KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ KRISTV.com Sports - Islanders Sports - Islanders en-us Copyright 2014, KRISTV.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:12:23 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 Islander Women Lose Third Straight, 61-54 http://www.kristv.com/news/islander-women-lose-third-straight-61-54/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islander-women-lose-third-straight-61-54/ Sports - Islanders Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:14:48 PM TAMUCC.COM Islander Women Lose Third  Straight, 61-54

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's basketball dropped a close one to Oakland University, 61-54, at the American Bank Center Wednesday evening.

Down the stretch, the Islanders traded baskets with the Golden Grizzlies. A&M-Corpus Christi closed the gap to just four points at 58-54 with 2:37 left on a Jennifer Ramirez jumper, but Oakland's Olivia Nash answered quickly as she did all night with a quick jumper on the other end. Nash finished with a game-high 27 points on 11-of-21 shooting.

Oakland (5-4) took 20 shots from behind the arc in the game, but during a 9:23 minute stretch to end the first half and begin the second half, the Golden Grizzlies hit four of their five treys as the team went on a 28-7 run.

Trailing by as many as 16 points, the Islanders (2-7) were able to get back into the game thanks to their gritty play in the paint. Several times throughout the game, shots were put up but corralled by an AMCC player for the easy putback. A&M-Corpus Christi outscored the Golden Grizzlies 36-24 in the paint on the night, to go along with 10 points coming off of offensive rebounds. The team also set a new season-high in block, finishing with 10 in the game.

The first half featured six lead changes in a back-and-forth affair. The Golden Grizzlies made a late run to take a 33-26 lead into the locker room. In final minute of the half, Oakland was able to go on a 5-0 run to push its lead to seven. Nash hit a three-pointer while Leah Somerfield drained two free throws with 16 seconds remaining. Nash led Oakland with 15 first half points on 7-of-9 shooting. A&M-Corpus Christi shot 37 percent in the half, its best first half since playing at UT-Pan American.

A&M-Corpus Christi was led by junior Shay Weaver who scored 15 points off the bench. Forward Camesha Davis put in 10 points to go along with a career-high 11 rebounds to record her first double-double of her career. Ramirez, a Bronx, N.Y. native scored a season-high nine points.

The Islanders will wrap up play at the American Bank Center with a matchup with Texas Southern on Saturday at 1 p.m. The team will then take the holidays off before returning to action on Dec. 30 as they play host to Huston-Tillotson.

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Islanders Play at Denver Wednesday http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-play-at-denver-wednesday/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-play-at-denver-wednesday/ Sports - Islanders Tue, 16 Dec 2014 8:40:30 PM Associated Press Islanders Play at Denver Wednesday

THE OPENING TIP
The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team hits the road for three games in a five-day span, beginning with a Wednesday evening contest against Denver. The Islanders are looking to snap a three-game losing streak when they face the Pioneers, a game that will be a rematch of the teams' contest on Saturday, Dec. 6

QUICK HITS
• Senior guard John Jordan became the first player in school history to top 500 career assists when he passed the mark on Dec. 6 against Denver. He now has 504 career dimes and and is in the top 10 of eight major offensive categories.

• Sophomore Rashawn Thomas had his second double-double of the season (and fourth of his career) against Denver, scoring 15 points with 10 rebounds. He is now averaging 11.4 points and 7.1 boards on the season.

• A&M-Corpus Christi has seen a stark contrast in its offensive performance in wins as compared to that in losses. In defeats, the Islanders are just 66-for-235 (.366) from the field overall, and are averaging 50.8 points. In wins, A&M-Corpus Christi is 72-for-146 (.493) from the field and averaging 70.0.

• Junior Brandon Pye has been the most consistent Islanders player this season, finishing between six and 10 points in seven of the eight games. He has played 34 minutes or more in each of the last four games.

• Junior transfer Bryce Douvier has cooled off after a hot start to his Islanders career. Through his first five games, he finished in double figures four times, but has scored just five points combined in the last three.

• Former walk-on Emmanuel Toney has provided a lift off the bench as of late. The Bowie, Md., native, who was awarded a scholarship this summer, has played 19-plus minutes in each of the last three games.

• Texas A&M-Corpus Christi got a boost when junior Viktor Juricek was granted an immediate eligibility waiver from the NCAA. The 6-foot-11 center had nine points on 3-of-8 shooting against Radford.

• The Islanders and Pioneers meet for the sixth time, with the Pioneers holding a 4-1 advantage all-time, including each of the last four games.

LAST TIME OUT
John Jordan scored a season-high 21 points, but a hot-shooting UTSA squad surged past the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team, 73-60, on Monday night at the American Bank Center.

The Roadrunners shot 59.3 percent from the floor in the second half to turn a four-point halftime deficit into a double-digit victory. Ryan Bowie scored 20 points, going 8-for-12 from the field (including a 4-for-5 performance from beyond the arc) for UTSA, while Keon Lewis added 19 points, including a 13-for-15 effort at the free-throw line.

Rashawn Thomas added 18 points and Brandon Pye 10 in a losing effort for the Islanders.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES
The Islanders and Pioneers will play for the sixth time in program history on Saturday, with Denver having won the last four matchups after the Islanders took the inaugural battle in 2001.

This will be the second of two times that the teams meet on the hardwood in the span of three games, as A&M-Corpus Christi fell to the Pioneers 64-48 on Saturday, Dec. 6. In that game, DU shot 55.6 percent from the field, while the Islanders mustered just a 34.9 shooting percentage. Cam Griffin led all scorers with 16 points, while Nate Engesser (13) and Brett Olson (11) also finished in double figures. Rashawn Thomas had a double-double for the Islanders with 15 points and 10 boards.

The Islanders and Pioneers met in both 2011 (in Corpus Christi) and 2012 (in Denver).

CHASING HISTORY
John Jordan entered his senior year on the cusp of breaking a number of different school records and cementing himself as one of the greatest Islanders in program history. The Preseason First Team All-Southland selection is in the school's all-time top 10 of eight major categories and is within striking distance of the school record in six of those (see page 3 chart).

The best point guard in Islanders lore, the Houston native has posted the top three assist seasons in team history, and against MVSU, passed Brian Evans for the career record, sitting at 504 in his time with the team. He is eighth in the nation among active players with his 504 career dimes. He also holds the school records for free throws made (421) and attempted (605). He will set a new school mark for minutes played on Wednesday, barring unforeseen circumstances, as he needs just nine minutes to snap Evans' mark in that category.

Jordan's athleticism is nothing short of extraordinary. His running vertical has been measured at 50 inches and he has posted a standing vertical of 38 inches. He gained national notoriety with his thunderous slam dunk at St. Louis on Nov. 23, which was highlighted in the SportsCenter Top 10 and Fox Sports Live's "The 1."

His scoring prowess has improved every year, as he finished 10th in the Southland last year with a scoring average of 14.8 points per game. He did most of the damage with his athleticism, scoring 220 of his 477 points in the paint and adding another 187 from the free throw line, mostly in situations where he was fouled while driving.

This year he has been in double figures seven times, the lone exception against Radford, when he was limited due to injury. However, he has not been able to get to the rim as easily as in the past, with just 40 points in the paint (five per game).

STARK CONTRAST
When looking for a common theme that separates the Islanders in wins and losses, it is easy to see, even for a casual observer. The Islanders are struggling offensively in losing efforts, averaging a paltry 50.8 points per game, a full 19.2 points less than they are averaging in victories.

