The University of Texas at Tyler Magazine - Fall 2010
Patriot Atheltics: Season Highlights
Student-athletes at The University of Texas at Tyler earned championship titles, national recognition and many other prestigious honors to cap off a spring season full of victories. Highlights of the Patriots’ 2010 spring season included:
NACDA DIRECTORS' CUP RANKING
UT Tyler finished 54th of 311 schools with 289.50 points in the prestigious 2009-2010 Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. The Directors’ Cup honors institutions that maintain a broad-based program while achieving success in both male and female sports. UT Tyler finished the highest of any American Southwest Conference school.
ESPN THE MAGAZINE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT
UT Tyler seniors Brad Fenter and Nick Kreines from men's tennis and Brandon Ellis from men's golf were named to the 2010 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI At-Large Team. Honorees are voted upon by more than 2,400 members of the College Sports Information Directors of America.
CoSIDA Academic All-America Teams recognize student-athletes who excel both in their sport and in the classroom. To be nominated, the student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA for his/her career.
Eight Patriots were named to the Spring Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Team for achieving a 3.20 cumulative GPA or better while competing as a starter or important reserve on their team.
UT Tyler honorees are:
Baseball: Matt Schimpf.
Men’s Golf: Daniel Gibbins.
Women’s Golf: Lisha Nigh.
Softball: Whitney Wyly.
Men’s Tennis: Nick Kreines.
Women’s Tennis: Michelle Hagler.
Men’s Track & Field: Mark Saroni.
Women’s Track & Field: Ashton Wells.
ASC ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
Fifty-three Patriots made the ASC’s spring 2010 academic honor roll. To be eligible for ASC All-Academic honors, student-athletes must have lettered in the spring season, be in at least the second academic year at their institution and carry a least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
UT Tyler honorees are:
Baseball: Nick Clifton, Craig Fandel, Corey Henderson, Justin Juneau, Aaron McCain, Matt Schimpf, Nathan Skeen, Matt Sparks and Matt Thiesen.
Men’s Golf: Brandon Ellis, Tynan Day and Daniel Gibbins.
Women’s Golf: Lisha Nigh.
Softball: Amanda Busby, Allison Hurt, Ashley Klores, Rachael Roeten, Julie Smith and Whitney Wyly.
Men’s Tennis: David Ashlock, Joshua Chavez, Adam Chirhart, Brad Fenter, Nick Kreines, Andrew Reznik, Chayce Stone and Kevin Wright.
Women’s Tennis: Lauren Giovannini, Michelle Hagler, Sydni Hermsdorf, Emily McRae, Lauren Nielsen, Hillary Stone and Brittany Trich.
Men’s Track & Field: Shane Burk, Zach Costlow, Edgardo Palencia, Ross Renfroe, Mark Saroni, Rick Still and Cody White.
Women’s Track &Field: Jessica Ball, Rachell Carroll, Angela Martinez, Leah Solomon, Lauren Thomas, Natalie Wade, Ashton Wells and Kelsey Winn.
Athletic Training: Griffin Hawthorne, Autumn Sloan, Lyndsey Hailey and Raul Ramos.
ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
Nick Kreines of men’s tennis and Whitney Clements of volleyball were named UT Tyler Male and Female Student-Athletes of the Year during UT Tyler’s 2010 Student-Athletes Awards Banquet.
The event included the induction of 13 student-athletes into the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society. To be inducted, a student must earn a varsity letter in at least one sport while maintaining at least a 3.4 GPA throughout their junior and senior years.
Baseball: Justin Juneau and Josh Long.
Women’s Basketball: Melissa Thomas.
Cross Country: Nancy Palencia and Mark Saroni.
Women’s Soccer: Kristen Chockley and Lauren Hufhman.
Men’s Soccer: Jared Taylor.
Men’s Tennis: David Ashlock, Nick Kreines, Brad Fenter and Jordan Repsher.
Volleyball: Whitney Clements.
HIGHLIGHTS PER SPORT
UT Tyler baseball ended another great season at 36-12 with a second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The team entered the regional on a high note, winning 28 of its final 32 games and shaking off a rocky 7-6 start. Along the way, the Patriots claimed a fourth consecutive ASC East Division title and swept all five games in the conference tournament. They ranked in the top 25 in D3baseball.com and American Baseball Coaches Association polls.
Professional Contracts: Logan Chitwood was selected with the 575th overall pick in the 19th round by the Oakland Athletics.
Senior Cody Jones signed to play with the Big Bend Cowboys, an independent-league team based in Alpine.
Linfield All-Regional Team: Freshman outfielder Tyler Clakley and sophomore shortstop Aaron McCain were named to the 2010 Linfield All-Regional Team after the championship game.
