No. 18 Texas A&M defeated by No. 1 Florida, 14-3

COLLEGE STATION – No. 18 Texas A&M was defeated by No. 1 Florida, 14-3, in six innings on Friday at the Aggie Softball Complex.

The Gators (46-3, 16-3 SEC) jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings, scoring on a throwing error in the second, before plating three in the third on a two-RBI double by Janell Wheaton and an RBI single by Taylore Fuller.

A&M (34-15, 6-13 SEC) cut the lead in half in the fourth on RBI singles from sophomores Tori Vidales and Kristen Cuyos. FreshmanKeeli Milligan led off the inning with an infield single and reached third on a throwing error, which allowed freshman Kaitlyn Alderinkto reach safely. Vidales singled to center field, scoring Milligan and moving Alderink to third. Cuyos smacked a 1-2 pitch to left to drive in Alderink, her team-leading 51st RBI of the season.

Freshman Samantha Show trimmed the lead to one in the fifth, blasting a leadoff home run to right field. The East Bernard, Texas native now has nine dingers on the campaign.

Florida countered with 10 runs on five hits in the sixth, capped off by an Amanda Lorenz one-out grand slam.

Show was saddled with the loss to move to 21-9 on the season, throwing 5.1 innings, giving up eight hits, eight runs, seven earned, five walks while striking out two.

The Aggies and Gators return to action Saturday at noon on the SEC Network. The game can also be heard locally on KWBC 1550 AM or online at www.RadioAggieland.com.

To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to 12thMan.com or follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.

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Texas A&M Cornerback Williams Drafted by Arizona Cardinals

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CHICAGO – Less than a year after a position change that saw him convert from running back to cornerback, Texas A&M’s Brandon Williams was rewarded by being selected in the third round (No. 92 overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals on Friday.

Williams, a former five-star running back from Brookshire Royal High School, had never played defensive back at any level of football prior to making the drastic position change after the Aggies’ 2015 spring drills. Williams, however, embraced the challenge and started all 13 games for the Aggies at cornerback. A 2015 team captain, Williams finished his only season on the defensive side of the football with 37 tackles in run support and broke up seven opponent aerials in pass coverage.

“Brandon always puts the team first and he has a bright, bright future in the NFL,” Aggie head coach Kevin Sumlin said. “I couldn’t be prouder of him and we wish him well as he takes this next step.”

Williams saw action on both defense and offense in 2015, which made him Texas A&M’s first two-way player since the late 1960s. Williams, who transferred to A&M from Oklahoma in 2012, played his first two seasons as full-time running back. He rushed for 269 yard on 44 carries in 2013 and 379 yards on 87 carries in 2014. Additionally, Williams was a standout special teams performer throughout his A&M career, both as a kick returner and on coverage units.

After the 2015 season, Williams received the coveted Aggie Heart Award by vote of his teammates. The Heart Award is presented each season to a senior who displays the intangibles such as effort, desire, determination, competitiveness, leadership and courage. The Aggie Heart Award winner is the player who extends himself to the fullest every time he dons his football gear, regardless of the situation, be it in practice or a game. Additionally, Williams also earned the Weight Room MVP Award in 2015.

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Szeryk in Position to Make First LPGA Cut as Play Suspended in Irving

IRVING, Texas- Texas A&M sophomore Maddie Szeryk is five holes away from making her first LPGA cut, sitting at +1 for the tournament at the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout at Las Colinas Country Club. Szeryk shot 1-under through 13 holes on Friday, before play was suspended due to weather in the Irving area.

Szeryk sits in a tie for 58th, and is one of 70 players still on the course when play was stopped. The projected 36-hole cut of the Top 70-and-ties sits currently at +1. Szeryk had four birdies in the 13 holes she completed on the par 71 / 6,462 yard course.

This is Szeryk’s third career LPGA event, but she is looking to make the cut for the first time.

Szeryk leads Texas A&M with a 72.27 stroke average this season, and has shot par-or-better in 15 of her 26 rounds this season.

Play resumes at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, with the third round beginning at approximately 11:15 a.m. The Golf Channel provides live coverage of the third round from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday.

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NFL Draft: Second and Third Rounds

