1, and June 8 from 4 – 6 p.m.  Cost for each session is $55.  Athletes should bring court shoes, knee pads and workout clothes, water bottle, a good attitude, and willingness to learn.  For additional information, contact Anna Draker at 210-363-9586. 

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Tuesday Schedule

March 25th, 2014

Seguin boys' soccer vs. Boerne-Champion, 4A bi-district playoffs @ New Braunfels Unicorn Stadium, 7 p.m.

Seguin baseball vs. Buda-Hays, 7 p.m.

Seguin softball vs. Lockhart, 7 p.m.

Navarro baseball vs. Boerne, 7 p.m.

Navarro softball vs. Lockhart, 7 p.m.

Marion baseball @ Jourdanton, 7 p.m.

Marion softball @ Jourdanton, 7 p.m.

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Matadors shut down Lobos 6-0 to complete series sweep

March 24th, 2014

(Seguin) -  Seguin pitchers Mack Aubrey, Bubba Miculka, and Adrian Garza combined for a two-hit shutout Friday night to help the Matadors blank Kyle-Lehman 6-0 in a District 27-4A baseball game at Smokey Joe Williams Field.  The win capped a two-game series sweep of the Lobos, moving Seguin to 3-1 in district play, 13-2-1 overall.  

Aubrey worked around three walks to keep Lehman in check during the first two innings.  Miculka relieved Aubrey in the third and tossed four scoreless frames with four strikeouts and just one hit allowed to pick up the win.  Garza survived a leadoff double and a walk in the seventh to keep the shutout intact, striking out two Lobos in the process.  

"Mack had some arm trouble early on, and Bubba came in and did great," Seguin head coach Doug Pearce said.  "We've got great pitching.  If we can play defense behind them and just support them with some runs, we can do a good job." 

The Seguin lineup had no trouble whatsoever against Lehman starting pitcher Derek Cisneros, who tossed a one-hitter in a win over Alamo Heights just a week earlier.  The Matadors scored five runs on seven hits in three-plus innings against Cisneros, forcing Lehman to turn to its bullpen in the top of the fourth.  

Willie Tijerina led off the bottom of the first with a single, took second on a sacrifice bunt by Chris Campos, and sprinted home on Miculka's RBI-double to put Seguin in front 1-0.  Klingemann doubled in the second inning, and Aubrey followed with a base hit.  Justin Montoya singled in Klingemann, and Campos delivered another perfectly placed bunt to drive in Garza, who was courtesy running for Aubrey.  

In the bottom of the fourth, Aubrey was hit by a pitch, took second on a Montoya base hit, advanced to third on Tijerina's walk, and came home on a bases-loaded walk by Campos.  Tijerina then scored on Miculka's sacrifice fly, and the Matadors' cushion increased to 5-0.  Seguin capped the game's scoring in the sixth against Lehman reliever Mark Garcia when Walker Franz led off with a base hit and his courtesy runner Sheldon Whitson eventually scored on Tijerina's sac-fly after a walk by Klingemann and a single by Aubrey. 

Seguin finished with 11 hits on the night, and Pearce credits the early success against Cisneros to hitters jumping on strikes early in the count.  

"That's what we told them, just be aggressive and quit worrying about it.  He's mixing pitches well, and if we just jump on him early in the count, he can't go to that stuff with two strikes, so that was key.  I was proud of them for jumping on him early."  

Campos finished with two RBIs, while Miculka went 2-4 with one driven in.  Tijerina finished 2-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Aubrey went 2-2 and scored once.  Montoya finished 2-3 and drove in one, and Klingemann was 1-3 with a run scored.  Franz also went 2-3 on the night.    

Pearce was pleased to see his team follow its 8-2 win over Lehman on Tuesday with a second straight victory on Friday after splitting its district opening series against Clemens the previous week.  The sweep dropped the Lobos to 1-3 in district play and 11-4 overall.   

"If you win the first one of the week, the second one is even bigger than the first one sometimes, and if you don't win the first one of the week, then you've got to for sure win the first one to avoid the sweep." 

Seguin trails first-place Buda-Hays (4-0, 13-2) by one game in the District 27-4A standings heading into this week's two-game series against the Rebels.  The Matadors host Hays at Smokey Joe Williams Field on Tuesday at 7 p.m., and the teams square off again in Buda on Friday at 7 p.m.  The Friday game will air live on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com.

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Seguin softball pulls away from Boerne-Champion late, moves above .500 in District 27-4A

March 24th, 2014

(Seguin) - Kaycee Govett drove in the go-ahead runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to snap a 2-2 tie and lift the Seguin High School softball team to a 5-2 victory over Boerne-Champion Friday night in a District 27-4A contest on the SHS campus. 

The win moves Seguin's district record to 4-3 at the midpoint of the 27-4A schedule.  The Matadors are 11-14 overall.  

Kylee Osborne earned the win in the pitcher's circle, surrendering single runs in the first and fourth innings while giving up just five hits on the evening.  Seguin finished with 10 hits on the night. 

Seguin begins the second round of the district schedule Tuesday night with a 7 p.m. home game against Lockhart. 

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Navarro baseball falls at home to Hawks

March 24th, 2014

(Geronimo) - The Navarro High School baseball team dropped its second straight District 27-3A game Friday night, coming up short to Canyon Lake 9-1 on Navarro's home field in Geronimo.  

The Panthers struggled at the plate against Hawks' starting pitcher Cody Powell.  Sean Walter had Navarro's only hit on the night.  

Ty Wright struck out seven in five innings for the Panthers, but Canyon Lake produced eight hits on the evening.  The Hawks scored three runs in the third inning, two in the fifth, and four in the sixth.  Navarro's only run came home in the bottom of the fourth. 

The loss drops the Panthers to 3-2 in district play, 7-8 this season.  Navarro has a pair of 7 p.m. games agaisnt Boerne this week, at home on Tuesday night and on the road Friday evening. 

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Panthers drop road game to Texans

March 24th, 2014

(Wimberley) - The Navarro High School softball team dropped to 1-1 in District 27-3A Friday night with a 3-1 road loss to Wimberley.  

Alyssa Arguello drove in Kristen Pollok for the Panthers' only run after Pollok tripled in the fourth inning.  That tied the game at 1-1, but the Texans went on to score twice from that point.  Pollok went 3-3 on the night.  

Cayli Cowan pitched well in defeat, allowing four hits and striking out nine.  She also collected two hits at the plate.  

Navarro's overall record is 11-12.  The Panthers continue the District 27-3A schedule Tuesday night with a home game against Fredericksburg at 7 p.m. 

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Saturday Results

March 24th, 2014

TLU softball swept U. of Dallas 6-3, 11-1 (wins series 4-0)

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Friday Results

March 21st, 2014

Seguin baseball def. Kyle-Lehman 6-0

Seguin softball def. Boerne-Champion 5-2

Navarro baseball lost to Canyon Lake 9-1

Navarro softball lost to Wimberley 3-1

Marion baseball def. Natalia 4-1

Marion softball lost to Natalia 13-1

TLU softball def. U. of Dallas 13-0, 5-0

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TLU softball cruises to sweep of Puget Sound

March 21st, 2014

(New Braunfes) – The Texas Lutheran softball team rolled to 10-1 and 10-5 non-conference softball wins Tuesday over the University of Puget Sound (Wash.). 

TLU moved to 13-5 overall with the pair of wins at New Braunfels Canyon High School.  Puget Sound, a NCAA Division III university in Tacoma, Wash., dropped to 0-15. 

In game one, TLU junior catcher Hope Estes hit a first-inning grand slam home run over the center field wall. Estes added an RBI single in the Bulldogs' four-run second inning. 

TLU added two more runs in the third, and the game ended in the fifth inning with the eight-run rule. 

Estes finished game one 2-for-3 with a run scored and five RBI. Taylor Yancey scored a pair of runs and drove in a pair, and Grace Estes went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. 

Veny Pizana picked up her first collegiate win. Pizana (1-0) tossed 3-1/3 innings and allowed just one hit and one earned run. 

In game two, the Loggers jumped out to a four-run lead in the first inning with the help of four hits and two TLU errors. 

The Bulldogs bounced back with six runs in the bottom of the first. Jennifer Gallagher crushed her first career home run over the left-center field wall for a two-run shot in the frame. Gallagher drove in three in game two. She added a bases loaded walk for an RBI in the sixth. 

Ashley Jacobsen collected a pair of hits and drove in two. She also stole two bases.Yancey also tallied two hits. 

Kimberly Leschber pitched five innings and allowed just one earned run in the late game. She struck out four and did not walk a batter. Leschber improved to 4-2 overall. 

TLU returns to SCAC play today and Saturday with a four-game series in Irving, Texas against the University of Dallas. TLU is 6-0 in SCAC play entering the series.  Today’s doubleheader starts at 5 p.m., and Saturday's doubleheader begins at noon.

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TLU baseball falls to HSU, splits road series with Texas Weslyan

March 21st, 2014

(Fort Worth) – A day after scoring 16 runs and recording 15 hits in a 16-0 win over Texas Wesleyan, the Texas Lutheran baseball team managed just one run and three hits Wednesday in a 3-1 non-conference road loss to the Rams.  The games against TWU completed a road trip that saw the Bulldogs fall to Hardin Simmons 3-2 in Abilene on a walk-off single on Monday.  

TLU (17-8) received a first-inning solo home run from sophomore third baseman Keaton Bohrmann, but the Bulldogs collected just two more hits the rest of the game. Both hits came off the bat of senior catcher Danny Brauckman. 

Bohrmann's homer to left field was his team-leading fourth home run of the season. He also walked twice. Bohrmann leads the team with 19 RBI. 

The Bulldogs, out of the NCAA Division III, walked three times and had three hit batters, but TLU went 0-for-14 with runners on base and left a total of seven runners on base. 

TWU, a member of the NAIA, improved to 14-12 with the victory. 

The Rams used two pitchers to shut down the Bulldogs. Starting pitcher Easton Etter improved to 2-1 with five innings of work. He allowed all three hits, walked two and hit two. 

Brandon Kaufman picked up his first save of the season. Kaufman tossed the final four innings and did not allow a hit. He struck out four, walked one and hit one.  Ryan Welch took the loss in relief for TLU. He fell to 0-1. 

Tuesday’s 16-0 win was called after seven innings due to the 10-run rule.  The Bulldogs sent 17 batters to the plate in the fifth inning.  Tony Gennusa, Derek Kanas, Tyler Carollo and Von Wendel each reached base twice in the frame.  Kanas, Carollo and Wendel each scored twice in the inning. 

Gennusa drove in three runs and collected two hits. Brauckman, catching for the second straight day, went 1-for-2 with three RBI.  Carollo scored three times, recorded two hits and drove in a pair, and Von Wendel doubled and scored three runs.  Zach Jacobs went 1-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBI. Keaton Bohrmann and Kanas each went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. 

TLU's 16 runs scored are the most scored in a game since a 19-1 win over Sul Ross State in 2012.  The TLU school record for runs in a game is 33, scored against Corpus Christi (now Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) in 1960. The school record for runs in an inning is 17 (against Northwest Iowa in 1988). 

Not lost in Tuesday's offensive explosion was the solid start from senior left-hander Christian DeBlanc. TLU's normal right-fielder and part-time pitcher tossed five innings of shutout baseball and improved to 1-1 in 2014.  DeBlanc struck out three and worked around two walks and six hits. He notched the first pitching win of his collegiate career.  DeBlanc is pitching in 2014 after not taking the mound in 2012 or 2013. He last pitched in 2011, when he tossed 9-2/3 innings and went 0-0 with a 5.59 ERA. 

The Bulldogs do not play again until March 28 with the start of a three-game Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference road series with Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.

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Seguin boys’ soccer ties first place Clemens 2-2

March 21st, 2014

(Schertz) – The Seguin High School boys’ soccer team played the first-place team in District 53-4A to a standstill Tuesday night, finishing its match against Clemens in a 2-2 tie at Lenhoff Stadium in Schertz.  

The tie moved Seguin’s district record to 4-2-1, and the Matadors’ overall mark to 7-10-1.  Seguin is in second place in the 53-4A standings with one district match remaining before the playoffs begin, while Clemens has is guaranteed the district championship with a district record of 7-0-1.  Tuesday’s tie with the Matadors was the only district match the Buffaloes failed to win.  

Alonzo Aldama and Luis Gonzalez scored Seguin’s goals against Clemens, with Aldama’s coming on an assist from Jose Hernandez.  Lionel Tello played all 80 minutes in goal, recording 12 saves on the evening.  

Seguin concludes the regular season tonight with a home match against Dripping Springs, slated for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at Matador Stadium. 

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Seguin baseball downs Lehman, Friday rematch to air on KWED

March 20th, 2014

(Kyle) – The Seguin High School baseball team bounced back from last Friday’s loss to Clemens with a much improved showing at the plate Tuesday night in an 8-2 road victory over Kyle-Lehman.  

Travis York hit a three-run home run, and Andrew Kuehne’s work on the mound kept the Lobos from keeping pace.  Kuehne struck out nine in six innings, allowing two runs on two hits.  

The victory moved Seguin to 2-1 in District 27-4A, 12-2-1 overall.  

The Matadors jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first, and Lehman made it a 4-1 game with a run in the bottom of the frame.  After three scoreless innings, each team crossed the plate once in the fifth, and Seguin added two runs in the sixth and another in the seventh to establish the final six-run cushion.  

Justin Montoya and Walker Franz each drove in a run, and Bubba Miculka went 1-2, drew two walks, and scored twice.  Matt Klingemann went 1-2 with one run scored, and Willie Tijerina also notched one run and one hit.  

The Matadors and Lobos will square off again on Friday, this time at Seguin’s Smokey Joe Williams Field.  The 7 p.m. contest will air live on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com.  

Miculka will likely earn the starting nod on the mound for Seguin.  He pitched well in the loss to Clemens last Friday, allowing two earned runs on four hits in five innings.  On the season, Miculka has posted a 1-1 record in four appearances with a 1.83 ERA, 12 strikeouts, and just two walks in 15-1/3 innings of work.  

York has been the Matadors’ most productive hitter, and leads the team in several offensive categories, including batting average (.378), hits (14), RBIs (14), home runs (2), doubles (4), on-base percentage (.465), and slugging percentage (.648).  Campos, Miculka, and Montoya have each driven in seven runs, while Willie Tijerina and Trever Kilcrease each own .333 batting averages.  Tijerina has scored a team-high 13 runs and leads Seguin with six stolen bases. 

Lehman enters Friday’s rematch with a 1-2 district record and an impressive overall mark of 11-3.  The Lobos split their first two 27-4A games against Alamo Heights last week, following a 9-1 loss to the Mules on Tuesday with a 1-0 victory on Friday.  Lehman starting pitcher Derek Cisneros tossed a one-hitter in that win, and the Seguin lineup will likely have to deal with him this Friday.  

Pre-game coverage of Friday’s Seguin – Lehman baseball broadcast begins at 6:50 p.m. on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com.   

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Seguin softball rolls to 13-6 win over Tivy

March 20th, 2014

(Kerrville) – The Seguin High School softball team snapped a two-game losing skid in District 27-4A Tuesday night with a 13-6 victory over the Tivy Antlers in Kerrville.

The Matadors are back to .500 in district play at 3-3 with one game left in the first round of the schedule, and Seguin’s overall mark is now 10-14.

Individual stats from Tuesday’s game were not available at press time.

The Matadors conclude the first half of the district schedule Friday night with a home game against Boerne-Champion at 7 p.m.

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Navarro baseball comes up short in 27-3A pitcher's duel

March 20th, 2014

(Bandera) - Trevor Ripke pitched a two-hitter and struck out 10 batters in six innings Tuesday night, but he didn't receive enough run support as the Navarro High School baseball team suffered a 2-1 road loss to Bandera in District 27-3A play.  

The defeat dropped the Panthers to 2-2 in district play, 7-7 overall.  

Navarro committed four errors in the contest, leading to unearned runs for Bandera in the first and fifth innings.  The Bulldogs booted the ball five times, but the Panthers were unable to capitalize at the plate for the most part, producing their only run in the top of the seventh before the rally fell short.  Navarro totaled four hits on the night against Bandera starter Bobby Keterre.  

The Panthers continue the District 27-3A schedule Friday night when they host Canyon Lake at 7 p.m. in Geronimo. 

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Cowan fans 17 in Panthers' district opening road win

March 20th, 2014

(Boerne) - Navarro's Cayli Cowan struck out 17 Boerne hitters Tuesday night to help the Panther softball team down the Greyhounds 7-2 in the opening game of the District 27-3A schedule.  

Cowan received plenty of offensive support.  Alyssa Arguello and Sandra Hancock each hit home runs.  Brooke Flanagan delivered three hits and drove in two runs.  

The game was tied at 1-1 after the first innings, and Navarro pulled away with single runs in the fourth and fifth, and four in the top of the sixth.  

The Panthers are 1-0 in district play, 11-11 overall.  Navarro continues the 27-3A schedule Friday with a 7 p.m. road game in Wimberley. 

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Marion baseball suffers first loss despite gem from DeHoyos

March 20th, 2014

(Marion) - The Marion High School baseball team's season opening win streak stalled at 12 games Tuesday night in a 4-3 home loss to San Antonio-Holy Cross.  The non-district defeat drops the Bulldogs' season record to 12-1, but Marion remains unbeaten in District 29-2A play at 3-0 heading into Friday's home tilt with Natalia.  

Raphael DeHoyos suffered the tough-luck loss on the mound despite a dominant performance against the Holy Cross lineup.  DeHoyos pitched a two-hitter and struck out 14, but the defense behind him couldn't make the critical plays when it had to.  Marion committed five errors, and every Holy Cross run was unearned.  

The game was tied at 2-2 after six innings, Holy Cross scored twice to take the lead for good in the top of the seventh, and the Bulldogs' rally fell short by a run in the final frame.  Tre Lambert led Marion at the plate, going 2-3 with an RBI, and Tony Gonzales also drove in a run.  

Marion resumes the District 29-2A schedule Friday at home against Natalia at 7 p.m. 

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TLU Men's Basketball coach Tommy Jones announces his retirement

March 20th, 2014

(Seguin) – After a coaching career spanning more than 40 years, including seven years as head coach at Texas Lutheran University, Tommy Jones has announced his retirement as head men's basketball coach of the Bulldogs. 

"I think next year, with the way the league is set up, this team is in a position to do extremely well," Jones said. "I think I'm leaving [the program] in good shape, and I hope whoever comes after me feels that way, too. There are some good players on this team, and they're good guys. I'm proud of what we've accomplished." 

A veteran of both the high school and collegiate coaching ranks, Jones spent the past seven seasons building up the Texas Lutheran program and leading his squad into a new conference, the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, this season. 

"Tommy Jones was an excellent role model for the young men involved with Texas Lutheran's men's basketball program," Texas Lutheran Athletic Director Bill Miller said. "Not only was he a great coach, but he was an even better person. We want to thank him for everything that he has done for TLU Basketball. We also want to congratulate him on an outstanding coaching career and wish him all the best in his retirement." 

Jones inherited a squad that won just four games the year before, finishing last in the ASC West Division. He built the program back up from there, and by his fourth season, the Bulldogs had won 10 conference games and 11 games total, their most since the 2004-05 campaign. In his fourth and fifth seasons, Jones guided the Bulldogs to 20 combined ASC wins. 

During his seven seasons at the helm of the Bulldog program, Jones coached three All-Conference performers. Four players were named to ASC All-Freshmen teams during his tenure, while five were named to All-Defensive squads. 

Jones was hired on as the head men's basketball coach for Texas Lutheran prior to the 2007-08 season. He brought plenty of coaching experience to the table for the Bulldogs, coaching with a number of NCAA Division I programs along with extensive experience in the high school and junior college ranks. 

The search for the next Texas Lutheran men's basketball coach will begin immediately.

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TLU's Anderson snags 5th All-America honor with 7th-place finish in indoor 200

March 20th, 2014

(Lincoln) – Texas Lutheran senior Monique Anderson sprinted to her fifth NCAA Division III All-America honor with a seventh-place finish Saturday in the 200-meter dash at the 2014 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships. 

At the University of Nebraska's Bob Devaney Sports Center, Anderson ran in the first section of the final and clocked a time of 25.01 seconds. 

Anderson was fourth in the first section, but three of the eventual top four times in the 200 came in the first section. 

Shailah Williams, a sophomore from Rowan, won the section and the national title with a time of 24.41 seconds.  Libbey Schubert of Wartburg took second in a time of 24.65. Carley Fehler of Wisconsin-Eau Claire took third in the section and fourth overall. 

Anderson, racing in her first NCAA indoor championships, barely made Saturday's national championship race. She finished in a tie for the eighth and final championship spot after Friday's two preliminary heats. Both Anderson and Karen Blake of Amhert advanced to the final, so the championship race included one section with four sprinters and another section with five. 

Anderson adds the indoor All-America honor to her four outdoor All-America awards. She was eighth in the 100 in the 2013 outdoor championships, and she claimed All-America honors in the outdoor 200 in 2011 and in 2012. She was an All-American also in 2012 with the Bulldogs' 4x100 outdoor relay. 

The top eight finishers at national championships are awarded All-America status.

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TLU's Taylor Grissom, Grace Estes honored as SCAC Softball Players of the Week

March 20th, 2014

(Seguin) – Texas Lutheran Softball earned its third and fourth SCAC Player of the Week honors of the season this week as the SCAC announced Taylor Grissom and Grace Estes were named the conference's Pitcher of the Week and Offensive Player of the Week, respectively, on Monday. 

Grissom was the centerpiece of an outstanding week for the Bulldogs, as the sophomore tallied two complete games and helped the Bulldogs to a perfect 6-0 record in the week. 

Of course, the most notable achievement in Grissom's week was the perfect game she twirled in an early-week win over Austin College. It was just the fifth perfect game in program history. She tossed all five innings, striking out a career-high seven batters. 

Not to be satisfied with that outstanding performance, Grissom went back out against Southwestern and tossed another masterpiece, throwing all seven innings in a 4-1 win over the Pirates. She allowed just one run on five hits. Four of those hits and the one run she gave up came in the first two innings. After that, Grissom was lights out, holding the Pirates to just one hit the rest of the way. 

She finished the week with a 2-0 record and 12 innings pitched, recording an ERA of just 0.58 in the process. She allowed just those five hits in the Southwestern game and struck out 14 batters. 

Grissom came into the TLU program after transferring from Mary Hardin-Baylor this year and immediately made her mark. She's now allowed just three earned runs in her six appearances on the year, throwing 23 total innings, so far. 

A sophomore shortstop, Estes finished the six games 11-for-17 (.647 BA) with nine runs scored and six extra-base hits. She drove in seven RBI on the week while cranking out one home run and five doubles. She finished with a 1.118 slugging percentage in the six games and also tallied four walks to finish with a .714 on-base percentage. 

Estes led the Bulldogs to a four-game sweep of Austin College earlier in the week by going 7-for-10 with four doubles, six runs scored and four RBI. She ended the week by going 4-for-7 with three runs scored in a doubleheader sweep of Southwestern. She hit her third homer of the year in the Bulldogs' 4-1 come-from-behind win.

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Seguin’s Hernandez claims 4A state powerlifting title

March 18th, 2014

(Seguin) - Seguin High School athlete Andie Hernandez took first place in the 114-lb weight division of Class-4A at the THSWPA State Powerlifting Championships on Saturday at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi.  Hernandez lifted a combined 735 lbs in the bench press, squat, and dead lift.  Tierra Troy-Boyd finished 10th in the state in the 148-lb weight division, lifting a total of 755 lbs.  Alexa Magana also competed in the state meet, and Seguin finished ninth in the team standings.  The team is coached by Ervin Chandler.  The Seguin girls’ powerlifting program has produced a state champion in consecutive seasons, as 2013 graduate Sidney Allen took first in the 181-lb weight class a year ago.   

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TLU Baseball completes three-game conference series sweep of Austin College

March 18th, 2014

(Sherman) – The Texas Lutheran Baseball team completed a three-game Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference sweep of Austin College with a 6-2 victory Saturday at Baker Field. 

The Bulldogs improved to 16-6 overall and to 5-1 in the SCAC as senior pitcher Kellen McGriff moved to 3-0 and Tony Gennusa homered for the second straight day.  TLU won the first two games of the series on Friday by finals of 4-1 and 2-1.  

McGriff worked around 11 hits and three walks Saturday to allow only two earned runs in 6-1/3 innings. Conner Capdau tossed the final 2-2/3 and surrendered just one hit and a walk. He struck out two. 

Gennusa gave the Bulldogs a 4-1 lead in the fourth with a solo shot to right field. Gennusa's three home runs this season have come in the last six games. He is tied for the team lead. 

Christian DeBlanc and Danny Brauckman also registered RBI. DeBlanc and Brauckman each had a pair of hits.

Tyler Carollo collected three of TLU's 13 hits.  Carrollo was 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Klaus Bohrmann went 2-for-3 with a run scored. 

Austin College made five errors in the field, and two of TLU's six runs were unearned. 

Aaron Aleman and Dwayne Snider were the winning pitchers in Friday’s victories, and the Bulldogs received home runs from Genusa and Keaton Bohrmann during the doubleheader.  

TLU continued its road swing in North Texas with a non-conference game at Hardin-Simmons on Monday, but no final was available at press time.  The Bulldogs face Texas Weslyan today and tomorrow in Forth Worth, with both games slated for 2 p.m. starts. 

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TLU softball win streak at seven with doubleheader sweep of Pirates, Saturday games rained out

March 18th, 2014

(Georgetown) – The Texas Lutheran softball team stretched its winning streak to seven games on Friday, sweeping a road SCAC doubleheader against Southwestern at Taylor-Sanders Field.  The teams were unable to play the final two games of the series on Saturday due to rain, and no makeup date will be scheduled.  

The Bulldogs won Friday’s first game 10-6 before finishing the doubleheader off with a come-from-behind 4-1 victory. 

The pair of wins improved Texas Lutheran's record to 11-5 on the year and marked the sixth straight win to start conference play as the Bulldogs now own a 6-0 SCAC record.

The Bulldogs scored seven runs in the first four innings of the first game before Southwestern got to the TLU bullpen late to make the final score closer. The Pirates' two runs in the fourth inning broke up a 21-inning scoreless streak for TLU pitching. 

The Bulldogs racked up 17 hits in the game with Hope Estes, Ashley Jacobsen and Graces Estes all coming up with at least two RBI. 

Jacobsen drove in another run in the sixth inning and finished the game 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI.  Hope Estes put the game away with a two-run homer in the top of the seventh. It was her first-career homerun as a Bulldog. She finished the game 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored. 

Freshman Amanda Lochte earned the win in the circle for the Bulldogs, improving to 3-0 in the process. Lochte tossed five innings, giving up two runs while scattering 10 hits across her outing. The freshman struck out one. 

Elyse Hlavinka (Bellville, Texas) finished the game off, giving up four runs in her two innings of work on seven hits. 

In the second game, the Pirates held the Bulldogs scoreless for the game's first five innings and took a 1-0 lead into the sixth inning. 

The Bulldogs' bats came back alive behind a huge home run from Yancey.  Grace Estes led the sixth inning off with a single to right field. Yancey came up next and gave the Bulldogs the 2-1 lead with one swing of the bat. The two-run bomb briefly gave Yancey the team lead in homers, but she was quickly tied as Grace Estes made it 4-1 with a solo shot in the top of the seventh.  Megan Armistead drove in the third run for the Bulldogs, scoring Maegan Taylor on an RBI single. 

Taylor Grissom, less than a week removed from throwing the fifth perfect game in TLU history, earned the win to improve to 3-1.  The sophomore notched a complete game and allowed just one run on five hits, while tying a career high with seven strikeouts.  Grissom retired 14 straight batters at one point after the second inning.

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Bulldogs cruise past Cowboys to stay undefeated

March 18th, 2014

(Cotulla) – The Marion High School baseball team notched a 12-0 run-rule victory over Cotulla in five innings Friday evening to extend its season opening win streak to 12 games.  The Bulldogs are now 3-0 in District 29-2A, 12-0 overall.  

Hunter Rust allowed just one hit and struck out five with two walks in four scoreless innings to earn the win on the mound.  Jourden Stanley relieved Rust in the fifth and struck out two to preserve the shutout.  

Austin Young had a monster night at the plate, finishing 3-4 with while driving in five runs.  Jake Soto went 2-3 with a pair of doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored.  Stanley also scored three times and went 1-2 with an RBI.  Kyler Moreno went 3-4 and crossed the plate twice, while Nicholaus Hauptman notched a base hit and a run scored in three at-bats.  

Marion was scheduled to face Luling in a non-district game on Saturday, but it was rained out.  The Bulldogs host San Antonio-Holy Cross in a non-district contest tonight at 7 p.m.  Marion resumes District 29-2A play Friday with a 7 p.m. home game against Natalia. 

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March 18th, 2014

Seguin baseball @ Kyle-Lehman, 7 p.m.

Seguin softball @ Kerrville-Tivy, 7 p.m.

Navarro baseball @ Bandera, 7 p.m.

Navarro softball @ Boerne, 6 p.m.

Marion baseball vs. S.A.-Holy Cross, 7 p.m.

TLU baseball @ Texas Weslyan, 3 p.m.

TLU softball vs. Puget Sound (@ New Braunfels-Canyon), 10 a.m.

Seguin boys' soccer @ Clemens, 7:30 p.m.

Seguin girls' soccer vs. Clemens, 7:30 p.m.

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Monday Result

March 18th, 2014

TLU baseball lost to Hardin Simmons 3-2

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Saturday Results

March 17th, 2014

Seguin High School's Andie Hernandez won Class-4A State Powerlifting championship, 114-lb weight division.  Tierra Troy-Boyd finished 10th, 148-lb weight division. 

TLU baseball def. Austin College 6-2

TLU softball @ Southwestern (doubleheader), **rained out**

Marion baseball vs. Luling **rained out**

 

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Seguin softball falls at home to Hays

March 17th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Seguin High School softball team suffered its second straight District 27-4A loss Thursday afternoon, falling at home to Buda-Hays 8-4.  

The Matadors consistently put the ball in play with nine hits and only four strikeouts, but seven stranded base-runners kept coach John Garcia’s team from keeping pace with the visiting Rebels.  

“We got some people on, got some stuff going, and then just couldn’t put the ball down on the short game or put the bat on the ball like we needed to.  When we did hit it, we hit it at them, and you give a good team credit – they made the plays,” Garcia said.  

Seguin led 2-0 after two innings, but the cushion wouldn’t last.  Shelby Janda led off the bottom of the first with a single, took second on Kaycee Govett’s sacrifice bunt, and ran to third on a groundout by Jadyn Rojas.  Cleanup hitter Kaylee Atchley smashed an RBI double to centerfield to score Janda.  In the bottom of the second, Whitney Wendell led off with a walk, was sacrificed to second by Kylee Osborne, and came home on Paige Conrey’s RBI single.  

The Rebels scored three runs in the third, one in the fourth, and another in the fifth to put the Matadors in a 5-2 hole.  Alexis Nixon doubled to drive in Atchley in the bottom of the fifth, narrowing the deficit to 5-3.  Hays leadoff hitter Maddy Shannon took the wind out of Seguin’s sails in the top of the sixth, sending a three-run home run over the fence in right centerfield to give the Rebels a commanding 8-3 lead.  

The Matadors’ final run came in the bottom of the sixth when Wendell bunted for a base hit and eventually scored on Janda’s RBI single.  

Atchley finished 4-4 with an RBI and a run scored.  Janda went 2-4, drove in one, and scored once.  Wendell was 1-2 with a walk and two runs.  Conrey finished 1-3 with one RBI, and Nixon drove in one as part of a 1-3 day with a walk.  

Hays made Seguin earn everything with seven innings of error free softball in the field.  Garcia hopes the Matadors can use the loss to the defending 4A state champions as a learning experience and turn it into a positive moving forward.  

“It doesn’t matter how many starters they lost from last year.  They’re still the defending state champs, and they’re going to take advantage of every mistake, and they’re going to have the confidence that they can beat anybody, because they did it last year, and that just carries over.  That’s what we’ve got to do – we’ve got to get that confidence level up.  We’re still young, they’re still learning, we’re still banging away, and we’re hitting the ball and putting the ball in play more than we have before, so I’m very optimistic about the future.”  

Seguin is 2-3 in district play, 9-14 overall.  The Matadors continue the 27-4A schedule Tuesday night when they visit Kerrville-Tivy at 7 p.m

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Matadors blanked in road rematch with Clemens

March 17th, 2014

(Schertz) – Seguin was unable to complete a season series sweep of Clemens in District 27-4A Thursday afternoon.  After Tuesday’s come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Buffaloes at Williams Field, the Matadors traveled to Schertz two days later and came up empty in a 3-0 loss.  

The Seguin lineup managed only two hits – one each by Chris Campos and Bubba Miculka – against Clemens starting pitcher J.J. Elkins.  The Matadors went a combined 2-26 with two walks on the afternoon.  

Miculka took the tough-luck loss, allowing two earned runs on four hits in five innings.  Trever Kilcrease worked a scoreless sixth to keep the deficit at 3-0, but Seguin was unable to rally in the top of the seventh.  

The Matadors are 1-1 in district play, 11-2-1 overall.  Seguin faces Kyle-Lehman twice this week, in Kyle on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and at Smokey Joe Williams Field in Seguin on Friday at 7 p.m.  Friday’s game will air live on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com, with pre-game coverage at 6:50. 

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Panthers out-battle Billies for second straight district win

March 17th, 2014

(Geronimo) – The Navarro High School baseball team notched its second consecutive District 27-3A victory Friday night, outlasting Fredericksburg 6-1 on the Panthers’ home field in Geronimo.  

Navarro held a slim 2-1 lead after five innings, but erupted for four runs in the bottom of the sixth to put the Battlin’ Billies away.  

Sean Walter led the Panthers offensively with three hits and three driven in.  Ty Durham struck out four in five innings to pick up the win, while Trevor Ripke fanned two in a scoreless frame of relief work to finish the game.  

Navarro is 2-1 in district play, 7-6 overall.  The Panthers seek their third straight district win Tuesday night when they visit Bandera at 7 p.m. 

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Navarro softball scoreless in loss to Devine

March 17th, 2014

(Geronimo) – The Navarro High School softball team wrapped up its non-district schedule Thursday evening with a 4-0 home loss to Devine in Geronimo.  

Navarro starting pitcher Cayli Cowan did her best to keep the Panthers competitive, striking out 13 batters and giving up five hits in seven innings.  The Arabians jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, and plated the game’s final run in the top of the fifth.  

Brittany Pollok connected for a pair of hits to lead the Panthers at the plate.  Cowan, Miranda Escobar, Anneliese Eveld, and Kristen Pollok each recorded one hit.  

Navarro’s season record is 10-11.  The Panthers open the District 27-3A schedule Tuesday with a 6 p.m. road game in Boerne. 

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Friday Results

March 15th, 2014

Navarro baseball def. Fredericksburg 6-1

Marion baseball def. Cotulla 12-0

TLU baseball def. Austin College 2-1, 4-1

TLU softball def. Southwestern 10-6, 4-1

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Thursday Results

March 14th, 2014

Seguin softball lost to Hays 8-4

Seguin baseball lost to Clemens 3-0

Navarro softball lost to Devine 4-0

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Grissom’s perfect game highlights TLU sweep of Austin College

March 14th, 2014

(New Braunfels) -  Taylor Grissom sat down all 15 Austin College batters she faced Monday night, striking out seven on her way to throwing the fifth perfect game in Texas Lutheran Softball history in the Bulldogs’ 8-0 win over the Kangaroos at New Braunfels-Canyon High School.  The performance highlighted TLU’s four-game sweries sweep of Austin College, which opened with a 14-2 win on Monday, followed with Grissom’s perfect game, and concluded with a pair of shutout victories (5-0, 8-0) on Tuesday.  

Grissom's perfect game was the program’s fourth in the last three years. Twice last season, Katelyn Sanders notched perfect games. Grissom, a sophomore transfer from Mary Hardin-Baylor, twice struck out the side. Her night was special from the start as she opened up the game by striking out the first three batters she faced. She struck out seven of the first nine batters she faced in the game. Those seven strikeouts were a new career high for her. 

"I've had a no-hitter before, but I've never had a perfect game," Grissom said afterwards. " [I am] pretty excited about it. It was on my goals at the beginning of the year to throw a no-hitter. I thought it was a no-hitter, but I was not aware that it was a perfect game." 

While Grissom had retired the first 15 batters she had faced, if the Bulldogs did not score three runs in the fifth inning, Grissom would have had to come back out to try and continue the perfect game into the sixth. With TLU winning 5-0, it looked like they would need at least six innings. After a leadoff single from Taylor Yancey started the inning, the Bulldogs quickly hit into two fielder's choices and there were two outs with a runner on first. 

TLU would start a two-out rally there with a Heather Hummel single to left field, followed by a Kirsten Whiteside walk to load the bases. The first two runs of the inning scored on the next play after the Austin College shortstop Emily Low misplayed a Molly Gorrie grounder that would have ended the inning. Ashley Jacobsen ended the game and secured Grissom's perfect game with a single through the right side that scored Whiteside and ended the game with the eight-run-lead-after-five-innings rule.  Jacobsen went 3-4 with a triple, drove in two, and scored once. 

In the first game, the Bulldogs' offense didn't seem to have any ill effect from the rain delay on its way to a dominant 14-2 showing in TLU’s first ever SCAC contest. The Bulldogs scored 13 runs in the first two innings and the game was never in doubt. 

TLU racked up 14 hits in the ballgame and also drew seven walks. The Bulldogs were also aided by five Austin College errors with four of the 14 runs give up by Austin College being of the unearned variety. All nine hitters in the Bulldogs starting lineup scored at least one run in the game, with all but one hitter tallying at least one hit. 

Hope Estes finished 3-4 with three RBIs, a triple and one run scored.  Amanda Lochte recorded the complete-game win in the pitcher’s circle, allowing two runs on six hits to move her record to 2-0.  

The Bulldogs finished off the sweep with 5-0 and 8-0 victories in the Tuesday doubleheader and ended the series by shutting out the 'Roos for the final 18 innings of play. 

In the first game, freshman Samantha Yenne earned the win in the circle, improving to 2-2 on the year. She pitched the first six innings and allowed just four hits while striking out a career-high seven batters.  Freshman Veny Pizana finished off the game, throwing the final allowing and sitting Austin College down in order, recording her first two strikeouts of her career in the process. 

At the plate, Grace Estes and Taylor Yancey were the stars in the first game, finishing a combined 5-for-6 with three RBI and two runs scored.  Estes went 2-for-2 on the day with two walks, reaching base all four at-bats. Both of her hits were doubles and she scored twice on Yancey RBI singles. Yancey finished with those two RBI and 3-for-4 on the day. 

The strong pitching continued in the second game with Kimberly Leschber improving to 3-2 on the year. She held Austin College to just two hits in four innings while striking out three. Pizana pitched the final two innings and allowed two hits while striking out one. Just one of the 'Roos' four hits made it out of the infield on the day. 

Jacobsen hit a solo home run, and Yancey blasted a three-run homer.  TLU finished the four-game series with 44 hits, batting .444 and scoring 35 runs. Estes went 7-for-10 in the four games with four doubles, four RBI and six runs scored. She also drew four walks and finished with an .800 on-base percentage.  The Bulldog pitching staff’s team ERA was 0.61, and TLU held the 'Roos to just a .175 team batting average. 

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Marion softball off to dominant start in District 29-2A

March 14th, 2014

(Marion) – The Marion High School softball team has yet to be challenged by a district opponent through four games of the 29-2A schedule.  The Bulldogs have outscored their opponents by a combined margin of 57-4 in four district games, including shutouts of 16-0 over San Antonio-Brooks on Tuesday and 11-0 over Cotulla on Wednesday.  

Marion only needed four innings to dispatch Brooks on Tuesday, scoring five runs in the first inning, six in the third, and five in the fourth.  Ashlyn Haese, Katy O’Bryan, and Robyn Young each drove in three, while Haese and O’Bryan recorded two hits apiece.  Jordan Proctor pitched a two-hitter and struck out five in four innings to earn the win.  

Wednesday, Proctor again tossed a two-hitter, this time striking out five batters over the course of five innings.  She also had a productive afternoon at the plate with two hits and two RBIs, as did O’Bryan.  Chelsea Krueger drove in two runs as well, and Haese totaled two hits.  Marion scored two runs in the first, one apiece in the third and fourth, and put the game away with a seven-run explosion in the fifth.  

Marion is 4-0 in district play, 13-8 overall.  The Bulldogs are back on the field next Friday, March 21 with a 7 p.m. home game against Natalia. 

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Streaking Bulldogs stay unbeaten with 9-1 win over Cougars

March 14th, 2014

(Marion) – Austin Young pitched a two-hitter and struck out 10 batters with only one walk Tuesday night to help the Marion High School baseball team defeat San Antonio-Cole in a District 29-2A game on the Bulldogs’ home field.  

Marion went up 2-0 in the bottom of the third inning, Cole scored its only run in the top of the fourth, and the Bulldogs extended the cushion to 6-1 with four runs in the bottom of that frame.  Marion tacked on two more runs in the sixth to produce the final margin. 

Jake Soto led the Bulldogs at the plate, finishing 2-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs.  Kyler Moreno went 2-4, scored once, and drove in one.  Young, Tre Lambert, and Tony Gonzales each posted one hit and one RBI, and Jourden Stanley crossed the plate twice.  

Dakota Harding continued his amazing recovery from a broken neck suffered in an August football scrimmage with one hit and one run scored in four at-bats.  

Marion remains unbeaten this season at 2-0 in district play, 11-0 overall.  The Bulldogs look to extend that streak tonight with a 7 p.m. road game in Cotulla, and they also have a non-district contest against Luling on Saturday at 12:15 p.m. in Marion. 

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Wednesday Result/ Thursday Schedule

March 13th, 2014

Wednesday

Marion softball def. Cotulla 11-0

Thursday

Seguin baseball @ Clemens, noon

Seguin softball vs. Buda-Hays, 1 p.m.

Navarro softball vs. Devine, 5 p.m.

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Matadors rally past Buffaloes in 27-4A opener

March 13th, 2014

(Seguin) – Chris Campos belted a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning Tuesday night to cap the Seguin High School baseball team’s rally from a three-run deficit in a 4-3 win over Clemens to open the District 27-4A schedule at Smokey Joe Williams Field.  

Trailing 3-0 after four innings, the Matadors plated two runs in the bottom of the fifth to make it a one-run affair.  Matt Klingemann came home when Willie Tijerina was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and Trever Kilcrease crossed the plate on a wild pitch.  Walker Franz led off the bottom of the sixth with a walk, and his courtesy runner Sheldon Whitson took second on Collin Govett’s sacrifice bunt.  With two outs, Klingemann ripped a single to drive in Whitson for the tying run, Kilcrease followed with a double that moved Klingemann to third, and Klingemann scored the go-ahead run on the Campos base hit.  Kilcrease rounded third and sprinted home trying to give the Mats a two-run lead, but the Clemens leftfielder threw him out at the plate.  

Andrew Kuehne worked a 1-2-3 top of the seventh to shut the door on the Buffaloes and put the finishing touches on a complete-game three-hitter.  Seguin’s strong finish after the early deficit came as no surprise to head coach Doug Pearce. 

“We’ve shown the capability of doing that, and that’s what all those tournament games were for.  We’ve done a good job of battling back, and we’ve come from behind several times, so that’s a good thing, and that’s a good sign that a good team’s got to have is being able to come back from behind.  We dug ourselves a hole early, but I was proud of them for responding.”  

The only earned run Kuehne allowed was a solo home run by Clemens pitcher Tyler Giovanoni in the top of the first inning.  The Buffaloes scored a pair of unearned runs with help from Seguin errors in the top of the third.  The Matadors made amends with stellar defense from that point.  Every Clemens batter who came to the plate put the ball in play over the course of the final four innings, and Seguin played error free baseball during that span.  Defensive highlights include a diving catch in centerfield by Bubba Miculka to rob Chase Foreman of what looked like sure hit, and cat-quick snag of a hard, low throw to first base by Klingemann for the second out of the seventh.  

“That’s what we’ve been known for more, is our defense,” Pearce said.  “If our hitting will step up, we’ll be fine.  I think we were just playing with some nerves in the first few innings and making some uncharacteristic mistakes.  They’ll shake that hopefully, and we’ll be fine.  We’ll compete with anybody.”  

Kilcrease went 2-3 with a run scored and a stolen base, while Klingemann scored twice and drove in one.  Campos finished 1-3 with a walk and one RBI.  

Seguin is 1-0 in district play, 11-1-1 overall.  The Matadors face Clemens again today, this time on the Buffaloes’ home field in Schertz, with the first pitch slated for noon.

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Lead slips away from Seguin softball in road loss to Lehman

March 13th, 2014

(Kyle) – The Seguin High School softball team was unable to hold an early 3-0 lead Tuesday night in a 4-3 loss to the Lehman Lobos in Kyle.  The defeat dropped the Matadors to 2-2 in District 27-4A, 9-12 overall.  

Kaylee Atchley drove in Shelby Janda and Alexis Nixon drove in Kaycee Govett to put Seguin in front 2-0 in the top of the first inning.  Atchley’s second RBI of the game plated Janda in the top of the third to put the Matadors in front 3-0.  The Lobos scored twice in the bottom of the third – the first run as the result of an error – to make it a 3-2 contest.  Lehman pushed two more runs across in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead, and the Matadors sent six up and six down over the final two innings, unable to recover from the Lobo rally.  

Seguin starting pitcher Kylee Osborne worked a complete game, but was saddled with the loss.  

The Matadors look to get back on track today with a 1 p.m. home game against Buda-Hays. 

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Big sixth inning vaults Panthers to district road win over Texans

March 13th, 2014

(Wimberley) – Jake Wright and Ashton McCurry provided the late inning heroics for the Navarro High School baseball team Tuesday night in a 3-1 road victory over the Wimberley Texans.  

The Panthers trailed 1-0 after five innings, but Wright drove in two runs in the top of the sixth and McCurry plated one to help Navarro improve to 1-1 in District 27-3A, 6-6 overall.  

Trevor Ripke tossed a gem on the mound to notch the complete-game win.  Ripke allowed a single run (in the third) on three hits and struck out nine in seven innings.  Ty Wright finished with two hits on the night.  

Navarro continues district play Friday night in Geronimo with a 7 p.m. home game against Fredericksburg. 

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Wendel walk-off caps Bulldog rally for series win, seniors takes SCAC weekly honor

March 12th, 2014

(Seguin) – Texas Lutheran senior Von Wendel recorded his second walk-off single in four games to lift the Bulldog baseball team to a wild 7-6 victory in the SCAC series finale with University of Dallas on Sunday.  TLU opened the series with an 8-7 win on Saturday, and followed with a 4-3 loss in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader.  

The Bulldogs (13-6, 2-1 SCAC) rallied for four runs in the eighth inning of the scheduled seven-inning contest on Sunday and were twice down to their last strike against the Crusaders (10-8, 1-2 SCAC). 

At TLU's Katt-Isbel Field, Dallas appeared ready to sweep the doubleheader from the Bulldogs with a 6-3 lead entering the eighth. 

Dallas trailed 3-0 into the sixth but put itself in position to win by scoring three runs in the sixth and three more in the eighth. 

In the Bulldog half of the eighth, Derek Kanas secured a lead-off walk, and Keaton and Klaus Bohrmann followed with singles to load the bases with no outs. 

Pinch-hitter Matt King  then drove in the first run of the inning with an RBI fielder's choice. After his RBI, King was picked off between first and second, but Keaton Bohrmann came home as King was being tagged. The Bohrmann run cut the deficit to 6-5. 

After Ryan Hill walked and Holden Bryant entered as the pinch runner, Mason Briscoe singled to left in front of a Tony Gennusa walk that loaded the bases for Wendel. 

Wendel took a Trevor Keele pitch deep into the right-center field gap to easily score Bryant from third and Briscoe from second. The Bulldogs mobbed Wendel between first and second to celebrate the win. 

Wendel's walk-off single on Wednesday defeated DeSales (Pa.) 7-6 in the 11th inning.  His heroics last week earned him the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week award.  

The victory gave TLU two of the three Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference series wins against Dallas. All three games in the series were decided by one run. TLU captured Saturday's game 8-7, and Dallas won 4-3 in the early game Sunday. 

In the first game Sunday, Dallas freshman right-hander Evan Eubanks took a no-hitter and a 2-0 lead into the seventh inning. (The first game of the day was scheduled for seven innings before TLU rallied to make the early game the nine-inning contest). 

Eubanks retired the first batter of the seventh before allowing three consecutive doubles (to Kanas and to Keaton and Klaus Bohrmann) that tied the game at 2-2. 

With the shutout and the no-hitter now history, Eubanks gave way to Keele, who worked the final 2-2/3 innings and picked up the win.  Dallas scored two runs in the ninth and held off a TLU rally in the bottom of the frame. 

Keele, with his win in game one and loss in game two, moved to 1-1 on the year. 

Conner Capdau kept the Bulldogs close in game two and notched the win. Capdau struck out two batters in the ninth with the bases loaded to keep the Bulldogs' deficit at 6-3. 

Kanas, Keaton Bohrmann and Alejandro Gutierrez each had two hits for the Bulldogs in the late game. Kanas and Bohrmann each scored a pair of runs. 

TLU continues SCAC play this weekend with a three-game series in Sherman, Texas against Austin College. Friday's game is set for a 2 p.m. start, and Saturday's doubleheader begins at noon.

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Three Panthers named to All-Region basketball team, eight recognized by District 27-3A

March 12th, 2014

(Geronimo) – The Navarro High School girls’ basketball team capped the most successful season in program history with an abundance of post-season recognition from the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches and on the 27-3A All-District team.  The TABC named junior post Shannon Thompson, junior guard Summer Sahd, and senior point guard Andrea Besa to its All-Region team for 3A Region 4, and those three were joined by five Navarro teammates on the All-District list.  

Thompson was named the District 27-3A MVP, while Sahd, Besa, and junior guard Allison Hensley were first-team All-District selections.  Senior post Joni Frazier and senior backup forward Sandra Hancock made the All-District second team, and honorable mention accolades went to senior post Sierra Leal and junior guard Bethany Burrus.  

Thompson averaged 17.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per game to lead coach Darrell Harborth’s squad, while Sahd scored at an 11.4 clip and led the Panthers with 3.1 assists and 4.7 steals per contest.  Besa produced averages of 6.7 points, 2.9 assists, and 2.9 steals, and provided the season’s most exciting moment when she hit the game-tying layup at the end of regulation in Navarro’s 55-44 overtime defeat of Boerne in the 3A Region 4 championship game. 

The aforementioned group of players led Navarro to a 33-8 record and the program’s first appearance in the UIL state basketball tournament since 1955.  The Panthers fell to Argyle 64-37 in the state semifinals. 

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Marion girls place eight on 29-2A All-District team, Bridwell makes Academic All-State

March 12th, 2014

(Marion) – The Marion High School girls’ basketball team followed another successful season under head coach Kollyn McWhinney with heavy representation on the 29-2A All-District team. 

Junior point guard Cami Davis was named the district’s Offensive MVP after averaging 17.6 points and eight assists per game in an injury-shortened season.  Davis was joined on the All-District first team by junior posts Alyssa Ward (13.9 pts, 6.9 reb.) and Amy Stoermer (7.3 pts, 7.3 reb.), and sophomore guard Reagan Langemeier (5.3 pts, 5.3 asst.)  

Marion’s second team All-District selections include junior forward Hayley Davison and junior guard Christin Haecker.  Senior forward Leighanna Bridwell and freshman guard Natalie Deml received honorable mention.  

Bridwell was also received Academic All-State recognition from both the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches and the Texas Girls Coaches Association.  McWhinney notes that Marion’s entire basketball roster maintained a cumulative 93.6 grade average during the two six weeks grading periods during basketball season.  

The Bulldogs finished the 2013-2014 season with a 21-14 record and advanced to the 2A Region 4 tournament for the fourth consecutive season before falling to Hallettsville in the regional semifinals. 

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Tuesday Results

March 12th, 2014

Seguin softball lost to Kyle-Lehman 4-3

Seguin baseball def. Clemens 4-3

Navarro baseball def. Wimberley 3-1

Marion baseball def. S.A.-Cole 9-2

Marion softball def. S.A.-Brooks 16-0

TLU softball def. Austin College 5-0, 8-0, sweeps series 4-0

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Monday Results

March 11th, 2014

TLU softbal swept Austin College 14-2, 8-0

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Dramatic rally lifts Seguin softball to second straight district win

March 11th, 2014

(Seguin) – Alexis Nixon slid under a tag at the plate with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday night to complete the Seguin High School softball team’s rally from a 3-0 deficit in a 4-3 victory over Clemens on the Matadors’ home field.  

Seguin started the rally in the bottom of the fifth when Kaylee Atchley put down a bunt and rounded the bases on a Clemens overthrow to first base.  In the bottom of the seventh, with the Matadors trailing 3-1, Shelby Janda reached base with a one-out single.  After a pop-up to second by Kaycee Govett, Jadyn Rojas kept Seguin’s hopes alive with a two-out base hit, and Alexis Nixon followed with a walk to load the bases.  Atchley belted a line drive up the middle to drive in Janda and Rojas, tying the game at 3-3, and Nixon hustled home on an overthrow, beating the tag for the walk-off run.  

Kylee Osborne earned the complete-game win in the pitcher’s circle, surrendering three runs on eight hits in seven innings of work. 

The Matadors are 2-1 in district play, 9-12 overall.  Seguin has a pair of afternoon district games this week, against Lehman in Kyle today at 1 p.m., and at home against Buda-Hays on Thursday at 1 p.m. 

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SHS baseball goes 3-0 in rain shortened Smokey Joe Williams tourney

March 11th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Seguin High School baseball team was forced to cancel the final day of the Smokey Joe Williams Tournament due to inclement weather in the area on Saturday, but the Matadors made the most of their time on the diamond on Thursday and Friday, winning three games with no losses during that span.  

Seguin opened the tournament with a 2-1 squeaker over Salado on Thursday, and followed with a pair of stellar offensive showings on Friday, downing San Antonio-Wagner 13-3 and Burnet 12-6.  

The Matadors scored a run apiece in the third and fourth innings to take a 2-0 lead over Salado, and held on in the late innings after surrendering a run in the sixth.  Seguin won despite connecting for just two hits – one each by Willie Tijerina and Justin Montoya – and Montoya recorded the team’s only RBI.  Tijerina and Matt Klingemann each scored once.  Mack Aubrey struck out five, walked two, and allowed one run in 5-2/3 innings to earn the win.  Adrian Garza incuded the final four outs and fanned two to pick up the save. 

In the victory over Wagner, Sheldton Whitson drove in three and scored twice, while Austin Sanchez went 3-4 with two RBIs and Montoya collected two hits, two runs scored, and two driven in.  Trever Kilcrease and Matt Klingemann each crossed the plate twice, while Kilcrease and Adrian Garza each drove in a run.  On the mound, Travis York struck out six in five innings for the win, and Klingemann struck out the side in 1-2-3 inning of relief work.  

Friday’s win over Burnet saw York drive in three runs, while Chris Campos went 2-3 with three runs scored and one RBI.  Tijerina also collected two hits in three at-bats and crossed the plate twice.  Kilcrease went 2-2 and scored three times, while Collin Govett drove a run and scored twice.  Montoya added an RBI as well.  Austin Sanchez allowed three runs on two hits and struck out four in four innings to notch the win.  Garza recorded two outs in relief, one of them a strikeout, without surrendering a run.  

Seguin baseball is 10-1-1 heading into today’s District 27-3A opener against Clemens.  The Matadors and Buffaloes are slated for a noon first pitch at Smokey Joe Williams Field. 

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Panthers fall at home to Luling

March 11th, 2014

(Geronimo) – The Navarro High School baseball team took pause from the District 27-3A schedule Friday night with a home game against Luling, and the Panthers came up short to the Eagles by a final of 11-5 in Geronimo.  

Hunter Stephens drove in two of Navarro’s runs, and Ashton McCurry recorded one RBI.  Lucas Lake worked four innings on the mound, and Ty Wright tossed three frames.  Lake struck out two batters. 

Luling scored four runs in the second, one in the third, and two apiece in the fourth, fifth, and sixth.  The Panthers produced three runs in the fourth, and two in the sixth.  

Navarro’s record is 5-6.  The Panthers resume the District 27-3A schedule tonight with a 7 p.m. road game in Wimberley. 

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Marion softball routs Dilley, moves to 2-0 in district

March 11th, 2014

(Dilley) – The Marion High School softball team earned its second straight victory in District 29-2A play Friday night with a 14-3 pasting of Dilley on the road.  The Bulldogs led 11-3 after five innings, and scored three runs in the sixth to end the game early by mercy rule.  

Jordan Proctor tossed a two-hitter and struck out four to pick up the complete game win in the pitcher’s circle.  She worked from ahead in the count most of the evening, tossing strikes on the first pitch to 16 batters.  

Offensively, Chelsea Krueger, Cassie Mergele, and Robyn Young each drove in two runs, while Krueger and Young recorded three hits apiece.  Marion took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but trailed 3-2 in the third before scoring the game’s final 12 runs. 

The Bulldogs are 2-0 in district play, 11-8 overall.  Marion continues the 29-2A slate with two games this week, at home against San Antonio-Brooks today at 4:30, and on the road against Cotulla on Wednesday at 1 p.m. 

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Bulldogs run season opening streak to 10 games with win over SACS

March 11th, 2014

(San Antonio) – The Marion High School baseball team is 10-0 to start the 2014 season after a 12-2 run-rule victory in five innings over San Antonio-Christian Friday night in San Antonio.  

The Bulldogs scored once in the first inning, erupted for seven runs in the second, tacked on one apiece in the third and fourth, and plated two in the fifth to end the game by mercy rule.  SACS scored its only two runs in the bottom of the fourth. 

