Texas APSE Class 5A All-State Football Team

The 2014 Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Class 5A all-state high school
football team, released Wednesday. Voting based on regular-season performance.
Players are listed in alphabetical order at each position.



_ ANDYOUS MASTERS, Dallas South Oak Cliff, Sr. — 94 percent grade, no sacks
allowed on offense that averaged 50.4 points/game

_ JONATHAN NICHOLSON, Abilene Cooper, Sr. — 97 percent grade, 57 pancakes

_ DAVID SHIN, The Colony, Sr. — 92 percent grade, 72 pancakes, 43 cut blocks,
no sacks allowed in three years

_ JEREMIAH SODIA, Victoria West, Sr. — 98 percent grade, 91 pancakes, no sacks

_ ETHAN SULLIVANT, Cedar Park, Sr. — 154 knockdowns, 1 sack allowed, 80% grade
in every game


_ AARON FULLER, Lucas Lovejoy, Jr. — 60-1,309, 20 TDs receiving; 2 TDs rushing

_ KEY’ANDRE HEARVEY, Denton, Sr. — 79-1,185, 16 TDs receiving


_ CHASON VIRGIL, West Mesquite, Sr. — 154-226-2,202, 34 TDs passing; 8 TDs

Running backs:

_ TRAVIS BRANNAN, Austin Vandegrift, Jr. — 202-1,820, 29 TDs rushing; 21-499,
4 TDs receiving

_ KIERRE CROSSLEY, Everman, Jr. — 198-2,123, 26 TDs rushing

_ ISAIAH DUARTE, N. Richland Hills Birdville, Sr. — 224-2,052, 29 TDs rushing


_ TRE HONSHTEIN, Georgetown East View, Sr. — 10-13 FGs, long-51, 55 PATs, 54

Offensive Player of the Year: Travis Brannan, Austin Vandegrift




_ RAY DINNALL-GUERRA, Edcouch-Elsa, Sr. — 106 tackles, 27 TFL, 16 sacks, 3 FF,
2 FR

_ JALENGOSS, Dallas South Oak Cliff, Sr. — 91 tackles, 24 TFL, 15.5 sacks, 4

_ MARVIN TERRY, Dallas South Oak Cliff, Jr. — 105 tackles, 20 TFL, 12 sacks, 3
FF, 2 FR

_ DARIUS WATSON, Corsicana, Sr. — 104 tackles, 11 sacks, 5 passes defended, 5
FF, 6 FR


_ SAMMY ALANIZ, Edcouch-Elsa, Jr. — 170 tackles, 8 TFL, 3 sacks, 2 INTs

_ TROY BURNETT, Fort Bend Elkins, Jr. — 149 tackles, 2 INTs, 2 TDs, 14 TFL, 5
sacks, 4 FF

_ THOMAS HUTCHINGS, Cedar Park, Sr. — 120 tackles, 24 TFL, 3 FF, 2 sacks, 7
PBU, 1 INT for TD

Defensive backs:

_ JOHNATHAN DURHAM, Aledo, Jr. — 31 tackles, 5 INTs, 15 pass deflections

_ SEAN LANDEZ, Mission Sharyland, Sr. — 75 tackles, 10 INTs, 4 TFL

_ KENDALL SHEFFIELD, Fort Bend Marshall, Sr. — 39 tackles, 2 INTs, INT return
for TD, 7 PBU, 3 FR, 2 FF, 3 blocked FGs

_ JAKORYIAN WALKER, Longview, Sr. — 40 tackles, 8 INTs, 5 PBU, 2 defensive TDs


_ CAMERON DAWLEY, SA Alamo Heights, Sr. — 45.2 avg., 7 inside the 20

Defensive Player of the Year: Thomas Hutchings, Cedar Park




_ Grant Cervantes, Ennis, Sr.; Dontae Duff, Mesquite Poteet, Sr.; Erik McCoy,
Lufkin, Sr.; Trendon Rolen, Ennis, Soph.; Landon Watkins, Sulphur Springs, Sr.


_ Deandre McNeal, Mesquite Poteet, Sr.; JF Thomas, Dallas South Oak Cliff, Sr.


_ Jamie Hudson, Austin Vandegrift, Sr.

Running backs:

_ Warren Flye, Plainview, Sr.; Earnest Patterson, Brenham, Sr.; Jordan
Stevenson, Dallas South Oak Cliff, Sr.


_ Alex Del Valle, Saginaw Boswell, Jr.




_ Erick Fowler, Manor, Jr.; James Lockhart, Ennis, Sr.; Garron Nash, Wichita
Falls, Sr.; Torain Williams, Fort Bend Ridge Point, Sr.


_ Conoly Koonts, SA Alamo Heights, Sr.; Eric Ogor, Richmond Foster, Sr.; DaQuan
Patton, Cedar Park Vista Ridge, Sr.

Defensive backs:

_ Roel Garcia, Mercedes, Sr.; Bryston Gipson, Tyler, Jr.; P.J. Locke, Beaumont
Central, Sr.; Tyler Snell, CC Flour Bluff, Sr.


_ Grant Carlson, Fort Bend Ridge Point, Jr.