SECOND ROUND

  1. (32) Cleveland Browns – Emmanuel Ogbah, DE (Oklahoma State
  2. (33) Tennessee Titans – Kevin Dodd, DE (Clemson)
  3. (34) Dallas Cowboys – Jaylon Smith, OLB (Notre Dame)
  4. (35) Jacksonville Jaguars (traded with MIA) – Myles Jack, OLB (UCLA)
  5. (36) San Diego Chargers – Hunter Henry, TE (Arkansas)
  6. (37) Kansas City (traded with SF) – Chris Jones, DT (Mississippi State)
  7. (38) Miami Dolphins (traded with JAX through BAL) – Xavien Howard, CB (Baylor)
  8. (39) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Noah Spence, OLB (Eastern Kentucky)
  9. (40) New York Giants – Sterling Shepard, WR (Oklahoma)
  10. (41) Buffalo Bills (traded with CHI) – Reggie Ragland, ILB (Alabama)
  11. (42) Baltimore Ravens (traded with MIA) – Kamalei Correa, OLB (Boise State)
  12. (43) Tennessee Titans (traded with PHI through LA) – Austin Johnson, DT (Penn State)
  13. (44) Oakland Raiders – Jihad Ward, DE (Illinois)
  14. (45) Tennessee Titans (traded with LA) – Derrick Henry, RB (Alabama)
  15. (46) Detroit Lions – A’Shawn Robinson, DT (Alabama)
  16. (47) New Orleans Saints – Michael Thomas, WR (Ohio State)
  17. (48) Green Bay Packers (traded with IND) – Jason Spriggs, OT (Indiana)
  18. (49) Seattle Seahawks (traded with BUF through CHI) – Jarran Reed, DT (Alabama)
  19. (50) Houston Texans (traded with ATL) – Nick Martin, C (Notre Dame)
  20. (51) New York Jets – Christian Hackenberg, QB (Penn State)
  21. (52) Atlanta Falcons (traded with HOU) – Deion Jones, OLB (LSU)
  22. (53) Washington Redskins – Su’a Cravens, S (USC)
  23. (54) Minnesota Vikings – Mackensie Alexander, CB (Clemson)
  24. (55) Cincinnati Bengals – Tyler Boyd, WR (Pittsburgh)
  25. (56) Chicago Bears (traded with SEA) – Cody Whitehair, OG (Kansas State)
  26. (57) Indianapolis Colts (traded with GB) – T.J. Green, S (Clemson)
  27. (58) Pittsburgh Steelers – Sean Davis, S (Maryland)
  28. (59) Kansas City Chiefs – Roberto Aguayo, K (Florida State)
  29. (60) New England Patriots – Cyrus Jones, CB (Alabama)
  30. (61) New Orleans Saints (traded with ARI through NE) – Vonn Bell, S (Ohio State)
  31. (62) Carolina Panthers – James Bradberry, CB (Stanford)
  32. (63) Denver Broncos – Adam Gotsis, DE (Georgia Tech)

THIRD ROUND

  1. (64) Tennessee Titans – Kevin Byard, S (Middle Tennessee State)
  2. (65) Cleveland Browns – Carl Nassib, DE (Penn State)
  3. (66) San Diego Chargers – Max Tuerk, C (USC)
  4. (67) Dallas Cowboy – Maliek Collins, DT (Nebraska)
  5. (68) San Francisco 49ers – Will Redmond, CB (Mississippi State)
  6. (69) Jacksonville Jaguars – Yannick Ngakoue, DE (Maryland)
  7. (70) Baltimore Ravens – Bronson Kafusi, DE (Brigham Young)
  8. (71) New York Giants – Darian Thompson, S (Boise State)
  9. (72) Chicago Bears – Jonathan Bullard, DE (Florida)
  10. (73) Miami Dolphins – Kenyan Drake, RB (Alabama)
  11. (74) Kansas City Chiefs (traded with TB) – Keivarae Russell, CB (Notre Dame)
  12. (75) Oakland Raiders, Shilique Calhoun, DE (Michigan State)
  13. (76) Cleveland Browns (traded with LA through TN) – Shon Coleman, OT (Alabama)
  14. (77) Carolina Panthers (traded with PHI through DET & CLE) – Daryl Worley, CB (West Virginia)
  15. (78) New England Patriot (traded with NO) – Joe Thuney, OG (North Carolina State)
  16. (79) Philadelphia Eagles – Isaac Seumalo, C (Oregon)
  17. (80) Buffalo Bills – Adolphus Washington, DT (Ohio State)
  18. (81) Atlanta Falcons – Austin Hooper, TE (Stanford)
  19. (82) Indianapolis Colts – Le’Raven Clark, OT (Texas Tech)
  20. (83) New York Jets – Jordan Jenkins, OLB (Georgia)
  21. (84) Washington Redskins – Kendall Fuller, CB (Virginia Tech)
  22. (85) Houston Texans – Braxton Miller, WR (Ohio State)
  23. (86) Miami Dolphins (traded with MIN) – Leonte Carroo, WR (Rutgers)
  24. (87) Cincinnati Bengals – Nick Vigil, ILB (Utah State)
  25. (88) Green Bay Packers – Kyler Fackrell, OLB (Utah State)
  26. (89) Pittsburgh Steelers – Javon Hargrave, DT (South Carolina State)
  27. (90) Seattle Seahawks – C.J. Prosise, RB (Notre Dame)
  28. (91) New England Patriots – Jacoby Brissett, QB (North Carolina State)
  29. (92) Arizona Cardinals – Brandon Williams, CB (Texas A&M)
  30. (93) Cleveland Browns (traded with CAR) – Cody Kessler, QB (USC)
  31. (94) Seattle Seahawks (traded with DEN) – Nick Vannett, TE (Ohio State)
  32. (95) Detroit Lions (compensatory) – Graham Glasgow, C (Michigan)
  33. (96) New England (compensatory) – Vincent Valentine, DT (Nebraska)
  34. (97) Seattle Seahawks (compensatory) – Rees Odhiambo, OG (Boise State)
  35. (98) Denver Broncos (compensatory) – Justin Simmons, S (Boston College)

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Texas A&M Baseball’s game for Friday postponed

FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas – Friday evening’s game between Texas A&M and Arkansas has been postponed due to inclement weather. The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday with the first game slated for 2 pm.

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Blackie Sherrod, longtime Texas sports writer, dead at 96

DALLAS (AP) _ Blackie Sherrod, the longtime Texas sportswriter and mentor to
some of the nation’s top writers, has died at his Dallas home. He was 96.