The Islanders have struggled to hit the outside shot in both wins and losses, but the major difference comes inside the arc. A&M-Corpus Christi is 69-for-160 (.431) on two-pointers in losses, but in victories that number balloons all the way to 61-for-104 (.587). Likewise, the team has struggled at the free-throw line in defeats (.663) but has actually excelled at the line in triumphs (.797).

Every player has a lower scoring average in losses than wins, but the two that have fallen off the most are Bryce Douvier (15.7 vs. 5.2) and Jelani Currie (7.7 vs. 2.6). No other player has seen his average dip more than four points.

THE SILENT ASSASSIN
One of the most softspoken players on the Islanders roster is junior Brandon Pye. But Pye's game is anything but quiet. He was one of the top three-point shooters in the nation in 2013-14, knocking down 50 percent of his threes on the year.

So far this season, he has shown more of a willingness to shoot, but also a greater willingness to take mid-range jumpers. In the season opener, he scored 10 points on 5-for-9 shooting, but came up empty on both of his shots from beyond the arc. At SLU, he went 2-for-5 from downtown, and knocked down a pair of key jumpers early in the contest. But he is hitting from the outside at just a .321 clip, a number that sits well below his career average.

He has also grown his defensive game significantly, and is a strong on-the-ball defender for A&M-Corpus Christi. That has resulted in an uptick in minutes for the junior, who has played at least 34 minutes in each of the last four contests. He has nine steals and six assists on the year.

Last year, his performance from downtown was nothing short of extraordinary. He was among the national leaders, and in conference action, he was a remarkable 24-for-37 from beyond the arc during Southland play.

SOPHOMORE SENSATION
After a strong freshman campaign, sophomore Rashawn Thomas returns as one of the top big men in the Southland Conference. The Oklahoma City native was named Second Team Preseason All-Southland by the league's coaches headed into his second campaign on the Island.

The big man missed the season opener with a hip injury, but came off the bench at Georgetown to play 17 minutes. He made the most of his time, going 3-for-5 from the field and 6-for-8 from the line for 12 points and added three blocks against the Hoyas.

In the game against SLU, he finished with 10 points, two steals and six rebounds. He was huge down the stretch, though, grabbing four rebounds in the last 2:15 and coldly drilling a pair of free throws. He had a season-best seven rebounds against Bradley.

He posted a double-double - the third of his career - with 14 points and 10 rebounds against Mississippi Valley State. He also dished out a career-high three assists in the victory. Perhaps more impressive, he accomplished the feat while playing just 23 minutes. After an off game against Radford, he added another double-double - posting 15 & 10 - in the loss to Denver. He scored a season-high 18 points last game, but was just 5-for-14 from the field and snared only six rebounds.

It is the second straight year he missed the season opener. Last year, he broke his jaw during strength training on the eve of the season opener and missed the first nine games. By the time he was able to return to the court, he had lost over 10 pounds of muscle while his solid food intake was limited. He was also forced to play with a mask until the middle of February.

His physical frame has improved even more in the offseason, as he has stretched to 6-foot-8 and now weighs in at 250 pounds.

GETTING BUSY
After playing just one game in the previous 15 days (against DU), A&M-Corpus Christi is entering its second-busiest schedule of the season. The UTSA game started a string of four contests in a span of seven days, three of those coming on the road. Perhaps more taxing is the fact that the four games come in three different time zones (Central, Mountain, Pacific).

 

 


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Hot Shooting Roadrunners Surge Past Isles 73-60 http://www.kristv.com/news/hot-shooting-roadrunners-surge-past-isles-73-60/ http://www.kristv.com/news/hot-shooting-roadrunners-surge-past-isles-73-60/ Sports - Islanders Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:55:49 PM TAMUCC.COM Hot Shooting Roadrunners Surge Past Isles 73-60

CORPUS CHRISTI - John Jordan scored a season-high 21 points, but a hot-shooting UTSA squad surged past the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team, 73-60, on Monday night at the American Bank Center.

The Roadrunners shot 59.3 percent from the floor in the second half to turn a four-point halftime deficit into a double-digit victory. Ryan Bowie scored 20 points, going 8-for-12 from the field (including a 4-for-5 performance from beyond the arc) for UTSA, while Keon Lewis added 19 points, including a 13-for-15 effort at the free-throw line.

Rashawn Thomas added 18 points and Brandon Pye 10 in a losing effort for the Islanders (3-5). The Roadrunners (4-4) won the battle of the boards, 31-27, in the victory.

Early on, the Islanders scored three of the first four buckets of the game, including a Thomas three-point play, to take a 7-3 lead. But UTSA used the shot from distance to counter, cutting the lead to 7-6 on a Bowie three. The Islanders used shots from beyond the arc to regain control, as Pye and Dale Francis each drained treys to push the lead to 17-10. The Islanders then advanced the score to 19-12.

UTSA got a quick 5-0 run on a block and dunk by Austin Karrer and a three by James Ringholt that made it 19-17 with 6:32 remaining. From there into the locker room, the teams traded points, mostly at the free-throw line, as the Islanders held a 29-25 edge at the break. Both teams excelled at the stripe in the opening half, with A&M-Corpus Christi going 9-for-10 and UTSA 8-for-8.

After the Islanders got a triple from Pye to start the second half, UTSA embarked on a 17-2 run to gain its first lead since the opening minute of the game. After the Roadrunners scored eight points in a row, a Jordan bank shot snapped the rally to regain the lead for the Islanders, 34-33. But UTSA drilled three consecutive threes and held A&M-Corpus Christi off the scoreboard to take a 42-34 edge.

The Islanders were able to snap that run with a drive to the hoop by Thomas for two, and from there the teams traded baskets to a 48-40 UTSA advantage. But the Roadrunners added another decisive run, this one 13-2, to push the lead to a game-high 19 on a Gino Littles layup. A&M-Corpus Christi was able to cut the lead down to 11 with a 7-0 run that included a three-point play by Jordan, but that was as close as the home squad would get, as the Roadrunners emerged victorious.

The Islanders will get right back on the court, as they head to Denver for a Wednesday matchup against the Pioneers. It will be a rematch of a contest the two teams played last week at the American Bank Center, where DU knocked off A&M-Corpus Christi 64-48. Tipoff on Wednesday is slated for 6 p.m. MT/7 p.m. CT and Yannis Koutroupis will have the call of the game on NewsRadio 1360 KKTX.

For all the latest on Islanders Basketball, be sure to follow the team on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersMBB) and like the team's official Facebook page (Islanders Mens Basketball).

 

 


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Islander Women Fall to UT Arlington, 42-28 http://www.kristv.com/news/islander-women-fall-to-ut-arlington-42-28/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islander-women-fall-to-ut-arlington-42-28/ Sports - Islanders Sat, 13 Dec 2014 8:49:33 PM Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islander Women Fall to UT Arlington, 42-28

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's basketball team fell to UT Arlington, 42-28, at the Dugan Wellness Center Saturday.

The Islanders (2-5) scored a season low 28 points in the loss. Sophomore Camesha Davis tallied six points while grabbing seven rebounds and Toledo, Ohio native Olivia Fouty put in six points and grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds in the loss.

Both teams played tight defense throughout, forcing 37 turnovers during the contest. The Mavericks (3-4) were able to capitalize on the turnovers though, outscoring the Islanders 13-8 on the night.

The Islanders took a 17-15 lead into the locker room thanks in part to its hustle on the boards in the first half. A&M-Corpus Christi was able to out rebound the Lady Mavericks 7-1 on the offensive glass, equating to a 7-0 advantage in second chance points.

The second half was all Mavericks though, as 6-foot-5 freshman Rebekah Van Dijk put in eight of her game-high 12 points. The forward was able to control the painted area, grabbing 12 rebounds on the night.