LINEMEN: Benjamin Cohen, SA Alamo Heights; Moises Garcia, Plainview; Nick
Gerhard, Mansfield Timberview; Clay Greathouse, WF Rider; Hunter Harris, Aledo;
Ruben Hinojosa, Roma; Colton Hostetler, Burleson Centennial; Gerred Johnson,
Mansfield Summit; Tim Meyers, Nacogdoches; Chris Minter, Temple; Dalton
Montgomery, Lake Dallas; Keenan Murphy, Crosby; Castin Neumeyer, Wylie; Zach
Pare, Georgetown East View; Jorge Rios, Port Lavaca Calhoun; Nico Russolillo,
Frisco Heritage; Michael Shogbonyo, Mansfield Summit; Lake Smith, Angleton;
Parker Sorge, WF Rider; Jared Spivey, Bryan; Kameron Stubblefield, Dallas South
Oak Cliff; Judd Terry, Denton; Broderick Washington, Longview.

RECEIVERS/ENDS: Aaron Anderson, Abilene Cooper; Keegan Brewer, Lake Dallas;
Bear Christianson, Austin Vandegrift; O.J. Clark, Wichita Falls; Keke Coutee,
Lufkin; Jaquay Cross, Brenham; Davion Davis, Hutto; Kevin Dewitt, CC Flour
Bluff; Derrick Dick, A&M Consolidated; Aaron Dilworth, CC Flour Bluff; Myron
Gailliard, Mansfield Timberview; Joshua Garza, Mercedes; Jo’Vanta Grimble,
Georgetown; Apollos Hester, Georgetown East View; Evan McHugh, Lubbock Cooper;
Ryan Newsome, Aledo; Paxton Segina, Austin Vandegrift; Jerminic Smith, South
Garland; T.J. Vasher, WF Rider; Hutch White, Kerrville Tivy.

QUARTERBACKS: Ben Bottlinger, Georgetown; Cade Dyal, Kerrville Tivy; Gamarquis
Girdy, Victoria West; Deion Hair’Griffin, FW Arlington Heights; Tyler Herrick,
Hutto; Caleb Hill, Brenham; David Johnson, Dallas South Oak Cliff; Justin Maese,
EP Ysleta; Geo McCollister, Tyler; Steven Montez, EP Del Valle; Chad President,
Temple; Bowman Sells, Lucas Lovejoy; Brett Taff, Canyon Randall; Malik Walker,
Frisco Heritage; Tracin Wallace, FW South Hills; Devin Williams, Mansfield
Timberview; Brennen Wooten, Marble Falls.

RUNNING BACKS: Rakeem Boyd, Houston Stratford; Remus Bulmer, Fort Bend Ridge
Point; Mulbah Car, Austin Reagan; Kierre Crossley, Everman; Matthew Dickson, CC
Tuloso-Midway; Wyatt Garton, Canyon Randall; KeeKee Johnson, Bryan; Clement
Jones, Austin McCallum; Ronald Jones, McKinney North; Anthony McLain, Amarillo
Palo Duro; Alex Mermea, Floresville; Tylan Miller, Longview; Pedro Rodriguez,
Roma; Xavier Scott, Denton; Steven Starcher, Gregory-Portland; Taylor Thompson,
Ennis; Coronado Tolbert, Nacogdoches; Trayveon Williams, Houston King.

KICKERS: Grant Carlson, Fort Bend Ridge Point; Luis Duran, Tyler; Cole Martin,
Temple; Samuel Rodriguez, Angleton.



LINEMEN: Taaj Bakari, Mansfield Legacy; Joseph Broadnax, Dallas Adams; Tyler
Corn, Burleson Centennial; Sean Foreman, Kerrville Tivy; Albert Garcia, Mission
Veterans; Tony Green, Hutto; Antonio Harris, Terrell; Dacion Harris, Mansfield
Timberview; Kingsley Keke, Richmond George Ranch; Drake Kuehn, Ennis; Pierre
Leonard, Tyler; Justin Madubuike, McKinney North; Karbohn McAdoo, Longview;
Fentrese Milligan, Elgin; Ronan Profetta, Kerrville Tivy; Dee Spencer, Mesquite
Poteet; Josiah Tauaefa, Lake Dallas; Nathan White, Crosby.

LINEBACKERS: Deion Amerson, FW Polytechnic; Reece Barrett, CC Calallen; Nainoa
Bean, Gregory-Portland; Hugo Cabrera, Mission Veterans; Spencer Choka, Bryan
Rudder; Hunter Donnelly, Burleson Centennial; Ke’ldre Flowers, Ennis; Josh
Hight, CC Calallen; Jaylon Jackson, Longview; Malik Jefferson, Mesquite Poteet;
Coleman Johnson, Bryan; Trenton Jones, Plainview; Kenneth Mann, Burleson;
Kendell Mays, Mansfield Timberview; Ty McCorckle, Temple; Blaine McRay,
Burleson; Osaze Ogbebor, Frisco Heritage; Isaiah Pouncy, Beaumont Central;
Fabricio Quintanilla, Mercedes; Johnny Roa, FW South Hills; Jorge Solis,
Mercedes; Augustine Tambe, Cedar Park; Jake Turner, Ennis; Jessie Velasco,

DEFENSIVE BACKS: Bryce Balous, McKinney North; Bo Brooks, Canutillo; Jared
Carmona, Frisco Liberty; Frederick Carter, FW Polytechnic; O.J. Clark, Wichita
Falls; Justin Cegielski, Crosby; Clint Cole, Temple; Adrian Contreras,
Georgetown East View; Treyvionne Edwards, Ennis; Deshon Elliott, Rockwall-Heath;
Kevin Liebano, Mission Veterans; Prentice McKinney, Dallas South Oak Cliff;
Jordan Owens, Tyler; Rajah Preciado, College Station; Prince Robinson, Houston
North Forest; Victor Valdez, Edcouch-Elsa; Bryan Ward, Bryan; Khalil Williams,

PUNTER: Luis Duran, Tyler.