Wife Joyce Sherrod told The Dallas Morning News her husband died Thursday
afternoon after a week in hospice care.

Sherrod was Texas Sportswriter of the Year a record 16 times and a Red Smith
Award winner for lifetime achievement in sports writing.

After World War Two service as a Navy tail gunner, Sherrod was sports editor at
the now-defunct Fort Worth Press where he cultivated the nascent talents of
authors Dan Jenkins and Edwin “Bud” Shrake. He took his popular column to the
now-defunct Dallas Times-Herald in 1958 and The Dallas Morning News in 1985
before retiring in 2003.

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Texas A&M’s Ifedi Selected in First Round of the 2016 NFL Draft

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CHICAGO – Texas A&M three-year offensive line starter Germain Ifedi was drafted No. 31 overall in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday, which extended the Aggies’ streak of consecutive years with at least one first-round selection to six.

Ifedi, from Westside High School in Houston, Texas, was one of the cornerstones of head coach Kevin Sumlin‘s initial signing class at Texas A&M in 2012 and he went on to start 37 games for the Aggies on the offensive front.

“We’re very proud of Germain,” Sumlin said. “He has worked extremely hard and earned this honor of being a first-round NFL pick. We wish him all the best.”

After redshirting in the fall of 2012, Ifedi won a starting job in 2013 at offensive guard on an offense that led the SEC in passing, total and scoring offense. He was named a Freshman All-American by the Sporting News. Ifedi shifted to right tackle as a sophomore and he started 24 games (out of 26 possible) in 2014 and 2015 at the position. Voted a team captain as a junior, Ifedi started all 13 games in 2015 and earned second-team All-SEC honors from the league head coaches prior to entering the 2016 NFL Draft as an early entry.

The Aggies’ first-round streak ranks as the second-longest active streak in the nation, behind only Alabama’s streak of eight seasons with a first-rounder. Since the beginning of the streak in 2011, Texas A&M has produced eight first-round picks: Ifedi, Cedric Ogbuehi in 2015, Jake Matthews, Mike Evans and Johnny Manziel in 2014, Luke Joeckel in 2013, Ryan Tannehill in 2012 and 2016 Super Bowl MVP Von Miller in 2011. Prior to the current streak, Texas A&M’s longest streak of years with at least one NFL first-rounder was three from 1992-94.

Ifedi’s selection also marked the fourth straight year that an Aggie starting offensive tackle was drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft. No other school in college football has produced a NFL first-round offensive tackle in more than two consecutive drafts. Ifedi joins Ogbuehi, Matthews and Joeckel as first-round offensive tackles.

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2016 NFL Draft: First Round

  1. Los Angeles Rams (traded with Tennessee) – Jared Goff, QB (California)
  2. Philadelphia Eagles (traded with Cleveland) – Carson Wentz, QB (North Dakota State)
  3. San Diego Chargers – Joey Bosa, DE (Ohio State)
  4. Dallas Cowboys – Ezekiel Elliott, RB (Ohio State)
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jalen Ramsey, DB (Florida State)
  6. Baltimore Ravens – Ronnie Stanley, OT (Notre Dame)
  7. San Francisco 49ers – DeForest Buckner, DE (Oregon)
  8. Tennessee Titans (traded with Cleveland) – Jack Conklin OT (Michigan State)
  9. Chicago Bears (traded with Tampa Bay) – Leonard Floyd, OLB (Georgia)
  10. New York Giants – Eli Apple, CB (Ohio State)
  11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (traded with Chicago) – Vernon Hargreaves III, CB (Florida)
  12. New Orleans Saints – Sheldon Rankings, DE (Louisville)
  13. Miami Dolphins – Laremy Tunsil, OT (Ole Miss)
  14. Oakland Raiders – Karl Joseph, S (West Virginia)
  15. Cleveland Browns (traded with Tennessee) – Corey Coleman, WR (Baylor)
  16. Detroit Lions – Taylor Decker, OT (Ohio State)
  17. Atlanta Falcons – Keanu Neal, S (Florida)
  18. Indianapolis Colts – Ryan Kelly, C (Alabama)
  19. Buffalo Bills – Shaq Lawson, DE (Clemson)
  20. New York Jets – Darron Lee, OLB (Ohio State)
  21. Houston Texans (traded with Washington) – Will Fuller, WR (Notre Dame)
  22. Washington Redskins (traded with Houston) – Josh Doctson, WR (TCU)
  23. Minnesota Vikings – Laquon Treadwell, WR (Ole Miss)
  24. Cincinnati Bengals – William Jackson III, CB (Houston)
  25. Pittsburgh Steelers – Artie Burns, CB (Miami)
  26. Denver Broncos (traded with Seattle) – Paxton Lynch, QB (Memphis)
  27. Green Bay Packers – Kenny Clark, DT (UCLA)
  28. San Francisco (traded with Kansas City) – Joshua Garnett, G (Stanford)
  29. Arizona Cardinals – Robert Nkemdiche, DT (Ole Miss)
  30. Carolina Panthers – Vernon Butler, DT (Louisiana Tech)
  31. Seattle Seahawks (traded with Denver) – Germain Ifedi, OL (Texas A&M)

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Board of Regents Approves new Aggie Softball Field

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents approved construction of Texas A&M’s new softball stadium, located at the corner of Tom Chandler Road and Penberthy Road. The $28.6 million project is scheduled to begin shortly and completed in advance of the 2018 season.

