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The 2017 Lone Star Conference Male and Female Athletes of the Year included three league standouts as West Texas A&M's Rellie Kaputin and Marshall Kasowski, and UT Permian Basin's Daeshon Francis were recognized. The awards were announced Wednesday following a vote of the league's sports information directors.

WT's Kaputin earned LSC top female athlete recognition following an exceptional track and field career, while UTPB's Francis and WT's Kasowski shared the honor of top male athlete after tremendous basketball and baseball seasons, respectively.

Kaputin was the top female in front of Tarleton State volleyball standout Hailey Roberts in a close vote.

Francis and Kasowski claimed the men's award just ahead of Texas A&M-Commerce track and field star Florian Obst.

Kaputin was named US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Women's Field Athlete of the Year after she won the triple jump and scored 21 points at the 2017 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships becoming the first Lady Buff in program history to win an individual title. The Papua New Guinea native finished second in the long jump and became the first Lady Buff to earn three All-America honors at the same indoor championship. Kaputin earned LSC Indoor Female Field Athlete of the Year acclaim after leading WT to the LSC Championship for the fourth straight year.

In the outdoor season, Kaputin was a member of the 2017 NCAA Division II National Champion Lady Buffs scoring a school-record 22 points, including a national title in the triple jump and a runner-up finish in the long jump. In the triple jump, her mark of 43-7 (13.28m) not only shattered her own school-record, but ranks second in NCAA Division II history. Kaputin earned USTFCCCA All-Region honors in the jumps and earned back-to-back conference titles in the long jump and triple jump and a runner-up finish in the high jump as WT claimed its second straight LSC Championship.

Francis led UT Permian Basin to a 26-6 record while capturing the LSC Men's Basketball Championship and Tournament title in its first season in the league. The junior earned LSC Player of the Year and D2CCA South Central Region Player of the Year honors after scoring 18.2 points per game with a .559 field goal percentage.

The Indianapolis, Indiana native helped the Falcons lead the league and rank 13th nationally in scoring this season, averaging 88.3 points per game. Francis scored in double-figures in 30 of 32 games this season with a season high 34 points. The LSC Tournament MVP scored at least 20 points 11 times in 2016-17. Francis paced the team with 48 steals and was second in rebounding (6.6 per game) and assists (3.1).

Kasowski led the nation in strikeouts breaking the school and LSC record for K's in a season with 165 as the Buffs won the LSC Baseball Tournament Championship. He also topped the nation in strikeouts per nine innings at 15.91. Kasowski became the highest drafted player in WT Baseball history as the 400th overall pick in the 13th round of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Conroe, Texas native was named LSC Pitcher of the Year, first team all-LSC, NCBWA and CCA Region Pitcher of the Year and was a multiple All-America honoree in his first season in a Buff uniform. Kasowski, who is a finalist for the prestigious Brett Tomko Award, went 9-5 with a 2.22 ERA ranking third in the LSC and 34th nationally. He pitched a team-high 93.1 innings, allowing 50 hits, 27 runs (23 earned) and walked just 50 as opponents hit a team-low .156 against him. Kasowski tallied 11 games of double-digit strikeouts, including a school-record 17 on March 24.

Here is a closer look at the voting breakdown for each award, along with the honorees since 1999:

LSC MALE ATHLETE OF YEAR (Name, School, Year, Sport, Points): Daeshon Francis, UT Permian Basin, Jr., Men's Basketball, 12; Marshall Kasowski, West Texas A&M, Jr., Baseball, 12; Florian Obst, Texas A&M-Commerce, Jr., Track & Field, 11; Nils Fischer, Angelo State, Fr., Track & Field , 7; Akoakoa Paleka-Kennedy, Midwestern State, Sr., Football, 6; Brandon Jones, Texas A&M-Kingsville, So., Football, 5; Cody Bower, Cameron, Sr., Baseball, 3; Cody Burtscher, Tarleton State, Sr., Football, 3; Alex DeLaCruz, Eastern New Mexico, Sr., Baseball, 1; Jean-Laurent Pageault, Western New Mexico, Sr., Tennis, 0.

LSC FEMALE ATHLETE OF YEAR (Name, School, Year, Sport, Points): Rellie Kaputin, West Texas A&M, Sr., Track & Field, 20; Hailey Roberts, Tarleton State, Jr., Volleyball, 19; Nicole Nordie, Texas Woman's, Sr., Softball, 8; Mallory Blauser, Angelo State, Sr., Volleyball, 7; Vicky Back, Texas A&M-Commerce, Sr., Soccer, 7; Breezy McComas, Cameron, Sr., Softball, 3; Kaina Martinez, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Sr., Track and Field, 1; Lauren Frye, Eastern New Mexico, Sr., Volleyball, 1; Destinee Williamson, Midwestern State, Jr., Soccer, 0; Shannon Rich, Western New Mexico, Sr., Volleyball, 0.