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The Bowerman Winner Announced Wednesday During Live Webcast

PHOENIX – Texas A&M sprinter Deon Lendore is one of three finalist for The Bowerman Award and the winner will be announced Wednesday evening during the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association convention.

The Bowerman Award, which made its debut in 2009, is collegiate track and field’s highest individual honor. It is awarded to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track and field star of the 2014 season.

Coverage of the The Bowerman Award will be available on a webcast starting at 7:25 p.m. (CT) at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPEE2MojVVk.

Joining Lendore as a finalist for the men’s award is a pair of distance runners in Arizona’s Lawi Lalang and Oregon’s Edward Cheserek. The women’s finalists include Courtney Okolo of Texas, Arkansas State’s Sharika Nelvis and Oregon’s Laura Roesler.

In a fan vote during the summer Lendore and Roesler were the top selections. Lendore notched 52.56 percent of the men’s vote with 8,812 total votes, the most votes attained for either gender. Roesler had 41.71 percent of the women’s vote with 8,239 total votes.

Lendore is the third Aggie and first A&M male to be a Bowerman finalist. Porscha Lucas was a finalist in 2009 while Jessica Beard won the prestigious award in 2011. Beard will be one of three former winners in attendance during Wednesday’s ceremony along with Virginia Tech’s Queen Harrison (2010 winner) and Clemson’s Brianna Rollins (2013 winner).

An impressive 2014 campaign by Lendore during his junior season with the Aggies included a sweep of the NCAA titles in the 400 meters. In claiming his third set of conference titles in the 400 meters Lendore improved his indoor school record to 45.03 seconds and posted a 44.36 outdoors to break a 45-year-old A&M school record of 44.67 established by Curtis Mills in winning the 1969 NCAA Championship.

In addition to defending his SEC titles in the 400, Lendore added three conference relay victories in 2014. During the indoor conference meet Lendore anchored the Aggie 4×400 to a collegiate record of 3:03.20 with a split of 44.63 seconds, the fastest-ever recorded by a collegian indoors.

At the outdoor conference meet Lendore anchored A&M to a pair of SEC Championship records in winning the 4×100 (38.50) and 4×400 (3:01.19). Lendore also anchored three Aggie school record efforts during the outdoor campaign in the 4×100 (38.30), 4×200 (1:20.29) and 4×400 (2:59.60). Those performances rank equal fourth, fourth and second, respectively, on the collegiate all-time lists.

The 4×400 school record occurred during the NCAA Championships when Lendore split a sizzling 44.10 seconds as A&M won the race with the second-fastest collegiate time ever, missing the collegiate record by one-hundredth of a second.

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Garrett Named SN Freshman All-American

Texas A&M record-setting freshman pass rusher Myles Garrett was named to the All-True Freshman All-America team by the Sporting News on Wednesday.

Garrett, from Arlington Martin High School, set the school and Southeastern Conference freshman quarterback sacks record with 11.0 in his first season in the maroon and white. He finished the regular season with 50 tackles, second-most among Aggie defensive linemen, with team bests in tackles for loss (12.5 — -67 yards) and nine QB hurries.

Garrett had matched the old Texas A&M QB sack record of 5.5 (held by All-Americans Damontre Moore and Sam Adams) by the third game of the season and took sole ownership in game 6 of 2014. In the ninth game of 2014 (fifth start), Garrett broke South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney’s SEC freshman record of 8.0 sacks. He also owns Texas A&M’s freshman standard for single game sacks with 3.5 against Louisiana-Monroe.

Sporting News All-True Freshman

QB Brad Kaaya, Miami
RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State
RB Samaje Perine, Oklahoma
WR KD Cannon, Baylor
WR JuJu Smith, USC
TE Chad Olsen, Fresno State
OL Cameron Robinson, Alabama
OL Toa Lobendahn, USC
OL Frank Ragnow, Arkansas
OL Mason Cole, Michigan
OL Tejan Koroma, BYU
K Trevor Moore, North Texas
KR Boom Williams, Kentucky

DL Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss
DL Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
DL Derek Barnett, Tennessee
DL KeShun Freeman, Georgia Tech
LB Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State
LB Nigel Bowden, Vanderbilt
LB Nyles Morgan, Notre Dame
CB Jalen Tabor, Florida
CB Adoree Jackson, USC
S Quin Blanding, Virginia
S Jamal Adams, LSU
P JK Scott, Alabama
PR De’Mornay Pierson-El, Nebraska

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Sullivan, Aiple, Babers Named Honorable Mention All-America

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M’s Stephanie Aiple, Jazzmin Babers and Shelby Sullivan have been named Honorable Mention All-America, the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced today.

All three Aggies receive the honor for the first time in their careers, while Aiple, a freshman setter from Round Rock, Texas, and Babers, a redshirt sophomore middle blocker from Bowling Green, Ohio, become A&M’s first underclassmen to garner the accolade from the AVCA.

The trio, named to the AVCA All-South Region team earlier this month, led Texas A&M to a 21-9 record in 2014 as the Aggies reached the 20-win milestone for the third time in four years and for the 15th time in Laurie Corbelli’s 22-year tenure as head coach of the Aggies. In addition, A&M advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive year and for the 18th time under  Corbelli, making A&M one of only 14 teams in the nation that has made at least 18 NCAA tournament appearances since she was hired in 1993.