"I thought we did a great job of keeping them off the boards in the first half, but Van Dijk got going in the second half," noted head coach Royce Chadwick. "When they caught us a couple of times in the trapping zone, they got the ball right there underneath the basket, and they were able to score."

After Camesha Davis hit a layup with 14:47 remaining in the second half, the Islanders did not score another field goal until sophomore Kassie Jones hit a shot from behind the arc with 2:25 left in the game. During the stretch UTA outscored the Islanders 12-2.

"Both teams we're playing good defense, but UT Arlington hit a couple of three pointers that I thought were huge in the second half," noted Chadwick. "We shot the ball very poorly all night long and that was a tribute to their defense.

"When your starting guards are not able to get anything going and your bench is not able to get anything going either, it makes it a long night when you can't score."

The team will have a quick turnaround as they hit Stripes Court at the American Bank Center on Monday for matchup with the Lady Tigers of Tennessee State at 5 p.m. The Islanders men will take the floor against UTSA at 7 p.m.

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Islander Women Outlast UTPA, 60-57 http://www.kristv.com/news/islander-women-outlast-utpa-60-57/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islander-women-outlast-utpa-60-57/ Sports - Islanders Sat, 6 Dec 2014 6:12:03 PM Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islander Women Outlast UTPA, 60-57

EDINBURG, Texas - Free throws down the stretch sealed it for the Islanders women's basketball team as it outlasted UTPA, 60-57, at the UTPA Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon. With the win, A&M - Corpus Christi improves to 2-4 on the year while the Broncs fall to 6-5.

Kassie Jones got her second start of the year and did not dissappoint as she led the way for the Islanders with a career-high 17 points in the game to go along with five 3-pointers. The sophomore sparked the teams first-half success with three 3-pointers.

She (Kassie Jones) has played great all week in practice and we knew she had it in her coming into today," said head coach Royce Chadwick. "She let the game come to her and she took what they gave her and was a big factor for us. People forget that she is just a sophomore and boy does she have a great career ahead of her."

Four Islanders scored in double-digits during the game including Jones. Junior Shay Weaver scored 14 points and nailed all six of her free throws down the stretch. Desoto, Texas native Camesha Davis scored a team-high 10 points in the first half, finishing with 13 and senior transfer Olivia Fouty finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.

Though the score does not reflect it, the game was filled with many runs. The Islanders started the game on an 18-4 run as five different players scored during the first nine minutes. The Islanders hit a cold stretch during the final 4:45 of the half, as they were not able to hit a field goal. The Broncs were able to fight back into the game thanks to a 13-0 run, making it 32-30 Islanders headed into the locker room.

The second half was a back-and-forth affair as both teams traded points in the early minutes. UTPA was able to stretch its lead to eight points with 10:13 left in the game, but timely 3-pointers from both Jones and Weaver combined with solid free throw shooting brought the Islanders back to tie the game at 52 with 2:20 remaining. Camesha Davis hit both of her free throws to put the Islanders ahead for good with 41 seconds left.

"It was certainly a game of runs and especially early," noted Chadwick. "We jumped out early and had a lot of enthusiasm and intensity to start the game, and then we got ahead and then complacent. They scrapped their way back into it and fought hard to almost tie it at halftime.

I thought in the second half it was pretty much a heavyweight bout, but we were able to stop fouling them. They didn't have many field goals in the first half but we put them at the line 22 times and lucky for us, they didn't hit all of them."

One area that the Islanders have not excelled at this season has been the free throw line. The team was shooting 58.8 percent from the charity stripe prior to todays game, but finished 15-of-17 against UTPA for 88.2 percent. A&M - Corpus Christi scored 17 points off of turnovers in the game compared the UTPA's 10.

The Islanders will return home for the next five games as they play host to UT Arlington Dec. 13 at the Dugan Wellness Center. Following UTA, the team will play its next four games at the American Bank Center in downtown Corpus Christi.

"Hallelujah - we are tired of eating on the road and not playing in front of our own fans," Chadwick noted when asked about returning home to play their next five games. "We are really excited to get back home and play in front of our great fans after playing on the road for most of the season."

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Denver Sinks Men's Basketball, 64-48 http://www.kristv.com/news/denver-sinks-men-s-basketball-64-48/ http://www.kristv.com/news/denver-sinks-men-s-basketball-64-48/ Sports - Islanders Sat, 6 Dec 2014 4:41:20 PM Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Denver Sinks Men's Basketball, 64-48

CORPUS CHRISTI - Rashawn Thomas (15 points, 10 rebounds) registered his second double-double in his last three games, but the Denver men's basketball team shot 55.6 percent from the field in registering a 64-48 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday afternoon at the American Bank Center. The Islanders went just 15-for-43 (.349) from the field in the loss.

John Jordan added 12 points and four assists in 38 minutes for the Islanders (3-4), while Brandon Pye turned in nine points in 34 minutes. For the Pioneers (4-3), Cam Griffin (16), Nate Engesser (13) and Brett Olson (11) all finished in double figures. Denver won the battle of the boards, 30-29, in the contest.

The Islanders came out with a bang, as Jelani Currie drilled a three to make it 3-0 in favor of the home squad, but Denver responded with seven straight points to make it 7-3. After a Brandon Pye three, the Pios went on a 9-3 run to hold a 16-6 lead at the 12:34 mark. The teams then traded baskets to an 18-10 score at the 10:16 mark.

At that juncture, the Islanders locked down defensively, embarking on a 7-0 run that culminated with a big three from Viktor Juricek to make it 18-17 at the 5:45 mark. The Pioneers countered with a 9-1 run to push the lead back up to nine before the Islanders stemmed the tide thanks to four straight points from Jordan. Bryant Rucker closed out the half by picking up an Islanders turnover and dunking it at the other end to make it 31-23 heading into the break.

Out of the half, the Pioneers mounted another rally, running off the first 12 points of the stanza to push the lead all the way to 20 on a Griffin layup. Thomas responded immediately at the other end, getting a layup and then registering a block at the other end, as he sent the Islanders on a 10-0 run of their own to cut it to 43-33.

At that point, the teams went back-and-forth on the scoreboard, and a Pye triple with 7:36 to play got the deficit into single digits, 50-41. But the Islanders could not get another clutch basket when they needed it the rest of the way, getting no closer than 10 for the remainder of the ballgame. Denver closed out the game on a 9-3 run to result in the final score.

A&M-Corpus Christi now has over a week off due to finals, and will return to the court on Monday, Dec. 15, with UTSA coming to the American Bank Center. The game will be a doubleheader with the women's team, as the men are slated to tip off at 7:30 p.m. For tickets to the contest, call 825-BALL (2255).

 

 


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Islanders Men's Basketball Player Recognized for Community Service http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-men-s-basketball-player-recognized-for-community-service/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-men-s-basketball-player-recognized-for-community-service/ Sports - Islanders Wed, 3 Dec 2014 7:04:30 PM Islanders Men's  Basketball Player Recognized for Community Service

CORPUS CHRISTI - When Islanders Guard Cole Martinez isn't studying or playing basketball, he's out in the community doing volunteer work. Now, he's a nominee for the 2015 Allstate National Association of Basketball Coaches Good Works Team.

"He really is the epitome of the words that we use to describe our program, character, toughness, and talent," said TAMUCC Men's Head Basketball Coach Willis Wilson.

His character certainly shows when he's coaching his own youth basketball team, cleaning local beaches, working with the miracle league, and a whole lot more.

"Some of it I've done on my own at home just trying to be helpful," said Junior Cole Martinez.

"He's always looking out for his teammates and for people in the community, doing the hard things," Wilson said.

