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Mountaineer Update
from Ron Macosko, Athletic Director
March 6, 2014

Congratulations to many associated with SU Athletics this week.  First to our Men’s & Women’s Basketball teams.  They each won the first playoff game in their respective program’s NCAA histories on Friday and advanced to the semifinals of the SCAC championships.  Seniors AJ Myres and Lindsey Peterson each earned First Team All-SCAC with Myres totaling 1,150 points in his career to place himself in the top 15 in Schreiner history.  He took the top two awards in the SCAC this year (Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year).  Junior Steve Guerrero and sophomore Kelsie Jackson each placed on the All-SCAC second team and senior Bailey Harris and freshmen Maverick Harris (no-relation) and Wes Miller all earned All-SCAC honorable mention.  Myres and Harris also earned All-SCAC Tournament last weekend.

In golf, our nationally-ranked teams each won convincingly over strong fields at the Schreiner Spring Shootout, in record-breaking fashion.  Junior Cheyne Kendall and freshman Gabby Davis won individual titles (for Kendall, it was his third).  Juniors Zach Oliver and Maddie Scheidler (each shooting personal best scores) and sophomore Phil Stewart all earned All-Tournament.  Kendall and Davis then won SCAC Golfer-of-the-Week awards.  In the first two tournaments of the spring, Schreiner Golfers have swept the SCAC awards.

Last but certainly not least, sophomore Leanna Haynes of red-hot Schreiner Women’s Tennis also won SCAC Player-of-the-Week after recording a perfect 4-0 record in two SU wins last weekend as the Mountaineers were off to a 7-1 start on the season.

As you can tell, our teams are doing very well so there is a lot to report from last week’s action.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:  concluded a record-breaking season in the semifinals of the SCAC tournament, falling to the eventual champions.  SU rolled to a convincing 75-63 win over Austin College but came up short against TLU, 63-58.  Harris averaged 18.5 points and 3.5 assists while Jackson averaged 17.5 points, 8 rebounds and four assists in the two games.  Schreiner ends its season with a record 15 wins in the NCAA era and another record of nine conference wins.  The previous record for overall wins was nine so head coach Temaine Wright’s squad had as many conference wins as SU had had overall in 14 seasons of NCAA play.

MEN’S BASKETBALL:  also concluded a record-breaking season with the semifinal loss.  SU crushed Austin College, 67-47, before losing to Centenary, 74-66.   Myres had 21 points in the loss, Harris had 11 and seven rebounds and Guerrero had nine points and four assists.  The men also broke the NCAA record for wins with 15.   Head coach Jimmy Smith has quickly built a SCAC contender and although losing Myres will present a challenge, the Mountaineers will return a stable of significant contributors and Smith will add his second full recruiting class to the fold.  This will be a program that SCAC foes will need to wary of from now on.

MEN’S GOLF:  Schreiner shot a 295 first day score in miserable conditions to take the lead and then increased the lead on the second day to cruise to a 15-stroke win on Tuesday.  Kendall shot back-to-back rounds of 2-under par 70 to win by two strokes over Oliver.  Stewart made it three Mountaineers in the top three spots.  Both Oliver and Stewart posted career low 69’s on the final day which was the tournament low score.  SU defeated three nationally-ranked teams in the field as well as five other teams for the title.    Currently ranked #23, SU should move up after firing 585 over two days.

WOMEN’S GOLF:  the SU women’s team shot a school-record 310 on the second day to go from five shots behind #23 Southwestern to winning by 13 over the Pirates and 15 over #11-ranked Trinity.  Davis became only the second SU freshman woman to win an individual title (Amber Hernandez was first last spring).  Scheidler shot a career best 74 in the second round and was tied by sophomore Courtlynd Miller who did the same.  Davis’ two-round total tied the school record originally set by former standout Gabby Rosales in 2012.  The team also set the school record for 36-hole score at 634.

WOMEN’S TENNIS:  went 2-1 this week, shutting out Sul Ross State and beating U of the Southwest (8-1) and falling to Methodist (2-6).  In the sweep of SRSU, the Mountaineers only lost six games in nine matches, the most conclusive win in recent memory.  SU was nearly as dominant in the win over Southwest, which ran SU’s record to 7-1 on the year.   In the seven wins to date, Schreiner has a match record of 63-3.   Schreiner’s entire roster is made up of sophomores and freshmen

BASEBALL:  went 4-2 on the week, and have won three straight including a doubleheader sweep yesterday of Cardinal Stritch.  Over the past seven games, Schreiner pitchers, made up mostly of freshmen and sophomores, have only allowed 16 earned runs.  After a rough early start, the Mountaineers have played much better baseball of late.  Sophomore Brad Holmes leads the team in batting at .441 while senior Chase Valdez is next at .375.  Valdez has 19 RBI, four doubles and three triples halfway through the year.  Schreiner is currently 9-11 and has its best record at the halfway point since 2009.

MEN’S TENNIS:  went 1-1 last week, losing to Southwest but beating Sul Ross State, 9-0.  It was the first shutout for the SU men in four seasons.   SU’s win in the Southwest match was from the #3 doubles team of sophomores Christian Casillas and Josh Ramirez.  Schreiner is currently 4-5 overall as the team prepares to head on its Spring Break trip to Arizona.

SOFTBALL:  went 1-1 against NAIA (scholarship) Our Lady of the Lake.   In the first game, which went 11 innings, Schreiner fought back from an early 1-0 deficit to tie the score in the fourth inning.  In the eighth inning, with the score the same, a tiebreaker was used and both teams scored single runs in the ninth and again in the 10th.  In the 11th, OLLU scored another run to take a 4-3 lead, but SU rallied for two runs in the bottom of the inning to win.  Freshman Sammy Scudder drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 11th to tie the score and freshman Destiny Rodriguez drove in the game winner with two outs.

Here’s a look at the week ahead:

Friday, 3/7:
BASEBALL at Southwestern * (Georgetown, TX) at 6:00 pm

Saturday, 3/8:
BASEBALL (DH) at Southwestern * (Georgetown, TX) at 1:00 pm
SOFTBALL (DH) vs. Southwestern * (Mountaineer Field) at 1:00 pm

Sunday, 3/9:
SOFTBALL (DH) vs. Southwestern * (Mountaineer Field) at Noon

Monday, 3/10:
M/W TENNIS vs. Arizona Christian (Phoenix, AZ) at 3:00 pm

Tuesday, 3/11:
SOFTBALL vs. Sul Ross State (Mountaineer Field) at 1:00 pm
W/M TENNIS vs. Mesa (Phoenix, AZ) at 11:30 am

Wednesday, 3/12:
WOMEN’S TENNIS vs. Dixie (Phoenix, AZ) at 11:30 am
MEN’S TENNIS vs. Glendale (Phoenix, AZ) at 12:15 pm
BASEBALL at Wayland Baptist (Plainview, TX) at 2:00 pm

*=SCAC contests

Go Mountaineers!!!

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