Aiple, who recently became the second A&M player in program history to be named AVCA region freshman of the year, orchestrated a balanced attack in which the Aggies hit .263 for the full season, ranking 22nd in the nation.  It marked the Aggies’ fifth highest season hitting percentage in the 40-year history of the program and the best team hitting efficiency since the Aggies hit .272 in 2007. In conference matches only, the Aggies hit a school record .283 and finished in a tie for fourth place in the Southeastern Conference with a 13-5 record.

The highly touted Aiple received numerous honors throughout her rookie campaign, including becoming the first A&M player to be named ESPNW National Player of the Week after leading the Aggies to victories over both No. 6 Southern California and No. 13 San Diego.  A member of the 2014 SEC All-Freshman Team and a three-time SEC Freshman Player of the Week honoree, Aiple ranks 52nd in the nation and  fifth in the SEC with 10.76 assists per set for the full season. Aiple, who averaged 10.86 assists per set in conference matches only and led A&M with eight double-double performances,  dished out 48 assists against No. 13 Kentucky on Oct. 5, an A&M record for a three-set SEC match and the most assists by an SEC player in a three-set match in 2014.

Babers and Sullivan, both members of the 2014 All-SEC Team, quickly established themselves as Aiple’s go-to playmakers in the front row and became one of the most formidable middle blocking duos in the country. Babers, hit .400 for the season, ranking 18th in the nation and tying the all-time school record first set by former Aggie All-American Sheri Brinkman in 1984. Babers finished the season with 2.63 kills per set after posting double-digit kills in 12 of the last 14 matches of the season.

Babers, who has started every match of her career, ranked fourth in the SEC with 1.20 blocks per set for the full season. She set a school record with 13 block assists against UTSA (Aug. 30), and her 14 total blocks against the Roadrunners ties for second in the A&M single-match record books and tied for the most by an SEC player this season.

Sullivan, a junior from Richardson, Texas, hit .374 and led the Aggies with 2.84 kills and 3.57 points per set for the full season. The team captain was second on the team with 1.01 blocks per set. Sullivan tallied double figures in kills in a team-high 19 matches, taking team-high honors in kills in a team-best 11 matches. She also led A&M in points in a team-high 12 matches.

In A&M’s SEC season opener against Auburn, the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year hit a career-high .826, setting an A&M SEC record and a Reed Arena record for hitting percentage when making 10 or more attack attempts. Sullivan also broke A&M records for kills (20) and points (25.0) in a three-set SEC match in the sweep against the Tigers. Her .826 hitting percentage was the highest by an SEC player this year when having a minimum of 12 kills, and her 25 points were the most by an SEC player in a three-set match in 2014.

For the complete list of 2014 AVCA All-Americans, go to AVCA.org.

Texas A&M All-Time AVCA All-Americans:

First Team
Amber Woolsey………… 1999
Jenna Moscovic…………. 2001
Laura Jones………………. 2005

Second Team
Sherri Brinkman…… 1984, ’85
Stacy Sykora………… 1997, ’98
Melissa Munsch………… 2003
Laura Jones………………. 2004

Third Team
Melissa Munsch………… 2004
Sarah Ammerman…….. 2009

Honorable Mention
Jennifer Banse………….. 2009
Kelsey Black……………… 2011
Lindsey Miller……… 2011, ‘12
Alisia Kastmo……………. 2012
Allie Sawatzky……… 2012, ‘13
Stephanie Aiple……….. 2014
Jazzmin Babers…………. 2014
Shelby Sullivan………… 2014

Visit AggieAthletics.com for more information on Texas A&M volleyball. Aggie fans also can keep up to date with the A&M volleyball team on Facebook and on Twitter by following @AggieVolleyball.

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HS Girls Basketball Scores

Rudder – 57    College Station – 45

A&M Consolidated – 60  Willis – 39

Bryan – 61  Huntsville – 58

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Mavs Rout Knicks in Chandler’s Return to MSG

NEW YORK (AP) _ Tyson Chandler had three dunks during Dallas’ sizzling start to his return to New York, and Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 points to help the Mavericks beat the Knicks 107-87 on Tuesday night.

Monta Ellis added 14 points for the Mavericks, the NBA’s highest-scoring team that couldn’t have executed much better during a nearly unstoppable start that gave them the lead for good. Chandler Parsons had 13 after missing a game with a sore lower back.

Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points for the Knicks. Tim Hardaway Jr. had 14 but was 5 for 17 in another poor shooting effort.

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Guerreri Named NSCAA South Region Coach of the Year

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M Soccer head coach G Guerrieri was named the South Region Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as recently announced by the organization.

Guerrieri was honored for guiding A&M to the finest season in program history. The Aggies notched a school-record 22 wins on the way to their first-ever College Cup appearance. They won the SEC regular-season crown and tournament title for the second consecutive season, the first team to win the SEC Double in back-to-back years since Florida in 2001.

It marked the fourth region coach of the year award for Guerrieri, who was tabbed the NSCAA Central Region Coach of the Year on three occasions when Texas A&M played in the Big 12 Conference.

Guerrieri was named the SEC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season, becoming the first coach to repeat as SEC Coach of the Year since former Tennessee coach Angela Kelly earned the honor three consecutive years from 2003-05.

During his tenure in College Station, Guerrieri has led the Aggies to 20 NCAA Championship appearances, 13 NCAA Sweet Sixteens, five NCAA Quarterfinals, nine conference regular-season titles and seven conference tournament crowns.

Under Guerrieri, the Maroon and White have never experienced a losing season and the Aggies have notched at least 15 wins in 20 of their 22 campaigns, including the last 11 seasons.

Guerrieri ended the season with a 394-121-29 career record. His .751 winning percentage ranks sixth among active coaches and he ranks sixth on the NCAA Division I career victories list.