Martinez is one of 150 collegiate basketball players across the nation to be nominated but that's not why he does it. He didn't even know about the award until after he was entered by the Islanders' athletic department.

"It's enjoyable for us anytime we go out in the community, get our name out, go out there and put a smile on a kids face or be out there for a good cause, whatever the case might be," Martinez said.

"I just couldn't be happier for him or more proud of who he is as a person," said Wilson.

Martinez says just being nominated is a huge honor and he plans to continue volunteering in his spare time.

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Isles Softball Releases 2015 Schedule http://www.kristv.com/news/isles-softball-releases-2015-schedule/ http://www.kristv.com/news/isles-softball-releases-2015-schedule/ Sports - Islanders Tue, 2 Dec 2014 5:20:17 PM TAMUCC.COM Isles Softball Releases 2015 Schedule

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team has announced the 2015 schedule, which features 23 home games at Chapman Field. The Islanders who return 10 letterwinners, including four seniors will play a total of 50 games.

"Our schedule this spring features games against teams from some of the top conferences in Division I softball," head coach Stephanie Hughes said. "The month of February we will match up against teams from the Big Ten, Big 12, American Athletic and the Sun Belt. It will help prepare us for our Southland Conference schedule."

The Islanders will play a three-game series format in the Southland Conference with a Friday-Saturday slate. A&M - Corpus Christi will face nine Southland opponents, including two-time regular-season champion McNeese State. The Islanders will also face a tough non-conference schedule as they take on six teams that advanced to the NCAA regionals last year.

First up for the Islanders is the three-day Getterman Classic, hosted by Baylor on Feb. 6-8. The Islanders will open the season against Wichita State and Stephen F. Austin on Friday, Feb. 6, before facing Big 12 foe Baylor on Saturday, Feb. 7. The classic will continue with bracket play Saturday afternoon before concluding with a consolation and championship game on Sunday, Feb. 8.

A&M - Corpus Christi will kick off its home schedule when it hosts the Islanders Invitational on Feb. 12-15 at Chapman Field. The 10-game invitational will feature Big Ten member Wisconsin, C-USA foe UAB and South Dakota from the Summit League. The Islanders will open play against the Badgers in a doubleheader on Thursday, Feb. 12, before facing UAB on Friday, Feb. 13. On Saturday, Feb. 14, the Islanders will play a single game against South Dakota before wrapping play against South Dakota on Sunday, Feb. 15.

"Our first home game against Wisconsin will be a big test but will give us an idea of where we are in our preparation for the Southland slate," Hughes said. "It is a big deal to get a team from the Big Ten to come to the Island and is probably one of the biggest programs we have had at home in a while."

Following the invitational the Islanders will head on the road for their next six games, starting with a single game at UTSA on Wednesday, Feb. 18. A&M - Corpus Christi will then compete in the three-day Houston Hilton Plaza Classic on Feb. 20-22 and will play a total of five games against New Mexico (Feb. 20/Feb. 22), Houston (Feb. 20/Feb. 21) and Illinois (Feb. 21).

The Islanders will have two more non-conference games to prepare before the start of conference play as they host Texas A&M - International in a doubleheader on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Chapman Field.

A&M - Corpus Christi will open Southland Conference play on the road on Friday, March 6, with a doubleheader against Central Arkansas in Conway, Ark. The three-game series will continue on Saturday, March 7, with a single game.

The Islanders will then play host to two-time defending conference regular-season champions McNeese State (March 13-14), along with Stephen F. Austin (March 27-28), Lamar (April 10-11), Houston Baptist (April 17-18) and Incarnate Word (May 1-2).

Along with UCA, the Islanders will face Nicholls (March 20-21), Sam Houston State (April 3-4) and Abilene Christian (April 24-25) on the road in Southland play.

The Islanders will also play five more non-conference games during the season as the team will travel back to Houston on Wednesday, March 25, for a doubleheader against the Cougars. The Islanders will also face Big 12 foe Texas on Tuesday, April 7, in Austin on the Longhorn Network, and C-USA member UTSA for a second time on Wednesday, April 15, at Chapman Field. The final non-conference road game will feature a contest against Texas State in San Marcos on Wednesday, April 22.

Northwestern State, the defending Southland Conference tournament champions will host the Southland Conference Tournament on May 7-9 in Natchitoches, La.

"We really look forward to the 23 home games this spring at Chapman and hope to see as many Islanders fans out as possible," Hughes added.

For the latest information, follow Islanders Softball on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersSball) and Facebook (Islanders Softball).

2015 Schedule
DATE OPPONENT NOTES STATUS

FEBRUARY
Fri. 6 vs. Wichita St. @ Waco, Texas Getterman Classic 10:00 AM
vs. Stephen F. Austin @ Waco, Texas Getterman Classic 12:30 PM
Sat. 7 at Baylor Getterman Classic (Waco, Texas) 12:30 PM
vs. TBA @ Waco, Texas Getterman Classic TBA
Sun. 8 vs. TBA @ Waco, Texas Getterman Classic TBA
Thu. 12 Wisconsin Islanders Invitational (Chapman Field) 1:00 PM
Wisconsin Islanders Invitational (Chapman Field) 3:00 PM
Fri. 13 UAB Islanders Invitational (Chapman Field) 3:00 PM
Sat. 14 South Dakota Islanders Invitational (Chapman Field) 3:00 PM
Sun. 15 South Dakota Islanders Invitational (Chapman Field) 11:30 AM
Wed. 18 at UTSA San Antonio, Texas 6:00 PM
Fri. 20 vs. New Mexico @ Houston, Texas Houston Hilton Plaza Classic 11:30 AM
at Houston Houston Hilton Plaza Classic (Houston, Texas) 4:30 PM
Sat. 21 at Houston Houston Hilton Plaza Classic (Houston, Texas) 4:30 PM
vs. Illinois @ Houston, Texas Houston Hilton Plaza Classic 7:00 PM
Sun. 22 vs. New Mexico @ Houston, Texas Houston Hilton Plaza Classic 9:00 AM
Wed. 25 Texas A&M Int'l Chapman Field 1:00 PM
Texas A&M Int'l Chapman Field 3:00 PM

MARCH
Fri. 6 at Central Arkansas * Conway, Ark. 4:00 PM
at Central Arkansas * Conway, Ark. 6:00 PM
Sat. 7 at Central Arkansas * Conway, Ark. 12:00 PM
Fri. 13 McNeese State * Chapman Field 3:00 PM
Sat. 14 McNeese State * Chapman Field 12:00 PM
McNeese State * Chapman Field 2:00 PM
Fri. 20 at Nicholls * Thibodaux, La. TBA
Sat. 21 at Nicholls * Thibodaux, La. TBA
at Nicholls * Thibodaux, La. TBA
Wed. 25 at Houston Houston, Texas 4:00 PM
at Houston Houston, Texas 6:00 PM
Fri. 27 Stephen F. Austin * Chapman Field 1:00 PM
Stephen F. Austin * Chapman Field 3:00 PM
Sat. 28 Stephen F. Austin * Chapman Field 12:00 PM

APRIL
Fri. 3 at Sam Houston State * Huntsville, Texas 3:00 PM
at Sam Houston State * Huntsville, Texas 5:00 PM
Sat. 4 at Sam Houston State * Huntsville, Texas 3:00 PM
Tue. 7 at Texas Austin, Texas (Longhorn Network) TBA
Fri. 10 Lamar * Chapman Field 1:00 PM
Lamar * Chapman Field 3:00 PM
Sat. 11 Lamar * Chapman Field 12:00 PM
Wed. 15 UTSA Chapman Field 3:00 PM
Fri. 17 Houston Baptist * Chapman Field 1:00 PM
Houston Baptist * Chapman Field 3:00 PM
Sat. 18 Houston Baptist * Chapman Field 12:00 PM
Wed. 22 at Texas State San Marcos, Texas 6:00 PM
Fri. 24 at Abilene Christian * Abilene, Texas 4:00 PM
at Abilene Christian * Abilene, Texas 6:00 PM
Sat. 25 at Abilene Christian * Abilene, Texas 1:00 PM