Jourden Stanley sparked Marion at the plate with three hits and two RBIs, Tre Lambert also drove in two, and Austin Young recorded one RBI.  Jake Soto struck out nine in five innings to notch the win on the mound, and threw strikes on the first pitch to 15 batters. 

After the non-district win over SACS, the Bulldogs resume the 29-2A schedule this afternoon with a 2:30 first pitch against San Antonio-Cole in Marion. 

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Seguin boys’ soccer steamrolls Canyon Lake 4-0

March 11th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Seguin High School boys’ soccer team is now in second place in the District 53-4A standings with two matches left on the schedule after a 4-0 shutout of Canyon Lake at Matador Stadium on Friday.  

The Matadors jumped on the Hawks early in the contest.  Alonzo Aldama scored the first goal on an assist by Brandon Salamanca in the fifth minute.  Salamanca found the back of the net on a solo run after intercepting a throw-in to make it a 2-0 match in the 11th minute.  Santos Sandoval scored on Barbarito Leija’s assist in the 25th minute to give Seguin a 3-0 halftime lead. 

Aldama’s second goal of the night, with an assist from Jesus Ponce, capped the game’s scoring in the 49th minute.  

Goalkeepers Lionel Tello and Christian Hampton each played 40 minutes to combine for the shutout.  Tello recorded eight saves, and Hampton had two.  

The Seguin boys are 4-2 in district play, 7-10 overall.  The Matadors are idle this week, and return the field next Tuesday, March 18, with a 7:30 p.m. road match against Clemens in Schertz. 

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Weekend Results

March 10th, 2014

TLU baseball def. Dallas 8-7 (Saturday), lost 4-3 (Sunday), won 7-6 (Sunday).  TLU wins series 2-1

Seguin baseball's Smokey Joe Williams Tournament - Saturday games rained out.

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Monday Schedule

March 10th, 2014

TLU softball (doubleheader) vs. Austin College @ New Braunfels-Canyon, 5 p.m.

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Bulldogs split Thursday doubleheader, take three of four from Calumet St. Joseph

March 10th, 2014

(New Braunfels) – The Texas Lutheran softball team played its second consecutive doubleheader against Calumet College St. Joseph on Thursday, dropping the first game 6-3 before bouncing back for the split and winning the second game 7-0. 

The Bulldogs took three out of four against the Crimson Wave and improved their overall record to 5-5 on the year. Calumet St. Joseph dropped to 1-7.  TLU swept the first doubleheader of the series on Wednesday, winning by finals of 3-2 and 7-1.  The Bulldogs trailed the first game 2-0 late, but Hope Estes drove in two to tie the contest in the bottom of the seventh, and Jaime Ohm’s walk-off RBI double scored Estes to end it.  

Texas Lutheran ended the four-game series on a high note, tallying its first shutout of the season in Thursday’s 7-0 victory. Three different Bulldogs combined to toss the shutout.  Kimberly Leschber earned the win (2-2) after getting the start and turning in four strong innings, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out three. 

Taylor Grissom and Amanda Lochte combined to finish off the game in the circle. Grissom entered the game in the fifth and tossed the next two innings, giving up three hits and a walk while striking out one. Lochte closed the game out, pitching the seventh inning and sitting the Crimson Wave down in order. 

The two teams went scoreless in the first two innings before the Bulldogs opened up the scoring in the bottom of the third. That first run was scored on a Jaime Ohm RBI single, scoring Ashley Jacobsen. Ohm finished the game 3-for-4 and had herself a special four-game series against Calumet, going 10-for-15 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. 

The fourth inning was where the Bulldogs opened up the game, scoring four runs and going ahead 5-0. The inning started with a Maegan Taylor double. After that though, the Bulldogs capitalized on a few Crimson Wave mistakes, namely an error and two wild pitches to score those four runs. 

The Bulldogs would score again in the fifth to make it 6-0 before plating another across in the sixth after Jacobsen scored on a wild pitch. The Bulldogs had three runners score on wild pitches in the game. 

The strong pitching the Bulldogs received in the second game was a contrast to the way the first game went, as Calumet St. Joseph had its bats going on its way to that 6-3 win. The Crimson Wave tallied 14 hits in the game, getting to Bulldog starter Samantha Yenne (Lake Jackson, Texas) early. 

Yenne finished four innings of work, giving up four runs (three earned) on eight hits and a walk. Elyse Hlavinka came in for relief and threw an inning, giving up one runs on four hits. Lochte finished off the final two innings, allowing one unearned run on two hits. 

The Bulldog offense couldn't quite get on track in that first game, racking up six hits in the game, although the Bulldogs still had some chances, leaving six runners on base for the game. 

All three of TLU's runs were scored in the fourth inning, immediately after Calumet had notched three of its own in the top half of the frame. 

All three of the TLU runs were unearned. With the bases loaded, the Bulldogs' scored their first two runs after the Calumet catcher failed to catch a throw from the third baseman that would have forced out a runner at the plate. The ball got away and allowed the Bulldogs to plate two. The third run scored on a Gorrie sacrifice fly. 

The three runs scored by the Crimson Wave in the top of the fourth proved to be the difference. The inning started with back-to-back groundouts before Calumet put together a two-out rally. Four singles and a walk later, the Crimson Wave had scored three runs. 

Texas Lutheran was scheduled to play its SCAC-opening series this weekend at home, but the threat of inclement weather has pushed the Bulldogs' four-game series against Austin College back to Monday, March 10 and Tuesday, March 11. The doubleheader Monday is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. and the one on Tuesday is slated for 10 a.m. Live stats should be available via TLUBulldogs.com.

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Friday Results

March 8th, 2014

TLU women's basketball lost to John Carroll 74-62, NCAA Division III tournament @ Thomas More (Crestview Hills, Ky.)

Seguin softball def. Clemens 4-3

Seguin baseball def. Wagner 13-3, def. Burnet 12-6 (Smokey Joe Williams Tournament)

Navarro baseball lost to Luling 11-5

Marion baseball def. S.A.-Christian 12-2

Marion softball def. Dilley 14-3

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TLU women ready for inaugural NCAA tournament experience, coverage to air on KWED

March 6th, 2014

(Cresview Hills, Ky.) – The Texas Lutheran women’s basketball program opens its first ever appearance in the NCCA Division III Championship tournament today with a first round game against John Carroll (Ohio) on the campus of Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.  

Thomas More hosts the four-team “pod” that includes TLU, John Carroll, Thomas More and Salem (Va.). John Carroll will be the home team, and TLU will be the visitor for the first game, slated for 4 p.m. central (5 p.m. eastern) this afternoon. Thomas More will be the home team, and Salem the visitor for the second game at 6 p.m. central (7 p.m. eastern). The winners of the two first-round games will meet at 5:30 p.m. central (6:30 p.m. eastern) Saturday. 

TLU takes a 14-game win streak and an overall record of 23-5 into the NCAA tournament. The 14 consecutive wins and 23 total wins in a season are both school records.  Win or lose today or later in the tournament, second-year head coach Mel Dixon’s squad is assured of the best single-season winning percentage in school history. 

Texas Lutheran earned its NCAA tournament berth with a thrilling 54-52 win over Trinity on Sunday in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championship game at Trinity’s Sams Gymnasium in San Antonio.  The Bulldogs turned a two-point deficit into a two-point lead after Kristen Lye’s put-back lay-up and Karisa Cantu’s game-winning jumper with just 2.3 seconds remaining on the clock. Both Lye, a freshman forward, and Cantu, a junior point guard, were named to the SCAC All-Tournament Team, and Cantu was voted the Tournament Most Valuable Player. 

Dixon normally uses a 10-player rotation throughout the game.  His consists of starters Natasha Benavides (senior point guard), Natalie Vella (junior shooting guard), Bianca Casas (junior shooting guard), Taylor Dydalewicz (sophomore power forward), and 6-foot-4 Chelsey Stolle (junior center).  The second unit consists of: Karisa Cantu (junior point guard), Dalia Camargo (senior shooting guard), Savannah Hight (freshman small forward), Kristen Lye (freshman power forward), and Autumn Shead (sophomore post).  Only Cantu averages more than 20 minutes per game of playing time (21.4), and the other nine players in the rotation average between 15.7 (Shead) and 19.7 (Dydalewicz) minutes per game.  Cantu, averaging 12.6 points, 3.5 assists, and hitting 41.6 percent of her threes, was named First Team All-SCAC last week, while Dydalawicz (10.9 pts, 5.1 reb.) was a Third Team selection.  

John Carroll, like TLU, is making its first ever appearance in the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship.  The Blue Streaks, an at-large entry from the Ohio Athletic Conference, bring a 21-4 record into the contest.  Head coach Kelly Moronne’s squad is one of the most prolific offensive teams in Division III basketball.  John Carroll ranks ninth nationally in scoring average (81.6), and the Blue Streaks feature the nation’s third leading individual scorer in senior forward Melissa Spahar, who averages 25.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.  She also hits 53.8 percent of her field goal attempts and shoots 86.8 percent from the free throw line.  John Carroll’s other key players include Spahar’s freshman sister Katlyn Spahar (13.5 pts, 5.1 reb.), forward Beth Switzler (11.4 pts, 7.3 reb.), and point guard Allison Lustig (9.7 pts, 4.6 ast., .436 3FG).  

Thomas More (28-0), the automatic qualifier from the Presidents’ Athletic Conference, is one of three remaining undefeated teams in Division III, and ranked first nationally in the D3hoops.com Top 25 poll.  Thomas More leads the nation in scoring average and has the nation’s top individual  scorer in Sydney Moss, daughter of former NFL great Randy Moss.  She averages 28.6 points per game and just last week set the new DIII single-game scoring mark with 63 points in a conference tournament win. 

Thomas More’s first-round opponent, Salem (21-4), won the Great South Athletic Conference tournament.  Salem is led by Great South Player of the Year Satavia Taylor. She averages 23.4 points per game and ranks seventh in the nation in scoring. Taylor also collected 9.2 rebounds per game. Taylor is 46th nationally in blocks per game, 2.12, and she ranks 20th in three-pointers made per game, 2.8. 

TLU will have a live video webcast of its first round game (and second round, if the Bulldogs advance) from www.tlubulldogs.com and a live radio broadcast on Seguin radio station KWED 1580 AM. KWED also will have an audio-only webcast on www.seguintoday.com. KWED Sports Director Mike McBride will have the call from Crestview Hills. 

Friday’s broadcast coverage starts at 3:50 p.m.  If TLU advances to the second round, Saturday’s broadcast begins at 5:20. 

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Matadors down Mules to earn first district win

March 6th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Seguin High School softball team carved its first notch in the District 27-4A win column Wednesday night with a 9-2 home victory over Alamo Heights in a game that was rescheduled from Tuesday due to inclement weather.  

Kylie Osborne allowed two runs on six scattered hits in seven innings to pick up the win in the pitcher’s circle.  

The Matadors trailed two nothing in the middle of the fourth inning, but scored three runs in the bottom of the frame to take the lead for good.  Seguin erupted for six runs in the bottom of the fifth to break the game open.  Whitney Wendell finished the night 2-3 with three RBIs.  Jadyn Rojas also drove in three, and Megan Cruz finished 2-3 with one RBI.  Alexis Nixon went 3-4 at the plate.  

The Matadors are 1-1 in district play, 8-12 this season.  Seguin continues the 27-4A slate tonight with a 7 p.m. home game against Clemens. 

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Navarro baseball falls to Boerne, softball comes up short in Pleasanton

March 6th, 2014

(Geronimo) – The Navarro High School baseball team opened the District 27-3A schedule Wednesday night with a 6-5 road loss to Boerne in a contest that was pushed back from Tuesday due to inclement weather in the region.  The Panthers trailed 5-1 after four innings, tied the game with four runs in the fifth, and saw the rally fall short when the Greyhounds plated the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth.  

Sean Walter and Trevor Ripke each drove in a run, while Walter and Joseph Herrera each collected two hits.  Ty Durham had a solid outing on the mound in defeat, striking out six in four innings.  Navarro baseball is 0-1 in district play, 5-5 overall.  

The Panther softball team traveled to Pleasanton for a non-district game Tuesday night and came up short by a 6-4 final.  Brittany Pollok recorded two hits, while Alyssa Arguello, Ana Feely, Sandra Hancock, and Rachel Pearson each had one.  Feely drove in two.  Cayli Cowan struck out 10 in seven innings, allowing just three hits in the loss.  

Navarro softball is 10-10 on the season. 

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Wendel provides walk-off heroics in Bulldogs' come-from-behind win

March 6th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Texas Lutheran baseball team stormed back from a four-run deficit in the seventh inning and eventually defeated DeSales 7-6 in walk-off fashion in the 11th inning Wednesday at Katt-Isbel Field. 

Von Wendel came up with the walk-off single, driving a pitch into left center that scored Derek Kanas from second base. Kanas led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Keaton Bohrmann. Klaus Bohrmann followed that up with a walk before Wendel's heroics ended the game. 

The win improved the Bulldogs' record to 11-5 on the year and was their third in the last four games. DeSales fell to 0-4 in the early season with the loss. 

The Bulldogs' extra-inning dramatics would not have been possible without an impressive comeback earlier in the game. After falling behind 6-2, the Bulldogs answered with three runs in the seventh inning and one more in the eighth to tie the game up. 

Klaus Bohrmann got the rally started in the seventh with a two-run single up the middle that scored both Kanas and Zach Jacobs. Wendel followed that up with an RBI single down the left field line that scored Keaton Bohrmann. Wendel entered the game as a pinch hitter during that at bat. The Bulldogs racked up four hits in the inning while also drawing a walk and a hit-by-pitch. 

TLU knotted the score in the eighth when Kanas ripped a single that scored Christian DeBlanc. DeBlanc had singled with two outs, then advanced to second on a balk. 

Brett Clark was the pitcher of record for the Bulldogs as he came in and threw a perfect 11th inning to get the Bulldogs back in the dugout. The TLU bullpen came up big on Wednesday, with four pitchers combining for eight innings while giving up just one unearned run. The bullpen conceded just three hits in those eight innings. 

Both Conner Capdau and Blake Balazs threw three innings of relief with Capdau allowing one unearned run on one hit and Balazs giving three shutout innings while allowing two hits. 

Cody Moore got the start for the Bulldogs and gave up five runs (four earned) in his three innings of work. 

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning off a DeBlanc RBI single that scored Tony Gennusa. Desales answered with a big fourth inning, scoring five runs. 

Texas Lutheran finished with 15 hits on the day and the offense was plenty balanced as six different Bulldogs finished with two hits. 

Next up for the Bulldogs is the start of SCAC play. They open up conference competition with a three-game home series starting with a noon doubleheader on Saturday against Dallas. Live stats will be available via TLUBulldogs.com.

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Marion teams open 29-2A schedule with road wins

March 6th, 2014

(Marion) – The Marion High School baseball and softball teams opened their respective District 29-2A schedules on a successful note Tuesday night.  The Bulldog baseball team outlasted Dilley 4-1, and the Marion softball team took care of Randolph  16-1 in Universal City.  

Raphael DeHoyos was dominant on the mound in the baseball game against Dilley, striking out 12 batters while giving up a single run on four hits in seven innings to notch the complete-game win.  

At the plate, Kyler Moreno  drove in two runs, and Tre Lambert notched one RBI.  Jourden Stanley went 1-3 and scored once, and DeHoyos doubled. 

Marion baseball is 1-0 in district play and remains unbeaten on the season at 8-0. 

The Marion softball team pounded out 12 hits in the five-inning run-rule victory over Randolph.  Jordan Proctor recorded three hits and drove in two runs, while Katy O’Bryan and Stacey Radtke each connected for two hits and notched two RBIs apiece.  

In the pitcher’s circle, Proctor struck out seven in five innings and tossed a one-hitter to earn the complete-game win.  The Marion softball team is 1-0 in district, 10-8 this season. 

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Seguin softball game moved to Wednesday

March 4th, 2014

(Seguin) - The Seguin High School softball team's District 27-4A home game against Alamo Heights, orginally scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m., has been pushed back to Wednesday at 7 p.m. due to inclement weather in the Seguin area. 

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TLU women's basketball team to face John Carroll (Ohio) in NCAA DIII tournament Friday in Kentucky

March 4th, 2014

SEGUIN, Texas -- The Texas Lutheran Bulldogs, women's basketball champions of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, will open the 2014 NCAA Division III Championship on Friday at 4 p.m. against John Carroll (Ohio). 

The game will be played on the campus of Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky. Pod site host Thomas More faces Salem (Va.) also on Friday. The TLU/John Carroll winner faces the Thomas More/Salem winner on Saturday.
TLU (23-5) will take on John Carroll (21-4) of University Heights, Ohio, an at-large entry from the Ohio Athletic Conference. Game time has yet to be determined.
TLU beat Trinity University 54-52 in Sunday's SCAC Championship game to earn the SCAC automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The conference championship is the first outright conference title in school women's basketball history. The Bulldogs of 1984-85 were co-champions of the Big State Conference. 
 
The Bulldogs, riding a school-record 14-game win streak, will make their first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament.

Thomas More (28-0), the automatic qualifier from the Presidents' Athletic Conference, is one of three remaining undefeated teams in Division III and is serving as host of the four-team pod. Salem (21-4) won the Great South Athletic Conference tournament.

TLU will have a live video webcast from www.tlubulldogs.com and a live radio broadcast on Seguin radio station KWED 1580 AM. KWED also will have an audio-only webcast on www.seguintoday.com. KWED Sports Director Mike McBride will have the call from Crestview Hills.

In all-time NCAA tournament play involving SCAC teams, the conference is 1-1 against schools from the Ohio Athletic Conference.

SCAC women's teams have been sent to Crestview Hills for NCAA tournament play three times. In 2004, Thomas More defeated SCAC champion DePauw University, 68-63, in second-round play.

In 2008, Oglethorpe University, as an at-large recipient, went to Crestview Hills and won two games - defeating Piedmont, 91-78, and handing a then undefeated Thomas More team its only blemish of the season in a 65-55 victory over the Saints - as the Petrels made it all the way to the Final Four. The following year (2009), the Oglethorpe women were once again sent to Crestview Hills but fell in the third round to George Fox, 71-56.

Friday's broadcast coverage begins at 3:50 Seguin time.

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Seguin baseball unbeaten in Comal ISD tourney

March 4th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Seguin High School baseball team went undefeated at the Comal ISD Tournament last week, recording four wins and one tie in five games.  Seguin defeated Austin St. Michaels 6-4 and San Antonio-Burbank 8-0 on Thursday, had Friday’s early game against Eagle Pass end in a 4-4 tie due to the time limit, beat A&M Consolidated 5-3 in Friday’s late game, and capped the event with a 5-2 victory over San Marcos at ‘Smokey’ Joe Williams Field on Saturday.  

Matt Klingemann, Cody Carillo, and Walker Franz each drove in a run against St. Michaels, and Travis York earned the win on the mound in two relief innings.  York went 3-3 with a home run and four RBIs, and Chris Campos drove in two against Burbank.  Mack Aubrey picked up the win after tossing three scoreless innings.  Willie Tijerina had Seguin’s only RBI against Eagle Pass, and Bubba Miculka struck out five in seven innings only to take no decision.  Campos, Aubrey, York, and Franz each drove in a run against A&M Consolidated, with Andrew Kuehne striking out seven in 4-1/3 frames to notch the win.  Franz worked five innings on the mound for the win against San Marcos, and Austin Sanchez earned the save.  Miculka, York, Trever Kilcrease, and Collin Govett each drove in a run.  

Seguin’s record is 7-1-1.  The Matadors host the Smokey Joe Williams Tournament on their home field at the Fairgrounds this Thursday through Saturday.

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SHS softball 3-3 in Matador Invitational at Huber Ranch, Navarro goes 4-2

March 4th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Seguin High School softball team came away with three wins and three losses over the course of three days in its annual home tournament at Huber Ranch last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  The Matadors split two games on each day of the event.  Thursday, Seguin beat rival New Braunfels 13-5 and fell to San Antonio-East Central 9-7.  Friday, the Matadors notched a 12-5 victory over Wimberley and a 6-0 loss to Converse-Judson.  Seguin capped the event Saturday with an 18-6 win over El Paso-Burgess and an 11-10 loss to Incarnate Word in the nightcap.  

Kaylee Atchley was the winning pitcher against New Braunfels and Wimberley, and Kyle Osborne notched the win against Burgess.  Seguin’s season record is 7-12.  The Matadors resume the District 27-4A schedule tonight with a home game against Alamo Heights at 7 p.m.  

Navarro also competed in Seguin’s tournament at Huber Ranch, and the Panthers fared well with a 4-2 record in the event.  The Panthers fell to Uvalde 11-3 and defeated South San 3-1 on Thursday.  Navarro won twice on Friday, 4-0 over St. Joseph and 5-4 over La Vernia, and split its final two games on Saturday, falling to Holy Cross 6-1 and edging Antonian 2-1.  

Cayli Cowan struck out 14 to pick up the win against South San, while Anneliese Eveld collected two hits and two RBIs.  Kristen Pollok recorded three hits in the loss to Uvalde.  In the win over St. Joseph, Cowan fanned 10 batters and tossed a three hitter, while Pollok, Alexis Arguello, and Brooke Flanagan each had three hits, with Arguello, Ana Feely, and Rachel Pearson each driving in a run.  Pollok, Pearson, and Stephanie Shannon each drove in a run against La Vernia, Arguello and Cowan totaled two hits apiece, and Cowan struck out six for the win.  Cowan capped an outstanding weekend in the pitcher’s circle with a two-hitter and 12 strikeouts against Antonian, she added three hits at the plate, and Sandra Hancock drove in a run.  

Navarro softball, 10-9 this season, visits Pleasanton at 7 p.m. tonight. 

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Marion baseball wins Devine tournament crown, Navarro goes 2-2

March 4th, 2014

(Devine) – Two area high school baseball teams competed in the Devine Tournament last week, with Marion claiming the championship trophy and Navarro posting a 2-2 record in four games.  The Bulldogs opened the tournament with a 9-2 victory over Hondo on Thursday, blanked county rival Navarro 8-0 and edged Somerset 5-3 on Friday, and steamrolled Bandera 14-2 in Saturday’s championship game. 

Tre Lambert went 4-4 with two runs scored against Hondo, while Jake Soto finished 2-4 with a home run and three RBIs.  Raphael DeHoyos and Dakota Harding each drove in two, and Kyler Moreno earned the win in three scoreless relief innings.  Austin Young struck out four in four innings to earn the win over Navarro, Moreno collected two hits and drove in two, and the Bulldogs got two hits and two RBIs apiece from Soto and Lambert.  Lambert went 2-3 with two RBIs against Somerset, Moreno hit a solo home run, and Soto struck out six in five innings to pick up the win.  The championship game victory over Bandera saw Stanley and Young both hit home runs, while Mike Rayos and Hunter Rust each drove in two and Moreno went 3-3.  Rust notched the win with three strikeouts in four innings of work.  

Marion remains unbeaten at 7-0 and opens the District 29-2A schedule tonight with a road game against Dilley at 7 p.m.  

Navarro bounced back from Friday’s loss to Marion with a 14-0 win over Hondo, then split two games on Saturday, beating Somerset 8-1 and falling to Devine 4-1.  Ty Durham tossed a two-hitter and struck out six to earn the win on the mound against Hondo, and he also drove in three runs to lead the Panthers at the plate.  Sean Walter and James Eveld each had two RBIs against the Owls.  Brett Stanzione, Walter, and Trevor Ripke drove in two runs apiece against Somerset, and Ripke was the winning pitcher with six strikeouts in six innings.  Jake Wright drove in Navarro’s only run in the loss to Devine.  

Navarro is 5-4 on the season.  The Panthers open the District 27-3A schedule tonight when they visit Boerne at 7 p.m. 

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Marion softball splits four games at Schulenburg tourney

March 4th, 2014

(Schulenburg) – The Marion High School softball team produced mixed results last week at the Schulenburg tournament, recording two victories in four games during the three-day affair.  The Bulldogs fell to the hosting Shorthorns 4-3 on Thursday, notched a 13-2 victory over East Bernard on Friday, and split the final two games Saturday with a 3-1 loss to Jourdanton and a 6-1 win in a rematch with East Bernard. 

Ashlyn Haese and Chelsea Krueger each drove in a run against Schulenburg.  Jordan Proctor struck out four in four innings and recorded two RBIs in the Friday win over East Bernard, Haese drove in one, and Cassie Mergele collected two hits.  The loss to Jourdanton saw Christin Haecker drive in Marion’s only run.  In the Saturday win over East Bernard, Proctor earned the victory with 5-2/3 innings in the circle, she and Ashley Kriewald each recorded a hit, and Kai Valadez drove in a run.  

Marion softball is 9-8 this season and opens the District 29-2A schedule tonight with a 7 p.m. road game against Randolph in Universal City.

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Tuesday Schedule

March 4th, 2014

Seguin softball vs. Alamo Heights, 7 p.m.

Navarro baseball @ Boerne, 7 p.m.

Navarro softball @ Pleasanton, 7 p.m.

Marion baseball @ Dilley, 7 p.m.

Marion softball @ Randolph, 7 p.m.

Seguin girls' soccer vs. Wimberley, 5:30 p.m.

Seguin boys' soccer @ Wimberley, 7:30 p.m.

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TLU women advance to NCAA DIII tourney with 54-52 SCAC Championship victory over Trinity

March 3rd, 2014

(San Antonio) – Karisa Cantu's game-winning shot and a strong defensive effort throughout the game propelled the Texas Lutheran Bulldogs to their first Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference title and first NCAA Division III berth in women's basketball. 

Texas Lutheran, the No. 1 seed and after a first-place finish in the regular season, edged No. 2 seed Trinity 54-52 in a thrilling back-and-forth championship game in front of 601 fans in Trinity's Sams Gymnasium. 

TLU trailed by two, 52-50, with 49 seconds to play after two Lauren Splawn free throws for Trinity. The Bulldogs came down the floor and took a three-pointer by Cantu. The offensive rebound came to Kristen Lye, who converted the game-tying layup with 15 seconds remaining. 

A Trinity turnover gave the ball to TLU with nine seconds to play.  Cantu took the in-bounds pass, dribbled the length of the floor, received a screen from Lye and rose up to hit the game-winning shot from about 12 feet. On the game clock, 2.3 seconds remained. 

Trinity's in-bounds pass on its last play was intercepted by Lye, and time expired to give TLU its first conference championship since 1985. 

The Bulldogs won the Big State Conference Championship in 1985. The 1984-85 Bulldogs went 22-6 and held the school-record for consecutive wins and most wins in a season until the 2013-14 squad re-wrote the record book. 

TLU's win over Trinity pushed the Bulldogs' overall record to 23-5 and its school-record win streak to 14. 

Under Mel Dixon, TLU's second-year head coach, the Bulldogs have 15 more wins this season than last season. Dixon was named the SCAC Women's Basketball Coach of the Year on Saturday. 

Cantu, the junior point guard in her first year at TLU, was named the SCAC Tournament Most Valuable Player. Cantu scored all eight of her points in the second half. She added five rebounds and three assists. 

Cantu nailed a three-pointer with 4:21 to play that tied the game at 44. When Trinity extended the lead to four, at 50-46 with 2:11 remaining, Cantu scored on a lay-up. 

The Bulldogs then tied the game at 50 with a lay-up from Chelsey Stolle . The 6-foot-4 Stolle scored four points and blocked three shots. 

Lye led the Bulldogs with 15. The freshman forward also grabbed eight rebounds, three on the offensive glass. She joined Cantu on the SCAC All-Tournament Team. 

Anecia Richardson led Trinity with 22 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the floor. She did go to the free throw line 13 times and made 10. She added 13 rebounds and three blocks. 

Hannah Coley chipped in 13 for the Tigers, who fell to 20-8 with the loss. The Tigers are not expected to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. 

Taylor Dydalewicz scored nine and recorded four rebounds for TLU, and Bulldog forward Autumn Shead pulled down eight rebounds. 

Both teams struggled from the field. TLU shot 33.3 percent from the floor, and Trinity hit just 30 percent. Rebounds were even at 44. TLU took better care of the basketball, winning the turnover battle 12 to 20. 

The Bulldogs had yet to play in a conference tournament as a Division III member much less win a conference tournament. Now TLU is headed to the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship. 

TLU will learn its NCAA opponent and destination on Monday. The NCAA DIII Women's Basketball Selection Show starts at 1:30 p.m. central on ncaa.com/sports.

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Navarro girls see state title dreams fall short in 3A semifinal loss to Argyle

March 3rd, 2014

(Austin) – The 2014 Navarro High School girls’ basketball team closed the book on the most successful season in program history Thursday afternoon with a 64-37 loss to Argyle in the Class-3A semifinals at the UIL state tournament in Austin.  

The Panthers walked off the floor at the Erwin Center in tears after the final buzzer and the semifinalist medal presentation, but when the emotions subside the players will have a long list of accomplishments to look back on and be proud of.  Coach Darrell Harborth’s squad won 33 games (against eight losses), and by winning the 3A Region 4 championship became just the second team in school history to advance to a state tournament, and the first to go as far as the state semifinals (the 1955 team made the quarterfinals when the state tournament field included eight teams.)  

“I’m very proud of our girls, and everything we’ve been through, and even though we lost, it’s still an amazing feeling, and I’m not going to pout about it,” senior point guard Andrea Besa said during the post-game press conference.  “I am mad that we lost, but I enjoyed our trip here, and I would never take it back.  I would do it all over again.”  

Argyle’s size advantage proved too much for the Panthers to overcome.  With a front line featuring three players 5’11” or taller against a Navarro lineup whose tallest player is 5’8”, the long, athletic Eagles held Navarro to 38 percent shooting, forced 17 turnovers, and won the rebounding battle 29-17, including a 12-6 edge on the offensive glass.  

The Panthers responded to an early 6-0 deficit with a 9-0 run to take the lead midway through the first quarter, but Argyle closed the period on a 14-2 run to take a 20-11 lead into the second period.  The Eagles led 36-20 at halftime and by as many as 28 in the second half.  Argyle’s half court defense made it difficult for the Panthers to find quality shots with any consistency, and Navarro’s full court press did little to disrupt the Eagles, so a rally just wasn’t in the cards.  

“That’s playoff basketball for you, and that’s something I talked to the girls in the locker-room about,” Harborth said in reflecting on Argyle’s defensive prowess.  “If you look at all of our wins through the playoffs, they were wars and low scoring for the most part.  We struggled to score, and their length definitely bothered us, and they’re very good with their defense.  That’s what good teams do to get to this point, so it was hard for us to score, and they did a good job.” 

Argyle attempted 30 free throws (making 22) to Navarro’s 14, and many of those came on and-one opportunities after offensive rebounds and put-backs.  

“A big concern coming into the game was rebounding, because I knew they were bigger than us, and I say they’re bigger than us, but they’re bigger and athletic big kids, and those two combinations make it very hard for us with our size, and that’s how they got their lead,” Harborth said.   

Summer Sahd led Navarro with 18 points, five rebounds, and two steals.  Shannon Thompson added 13 points on 5-8 shooting and dished out three assists.  Allison Hensley finished with four points, Besa had two, and the Panther bench (typically a strength during the team’s playoff run) went scoreless on the afternoon.  Argyle’s tandem of 6’0” forwards Vivian Gray and Delaney Sain proved a tough matchup with 19 and 15 points, respectively, and guard Jesse Sheridan added 13.  

Navarro graduates two starters in the off-season – Besa and Joni Frazier – along with reserves Sierra Leal, Sandra Hancock, and Adriana Marmolejo.  The team’s two leading scorers, Sahd and Thompson, both return, as do Hensley, Bethany Burrus, Alesandra Wezeman, Staci Pierce, Josselyn Rodriguez, and Morgan Law.  

As Sahd and Thompson sat through the post-game press conference in the basement of the Erwin Center, Sahd already had her sights a more pleasant interview session at the same venue in 2015.  

“To be here was the best experience I think Shannon and I have ever experienced, and we’re definitely planning to be back next year and go for the state championship.”

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TLU men’s basketball season ends in SCAC quarterfinals

March 3rd, 2014

(San Antonio) – The Texas Lutheran men’s basketball team saw its season come to an end Friday afternoon, falling 78-65 to Trinity in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship quarterfinals inside Webster Gymnasium on the Trinity University campus in San Antonio. 

The Bulldogs got 16 points from Jordan Kouremetis, all in the second half, and battled back from a 23-point deficit to get within as few as eight in the final three minutes. The comeback fell short though as top-seeded Trinity made some late free throws to seal the game. 

The loss dropped the Bulldogs' record to 9-17 on the season, while Trinity improved to 17-9. 

After being held to 9-of-26 shooting in the first half, Texas Lutheran bounced back with a strong second-half showing, firing its way to a 52 percent rate in the final 20 minutes. That second-half surge allowed the Bulldogs to chip away at a 23-point Trinity lead with 10 minutes to go and bring it to within eight points with three minutes to go. 

Kouremetis was the fulcrum behind the TLU charge. The freshman, playing in his first game since sustaining an injury in a Feb. 9 contest at Colorado College, was held scoreless in the first half. 

That wouldn't hold as he exploded to the tune of 16 second-half points, shooting 5-of-10 from the field and knocking down a pair of 3-pointers to go along with a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw stripe. 

Kouremetis was aided by sophomore Robert Watson Jr. and his 10 second-half points. Watson Jr. ended up with 14 points on the day on 5-of-7 shooting from the field. 

The Bulldogs finished with 43 .4 percent shooting on the day, but struggled from both the three-point and free throw lines. They shot 5-of-21 (24%) from deep and 14-of-24 (58%) from the charity stripe. 

Trinity, the regular-season conference champion, was led by Robert Kitzinger and Zach Lambert. Both scored 19 points and made a pair of 3-pointers. The Tigers finished 10-of-25 from behind the arc. 

It was that work from behind the arc, along with the offensive rebound battle, that made the difference in the game. The Bulldogs actually outscored the Tigers 28-16 in the paint and 16-8 in points off turnovers, but were outscored 16-7 in second-chance points. That difference in second-chance points was due 13 Trinity offensive rebounds compared to seven for TLU. 

Both teams were a little sluggish to start the game, with neither team able to crack the scoreboard for he first two minutes. Eventually, Trinity broke the scoreless drought and went on to score 12 of the game's first 14 points to open up a double-digit lead with 13:34 left in the first half. 

The Bulldogs would get back within seven, trailing 14-7 with 10:23 to go after a Watson Jr. layup, but that would prove to be the closest they would get the rest of the game. Trinity quickly scored the next six points to extend its advantage to 13. That TLU deficit would float around that number for the rest of the half as the Tigers took a 38-23 lead into halftime. 

With 13:40 to play in the game, Texas Lutheran found itself down 51-30 and that's when Kouremetis knocked down a pair of free throws to score his first two points of the afternoon. Watson Jr. and Kouremetis would score 22 of TLU's final 37 points as they chipped away at the lead. 

The Bulldogs would use a 16-2 run to get within nine at 59-50 with 7:07 to play. That run was capped off by a Kouremetis 3-pointer. They would get within eight with 5:54 left, but that was the closest they would get, reaching that point one more time 2:01 remaining.

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Weekend Results

March 3rd, 2014

TLU women's basketball def. Schreiner 63-58 (semifinals), def. Trinity 54-52 (finals) to win SCAC championship @ Trinity's Sams Gymnasium in San Antonio. 

TLU baseball split doubleheader (lost 5-4, won 6-0) @ Schreiner

TLU softball lost to Houston-Victoria 10-6, 6-4

Seguin baseball def. San Marcos 5-2 @ Comal ISD Tournament

Seguin softball tournament @ Huber Ranch, def. El Paso Burgess 18-6, lost to Incarnate Word 11-10

Navarro softball  @ Seguin Tournament, lost to Holy Cross 6-1, def. Antonian 2-1

Navarro baseball @ Devine Tournament, def. Somerset 8-1, lost to Devine 4-1

Marion baseball won Devine Tournament championship, def. Bandera 14-2

Marion softball @ Schulenburg Tournament, lost to Jourdanton 3-1, def. East Bernard 6-1

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Friday Results

March 1st, 2014

TLU women's basketball def. Centenary 85-59, SCAC tournament quarterfinals @ Trinity

TLU men's basketball lost to Trinity 78-65, SCAC tournament quarterfinals

TLU baseball def. Schreiner 5-1

Seguin basebal tied Eagle Pass 4-4, def. A&M-Consolidated 5-3 @ Comal ISD Tournament

Seguin softball def. Wimberley 12-5, lost to Judson 6-0 @ Seguin Tournament

Navarro softball def. St. Joseph 4-0 @ Seguin Tournament

Marion baseball def. Navarro 8-0, def. Somerset 5-3 @ Devine Tournament

Navarro baseball lost to Marion 8-0, def. Hondo 14-0 @ Devine Tournament

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Top seeded TLU women open SCAC tourney against Centenary, game to air on KWED

February 28th, 2014

(San Antonio) – Picked fifth in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Preseason Poll, the Texas Lutheran women’s basketball team rides into San Antonio for this weekend's SCAC Championships as the No. 1 seed after posting the best conference record in the regular season. 

Claiming the regular-season title and the tournament top seed with a 12-2 league mark, the Bulldogs' record in SCAC play brings with it a 2 p.m. matchup today in the tournament quarterfinal with No. 8 seed Centenary College (La.). The Ladies are 0-23 overall and 0-14 in conference play. 

TLU needs three wins in the tournament to win the conference championship. If TLU defeats Centenary on Friday, the Bulldogs will play the winner of No. 4 Austin College/No. 5 Schreiner at 5 p.m. Saturday. The championship game is set for 2 p.m. Sunday. All women's tournament games will be played in Trinity's Sams Gymnasium, located in the Trinity University Bell Center. 

The Bulldogs are 20-5 overall and have secured the university's second 20-win season in the program's 42 years of existence as a full varsity sport. The current Bulldogs join the 1984-85 Bulldogs as the only two teams in school history to win 20 games in a season. The 1984-85 Bulldogs went 22-6 with Head Coach Lana Urbanek and won the Big State Conference Championship. 

The current 11-game win streak for TLU is the longest in school history. The Bulldogs' last defeat came on Jan. 11, 2014 in a 92-82 road setback to Southwestern. 

TLU needs to win the SCAC Championship to advance to the NCAA Division III tournament. Despite the 20-5 overall record and the 12-2 conference mark, the Bulldogs are not ranked in the latest NCAA DIII South Region poll. Trinity, the No. 2 seed in the SCAC tournament, is ranked eighth. Regardless of the team that claims the SCAC Championship, it is unlikely that the SCAC receives an at-large berth to the tournament to give the league two teams in the NCAA field. 

The Bulldogs are second in the SCAC in scoring offense, at 73.2 points per game. TLU leads the conference in 10 team categories: scoring defense (60.3), scoring margin (+12.9), field goal percentage defense (.336), rebounding offense (45.9), blocked shots per game (4.2), assist turnover ratio (1.02), turnover margin (+3.84), defensive rebounds (32.3), three-point field goals made (173), and three-point field goal defense (.270). 

TLU's assists per game mark of 17.4 ranks 16th in all of NCAA Division III. Out of 431 NCAA DIII women's basketball teams, the Bulldogs also have top 50 statistical rankings in field goal percentage defense (27th), three-point field goals per game (32nd), won-loss percentage (45th), and assist turnover ratio (31st). 

TLU swept a pair of games from Centenary this season. The Bulldogs won 66-55 in Shreveport, La. on Jan. 24 and won 75-50 in Seguin on Jan. 31.

 

Seguin radio station KWED 1580 AM will have the radio call and the audio-only webcast for Friday's TLU-Centenary game. The audio-only feed can be found at seguintoday.com. The video webcast and links to all webcasts and stats also are located on tlubulldogs.com.  Pre-game coverage starts at 1:50 p.m. 

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Seguin boys drop district soccer match to Tigers

February 28th, 2014

(Dripping Springs) – The Seguin High School boys’ soccer team dropped its second straight match in District 53-4A Tuesday night, falling on the road 4-2 to Dripping Springs.  

The Tigers opened up a 2-0 lead with goals in the 21st and 30th minutes and took that cushion into halftime.  

The Matadors narrowed the gap to 2-1 in the 45th minute when midfielder Jesus Ponce put a rebound in the back of the net off a missed shot by teammate Alonzo Aldama.  

Dripping Springs pushed the lead to 3-1 with a breakaway goal in the 59th minute, but Seguin answered quickly to make it a 3-2 contest a minute later when Flabio Villamil’s shot deflected off a Tiger player into the net.  

The Matadors were unable to rally from that point, as Dripping Springs scored its fourth and final goal in the 65th minute.  

Seguin goalkeeper Nevin Lewis recorded eight saves on the night.  

The Seguin boys are 2-2 in district play, 5-10 overall.  The Matadors begin the second half of the district schedule on Tuesday with a 7:30 p.m. road match in Wimberley. 

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Friday Schedule

February 28th, 2014

TLU women's basketball vs. Centenary, SCAC Tournnament quarterfinals @ Trinity (San Antonio), 2 p.m. on 1580-AM and Seguintoday.com.

TLU men's basketball vs. Trinity, SCAC Tournament quarterfinals @ Trinity (San Antonio), 1 p.m.

TLU baseball @ Schreiner, 2 p.m.

Seguin baseball @ Comal ISD Tournament

Seguin softball tournament @ Huber Ranch, 2 p.m. vs. Judson, 8 p.m. vs. Hutto

Navarro baseball @ Devine Tournament

Navarro softball @ Seguin Tournament (Huber Ranch)

Marion baseball @ Devine Tournament

Marion softball @ Schulenburg Tournament

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Thursday Results

February 28th, 2014

Navarro girls' basketball lost to Argyle 64-37, 3A state semifinals @ UT's Frank Erwin Center (Austin)

Seguin baseball @ Comal ISD Tournament, def. St. Michaels 6-4, def. Burbank 8-0

Seguin softball tournament @ Huber Ranch, def. New Braunfels 13-5, lost to East Central 9-7

Navarro softball @ Seguin tournament, lost to Uvalde 11-3, def. South San 3-1

Marion baseball @ Devine Tournament, def. Hondo 9-2

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Navarro girls face No. 2 Argyle in UIL state tournament semifinals, game to air on KWED

February 27th, 2014

(Austin) – Facing an opponent ranked among the top 25 in the TABC state basketball poll is nothing new to the Navarro Panthers, and beating such teams has become a regular occurrence for coach Darrell Harborth’s squad this season.  The Navarro girls hope to continue that trend when they face No. 2 Argyle in the Class-3A state tournament semifinals at the Erwin Center in Austin this afternoon.  

Despite a 28-7 record at the end of the regular season (now 33-7), Navarro was mysteriously absent among the TABC’s top 25 teams in the final 3A state rankings.  The Panthers’ playoff run to the Region 4 championship includes three victories over squads who do appear on that list:  46-44 over No. 7 Yoakum in the area round, 38-35 over No. 8 West Oso in the regional semifinals, and the 55-44 overtime defeat of No. 23 Boerne in Saturday’s regional championship game (Navarro’s second win over the Greyhounds this season).  For good measure, the Panthers defeated No. 6 La Vernia 71-59 and No. 17 Lytle twice (68-52, 55-51) during the regular season.  

Argyle comes into the state tournament with a 35-1 record after edging Celina 51-50 in double overtime Saturday in the Region 2 championship game at the Texas A&M-Commerce Fieldhouse.  The contest featured a controversial ending that has received heavy attention from the media in the Dallas-Forth Worth area.  At the end of the second overtime, a Celina player appeared to be fouled on a three-point shot before the buzzer sounded, the closest official blew his whistle before the buzzer, but the clock didn’t stop, the buzzer sounded, and after conferring for a moment, all three officials ran off the court without explaining the late whistle to anybody, rendering the game over and the Eagles regional champions.  The UIL doesn’t consider game protests based on judgment calls by officials, and the Temple officiating chapter representing the referees involved has given no comment on the incident. 

The Navarro girls’ program is making its first UIL state tournament appearance since 1955, when the event included eight teams and the Panthers fell to Cotton Center 56-50 in the Class B state quarterfinals.  Argyle is making its third appearance after beating Wall 51-33 for the 2A state championship in 2006 and falling to Robinson 49-33 in the 3A title game in 2009.  

With all the hoopla, festivities, and extra attention surrounding the team this week, Harborth has done his best to keep the Panthers in their normal game preparation routine. 

“The biggest thing we’ve been doing is trying to keep it the same throughout, and not get them too excited about it, and just talk to them the same way, and keep everything going the same, and I think that’s helped.  This group is just very focused, and wants to take care of business, so that’s a good thing.”  

Coach Skip Townsend’s Eagles ride a 23-game winning streak into Austin, and they’ve outscored their opponents by an average of 22.8 points per game this season (53.9 to 31.1).  Argyle’s loss is a 47-41 setback to Class-5A regional semifinalist Round Rock-Cedar Ridge back on Dec. 7.  The Eagles’ top individuals are 5’11” forward Delaney Swain (13.4 ppg, 6.7 reb.), 6’0” forward Vivian Gray (13.2 ppg, 6.6 reb.) and 5’7” guard Jesse Sheridan (9.8 ppg, 4.7 ast., 2.6 st.).  

Navarro post Shannon Thompson will be outsized in her matchup with Swain or Gray, but the Panthers’ 5’8” junior makes up for the inches she gives away with skill, strength, and tenacity.  Thompson averages over 17 points and nearly eight rebounds per game, and junior guard Summer Sahd also sports a healthy double-digit average of close to 12 points per contest.  Harborth says applying full court defensive pressure may be the best way to counter Argyle’s size.  

“I feel like from watching their film from the regional championship game that Celina was able to get to them with some pressure and get some turnovers and some layups, so we definitely need that to happen for us, so that they can’t just come down, set up, and look to bang it in to their big posts.”  

The Navarro – Argyle winner faces the winner of the semifinal between Waco-La Vega and Abilene-Wylie in the 3A championship game on Saturday at 10 a.m.  Today’s Navarro – Argyle semifinal starts at 1:30 p.m., and the game will air live on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com.  Pre-game coverage starts at 1:20. 

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Seguin softball drops district opener, hosts tournament this weekend

February 27th, 2014

(Lockhart) – The Seguin High School softball team almost rallied from an eight-run deficit Tuesday night before coming up short to Lockhart 9-8 in the District 27-4A opener for both teams.  

The Matadors trailed 9-1 after four innings, scored five runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to make it a one-run game, but were unable to complete the rally in the seventh.  

The loss dropped Seguin to 0-1 in district play, 4-9 overall.  

The Matadors take pause from the 27-4A schedule to host their annual tournament at Huber Ranch today through Saturday.  Today’s tournament slate includes games against New Braunfels at noon and East Central at 8 p.m.  Friday, Seguin faces Judson at 2 p.m. and Hutto at 8 p.m.  The Mats conclude the tournament Saturday with a 10 a.m. game against El Paso-Burgess and an 8 p.m. contest against Incarnate Word. 

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Navarro softball falls to Shiner

February 27th, 2014

(Shiner) – The Navarro High School softball team suffered a 9-3 road loss to Shiner Tuesday evening in a non-district contest.  

Caylie Cowan drove in two of the Panthers’s three runs, and tossed 10 strikeouts in the pitcher’s circle.  

Navarro, 6-7 on the season, competes in the Seguin Tournament at Huber Ranch today through Saturday. 

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Marion softball comes up short

February 27th, 2014

(Pleasanton) – The Marion High School softball team came up with just one hit in a 2-0 road loss to Pleasanton Tuesday night.  

Jordan Proctor pitched well in defeat, allowing four hits in six innings of work.  Proctor received no run support though, as Ashlyn Haese registered the Bulldogs’ only hit on the night.   

Marion’s record is 7-6.  The Bulldogs compete in the Schulenburg Tournament today, Friday, and Saturday. 

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Tuesday Results

February 26th, 2014

Seguin softball lost to Lockhart 9-8

Navarro softball lost to Shiner 9-3

Marion softball lost to Pleasanton 2-0

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TLU Women's Basketball claims 20th win of season, stretches record streak to 11

February 26th, 2014

(Kerrville) – The Texas Lutheran women’s basketball team posted just the second 20-win season in the program’s history and stretched their school-record win streak to 11 games with a 63-58 road victory Saturday over Schreiner University. 

Already assured the top seed for the upcoming Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship, the Bulldogs stuck to their winning ways in a tough, back-and-forth battle with the Mountaineers. In Schreiner's Edington Center, the Bulldogs and Mountains traded leads five times, and the scored was tied seven times. 

TLU finally pulled away in the final five minutes. Karisa Cantu made back-to-back buckets to put TLU ahead to stay with 4:45 to play, and Dalia Camargo added a pair of jumpers with less than 3:13 remaining to push the Bulldogs' lead to six. 

Cantu would hit two more jump-shots to push the TLU advantage to eight with 1:15 remaining and to eight again with 38 seconds on the clock. 

Camargo scored a career-high 23 points with a career-high 10 field goals made. The senior guard hit 10 of her 14 shot attempts and made 3-of-4 free throws. Camargo's previous career-high was nine points.  She added three rebounds, an assist, and a steal against Schreiner. 

Cantu, TLU's leading scorer, notched 13 of her 15 points in the second half. She was 5-for-5 from the field with one three in the second half. 

Taylor Dydalewicz contributed eight points and three rebounds. 

The Bulldogs shot 42.2 percent from the field and 27.3 percent from the three-point line. 

For the second time this season, Schreiner (14-11, 9-5) out-scored TLU from the three-point line (18-9). TLU has been out-scored from the three-point line only two times in victories this season, and both instances have come against Schreiner. 

TLU's 20-win season is the program's first since Coach Lana Urbanek and the Bulldogs went 22-6 and won the Big State Conference Championship in 1984-85. 

The last 20-win season for the TLU men or women came in the 1995-95 men's basketball season with Coach Jim Shuler at the helm. 

TLU's overall record of 20-5 and its conference mark of 12-2 are school records for TLU's NCAA Division III era. The 20-5 record is the best regular season mark in TLU's DIII history, and the 12-2 record is TLU's top conference mark in its DIII history. The Bulldogs first official women's basketball season in NCAA Division III was the 2002-03 season. 

The school-record 11 consecutive wins is the most by a TLU women's basketball team since the 1984-85 team won eight in a row. 

The Bulldogs take the 11 consecutive wins and the 20-5 record into the SCAC Championship. As the No. 1 seed, TLU opens the women's tournament on Friday with a 2 p.m. quarterfinal game with No. 8 seed Centenary (La.). 

The Ladies are 0-23 overall and went 0-14 in the SCAC. The Bulldogs swept the season series against the Ladies with a 66-55 win Jan. 24 in Shreveport, La., and with a 75-50 Jan. 31 victory in Seguin.

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Griffith drops career-high 18 points in regular-season finale loss to Schreiner

February 26th, 2014

(Kerrville) – Despite a career-high 18 points from Troy Griffith in his final regular season game in a Bulldog uniform, the Texas Lutheran men's basketball team couldn't overcome a 20-point deficit at halftime, falling to Schreiner 80-71 on the road in the season finale Saturday. 

Griffith, a senior, scored those 18 points on 4-of-7 shooting while making nine of his 10 free throws to cap a season-ending stretch that saw him score in double figures in five of the last six games, including three times tying or setting a new career high. 

Eleven of those 18 points came in the second half and helped lead a charge that saw the Bulldogs close a 20-point halftime deficit to as few as nine with under two minutes to go. The Bulldogs wouldn't get any closer though, as Schreiner's hot-shooting first half proved too much to overcome. 

The Mounaineers were 15-of-27 from the field in that first half and went nuts from behind the three-point line, making 8-of-16 from long range. The Bulldogs, on the other hand, were held to 8-of-27 shooting in the first half and made 2-of-7 from three-point range. 

The loss dropped the Bulldogs' record to 9-16 on the year and 3-11 in the SCAC, while Schreiner improved to 14-11 overall and 10-4 in league play. With conference play finished around the league, the Bulldogs are assured of the eighth seed in next weekend's SCAC Championship. They will take on top-seeded Trinity in the first round at Trinity. 

After the cold start to the game, the Bulldogs warmed up in the second half coming off a season-best shooting performance in their last game against Dallas Christian. They shot 15-of-31 from the field in the second half and made four of their six three-point attempts. 

Along with Griffith's 11 second-half points, Joshua Alderman scored nine of his 14 points, including making 2-of-3 from three-point land. 

Garrett Wilkins was the other Bulldog to score in double figures. The junior finished with 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting. 

The Bulldogs outscored the Mountaineers 46-35 in that second half, holding Schreiner to just 1-of-8 shooting from behind the arc and 8-of-24 shooting from the field overall in the final 20 minutes. 

Texas Lutheran jumped out to a 5-0 lead early after a Griffith 3-pointer. Schreiner eventually took a 14-12 lead, then used a 13-4 run to open up a double-digit lead with 7:06 to play in the first half. The lead would balloon to 45-25 as the halftime horn sounded. 

More than seven and a half minutes into the second half, the Bulldogs still trailed by 20, but they would score eight straight points to cut the lead to just 12 with 11:43 left to play. 

Schreiner would push the lead back out to 76-59 with 2:49 left before another 8-0 Bulldog run cut the lead to single digits for the first time since the second half. But with just 1:50 left, there just wasn't enough time left to complete the comeback. 

The SCAC Championship tips on Friday, Feb. 28 at Trinity. The Bulldogs will face the Tigers are 1 p.m. in the tournament's first quarterfinal matchup.

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TLU's Jacobs, Aleman nab SCAC Baseball Player of the Week awards, Bulldogs go 3-2

February 26th, 2014

(Seguin) – Texas Lutheran junior shortstop Zach Jacobs and junior pitcher Aaron Aleman have been named the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Players of the Week for games played between Monday, Feb. 17 and Sunday, Feb. 23. 

The Bulldogs went 3-2 in five home games at Katt-Isbel Field during that span.  TLU fell to Mary Hardin-Baylor 9-4 on Monday, swept a three-game series against Austin College with a 10-4 win on Friday, and victories of 8-2 and 9-2 Saturday, and lost to Pacific (Ore.) 2-1 on Sunday.  

Jacobs collected nine hits in 17 at-bats, hitting .529, and drove in nine runs over the course of those five games.  

Jacobs scored three runs, tripled twice and stole three bases. He also delivered a pair of sacrifice flies. Seven of Jacobs' nine RBI came in the three-game sweep of Austin College. 

His biggest day came on Saturday as he went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored in the first game of a doubleheader against the 'Roos. He followed that up with a 3-for-3 day including three more RBIs to complete the sweep. 

Aleman picked up the win in the opening game of the Austin College series by pitching seven innings and striking out five. 

He allowed one earned run and did not walk a batter. He scattered six hits. Aleman improved to 2-1 on the season. 

The Bulldogs take an 8-4 overall record into this weekend's non-conference series against Schreiner. Friday's game begins at 2 p.m., and Saturday's doubleheader starts at 1 p.m. All games will be played in Kerrville, Texas on the Schreiner campus. 

TLU and Schreiner are members of the SCAC, but the two teams will play their official conference series later in the season. The Bulldogs host Schreiner for the SCAC series on April 17-18 in Seguin.

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Yenne garners SCAC Softball Pitcher of the Week honors

February 26th, 2014

(Lawrenceville) – The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference announced Monday that Texas Lutheran pitcher Samantha Yenne earned the conference's Pitcher of the Week for games played Feb. 17-23.  The Bulldogs split a doubleheader with Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton last Tuesday, dropping the first game 5-1 and winning the second 7-1.  

Yenne, a freshman from Lake Jackson, Texas, garnered TLU Softball's first Player of the Week award of the season after earning her first collegiate win in the second game of that doubleheader. 

Yenne got the starting nod in the circle for the second game of the doubleheader and spun a gem, throwing five innings while allowing just one run on two hits. She also struck out a pair and walked two. 

The lone run against Yenne was scored in the second inning. After that, Yenne was lights out, allowing just one hit in her last three innings of work.  

Erin Begle, of the University of Dallas, was selected as the SCAC's Offensive Player of the Week after going 10-for-15 with five doubles and 10 RBI over the week. 

Texas Lutheran is finishing off an extended break that spans more than a week and will be back in action Saturday, March 1 with a 1 p.m. road doubleheader against Houston-Victoria.

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Tuesday Schedule

February 25th, 2014

Seguin softball @ Lockhart (Dist.27-4A opener), 7 p.m.

Navarro softball @ Shiner, 6 p.m.

Marion baseball @ Pearsall, 7 p.m.

Marion softball @ Pleasanton, 7:15 p.m.

Seguin boys' soccer @ Dripping Springs, 7:30 p.m.

Seguin girls' soccer vs. Dripping Springs, 7:30 p.m.

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Matadors take second at SAISD baseball tournament

February 25th, 2014

(San Antonio) - The Seguin High School baseball team opened the 2014 season with a strong showing at the SAISD baseball tournament in San Antonio, taking second place in the event after falling to San Antonio-Southwest 6-3 in Saturday's championship game.  The Matadors advanced to the title game with a 5-4 win over San Antonio-East Central on Bubba Miculka's walk-off RBI single earlier in the day.  

Seguin opened the tournament Thursday with a 10-1 win over Brackenridge, and followed with a 12-2 shellacking of San Antonio-Lee on Friday.  

In the win over Brackenridge, Willie Tijerina went 3-4 with two runs scored and one RBI, while Miculka went 2-4 and drove in two.  Walker Franz finished 2-3 with an RBI, and Mack Aubrey drove in a run and scored once.  Collin Govett, Matt Klingemann, and Trever Kilcrease each collected one hit and one run scored.  Miculka earned the win on the mound, allowing one run on four hits with four strikeouts in three innings. 

Friday against Lee, Miculka and Travis York each drove in two, and Miculka scored twice.  Kligemann, Andrew Kuehne, and Justin Montoya each recorded one RBI.  Chris Campos went 1-3 with three runs scored, and Tijerina had one hit and crossed the plate twice. Adrian Garza worked three innings and struck out three for the win, and Aubrey fanned five batters in three relief innings.  

