Nacogdoches native hits the links for SFA


Stephen F. Austin sophomore golfer Austin DeWitt, who went to Nacogdoches High School, shot a three-round total of 232 during the Rice Intercollegiate at Westwood Golf Club, which ended Tuesday.

DeWitt shot rounds of 78, 75 and 79 during the event. SFA finished in a tie for third as a team.

The Lumberjacks are taking a month off from competition before a trip to Laredo for the Border Olympics on March 15.

 

GRACE’S NORTON PREPPING FOR RMAC EVENT

Former Grace Community swimmer Aaron Norton is part of one of the best swimming and diving teams in the nation, as the Incarnate Word Cardinals are ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division II, according to the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.

The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference swimming and diving championships are set for Feb. 13-16 in Grand Junction, Colo. Norton will likely swim in the individual medley events.

 

SPRING HILL’S MOORE WINS TITLE IN LUBBOCK

West Texas A&M continued the indoor track season last weekend in Lubbock at the Red Raider Invitational, with former Spring Hill distance standout Amber Moore winning the title in the 5,000-meter run.

Moore, a junior for the Lady Buffs, won with a time of 18:43.99. The victory was Moore’s first of the indoor season.

Moore and the rest of the Lady Buffs are gearing up for the Lone Star Conference indoor championships on Feb. 23-24 in Lubbock.

 

ETBU TIGERS PREPPING FOR SEASON

A trio of East Texas products hopes to have East Texas Baptist University’s softball team in the middle of the American Southwest Conference race this season.

The Tigers are picked to finish second in the ASC East Division behind UT Tyler. ETBU finished with a 25-16 record last year. The program has enjoyed success in recent years, winning a Division III national championship in 2010, an ASC tournament championship in 2011 and two ASC East Division championships in 2009 and 2001.

Twin sisters Maranda and Mallory Westbrook, both of whom went to Rusk High School, are entering their sophomore years. Maranda is an infielder and Mallory is a utility player.

Canton pitcher Lauren Fedor is also entering her sophomore year.

The Tigers don’t open their season until Feb. 16, when they host a doubleheader with Austin College. The Tigers open conference play on March 16 at Mississippi College.

 

LeTOURNEAU QUARTET READYING FOR SEASON

Four East Texas products, including a catching tandem, are preparing to lead LeTourneau College into the upcoming softball season.

Senior Juliana Tuel, an outfielder from White Oak, is a two-time All-American Southwest Conference second team selection. She is coming off a 2012 in which she hit .386 with 37 runs and 11 stolen bases. She also led LeTourneau in triples with four.

Junior Kelli Parton, a pitcher-catcher-infielder from Henderson, went 8-4 with a 5.12 ERA last season, while hitting .212 at the plate. She threw eight complete games, including a shutout, while striking out 53 hitters.

Hallsville sophomore Brooklyn Greene, a catcher and outfielder, was an All-ASC East Honorable Mention selection after hitting .245 with 7 doubles, 5 home runs and 23 RBI.

Van freshman Danielle Cotton enters her first season as a utility player.

LeTourneau opens the season by hosting Centenary on Feb. 12.

 

TCU’S TUCKER HEADED TO NFL SCOUTING COMBINE

Late last week the NFL announced that TCU running back Matthew Tucker would be among the players invited to the NFL Scouting Combine later this month in Indianapolis.

Tucker, who went to Chapel Hill and played in the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Game last Saturday in Allen, will take part in workouts, team meetings and other NFL testing from Feb. 20-26.

 

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