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Rangers Sign Japanese Reliever Fujikawa

The Texas Rangers have signed Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa to a one-year deal with a club option for 2016.

Texas announced the deal Tuesday.

Fujikawa spent the last two seasons with the Chicago Cubs, but missed much of that time after Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery in June 2013. He had 27
appearances with a 5.04 ERA with the Cubs. He had 31 strikeouts and eight walks in 25 innings

His deal with the Rangers includes a $1 million base salary for 2015, plus incentives.

Before the Cubs, Fujikawa spent 12 seasons with the Hanshin Tigers, compiling a record of 42-25 with 220 saves and a 1.77 ERA.

Texas also signed first baseman Kyle Blanks and Tommy Field to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training.

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Four Aggies Honored by Topdrawersoccer.com

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The honors continued to roll in for the Texas A&M Soccer squad as four Aggies were honored by TopDrawerSoccer.com on Tuesday.

Shea Groom was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Best XI First Team while Kelley Monogue and Meghan Streight earned spots on the Best XI Third Team. McKayla Paulson was tabbed to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Freshman Best XI Second Team.

Groom, an NSCAA All-America First Team, the SEC Offensive Player of the Year and a Capital One Academic All-America First Team student-athlete, finished the season with 39 points on 16 goals and seven assists.

For her career, Groom appeared in 85 matches, including 80 starts. Her 41 goals and 107 points both rank sixth on Texas A&M’s career charts.

Monogue led the SEC with 46 points this season and ranked second in goals (18) and third in assists (10). She became the first Aggie to earn College Cup All-Tournament honors and lead all players in goals during NCAA Championship play with seven goals, including two-goal efforts against Houston Baptist, Arizona and Notre Dame.

The McKinney, Texas native appeared in 100 games for the Aggies and finished her career ranked fifth on A&M’s all-time lists for goals (53) and points (130).

Streight started all 101 matches during her career, including 27 on the backline this season. This year, she led a defense that posted a 0.89 goals-against average and nine shutouts.

Streight earned all-conference recognition all four years, including All-SEC First Team status each of the last three years. This year, she garnered NSCAA All-America recognition for the second time, named to the second team after earning third-team status in 2012.

Paulson started 20 matches on the Aggies’ backline, contributing one assist. Paulson started each of A&M’s first 14 matches before suffering an ankle injury after getting taken out with a vicious tackle against Vanderbilt. After missing seven matches, she returned to help the Aggies win the SEC Tournament title and advance to the College Cup. Paulson was honored with SEC All-Freshman status.

Texas A&M was one of four schools to have three or more players named to one of the three Best XI teams, joined by UCLA (4), Virginia (4) and Florida State (3).

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A&M’s Nwachukwu Signed With Texans

Former Texas A&M wide receiver Uzoma Nwachukwu has signed with the Houston Texans as a practice squad player. As a senior at Texas A&M in 2012, Nwachukwu caught 26 passes for 485 yards and seven touchdowns.

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Spurs Fall to Trail Blazers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Damian Lillard had 23 points and a career-high 10
rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers downed the short-handed San Antonio Spurs
108-95 last night. LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 points and 14 rebounds for the
Blazers. Starting center Robin Lopez injured his right hand early in the second
half and did not return.

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NFL PA Filed Lawsuit for Adrian Peterson

MINNEAPOLS (AP) _ The NFL Players Association has filed a federal lawsuit for
Adrian Peterson, asking the court to dismiss an arbitrator’s decision to uphold
the NFL’s punishment of the Minnesota running back. Peterson was suspended
without pay for the remaining six games of this season by Commissioner Roger
Goodell (guh-DEHL’) as a result of the child-abuse case that has kept the
six-time Pro Bowl pick out of all but one game this year.

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NFL Monday Night Football

CHICAGO (AP) _ Drew Brees threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns as the New
Orleans thumped the Chicago Bears 31-15 to regain the NFC South lead, one win
ahead of Carolina. Josh Hill had two TD receptions and Pierre Thomas caught five
passes for 83 yards while the Saints recorded seven sacks and three
interceptions against Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. Mark Ingram’s 15-yard
scoring run with 1:57 remaining clinched the victory for the 6-8 Saints.

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Lowrie, Astros Agree to $23 Million, 3-Year Deal

HOUSTON (AP) _ Infielder Jed Lowrie and the Houston Astros have agreed to a $23 million, three-year contract.

Lowrie receives salaries of $8 million next year, $7.5 million in 2016 and $6.5 million in 2017 under the agreement announced Monday. Houston has a $6 million option for 2018 with a $1 million buyout.

Lowrie was acquired by the Astros from Boston for pitcher Mark Melancon in December 2011 in Jeff Luhnow’s first trade as general manager and was Houston’s shortstop in 2012. He was dealt to Oakland in February 2013 in that trade that brought Chris Carter to the Astros.

A switch-hitter, Lowrie had 35 home runs and 155 RBIs over the last three seasons.

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NFL Rushing Leader Murray has Broken Hand

IRVING, Texas (AP) _ NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray has a broken hand that requires surgery, and Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones says it is “probably a tough expectation” that he would play Sunday against Indianapolis.

Jones said on his radio show that Murray was having surgery Monday.

Murray has 1,687 yards rushing and needs 87 yards to break all-time NFL rushing leader Emmitt Smith’s franchise record of 1,773 yards.

Lance Dunbar and Joseph Randle split carries as Murray’s backup in Sunday’s 38-27 win over Philadelphia that gave Dallas the NFC East lead.

