Trocha-Morelos Joins Aggie Basketball Program

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M men’s basketball program officially announced Friday the addition of Tonny Trocha-Morelos (pronounced Tony TRO-sha Mor-AY-los), a highly-recruited center and native of Colombia.

“I am excited to officially get Tonny into our program and have him start working out with the guys this summer,” Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy said. “He will have an immediate impact to our program. He is a skilled big man who affects the game on both ends of the floor.”

A long and athletic post, Trocha-Morelos made a good impression during the summer of 2012 when he played for the Colombian U18 Team at the FIBA Americas in Brazil, averaging 16 points and 10.2 rebounds per contest, both team-highs.

Additionally, Morelos played for Team Latin America at the 2012 ADIDAS Nations tournament where he led all players in blocked shots.

The 6-foot-10 center is a highly-prized prospect who received a four-star rating by Rivals.com and was recruited by Arizona, Kentucky, Ohio State, Oregon, Providence and UCLA, among others.

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LSU Alumni Gold Invitational next challenge for No. 1/No. 4 Aggies

BATON ROUGE – Texas A&M will send a large contingent to the LSU Alumni Gold Invitational on Saturday as they compete in the meet along with 20 other schools. This will be the first of two visits to Bernie Moore Stadium for the Aggies, who travel to LSU again on May 3.

The Aggies, with the women No. 1 in the nation and the men No. 4, are one of four SEC teams in the meet, which starts at 9 a.m. for the morning session and 1:30 p.m. for the afternoon session, along with the host Tigers, Mississippi State and Tennessee.

The field also includes Arizona, Dillard, Harvard, Hinds, Illinois, Iowa State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, Michigan, Mississippi State, New Orleans, Nicholls State, Northwestern State, South Florida, Southern, Southern Mississippi, Texas A&M-Kingsville and Tulane.

“Overall the whole thing we are trying to do this weekend, and this is an environment you can possible get it done, is putting a lot of people on the track and in field events,” said Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry. “We are still trying to figure a few things out this time of the year, a month away from our conference meet. This meet enables us to get on the track with some great competition.”

Featured events in the afternoon will include the sprints and relays, where Texas A&M and LSU usually go head-to-head in competitive races.

In the 400 Deon Lendore, the current world leader at 44.90, faces LSU’s Vernon Norwood, who finished second to Lendore in the NCAA Indoor 400 and placed third at the SEC Indoor when Lendore posted a world-leading indoor time of 45.03.

The field in the 400 will also include Carlyle Roudette, who ranks seventh on the 2014 collegiate list with his PR of 45.77 from the Sun Angel Classic, as well as LSU quarter-milers Darrell Bush and Cyril Grayson, who were part of the Tiger’s NCAA Indoor title in the 4×400.

A crew of five A&M sprinters are in the women’s 200 with Kamaria Brown and Olivia Ekpone in the first of two sections along with LSU’s post-collegian Kimberlyn Duncan, a three-time NCAA Outdoor champion in the event. Ashley Collier, India Daniels and Ibukun Mayungbe will race in the second section.

In the women’s 100 the Aggies have a squad of four racing with Aaliyah Brown, Jennifer Madu, Ashton Purvis and Daniels in the first of two sections where they will also face Duncan and another former LSU NCAA champion in Muna Lee.

Shavez Hart, Prezel Hardy, Jr. and Michael Bryan will contest the men’s 200 with Hardy and Bryan also entered in the 100. The trio will also comprise the first three legs of the 4×100 relay for A&M with Gregory Coleman on the anchor leg for the second consecutive week.

“We’re trying to get a little bit better with exchange work in the relays,” noted Henry. “With our first three legs, if we can stay healthy, then I think Deon, Aldrich Baily or Coleman are in a position to be on there. Shavez Hart has run real well on both relays and is very consistent. Last week he ran 10.18 to win the 100 and then split 45 on the 4×400. He had a great weekend last week.”

The Aggie men broke the 4×100 school record when they posted a 38.30 at the Texas Relays with Lendore on the anchor leg. Louisiana Tech has run 39.66 this season while LSU’s best is 39.94. The Texas A&M women have a season best time of 43.69 while LSU is at 44.17 with Tennessee at 45.15.

The 4×400 will also have the Aggies sporting the top times in the Alumni Gold field with a 3:02.67 for the men and a 3:31.27 for the women. LSU men sport a 3:02.81 while the Tiger women have a best of 3:36.83 with Louisiana Tech at 3:37.48 and Tennessee with a 3:37.53.

