STEPHENVILLE – There will be plenty of exciting action in Stephenville this week as Tarleton gets set to host two of the biggest games of the basketball season in Wisdom Gym and the baseball and softball teams will make their home debut. Meanwhile, golf and tennis will try to find success on the road.
The NCAA regional polls, which will ultimately determine who gets to play for a national championship, are set to debut this week for the basketball teams and both the Texans and TexAnns are in the mix. Tarleton will play host to West Texas A&M, who will be among the top of the regional rankings in the men’s and women’s polls, and Eastern New Mexico, who will also be fighting for a place among the regional rankings, on Thursday and Saturday.
Tarleton will host West Texas A&M Thursday night in Wisdom Gym with a 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. doubleheader. Tarleton will host Eastern New Mexico Saturday afternoon with a 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. doubleheader.
The basketball teams are a combined 36-13 as they head into the final 4 games 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 earlier this season by topping 1,000 career points – making them the first Texan and TexAnn with over 1,000 points during simultaneous careers since Katie Crawford and John Davis in 2007.
Tickets for the LSC Championship Basketball Tournament are on sale now. Fans can save $15 off the regular price for all-session passes and avoid fees by making an on-campus advance purchase. The all-session ticket grants access to all seven sessions at a reduced rate of $45. The all-session price increases to $60 for those not purchased through LSC schools by March 5. Tickets will be available at the Comerica Center Box Office or through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com).
Thursday will be SPARD Night for the Stephenville community. All SPARD athletes will receive free admission to the game. For the Tarleton students, it will be Greek Night and Corps Night as the athletics department welcomes the Greek Organizations and the Corps of Cadets to the games.
Saturday will be the annual Purple Blazer recognition ceremony at halftime, as well as senior day for the men and women. The women’s team will recognize seniors Kaylee Allen, McKinley Bostad, and Katie Webster, as well as Hannah Hyde and team manager Maddie Oliver, who will be playing their final home games for the TexAnns. On the men’s side, Tarleton will be recognizing four seniors – Brandon Goldsmith, Jaraan Lands, Jesse Hill, and Corinthian Ramsey – for their final game at Wisdom Gym.
The Tarleton Basketball Radio Shows will also continue this week. Misty Wilson will be in 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.
Tarleton Softball continues to be among the top softball programs in the Lone Star Conference and the nation. The TexAnns went on the road to begin league play against Cameron last weekend and Tarleton took two of the three from the Aggies. Tarleton will make its home debut this weekend for a three-game series against Texas A&M-Kingsville, beginning Friday at 6 p.m. Tarleton was originally scheduled to play Texas A&M International Tuesday afternoon, but that doubleheader has been moved to April 16 due to inclement weather.
The TexAnns are ranked No. 14 in the nation by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and Georgia Capell and Tanna Huie were recently named to the Schutt Sports/NFCA Top-50 National Player of the Year Watch List.
Texan Baseball is 2-8 to begin the season under interim head coach Brennan Rogers. Tarleton won its second game of the year last Saturday on a near-no-hitter from Brian Archibald at UAFS. The Texans will make their home debut this weekend in a four-game series against UCCS, beginning Friday at 3 p.m. in Stephenville.
Tarleton Tennis is off to a 2-0 start to the season after defeating UT-Tyler in last Thursday’s season opener and then stunning No. 11 St. Mary’s in New Braunfels on Saturday afternoon. Tarleton was originally scheduled to make their home debut Tuesday against St. Edwards, but weather has forced a delay. That match has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 7. Tarleton will travel to Abilene this week for two matches against NCAA Division I opponents – Abilene Christian and Oral Roberts – Thursday and Friday.
Tarleton Golf will get their spring season under way today and tomorrow as Isabel Jimenez will officially get her coaching career started with a trip to the St. Edward’s Women’s Invitational in Austin.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18
Golf at St. Edward’s Women’s Invitational in Austin
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19
Golf at St. Edward’s Women’s Invitational in Austin
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21
Tennis at Abilene Christian in Abilene at 6 p.m.
W. Basketball vs West Texas A&M in Wisdom Gym at 5:30 p.m.
M. Basketball vs West Texas A&M in Wisdom Gym at 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22
Tennis vs Oral Roberts in Abilene at 9 a.m.
Baseball vs UCCS at Cecil Ballow Baseball Complex in Stephenville at 3 p.m.
Softball vs Texas A&M-Kingsville at Tarleton Softball Complex in Stephenville at 6 p.m.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23
W. Basketball vs Eastern New Mexico in Wisdom Gym at 2 p.m.
M. Basketball vs Eastern New Mexico in Wisdom Gym at 4 p.m.
Baseball vs UCCS (DH) at Cecil Ballow Baseball Complex in Stephenville at 1 p.m.
Softball vs Texas A&M-Kingsville (DH) at Tarleton Softball Complex in Stephenville at 1 p.m.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24
Baseball vs UCCS at Cecil Ballow Baseball Complex in Stephenville at 1 p.m.