Saturday's semifinal win over East Central, Seguin rallied from a 2-0 deficit to take the lead with three runs in the bottom of the third inning.  The Hornets reclaimed the lead with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth, but the Matadors tied it in the bottom of the sixth and finished the comeback win with Miculka's walk-off single.  Campos went 2-3 with two RBIs, while Govett and Tijerina each drove in one.  Govett scored twice, and Franz went 2-3 with a run scored.  Kilcrease also went 2-3.  On the mound, Kuehne started and worked four innings, allowing four runs (two earned) with five strikeouts and just one walk.  Montoya pitched two scoreless, hitless relief frames and struck out two to pick up the win. 

The Matadors seemed primed to claim the tournament championship Saturday evening after building a 3-1 lead over Southwest in the first inning and maintaining that cushion through the fourth.  It wasn't mean to be, as the Dragons erupted for five runs in the top of the fifth to build a 6-3 lead they wouldn't relinquish.  Three of the runs were unearned with help from two costly Seguin errors.  Miculka and Franz each drove in a run against Southwest.  Campos went 2-4 with a double and a run scored.  

Seguin is 3-1 to start the season.  The Matadors compete in the Comal ISD Tournament this week, with Thursday games against Austin-St. Michaels at 10 a.m. and Burbank at 7 p.m.

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Seguin softball goes 3-3 at NEISD Tournament

February 25th, 2014

(San Antonio) - The Seguin High School softball team won three times in six games last week at the Northeast ISD Tournament in San Antonio. 

The Matadors split two games on the opening day of the event, falling to San Antonio-Madison 3-2 and defeating San Antonio-Wagner 12-0. 

Friday, Seguin won its second and third straight games at the tournament with a 1-0 shutout of Brackenridge and an 11-4 win over Clemens. 

The Mats closed the tournament Saturday with a pair of losses, falling to San Antonio-Johnson 9-7 and Antonian 10-2.  

Kylie Osborne was the winning pitcher in each of Seguin's three tournament victories.  The Matadors' record is 4-8.  Seguin opens the District 27-4A schedule tonigth with a road game against Lockhart at 7 p.m. 

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Navarro baseball fares well in home tournament

February 25th, 2014

(Geronimo) - The Navarro High School baseball team hosted its annual tournament in Geronimo last week, notching three victories in four games over the course of the three-day event.  

The Panthers opened tournament play with a 10-9 win over Lytle.  Navarro trailed 9-8 after four innings, but scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead for good.  Trevor Ripke and Ty Wright each connected for two hits against the Pirates, while Alan Jonas and Sean Walter each drove in a run.  On the mound, Lucas Lake struck out four in 3-1/3 innings.  

Navarro capitalized on a flurry of Eastside errors to win Friday's first game 14-0.  Brett Stanzione, Ty Durham, and Joseph Herrera each drove in a pair of runs, and Herrera notched two hits in the contest.  Wright struck out five in four innings to record the win.  

The Panthers' second game on Friday was a 12-4 win over the Seguin JV.  Navarro led 5-0 after four innings, but the Matador JV plated four runs in the top of the fifth to make it a one-run affair.  The Panthers broke loose for seven runs in the bottom of the frame to pull away for the eight-run victory.  Durham collected two hits and three RBIs, Hunter Stephens delivered a pair of hits, and Walter drove in two runs.  Ripke struck out eight in four innings on the mound. 

Navarro capped the tournament Saturday with a 13-5 loss to Somerset.  Stephens drove in a run for the Panthers.  

Navarro's season record is 3-2.  The Panthers compete in the Devine Tournament this Friday and Saturday.

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Navarro softball falls in Cuero's Silver Bracket finals

February 25th, 2014

(Cuero) - The Navarro High School softball team suffered a 6-1 loss to El Campo Saturday evening in the Silver Bracket championship game of the Cuero Tournament to cap a 2-4 showing in the Gobblers' annual event.  

The Panthers fell to Boling 4-0 and Port Lavaca-Calhoun 4-2 during pool play on Thursday.  

Navarro suffered its third straigth loss on Friday, falling 4-2 to El Campo and dropping into the Silver Bracket.  

The Panthers turned things around in Friday's second game, downing Victoria-West 9-1 to advance to the Silver semifinals.  Navarro pounded out 15 hits in that contest, and Kristen Pollok led the offensive onslaught with four hits and four RBIs.  Brittany Pollok added three hits, and Rachel Pearson connected for two.  Emily Perez drove in two runs, and Cayli Cowan had one RBI.  Cowan struck out 10 in six innings to earn the win in the pitcher's circle.  

In Saturday's Silver semifinal round, Cowan struck out 14 in five innings and tossed a one-hitter to help Navarro beat Palacios 11-0.  Alyssa Arguello drove in three runs, Brooke Flanagan totaled two RBIs, and Kristen Pollok drove in one.  Arguello, Flanagan, and Brittany Pollok each delivered three hits.  

Brittany Pollok connected for two more hits in the Silver Bracket finals loss to El Campo, and Cowan struck out five batters in defeat.  

Navarro's season record is 6-6.  The Panthers visit Shiner tonight at 6 p.m. 

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Marion baseball sweeps home doubleheader

February 25th, 2014

(Marion) - The Marion High School baseball team earned a pair of victories on its home field Saturday, defeating Stockdale 3-1 in the morning contest before blanking Refugio 10-0 in the afternoon game.  

Jake Soto struck out seven in six innings to earn the win on the mound gainst Stockdale.  Soto and Jourden Stanley each drove in a run, while Raphael DeHoyos and Hunter Rust each collected two hits.  

Kyler Moreno picked up the win against Refugio, tossing four scoreless innings and striking out five.  Soto had two hits and two RBIs, while Stanley belted three hits and drove in one.  Moreno also drove in a run.  

Marion is 3-0 to start the season.  The Bulldogs visit Pearsall tonight at 7 p.m. 

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Marion softball rallies for two wins Saturday to complete 4-2 weekend at Cuero tourney

February 25th, 2014

(Cuero) - After splitting its first four games at the Cuero Tournament over the weekend, the Marion High School softball team closed the event with a pair of tightly contested victories on Saturday, edging Flatonia 6-5 and East Bernard 7-6.  

Jordan Proctor earned both wins in the pitcher's circle, and Katy O'Bryan drove in a run against Flatonia.  Marion won despite coming up with just one hit, which was recorded by Cassie Mergele.  In the win over East Bernard, the Bulldogs again capitalized on their opponents' errors, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to rally from a 6-0 deficit despite totaling just two hits in the contest.  Proctor and Chelsea Krueger supplied those hits, while Krueger, Mergele, and O'Bryan each had one RBI.  

Marion opened the tournament Thursday with a pair of victories - 9-4 over Palacios and 6-5 over Beeville-Jones.  The Palacios game saw O'Bryan drive in four runs, while Mergele and Ashlin Garza each had three hits.  Proctor worked four innings for the win.  In the victory over Beeville-Jones, Garza drove in two, and Mergele had one RBI.  Proctor earned the win with five innings in the circle.  

The Bulldogs suffered two straight losses on Friday, falling to Cuero 13-4 and Shiner 13-3 before rallying for Saturday's wins.  

Marion's season record is 7-5.  The Bulldogs visit Pleasanton tonight. 

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Seguin soccer teams drop district matches to Clemens

February 25th, 2014

(Seguin) - Both Seguin High School soccer teams suffered losses to their counterparts from Clemens Friday night in District 53-4A play, with the boys falling to the Buffaloes 3-2 at Matador Stadium, and the girls coming up short by a 6-0 final in Schertz.  

Alonza Aldama and Brandon Salamanca scored the Seguin goals in the boys' match.  

The Seguin boys are 2-1 in district play, while the girls drop to 0-3.  Both teams are back on the field tonight with district games against Dripping Springs at 7:30 p.m.  The boys play in Dripping Springs, and the girls square off at Matador Stadium. 

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State tournament bound! Panthers run away from Greyhounds in overtime for regional title

February 24th, 2014

(Corpus Christi) – The Navarro High School girls’ basketball team punched its ticket to the UIL state basketball tournament Saturday with a 55-44 overtime win over Boerne in the Class-3A Region 4 championship game at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi. Navarro trailed by two in the closing seconds, but senior point guard Andrea Besa scored the tying layup at the end of a coast-to-coast drive with less than 10 seconds left to force overtime, and the Panthers outscored the Greyhounds 11-0 in the extra frame to lock up the regional title. 

"I was thinking that there’s 17 seconds left, and we can still do this," Besa thought when Boerne’s Mica Schneider missed the front end of a one-and-one with 17.5 second remaining. "There’s still hope, and I just went for it, and I didn’t give a second thought about it. Whether I made it or not, I was taking it, and having that chance, so I took it." 

Navarro trailed by as many as nine in the first half, but pulled back to within two, 23-21, by halftime. The Panthers led 32-30 going into the fourth quarter and went up by as many as four before a late Boerne surge put the season in jeopardy for coach Darrell Harborth’s squad. Once Boerne’s final shot at the end of regulation clanged off the rim, Besa had little doubt she and her teammates would take control during the final four-minute frame. 

"We’re definitely a second half team, and once we were in overtime, I was like ‘we got this’. We knew what we were doing wrong, and we corrected it. We were like, just calm down and let it come to us. Oh my God, if feels amazing. I just want to keep crying." 

Shannon Thompson scored a game-high 21 points – 13 in the second half and overtime – to lead Navarro. She went 9-12 from the free throw line and made her final four attempts in overtime. Summer Sahd added 15 points, Besa finished with eight, and Allison Hensley chipped in with six. Morgan Law scored four points, including a critical low post bucket as Navarro forged out ahead in overtime, and Sierra Leal hit a free throw. 

Harborth says his team followed its playoff pattern of taking the game over in the second half after a slow start. 

"I’m extremely proud of this group and how they played. It was looking pretty grim there late, and I don’t think we were playing our best or being aggressive like we normally are, and Andrea was aggressive and got that layup for us, and then in the overtime, we just were very aggressive, and I told them it’s there for us – you’ve just got to want it. They did, and I can’t say enough about them. This is pretty cool. They’ve definitely showed that they wanted it really bad, and it’s shown up in some big wins." 

The regional final was the rubber match between the two teams in District 27-3A during the regular season. Navarro and Boerne split the two district meetings with each winning on its home court, but the Panthers survived the one that counted most, with a state tournament berth hanging in the balance. 

Navarro advanced to the regional title game with a 38-35 semifinal victory over Corpus-Christi West Oso on Friday. The Panthers overcame a six-point halftime deficit to notch their second of three playoff victories over opponents ranked ahead of them in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches state poll. Thompson carried the load offensively against the Bears, pouring in 18 points and corralling nine rebounds. Besa added nine points, five assists, and six steals, while Law recorded six points, nine rebounds, and two blocks. 

Navarro’s record is 33-7. The Panthers play in the 3A state semifinals against Argyle on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the UIL State Tournament on Thursday at the Erwin Center on the U.T. campus in Austin. The contest will air live on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com, with pre-game coverage at 1:20.

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Hallettsville’s size too much for Marion girls in regional semis

February 24th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Marion High School girls’ basketball team was unable to match up with a much taller Hallettsville lineup in the Class-2A Region 4 semifinals Friday night, and the Bulldogs’ season came to a close in a 57-31 loss to the Brahmas at Goldie Harris Gym in Seguin.  

Marion struggled to find quality shots for the duration of the evening against a collection of long, quick, and fundamentally sound Hallettsville players.  The Bulldogs trailed 13-7 at the end of the first quarter, 29-15 by halftime, and 47-23 heading into the fourth quarter.  

The officiating crew adhered to a “let them play” philosophy, and the physical contest that ensued left Marion with little chance to counter the much taller Brahmas on either end of the court. 

“Their size definitely hurt us,” Marion head coach Kollyn McWhinney said, “and it’s frustrating when two minutes into the game, the official tells me they’re too tall to go over the back and they’re too tall to foul.  So they told me in the game they weren’t going to call any fouls when they blocked our shots or went over our back, and you can’t really do anything once they already had it in their mind that they could do no wrong.  Our kids played hard, they worked and worked and worked, and they got knocked around, and they just kept fighting, and I’m real proud of them for that.”  

Cami Davis and Amy Stoermer led Marion in scoring with 10 points apiece.  After pouring in 41 points in the regional quarterfinal win over Bloomington on Tuesday, Davis had a tough time finding room to operate against Hallettsville point guard Danishia Silgero, who had the luxury of aggressively pressuring the Marion junior out on the perimeter with two 6’0” teammates waiting to turn back drives in the lane.  

Hayley Davison added seven points, while Natalie Deml and Meagan Littlefield put in two apiece.  

Heather Henneke scored a game-high 19 to lead Hallettsville.  Emma Wick and Imari Grant scored 12 and 11 points, respectively.  

Marion has been eliminated in the 2A regional semifinals in each of the past four seasons.  McWhinney commended her 2014 team for overcoming early season injuries to Davis and Davison to make an impressive playoff run.  

“We feel like we kind of got a late start this year, and we were behind everybody, but I felt like as we went into the playoffs, we were playing our best basketball.  We were playing really well, but Hallettsville is a very good team, and they definitely made it tough on us tonight, for sure offensively.”  

The Bulldogs have their sights on another shot at a regional title game appearance in 2015.  Leighanna Bridwell is the only senior on this year’s roster, with everybody else returning.  

Marion’s final 2014 season record is 21-14. 

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Cold shooting, turnovers cost Marion boys in playoff loss to Santa Rosa

February 24th, 2014

(Portland) – The Marion High School boys’ basketball team only hit 34 percent of its shots and committed 30 turnovers in a season ending 72-59 loss to Santa Rosa in the Class-2A area playoffs at Gregory-Portland High School on Friday.  

Marion connected on just 20-58 field goal attempts, went 2-18 from three-point range, and only made 17-35 (48.5 percent) of its free throws.  

The Bulldogs fell into a 24-13 hole by the end of the first quarter and couldn’t recover.  Santa Rosa had the margin to 41-26 by halftime and 57-40 going into the fourth period.  Marion did some positive things on the defensive end, limiting the Warriors to 37 percent shooting and forcing 28 turnovers.  

Joe Eicher led the Bulldogs with 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Tim Donnelly also reached double figures with 10 points.  Tanner Bridges contributed eight points and six assists, Nicholas Hauptman and Michael Rayos each totaled seven points, and Casey Blakely netted four points while collecting a team-high six steals.  Camden Wilson had four points and six rebounds, James Norwood three points, and Tom Donnelly two.  Santa Rosa’s Adrian Canales led all scorers with 24 points. 

After tying for the District 29-2A championship and advancing two rounds in the playoffs, Marion’s final season record is 20-9.  

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Falcons’ season ends in playoff loss to Faith Christian Academy

February 24th, 2014

Daniel Fiedler scored 17 points for the Lifegate Christian School varsity basketball team Thursday night, but the Falcons’ season still came to a close in a 61-44 loss to Faith Christian Academy in the TAPPS 1A playoffs.  Jacob Reneau added 11 points and six rebounds, Dustin Delany put in six points, and Austin Rabon totaled five points and three steals.  Michael McKinney contributed six rebounds and two blocks, while Steele Sullivan collected four rebounds, two assists, and one steal. 

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Saturday/ Sunday Results

February 24th, 2014

Navarro girls' basketball def. Boerne 55-44 (OT), 3A Region 4 championship game @ Corpus Christi's American Bank Center

TLU women's basketball def. Schreiner 63-58

TLU mens' basketball lost to Schreiner 80-71

TLU baseball lost to Pacific 2-1 (Sunday), def. Austin College 8-2, 9-2 (Saturday)

Seguin baseball @ SAISD Tournament: def. East Central 5-4, lost to Southwest 6-3

Seguin softball @ NEISD Tournament: lost to Johnson 9-7, lost to Antonian 10-2

Navarro baseball lost to Somerset 13-5 (Navarro tournament)

Navarro softball @ Cuero Tournament: def. Palacios 11-0, lost to El Campo 6-1

Marion softball @ Cuero Tournament: def. Flatonia 6-5, def. East Bernard 7-6

Marion baseball def. Stockdale 3-1, def. Refugio 10-0.

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Friday Results

February 22nd, 2014

Navarro girls' basketball def. West Oso 38-35, 3A Region 4 semifinals @ Corpus Christi American Bank Center

Marion girls' basketball lost to Hallettsville 57-31, 2A Region 4 semifinals @ Seguin's Goldie Harris Gym

Marion boys' basketball lost to Santa Rosa 72-59, 2A area playoffs @ Gregory-Portland

Seguin baseball def. S.A.-Lee 12-2 @ SAISD Tournament

Seguin softball def. Brackenridge 1-0, def. Clemens 11-4 @ NEISD Tournament

Navarro baseball def. Eastside 14-0, def. Seguin JV 12-4 @ Navarro Tournament

Marion softball lost to Cuero 13-4, lost to Shiner 13-3 @ Cuero Tournament

TLU baseball def. Austin College 10-4

Seguin boys' soccer lost to Clemens 3-2

Seguin girls' soccer lost to Clemens 6-0

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Bulldogs and Panthers both chase regional basketball titles this weekend, Marion girls’ game to air on KWED

February 21st, 2014

(Seguin) – Two area high school girls’ basketball teams continue to chase their UIL state tournament dreams this weekend when they compete in their respective Region 4 tournaments.  

The Marion girls’ program makes its fourth consecutive appearance in the Class-2A Region 4 tournament tonight when the Bulldogs face Hallettsville in the regional semifinals at Goldie Harris Gym in Seguin.  The Navarro girls open their first regional tournament berth as a Class-3A program with a semifinal contest against Corpus Christi-West Oso at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi at 8 p.m.    

Coach Kollyn McWhinney’s Marion squads haven’t advanced to the regional championship game in any of the previous three seasons, falling in the semifinals to Cameron-Yoe 56-47 in 2011, Thorndale 37-36 on a last-second shot in 2012, and Schulenburg 60-41 a year ago.  

Marion’s 2014 group is 21-13 coming into the regional tournament after beating Vanderbilt-Industrial 55-30 in the bi-district playoffs, Skidmore-Tynan 56-28 in the area round, and Bloomington 57-47 in the regional quarterfinals.  Most of the nucleus of sophomores and freshmen that led the Bulldogs’ upstart playoff run a year ago is back as a more experienced, savvy bunch in 2014.  That list includes All-State point-guard Cami Davis, fresh off a 41-point explosion against Bloomington, and five other players who earned All-District recognition last season in Alyssa Ward, Amy Stoermer, Reagan Langemeier, Hayley Davison, and Christin Haecker.  

If the Bulldogs hope to play for a regional championship on Saturday, they’ll have to beat a Hallettsville team ranked 10th in the state by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.  The Brahmas, 32-3 this season under head coach Amy Powell, advanced to the regional tournament by defeating Ingram-Moore 85-28 in the bi-district round, East Chambers 72-36 in the area playoffs, and Nixon-Smiley 71-52 in the regional quarterfinals on Monday.  

Hallettsville won the District 28-2A championship during the regular season with an undefeated run through district play, and that includes two victories over perennial power and defending regional champion Poth.  

Poth, 18-11 and ranked 23rd in the state by the TABC, is back in the regional tournament this season as well.  The Pirettes face San Antonio-Cole (37-1), ranked third after a 14-0 run to the District 29-2A championship, including two wins over Marion during the regular season, in tonight’s second semifinal at 8 p.m.  

Saturday’s championship game between tonight’s winners is slated for a noon tip at Goldie Harris Gym.  All Marion games in the regional tournament will air live on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com.  Tonight’s pre-game coverage starts at 5:50 p.m.  

Navarro, under head coach Darrell Harborth, last qualified for a regional tournament as a Class-2A program in 2007.  The Panthers fell to Poth in the regional championship game that season after defeating Weimar in the semifinals.  Harborth’s 2014 squad is 31-7 after finishing second in District 27-3A and advancing through the playoffs with wins over Somerset (68-37), Yoakum (46-44), and El Campo (72-50). 

Given Navarro’s recent win over seventh-ranked Yoakum and regular season victory over sixth ranked La Vernia, the Panthers have no reason to be intimidated by West Oso’s (32-4) No.8 ranking in the TABC state poll.  The Bears earned a regional tournament berth by winning the District 30-3A championship, defeating Crystal City 54-42 in the bi-district playoffs, Lyford 59-21 in the area round, and fifth-ranked Hondo 63-51 in the regional quarterfinals.  

The other 3A Region 4 semifinal pits Boerne, which won Navarro’s district during the regular season, against Devine.  If Navarro advances to Saturday’s noon championship game in Corpus Christi and Marion does not advance to the 2A regional title game, Navarro’s Saturday contest will air on KWED and Seguintoday.com. 

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TLU Baseball can't overcome early deficit in home loss to Mary Hardin-Baylor

February 21st, 2014

(Seguin) – The Texas Lutheran baseball program gave up eight walks on the day and couldn't battle back from a 7-1 deficit, losing 9-4 at home to Mary Hardin-Baylor on Tuesday afternoon at Katt-Isbel Field. 

Mary Hardin-Baylor scored two runs in the top of the sixth to stretch its lead to six, the largest of the game. At that point the Bulldog offense sprang to life, clawing its way back into the game and eventually cutting the deficit to 7-4 in the seventh. 

The loss dropped Texas Lutheran's record to 5-3 in the early season. Tuesday was Mary Hardin-Baylor's season opener as it improved its mark to 1-0. 

The big moment came in the Bulldog half of the sixth inning. Having already plated a couple of runs to get within 7-3, the Bulldogs, with the help of a couple errors by the Crusaders, loaded the bases with just one out. They couldn't put up the crooked number they needed though, as Matt King flied out to short left field before Zach Jacobs ended the inning with a ground ball to third base. 

The Bulldogs would score another run in the seventh after a Klaus Bohrmann single down the right field line scored Alex Gutierrez. 

They would never get closer than that though, as Mary Hardin-Baylor scored a pair of runs in the top of the ninth to stretch the lead back out to five. 

Pitching, more specifically walks, were the difference in the ball game. The Bulldogs actually outhit the Crusaders 11-9, but TLU pitchers walked eight while also hitting one batter, compared to two walks and two hit batters given up by UMHB. 

Christian DeBlanc got his first start of the season on the mound for the Bulldogs and took the loss, giving up three earned runs on three hits and four walks during his two innings of work. 

He ran into trouble in the first inning after retiring the first two batters he saw. He walked Zach Whiddon with two outs before Whiddon advanced to second on a wild pitch. He would score Rob Loewe single through the left side. DeBlanc would walk the next two batters to load the bases before hitting Tripp Reeves to force the second run home. 

After getting through the second inning giving up just one hit, DeBlanc allowed the first two batters he saw in the third to reach base. At that point, he was relieved by Will McKinney, who walked a batter to load the bases but limited the damage, allowing just one runner to score on a sacrifice fly. 

The Bulldogs would get on the board for the first time in the third inning on the strength of a Tony Gennusa sacrifice fly. 

The Crusaders would score once in the fourth, once in the fifth and twice in the sixth to build that 7-1 advantage. The Bulldogs got those two sixth-inning runs by way of Keaton Bohrmann scoring on a throwing error after a Derek Kanas single. The second run would come across off an RBI single from Tyler Carollo. 

Six pitchers made appearances for the Bulldogs on Tuesday. Five of those six allowed at least one earned run. The only pitcher to walk away with an unblemished mark was Cody Moore, who threw one inning and retired the side in order. 

Ian Ekery earned the win for the Crusaders, going three innings and allowing one unearned run on two hits. 

Texas Lutheran will continue its home stand this weekend with a three-game non-conference series against SCAC-rival Austin College. The Bulldogs and 'Roos will play a single game at 2 p.m. today before finishing up with a noon doubleheader on Saturday. Live video and live stats will be available via TLUBulldogs.com. 

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TLU Softball grabs another doubleheader split on the road

February 21st, 2014

(Belton) – The Texas Lutheran softball team split a road doubleheader Tuesday against Mary Hardin-Baylor, dropping the first game 5-1 before rallying to take game two 7-1. 

It was the second straight split of a road doubleheader for the Bulldogs as they moved their record to 2-2 on the year. Mary Hardin-Baylor moved its record to 1-4 overall. 

The Bulldogs roared back in a big way in the second game after the offense was held in check in the game one. The big blow came in the fourth inning with the Bulldogs putting a five-spot on the board to open up a 7-1 lead they would hold through the rest of the game. 

The inning started with the Bulldogs loading the bases behind two walks and a bunt single from Ashley Jacobsen. The first two runs of the inning came off a Crusader error.Taylor Yancey delivered the next big blow, coming up with a two-run single to put the Bulldogs up 6-1. 

The Bulldogs would load the bases again with one out in the fourth after the Yancey single. The final run of the inning came off a Nicole Snow pinch-hit RBI single. 

Samantha Yenne earned the decision in the second game, making her first career start and going five innings while allowing just one run on two hits and two walks. The freshman struck out two on the day. 

Texas Lutheran staked Yenne out to an early 1-0 lead in the second inning after a Molly Gorrie walk with the bases loaded forced in a run. After UMHB evened the score in its half of the second, the Bulldogs would retake the lead for good in the third behind an RBI double from Maegan Taylor. 

The Bulldogs' pitching was outstanding all game, limiting the Crusaders to just three hits on the day and walking just two batters. 

The first game ended up in Mary Hardin-Baylor's favor 5-1, despite the Bulldogs matching the Crusaders with nine hits apiece. The difference came in the eight runners TLU left on base compared to three for UMHB. 

In that one, the Bulldogs actually got out to an early 1-0 lead in the third inning after Grace Estes singled home Jaime Ohm with two outs. 

The Crusaders would score the game's final five runs, scoring one in the fourth, three times in the fifth and once more in the sixth. 

Kimberly Leschber (1-1) took the loss in the circle for the Bulldogs, getting the start and allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits. Elyse Hlavinka finished off the game, putting in one inning of work and giving up one run on two hits.

 Jacobsen enjoyed a strong day from the plate in that first game, going 3-for-4 with a run score and a stolen base. 

Texas Lutheran will have some time off before its next games. The Bulldogs are back in action with another road doubleheader at 1 p.m. March 1 at Houston-Victoria.

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Season-best shooting performance powers TLU men past Dallas Christian

February 21st, 2014

(Seguin) – The Texas Lutheran men's basketball team shot a season-high 63.5 percent and ended its seven-game home losing streak, defeating Dallas Christian 87-69 in the Bulldogs' home finale on Tuesday night. 

The win improved the Bulldogs' record to 9-15 overall (3-10 SCAC) and helped end the home portion of their schedule on a high note. The loss dropped Dallas Christian to 10-18 on the year. 

The Bulldogs were absolutely on fire all game on its way to a season-best performance. The second half was a perfect way to close out the home schedule as they shot a scorching 71 percent, missing just seven shots in the entire half (17-of-24). 

Whenever a team shoots as well as the Bulldogs did from the field, most players will come away with gaudy shooting percentages as well, but Joshua Alderman stood out from the pack in a career night. Alderman finished with 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting and 2-of-4 shooting from three-point land. Those 20 points doubled his previous career high. The junior also added a career-high six assists, leading the team in that category. 

Right alongside Alderman's big night, Garrett Wilkins continued his recent scoring surge by tying Alderman for the team lead with 20 points. Tuesday marked the fourth straight double-digit scoring effort and second 20-plus point performance in the last three. The junior finished 6-of-10 from the floor and found himself at the free throw line plenty, making 7-of-10 from the charity stripe. 

Troy Griffith was the other Bulldog to finish in double digits, scoring 13 points while pulling down five rebounds and dishing out five rebounds. 

While the offense was flowing in abundance, the Bulldog defense wasn't too shabby either, holding the Crusaders to 34 percent shooting on the game. The three-point defense was outstanding as Dallas Christian was held to just 4-of-22 from behind the arc. 

The only reason the score wasn't even more lopsided was the Crusader's dominance on the glass. While the Bulldogs outrebounded the Crusaders 40-38 overall, Dallas Christian tallied 20 offensive rebounds and 25 second-chance points compared to six offensive boards and 15 second-chance points for the Bulldogs. 

The Bulldogs continually pushed the pace against the Crusaders, piling up 16 fast-break points compared to six for Dallas Christian. In the first half, the Bulldogs raced out to 14 fast-break points as they build a lead as large as 17. 

Texas Lutheran will wrap up the regular season on Saturday afternoon with a 2 p.m. road contest against Schreiner.

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Thursday Results

February 21st, 2014

Lifegate boys' basketball lost to Faith Christian Academy 61-44, TAPPS 1A playoffs

Seguin baseball def. Brackenridge 10-1 @ SAISD Tournament

Seguin softball lost to Madison 3-2, def. Wagner 12-0 @ NEISD Tournament

Navarro baseball def. Lytle 10-9 @ Navarro Tournament

Marion softball def. Palacios 9-4, def. Beeville-Jones 6-5 @ Cuero Tournament

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Friday Schedule

February 21st, 2014

Marion girls' basketball vs. Hallettsville, 2A Region 4 semifinals @ Goldie Harris Gym, 6 p.m. on 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com.

Navarro girls' basketball vs. C.C.-West Oso, 3A Region 4 semifinals @ Corpus Christi's American Bank Center, 8 p.m.

Marion boys' basketball vs. Santa Rosa, 2A area playoffs @ Gregory-Portland, 7 p.m.

Seguin baseball @ SAISD Tournament

Seguin softball @ NEISD Tournament

Navarro baseball tournament in Geronimo

Navarro softball @ Cuero Tournament

Marion softball @ Cuero Tournament

TLU baseball vs. Austin College, 2 p.m.

Seguin boys' soccer vs. Clemens, 7:30 p.m.

Seguin girls' soccer @ Clemens, 7:30 p.m.

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Davis pours in 41, Marion girls earn fourth straight regional tournament trip

February 20th, 2014

(Moulton) – Cami Davis took it upon herself to ensure that the Marion High School girls’ basketball program would not be denied a fourth straight trip to the Class-2A Region 4 tournament Tuesday night.  Davis scored 41 points to help the Bulldogs hold off a scrappy Bloomington team 57-47 in the regional quarterfinals at Moulton High School.  

After producing 18 points in the first half, the junior point guard ramped it up a notch with 23 after halftime, and the Bulldogs needed every one of her eight field goals (two threes) and five free throws in that span to outlast a Bloomington squad that just wouldn’t go away.  The Ladycats cut a 16-point Marion lead to four in the third quarter, and a 12-point Bulldog cushion to two in the fourth period, but every time Bloomington made a run, Davis answered with a scoring flurry.  

“They put together big runs and big quarters, and every time they got close, Cami made a huge play, and she really took over in the fourth quarter when we needed it,” Marion head coach Kollyn McWhinney said.  “And they were huge plays, not just hitting an outside shot or a layup.  They were ‘give me the ball and I’m going to go score’, and she did.”  

Marion led 14-7 at the end of the first quarter, 27-11 at one point in the second quarter, 29-16 at halftime, and 39-29 going into the fourth period.  

Leighanna Bridwell and Alyssa Ward scored four points apiece, Hayley Davison put in three, Amy Stoermer had two, and Reagan Langemeier hit a free throw. 

The Marion girls’ program has qualified for the regional tournament every season since moving down to Class-2A during the 2010 UIL realignment, but the Bulldogs have yet to win a semifinal game and advance to the regional final in that span.  McWhinney says her 2014 squad has overcome adversity to keep the regional tournament streak intact, and has it sights on even bigger goals. 

“I think at this point it’s become an expectation from within our locker-room that getting to the regional tournament is just that first step.  We had a rough season with injuries and what not between Cami and Hayley (Davison) missing 12 and 13 games each, and not winning the district championship got them down a little bit, but we talked about how that’s really not our goal, because winning district doesn’t really mean anything if you don’t do something once you get into the playoffs, and our goals are beyond that.”  

Seguin High School is hosting the 2A Region 4 Tournament at Goldie Harris Gym, and Marion (21-13) meets Hallettsville in the first semifinal at 6 p.m. Friday night.  Poth and San Antonio-Cole follow in the 8 p.m. game.  The Marion – Hallettsville contest will air live on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com, with pre-game coverage at 5:50. 

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Navarro girls rout El Campo, earn first 3A regional tourney berth

February 20th, 2014

(Schulenburg) – The Navarro High School girls’ basketball team advanced through the regional quarterfinal round of the UIL playoffs for the first time in four seasons as a Class-3A program with a 72-50 rout of El Campo Tuesday night in Schulenburg.  

Navarro (31-7) hadn’t qualified for a regional tournament since 2007, when the Panthers still competed at the Class-2A level.  Coach Darrel Harborth’s squad opens the 3A Region 4 tournament Friday at 8 p.m. with a semifinal contest against Corpus Christi-West Oso at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi.  

Navarro guard Summer Sahd led all scorers with 24 points, while Andrea Besa contributed 15 and Shannon Thompson put in 12.  Allison Hensley and Morgan Law added eight points apiece, and Sierra Leal had five.  

The Panthers led 38-26 at halftime, and outscored El Campo 34-24 in the second half to pull away for the 22-point win. 

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Marion boys hold off Industrial 48-42 in playoff opener

February 20th, 2014

(Moulton) – The Marion High School boys’ basketball team survived a fourth quarter rally by Vanderbilt-Industrial Tuesday night to advance through the Class-2A bi-district playoffs with a 48-42 win over the Cobras at Moulton High School’s gymnasium.  

After the teams scratched and clawed to a 22-22 halftime tie, Marion forged an 11-point lead in the third quarter and still held a seven-point cushion, 35-28, heading into the fourth period.  The Cobras narrowed the deficit to two on three occasions in the final period.  Manny Munoz missed a potential go-ahead three with 2:42 to play, and Michael Rayos hit a driving runner 21 seconds later to put Marion in front 44-40.  Industrial sliced the deficit to two again, but three free throws by Rayos and one by Tanner Bridges allowed the Bulldogs to survive the game’s final hectic moments.  

Marion head coach Jon Allen says Industrial matched up well with his team, and was relieved to see the Bulldogs advance despite laboring through a sub-par offensive performance. 

“They’re a good team, and I knew that.  We’re mirror images of each other, and the coaches said that at halftime – we look like the same team.  I knew that coming in, and I thought we had an advantage in a few spots, but I thought we played tight.  I thought our defense played real well, and the last two games we’ve been playing great defense, and our offense is kind of holding back a little bit, or scared, or something.  We just talked about that in the locker-room.  We’re going to definitely work on letting loose on our offense a little bit.” 

Marion’s defense against Industrial’s best player improved considerably after halftime.  Sophomore forward Brandon Alexander scored the Cobras’ first 14 points and 16 of their 22 in the first half, but the Bulldogs held him to just three more points over the game’s final two periods.  

“It was his second game back – he’d been hurt for about four or five games – and he’s a good player, but I didn’t get to see him play, so I didn’t know how good he was, and that probably played a factor in the first half, but we did a good job in the second half on him,” Allen said.  

Bridges led Marion in scoring with 13 points, and also posted team highs with three assists and five steals.  Rayos reached double figures with 10 points, while Joe Eicher barely missed a double-double with nine points and 13 rebounds.  Camden Wilson and Nicholas Hauptman each chipped in seven points, while Tim Donnelly and James Norwood had two apiece.  

The Bulldogs only hit 40.4 percent of their field goal attempts (19-47), but held Industrial to 31.9 percent (15-47) shooting on the night.  

Marion (20-9) advances to face Santa Rosa in the area playoffs.  The game’s time and location had yet to be finalized at press time. 

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Thursday Schedule

February 20th, 2014

Seguin baseball @ SAISD Tournament

Seguin softball @ NEISD Tournament (10:30 vs. Madison, 7:30 vs. Wagner)

Navarro baseball tournament, TBA

Navarro softball @ Cuero Tournament

Marion softball @ Cuero Tournament

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Wednesday Result

February 20th, 2014

Marion softball lost to Floresville 13-2

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TLU women clinch SCAC Tournament top seed with two home wins, Hight named SCAC Player of the Week

February 19th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Texas Lutheran Women's Basketball won its 10th straight game with a 70-56 home win over Southwestern on Saturday and secured the top seed in the upcoming Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships when Trinity fell at Schreiner.  The win followed TLU’s remarkable comeback from a 21-point deficit in a 74-72 win over Trinity.  

TLU improved to 19-5 overall and to 11-2 in the SCAC. TLU will be the top seed in the conference tournament and will open the tournament on Feb. 28 against the No. 8 seed Centenary Ladies. 

The losses by Trinity and Southwestern moved the Tigers and Pirates to 9-4 in the SCAC. Schreiner also holds a 9-4 mark in the SCAC. 

TLU guard/forward Savannah Hight, a 5’10” freshman from San Antonio-Brandeis, was named the SCAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week after averaging 13.5 points and 5.0 rebounds over the two contests.  Hight is the conference’s leading three-point shooter this season with a .429 percentage from long range. 

TLU has one game remaining in the regular season. The Bulldogs face Schreiner next Saturday in Kerrville, Texas. Tip time is set for 4 p.m. in Schreiner's Edington Gym. 

In the win over Southwestern, TLU opened a 42-20 at the half by shooting 43.8 percent and holding the Pirates to 19.4 percent. 

The Bulldogs led by as many as 25 midway through the second half. 

Kristen Lye and Taylor Dydalewicz each scored 13 for TLU, and Savannah Hight added 12. Lye contributed six rebounds, and Hight collected four rebounds. 

TLU point guard Karisa Cantu grabbed a team-best eight rebounds and recorded four points, four assists and two steals. 

For Southwestern, Chelsea Leeder and Jordan Owens scored 15 and 14 points, respectively, and Annie Bourne registered 21 rebounds. 

Friday evening, TLU rallied from 21 points down in the first half, took their first lead of the game with 1:12 to play, and out-scored Trinity 45-28 in the second half to secure the 74-72 win over the Tigers. 

TLU fell behind 13-0 and 21-3 as Trinity hit seven of their 12 three-pointers and shot 48.5 percent from the field in the first half.  TLU made just 10-of-32 shots in the first half. 

The Bulldogs finished the final 10 minutes of the game on a 26-11 run and a closed the final 5:24 on a 10-0 run. 

TLU junior point guard Karisa Cantu nailed a three with 2:01 to play to bring TLU within one, 72-71. 

Bulldog freshman Savannah Hight put her team ahead for the first time, at 73-72, with a eight-foot jumper with 1:12 on the clock. 

After TLU hit a free throw - by Hight - Trinity missed a pair of three-point attempts in the closing seconds. Lauren Splawn's three-pointer at the buzzer did not hit the rim. 

Cantu led TLU with 17 points, three rebounds and three assists. Hight and Lye scored 15 and 14 points, respectively. Hight and Lye each grabbed six rebounds. Taylor Dydalewicz led TLU with eight rebounds. She added six points. 

Cantu made five of her six three-point attempts. TLU hit six of 11 three-pointers in the second half and 10 of 22 threes overall.

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TLU men fall to Trinity, Southwestern in SCAC home games

February 19th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Texas Lutheran men's basketball team battled back from an 11-point second-half deficit to get within three points in the final minute, but could not complete the comeback, losing 74-69 Saturday afternoon to Southwestern inside Memorial Gymnasium on Senior Day.  The loss came a day after a 70-54 setback to SCAC leader Trinity on Friday.  

Saturday, the Bulldogs cut an 11-point deficit to just three with 45 seconds to play after a Joshua Alderman layup. The defense got the stop it needed afterwards, forcing a Southwestern turnover with 31 seconds left. With the shot clock turned off and trailing by three, the Bulldogs got an open 3-pointer for Garrett Wilkins, but the shot hit off the front rim. 

The Pirates came away with the rebound, forcing the Bulldogs to foul. Michael Cantu hit a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left to make it a two-possession game and put the contest away. 

The loss dropped the Bulldogs' record to 8-15 on the year and 3-10 in the SCAC, while the Pirates improved 7-16 overall and 4-9 in the conference. The loss TLU's seventh straight at home. 

Three players scored in double figures for the Bulldogs, with the leader being, fittingly on Senior Day, senior Troy Griffith. He matched his career high on Saturday, scoring 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting and 7-of-10 shooting from the free throw line. He also pulled down four rebounds. 

Robert Watson Jr. was next in the scoring department, pouring in 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go along with two steals, two assists and a rebound. The other double-figure scorer was Garrett Wilkins and his 13 points. Eleven of those came in the first half. 

Texas Lutheran shot 39.3 percent from the field for the game, including 34.6 percent shooting in the second half. The Bulldogs struggled from outside, making 2-of-10 from behind the arc and going 0-of-6 in the second half. 

The Pirates, who had lost seven of eight coming into Saturday, shot 54.3 percent on the day, including 63.6 percent in the first half. 

With the disparity in field goal percentage, turnovers played a key role in allowing the Bulldogs to hang around in the contest. The Pirates turned it over 20 times compared to just 11 for the Bulldogs. 

Despite the Pirates hot shooting in the first half, the Bulldogs were actually able to build a substantial lead in the opening 20 minutes. They used an 8-2 run capped off by twoDonte McGee free throws to take a 29-19 lead with 5:57 left in the first half. 

That 10-point advantage would turn out to be the Bulldogs' largest of the game, as Southwestern quickly answered that TLU run with 14 straight points to retake the lead. The Bulldogs would never lead again. 

After Southwestern led at halftime 39-37, the Bulldogs would tie things up with a Troy Griffin jumper to start the second half. The Pirates would score eight of the next 10 points though and open up another lead. 

Texas Lutheran played its final home game Wednesday night, a non-conference contest against Dallas Christian, but no final was available at press time. 

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Seguin softball competes in Canyon tourney

February 19th, 2014

(New Braunfels) – The Seguin High School softball team opened its season with a difficult stretch of games at the New Braunfels-Canyon tournament last week, winning just once in six tries over the course of the three-day event.  

The Matadors split the first two games of the tournament on Thursday, falling to Lockhart 8-1 and defeating Medina Valley 13-7.  

Friday, Seguin suffered a 10-4 setback to San Antonio-Southwest and went down to the wire with San Antonio-Churchill in a 3-2 loss.  

The Matadors capped the tournament on Saturday with two more defeats, falling to Hutto 9-2 and coming up short to event host Canyon 4-1.  

Seguin, 1-5 to start the season, plays in the Northeast ISD Tournament this weekend.  The Matadors face San Antonio-Madison at 10:30 Thursday morning, Wagner at 7:30 Thursday night, and Brackenridge at 1:30 Friday afternoon in pool play before competing in bracket play through Saturday. 

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Navarro softball starts season strong in home tournament

February 19th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Navarro High School softball team hosted its annual tournament at Huber Ranch in Seguin to open the 2014 season last week, and the Panthers fared well with a 4-2 record over the course of Friday and Saturday.  

Navarro finished fourth out of 18 teams competing in the tournament.  

The Panthers went 3-0 on Friday to begin the event, defeating Gonzales 11-1, TMI 14-5, and Copperas Cove 8-4.  

Saturday, Navarro dropped two of three, bracketing a 12-6 win over St. Anthony’s with losses to Amarillo and Hallettsville by identical 7-5 finals.  

Cayli Cowan worked four of the six games in the pitcher’s circle and recorded 44 strikeouts over the course of the weekend.  

Rachel Pearson, Anneliese Eveld, and Brooke Flanagan each drove in two runs against Gonzales, with Pearson and Eveld recording two hits apiece.  Alexis Arguello had four hits and drove in four against TMI, while Flanagan recorded three hits and three RBIs.  Pearson struck out six and earned the win in five innings of work.  Pearson drove in two against Coperas Cove. 

In the loss to Amarillo, Kristen Pollok had two hits and one RBI, and Arguello drove in a run.  The win over St. Anthony’s saw Flanagan total three hits and four RBIs, while Cowan and Pollok each had two hits, with Cowan driving in three and Pollok two.  In the loss to Hallettsville, Pollok drove in a run.  

Navarro softball (4-2) competes in the Cuero Tournament this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

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Marion softball goes 3-2 in Floresville tourney, falls in title game

February 19th, 2014

(Floresville) – The Marion High School softball team’s 2014 season is off to a solid start after a 3-2 finish at the Floresville Tournament last weekend.  

Marion earned victories over Floresville (4-2), MacArthur (6-0), and Madison (6-4), after opening the event with an 8-6 loss to Somerset, but the Bulldogs fell to Taft 9-0 in the tournament championship game on Saturday. 

Ashlyn Haese and Jordan Proctor each had a hit against Somerset, and Chelsea Krueger drove in a run.  Proctor was the winning pitcher against Floresville, and drove in a run at the plate, as did Becca Travis.  Katy O’Bryan collected two hits and three RBIs against MacArthur, and Proctor tossed a shutout in the pitcher’s circle.  In the victory over Madison, Robyn Young drove in three, and O’Bryan had one RBI while Proctor again earned the win.  As a team, the Bulldogs only managed one hit in Saturday night’s title game loss to Taft.  

Marion was scheduled to host Floresville Tuesday night, but the contest was pushed back to tonight at 7 p.m.

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Tuesday Results

February 19th, 2014

Navarro girls' basketball def. El Campo 72-50, 3A regional quarterfinals @ Schulenburg

Marion girls' basketball def. Bloomington 57-47, 2A regional quarterfinals @ Moulton

Marion boys' basketball def. Vanderbilt-Industrial 48-42, 2A bi-district playoffs @ Moulton

Marion softball vs. Floresville ***rescheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday***

TLU baseball lost to Mary Hardin Baylor 9-4

TLU softball split doubleheader @ Mary Hardin baylor (lost 5-1, won 7-1)

TLU men's basketball def. Dallas Christian 87-79

Seguin boys' soccer def. Canyon Lake 2-0

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Monday Result

February 18th, 2014

Navarro baseball lost to Comfort 11-9

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Marion girls face Bloomington in 2A regional quarterfinals, game to air on KWED

February 18th, 2014

(Moulton) – The Marion High School girls’ basketball program looks to earn its fourth straight trip to the 2A Region 4 tournament tonight in a regional quarterfinal playoff game against Bloomington in Moulton.  

Coach Kollyn McWhinney’s Bulldogs enter the contest with 20-13 record after opening the playoffs last week with a 55-30 bi-district win over Vanderbilt-Industrial and following with a 56-28 area-round victory over Skidmore-Tynan.  Marion qualified for the post-season as the second place team from District 29-2A, going 12-2 in district play.  

Bloomington, coached by Tom Lovejoy, is 19-11 and finished second in District 39-2A during the regular season.  The Ladycats beat Jourdanton 49-33 in the bi-district round last week and advanced to the regional quarterfinals with a 63-60 win over Mathis in the area playoffs.  

Marion has outscored its opponents by an average of 53.8 to 41.9 this season.  Those stats take into account the 12 games missed by All-State point guard Cami Davis due to a knee injury at the beginning of the season.  The Bulldogs have been much more dominant with Davis in the lineup, posting a 16-5 record since her return.  

Davis and fellow junior Alyssa Ward have been Marion’s most productive offensive players this season.  Davis averages 16.5 points and 8.3 assists per game, while Ward’s skillful play in the low post has produced a 14.5 scoring average and .490 field goal percentage.  

The Bulldogs have also controlled the backboards against the vast majority of their opponents, averaging 38.2 rebounds and 14.3 offensive boards per contest.  Marion has four players averaging at least five rebounds per game in Hayley Davison (7.9), Amy Stoermer (7.3), Ward (6.6), and Davis (5.2).  Davis leads the team in steals (3.5) and Ward in blocked shots (1.4).  

Tonight’s tip-time in Moulton is slated for 6 p.m.  The game will air live on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com as part of a doubleheader that also includes the Marion boys’ bi-district playoff game against Vanderbilt-Industrial at 7:30.  Pre-game coverage tonight starts at 5:50. 

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Marion boys open playoffs against Vanderbilt-Industrial, broadcast to cap doubleheader on KWED

February 18th, 2014

(Moulton) – The Marion High School boys’ basketball team opens the Class-2A state playoffs tonight with a bi-district game against Vanderbilt-Industrial in Moulton.  

Coach Jon Allen’s Bulldogs enter the post-season as the top seed from District 29-2A after tying San Antonio-Cole for the district championship and winning a coin flip to determine first place.  Marion went 19-9 during the regular season, 13-1 in district play, and looks to regroup tonight after suffering its only district loss, 46-43 to Cole last Tuesday.  

Vanderbilt-Industrial, coached by Rusty Roe, finished fourth in District 30-2A with an 8-6 district record and enters the playoffs with an overall mark of 17-16.  The Cobras have lost two straight and four of their last six, with the most recent setback 75-51 final to Aransas Pass last Tuesday.  

Marion has utilized a fairly balanced scoring attack this season, with six players averaging at least seven points per game.  The Bulldogs feature two double-digit scorers in forward Joe Eicher (13.9) and Tanner Bridges (13.2).  Eicher also leads Marion in rebounding, pulling down 9.4 boards per contest.  

As a team, Marion averages 61.5 points per game, and allows a defensive yield of 45.2 for an average scoring margin of +16.3.  Industrial has been outscored by a slim margin this season, producing 48.3 points per game and allowing 49.4.  

Tonight’s opening tip in Moulton is slated for 7:30 p.m., and will follow the Marion girls’ regional quarterfinal game against Bloomington as part of a broadcast doubleheader on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com

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TLU, LSU-Alexandria split baseball doubleheader in Tyler

February 18th, 2014

(Tyler) - Texas Lutheran and Louisiana State-Alexandria played a pair of extra-inning baseball games Saturday at the University of Texas at Tyler, and each team came away with a one-run, walk-off victory. 

LSU-Alexandria won the early game 1-0, and TLU took the second game 4-3. 

LSU-Alexandria's overall record moved to 5-4, and TLU's record went to 5-2 with the non-conference split at Irwin Field. 

In the early game, scheduled for seven innings, TLU right-hander Dwayne Snider and LSU-A right-hander Kirk Savoy matched scoreless innings until the eighth. Snider retired the first two batters of the eighth but departed with runners on first and second after a single and walk. 

New TLU pitcher Brett Clark was greeted by Keagan Kratzer, who singled to left field and drove home Michael Collado for the win. 

The Bulldogs managed just three hits against Savoy. Two of the hits came off the bat of Christian DeBlanc. Savoy struck out six and worked around four walks and three hit batters. 

Snider took the loss to fall to 1-1. He struck out one, walked three and gave up seven hits. 

In game two, with TLU as the home team, the Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead on a Keaton Bohrmann RBI double and a 2-0 lead on a Lincoln Baylor RBI single. 

The Bulldogs added a run in the sixth, to take a 3-2 lead, on a Derek Kanas single. 

After the Generals forced extra innings with an unearned run in the top of the seventh, TLU ended the game in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI single from DeBlanc. The DeBlanc base-hit brought home Matt King, who walked with one out and advanced to third after a Kanas single and a fielder's choice. 

Kanas, DeBlanc and Keaton Bohrmann each collected a pair of hits in the win for TLU. 

Thomas Harwell (Houston/Atascocita) pitched three innings in relief of Kellen McGriff , who pitched five innings and allowed two earned runs. 

Harwell kept the Generals scoreless in the eighth and picked up his first win of 2014. He struck out one and allowed just one hit. 

The Bulldogs return home to Katt-Isbel Field for today’s 2 p.m. non-conference game with University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. TLU will have live video and stats for the single, nine-inning game on tlubulldogs.com.

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Seguin boys’ soccer wins district opener, girls fall

February 18th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Seguin High School boys’ soccer team opened the District 53-4A schedule Friday night with a 3-2 victory over Wimberley at Matador Stadium.  

Wimberley took a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute of the first half, and extended the cushion to 2-0 with a goal in the 42nd minute.  

The Matadors came storming back with three straight goals.  Jesus Ponce scored on an assist from Brandon Salamanca in the 58th minute to make it a 2-1 contest.  Ponce’s second goal, assisted this time by Flabio Villamil, tied the match at 2-2 in the 66th minute.  Luis Alvarez scored what proved to be the winning goal on Alonzo Aldama’s assist in the 75th minute.  

Goalkeepers Nevin Lewis and Lionel Tello each allowed one Wimberley goal, with Lewis recording five saves and Tello four.  

The Seguin girls also opened district play Friday night, falling on the road to Wimberley 2-0.  

The Seguin boys, 1-0 in district play and 4-8 overall, visits Canyon Lake in a district contest tonight at 6 p.m.  The Matador girls host Canyon Lake at the same time. 

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Tuesday Schedule

February 18th, 2014

Marion girls' basketball vs. Bloomington, 2A regional quarterfinals @ Moulton, 6 p.m. on 1580-AM and www.seguintoday.com.

Marion boys' basketball vs. Vanderbilt-Industrial, 2A bi-district playoffs @ Moulton, 7:30 p.m. on 1580-AM and www.seguintoday.com.

Navarro girls' basketball vs. El Campo, 3A regional quarterfinals, 7 p.m. @ Schulenburg

Marion baseball @ Hondo (season opener), 7 p.m.

Marion softball vs. Floresville, 7 p.m.

TLU baseball vs. UMHB, 2 p.m.

TLU softball @ UMHB (doubleheader), 3:30 p.m.

TLU men's basketball vs. Dallas-Christian, 7 p.m.

Seguin boys' soccer @ Canyon Lake, 6 p.m.

Seguin girls' soccer vs. Canyon Lake, 6 p.m. 

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Thompson's late free throws help Panthers knock off No.7 Yoakum in 3A area playoffs

February 15th, 2014

(Gonzales) - Shannon Thompson drained what proved to be the game winning free throws with 6.9 seconds remaining to lift the Navarro High School girls' basketball team over the seventh-ranked team in the state, Yoakum, 46-44 Friday night in the Class-3A area playoffs in Gonzales.  

The Bulldogs' Latrice Brown had just tied the game with a layup on the previous possession, capping a Yoakum run that erased all of what was a seven-point Navarro lead just a few minutes earlier.  Thompson aggressively drove to the basket on the Panthers' final trip down the floor, drawing contact from the Bulldogs' imposing shot blocker Jaccarri Hights to earn her 11th and 12th free throw attempts of the game.  

Navarro's 5'8" junior forward says she never thought about the pressure of the situation when she stepped to the line in the closing seconds.  

"Everything was just going fast, and I just thought make these and see what happens after that.  I was hoping I was going to make them."  

What happened after that was a driving runner off the glass by Hights that looked like it might drop, but rimmed out at the buzzer to preserve Navarro's two-point cushion and secure the Panthers' spot in the regional quarterfinals.  

"It's fun to an extent, but I don't exactly know if I like being in those situations," Navarro head coach Darrell Harborth said about the nail-biting finish.  "I liked the five point lead with about two minutes to go."  

The game was tied 11-all at the end of the first quarter, and Navarro took a 21-19 lead into halftime on a buzzer beating layup by Shannon Thompson to end the second quarter.  Yoakum outscored the Panthers 13-6 in the third quarter to take a five-point lead into the fourth, but Navarro opened the final frame with a 14-2 run to build a 41-34 lead before holding on for dear life down the stretch.  

Yoakum head coach Zach Burleson played his five starters almost exclusively, with a roughly a minute of playing time for two substitutes being the only exception.  Harborth says Navarro's deeper bench and persistent effort to feed Thompson allowed his team to seize the momentum early in the fourth quarter.  

"I think we did wear them down a little bit.  We were getting out, and we were getting the ball to Shannon, and she was getting some good looks, and she started getting a few to fall, and she got a few calls there too, so she got to the free throw line and made her free throws." 

The Yoakum fatigue Harborth refers to was evident with Hights.  The Bulldogs' athletic forward came into the game averaging 3.2 blocked shots and easily tripled that number without committing a foul through the first three quarters, but she picked up four fouls in the fourth period.  

"I was glad to beat a team with a shot blocker," Harborth said.  "She made it hard on us inside, but it was a fun game, and that's a very good ballclub over there we just beat."  

Navarro overcome 24 percent shooting and 22 turnovers with a defensive effort that held Yoakum to seven points below its season average.  Harborth says hustling back in transition, contesting every shot, and crashing the boards allowed the Panthers to keep the Bulldogs in check.  

"We worked on that really hard the last couple of days, because I knew #20 (Desiree Garza) and #12 (Latrice Brown) got out hard and got some good looks, and they're athletic and quick, so I told them they'll miss a lot of those shots, so we've got to get back and rebound them, and I was really proud of our rebounding tonight." 

Sahd scored nine points for Navarro, and also contributed six rebounds, three assists, and five steals.  Allison Hensley and Morgan Law finished with eight points apiece, and Andrea Besa added six.  Law also provided nine rebounds and two blocked shots.  As a team, the Panthers went 13-17 from the free throw line.  Callie Witte led Yoakum with 13 points, and Brown added 10.  

Navarro (30-7) advances to face El Campo in the regional quarterfinals.  The Panthers and Ladybirds square off Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Schulenburg.

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Marion girls double Skidmore-Tynan's point total in area playoff rout

February 15th, 2014

(Floresville) - The Marion High School girls' basketball team cruised into the Class-2A regional quarterfinals Friday night with a 56-28 blowout of Skidmore-Tynan in an area-round playoff game at Floresville High School.  

The Bulldogs led 14-7 at the end of the first quarter, and the game was still a single-digit affair at halftime, with Marion in front 26-18.  The Bulldogs tightened the clamps defensively and pulled away in the second half, outscoring Skidmore-Tynan 17-5 in the third quarter and 13-5 in the fourth.  

Cami Davis led Marion with a 17-point, 11-rebound double-double, and she also dished out a team-high seven assists and collected two steals.  Amy Stoermer matched Davis's 17-point output and locked down the paint defensively with six blocked shots while grabbing seven rebounds.  

Alyssa Ward also coralled 11 rebounds, and added four points, four blocks, three assists, and two steals.  Reagan Langemeier contributed eight points, six boards, and three assists, while Hayley Davidson provided six points and seven rebounds. Leighanna Bridwell snared seven rebounds as well to go with two points, and Christin Haecker had two points and two steals. 

