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Season Highlights

Patriot Athletics

Holding fast to the UT Tyler tradition of excellence, Patriot student-athletes set new school records, made top national rankings and earned prestigious honors for excellence in athletics and academics during the 2012 fall and 2012-13 winter seasons.

Highlights of UT Tyler sports included:


Thirty-seven UT Tyler student-athletes were named to the American Southwest Conference's fall 2012 All-Academic honor roll. Fall honors are given in cross country, soccer and volleyball.

To be eligible for ASC All-Academic, student-athletes must be a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. They also must have completed at least one academic year (two consecutive semesters) at their institution.

UT Tyler honorees, including their year in school and major, are:

Men's Cross Country – Kyle Clawson, junior, engineering; Owen Harry, sophomore, kinesiology; CJ Kornman, sophomore, pre-med; Cesar Rodriguez, junior, kinesiology; and Alex Wilson, junior, education.

Women's Cross Country – Jennifer Cook, senior, kinesiology; Jackie Dyksterhuis, sophomore, kinesiology; Missy Herbert, junior, business; and Baylee Talaska, senior, kinesiology.

Men's Soccer – Alex Collins, junior, marketing; Sergio Gardea, junior, biology; Justin McFarland, sophomore, mechanical engineering; Taylor Nelson-Cook, junior, kinesiology; Emerson Ornstein, sophomore, major undecided; Daniel Pineda, senior, management; Chris Powell, senior, finance; Alfonso Rocha, junior, management; Elijah Shipman, junior, business; Enoch Shipman, junior, interdisciplinary Studies; and James Winkler, junior, management.

Women's Soccer – Caitlin Cronan, sophomore, special education, Lindsey Edwards, senior, mathematics; Kathryn Haag, junior, history; Taylor Hernandez, sophomore, kinesiology; Macy Hurley, junior, education; Jordan Johnson, sophomore, biology; Shelby McDonough, junior, kinesiology; Cristina Mendoza, sophomore, political science; Alyssa Quini, sophomore, marketing; Charity Shipman, senior, mathematics; and Amanda Weaver, senior, English.

Volleyball – Breanna Brummett, sophomore, accounting; Samantha James, sophomore, management; Mallory Roberts, sophomore, English; Sarah Smith, senior, kinesiology; Kayte Stein, sophomore, marketing; and Emily Wood, sophomore, psychology.



UT Tyler men's basketball concluded winter 2012-13 with an 18-7 regular season record, setting the mark for the most wins in a season.

The Patriot women's team made it to the conference semifinals for the first time in program history and was one of the top defenses in the ASC, giving up just 58.7 points per game. The women concluded the season 18-9, breaking the mark for the most wins in a season.

Men's Honors

ASC All-Conference Awards – Four players received honors, with head coach Kenny Bizot named ASC East Division Coach of the Year. In his sixth season as head coach, Bizot also received the award in 2008.

Travis Dykman, junior, received ASC East Newcomer of the Year and First Team All-ASC East honors; Darren Houliston, senior, First Team East Division; Jordan Cannon, junior, Second Team ASC East; and Joe Stephens, junior, honorable mention. Cannon also was named to the ASC East Defensive Team.

ASC Players of the Week – Honored for outstanding performances were Dykman, Cannon (twice), Houliston and Stephens.

Women's Honors

ASC All-Conference Awards – Four team members received honors, with head coach Kevin Baker named ASC East Co-Coach of the Year in his first season with the Patriots.

Brittany King, sophomore, received Second Team All-East Division honors. Junior She'Cara Humphrey was named to the Second-Team All-East Division. Junior Danai Woods and sophomore Teylor Seals received honorable mention. Woods also was named to the ASC East All-Defensive Team.

ASC Player of the Week – King was honored for stellar play.


The Patriot men's cross country team won its seventh ASC championship, with junior Nick Huff winning the individual title. The men earned a spot in the NCAA South/Southeast Regional, where they finished in eighth place. They also won the fall Centenary Cross Country Invitational.

The UT Tyler women placed first at Centenary and UT Tyler invitationals and fourth at the ASC championship event. Baylee Talaska led the Patriots in the championship meet, finishing 13th. Three others finished in the top 20, including junior Missy Hebert, freshman Brittany Brunson and sophomore Meagan Whetstone. Talaska represented her team in the NCAA regional women's 6K race, finishing in 125th place.

