(from Wayland Baptist University Sports Information)
DALLAS – Wayland Baptist hit 32 free throws in 37 attempts as the No. 16 Pioneers secured the best start to a season in program history here Friday night by rolling over Dallas Christian for the second time this season, 97-69.
Wayland improves to 11-1, the Pioneers’ best record ever after 12 games. Read more
Something is amiss with the University of Wisconsin football program.
First, Bret Bielema left for Arkansas after the 2012 season for a job in a better conference but arguably a lesser program. That was seen as an odd decision at the time. Coach Gary Andersen leaving this week to take the Oregon State job vacated by Mike Riley was puzzling. What looked like an odd blip with Bielema now has become a trend. Read more
(From Wayland Baptist Sports Information)
Wayland Baptist has been recognized by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics as a Champions of Character Five-Star institution for the 2013-14 academic year.
Institutions are measured on a demonstrated commitment to Champions of Character and earned points in character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. Institutions earned points based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by having minimal to no ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year. Read more
The tradition of the Texas High School Coaches Association’s All-Star Games taking place during its Convention and Coaching School has ended, due to a new NCAA bylaw prohibiting attendance by college football coaches at conventions attached to all-star games.
In a statement on the THSCA website, the THSCA Board of Directors decided it was best to end the 80-year tradition of having an all-star football and basketball game during the convention. The NCAA Legislative Relief Waiver Committee denied the THSCA’s request for an exemption of the new bylaw. Read more
(From Wayland Baptist University Sports Information)
MH Shahala Hawkins
OH Chelsey Driskill
For the second straight year, Wayland Baptist’s Shahala Hawkins has been named a Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball First Team All-American, while teammate Chelsey Driskill is an honorable mention pick for the first time.
The teams, which also are recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), are chosen by the NAIA Volleyball All-America Selection Committee. Each team – first, second and third – consists of 14 members. Read more
by Ben Catley
OK, before I begin, to be fair … I am an Ohio State fan. I am a Buckeye fan that gave my favorite college football team absolutely no chance at making the Final 4 of College Football, thanks to a significant injury to its Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback in August. And decided to mute myself on nearly every college football conversation that I ran into, both in person and on social media.
I also wasn’t sure what would happen when the third-string quarterback was forced into starting duty this past weekend. After all, most of what Cardale Jones was famous for was an unfortunate tweet in his redshirt freshman season. Read more
In a honors team which included a near-sweep of the individual awards by the district champions, and a player pulling off a triple of sorts, the Tulia Hornets earned five spots – with four players – on the 1-3A Division II All-District First Team.
Hornet receiver/defensive back Cash Love earned first-team honors in both positions, and was joined on the first team by running back Tony Kelly, defensive end Gentry George and linebacker Austin Irwin. Read more
Entering the final weeks of the college football regular season, Florida State has done what no other team in the power five conferences have been able to do: remain undefeated. While many games have been decided late in the fourth quarter, the Seminoles are still unblemished on the season, yet have been relegated to the third spot in the College Football Playoff Top 25. Read more
(From Wayland Baptist Sports Information)
A dozen Wayland Baptist players – including Brandon Grant, Holt Henderson and Jon-Lucas Poe on the first team, and Alden Mann on the second-team – were named All-Central States Football League. Eight Pioneers made the honorable mention squad.
The selections, announced Monday night, were made by the CSFL’s six head coaches. Read more
In a season which featured the first playoff appearance in eight seasons, and the first piece of a district championship in nine years, the Plainview Bulldogs received plenty of props from their district foes as the 4-5A All-District football team was announced Monday.
Seven players all told received first-team honors, including senior running back Warren Flye, who was named the 4-5A District Offensive MVP. Flye became just the sixth rusher in Bulldog history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season, and was the catalyst that helped the Bulldogs win six of their final seven regular-season games to earn a share of the district title. Read more