Mountaineer Update
from Ron Macosko, Athletic Director
April 21, 2016

We are in the final stages of our spring season but there are some very big weekends scheduled for both our Tennis and Softball teams as they compete in the SCAC Tournament.  Schreiner hosts the 2016 SCAC Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships, starting Friday morning and continuing through the weekend at both the Cree Tennis Courts and at HEB Tennis Center.

Congratulations to junior Kaycee Bankert for winning individual medalist honors at the SCAC Tournament this week.  She was also named First Team All-SCAC and SCAC Player of the Year.  Congratulations also go to freshman Lauren Leslie who earned both First Team All-SCAC and SCAC Freshman of the Year.  It was the first time that a Mountaineer woman has won the award.   On the men’s side, senior Phil Stewart earned First Team All-SCAC and both sophomore Jacob Gentry and freshman Jake Bell earned Second Team All-SCAC.

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

MEN’S GOLF:  despite having basically four freshmen, the Mountaineers finished third at the SCAC Championship, only two shots out of the lead in the closest team competition in SCAC history.  Paced by Stewart’s second round 69 and Bell’s 71, SU posted the tournament low round of 289 and nearly pulled the upset.   Stewart finished third overall (75-69=144, Even), with Gentry in seventh (75-73=148) and Bell in ninth place (78-71=149).  Stewart is currently ranked in the top 10 in the nation as an individual and has a very solid chance to earn the program’s first individual bid to the national championship tournament next month.

WOMEN’S GOLF:  with three freshmen and a sophomore in the top five, the Schreiner women handled themselves well in a runner-up finish for the SCAC Championship title.  At the turn on the final day, SU had a nine shot advantage but Trinity’s experience and talent showed as they rallied for the title on the closing holes.  Bankert won the individual title by three shots with rounds of 77-76=153.  Leslie shot 78-81=159 and finished fifth overall.  Freshman Kena Cox posted 82-84 and was 14th and freshman Piper Gleadhill shot a pair of 84’s for 15th place.

MEN’S TENNIS:  went 1-0 last week, winning a close contest with Colorado, 5-4.  A fast start by Schreiner’s doubles teams was key to the win.  The #3 team of freshmen Ryan New and Andrew Albright won their first match together, 8-6.  Sophomores Nick Pena and Dayton Hancock won at #1, 8-4, and the #2 team of sophomore Isaac Vasquez and freshman Josh Newman prevailed, 9-7.  Senior Josh Ramirez earned a point with a win at #4 singles and Hancock won decisively at #5 for the clincher.

BASEBALL:  went 2-1 on the weekend, winning its series with Austin College.   After getting beaten handily 10-1 in the opener, the Mountaineers responded with a 7-3 win behind the pitching of freshman Kolby Kitchens.  Kitchens went all nine innings, allowing three runs.  In the finale, it was a sloppy affair but exciting nonetheless.   SU fell behind early, then took late leads into the eighth and ninth innings only to give them up, and then won the game in the 10th inning when freshman Lance Martin singled with the bases loaded for an 11-10 win on Senior Day.  Senior JC Kruczkowski had three big hits while senior Marco Carreon had two.

SOFTBALL:  went 2-2 against the University of Dallas.   In both doubleheaders, SU won the first game of the day but fell in the second.  On Friday, the Mountaineers prevailed, 4-0, behind the pitching of sophomore Jess Vrana.  UD won 7-2 in the second game.  On Saturday, SU earned a walkoff win, 5-4, and then lost 6-3.   Sophomores Sydney Christopher and Samantha Cordon had big weekends at the plate.  Christopher was particularly hot, smacking 9 hits in the four games while Cordon added six hits.

WOMEN’S TENNIS:  went 0-1 last weekend, losing its match  to Colorado College, 8-1.  Schreiner’s point came on the rackets of their #3 doubles team of senior Karyn Swink and sophomore Abby Knedlik, who won their match impressively, 8-0.

The schedule for the week ahead:

Friday, 4/22:
W/M TENNIS in SCAC Championship Tournament (Cree Tennis Center/HEB Courts)
(Men – play #5 TLU at 9:00 am at CTC, Women – play #3 TLU at 2:00 pm at CTC)
SOFTBALL vs. #3 UDallas (SCAC Tournament – San Antonio, TX) at 2:00 pm
BASEBALL at Hardin-Simmons (Abilene, TX) at 7:00 pm

Saturday, 4/23:
W/M TENNIS in SCAC Championship Tournament (Cree Tennis Center/HEB Courts)
SOFTBALL at SCAC Tournament (San Antonio, TX) – All Day
BASEBALL (DH) at Hardin-Simmons (Abilene, TX) at noon

Sunday, 4/24:
W/M TENNIS in SCAC Championship Tournament (Cree Tennis Center) – if they advance

* = SCAC competition.  For more information on all Schreiner sports teams, please go to   For the SCAC website, please go to

Go Mountaineers!!!

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