Shamier Little will run her first open 400 meter race of the outdoor season after posting a collegiate leading 56.55 in the 400 hurdles at the Sun Angel Classic last week. Little, who placed third in both the SEC Indoor and NCAA Indoor this season, clocked a career best of 51.86 indoors. The 400 field at LSU includes Shapri Romero of Arizona (52.69) as well as Tennessee’s Felecia Majors (53.12).

An early morning match-up in the discus features A&M’s Dalton Rowan and Rodney Brown of LSU. Rowan, who has a best of 189-0 this season and a career best of 196-8, placed third in the SEC Championship a year ago and finished seventh in the NCAA Championships. Brown, the SEC champion in 2013 and fourth at the NCAA, improved his personal best to 206-5 during the Texas Relays in March. Joining Rowan are teammates Jeff Bartlett and Ben Skrla.

Devin Bogert, who set a career best of 239-6 in winning the javelin at the Sun Angel Classic, ranks sixth among the collegiate list this season. He will face Joshua Cox of Louisiana Tech, who sports a best of 228-4, as well as LSU’s Jeremy Tuttle, who placed seventh in the SEC last year and was fifth in 2012 with a best of 227-6.

Casey Strong (210-11), who placed fourth in the SEC last season, battles a talented hammer field that includes Tuttle of LSU (212-0), eighth in the SEC, and Arizona’s Jordan Young (211-7) while A&M’s Austin Cook continues to improve in the event with a current best of 190-10.

In the women’s hammer Brea Garrett (192-6) and Alison Ondrusek (177-9) seek continued improvements as they challenge a field that includes Denise Hinton (209-6) and Karen Henning (191-8) of LSU. Hinton was the SEC runner-up in 2013.

The Aggie tandem of LaQue Moen-Davis and Jennifer Madu are in the Invitational long jump along with Rochelle Farquharson of Mississippi State. With a season best of 20-7 Moen-Davis is currently third in the SEC and ninth in the nation.

The defending SEC Outdoor champion Moen-Davis has placed eighth at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor and 2014 NCAA Indoor meets. Farquharson, currently sixth outdoors in the SEC with a best of 20-5, placed third in the SEC Outdoor last year and then claimed the SEC Indoor title this season with a 21-0.75 and finished third in the NCAA Indoor.

A trio of A&M entries in the high jump includes Devion Harris, Tyler Lee and Samuel McSwain amid a field of 16 jumpers. Headlining the event is Arizona’s Nick Ross, the NCAA Indoor runner-up with a 7-6 clearance who has cleared 7-4.5 outdoors and ranks second collegiately.

Chase Wolfle and Clifton Harlin will vault amid a field of 16 while Brittany Wooten is the top vaulter in the women’s field of 10. With a career best of 13-7.25 from the Texas Relays, Wooten will face a challenge from Tennessee’s tandem of Erin Champion (13-3.5) and Linda Hadfield (13-3.5). Wolfle has eclipsed 18-0.5 this outdoor season while Chase Brannon of Tennessee cleared 17-9.75 indoors and LSU’s Andreas Duplantis has a best of 17-9.25 from the 2013 indoor season.

Another area of depth in this meet for the Aggies is in the 800 where A&M will have seven running over three sections. Hector Hernandez, who has a 1:48.66 this outdoor season, and Josh Hernandez, with a 1:49.71, race in the main afternoon section with LSU’s Blair Henderson (1:49.60). Competing in the earlier pair of sections for the Aggies are Cameron Cardwell, Brett Schmit, Isaac Spencer, Tarik Tyler and Cameron Villarreal.

In the women’s 800 Aliese Hyde (2:07.53) and Katie Willard (2:07.98) face Chloe Schmidt of Illinois (2:07.37) and Morgan Schuetz of LSU (2:08.67). A&M’s Ashley Chamberlain and Kaila Brooks race in an earlier section of the 800.

In distance races Ryan Teel and Elliott Farris will run in the 3,000m steeplechase. After his debut in the 10,000 meters at Stanford a couple of weeks ago, Austin Wells will race over 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters at LSU. Joining Wells in the 5k are Ryan Miller, Austin Geerts, and Julian Castellano.

In the 1500 the Aggies will also have Micah Dettmer, Aaron Murray, Miller and Dylan Williams. Racing in the women’s 1500 are Hillary Montgomery and Gabby Salazar.

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Gilbert Accepts Invitation To San Antonio Stars Training Camp

BRYAN, Texas- Former Texas A&M Center Karla Gilbert accepted an invitation to training camp with the San Antonio Stars of the WNBA, she announced Thursday at the Aggies’ 2013-14 Banquet. She joins former A&M All-American and 2011 Final Four MOP Danielle Adams on the Stars.