Marion (20-13) faces Bloomington in the 2A regional quarterfinals on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Moulton, and the contest will be part of a doubleheader that also features the Marion boys against Vanderbilt-Industrial in the bi-district playoffs at 7:30.  Both games will air live on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com, with pre-game coverage at 5:50. 

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Friday Results

February 15th, 2014

Navarro girls' basketball def. Yoakum 46-44, 3A area playoffs

Marion girls' basketball def. Skidmore-Tynan 56-28, 2A area playoffs

TLU women's basketball def. Trinity 74-72

TLU men's basketball lost to Trinity 70-54

TLU baseball lost to UT-Tyler 7-5

Seguin softball @ N.B.-Canyon tournament

lost to Southwest 10-4, lost to Churchill 3-2

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Former TLU Director of Athletics, longtime tennis coach Kieth "Doc" Skogman passes away

February 14th, 2014

(Seguin) – Former Texas Lutheran director of athletics and long-time men's and women's tennis coach Kieth "Doc" Skogman died Wednesday in Seguin. He was 87. 

Skogman came to Texas Lutheran in 1966 and served the university as professor of kinesiology, athletics director, and coach for men's golf and men's and women's tennis. 

For 21 years, Skogman guided the Bulldog men's and women's tennis teams. He coached Lisa Serr to the 1983 Big State Conference Women's Singles Championship and Ree Mawande to the 1990 Heart of Texas Conference Championship runner-up position. 

Skogman was awarded professor emeritus status at TLU upon his retirement in 1994. Skogman was inducted into the Texas Lutheran Athletics Leadership Wall of Honor in 2004. 

In 1981, Skogman was inducted into the Gustavus Adolphus Hall of Fame for his prowess as a football and hockey player and as a track and field stand-out. A 1949 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus, in St. Peter, Minn., Skogman lettered four years in both football and hockey and two years in track. 

Skogman played guard on the football team and is the only Gustavus graduate to be named All-Conference for four consecutive years. He and classmate Harold Swanson were co-captains of the teams in 1947 and 1948, and both players were selected as members of the 1948 college All-Star team, played in the Clipper International Bowl in Gilmore Stadium in Los Angeles. The U.S. team played against teams from Hawaii, Canada, and Mexico. 

Skogman was noted by line coach Tuddie Lindenberg as one of the greatest pulling guards in Gustavus history. Skogman was also a stalwart defenseman in hockey and ran the two-mile in track. 

Skogman received his master's degree from Iowa State and his doctorate in education from the University of Nebraska. He taught physical education and coached football at Dana College (1959-54) and at Nebraska Wesleyan (1954-60). From 1960-66, he was chairman of the Department of Physical Education & Health at Dana College. 

Skogman and his wife Carol, who survives him, were longtime residents of Seguin and active in the community in a variety of endeavors. 

A memorial service for Skogman will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at TLU's Chapel of the Abiding Presence, Weinert Memorial. A reception will follow in the Timmerman Room of TLU's Hein Dining Hall.

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Navarro girls face No. 7 Yoakum in area playoffs, game to air on KWED

February 14th, 2014

(Gonzales) – The Navarro High School girls’ basketball team faces an opponent with the “Bulldogs” mascot for the second straight game in the Class-3A playoffs, but the Panthers should probably expect a much stiffer test from Yoakum in tonight’s area round contest than they received from Somerset in Tuesday’s bi-district round.  

Yoakum is ranked seventh in the state among 3A teams by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, and coach Zach Burleson’s Bulldogs enter tonight with a 28-4 record after dispatching Columbus 49-26 in the bi-district round on Monday.  

Navarro moved to 29-7 with a 68-37 bi-district blowout of Somerset on Tuesday, and based on games against common opponents this season, the Panthers have every reason to be confident going into tonight’s matchup with Yoakum.  One of the Bulldogs’ four losses was a 45-41 setback to District 27-3A champion Boerne, whom Navarro defeated once (61-47) and lost to once (66-51) during the regular season.  The Panthers also own a double-digit victory over a team ranked ahead of Yoakum in the TABC poll – a 71-59 triumph over No.6 La Vernia on Dec. 20.  

Yoakum isn’t a prolific scoring team (51.2 ppg), but the Bulldogs have stifled opponents defensively this season, allowing an average of just 33.6 points per game.  Post Jaccarri Hights anchors the Bulldogs on that end of the court, pulling down 12.1 rebounds per game and averaging 3.2 blocked shots per contest.  

Yoakum features three players averaging double figures on the offensive end in junior Latrice Brown (13.3), Desiree Garza (10.6), and Callie Witte (10.3).  Brown has been strong enough in the paint to hit 55 percent of her field goal attempts, while Garza is the team’s top perimeter threat, hitting 36 percent of her threes.  The Bulldogs’ Achilles heel is free throw shooting – they’ve only connected on 48 percent of their attempts at the foul line this season.  

Navarro head coach Darrel Harborth hopes an advantage in depth will help his team down the stretch if tonight’s game is tightly contested.  

“They play mainly five players, which maybe helps us in the long run, but they’ve got four seniors, they’ve been in the playoffs for several years now and made long runs, and they’re a good ball club.  We’re going to have our hands full.” 

Navarro counters the Bulldogs with two double-digit scorers in Shannon Thompson (17.2) and Summer Sahd (11.2), and the Panthers have generally played at a faster tempo this season with an offensive average of 59.6 points and a defensive yield of 40.8 per game.  

Tonight’s tip in Gonzales is slated for 8 p.m.  The game broadcast can be heard live on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com

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Seguin boys knock off Alamo Heights in season finale

February 14th, 2014

(San Antonio) – The Seguin High School boy’s basketball team ended what’s been a disappointing season on a positive note Tuesday night, upsetting state-ranked and playoff bound Alamo Heights 52-51 at the Muledome in San Antonio.  With the win, the Matadors denied the Mules a chance at sharing the District 27-3A championship and helped a fellow Guadalupe County school secure the outright title.  Alamo Heights’ final district record is 11-3, one game back of first place Clemens (12-2) in the final standings. 

Seguin’s final district record is 6-8 (fifth place), and the team’s final overall mark is 12-19.  The Matadors were eliminated from playoff contention on Feb. 4 in a home loss to Boerne-Champion, but finished the season admirably with consecutive wins over Lockhart and Alamo Heights.  

“Credit the five seniors for their integrity and character,” Seguin head coach Dwayne Gerlich said.  “They felt they were a playoff team.  The ball just did not bounce right in a couple of games, like the missed free throws against Boerne-Champion.  We wish we were still playing, but the four playoff teams in our district are good.”  

Jordan Eppright and Skyler Brooks capped stellar senior seasons and successful varsity careers with strong performances against the Mules.  Eppright poured in a game-high 24 points, and Brooks finished with 17.  Austin Sanchez added nine points for the Matadors, and Auden Liscano put in two. 

Seguin trailed 13-9 at the end of the first quarter, but a 16-11 scoring edge in the second period gave the Mats a 25-24 lead at halftime.  The Mules responded with a 13-7 run in the third quarter to take a five-point lead into the fourth, but Seguin rallied back to outscore Alamo Heights 20-14 in the final frame. 

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Big fourth inning carries Texas Lutheran to 11-3 road win at Concordia Texas

February 14th, 2014

(Austin) – The Texas Lutheran baseball team used a 10-run fourth inning to remain perfect in 2014 with an 11-3 road victory over Concordia Texas. 

Wednesday at Concordia's Tornado Field, the Bulldogs moved to 4-0 by scoring 11 runs on 18 hits.  Concordia, fresh off a weekend sweep of Southwestern, dropped to 3-1 with the home loss. 

The Bulldogs sent 15 batters to the plate in the 10-run fourth. TLU trailed 2-0 entering the frame. 

In the big inning, Ryan Hill tripled with the bases loaded and added an RBI single in his second at-bat of the fourth. 

Tyler Carollo also had two hits in the fourth and produced two RBI on a pair of singles. 

Von Wendel, Keaton Bohrmann and Klaus Bohrmann also registered RBI in the frame. 

Hill finished the game 3-for-4 with the four runs driven home, and Carollo went 4-for-4 with two RBI. 

The Bohrmann brothers, Klaus and Keaton, combined for five hits, three RBI and five runs scored. Klaus went 3-for-5, and Keaton drove in a pair of runs in a 2-for-5 performance. 

Conner Capdau  picked up the win in relief. He pitched two innings, struck out two, walked two and allowed one earned run. Capdau moved to 1-0. 

The Bulldogs used six pitchers to hold Concordia to three runs.  Christian DeBlanc (Kingwood/Kingwood) started for TLU and went two innings, allowing two hits. 

Brandon Garwood took the loss for the Tornados. 

TLU heads to Tyler, Texas this weekend for three games at the University of Texas at Tyler. The Bulldogs play UT Tyler at 6 p.m. tonight and face Louisiana State-Alexandria in a doubleheader Saturday, set for an 11 a.m. start at UT Tyler's Irwin Field.

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Friday Schedule

February 14th, 2014

Navarro girls’ basketball vs. Yoakum, 3A area playoffs @ Gonzales, 8 p.m. on 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com

Marion girls’ basketball vs. Skidmore-Tynan, 2A area playoffs @ Floresville, 7 p.m.

Lifegate girls/ boys’ basketball @ S.A.-Gateway, 6 p.m./ 7:30 p.m. 

Seguin boys’ soccer vs. Wimberley, 5:30 p.m.

Seguin girls’ soccer @ Wimberley, 7:30 p.m.

TLU men’s basketball vs. Trinity, 6 p.m.

TLU women’s basketball vs. Trinity, 8 p.m.

TLU baseball @ UT-Tyler, 6 p.m. 

Seguin softball @ N.B.-Canyon Tournament

Seguin vs. S.A.-Southwest, 10:45 a.m.

Seguin vs. S.A.-Churchill, 2:30 p.m. 

Navarro softball tournament, Huber Ranch

Navarro vs. Gonzales, 9 a.m.

Navarro vs. TMI, 1 p.m. 

 

Marion softball @ Floresville Tournament

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Thursday Results

February 14th, 2014

Seguin softball @ N.B.-Canyon Tournament

lost to Lockhart 8-1

def. Medina Valley 13-7 

Marion softball @ Floresville Tournament

lost to Somerset 8-6

def. Floresville 4-3

def. MacArthur 6-0



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Navarro girls pull away from Somerset in bi-district playoff blowout

February 13th, 2014

(La Vernia) – The Navarro High School girls’ basketball team cruised through the bi-district round of the Class-3A playoffs Tuesday night with a 68-37 rout of Somerset in La Vernia.  

The Panthers’ full court pressure defense produced a flurry of turnovers and transition baskets early, and Navarro quickly jumped out to a 17-5 lead.  Somerset closed the first quarter with a 9-6 run, and the Panthers’ cushion was 23-14 at the end of the period.  Navarro led 37-24 at halftime and used a 22-6 run in the third period to put the game away, taking an insurmountable 59-30 lead into the fourth quarter.  

Somerset point guard Alexis Trevino kept the Bulldogs competitive all by herself in the first half, scoring 17 of her team’s 24 points.  Navarro head coach Darrell Harborth says better defense against Trevino allowed his team to pull away in the stretch immediately after halftime. 

“We played really well in that third quarter there, and maybe we wore them down a little bit too.  In the first half, number three (Trevino) their guard was doing whatever she wanted to, and fortunately in that third quarter, we got a little separation.”  

Summer Sahd sparked Navarro early, scoring 12 of her 14 points in the first half.  Shannon Thompson was steady throughout, producing seven points before halftime and eight more in the second half for a team-high 15.  Josselyn Rodriguez also reached double figures with 11 points.  Andrea Besa finished with eight, and Allison Hensley had six.  Sierra Leal and Morgan Law chipped in with five apiece, while Sandra Hancock and Joni Frazier each had two.  Trevino led somerset with a game-high 25 points.    

Nine different Panthers found the scoring column, and all 12 players on the roster saw significant playing time, which Harborth says will benefit the team’s younger players seeing playoff action for the first time. 

“I told them before the game it’s okay to be nervous – just don’t be nervous and play bad.  We got everybody out there and got some playing time, and hopefully that will help us down the road.”  

Harborth also points to a strong collective rebounding effort contributing to the lopsided outcome.  

“I’m really pleased with our rebounding overall, considering that’s usually a struggle for us, and hopefully that can continue throughout (the playoffs.)  We had some good fast breaks, and got some easy points out of it.”  

Navarro (29-7) meets Yoakum (28-4), the seventh ranked team in the state according to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, in the area round of the playoffs on Friday at 8 p.m. in Gonzales.  The game can be heard live on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com, with pre-game coverage at 7:45. 

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Marion boys see perfect district mark fall in 46-43 loss to Cole

February 13th, 2014

(San Antonio) – The Marion High School boys’ basketball team came up short Tuesday night in its bid to complete an undefeated run through the District 29-2A schedule.  The Bulldogs suffered their first and only district loss on the final night of the regular season, falling to San Antonio-Cole 46-43 in San Antonio.  

Marion and Cole share the district championship with identical 13-1 district records, but the teams will not play a tiebreak game to determine the top playoff seed in 29-2A after splitting the head-to-head season series.  The Bulldogs and Cougars broke the tie with a coin flip Wednesday morning, which Marion won to claim the top seed.  The Bulldogs will open the playoffs on Tuesday with a bi-district game against Vanderbilt-Industrial at 7 p.m. in Moulton.   

The Bulldogs led 27-22 at halftime and extended the cushion to six points, 35-29, going into the fourth quarter.  Cole outscored Marion 17-8 in the final frame to rally for three-point win.  

Tanner Bridges scored 17 points to lead the Bulldogs before fouling out, and he also contributed seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals.  Nicholaus Hauptman finished with nine points, Camden Wilson contributed seven points and six rebounds, and Casey Blakely totaled five points.  Joe Eicher corralled a team-high 11 rebounds, but only scored two points, as did Tim Donnelly, Michael Rayos, and James Norwood.  

Marion’s season record is 19-9. 

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Three Bulldogs notch double-doubles in first round playoff win over Industrial

February 13th, 2014

(Schulenburg) – The Marion High School girls’ basketball team had no difficulty advancing through the bi-district round of the Class-2A playoffs Tuesday night.  The Bulldogs rolled to a 55-30 win over Vanderbilt-Industrial in Schulenburg. 

Three Marion players recorded statistical double-doubles in the contest.  Alyssa Ward scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, Cami Davis produced 11 points and dished out 10 assists, and Amy Stoermer finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.  Ward also blocked four shots, and Davis collected four steals.  

Hayley Davison was just a bucket shy of becoming the fourth Bulldog to record a double-double, totaling eight points and 10 rebounds.  Christin Haecker contributed four points, Reagan Langemeier scored two and dished out five assists, Leighanna Bridwell added two points and six rebounds, and Natalie Deml hit a free throw.    

Marion doubled Industrial’s point total in the first quarter 18-9, and tripled it 15-5 in the second period to build a 33-14 halftime lead.  The Bulldogs outscored the Cobras 11-7 in the third quarter and 11-9 in the fourth to notch the final 25-point margin.  

The Marion girls (19-13) advance to face Skidmore-Tynan in the area playoffs on Friday at 7 p.m. in Floresville. 

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Navarro boys drop finale to Wimberley, miss playoffs

February 13th, 2014

(Geronimo) – The Navarro High School boys’ basketball team dropped out of playoff contention in District 27-3A on the final night of the 2013-2014 regular season, falling to Wimberley 57-50 Tuesday evening in Geronimo. 

The Panthers needed to beat the Texans to force a tie for the fourth and final post-season berth in the district, but the with the loss, Navarro’s final district record of 2-8 is two games back of Wimberley, so the Texans will head to the playoffs as the fourth seed from 27-3A.  

The Panthers led by eight points at halftime, but their leading scorer and best player Desmond Smith fouled out in the third quarter, and Wimberley held a one-point lead by the end of the period.  The Texans outscored Navarro 18-12 in the final frame.  

Smith and Nehal Patel scored nine points apiece to lead the Panthers offensively.  Tanner Law added eight, Jesse Rabadan six, Ty Durham and Garrett Weaver five apiece, and Eric Hinkelmann four.  

Navarro’s final season record is 14-18. 

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TLU women hold on for 70-64 road win, move into 1st place tie in SCAC

February 12th, 2014

Colorado Springs, Colo.) – The Texas Lutheran women’s basketball team survived a cold shooting afternoon in Colorado Springs, Colo., but the Bulldogs made clutch free throws in the final minute to edge Colorado College 70-64 on Sunday and move into a first-place tie in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. 

The Bulldogs won their eighth-straight game and now sit atop the SCAC Standings with Trinity University. Both teams hold SCAC records of 9-2 with three conference games remaining. The Bulldogs and Tigers face each other next, in an 8 p.m. Friday match-up in TLU's Memorial Gymnasium. 

TLU will take an overall record of 17-5 into the Trinity game. The Bulldogs' 17 wins are the most by a women's basketball team in TLU's NCAA DIII era. 

In Colorado College's Reid Arena, the Bulldogs made just four of 27 three-point attempts and went 20-for-62 (32.3 percent) from the field overall. 

TLU trailed by as many as nine in the first half and by three at the half. The Bulldogs rallied with a 15-7 run to start the second half. Reserve guard Katie Moore came off the bench and hit a three-pointer with 13:46 to play to give TLU a five-point lead. Moore scored a career-high nine points and dished out two assists. 

The TLU lead grew to seven with 3:41 remaining, but Colorado College didn't quite. The Tigers tied the game at 60 on a lay-up by Katie Waters with 1:33 on the clock. 

Karisa Cantu came right down the floor and scored with a lay-up  to put TLU in front again. 

The Tigers twice came within two points in the final 39 seconds, but TLU made eight of 10 free throws in those final 39 seconds and closed the game on a 10-4 run. 

Cantu and Kristen Lye each scored 12 for the Bulldogs. Cantu collected four assists, three steals and three rebounds. Lye grabbed seven rebounds and made 4-of-6 at the free throw line. 

Taylor Dydalewicz added 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds, and Moore and Autumn Shead each chipped in nine. Moore and Shead were a combined nine-for-nine at the free throw line. 

As a team, the Bulldogs made 26 of 33 free throw attempts. 

The top four teams in the SCAC - TLU, Trinity, Schreiner and Southwestern - now are separated by one game in the current standings. TLU closes the regular season with home games against Trinity on Friday at 8 p.m. and Southwestern on Saturday at 6 p.m., and a road game against Schreiner (in Kerrville on Feb. 22). 

The team at the top of the SCAC standings at the end of the regular season earns the conference's top seed for the SCAC Championship Tournament, to be hosted by Trinity Feb. 28-March 2.

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Bulldogs' bid for four straight road wins falls short in Colorado Springs

February 12th, 2014

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Joshua Alderman had a chance to win the game at the buzzer, but his 3-pointer fell short as the Texas Lutheran men’s basketball team’s three-game road winning streak came to an end in a 70-69 loss to Colorado College Sunday afternoon. 

The Bulldogs had a one-point lead with 31 seconds after Donte McGee knocked a pair of clutch free throws. The next possession though, Colorado College would retake the lead behind a Chris Lesnansky hook shot from six feet banked in. 

The Bulldogs called a timeout with ball and nine seconds remaining. Head coach Tommy Jones drew up a play to get Alderman a look from three in the corner, but Colorado College closed out, forcing Alderman to leave the shot short. 

The loss dropped Texas Lutheran's record to 8-13 overall and 3-8 in the SCAC while also snapping that aforementioned three-game road winning streak. The win improved Colorado College to 14-6 on the year and 7-4 in the SCAC. 

It was fitting Lesnansky hit the game-winning shot for the Tigers as the junior dropped 30 in the game, almost half of Colorado College's 70 points. He and senior Ryan Milne combined for 51 of the 70 points. 

The Bulldogs went toe-to-toe with the Tigers all game and actually outshot them from the field. TLU shot 52.1 percent (25-of-48) from the field while holding the Tigers to just 43.4 percent. 

Perhaps the difference in the game was at the three-point line where the Bulldogs made 1-of-8 (12.5 percent). The Tigers weren't great from deep either, but they knocked down five 3-pointers. 

The Bulldogs were balanced in the scoring department, with Garrett Wilkins leading the way with 18 points. Fourteen of those points came in the second half, where he shot 5-of-10 from the field. 

Four TLU players finished in double figures. Robert Watson Jr. dropped 16, while McGee finished with 13. Troy Griffith was the other double-figure scoring, following up his season-high 15 points on Friday with 12 more Sunday. 

The Tigers led the entire first half with the Bulldogs shooting just 39.1 percent from the field while Colorado College shot 42.9 percent. The Bulldog deficit was as large as 10 with 5:25 left in the first half, but they cut it to seven at the half. 

The TLU defense came out ready in the second half, holding the Tigers scoreless for the first four minutes of the half as the Bulldogs scored seven straight points to tie the game at 35-35. 

The Bulldogs would take their first lead of the game at the 14:41 mark of the second half on a Wilkins layup. The Tigers would retake the lead, stretching things back out to a five-point advantage at the 11:23 mark. 

Once again though, the Bulldogs battled back, taking a 51-50 lead with 9:11 to go in the game. The two teams would trade leads several times over the next few minutes before the Bulldogs opened up a three-point lead, their largest of the game, with 2:10 left. Eventually, Colorado College would retake the lead before McGee's two free throws set up the game-ending sequence. 

Texas Lutheran is back in action this weekend with its final home conference matchups against Trinity and Southwestern. They will host Trinity at 6 p.m. Friday before hosting Southwestern at 4 p.m. Saturday. Live video and live stats will be available via TLUBulldogs.com.

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Sixth-inning rally helps TLU softball to season-opening split at Abilene Christian

February 12th, 2014

(Abilene) – The Texas Lutheran softball program opened its season on a high note, splitting a road doubleheader against NCAA Division I-opponent Abilene Christian on Sunday afternoon. The Bulldogs dropped the first game 10-7 before rallying to take the second 4-3. 

Rally was exactly what the Bulldogs did in that second game, not only rallying from a game-one loss, but also rallying from three-runs down in the sixth inning to come away with an impressive win. All four of their runs came in that sixth inning. All four of those runs came off one game-changing swing of the bat from Ashley Jacobsen. 

Jacobsen hit a grand slam that scored Jaime Ohm, Grace Estes and Jacquelyn Brown. The Bulldog offense was held in check until that inning, but then it exploded for three of the six hits in the game. It all started when Brown led off with a triple to centerfield. Both Estes and Ohm followed with walks before Jacobsen stepped to the plate and hammered her first homer of the year. 

Jacobsen finished the day 1-for-3 with those four big RBI and that run scored. Brown was the only Bulldog to have a multi-hit game, finishing 2-for-3 from the plate with a run scored. 

After the four-run sixth, Amanda Lochte  earned her first save of her collegiate career. The freshman shut down Abilene Christian in the final two innings, giving up just a single in each of the last two frames to close out the win. 

Kimberly Leschber was credited with the win as she threw the game's first five innings for the Bulldogs, giving up three runs on six hits. All three of those runs came in the first two innings where she gave up four of her six hits and all four of her walks. After the nerves of her first-career TLU start wore off, she settled down and gave up just two hits in her final three innings of work. 

The Bulldogs were right in the thick of things in the opening game of the doubleheader as well, but couldn't quite overcome a strong Abilene Christian offense despite scoring seven runs and nearly rallying back from an seven-run deficit. 

Much like the second game, the Bulldogs found themselves behind early as Abilene Christian scored eight runs in the first two innings, including a seven-run second. 

After getting behind though, the TLU offense came to life in a big way with the long ball leading the way. The Bulldogs launched three homeruns in the final five innings, including two in the third. Grace Estes and Taylor Yancey (Magnolia, Texas) each left the yard in the third inning. Estes hit a solo shot, while Yancey smacked a two-run shot. 

In the fifth inning, with the team down 8-4, Estes hit her second homer of the day, another solo shot. Later on the inning, the Bulldogs would inch closer after scoring a run off an Abilene Christian error. 

In the sixth, TLU would make it just a one-run game after Jacobsen ripped an RBI single that scored Estes. Unfortunately, that would be the closest the Bulldogs would get as Abilene Christian scored two runs of its own in the bottom of the sixth. 

The Bulldogs cranked out nine hits in the ballgame, with Estes enjoying a 3-for-3 day with four runs scored, two RBI and one walk. Ohm and Yancey each rapped out a couple of hits, as well. 

In the circle, Taylor Grissom got the start and gave up eight runs, though just one of those was earned, in one and 2/3 innings of work. The sophomore was making her first start of her TLU career and gave up eight hits. 

Freshman Samantha Yenne came in to relieve Grissom and threw the next three and 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on two hits and pair of walks. She also struck out four in her TLU debut. 

Lochte wrapped things up for the Bulldogs, throwing the final inning and not allowing a run or a hit, just a single walk. 

Texas Lutheran was scheduled to play a doubleheader against Hardin Simmons in Abilene on Monday, but it was cancelled due to inclement weather. 

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Tuesday Results

February 12th, 2014

Navarro girls' basketball def. Somerset 68-37, 3A bi-district playoffs

Marion girls' baksetball def. Vanderbilt-Industrial 55-30, 2A bi-district playoffs

Marion boys' basketball lost to S.A.-Cole 46-43

Navarro boys' basketball vs. Wimberley ***no final reported***

Seguin boys' basketball def. Alamo Heights 52-51

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Marion boys crush Dilley, seek outright 29-2A title tonight

February 11th, 2014

(Marion) – The Marion High School basketball team is one victory away from an outright District 29-2A championship and an undefeated run through the district schedule blowing out Dilley 90-29 Saturday afternoon in a game that was pushed back a day due to inclement weather on Friday.  

The Bulldogs (19-8 overall) are 13-0 in district play and hold a one-game lead over 12-1 San Antonio-Cole with one game left on the schedule.  The two squads face each other tonight in San Antonio, with Marion looking to secure the outright district championship and Cole looking to force a shared title and tiebreak game to determine the district’s top playoff seed.  The Bulldogs won the first meeting between the teams 53-47 in Marion on Jan. 17.  

Tanner Bridges scored 26 points on 12-15 shooting to lead four Bulldogs in double figures against Dilley.  He also posted game-highs with four assists and four steals.  Joe Eicher added 21 points and eight rebounds, Nicholaus Hauptman put in 16, and Camden Wilson finished with 11.  Tom Donnelly grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds to go with three points.  James Norwood scored five points, while Casey Blakely and Tim Donnelly contributed four apiece.  

Marion outscored Dilley 22-6 in the first quarter, 22-7 in the second, 23-8 in the third, and 23-8 in the fourth.  

Tonight’s tip-time for Marion and Cole in San Antonio is 8 p.m. 

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Seguin boys down Lions in final home game

February 11th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Seguin High School boys’ basketball team outlasted Lockhart 72-65 Saturday evening on Parents Night at Goldie Harris Gym.  The Matadors’ final home game of the season was postponed 24 hours from its original Friday start time due to inclement weather in the area Friday evening. 

On a night when Seguin’s five seniors took the court at Harris Gym for the final time in their varsity careers, it was a sophomore who ended up stealing the show, as reserve shooting guard Austin Sanchez led all scorers with a season-high 20 points.  Each of the seniors found the scoring column as well – Skyler Brooks put in 19 points, Jordan Eppright netted 16, Michael Garza finished with 10, Auden Liscano had three, and Dylan Kiel two.  Isidro Guzman also chipped in with two points. 

Seguin jumped out to a 31-12 lead by the end of the first quarter, and margin was down to 10 points, 57-47, heading into the fourth period.  The Matadors held off the Lions in the closing minutes for the seven-point win. 

The Seguin boys are 5-8 in District 27-4A, 11-19 overall.  The Matadors conclude the season tonight when they visit Alamo Heights at 7 p.m. in San Antonio. 

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Falcons fall at home to Castle Hills

February 11th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Lifegate Christian School boys’ varsity basketball team suffered a 63-44 loss to San Antonio-Castle Hills Friday evening in a TAPPS district contest at Lifegate Gym in Seguin.  

The defeat dropped the Falcons to 8-6 in district play, 12-8 overall.  

Jacob Reneau led Lifegate with 12 points, and also grabbed five rebounds.  Dustin Delany barely missed a double-double, scoring nine points and snaring a team-high nine rebounds.  Daniel Fiedler added nine points and two steals, while Steele Sullivan swiped a team-high four steals and dished out a team-best five assists.  Michael McKinney contributed six rebounds. 

Lifegate is back on the court Friday with a 7:30 p.m. road game at San Antonio-Gateway. 

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TLU baseball collects doubleheader sweep of No. 11/14 ranked UT-Tyler

February 11th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Texas Lutheran baseball team completed a doubleheader sweep of nationally-ranked University of Texas at Tyler with 4-1 and 6-5 wins Saturday at TLU's Katt-Isbel Field. 

TLU finished off a 3-0 weekend that included a 9-1 win over Chapman(Calif.) on Friday and the two wins Saturday against UT Tyler (0-2).  The Patriots received preseason rankings of No. 11 from Collegiate Baseball Magazine and No. 14 from D3baseball.com. 

In the early game Saturday, TLU senior right-hander Dwayne Snider took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and came within a batter of tossing a one-hit shutout. Snider (1-0) settled for 6-2/3 innings pitched with six strikeouts, four walks and two hits. 

Thomas Harwell retired the final batter with runners at the corners and the tying run at the plate. He picked up his first collegiate save. 

Tony Gennusa doubled, stole two bases, scored a run and collected three hits. Christian DeBlanc knocked in a pair of runs, and Zach Jacobs added an RBI groundout. 

Gunner Baker took the loss for the Patriots in the early game. He went 3-2/3 innings and allowed three earned runs. He walked five and struck out one. 

In the late game, in a back-and-forth affair with two lead changes and two ties, TLU's Klaus Bohrmann broke a 5-5 tie in the seventh with a solo home run to left field. Bohrmann was one of four Bulldogs to have at least two hits in the late game. 

Gennusa and DeBlanc each drove in a pair of runs, and Mason Briscoe scored two runs. 

Senior left-hander Blake Balazs pitched three innings of one-hit relief and struck out three batters to pick up the win. 

Brett Clark retired the final two batters in the ninth to collect his first career save. Clark allowed a double to the first batter he faced, but he secured the final two outs on a fly ball to center and a groundout to third. 

Lefty sidearm pitcher Ryan Welch retired UT Tyler slugger Kevan House on a groundout to third to start the ninth. 

Joshua Holley (0-1) registered the loss in relief for the Patriots.  Second baseman Reid Coover went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. 

TLU continues its non-conference schedule with a 2 p.m. home game Tuesday against former conference foe Concordia Texas. TLU, now a member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, played in the American Southwest Conference with Concordia Texas from 2001 to 2013.  Before the ASC, Concordia and TLU played together in the Heart of Texas Conference. TLU will have live video and stats for the single, 9-inning game on tlubulldogs.com.

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Tuesday Schedule

February 11th, 2014

Navarro girls' basketball vs. Somerset, 3A bi-district playoffs @ La Vernia, 7 p.m. on 1580-AM and www.seguintoday.com

Marion girls' basketball vs. Vanderbilt-Industrial, 2A bi-district playoffs @ Schulenburg, 7 p.m.

Seguin boys' basketball @ Alamo Heights, 7 p.m.

Navarro boys' basketball vs. Wimberley, 7 p.m.

Marion boys' basketball @ S.A.-Cole, 8 p.m.

TLU baseball vs. Concordia ***postponed to Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. @ Tornado Field, Austin****

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Panthers fall to Boerne, still in 27-3A playoff race

February 10th, 2014

(Geronimo) - The outsized Navarro High School boys' basketball team turned in a scrappy effort against the much taller Boerne Greyhounds Friday night, but the Panthers came up short by a 48-40 final in the District 27-3A contest at the Navarro Events Center in Geronimo. 

Navarro entered the night trailing Wimberley by one game with two remaining in the race for the fourth and final playoff berth in District 27-3A.  The Texans fell to Bandera 65-61, so the Panthers are still just a game back and have a chance to force a fourth-place tie if they can defeat Wimberley on Tuesday. 

Navarro trailed by just three points Friday night after Desmond Smith drained a three with 34 seconds remaining, but the Panthers were forced to foul on each Boerne possession down the stretch, and Boerne knocked down enough free throws to pull away for the eight-point win.    

Navarro forward Ty Durham was forced to exit the game early with a minor injury, and his absence left an already shorthanded Panther squad a bit undermanned on both ends of the court.  

"That really hurt us, because he plays a real pivitol role.  He is our second leading scorer, he's our best rebounder, and he's got a little bit of length - what length we have - and so that really hurt us, but I was very proud of our kids for just staying in there and just continuing to do the things I asked them to do."  

Desmond Smith scored 18 points to lead the Panthers, but he and his teammates had a difficult time generating quality shot attempts against the 2-3 zone defense employed by the much taller Boerne lineup.  

Navarro played well enough on the defensive end to win, but again, the Greyhounds size caused problems in their ability to pound the ball inside, draw fouls, and extend possessions with offensive rebounds.  

"We've done a good job of trying to play good defense, and trying to do the things that we're asking them to do, but, as you can see, our height, when it's 6'6" versus 6'0", it just didn't come out very well," Weaver said.  

Boerne post Anthony Cravey, who's listed at 6'4" on the Greyhounds' roster, did most of the damage in the paint, particularly on the defensive end.  He finished with six blocked shots while also leading his team offensively with 18 points on 6-8 shooting.  

Weaver was pleased that Navarro limited Cravey to just eight field goal attempts after allowing him to score 26 points on 12-14 shooting in Boerne's 77-67 win over the Panthers on Jan. 21.  

"One of our goals was to do a better job on number 50 (Cravey), and he didn't get near what he did the last time we played them."  

Navarro is 2-7 in District 27-3A, 14-17 overall.  The Panthers conclude the regular season with a home game against Wimberley on Tuesday at 7 p.m. 



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Weekend Results

February 10th, 2014

Saturday

Seguin boys' basketball def. Lockhart 72-65

Marion boys' basketball def. Dilley 90-29

TLU baseball (doubleheader) vs. UT-Tyler, won 4-1, won 6-5

Sunday

TLU men's basketball lost to Colorado College 70-69

TLU women's basketball def. Colorado College 70-64

TLU softball doubleheader @ Abilene Christian, lost 10-7, won 4-3

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Friday Results

February 7th, 2014

Navarro boys' basketball lost to Boerne 48-40

TLU men's basketball def. Dallas 75-68

TLU women's basketball def. Dallas 58-52

TLU baseball def. Chapman 9-1

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Friday postponments/ cancellations

February 7th, 2014

Seguin boys' basketball vs. Lockhart, postponed to Saturday, 7 p.m.

Navarro boys' basketball vs. Boerne, moved up to 6 p.m.

Marion boys' basketball vs. Dilley, postponed to Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

Seguin girls' soccer @ Floresville, cancelled.

Seguin's Sydney Riordan @ Region 4 Swim Meet, postponed to Saturday, 9 a.m.

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Matador duo to continue football careers at TLU

February 7th, 2014

(Seguin) – Seguin football fans won’t have to travel far to watch Matadors Sheldon Whitson and Hunter Ullrich play college football over the next four seasons.  The two Seguin High School seniors committed to join Texas Lutheran’s program during National Signing Day festivities on Wednesday.  

Whitson, a 5’10” wide receiver and backup quarterback for the Matadors over the past two seasons, hauled in 22 receptions for 314 yards and three touchdowns in 2013 while also running for three scores and throwing for one.  The opportunity to play football in his hometown factored into Whitson’s decision to attend TLU, but he based his choice predominantly on the university being the best fit for his academic goals.  

“It’s a great academic school.  I intend to major in education and minor in biology to become a biology teacher and football coach, loving football and keeping it going, especially as a coach too.  TLU has a great education program.  I know guys who’ve gone through it, and I even have family who’s gone through it, and they enjoyed it.”  

As for Ullrich, the 6’0, 270 lb All-District 27-4A defensive tackle chose TLU for the chance to keep representing the community he grew up in on the football field, and for the opportunity to grow academically in a smaller campus environment.  

“What really factored in is that I’m a small town guy, I’ve lived in Seguin my entire life, TLU is a small campus, which I like, and you can be one-on-one with your teachers – you’re not just a number there.  Coach (Danny) Padron seems like a pretty good coach, and it seems like the whole football team is really family oriented, and so is the school, and that’s something that I really want to continue from high school.”  

Whitson and Ullrich join a Texas Lutheran program that’s clearly on the rise under head coach Danny Padron.  The Bulldogs went 8-1 in 2013 and captured the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championship while barely missing out on a berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs.  TLU will play its home games in a new on-campus stadium beginning in 2014 after calling Seguin’s Matador Stadium home for several decades.  

“They’re climbing the ranks and getting better and better every year,” Whitson said.  “I sat down and talked to the coaches, and they’re ready for some big seasons ahead of us, and that’s great.” 

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Marion standouts Stanley, DeHoyos ink commitments on National Signing Day

February 7th, 2014

(Marion) – Marion High School seniors Jourden Stanley and Raphael DeHoyos will both continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level after accepting scholarships Wednesday morning on National Signing Day.  

Stanley, a two-year starting quarterback for the Bulldogs, will attend Oklahoma Panhandle State, an NCAA Division II program in Goodwell, Oklahoma.  DeHoyos, a running-back and linebacker as well as a starting pitcher on the Marion baseball team, will receiving a dual scholarship to play football and baseball at Northwestern College, and NAIA school in Orange City, Iowa.  He’ll become a teammate of his older brother Nathan DeHoyos, who graduated from Marion in 2011 and is currently a junior at Northwestern.  

As a dual-threat quarterback, Stanley was the MVP of District 15-2A-Division-I in 2013 after throwing for 1,489 yards and 15 touchdowns while running for 1,299 yards and 22 scores.  He also collected four interceptions as a first-team All-District defensive back.  Stanley and DeHoyos led Marion to its first outright district championship in football since the 1970s, and to an appearance in the second round of the 2A Division I playoffs.  

DeHoyos earned first-team All-District recognition on both sides of the ball as well, as a running-back and linebacker.  He still has his final season of varsity baseball in front of him, but he played like a senior in 2013 on the mound and at the plate, earning first-team All-District accolades along the way.  DeHoyos led the Bulldog pitching staff with a 10-1 record, a 1.24 ERA, and 104 strikeouts.  Offensively, he posted a .380 batting average with four home runs, 30 RBIs and 13 runs scored and helped Marion to a 29-7 record, a District 29-2A championship, and a trip to the 2A Region 4 championship series. 

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SHS tennis produces two wins at East Central tourney

February 7th, 2014

The Seguin High School boys’ and girls’ tennis teams competed in the East Central Invitational last Thursday – Saturday and saw nine individuals advance to the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds.  The Matadors brought home two trophies.  Kevin Clack earned a first-place finish in boys’ singles, and the duo of Kelsey Shanafelt and Macy Soefje took second in girls’ doubles. 

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Falcons down Cornerstone, New Life, fall to Believers, Hill Country

February 7th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Lifegate Christian School boys’ varsity basketball team won two of four games in TAPPS District 4-1A play in a span of a week, earning victories over San Angelo-Cornerstone (55-45) and San Antonio-New Life (44-39) last Friday and Saturday, but falling to River City Believers 45-37 on Tuesday and to San Marcos-Hill Country 64-48 on Thursday.   

In the win over Cornerstone, Daniel Fiedler scored 14 points and dished out five assists, while Jacob Reneau provided a strong presence inside with 11 points, seven rebounds, and three blocks.  Austin Rabon also put in 11 points, and came up with three steals on the defensive end. 

The victory over New Life saw Rabon lead the way with 13 points and six steals.  Reneau added 11 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and blocked two shots.  Michael McKinney chipped in with eight points, five boards, and four steals, and Dustin Delany barely missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.  

The loss to Believers produced a season series split between the programs, with Lifegate winning the first meeting 52-46 in overtime on Jan. 10.  In the Tuesday night rematch, the Falcons were unable to hold onto a five-point, fourth-quarter lead.  Reneau totaled 17 points and eight rebounds in the defeat, Delany had seven points and seven boards, Fiedler contributed seven points and five steals, and Steele Sullivan came up with three steals. 

The setback to Hill Country saw Fiedler lead the team with 14 points and five steals, while Michael McKinney produced 13 points and seven rebounds.   

Lifegate is 12-7 overall, 8-5 in district.  The Falcons host Castle Hills at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

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Friday Schedule

February 7th, 2014

Seguin boys’ basketball vs. Lockhart, 7 p.m.

Navarro boys’ basketball vs. Boerne, 7 p.m.

Marion boys’ basketball vs. Dilley, 6:30 p.m.

Lifegate girls’ basketball vs. S.A.-Castle Hills, 6 p.m.

Lifegate boys’ basketball vs. S.A.-Castle Hills, 7:30 p.m.

TLU men’s basketball @ U. of Dallas, 6 p.m.

TLU women’s basketball @ U. of Dallas, 8 p.m.

TLU baseball vs. Chapman (season opener), 2 p.m.

Seguin boys’ soccer vs. San Marcos, 6 p.m.

Seguin girls’ soccer @ Floresville, 7 p.m.

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Thursday Result

February 7th, 2014

Lifegate boys' basketball lost to S.M.-Hill Country 64-48

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Seguin boys bumped from playoff race in loss to Boerne-Champion

February 6th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Seguin High School boys’ basketball team saw its playoff hopes evaporate Friday night in a 50-46 loss to Boerne-Champion at Goldie Harris Gym.  The Matadors (10-19, 4-8) trail the Chargers by four games with only two left on the schedule in the race for the fourth and final playoff berth in District 27-4A.  Champion (20-7, 8-4) clinched a trip to the post-season with the victory.  

Seguin rallied back from a 34-17 deficit in the third quarter with 15 straight points to spark an 18-2 run that brought the margin back to a single point, 36-35, late in that period.  The Matadors trailed by three going into the fourth quarter, fell back behind by eight, but rallied pulled to within two with less than a minute remaining on a three-pointer by Skyler Brooks.  Champion was able to hold off the Matadors in the game’s waning moments and board the bus back to Boerne with a four-point win.  

The Matadors missed the front end of a one-and-one on three consecutive trips to the free throw line during one stretch of the fourth quarter, and head coach Dwayne Gerlich says that was one of two factors that kept his team from pulling out the must-win game. 

“Make free throws, rebound – those two we did not do tonight.  I thought our defense was pretty good for the most part, but you can’t give up those second and third chance points.  We made some things happen on the other end in the second half and got some penetration against their zone and didn’t know the free throws down.  That was a big part of the game there at the end.”  

Jordan Eppright scored 18 points to lead Seguin, and Austin Sanchez drained four threes in the second half to provide 12 points off the bench.  Boerne-Champion held the Matadors’ leading scorer Skyler Brooks to just eight points – 13 below his average – for the second time this season.  Brock Gerlich added six points, and Dylan Kiel rounded out the scoring with two. 

Despite being eliminated from the playoff race, Seguin head coach Dwayne Gerlich expects his team to play hard over the final two games and give a proper sendoff to seniors Brooks, Eppright, Kiel, Auden Liscano, and Michael Garza. 

“They’ve given everything to this program.  They’ve given their heart and hard dedication to working and trying to make things better around here in our basketball program.  We’re going to finish this thing right.  They way these guys have played all year, I don’t have any doubt that they’re going to give it their all.”  

Seguin hosts Parent Night in its final home game of the season on Friday, with Lockhart visiting Goldie Harris Gym at 7 p.m. 

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SHS girls conclude season with road loss to Chargers

February 6th, 2014

(Boerne) – The Seguin High School girls’ basketball team closed the 2013-2014 season Tuesday evening with a 55-29 loss to Boerne-Champion in Boerne.  The Matadors trailed 16-10 at the end of the first quarter, 24-12 at halftime, and 36-18 going into the fourth quarter.  

Brittany Ball and Sabrina Segovia scored eight points apiece in the loss, and Ball grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.  Hailey Gil put in four points, while Alexus Franklin netted three points and collected four steals.  Andrea Castillo also finished with three, Aliyah Ramon two, and Cortlin Buchanan one.  

The Seguin girls went 3-11 in District 27-4A, and the team’s final season record is 10-22. 

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Navarro basketball teams sweep Canyon Lake, girls finish second in 27-3A

February 6th, 2014

(Geronimo) – Both Navarro High School basketball teams earned victories over their counterparts from Canyon Lake in District 27-3A Tuesday night.  The Navarro girls concluded the regular season and secured second place in the final district standings with a 42-25 win over the Hawks in Fischer.  The Navarro boys notched a critical win to keep their playoff hopes alive with a 63-39 blowout in Geronimo.  

The Navarro girls (28-7, 8-2) finish one game back of Boerne in the final 27-3A standings.  The Greyhounds clinched the district championship Tuesday with a 64-40 win over Wimberley.  

The Panthers’ suffocating defensive effort carried them to a 26-6 halftime lead over Canyon Lake.  Andrea Besa led Navarro in scoring with 13 points, and Shannon Thompson added 10.  Summer Sahd put in eight points, Joni Frazier contributed four, and the Panthers received two apiece from Sierra Leal and Allison Hensley.  Josselyn Rodriguez and Bethany Burrus each hit a free throw.  

The Navarro girls face Somerset, the third-place team from District 28-3A, in the bi-district round of the playoffs next week.  The time and location had yet to be announced at press time. 

The Navarro boys improved to 2-6 in district, 14-16 overall with the home win over Canyon Lake.  The Panthers trail Wimberley by one game in the race for the fourth and final playoff berth in 27-3A with two games left on the schedule, and Navarro has a game left against the Texans, next Tuesday in Geronimo.  

Desmond Smith sparked the Panthers against Canyon Lake with a game-high 22 points.  Ty Durham added 16 points, and Nehal Patel gave the team a lift defensively by taking four charges.  Eric Hinkelmann totaled five points, Garrett Weaver put in four, and Jesse Rabadan three.  Patel and Jay Leal rounded out the scoring with two points apiece. 

The Navarro boys host Boerne in a district contest Friday at 7 p.m.

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Marion basketball teams roll past Brooks, boys move to 12-0 in district

February 6th, 2014

(Marion) – Both Marion High School basketball teams cruised to District 29-2A blowouts of San Antonio-Brooks at home Tuesday night.  The Marion boys improved their unblemished district record to 12-0 with a 75-45 win, while the Bulldog girls concluded the regular season with an 85-23 shellacking of the Bengals. 

Cami Davis notched a triple-double with 19 points, 13 assists, and 10 steals in the girls’ game.  The Marion girls (18-13) finish second in District 29-2A with a 12-2 district record, two games back of district champion San Antonio-Cole.  The Bulldogs’ bi-district playoff details had yet to be confirmed at press time.  

Alyssa Ward added a 14-point, 10-rebound double, while Amy Stoermer and Christin Haecker also reached double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively.  Natalie Deml scored nine points, Leighanna Bridwell eight, Jordan Mendez six, Hayley Davison four, Reagan Langemeier two, and Stacey Radtke one.  

With the 75-45 win over Brooks, the Marion boys (18-8) remain one game ahead of second-place Cole (11-1 dist.) with two games left on the 29-2A schedule. 

Five Bulldogs reached double figures in the boys’ contest, led by Camden Wilson’s 16 points.  Wilson also notched team highs with nine rebounds and eight assists.  Nicholaus Hauptman put in 13 points, while Tim Donnelly, James Norwood, and Tanner Bridges contributed 11 apiece.  Donnelly also provided eight rebounds and four steals.  Michael Rayos scored eight points, Joe Eicher five, and Casey Blakely two.  

The Marion boys look to take another step toward a district title Friday night when they host Dilley at 6:30 p.m. 

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Seguin’s Riordan qualifies for regional swim meet

February 6th, 2014

(San Antonio) - Seguin High School junior Sydney Riordan qualified for the UIL Class-4A Region 4 swim meet last week with a fourth-place finish in the women’s 50m freestyle at the District 28-4A meet last Saturday at Palo Alto College in San Antonio.  Riordan completed the finals in 25.99 seconds, tying with Dripping Springs’ Kelsie Ballard for the fourth spot.  She also competed in the 100m freestyle at the district meet, finishing seventh out of 20 participants in that event.  The Region 4 meet is this Friday, also at Palo Alto College. 

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TLU Women notch sixth-straight victory, down Austin College 88-67

February 5th, 2014

(Seguin) – Texas Lutheran Women's Basketball stayed within a game of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference lead and won its sixth-straight game with a 88-67 victory Saturday over Austin College. The win followed a 75-50 rout of Centenary to begin the home stand on Friday.

In TLU's Memorial Gymnasium, the Bulldogs scored 53 second-half points and made 13 three-pointers (nine in the second half). The Bulldogs shot 50 percent from the three-point line and 46 percent from the field.

Austin College made just 33.3 percent of its total shots and 33.3 percent of its three-point attempts.

TLU improved to 15-5 overall and to 7-2 in the SCAC. Austin dropped to 9-9 overall and to 4-4 in the SCAC.

Savannah Hight and Karisa Cantu each scored 15 for the Bulldogs. Hight added five rebounds and two steals.

Taylor Dydalewicz recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Bianca Casas

chipped in 11 points and five assists.

Dalia Camargo dished out seven of TLU's 23 assists.

Brittany Stepanski and Erin Riley scored 17 and 16, respectively, for Austin College. Riley added six rebounds.

TLU has won 12 of its last 14 games. The 15 wins in 2013-14 are the most for the Bulldogs since the 1998-99 team won 15 and lost 11.

The Bulldogs will look for win No. 16 on Friday at the University of Dallas. The Bulldogs and Crusaders tip-off at 8 p.m. that night in Irving. TLU faces Colorado College at 2 p.m. (MST) on Sunday. The game will be TLU's first in Colorado Springs, Colo. TLU will have live video webcasts of all women's and men's games against Dallas and Colorado College next week. Webcasts are available free on tlubulldogs.com.

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Long-range barrage too much for Bulldogs in loss to Austin College

February 5th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Texas Lutheran men’s basketball team Lutheran struggled from long range in the second half, while Austin College hit eight second-half threes as the Bulldogs dropped their second straight game, losing 78-71 to the 'Roos on Saturday afternoon. 

The loss followed a 76-71 home setback to Centenary on Friday evening, and dropped TLU's record to 7-12 on the year and 2-7 in conference play. Austin College improved to 6-11 (2-6 SCAC). 

The three-point shot was a difference maker Saturday, with the 'Roos finishing with 11 made threes compared to four for the Bulldogs. The outside production was a huge part of a 25-10 Austin College second-half run that turned the tied of the game and took a 46-44 TLU lead and flipped it into a 67-54 Austin College advantage. 

The Bulldogs' numbers from the field were relatively similar to Austin College's, with the Bulldogs finishing with 40 percent shooting on the day compared to 45 percent for the 'Roos. 

Jordan Kouremetis led the way for Texas Lutheran, scoring 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting and chipping in with three rebounds and two assists. 

Thomas Verm was the other Bulldog to score in double figures, finishing one rebound shy of a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds. 

Austin College was led by Jeremy Swisher, who scored a game-high 20 points. Fourteen of those points came in the second half where he knocked down four 3-pointers. 

Texas Lutheran showed some resolve a number of times Saturday. The Bulldogs found themselves down 11 points early in the first half, but battled back and eventually went into the halftime locker room clinging to a 35-34 lead. 

The second-half barrage of 3-pointers pushed their deficit back out to double digits, but once again, the Bulldogs kept fighting, even closing the Austin College lead to just four with less than two minutes to go. That would be the closest the Bulldogs would get though, with the 'Roos making their free throws down the stretch to close out the game. 

Texas Lutheran will look to snap its two-game losing streak on the road next weekend against Dallas and Colorado College. The Bulldogs face Dallas at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 before closing the weekend out against Colorado College at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9. Live video and stats will be available via TLUBulldogs.com.

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Seguin girls take first at home powerlifting meet

February 5th, 2014

The Seguin High School girls’ powerlifting team finished first in the team standings of their home meet at Tom Crump Gymnasium last week.  Individuals who finished first in their weight classes include Andie Hernandez, Alexa Magana, Arneka Hunt, with Hernandez receiving Lifter of the Meet honors.  Alexis Ortiz earned a second place finish, while Brooke Terry, Adriana Urruita, Tieara Troy-Boyd, and D’Zhona Schuler each took third place in their weight divisions.  Kaitlyn Dasher earned a fifth place finish.  The Seguin lifters compete in San Antonio-Southside meet today. 

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Seguin boys host powerlifting meet, earn second place finish

February 5th, 2014

The Seguin High School boys’ powerflifting team took second place in the team standings of its home meet at Tom Crump Gym last week.  Individually, Oscar Sanchez and D’Antre Smith earned first-place finishes in their respective weight divisions, with Sanchez claiming the Lifter of the Meet award.  Justin Villegas and Khalid Schuler finished second in their weight classes, while David Montealvo and Steven Cardenas each earned third place medals.  The Seguin lifting team continues its season today in the San Antonio-Southside meet.

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Tuesday Results

February 5th, 2014

Seguin boys' basketball lost to Boerne-Champion 50-46

Seguin girls' basketball lost to Boerne-Champion 55-29

Navarro boys' basketball def. Canyon Lake 63-39

Navarro girls' basketball def. Canyon Lake 42-25

Marion boys' basketball def. S.A.-Brooks 75-45

Marion girls' basketball def. S.A.-Brooks 85-23

Seguin boys' soccer lost to Steele 2-0

Seguin girls' soccer lost to S.A.-Southwest 3-0

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Changes ahead for Seguin, Navarro, Marion after UIL realignment

February 4th, 2014

(Seguin) – The University Interscholastic League announced its reclassifications and realignments for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years on Monday, and the extracurricular programs at Seguin, Navarro, and Marion High Schools will all see changes in the competition they face during that span.  The new alignments were established by enrolment figures submitted to the UIL by its member schools last October.  

Statewide changes in alignment and classification include the creation of a Class-6A for schools with enrolments above 2,100, and the separation of Class-4A and 3A into two football divisions during the regular season, while competing as unified classifications in other sports.  

Seguin landed in the newly formed District 27-5A.  Class-5A under the new configuration is no longer the largest in the state, and includes schools with enrolments between 1,060 and 2,099.  The Matadors will compete in a nine-school district that also includes Boerne-Champion, Floresville, Kerrville-Tivy, Lockhart, Alamo Heights, San Antonio-Kennedy, San Antonio-Memorial, and San Marcos.  Notable changes from the current District 27-4A setup include the absence of Clemens, Buda-Hays, and Kyle-Lehman, and the addition of San Marcos, Floresville, Kennedy, and Memorial. 

The nine-team setup made completing the football schedule easy for Seguin head coach and athletic director Wayne Walker.  The Matadors will open the season against Cedar Park-Vista Ridge, play New Braunfels in the second game, and dive right into district play from that point. 

“The district didn’t change as far as there are going to be some good teams in there, and we’re going to have to play well,” Walker noted.  “The other piece of that is, you don’t have to look for very many games to schedule.  We know several of these teams in our district, and we’re getting some new faces, and that’s always fun for the kids to play somebody different.”  

Navarro will compete in District 13-4A-Division II in football, and District 26-4A in other sports.  Class-4A now includes schools with enrolments between 465 and 1,059 students.  Navarro’s new football district is a small one (five teams) that also includes Hondo, Llano, Lytle, and Wimberley.  In all other sports, the Panthers’ district opponents will be Canyon Lake, Cuero, Gonzales, La Vernia, Wimberley, and Yoakum.  

“It’s kind of what we anticipated, though we though Devine might be in there, but we feel like it will be a very competitive district,” Navarro head football coach and athletic director Les Goad said.  “Wimberley has won recent state championships, Llano won their district championship last year, Hondo is always a regional contender, and Llano coming down, that’s a good move for them.  They’ve been in a real stiff district with Liberty Hill and Burnet and those guys, so I think it will be a very competitive district.”  

Marion becomes a member of District 13-3A-Division 1 in football, and District 26-3A in other sports.  The Bulldogs’ football district is a six-team grouping that also features Comfort, Ingram-Moore, Luling, San Antonio-Cole, and Randolph.  In other sports, Marion will play district games against Natalia, San Antonio-Brooks, Cole, San Antonio-Harmony, and Randolph.  

“I’m excited,” Marion head football coach and athletic director Bruce Salmon said.  “Any time you get a chance for a new realignment, there’s always anticipation coming into it, and then when you finally know what direction you’re heading and who to start preparing for, it’s always kind of a sense of relief.  I really like the fact that we’re a closer district as far as distance goes.  It’s a chance to play in front of some big crowds, and a little easier travel for our kids.” 

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Matadors host Chargers with playoff hopes in jeopardy, game to air on KWED

February 4th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Seguin High School boys’ basketball team faces a must-win scenario tonight if it hopes to stay mathematically alive in the District 27-4A playoff race.  The Matadors host the team they’re trying to catch, Boerne-Champion, in a 7 p.m. contest at Goldie Harris Gym.  The Chargers own a three-game lead over Seguin for the districts’ fourth and final playoff berth with three games left on the schedule.  Boerne-Champion is 7-4 in district play, 19-7 overall after upsetting Buda-Hays 43-42 on Friday.  The Matadors come in with a 4-7district record and a 10-18 season mark after holding off Kerrville-Tivy 85-83 in overtime on the same night. 

A Seguin win tonight would narrow the gap to two games with two remaining and create a 1-1 split in the head-to-head season series.  Boerne-Champion won the first meeting between the teams 47-36 in Boerne on Jan. 10.  Champion can clinch a playoff berth and eliminate the Matadors from contention with a victory tonight.  

The Chargers, under head coach Stan Leech, have used a methodical style to outscore opponents by an average of 55.6 to 46.3 per game.  Champion’s top individual player is point guard Quentin Lenard.  The 5’11” senior averages 14.9 points, 3.9 assists, and 2.4 steals per game.  

Seguin has relied heavily on the duo of Skyler Brooks (21.3) and Jordan Eppright (15.5) to carry the offensive load.  Head coach Dwayne Gerlich’s squad has been productive enough to average 62.9 points per game, but they’ve struggled a bit on the defensive end, allowing opponents to score at a clip of 65.6 per contest.  

