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Mountaineer Update
from Ron Macosko, Athletic Director
March 2, 2016

The winter sports season ended last weekend but what a finish for our women’s basketball ladies.  SU won both its quarterfinal and semifinal games to advance to the championship final for the first time in (NCAA-era) school history.   It was a memorable run throughout January and February.  Congratulations to senior Kelsey Jackson (First Team), junior Sabriyyah Fennell (Second Team) and Cassandra Aleman (Honorable Mention) on their All-SCAC recognition.   Jackson and Fennell were also named All-SCAC Tournament.  Also, head coach Temaine Wright was named 2016 SCAC Coach of the Year.  SU Men’s Basketball had junior Wes Miller named Second Team All-SCAC and senior Christian Pena earned Honorable Mention.  Our last kudos for the week go to junior Kaycee Bankert of Schreiner Women’s Golf.  Bankert won her first collegiate tournament on Tuesday and earned her third SCAC Golfer-of-the-Week award this year (and fifth overall).

Here’s a quick recap of last week’s action:

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:  defeated host Centenary (78-65) in the quarterfinals and took down regular-season co-champion Austin College (62-61) in the semifinals before falling to top-ranked Trinity in the finals.  Schreiner went 3-0 against AC this year, but the best was the last.  Down 61-59 with less than 20 seconds left and the ‘Roos shooting two foul shots, it didn’t look good for SU.  Two missed free throws later, Jackson got the ball and shot the game-winning three pointer to send the Mountaineers into the final.  Fennell averaged 10 points and more than eight rebounds in the tournament and Jackson averaged nearly 15 points and five rebounds per game.  SU set a school-record (NCAA era) for conference wins (10) and winning percentage (.714).

WOMEN’S GOLF:  Schreiner moved back into the national top-25 win a win over then #24 Trinity and #16 UMHB (and five other teams) at the Schreiner Spring Shootout on Tuesday.  SU set a school record in the first round with a 306 and increased the lead in the second round.  Bankert shot 74-77 in her win and got strong support from freshmen Lauren Leslie (76-81) and Piper Gleadhill (76-83) who each earned top-10 finishes individually as well.

MEN’S GOLF:  despite slipping to second place out of nine teams at the Schreiner Spring Shootout, the Mountaineers have much to be proud of in their performance.  Despite starting three freshmen and an emerging sophomore (Jacob Gentry), the men took the first round lead over a field that featured four of the top 10 teams in the national rankings with an even-par 288.  Schreiner finished at least nine shots ahead of all four ranked teams at the end.  Gentry was SU’s top performer, shooting 71-74 to earn his first collegiate All-Tournament award with his third place finish overall.

MEN’S TENNIS:  went 1-1 on the weekend.    Defeated ETBU, 6-3, before losing their first match of the season to McMurry on Saturday (7-2).  Schreiner is now 8-1 overall with a young roster that features numerous freshmen and sophomore in prominent roles.   SU’s #2 doubles team of sophomore Dayton Hancock and freshman Ricky Puente remained undefeated with their win on Saturday.   Schreiner’s other point came from senior Josh Ramirez at #4 singles.

BASEBALL:  went 1-2 at Centenary in a non-conference series.  The Mountaineers are nearly one-third of the way through their schedule and have yet to play at home.  Once again, it was the third game (and the third inning) where the Mountaineer offense came alive.  Lost the first game, 3-1, despite freshman Caleb Allen’s strong performance.  Lost the second game, 7-1.  Sophomore Dillon Brown also gave a solid performance on the mound.  Won the finale, 11-8, by scoring eight runs in the third inning.  Sophomore Montana Hammack pitched well and earned his second win of the year.

WOMEN’S TENNIS:  lost both of their matches by 6-3 scores.  The first was to East Texas Baptist and the second was to McMurry.  SU got wins vs. MCM at both #1 doubles (junior Camila Anguiano and freshman Kara Miller) and at #3 doubles (senior Karyn Swink and sophomore Abby Knedlik).  Anguiano was perfect on the day with her win at #4 singles as well.

SOFTBALL:  lost both games to NCAA Tournament participant College of Staten Island (5-2, 4-0) on Saturday and lost a pair of nail-biters on Sunday to NAIA (scholarship) University of the Southwest (8-6, 16-8 in eight innings) on Sunday.  The women are improving weekly and built a 6-0 lead against USW in Sunday’s first game before substituting liberally to get all players game action.  USW rallied with seven runs in the seventh to edge the Mountaineers.  The second game was a back-and-forth contest that was tied at 8-all after seven innings.  USW scored eight times in the extra inning to earn the win.

Here’s the schedule for the week ahead:

Friday, 3/4:
BASEBALL vs. Southwestern (Mountaineer Field) at 2:00 pm  (Home Opener)

Saturday, 3/5:
W/M TENNIS vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor (Cree Tennis Center) at 11:00 am
BASEBALL (DH) vs. Southwestern (Mountaineer Field) at Noon
SOFTBALL (DH) at Southwest Assemblies of God (Waxahachie, TX) at Noon

Tuesday, 3/8:
BASEBALL (DH) vs. DeSales (Mountaineer Field) at Noon
 
* = SCAC competition.  For more information on all Schreiner sports teams, please go to http://athletics.schreiner.edu.   For the SCAC website, please go to www.scacsports.com.

Go Mountaineers!!!

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