Gilbert averaged 11.3 points and 7.5 rebounds for Texas A&M in 2013-14, her first season as a full-time starter after spending time backing up Adams and Kelsey Bone of the Connecticut Sun. Gilbert set the Texas A&M single season record with 68 blocks, and finished second on the career blocks list, third on the career field goal percentage chart and ninth in total rebounds.

12 A&M players have been selected in the WNBA Draft or attended WNBA Training Camp since 2001, including six in the past four years. Three Aggies played in the WNBA during the 2013 season; Adams, Bone (then with the New York Liberty), and Sydney Carter (Connecticut Sun).

San Antonio’s season begins on Friday, May 16 at Atlanta.

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Matt Joeckel Transferring to TCU

Former Texas A&M quarterback Matt Joeckel announced earlier this week he would not return for his last season of eligibility.

On Thursday, Joeckel posted on his Twitter account he was transferring to TCU.

As of Friday afternoon there was no official announcement on the TCU football website.MattJoeckelTweet

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Texas A&M Advances With 4-0 Victory Against Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Eighth-ranked and No. 5 seed Texas A&M has advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2014 SEC Women’s Tennis Tournament with a 4-0 victory against 13th-seeded Missouri tonight at the Mizzou Tennis Complex.

The Aggies (18-5) will face fourth-ranked Florida (18-4) on Friday at 5 p.m. The Gators, the No.4 seed in the 14-team tournament field, received a first-round bye. A&M enters the quarterfinals riding a four-match win streak and having won five of its last six matches.

“Tonight the Aggies showed a good amount of metal and resolve,” A&M coach Howard Joffe said. “Our ladies held off a motivated home team and have earned a rematch with the Gators. Aside from some nicks and scrapes, I expect our group to be excited and motivated to play the fourth-ranked team in the nation.”

Tonight’s win marked A&M’s 13th consecutive victory in the all-time series against Missouri. The Tigers, who picked up their first-ever SEC tournament win on Wednesday with a 4-0 victory over No. 12 seed Arkansas, end their season 9-20.

A&M dominated on two of the three doubles courts to take the early 1-0 lead. The Aggie tandem of Rutuja Bhosale and Anna Mamalat made quick work at the No.3 doubles line, winning the first seven games en route to an 8-1 victory over Kelli Hine and Cassidy Spearman. With Ines Deheza back in the doubles lineup for the first time since March 30, the tandem was able to move back to the No. 3 line, where they improved to 7-0.

Deheza, who has been hampered by a knee injury, and partner Saska Gavrilovska jumped out to a 6-2 lead against Alex Clark and Madison Rhyner at the No. 2 line and went on to clinch the doubles point with an 8-3 victory. With the win, the Aggie pair improved to 8-1 in dual matches, all at the No. 2 position.

At the No. 1 line, A&M’s 16th-ranked duo of Stefania Hristov and Cristina Stancu entered the match riding a three-match win streak but found themselves trailing Cierra Gaytan-Leach and Rachel Stuhlmann, 6-3, after dropping three consecutive games. The Aggies then began to rally, winning the next three games to even the match at 6-6. The contest, however, would go unfinished as the doubles point was determined before the match was completed.

A&M won the first set on four of six courts to begin singles. Mamalat broke away from a 4-4 first-set tie against Clark at the No. 5 line, winning the next two games to close out the set. Mamalat then raced to 6-0 victory in the second set to give the Aggies a 2-0 lead.

Gavrilovska followed a similar pattern as she shortly thereafter closed out her match at the No. 2 line. The freshman fell behind, 3-0, to Hine in the opening set but quickly got back on serve at 3-3. The set remained on serve at 4-4 before Gavrilovska won the next two games to take the set, 6-4. Like Mamalat, Gavrilovska forged to a 6-0 second-set victory, putting A&M ahead, 3-0.

Bhosale clinched the winning point for the Aggies at the No. 3 line. After winning three consecutive games to break away from a 3-3 tie and win the first set against Stuhlmann, Bhosale controlled the second set. The freshman built a commanding 4-1 lead and went on to win the set, 6-2, and secure the winning point for the Aggies.

Aggie freshman Jana McCord had won her first set, 7-5, and held a 3-1 lead over Spearman at the No. 6 line when play was stopped. Stancu’s match against Gaytan-Leach, who led the third set, 2-1, also went unfinished.