The Cowboys (10-4) need to win both remaining games to ensure the end of a four-year playoff drought. They finish the regular season at Washington.

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Brea Garrett Breaks Reveille Records To Win Shot Put, Weight

COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M’s Brea Garrett broke a pair of meet records in claiming two victories in front of 1,620 fans during the Reveille Invitational held in Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium on Saturday.

In total 10 meet records were bettered in the Invitational that opened the indoor season for the Aggies.

“In this meet over the year’s we have tried to have a relaxed atmosphere,” noted Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry. “More and more it’s becoming a competitive track meet. We got a lot out of ourselves today and we saw some things about ourselves we needed to see. I learned some things about some people today and that’s what this is all about.”

Garrett won the shot put with a toss of 51-11.75 (15.84), nearing her career best of 52-2 ¾ (15.92), as she bettered the meet record of 51-9.25 set last season by TCU’s Megan Gibson.

In the weight throw Garrett broke her own meet record with a mark of 67-6.75 (20.59). Garrett set the previous meet record of 64-10.5 (19.77) last season. Teammates Alison Ondrusek (57-3.75) and Carissa van Beek (55-1) finished second and fourth.

“I’m excited with the meet records,” stated Garrett. “I wanted to wrap up the fall with good marks in both events and use them as building blocks for the spring semester. We set our foundation. Now we’ll come back in January and try to do even better to keep progressing.”

The men’s weight throw had Austin Cook finishing as the top collegian and second overall as he produced five marks that bettered his previous career best of 60-10. Cook’s best mark was 63-11.75 (19.50) among a series that included throws of 61-4, 61-9.75, 63-11.75, 63-9.75, foul, 63-3.25. Jerome Bortoluzzi, a French Olympian, won the event with a meet record of 73-6.25 (22.41).

“Practice has been getting better lately,” said Strong. “I’m hoping in the next meet I can get a couple more feet so I can qualify for nationals and challenge the school record of 66 feet. I had a great competition today with Jerome, who is a good friend of mine. That helped push me today along with the practice sessions I’ve had.”

On the track the Aggies hammered away at A&M all-time lists in the 1,000 meters. Katie Willard won the women’s race in 2:52.66 with teammates Ashley Chamberlain (2:55.71) and Karina Buerk (2:58.11) in second and third. Willard’s time is No. 4 on the A&M all-time list while Chamberlain moved to No.6 and frosh Buerk moved to No. 10.

The men’s 1,000 meters was a close finish as Isaac Spencer edged out teammate Josh Hernandez, 2:25.60 to 2:25.69. Spencer produced the No. 7 mark on the Aggie all-time list with Hernandez moving to No. 8. The deep event had A&M claiming the top eight places with Cameron Villarreal (2:26.13), Gaines Kinsey (2:27.57) and Aaron Murray (2:28.23) finishing 3-4-5.

Coming off their stellar cross country seasons, All-Americans Grace Fletcher and Hillary Montgomery both set career best times in the 5,000 meters as they placed second and third to Baylor’s Rachel Johnson.

The Gilliam 5,000m record of 15:50.20 set by Iowa State’s Besty Saina during the 2012 Big 12 Indoor Championships was broken by Johnson’s 15:40.45 victory. Fletcher clocked 16:10.41 to better her PR of 16:10.75 as Montgomery’s 16:12.97 topped her best of 16:19.91 as they are the No. 3 and No. 4 performers on the Aggie all-time list with the No. 6 and No. 8 performances.

Jena Hemann, the school record holder in the pentathlon, faced a challenged from Aggie newcomers. While Hemann won the event with a score of 3,898 points, frosh Shaina Burns turned in a tally of 3,701 points as runner-up as Ashtin Zamzow placed third with 3,536 points. Lauren Bedrich, returning this season from a knee injury, finished sixth with 3,339 points.

“It’s definitely great having this many teammates in the multi-events,” noted Hemann. “It’s more beneficial having that many people working together in practice, we pick each other up. I’m happy with the win and kind of shocked since its December. I’m in a pretty good place and I know I can improve in a lot of things.”

The men’s pentathlon was won by Daniel Martin with a score of 3,638 points. Martin capped his victory by scoring 978 points in the 1,000 meters as he clocked 2:30.82 in his fifth event of the day. That time would have placed him eighth in the open 1,000m.

Newcomers also made a presence in the pole vault. The women’s vault had a pair of freshmen each clear 12-4.5 (3.77) as Emily Gunderson placed second and Sara Kathryn Stevens finished third. They are equal No. 5 on the A&M all-time list.

The men’s vault had Aggie frosh Audie Wyatt clearing 16-7.25 (5.06) to defeat teammate Chase Wolfle, who made the same height but had more misses. As Wyatt missed the next height of 17-1 (5.21), Wolfle passed to 17-9 (5.41) and missed his three attempts. Taking third at 15-7.25 (4.76) was another A&M newcomer, Carl Johansson, while Kevin Stull placed fifth at 15-1.5 (4.61).

“Some of freshmen and new people joining our group really looked good,” said Henry. “Audie Wyatt was one of the better performances in the pole vault. That’s a heck of a performance for the first time indoors for a freshman.”

Long jump victories were attained by Olabanji Asekun (24-4.25) and Jennifer Madu (19-1.5). In the high jump Sam McSwain placed second with a height of 6-9.75 (2.08), which moved him to No. 9 on the A&M all-time list, as frosh Garrett Cragin finished third at 6-8.25 (2.04).

In the sprints Aaliyah Brown posted a time of 7.32 as she placed second to Trinidad & Tobago’s Michelle Lee Ahye, who won in 7.23 seconds to equal the meet record, while Madu finished third in 7.39. Ahye equaled the meet record set in 2010 by TCU’s Jessica Young.