Angelo State's Kami Norton and Texas A&M-Commerce's Turner Pool were selected as the 2017 Lone Star Conference Fred Jacoby Academic Athletes of the Year. The awards were announced Tuesday following a vote of the league's sports information directors.

ASU's Norton and A&M-C's Pool are the 10th recipients of the award bearing the name of Jacoby, the long-time LSC commissioner who passed away in March 2008. The nominees included the Academic Player of the Year in each sport as selected during the year.

Norton captured LSC top female academic athlete honors; followed by Rambelle soccer star Demi Tsambasis, Tarleton State golf standout Casey Wild and West Texas A&M softball star Kilee Halbert.

Pool was the top choice for male academic athlete honors in front of ASU baseball standout Matt Waller and Cameron golf star Dario Gabriel.

Norton, a kinesiology major, earned LSC Academic Player of the Year acclaim for both indoor and outdoor track and field with a perfect 4.0 GPA. The junior from Albany, Texas was the national runner-up in the heptathlon and earned All-American honors in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Division II outdoor meet. She scored 10 points and helped ASU to its best team finish since 2013. At the indoor championships, Norton was the national runner-up and an All-American in the pentathlon with a school record 4,067 points. It is the ninth best mark in Division II history. She also placed 15th in the long jump to help ASU achieve a top-25 finish for the seventh consecutive season.

Pool made history by claiming three LSC Academic Player of the Year awards in 2016-17. He took home top honors in Cross Country, Indoor Track & Field, and Outdoor Track & Field. A native of Frisco, Texas, Pool is a finance and accounting major with a 3.9 GPA. The junior won the bronze medal at the LSC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 10,000-meters, and finished fourth at the LSC Cross Country Championships in October. He set personal bests in five track events this season - the indoor mile and 3,000-meters, and the outdoor 1,500-, 5,000-, and 10,000-meters.

Here is a closer look at the voting breakdown for each award, along with the all-time honorees:

LSC MALE ACADEMIC ATHLETE OF YEAR (Name, School, Sport, Points): Turner Pool, Texas A&M-Commerce, Cross Country, Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field, 21; Matt Waller, Angelo State, Baseball, 14; Dario Gabriel, Cameron, Golf, 10; Ramon Toyos, Midwestern State, Tennis, 7; Zed Woerner, Tarleton State, Football, 6; Nemanja Krtolica, Midwestern State, Basketball, 2.

LSC FEMALE ACADEMIC ATHLETE OF YEAR (Name, School, Sport, Points): Kami Norton, Angelo State, Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field, 29; Demi Tsambasis, Angelo State, Soccer, 10; Casey Wild, Tarleton State, Golf, 7; Kilee Halbert, West Texas A&M, Softball, 7; Greta Lazzarotto, Midwestern State, Tennis, 5; Courtney Lawson, Eastern New Mexico, Volleyball, 4; Bailey Wipff, Tarleton State, Basketball, 2; Terra Truitt, Texas A&M-Commerce, Cross Country, 2.

The Lone Star Conference announced their annual Scholar-Athlete Award winners on Monday, with seniors Harry Wetton and Bobbi Pierson taking home the honors for Western New Mexico University.

Each academic year, the LSC presents a Scholar-Athlete Award to one male and one female student-athlete at each member institution. These student-athletes are selected as representatives of the outstanding accomplishments in athletics, scholarship and leadership that are displayed on each LSC campus during the year. To be eligible for consideration, student-athletes must have participated at least two years in their sport and be a member of the graduating class.

Wetton was recently tabbed to the CoSIDA Academic All-American Third-Team, along with earning both LSC Academic and All-Conference lists this year. He holds a 3.91 GPA and is majoring in business management. He took home All-RMAC Academic First-Team accolades each of the past two seasons and was an All-RMAC performer the past three seasons. Wetton took home several other honors over the years in Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholar and PING All-Region. He compiled an amazing 44 rounds at par or better throughout his career.

He played in 32 rounds this season with a low of 210 on 54-hole and 140 on 36-hole. He had a low score of 66 that included four top-five finishes, a 73.75 scoring average and a 566-349 (62) win-loss record, leading the team in both categories. His 210 came the Mustang Intercollegiate when he finished fifth out of 104, with his low round of 66 coming in that same event. Wetton finishes his career with the second-best scoring average of 73.40, just behind Mustang great Calum Hill's 73.16.