The Chargers held the Matadors to their lowest point total of the season in the Jan. 10 meeting, and the only Seguin player to reach double figures in that contest was Eppright with 11.  Champion limited Brooks to eight points, a little more than a third of his average, on 4-12 shooting.  The Mats had one of their better defensive games in district play, holding the Chargers to 41 percent shooting, but Seguin only connected on 28 percent of its field goal attempts.  Champion finished with a 32-19 rebounding advantage that night. 

Tonight’s Seguin – Boerne-Champion rematch will air on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com.  Pre-game coverage from Goldie Harris Gym starts at 6:45 p.m. 

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SHS soccer teams fall to S.A.-Kennedy

February 4th, 2014

(San Antonio) – Both Seguin High School soccer teams came up short over the weekend in non-district matches against San Antonio-Kennedy.  The Seguin boys fell 3-2 on Friday night, the Matador girls suffered a 2-1 setback on Saturday.  

In the boys’ match, Brandon Salamanca and Luis Alvarez scored the Seguin goals.  Goalkeeper Lionel Tello recorded four saves, and Nevin Lewis finished with five.  

Tiffany Donhouser produced the Matadors’ only goal in the girls’ match on Saturday.  Keeper Savannah Leeson came up with six saves.  

The Seguin boys host Cibolo-Steele tonight at 7 p.m.  The Seguin girls visit San Antonio-Southwest at the same time. 

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Tuesday Schedule

February 4th, 2014

Seguin boys’ basketball vs. Boerne-Champion, 7 p.m. on 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com.

Seguin girls’ basketball @ Boerne-Champion, 7 p.m.

Navarro boys’ basketball vs. Canyon Lake, 7 p.m.

Navarro girls’ basketball @ Canyon Lake, 7 p.m.

Marion girls’ basketball vs. S.A.-Brooks, 6:30 p.m.

Marion boys’ basketball vs. S.A.-Brooks, 8 p.m. 

Lifegate girls’ basketball @ Selma-Belivers, 6 p.m.

Lifegate boys’ basketball @ Selma-Believers, 7:30 p.m. 

Seguin boys’ soccer vs. Steele, 7 p.m.

Seguin girls’ soccer @ S.A.-Southwest, 7 p.m. 

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UIL football realignments

February 3rd, 2014

District 27-5A
Boerne Champion
Floresville
Kerrville Tivy
Lockhart
SA Alamo Heights
San Antonio Kennedy
San Antonio Memorial
San Marcos
Seguin

District 25-6A
Cibolo Steele
Comal Canyon
Comal Smithson Valley
Converse Judson
New Braunfels
San Antonio Wagner
Schertz Clemens

District 13-4A
Geronimo Navarro
Hondo
Llano
Lytle
Wimberley

District 13-3A
Comfort
Ingram Moore
Luling
Marion
San Antonio Cole
Universal City Randolph

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Seguin boys survive furious Tivy rally, prevail in overtime

February 3rd, 2014

(Kerrville) – The Seguin High School boys’ basketball team kept its slim playoff hopes mathematically alive in District 27-4A Friday night, but the Matadors had to survive a near disaster to do it.  Seguin allowed every bit of a 24-point second-half lead over Kerrville-Tivy to evaporate before recovering just in time to hold off the Antlers 85-82 in overtime.  

The gut-wrenching win moves the Matadors to 4-7 in district play, 10-18 overall.  Seguin trails Boerne-Champion (7-4, 19-7) by three games with three left on the schedule, so any combination of a Matador loss or Charger win the rest of the way would eliminate Seguin from the playoff race.  The two teams square off Tuesday night at Goldie Harris Gym in a 7 p.m. game that will air on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com

Seguin led 19-18 at the end of the first quarter, but Tivy used a 19-15 scoring edge in the second period to put the Mats in a 37-34 hole at halftime.  

The Matadors dominated the third quarter, building a 24-point cushion at one point and outscoring the Antlers 35-13 to take a 19-point lead, 69-50, into the fourth.  Tivy engineered a furious rally, outscoring Seguin 29-10 over the final eight minutes of regulation to force overtime, but the Matadors tightened up defensively in the extra period and managed to edge the Antlers 6-4 to hold on for the two-point win. 

Jordan Eppright scored a game-high 26 points to lead Seguin, while Brock Gerlich put in 15 and Skyler Brooks added 14.  Austin Sanchez chipped in with nine points, Auden Liscano contributed eight, and Michael Garza finished with seven. Dylan Kiel and Matthew Bothe rounded out the scoring with four and two points, respectively. 

Matthew Perry led Tivy with 25 points. 

Pre-game coverage for Tuesday’s Seguin – Boerne-Champion broadcast starts at 6:45 on KWED 1580 and www.seguintoday.com.

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Navarro girls double Bandera’s output, remain in district title hunt

February 3rd, 2014

(Geronimo) – The Navarro High School girls’ basketball team routed Bandera 56-28 in Geronimo Friday night to stay alive in the race for the District 27-3A championship.  The Panthers are 7-2 in district play, 27-7 overall, and trail first-place Boerne (8-1, 22-8) by one game in the standings with one game left on the schedule.  If Navarro wins its regular season finale against Canyon Lake Tuesday night and Boerne falls to Wimberley, the Panthers and Greyhounds would share the district title and play a tiebreak game to determine playoff seeding.  A Navarro loss or Boerne win secures the outright district title for the Greyhounds and relegates the Panthers to the second seed. 

Navarro wasted little time jumping on Bandera Friday night, building a 31-9 lead by halftime.  Shannon Thompson and Andrea Besa scored 14 points apiece, Allison Hensley put in 10, and Summer Sahd added nine.  Sierra Leal delivered four points, while Sandra Hancock and Morgan Law each had two.  Adriana Marmolejo hit a free throw.  

Navarro visits Canyon Lake in Fischer on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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Panthers come up short by a point in Bandera

February 3rd, 2014

(Bandera) – The Navarro High School boys’ basketball dropped a 49-48 nail-biter on the road to Bandera in a District 27-3A contest Friday night.  The Panthers trailed 35-26 at halftime, but rallied with a 14-6 run in the third quarter to bring the deficit to one point, 41-40, heading into the fourth period.  Navarro was unable to get over the hump down the stretch, with each team producing eight points in the final frame. 

Desmond Smith supplied two-thirds of the Panthers offense, pouring in a game-high 32 points.  Ty Durham added nine.  

The Navarro boys dropped to 1-6 in district play, 13-16 overall.  The Panthers host Canyon Lake Tuesday at 7 p.m. 

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Marion boys cruise to 11-0 district record

February 3rd, 2014

(Natalia) – The Marion High School boys’ basketball team continued its pursuit of a perfect District 29-2A season Friday night with a 62-38 road win over Natalia.  The Bulldogs own a one-game lead over San Antonio-Cole (10-1) for first place in the district standings with three games left on the schedule.  The teams conclude the regular season against each other next Tuesday, Feb. 11 in a game that could either clinch the outright 29-2A title for Marion or allow Cole to move into a first-place tie.  

Tanner Bridges filled up the stat sheet with a 22-point, 10-rebound double-double, and also recorded team highs with four steals and three assists.  He hit 10-14 field goal attempts and drained both of his threes.  Joe Eicher added 16 points, nine rebounds, two steals, and two blocked shots.  Camden Wilson reached double figures with 11 points, and Nicholaus Hauptman chipped in with nine.  Tim Donnelly ripped down a team-high 13 rebounds to go with four points, and Tom Donnelly completed the scoring with two. 

The Bulldogs held the Mustangs to 28 percent shooting and out-rebounded them 53-24, including a 19-9 edge on the offensive glass.  Marion led 27-12 by the end of the first quarter.  The margin swelled to 38-21 by halftime and 57-32 going into the fourth quarter. 

The Marion boys look to go 12-0 in district when they host San Antonio-Brooks Tuesday at 8 p.m.

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Marion girls breeze past Natalia for road win

February 3rd, 2014

(Natalia) – Cami Davis scored 30 points, dished out seven assists, and nabbed six steals Friday night to help the Marion High School girls’ basketball team roll to an 80-27 road victory over Natalia.  The Bulldogs, already locked in the second playoff seed in District 29-2A, improved to 11-2 in district, 17-13 overall.  

Hayley Davison provided a spark inside with a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double, and Leighanna Bridwell also reached double figures with 10 points.  Reagan Langemeier distributed a team-high eight assists to go with nine points and five rebounds.  Alyssa Ward also contributed nine points while supplying eight rebounds, five steals, and two blocks.  Natalie Deml and Jordan Mendez each had three points, and Christin Haecker added two.  Amy Stoermer grabbed seven rebounds, and Stacey Radtke pulled down four boards. 

Marion led 25-4 at the end of the first quarter, 41-11 at halftime, and 56-17 heading into the fourth period.  

The Marion girls host San Antonio-Brooks Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. 

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Saturday Results

February 3rd, 2014

TLU women's basketball def. Austin College 88-67

TLU men's basketball lost to Austin College 78-71

Seguin girls' soccer lost to S.A.-Kennedy 2-1

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Friday Results

February 1st, 2014

Seguin boys' basketball def. Kerrville-Tivy 85-83 (OT)

Seguin girls' basketball vs. Kerrville-Tivy **no final reported**

Navarro boys' basketball lost to Bandera 49-48

Navarro girls' basketball def. Bandera 58-28

Marion boys' basketball def. Natalia 62-38

Marion girls' basketball def. Natalia 80-27

TLU women's basketball def. Centenary 75-50

TLU men's basketball lost to Centenary 76-71

Seguin boys' soccer lost to S.A.-Kennedy 3-2

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TLU basketball teams look to continue winning streaks, doubleheader vs. Centenary to air on KWED

January 31st, 2014

(Seguin) – The Texas Lutheran men’s and women’s basketball teams look to further their respective climbs up the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference standings tonight when they host their counterparts from Centenary (La.) College at Memorial Gymnasium in Seguin.  

The TLU men (7-10, 2-5 SCAC) ride a two-game winning streak into the contest after edging Centenary 90-83 in overtime last Friday and blowing out Austin College 93-71 on Sunday.  The victories allowed the Bulldogs to snap an eight-game losing skid and notch their first two conference wins as members of the SCAC.  

Centenary (8-8, 3-3 SCAC) still holds a 1.5 game lead over TLU in the conference standings.  The Gents are currently in sole possession of fourth place in the eight-team league.  Centenary is a dangerous offensive team, leading the conference in scoring average (74.9) and three-point shooting percentage (.366).  The Gents also boast the SCAC’s individual scoring leader in Jonanthon Blount.  The 6’1” guard averages a healthy 21.9 points per game.  He produces his points efficiently, hitting 49.2 percent of his field goals, 48 percent of his threes, and 81.9 percent of his free throws.  

Texas Lutheran features three players with double-digit scoring averages, and freshman guard Jordan Kouremetis (13.2) has been the Bulldog with the hot hand as of late.  Kouremetis averaged 26.5 points and went 11-16 from three-point range on the team’s two-game road trip last weekend, and his three-point shooting percentage for the season is up to .396 – tops on the TLU roster and 10th in the conference.  

Garrett Wilkins has been a steady performer all year for the Bulldogs, and is still TLU’s leading scorer this season with a 14.2 average.  Robert Watson Junior is the team’s other double-digit scorer, averaging 13.2 points while leading the SCAC in field goal percentage (.539) and ranking fifth in the conference in rebounding at 6.2 per contest.  Point guard Joseph Richardson ranks second in the SCAC in assists, distributing 3.9 per game, and Wilkins is also in the top 10, seventh, at 2.9 per outing. 

The Texas Lutheran women also won both of their games during last weekend’s road trip, defeating Centenary 66-55 in Shreveport on Friday, and outlasting Austin College 64-53 in Sherman on Sunday.  The Bulldogs (13-5, 5-2 SCAC) are in sole possession of second place in the conference and bring a four-game win streak into tonight’s game. 

The Centenary women have struggled in every department during the 2013-2014 campaign.  The Ladies (0-15, 0-6) are still searching for their first victory of the season, and rank last in the SCAC in scoring average (53.7), scoring defense (78.8), and scoring margin (-25.1).  They hit the lowest percentage of their shots in the league (.295) and allow the highest shooting percentage (.441) to opponents on the defensive end.  Only one Centenary player owns a double-figure scoring average – sophomore forward Briana Edwards at 10.6 points per game.  

Conversely, TLU has multiple weapons to turn to on the offensive end, and ranks statistically among the best in the SCAC on both ends of the court.  Karisa Cantu (12.6), Taylor Dydalawicz (11.4), Kristen Lye (11.1), and Savanna Hight (9.6) have sparked a deep Bulldog lineup that averages 74.8 points and leads the conference in scoring defense (61.4) and scoring margin (+13.4).  Hight, a freshman forward, is among the top shooters in the league, ranking fourth among individuals in field goal percentage (.478) while leading the SCAC in three-point shooting percentage (.438).  Cantu is right behind her at .393 from three-point range, and ranks fifth in the conference in assists with an average of 3.8 per contest.  

Tonight’s doubleheader at TLU’s Memorial Gymnasium opens with the men’s game at 6 p.m., and the women’s contest is slated for an 8 p.m. tip.  Both games will air live on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com, with men’s pre-game coverage starting at 5:50 p.m. 

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Marion boys complete season sweep of Randolph, move to 10-0 in district play

January 31st, 2014

(Marion) – The Marion High School boys’ basketball team took a big step closer to the District 29-2A championship Tuesday night with a 57-44 home win over Randolph.  The victory kept the Bulldogs’ district record unblemished at 10-0, and it came against a Ro-Hawk team that fought tooth-and-nail with Marion in a 46-44 Bulldog win on Jan. 3 in Universal City.  

Marion (16-8) used a balanced scoring attack against Randolph, with six players producing at least seven points.  

Michael Rayos led the way with 13 points and hit 3-4 from three point range while contributing five rebounds, two assists, and two steals.  Tanner Bridges also reached double figures with 12 points, doing most of his damage at the free throw line.  Bridges drained all 10 of his foul shots and also finished with seven rebounds and three assists. 

Nicholaus Hauptman added nine points, while Camden Wilson provided eight points, five rebounds, three assists, and two blocked shots.  Tim Donnelly also scored eight points.  

Joe Eicher grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds and swatted away three Randolph shots while scoring seven points.  

Marion only hit 38 percent of its field goal attempts, but played well enough defensively to hold the Ro-Hawks to 27 percent shooting.  The Bulldogs managed to go 6-14 from three-point range, while Randolph was an abysmal 1-12 from beyond the arc.  

Marion also did a much better job of capitalizing on opportunities at the free throw line.  The Bulldogs went 19-23 from the stripe, and the Ro-Hawks only connected on 7-19 free throw attempts.  

Randolph led 10-8 at the end of the first quarter, but Marion used a 15-7 scoring edge in the second period to take a 23-17 advantage into halftime.  The Bulldogs put 12 more points on the board in the third quarter while holding the Ro-Hawks to eight, and Marion held a double-digit cushion, 35-25, heading into the final period.  In the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs denied any semblance of a Randolph rally, outscoring the Ro-Hawks 22-19 to notch the 13-point win. 

Marion looks to keep its unbeaten run through District 29-2A intact tonight with a visit to Natalia at 8 p.m. 

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Marion girls rout Ro-Hawks, secure 2nd playoff seed in 29-2A

January 31st, 2014

(Marion) – The Marion High School girls’ basketball team is locked into the second playoff seed in District 29-2A after blowing out Randolph 73-37 Tuesday night in Marion.  The Bulldogs are 10-2 in district play and trail first-place San Antonio-Cole by two games in the standings with two games left on the schedule.  Cole (32-1, 12-0) clinched the district championship and top playoff seed with a 66-19 win over Cotulla on Tuesday.  Even if Marion wins its last two games and the Cougars fall twice, Cole owns the tiebreak after sweeping both games of the head-to-head season series against the Bulldogs.  

Cami Davis led Marion’s multifaceted attack against Randolph, scoring 17 points and dishing out eight assists.  Regan Langemeier also delivered a strong all-around performance with 16 points, nine rebounds, and five assists.  

Hayley Davison made her presence known in the paint with a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double, and Alyssa Ward scored in double figures as well, producing 10 points while tying Christin Haecker with a team-high four steals.  

Natalie Deml contributed seven points and a pair of steals, and Haecker added six points.  Amy Stoermer grabbed five rebounds to go with two points, while Stacey Radtke hit a free throw.  Leighanna Bridwell chipped in with three rebounds and four assists.  

Marion led 15-10 at the end of the first quarter, and the margin swelled to 31-17 by halftime.  The Bulldogs outscored the Ro-Hawks 19-8 in the third quarter and 23-12 in the fourth to turn the contest into a rout.  

Marion heads on the road tonight and looks to continue building momentum toward the playoffs in a 6:30 p.m. district game at Natalia. 

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Thursday Result

January 31st, 2014

Seguin boys' soccer lost to N.B.-Canyon 1-0

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Friday Schedule

January 31st, 2014

TLU men’s basketball vs. Centenary, 6 p.m. on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com

TLU women’s basketball vs. Centenary, 8 p.m. on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com

Seguin boys’ basketball @ Kerrville-Tivy, 7 p.m.

Seguin girls’ basketball vs. Kerrville-Tivy, 7 p.m.

Navarro boys’ basketball @ Bandera, 7 p.m.

Navarro girls’ basketball vs. Bandera, 7 p.m.

Marion girls’ basketball @ Natalia, 6:30 p.m.

Marion boys’ basketball @ Natalia, 8 p.m.

Lifegate girls’ basketball vs. Cornerstone, 4 p.m.

Lifegate boys’ basketball vs. Cornerstone, 5:30 p.m.

Seguin boys’ soccer @ S.A.-Kennedy, 7 p.m.

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Versatile Rebels hand Seguin boys 76-58 loss

January 30th, 2014

(Seguin) – The combination of 6’7” Hayden Cagle in the low post and red-shot shooting from the perimeter proved too much for the Seguin High School boys’ basketball team to handle Tuesday night in a 76-58 loss to Buda-Hays at Goldie Harris Gym.  

Cagle scored 17 points over the Matadors’ smaller defenders, and the Rebels hit 11 threes on the night, including five by point guard Nathaniel Alvarado, who matched Cagle’s 17-point total.  

“That 6’7”, 230 lb body makes it tough on us,” Seguin head coach Dwayne Gerlich said.  “You don’t know whether to play behind him or front him, and then that inside-out game – they were hitting their threes tonight.  Their point guard (Alvarado) went 5-5 from the three-point line, and that just makes it tough.  We tried to double and stop him (Cagle) inside, and they’d pitch it out and hit wide open threes.  It was kind of ‘pick your poison’ tonight.”  

The loss drops Seguin to 3-7 in District 27-4A, 9-18 overall.  The Matadors are still mathematically alive in the district playoff race, three games back of fourth-place Boerne-Champion with four games left on the schedule.  

Seguin played well in the game’s early stages, building leads of seven points on two occasions in the first quarter before settling for a 20-16 lead at the end of the period.  Brock Gerlich and Jordan Eppright each drained a pair of threes in the quarter and scored eight points apiece in the opening frame.  

Hays used a 24-6 run that bracketed the first and second quarters to put Seguin in a 37-26 hole, but the Matadors strung together a mini-run just before halftime to bring the deficit back to seven points, 37-30, at the intermission.  

The teams played neck-and-neck in the third period, with Hays using a slight 19-18 scoring edge to take an eight-point advantage, 56-48, into the fourth quarter.  The Rebels pulled away in the final period by outscoring Seguin 20-10.  

Seguin forward Skyler Brooks led all scorers with 21 points, Brock Gerlich finished with 13, and Eppright finished with 12.  Dylan Kiel contributed eight points, and D’Marcuz Bruce added four.  

In addition to Cagle and Alvarado’s big nights, Heath Agnew and Chris Gonzales each hit double figures for Hays, netting 13 and 10 points, respectively.  

Coach Gerlich says the Matadors couldn’t survive the offensive dry spells they suffered in the second and fourth quarters against an opponent as deep and versatile as Hays.   

“You’ve got to keep the pressure on them.  We fought back in the third quarter there and we cut it to eight right before the quarter.  They came out in the fourth quarter and hit two threes in a row.  It just makes it tough.  They’re really good – they beat Clemens (82-75 Saturday), kind of got revenge there, and they’re one of the better teams in our region.”  

The Seguin boys look to snap their four-game losing streak Friday night with a road win over the last team they defeated.  The Matadors visit Kerrville-Tivy at 7 p.m. 

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Seguin girls drop road game to Hays

January 30th, 2014

(Buda) – The Seguin High School girls’ basketball team suffered a 51-33 road loss to the Hays Rebels Tuesday night in a District 27-4A contest at Oran Bales Gymnasium in Buda.  

The Matadors faced an uphill climb from the onset, trailing 18-6 by the end of the first quarter.  The deficit was 32-13 at halftime, and Seguin was only able to slice a single point off that margin in the second half by outscoring the Rebels 20-19 over the final two periods. 

Hailey Gil led Seguin in scoring with 12 points, and she also collected a team-high five steals.  Aliyah Ramon contributed nine points, and Brittany Ball pulled down nine rebounds to go with seven points and two steals.  

Cortlin Buchanan netted three points, while Alexus Franklin and Robin Hawkins each hit a free throw to round out the scoring.  Hawkins and Andrea Castillo each dished out two assists. 

The Seguin girls, no longer in the District 27-4A playoff race, are 3-9 in district play, 10-20 overall.  The Matadors and Kerrville-Tivy square off in a district contest at Seguin’s Goldie Harris Gym this Friday at 7 p.m. 

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Navarro girls battle past Billies, secure 27-3A playoff berth

January 30th, 2014

(Fredericksburg) – The Navarro High School girls’ basketball team clinched one of the four available playoff berths in District 27-3A Tuesday night with a 70-57 road win over Fredericksburg.  

The Panthers led the Battlin’ Billies 32-23 at halftime, and extended the final margin to 13 points with a 38-34 scoring edge in the second half.  

Shannon Thompson poured in 21 points to lead three Navarro players in double figures.  Summer Sahd added 17 points, and Andre Besa chipped in with 13.  Morgan Law provided eight points for the Panthers, while Alesandra Wezeman and Allison Hensley each had four.  Joni Frazier finished with two, and Sandra Hancock hit a free throw.  

Anissa Kneese led Fredericksburg with 18 points, and Erin McPerson added 12. 

With a 6-2 district record, Navarro trails first-place Boerne by one game in the 27-3A standings with two games left on the schedule.  The Panthers, 26-7 overall, play their final home game of the regular season on Friday when they host Bandera at the Navarro Events Center in Geronimo at 7 p.m. 

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Navarro boys fall at home to Fredericksburg

January 30th, 2014

(Geronimo) – The Navarro High School boys’ basketball team opened the second round of the District 27-3A schedule Tuesday evening with a 77-51 loss to Fredericksburg at the Navarro Events Center in Geronimo. 

The Panthers led 17-12 at the end of the first quarter, but the Battlin’ Billies used a 26-9 run in the second period to put Navarro in a 38-26 hole by halftime.  Fredericksburg outscored the Panthers 18-13 in the third quarter, extending the cushion to 56-39 heading into the fourth.  A 21-12 edge in fourth-quarter points ensured that the Battlin’ Billies wouldn’t allow a Navarro rally. 

Desmond Smith led the Panthers in scoring with 19 points, and Ty Durham also reached double figures with 11.  Jay Leal added seven, Anthony Grant six, and Jesse Rabadan five.  Nehal Patel had two points, and Preston Hernandez hit a free throw.  Eric Hinkelmann corralled a team-high seven rebounds. 

Fredericksburg’s Austin Rodriguez led all scorers with 27 points, and Clayton Braden finished with 17.  

The loss dropped the Navarro boys to 1-5 in district play, 13-15 on the season.  The Panthers visit Bandera in a 27-3A contest Friday at 7 p.m. 

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Wednesday Result/ Thursday Schedule

January 30th, 2014

Wednesday

Seguin girls' soccer tied S.A.-Jefferson 0-0

Thursday

Seguin boys' soccer @ N.B.-Canyon, 7:15 p.m. (rescheduled from Tuesday)

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TLU men notch first two SCAC wins on successful road trip

January 29th, 2014

(Seguin) – It may have taken an extra five minutes, but the Texas Lutheran men's basketball team got its first conference win of the season last Friday, beating Centenary on the road 90-83 in overtime at the Gold Dome in Shreveport, Louisiana.  The Bulldogs completed their successful road trip with an impressive 93-71 blowout of Austin College on Sunday in Sherman.  

It was a wild ride to their first SCAC win for the Bulldogs, needing a pair of free throws from Troy Griffith with just six seconds left to send Friday’s game to overtime. After Centenary missed a jumper at the buzzer, the Bulldogs took care of business in overtime, making 6-of-11 from the field and 7-of-10 from the free throw line to seal the win. 

Griffin's free throws capped off an action-packed final 30 seconds of regulation. With the game tied, it looked like the Bulldogs would be able to run the clock down and take the final shot of regulation, but a steal and jumper by Jonathan Blount with just 22 seconds left gave the Gents the lead. Griffith was able to earn the trip to the free throw line after being fouled with six seconds left. 

The hero of overtime was Robert Watson Jr., who scored 10 points in those five minutes. The junior was 4-of-6 from the field and 2-of-4 from the free throw line in overtime. He finished the game with 23 points and seven rebounds on 10-of-15 shooting. 

The Bulldogs also got plenty of help from freshman Jordan Kouremetis. He scored a game-high 26 points and was, once again, the Bulldogs' main threat from outside, making five of his seven three-point attempts. For the second straight game, he also did a majority of his damage in the second half, scoring 16 of his 26 points in the period. In his last game against Colorado College, he scored 22 second-half points. 

Garrett Wilkins chipped in 19 points to go along with 6 assists, while Donte added 12 points of his own. 

The Bulldogs' 90 points was their second highest total of the season and have averaged 87.5 points per game over the last two contests. They shot 52.8 percent from the field and 60 percent from three-point range in the game. Friday was the second straight game the Bulldogs have shot better than 50 percent from the field. 

The first half was played pretty tightly, but Centenary was able to end the half on a 7-2 run to take a 38-31 lead into the locker room. 

The Bulldogs' offense caught fire in the second half, scoring 40 points while shooting 48 percent from the field. The defense also came on strong, holding Centenary to just 39.1 percent field goal shooting and forcing 13 Gent turnovers. 

TLU still found itself down 48-42 with just over 12 minutes remaining in the game, but a 10-0 Bulldog run quickly changed the complexion of the game, giving the Bulldogs a 52-48 lead with 9:29 to go. The game would remain close the rest of the way leading up to the wild final 30 seconds. 

TLU rode a big second half on its way to its second consecutive win, beating Austin College 93-71 Sunday afternoon at Hughey Gymnasium in Sherman. 

The Bulldogs outscored the 'Roos 51-34 in the second half on their way to their second straight SCAC win, improving their record to 7-10 on the year and 2-5 in SCAC play. The 'Roos dropped to 5-10 overall and 1-5 in the SCAC. 

Texas Lutheran was scorching in the second half, shooting better than 62 percent from the field and knocking down 5-of-7 from long range. For the game, the Bulldogs shot almost 52 percent, marking the third straight contest they've been better than 50 percent from the field. 

Jordan Kouremetis and Robert Watson Jr. were the two offensive spark plugs for the Bulldogs. Tallying 50 points between the two of them. 

Kouremetis continued his red-hot recent stretch of play, leading the team with 27 points on 8-of-13 shooting. As has become habit over the last three games, a majority of his damage came in the second half. On Sunday, he scored 20 of his 27 points in the second half, making all five of his 3-pointers during the final 20 minutes of action. 

Watson Jr. balanced his scoring a bit more between the two halves, scoring 12 of his 23 points in the first half. He finished the game 9-of-13 from the field while also filling up the box score with eight rebounds, five assists and four steals. 

Kouremetis and Watson Jr. were the only Bulldogs to score in double figures, but Troy Griffith and Donte McGee notched nine points each, while Garrett Wilkins chipped in with seven. Joseph Richardson enjoyed a strong all-around floor game as the point guard finished up with six points, five rebounds and four assists. 

It wasn't just the offense that was clicking on Sunday for the Bulldogs either. The TLU defense held Austin College to just 39 percent shooting for the game and less than 28 percent shooting from three-point land. 

Early on Sunday, it didn't look like the game would develop into a Bulldog blowout, with Austin College scoring the first seven points of the contest to jump out to an early lead. With just over 10 minutes to go in the half, the 'Roos stretched their lead to what turned out to be their largest of the game, leading 19-10. 

The Bulldogs quickly worked their way back into the game, eventually taking the lead behind a 14-3 run. McGee scored five of those 14 points, but five Bulldogs scored during the run. TLU eventually closed the half by scoring five of the final six points to take a 42-37 lead into the locker room. 

The Bulldogs scored eight of the first 10 points of the second half to open up a double-digit lead. That advantage would balloon to as large as 20 just six and a half minutes into the second half. The 'Roos were never able to get it closer than 17 the rest of the way. 

Texas Lutheran, having averaged more than 89 points per game over the last three contests, will look to keep the offense flowing when it comes home this weekend to host Centenary and Austin College in a rematch of last weekend's two games. The Bulldogs will matchup against the Gents at 6 p.m. Friday before taking on Austin College at 4 p.m. the next day. Live video and stats will be available via TLUBulldogs.com.  Friday’s game against Centenary will also air on Seguin radio station KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com, with pre-game coverage at 5:50.

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TLU women run win streak to four, take sole possession of second place in SCAC

January 29th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Texas Lutheran women’s basketball team is now in sole possession of second place in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference after sweeping a road trip last weekend with a 66-55 win over Centenary in Shreveport, Louisiana and a 64-53 victory over Austin College in Sherman.  

In Centenary's Gold Dome on Friday, TLU junior point guard Karisa Cantu scored 14 points, dished out four assists, collected four rebounds and tallied a pair of steals. 

Cantu was one of three Bulldogs to hit double figures in scoring. Freshman guard/forward Savannah Hight added 11 points and four rebounds, and sophomore forward Taylor Dydalewicz  contributed 10 points. 

Bulldog center Chelsey Stolle collected nine rebounds, eight points and three blocks. 

TLU led 32-22 at the half and opened up a 24-point lead midway through the second half. The Bulldogs never trailed in the game. 

The Bulldogs out-rebounded the Ladies 57-42 overall and 21-11 on the offensive glass. 

Already off to the best start in TLU's NCAA Division III women's basketball history, the Bulldogs added another victory and improved to 13-5 overall and to 5-2 in the SCAC with Sunday’s win over Austin College.  

The 13 wins are the most by a TLU women's basketball squad in the university's NCAA DIII era, which officially began in 2002-03. (The Bulldogs began the transition from NAIA/NCAA DII in 1999-00 and became full members of NCAA DIII in 2002-03.) 

Austin College, already holding a road win over SCAC leader Trinity this season, fell to 9-7 overall and to 4-2 in the SCAC with the loss to the Bulldogs. 

The Kangaroos are a half-game behind TLU in the SCAC standings. TLU sits a half-game behind Trinity (14-4, 6-1) in the SCAC race for the post-season tournament's top seed. 

In Austin College's Hughey Gymnasium, the Bulldogs held the Kangaroos to 21.1 percent shooting in the first half and to 32.6 percent for the game. TLU led 28-20 at the break. 

TLU actually finished the game with a slightly lower overall shooting percentage (32.3 percent), but the Bulldogs took 16 more shots, made five more field goals (20 to 15), and connected on one more three-pointer (8 to 7). Made free throws were even at 16. 

Austin College turned the ball over 20 times, and the Bulldogs recorded 11 steals. Four different Bulldogs had at least two steals. 

TLU, among the NCAA Division III's leaders in assist-turnover ratio, totaled just nine turnovers on the afternoon. 

Freshman guard/forward Savannah Hight came off the TLU bench to score 16 points. She drained four of her five three-point attempts. Hight added four rebounds and two assists. 

Junior point guard Karisa Cantu contributed 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal. 

Junior center Chelsey Stolle blocked four shots, grabbed two steals and collected seven rebounds. 

Freshman forward Kristen Lye nearly posted a double-double. She finished with nine points and seven rebounds. 

Austin College received 18 points and three assists from Christine Kime and 17 points and 11 rebounds from Erin Riley. 

TLU returns to its home court, Memorial Gymnasium, riding a four-game win streak.  The Bulldogs host Centenary at 8 p.m. Friday and Austin College at 6 p.m. Saturday.  TLU will have live video webcasts and live stats for both contests.  All TLU webcasts and live stats are free on tlubulldogs.com.  Friday’s game against Centenary will air live on Seguin radio station KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com

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Tuesday Results

January 29th, 2014

S-eguin boys’ basketball lost to Buda-Hays 76-58

Seguin girls’ basketball lost to Buda-Hays 51-33

Navarro boys’ basketball lost to Fredericksburg 77-51

Navarro girls’ basketball def. Fredericksburg 70-57

Marion girls basketball def. Randolph 73-37

Marion boys’ basketball def. Randolph 57-44

Seguin boys’ soccer @ N.B.-Canyon, **canceled due to inclement weather**

Seguin girls’ soccer @ S.A.-Jefferson*****rescheduled for Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.*****

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Seguin boys look to upend Rebels tonight, game to air on KWED

January 28th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Seguin High School boys’ basketball team faces an uphill climb in its pursuit of a District 27-4A playoff berth heading into tonight’s matchup with Buda-Hays at Goldie Harris Gym.  With a 3-6 district record, the Matadors (9-17) are three games back of Boerne-Champion in the race for the fourth and final playoff spot with five games left on the schedule.  

Coach Dwayne Gerlich’s squad looks to bounce back from Saturday’s 67-63 loss to Kyle-Lehman against a Hays team that is playing as well as anybody in the district right now.  The Rebels knocked off Clemens (the 12th ranked team in the state) 82-75 on Saturday to move their district record to 7-2 and their overall mark to 18-8.  

Hays beat Seguin 68-56 in the first meeting between the teams on Jan. 3.  The Matadors struggled to find quality shots against the Rebels, and will likely need to surpass their 40 percent shooting clip in that contest to have a chance in tonight’s rematch.  Jordan Eppright led Seguin with 20 points in the first meeting, Skyler Brooks added 15, and Brock Gerlich had 14.  

The Mats had a tough time matching up with Hays frontcourt players Heath Agnew and Hayden Cagle.  Agnew led all scorers with 26 points, and the 6’7” Cagle added 16.  Both players hurt Seguin on the offensive backboards, producing second-chance points after the Matadors forced misses on the Rebels’ initial shot attempts.  

Brooks has been Seguin’s leading scorer (21.0) and rebounder (9.1) this season, while Eppright has paced the team in assists (4.3), steals (1.5) and three pointers (55) to accompany his 15.9 scoring average.  

Tonight’s tip at Goldie Harris Gym is slated for 7 p.m.  The game broadcast will air live on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com, with pre-game coverage at 6:45. 

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Bridges sparks Marion boys to playoff clinching win

January 28th, 2014

(Jourdanton) – Marion forward Tanner Bridges filled up the stat sheet Saturday afternoon with 33 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, and seven steals to help the Bulldogs blow out Jourdanton 77-46 in a game that was rescheduled in the wake of Friday’s inclement weather and school closings.  The victory kept Marion’s District 29-2A record unblemished at 9-0, and clinched one of the four available playoff berths in the district.  

Bridges hit 12-22 field goal attempts and went 9-11 at the free throw line.  He had plenty of help, as Joe Eicher notched 15 points, eight rebounds, and two blocked shots.  Tim Donnelly recorded an 11-point, 13-rebound double-double while contributing three blocks and two steals.  

Nicholaus Hauptman also reached double figures with 10 points, and nabbed three steals.  Camden Wilson had four points, five rebounds, and three assists.  Jose Sanchez and Casey Blakely completed the scoring with two points apiece, and Blakely grabbed two steals. 

The game was reasonably competitive through three quarters before the Bulldogs turned it into a rout.  Marion led 20-13 at the end of the first quarter, 38-27 at halftime, and 50-38 at the end of the third period.  The Bulldogs left the Indians behind in the fourth quarter, outscoring the home team 27-8 to pull away for the 31-point win. 

Marion, 15-8 overall, looks to stretch its district record to 10-0 tonight against the opponent that has come closest to defeating the Bulldogs in 29-2A play.  Marion hosts Randolph, who fell to the Bulldogs 46-44 in the first meeting between the teams in Universal City on Jan. 3.  Tonight’s rematch in Marion is slated to tip at 8 p.m. 

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Marion girls steamroll Jourdanton, clinch playoff berth

January 28th, 2014

(Jourdanton) – The Marion High School girls’ basketball team competing in the UIL state playoffs has been an annual occurrence you could pretty much set your clock to over the years, and the 2013-2014 season will be no different.  Coach Kollyn McWhinney’s Bulldogs secured a post-season berth out of District 29-2A Saturday afternoon with a 75-42 rout of Jourdanton in a game that was pushed back a day on the schedule due to Friday’s inclement weather and school closings in Guadalupe County.  

Alyssa Ward scored a game-high 22 points to lead Marion, and she also contributed seven rebounds and four steals.  Point guard Cami Davis notched a 19-point, 10-assist double-double while coming up with three steals.  

Amy Stoermer and Natalie Deml also reached double figures, netting 13 and 12 points, respectively.  Hayley Davison grabbed a team-best eight rebounds while scoring four points.  Leighanna Bridwell chipped in with three points and three assists, and Jordan Mendez rounded out the scoring with two points. 

Marion led 18-9 at the end of the first quarter, and the margin swelled to 34-18 by halftime.  The Bulldogs used a 20-11 scoring edge in the third period to put the contest away, taking a 54-29 cushion into the fourth quarter.  

Marion is 9-2 in district play, 15-13 overall.  The Bulldogs continue the 29-2A schedule tonight with a 6:30 p.m. home game against Randolph. 

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Lifegate boys top Gateway, Rainbow Hills, girls fall twice

January 28th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Lifegate Christian School varsity boys’ basketball team earned a 42-35 victory over San Antonio-Gatewa on Thursday, and followed with a win over Rainbow Hills on Saturday last week to improve to 6-3 in TAPPS District 4-1A, 10-5 on the season.

The Falcons build a 30-14 lead through three quarters against Gateway, and survived a 21-12 Gateway run in the fourth period to hold on for the seven-point win.

Jacob Reneau recorded a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double, and also collected six steals. Michael McKinney added 10 points, eight rebounds, and three steals, while Daniel Fiedler contributed six points, three assists, and five steals. Dustin Delany netted five points and corralled eight rebounds.

Stats were not made available for the boys' game against Rainbow Hills on Saturday. 

The Lifegate girls dropped a 49-43 contest to Gateway on Thursday and fell to Rainbow Hills 43-24 on Saturday.

In the loss to Gateway, Kailey Tracy hit five threes and led the Falcons with 22 points, while Karissa Tracy drained four threes on her way to 12 points.

Karissa Tracy added 11 points against Rainbow Hills on Saturday, and Kailey Tracy had six points and nine rebounds. Savanna Knight pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds to go with three points, and Sara Reneau chipped in with two points and nine boards.

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Second half lead, playoff hopes slip away from Seguin girls in loss to Lobos

January 27th, 2014

(Seguin) - The combination of foul trouble and an offensive dry spell plagued the Seguin High School girls' basketball team at the wrong time Saturday afternoon in a District 27-4A contest against Kyle-Lehman, as the Matadors watched a nine-point, second-half lead slip away in a 58-50 loss to the Lobos at Goldie Harris Gym.  

The defeat eliminated Seguin from the district playoff race.  The Matadors (10-19 overall) are 3-8 in district play and trail the third and fourth place teams, Boerne-Champion and Buda-Hays (both 7-4) by four games in the standings with just three left on the schedule.  

Cortlin Buchanan's three-pointer with 1:01 left in the third quarter gave Seguin its largest lead, 42-33, but Lehman outscored the Matadors 25-8 the rest of the way.  

Hailey Gil snapped the Lobos' 9-0 game-tying run midway through the fourth quarter with three straight free throws, putting Seguin in front 45-42.  Lehman forward Lauren Fowler, who spent much of the game playing in the low post, stepped out on the perimeter and drained two consecutive threes to put the Lobos back in front, and that sparked a 10-0 run that the Matadors were unable to recover from. 

Fowler led all scorers with 20 points, but her long distance accuracy in the fourth quarter came as a surprise to Seguin head coach Mollie Brawner. 

"We didn't prepare for her to make any threes, and she got hot, and we lost our composure a little bit with the officials, and everything that came from that.  It's a learning lesson for us, and we've got to move on and realize that things aren't always going to go your way, and you've got to be tough and resilient, and get through it." 

A free throw by Buchanan and a layup from Brittany Ball brought Seguin back to within four in the closing minute, but Lehman hit six straight free throws down the stretch to seal the Matadors' fate.  

Seguin guard Alexus Franklin had the hot hand early, scoring seven of the Matadors' 11 points in the first quarter to help her team build an early seven-point lead.  Franklin added five more points early in the second quarter, but had to leave the game for the rest of the half after picking up her third foul.  She was whistled for her fourth soon after re-entering the game, and her absence kept Seguin from effectively attacking the Lobos in transition.  

"Alexus Franklin started off very well running the ball for us, and when she got in four trouble in the first half, it hurt us a little bit, and then her double foul and subsequent foul after that put her on the bench for most of the third and fourth quarter, and that hurt us a lot running the ball, just because she's very crafty with the ball when we get it to her," Brawner noted.  

Buchanan and Gil did their best to carry the Matadors offensively with Franklin on the bench.  Gil scored eight points in the third quarter, and Buchanan added seven to help Seguin establish the nine-point cushion.  The momentum wouldn't last heading into the fourth period.  

Gil led the Matadors with 15 points, while Franklin finished with 12, all in the first half.  Buchanan totaled eight points and four steals, and Ball coralled a team-high 14 rebounds to go with seven points and two steals.  Andrea Castillo dished out seven assists and scored three points.  Sabrina Segovia contributed five points and four assists.   

The game was pushed back to Saturday from its scheduled Friday night start time due to inclement weather causing school to close on Friday.  Brawner says having the normal routine disrupted seemed to have an affect on her team's performance.  

"It was difficult coming in after not practicing yesterday (Friday), and we'd practiced at 6:30 Thursday morning, so it had been a long time since we touched a basketball, so it was a different circumstance for us today that we weren't really prepared for, but neither were they, so we've just got to learn from it."  

The Seguin girls continue the District 27-4A schedule Tuesday night when they visit Buda-Hays at 7 p.m. 

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Seguin boys drop district road game to Lehman

January 27th, 2014

(Kyle) - The Seguin High School boys' basketball team suffered a 67-63 loss to Kyle-Lehman Saturday afternoon in a District 27-4A contest that was rescheduled from the previous night due after the Seguin ISD closed schools on Friday due to inclement weather.  

The game was tightly contested throughout, with the Matadors leading 16-14 after the first quarter, trailing 31-29 at halftime, and standing toe-to-toe with the Lobos in a 42-42 tie heading into the fourth period.  Lehman edged Seguin 25-21 in the final frame to avenge a 69-50 loss to the Matadors back on Dec. 31.  

The defeat leaves Seguin with a 3-6 district record, three games back of Boerne-Champion (6-3) in the race for the fourth and final playoff berth in the district with five games left on the schedule.  The Matadors' season record is now 10-18. 

Skyler Brooks provided nearly half of Seguin's offensive output against Lehman, pouring in a game-high 28 points.  The Lobos defended the Matadors other key scoring threat well, limiting guard Jordan Eppright to nine points, more than six below his season average.  Brock Gerlich also scored nine points, and Austin Sanchez added eight.  Michael Garza finished with five points, while Matthew Bothe and Dylan Kiel had two apiece. 

Seguin looks to bounce back and improve its chances in the playoff race Tuesday night when Buda-Hays pays a visit to Goldie Harris Gym.  The Matadors and Rebels are slated to tip at 7 p.m., and the game will air live on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com, with pre-game coverage at 6:45. 

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Navarro girls upset at home by Wimberley, boys drop road game

January 27th, 2014

(Geronimo) - Just three days after moving into a first-place tie with Boerne atop the District 27-3A standings, the Navarro High School girls' basketball team fell back into second place Friday night with a 55-50 loss to Wimberley at the Navarro Events Center in Geronimo. 

The Panthers led 20-16 at the end of a defensively dominated first half, but the Texans outscored Navarro 39-30 in the second half to leave Geronimo with a five-point victory.  

The loss drops Navarro to 5-2 in district play, 25-7 overall.  Boerne (6-1 dist.) moved back into first place with a 60-54 win over Fredericksburg, and Wimberley is now a game back of Navarro, in third place with a 4-3 district mark. 

Summer  Sahd scored 22 points to lead the Panthers in Friday's loss, and Shannon Thompson also reached double figures with 13.  Sierra Leal put in five points, while Sandra Hancock and Allison Hensley chipped in with four apiece.  Andrea Besa and Josselyn Rodriguez each netted two.  Claire Rakowitz led Wimberley with 17 points.  

Navarro looks to get back on track Tuesday night with a 7 p.m. road game in Fredericksburg.  

The Texans' home gym wasn't a friendly venue for the Navarro boys either, as the Panthers concluded the first half of the District 27-3A schedule with a 63-57 loss to Wimberley.  

Desmond Smith scored 25 points in defeat, and Preston Hernandez added 11.  

The Navarro boys are 1-4 in district play, 13-14 overall.  The Panthers open the second round of the 27-3A schedule Tuesday night when they host Fredericksburg at 7 p.m. 

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Weekend Results

January 27th, 2014

Saturday

Seguin boys' basketball lost to Kyle-Lehman 67-63

Seguin girls' basketball lost to Kyle-Lehman 58-50

Marion boys' basketball def. Jourdanton 77-46

Marion girls' basketball def. Jourdanton 75-42

Lifegate girls' basketball lost to Rainbow Hills 43-24

Lifegate boys' basketball vs. Rainbow Hills *no final reported*

Sunday

TLU men's basketball def. Austin College 93-72

TLU women's basketball def. Austin College 64-53

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Friday Results, Saturday Schedule

January 25th, 2014

Friday

TLU men's basketball def. Centenary 90-83 (OT)

TLU women's basketball def. Centenary 66-55

Navarro boys' basketball lost to Wimberley 63-57

Navarro girls' basketball lost to Wimberley 55-50

Saturday

Seguin boys' basketball @ Lehman, 3 p.m.

Seguin girls' basketball vs. Lehman, 3 p.m.

Marion girls' basketball @ Jourdanton, 2:30 p.m.

Marion boys' basketball @ Jourdanton, 4 p.m.

Lifegate girls'/ boys' basketball @ S.A.-Rainbow Hills, 6 p.m./ 7:30 p.m.

Seguin boys' soccer tournament, 8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

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Friday events affected by weather

January 24th, 2014

Several high school athletic events have been rescheduled to the inclement weather that led to school closings today. Both Seguin basketball games have been moved to Saturday, JV at 1:30 and varsity at 3 p.m., with the boys playing at Kyle-Lehman and the girls hosting Lehman at Goldie Harris Gym. Both Navarro basketball games against Wimberley have been moved up to 5:30 p.m. tonight (Friday), varsity only. Both Marion basketball games at Jourdanton have been rescheduled for Saturday, start times still to be determined. The first day of the Seguin boys' soccer tournament was not played at Matador Stadium. No word yet on the reshuffled Saturday tournament schedule. Both Texas Lutheran basketball teams are still playing their SCAC games against Centenary as scheduled in Shreveport. Men at 6 p.m., women at 8 p.m.

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Seguin girls fall to Clemens, look to bounce back vs. Lehman

January 24th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Seguin High School girls’ basketball team’s playoff hopes took a hit Tuesday night in a 52-30 road loss to Clemens.  The defeat dropped the Matadors to 3-7 in District 27-4A, three games back of the district’s fourth and final playoff berth with four games left on the schedule.  Boerne-Champion currently occupies that spot with a 6-4 district record, and Alamo Heights is also ahead of Seguin, in fifth place with a 5-5 district mark. 

The Matadors are scheduled to host Kyle-Lehman tonight at 7 p.m., but Seguin ISD closed schools today due to icy weather causing hazardous road conditions, so the status of tonight's game is up in the air.  The teams could still play as scheduled if the roads are safe, but no decision has been confirmed as of yet.  KWED and Seguintoday.com will provide updated information as it comes in, and if the game is still tonight at 7 p.m., it will air on KWED and Seguintoday.com. 

The Matadors were unable to overcome a slow start against Clemens, and trailed 18-2 at the end of the first quarter.  Seguin tightened the clamps defensively in the second period, holding the Buffaloes to just two points, but the Mats only produced six points on the offensive end and found themselves in a 20-8 hole by halftime. 

Clemens extended the cushion to 14 points, 34-20, going into the fourth quarter.  The Buffaloes pulled away in the final frame, outscoring the Matadors 18-10 to notch the 22-point win. 

Cortlin Buchanan led Seguin in scoring with eight points, while Brittany Ball contributed seven points and pulled down a team-high five rebounds.  Hailey Gil matched Ball’s rebounding total while netting five points, and Sabrina Segovia put in six points.  Alexus Franklin totaled four points, and Andrea Castillo grabbed three steals.  

The Matadors, 10-18 overall, look to bounce back and stay mathematically alive in the playoff race against Kyle-Lehman at Goldie Harris Gym.  

Coach Mollie Brawner’s squad defeated the Lobos 46-34 in the first meeting between the teams on Dec. 31.  Lehman enters tonight’s rematch with a 1-9 district record and an overall mark of 7-19 under head coach Jamie Coy.  

Gil paced the Matadors in the first game against Lehman with a 13-point, 14-rebound double-double, Ball added 11 points and eight rebounds, and Franklin scored 10 points.  Lauren Fowler led the Lobos with nine points, and Haley Rohde put in seven.  

On the season, Gil leads Seguin with a 10.4 scoring average, and also paces the team in steals at 2.2 per contest.  Ball is averaging 6.8 points and a team-high 6.4 rebounds, and Alexus Franklin is right behind her at 6.4 points per outing. 

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Marion boys roll Cowboys, run district record to 8-0

January 24th, 2014

(Marion) – The Marion High School boys’ basketball team kept its District 29-2A record unblemished Tuesday night with a 79-44 shellacking of Cotulla on the Bulldogs’ home court.  

The win moves Marion’s district record to 8-0, and the team’s season mark to 14-8.  

Nicholaus Hauptman scored 17 points and hit three threes to lead five Bulldogs in double figures.  Camden Wilson added 16 points, including a 4-9 shooting night from three-point range, and also contributed six rebounds, four assists, and two blocks.  

Tanner Bridges and Joe Eicher each recorded a double-double.  Bridges scored 13 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, dished out a team-high seven assists, and collected three steals.  Eicher totaled 10 points and 11 rebounds to go with four assists and four steals.  Michael Rayos netted 10 points as well. 

Tim Donnelly chipped in with nine points, eight rebounds, and two blocks, and Tom Donnelly rounded out the scoring with four points. 

Defensively, Marion held Cotulla to 31 percent shooting, while the Bulldogs hit 46 percent of their field goal attempts.  Marion out-rebounded the Cowboys 48-28, and won the turnover battle by forcing 25 and committing just 17.  

The Bulldogs led 26-12 at the end of the first quarter, 43-23 by halftime, and 72-35 heading into the fourth quarter.  

Marion looks to run its district record to 9-0 Saturday with a road win over Jourdanton.  The game was pushed back from Friday due to inclement weather, but Saturday's start time had yet to be determined at press time.

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Marion girls cruise past Cowgirls, can clinch playoff berth this weekend

January 24th, 2014

(Marion) – The Marion High School girls’ basketball team used a stretch of dominant play through the second and third quarters to notch an 82-42 blowout of Cotulla Tuesday night in District 29-2A play.  

The win improved the Bulldogs to 8-2 in district play, and moved the team’s season record above .500 at 14-13.  

Marion held a 17-11 lead at the end of the first quarter, but a 25-9 run in the second period stretched the cushion to 22 points, 42-20, by halftime.  The Bulldogs put the game away definitively in the third quarter, using a 21-7 scoring edge in the period to take a 63-27 lead into the fourth.  

Cami Davis scored a game-high 24 points to lead five Marion players in double figures, and she completed another terrific all-around performance with nine assists, six rebounds, and six steals.  

Alyssa Ward delivered a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double, and recorded two blocked shots.  Regan Langemeier, Christin Haecker, and Leighanna Bridwell each put in 10 points.  Langemeier also contributed six rebounds and four assists, and Haecker dished out four assists as well.  

Amy Stoermer finished with five points and matched Ward’s blocked-shot total with two.  Hayley Davison put in four points and corralled eight rebounds.  Natalie Deml chipped in with four points and three steals, while Stacey Radtke had three points and four rebounds.   

The Marion girls can clinch a playoff berth in District 29-2A with a road victory in Jourdanton.  The game was slated for 6:30 p.m. tonight, but has been pushed back to Saturday due to inclement weather and hazardous road conditions on Friday.  Saturday's start time had yet to be determined at press time.

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Seguin baseball unveils new inflatable, portable batting cage

January 24th, 2014

(Seguin) – Today is the first day the UIL allows Texas High School baseball teams to practice after school, and while many squads around the state will be unable to take batting practice due to the inclement weather, that won’t be a problem for the Seguin Matadors.  

The Seguin Sports Booster Club and Seguin ISD combined their efforts to purchase a new portable, air-sealed batting cage for the baseball program earlier this month.  

The inflatable 60-foot cage can be set up indoors in a matter of minutes, so the Matadors will be able to take batting practice in one of Seguin High School’s gymnasiums any time the weather isn’t conducive to practicing outdoors.  

The cage can also be easily transported to and used at “Smokey” Joe Williams Field, where the Matadors play their home games.  No batting cages existed previously at the city owned fairgrounds facility.  The addition of the air-sealed cage will allow Seguin to use it daily during outdoor practices, and will give teams the option of using it to warm up before games and during tournaments.  

The cage was manufactured by InMotionAir.  Use of similar equipment is common among college baseball programs, but Seguin is the first high school program in the state of Texas to own a portable, air-sealed cage of this type. 

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Turnovers doom Matadors in district loss to Buffaloes

January 23rd, 2014

(Seguin) – The Seguin High School boys’ basketball team had no answer for the full court defensive pressure of Clemens Tuesday night in an 84-65 loss to the Buffaloes at Goldie Harris Gym.  The defeat dropped Seguin to 3-5 in District 27-4A play, while Clemens maintained its stronghold on second place in the standings by improving its district record to 7-1.  

The Matadors jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter, but after a Clemens timeout, the Buffaloes forced a flurry of Seguin turnovers and converted them into transition baskets, finishing the period with a 21-3 run that put the Mats in a 21-10 hole heading into the second quarter.  

Seguin cut the deficit back to seven points early in the second period, but another Clemens run pushed the margin to 44-28 by halftime.  The Matadors never threatened in the second half.  The Buffaloes led 62-43 at the end of the third quarter, and the cushion was still 19 points when the final buzzer sounded.  

“We talked about limiting the turnovers in practice, our goal was to have 10 or less for the whole game, because we know they’re going to press us, and we had 10 at halftime,” Seguin head coach Dwayne Gerlich said.  “We did not handle the pressure like we needed to, and their athleticism – they put 10 guys on the floor that can all move.  It creates a lot of problems no matter how good your press break is.  We just didn’t take care of the basketball.”  

Only four Seguin players scored in the contest, and the tandem of Jordan Eppright and Skyler Brooks combined to produce 88 percent of the team’s offensive output.  Eppright netted a game-high 30 points, and Brooks added 27.  After those two, the Matadors received four points apiece from Brock Gerlich and D’Marcuz Bruce.  

Clemens guard Jalon Gates shot the lights out from perimeter to lead the Buffaloes with 26 points, and Devin Kearns added 15.  

Clemens completed a 2-0 season sweep of Seguin with the victory, but the first meeting between the teams on Dec. 20 was much more competitive, with the Buffaloes edging the Mats 73-68 in Schertz.  

“They changed their press up a little bit this time,” Gerlich said in assessing the difference between the two games.  “They went to more of a zone pressure press.  The first time we played them, they ran a full court man-to-man, so we were able to clear the floor the first time, and get the ball up pretty easy.  But the minute we tried to clear the floor here, they were coming with a double team, and it created some problems.  We should have handled that pressure better.”  

The Seguin boys trail Boerne-Champion (5-3 district record) by two games for the fourth and final playoff spot in 27-4A with five games left on the schedule.  Gerlich is still optimistic about his team’s chances heading into the season’s stretch run. 

“The next five games are critical to us, but we feel like if we can go 3-2 or 4-1 we’ll be right in the thick of things.”  

Seguin’s overall record is 9-16.  The Matadors visit Kyle-Lehman in a district contest on Friday at 7 p.m. 

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Navarro girls slow Greyhounds, claim share of first place in 27-3A

January 23rd, 2014

(Geronimo) – The Navarro High School girls’ basketball team moved into a first-place tie atop the District 27-3A standings Tuesday night with a 61-47 home win over Boerne at the Navarro Events Center in Geronimo.  

The Panthers and Greyhounds both own 5-1 district records, and they split the head-to-head series, so if both teams win their remaining 27-3A games, they would determine the top playoff seed with a tiebreak game in early February.  

After methodically forging a 29-27 halftime lead, Navarro controlled the second half with a 32-20 scoring edge to pull away for the 14-point win.  

Shannon Thompson and Allison Hensley tied for team-high scoring honors with 14 points apiece.  Summer Sahd and Sierra Leal contributed to the Panthers’ balanced output with nine points each, and Andrea Besa added eight.  Sandra Hancock chipped in with four points, and Joni Frazier rounded out the scoring with two. 

Darla Deckhard was the only Greyhound in double figures, leading all scorers with 16 points. 