Visit AggieAthletics.com for more information on Texas A&M women’s tennis. Aggie fans also can keep up to date with the A&M women’s tennis team on Twitter by following @AggieWTEN or on Facebook at Facebook.com/AggieWomensTennis.

No. 8 Texas A&M 4, Missouri 0
Mizzou Tennis Complex
Columbia, Mo.
April 17, 2014

Singles
1.     #11 Cristina Stancu (TAMU) vs. Cierra Gaytan-Leach (MU), 3-6, 6-4, 1-2 unfinished
2.     #63 Saska Gavrilovska (TAMU) def. Kelli Hine (MU), 6-4, 6-0
3.     Rutuja Bhosale (TAMU) def. Rachel Stuhlmann (MU), 6-3, 6-2
4.     Stefania Hristov (TAMU) vs. Madison Rhyner (MU), 3-6, 2-3 unfinished
5.     Anna Mamalat (TAMU) def. Alex Clark (MU), 6-4, 6-0
6.     Jana McCord (TAMU) vs. Cassidy Spearman (MU), 7-5, 3-1 unfinished

Doubles (A&M wins the point)
1. #16 Hristov/Stancu (TAMU) vs. Gaytan-Leach/Stuhlmann (MU), 6-6 unfinished
2. #83 Ines Deheza/Gavrilovska (TAMU) def. Clark/Rhyner (MU), 8-3
3. Bhosale/Mamalat (TAMU def. Hine/Spearman (MU), 8-1

Order of finish
Singles: 5, 2, 3
Doubles: 3, 1

Team records
Texas A&M: 18-5
Missouri: 9-21

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Kouzmanoff, Rangers Beat Mariners 8-6

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Kevin Kouzmanoff delivered again, doubling twice and scoring two runs as the Texas Rangers beat Seattle Mariners 8-6 Thursday.

Texas lost the opener of the four-game series on Monday night, but won the last three.

The 32-year-old Kouzmanoff is hitting .414 since joining the Rangers on April 9 after starting third baseman Adrian Beltre strained his left quadriceps.

Kouzmanoff has hit in all eight games in which he has played, beginning with a pinch-hitting appearance followed by seven straight starts. Beltre was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday.

Robinson Cano homered for the Mariners. He’s in a 3-for-18 slump.

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HS Sports Schedule: Thursday, April 17

BASEBALL

Willis @ Rudder, 7 p.m. (Zone 1150)

Oak Ridge @ A&M Consolidated, 7 p.m.

Bryan @ The Woodlands, 7 p.m.

College Station @ Taylor, 7 p.m.

SOFTBALL

The Woodlands College Park @ Bryan, 6:30 p.m.

College Station @ Taylor, 7 p.m.

GOLF

Class 5A Region II boys tournament, Cotton Creek, Waco

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Aggies Pound Abilene Christian for 20 Runs

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies pounded out a season-high 22 hits, including two home runs and three doubles, to post a 20-2 win over the Abilene Christian Wildcats on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park on Wednesday evening.

Ryne Birk led the hit parade, going 4-for-5 with one double, one home run, four runs and three RBI. Logan Nottebrok went 3-for-4 with one home run, three runs and four RBI. Cole Lankford batted 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBI. Logan Taylor added three hits, including a double, and three RBI.

The Aggies drew first blood in the bottom of the first inning. With two outs, Lankford drove a single into the gap in right-center and moved to second on a wild pitch. After Nick Banks drew a six-pitch walk, Nottebrok snaked a single through the right side of the infield and Lankford eluded a tag from Wildcat catcher Seth Spivey at the plate for the 1-0 lead.

Texas A&M (23-15) took advantage of an Abilene Christian error to score three runs in the bottom of the second. With one out, Birk poked single into right-center and the Aggies got a second runner aboard when ACU third baseman Brandon Grudzielanek fielded a grounder but dropped the ball before making the throw to first for an error. After Jace Statum flied to centerfield for the second out of the inning, Blake Allemand, Taylor and Lankford strung together consecutive RBI singles to inflate the Aggie cushion to 4-0.

The Maroon and White padded the lead again in the third when Birk launched a 2-1 offering over the rightfield fence for a two-out, solo dinger, the first home run of his career, to stake A&M to a 5-0 lead.

The Aggies pushed the lead to 11-0 with a six-run fourth inning. The scoring started with an RBI double by Taylor. Lankford followed with an RBI single and Stein plated two with a single up the middle. Krey Bratsen gave A&M a double-digit lead with a run scoring grounder and Jace Statum capped the scoring in the inning with an RBI double down the leftfield line for the 11-0 margin.