Pierson garnered CoSIDA Academic All-District honors back in May and holds a 4.0 GPA and is majoring in kinesiology. She was named to the Lone Star Conference Academic Team this year after taking home the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Summit Award each of the past two seasons for having the top GPA in her sport. In addition to that, she was also tabbed the RMAC Academic Golfer of the Year each of the past two seasons.

She earned All-RMAC honors for her play the past two seasons as well. This season she saw action in 19 rounds with a low round of 76 and an 82.74 scoring average. Pierson tallied one top-10 finish and fired her low round of 76 at both Embry Riddle and WNMU Fall Intercollegiate, as her top finish came at Embry Riddle in which she tied for ninth.

The Western New Mexico University basketball programs will be holding a girls and boys camp July 10-13.

Campers will have the chance to either enroll in the Division I camp (ages 5-7) or the Division 2 camp (ages 8-11). The Division I camp runs from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. each day, while the Division 2 camp will take place from 12 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. each day. The cost is $50 per camper and you can receive a $10 discount for coming with a sibling. Campers will also receive a WNMU t-shirt the last day of the camp.

If you have any questions, please contact either head women's basketball coach Lauren Unger at lauren.unger@wnmu.edu or head men's basketball coach Matt Enriquez at matthew.enriquez@wnmu.edu.

Please see this attached form by clicking here to register for the camp. Campers can register either ahead of time by filling out the form and mailing it in or by showing up 30 minutes prior to the start of camp on the first day of June 10.

The Lone Star Conference and the City of Frisco announced Wednesday an agreement that moves the LSC Men's and Women's Basketball Championship tournaments to Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas, beginning in 2018.

“We're thrilled to announce Dr Pepper Arena and the City of Frisco as the new home of the Lone Star Conference Basketball Championship. Our goal is always to provide our student-athletes and fans with a first-class experience and this new partnership will certainly do that. We're grateful for the opportunity to align with such a great venue and community,” LSC Commissioner Jay Poerner said.

The LSC and Frisco have a two-year agreement starting in 2018 with an option for a third year (2020). “We're excited to welcome the Lone Star Conference to Frisco, which is quickly becoming a destination for championships,” said Mayor Jeff Cheney, City of Frisco. “We're a sports centric community and we rally to provide athletes, fans and alumni unique championship experiences that they'll remember for a lifetime. Again, we welcome Lone Star Conference to the Frisco team. We're looking forward to watching some great Division II basketball.”

Tournament Games will take place at Dr Pepper Arena, a multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue located in Frisco at the corner of the Dallas North Tollway and Gaylord Parkway. The venue seats up to 6,000 and features amenities such as a state-of-the-art sound system, three HD video screens, 12 suites and a private lounge area. It is the home practice facility and Executive Offices for the NHL Dallas Stars as well as the home of the Texas Legends Basketball Team. The Legends are the NBA G-League affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks. The arena also hosted the 2016 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Elite Eight.

“We're excited for the opportunity to bring the Lone Star Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championship to Frisco and Dr Pepper Arena for the next two years. This event helps affirm our venue's mission to host quality sporting events in our family-friendly environment,” said Bill Herman, Dr Pepper Arena General Manager.

The 2018 tournament, to be held March 1-4, will be comprised of the top eight men's and top eight women's teams, according to the LSC regular-season standings. There will be a total of 14 games played over a four-day period, and the winners will receive automatic bids to the NCAA Division II national tournament. Ticket information will be available this fall at www.lonestarconference.org.

Frisco will be the third neutral site location to host the LSC Basketball Championships. Since 2012, the tournament has been played at the Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas after previously being held in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

Deyzha Samuelu and Naomi Dalley added their names to join the Western New Mexico University volleyball team for the 2017 season as announced by head coach Jim Callender.

Samuelu, a 6-foot-3 middle hitter from Huntington Beach, Calif., transfers from former Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foe Chadron State where she redshirted during the 2015 season and played as a redshirt freshman in 2016. This past year she saw action in 12 sets and six matches coming away with nine kills, two digs and five blocks. During her high school career she played on the varsity team for two seasons, posting 113 kills and 101 blocks with a .214 hitting percentage. In addition she spent time playing for the Aiga Volleyball Club for two years and was a member of the varsity basketball team as well as the club baseball team.

"I recruited Deyzha two years ago when she was in high school and played for the Aiga club team. She is an imposing middle blocker with great lateral skills," Callender said. "She is such a hard worker and a great teammate also. I'm so glad she has chosen to transfer to WNMU and continue her career here. I think she will start contributing right away this fall."