MAY
Fri. 1 Incarnate Word * Chapman Field 3:00 PM
Sat. 2 Incarnate Word * Chapman Field 12:00 PM
Incarnate Word * Chapman Field 2:00 PM
Thu. 7 vs. TBA @ Natchitoches, La. Southland Conference Tournament TBA

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Radford Knocks Off Men's Basketball, 57-46 http://www.kristv.com/news/radford-knocks-off-men-s-basketball-57-46/ http://www.kristv.com/news/radford-knocks-off-men-s-basketball-57-46/ Sports - Islanders Sat, 29 Nov 2014 4:10:24 PM Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Radford Knocks Off Men's Basketball, 57-46

CORPUS CHRISTI - R.J. Price scored 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting as Radford toppled the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team 57-46 on Saturday at the American Bank Center. The Highlanders (4-3) emerged as the champions of the Laguna Madre Bracket at the Corpus Christi Coastal Challenge with the win.

Ehab Amin had a career-high 11 points for the Islanders (3-3), and added five rebounds, two assists and three steals in 14 minutes of action. The freshman was pressed into service due to an injury to senior John Jordan, who left the game after playing the first 21:33 of the game. Brandon Pye added eight points and led A&M-Corpus Christi with a career-high 35 minutes of action.

A&M-Corpus Christi shot 34.8 percent from the field and just 26.7 percent from behind the arc in the defeat.

YaYa Anderson added 10 points, while Javonte Green snared 15 rebounds to go along with seven points for the Highlanders. Radford shot 61.1 percent from the floor in the opening stanza, but was thwarted by the Islanders defense in the second half, shooting just 31.8 percent after the break.

Radford got out to a red-hot start from the floor and the Islanders were ice cold on the other side, allowing the Highlanders to jump out to a 14-2 lead. RU pushed the lead to 15 points when Price knocked down a triple at the 11:20 mark to make it 19-4. The Islanders cut that back to 10 on a Jordan jumper at the 8:26 mark that made it 21-11.

But the Highlanders continued their momentum, and pushed the lead all the way to 18 on another Price triple. Viktor Juricek and Jordan were able to convert for the Islanders down the stretch to cut the lead to 15, at 32-17. RU went 11-for-18 from the floor and knocked down 5-of-9 three-pointers in the opening stanza, while A&M-Corpus Christi was just 7-for-20 and 1-for-8 from downtown.

Out of the break, RU pushed the lead to 18 on another triple from Price at the 19:09 mark, but that's when the Islanders defense locked down - holding the Highlanders without a field goal over the next 11:59. Slowly, A&M-Corpus Christi was able to chip away, mounting an 8-0 run to get the lead down to 10 on a Bryce Douvier free throw at the 14:26 mark. After Jalen Carethers hit two free throws, the Islanders scored the next seven points, cutting the lead to just five, at 37-32, with 8:01 to play.

But Radford finally got off the schneid with a three-pointer from Anderson that set off a 5-0 run and pushed the lead back to double digits. After the Highlanders were able to advance the lead back to 11, Amin scored six straight points - on a three-pointer and a traditional three-point play - to cut the lead back to five at 48-43. But Price delivered a nice drive for a layup to set off an 8-0 run that put the game out of reach. Pye scored the final three points for the Islanders in the contest.

The Islanders will now be off for a week for the first week of final exams before returning to Stripes Court at the American Bank Center on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 1 p.m. for a matchup with Denver. Call 825-BALL to get your tickets for that matchup and all Islanders home games. For all the latest on Islanders Basketball, follow the team on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersMBB) and like the team's official Facebook page (Islanders Mens Basketball).

 

 


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Islanders Pick Up Win Against Kent State, 57-47 http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-pick-up-win-against-kent-state-57-47/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-pick-up-win-against-kent-state-57-47/ Sports - Islanders Fri, 28 Nov 2014 8:07:35 PM Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Pick Up Win Against Kent State, 57-47

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Shay Weaver scored a career-high 25 points in a 57-47 Islanders victory over Kent State in the opening game of the Cal Poly Holiday Tournament Friday afternoon.

The Islanders (1-3) lead by as much as 12 points in the second half. Kent State was able to cut into the lead thanks a shot behind the arc by Madison Ridout and a pair of free throws by Montia Johnson. The Islanders stifled the Golden Flashes' 8-0 run as Kassie Jones hit a running jumper with 4:23 left in the game. Weaver then hit a three as the shot clock expired to end any chance of a Kent State comeback.

A&M - Corpus Christi picked up the offense in the second half as they outscored the Golden Flashes (1-4) 31-to-27, but more importantly the team shot a solid 46.2 percent from the field after a less-than stellar shooting performance in the first half.

"I think it is still early and there are still a lot of things we have to overcome," said head coach Royce Chadwick. "I thought we were resilient and our defense was the best it has been all year."

Weaver hit four 3-pointers in the contest, leading the Islanders. The transfer junior also chipped in three steals to go along with three assists. Olivia Fouty recorded 13 points and seven rebounds in the win. Jennifer Ramirez dished out four assists to go with her season-high seven points while Camesha Davis chipped in five points and grabbed five rebounds in the game.

Johnson led the way for the Golden Flashes with 12 points and 17 rebounds.

At the break, A&M - Corpus Christi led the Golden Flashes, 26-20. It was the first time this season that the team took a lead into the locker room thanks in part to the Islanders two leading scorers. Fouty finished the first half with a game-high nine points while Weaver finished with eight including a 3-pointer.

A&M - Corpus Christi was able to outscore Kent State in the paint 16-to-8 at the break. Fouty recorded several point-blank layup in the half to help the Islanders to an early 12-6 lead. Outside of the paint not much fell for either team. The Golden Flashes shot just 32 percent while the Islanders shot just a hair better at 32.4 percent.

The Islanders will wrap up the holiday tourney Saturday as they take on host school, Cal Poly at 7 p.m. CST.

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Islanders Men Down MVSU in Coastal Challenge http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-men-down-mvsu-in-coastal-challenge/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-men-down-mvsu-in-coastal-challenge/ Sports - Islanders Fri, 28 Nov 2014 7:05:49 PM Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Men Down MVSU in Coastal Challenge

CORPUS CHRISTI - Rashawn Thomas registered a double-double and John Jordan became the team's all-time assist leader as the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi basketball team downed Mississippi Valley State 75-66 in the third round of the Corpus Christi Coastal Challenge on Friday at the American Bank Center. The Islanders will face Radford on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the final game of the event.

Bryce Douvier led all scorers with 19 points, while Jordan added 14 points with five assists, five rebounds and two steals in 34 minutes. Thomas went 6-for-7 from the field for 14 points and added 10 boards for his third career double-double. Jeffrey Simmons scored 14 in a losing effort for the Delta Devils. The Islanders never trailed in the game, and in fact led for 39:11.

With his five dimes, Jordan moved past Brian Evans for first on the Islanders' all-time assist list, as he now has 496 in his career to Evans' 493. He is also the team's career leader in free throws made and attempted, and is in the top three in minutes (2nd) and steals (3rd).