All-West Region Third Team: Jones, senior Nathan Skeen and junior Matt Schimpf were named to the ABCA All-West Region Third Team.
ASC Baseball Championship All-Tournament Team: Patriots honored were McCain, SS, Most Valuable Player; Austin Newell, OF; Corey Henderson, 2B; T.J. Martin, 3B; Logan Chitwood, P; Matt Sparks, P; and Clakley, at-large.
ASC All-East Division: UT Tyler had 12 players named to the 2010 ASC All-East Division Team, led by Jones, Skeen and Sparks, who were voted to the first team.
Justin Juneau, Newell, Chase Willard and Chitwood made the second team. Henderson, McCain, Clakley, Schimpf and Jordon Vierra received honorable mention.
ASC East Players of the Week: Willard, Pitcher of the Week (twice); Clint Sharp, Pitcher of the Week; Sparks, Pitcher of the Week; and Jones, Hitter of the Week.
Ranking 13th in the country, the Patriot men earned an automatic berth in the NCAA Championships after winning their first-ever ASC Championship. The men placed eighth at the 2010 NCAA Championships, a second consecutive Top 10 finish at the national tournament. Brandon Ellis was UT Tyler’s top finisher, with a 300 (76-76-72-76) for the four rounds, earning him a tie for 31st place overall.
The 29th-ranked Patriot women placed second in the ASC Championship Tournament. Sophomore Callie Rice and junior A. Katie Harris each turned in Top 10 finishes, carding two day scores of 169 and 171 to finish in sixth and eighth, respectively. Junior Jordan Woodruff (85-89) and freshman Meaghan Howell (92-90) rounded out the finishers for UT Tyler, who combined for a two-day score of 680 (345-335).
Individual Crowns: For the first time in UT Tyler history, a male and female athlete each won individual championships in the same tournament, with Ellis on the men’s side and Rice on the women’s side finishing first in the Schreiner Spring Shootout at Commanche Trace.
In other Patriot golf highlights:
Professional Debut: Ellis competed as a professional for the first time in the 40th Chesapeake Energy Texas State Open at The Cascades Golf Club. He qualified for the tournament June 21 at The Cascades. His 5-under 67 earned him one of three spots up for grabs that day.
Ping All-American: Ellis capped off a spectacular career at the NCAA Men's Golf Championships, being named a Third Team PING All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America – his second All-America honor from the organization in as many seasons.
PING All-Region, Coach of Year: Ellis, sophomore Jacob Walsh and freshman Joey Rippel were named to the Division III PING All-Region Team. It was the most number of honorees for the Patriots in a season during coach King Campbell’s era. In turn, Campbell was named the Eaton Golf Pride West Region Coach of the Year.
Top Individual Honors: Walsh and Rippel tied for the top individual honors and led the men's golf team to a first-place finish at the Coca-Cola Intercollegiate Invitational.
All-ASC: In women’s golf, Jennifer King was named a First Team All-ASC selection, while Rice and Katie Harris were both named to the All-ASC Second Team following the ASC Championship Tournament.
ASC East Golfers of the Week: Men’s team members Ellis (twice), Walsh (twice) and Rippel and women’s team members King and Rice.
The UT Tyler softball team posted a 38-9 record, claimed its first ASC East Division title and made a third-straight trip to the NCAA Regionals. Along the way, the Patriots enjoyed a season-best 15-game winning streak, had three National Fastpitch Coaches Association Players of the Week and boasted six NFCA All-West Region selections among many other accolades.
NFCA Top 10: The Patriots ranked No. 10 with 111 votes in the NFCA’s final Top 25 poll. The ranking marks UT Tyler’s third consecutive season to finish in the Top 15, with the 2009 squad finishing No. 7 and 2008 team finishing No. 11 in the country. Also for a third-straight season, the Patriots enjoyed the No. 1 spot during the year.
First Team All-Americans: Junior 1B Whitney Wyly earned her second-straight NFCA First Team All-American selection, while freshman teammate and OF Joey Cronin earned the first of her career, also a First Team nod.
Pineville All-Regional Team: Wyly and senior SS Amanda Busby were named to the All-Regional Team for their individual efforts at the Pineville Regional.
NFCA All-West Region Team: Players named to the 2010 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III All-West Region Team were Wyly, Cronin, pitcher Stacy Shepherd and catcher Brittanni Hanna, first team; second baseman Megan Hutson, second team; and Busby, third team.
ASC Awards: Shepherd was named ASC East Division Pitcher of the Year and Cronin was named the Freshman of the Year. Head coach Mike Reed and assistants Cassie Crabtree, Coby Gipson and Kourtney Jones were named Coaching Staff of the Year.