Dalley, a 5-foot-2 setter, will be an incoming freshman after playing at Tonopah Valley High School in Tonopah, Ariz., as she played in 63 sets coming away with 76 kills, 42 service aces, 55 blocks, 380 digs and 240 assists. She also put together a solid junior campaign with 32 kills, 82 service aces, 27 blocks, 232 digs and 282 assists in 73 sets played.

"She has an excellent work ethic and was extremely coachable. Naomi has seen the highest honors and achievements at the Arizona State high school level," Coach Callender said. "We will work with her as a setter in our system for the future. The speed of the collegiate game in our Lone Star Conference specifically is a big jump from the high school level. I expect Naomi to work very hard and is up to the challenge."

Junior Vladimir Gnilozubov and senior Harry Wetton were each named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American At-Large Third-Team on Thursday.Both advanced to the national ballot after landing on the All-District Team in May.

Gnilozubov holds a 4.0 GPA and is majoring in accounting. He was named to the LSC Academic Team this season, along with landing on the honorable mention singles squad. Last season he took home the RMAC Summit Award and was a First-Team All-RMAC Academic selection.

Along with redshirt junior teammate Tristan Da Lio, they have formed one of the top doubles teams in the nation, finishing seventh in the nation to earn All-American status. Gnilozubov won 14 singles matches this season to lead the team with top wins against Azusa Pacific, UC Riverside, St. Edward's, Southeastern Oklahoma, Newman, MSU Denver and Midwestern State. In doubles action at one point this season they won 10 straight matches and took home All-LSC doubles honors. They grabbed top wins versus Colorado Mesa, Point Loma, St. Mary's, St. Edward's, UC San Diego, Southeastern Oklahoma, Newman, MSU Denver and Cameron.

Wetton holds a 3.91 GPA and is majoring in business management. He landed on both the LSC Academic and All-Conference lists this season. He took home All-RMAC Academic First-Team accolades each of the past two seasons and was an All-RMAC performer the past three seasons. Wetton took home several other honors over the years in Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholar and PING All-Region. He compiled an amazing 44 rounds at par or better throughout his career.

He played in 32 rounds this season with a low of 210 on 54-hole and 140 on 36-hole. He had a low score of 66 that included four top-five finishes, a 73.75 scoring average and a 566-349 (62) win-loss record, leading the team in both categories. His 210 came the Mustang Intercollegiate when he finished fifth out of 104, with his low round of 66 coming in that same event. Wetton finishes his career with the second-best scoring average of 73.40, just behind Mustang great Calum Hill's 73.16.

A trio of new players signed on to join the Western New Mexico University men's basketball team for the 2017-18 season as announced by head coach Matt Enriquez.

All three players will be transferring in as juniors. O'Shayne Reid will arrive from Cochise College, Davis Wade from Phoenix College and Jon-Reese Woodson from Temple College.

Reid is a 6-foot-7, 245-pound center from Cochise College and is originally from Jamaica, N.Y. The Apaches went 25-7 this past season and the team made it to the Division I Region Championships game. Reid saw action in all 32 games last year making 43 percent from the field.

“One of the areas that we needed to address in this recruiting class was size and strength. O'Shayne gives us both of those things,” Enriquez said. “He is a very strong and physical big who will come in and give us much needed depth at the center position. He is the ultimate team player who works hard and comes from a great program in Cochise. I am very excited for O'Shayne to join our Mustang family.”

Wade is a 6-foot-1, 185 pound guard from Phoenix College and is originally from Jackson, Miss. Wade averaged seven points per game and is a sharp-shooter making 42 percent from three-point range. Phoenix College went 25-7 and made it to the Division 2 Region 1 Championship game.

“Davis gives us another threat on the perimeter with his shooting ability. He is a big physical guard who can play multiple positions. Not only is he a proven shooter, but he is a true competitor,” Enriquez said. “Davis also comes from a great program in Phoenix College. I expect great things from Davis over the next two years.”

Woodson is a 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward from Temple College and is originally from Corpus Christi, Texas. He connected on 57 percent from the field while averaging nine points and six rebounds per game. Temple College also did well tallying a 24-7 record on the season.

“I am very excited that Jon-Reese will be wearing a Mustang uniform next year. He is a versatile player who will give us height and athleticism at the forward position,” Enriquez said. “He will have an impact on both ends of the floor for us. He will help us accomplish great things during his time here. I look forward to coaching him over the next two years.”

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