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LETU Sports Update 4-15-14

TYLER, April 15, 2014— YourEastTexas.com brings you the latest in sports events and happenings from LeTourneau University.

LETU Participates in Division III Week:

LeTourneau University is one of 448 NCAA Division III institutions around the country. Last week (Apr. 7-13), members hosted Division III week, aimed at celebrating what those schools have to offer student-athletes in the classroom, in the field of play and in the community during the 40th year of the NCAA Division III.

There are currently 183,500 Division III student-athletes as compared to 287,510 at the Division I and II levels from coast to coast. Division III, however, represents the largest tier in the NCAA at 40% of the total membership.

On Monday, April 7, the athletic department recognized 94 student-athletes for earning a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher through the fall semesteer. The 94 student-athletes come from all 13 sports sponsored by LeTourneau University – baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, softball and volleyball.

On Tuesday, April 8, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee held a Faculty/Staff Integration lunch in the new Allen Student Center. At the luncheon, the student-athletes shared with the audience what

SAAC and NCAA Division III is, shared about their experiences as student-athletes  and a  "Where Are They Now" - a recap of former student-athletes and where they are living and what they are doing. The “Where Are They Now” was also shared on the athletic web page and social media channels.

On Wednesday thru Friday (April 9-11), various athletic teams teamed up with the City of Longview for “Keep Longview Beautiful” as they picked up litter and other debris on the areas that surround the campus and beyond. The men’s and women’s tennis teams visited the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission in Longview, where they served a meal to the visitors. Plus, members of the men’s soccer team assisted with the replanting of trees near Newgate Mission in Longview.

On Friday, April 11, NCAA Division III t-shirts were given to fans as the LeTourneau baseball team hosted area rival, Texas-Tyler.

 

Women’s Tennis:

With cold temperatures and windy conditions in Monday’s opening round, the LeTourneau University women’s golf team is in ninth place at the American Southwest Conference Championship at Squaw Valley Golf Club in Glen Rose.

The YellowJackets shot a 412 with Stephanie Mobley shooting a team-best 98 in the first round to lead LeTourneau. The University of Texas-Tyler holds a seven-stroke lead on Mary Hardin-Baylor after shooting a 317. McKenzie Ralston of Mary Hardin-Baylor shot a +3, 75 for a one-stroke lead in the individual race.

Mobley is 26th, followed by Alisa Wilson (27th, 99), Kyleigh Scoggin (28th, 100) and Katelyn Breazeale (33rd, 115) to round out the YellowJacket lineup. The ASC Championship and NCAA automatic qualifier will be on the line when the final round starts Tuesday at 8:00 a.m.

 

Men’s Golf:

With cold temperatures and windy conditions in Monday’s opening round, the LeTourneau University men’s golf team is in seventh place after 36 holes at the American Southwest Conference Championship at Squaw Valley Golf Club in Glen Rose.

The YellowJackets shot a 699 (346-353) with Spencer Gregory is 29th after recording a team-best 170 (81-89)  to lead LeTourneau. His opening round 81 is just one stroke off his season-best round. The University of Texas-Tyler and Mary Hardin-Baylor are tied for the team lead after posting a 619. Chapman Herwood of the University of Texas-Tyler is the individual leader by three strokes with a 148 (73-75).

Austin Gray is tied for 30th (171), Will Park is in 32nd (178), Jacob Soerens is in 33rd (180) and Blake Smith is 34th (184) to round out the YellowJacket lineup. The ASC Championship and NCAA automatic qualifier will be on the line when the final round starts Tuesday at 8 a.m.

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