A&M-Corpus Christi jumped out to a 5-0 lead after Douvier drilled a three at the 18:44 mark, but MVSU came back with five straight points to tie the game once again. After a Brandon Pye three, the teams traded baskets back and forth for a 13-9 score at the 14:04 mark. The Islanders then embarked on an 8-0 run, featuring a three-point play by Joe Kilgore and a triple from Cole Martinez, to make it 21-9.

After swapping points over several minutes, the Islanders pushed the lead to 16 after back-to-back buckets from Thomas, Pye and Emmanuel Toney made it 29-13. The teams then traded buckets for a 31-16 score. But the Delta Devils scored the game's next nine points to cut the lead to just six after Jordan Washington's layup at 3:37. The Islanders stopped the rally, but MVSU was able to cut the lead to just five with a Vacha Vaughan layup that made it 37-32 heading to the break.

Out of the locker room, the Islanders got a triple from Douvier and consecutive layups by Jordan to push the lead to 12. After the teams traded baskets to make it 48-36, MVSU registered a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to five on a Rakwan Kelly tip-in. For every Islanders basket, MVSU countered, and the Delta Devils found themselves down just five at 56-51 with 7:53 to go.

But the Islanders' big three came up big, with Thomas and Douvier registering baskets inside, then Jordan throwing down a dunk on a rebound to make it 62-51 with 5:32 left. Later, a Douvier three-point play pushed the lead to 12, 67-55, with 3:47 to go. But the pesky MVSU squad refused to go quietly, putting together a 10-2 run that cut the lead to four with 1:24 remaining. That was as close as the Delta Devils would get, though, as the Islanders sealed the victory with Jordan scoring the last six points at the free-throw line.

The Islanders will take on Radford in the final round of the Corpus Christi Coastal Classic, with tipoff slated for 1 p.m. on Stripes Court at the American Bank Center. Yannis Koutroupis will have the call on NewsRadio 1360 KKTX and live updates will be provided on Twitter (@IslandersMBB).

 

 


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Men's Basketball Back in Coastal Bend for Corpus Christi Coastal Classic http://www.kristv.com/news/men-s-basketball-back-in-coastal-bend-for-corpus-christi-coastal-classic/ http://www.kristv.com/news/men-s-basketball-back-in-coastal-bend-for-corpus-christi-coastal-classic/ Sports - Islanders Thu, 27 Nov 2014 4:18:43 PM Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Men's Basketball Back in Coastal Bend for Corpus Christi Coastal Classic

THE OPENING TIP
The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team returns to the Coastal Bend looking to rebound from a disappointing 52-38 loss to Bradley on Tuesday in Peoria. They will take on Mississippi Valley State on Friday, and then either Radford or North Carolina A&T on Saturday in the Corpus Christi Coastal Challenge.

QUICK HITS
• Senior guard John Jordan has scored in double figures every game this year. He is averaging 14.8 points and 4.3 assists on the year, and needs three assists for a new school record.

• Newcomer Bryce Douvier has had a strong start to his Islanders career, averaging 12.3 points and 7.3 boards. He sat out last year after transferring from Northern Colorado.

• Sophomore Rashawn Thomas had a season-high nine rebounds at Bradley and is averaging 10.0 points and 6.3 boards.

• A&M-Corpus Christi struggled offensively, scoring just 38 points on 13-of-44 shooting (.295). It marked the fewest points in the Willis Wilson era and the worst shooting game since the Iowa State game last year (.286)

• Texas A&M-Corpus Christi got a boost when junior Viktor Juricek was granted an immediate eligibility waiver from the NCAA. The 6-foot-11 center had two points, three boards and three assists in his debut at SLU.

• The Islanders have not faced any of their potential opponents this weekend. In fact, A&M-Corpus Christi will take on a new foe for its first six games this year.

LAST TIME OUT
The Islanders got off to an ice-cold start from the field and never recovered in a 52-38 loss to Bradley on Tuesday night at Carver Arena. The Islanders fell to 2-2 on the season, while the Braves improved to 2-2 in the game.

A&M-Corpus Christi shot just 29.5 percent from the field and 13.3 percent from beyond the arc in the loss. John Jordan led the way with 14 points, four rebounds and four assists in the defeat.

NEW FOES
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has seen a number of opponents this year that it has never faced in program history, and this weekend will be no exception. The Islanders have not taken on any of their three potential opponents this weekend, and will face new foes in each of their first six contests. The first game against a familiar opponent this season will be Dec. 6 vs. Denver.

A&M-Corpus Christi has had solid success against the conferences that each team comes from. The Islanders are 11-2 against the Southwest Athletic Conference (MVSU), with the last game a loss to Texas Southern in 2007. Against the Mideastern Athletic Conference (NC A&T), A&M-Corpus Christi is 13-5, mostly against Savannah State (8-3). In matchups with the Big South (Radford), the Islanders are 4-1, but have not faced the league since 2006.

FOUR TO GO
Though Sunday's win was the biggest of the Willis Wilson era, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has had its share of high-profile victories in its history. The win over St. Louis was the first over a team currently in the Atlantic 10, meaning the Islanders have defeated teams from every conference except four - the Big Ten (0-9), BIG EAST (0-3), Northeast (never played) and Patriot (never played).

CHASING HISTORY
John Jordan entered his senior year on the cusp of breaking a number of different school records and cementing himself as one of the greatest Islanders in program history. The Preseason First Team All-Southland selection is in the school's all-time top 10 of eight major categories and is within striking distance of the school record in six of those (see page 3 chart).

The best point guard in Islanders lore, the Houston native has posted the top three assist seasons in team history, and needs just three more assists to eclipse Brian Evans for the all-time mark. He became the Islanders' all-time leader in free throws made against Our Lady of the Lake, and is now second in school history to Evans in minutes as well.

Jordan's athleticism is nothing short of extraordinary. His running vertical has been measured at 50 inches and he has posted a standing vertical of 38 inches - numbers that put him on par with some of the best jumpers in the NBA. He gained national notoriety with his thunderous slam dunk at St. Louis on Sunday, which was highlighted in the SportsCenter Top 10 and Fox Sports Live's "The 1."

His scoring prowess has improved every year, as he finished 10th in the Southland last year with a scoring average of 14.8 points per game. He did most of the damage with his athleticism, scoring 220 of his 477 points in the paint and adding another 187 from the free throw line, mostly in situations where he was fouled while driving. This year he has finished in double figures every contest, leading the team with a 14.8 point per game average.

Jordan is also an impressive rebounder for a player just 5-foot-10. He was ranked in the Southland's top 20 in rebounding for much of the year in 2013-14. He posted 16 games with five rebounds or more, making him a threat to post the first triple-double in Islanders history.

NEW RETURNER
He may be a newcomer for Islanders fans, but redshirt junior Bryce Douvier is plenty familiar to those within the program. The native of Sedgwick, Kan., sat out last year due to NCAA transfer rules after joining the team from the University of Northern Colorado.

The Islanders found it was worth the wait, as he shined in his debut to the tune of 18 points and eight rebounds. In four games in an Islanders uniform, he has finished in double figures three times, averaging 12.3 points, and he has led the team in rebounds three times, averaging 7.3 per game. He narrowly missed a double-double at SLU, finishing with nine boards.

Last year, while he wasn't able to play in games, he had a big impact on the team during practice. The athletic big man served as a member of the scout squad, running the opposing team's plays in helping the team prepare for the upcoming game. His father, Randy, played professionally in Austria in the 1980s.

THE SILENT ASSASSIN
One of the most softspoken players on the Islanders roster is junior Brandon Pye. But Pye's game is anything but quiet. He was one of the top three-point shooters in the nation in 2013-14, knocking down 50 percent of his threes on the year.