“I am thrilled we are moving forward with our plans to construct a new stadium,” head coach Jo Evans said. “I appreciate the support of our past and current athletics administration, President Young, and the Board of Regents. We have waited a long time to be in a position to build a state-of-the-art facility, and I am grateful to have Director of Athletics Scott Woodward, Senior Associate AD for Facilities and Construction Kevin Hurley and Senior Associate Athletics Director, CFO and Sport Administrator Jeff Toole in support of the project and committed to building a first-class facility.”

The exterior of the new stadium will resemble Blue Bell Park, home of Texas A&M’s baseball team, as well as the new Track & Field Complex, which will be located adjacent to the softball stadium and was also approved by the Regents on April 27. The softball stadium will hold 2,000 fans and will include club level seating as well as two luxury suites. The new press box will feature two radio booths, a TV booth and a writing press area.

“This stadium will have an immediate and enormous impact on our program,” Evans added. “The immediate impact will be felt by our student-athletes, coaches, support staff, and our fans. Our fans will have the comforts of the stadiums they have grown accustomed to at Texas A&M, a stadium with chair back seating, shaded areas, club seating, indoor club area, suites, and concessions and amenities similar to Blue Bell Park.  Our players will have instant access to locker room, player lounge, training room, video/media room, computer lab, and indoor hitting facility all in one location. Our coaching staff offices and locker rooms will also be located within the facility.”

The Aggies will remain in the third base dugout, which is easily accessible to the new locker room, video room and training room. The project also includes a 6,744 sq. foot indoor hitting facility with four batting cages in addition to staff offices and locker rooms. The stadium will also feature a visitor’s locker room adjacent to the first base dugout as well as locker rooms for the umpires.

“This stadium will have a huge impact on recruiting,” Evans said. “Our intention is to build the finest softball stadium in the nation, one that will draw elite recruits from around the country, and one that will make a significant statement about the commitment our donors, administration and softball alumni have made to this program. This stadium will be a showpiece to honor the tremendous accomplishments of the championship softball teams we have had at Texas A&M and the outstanding young women throughout our 40-year history who have shaped our past, present and future.”

The concourse will feature two concession stands, a team store, guest services and restrooms down the first- and third-base lines to enhance the game day experience for fans.

Texas A&M currently plays its home game at the Aggie Softball Complex, which was built in 1994.

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Texas A&M Board of Regents Approves Future Track and Field Stadium

Texas A&M’s nationally-ranked track and field program will have a new outdoor venue to call home soon following the approval of new stadium projects by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents in April of 2016.

Designs for the new track and field facility, which will be a 52,000 square foot complex, includes a nine-lane sprint and hurdle straightaway down the middle of an Olympic standard nine-lane running oval along with dual field event area. Longer throwing events will utilize the grass infield of the current training facility.
The facility, along with the adjacent new softball stadium, is expected to be completed prior to the start of the 2018 outdoor season.

“We appreciate the support and cooperation from the Regents, Chancellor Sharp, President Young and the Texas A&M administration as we move forward with these important projects,” Director of Athletics Scott Woodward said. “This is a sincere commitment by our institution and our donors to both softball and track & field. Both of these programs have waited for quite some time for these new facilities, and I know our coaches and student-athletes are extremely excited.”
“I think it’s a very fan-friendly facility,” said Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry, who is in his 12th year with the program. “It’s designed for the fan, it’s designed for the people who really want to watch every event in track and field. It’s has a little different layout. We’ll have the discus, hammer and javelin on the existing grass field we have right now, so that makes a great venue for the throwing events. You will be able to watch from the stands or even walk over to that area.

“We will have nice locker rooms and office areas. The concession stands will be very nice, similar to the construction they have done at Blue Bell Park. It’s going to look like Texas A&M, so we are excited about all those features.”

The new stadium will have an initial seating capacity of 3,000 fans, complete with hospitality amenities, press box, full broadcast capabilities and service areas. It will also have team meeting rooms, locker rooms, a training room, official’s quarters, and equipment storage.

The facility will be built to host events at the collegiate and high school levels, as well as conference and national championships along with Olympic qualifying events. Total cost of the project is $39.8 million and will be located adjacent to the current track complex. By design, the current outdoor track will remain in place to serve as a full practice and warm-up facility for the new competitive venue, which makes Texas A&M’s new complex unique in the United States.

This past fall the Aggies hosted the SEC Cross Country Championships and the NCAA South Central region meet on its new cross country facility. A&M’s indoor facility will host the NCAA Championships the next two years along with the SEC Indoor meet in 2018. The last time the Aggies hosted an outdoor conference meet was in 2001 when the Big 12 Championships were held in College Station.

“We’re looking forward to hosting championships outdoors,” noted Henry. “Bringing a conference meet to College Station, I think people are going to see the best track and field in the world when that happens. Just like indoors, when we fill the building up for a big meet it will be an exciting venue.”

The Aggies have not held any outdoor meet on campus since 2004 when the Frank G. Anderson Track & Field Complex, which was built in 1986, hosted the Midwest Region collegiate meet in May of that year followed by the USATF Junior Championships in June.

