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Patriot Season Highlights
Championships, school-record performances and a host of athletic and academic awards were among the accomplishments of UT Tyler student-athletes during the 2009-10 fall-winter season.
Here are the highlights of the season:
Academic All-ASC Honors
Thirty-nine student-athletes from UT Tyler’s fall and winter sports were named to the All-Academic honor roll by the American Southwest Conference. To be eligible for the ASC All-Academic honor roll, a student-athlete must have completed one full academic year at his or her institution with at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
UT Tyler honorees:
Men’s Basketball – Jonathan Jones.
Women’s Basketball – Lindsey Hausmann, Dominique Johnson and Lacey Yankie.
Men’s Cross Country – Jeff Chandler, Ross Renfroe and Mark Saroni.
Women’s Cross Country – Rachel Carroll, Angela Martinez and Nancy Palencia.
Men’s Soccer – Edward Anaya, Brad Bullock, Joe Hornisher, Jesus Morteo, Justin NeSmith, Mark Oliphant, Carlos Reyes, Jared Taylor and Brandon Warren.
Women’s Soccer – Emily Bechdol, Kristen Chockley, Ashley Crawford, Lauren Daily, Morgan Dux, Chelsea Fiscus, Lauren Hufham, Kasey Kemp, Alina Kilkenny-DeAvila, Kendall Kramer, Leah Malone, Lisha Nigh, Lauren Pate, Brenda Salinas, Leah Solomon and Lauren Thomas.
Volleyball– Whitney Clements, Amanda Hanson, Danika Waldrep and Kelsey Winn.
Five UT Tyler student-athletes were honored by the ASC by being named to their respective 2009 Fall Distinguished Scholar-Athlete teams. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed one full academic year at his or her institution and carry at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average, while competing as a starter or important reserve.
UT Tyler honorees:
Men’s Cross Country – Jeff Chandler.
Women’s Cross Country – Rachel Carroll.
Men’s Soccer – Mark Oliphant.
Women’s Soccer – Kristen Chockley.
Volleyball – Whitney Clements.
Highlights Per Sport
The men’s team ended their 2009-10 season with a school-record 15-11 overall and third consecutive appearance in the ASC Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Patriot women closed the season at 10-15 overall, good enough for fifth in the league standings.
ASC All-Conference – Hakeem Kareem (Houston, Texas) was named to the ASC East Division Second Team and Dexter McMarion (Austin, Texas) was tabbed an All-Defensive Team selection. Kareem and McMarion were two of four graduating seniors (Neal Welch, Josh Twine).
Player of the Week – Kareem was named to the ASC East Team of the Week.
Postseason Awards – Four UT Tyler players earned postseason accolades, led by freshman guard/forward Paige Parrish (McKinney, Texas), who was selected as the ASC East Freshman of the Year.
Fellow frosh Afritina Anderson (Ennis, Texas) was also named an All-ASC East Honorable Mention, with both players landing on the All-Freshman Team.
Sophomore Cookie Domino (Longview, Texas) was named to the ASC East All-Defensive Team and sophomore Lindsey Hausmann (Austin, Texas) was named the East Division Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year.
Players of the Week – Anderson was a two-time ASC East Division Player of the Week. Parrish was an ASC East Division Co-Player of the Week.
UT Tyler cross country teams ended their 2009 campaigns with three team wins each, with the women winning their first-ever ASC Championship and the men finishing second in the conference.
Players of the Week – Patriot men and women swept the weekly ASC honors for Oct. 12-18. Junior Ross Renfroe (Tyler, Texas) and freshman Jessica Waninger (Tyler, Texas) were named Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Runners of the Week, respectively.
Patriot golf teams ended the fall season on the right note by winning their respective tournaments at the Schreiner Fall Classic in Kerrville.
The men also finished first at the Louisiana College Fall Tournament in Alexandria, La.
Palmer Coach Finalist – The Golf Coaches Association of America selected head golf coach King Campbell as one of 15 finalists to coach the United States team at the 2010 Palmer Cup on June 24-26 at the Royal Portrush Golf Club in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
The Palmer Cup pits the top eight American collegiate players against the top eight collegiate players from Great Britain and Ireland, using a scoring format similar to that of the Ryder Cup.
The Patriot men finished the year at 6-7-4 overall and 6-3-4 in the ASC, just missing the ASC Tournament for the first time since becoming eligible in 2007.
The women’s team ended the season at 12-4-1 overall and 10-2 in the ASC. Patriot women finished the regular season in a program-best second place and advanced to the semi-finals of the ASC Tournament.
All-West Region – Senior Tony Guillen (Longview, Texas) was named to the All-West Region third team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. This marked the second straight All-Region honor for Guillen, named to the South Region second team last year.
All-ASC – Guillen was named to the All-ASC first team, along with junior Mark Oliphant (Bedford, Texas) and sophomore Jake Urbaniak (Fort Worth, Texas).
Junior Edward Anaya (Hot Springs, Ark.) and sophomore Justin NeSmith (Wylie, Texas) received second-team and honorable mention honors, respectively.
Player of the Week – Anaya also was named ASC Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week.
Team Academic Award – The women received the NSCAA Team Academic Award in December for the 2008-2009 school year. To be eligible, a team must post a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. The Patriots finished the 2008-2009 school year with a team GPA of 3.19.
All-ASC – Players named to the All-ASC first team for the season were juniors Chelsea Fiscus (Keller, Texas), Analiz Medina (Tyler, Texas) and Lauren Thomas (College Station, Texas) and sophomore Kristen Chockley (Plano, Texas).
Second-team honorees were senior Sam Fraser (Lindale, Texas) and junior Lauren Daily (Coppell, Texas).
Freshman Kelli Hill (Whitehouse, Texas) rounded out the honors for UT Tyler by being named All-ASC honorable mention and Co-Defensive Freshman of the Year.
Players of the Week – ASC honorees were Frasier, Co-Defensive Player of the Week; Daily, Offensive Player of the Week; and junior Morgan Dux (Hurst, Texas), Player of the Week.
Seniors Brad Fenter (Vernon, Texas) and Nick Kreines (Houston, Texas) claimed the doubles championship of the 2009 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Southwest Regional at Texas-Dallas in Richardson.
They then advanced to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Small College Championships in Mobile, Ala., and finished in eighth place in the Division III doubles bracket.
For qualifying for the tournament both UT Tyler seniors will be named as All-Americans by the ITA following the conclusion of the spring season.
In other doubles action at the ITA Southwest Regional, senior David Ashlock (Arlington, Texas) and sophomore Andrew Reznik (Southlake, Texas) made it to the semifinals of the 64-team draw.
In the singles bracket, Ashlock and sophomores Adam Chirhart (Austin, Texas) and Joshua Chavez (Harlingen, Texas) each advanced to the quarterfinals of the 128-player draw.
The Patriots finished in fifth place in the ASC East Division with a 10-21 overall record and a record of 4-13 in league play.
Academic All-District – Junior Whitney Clements (Flint, Texas) was named to the Volleyball Academic All-District third team by ESPN The Magazine and the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Clements completed her third year with the Patriots by leading the team in assists with 514. Off the court, she has been equally as successful. The special education major received both Academic All-American Southwest Conference and ASC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete team honors in 2008 and boasts a 3.82 overall grade point average.
All-ASC – Named to the All-ASC East Division second team were sophomores Danika Waldrep (Arlington, Texas) and Amanda Hanson (Spring, Texas) and junior Kelsey Winn (Tyler, Texas). Freshman Hillary Taylor (Lewisville, Texas) received honorable mention.