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Upcoming Events Coming Up This Weekend on Campus . . . Sept. 21 Woman’s Volleyball vs. Bacone @ 7 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. Texas College @ 6 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. Texas College @ 4 p.m. Sept. 22 Women’s Volleyball vs. Our Lady of The Lake@ 3 p.m. vs. Wiley @ 7 p.m. Sept. 23 Men’s Soccer vs. St. ThomasHouston @ 6:30 p.m.
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Matches in three days, for the Lady Rams’ volleyball team. The squad went 5-1 over the weekend in the WesleyanHughes Volleyball Classic.
Number of digs compiled by senior libero Ashley Mock in a match against Wayland Baptist, a school record.
Consecutive penalty kicks netted by junior midfielder Seth Mullins in three years at Wesleyan. He has yet to miss from inside the box in his college career. Two have gone for goals this season.
National Collegiate championships won by the Texas Wesleyan University Table Tennis Team last spring. They were: Co-Ed Team Event, Women’s Team Event, Women’s Singles, Women’s Doubles, Men’s Singles, Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles.
of those titles, which Mark Hazinski can lay claim to, are Men’s Singles, Mixed Doubles, Men’s Doubles and the Team Event.
Shots registered by the Lady Rams’ soccer team in a 6-0 pummelling at Martin Field against St. Gregory’s University.
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Goals by junior midfielder Brianna McKernon in a four minute span, in the Lady Rams’ 6-0 pummelling at Martin Field against St. Gregory’s University.
Baseball future still in the air for current and former Rams players Baseball League. Elmore knocked six home runs and was selected to play in the league’s mid-summer all-star game. Hicks homered four times in his brief stay with the Heat before leavFrom the hot corner to the bullpen, baseball careers carried on over ing the club mid-season to join Diaz in San Angelo. Hicks drove in three the summer for several departed and returning Wesleyan players. Wesleyan alumnus and former pitcher Ryan Riddle stands as the runs in nine appearances for the Colts. Former outfielder and kinesiology major Victor Burgos rounded out lone player to sign with a major league affiliated club. He went undrafted but signed with the St. Louis Cardinals who assigned him to the Class the group of players who moved on to professional ball. Burgos returned to Fort Worth this fall as a member of the St. Joseph’s Black Snakes. The A Batavia Muckdogs. After getting roughed up in his first appearance, Riddle was an Black Snakes compete with the Fort Worth Cats in the American effective hurler, recording 18 strikeouts in his final 20 innings pitched. Association. Returning players Riddle’s competed in prestigious battery mate, summer leagues as well, Josh Vander Hey, hoping to lay the groundaslo a Wesleyan work for future professionalumnus and foral careers. mer business Brandon Frazier and management Ryan Jacobi patrolled the major, went outfield for the Rams last undrafted as season, and both roamed well. With a year out of state to play over the of collegiate elisummer. gibility remainJacobi, a sophomore ing, he decided to business major, traveled to pursue a master’s New York and joined the degree and play Niagara Power, while at the University Frazier was a Wisconsin of New Orleans. Woodchuck representing Vander Hey Photo courtesy of Ramsports.net Wesleyan in the joined the In April the Wesleyan varsity baseball team won its first Red River Athletic Conference title in 28 Northwoods League’s allMineral Wells years. star game in Minnesota. Steam of the “Hitting with wooden bats was a tough adjustment, but in the secTexas Collegiate League last summer and hit three home runs, racking up 19 RBIs. On defense, the backstop threw out 18 potential base-steal- ond half of the season I was able to pick it up and start hitting like I could,” Jacobi said. ers. Pitchers Hayden Lackey and Aaron Wimpee headed to a higher eleA senior-laden infield produced three players who landed on rosters vation, joining the Fort Collins Foxes and Parker Express of the at the independent level. Mathematics and education major, Jason Diaz made the transition Mountain Collegiate League in Colorado. Some went far, but none as far as Taylor Miller, a sophomore studyfrom third to second base as a member of the San Angelo Colts of the United Baseball League. Diaz scored 23 runs and posted a .382 on-base ing pre-law, who spent his summer in Anchorage, Alaska, competing for Athletes in