Navarro, 25-6 on the season, continues the district schedule Friday with a 7 p.m. home game against Wimberley. 

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Panthers drop road game to Boerne

January 23rd, 2014

(Boerne) – Desmond Smith poured in 30 points to help keep the Navarro High School boys’ basketball team competitive in a District 27-3A game against Boerne Tuesday night, but it wasn’t quite enough in the Panthers’ 77-67 loss to the Greyhounds.  

The road setback dropped Navarro’s district record to 1-3, and the team’s overall mark back to .500 at 13-13.  

Preston Hernandez and Bryce Brumley added 12 points apiece for the Panthers, but Boerne’s  combo of Anthony Cravey and Jake Moore proved difficult to defend, with Cravey netting 26 points, and Moore totaling 22.  

Ty Durham scored eight points for Navarro, Anthony Grant had three, and Eric Hinkelmann rounded out the team’s scoring with two points.  

The Panthers trailed 22-18 at the end of the first quarter, 39-30 at halftime, and 58-46 heading into the fourth period.  

Navarro concludes the first round of the District 27-3A schedule Friday with a visit to Wimberley at 7 p.m. 

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Lifegate boys come up short vs. Fredericksburg-Heritage

January 23rd, 2014

(Fredericksburg) – The Lifegate Christian School varsity boys’ basketball team suffered a 70-55 loss to Fredericksburg-Heritage in a TAPPS District 4-1A contest Saturday afternoon in Fredericksburg.  

Dustin Delany notched a 21-point, 12-rebound double-double to lead the Falcons.  Daniel Fiedler added 12 points and four rebounds, while Jacob Reneau contributed 11 points and six boards.  

Lifegate’s district record is 4-3, and the team’s overall mark is 8-5.  The Falcons host San Antonio-Gateway tonight in a doubleheader that starts with the girls’ game at 6 p.m. and concludes with the boys’ contest at 7:30. 

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Thursday Schedule

January 23rd, 2014

Lifegate girls' basketball vs. S.A.-Gateway, 6 p.m.

Lifegate boys' basketball vs. S.A.-Gateway, 7:30 p.m.

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TLU men fall to Dallas, Colorado College in SCAC home games

January 22nd, 2014

(Seguin) – The Texas Lutheran men’s basketball team suffered a pair of home losses in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play last week, allowing a second-half lead to slip away in a 67-57 setback to University of Dallas on Friday, and falling on the short end of a 97-85 shootout to 25th-ranked Colorado College on Saturday.  

TLU fell victim to a late-game run from Dallas in the Friday night loss to the Crusaders at Memorial Gymnasium. 

The Bulldogs, holding an eight-point advantage with less than eight minutes to go, couldn't finish the game off as Dallas closed the contest on a 21-3 run with the Bulldogs not hitting a field goal the rest of the way. 

Dallas was led by Ross Davidson, who scored 10 of his 30 points during that game-defining run. 

The Bulldogs were held to 35 percent shooting for the game and 33 percent in the second half. The big difference was the way the Crusaders shot the ball in the second half. After shooting 43 percent in the first half, Dallas caught fire, making 50 percent of its field goals in the second 20 minutes. 

The Bulldogs placed three players in double figures. Troy Griffith led the team with 14 points, eight of which came in the second half. Both Robert Watson Jr. and Garrett Wilkins scored 13 points. 

Griffith did almost all of his damage from the three-point line, making all four of his attempts from deep. He also chipped in with five rebounds on the night. 

Joseph Richardson poured in seven points, while no other Bulldog scored more than four. 

Dallas jumped out to the early advantage, opening up a 14-6 lead early on. The Bulldogs scrapped their way back into things though, eventually evening the score back up with aTroy Griffith 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer. 

After halftime, the two teams traded buckets for the first nine minutes of the second half, but with the score tied at 40, the Bulldogs ran off 10 straight points to build what would turn out to be their largest lead of the game with just over nine minutes to go. 

The Bulldogs still held an eight-point lead after a Richardson layup with 7:59 remaining, but that layup would turn out to be their last field goal as the Dallas defense clamped down for the stretch run. 

Saturday afternoon, TLU got 22 second-half points from Jordan Kouremetis, but it wasn't enough in a 97-85 home loss to No. 25 Colorado College inside Memorial Gymnasium. 

Kouremetis finished with a career-high 28 points and was a big reason the Bulldogs were able to hang with the nationally-ranked Tigers. He knocked down 7-of-11 shots in the second half, including 4-of-8 from behind the arc. He shot 6-of-12 from behind the arc for the game. 

It seemed every time the Bulldogs were in danger of falling behind by double digits in the second half, Kouremetis or Garrett Wilkins, who finished with 16 points and seven assists, would create a play to keep TLU in the game. 

The Bulldogs battled back form a seven or eight-point deficit several times in the second half and eventually took the lead on a Wilkins jumper with a little over eight minutes to go.  They continued to hold a two-point advantage with 7:16 to go, but that would be the final time they would lead as the Tigers scored 12 straight points to take control of the game late. 

The loss was Texas Lutheran's eighth straight. The Bulldogs' record dropped to 5-10 on the year and 0-5 in SCAC play, while Colorado College improved to 10-3 and 4-1 in the SCAC. 

Down the stretch, the Tigers' difference maker was Ryan Milne. The senior played all 40 minutes for Colorado College, scoring 28 points. Despite the gaudy scoring numbers though, late in the game it was his playmaking ability that mattered. He finished with 12 assists – a number of which came late as he continually found teammates for layups. 

Saturday was a day for offense for both teams. The Bulldogs' offense was clicking on all cylinders on their way to a season-high 55.4 percent shooting day from the field. They also shot 47 percent from three-point land, also their best mark of the season. 

Unfortunately for Texas Lutheran, the Colorado College was up to the task of matching the Bulldogs hot day, shooting 54 percent from the field and 44 percent from three-point range. 

With both teams shooting so well all day, one of the big differences came in the battle on the glass. The Bulldogs were outrebounded 32-27 for the game with the Tigers able to snag nine offensive rebounds compared to three for TLU. Those offensive rebounds paid dividends. The Tigers notched eight second-chance points compared to just two for the Bulldogs. 

Wilkins was a catalyst for the Bulldog offense, tying his career high with those seven assists. Five of those assists came in the first half. 

Troy Griffith also scored in double figures, pouring in 12 points to go along with six rebounds. Robert Watson Jr. chipped in eight points and six boards, while Thomas Verm scored seven points. Joseph Richardson and Donte McGee both scored six points. 

The Bulldogs will look to continue their hot shooting on the road in their next contest. They will face off against Centenary at 6 p.m. this Friday in Shreveport, La. before taking on Austin College at 1 p.m. on Sunday in Sherman.

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TLU softball to play early season home games at Huber Ranch

January 22nd, 2014

(Seguin) – The Texas Lutheran softball program and head coach Wade Wilson announced last week that, due to continuing construction of TLU's new Morck Field, home games prior to March 18 will be played at The Fields at Huber Ranch in Seguin. 

The Bulldogs have four scheduled home dates prior to March 18. Their home opener is a doubleheader against Houston Victoria at 4 p.m. March 1. They also have doubleheaders scheduled for March 5 (5 p.m.), March 7, (5 p.m.) and March 8 (noon). 

Texas Lutheran is scheduled to open up brand-new Morck Field for the first time with a doubleheader against Puget Sound starting at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 18. 

Wilson also announced one other change to the schedule on Tuesday. TLU's Feb. 18 doubleheader against Mary Hardin-Baylor, which was initially scheduled as a home game for the Bulldogs, will now be played in Belton, Texas on the UMHB campus. The doubleheader will start at 3 p.m. 

The Fields at Huber Ranch is located in Seguin, near the intersection of I-10 and Highway 46 and just a few minutes away from Texas Lutheran. Further directions to Huber Ranch may be found on its website (http://www.huberranchfastpitch.com). 

The Bulldogs, under Wilson's guidance for the third season and coming off a 33-10 campaign last season, will get their season underway with a road doubleheader against Hardin-Simmons at noon Friday, Feb. 7.

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Seguin lifters deliver strong showing at Southside meet

January 22nd, 2014

(San Antonio) – The Seguin High School boys’ powerflifting team finished second place in the San Antonio-Southside meet last Thursday, and the Matador girls also delivered a solid performance, taking third in the team standings.  

Individually for the boys, Oscar Sanchez was named Male Lifter of the Meet after finishing first in his weight class.  D’Antre Smith also brought home a first-place medal.  David Montealvo, Justin Villegas, and Steven Cardenas each took second place in their respective weight divisions, and Khalid Schuler finished third in his.  

In the girls’ meet, Andie Hernandez and Alexis Ortiz won first-place honors in their weight divisions.  Alexa Magana, Tieara Troy-Boyd, and Areneda Hunt each took second place in their weight classes, Kaitlyn Dasher earned a third-place finish, and Eriquetta Garcia took fourth place her division.  Adriana Urrutia finished eighth in her class, Miranda Garcia ninth, and Kallie Dasher 11th.  

Both Seguin teams will host their home meets at Tom Crump Gym on Thursday, Jan. 30. 

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Tuesday Results

January 22nd, 2014

Seguin boys' basketball lost to Clemens 84-65

Seguin girls' basketball lost to Clemens 52-30

Navarro boys' basketball lost to Boerne 77-67

Navarro girls' basketball def. Boerne 61-47

Marion girls' basketball def. 82-42

Marion boys' basketball def. 79-44 

Seguin girls' soccer lost to Smithson Valley 9-0

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TLU women sweep weekend SCAC games

January 21st, 2014

(Seguin) – The Texas Lutheran women’s basketball team moved above .500 in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play with a pair of victories last weekend, defeating University of Dallas 80-67 on Friday and Colorado College 63-41 on Saturday at Memorial Gymnasium in Seguin.  

TLU bounced back from a two-game conference slide with Friday’s victory over Dallas.  

Karisa Cantu, Taylor Dydalewicz, and Kristen Lye each scored in double figures for the Bulldogs. 

Cantu led the Bulldogs with 17 points, five rebounds and four assists.  Dydalewicz and Lye each chipped in 14. Dydalewicz grabbed seven rebounds, and Lye recorded four rebounds and three steals. 

The Bulldogs improved to 10-5 overall and to 2-2 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. TLU moved its home record to 6-1. 

Dallas dropped to 9-5 overall and to 2-2 in the SCAC. 

The Bulldogs forced 18 Dallas turnovers and held the Crusaders to 31.1 percent shooting from the field. TLU guard Bianca Casas tallied five steals. 

Dallas made just 19 of 61 shot attempts but went to the free throw line 30 times (and made 27 free throws). 

TLU's 6-foot-4 center Chelsey Stolle blocked three shots and generally disrupted the Dallas interior offense.  Stolle also contributed six points and five rebounds. 

TLU finished the game at 42 percent. The Bulldogs made eight three-pointers (three by Cantu).

 The Bulldogs led 42-38 at the half after shooting 48.4 percent over the first 20 minutes. 

TLU led the entire game and had a 16-point lead with 11:49 to play in the game. 

The Bulldog bench out-scored Dallas 46-19, and TLU led in points off turnovers, 23-13. 

Texas Lutheran held Colorado College to 22.2 percent shooting in Saturday's win.  

TLU limited Colorado College to 12 field goals in 54 attempts and to 1-of-12 from the three-point line. 

Bulldog junior center Chelsey Stolle blocked acareer-best seven shots against the Tigers. The 6-foot-4 post added nine rebounds and two points. 

Stolle's seven blocks are third on the single-game blocks list at TLU.  Dawn Revels blocked eight shots against Mary Hardin-Baylor in the 1991-92 season, and Courtney Haskell set the current school record of nine against Southwestern Christian in the 2008-09 season. 

TLU moved to 11-5 overall and to 3-2 in the SCAC with the victory.  The Bulldogs' 11-5 record is the university's best record through 16 games since the 1997-98 season, when the Bulldogs also went 11-5. 

TLU's Big State Conference Co-Championship squad posted the university's best 16-game record when it went 12-4 in 1984-85. 

Colorado College dropped to 1-14 overall and to 1-4 in the SCAC.  Danielle Davis led the Tigers with 11 points and seven rebounds. 

Saturday's game was the first-ever game between TLU and Colorado College in women's basketball. TLU is in its first season in the SCAC. 

The Bulldogs led 26-20 at the half despite shooting 21.2 percent from the field. TLU's shooting picked up in the second half, improving to 44.1 percent. 

The Bulldogs made five second-half threes and finished the game with eight.  

Taylor Dydalewicz and Natalie Vella led TLU in scoring. Each player scored 11.  Vella nailed three three-pointers. 

TLU's Bianca Casas dished out seven assists and collected five rebounds. Savannah Hight and Kristen Lye (San Antonio/Clark) each chipped in nine points. Hight delivered three assists and added two steals. 

The Bulldogs hit the road next week for an 8 p.m. Friday game at Centenary College in Shreveport, La., and for a 3 p.m. Sunday game at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. Both games are SCAC contests.

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Marion boys rally past Cole in battle of district leaders

January 21st, 2014

(Marion) – The Marion High School boys’ basketball team took sole possession of first place in District 29-2A Friday night with a 53-47 come-from-behind victory over San Antonio-Cole on Marion’s home court.  

The Bulldogs trailed by six, 37-31, going into the fourth quarter, but they outscored the Cougars 22-10 in the final period to move their unblemished district record to 7-0.  Cole, who also came into the contest with a perfect district mark, drops into second place with a 6-1 record against 29-2A competition.  

Tanner Bridges and Joe Eicher each recorded a double-double to lead Marion.  Bridges scored a team-high 13 points and snared 12 rebounds, while also contributing two assists and two steals.  Eicher netted 11 points and pulled down a team-best 14 rebounds to go with two assists and a blocked shot. 

Camden Wilson also reached double figures with 11 points, and he corralled five rebounds.  Casey Blakely scored seven points, Tim Donnelly had four points and seven rebounds, and Michael Rayos also put in four point.  Nicholaus Hauptman rounded out the scoring with three points.  

The Bulldogs won despite shooting just 28 percent from the floor.  Marion made up for the sub-par offensive outing by hitting 15-17 free throws, outrebounding Cole 47-35, and limiting the Cougars to 30.6 percent shooting on the night.  

The Marion boys are 13-8 overall, and look to push their district record to 8-0 tonight when they host Cotulla at 8 p.m.

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Marion girls can’t keep pace with 3rd ranked Cougars

January 21st, 2014

(Marion) – The Marion High School girls came up short to San Antonio-Cole 60-48 in a showdown for first place in District 29-2A Friday night.  

With the win, the Cougars completed a two-game season sweep of the Bulldogs, and took a two-game lead over Marion in the district standings.  Cole, ranked third in the state among Class-2A teams by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, improved to 9-0 in district, 29-1 overall.  Marion dropped to 7-2 in district play, 13-13 on the season. 

The Bulldogs trailed 18-14 at the end of the first quarter, but Cole built a 10-point lead by halftime.  Marion was down eight at the end of the third quarter and cut the deficit to three early in the fourth before the Cougars strung together a 10-0 run to pull away.  

Alyssa Ward led Marion in the loss with 17 points, and Cami Davis added 12.  Hayley Davison added six points, and Leighanna Bridwell had four.  Natalie Deml, Regan Langemeier, and Christin Haecker each finished with three.  

The Bulldogs look to get back on track tonight when they host Cotulla in a district game at 6:30 p.m. 

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Seguin boys’ soccer goes 2-1 at Northside tourney

January 21st, 2014

(San Antonio) – The Seguin High School boys’ soccer team won two of its three matches last week at the Northside ISD Tournament in San Antonio.  

The Matadors opened the even with a 2-1 victory over Antonian on Friday, then split their final two tournament contests on Saturday, defeating Brennan 2-1 and falling to Highlands 1-0.  

In the victory over Antonian, Alanzo Aldama scored Seguin’s first goal in the 18th minute on an assist from Brandon Salamanca.  Miguel Perez added a goal in the 25th minute on Aldama’s assist to put the Mats in front 2-0 at halftime.  The Apaches scored their only goal in the 60th minute, but Seguin held on for the victory.  Matador goalkeeper Lionel Tello recorded five saves in the game.  

Saturday’s victory over Brennan saw Aldama give Seguin a 1-0 lead on an assist from Salamanca in the 20th minute.  A Brennan goal at 35 minutes knotted up the match 1-1 going into halftime.  Luis Gonzalez found the back of the net for what proved to be the winning goal in the 65th minute, with Flabio Villamil assisting.  Tello totaled three saves in the contest. 

Seguin’s match against Highlands was scoreless into the final minute, but the Owls knocked through the winning goal with just 28 seconds showing on the clock.  

After a 2-1 tournament finish, Seguin’s season record is 3-3.  The Matadors host their home tournament this weekend, opening the event with two matches on Friday – against Pleasanton at 8:30 a.m. and Sam Houston at 4 p.m. 

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SHS girls’ soccer takes one victory at Edgewood tournament

January 21st, 2014

(San Antonio) – The Seguin High School girls’ soccer team dropped five of six matches last week at the Edgewood ISD Tournament, played at Mata Stadium.  

The Matadors split their first two matches on Thursday, falling to Highlands 1-0 and defeating Sam Houston 2-0.  Friday produced a pair of losses, 4-1 to Memorial and 1-0 to Kennedy.  Seguin wrapped up the tournament Saturday with a 2-1 loss to Lanier and a 4-0 setback to Fredericksburg.  

In the win over Sam Houston, Jovanna Villareal and Alexis Rea scored the Seguin goals.  Adriana Cazares found the back of the net in the loss to Lanier, and the Matadors’ offensive stats from the Memorial match were not made available.  

The Seguin girls are back on the field tonight with a 7 p.m. road match against Smithson Valley in Spring Branch. 

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Matadors fall at home to first place Mules

January 20th, 2014

(Seguin) - The Seguin High School boys' basketball team hung tough with one of the top teams in the San Antonio metro area for a half Friday night, but Alamo Heights pulled away in the second half to hand the Matadors a 75-53 loss at Goldie Harris Gym.  

The defeat dropped Seguin to 3-4 in District 27-4A at the midpoint of the district schedule, 9-15 overall.  The Mules remain in first place atop the district standings at 7-0, and moved their season record to 24-1. 

The Matadors trailed 17-13 at the end of the first quarter, and remained within striking distance at halftime, down 39-30.  

Alamo Heights used a 22-8 run in the third quarter to pull away and put Seguin in a 23-point hole, 61-38, heading into the fourth quarter. 

Skyler Brooks scored 18 points to lead the Matadors offensively, and Jordan Eppright also reached double figures with 12.  

Dylan Kiel added nine points, Brock Gerlich put in six, and Seguin received four points apiece from Matthew Bothe and Auden Liscano. 

Alamo Heights placed four scorers in double figures, led by Zach Ford and David Favorite with 16 and 14, respectively.  Jim Lammers and Max Riemenschneider each had 10. 

The Seguin boys open the second round of the district schedule Tuesday night when they host Clemens at 7 p.m.

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Seguin girls drop road game to Alamo Heights

January 20th, 2014

(San Antonio) - The Seguin High School girls' basketball suffered a 59-46 loss to Alamo Heights Friday night in a District 27-4A contest at the Mule Dome in San Antonio.  

The Matadors played the Mules to a 10-10 draw through the first quarter, but Alamo Heights outscored Seguin 16-6 in the second period to establish a 26-16 cushion at halftime. 

The Mats shaved three points off the deficit in the third quarter, netting 16 points to the Mules' 13, and trailed by just seven, 39-32, going into the finale frame.  In the fourth quarter, Seguin played another solid stretch of offensive basketball with 14 points, but Alamo Heights exploded for 20 to pull away for the 13-point win. 

Hailey Gil scored 15 points on 6-12 shooting to lead the Matadors offensively, while Alexus Franklin also connected on six of her 12 field goal attempts to finish with 14 points.  Franklin grabbed a team-high three steals as well.  

Brittany Ball coralled a team-best 10 rebounds to go with six points, while Renae Ramon and Cortlin Buchanan netted four points apiece.  Sabrina Segovia chipped in with three points and three steals. 

Emily Wayand and Anna Novak of Alamo Heights tied for game-high scoring honors, pouring in 18 points apiece. 

Seguin is now 3-6 in district play, 10-17 overall. The Matadors continue the 27-4A schedule Tuesday when they make the short trip to Schertz to face Clemens at 7 p.m.

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Navarro boys ground Hawks for first district win

January 20th, 2014

(Fischer) - The Navarro High School boys' basketball team carved its first notch in the District 27-3A win column Friday night with a 74-51 thrashing of Canyon Lake in Fischer. 

The Hawks kept it close early, and the Panthers held a slim 14-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.  Navarro dialed up the intensity a notch in the second period, 22-12 run to build a 36-24 halftime lead.  

The Panthers ran away from Canyon Lake in the second half.  A 20-10 scoring edge in the third quarter put Navarro up 54-34 going into the fourth period. 

Desmond Smith scored a game high 20 points to lead three Panthers in double figures.  Preston Hernandez added 14 points, and Brock Brumley put in 13.  Eric Hinkelmann, Anthony Grant, and Jesse Rabadan each totaled six points, and Ty Durham added five.  Jay Leal and Nehal Patel rounded out the scoring with two points apiece. 

Andrew Riali scored 15 points to lead Canyon Lake. 

The Navarro boys are 1-2 in district play, and back above .500 on the season at 13-12.  The Panthers visit Boerne in a 27-3A contest Tuesday at 7 p.m. 

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Navarro girls turn away Canyon Lake, win fourth straight

January 20th, 2014

(Geronimo) - The Navarro High School girls' basketball team wrapped up the first half of the District 27-3A schedule Friday night with a 56-31 blowout of Canyon Lake at the Navarro Events Center in Geronimo.  

The Panthers notched their fourth straight victory, improving to 4-1 in district play and 24-6 overall.  

Shannon Thompson scored 15 points to lead Navarro, while Summer Sahd also notched double figures with 12.  Sierra Leal contributed seven points, and the Panthers received five apiece from Bethany Burrus and Andrea Besa.  Joni Frazier added four points, Allison Hensley three, and Josselyn Rodriguez two.  

Navarro led 36-17 by halftime and never looked back in the lopsided win.  

The Panthers open the second round of district play Tuesday night looking to avenge their only district loss.  Navarro fell in Boerne 66-51 in the 27-3A opener on Jan.3, and will host the Greyhounds in a rematch Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Navarro Events Center in Geronimo. 

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TLU's Brent and Cameron Peavy to play in Dream Bowl II today

January 20th, 2014

(Virginia Beach, Va.) - Texas Lutheran football players Brent and Cameron Peavy will suit up for Dream Bowl II, a college football all-star game to be played today at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex in Virginia Beach, Va. 

The game is a showcase for NCAA Division III football players from across the country. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. CST.  

The Dream Bowl and a series of events are held over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. The Dream Bowl organization bills the all-star game as "a celebration of the excellence, commitment, and sacrifice made by the players and their families." 

Brent and Cameron Peavy will be the second and third TLU football players to play in a Dream Bowl. TLU offensive lineman Jacob Laubach played in the inaugural Dream Bowl last year. 

The Peavys, twin brothers from Houston (St. Pius X), will play for the Crusaders. The Crusaders will be coached by former TLU offensive line coach Jordan Neal, the offensive coordinator at Hendrix College (Ark.). 

The opposing team, the Patriots, will be coached by Jerry Flora, the head coach of William Paterson University (N.J.). 

Brent and Cameron Peavy recently concluded stand-out careers with the Bulldogs. Both players were instrumental in leading the team to an 8-1 overall record and to the 2013 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference title. 

Brent Peavy, the SCAC Offensive Player of the Year, led the SCAC in almost every passing category en route to setting new Texas Lutheran single-season school records for total offense (2,873) and touchdown passes (28). He also tied a school single-game record with six TD passes against East Texas Baptist on Oct. 5, 2013. 

Peavy threw only eight interceptions all season in 295 attempts and set a new school record for single-season completion percentage (66.8). 

At the conclusion of the 2013 season, TLU was third in DIII in total offense (521.2), sixth in scoring offense (46.1) and ninth in passing offense (326.7). 

Individually, Peavy was 12th in completion percentage, 10th in passing efficiency (165.7), 10th in passing TDs, 14th in passing yards per game (285.0) and 16th in total offense per game (319.2). 

Cameron Peavy also claimed First Team All-SCAC honors in 2013. He set new school records for single-season receiving TDs (13), single-season receptions (72),  and single-season receiving yards (1,089). 

Peavy also appeared prominently among the national statistical leaders. He finished sixth in receiving yards per game (121.0), eighth in receiving TDs (13), 11th in receptions per game (8.0), 19th in total receiving yards (1,089), and 43rd in scoring per game (8.7). 

Peavy went over the 100-yard receiving mark six times in 2013 and tied his school mark for single-game TD receptions (4). He was two yards shy of tying his school-record single-game receiving mark after a 216-yard performance this season against East Texas Baptist. 

Peavy ended his Bulldog career second in the TLU DIII-era rankings for career receiving yards (2,257), career TD receptions (22), career yards per catch (15.8), and career yards receiving per game (68.4). He is third in the DIII list for total catches (143). 

The Peavy brothers joined their Dream Bowl II teammates on Friday for team meetings. Saturday, the Dream Bowl II participants went through an NFL-style combine workout in the morning, practiced two times, and had two team meetings. 

The teams depart for the Sportplex at 9 a.m. today and go through pre-game ceremonies at noon.

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Saturday Results

January 20th, 2014

TLU men's basketball lost to Colorado College 97-82

TLU women's basketball def. Colorado College 63-41

Seguin boys' soccer @ Northside ISD Tournament

def. Brennan 2-1, lost to Highlands 1-0

Seguin girls' soccer @ Edgewood Tournament

lost to Lanier 2-1, lost to Fredericksburg 4-0



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Friday Results

January 17th, 2014

TLU men’s basketball lost to U. of Dallas 67-57

TLU women’s basketball def. U. of Dallas 80-67 

Seguin boys’ basketball lost to Alamo Heights 75-53

Seguin girls’ basketball lost to Alamo Heights 59-46

Navarro boys’ basketball def. Canyon Lake 74-51

Navarro girls’ basketball def. Canyon Lake 56-31

Marion girls’ basketball lost to S.A.-Cole 60-48

Marion boys’ basketball def. S.A.-Cole 53-47

Seguin boys’ soccer def. Antonian 2-1 @ Northside ISD Tournament, 4 p.m.

Seguin girls’ soccer lost to Memorial 4-1 @ Edgewood Tournament , 11:30 a.m.

Seguin girls’ soccer lost to Kennedy 1-0 @ Edgewood Tournament 

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TLU basketball teams host Dallas in SCAC doubleheader, games to air on KWED

January 17th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Texas Lutheran men’s and women’s basketball teams look to get back on track in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play tonight with home games against the University of Dallas at Memorial Gym.  

The TLU men (5-8, 0-3) are still searching for their first conference wins after dropping a pair of road games to Trinity (64-37) and Southwestern (70-68) last Friday and Saturday.  Dallas (7-6, 1-2) picked up its first conference win this past Sunday in a 76-69 final over Austin College.  

The Crusaders have three individuals ranked among the SCAC’s top 12 scorers this season, and one of the league’s most productive frontcourts.  Big man Ross Davidson, checking in at a formidable 6’7” and 250 lbs, leads the team with a 17.1 average, while guard Nate Wilson (13.2) and 6’5” forward Aaron Wyatt (12.5) also average healthy double figures.  

Wyatt (7.8) and Davidson (7.0) are also the conference’s top two rebounders this season, and Dallas tops the SCAC team rankings in rebounding margin (+3.8). 

TLU’s frontcourt group of 6’8” post Thomas Verm (9.7 ppg), 6’4” forward Robert Watson, Jr. (11.8 ppg, 5.9 reb.), and 6’4” wing Troy Griffith (6.3 reb.) will be charged with the task of slowing Wyatt and Davidson.  The Bulldogs do feature two perimeter players with double-digit scoring averages this season in junior guard Garrett Wilkins (14.4 ppg) and freshman backup Jordan Kouremetis (10.8).  Kouremetis comes off a career-high 23 points in the loss to Southwestern last Saturday. 

The TLU women (9-5, 1-2) look to snap a two-game SCAC losing streak after falling to Trinity 70-64 last Friday and to Southwestern 92-82 on Saturday.  Dallas (9-4, 2-1) comes to Seguin looking to bounce back from a 68-56 loss to Austin College this past Sunday.  

The Bulldogs and Crusaders rank first and second in the conference in scoring margin, with TLU outscoring its opponents by an average of 76.3 to 63.6 (+12.6) while Dallas puts up 70.8 per game and allows 60.1 (+10.7) 

The Crusaders’ top individuals have been 5’10” post Christy Allen (11.9 ppg, 9.5 reb.) and 5’5” guard Marleyna Bustamante (11.5 ppg), who leads the SCAC in steals at 3.5 per game.  

TLU’s top three scorers have put up nearly identical numbers, with point guard Karisa Cantu (12.5 ppg), and wings Kristen Lye (12.5) and Taylor Dydalawicz (12.4) ranking 10th, 11th, and 12th in the conference, respectively.  Cantu ranks fourth in the SCAC in assists (4.2), and the Bulldogs boast three players in the league’s top 10 in three-point field goal percentage – Savannah Hight (.438), Cantu (.378), and Natalie Vella (.366).  

Tonight’s doubleheader starts with the men’s game at 6 p.m., and the women are scheduled to follow with an 8 p.m. tip.  Both games can be heard live on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com.  Live stats and video are available at www.tlubulldogs.com

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Marion boys cruise past Wolves to set up first place showdown with Cole

January 17th, 2014

(Dilley) – The Marion High School boys’ basketball team remains unbeaten in District 29-2A play after a 71-28 blowout victory in Dilley on Tuesday.  

The Bulldogs are 6-0 in district, 12-8 overall.  

Tim Donnelly and Tanner Bridges each posted a double-double – Donnelly with 15 points on 7-10 shooting and 13 rebounds, Bridges with 12 points and 12 boards.  Bridges also led the Bulldogs with five assists and three steals.  

Michael Rayos led Marion in scoring with 17 points, including a 3-6 night from three-point range and a perfect 6-6 outing at the free throw line.  

Camden Wilson also reached double figures, netting 11 points, and he contributed in other areas with five rebounds, two assists, and two steals.  Nicholaus Hauptman put in nine points, Jose Sanchez added five points and four rebounds, and rounded out the scoring with two points while recording two assists and two steals. 

The game was a rout from the onset, with Marion leading 19-3 at the end of the first quarter and 44-9 by halftime.  

The Marion boys finish the first round of the District 29-2A schedule tonight in a battle for first place on the Bulldogs’ home court.  San Antonio-Cole is also 6-0 in district play, and the teams square off in Marion at 8 p.m. 

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Davis records triple-double to help Marion girls rout Dilley

January 17th, 2014

(Dilley) – Marion point guard Cami Davis notched a triple-double – 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists – to spark the Bulldogs to a 69-31 road win over Dilley Tuesday night in a District 29-2A contest.  

Davis, who also collected six steals, was one of four Marion players to grab 10 rebounds in the lopsided win, as Alyssa Ward, Hayley Davison, and Leighanna Bridwell each matched that total.  Ward scored a game-high 19 points, and fellow post Amy Stoermer was also a force inside with 12 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks.  

Christin Haecker contributed nine points, five rebounds, five assists, and three steals.  Davison added seven points to her double-digit rebounding performance, and Reagan Langemeier recorded four points and three assists.  Bridwell rounded out the scoring with two points.  

The game was close for a quarter, with Marion in front 12-6 at the end of the first period.  The Bulldogs pulled away with a 23-7 run in the second quarter to take a 35-13 lead into halftime.  Marion led 51-19 going into the fourth quarter, and padded the cushion by outscoring the Wolves 18-12 in the final frame. 

The Marion girls are 7-1 in district, 13-12 overall.  

The Bulldogs have an opportunity to avenge their only district loss and move into a first-place tie in the 29-2A standings tonight, but doing so won’t be an easy task.  Marion hosts district leader San Antonio-Cole (28-1, 8-0), ranked third in the state by the TABC, at 6:30 p.m. 

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Lifegate boys suffer first district loss, girls fall as well

January 17th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Lifegate Christian School varsity boys’ basketball team lost for the first time during TAPPS District 4-1A play Tuesday night, falling 42-40 to San Marcos-Hill Country at Lifegate Gym.  

Jacob Reneau scored 15 points to lead the Falcons in defeat, and Daniel Fiedler also reached double figures with 10.  Michael McKinney put in nine points, Matthew Foster five, and Dustin Delany one. 

The defeat dropped the Lifegate boys to 4-1 in district play, 8-3 overall.  

The Falcon girls also fell to San Marcos-Hill Country in a tightly contested 45-42 final.  Karissa and Kailey Tracy each scored 19 points for Lifegate, who dropped to 0-4 in district play.  

Both Lifegate teams visit San Antonio-Castle Hills tonight, with the girls opening the doubleheader at 6 p.m., and the boys following at 7:30.    

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Friday Schedule

January 17th, 2014

TLU men’s basketball vs. U. of Dallas, 6 p.m. on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com.

TLU women’s basketball vs. U. of Dallas, 8 p.m. on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com

Seguin boys’ basketball vs. Alamo Heights, 7 p.m.

Seguin girls’ basketball @ Alamo Heights, 7 p.m.

Navarro boys’ basketball @ Canyon Lake, 7 p.m.

Navarro girls’ basketball vs. Canyon Lake, 7 p.m.

Marion girls’ basketball vs. S.A.-Cole, 6:30 p.m.

Marion boys’ basketball vs. S.A.-Cole, 8 p.m.

Lifegate girls’ basketball @ S.A.-Castle Hills, 6 p.m.

Lifegate boys’ basketball @ S.A.-Castle Hills, 7:30 p.m.

Seguin boys’ soccer vs. Antonian @ Northside ISD Tournament, 4 p.m.

Seguin girls’ soccer vs. Memorial @ Edgewood Tournament , 11:30 a.m.

Seguin girls’ soccer vs. Kennedy @ Edgewood Tournament, 2:30 p.m. 

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Thursday Results

January 17th, 2014

Seguin girls' soccer @ Edgewood Tournament

lost to S.A.-Highlands 1-0

def. Sam Houston 2-0

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Seguin girls show offensive improvement in 66-37 win over Lockhart

January 16th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Seguin High School girls’ basketball team opened the second round of the District 27-4A schedule with exactly the kind of offensive performance head coach Mollie Brawner was looking for.  The Matadors posted their highest point total in over a month in a 66-37 blowout of Lockhart at Goldie Harris Gym.  

The 66 points were the most Seguin has scored since a 69-17 win over Providence in a tournament game on Dec.5, and the total eclipsed the Matadors’ season average of 40.6 by more than 25 points.    

“I am pleased,” Brawner said.  “We had a slow start to the first quarter, but we wanted to work on pushing the ball tonight, and we did.  There were times that it was not pretty, and there were times that it was pretty, and that’s to be expected, but we did a good job offensively tonight, and that’s what I wanted.”  

Senior guard Alexus Franklin sparked the attack with 19 points on 7-11 shooting and a team-high four steals on the defensive end.  

“That’s more of the Alexus Franklin we saw a little bit of last year, and I am very excited to see her do that,” Brawner said.  “She’s a very hardworking kid, and we need her to do that every game.”  

Seguin only led 9-4 at the end of the first quarter, but the Mats used an effective full-court press to force turnovers, quicken the pace, and produce a flurry of transition baskets in the second period.  With a 17-7 scoring edge in the frame, Seguin built a 26-11 lead going into halftime.  

“We got a few steals, and it kind of helped us get going a little bit, (and get) a few layups,” Brawner said of the Matadors’ aggressive full-court defense.  “We started fouling a little bit, and reaching when we got tired, but we needed to work on our press, so it was good for us tonight.”  

The margin ballooned to 26 points in the third quarter before a miniature run by Lockhart brought it back to 17 points, 43-26, going into the fourth period.  Seguin put 23 points on the board in the final frame and held the Lions to 11 to establish the final 27-point cushion.  

Hailey Gil complimented Franklin’s performance with 11 points and five rebounds.  Brittany Ball grabbed a team-high seven rebounds to go with seven points, and Sabrina Segovia also put in seven.  

Andrea Castillo dished out six assists while recording two points and three steals.  Aliyah Ramon and Cortlin Buchanan totaled five points apiece, and Ramon passed for four assists.  Robin Hawkins netted four points, Kaitlyn Luna three, Renae Ramon two points and five rebounds, and Ashley Strawder one point on a made free throw.  

The Seguin girls are 3-5 in district play, 10-16 overall.  The Matadors continue the 27-4A schedule Friday when they visit Alamo Heights at 7 p.m.

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Matadors tame Lions on the road, move back to .500 in district play

January 16th, 2014

(Lockhart) – Skyler Brooks poured in 25 points to spark the Seguin High School boys’ basketball team to a 65-46 road win over Lockhart in District 27-4A play Tuesday night.  

The victory moved Seguin’s district record to 3-3, and the team’s overall mark to 9-14.  

The Matadors led 22-14 at the end of the first quarter, and increased the cushion to 11 points, 33-22, by halftime.  Seguin used a 17-15 scoring edge in the third quarter to take a 50-37 advantage in the fourth, and the Mats pulled away from the Lions with a 15-9 run in the final period.  

In addition to Brooks’ big night, Dylan Kiel enjoyed a double-digit performance with 13 points.  Brock Gerlich contributed eight points, Jordan Eppright chipped in with seven, and Isidro Guzman put in six.  D’Marcuz Bruce, Auden Liscano, and Matthew Bothe each finished with two.  

The Seguin boys conclude the first round of the 27-4A schedule Friday night against the first-place team in the district, Alamo Heights (23-1, 6-0).  The Matadors and Mules square off in San Antonio at 7 p.m. 

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Panthers rout Bandera to give Harborth 350th win

January 16th, 2014

(Geronimo) – Navarro High School girls’ basketball coach Darrell Harborth notched his 350th career victory Tuesday night in the Panthers’ 57-31 blowout of Bandera at the Navarro Events Center in Geronimo.  

The Panthers are 3-1 in District 27-3A after the victory, 23-6 overall.  

Shannon Thompson led all scorers with 20 points, while Summer Sahd and Allison Hensley each contributed 10.  Sierra Leal added four points, and Navarro received three apiece from Bethany Burrus, Joni Frazier, and Andrea Besa.  Sandra Hancock and Josselyn Rodriguez each put in two.  

The Panthers led 36-13 by halftime and coasted home to the 26-point win.  

Navarro looks for its fourth straight district win Friday night when Canyon Lake visits the Panthers in Geronimo at 7 p.m. 

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Navarro boys drop district road game

January 16th, 2014

(Bandera) – The Navarro High School boys’ basketball suffered a tightly contested loss to Bandera in a District 27-3A contest Tuesday night, falling 60-55 to the Bulldogs in Bandera.  

“We played well and it was a close game, but we were not able to overcome Bandera’s height and rebounding,” Navarro head coach Jim Weaver said.  

Preston Hernandez and Desmond Smith did their best to keep the Panthers close, scoring 24 and 20 points, respectively.  Only two other Navarro players scored, with Ty Durham netting nine points and Eric Hinkelmann finishing with two.  

Ty Neff led Bandera with 18 points, and Noah Nelson added 16.  

The loss dropped the Panthers to 0-2 in district play, 12-12 overall.  Navarro tries once again for its first 27-3A victory Friday night when they visit Canyon Lake at 7 p.m. 

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Thursday Schedule

January 16th, 2014

Seguin girls' soccer @ Edgewood Tournament

vs. S.A.-Highlands, 2 p.m.

vs. Sam Houston, 5 p.m.

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Tuesday Results

January 16th, 2014

Seguin girls' basketball def. Lockhart 66-37

Seguin boys' basketball def. Lockhart 65-46

Navarro girls' basketball def. Bandera 57-31

Navarro boys' basketball lost to Bandera 60-55

Marion girls' basketball def. Dilley 69-31

Marion boys' basketball def. Dilley 71-28

Lifegate boys' basketball lost to San Marcos-Hill Country 45-43

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TLU men’s basketball falls to Trinty, Southwestern on SCAC road swing

January 15th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Texas Lutheran men’s basketball team suffered a pair of road losses in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play last week, falling to Trinity 64-37 in San Antonio, and to Southwestern 70-68 in Georgetown.

Friday at Trinity’s Sams Gymnasium, the Bulldogs' difficulty finding the bottom of the net was the story of the game as they were held to under 28 percent shooting by the Tigers. Despite hanging tough in the first half and relying on their defense, the Bulldogs couldn't overcome the tough shooting night.

TLU's 37 points matched its season low, which it has scored four times now this year. The Bulldogs' 27.7 percent field goal shooting was also their lowest mark of the year for a team that rarely shoots below 40 percent in any game.

Thomas Verm (Sealy, Texas) scored a team-high nine points for the game on 4-of-10 shooting. The junior center also pulled down six rebounds.

Robert Watson Jr. pulled down 12 rebounds and scored six points in his 22 minutes of action.

Along with the cold shooting night, the Bulldogs struggled with ball security, turning it over a season-high 22 times compared to 15 for Trinity. Friday was also just the third time this year the Bulldogs have recorded fewer than 10 assists.

The Tigers were led by a big day from Matt Selling. After entering Friday averaging 7.3 points per game, Selling exploded for 23 points coming mostly on the strength of a 5-for-8 shooting night from three-point land. The Tigers as a team made eight threes and shot 40 percent from deep while the Bulldogs made five 3-pointers and shot 33 percent.

Bryce King, who entered Friday never having played more than six minutes in any game during his brief TLU career, played seven minutes in the first half and led the team in scoring with five points. The freshman finished with 12 minutes and three rebounds to go along with those five points.

A game-winning jump shot with four seconds left from Southwestern's Blake Scott sent the Bulldogs home with a heartbreaking loss to Southwestern on Saturday. 

The Bulldogs fell 70-68 to the Pirates inside the Corbin J. Robertson Center, dropping their record to 5-8 overall and 0-3 in SCAC competition. Southwestern improved to 4-9 on the year 1-2 in the SCAC. 

Saturday was déjà vu for the Bulldogs, having already lost to the Pirates by two points earlier this season at home in a non-conference matchup. This time, the Bulldogs tied things up with a pair of Troy Griffith free throws with 1:14 left in the game. TLU got a crucial stop on the next possession, forcing a missed layup from Scott. 

After a timeout by coach Tommy Jones, the Bulldogs had the ball with just 33 seconds to go, but Griffith was called for an offensive foul with 17 seconds left as the Bulldogs were forced to turn it back over to the Pirates. Scott did the rest, hitting the jump shot with four seconds remaining. The Bulldogs couldn't get a shot off to try and tie or win. 

Texas Lutheran got a fantastic effort from Jordan Kouremetis. The freshman came off the bench and did everything he could to carry his squad to the win, scoring a career-high 23 points. Kouremetis finished 5-of-14 from the field and 3-of-7 from three-point land. The key to his big day came in his work at the free throw line, where he sank all 10 of his attempts. 

It wasn't just scoring where Kouremetis made an impact, either. He also chipped in with three rebounds, three steals and two assists on the day. 

The Bulldogs also got 15 points from junior Garrett Wilkins (Austin, Texas) to go along with three assists and two steals. Wilkins shot 6-of-12 from the field and made three of his four free throws. 

After struggling from the field Friday against Trinity, the Bulldogs were much improved Saturday, shooting almost 39 percent from the field. While the Pirates shot a higher field goal percentage, TLU was able to stay in the game by getting to the free throw line and forcing turnovers. The Bulldogs knocked down 25 freebies and shot 78 percent from the line, while the Pirates made just 22 and shot 56 percent. The Bulldogs also forced 16 Southwestern turnovers. 

The first half was tight throughout, with neither team able to build a lead larger than six points. That six point advantage was actually established very early on after Southwestern scored eight of the game's first 10 points to take an 8-2 lead. 

The Bulldogs quickly answered that opening salvo by scoring eight straight points of their own to take lead. After that, the two teams traded leads seven more times in the half. 

TLU looked like it may go into the locker room with a halftime lead after a Joshua Alderman free throw put the Bulldogs up 33-32 with 47 seconds left. The Pirates scored five quick points though, to take the lead back before a pair of Troy Griffith free throws cut the Bulldog to deficit 37-35 at the half. 

The Bulldogs started the second half strong, opening with a 9-1 run and opening up their largest lead of the game just three and a half minutes into the second 20 minutes. 

TLU continued to force the issue and a Kouremetis 3-pointer gave the Bulldogs a 56-47 lead, their largest in the game. At the point, Southwestern started to chip away, eventually evening the score at 58-58 with just over five minutes remaining. The lead would change seven times over the final five minutes before Scott's game-winning shot. 

The Bulldogs are back in action at 6 p.m. this Friday when they play host to Dallas looking to snap this six-game losing streak. The game will air live on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com, with pre-game coverage at 5:50. Live stats and video will be available via TLUBulldogs.com.

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TLU women see win streak snapped, fall twice in conference play

January 15th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Texas Lutheran women’s basketball team had its six-game winning streak snapped Friday night in a 70-64 SCAC loss to Trinity in San Antonio, and the Bulldogs followed with another setback on Saturday, dropping a conference game to Southwestern 92-82 in Georgetown.  

In a back-and-forth battle for the early Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference lead, the Bulldogs hit a cold shooting spell in the second half Friday night against preseason SCAC favorite and No. 25-ranked Trinity at Sams Gymnasium.  

TLU enjoyed a seven-point lead in the first half, led by one, 34-33, at the half and held a six-point lead with 12:30 to play in the game. 

The Tigers rallied to take a nine-point lead with under 10 seconds to play thanks to a 19-10 run that took nearly all of the final six minutes. 

Trinity held TLU to 19-of-82 (23.2 percent) shooting for the entire game. In the second half, TLU's shooting woes dipped to 8-of-46 (17.4 percent). 

The Bulldogs missed 63 total shots against the Tigers. 

Trinity shot a respectable 40.7 percent from the field, 37.5 percent in the first half and 44.4 percent in the second half. 

The Bulldogs did make four more three-pointers than the Tigers. 

Despite the poor shooting, TLU nearly pulled out the game with 24 offensive rebounds and 19 made free throws. The Bulldogs out-rebounded Trinity 59-53 overall and 24-9 on the offensive glass. 

Taylor Dydalewicz paced the Bulldogs with 21 points and eight rebounds. Dydalewicz made four of her five three-point attempts and six of her 15 total shots. 

Karisa Cantu added 10 points, five rebounds and three assists. 

Natalie Vella, Chelsey Stolle and Savannah Hight each collected seven rebounds. 

Anecia Richardson and Murphy Burns led Trinity in scoring and rebounding. Richardson scored 20 and grabbed 10 rebounds. Burns chipped in 20 and recorded nine rebounds. 

Southwestern hit 66.7 percent of its second-half shots to pull away from Texas Lutheran on Saturday.  

Southwestern improved to 5-9 overall and to 1-2 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. 

TLU dropped to 9-5 overall and to 1-2 in the SCAC. 

Southwestern made 16 of its 24 shots in the second half and withstood TLU's second-half barrage from the three-point line. 

After going 0-for-12 from the arc in the first half, TLU hit 11 of 16 long-range shots in the second half. 

The Pirates nailed four three-pointers in the second half and went to the free throw line 19 times (making 17). Southwestern out-scored TLU 22-3 at the free throw line. 

Jordan Owens led Southwestern with 28 points, four rebounds and three steals. Chelsea Leader added 20 points, five rebounds, three blocks and two steals. 

The Bulldogs put five players in double figures. Freshman forward Savannah Hight led TLU with 19 points. She hit three three-pointers and eight of her 13 shot attempts. 

Taylor Dydalewicz and Kristen Lye chipped in 16 and 13 points, respectively. 

Natalie Vella and Karisa Cantu each scored 12. Vella and Cantu each hit four three-pointers. 

Southwestern led 39-36 at the half. The Pirates shot 48.4 percent in the first half and finished the game at 56.4 percent. 

TLU continues SCAC play this Friday and Saturday with home games against University of Dallas (8 p.m.) and Colorado College (6 p.m.), respectively. Both games will have live video and live stats on tlubulldogs.com.  Friday’s game against Dallas will air on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com as part of a double-header that also includes the women’s game at 6 p.m.

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Seguin girls second, boys third at Navarro powerlifting meet

January 15th, 2014

(Geronimo) – Seguin High School’s powerlifting teams competed in Navarro’s meet last week, with the Matador girls claiming second place in the team standings, and the SHS boys finishing third.  

Individually for the girls, Andie Hernandez and Alexis Ortiz took first place in their respective weight divisions, while Alexa Magana, Brooke Terry, and Tieara Troy-Boyd earned second-place finishes.  Adriana Urruita finished fourth in her weight class.  

On the boys’ side, Seguin’s Oscar Sanchez was named Lifter of the Meet.  He finished first in his weight division with lifts of 350 in the squat, 195 on the bench press, and 405 in the dead-lift for a total of 950 lbs.  

Justin Villegas and D’Antre Smith each finished second in their respective weight classes, while David Montealvo and Steven Cardenas each recorded fourth-place finishes. 

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Marion boys roll past Brooks, move to 5-0 in district play

January 14th, 2014

(San Antonio) – The Marion High School basketball team shot the lights out from the perimeter Friday night in an 84-36 rout of San Antonio-Brooks in District 29-2A play.  

As a team, the Bulldogs drained 12 of 20 attempts from three-point range.  James Norwood went 5-7 from beyond the arc on his way to a game-high 19 points, and he also replica designer handbags contributed four rebounds and four assists.  

Tim Donnelly and Joe Eicher each scored 16 points and recorded a double-double.  Donnelly hauled in 17 rebounds, while Eicher collected 10.  

Michael Rayos went 3-4 from three for nine points, and Tanner Bridges hit both of his long-range attempts as part of an eight-point night.  

Nicholaus Hauptman drained a pair of threes on his way to six points.  Camden Wilson and Casey Blakely each put in five points, with Wilson dishing out a team-high seven assists, and Blakely adding five assists.  Wilson also corralled six rebounds, while Blakely and Donnelly tied for the team lead in steals with three apiece.  

Marion jumped out to an 18-4 lead by the end of the first replica designer handbags quarter.  Brooks was more competitive in the second period, scoring 19 points to the Bulldogs’ 20, but replica handbags the Marion lead was a comfortable 15 points, 38-23, at halftime.  

The Bulldogs put the game away with a 25-7 run in the third quarter, and continued to dominate with a 21-8 scoring edge in the fourth to build the final 48-point margin. 

The win allowed Marion to keep its district replica watches record unblemished at 5-0.  The Bulldogs, 11-8 overall, visit Dilley in a 29-2A contest tonight at 8 p.m. 

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Marion girls run away from Bengals for district road win

January 14th, 2014

(San Antonio) – The Marion High School girls’ basketball team notched an 89-13 blowout of Brooks Academy Friday night in a District 29-2A contest in San Antonio.  

The Bulldogs dominated from the outset, leading 25-5 at the end of the first quarter and 50-10 at halftime. 

Cami Davis barely missed a triple double in the lopsided win.  The junior point guard scored a game-high 21 points, distributed 10 assists, and came up with nine steals.  Davis also grabbed six rebounds. 

Alyssa Ward and Amy Stoermer each added 16 points, and Ward completed a strong all-around outing with seven rebounds, six steals, and four assists.  

Christin Haecker also reached double figures with 14 points, and Reagan Langemeier dished out a team high 11 assists to go with eight points, four rebounds, and three steals.  

Hayley Davison chipped in with six points, six rebounds, and three steals.  Leighanna Bridwell and Natalie Deml each put in four points, with Bridwell adding five rebounds and two steals, and Deml passing for three assists.  

The Marion girls are 6-1 in District 29-2A at the midpoint of the district schedule, and Friday’s win moved the team’s season record back to .500 at 12-12.  The Bulldogs open the second round of district play tonight with a 6:30 p.m. road game in Dilley. 

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Lifegate boys extend win streak with overtime win

January 14th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Lifegate Christian School boys’ varsity basketball team moved its district record to 4-0 Friday night by outlasting River City Believers 52-46 in overtime at Lifegate Gym in Seguin.  

Daniel Fiedler hit a free throw with .2 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 46-all and force overtime.  The Falcons put six points on the board and held Believers scoreless in the extra frame to keep their district record unblemished.  

Lifegate built a 21-14 lead by halftime, but Believers outscored the Falcons 32-25 in the second half to pull even.  

Jacob Reneau and Dustin Delany each recorded a double-double to lead Lifegate.  Reneau scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while Delany netted 10 points and corralled 12 boards.  

Fiedler, Delany, and Steele Sullivan each collected three steals defensively.  

The Lifegate boys are 8-2 overall, and look for their fifth straight district win tonight when they host San Marcos-Hill Country at 7:30 p.m. 

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Seguin boys’ soccer goes 1-2 at Judson Tournament

January 14th, 2014

(Converse) – The Seguin High School boys’ soccer team opened the 2014 season last week with one victory in three matches at the Judson Tournament in Converse.  

The Matadors fell to San Antonio-Brandeis in Friday’s tournament opener, but bounced back to defeat San Antonio-Wagner 3-1 in the second match of the day.  Seguin dropped the consolation final to San Antonio-Burbank 4-0 on Saturday.  

Brandon Salamanca scored the Matadors’ only goal in the loss to Brandeis.  The win over Wagner saw Flabio Villamil produce two goals, while Alonzo Aldama also found the back of the net.  

Seguin’s next match is Friday in the Northside ISD Tournament.  The Matadors meet Antonian at 4 p.m., and continue the event on Saturday with matches against Brennan at 11 a.m. and Highlands at 4 p.m. 

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Matadors drop district road game to Chargers

January 13th, 2014

(Boerne) – The Seguin High School boys’ basketball played well enough defensively to win its District 27-4A game at Boerne-Champion Friday night, but the Matadors didn’t produce enough offense to come out on top in a 47-36 loss to the Chargers.  

Both teams struggled to hit shots in a lethargic first quarter.  Champion held a 6-4 lead at the end of the period.  

In the second quarter, the offensive production picked up on both ends, with each team netting 14 points.  Seguin still trailed by two, 20-18, at halftime.  

The shooting of both squads cooled again in the third quarter, and the Chargers used a 9-4 scoring edge in the period to put the Matadors in a 29-22 hole going into the fourth.  

Champion outdistanced Seguin 18-14 in the final period to pull away for the 11-point win.  

Jordan Eppright was the only Matador to reach double figures in the scoring column.  The senior point guard led the team with 11 points.  

Champion held Skyler Brooks, Seguin’s leading scorer this season, to just eight points – less than half of his 22-point average.  

D’Marcuz Bruce and Dylan Kiel put in six points apiece, and Brock Gerlich contributed five.  

The Seguin boys are 2-3 in district play, 8-14 overall.  

The Matadors look to bring their 27-4A record back to .500 Tuesday night when they visit Lockhart at 7 p.m. 

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Seguin girls come up short at home vs. Boerne-Champion

January 13th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Seguin High School girls’ basketball team came out on the short end of a defensive battle Tuesday night at Goldie Harris Gym, falling to Boerne-Champion 36-26 in District 27-4A play.  

The Matadors led 7-2 at the end of the first quarter, but the visiting Chargers tightened the clamps on Seguin in the second period, using an 8-2 scoring edge to take a 10-9 lead into halftime.  

Both teams were more productive on the offensive end in the second half, but Champion put 26 points on the board while the Mats produced just 17.  

Brittany Ball scored nine points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Seguin in both categories.  

Hailey Gil added eight points and Sabrina Segovia finished with seven.  Alexus Franklin and Andrea Castillo each hit a free throw to round out the scoring.  Franklin corralled five rebounds. And Castillo pulled down four.  

Castillo and Gil each distributed two assists, and Gil collected a pair of steals.  

The Seguin girls are 2-5 in district play at the midpoint of the 27-4A schedule, 9-16 overall.  The Matadors open the second round of district play Tuesday with a 7 p.m. home game against Lockhart, which will air on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com.  Pre-game coverage starts at 6:45.

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Navarro boys drop district opener to Battlin’ Billies

January 13th, 2014

(Fredericksburg) – The Navarro High School boys’ basketball team opened the District 27-3A schedule Friday night with a 62-50 road loss to Fredericksburg.  

The Panthers were unable to overcome a slow start, which resulted in a 20-3 deficit at the end of the first quarter.  

The Battlin’ Billies extended the cushion to 35-15 by halftime, and held a 52-29 advantage at the end of the third quarter.  Navarro outscored Fredericksburg 21-10 in the fourth period to bring the final margin back to 12 points.  

Desmond Smith scored 22 points and corralled nine rebounds in the loss.  

Nehal Patel finished with seven points, while Anthony Grant and Eric Hinkelmann each put in five.  

Jay Leal and Ty Durham each scored four points, and Durham contributed six rebounds.  Preston Hernandez dished out a team-high seven assists, and Brock Brumley rounded out the scoring with three points. 

The Navarro boys, 0-1 in district and 12-11 overall, try once again for their first 27-3A win Tuesday night when they host Bandera at 7 p.m. in Geronimo. 

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Navarro girls down Fredericksburg for second straight district win

January 13th, 2014

(Geronimo) – The Navarro High School girls’ basketball team used a balanced scoring attack Friday night to notch its second consecutive District 27-3A victory, defeating Fredericksburg 63-51 at the Navarro Events Center in Geronimo.  

Shannon Thompson scored a game-high 16 points to lead four Panthers in double figures.  

Allison Hensley added 12 points, Summer Sahd finished with 11, and Andrea Besa chipped in with 10. 

Sierra Leal added seven points, and Sandra Hancock netted five.  Bethany Burrus and Joni Frazier each knocked down a free throw to complete the scoring. 

Navarro built a 29-21 lead by halftime, and the Panthers extended the margin to 12 by outscoring the Battlin’ Billies 34-30 in the second half.  