“As anybody who follows our program knows we’ve not had a home competition in 12 years here,” stated Henry. “In that time frame we’ve won eight national outdoor championships and those kids never got to run on their own campus.

“So, this is a very welcome addition to our program. We’ve had the worst track in the SEC and previously in the Big 12. As most might understand it might be a little difficult to recruit sometimes to that kind of situation. We’ve worked very hard in recruiting and have worked very hard to develop our team. We’ve been very fortunate to get some things done.

“Having a new facility will never make recruiting easier, but it gives our kids a home. It gives them somewhere they can call their own. We’ll get to have our own outdoor meets at home. We’ll get to do some things a regular school and program get to do. We’re really looking forward to that. This staff and our team are excited about having a place we can call home.”

“The fact that Coach Pat Henry and the men’s and women’s track & field teams have won eight national championships without competing at an outdoor home meet is unbelievable,” Woodward said. “Our student-athletes deserve a championship-caliber home and the opportunity to compete in front of the 12th Man and our local community. The facility will be built to host events ranging from high school, regional and collegiate meets, as well as NCAA and Olympic qualifier events. This project will have a positive impact on Bryan-College Station and the surrounding area.”

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Rangers edge A-Rod, Yankees; Altuve leads Astros past M’s

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Elvis Andrus had a tiebreaking RBI triple and Texas beat the New York Yankees 3-2 on Wednesday night, when former Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez hit his 100th homer in the stadium.

A-Rod’s 690th career homer gave him triple digits in the Rangers’ ballpark. He hit 86 at home for Texas from 2001-03 and has 14 more in 65 games as a visitor there _ first with Seattle before his big deal with the Rangers, and after being traded to the Yankees.

Andrus tripled into the right-center field gap in the sixth, a ball that rolled to the wall after Rougned Odor drew a two-out walk off CC Sabathia (1-2), to snap a 2-all tie.

Martin Perez (1-2) struck out three while allowing two runs and six hits over six innings. The Rangers had lost each of the first four games started by the left-hander.

 

Altuve paces Astros past Seattle 7-4

SEATTLE (AP) _ Jose Altuve opened the game with his third leadoff homer of the season, doubled twice and scored three runs to help the Houston Astros avoid a sweep with a 7-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.

Evan Gattis added three RBIs for Houston with a sacrifice fly and bases-loaded double.

Robinson Cano and Adam Lind had solo homers for Seattle, which earlier in the day announced a pending ownership shift from majority owner Nintendo of America to the team’s minority owners.

Both starters labored through five innings. Houston’s Collin McHugh (2-3) allowed two runs and five hits with one walk, but needed 101 pitches. Hisashi Iwakuma (0-3) allowed five runs and seven hits with two walks on 93 pitches.

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Anderson-Shiro names longtime Navasota assistant its head football coach

By LARRY BOWEN

Longtime Navasota assistant coach Sean Witherwax has been chosen as the new head football coach and athletic director at Anderson-Shiro.

In luring Witherwax 9 miles up State Highway 90, Anderson-Shiro officials landed a first-time head football coach with plenty of winning and offense on his resume. Witherwax spent the last 11 years as offensive coordinator and line coach under Lee Fedora as the Rattlers won a pair of state championships.

“It just fit,” Witherwax said. “It’s right here close to Navasota, and my children have been playing Little League and on select teams with the kids from Anderson. My two oldest kids showed pigs at the Grimes County Fair. We have a bunch of friends over in the Anderson area. I know they’ve got some great traditions, and they’ve got some kids coming up that are going to be unbelievably hard workers and great athletes.”

Witherwax, 42, will replace Andy Sexton, who resigned in March after the Owls made the playoffs and went 4-7 in his second season. Witherwax’s official start date at Anderson-Shiro will be Wednesday, and he said his first priority will be building a relationship with his new players.

Anderson-Shiro has been relatively successful for a start-up program, posting a 16-24 record in four seasons of varsity competition. Next season the Owls will move up a classification to 3A, which will make Witherwax’s job more challenging.

“I expect the program to grow,” he said. “The wins and losses are going to take care of themselves. We’re going to outwork everybody that we play — that’s what I expect. The type of kids that they’ve got there, it’s just going to keep rolling.”

Before coming with Fedora to Navasota, Witherwax spent five seasons as an assistant at Waco Robinson after four at Brownwood. He graduated from Robinson and Howard Payne. He spent the last 10 years as head track coach at Navasota.

When Sexton resigned, he cited changes within the district. Anderson-Shiro is searching for a new superintendent and recently hired a new high school principal, Chase Thomas, who had been an assistant principal at Canton.

Witherwax was selected by an eight-member committee comprised of coaches, teachers and administrators.

“I’m not concerned in the least,” Witherwax said when asked about taking the job amid changes within the district administration.

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Warriors roll into second round of playoffs without Curry

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Klay Thompson scored 27 points with seven 3-pointers and the Golden State Warriors rolled into the second round of the playoffs without injured superstar Stephen Curry, thoroughly embarrassing the Houston Rockets 114-81 Wednesday night in Game 5.

Draymond Green added 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Warriors.

So much for Jason Terry’s guarantee there would be a Game 6 back in Houston.