Action. percentage. “I actually played in a game that ended at 2 a.m., and the sun was “Some guys at the next level are a little bit jealous to see younger guys come in and have success right away,” Diaz said. “I was just happy still up,” Miller said. “I spent all my free time fishing with other guys from the team.” playing baseball and living with an amazing host family.” The well-traveled returning core will join a host of new recruits next Billie Hicks, who studied mass communication at Wesleyan, and Ross Elmore, former history major, continued to turn double plays for a spring to defend the Red River Conference championship. few months, as both signed with the Texas Heat of the Continental
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Lady Rams win big, conference honors for Mock and Darling JACK WALKER SPORTS EDITOR
The Texas Wesleyan Lady Rams’ volleyball team is sitting pretty after putting in a great deal of work at the Wesleyan-Hughes Volleyball Classic Sept. 14-15. The Wesleyan women took five out of six matches at the Wesleyan event, dropping their final contest in exhausting fashion to Lubbock Christian in the decisive fifth game of the competition. All in all, the squad played an astounding 24 games, losing only five. The Lady Rams went three consecutive matches without surrendering a single game, sweeping John Brown University, Belhaven College and Lindsey Wilson, according to Ramsports.net. The Red River Athletic Conference Athletic Web site named senior libero Ashley Mock the player of the week Sept. 17. This is the second time this season that Mock has been recognized for her outstanding performance in a given period of time. She shattterred the school record for digs in a match after registering 51 against Wayland Baptist. The prior
mark set was 40. Mock helped lead the Lady Rams to a 6-1 record in the past seven games. Also gaining the first honors of her young collegiate carreer was freshman setter Evoni Darling. The freshman biology major from Grapevine, Texas, averaged 11.5 assists per game for the week of competition. She was named the Red River Athletic Conference’s setter of the week for her part in balancing the Lady Rams’ attack. For three matches Darling posted 50 or more assists, including a season-high 58 set-ups against Wayland Baptist. After a seesaw beginning to the season, the Lady Rams are improving after every match. A pair of their recent successes were against regionally ranked opponents in Southwestern Assemblies of God and John Brown University. These victories proppelled the Wesleyan women to the fourth-ranked slot in their respected Region VI, according to the NAIA Web site. The Lady Rams’ volleyball team has just less than a month until the Red River Athletic Conference tournament, which determines who will compete for the conference in the national tournament.
Sports Performance of the Week Junior Mitch Hendon: Men’s Golf Wesleyan junior finance major Mitch Hendon is having a stellar season so far this fall. After finishing second to teammate Paco Sarcho in the collegiate flight of last week’s Fort Worth City Championship, the two reversed roles after play was complete at the Charles Coody Intercollegiate Classic in Abiliene Sept. 11. Hendon’s first round 66 was the seventh lowest round in the program’s storied history. Hendon followed that up with a 69 to finish with a final tally of 135, giving him his first collegiate victory. Saracho finished one shot off the pace in second with a closing 67 to post a total of 136. According to Ramsports.net Hendon and Sarcho’s two-day totals matched the fourth and sixth best tournament scores in the history of the team. “It was great for Mitch to get his first win and have those two go one, two after they finished first and second last week,” Athletic Director and head golf coach Kevin Milikan said. “This was a pretty good way to start the year.” Indeed it was a great way to start the year. The team topped a large competitive field primarily composed of NCAA Division II squads, paced by Hendon and Saracho and supplemented by junior Kevin Doskocil (tied for eighth), freshman Drew Koonce (tied for 61st) and Johnathon Dickerson (tied for 64th). The men’s team is currently ranked 14th in the country according to the NAIA Web site. At press time the men’s golf team was competing in The Territory Classic, hosted by Cameron University at the Territory Golf Course in Duncan, Okla. -Jack Walker To vote for the Sports Performance of the Week e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your vote. Subject: Sports Performance of the Week.