STEPHENVILLE – The spring crossover season is in full force as the Tarleton Basketball teams return home for a crucial stretch of home games with postseason implications on the line and the newly-started spring teams stay out on the road.
Tarleton Basketball will be back in Wisdom Gym this week to renew its hardwood rivalry with MSU Texas, formerly Midwestern State, Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The women’s team will take the court first with the men’s game to follow. Thursday night will be ‘Stephenville Night’ in Wisdom Gym and all Stephenville residents with ID will receive free admission into the game.
The teams will follow up on Saturday with a 2 p.m. doubleheader against Cameron. We will be offering free admission to all Erath County First Responders and their immediate families.
The basketball teams are a combined 30-12 as they head into the final 8 games (seven for the men) of the regular season. Both teams are among the top five in their respective Lone Star Conference standings eyeing a berth in the LSC Tournament Championship, which will return to Frisco in the Comerica Center (formerly Dr Pepper Arena) March 7-10, 2019. Juniors Mackenzie Hailey and Josh Hawley made Tarleton history when Hawley scored his 1,000th career point last Saturday – making them the first Texan and TexAnn with over 1,000 points during simultaneous careers since Katie Crawford and John Davis in 2007.
Meanwhile, the Tarleton Baseball and Softball teams will once again invade the same city when they head to San Antonio for the weekend. The Texan Baseball team will look to get back in the win column with a three-game series against St. Mary’s while the No. 14 TexAnn Softball team will take part in the St. Mary’s College Classic on Friday through Sunday.
Texan Baseball is 1-2 to begin the season under interim head coach Brennan Rogers. Tarleton won its season opener 8-5 over Arkansas Tech before falling to St. Cloud State and St. Mary’s to close out the Winter Invitational at Minute Maid Park.
Tarleton Softball stumbled out of the gate with a loss to open the season but rebounded nicely to win the final five games of the Winter Invitational in Houston last weekend. The Tarleton pitching staff tossed 41.0 total innings and combined for a 0.85 team ERA in the first six games, including complete-game shutouts from Jordan Withrow and Julia Wernet.
The Tarleton Women’s Tennis team will get their season under way on Saturday morning when the TexAnns visit UT-Tyler at 10 a.m.
Head Tennis Coach Lance Drake and the defending Lone Star Conference Player of the Year, Alicia Barbaroux, are back for another season of TexAnn tennis. Drake will begin his 19th season at the helm of the program, over which he has led Tarleton to 11 NCAA postseason appearances. Tarleton returns four letterwinners from last year’s squad, including the LSC Player of the Year Barbaroux and the ITA South Central Region Newcomer of the Year, Neetika Sud, as well as Shelby Fillingame and Sherine Salem. Tarleton also welcomes three international newcomers – Nathalie Ulander (Sweden), Faustine Palatte (France), and Sofija Hrovat (Germany).
The Tarleton Basketball Radio Shows will also continue this week. Misty Wilson will return to her usual location on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. live from First Financial Bank in Stephenville. Chris Reisman will take to the airwaves on Friday from Bruner Motors on Lillian Street and the South Loop at 12 p.m. The Pizza Place will cater both shows.
There will also be a special edition of the Todd Whitten Radio Show on Wednesday evening at TexStar Ford in Stephenville. The show will highlight all of the action from National Signing Day on Wednesday as Whitten joins Byron Anderson to discuss the next generation of Texan Football stars.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7
W. Basketball vs MSU Texas in Wisdom Gym at 5:30 p.m.
M. Basketball vs MSU Texas in Wisdom Gym at 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8
Baseball at St. Mary’s in San Antonio at 3 p.m.
Softball vs St. Edward’s in San Antonio at 2:30 p.m.
Softball vs Colorado Mines in San Antonio at 4:45 p.m.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2
Tennis at UT-Tyler in Tyler at 10 a.m.
W. Basketball vs Cameron in Wisdom Gym at 2 p.m.
M. Basketball vs Cameron in Wisdom Gym at 4 p.m.
Baseball at St. Mary’s (DH) in San Antonio at 1/3 p.m.
Softball vs New Mexico Highlands in San Antonio at 10 a.m.
Softball vs Regis in San Antonio at 2:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3
Softball vs Drury in San Antonio at 10 a.m.
Softball at St. Mary’s in San Antonio at 2:30 p.m.
Thursday night’s basketball games are ‘Stephenville Night’ in Wisdom Gym. All Stephenville residents with proof of residency, such as a driver’s license, will receive free admission into the contest.
On Saturday, Tarleton will welcome all Erath County First Responders and their immediate families to the game for free. The invitation extends out to police officers, fire and rescue, and emergency medical personnel.
The Tarleton State Ticket Office is open from 1:30-4 p.m. in the main lobby of Wisdom Gym and can be reached by telephone at 254-968-1832. Cash, check, and cards are all accepted. Tarleton’s Stephenville Campus Students receive free admission to all home games with valid Stephenville Campus Student ID.