The cavalcade of runs continued into the fifth inning as Logan Nottebrok deposited a full-count offering into Aggie Alley for a two-run home run, his fifth of the season, to inflate the cushion to 13-0.

After threatening on a couple occasions, Abilene Christian (12-21) finally broke the scoring seal in the top of the sixth. With one out, Russell Crippen drew a five-pitch walk from reliever Ryan Hendrix and moved to second base on a passed ball. Emil Litterer threaded a 1-1 pitch down the leftfield line for a double to plate Crippen and cut the Aggie lead to 13-1.

A&M built an unassailable, 20-1, lead with a seven-run seventh inning. The Aggies flew around the base paths like an untethered tetherball in the inning, sending 13 batters to the plate. The seven-hit frame was highlighted by a two-run double by Ryne Birk and RBI singles by Bratsen, Moroney and Taylor.

Corey Ray (3-0) picked up the win for the Aggies. He weaved 5.0 scoreless innings, scattering four hits and one walk while striking out five.

The loss was hung on Ladgie Zotyka (0-1) who yielded four runs, one earned, on six hits and one walk while striking out two over 1.2 innings.

Seth Spivey was the lone Wildcat to log multiple hits, going 2-for-4 on the day.

Texas A&M returns to action on Friday as the Aggies host the Kentucky Wildcats for a three-game SEC series on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

TEXAS A&M QUOTES

Head Coach Rob Childress
On the offensive output…
“I was really proud of what we did tonight from an offensive standpoint. I think we scored eight 2-out runs, and a lot of those were early. We got a lot of big 2-out hits. Corey Ray got us off to a good start. I thought our guys played well from start to finish.”

On Corey Ray’s performance…
“We haven’t had good Tuesday starts the last couple weeks, and for him to get us off to a good start was really important. Then we were able to get some other guys some work that hadn’t gotten some work in a while. I think the thing I’m most impressed with was just our approach tonight. We face a lot of different pitchers, and it would’ve been easy for us to get long and try to lift. I thought we stayed flat, stayed in the middle of the field and were very competitive all night.”

Junior Relief Pitcher Corey Ray
On his approach at the mound…
“I just went out there throwing strikes, and let my defense work. We’ve been playing really well this last week. We brought that momentum out here, and just threw strikes to compete for the team.”

On controlling the opposing team…
“We stuck to our gameplan. Coach Childress called a great game today and Troy caught a great game today, so it made it pretty easy.”

On what the team can take away from the game…
“We’ve built a lot of momentum from the past week. So just continue to build on that. Momentum is key in a lot of things.

Freshman Infielder Ryne Birk
On the team’s performance…
“It’s always good to have a good night and help the team win. It’s good to keep the streak going. It feels great.”

On the offensive approach…
“I think we have a great approach. If we keep it up, we can play with anyone in the country.”

On pounding out 22 hits…
“It’s fun to see the other guys hitting. You go up there just trying to keep the line rolling. It was a great night for everybody.”

On hitting his first collegiate home run…
“It was a great feeling for sure. It was awesome. The team went crazy in the dugout for me. It was a special moment.”

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Lanphear’s Grand Slam Helps Aggies to 11-2 Run-Rule of SHSU

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Sophomore Cali Lanphear hit a grand slam and senior Cassie Tysarczyk added a walk-off home run as the 21st-ranked Texas A&M softball team (29-14) run-ruled Sam Houston State (22-19), 11-2 in five innings in a Wednesday nonconference matchup at the Aggie Softball Complex.

Lanphear’s bases-clearing blast came in the second inning and was the first grand slam of the sophomore’s young career. Tysarczyk’s two-run shot topped the wall in left-centerfield to force the run rule in the bottom of the fifth inning. Lanphear was 1-for-2 on the night with the grand slam, and also reached base on a hit-by-pitch. Tysarczyk was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI.

Senior Jenna Stark was also 2-for-3 with three RBI, and scored one run. The first baseman had a pair of base hits ripped through the left side. Senior Emily Albus was 2-for-4 with a two runs scored.

Redshirt junior Rachel Fox (12-7) earned the win after tossing three complete shutout innings. Fox allowed just one hit, while striking out two batters in three frames.

Texas A&M ended the first inning with a 2-0 advantage after a bases-loaded line drive off of the SHSU second baseman’s glove by senior Jenna Stark. Consecutive one-out base hits from junior Brittany Clopton and seniors Cassie Tysarczyk and Nicole Morgan put three on base in time for Stark’s shot.