Coach Darrel Harborth’s squad is 2-1 in district play, 22-6 overall.  The Panthers look for a third straight 27-3A victory Tuesday night when they visit Bandera at 7 p.m.  

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Saturday Results

January 13th, 2014

TLU men's basketball lost to Southwestern 70-68

TLU women's basketball lost to Southwestern 92-82

Seguin boys' soccer lost to S.A.-Burbank 4-0 @ Judson Tournament

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Friday Results

January 11th, 2014

Seguin boy's basketball lost to Boerne-Champion 47-36

Seguin girls' basketball lost to Boerne-Champion 36-26

Navarro boys' basketball lost to Fredericksburg 62-50

Navarro girls' basketball def. Fredericksburg 63-51

Marion boys' basketball def. Brooks 84-36

Marion girls' basketball def. Brooks 89-13

TLU men's basketball lost to Trinity 64-37

TLU women's basketball lost to Trinity 70-64

Seguin boys' soccer lost to Brandeis 5-1 and to Wagner 3-1 @ Judson Tournament

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TLU basketball visits rival Trinity in SCAC doubleheader, both games to air on KWED

January 10th, 2014

(San Antonio) – The Texas Lutheran men’s and women’s basketball teams make the short trip to San Antonio tonight for Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference games against their counterparts from Trinity University.  

The TLU men enter tonight’s contest 0-1 in SCAC play and 5-6 overall after dropping their conference opener to Schreiner 80-64 last Saturday at Memorial Gym.  The Trinity men opened their conference schedule over a month ago, defeating Southwestern 55-47, and the Tigers haven’t played since Dec. 30, when their season record dropped to 6-6 in a 68-63 loss to Pomona-Pitzer.  

The Bulldogs, under seventh-year head coach Tommy Jones, have been the more prolific offensive team this season, averaging 74.7 points per game to Trinity’s 63.1.  The Tigers lead the SCAC in scoring defense, allowing 63.4 per contest, while TLU yields 75.1.  

The matchup pits the top two field-goal percentage defenses in the conference against each other, with Trinity holding opponents to .394 shooting, and Texas Lutheran limiting foes to a .419 clip from the floor.  

The men’s game also features two of the top 10 scorers in the SCAC.  TLU guard Garrett Wilkins ranks eighth in the league in scoring at 15.3 points per game, while Trinity’s 6’7” wingman Robert Kitzinger sits ninth with an average of 15.2.  

Kitzinger is the only player sporting a double-digit scoring average on 15th-year head coach Pat Cunningham’s squad, whereas Wilkins has had plenty of help in the Bulldogs’ fairly balanced attack.  Three other TLU boast double-figure averages this season.  That list includes Robert Watson Jr. (13.0), Thomas Verm (10.3), and Jordan Kouremetis (10.1).  Troy Griffith leads the Bulldogs in rebounding average (6.7), while Joseph Richardson has been the team’s top assist man (4.0).  

The women’s game pits two teams with identical conference and season records against each other.  TLU and Trinity are both 1-0 in SCAC play, and 9-3 overall.  The Bulldogs, under second-year head coach Mel Dixon, ride a six-game winning streak into the contest after opening conference play with a 73-59 win over Schreiner last Saturday.  The 9-3 start matches the second best in school history through 12 games, identical to that of the 1985 and 1998 teams, and two games back of the 1974 team that started 11-1.  Trinity beat Southwestern 81-55 in its SCAC opener on Dec. 4, and the Tigers’ most recent game was an 82-58 victory over George Fox on Dec. 30.    

The hottest individual on the TLU roster during the team’s recent surge has been junior point guard Karisa Cantu.  She was named the SCAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week earlier this week for games played between Dec.16 and Jan.4.  During that span, Cantu averaged 14.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 4.9 assists, and capped that run with a 13-point, 11-rebound, 10-assist triple-double in Saturday’s win over Schreiner.  On the season, Cantu leads the Bulldogs in scoring (13.4), assists (4.3), and steals (1.75).  

Kristen Lye (11.7) and Taylor Dydalawicz (11.0) are also averaging double figures, and Savannah Hight has been one of the the top three-point shooter in the conference, connecting at a .439 clip from beyond the arc.  TLU currently leads the SCAC in team scoring average (76.8) and scoring margin (+16.1).  The Bulldogs rank second in the league in scoring defense, allowing 60.8 points per outing. 

Trinity has also used an explosive offensive attack to compile its 9-3 record.  The Tigers, averaging 75.1 points on the year, boast a dangerous outside-inside tandem in guard Murphy Burns and post Anecia Richardson.  Burns ranks second in the SCAC in scoring with a 16.1 average, and Richardson sits third at 15.7.  Richardson leads the conference in field goal percentage (.648).  Trinity also features the fourth leading rebounder in the SCAC, with Libby Kruse grabbing 9.3 boards per contest.  

The men open tonight’s doubleheader in San Antonio at 6 p.m., and the women’s game follows at 8 p.m.  Live play-by-play coverage of both games can be heard on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com, with pre-game at 5:50 p.m. 

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Marion basketball teams sweep Natalia

January 10th, 2014

(Marion) – Both Marion High School basketball teams earned lopsided victories over Natalia in a District 29-2A doubleheader Tuesday night at the Marion High School gymnasium.  The Bulldog girls opened the twin bill with a 69-27 pasting of the Mustangs, and the Marion boys followed with a 74-44 blowout.  

Amy Stoermer matched Natalia’s offensive output all by herself in the girls’ contest, netting a game-high 27 points.  Cami Davis sparked the Bulldogs with a 22-point, 11-assist double-double, and added six steals on the defensive end for good measure.  Stoermer and Davis each grabbed seven rebounds.  

Stacey Radtke hauled in a team-high 10 rebounds to go with two points, and several other Bulldogs made contributions in multiple areas.  Alyssa Ward contributed eight points, five rebounds, five steals, and three blocks.  Reagan Langemeier distributed eight assists to accompany four points and two steals.  Hayley Davison corralled nine rebounds while notching two points and a pair of steals.  Leighanna Bridwell swiped four steals while scoring three points.  

The Marion girls wasted no time in establishing a big lead, building a 21-3 cushion by the end of the first quarter.  The margin was 40-10 at halftime, and 58-17 at the end of the third quarter.  

The win moved the Marion girls to 5-1 in district play, 11-12 overall.  

Joe Eicher scored 20 points to lead four Bulldogs in double figures in the Marion boys’ victory over Natalia.  Eicher also contributed nine rebounds and three assists.  Tanner Bridges added 14 points, five rebounds, and four assists.  Tim Donnelly posted an 11-point, 15-rebound double-double, blocked four shots, grabbed three steals, and dished out a team-best five assists.  Camden Wilson put in 10 points to go with three steals.  

Nicholaus Hauptman chipped in with nine points, four rebounds, and three assists.  James Norwood delivered eight points, four rebounds, and three assists, and Michael Rayos had three points and three steals.  

The Bulldogs enjoyed an outstanding shooting night, hitting 53 percent of their field-goal attempts (28-53), including 7-15 from three-point range.  Marion also went 11-12 from the free throw line.  Defensively, the Bulldogs held the Mustangs to 41 percent shooting and forced 28 turnovers.  

The Marion boys remain unbeaten in district play at 4-0, and the team’s season record is 10-8.  Both Bulldog teams continue the 29-2A schedule tonight with a doubleheader against Brooks in San Antonio.  The girls tip at 6:30 p.m., and the boys follow at 8 p.m. 

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Road win lifts Lifegate boys to 3-0 in district

January 10th, 2014

(San Antonio) – The Lifegate Christian School boys’ varsity basketball team earned a 52-34 district win over New Life Christian on Tuesday in San Antonio.  

Jacob Reneau poured in 21 points, snared seven rebounds, and came up with four steals to lead the Falcons.  

Steele Sullivan added eight points and three assists, while Daniel Fiedler contributed six points, three steals, and two blocked shots.  

Lifegate is 3-0 in district play, 7-2 overall.  The Falcons visit River City Believers in Selma tonight at 7:30 p.m. 

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Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship Saturday

January 10th, 2014

(Seguin) - All boys and girls ages 9-14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2014 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship.  The competition will be Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church Gym. 

The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district, and state competitions.  International champions are announced by the K of C international headquarters based on scores from state-level competitions.  All boys and girls ages 9-14 are eligible to participate and will compete in their respective age divisions.  Last year more than 120,000 sharpshooters participated in over 3,600 local competitions. 

All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation in the event.  Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent.  For entry forms or additional information contact:  Alejandro Guerra at (830) 822-2765. 

The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic family fraternal service organization with over 1.8 million members in 14,500 local councils.  Last year, Knights donated over 70 million volunteer hours and $162 million to charitable and benevolent causes, sponsoring projects to benefit their church, councils, communities, culture of life, families and youth.

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Matadors hold off Tivy 57-53, move to 2-2 in district play

January 9th, 2014

(Seguin) – Skyler Brooks scored 27 points Tuesday night to help the Seguin High School boys’ basketball team move back to .500 in District 27-4A with a 57-53 win over Kerrville-Tivy at Goldie Harris Gym.  The win moved the Matadors’ district record to 2-2, while Tivy dropped to 0-4 in 27-4A play.  

Brooks scored 17 of his points in the first half, and the Mats needed every one of them with starting point guard Jordan Eppright spending most of the half on the bench in foul trouble.  Eppright, who came in averaging 16.1 points and 4.3 assists, picked up two quick fouls early in the first quarter, but Seguin still managed to build a 17-10 lead by the end of the period behind 10 points from Brooks.  

Tivy opened the second quarter with an 11-0 run to put the Mats in a 21-17 hole, and Eppright picked up his third foul just seconds after reentering the game.  Seguin trailed by as many as five in the period, but strung together a late run to tie the contest at 26-all going into halftime.  

The Matadors scored six quick points on consecutive threes from Eppright and Gerlich to begin the third quarter, but the Antlers answered with their own 6-0 run to knot the game up at 32-all.  Seguin closed the period with an 11-4 surge to take a 43-36 cushion into the fourth quarter.  

Tivy only trailed by two with less than a minute to play, but Eppright hit a pair of clutch free throws with 20.6 seconds remaining to put the Mats in front 55-51.  An untimely foul by Eppright gave Tivy’s Matt Perry two free throws just one second later, making it a one possession game, and a Seguin turnover on the ensuing possession gave the Antlers a chance to tie or take the lead.  Tivy guard Dillon Young hoisted a deep three for the win in the closing seconds, but it clanged off the rim and Brooks snared the rebound for the Matadors.  Brooks was fouled immediately and knocked down a pair of free throws with .46 seconds left to ice the game.  

“It was a total team effort,” Seguin head coach Dwayne Gerlich said.  “We kind of climbed on Skyler’s back in the first half when Jordan got in foul trouble, but those guys that came off the bench, they might not have scored a lot, but they did a great job, and we kind of held serve a little bit, and they came out with some focus in the second half.  They were not going to let this one get away, and I’m starting to see that mental toughness towards the end of the game.”  

Eppright shook off the early foul trouble to score all 13 of his points in the second half, including nine during Seguin’s assertive third-quarter run. 

“We told him at halftime, keep your composure – things happen, you’ve got to handle that adversity.  He came out, he didn’t force stuff, he did a great job and hit some clutch shots for us.”  

The Matadors hit all 11 of their free throw attempts, with Brooks going 7-7 and Eppright 4-4. 

“If you’re going to win close games in this district, you’ve got to knock your free throws down,” Gerlich noted. 

Dylan Kiel added seven points for Seguin, Brock Gerlich put in six on a pair of threes, and Matthew Bothe finished with four.  

Perry led Tivy with 18, and forward Blake Ray added 17, but the Antlers had to work hard for shots against the Matadors 2-3 matchup zone.  The game was nothing like the 2013 meeting between the programs at Harris Gym, when the Antlers passed, screened, and cut their way to a flurry of layups in a 55-37 win.  

“One of the things we mentioned was to remember last year,” Gerlich said.  “We need to reverse that.  We felt like we could get the job done with our zone.  It’s just a matter of matching up, talking, and communicating, and they did a great job tonight.”  

The early assertiveness from Brooks is also something Gerlich would like to see more of.  

“We talked about that in practice – come out aggressive, come out with some intensity.  It’s your senior year, we’re working towards the playoffs, and you’re one of the leaders on the team – one of the scoring threats.  You’ve got to come out with some authority, and he did that tonight, and hopefully that keeps up.”  

Seguin (2-2 dist., 8-13 overall) continues the District 27-4A schedule Friday with a 7 p.m. road game at Boerne-Champion. 

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Shooting woes plague Seguin girls in road loss to Tivy

January 9th, 2014

(Kerville) – The Seguin High School girls’ basketball team was unable to overcome a 23 percent shooting night Tuesday in a 44-28 road loss to Kerrville-Tivy.  

The Matadors connected on just 8-35 field goal attempts, and went 2-13 from three-point range.  The defeat dropped Seguin to 2-4 in district play, 9-15 overall.  

Tivy led 8-2 at the end of the first quarter, and the margin was 24-10 by halftime.  The Antlers essentially put the game away with a 16-4 run in the third quarter, leaving the Mats in a 40-14 hole heading into the fourth.  Seguin outscored Tivy 14-4 in the final frame.  

Cortlin Buchanan was the only Matador in double figures, scoring a team-high 12 points.  Brittany Ball grabbed 11 rebounds to go with four points.  Andrea Castillo and Robin Hawkins contributed three points apiece, while Sabrina Segovia, Desiree Martin, and Hailey Gil each put in two.  

The Seguin girls continue the District 27-4A schedule Friday when they host Boerne-Champion at 7 p.m. 

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Navarro girls edge Wimberley for first district win

January 9th, 2014

(Wimberley) – The Navarro High School girls’ basketball team survived a tough road test Tuesday night to carve its first notch in the District 27-3A win column, outlasting Wimberley 51-49.  

The Panthers led 21-18 at halftime, but the Texans used a 13-7 scoring edge in the third period to put Navarro in a 31-28 hole heading into the fourth quarter.  The Panthers recovered in the final stanza, outscoring Wimberley 23-18 to notch the two-point win. 

Junior forward Shannon Thompson provided more than half of Navarro’s offensive output, pouring in a game-high 28 points.  Sierra Leal put in six points, while Josselyn Rodriguez, Andrea Besa, and Summer Sahd each totaled four.  Allison Hensley and Joni Frazier netted two points apiece, and Sandra Hancock hit a free throw. 

Navarro is 1-1 in district play, 21-6 overall.  The Panthers look for their second straight 27-3A win Friday night when they host Fredericksburg at the Navarro Events Center in Geronimo at 7 p.m. 

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Tough second half hurts Bulldogs in conference-opening loss

January 8th, 2014

 (Seguin) – The Texas Lutheran men's basketball team couldn't overcome a cold-shooting second half in its 80-64 conference season-opening home loss against Schreiner on Saturday afternoon. 

After shooting better than 50 percent in the first half and trailing by just four heading into the locker room, the Bulldogs were held to just 32 percent shooting in the second half while being outscored 40-28. 

The loss, TLU's fourth straight, dropped its record to 5-6 on year and 0-1 in its inaugural SCAC season. Schreiner improved to 5-7 (1-0 SCAC) with the win. 

Along with the second-half struggles from the field, the Bulldogs also couldn't find their range from deep, shooting just 2-of-13 from three-point land for the game while Schreiner knocked down 7-of-15. 

While the Bulldogs were cold in the second half, Schreiner was red hot, shooting better 63 percent in the final 20 minutes. 

Troy Griffith led the Bulldogs, scoring a season-high 14 points and pulling down six rebounds. The senior forward shot 4-of-5 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw stripe. 

Thomas Verm chipped in with 12 points, while Garrett Wilkins (11 points) and Jordan Kouremetis (10) also finished in double figures. 

Schreiner was led by AJ Myres's 27 points on 9-of-17 shooting. He did a good job of getting to the charity stripe, finishing 9-of-11 from the line. 

One symptom of the Bulldogs' struggles on offense was their lack of assists against Schreiner. TLU was held to a season-low eight dimes in the game. The Bulldogs are now 5-1 when they record 15 or more assists, but 0-5 when recording fewer than 15. 

The Mountaineers led wire-to-wire after the Bulldogs fell behind 12-2 early. The deficit eventually grew to as large as 13 with seven minutes left in the half, but the Bulldogs battled back with nine straight points capped off by a Verm layup to get it to 33-29. The rest of the second half was played to a standstill. 

Schreiner scored the first six points of the second half to grow the lead to double digits again. TLU got it back down to just seven with 10:44 to go, but a 13-1 run for Schreiner put the game out of reach. 

Texas Lutheran will be looking to snap its four-game skid and get its first conference win of the season when it travels to San Antonio this Friday for a 6 p.m. matchup against Trinity. Live stats and video will be available via TLUBulldogs.com and the radio broadcast will air on KWED 1580 AM.  Pre-game coverage starts at 5:50.

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TLU Women match second-best start in school history with 73-59 win over Schreiner

January 8th, 2014

(Seguin) – Texas Lutheran Women's Basketball matched the second-best start in school history with a 73-59 home victory Saturday over Schreiner University. 

In TLU's Memorial Gymnasium, the Bulldogs improved to 9-3 overall and won in their first-ever Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference women's basketball game. 

Schreiner dropped to 5-7 overall and to 0-1 with the loss in its SCAC opener. TLU and Schreiner are in their first seasons in the SCAC after moving from the American Southwest Conference. 

TLU's 9-3 start ties the 1997-98 and 1984-85 teams for the second-best start in school history. TLU's best start in women's basketball came in 1973-74 when it posted an 11-1 start through 12 games. 

The Bulldogs won for a sixth straight time in 2013-14. TLU's last six-game win streak came during the 1984-85 season. 

Bulldog junior point guard Karisa Cantunotched a triple-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. 

Freshman forward Kristen Lye led TLU in scoring with 14 points. She added three assists and four rebounds. In TLU's 20-4 run to end the first half, Lye made five shots, scoring 10 points. 

TLU led 22-20 at the 8:52 mark of the first half and held a 42-24 at the break. 

Savannah Hight and Taylor Dydalewicz each hit double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively. 

The Bulldogs opened an 18-point lead at the half and led by as many as 20 early in the second half. Schreiner cut the Bulldogs' lead down to nine, at 65-56, with 2:23 remaining. 

TLU pushed the lead back to 15 with a pair of free throws from Cantu and jumpers from Lye and Chelsey Stolle.  Stolle's jumper found the bottom of the net with just under a minute to play. 

The Bulldogs hit the road for their next contest, a SCAC game against Trinity University. The Bulldogs and Tigers meet at 8 p.m. Friday at Trinity's Sams Gymnasium in San Antonio. 

TLU will have live video on tlubulldogs.com for the men's and women's games Friday at Trinity. Seguin radio station KWED will provide the audio call and broadcast the game on 1580 AM and on seguintoday.com.

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TLU's Karisa Cantu named SCAC Women's Basketball Player of the Week

January 8th, 2014

(Seguin) – Texas Lutheran point guard Karisa Cantu has been named the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for games played between Dec. 16 and Jan. 4. 

Cantu, a junior from San Antonio (MacArthur), led TLU to a 6-1 record in that time span by averaging 14.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists. 

Cantu is the first TLU basketball player to claim an SCAC weekly award. The Bulldogs are in their first season as members of the SCAC. 

Cantu scored a season-high 22 points in the Dec. 19 home loss to NAIA school St. Ambrose (Iowa), added 20 points in a Dec. 21 road win over NAIA school Northwood, and posted a triple-double in TLU's SCAC-opening win Saturday over Schreiner. 

In the victory over the Mountaineers, Cantu posted just the 11th triple-double in NCAA Division III women's basketball this season.  Cantu scored 13 points, dished out 10 assists and grabbed 11 rebounds in the Bulldogs' 73-59 win over Schreiner. 

Cantu and the Bulldogs, at 9-3 overall, are off to the second-best start in program history. The Bulldogs' six-game win streak is the longest for the program since the 1984-85 season. 

Cantu leads the Bulldogs in scoring, at 13.4 points per game, and in assists, with 4.3 per contest. She is shooting .500 from the field, .382 from the three-point line, and .794 from the foul line.

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Tuesday Results

January 8th, 2014

Seguin boys' basketball def. Kerrville-Tivy 57-53

Seguin girls' basketball lost to Kerrville-Tivy 44-28

Navarro girls' basketball def. Wimberley 51-49

Marion girls' basketball def. Natalia 69-27

Marion boys' basketball def. Natalia 74-44

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Marion boys edge Randolph, remain unbeaten in district

January 7th, 2014

(Universal City) – Joe Eicher’s 15-point, 13-rebound double-double helped the Marion High School boys’ basketball team survive a tough road test in District 29-2A Friday night, as the Bulldogs edged Randolph 46-44 in Universal City.  

Eicher hit 4-6 field goal attempts, including one three, and went 6-7 from the free throw line.  The junior forward also blocked two shots.  Tanner Bridges also reached double figures with 13 points while contributing four rebounds, two assists, and two steals. 

The game was tightly contested throughout.  Marion led 11-10 at the end of the first quarter, but Randolph used a 12-7 scoring edge in the second period to put the Bulldogs in a 22-18 hole at halftime.  Marion erased that deficit by outscoring the Ro-Hawks 16-10 in the third quarter to take a slim two-point cushion into the fourth.  Each team put 12 points on the board in the final frame as the Bulldogs held on for the win. 

In addition to the contributions of Eicher and Bridges, James Norwood delivered eight points, five rebounds, and a team-high three assists.  Michael Rayos put in five points, while Tim Donnelly supplied four points, seven rebounds, four steals, and two blocked shots.  Nicholaus Hauptman had two points, and Casey Blakely rounded out the scoring with a made free throw. 

Marion shot 58 percent (11-19) on two-point field goal attempts, but only 29 percent (5-17) from beyond the three-point arc.  The Bulldogs overcame 22 turnovers with a defensive effort that limited Randolph to 26 percent shooting, and Marion won the rebounding battle 41-30.  

The Bulldogs are 3-0 in district, 9-8 overall.  Marion continues the 29-2A slate tonight with an 8 p.m. home game against Natalia. 

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Davis’s triple-double sparks Marion girls to blowout win

January 7th, 2014

(Universal City) – Marion point guard Cami Davis scored 26 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and dished out 11 assists to lead the Bulldog girls’ basketball team to a 73-32 rout of Randolph Friday night in a District 29-2A contest in Universal City.  

Davis complimented her triple-double with four steals on the defensive end, and teammate Alyssa Ward also had a big night with 23 points, six rebounds, three steals, and three blocks.  

Amy Stoermer provided solid work inside with a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double, and she also collected two steals.  Reagan Langemeier added six points, five assists, and three steals, and Hayley Davison corralled nine rebounds to go with two points, two assists, and two blocks.  

Christin Haecker, Leighanna Bridwell, and Jordan Mendez each scored two points, and Marion head coach Kollyn McWhinney noted in her post-game report that Haecker played lockdown defense against Randolph’s best offensive player for the duration of the night.  Bridwell also contributed with her passing, dishing out five assists.  

Marion led 13-6 at the end of the first quarter, and 32-16 at halftime.  The Bulldogs squashed any thoughts of a Randolph rally in the third period, outscoring the Ro-Hawks 21-5 in the quarter to take a 53-21 cushion into the fourth.  

The Marion girls are 4-1 in district play, 10-12 overall.  The Bulldogs host Natalia in a 29-2A game tonight at 6:30 p.m. 

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Navarro girls can’t keep up with Greyhounds in 27-3A opener

January 7th, 2014

(Boerne) – A slow start and cold shooting at the free throw line proved too much to overcome for the Navarro High School girls’ basketball team Friday night as the Panthers suffered a 66-51 road loss to Boerne in the opening game of the District 27-3A schedule.  

Navarro trailed 21-5 by the end of the first quarter and never recovered, and the Panthers only hit 19 of their 36 free throw attempts on the night.  Boerne maintained its 16-point cushion, 36-20, going into halftime, and Navarro only sliced one point off the deficit in the second half. 

Shannon Thompson did her best to keep Navarro competitive, leading all scorers with 25 points.  Summer Sahd was the only other Panther in double figures, totaling 11 points.  Allison Hensley added five, Sandra Hancock four, Josselyn Rodriguez three, Andrea Besa two, and Bethany Burrus one.  

The Navarro girls are 0-1 in district play, 20-6 overall.  The Panthers try again for their first 27-3A win tonight when they visit Wimberley at 7 p.m. 

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Panthers take consolation title with 4-1 run through Blanco tourney

January 7th, 2014

(Blanco) – The Navarro High School boys’ basketball team concluded the non-district portion of its schedule with four victories in five games at the Blanco Tournament over the course of last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  The Panthers closed the event with a pair of wins on Saturday to secure the consolation title, defeating Mason 61-50 and Fredericksburg-Heritage 65-12. 

In the win over Mason, Desmond Smith scored a game-high 23 points, and was the only Panther to reach double figures.  Sam Marbach led the way against Heritage with 13 points, while Smith and Tanner Law each put in 11, and Jacob Cooper finished with 10.  

Navarro split the first two games on the tournament on Thursday.  The Panthers fell to Llano 63-47, and bounced back to defeat Johnson City 72-52.  Smith scored 12 points in the loss to Llano, and he poured in 32 in the win over Johnson City.  Preson Hernandez added 13 points in the win, and Ty Durham chipped in with 10.  

Friday, Navarro’s only game was a 55-45 win over Port Aransas.  Smith again led the Panthers with 25 points, and Durham also reached double figures with 11.  

Smith and Durham were named to the All-Tournament team.  

The Navarro boys went 12-10 in non-district play, and will open the District 27-3A schedule Friday with a visit to Fredericksburg at 7 p.m. 

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Stagnant first half dooms Matadors in road loss to Hays

January 6th, 2014

(Buda) – The Seguin High School boys’ basketball team struggled through an abysmal first half offensively in Friday’s District 27-4A game at Buda-Hays, and an 18-point halftime deficit proved too much to overcome in a 68-56 loss to Rebels at Bales Gymnasium.  

The Matadors found it difficult to find open shots in the early going against an aggressive Hays half-court defense, and Seguin found itself in an 18-7 hole at the end of the first quarter.  

After scoring the first four points of the second period to draw within seven, 18-11, the Matadors went cold again and looked up at a 35-17 deficit as they headed into the locker-room at halftime.  

Seguin came out with renewed energy in the third quarter and had the deficit down to eight points near the end of the period.  The Matadors were still within striking distance, trailing 49-39, going into the fourth quarter.  Seguin outscored Hays 22-14 in the third, with Jordan Eppright producing 10 of the Matadors’ points in the frame.  

The Mats came no closer than eight points in the fourth quarter, and Hays executed well enough down the stretch to push the final margin to 12.  

A combination of poor execution on offense, and allowing Hays big man Hayden Cagle to gobble up offensive rebounds led to Seguin’s sizeable halftime deficit, according to head coach Dwayne Gerlich.  

“Our offense was pretty stagnant.  We found a little spacing problem at halftime, we corrected that, and we got a little bit better looks in the second half.  Our intensity level, for whatever reason, wasn’t quite there.  I’m not sure what the deal was, but we talked about that also.  Hays didn’t shoot the ball terribly well, but they got second and third shots, and that helped build an 18-point lead.” 

Eppright led three Matadors in double figures with 20 points in the loss.  Skyler Brooks put in 15 points, and Brock Gerlich finished with 14.  Only two other players scored for Seguin – Matthew Bothe with four points and Dylan Kiel with three.  

The Rebels’ 6’4” All-District forward Heath Agnew proved a tough matchup for the Matadors, notching a game-high 26 points.  The 6’8” post Cagle added 16 off the bench in addition to controlling the backboards through most of the game.  

Coach Gerlich commended his team for fighting back into contention after halftime, but warns that slow starts have to be avoided against the gauntlet of tough teams in District 27-4A.  

“Those guys always work hard, they’re not going to quit playing, and they’ve made some good comebacks this year.  The big thing that we emphasized is that in 27-4A, you can’t get down 18 on a good team.  Very difficult to make a comeback, and they almost did, but we have to be more consistent throughout the four quarters.”  

Seguin is 1-2 in district play, 7-13 overall.  With the win, Hays improves to 2-1 in district, 13-7 on the season.  

The Matadors continue the 27-4A schedule Tuesday when they host Kerrville-Tivy at Goldie Harris Gym.  The game will be heard live on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com

 

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Seguin girls come up short in second half of home loss to Rebels

January 6th, 2014

(Seguin) – The Seguin High School girls’ basketball team hung tough with Buda-Hays for a half Tuesday afternoon at Goldie Harris Gym, but the visiting Rebels pulled away in the second half to hand the Matadors a 47-33 loss in the District 27-4A contest.  

Seguin led 11-10 at the end of the first quarter, and the game was tied 18-18 at halftime.  Hays outscored the Mats 17-6 in the third quarter to establish an 11-point cushion heading into the fourth, and Seguin was unable to recover in the final period.  

The Matadors had one of their better games of the season in terms of protecting the basketball, but one of their worst in terms of putting it in the basket.  Seguin committed just 10 turnovers on the day, but connected on just 10 of 37 field goal attempts – a 27 percent afternoon from the floor.  

Sabrina Segovia and Alexus Franklin each recorded 10 points and two steals in the loss, and Franklin also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.  

Haily Gil added nine points and a pair of steals, Brittany Ball had three points, five rebounds, and two assists, and Cortlin Buchanan made a free throw.  

The Seguin girls are 2-3 in district play, 9-14 overall.  The Matadors visit Kerrville-Tivy in a 27-4A contest Tuesday at 7 p.m. 

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Saturday Results

January 6th, 2014

TLU men's basketball lost to Schreiner 80-64

TLU women's basketball def. Schreiner 73-59

Navarro boys' basketball @ Blanco tournament

def. Mason 61-50

def. Fredericksburg-Heritage 65-12

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Friday Results

January 4th, 2014

Seguin boys' basketball lost to Buda-Hays 68-56

Seguin girls' basketball lost to Buda-Hays 47-33

Navarro boys' basketball def. Port Aransas 55-45 @ Blanco Tournament

Navarro girls' basketball lost to Boerne 66-51

Marion boys' basketball def. Randolph 46-44

Marion girls' basketball def. Randolph 73-32

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Seguin boys rout Lehman, visit Hays tonight on KWED

January 3rd, 2014

(Seguin) – The Seguin High School boys’ basketball team broke into the District 27-4A win column Tuesday afternoon with a 69-50 blowout of Kyle-Lehman at Goldie Harris Gym.  

After building a 17-16 lead through the first quarter, the Matadors used a 23-8 run in the second period to take a 16-point cushion, 40-24, into halftime.  The lead swelled to 23 points, 52-29, in the third quarter, but the Lobos put together a 10-1 run to cut it to 14 late in the period.  Jordan Eppright’s three-pointer with just two seconds left in the quarter pushed the margin back to 17 points, and Lehman came no closer than 14 in the fourth period.  

Skyler Brooks scored a game-high 21 points to lead Seguin offensively, and Eppright was right behind him with 20.  

Seguin head coach Dwayne Gerlich says four tightly contested games at the Boerne ISD Tournament last weekend prepared his team well for Tuesday’s contest against the Lobos.  

“We had a good tournament this past weekend.  I know we just went 1-3, but we played some real quality teams, and that really helped propel us for our district to come.  You saw it tonight.  We talked about making your free throws, rebound the ball, and make layups.  We accomplished quite a bit of that in the second and third quarter.”  

Lehman was unsuccessful in its attempt to rattle the Matadors with full-court defensive pressure, and Gerlich attributes that to lessons learned from the district opening loss to Clemens on Dec. 20.  

“Against Clemens, we lost by five, and they press you the whole game, so we’ve worked on our press break quite a bit.  We’re making good decisions on that, and hopefully that will keep up also.”  

In addition to the big scoring nights from Brooks and Eppright, Austin Sanchez gave Seguin a spark in the second quarter with nine points on three three-pointers during the 23-8 run.  Gerlich says the contributions from Sanchez and the team’s other role players have steadily increased in recent games. 

“We’re rotating eight to nine guys in the game, and we do have to have some bench help.  We like to push the ball up the floor, and we’re on a roll right now of averaging 60-something points a game.  So we’re going to get tired, and we do have to have our role players come in, and he (Sanchez) was one today – he stepped up and hit some threes for us.”  

Dylan Kiel added six points for the Matadors, while Brock Gerlich and D’marcuz Bruce each put in four.  Matthew Bothe put in three points, and Auden Liscano finished with two.  

The Seguin boys are 1-1 in district play, 7-12 overall.  The Matadors continue the 27-4A schedule tonight with a visit to Buda-Hays at 7 p.m.  The Rebels, under first-year head coach Robert Lucero, are also 1-1 in district.  Hays defeated Lockhart 69-35 in its district opener on Dec. 20 and fell to Clemens 90-53 on Tuesday.  

Tonight’s broadcast coverage starts at 6:45 on KWED 1580 AM and www.seguintoday.com

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Seguin girls back to .500 in district after road win over Lobos

January 3rd, 2014

(Kyle) – The Seguin High School girls’ basketball team traveled to Kyle Tuesday afternoon and earned a much needed District 27-4A victory by a 46-34 final over the Lehman Lobos.  

Seguin led 15-13 after the first quarter, but used an 11-3 second quarter scoring edge to build a double-digit lead, 26-16, by halftime.  Lehman edged the Matadors 11-9 in the third period to make it an eight-point game, 35-27, going into the fourth period.  In the final frame, Seguin tightened the clamps defensively and outdistanced the Lobos 11-7 to pull away for the 12-point win. 

Hailey Gil notched a 13-point, 14-rebound double-double to lead three Matadors who scored in double figures.  Brittany Ball put in 11 points to go with eight rebounds and three assists, and Alexus Franklin scored 10 points.  

Andrea Castillo dished out a team-high five assists and netted four points.  Cortlin Buchanan totaled five points, Desiree Martin two, and Sabrina Segovia one.  Seguin delivered a solid outing at the free-throw line, shooting 11-16 (69 percent) as a team, and Gil connected on all five of her attempts from the stripe.  

The Seguin girls are 2-2 in district play, 9-13 overall.  The Matadors look to move above .500 in 27-4A play this afternoon when they host Buda-Hays at 3:30 p.m.

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Panthers run away from Pleasanton

January 3rd, 2014

(Geronimo) – Desmond Smith scored 32 points Tuesday afternoon to lead the Navarro High School boys’ basketball team to a 79-61 blowout of Pleasanton at the Navarro Events Center in Geronimo.  

Nehal Patel added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Panthers, and Preston Hernandez put in nine points.  

Ty Durham pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds to go with seven points, while Anthon Grant and Bryce Brumley each put in six points.  Jay Leal finished with five, and Navarro received two points apiece from Eric Hinkelmann and Jesse Rabadan.  

The win over the Eagles pushed Navarro’s season record to 8-9.  The Panthers opened the Blanco Tournament on Thursday and continue the even through Saturday.  No finals from Thursday were available at press time.

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Navarro girls cruise past Blanco for 20th win

January 3rd, 2014

(Geronimo) – The Navarro High School basketball team rolled to a 70-28 victory over Blanco at the Navarro Events Center in Geronimo Tuesday morning.  

The Panthers vs. Panthers matchup was lopsided from the outset.  Navarro led 37-12 by halftime and never looked back.  

Shannon Thompson scored 18 points, and Summer Sahd also reached double figures with 10.  Sierra Leal contributed to Navarro’s balanced attack with nine points, Andrea Besa totaled eight, Allison Hensley seven, Bethany Burrus six, Josselyn Rodriguez five, Sandra Hancock four, and Joni Frazier three.  

The Navarro girls, 20-5 on the season, open the District 27-3A schedule tonight when they visit Boerne at 7:30 p.m. 

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Marion boys come up short at Somerset

January 3rd, 2014

(Somerset) – The Marion High School boys’ basketball team suffered a tightly contested road loss in its final non-district game Monday afternoon, falling to Somerset 61-60.  

The game was knotted up at 20-20 after the first quarter, but the shooting of both teams cooled off in the second period.  Somerset used a 12-8 scoring edge in that frame to take a 32-28 lead into halftime.  

In the third quarter, Marion put 14 points in the board to Somerset’s 11, and each team scored 18 points in the fourth period.  

Tim Donnelly led the Bulldogs with a double-double, scoring 19 points on 8-10 shooting and grabbing 10 rebounds.  Joe Eicher contributed 13 points and six boards.  Tanner Bridges scored 12 points, corralled six rebounds, and collected two steals.  

Camden Wilson dished out a team-high five assists to go with six points and five rebounds.  Michael Rayos put in seven points, and Casey Blakely finished with three.  

Marion’s overall record is 8-8.  The Bulldogs are 2-0 in District 29-2A and resume the district schedule today when they make the short drive to Universal City to face Randolph at 1 p.m.

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Stoermer’s 21 rebounds spark Marion girls to road win

January 3rd, 2014

(Bandera) – Amy Stoermer hauled in 21 rebounds and Alyssa Ward scored 18 points to help the Marion High School girls’ basketball team rout Bandera 60-42 on Monday afternoon.  

Reagan Langemeier delivered a strong all-around performance as well, netting 17 points to go with six rebounds and four assists.  

Stoermer complimented her dominant work on the backboards with eight points.  Point guard Cami Davis dished out a team-high eight assists and also contributed seven points, seven rebounds, and two steals,  

Hayley Davison added six points and seven rebounds, while Christin Haecker totaled two points, six boards, three assists, and a pair of steals.  Leighanna Bridwell rounded out the scoring with two points.  

The game was close for a quarter, with Marion leading 14-11 at the end of the opening period.  The Bulldogs used a 17-6 run in the second quarter to establish a double-digit halftime lead of 31-17.  Marion outscored Bandera 13-9 in the third quarter go in front by 18, and each team produced 16 points in the fourth period to maintain that margin.  

The Bulldogs’ overall record is 9-12.  Marion is 3-1 in District 29-2A and resumes the district schedule today with a 1 p.m. road game against Randolph in Universal City. 

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Thursday Results

January 3rd, 2014

TLU women's basketball def. Milsaps 80-52

Navarro boys' basketball @ Blanco Tournament

lost to Llano 63-47, def. Johnson City 72-52

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TLU men fall twice at Pioneer Holiday Classic

January 2nd, 2014

(Plainview) – The Texas Lutheran men’s basketball team suffered a pair of losses last weekend in the Wayland Baptist Holiday Classic, falling to Dallas Christian 65-64 on Friday and to the host school 103-80 on Saturday.  

A made free throw by Aaron Espinosa with eight seconds left was the difference in Friday’s loss to Dallas Christian at Wayland Baptists’ Hutcherson Center. 

The Bulldogs were down 64-60 with just 51 seconds left but battled back to tie the game up after Joseph Richardson made one-of-two free throws. After the Espinoza free throw gave the Crusaders the lead again, Garrett Wilkins missed a 3-pointer and Jordan Kouremetis missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have given the Bulldogs the win. 

Wilkins led the Bulldogs with 14 points on 4-of-10 shooting. The junior guard made 5-of-10 free throws and also finished with seven rebounds to go along with three steals and an assist. 

Robert Watson Jr. chipped in with 12 points and Thomas Verm was the other Bulldog to reach double-digits, scoring 10 points. Troy Griffith led the team with 10 rebounds. 

One of the differences on Friday came from behind the arc where Dallas Christian made 7-of-20 compared to just 2-of-12 for the Bulldogs. 

The Crusaders were led by Espinosa, who scored a game-high 18 points. Chad Herring chipped in with 10 points of his own. 

Texas Lutheran controlled most of the first half, building a 28-17 lead, its largest of the game, with 7:40 left in the opening frame. It looked like the Bulldogs would head into the locker room with a lead, but Espinosa made a 3-pointer while also getting fouled at the buzzer. He would make the free throw and tie up the game heading into the second half. 

The lead changed hands seven times in the second and Dallas Christian only built a lead as large as five, but the Bulldogs were held to just 26 percent shooting in the second half and couldn't find enough offense to retake the lead. 

Robert Watson Jr. posted his second double-double of the season, scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as Texas Lutheran fell 103-80 to Wayland Baptist Saturday afternoon in the final game of the weekend. 

The offense wasn't a problem for the Bulldogs after finishing the contest shooting 43.5 percent from the floor. Unfortunately, they couldn't find enough stops on the defensive end as Wayland Baptist shot 53 percent on its way to those 103 total points, the most points TLU has given up this season. 

The loss, TLU's third straight, dropped the Bulldogs' record to 5-5. Wayland Baptist improved to 8-1 on the year. 

One of the big difference makers came from behind the arc where Wayland Baptist made 15 3-pointers and shot 50 percent while TLU shot 5-of-12 from deep. Saturday marked just the second time a Bulldog opponent has hit more than 10 threes and those 15 3-pointers are the most TLU has given up in a game this season. 

Watson Jr. came away with his second double-double in four games. He tied for the team lead in points with Jordan Kouremetis, who scored 17 on 5-of-9 shooting and 3-of-6 shooting from three-point range. 

Kouremetis also sank all four of his free throw attempts. The Bulldogs overall enjoyed a stellar game from the line, making 15-of-16 attempts (93.8%). 

Thomas Verm finished up with 16 points and six rebounds while Garrett Wilkins also scored in double figures with 15 points. 

The Pioneers were led by Barry Johnson's 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting. He did almost all of his damage from behind the arc, draining 7-of-11 from downtown. Markus Monroe scored 14 points and added eight assists, while Kelly Lawson also scored 14 and pulled down nine rebounds. 

The Bulldogs started the game the way they wanted, jumping out to a 6-2 lead three minutes into the action. The lead wouldn't hold after Wayland Baptist answered with a 19-6 run to take a 21-12 lead with 11:30 left in the half. After the run, the Pioneers would use a nine-point spurt to take a 20-point lead. The halftime whistle sounded with WBU lead 53-32. 

TLU could never cut the deficit to anything less than 15 points despite shooting 50 percent in the second half and holding Wayland Baptist to 46.9 percent from the field. 

After playing two games in less than 24 hours, the Bulldogs will have a short break before tipping off SCAC play and the new year with a 2 p.m. home game against Schreiner on Saturday.

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Thursday Schedule

January 2nd, 2014

TLU women's basketball vs. Milsaps, 2 p.m.

Navarro boys' basketball @ Blanco Tournament

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Tuesday Results

December 31st, 2013

Seguin girls' basketball def. Kyle-Lehman 46-34

Seguin boys' basketball def. Kyle-Lehman 69-50

Navarro girls' basketball def. Blanco 70-28

Navarro boys' basketball def. Pleasanton 79-61

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Seguin boys play four close games at Boerne ISD Tournament

December 31st, 2013

(Boerne) – The Seguin High School boys’ basketball team went 1-3 in four tightly contested games at the Boerne ISD Tournament over the course of last Friday and Saturday.  

The Matadors opened the event Friday with a pair of close losses, falling to San Antonio-Christian 64-63 in overtime and to San Antonio-Sam Houston 57-53.  Saturday, Seguin split its final two tournament games, losing to New Braunfels-Canyon 73-67 before edging San Antonio-Southwest 61-60.  

In the overtime loss to SACS, the Matadors trailed 19-12 at the end of the first quarter, but had the game knotted up at 33-all by halftime.  Seguin used a 15-7 scoring edge in the third period to take an eight-point lead, 48-40, into the fourth, but SACS rallied with a 15-7 run in the final frame of regulation to force overtime.  SACS edged the Mats 9-8 in the extra period for the one-point win. 

Skyler Brooks led Seguin with 20 points against SACS, while Jordan Eppright put in 16 and D’Marcuz Bruce finished with 11.  Brock Gerlich had five points, Matthew Bothe contributed four points, Austin Sanchez three, Dylan Kiel and Auden Liscano two apiece.  

The Matadors trailed Sam Houston 15-11 at the end of the first quarter, 28-26 at halftime, and 48-47 after the third quarter.  Seguin could never get over the hump, as the Hurricanes used a 9-6 edge in a low-scoring fourth period to notch the four-point victory.  

Brooks and Eppright each reached double figures against Sam Houston, netting 19 and 14 points, respectively.  Kiel added seven, Gerlich four, and Bothe two.  

Saturday’s loss to Canyon was much closer than the first meeting between the teams, an 85-56 Cougar victory in New Braunfels on Dec. 10.  Seguin led 16-14 after the first quarter, but Canyon’s 24-15 run in the second period put the Mats in a 38-31 hole by halftime.  The Cougars extended the lead to 56-47 going into the fourth quarter, and Seguin was able to slice only three points off the deficit before the final horn.  

Eppright poured in 26 points against Canyon, and Brooks chipped in 12.  Kiel scored nine points, Gerlich eight, Bruce seven, and Liscano five.  

Seguin rallied from a 13-point deficit going into the fourth quarter to edge Southwest in Saturday’s tournament finale.  The Matadors trailed most of the game, and the deficit was 42-29 heading into the final period, but Seguin outscored the Dragons 32-18 over the final eight minutes for the comeback win. 

Brooks capped a strong weekend with 21 points against Southwest, Eppright added 11, and Sanchez put in 10.  Kiel finished with nine, while Bruce and Liscano each had four.  Bothe chipped in with two points.  

After a 1-3 tournament finish, Seguin’s season record is 6-12.  The Matadors resume the District 27-4A schedule today with a 4 p.m. home game against Kyle-Lehman at Goldie Harris Gym. 

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Seguin girls go 1-3 in Boerne tournament

December 31st, 2013

(Boerne) – The Seguin High School girls’ basketball team took pause from the District 27-4A schedule last week and concluded the holiday break with four games at the Boerne ISD Tournament.  

The Matadors dropped three of four games in the event, with the only win coming in a 52-45 final over Goliad on Saturday.  Seguin opened the tournament with a pair of losses on Friday, falling to Antonian 49-33 and to St. Agnes 61-43.  The Mats suffered a 56-24 loss to Boerne in Saturday’s first game.  

Hailey Gil was the only Seguin player in double figures against Antonian, netting 12 points.  Cortlin Buchanan had six, Andrea Castillo five, and Brittany Ball three.  Aliyah Ramon, Alexus Franklin, and Sabrina Segovia totaled two points apiece, and Ashley Strawder hit a free throw.  

Gil scored a team-high 13 points against St. Agnes.  Buchanan finished with seven, while Segovia and Kaitlyn Luna each had six.  Ball put in five, Franklin four, and Castillo two. 

The loss to Boerne saw Segovia score six points, while Gil and Franklin each netted five.  Buchanan and Luna chipped in three apiece, and Ball had two. 

In the victory over Goliad, Seguin erased a 20-15 halftime deficit with a 19-14 scoring edge in the third quarter.  The game was tied at 34-all heading into the fourth period, and the Matadors outscored the Tigers 18-11 in that frame to notch their only tournament victory. 

Gil poured in 19 points against Goliad, and Ball reached double figures as well with 13.  Franklin contributed eight points, while Buchanan, Castillo, and Segovia each put in four.  

The Seguin girls, 8-13 overall, resume the District 27-4A schedule today with a 12:30 p.m. road game against Kyle-Lehman. 

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Marion girls play rugged schedule at Bastrop Tournament

December 31st, 2013

(Bastrop) – The Marion High School girls’ basketball team faced a gauntlet of Class-4A and 5A opponents over the weekend at the Bastrop ISD Tournament, and the Bulldogs came away with just one victory in four tries.  

The Bulldogs blew out Bastrop 81-35 on Friday, then fell to Austin High 47-39.  Marion closed the tournament Saturday with a pair of losses, 67-61 to Austin-Vandergrift and 44-32 to Del Valle. 

In the win over Bastrop, Cami Davis and Amy Stoermer each scored 20 points, and Davis added 10 assists to finish with a double-double.  Hayley Davison also notched a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.  Alyssa Ward and Christin Haecker each put in eight points, with Haecker swiping a team-high five steals and dishing out six assists.  Reagan Langemeier and Ashley Kriewald totaled five points apiece, Stacey Radtke three, and Leighanna Bridwell two.  

Ward produced 11 points and nine rebounds in the loss to Austin High, while Davis scored nine points and distributed 10 assists.  Stoermer also scored nine points, Davison six, and Haecker four.  

Davis poured in 22 in the setback to Vandergrift on Saturday.  Langemeier scored nine and dished out a team-high six assists, while Davison and Ward each contributed eight points.  Stoermer grabbed a team-best nine rebounds to go with seven points.  Bridwell chipped in five points, and Haecker had two.  

No Marion players scored in double figures against Del Valle.  Davis and Ward each put in eight, and Davis passed for a team-high six assists.  Stoermer again led the Bulldogs in rebounding with nine, and she also netted six points.  Davision had four points, while Langemeier, Haecker, and Bridwell each finished with two. 

The 1-3 tournament finish left the Marion girls with a record of 8-12.  The Bulldogs visited Bandera in a non-district game Monday afternoon, but no final was available at press time.  Marion is 3-1 in District 29-2A and resumes the district schedule this Friday with a 1 p.m. road game at Randolph. 

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Falcons win two of three at NBCA tourney

December 31st, 2013

(New Braunfels) – The Lifegate Christian School boys’ basketball team fared well at the New Braunfels Christian Academy Tournament over the weekend, winning two of its three games over the span of the two-day round-robin event. 

The Falcons opened the tournament Friday with a 45-43 win over San Juan Diego.  Jacob Reneau led Lifegate with 16 points, while Dustin Delany and Daniel Fiedler each put in 10.  

Saturday, the Falcons dropped its second tournament game to the host school, NBCA, by a 56-44 final.  Fiedler netted 16 points in the loss, and Reneau added nine.  

Lifegate closed the tournament Saturday with a 66-57 win over Still Creek.  Reneau led three Falcons in double figures with 19 points, Delany chipped in with 16, and Fiedler finished with 11.  

The Lifegate boys are 6-2 on the season.  The Falcons resume district play next Tuesday with a 7:30 p.m. road game against San Antonio-New Life. 

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Monday Results

December 31st, 2013

TLU women's basketball def. Concordia 69-63

Marion boys' basketball lost to Somerset 61-60

Marion girls' basketball def. Bandera 60-42

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Huge first half keys TLU women's dominant win over Dallas Christian

December 30th, 2013

(Seguin) - The Texas Lutheran women's basketball team scored 23 of the game's first 25 points and never looked back on its way to an 87-42 win over Dallas Christian inside Memorial Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon. 

The Bulldogs shot 51.5 percent from the field while holding the Crusaders to just 27.8 percent shooting. The Bulldogs also outscored the Crusaders 44-6 in the paint, 22-2 in second-chance points and 22-0 in fast-break buckets. 

The win improved Texas Lutheran's record to 6-3 on the year and dropped Dallas Christian to 2-12. Saturday's victory was the third straight for the Bulldogs. 

Taylor Dydalewicz led the way for the TLU, scoring a game-high 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting. In her 14 minutes of action she made 5-of-9 from the free throw line and grabbed four rebounds. She scored 12 of her points in the first half. 

Savannah Hight was the only other Bulldog to reach double figures, scoring 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting. She made a pair of 3-pointers in the first half. 

TLU head coach Mel Dixon played 18 players total and 15 of those scored at least one point. The starters played just three minutes in the second half. 

Junior Chelsey Stolle  led the team with five rebounds to go along with six points, three assists and three blocks. 

Ta'Kela Taylor was the only player to reach double-digit scoring for Dallas Christian, scoring 12 points and pulling down four rebounds. 

The Bulldogs dominated most every aspect of Saturday's contest, especially the rebounding and assist battles. They out-rebounded the Crusaders 50-28 and dished out 26 assists compared to 14 for Dallas Christian. 

The outcome was never in doubt after TLU jumped out to that 23-2 lead less than 11 minutes into the game. Actually, the game was tied at 2-2 before the Bulldogs unleashed 21 straight points to take control. They eventually built a 53-18 lead heading into the locker room at the half. 

The sizable advantage allowed Dixon to play some lineups that don't see many minutes together on the floor. The TLU bench scored 26 of the Bulldogs' 34 second-half points. 

Saturday marked the fourth time this season the TLU defense has held an opponent below 30 percent shooting from the field. 

Texas Lutheran will continue its non-conference schedule tonight with a 5:30 p.m. road game against Concordia Texas.

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Marion boys go 2-2 at La Vernia tournament

December 30th, 2013

(La Vernia) - The Marion High School boys' basketball team took pause from the District 29-2A schedule to compete in the La Vernia Tournament this past weekend, and the Bulldogs produced mixed results with a 2-2 record over the course of the two-day event.  

Marion opened the tournament with a pair of lopsided victories on Friday, defeating Taft 63-28 and Karnes City 52-31.  Saturday's schedule provided much tougher competition for the Bulldogs.  Marion dropped a pair of games against Class-3A opponents, falling to Hondo 58-50 and to La Vernia 63-47.  

Tanner Bridges led the way against Taft on Friday, scoring a game-high 22 points while collecting five rebounds, four steals, and three assists.  Tim Donnelly and Michael Rayos each added 10 points, and Jose Sanchez grabbed a team-best six rebounds.  Camden Wilson contributed eight points, Casey Blakely six, and Nicholaus Hauptman three.  Tom Donnelly and and Sanchez each put in two. 

Marion led Taft 13-7 at the end of the first quarter and used an 18-5 scoring edge in the second to build a 31-12 halftime cushion.  The Bulldogs outscored the Greyhounds 21-10 in the third quarter and 11-6 in the fourth to pull away for the 35-point win.  

Bridges was also Marion's leading scorer against Karnes City, netting 18 points to go with five rebounds and his second four-steal performance of the day.  Tim Donnelly just missed a double-double, scoring 16 points and pulling down a team-high nine rebounds.  Sanchez and Rayos each put in four points, and the Bulldogs received two apiece from Blakely, Wilson, Hauptman, Tom Donnelly, and James Norwood.  Wilson contributed eight rebounds and four steals, and Tom Donnelly grabbed six rebounds.  Norwood led the team with three assists.  

Marion stifled Karnes City defensively in the first half, holding the Badgers to four points in the first quarter and eight in the second to build a 27-12 lead at the intermission.  The Bulldogs outdistanced Karnes City 13-7 in the third quarter to establish the final 21-point margin, and both teams netted 12 points in the fourth period. 

In Saturday's loss to Hondo, Marion led 15-11 after the first quarter, but the Owls used a 19-11 advantage in the second period to put the Bulldogs in a four-point hole, 30-26, by halftime.  Each team put 12 points on the board in the third quarter, and it was still a four-point game going into the fourth.  Hondo edged Marion 16-12 in the final frame to notch the eight-point win. 

Wilson scored 16 points, Bridges finished with 12, and Hauptman chipped in 10 against the Owls.  Tim Donnelly barely missed a double-double for the second time in the tournament, finishing with nine points and nine rebounds, and he also provided a strong inside presence on the defensive end with four blocks.  Rayos rounded out the scoring with three points. 

La Vernia jumped out to a 20-15 lead over Marion on Saturday after one period of play, but the Bulldogs outscored the Bears17-12 in the second quarter to knot the game up 32-all going into halftime.  The third quarter proved disastrous for Marion, as La Vernia used an 18-5 run to put the Bulldogs in a 50-37 hole by the end of the period.  

Bridges was the only Marion scorer in double figures against the Bears, totaling 15 points.  He also came up with seven rebounds and distributed four assists.  Norwood and Hauptman each put in seven points, while Tim Donnelly contributed six points and eight rebounds.  Rayos and Wilson had five points apiece, with Wilson grabbing six rebounds and Rayos recording two steals.  

Marion's season record is 8-7.  The Bulldogs visit Somerset in a non-district game today at 1 p.m. 

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Saturday Results

December 30th, 2013

Seguin boys & girls basketball @ Boerne ISD Tournament

boys lost to N.B.-Canyon 73-67, def. S.A.-Southwest 61-60

girls lost to Boerne 56-24, def. Goliad 52-45

Marion boys' basketball @ La Vernia Tournament

lost to Hondo 58-50, lost to La Vernia 63-47

Marion girls' basketball @ Bastrop Tournament

lost to Austin-Vandergrift 67-61, lost to Del Valle 44-32

Lifegate boys' basketball @ NBCA Tournament

lost to NBCA 56-44, def. Still Creek 66-57

 

TLU women's basketball def. Dallas Christian 87-42

TLU men's basketball lost to Wayland Baptist 103-80

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Friday Results

December 28th, 2013

Seguin boys' basketball @ Boerne ISD Tournament

Seguin lost to S.A.-Christian 64-63 (OT) and to Sam Houston 57-53

Seguin girls' basketball @ Boerne ISD Tournament

Seguin lost to Antonian 49-33 and to St. Agnes 61-43

Marion boys' basketball @ La Vernia Tournament

Marion def. Taft 63-28 and Karnes City 52-31

Marion girls' basketball @ Bastrop Tournament

**no finals reported***

Lifegate boys' basketball def. San Juan Diego 45-43 @ NBCA Tournament

TLU men's basketball lost to Dallas Christian 65-64 @ Wayland Baptist Holiday Classic

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Bulldogs fill up 15-2A Division I All-District football team

December 27th, 2013

(Marion) - The 2013 Marion High School football team received the kind of post-season recognition you would expect after a district championship season.  Following their unbeaten run through 15-2A Division I schedule, the Bulldogs had 13 players and their head coach recognized on the recently released All-District team.  

After guiding his team a 6-0 district mark, the program's first district title since 1977, a school-record nine total wins (9-3 overall record), and a trip to the second round of the 2A Division I playoffs, Marion's second-year head coach Bruce Salmon was named the district's Coach of the Year.  

Jourden Stanley claimed District MVP honors for his work on both sides of the ball.  Offensively, the senior quarterback threw for 1,489 yards and 15 touchdowns while running for 1,299 yards and 22 scores.  On the defensive side, Stanley anchored the Marion secondary from a safety position and nabbed four interceptions on the season.  

Freshman receiver Edher Nava Arroyo also picked up a district superlative, collecting Newcomer of the Year honors after hauling in 19 catches for 233 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 57 yards and a score in his first season of varsity football.  