He isn't the typical outside shooter, though, as Pye is good about picking his spots. Last year, the Mansfield, Texas, native only took more than four three-pointers on one occasion - an 0-for-6 performance from downtown at Minnesota on Dec. 28. In conference action, he was a remarkable 24-for-37 from beyond the arc during Southland play.

So far this season, he has shown more of a willingness to shoot, but also a greater willingness to take mid-range jumpers. In the season opener, he scored 10 points on 5-for-9 shooting, but came up empty on both of his shots from beyond the arc. He knocked down his first three of the season at Georgetown, going 1-for-2 from distance, and added a career-high four steals in the contest.

At SLU, he went 2-for-5 from downtown, and knocked down a pair of key jumpers early in the contest. He and Jelani Currie combined to score the first 10 points for the Islanders against the Billikens, helping A&M-CC build a 10-2 lead.

SOPHOMORE SENSATION
After a strong freshman campaign, sophomore Rashawn Thomas returns as one of the top big men in the Southland Conference. The Oklahoma City native was named Second Team Preseason All-Southland by the league's coaches headed into his second campaign on the Island.

The big man missed the season opener with a hip injury, but came off the bench at Georgetown to play 17 minutes. He made the most of his time, going 3-for-5 from the field and 6-for-8 from the line for 12 points and added three blocks against the Hoyas.

In the game against SLU, he finished with 10 points, two steals and six rebounds. He was huge down the stretch, though, grabbing four rebounds in the last 2:15 and coldly drilling a pair of free throws. He had a season-best seven rebounds against Bradley, and is averaging 10 points and 6.3 boards in three games.

It is the second straight year he missed the season opener. Last year, he broke his jaw during strength training on the eve of the season opener and missed the first nine games. By the time he was able to return to the court, he had lost over 10 pounds of muscle while his solid food intake was limited. He was also forced to play with a mask until the middle of February.

But those things didn't stop him. In his first game after being cleared to play, he went for 12 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double at Oklahoma. It was the first of two double-doubles for the big man, as he added a 15-point, 12-board performance at Oral Roberts.

In conference play, he really caught fire, as he averaged 11.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in Southland action. During a three-game stretch in February, he was incredible on the offensive end, going 21-for-26 from the floor and averaging 18.3 points.

His physical frame has improved even more in the offseason, as he has stretched to 6-foot-8 and now weighs in at 250 pounds.

WHAT'S BACK
Even though the Islanders lost two key seniors along with Jake Kocher, who retired due to injury, A&M-Corpus Christi returns 62 percent of its minutes, 65 percent of its scoring, 82 percent of its assists, 61 percent of its steals and 66 percent of its blocks from a year ago.

 

 


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Isles Fall to Bradley, 52-38 http://www.kristv.com/news/isles-fall-to-bradley-52-38/ http://www.kristv.com/news/isles-fall-to-bradley-52-38/ Sports - Islanders Tue, 25 Nov 2014 9:47:43 PM Associated Press Isles Fall to Bradley, 52-38

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Ka'Darryl Bell scored 12 points and Jermaine Morgan had 10 to lead Bradley to a 52-38 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the Corpus Christi Coastal Classic on Tuesday night.

Bradley (2-2), which held a slim 22-15 lead at the half, scored six unanswered points to open the second period and was up 47-31 with 5:39 left in the game. The Islanders' Bryce Douvier hit a 3-point jumper to close to 47-38 with 3:29 remaining, but A&M-Corpus Christi could not get another bucket after that.

Neither team had a hot hand as Bradley made just 15 of 42 attempts (35.7 while limiting the Islanders to 13 of 44 (29.5%). The Braves made 19 of 28 free throws with the Islanders hitting 10 of 15 attempts from the line.

John Jordan led A&M-Corpus Christi (2-2) with 14 points.

Bradley will play TCU and the Islanders face Mississippi Valley on Friday.

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Isles Shock St. Louis 62-56 http://www.kristv.com/news/isles-shock-st-louis-62-56/ http://www.kristv.com/news/isles-shock-st-louis-62-56/ Sports - Islanders Sun, 23 Nov 2014 9:40:05 PM TAMUCC.COM Isles Shock St. Louis 62-56

ST. LOUIS - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team earned its signature win in the Willis Wilson era with a 62-56 victory over St. Louis on Sunday at Chaifetz Arena in the opening game of the Corpus Christi Coastal Challenge. John Jordan led a balanced scoring attack for the Islanders (2-1) with 13 points.

The Islanders outscored the Billikens 26-12 over the final 9:53 of the contest to turn an eight-point deficit into a six-point victory. The Billikens, who have advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament each of the last three years, fell to 2-1 on the season after the defeat.

In addition to Jordan's 13, Bryce Douvier, Brandon Pye and Rashawn Thomas each had 10 points, while Ehab Amin made a crucial second-half contribution with nine points in seven minutes. The freshman nailed two triples and finished off a three-point play on his three shots in the game. He also added two steals, while Jordan led the team with three takeaways.

Douvier finished one rebound shy of a double-double with nine boards, while Thomas added six - four of those coming in the final 2:15 of the contest. Jordan, Hameed Ali and Viktor Juricek each dished out three assists to lead the team. Ash Yacoubou led the Billikens with 13 points in the loss.

With the Islanders down 44-36 inside of 10 minutes left, Amin provided the spark that the Islanders needed. He started things with a traditional three-point play, converting a basket and hitting the free throw to cut the deficit to 44-39 with 9:34 left. The next Islanders possession, he drilled a three from the right wing to cut the deficit to four, and then inside baskets by Juricek and Thomas made it a 7-0 run and a tie ballgame. Then, after Yacoubou put the Billikens back up one, Amin came through again, knocking down another triple to put the Islanders ahead 49-48.

St. Louis came back to score four straight points for a 52-49 lead, but the Islanders put up another rally. Thomas started things with a layup inside, and then a Jordan steal led to a Pye three from the top of the key gave the Islanders a 54-52 edge. A Thomas defensive rebound sent him to the line, where he made two free throws to put the Islanders up four with a minute to play.

Thomas came through on the defensive glass once again, snaring the carom after a Yacoubou missed jumper, and then Jordan was fouled. His two free throws pushed the game to a six-point lead, and from then on the Islanders were able to close it out at the stripe. A&M-Corpus Christi, which did not attempt a free throw until the final 10 minutes, went 9-for-14 at the line in the contest.

The Islanders got off to a strong start in the contest. The teams traded baskets to a 2-2 score, but then A&M-Corpus Christi put together an 8-0 run with threes from Jelani Currie and Pye giving the visitors a 10-2 lead. Currie and Pye combined to score the first 10 points for the Islanders in the game. A&M-Corpus Christi was able to push the lead all the way to nine on a Douvier layup that made it 14-5.

But St. Louis was able to slowly chip away. The Billikens cut the lead to 20-16 before a Douvier layup at 4:59 put the lead back at six. From there, though, SLU went on an 8-0 run with half the points coming at the free throw line to gain their first lead of the game, 24-22. Douvier tied the score on another bucket inside, but a Yacoubou three gave the Billikens a 27-24 edge heading to the break.

Out of the locker room, SLU went on an 8-2 run to push the lead to a game-high nine, but Jordan threw down a thunderous dunk to set off a 6-0 Islanders run that cut it back to three. St. Louis responded with a 5-0 run of its own to get the lead back to 40-32, and from there the teams went back-and-forth until Amin sparked the Islanders to the victory.

