West Texas A&M’s Zach Daniel, Emma Love, Bri Leeper, Libby Strickland and Baptiste Moreu continued to add to their already impressive trophy cases on Thursday afternoon as the three student-athletes were named to the Capital One/College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Division II Track & Field/Cross Country Academic All-American team.
The Lady Buffs made the program's third straight and fifth overall appearance in the NCAA Postseason, finishing 45-11.
A total of 787 student-athletes were selected with 242 of those holding a perfect 4.0 GPA, WT topped that list as well with 61 individuals holding a flawless GPA.
Alie Decker is the third Division I addition for the Lady Buffs for next season joining Texas transfer Lilley Vander Zee and Abilene Christian transfer and Canyon native Madison Parker.
Game times are still to be determined and the schedule is subject to change.
Loper joins first year assistant Michele Furlong and third year graduate assistant Casey Bruno on Skoch’s staff as he enters his seventh season at the helm of the Lady Buffs.
All proceeds will benefit the Buffalo Club Student-Athlete Scholarship Fund.
West Texas A&M head softball coach has announced the addition of catcher Alyssa Montoya from Pima Community College to wrap-up the 2016 Lady Buff Softball recruiting class.
The Buffs finished ninth with 576.25 points as the highest ranking team in the Lone Star Conference and in the South Central Region.
Poerner, who the last 10 months in an interim role, becomes only the third full-time commissioner of the LSC as he follows Fred Jacoby (1994-2006) and Stan Wagnon (2007-14).
WT made the program’s third straight and fifth overall appearance in the NCAA Postseason, finishing 45-11 as they claimed their second straight Lone Star Conference championship.
The Buffs finished 36-20, earning a berth in their second-straight NCAA South Central Region Tournament and won a share of the program’s first Lone Star Conference regular season title this season.
“I am pleased with the results our coaches have done in recruiting academically-driven student-athletes to West Texas A&M,” Director of Athletics Michael McBroom said.
West Texas A&M senior closer Paul Lujan was named National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association First Team All-America, the organization announced. He also earned Daktronics Honorable Mention All-America accolades.
The men come in at eighth in the nation in the field consisting of all NCAA Division II institutions, besting their previous high finish of 15th a year ago.
Prince will transfer in as a junior next season after playing a season each at Antelope Valley Community College and Volunteer State Junior College.
The two Buffs and three Lady Buffs are all repeat selections from a year ago.
Both the Buffs and Lady Buffs competed in eight total events featuring 14 athletes.
The No. 10 Lady Buffs and No. 14 Buffs of West Texas A&M have a program-high 24 qualified athletes set to compete.
Leeper, majoring in Mass Communications-Broadcasting with a minor in Spanish, still carries a perfect 4.00 GPA with 104 total credit hours as only a junior.
“I am really proud of the guys the way we came out here today,” WT head coach Eric Moore said. “We really tried to be aggressive and it unfortunately didn’t work out for us like we had hoped. Really the first round killed us and we weren’t able to recover from it.”
Renee Erwin and Lacey Taylor were named NFCA 1st Team selections while Stacey Ramirez and Allie Smith were named to the association’s 3rd team.
The Buffs are coming off of the program’s first ever Lone Star Conference Championship and their second straight appearance in the NCAA Postseason.
The Buffs have a 36-hole score of 604 and dropped 20 strokes from Monday’s round to Tuesdays and currently sit 17th.
Twelve women and 12 men will represent the maroon WT at nationals this weekend. Those athletes will do so in 19 separate events, as three relays made the cut, two from the women’s side, along with several individuals in multiple events.
Following its first Lone Star Conference co-regular season baseball championship and second-consecutive NCAA regional appearance, the West Texas A&M baseball team had a number of players earn postseason accolades.
West Texas A&M junior Glory Jangthongsiri earned Women’s Golf Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-America honors. This is her second all-America honor of her career as she was a second team honoree last season.
The Buffs are 20th after the first round and will tee off Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. ET.
The Lady Buffs continue their ties to CSI as two-year standout Tyler Wilkinson also played for the Golden Eagles before coming to Canyon.
The official selections for qualifying individuals were made by the NCAA last Tuesday and the No. 10 Lady Buffs and No. 14 Buffs of West Texas A&M will be sending an all-time program-high of 24 athletes to the championship.
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“We’re excited about these three players joining our soccer program in the fall,” noted Webb. “All three of them address needs of our team and we expect all of them to compete for starting positions right away."
Vander Zee is the second Division I addition for the Lady Buffs for next season.
The West Texas A&M No. 9 men’s and No. 7 women’s track & field teams will return to action this weekend as they host their final home meet of the season, the West Texas A&M Open Twilight.
Lujan, a native of Thornton, Colo., has had another outstanding year as a closer for the 29-15 Buffs. He broke his own school-record for saves in a season with his 10th save Tuesday at Wayland Baptist.
The series schedule was modified on Wednesday as there is a chance of inclement weather on Friday in Stephenville so the series was moved to Saturday and Sunday. Now the Buffs and Texans will play a single game Saturday at 3 p.m., followed by a doubleheader Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.
The #2 Lady Buffs of West Texas A&M will try to become the first team in Lone Star Conference history to win back-to-back regular season LSC Championships dating back to 2012 when the league combined their North and South Divisions.
West Texas A&M head women’s basketball coach Mark Kellogg announced Thursday the addition of Amarillo native Madison Parker to the Lady Buff women’s basketball team for 2015-16.
The Lady Buffs are currently on a 17 game win streak for an overall record of 41-6 with a 21-3 mark in Lone Star Conference play as they have clinched atleast a share of the LSC Title while also becoming the only team in the region to reach the 40-win plateau.
The West Texas A&M baseball team is fourth in the first NCAA Division II South Central Region ranking, which was release by the NCAA Wednesday afternoon.
Senior Sharon Kwarula of the No. 7 West Texas A&M women’s track & field team was honored on Wednesday afternoon as she was tabbed Lone Star Conference Track Athlete of the Week.
The Blazers of Valdosta State remained atop of the poll for the fifth straight week with 14 of the 16 possible first place votes for a total of 394 points followed by the Lady Buffs with the other two first place votes for a total of 385.
With the win, WT improved to 29-15 on the year and WBU fell to 30-20.
The Lady Buffs carded a 36-hole score of 614. It was the fifth runner-up finish for the Lady Buffs this season and the second-straight year WT has finished second at the LSC Championship.
The Lady Buffs become the first team in the South Central Region to reach 40 wins as they move to 41-6 overall on the season while the Falcons fall to 8-40.
The Buffs’ previous program-high also came on March 31st when they were tabbed 10th in the country.
Due to a lower dropped score, the Buffs earned the No. 3-seed in the medal match play and faced off with No. 2-seed Cameron for the second round Monday on the par 72, 7,100-yard Frisco Lakes Golf Club.
The No. 21 West Texas A&M Lady Buff women’s golf team fired an opening round 297 and is tied for the lead in the 2015 Lone Star Conference Championship on the par 72, 5,834-yard Frisco Lakes Golf Club.
The Lady Buffs are 39-6 overall this season with a 21-3 mark in Lone Star Conference play as they have clinched at least a share of the league title.