Without their MVP, Curry’s fellow Splash Brother set the tone from the opening tip. Thompson became the first player in NBA history to make at least seven 3s in consecutive playoff games, while Shaun Livingston scored 16 points for his third double-digit performance in three games while starting in Curry’s place this series.

James Harden scored 25 of Houston’s 37 first-half points on the way to 35 points, but the Rockets had no chance with a one-man show against the deep defending champions.

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No. 18 Aggies, Milligan break school records in 6-3 win at Texas State

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SAN MARCOS, Texas – The No. 18 Texas A&M softball team and freshman Keeli Milligan broke school records Wednesday as the Aggies defeated Texas State, 6-3, at Bobcat Softball Stadium.

The six runs by the Aggies (34-14) give the team 367 on the season, surpassing the record of 366 set in 2013.

Freshman Keeli Milligan led off the game with a single through the left side, before stealing her 49th base of the season, eclipsing Sharonda McDonald’s school record of 48 set in 2005.

“It is something that has been wearing on me for a long time,” Milligan said. “It is a weight off my shoulders. It means a lot to me in the aspect that Sharonda was a great player here. It is a confidence boost to me to be able to categorize myself with her in stolen bases.”

Sophomore Ashley Walters knocked in Milligan with a single to center to give the Aggies a 1-0 advantage.

Texas State (30-18) gained the lead in the second, scoring three two-out runs. Bianca Prado sent a 1-1 pitch up the middle to score Taylor Webb, before Kimberlin Naviar recorded a two-RBI single.

A&M responded with five runs in the third, highlighted by freshman Riley Sartain‘s second grand slam of the season. Freshman Kaitlyn Alderink led off the frame with a single to right and was driven in by a sophomore Tori Vidales single to center. After Walters singled and sophomore Kristen Cuyos drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases, Sartain belted her sixth home run of the season to center.

Freshman Samantha Show earned her 21st victory of the season, tossing five innings of relief and striking out 10. Sophomore Trinity Harrington got the start, throwing two innings giving up three runs on two hits with three strikeouts.

“Texas State is a very good ball club, and we have a lot of respect for them,” head coach Jo Evans said. “Every time we play them I hold my breath. They always compete. I really am pleased with some of the performances we had and how we took care of ourselves.”

The Aggies return to action Friday as they begin a three-game series against No. 1 Florida at 6:30 p.m. on SEC Network +. Saturday’s game is scheduled to begin at noon on the SEC Network, and Sunday’s game is slated for a 12:30 p.m. start on SEC Network+. All three games can be heard locally on KWBC 1550 AM or online at www.RadioAggieland.com.

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Texas A&M’s Gavrilovska, Bhosale Garner All-SEC Honors

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M’s Saska Gavrilovska (pronounced saush-ka  gav-ril-ahv-ska) was named First Team All-SEC for women’s tennis, and Aggie teammate Rutuja Bhosale (pronounced roo-too-jah bo-slay) was named Second Team All-SEC, the Southeastern Conference announced today.

Gavrilovska, a junior from Serbia, is making her third consecutive appearance on an All-SEC team, having been named to the second team as a freshman and sophomore. Bhosale, a junior from India, has been named to the second team for a second straight year.

Gavrilovska is a team-high No. 27 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national singles rankings, released Tuesday. She is 18-10 overall in singles, including 10-7 in dual matches in which she is 9-7 at the No. 1 line. Gavrilovska went 7-6 in SEC matches only, all at the top of the lineup, including a season-best 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4 win against then-No. 9 Jasmine Lee in A&M’s crucial 5-2 win against Mississippi State on March 11.

Bhosale, No. 75 in the ITA singles rankings, is tied for the team lead in victories with a 19-11 overall record, as well as a 13-7 mark in dual matches only. In SEC matches only, she went 7-5, going 4-3 at the No. 2 line and 3-2 at the No. 3 line, and finished the regular season riding a four-match win streak.

In doubles, Bhosale and partner Anna Mamalat are ranked No. 77 in the ITA with a team-leading 22-5 overall record. They are 14-3 in dual matches only, including 7-1 in conference matches only after closing out the regular season riding a seven-match win streak.

The 18th-ranked Aggies (16-10) now await the NCAA Tennis Selection Show and the announcement of the 64-team NCAA Championship field on Tuesday, May 3 at 4 p.m. on NCAA.com. A&M, which advanced to the Round of 16 last year, is expecting to make its 17th consecutive and 22nd overall appearance in the postseason tournament.

NCAA singles and doubles tournament selections will be released on the NCAA website after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4.

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A complete list of the 2016 SEC awards follows:

First Team All-SEC
Erin Routliffe, Alabama
Yuliya Lysa, Arkansas
Andie Dikosavljevic, Auburn
Alizee Michaud, Auburn
Brooke Austin, Florida
Belinda Woolcock, Florida
Ellen Perez, Georgia
Aldila Sutjiadi, Kentucky
Joana Vale Costa, LSU
Jasmine Lee, Mississippi State
Saska Gavrilovska, Texas A&M
Frances Altick, Vanderbilt
Sydney Campbell, Vanderbilt

Second Team All-SEC
Andie Daniell, Alabama
Pleun Burgmans, Auburn
Anna Danilina, Florida
Kourtney Keegan, Florida
Brianna Morgan, Florida
Caroline Brinson, Georgia
Kennedy Shaffer, Georgia
Arianne Hartono, Ole Miss
Georgiana Patrasc, Mississippi State
Bea Machado Santos, Missouri
Rutuja Bhosale, Texas A&M
Sadie Hammond, Tennessee
Astra Sharma, Vanderbilt

