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West Texas A&M Athletic Director Michael McBroom announced Wednesday that Tom Brown, the associate head coach at Winona State University (Minn.) for the past 16 years, has been hired as the 17th men’s basketball coach in program history. Brown has 20 years of coaching experience overall, and has been part of one of the most successful Division II men’s basketball programs in recent history as he helped lead the Warriors to the NCAA Division II National Championship in 2006 and 2008, while finishing runner-up in 2007. During that span, Winona State posted an unprecedented 105-6 record. Since Brown has been on the bench at WSU, the Warriors have gone to the NCAA Tournament 10 times, including the past two and a string of seven-straight from 2005-2011. Brown has helped the Warriors reach the Elite Eight four times, including most recently in 2013. WSU has won over 20 games in each of the past 10 seasons and are 368-139 (.726). Named Division II Bulletin’s ‘Program of the Decade’ for 2000-2009, WSU set a NCAA Division II record with 57 consecutive wins, a run that began on Jan. 13, 2006, and didn’t end until the national title game on Mar. 24, 2007. The 2007-08 Warrior squad won a NCAA record 38 games. During Brown’s tenure at Winona State, the Warriors have won six Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championships (1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008) and won five NSIC Tournament titles (2001, 06, 07, 08, 11). The 1999 conference title was the first for Winona State in 24 years. An excellent recruiter and teacher, Brown has had a hand in developing some of the best players in the nation with three National Player of the Year recipients, along with six first team All-America honorees and 10 players total have earned All-America status. He has helped coach five NSIC Most Valuable Players, seven NSIC Defensive Players of the Year and two Elite Eight Most Valuable Players.
Brown is scheduled to meet with media and fans at a press conference on Monday, April 21 at 4:30 p.m. in The Legends Club at the Jack B. Kelley Student Center and it is open to the public.
For the third time in four years one of the best rivalries in the North American Hockey League will be renewed in the South Division final and a birth to the Robertson Cup National Semi-Final.
The Amarillo Bulls will host the Topeka RoadRunners in the Best-Of-Five series that begins this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m at the Amarillo Civic Center.
The scene for games 3 and 4 (if necessary) will shift to Kansas Expo Center Landon Arena for next Thursday, Apr. 24 and Friday, Apr. 25 also at 7:05 p.m. If a fifth and deciding game is needed it will be back at the Amarillo Civic Center on Monday, Apr. 28 at 7 p.m.
The Bulls managed to win the regular season South title but had a hard time with the Roadrunners in the last couple of months, dropping the last seven of their 12 meetings this season.
Even though the Amarillo Venom didn't have a game last week, they were busy. At his weekly news conference, head coach Julian Reese said they worked on everything! He said with all the young players on the team, they needed to get back to the basics and work on alot of timing issues. Coming off their first loss of the season, the open date allowed the team to work on their mental approach as well. Reese feels like the team has learned a valuable lesson from the loss.
The Venom trave to New Mexico this Saturday to take on the Stars, a team they beat in the first game of the season.
The Tascosa boys and Canyon girls track and field teams came away with wins at Area meets on Thursday. The Rebels easily outdistanced Abilene High in the 5A meet in Lubbock. Caprock boys finished second in the 4A competition with Amarillo High third and Palo Duro 4th. In Class 3A, Borger boys won the team title while Dalhart came in second.
On the girls side, Tascosa came in second, just one point behind Coronado. Canyon had no trouble winning the team title in the 4A meet. Randall and Amarillo High tied for third while Caprock was fifth. Pampa and Dalhart came in third and fourth in the 3A meet.
At the 1-2A Regional Tennis Tounament in Odessa, Tulia’s Madison and Jaxton Hoelting won the Region I-2A mixed doubles title to punch their ticket to state. Canadian’s Ethan Lusk and Boston Hudson lost in the boys doubles semifinals, then won back-to-back matches to qualify for state. Carlos Subealda of Tulia qualified with a 2nd place finish in boys singles.
More success for area players at the 1A Regional Tournament in Levelland. Claude’s Tess Maxfield won the girls singles division to qualify for state for the second straight year. Wellington’s girls doubles team of Ashley Souder and Abby Morris and boys singles competitor Walker Bartlett each won regional titles.
In golf, Amarillo High sophomore just missed out a state tournament berth. Marquez shot a 74 Thursday at the Region I-4A girls golf tournament in Abilene but came up one stroke short of qualifying for state.
Randall girls team finished fifth at the meet, while Amarillo High was 8th.
The 6th ranked West Texas A&M baseball team returns to the road this week as it travels to Angelo State for a three-game series Friday and Saturday. The teams play a single game at 6:30 p.m. this evening, followed by a doubleheader at 1 p.m. tomorrow.
Despite not playing that well in the last few series, the Buffs are still tied with Texas A&M-Kingsville for the Lone Star Conference lead each at 18-8 with nine conference games left. Angelo State is 12-14 in conference play which is good for third as the Rams hold a 1.5 game lead over Tarleton State in the standings. The Buffs took all four games from the Rams when they met in Canyon a few weeks ago.
The top four teams earn berths in the Lone Star Conference Championship this season, scheduled for May 8-10, at the regular season champion.
The WT softball team will be honoring the seniors on Friday during an LSC doubleheader with Eastern New Mexico at Shaeffer Park in Canyon. The first game begins at 5 p.m. and the seniors will be honored between games of the doubleheader. The #1 ranked Lady Buffs are one game behind Angelo State State in the Conference race heading into the weekend. Angelo plays at Kingsville today.