UT Tyler student-athletes continued their tradition of excellence during the 2011 spring season, winning championships, making national sports rankings and earning top awards in both athletics and academics.
Highlights of the season included:
AMONG THE NATION’S BEST – AGAIN
For the third consecutive year, the UT Tyler athletic department finished the 2010-11 season as one of the nation’s top National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III programs, according to National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics/Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings.
The Patriots were the top finishing program in the American Southwest Conference, completing the season in 58th place with 278.5 total points in the final national standings. UT Tyler made NCAA championship appearances in men’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, baseball, softball and women’s golf during the 2010-2011 season.
The Directors’ Cup is widely recognized as the mark of distinction among the nation's collegiate athletic departments. Honorees are determined through a point system, based on their national finish in an NCAA or National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics championship.
UT Tyler players Chayce Stone of men’s tennis and Melissa Thomas of women’s basketball joined graduating student-athletes from each of the 15 ASC member institutions in receiving the 2010-11 Scholar-Athlete Medal of Honor Award on their respective campuses.
The award is presented to one male and one female graduating senior with the most outstanding record in academics, athletics and leadership over their collegiate career.
Longtime Champion – Stone, a health and kinesiology graduate from White Oak, was a four-year letter winner for the UT Tyler men's tennis team and a member of four Patriot ASC East Division Championship teams and three ASC Tournament Championship/NCAA tournament teams. He was a three-time Academic All-ASC honoree.
Outstanding Leader – Thomas, an Austin native, holds down a 3.97 GPA and is working on her master of business administration degree at UT Tyler after graduating with a degree in finance. A three-year starter for the Patriots, Thomas led the women’s basketball team in scoring twice during her career, including the 2010-11 season where she averaged 14.5 points per game. She was a First Team All-ASC selection and three-time Academic All-Conference honoree.
Fifty-five student-athletes from UT Tyler’s 2010-11 winter and spring sports were named to the Academic All-ASC teams.
To be eligible for ASC All-Academic honors, student-athletes must have lettered in the winter or spring season, be in at least the second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
UT Tyler honorees (including hometown, academic year and major):
Men’s Basketball – Dallas Bean of Orange, sophomore, kinesiology; Lance Murphy of Pflugerville, junior, kinesiology.
Women’s Basketball – Shamiya Domino of Longview, junior, kinesiology; Lauren Glasco of Spring, sophomore, education; Lindsey Hausmann of Austin, junior, mathematics; Melissa Thomas of Austin, graduate student, business administration.
Baseball – E.H. Almand of Tyler, sophomore, criminal justice; Kory Cleveland of Carthage, senior, kinesiology; Nick Clifton of Gladewater, senior, construction management; Justin Juneau of Bosier City, La., senior, kinesiology; Aaron McCain of Royse City, junior, nursing; David Ring of San Diego, Calif., junior, business; Matt Schimpf of Arlington, senior, kinesiology; Chad Sherman of Bullard, senior, human resource development; Ben Westlake of Amarillo, sophomore, construction management.
Men’s Golf – Jean-Paul Aube of Rockwall, sophomore, business; Tynan Day of Flower Mound, senior, management; Austin Quinten of Sand Springs, Okla., junior, government; Jordan Rothe of Missouri City, sophomore, engineering.
Women’s Golf – Callie Rice of Nome, junior, education.
Men’s Tennis – Ethan LaPlante of Barrie, Ontario, sophomore, mathematics; Andrew Reznik of Southlake, junior, management; Chayce Stone of White Oak, senior, kinesiology; Matt Vechione of El Paso, sophomore, civil engineering; Kevin Wright of College Station, junior, finance.
Women’s Tennis – Ashley Albro of League City, junior, psychology; Lauren Giovannini of Dallas, senior, education; Michelle Hagler of Austin, senior, kinesiology; Syndi Hermsdorf of Spring, junior, kinesiology; Lexie Massing of Tyler, sophomore, Spanish; Emily McRae of Katy, senior, marketing; Morgan Wilkins of Wimberley, junior, kinesiology.
Men’s Track and Field – Warren Brown of Lindale, graduate student, business administration; Shane Burk of Mabank, senior, engineering; Tyler Golden of Montgomery, senior, business; Ed Palencia of Longview, senior, business; Ross Renfroe of Tyler, senior, psychology; Mark Saroni of Mesquite, graduate student, kinesiology; Jake Waddingham of Macksburg, Iowa, junior, communications; Cody White of Troup, senior, criminal justice.