Top Honors – In men's team honors, Bob Hepler was named ASC Coach of the Year for the seventh time in his career as UT Tyler head men's and women's coach. Jason Hamilton was honored as ASC Newcomer of the Year.

Sportsmanship Award – For the second time in three years, the Patriot men won the ASC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Team Sportsmanship Award for displaying positive qualities of sportsmanship and fair play throughout the season.

Runner of the Week – Huff was honored as ASC Player of the Week twice during the season.


The UT Tyler men's and women's golf teams finished the season ranked third and 16th respectively in the November edition of the Golf World Magazine/Nike Golf Coaches' Poll.

The men notched the No. 3 national ranking after finishing the season with two wins in four tournaments, including a fifth-place finish at the prestigious Golfweek Invitational out of 18 of the best teams in the nation.

The UT Tyler women finished up a successful fall as the No. 16-ranked team in the nation, winning one tournament and a runner-up finish in the Paris Invitational.

Weekly Honors – On the men's side, senior John Dukes was named ASC Golfer of the Week three times. Patriot women honored as ASC Golfers of the Week were sophomore Jordan Sloane, freshman Laura Lindsey and sophomore Katie Crawford.


Patriot men finished the season in the quarter-finals of the ASC Championship tournament with an overall record of 11-6-1. In their best ever season, the women's team finished as runner-up in the conference with a record of 11-1 in ASC play and 14-5-1 overall.

National Merit – Women's soccer coach Stefani Webb received the prestigious National Merit Award from the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association and National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Webb is the first female coach to receive the award since its inception.

NSCAA Scholar All-Region – Senior Amanda Weaver received Scholar All Region honors from the National Soccer Coaches of America Association. To be eligible, a player must attain a 3.30 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Weaver achieved a 3.9 GPA.

All-West Region – Three Patriot women were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-West Region team. Weaver and senior Charity Shipman were Second Team honorees. Sophomore Courtney Dunstan was named to the Third Team.

ASC Honors – Webb was named ASC Coach of the Year for the first time in her career at UT Tyler. Players receiving top ASC honors were Chana Forstall, Co-Offensive Freshman of the Year; Laurel Boyd, Defensive Freshman of the Year; and senior Lindsey Edwards, Tri-Sportsmanship Award winner.

Chipman, Weaver and freshman Nikki Gordon received First Team All-ASC honors. Sophomore Courtney Dunstan, freshman Chestley Strother and junior Macy Hurley made the All-ASC Second Team. Freshman Kayla Akin received All-ASC Honorable Mention.

ASC Players of the Week – Honorees included Weaver, Defender of the Week, and sophomore Alyssa, Defensive Player of the Week.


The UT Tyler men's and women's tennis teams had an impressive showing at the ASC Individual Tennis Tournament:

Patriot Women – Jessica Blundell won flight two and Rachel Cole won flight three. Jennifer Payne, Mary Alice Blacketer and Nicole Musngi all won their singles flights, while Candyce Henwood won the flight eight consolation final.

In doubles competition, the women won all four flights that were played.

Patriot Men – Ryan Ybarra won the singles flight one and Ryan Spencer won flight two. Kevin Singer, Doug Kierstead and John Ward won their matchups, all in two games, while Jacob Van Der Schans won the consolation final in men's flight nine.

The men were equally impressive in doubles competition, winning all flights.

Ybarra reached the finals of the 2012 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional. The doubles team of Ybarra and Singer reached the doubles semifinals.


The Patriots finished the season with a 13-17 overall record, placing three players on the All-ASC team:

  • Sophomore Breanna Brummett garnered Third Team honors as she led the Patriots with 254 total kills, averaging 2.95 per set played. She also ranked in the top four in every offensive category for UT Tyler, including kills, assists (41), service aces (29) and ranked fourth on the team in blocks with 24.
  • Freshman Emily Wood garnered honorable mention after leading the Patriots with 437 digs on the season, which ranked in the top five in the conference.
  • Freshman Rachel Harvey nabbed honorable mention honors after an impressive first season with the Patriots, ranking second on the team in kills with 170, second in service aces with 1, and second on the team in digs with 227.

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