All-Freshman
Andie Daniell, Alabama
Ana Oparenovic, Arkansas
Alannah Griffin, Auburn
Jessica Golovin, LSU
Justina Mikulskyte, Kentucky
Ingrid Gamarra Martins, South Carolina
Sadie Hammond, Tennessee
Fernanda Contreras, Vanderbilt

Player of the Year: Brooke Austin, Florida
Freshman of the Year: Andie Daniell, Alabama
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Georgina Sellyn, Vanderbilt
Coach of the Year: Roland Thornqvist, Florida

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Aggie Baseball’s May 4 Game vs Incarnate Word Canceled

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Due to scheduling conflicts, the May 4 baseball game between the No. 2-ranked Texas A&M Aggies and Incarnate Word Cardinals has been canceled and will not be rescheduled.

Single-game ticket holders will be refunded for their purchase. For information contact the 12th Man Foundation Ticket Office at 1 (888) 99-AGGIE [992-4443] or (979) 845-2311.

The Aggies’ next home action is Thursday, May 5 when they host a three-game SEC series against the Vanderbilt Commodores, currently ranked No. 7 nationally.

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Cano drives in 6, Karns solid as Mariners beat Astros 11-1

SEATTLE (AP) _ Robinson Cano hit a grand slam and drove in six runs, Nathan Karns threw seven shutout innings and the Seattle Mariners beat the Houston Astros 11-1 on Tuesday night.

Cano reached 1,000 RBIs in his career with a two-run single in the fifth and then crushed his seventh-inning grand slam.

Karns (2-1) allowed two hits and struck out six while walking three.

Dallas Keuchel (2-3) pitched six innings of six-hit ball in the defeat. The left-hander allowed five runs while striking out five and walking two.

The Mariners took the lead in the fourth on a run-scoring single by Nelson Cruz.

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Griffin strong for 8 innings, Rangers beat Yankees 10-1

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ A.J. Griffin pitched eight strong innings, Mitch Moreland hit a bases-loaded two-run single during a five-run third and the Texas Rangers beat the New York Yankees 10-1 on Tuesday night.

The Rangers ended a four-game skid, during which they totaled five runs. They were no-hit for six innings by Yankees right-hander Nathan Eovaldi on Monday night.

In the third, Texas got all five runs with two outs after Prince Fielder was intentionally walked by Luis Severino (0-3) to load the bases. Ian Desmond walked, then Moreland hit his single. Desmond scored on a wild pitch, and Elvis Andrus had an RBI single.

Griffin (3-0) allowed four singles and a walk and struck out five. Griffin, who didn’t pitch in the majors during the past two seasons following Tommy John surgery, has limited opponents to a .189 batting average in four starts.

Desmond and Rougned Odor homered for Texas, and Andrus had three hits.

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Aggie Basketball Awards Banquet Honors Special 2015-16 Season

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Student-athletes, coaches and friends of the Texas A&M men’s basketball program gathered inside the All-American Club at Kyle Field on Tuesday night to celebrate an unforgettable season during the team’s annual awards banquet.

The 2015-16 season stood out as a banner campaign in the annals of Texas A&M basketball as the Aggies captured a school-record 28 victories, shared the SEC title to claim their first regular season league title since 1986 and made a trip to the Sweet 16.

The program’s award winners are as follows:

Most Outstanding Player & Defensive Player of the Year: Alex Caruso

One of the most memorable players to ever don the Maroon & White, Caruso left an indelible mark on Aggie basketball during his four seasons in the program. The College Station native leaves Texas A&M as the program’s all-time assist (649) and steals leader (276) and stands out as the only player in SEC history to compile over 1,000 career points (1,090), 600 assists (649), 500 career rebounds (513), 250 steals (276) and 50 blocks (59).

In addition to garnering second team All-SEC honors and a spot on the SEC All-Defensive Team from the league’s coaches, Caruso was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year by CBS Sports.

Offensive Player of the Year: Jalen Jones

During his second season in Aggieland, the Dallas native stood out as one of the SEC’s most constant performers and was recognized by garnering first-team All-SEC honors as well as Second Team All-District 21 accolades from the National Association of Basketball Coaches and All-District VII from the US Basketball Writers Association. On the court Jones played in 33 games and ranked 14th in the SEC with a 15.3 point-per-game average while checking in at 12th in the league by averaging 7.2 rebounds per contest. The 6-foot-7 guard/forward combo logged five double-doubles on the season, leaving him with a total of 15 for his collegiate career, and produced 11 games with 20 or more points while shooting 42.5 percent from the field and 32.4 percent (34-of-105) from beyond the 3-point arc.

Chris Walker Hustle Award: Anthony Collins

During his lone season in College Station, Collins made an impact on both ends of the court during the Aggies’ run to the Sweet 16. The Houston native, who played four seasons at South Florida before returning to Texas, started all 37 contests at point guard and ranked second on the team to Caruso in both assists (155) and steals (38). Collins averaged 4.2 assists per outing to rank 10th among all SEC players and stood out as one of the country’s top free throw shooters, converting at 87.2 percent  from the charity stripe the season.