Women’s Track and Field – Leah Solomon of Schertz, senior, education; Baylee Talaska of San Antonio, sophomore, kinesiology; Natalie Wade of Tyler, graduate student, kinesiology; Jessica Waninger of Tyler, sophomore, kinesiology.
Softball – Brittney Batten of Huntington, senior, kinesiology; Kelly Burns of Beaumont, sophomore, nursing; Joey Cronin of Celina, sophomore, kinesiology; Rachel Howell of Bossier City, La., sophomore, kinesiology; Ashlee Johnson of Texarkana, junior, nursing; Mae Nowak of Magnolia, sophomore, marketing; Taylor Petrick of Argyle, sophomore, kinesiology; M’Lynn Tillery of Forney, sophomore, nursing; Whitney Wyly of Hardin, senior, mathematics.
Sports Information – Jeff Williford of Chandler, junior, communications; Jeff Clark of Quitman, sophomore, business management.
STUDENT-ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
The UT Tyler athletics department concluded the 2010-11 season with an awards banquet honoring outstanding student-athletes. The event included induction into the Chi Alpha Sigma National Honor Society.
UT Tyler’s Student-Athletes of the Year were Kristin Chockley of women’s soccer and Kevin Wright of men’s tennis.
Other finalists for the honor were Melissa Thomas, women’s basketball; Joey Cronin, softball; Michelle Hagler, women’s tennis; Matt Schimpf, baseball; and Chris Powell, men’s soccer.
Distinguished Scholars – Thomas and Chayce Stone of men’s tennis were honored as UT Tyler’s nominees for the ASC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Award. Other finalists for the nomination were Hagler; Ashley Crawford, women’s soccer; and Whitney Wyly, softball.
Honor Society Induction – Chi Alpha Sigma recognizes students who receive a varsity letter in their sport while maintaining a 3.4 or higher cumulative GPA throughout their junior and senior years. Inductees were Crawford; Hagler; Chad Sherman, baseball; Natalie Wade, women’s track & field; Rachel Carroll, women’s cross country; and Kendall Kramer, Lauren Pate, Brenda Salinas and Lauren Thomas, women’s soccer.
HIGHLIGHTS PER SPORT
The Patriots finished the season with a 33-8 record (14-4 ASC East) and won their third-consecutive ASC East Division Championship en route to an appearance in the NCAA Championships. In the final poll of the 2011 season, UT Tyler was ranked 26th.
All-West Region – Nick Clifton, Justin Juneau and Chad Sherman were named to the 2011 American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-West Region First Team.
All-ASC – Sherman was named ASC Conference East Division Pitcher of the Year and was one of eight Patriots selected to the All-ASC baseball teams.
He was joined on the First Team by Clifton, Juneau and Aaron McCain.
Earning Second Team honors were T.J. Martin, Hayden Chick, Parker Sheets and Matt Schimpf.
First-year head coach Paul Wyczawski and his staff of Paige Hodges, Josh Dickerson and Derek Williford also were honored as Co-Coaching Staff of the Year for the East Division after leading the Patriots to their fifth ASC East Championship.
Academic All-District – Schimpf and Sherman were named to the 2011 Capital One/College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District Second Team. The award recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performance on the field and in the classroom.
ASC East Division Players of the Week – Pitchers of the Week were Sherman (three times), Schimpf (twice) and Kory Cleveland. David Ring was honored as Hitter of the Week.
The Patriot men entered the 2011 ASC Golf Championships as the top seed and finished second overall, with Jacob Walsh claiming his first ASC title. The women’s team also entered the tournament as the top seed, placing fourth. The Patriot women received an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships, where they finished 16th.
Nationally Recognized – Both teams were nationally ranked entering the ASC championship tournament. The UT Tyler men were tied for 13th on the GCAA Coaches' Poll and the Patriot women were ranked 14th in the NGCA Coaches' Poll. According to the GolfStat head-to-head standings for Division III, the UT Tyler men were ninth and the women were 12th.
Impressive Performances – Warming up for the tournament, the men won the West Region Invitational in Round Rock and the women finished second in a tough nine-team field at the Southwestern Invitational.
The UT Tyler softball team wrapped up the season with its best finish in program history. After a run that took them to the national semifinals, the Patriots earned the No. 2 ranking in the season’s final National Fastpitch Coaches Association Top 25 Poll. The Patriots (40-13, 17-7 ASC East) won their second NCAA West Regional title in the past three years and advanced to the College World Series, where they made it to the winner’s bracket final.