The men’s 60 meters had a meet record set with Houston’s Cameron Burrell running 6.66 to clip the 6.67 run by TCU’s Charles Silmon in 2009. Antoine Adams of St. Kitts & Nevis finished second in 6.72 with the Aggie tandem of Shavez Hart (6.74) and Devin Jenkins (6.75) placing third and fourth.

Hart didn’t run the 200, but his meet record of 21.03 was bettered by a 20.93 from Adams while Bralon Taplin won a section in 20.99 to place second overall. Jenkins finished third overall as his 21.06 placed second in the same section with Adams. Aggie Deon Hickey won the third section of the 200 in 21.41 to place fourth overall.

Kineke Alexander won the women’s 200 in 23.65 to top the meet record of 23.72 set by A&M’s Olivia Ekpone last season. Alexander defeated Ahye (23.80) and Allison Peter (24.09) in the first section. The second section was won by A&M newcomer Briyahna Desrosiers (24.11) with fellow frosh Marcquita Stalbert (24.68) second as they finished fourth and sixth overall.

Texas A&M wrapped up the meet with a pair of 4×400 relay victories. The women posted a 3:42.40 win with a second crew of Aggies claiming second place in 3:46.10. The winning squad included Shamier Little (54.88), A. Brown (56.10), Stalbert (54.20) and Willard (57.26). The runner-up team had Desrosiers (54.23), Ebony Crear (56.92), Matilde Alvarez (56.56) and Kamaria Brown (58.40).

A 3:09.85 secured the victory in the men’s race for A&M’s foursome of Hart (47.61), Gregory Coleman (47.93), Carlyle Roudette (46.85) and Hickey (47.47). A second Aggie crew placed third overall after winning the first section in 3:16.68 with Tarik Tyler, Gaines Kinsey, Cameron Cardwell and Efrain Hernandez.

Ryan Miller challenged for the win in the mile as Sam Houston’s Jeffrey Moore improved the meet record to 4:14.22 with Miller runner-up in 4:14.99. A&M also finished 4-5-6-7 with the crew of Ryan Teel (4:16.51), Colin Stoeber (4:17.37), Elliott Farris (4:19.90) and Christian Farris (4:19.98). In the 5,000 meters Julian Castellano finished second in 15:07.83.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Spurs Bounce Back for 99-91 Win Over Nuggets

DENVER (AP) _ Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points and the San Antonio beat the banged-up Denver Nuggets 99-91 on Sunday night.

Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili added 15 points apiece for the Spurs, who bounced back from Friday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers despite the absence of Tony Parker, who was out with an injured hamstring.

Arron Afflalo had a season-high 31 points to lead the Nuggets, who have lost six of their last seven games.

J.J. Hickson started in place of injured Kenneth Faried and Ty Lawson left the game with 3:02 remaining in the second quarter after a collision with Ginobili opened a cut above his left eye. The cut was bandaged and he returned early in the third quarter.

Down by 10 points heading into the fourth quarter, the Nuggets pulled to 79-74 on a baseline jumper by Afflalo with 5:42 remaining.

The teams were trading baskets until Ginobili drained a 3-pointer and Cory Joseph drove in for a reverse layup around a Nuggets turnover as San Antonio went in front 94-84 with 2 minutes left to play and Denver couldn’t get back within striking distance.

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Bryant Has 3 TD Catches, Cowboys Beat Eagles 38-27

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Dez Bryant caught a career-best three touchdown catches from Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys rallied to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 38-27 on Sunday night after wasting a 21-0 lead.

DeMarco Murray had a pair of TD runs to help the Cowboys (10-4) move ahead of the Eagles (9-5) into first place in the NFC East. The Eagles dominated the Cowboys in a 33-10 road win on Thanksgiving, but Dallas takes control of the division with two weeks left.

The Cowboys jumped to a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter before Philadelphia rallied behind Mark Sanchez.

Chris Polk had TD runs of 1 and 5 yards and Darren Sproles ran in from the 1 to give the Eagles a 24-21 lead late in third quarter. But Romo and the Cowboys answered quickly with two touchdowns in a span of 2:51.

Murray scored on a 2-yard run to cap a 78-yard drive. J.J. Wilcox then intercepted Sanchez’s pass and the Cowboys started the fourth quarter at the Eagles 42. Romo then hit Bryant in stride for a 25-yard scoring pass.

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Colts Clinch AFC South With 17-10 Win Over Texans

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes and the Colts won their second straight AFC South title by holding off the Houston Texans 17-10 Sunday.

Indianapolis (10-4) has won four straight.

But it sure wasn’t easy. Luck was 18 of 34 with 187 yards and one interception on the same day Reggie Wayne passed Peyton Manning for the most games and wins in franchise history. Wayne has played in 209 games, winning 142.

Houston (7-7) lost starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick with a left leg injury in the second quarter. Rookie Tom Savage replaced Fitzpatrick and was ineffective, going 10 of 19 for 127 yards.

The Texans took a 7-0 lead on Kendrick Lewis’ 27-yard interception return. Luck tied it with a 26-yard TD pass to Hakeem Nicks. Luck hooked up with Dwayne Allen on a 3-yard TD pass to make it 14-7 before halftime. Indy sealed it with a late field goal.

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Jones’ 27 Powers Men to 81-63 Win Over Youngstown State

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP)– Guard Jalen Jones scored a season-high 27 points as Texas A&M defeated Youngstown State 81-63 on Saturday in Reed Arena.