Newcomer of the Year: Tyler Davis

Less than a year removed from being named Mr. Basketball in the state of Texas by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches following a standout senior season at Plano West High School, Davis wasted no time establishing himself as one of the SEC’s best players. The 6-foot-10 center garnered SEC All-Freshman Team accolades after starting 34 of 36 games played and averaging 22.8 minutes per outing. The Plano, Texas, native contributed 11.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per outing while racking up 26 assists, 20 steals and a team-leading 41 blocks. Twice named SEC Freshman of the Week, Davis stood out as one of the country’s most efficient players on the offensive end, converting 150-of-299 field goals to lead the SEC with a 65.5 shooting percentage

Daniels Scoates Garner Scholar Athlete Award: Kyle Dobbins

Despite never leading the Aggies in points or rebounds, Dobbins had a huge impact during his senior season. An energetic personality who is always counted on for positive energy by his teammates, the Houston native stood out as tireless worker on the hardwood and in the classroom. A mechanical engineering major, Dobbins garnered a spot on the 2016 SEC Men’s Basketball Community Service Team.

Unsung Hero Award & Strength and Conditioning Award: Tonny Trocha-Morelos

After a long odyssey to make his Texas A&M debut last season and a year of learning on the court, Trocha-Morelos took a big step forward in the offseason and on the hardwood during the Aggies’ SEC championship run. The second-year center played in all 37 games, along the way averaging 7.0 points and 4.2 rebounds per contest while contributing 37 assists, 23 blocked shots and 15 steals. Trocha-Morelos shot 46.2 percent from the field and, after not making a 3-point basket as a freshman, knocked down 30 long range jumpers in his second season.

All-American Recognition: Danuel House

The Fresno, Texas, native garnered Honorable Mention All-America status from the Associated Press to become the eighth Aggie all-time to garner All-America recognition as well as the first since Acie Law IV stood out as a consensus first-team selection following the 2006-07 campaign.

This season, House led the Aggies and ranked among the SEC leaders with a 15.6 point-per-game average while shooting 39.6 percent from the floor and compiling 77 assists, 19 steals and 11 blocked shots. The 6-foot-7 shooting guard hit the 20-point plateau nine times, a figure that was highlighted by a career-best 32 point outburst against No. 16 Kentucky during the title game of the SEC Tournament to garner a spot on the All-SEC Tournament Team.

Reed Rowdy Award / Aggie Angel Award: Jeff Wallace & McKenzie Turk

The Aggie basketball program also took a few minutes to recognize two members of the support organizations that give the team so much encouragement and behind-the-scenes effort throughout the year. Honored with the Reed Rowdy Award was Jeff Wallace, a sophomore from Austin, Texas, and McKenzie Turk, a senior from Inez, Texas, was presented with the Aggie Angel Award.

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Moroney Brands the Mavericks with Fifth-Inning Grand Slam

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 2 Texas A&M Aggies used a five-run fifth inning, including a pinch-hit grand slam from Jonathan Moroney, to down the UT Arlington Mavericks, 7-3, Tuesday evening on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

The Aggies (33-8) took a 2-1 lead into the fifth before piling the nickel on the Mavericks. J.B. Moss led the inning off with a single to leftfield and was moved into scoring position on a Nick Banks groundout. A few errors helped score Moss and put two runners on. A walk to Ronnie Gideon set the table for Moroney who was fresh off a pinch-hit walk-off in Sunday’s game. The senior left no doubt with a monster grand slam that gave the Aggies a 7-1 edge. It was his first homer since the 2015 campaign.

UTA (22-20) broke the scoring seal in the second with a run off Aggie starter Mitchell Kilkenny. A two-out hit-by -pitch followed by singles from Christian Hollie and Jerame Littell was enough for UTA to take the first lead.

In the home half of the third, the Aggies got it started with infield hits by Austin Homan and J.B. Moss off UTA starter Matt Michalski (1-3). Banks took advantage of a runner in scoring position with a single through the right side, evening the score at 1-1. That was all for the Aggie third, as they left two runners on the base paths.

The Maroon and White took the lead for good in the fourth. Joel Davis worked a two-out walk bringing up Homan. He blooped a single to left that was misplayed by the Mavericks’ leftfielder giving Davis the chance to motor home from first.

Turner Larkins (2-0) was excellent in relief of Kilkenny. He worked 3.1 innings and gave up just one run on one hit and one walk, sending four Mavericks down on strikes.

After the grand-slam in the fifth, UTA snatched few back with a two-run sixth. Larkins’ night ended after a one-out hit. Ryan Hendrix came in and served up a two-run blast to the first batter he saw before settling down and getting the two remaining outs.

Cason Sherrod was the fourth Aggie pitcher of the ballgame when he came in with the bases loaded in the seventh. After escaping the jam, Sherrod chugged on for the remainder of the ball game letting just one runner aboard. He earned his first career save for his effort.

The seven A&M runs came from seventh different Aggies. Moss and Homan highlighted the offense with 2-for-4 days at the plate.  Homan extended his hitting streak to 14 games.

Aggie pitching struck out 13 on the day. Sherrod and Larkins posted four strikeouts a piece, both season highs and a career high for Sherrod.

The Aggies hit the open road for a three-game set with Arkansas starting Friday.

Coach Rob Childress

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Jonathan Moroney

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Turner Larkins

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Cason Sherrod

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