The Aggies continued their momentum in the second inning, scoring seven runs to take a 9-0 lead.

Senior Taran Tyler led off with an infield hit, and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Reagan Boenker. The freshman was safe on the play as a bad throw pulled the first baseman off the bag. An infield hit from senior Emily Albus loaded the bases before pinch hitter Breanna Dozier hit into a fielder’s choice. Tyler beat the throw home, however, to score the 3-0 run as no runners were thrown out on the play.

A sacrifice fly from Tysarczyk added another run as Boenker scored, unearned. A bases-loaded hit through the left side from Stark sent Albus across the plate and, after a fielder’s choice by freshman April Ryan loaded the bases again, Lanphear slugged a sure thing over the fence in centerfield to stretch the Texas A&M lead to 9-0 after the second inning. All four runs from Lanphear’s bomb were unearned.

Sam Houston State responded with a solo home run over left-centerfield in the top of the fourth after stranding a runner at second in the third. The Bearkats added their second-and-final run of the night on a base hit down the line in left after a walk and a hit-by-pitch put runners on base in the fifth.

With Texas A&M leading 9-2 in the top of the fifth, the Aggies just needed one run to pick up the eight-after-five run-rule win. Albus picked up her second hit of the night, a bunt single, to reach base. With two outs, Tysarczyk hammered a pitch over the wall to give Texas A&M the lift it needed for the 11-2 run-rule.

Sam Houston State’s Haley Baros (9-9) started the game and took the loss after giving up four earned runs on seven hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings of work.

The Aggies are back in action at home this weekend, hosting No. 5 Florida in a three-game Southeastern Conference series. Friday and Saturday’s games vs. the Gators will be aired live on ESPNU. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.

HEAD COACH JO EVANS
On Lanphear’s grand slam…
“I thought she had three really good at bats. The first one, she hit the ball square and right to the second baseman. It’s nice to see her get up there and look comfortable. Coach [Mary Jo] Firnbach – when we’re in our meeting talking about the lineup said, ‘Let’s get her in. Let’s see what we can do.’ She had a good day yesterday in batting practice. We keep trying to get her in the lineup because we believe in her. She’s really struggled so far and we keep saying that when Lanphear gets hot, that’s a big difference in our team, and a big difference in our offensive output. So, it’s nice to see her get out there and really get comfortable.”

On the Aggies’ offense overall…
“I thought our team did a good job hitting mistakes. You know when those balls are going right back up the middle that that ball is on the plate. We did hit the ball hard. I thought Jenna Stark, in particular, really stroked the ball well, and Cassie is feeling really good. The first ball she hit she just drove it and made it look easy up there. It’s nice to see those kids coming around. Taran Tyler flies out to right, but finally squares up a pitch on the outside corner of the plate. We just needed that. Emily Albus does what she does. She sets the table and gives us a chance to get to Cassie in that inning so that we have a chance to score.”

On Rachel Fox’s outing in the circle…
“She looked really sharp. She’s just so confident out there and you can see that our team is confident behind her. We love having her out there. She’s got such a great presence. She got her work in tonight and then we get the opportunity to get Katie Marks out there.”

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Texas A&M Basketball Adds Avery Johnson, Jr.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M men’s basketball team announced Thursday the signing of Metroplex standout Avery Johnson, Jr., who will join the program for the upcoming 2014-15 campaign.

“We’re happy to add Avery to our program, he’s a point guard that has gotten better and really developed from the last summer to this spring,” Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy said. “He brings quickness and toughness. He also has a great feel for the game along with an ability to score which will add much-needed depth to the position. Being from New Orleans, I watched his father grow on the court from a late bloomer to an NBA player and Avery, Jr. has some of those same traits.”

A 5-foot-11 point guard who hails from Plano, Texas, Johnson played for Anthony Morgan at Plano West High School. As a senior, Johnson helped lead the Wolves to the District 10-5A Championship, contributing 27 points and six rebounds during the district-clinching victory over Allen High School. The Wolves captured a pair of victories in the playoffs before dropping a 75-73 contest to Berkner during the regional quarterfinals, finishing their season with a 22-7 overall record.

Johnson, who is rated as a three-star prospect by 247 Sports, was honored as a first-team All-District 10-5A selection during his final prep season at Plano West after averaging 13.9 points, 3.9 assists and 3.6 rebounds per contest.

In AAU competition, Johnson played for the Texas Titans alongside fellow Texas A&M signee Alex Robinson.