All-East Division First Team honors went to Hanna, Wyly, Cronin and Shepherd. Busby and Allison Hurt were named to the second team. Honorable mention went to Hutson, Julie Smith and Kimber Bossom.
Classic All-Tourney Team: After guiding UT Tyler Patriots to a 5-1 record and third place overall finish in the Gold Championship Bracket at the NFCA Leadoff Classic, Cronin was named the tournament MVP while Shepherd was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III Players of the Week: Shepherd (twice) and Cronin.
ASC East Players of the Week: Cronin, Hitter of the Week; Bossom, Pitcher of the Week (twice); Shepherd, Pitcher of the Week (twice).
The UT Tyler men’s and women’s teams each completed the ASC season with a perfect 5-0. The men claimed a third consecutive ASC Championship and NCAA Regional berth. The women also earned a spot in the NCAA Championships with their third-straight ASC title.
UT Tyler's David Ashlock and Andrew Reznik were selected as one of 16 doubles pairings to compete in the 2010 NCAA Individual Championships.
NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship: Senior Nick Kreines became the first student-athlete in the department’s history to be awarded a $7,500 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. He was one of 29 male athletes from Divisions I, II and III to receive the scholarship.
ITA All-American Honors: Kreines, seniors David Ashlock and Brad Fenter and sophomore Andrew Reznik were named doubles All-Americans by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. They are the first doubles All-Americans in UT Tyler men's tennis history.
Arthur Ashe, Fred Jacoby Awards: Ashlock was the 2009-10 West Region recipient of the Arthur Ashe Award given by the ITA for outstanding leadership, sportsmanship, academic performance and community service. He also won the 2009-10 ASC Fred Jacoby Sportsmanship Award for sportsmanship, leadership, citizenship and academic integrity.
ASC Awards: Coach Chris Bizot claimed his third consecutive ASC East Coach of the Year honor, while sophomore Josh Chavez was named the East Division Newcomer of the Year and Ashlock won East Division Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year.
Named to the All-Conference Team were Adam Chirhart at No. 3 singles, Ashlock and Reznik at No. 1 doubles, Fenter and Kreines at No. 2 doubles and Chavez and Chirhart at No. 3 doubles. At-large selections went to Kevin Wright and Austin Gonzalez, which are included as part of the ASC Championship Team.
First Team All-East Division honors went to Chirhart, Wright and Fenter in singles play, while Reznik, Ashlock, Chavez, Chirhart, Fenter and Kreines were named to the First Team in doubles. Second Team singles honors went to Ashlock, Chavez and Shaun Maddox.
ASC East Tennis Players of the Week: Fenter, Wright and Chavez.
ASC Awards: UT Tyler junior Michelle Hagler won ASC East Division Player of the Year, sophomore Ashley Albro won East Newcomer of the Year and head coach Chris Bizot grabbed his fourth consecutive East Coach of the Year honor.
First Team ASC All-East Division honors went to all six Patriots in singles play, Nos. 1-6, with Hagler, Albro, Lauren Nielsen, Sydni Hermsdorf, Lauren Giovannini and Brittany Trich being named.
In doubles play, it was also a clean sweep as Hagler and Albro (No. 1), Hermsdorf and Emily McRae (No. 2) and Nielsen and Heather Harmon (No. 3) all earned the honor.
All-Conference accolades went to Hagler, Hermsdorf, Giovannini, Trich, McRae, Nielsen, Harmon and Albro.
ASC East Tennis Players of the Week: Hermsdorf (twice), Albro, Trich, Giovannini and Nielsen.
TRACK & FIELD
The Patriot men’s team finished as ASC runner-up at the 2010 Track & Field Championships, backed by the 2010 Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year Jeff Chandler, who completed the long-distance trifecta by winning the 10000, 5000 and 3000m steeplechase.
The UT Tyler women placed fifth, backed by a pair of third-place finishes in the 100m hurdles from Leah Solomon and hammer throw from Ashton Wells.
Advancing to Nationals: On the men’s side, pole vaulter Taylor Reed capped off a remarkable freshman season at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, finishing in a tie for seventh place with McMurry's Thomas Dimitri with a vault of 4.86m to earn 1.5 points and automatically qualify for All-American status. Reed was the lone competitor for UT Tyler in the national championships and just the second in school history.
All-ASC Honors: Sophomore Chris Stonestreet and freshman Jared Haney were named to the All-ASC Team for the men.
School Record: The women's 4x100m relay team, comprised of four women's soccer players, set a new school record at the ASC tournament. Juniors Lauren Daily, Lauren Thomas, Chelsea Fiscus and Solomon set the new mark by a full three seconds with a time of 53.14.
Track & Field Athletes of the Week: Stonestreet, Reed and Ross Renfroe.