Apache Ladies basketball and the spring sports are on the clock to see which team wins Tyler Junior College’s 55th national team championship.
Coach Steve Clements’ soccer squad captured the 54th national title in the fall after coach Doug Wren’s baseball team claimed No. 53 last spring.
Today, here’s a look at women’s basketball, golf and tennis.
Coach Trenia Tillis-Jones’ basketball team is up first after receiving an at-large bid to the NJCAA National Women’s Basketball Tournament in Lubbock.
TJC (24-8) is the No. 19 seed and will face No. 14 Walters State (Tennessee) (25-6) at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Rip Griffin Center on the campus of Lubbock Christian University.
If the Apache Ladies win that game, they will advance to the second round to play No. 3 Chipola (Florida) (27-4) at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Coach Sandy Terry’s golf squads are highly ranked with the men No. 1 in Bushnell Golfweek NJCAA Division II Coaches Poll. The Apaches are followed by Murray State (Oklahoma), South Mountain (Arizona), Mississippi Gulf Coast and Copiah-Lincoln (Mississippi).
The Apache Ladies are ranked No. 3 in the women’s poll. Daytona State (Florida) is No. 1, followed by Seminole State (Florida), TJC, McLennan (Texas) and Redlands (Oklahoma).
Terry is in his 50th year as an educator, who was a chemistry professor at Lon Morris College when he began teaching in college. He is in his 16th year as TJC golf coach. Jess Hamilton is in his 13th year as Terry’s assistant.
The men’s roster includes: Austin Aguirre, freshman, Normangee; Cameron Brown, sophomore, Jacksonville; Ethan Bozner, freshman, Rock Springs, Wyoming; Garrett White, sophomore, Lindale; Henry Bryden, sophomore, Christchurch, New Zealand; Jonathan Shelton, freshman, Bullard; Landon Davis, freshman, Forney; Marco Maldonado, sophomore, Diboll; Oliver White, sophomore, Harrogate, England; and Sean Weiser, freshman, Burleson.
The Apaches have won seven national titles, the last in 2008. They finished third last year and were runners-up in 2015.
The men’s national tournament is May 23-26 at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Arizona.
The women’s team includes: Antonia Reina-Salas, freshman, Bogota, Colombia; Boyoung Park, sophomore, Incheon, South Korea; Jil Dokenwald, freshman, Kelheim, Germany; Joy Dokenwald, freshman, Kelheim, Germany; Kimberley Beveridge, sophomore, Aboyne, Scotland; Kristen Rogers, freshman, Lucas; and Mathilde Bertuol, freshman, Crozet, France.
The Apache Ladies, who are seeking their first national championship, finished fourth in the nation last year.
The women’s national tournament is May 15-18 at Chateau Elan Golf Club in Duluth, Georgia.
Both TJC tennis squads were ranked No. 1 in the Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis JUCO Fall Rankings. The next set of rankings is scheduled for Thursday.
In the men’s team poll, defending NJCAA National Champion, ASA Miami, sits at No. 2, followed by Seminole State (Oklahoma), Abraham-Baldwin (Georgia) and Seward County (Kansas).
The Apaches have won 15 national titles, the last in 2013.
The two through five spots in the women’s team rankings features the State College of Florida, defending NJCAA National Champion ASA Miami, Cowley (Kansas) and Seward County.
The Apache Ladies have won 17 national titles, the last in 2013.
TJC’s Jorge Martinez (freshman, Elche, Spain) is the No. 1-ranked singles player, thanks to his victory over teammate and No. 2-ranked Ferran Calvo (sophomore, Valencia, Spain) in the JUCO final at the 2016 ITA Oracle Cup. Martinez advanced to the ITA Oracle Cup championship match, where he fell to Oliver Frank of Division II Azusa Pacific.
Carlos Anez and Ondrej Nice of Seward, winners of the ITA Oracle Cup JUCO doubles title, are the No. 1-ranked team.
Other TJC men’s team members include: sophomore Chris Anders, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; freshman Adolfo Banegil, Oviedo, Spain; freshman Drew Brown, Victoria; freshman Reid Feehan of Tweed Heads, Australia; sophomore Philip Franken of Cape Town, South Africa; freshman Alejandro Hayen of San Antonio; sophomore Enrique Pardo, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain; sophomore Rahul Robinson, Chennai, India; freshman Jake Trondson, Vadnais Heights, Minnesota; and freshman Aaron Westerlund, Bilambil Heights, Australia.
The women’s singles rankings are led by ITA Oracle Cup JUCO singles champion Maria Medina of the State College of Florida. Medina is also part of the top-ranked doubles team, along with teammate Iulia Sergheeva. The duo won the doubles title at the ITA Oracle Cup.
The TJC women’s roster includes: freshman Jasmine Asghar, London, England; freshman Mekeila Erspamer, Long Beach, California; freshman Oceane Garibal, Saint Tropez, France; freshman Yuna Ito, Kanagawa, Japan; sophomore Montana Moore, Bradenton, Florida; freshman Kalani Soli, Carson, California; sophomore Elena Tendero, Alicante, Spain; and Michelle Walker, Tomball.
The Apache men (15-0) scored a 5-4 win over ASA Miami on Sunday, topping off by knocking off several ranked teams. They play host to Jacksonville at 10 a.m. March 25 in a Region XIV match.
TJC beat Seward (9-0) in Midlothian on March 3.
In Pensacola, Florida, the Apaches defeated ABAC (8-1), Harford (Maryland) (9-0) and Eastern Florida State (8-1).
The Apache Ladies are 12-0 and scored an 8-1 win over ASA Miami on Sunday. They also play host to Jacksonville on March 25.
Dash Connell, a former All-American at TJC and Texas A&M, is the head coach of both teams and he’s in his sixth season. Kimm Ketelsen is in his 12th season as assistant coach on both teams with Brent Krivokapich in his fifth season as assistant coach of the men’s squad.