His father, Avery Johnson, Sr., was a 15-year NBA veteran who went on to become the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks (2005-08) and New Jersey Nets (2010-12) following his playing career.

“Both of the players we’ve signed this week come from great high school basketball programs where they have been well-coached,” Kennedy added. “They’re going to be good students in the classroom and we expect them to big parts of our program as we compete for championships in the seasons to come.”

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Two Aggie Football Players Arrested for Failure to Appear, Another Arrested for Assault

Updated information provided by the College Station Police Department

On Thursday April 10, 2014 at approximately 2340 hrs, an officer with the College Station Police Department performed a traffic stop on a 2008 Pontiac in the 2000 blk of Texas Avenue for displaying an expired registration on the vehicle. While conducting the traffic stop, a driver’s license check revealed that the driver of the vehicle had an active warrant for his arrest from the City of College Station Municipal Court. This warrant was found to be valid and was confirmed and the driver was taken into custody without incident.

The driver requested to release his vehicle to one of the two passengers in the vehicle in lieu of towing the vehicle. A check of the front passenger’s information revealed an active warrant for his arrest for Assault from Harris County, Texas. This warrant was found to be valid and was confirmed and he was taken into custody without incident.

A check of the remaining passenger’s information revealed three active arrest warrants for his arrest from the City of College Station Municipal Court. These warrants were found to be valid and confirmed and he was taken into custody without incident.

Arrested and charged were the following individuals:

Vehicle Driver: Edward Lynn Pope, 20 year old male, College Station, TX, Failure to Appear (Warrant-City of College Station Municipal Court)

Vehicle Passenger: Gavin Christopher Stansbury, 21 year old male, College Station, TX, Assault (Warrant-Harris County)

Vehicle Passenger: Howard Lee Matthews Jr, 20 year old male, College Station, TX, Failure to Appear (Warrant-City of College Station Municipal Court), Speeding (Capias Warrant-City of College Station Municipal Court), Failure to Exhibit Driver’s License (Capias Warrant-City of College Station Municipal Court)

Original story:

Sophomore wide receiver Ed Pope, senior defensive back  Howard Matthews and senior defensive lineman Gavin Stansbury have been arrested by College Station PD.

14-004161 2340 WARRANT ARREST (COLLEGE STATION PD) –
ARRESTED: POPE, EDWARD LYNN
CHARGE: FAILURE TO APPEAR

14-004162 0005 WARRANT ARREST (COLLEGE STATION PD) –
ARRESTED: MATTHEWS, HOWARD LEE JR
CHARGES: SPEEDING, FAILURE TO EXHIBIT
DRIVER’S LICENSE, AND FAILURE TO APPEAR

14-004163 0006 WARRANT ARREST (HARRIS COUNTY SO) –
ARRESTED: STANSBURY, GAVIN CHRISTOPHER
CHARGE: ASSAULT

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Chris Johnson Reportedly Signs Two-year Deal with New York Jets

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The Jets have a new home-run threat in the backfield.

After lingering on the free agent market, Chris Johnson has reportedly signed a two-year deal with the Jets, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The 28-year-old Johnson has rushed for at least 1,000 yards in every one of his six NFL seasons, and he had a breakthrough 2,006-yard 2009 season that earned him both his nickname (‘CJ2k’) and the AP Offensive Player of the Year honor.

Johnson met with the Jets Tuesday, but reportedly left team facilities without a deal.

Story courtesy of nfl.si.com

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Kennedy to Add Abdur-Rahim to Staff

By RICHARD CROOME

Texas A&M basketball coach Billy Kennedy will add Amir Abdur-Rahim to fill the vacancy of assistant coach, according to an athletic department member close to the men’s basketball program.

The official announcement of the hiring should come as early as Thursday.

Abdur-Rahim, 33, spent the last two years as an assistant at the College of Charleston under head coach Doug Wojcik.

Glynn Cyprien, who was Kennedy’s first hire when he came to A&M in May of 2011, was released of his duties last week.

Abdur-Rhaim was a three-time all Southland Conference selection for Kennedy at Southeastern Louisiana and was a graduate assistant for two years and an assistant coach for three years with Kennedy at Murray State.

Abdur-Rahim is the brother of former NBA all-star and current assistant general manager of the Sacramento Kings Shareef Abdur-Rahim.

A native of Georgia, Abdur-Rahim has strong recruiting ties in the Southeatern Conference region.

Story courtesy of AggieSports.com

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Aggie Basketball Inks Illinois Standout Peyton Allen

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M men’s basketball program officially announced Wednesday that it has received the National Letter of Intent from Peyton Allen.