Fellow guard Danuel House followed with a season-high 21 points. Jones is a transfer from SMU and House is a transfer from Houston, and both juniors are in their first year of action for the Aggies.

Forward Shawn Amiker led YSU with 16 points and guard DJ Cole followed with 15.

The Aggies led 58-54 with 9:14 remaining when they reeled off the next seven points to put away the game. In that span, Tonny Trocha-Morelos and Alex Robinson each notched a basket and Davonte Fitzgerald sank a 3-pointer to lift A&M to a double-digit lead with 6:06 remaining.

The Aggies were especially sharp from long range, making a season-best 11 of 20 3-pointers (55 percent). A&M rebounded from a 77-63 loss at former Big 12 foe Baylor on Tuesday.


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Postgame Notes

Texas A&M 81, Youngstown State 63

Dec. 13, 2014 ● Reed Arena


● Texas A&M improved to 7-2 on the season after the 81-63 victory over Youngstown State at Reed Arena Saturday … YSU, meanwhile, fell to 7-5 on the year.

● The Aggies also remained unbeaten on their home court this season (5-0), while moving to within one victory of 200 all-time at Reed Arena (199-72).


● Texas A&M shot 60.8 percent (31-for-51) in the contest, including a 17-for-22 (77.3 percent) mark after halftime … it stood out as the first time A&M has shot over 60 percent in a game since Nov. 12, 2011, against Mississippi Valley State (60.3 percent).

● A&M was also hot from beyond the arc, making 11-of-20 attempts from long range for a season-best 55.0 3-point shooting percentage.

● The Aggies were active in transition against the Penguins, holding a 16-3 edge in fast break points.

● On the glass, Texas A&M owned a 35-28 rebounding edge.

● The Aggies held a 36-26 lead at the intermission.

● Texas A&M used the starting line-up combination of Alex Caruso, Jordan Green, Danuel House, Jalen Jones and Kourtney Roberson for the fourth time this season (3-1).


● The Aggies featured a pair of players [Jalen Jones (27) and Danuel House (21)] with 20 or more points for the first time since David Loubeau and Elston Turner accomplished the feat against Florida on Dec. 17, 2011.

● Jones’ 27-point performance was a career best, topping his previous high-scoring mark of 16 set against Northwestern State (11/14) … The Dallas native made 11-of-13 field goal attempts, including a career-best 4-for-4 mark from 3-point range against the Penguins … Jones has now reached double-digit points in seven of nine games this season … he also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds in the contest.

● Additionally, Jones also became the first Aggie to register 10 or more field goal makes since Elston Turner against Tennessee on Feb. 23, 2013.

● The 21 points was also a season-best for House, who went 7-for-13 from the floor and 4-for-7 from 3-point range.

● Freshman Alex Robinson dished out a career-best 10 assists, becoming the first Aggie not named Alex Caruso to hit double-digits in assists since Acie Law IV in 2007.

● A&M head coach Billy Kennedy is now 57-51 in his fourth season at Texas A&M and 268-230 in 17 years as a head coach.


● The Aggies hit the road next week, traveling to Kansas City’s Sprint Center to face Kanas State on Dec. 20 … the game is slated for a 6 p.m. tip-off and will be televise nationally on ESPNU.



Postgame Quotes


Opening statement…

“It was a good win, I thought we beat a good team that kept hanging around and making threes. They were tough to guard, especially their smaller guards. Fortunately, offensively we really moved the ball and shot the ball extremely well the second half to really break the game open. They are a good basketball team and it was a tough test for us.”

On Alex Caruso’s limited role in the win…

“He’s tired, I think he’s a little under the weather. Against Baylor the first eight to ten minutes he was really good and the Arizona State game took a lot out of him. He goes so hard in practice and you know I thought he was a little fatigued today. Fortunately, our other guys stepped up and that’s the mark of a good team when you have enough depth that you can play some other guys and they came in ready to play for us.”

On playing without Alex Caruso…

“We’re learning how to do that. He’s been in foul trouble all year he cannot pick up the first foul in the first two minutes, he’s got to learn. His first foul was a foul he can’t afford to have and, you know, the second one was a tough call but you’re going to have that sometimes. But we’ve been playing without him all year and we got better at it today.”

On Jones and House combining for 48 points….

“Jalen has worked extremely hard at shooting the basketball, he had good pace. I said all along he didn’t play basketball last year, he sat out the whole year, so basically a year and half he didn’t play so getting a pace to play defensively and knowing where shots come from is huge. Danuel settled in and he didn’t play the first month, we didn’t have him the first few games so we’re a work in progress. We’ve got to get better on the defensive end and where we’ve got a post guy who wants the ball and will rebound for us on a consistent basis.”


On the going 4-for-4 from 3-point range…

“I just got into a rhythm. I just took my time and was able to knock down a couple of shots. My teammates were able to find me in the right places and I knocked them down.”

On what a game like this means for the transfer players…

“I think it was great for transfers like Danuel and I to get a game like this under our belts. We tried to put that bad Baylor loss out of our heads and come back and redeem ourselves. It just feels great to play the way that we know we’re capable of playing. We have to remain consistent in order to be successful.”


On building the lead in the second half…

“It started on the defensive end. We had to get rebounds so that we could get back on offense. I credit our team for crashing the boards, securing rebounds and not turning over the ball.”


On Alex Robinson’s development…

“He’s getting it. We’ve been waiting on him to bust out because we know that as a freshman you have to take your time and come around. Well, now he’s coming around. I love his new role because he’s accepted it and it has made him a better player.”

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