Marion's other first-team All-District selections on offense include halfback Raphael DeHoyos, tight end Tre Lambert, receiver Michael Rayos, guard Curtis Chaplin, tackle Nathan Stough, and center Kody Espinoza.  

DeHoyos ran for 434 yards and eight touchdowns, while Lambert totaled 11 receptions for 185 yards.  Rayos was the team's leading receiver with 52 catches for 615 yards and eight scores.  Chapman, Stough, and Espinoza anchorned the line that helped the Bulldogs average 32.6 points and 361.5 total yards per game.  

The Bulldogs' second-team All-District honorees on offense are running-back Jesse Bowman (587 rushing yds., 3 TD, 137 receiving yds., 1 TD), receiver Camden Wilson (17 rec., 242 yds., 2 TD), and tackle Aaron Lampman.  

Marion's first-team honorees on the defensive side of the ball include tackle Chaplin, end Lorenzo Washington, linebackers DeHoyos and Lambert, cornerback Rayos, and safety Wilson.  Wilson led the Bulldogs and the district with five interceptions, while Rayos had two picks.  

The Bulldogs' second-team All-District performers include linebacker Ty Bateman, cornerback Josh Quidachay, and Bowman at a safety position. 

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Marion volleyball well represented on All-District list

December 27th, 2013

(Marion) - The Marion High School volleyball program placed nine players on the 2013 All-District 29-2A volleyball team after winning yet another district title under head coach Bernice Voigt.   

Senior Meagan Littlefield was named the district's Offensive Player of the Year, senior Tara Pogue received  Defensive Player of the Year honors, and junior Mariah Fields was named the league's Newcomer of the Year. 

Littlefield, an outside hitter, put away a team-high 309 kills and delivered 29 aces.  Fellow outside hitter Pogue collected 299 digs and recorded 258 kills. Fields, a defensive specialist, came up with 188 digs and 21 aces on the year. 

Other Bulldogs who earned first-team All-District recognition include senior setter Brooke Smith, sophomore middle blocker Robyn Young and junior middle blocker Amy Stoermer. 

Smith put up 848 assists and also finished with 301 digs and 66 aces. Young delivered 193 kills and also came up with 35 blocks and 36 aces.  Stoermer posted 131 kills and a team-high 47 blocks. 

Junior middle blocker Sally Brown made second-team All-District, while senior defensive specialist Katy O'Bryan and junior defensive specialist Christin Haecker each received honorable mention.  

Brown had 97 kills and 29 blocks on the season.  O’Bryan totaled 166 digs and 57 aces. Haecker collected 152 digs.  

Marion had 10 players honored on the Academic All-District team.  That list includes Littlefield, O’Bryan, Pogue, Smith, Brown, Fields, Stoermer, Young, Becca Nyul, and Cami Davis.

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Friday Schedule

December 27th, 2013

Seguin boys' basketball @ Boerne ISD Tournament

Seguin girls' basketball @ Boerne ISD Tournament

Marion boys' basketball @ La Vernia Tournament

Marion girls' basketball @ Bastrop ISD Tournament

TLU men's basketball vs. Dallas Christian @ Wayland Baptist Holiday Classic (Plainview), 6 p.m.

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Former Matador Brooks named to C-USA All-Freshman football team

December 20th, 2013

(San Antonio) – Former Seguin High School football standout and current UTSA Roadrunner Codie Brooks was named to Conference USA's All-Freshman Team, the league office announced last week. 

Brooks played for the Matadors from 2009-2011 and graduated from SHS in 2012.  The defensive end finished his redshirt freshman season with 34 tackles (18 solos/16 assists), a team-leading five sacks, four pass breakups and a fumble recovery in his 11 games of action (five starts). 

An honorable mention all-conference selections as well, Brooks registered a pair of sacks against No. 13 Oklahoma State (Sept. 7) and added two more at Marshall (Oct. 5). The 6-foot-1, 250-pound walk-on added a season-high five stops, a pass breakup and his lone fumble recovery of the year against the Thundering Herd.

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Thompson’s 24 helps Navarro girls avenge loss to Devine

December 20th, 2013

(Geronimo) – The Navarro High School girls’ basketball team rolled to a 64-48 home win over Devine Tuesday night just five days after falling to the Arabians 53-52 in the Poteet Tournament.  

Shannon Thompson led all scorers with 24 points, and two other Panthers reached double figures as well – Summer Sahd with 12 points, and Sierra Leal with 11.  

Allison Hensley contributed six points, Andrea Besa put in five, and Josselyn Rodriguez netted four.  

Navarro jumped out to a 37-24 lead by halftime and used a 27-24 scoring edge in the second half to build the final 16-point margin.  

The Panthers, 18-5 on the season, visit La Vernia tonight at 7:30 p.m.

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Navarro boys drop road game to Warhorses

December 20th, 2013

(Devine) – Desmond Smith scored 31 points for the Navarro High School boys’ basketball team Tuesday night, but his Panthers still came up short in an 84-68 road loss to Devine.  

Preston Hernandez added 14 points for Navarro, which dropped to 6-9 on the season.  Eric Hinkelmann and Ty Durham netted eight apiece, Jesse Rabadan had five, and Anthony Grant finished with two. 

The win kept Devine’s unbeaten record intact at 12-0.  The Warhorses led 21-18 at the end of the first quarter, and used a 22-16 scoring edge in the second period to build a 43-34 cushion by halftime.  Devine outscored Navarro 22-14 in the third period, putting the Panthers in a 17-point hole going into the fourth.  

Navarro is back in Geronimo for a home game against Cuero tonight.  The opening tip at the Navarro Events Center is 8 p.m. 

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TLU men have four-game winning streak snapped in Kingsville

December 20th, 2013

(Kingsville) – Despite a late run to close the gap, the Texas Lutheran men's basketball team had its four-game winning streak snapped on the road Wednesday by Texas A&M-Kingsville. 

The 75-71 loss snapped the Bulldogs' longest winning streak in two years and moved their record to 5-3 on the year. The win improved the Javelinas' record to 5-7. 

Garrett Wilkins led the way for the Bulldogs, scoring 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting. Wilkins, TLU's leading scorer, has now scored in double figures in all eight games this season. 

Thomas Verm and Robert Watson Jr. were the other two Bulldogs to reach double-digit scoring. Verm, a junior, chipped in 12 points to go along with two rebounds and two assists, while Watson Jr. scored 10 and led the team with five rebounds. 

Rashad Basey was the offensive leader for Texas A&M-Kingsville, scoring a game-high 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting while also pulling down eight rebounds. 

The Bulldogs shot well from the field, shooting almost 42 percent on the night. It was the defensive end that hurt them as the Javelinas shot almost 50 percent. 

One thing the Bulldogs did do well on defense was force turnovers with the Javelinas recording 23 on the night. Wilkins played a big role in that, notching a career-high six steals. TLU scored 27 points off those 23 turnovers. 

The first half was one of runs with the Javelinas scorings the game's first seven points and jumping out to a 19-11 lead less than nine minutes into the game. 

The Bulldogs answered that run though, taking their first lead of the game after an 11-2 streak. That run was keyed by three 3-pointers -- two coming from Jordan Kouremetis and one from Wilkins. Kouremetis would finish the game with eight points, all of them coming in the first half. 

The three-point shot was huge for the Bulldogs in the first half after making 5-of-11 from behind the arc while holding the Javelins to just three 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes. 

After Texas Lutheran took the lead, the Javelinas answered back with 11 straight points to open up a double-digit lead 33-23. They eventually stretched the lead to as large as 13 before the Bulldogs scored the last five points of the half, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Kendall Holmes to send TLU to the locker room down 41-33. 

Texas A&M-Kingsville scored the first six points of the second half to extend the lead back out to 12 and kept pulling away, eventually increasing the lead to as many as 20 with 13 minutes left. 

The Bulldogs would close the game on a 12-3 run to get within four, but the Joseph Richardson 3-pointer that cut the deficit to four would come with just four seconds left. The Javelinas ran the rest of the clock out to come away with the win. 

Texas Lutheran will not play again until after Christmas when it will travel to Plainview, Texas to take on both Dallas Christian and host Wayland Baptist in the Wayland Baptist Holiday Classic. The Bulldogs will face off against Dallas Christian at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27 before playing Wayland Baptist at 3 p.m. the next day. Live video and live stats will be available via TLUBulldogs.com.

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Cold shooting plagues Seguin girls in district loss to Mules

December 19th, 2013

(Seguin) – The Seguin High School girls’ basketball team was unable to overcome a scoreless first quarter Tuesday night in a 35-25 loss to District 27-4A opponent Alamo Heights at Goldie Harris Gym.  

The Matadors trailed 11-0 at the end of the first period.  Sabrina Segovia finally ended the scoring drought with an offensive rebound and layup 16 seconds into the second quarter. 

Seguin used a scrappy defensive effort and strong rebounding to keep the game relatively competitive, but the visiting Mules hit six threes in the first half to build a 22-10 halftime lead. 

Alamo Heights’ only points in the third quarter came on three more three-point field goals, giving the Mules nine threes on the night to account for all but of eight of their points.  Rylee Maldonado – a 34 percent shooter from three-point range on the season – hit six of those threes against a Seguin zone designed to negate the Mules’ considerable size advantage.  

“Didn’t see that one coming,” Seguin head coach Mollie Brawner said of Alamo Heights’ success from the perimeter.  “They’re extremely tall, so matching up really wasn’t a good option for us, and we knew that from the start.  They run a cut-through offense that uses their size, and we knew we couldn’t match up with it.  Their shooting has been very poor in all of their games, so we knew going into it that they were either going to light us up, or they weren’t, and it was going to work, and unfortunately that’s just the way it goes sometimes.”  

The Matadors struggled through a horrid offensive night.  As a team, Seguin made just eight of its 44 field goal attempts – 18 percent – including a 3-16 night from three-point range.  Brawner says the Mules’ length altered the way the Matadors ran their offense.  

“We were kind of intimidated and didn’t want to attack as much as we normally do, and our shooting was just horrendous tonight.”  

Hailey Gil led Seguin with 14 points, and was the only Matador in double figures.  Brittany Ball and Sabrina Segovia each grabbed 10 rebounds.  Segovia also had five points and two steals, Ball scored four points, and Andrea Castillo finished with two.  

The Matadors hauled in 36 rebounds as a team, including 19 on the offensive end.  

In the wake of Tuesday’s loss, Brawner again emphasized that that the multiple underclassmen playing heavy minutes are gaining valuable experience that will eventually pay dividends.  

“We know we have a long way to go, and Rome wasn’t built in a day.  Last year we started something in this program, and we’re continuing it.  It takes time, and we’ve got some young bodies that are learning from seniors.  We aren’t used to being in successful situations from the past, and we’re learning.  At some point this will help us, and we’ll get something good out of it.” 

The Seguin girls are 1-1 in district play, 7-9 overall.  The Matadors continue the 27-4A slate Friday night with a home game against Clemens at 7 p.m.

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Marion girls outlast Cotulla to move above .500 in district play

December 19th, 2013

(Cotulla) – The Marion High School girls’ basketball team pulled away from Cotulla in the second half Tuesday night for a 48-39 road win in District 29-2A play.  

The Bulldogs led 14-12 at the end of the first quarter, and still held a narrow two-point cushion, 23-21, at the half.  Marion tightened the clamps defensively and outscored the Cowgirls 13-6 in the third quarter to take a nine-point lead, 36-27, into the fourth period.  Each team totaled 12 points in the final frame.  

Amy Stoermer led the Bulldogs with a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double, and she also collected a team-high five steals to go with one blocked shot on the defensive end.  

Cami Davis also scored 12 points, and contributed four rebounds, four assists, four steals, and two blocks.  Alyssa Ward reached double figures with 11 points while grabbing four rebounds and coming up with four steals.  

Hayley Davison finished with six points and four rebounds.  Reagan Langemeier scored four points, grabbed five rebounds, matched Davis’ team-high assist total with four, and swiped three steals.  Christin Haecker was a factor on the backboards with six rebounds, and she also chipped in two points and three assists.  Meagan Littlefield had two points and two rebounds.  

The Marion girls are 2-1 in district play, 6-9 overall.  The Bulldogs host Jourdanton in a 29-2A contest this Friday at 6:30 p.m.

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Eicher’s monster night sparks Bulldogs to district opening win

December 19th, 2013

(Cotulla) –Joe Eicher poured in 28 points and snatched 19 rebounds Tuesday night to help the Marion High School boys’ basketball team blow out Cotulla 80-49 in the opening game of the District 29-2A schedule.  

Eicher hit 14-22 field goal attempts, grabbed 12 defensive rebounds, and pulled down seven more boards on the offensive end.  Marion shot 59 percent as a team, and held the Cowboys to 34 percent shooting.  

James Norwood added 14 points for the Bulldogs while dishing out a team-high eight assists and corralling six rebounds.  He went 4-8 from three-point range.  Tim Donnelly contributed 12 points and two blocked shots.  

Michael Rayos and Camden Wilson each scored seven points, with Rayos draining both of his three-point attempts.  Casey Blakely had six points, five assists, and two steals, and Tanner Bridges also finished with six points.  

Marion actually trailed 18-16 at the end of the first quarter before taking control of the game with a 25-9 run in the second period.  The Bulldogs led 41-27 at halftime, and extended the cushion to 20 points, 60-40, heading into the fourth.  A 20-9 Marion scoring edge in the last stanza produced the final 31-point margin.  

The Marion boys are 1-0 in district play, 5-5 on the season.  The Bulldogs look for another district win Friday when they host Jourdanton at 8 p.m. 

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Thursday Schedule

December 19th, 2013

 TLU women's basketball vs. St. Ambrose (Iowa), 6 p.m.

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Wednesday Result

December 19th, 2013

TLU men's basketball lost to Texas A&M-Kingsville 75-71

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Tuesday Results

December 18th, 2013

Seguin girls' basketball lost to Alamo Heights 35-25

Navarro girls' basketball def. Devine 64-48

Navarro boys' basketball lost to Devine 84-68

Marion girls' basketball def. Cotulla 48-39

Marion boys' basketball def. Cotulla 80-49

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Panthers place 18 on All-District football team

December 18th, 2013

(Geronimo) – The Navarro High School football program followed its successful 2013 season by having 18 players recognized on the 27-3A All-District team.  

Senior quarterback Ty Durham was voted the Utility Player MVP, senior linebacker Jay Leal was named the district’s Defensive MVP, and freshman linebacker Jake Wright was selected as the league’s Newcomer of the Year.  

Durham threw for 1,154 yards, 12 touchdowns, and five interceptions while completing 60 percent of his passes, and he ran for 421 yards and eight scores.  

Navarro’s other first-team All-District selections on the offensive side of the ball include senior running-back Luke Jaroszewski, senior tight end Justin Harless, senior receiver Desmond Smith, and senior offensive lineman Billy Alegria.  

Jaroszewski led the Panthers in rushing with 1,213 yards and 13 touchdowns, and Smith was the team’s leading receiver with 40 catches for 706 yards and 10 scores.  The blocking skills of Harless and Alegria helped pave the way for an offense that averaged 42.6 points, 350.6 rushing yards, and 446.5 total yards per game.  

The Panthers’ first-team All-District defensive players are Harless at a linebacker position, senior defensive back James Eveld, sophomore lineman Jeremy Rodriguez, and senior defensive end Ty Wright.  

Navarro’s second-team All-District honorees on the offensive side of the ball include senior tight end Eric Hinkelmann, sophomore fullback Anthony Grant, senior lineman Connor Roe, and senior center Justin Hatfield.  Grant rushed for 617 yards and 11 touchdowns in his first season of varsity football.  

The Panthers had five athletes recognized as second-team All-District defensive players.  That list includes sophomore linebacker Sam Marbach, senior cornerback Lucas Lake, Hinkelmann and Roe on the defensive line, and senior Dylan McKee at defensive end.  

Ty Wright was also a second-team All-District selection on special teams.  Freshman linebacker Jared Leal received honorable mention, as did senior offensive lineman Joel Ramon and Harless as a special-teams performer.  

The Panthers’ Academic All-District selections include Jay Leal, Durham, Manny Longoria, Eveld, Jake Wright, Marbach, Vince Haass, Jared Leal, Tanner Law, Lake, Smith, Jaroszewski, Roe, Rodriguez, Kellan Barry, Chance Lange, and Brian Lopez.  

The aforementioned group of players led Navarro to a 10-2 record, a second-place finish in District 27-3A, and an appearance in the area round of the 3A-Division II playoffs. 

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Seven Navarro volleyball players honored in 27-3A

December 18th, 2013

(Geronimo) – The Navarro High School volleyball team placed seven student-athletes on the 27-3A All-District team for the 2013 season.  

The Panthers first-team All-District selections include senior outside hitter Kelly Kubenka, senior libero Emma Johnson, and senior setter Miranda Escobar.  

Kubenka was a force both offensively and defensively for Navarro in her final season of high school volleyball.  She led the team with 318 kills, and finished second on the roster in digs with 565.  

Johnson was the Panthers leader in digs, collecting 710 while also serving up a team-high 70 aces.  

Escobar delivered 1,107 assists on the year and chipped in defensively with 308 digs.  

Navarro’s second-team All-District honorees are junior outside hitter Summer Sahd and senior middle blocker Calli Allison.  Sahd finished the year with 257 kills and 415 digs, while Allison recorded 308 kills and 49.5 blocks.  

Senior Brittany Pollok and junior Shannon Thompson received honorable mention on the All-District team.  Pollok came up with 134 digs and delivered 30 aces, while Thompson contributed 106 kills, 279 digs, and 43 blocks.  

Navarro players receiving Academic All-District honors include Kubenka, Johnson, Escobar, Allison, Sahd, Pollok, Morgan Law, Brooke Brumley, Landrey Boatright and Alessandra Wezeman. 

Navarro finished the 2013 season with a final record of 34-9 under second-year head coach Phyllis Fowler.  The Panthers qualified for the playoffs for the first time since becoming a Class-3A program after the 2010 UIL realignment. 

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Mats finish strong at Harlandale Tournament

December 16th, 2013

(San Antonio) – The Seguin High School boys’ basketball team bounced back from a pair of losses at the Harlandale ISD Tournament on Thursday and Friday to win its final two games in the event on Saturday.  

Seguin fell to Harlandale 80-65 to open the tournament on Thursday, and followed with a tightly contested 44-43 setback to South San on Friday.  The Matadors turned things around on Saturday with a pair of blowout victories, routing Laredo-JBJ 71-45 and San Antonio-Jefferson 78-42.  

Seguin forward Skyler Brooks was virtually unstoppable throughout the weekend, averaging 24.8 points in four tournament games.  

Brooks scored 28 points in the tournament opening loss to Harlandale on Thursday.  Michael Garza added 13 points, and Jordan Eppright also reached double figured with 12.  Dylan Kiel contributed six points, Brock Gerlich put in four, and Matthew Bothe had two.  

Seguin trailed Harlandale 15-11 at the end of the first quarter, 36-24 by halftime, and 63-44 at the end of the third quarter.  

The one-point loss to South San, a team the Matadors defeated 67-62 back on Nov. 19, was tight throughout.  The game was tied 9-9 at the end of the first quarter, and Seguin took a 21-19 lead into the locker-room at halftime.  South San used a 16-11 scoring edge in the third quarter to build a three-point cushion, and the Matadors came up short by a single point in the fourth.  

Brooks was the only Matador in double figures against South San, finishing with 18.  Eppright scored eight points, Garza netted five, and Gerlich totaled four.  Kiel, Bothe, D’Marcuz Bruce, and Austin Sanchez each put in two.  

The Saturday win over Laredo-LBJ saw Brooks notch his second 28-point outing of the tournament.  Three other Seguin players reached double figures, with Eppright chipping in 14 points, Kiel 12, and Gerlich 10.  Bothe finished with three, while Bruce and Kevin Riles each had two. 

LBJ kept it close for a half as Seguin methodically built a 40-32 lead over the first two quarters.  The Matadors used a 20-9 scoring edge in the third quarter to break the game open and take a 60-41 cushion into the final frame.  Seguin outdistanced LBJ 11-4 in the fourth quarter to build the final 25-point margin. 

In Saturday’s win over Jefferson, Seguin led 18-8 at the end of the first quarter, and 42-23 by halftime.  The Matadors dominated the third quarter 19-6 to take a 61-29 lead into the fourth period.  

Brooks led all scorers with 25 points, Eppright contributed 13, and Gerlich totaled 11.  Sanchez added six points, while Kiel and Riles each put in four.  Bruce and Isidro Guzman each had three, while Auden Liscano and Bothe scored two points apiece.  

After a 2-2 finish in the Harlandale Tournament, Seguin’s season record is 5-8.  The Matadors have tonight off and open the District 27-4A schedule Friday in Schertz when they visit Clemens at 7 p.m. 

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Navarro boys fall in Poteet championship game

December 16th, 2013

(Poteet) – The Navarro High School boys’ basketball team came up short in its bid to capture the Poteet Tournament championship over the weekend, falling 60-35 to Hondo in Saturday’s tournament title game.  The Panthers defeated Eagle Pass-Winn 57-40 in the semifinals earlier that day.  

Desmond Smith led Navarro offensively in both games, scoring 28 points against Winn and 15 against Hondo.  Preston Hernandez also reached double figures in the loss to the Owls, finishing with 10 points.  Hernandez had nine points against Winn, Ty Durham contributed eight, and Jesse Rabadan totaled six.  Eric Hinkelmann and Jay Leal each put in three.  Rabadan netted four against Hondo, Leal three, Durham two, and Nehal Petal one.  

Smith was named to the All-Tournament team.  

Navarro opened the tournament Thursday with a 45-44 win over Nixon-Smiley and a 66-35 blowout of Poteet.  

Smith led the way with 13 points against the Mustangs, and Hernandez scored 11.  The win over the Aggies saw Smith and Hernandez each put in 14, while Durham and Hinkelmann had seven apiece.  

The Panthers dropped both of their games on Friday, falling to Hondo 56-40 and Lytle 42-38.  Hernandez and Smith scored 15 points apiece against Hondo, and Smith was the only Navarro player in double figures against Lytle, totaling 18.  Durham scored nine points and Hernandez chipped in eight against the Pirates.  

The Navarro boys went 3-3 in the Poteet Tournament, and return to action tonight with a road game in Devine at 7:30 p.m.  The Panthers’ season record is 6-8. 

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Tough weekend for Marion boys at St. Dominic Savio tourney

December 16th, 2013

(Austin) – The Marion High School boys’ basketball team ended up winless in three games last Friday and Saturday at the St. Dominic Savio Tournament in Austin.  

The Bulldogs fell to the host school 49-45 on Friday, then dropped a pair of games on Saturday, losing to Grace Prep 50-40 and Burnet 47-44.  

Marion led St. Dominic Savio 7-6 at the end of the first quarter and 17-11 at halftime.  The Eagles picked up the pace offensively in the third quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 18-13 to pull with one, 30-29, heading into the fourth.  St. Dominic Savio outscored Marion 20-15 in the final period to saddle the Bulldogs with a four-point defeat.  

Joe Eicher posted team highs with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and three steals against the Eagles.  Tanner Bridges added 13 points and eight rebounds.  Camden Wilson scored seven points, dished out a team-high four assists, and led the team with three blocked shots.  Nicholaus Hauptman added four points, James Norwood had three, and Marion got two points apiece from Tim Donnelly and Michael Rayos.  

No individual stats from Saturday’s losses to Grace Prep and Burnet were made available.  

The Marion boys, 4-5 on the season, open the District 29-2A schedule tonight with an 8 p.m. road game against Cotulla. 

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Lifegate boys take third at River City Believers tournament

December 16th, 2013

(Selma) – The Lifegate Christian School boys’ basketball team won two of its three games at the Rivers City Believers Tournament in Selma over the weekend, which was good enough for a third place finish in the event.  

The Falcons capped the weekend with a 39-29 victory over San Antonio-New Life in Saturday’s third-place game after falling to the host school Believers 43-33 in the semifinals earlier that day.  

Austin Rabon scored 12 points to lead Lifegate against New Life, while Michael McKinney also reached double figures with 10.  

Dustin Delany put in nine points in the loss to Believers, Jacob Reneau contributed eight, and Daniel Fiedler had seven.  

The Falcons opened the tournament Friday with a 46-44 win over Brune.  Reneau led with way with nine points, Rabon added eight, and Fiedler totaled seven.  

Lifegate’s record to start the season is 3-1. 

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Saturday Results

December 16th, 2013

Seguin boys' basketball @ Harlandale Tournament

def. Laredo-LBJ 71-44

def. S.A.-Jefferson 78-42

Navarro girls' basketball @ Poteet Tournament

def. Poteet 78-17

def. Medina 29-22 (consolation title game)

Navarro boys' basketball @ Poteet Tournanet

def. Eagle Pass-Winn 67-40

lost to Hondo 60-35 (championship game)

Marion boys' basketball @ St. Dominic-Savio Tournament

lost to Grace Prep 50-40

lost to Burnet 47-44

Lifegate boys' basketball @ River City Believers Tournament

lost to Believers 43-33 (semifinals)

def. New Life 39-29 (3rd place game)

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Seguin girls down Lockhart in 27-4A opener

December 16th, 2013

(Lockhart) - The Seguin High School girls basketball team opened the District 27-4A schedule Friday night with a 49-35 win over Lockhart.  

The game was tightly contested for a half, with Seguin leading 7-6 at the end of the first quarter and 20-16 at halftime.  

The Matadors used a 17-6 run in the third quarter to pull away from the Lions and took a 37-22 cushion into the fourth period.  

Lockhart only shaved a single point off the deficit in the final frame, edging Seguin 13-12 in the quarter.  

Brittany Ball and Hailey Gil each scored 10 points to lead the Matadors offensively.  

Ball added grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and contributed two steals.  

Gil swiped a team-best six steals to go with five rebounds and four assists.  

Sabrina Segovia chipped in with nine points and four steals, and Aliyah Ramon had a solid all-around game, scoring six points while dishing out a team-high six assists.  

Renae Ramon contributed five points, Alexus Franklin had four, Andrea Castillo three, and Cortlin Buchanan three.  

Desiree Martin made an impact on the backboards with seven rebounds, including five on the offensive end.  

As a team, Seguin totaled 16 steals on the night.  

The Seguin girls are 1-0 in district play, 7-8 overall.  The Matadors have a chance to move their season record back to .500 in a district game against Alamo Heights on Tuesday at 7 p.m. 

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Navarro girls go 4-2 at Poteet tournament

December 16th, 2013

(Poteet) - The Navarro High School girls' basketball team rebounded from an 0-2 start at the Poteet Tournament on Thursday to win its final four games in the event on Friday and Saturday.  

The first day of the tournament saw the Panthers fall to Devine 53-52 and Lipan 68-45.  

Navarro led Devine 31-23 at halftime, but the Arabians rallied to outscore the Panthers 30-21 in the second half.  

Shannon Thompson scored 21 points in the loss, but she was the only Panther in double figures.  Andrea Besa, Summer Sahd, and Sierra Leal each put in seven points, Allison Hensley had six, and Joni Frazier finished with two. 

Navarro hung with Lipan for a half, trailing 36-29 at the intermission, but Lipan used a 32-16 scoring edge in the second half to pull away for the lopsided win.  

Thompson again led the Panthers in scoring with 16 points, and Sahd added 12.  Sandra Hancock and Josseline Rodriguez each totaled four, and Besa scored three.  Leal, Hensley, and Bethany Burrus netted two points apiece. 

Friday, Navarro earned its first win of the tournament in a 71-16 blowout of Carrizo Springs.  The Panthers wasted little time establishing a big cushion, jumping out to a 38-5 lead by halftime.  

Leal and Morgan Law each put in 12 points against Carrizo Springs, while Hensley also reached double figures with 10.  Alesandra Wezeman, Sahd, and Frazier scored six points apiece, and Burrus chipped in five.  Staci Pierce had four, while Hancock and Rodriguez each finished with two. 

Friday's second game saw Navarro rout Medina 61-28.  The Panthers doubled up Medina's point total, 26-13, before halftime, and pulled away with a 35-15 scoring edge over the final two periods.  

Leal led the way with 18 points, and Sahd netted 12.  Thompson finished with nine points, Frazier eight, and Rodriguez seven.  Besa, Pierce, and Law each put in two, and Hensley made a free throw.  

Navarro closed the tournament Saturday with a pair of victories, blowing out Poteet 78-17 and winning a low-scoring rematch with Medina 29-22.  

Thompson scored a game-high 13 points against the Aggies, and Law was right behind her with 12.  Rodriguez also reached double figures with 11 points, and Leal finished with 10.  Wezeman contributed eight points, Sahd and Hensley six apiece.  Besa, Burrus, and Pierce each put in four.  

The Saturday game against Medina was tied 13-13 at halftime, and the Panthers used a 16-9 scoring edge in the second half to win the defensive struggle by seven points.  

Thompson was the only player on either team to score in double figures, finishing with 10 points.  Sahd and Besa each had five, and Law put in four.  Hensley and Rodriguez added two points apiece, and Leal hit a free throw.  

After a 4-2 tournament finish in Poteet, Navarro's season record is 17-5.  The Panthers have a chance to avenge their Thursday loss to Devine this Tuesday, when they host the Arabians at 7:30 p.m. in Geronimo. 

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Marion girls drop district road game to 3rd ranked Cougars

December 16th, 2013

(San Antonio) - Though the Marion High School girls' basketball team figures to improve rapidly in the coming weeks with All-State point guard Cami Davis back in the lineup after an off-season injury, the Bulldogs weren't quite ready to take on one of the top teams in the state this past Friday night.  

San Antonio-Cole, ranked third in the state in Class-2A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, handed the Bulldogs a 49-30 loss in a District 29-2A game in San Antonio.  

Marion couldn't get anything going offensive in the first half, scoring just four points in the first quarter and five more in the second to fall behind 22-9 by halftime.  

The Bulldogs shot the ball better in the second half, but couldn't put together a rally.  The Cougars used scoring edges of 13-10 in the third quarter and 14-11 in the fourth to pull away for the 19-point win.  

Meagan Littlefield scored eight points to lead Marion, while Davis put in seven.  Amy Stoermer finished with five points, and Christin Haecker had four.  Leighanna Bridwell and Reagan Langemeier each chipped in with three.  

Marion had a tough time matching up with Cole's Dalesia Boothe, who led all scorers with 23 points.  

The Bulldogs, 1-1 in district play, continue the District 29-2A schedule Tuesday with a road game in Cotulla at 6:30 p.m. 

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Friday Results

December 14th, 2013

Seguin boys' basketball @ Harlandale Tournament, lost to South San 44-43

Navarro boys' basketball @ Poteet Tournament (vs. Hondo & Lytle)...no finals reported

Navarro girls' basketball @ Poteet Tournament

def. Carrizo Springs 71-16, def. Medina 61-28

 

Marion boys' basketall @ Austin-St. Dominic Savio Tournament. lost to Savio 49-45

Marion girls' basketball lost to S.A.-Cole 49-30

Lifegate boys' basketball @ Selma-River City Believers Tournament, def. Brune 46-44



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Thursday Results

December 13th, 2013

Seguin boys' basketball lost to Harlandale 80-65 @ Harlandale Tournament

Navarro boys' basketball @ Poteet Tournament

Navarro boys def. Nixon Smiley 45-44

Navarro boys def. Poteet 65-35

Navarro girls' basketball @ Poteet Tournament

Navarro  lost to Devine 53-52

Navarro lost to Lipan 68-45

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Kouremetis's outside shooting helps TLU men to fourth straight win

December 13th, 2013

(Seguin) – Jordan Kouremetis scored a career-high 18 points and Robert Watson Jr. chipped in with a double-double on Tuesday night in an 81-66 home win for the Texas Lutheran men's basketball team over Open Bible College. 

The Bulldogs, behind Kouremetis's career night, battled back from an early 10-point deficit and outscored the Bruins 69-44 the rest of the way, stretching their winning streak to four games and improving their record to 5-2 on the year. The four-game winning streak is the Bulldogs' longest since winning four in a row during the 2011-12 campaign. 

Kouremetis rewarded head coach Tommy Jones for inserting him into the starting lineup for the first time in his career, scoring that team-high 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Kouremetis, one of the team's most proficient outside shooters, did a lot of his damage from behind the arc, making 4-of-8 from deep. Those four 3-pointers are the most a Bulldog has hit in a game this season. 

Watson Jr. had a strong night too, pouring in 15 points and grabbing a career-high 10 rebounds. Most of his production came in the second half where he scored 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting and pulled down eight rebounds. 

Junior point guard Joseph Richardson was another standout, running the Bulldogs' offense well all game and dishing out a career-high nine assists to go along with six points and five rebounds. He also limited the turnovers, recording just one against those nine assists. 

The Bruins came out of the gates strong and jumped out to a 10-point lead less than six minutes into the game behind some red-hot shooting from behind the arc. They made five of their first six 3-pointers in that six-minute span to get out to the double-digit advantage. 

Jones called a quick TLU timeout when the deficit grew to 10 and from there, the Bulldogs began chipping away. They scored the next seven points to cut the lead back down to just three points, eventually ending the half on a 16-6 run to going into the locker room up 43-37. 

Donte McGee was crucial to the Bulldog's first-half resurgence. Coming off the bench, he was the only Bulldog to reach double-digit scoring in the first half, pouring in 11 points on perfect 5-of-5 shooting. All five buckets came in the paint as he consistently put Open Bible College defenders on his back to got solid post position. McGee finished the game with 13 points and tied a career-high with eight rebounds. 

After the Bruins' hot start from deep, the Bulldogs put the clamps down with their perimeter defense, limiting the Bruins to just 2-of-17 shooting from behind the arc the rest of the way. 

In fact, after the Bruins made six of their first eight shots in the game, the Bulldogs held them to 15-of-54 (27.8%) shooting the rest of the way. 

The Bulldogs came out of the locker room and scored the first four points of the second half, increasing their advantage to nine. A Kouremetis 3-pointer gave TLU its first double-digit advantage with less than 17 minutes to play. 

The Bruins would never get closer than seven the rest of the way as the Bulldogs eventually stretched their lead to as large as 24 with just under four minutes left. The Bruins would get back within 15 after Jones emptied his bench. 

A win in their next game would give the Bulldogs five straight wins for the first time since the 2004-05 season. They will have to earn that win on the road when they travel to Texas A&M-Kingsville on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. 

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TLU's Cameron Peavy, Bradley Snowden named Second Team All-Region by D3football.com

December 13th, 2013

(Seguin) – Texas Lutheran senior receiver Cameron Peavy and senior linebacker Bradley Snowden were named to the D3football.com 2013 All-South Region Second Team earlier this week. 

The teams, selected in balloting by South Region sports information directors and D3football.com staff, were chosen from 257 nominations by Division III member schools. A total of 75 players were chosen to the All-South Region teams. 

Snowden and Peavy were named to the All-South Region Second Team after leading the Bulldogs to an 8-1 overall record and a 3-0 conference mark. The Bulldogs won the 2013 SCAC Championship, the first football conference title in school history. 

The Bulldogs were ranked 22nd in the final regular season poll issued by the American Football Coaches Association . 

Snowden, a 5-11, 215-pound linebacker, was named the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He was the field general of the Texas Lutheran defense, recording 65 total tackles (second on team; sixth in SCAC) with 7.0 tackles for loss of 34 yards (second on team; tied for ninth in SCAC). 

A team captain and a three-year starter, Snowden also had 2.5 sacks for 22 yards, two fumble recoveries, three pass breakups and two QB hurries. He was as durable as he was consistent, never missing a game in his 39-game career, which included 29 consecutive starts. 

Snowden, a 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team nominee and a SCAC All-Sportsmanship Football Team honoree, finished his Bulldog career with the fourth-most total tackles in TLU's DIII era. He recorded 240 total tackles and added 20.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries (third on the DIII era list). 

Cameron Peavy, a 6-0 and 202-pound receiver, also claimed First Team All-SCAC honors in 2013. Peavy set new school records for single-season receiving TDs (13), single-season receptions (72), and single-season receiving yards (1,089). 

Entering the semifinal round of the NCAA Division III playoffs, Peavy remains among the national leaders in several receiving statistical categories. He is sixth in receiving yards per game (121.0), eighth in receiving TDs (13), 11th in receptions per game (8.0), 18th in total receiving yards (1,089), and 43rd in scoring per game (8.7). 

Peavy went over the 100-yard receiving mark six times in 2013 and tied his school mark for single-game TD receptions (4). He was two yards shy of tying his school-record single-game receiving mark after a 216-yard performance this season against East Texas Baptist. 

Peavy ended his Bulldog career second in the TLU DIII-era rankings for career receiving yards (2,257), career TD receptions (22), career yards per catch (15.8), and career yards receiving per game (68.4). He is third in the DIII list for total catches (143).

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Marion girls stave off Wolves in Davis’s return to lineup

December 12th, 2013

(Marion) – Marion’s All-State point guard Cami Davis played her first game of the 2013-2014 basketball season Tuesday night after spending most of the fall semester rehabbing from a summer knee injury, and her return to the court came just in time to help the Bulldogs hold off Dilley 47-42 in the District 29-2A opener for both teams.  

Davis, who averaged 23.5 points and 7.1 assists as a sophomore last season, totaled seven points, six rebounds, and six assists in limited playing time Tuesday night.  Marion head coach Kollyn McWhinney says the team is quickly developing its chemistry with Davis back in the lineup. 

“We’re now in the phase of adjusting to getting Cami back, so it’s starting over again, but we looked good when she was out there on the floor.  I felt like it allowed us to push the tempo a little bit better than we’ve been doing in the past.  We didn’t shoot very well, but we did have a lot of effort on the offensive glass, and got a lot of put-backs.”  

Amy Stoermer’s work on the offensive boards produced a lot of those put-backs.  Stoermer delivered a 13-point, 13-rebound double-double, and fellow post Alyssa Ward managed a team-high 17 points, along with six rebounds, despite extended stretches on the sideline due to foul trouble.  

Ward never picked up her fifth foul after reentering the game in the fourth quarter, and her availability proved critical for Marion down the stretch.  Ward drew a key charge in the closing minutes, and hit a free throw with 35 seconds left to give the Bulldogs a 44-42 lead.  On the ensuing Dilley possession, Ward blocked the potential game-tying shot and secured the loose ball, forcing the Wolves to foul.  The junior calmly drained both free throws with 19 seconds remaining to give Marion a two-possession lead at 46-42, ensuring that Dilley would not leave town with a district opening upset.  

“She (Ward) got in some early foul trouble, and it kind of limited her minutes, but in the end, she was still able to do a lot for us,” McWhinney said.  “She still got 17 points and six rebounds, and got after it on the defensive end.  She drew a big charge, and got some steals and blocks.  We’ve got to work on keeping her out on the floor.  We need her out there – we need that inside presence to go with out outside guards.”  

The game was tightly contested throughout, and every time Marion made a run to establish a bit of a cushion, the Wolves responded to keep it close.  Dilley led 11-9 at the end of the first quarter, but the Bulldogs forged in front 18-17 by halftime.  

Marion opened the third quarter with a 12-4 run to establish its biggest lead, 30-21, but the Wolves had the deficit back to five, 33-28, heading into the fourth period.  The Bulldogs again built a nine-point margin, 37-28, early in the fourth, but a 14-6 Dilley run capped by a three-pointer with 39 seconds remaining made it one-point game, 43-42, before Ward’s clutch play on both ends turned away the Wolves’ rally.  

Reagan Langemeier contributed four points, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals for Marion, while Meagan Littlefield had two points, six rebounds, and two blocks.  Natalie Deml scored two points, while Leighanna Bridwell and Christin Haecker each made a free throw and grabbed three rebounds. 

Marion faces another tough test Friday in a district road game against San Antonio-Cole, the third ranked Class-2A team in the state by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.  

"It’s a big one,” McWhinney said.  “They’re solid, a good group and we definitely have our work cut out for us. We're going to go back to work and try to get ready for Friday." 

The Bulldogs are 1-0 in district play, 5-8 overall.  Friday’s game at Cole tips at 6:30 p.m.

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Matadors struggle defensively in road loss to Canyon

December 12th, 2013

(New Braunfels) – The Seguin High School boys’ basketball team couldn’t overcome a slow start on both ends of the court in an 85-56 road loss to New Braunfels-Canyon on Tuesday night.  

The Matadors trailed 21-9 at the end of the first quarter, and after Canyon outscored Seguin 27-5 in the second period, the deficit was an insurmountable 34 points, 48-14, by halftime.  The Mats did manage to play better offensively in the third quarter, putting up 22 points to the Cougars’ 21, and Seguin notched 20 points in the fourth quarter while allowing 16.  

Matador guard Jordan Eppright led all scorers with 22 points, and teammate Skyler Brooks added 20, but the production dropped off considerably after those two.  Austin Sanchez scored six points, Michael Garza and Brock Gerlich three apiece, and D’Marcuz Bruce two.  

Canyon dismantled Seguin’s defensive efforts with a much more balanced attack.  Five Cougars scored between 10 and 15 points, and 11 players total found the scoring column.  

The Matadors, 3-6 on the season, compete in the Harlandale Tournament today, Friday, and Saturday. 

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Navarro girls rout Smithville

December 12th, 2013

(Smithville) – The Navarro High School girls’ basketball team stormed ahead to a 28-point halftime lead and never looked back in a 74-29 road victory over Smithville on Tuesday.  

Shannon Thompson led all scorers with 23 points.  Summer Sahd and Andrea Besa also reached double figures with 16 and 10 points, respectively.  Bethany Burrus added eight points, and Sierra Leal chipped in with five.  Joni Frazier and Allison Hensley each scored four points, and Adriana Marmolejo hit a free throw. 

The Panthers’ record is 13-3.  Navarro is back on the court today, Friday, and Saturday at the Poteet Tournament. 

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Marion boys outlast Tilden for road victory

December 12th, 2013

(Tilden) – The Marion High School boys’ basketball team was originally scheduled to visit Falls City Tuesday night, but the Beavers’ football team is still alive in the playoffs, so that contest was cancelled and Marion instead traveled to Class-1A Tilden.  The Bulldogs used a 19-9 scoring edge in the third quarter to pull away for a 60-52 win over the Cowboys.  

Joe Eicher led Marion with 16 points and nine rebounds, and he also came up with four steals and two blocks on the defensive end.  

James Norwood contributed 15 points and six rebounds, and Tim Donnelly had a good all-around performance with 12 points, eight rebounds, a team-high six steals, and two blocks.  

Camden Wilson added six points, four assists, and four steals, and Nicholas Hauptman put in five points.  Michael Rayos totaled four points, grabbed five rebounds, and dished out a team-best six assists.  Casey Blakely chipped in with two points and three steals.  

Marion trailed 16-13 at the end of the first quarter, and 28-27 at halftime before going on the third quarter run.  

The Bulldogs take their 4-2 record to the Austin-Savio Tournament this Friday and Saturday. 

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York, Kilcrease lead Seguin’s All-District football honorees

December 11th, 2013

(Seguin) – The 27-4A All-District football selections for 2013 were finally released this week in the wake of Alamo Heights being eliminated from the playoffs over the weekend, and Seguin was well represented on the list despite finishing 0-7 in district play.  

The Matadors placed two players on the All-District first team – junior offensive tackle Travis York and sophomore safety Trever Kilcrease.  York helped anchor an offensive line that allowed Seguin to average 27.7 points and 349.4 total yards per game.  Kilcrease, in his first year of varsity football, tied for the individual district lead with six interceptions on the season. 

Three Seguin players earned second team All-District recognition.  The offensive players on that list include tailback senior Colton Applewhite and senior offensive lineman Eleazar Herrera.  Senior Hunter Ullrich was honored as a second team defensive tackle.  

Applewhite ran for 1,015 yards and 13 touchdowns despite being hampered by injuries through a good portion of the district schedule, and he became the first Matador to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards since Isaiah Sneed in 2006.  

Seguin had 11 players receive All-District honorable mention.  The offensive list includes Henry Young, Walker Franz, Genovani Watson, Sheldon Whitson, Detrevion Rice, and Kaleb Quintanilla.  On the defensive side, Khalid Schuler, D’onte Henderson, Emilio Light, Ty Shelton, and Justin Montoya were recognized.  

The Matadors finished the 2013 season with an overall record of 3-7. 

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Riordan headlines SHS volleyball’s All-District list

December 11th, 2013

(Seguin) – The Seguin High School volleyball team had four players recognized on the recently released 27-4A All-District team for the 2013 season.    

Junior middle blocker Sydney Riordan was named second team All-District after recording 206 kills and 24 blocks this past season.  

The Matadors’ honorable mention selections include senior outside hitter Maurisa Garcia, senior middle blocker Lindsey Muenchow, and sophomore defensive specialist Leslie Gonzales.  

Garcia led Seguin in total kills with 306 and service aces with 85, and she also came up with 287 digs and 11 blocks.  Muenchow recorded 182 kills and 18 blocks, while Gonzales collected 424 digs.  

Muenchow and fellow senior Shelby Radick were honored as second team Academic All-State selections.  The two also received Academic All-District recognition, along with Riordan, Abigail Moreno, Cassie Coyle, Samantha Coyle, and Miranda Garcia.  

Seguin was in a solid position to grab one of the four available playoff spots in District 27-4A through the first half of the district schedule this fall, but some untimely injuries to key players derailed that pursuit in the second round.  The Matadors missed the post-season with a 4-10 district record, and finished 2013 with an overall mark of 19-22. 

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Navarro Fall Athletic Banquet tonight

December 11th, 2013

(Geronimo) – The Navarro Booster Club is hosting its Fall Athletic Banquet tonight at the Geronimo Community Center form 6 to 8:30 PM.  Tickets will be available at the door for $8.00.  For more information, call 832-8036. 

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Seguin volleyball outlasts Clemens for first district win

September 19th, 2013

(Schertz) – The Seguin High School volleyball team carved its first notch in the District 27-4A win column Tuesday night, surviving a tough road over Schertz-Clemens in five games.  

The Buffaloes won the first game game 25-22, and Seguin rebounded to win game two by the same final.  Clemens reclaimed the match lead 2-1 with another 25-22 victory in game three, but the Matadors took control from that point.  Seguin downed the Buffaloes 25-16 in game three to tie the match, and closed out the evening with a 15-10 win in the deciding fifth game.  

Three Seguin players reached double figures in kills to lead the attack at the net.  Maurisa Garcia put away 18, Mykaeli Franklin added 16, and Lindsey Muenchow finished with 10.  Sydney Riordan also contributed offensively with eight kills.    

Seguin setters Crystal Luna and Miranda Garcia delivered 30 and 20 assists, respectively, and Garcia sent two aces over the net.  Franklin, Priscila Ornelas, and Shelby Radick each served for one ace.  

Defensively, Leslie Gonzales paced the team with 25 digs, and three other Matadors reached double digits in that department.  Radick collected 24 digs, Luna came up with 17, and Miranda Garcia had 14.  

Franklin recorded four blocks, Luna added three, and Muenchow chipped in with two.  

Seguin’s district record is 1-1, and the team’s season mark is 16-13.  The Matadors continue the 27-4A schedule Friday with a 6:30 p.m. road match at Boerne-Champion. 

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Navarro sees 2-0 match lead slip away in loss to Somerset

September 19th, 2013

(Somerset) – After controlling the first two games of Tuesday’s non-district match in Somerset, the Navarro High School volleyball team dropped three straight to the Bulldogs and came back to Geronimo with a five-game loss.  

Navarro won games one and two by healthy margins, 25-17 and 25-18.  The Panthers nearly completed the sweep in game three, but the Bulldogs survived with a 28-26 win to extend the evening, and Navarro never reclaimed the momentum.  Somerset tied the contest with a 25-20 win in game four, and completed the rally with a 15-10 victory in the fifth game. 

Emma Johnson delivered a team-high 10 kills for the Panthers, and Brooke Brumley added nine.  

Miranda Escobar put up 36 assists, and sent a team-best five aces over the net.  

Kelly Kubenka led Navarro defensively with 25 digs, and Shannon Thompson collected two blocks.  Kubenka and Brumley each had 1.5 blocks.  

Navarro’s record is 24-5.  The Panthers play their final non-district match Saturday morning at 9 a.m. when they host Yoakum at the Navarro Events Center in Geronimo. 

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Marion volleyball rebounds from rare district loss to sweep Cougars

September 19th, 2013

(San Antonio) – The Marion High School volleyball team bounced back from its first district loss in three years to dispatch San Antonio-Cole in three straight games Tuesday night.  

The Bulldogs had a streak of 35 straight district wins dating back to 2010 snapped last Friday in a 3-2 loss to Randolph, but Marion had no such trouble with the Cougars on Tuesday.  Coach Bernice Voight’s squad took care of Cole efficiently, winning the individual games by finals of 25-16, 25-15, and 25-16.  

Tara Pogue and Robyn Young each put away five kills for the Bulldogs, and Brooke Smith set for 17 assists.  Pogue, Smith, and Mariah Fields each delivered two service aces.  

Pogue and Smith collected six digs apiece to lead Marion defensively, and Young came up with three blocks.  

Marion’s district record is 3-1, and the team’s overall mark is 11-12.  The Bulldogs continue the 29-2A schedule Friday when they host Dilley at 5:30 p.m. 

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Lifegate volleyball falls twice in district play

September 19th, 2013

(Seguin) – The Lifegate Christian School volleyball team suffered a pair of losses in TAPPS District 5-1A over the past week, falling to San Marcos-Hill Country 3-0 last Thursday, and to San Antonio-Castle Hills in three games on Tuesday.  

San Marcos-Hill Country, the TAPPS 1A state runner-up in 2012, downed the Falcons by finals of 25-15, 25-18, and 25-21. 

Hailey Smithey put away eight kills in that contest, while Rachel Cramblitt delivered 15 assists and three aces.  Kailey Tracy contributed three kills and three blocks.  

No individual stats were available from the Castle Hills match at press time.  

Lifegate’s district record is 2-4.  The Falcons continue the TAPPS 5-1A slate tonight with a road match against Town East in San Antonio at 6 p.m. 

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Tuesday Results

September 18th, 2013

Seguin volleyball def. Clemens 3-2

Navarro volleyball lost to Somerset 3-2

Marion volleyball def. S.A.-Cole 3-0

Lifegate volleyball lost to S.A.-Cornerstone 3-0

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Weekend Results

September 16th, 2013

Sunday

TLU women's soccer def. Houston-Tillotson 5-3

Saturday

TLU football def. Trinity 42-38

TLU volleyball (SCAC - ASC Crossover) lost to UT-Dallas 3-2, def. Concordia 3-1

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Thursday Result

September 13th, 2013

Lifegate volleyball lost to San Marcos - Hill Country 3-0

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High school volleyball wrap-up – Matadors, Panthers, Bulldogs win Tuesday night matches

September 12th, 2013

(Guadalupe County) – Tuesday night proved successful for all three of the area’s UIL high school volleyball programs, as Seguin, Navarro, and Marion each recorded victories in their respective matches.  

Seguin, playing its final non-district match of the season, swept San Antonio-Lee 3-0 at the Blossom Athletic Center.  The Matadors won the individual games by finals of 25-9, 25-22, and 25-19.  Maurisa Garcia and Mykaeli Franklin led a balanced Seguin attack with eight kills apiece, and Leslie Gonzales added seven.  Crystal Luna put up 12 assists, and Miranda Garcia delivered six.  At the service line, Maurisa Garcia had two aces.  Gonzales paced the team defensively with 11 digs, and Shelby Radick added 10.  Franklin came up with two blocks, and Luna had one. 

The Matadors have won 10 of their last 11 matches, and take a 15-12 record into the District 27-4A schedule, which begins Friday with a 6:30 p.m. home match against Kerrville-Tivy. 

Navarro moved its record to 24-3 with a 3-1 victory over Schulenburg at the Navarro Events Center in Geronimo.  The Panthers split the first two games with a 25-16 win and an 18-25 loss, then took the next two by finals of 25-17 to seal the match.  Calli Allison sent 16 kills over the net, and Kelly Kubenka added 12.  Miranda Escobar set for 35 assists, while Shannon Thompson finished with three aces and two blocks.  Emma Johnson collected 11 digs defensively.  

Navarro continues non-district play with a road match in Pleasanton Friday at 5 p.m. 

The Marion volleyball team is off to a 2-0 start in District 29-2A play after a 3-0 sweep in Cotulla.  The Bulldogs dispatched of the Cowgirls by finals of 25-16, 25-14, and 25-9.  Meagan Littlefield put away 11 kills, and Tara Pogue totaled seven.  Brooke Smith delivered 27 assists and four aces, while Robyn Young came up with eight digs to lead the team defensively.  Sally Brown contributed with 1.5 blocks.  

After opening district play with two straight wins, Marion’s season record is 10-11.  The Bulldogs continue the 29-2A schedule Friday afternoon with a 4:30 p.m. home match against Randolph. 

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TLU’s Ethan Powell named SCAC Defensive Player of the Week

September 12th, 2013

(Seguin) – Texas Lutheran junior defensive end Ethan Powell is the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week after his performance in TLU's 44-14 win Saturday over Southwestern University. 

Powell recorded 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack and six total tackles in the Bulldog victory, TLU's first conference game as a member of the SCAC. Powell collected two solo tackles and four tackle assists. His tackles for loss totaled seven yards. Powell's sack went for three yards. 

Powell and the Bulldogs (1-0, 1-0 SCAC) face Trinity University this Saturday at 6 p.m. in San Antonio.

A free webcast on tlubulldogs.com will be available for the game. Seguin radio station KWED 1580 AM will have the audio call for the webcast. An audio-only broadcast of the game can be found at seguintoday.com. 

Pre-game coverage on KWED 1580 AM, seguintoday.com and tlubulldogs.com begins at 5:30 p.m.

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Spencer garners SCAC Player of the Week honors

September 12th, 2013

(Atlanta, GA.) – A memorable week for the Texas Lutheran volleyball program was made all the more memorable Tuesday after the SCAC announced Vanecia Spencer garnered the conference's Offensive Player of the Week award. 

Spencer, a junior outside hitter from Grandview, Texas, played a key role in helping the Bulldogs to a 3-1 weekend that included an upset of No. 18-ranked Chapman during the California Lutheran Invitational. 

Over the four matches, Spencer finished with a team-high 55 kills on .244 hitting. She played in all 17 sets, notching one assist, three blocks and 12 digs over the weekend. 

In the Bulldogs' 3-1 win over Hendrix College, Spencer started with a bang, notching 16 kills on .256 hitting. She also tallied two blocks in that match. 

Her best effort of the weekend came when her team needed her most, though. Against No. 18 Chapman, Spencer dominated, tallying 19 kills and making just two attack errors on her way to .333 hitting. She also recorded a block and even notched four digs in that match.

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Bulldogs finish John Bohmann Memorial tied for fourth

September 12th, 2013

(Blanco) – Texas Lutheran put together a final-round 311 (+23) and finished tied for fourth Tuesday at the John Bohmann Memorial Invitational at Vaaler Creek Golf Club. 

The Bulldogs finished with a total score of 612 (+36) and wrapped up the tournament tied with Trinity. The Bulldogs opened the tournament with a 301 (+13) yesterday. 

Tyler Kolb, a freshman, entered the final round tied atop the leaderboard after a first-round even-par 72. He finished the tournament in a tie for 15th after shooting an 8-over 80 on Tuesday. 

Junior Adam Peterson catapulted up the leaderboard on Tuesday, shooting a 1-under 71 and finishing with a combined score of 154 (+10). He jumped all the way from a tie for 35th at the beginning of the day to a tie for 17th. 

Southwestern took home the team title with a combined score of 585 (+9). Concordia (+23) and Schreiner (+24) both finished in the top three. 

Individually, Schreiner's Jimmy Keener earned medalist honors with a combined score of 145 (+1). Southwestern's Jordan Cowart and Cameron Button (+2) finished tied for second. 

Chance Cathey had himself a consistent tournament, shooting his second consecutive 6-over 78 to finish with a score of 156 (+12). The score was good enough for a tie for 22nd. 

Jacob Garza wrapped up his tournament with a 10-over 82 and finished tied with Cathey for 22nd. 

Stephen Bratz also shot a 10-over 82 on Tuesday, finishing tied for 30th with a score of 159 (+15). 

The Bulldogs will next compete in the Rhodes Fall Classic at Tunica National Golf Course in Tunica, Miss. The tournament is set for Sept. 14-16.

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TLU women wrap up Lady Bulldog Classic in sixth

September 12th, 2013

(Blanco) – The Texas Lutheran women's golf team finished in sixth place Tuesday after shooting a 375 in the final round of the Lady Bulldog Fall Classic at Vaaler Creek Golf Club. 

The Bulldogs shot identical scores of 375 in both rounds of the tournament and finished with a combined score of 750 (+174). 

Autumn Durst led the way for Texas Lutheran, finishing in 20th after a final-round 14-over-par 86. That final round score was a 10-shot improvement over her first round. She finished the two-day event with a score of 182 (+38). 

Freshman Gabby Rangel and freshman Alessa Gonzales both finished tied for 25th with scores of 189 (+45). 

Rangel shot a 23-over 95 in the final round, while Gonzales put together a 21-over 93. 

Mary Hardin-Baylor came away with the team title with a combined score of 646 (+70). Southwestern (+98) and Concordia (+126) both finished in the top three. 

Mary Hardin-Baylor's Taylor O'Rear won individual medalist honors with a score of 157 (+13). She shot a tournament-low 4-over 76 in the final round. Mary Hardin-Baylor's Elizabeth Davis (+14) and Southwestern's Bernice Leonard (+16) rounded out the top three. 

Macy Glass (Bryan, Texas), who entered the final round as the Bulldogs' leader, shot a 29-over 101 in the final round to finish in 27th with a score of 190 (+46). 

Amanda Cloessner (Goliad, Texas) finished in 32nd with a combined score of 226 (+82). 

Texas Lutheran will next see action on the course during the Embry-Riddle Fall Invitational at Talking Rock Golf Course in Prescott, Ariz. on Sept. 28-30.

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