Allen, a 6-foot-5 guard, hails from Chatham, Ill., where he played for coach Todd Brakeman at Glenwood High School.

“One of our goals this spring was to add a great 3-point shooter as well as a guard who can score and Peyton is the guy we identified and we’re excited to bring him into our program,” Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy said. “He’s not just a shooter, but also a guy who can put the ball on the floor and make tough plays as well as play defense. Being first-team All-State in Illinois tells you a lot about what type of player he is because basketball is really king in Illinois.”

A nominee for McDonald’s All-America accolades as well as Mr. Basketball in the state of Illinois, Allen averaged 25.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest as a senior. Among the many awards bestowed upon Allen during his final prep season were first-team All-State honors from the Associated Press, Champaign/Urbana New Gazette and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association along with second-team recognition from the Chicago Tribune. Additionally, Allen was selected to the All-Tournament team at both the Tournament of Champions and the State Farm Classic.

Rated as a three-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com, Allen ended his time at GHS as the school’s all-time leading scoring with 2,036 career points, including a record 809 as a senior. He holds the distinction of ending his prep career ranked eighth in the state of Illinois for career free throws made (493-for-614, 76.9%) as well as sixth in makes from the charity stripe during a single season (247-for-299, 82.6%).

“Peyton has a great work ethic and an extraordinary love for the game,” Glenwood High School head boys basketball coach Todd Brakeman said. “He’s a kid that comes to practice every day excited. I’ve never been around somebody that loves the game as much as he does. He’s got an incredible will to win and will do whatever it takes to make his team and his teammates better.”

The four-time team MVP enjoyed a career-best 43 points against Highland High School on Feb. 18. Allen also played on the AAU circuit with the SW Illinois Jets.

Before deciding to attend Texas A&M, Allen was recruited by Butler, Iowa, St. Joseph’s, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Wichita State, among others.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Astros Call Up Prized Prospect Springer

HOUSTON (AP) _ Prized prospect George Springer says he will join the Houston Astros from Triple-A Oklahoma City today. The 24-year-old outfielder had 37 homers and 108 RBIs with 45 stolen bases combined in Double-A and Triple-A last year. He was off to a strong start in Triple-A this season. He’s hitting .308 with three homers and eight RBIs.

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Aggie QB Matt Joeckel Transferring To Another School

COLLEGE STATION– Texas A&M graduate and Aggie quarterback Matt Joeckel will take advantage of an NCAA transfer rule to pursue his final year of athletic eligibility at another institution.

“Matt is a great Aggie and he has decided to transfer,” Aggie head football coach Kevin Sumlin said. “We wish him all the best.”

Joeckel earned his undergraduate degree from the Mays Business School at Texas A&M in December.

“I have loved my four and a half years at Texas A&M,” Joeckel said. “I am glad I had the opportunity to play for Coach Sumlin, Coach (Jake) Spavital and the rest of the coaches. I am proud to have my degree from the Mays Business School and I’ll always consider myself a member of the Aggie family.”

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

 

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Aggie Baseball Tonight

Aggie Baseball is coming off a big series win in Nashville this weekend over the  7th ranked Vanderbilt Commodores taking two of three. It’s the first home series loss for Vandy in 2 years. A&M looks to keep things rolling against Abilene Christian University tonight. Pre-game is 6: 00 First Pitch is at 6:35 on 1620 WTAW.

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High School Baseball and Softball Scores

 High School Baseball:

The No. 1 Class 3A team in the state is the College Station Cougars, they edged out Rockdale last night 2-1.

Bryan beat Lufkin 3-1 in District 14-5A  action last night to clinch a playoff-spot.

Consol got nipped by College Park 2-1.

Rudder lost to Brenham 2-1.

 

High School Softball:

The A&M Consolidated Tiger softball team (14-17, 3-9) ended the season with a 3-1 victory over Conroe.

Rockdale Lady Tigers were down 4 against College Station and then hung 10 unanswered runs on the Cougars to close out a 10-4 win.

Rudder fell to Montgomery 12-2

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Dallas Stars in Cup Playoffs

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Stephane Robidas realized he might end up facing his
former teammates in the first round of the playoffs when he was traded from the
Dallas Stars to the Anaheim Ducks last month. Robidas realizes his postseason
fate rests on the powerhouse Ducks’ will. Anaheim hosts the Stars in Game 1
tonight.

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NBA Scores

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION<

Final  New York      109  Brooklyn   98
Final  L-A Clippers  117  Denver    105

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