All-American – Brittanni Hanna was honored as a 2011 NCAA Division III All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. She was named to the Second Team.
Player of Year, All-ASC – Hanna was named ASC East Division Softball Player of the Year and joined seven other Patriots in earning All-Conference honors.
Brittney Batten was named the Newcomer of the Year and Wyly took the Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year award.
Hanna, Batten, Wyly, Joey Cronin and Lauren Robenalt earned All-East Division First Team honors; Mae Nowak and Stacy Shepherd, Second Team; and Katelyn Thomason, honorable mention.
Academic All-District – Joey Cronin was named to the 2011 Capital One/College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District First Team. The award recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performance on the field and in the classroom.
ASC East Division Players of the Week – Honorees were Wyly, Hitter of the Week; Thomason, Pitcher of the Week; and Hanna, Player of the Week.
Both UT Tyler teams captured the ASC Championship Tournament for the fourth consecutive year and earned automatic bids to the NCAA Tennis Championships. The men finished the season 18-7 (5-0 ASC East) and the women finished 17-8 (5-0 ASC East).
All-ASC Teams – Joshua Chavez was named ASC East Division Most Valuable Player and coach Chris Bizot was tabbed the division’s Coach of the Year to highlight the 2011 ASC men’s tennis awards as voted on by the league’s 13 head coaches.
Chavez was the All-East Division selection at No. 1 singles and a First Team All-Conference and All-Division pick at No. 1 doubles with teammate Andrew Reznik.
Also appearing on the All-Conference Team in singles were Henrique Bellini (No. 2), Adam Chirhart (No. 3), Kevin Wright (No. 4) and Kevin Singer (No. 5).
Bellini was named the division’s Freshman of the Year while Wright was selected as the Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year.
In doubles, Singer and Wright (No. 3) joined Chavez and Reznik in receiving All-Conference honors. Edward Timponi was an at-large selection as a member of the ASC champion team.
The Patriot men swept the All-East Division First Team honors. In singles, Chavez was joined by Bellini (No. 2), Chirhart (No. 3), Wright (No. 4), Singer (No. 5) and Chayce Stone (No. 6). In doubles Chavez and Reznik were joined by Chirhart and Bellini (No. 2) and Singer and Wright (No. 3).
All-Tournament Honors – Singer was named Most Valuable Player of the ASC Tournament. He was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Bellini, Chirhart and Wright.
ASC Players of the Week – Honorees were Bellini, Chavez and Stone.
All-ASC East Honors – Michelle Hagler was named East Division Most Valuable Player. Coach Bizot was chosen as the East Division’s Coach of the Year.
Hagler was named to the East Division’s First Team at the No. 1 singles position and was a First Team All-Conference and East selection at No. 2 doubles with Jessica Blundell, who was named East Division’s Freshman of the Year.
Also appearing on the ASC All-Conference Team in singles were Lauren Giovannini (No. 3), Blundell (No. 4), Brittany Trich (No. 5) and Morgan Wilkins (No. 6). In doubles, Ashley Albro and Giovannini (No. 3) were All-Conference selections while Sydni Hermsdorf and Emily McRae were at-large selections as members of the ASC champion team.
All-Tournament Honors – Giovannini was named ASC Tournament MVP and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Albro, Blundell and Wilkins.
ASC Players of the Week – Honorees were Hermsdorf and Hagler.
TRACK & FIELD
The Patriot men’s track and field team finished second place at the 2011 ASC Championship Meet with Chris Stonestreet named the ASC’s Outstanding Male Field
Athlete of the Year and Jeff Chandler recognized as the High Point Male Athlete of the Year.
The women’s team finished the meet in fifth place with Natalie Wade and Jessica Waninger receiving All-Conference honors.
Receiving All-Conference honors on the men’s side were Stonestreet, Chandler, Ross Renfroe, Warren Brown, Nick Huff, Ed Palencia and Joshua Chatman.
Sportsmanship Award – The men’s team was among winners of the ASC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Team Sportsmanship Award for 2011 spring sports.
The award honors member institutions in each ASC championship sport that best display positive qualities of sportsmanship and fair play from their student-athletes, coaches and fans throughout the season.
ASC Athletes of the Week – Chatman was named Male Athlete of the Week and Kealy Gaffney, Female Athlete of the Week.
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