The Islanders will continue their road contests in the Corpus Christi Coastal Challenge on Tuesday night at Bradley in Peoria, Ill. Game time is set for 7 p.m. Yannis Koutroupis will have the call of the game starting at 6:40 p.m. with the pregame show on NewsRadio 1360 KKTX. For all the latest on Islanders Basketball, be sure to follow the team on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersMBB) and like the team on Facebook (Islanders Mens Basketball).

 

 


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Islanders Fall in Semifinals of Southland Conference Tournament 3-0 to UCA http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-fall-in-semifinals-of-southland-conference-tournament-3-0-to-uca/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-fall-in-semifinals-of-southland-conference-tournament-3-0-to-uca/ Sports - Islanders Sat, 22 Nov 2014 4:05:06 PM Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Fall in Semifinals of Southland Conference Tournament 3-0 to UCA

NATCHITOCHES, La. - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team's season came to a close today with a 3-0 loss (26-24, 26-24, 25-21) to No. 2 seed Central Arkansas (20-10, 14-3) in the semifinals of the Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament at Prather Coliseum. The Islanders finish with a 19-16 overall record, and an 11-5 record in conference play.

Brianna Brink finished an impressive career with six kills in the match. She wraps her career as the all-time career-kills leader in Islanders' history with 1,391 kills.

Brittany Gilpin propelled the Islanders' offense with 11 kills on an impressive .625 hitting and Kelsee Felux put down nine kills. Defensively, Kate Klepetka led the team with 10 digs while Hailey King added nine.

UCA hit .272 in the match and record three service aces. Heather Schnars powered the team with a match-high 16 kills while Amy South dished out 43 assists.

The Islanders and UCA battled back-and-forth in the opening set to a score of nine apiece before the Sugar Bears would take the lead for good. Ashley Phelps accounted for five kills in the set, but she was unable to generate enough momentum to get the Islanders close enough to pressure Central Arkansas as they took the set.

In the second set, A&M -Corpus Christi was able to outhit the Sugar bears by a mark of .263 to .235 thanks to the strong play Felux who had five kills in the frame. The Islanders had a 24-21 lead but Central Arkansas' Heather Schnars ignited the Sugar Bears' offense as she put down the final three kills to propel UCA to the set win.

A&M - Corpus Christi came out strong after halftime, jumping out to an early 6-3 lead. Senior Ashley Phelps and Gilpin helped the Islanders to a match-high nine point lead at19-10. But after a Central Arkansas timeout, the Sugar Bears rallied and reeled off a 15-2 run to end the match. The run included six attacking errors and two of the Sugar Bears' three service aces.

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Big Second Half Lifts Hoyas Past Islanders 78-62 http://www.kristv.com/news/big-second-half-lifts-hoyas-past-islanders-78-62/ http://www.kristv.com/news/big-second-half-lifts-hoyas-past-islanders-78-62/ Sports - Islanders Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:06:02 PM TAMUCC.COM Big Second Half Lifts Hoyas Past Islanders 78-62

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A 6-0 run to start the second half lifted Georgetown to a 78-62 win over the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi basketball team on Tuesday night at the Verizon Center. The Islanders, who went to the locker room tied at 34 with the Hoyas, saw Bryce Douvier, John Jordan and Rashawn Thomas all finish in double figures.

Douvier led the Islanders with 16 points and five boards, while Jordan scored 14 points and added five assists and two steals. Thomas, who was not expected to play due to injury, toughed his way to 12 points, four rebounds and three blocks in 17 minutes of action for the Islanders (1-1).

Joshua Smith posted a double-double for Georgetown (2-0) with 20 points and 12 boards, while Paul White (13), Mikael Hopkins (12) and L.J. Peak (10) also finished in double digits. The Hoyas grabbed 18 offensive boards in the game, riding that to a 27-7 edge in second-chance points.

The two teams traded blows early on, with the Hoyas getting the better of the Islanders inside to own a 6-5 advantage. But the Islanders were sparked from Jordan, as he hit back-to-back floaters and then Douvier knocked down a three from the left wing to post a 7-0 run and push the lead to 12-6 early. But the Hoyas came right back and put together a 9-2 run of their own to regain the lead, 15-14 at the 11:38 mark.

The Islanders were undaunted, though, and after the teams traded points, a Brandon Pye triple sent A&M-Corpus Christi on yet another 7-0 run. Georgetown came back to cut it within one, but back-to-back buckets inside from Jordan and Hameed Ali made it 27-22. The Hoyas later put together a 6-0 run to regain the lead, and the teams went back-and-forth into the locker room with the score knotted at 34-34.

Out of the break, A&M-Corpus Christi stumbled, as three straight turnovers for the visitors led to a six-point lead for the Hoyas. From there, Georgetown used its bulk to control the boards, and slowly, the lead ballooned all the way to a game-high 15. But a Douvier three cut it back to 12, and the Islanders continued to chip away and keep the game within range. A pair of free throws by Ehab Amin cut the deficit to 10 at 62-52 with 6:47 remaining.

But the Hoyas embarked on a 9-0 run, sparked by a pair of Islanders turnovers and a putback by Smith, to push the lead to 19. The lead would stretch as high as 22 following a Peak layup with 3:03 remaining. The Islanders were able to cut it back to 16, with Thomas finishing his night on a putback dunk before the final whistle.

The Islanders are back in action on the road on Sunday, Nov. 23, when they take on Saint Louis in the first game of the Corpus Christi Coastal Classic. They will follow that up with a game at Bradley on Tuesday, Nov. 25, before returning to Stripes Court at the American Bank Center on Friday and Saturday for the final two games of the event.

For tickets to the Classic, please contact the American Bank Center box office at 800-745-3000. For all the latest on Islanders basketball, be sure to follow the team on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersMBB) and like the team on Facebook (Islanders Mens Basketball).

 

 


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Islanders Release Baseball Schedule http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-release-baseball-schedule/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-release-baseball-schedule/ Sports - Islanders Mon, 17 Nov 2014 3:51:17 PM Associated Press Islanders Release Baseball Schedule

CORPUS CHRISTI - Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Head Coach Scott Malone officially announced the 2015 Islanders Baseball schedule, which features a 32 games in the Coastal Bend. The team, loaded with upperclassmen is coming off a season in which it finished fourth in the Southland Conference with a record of 19-12 - while going 31-27 overall.

The Islanders will kick off the season at Chapman field with a three-game series against Saint Peters University Feb. 13-15 before hosting the Kleberg Bank College Classic.

Purdue, Missouri and Sam Houston State will make their way down to the Coastal Bend to compete in the Kleberg Bank College Classic which will be played at Whataburger Field in downtown Corpus Christi. The Islanders will see the first action of the tournament, as they will pair up with Southeastern Conference member Missouri on Feb. 19. A&M - Corpus Christi will matchup with the Boilermakers on Feb. 20 before facing the Tigers once again on Feb. 21. The Islanders will wrap up the Classic with a game against defending Southland Conference regular-season champion Sam Houston State Feb. 22.

A&M - Corpus Christi will play a four-game series at Chapman Field against nonconference opponent Texas - Arlington beginning Feb. 27 before a midweek matchup with UTSA on March 3.

After 12 games in the Coastal Bend to begin their season, the Islanders will hit the road for a three-game series with Conference-USA member Louisiana Tech March 6-8.

The Southland Conference season will begin with a road series at Nicholls State March 13-16. The Islanders will return home for two series' as they play host to SLC tournament champion Southeastern Louisiana (March 20-23) and Stephen F. Austin (March 27-29).

A&M - Corpus Christi will make its way to Austin, Texas on Tuesday, March 31 as they take on the Longhorns. The team will then head to Beaumont, Texas for a meeting with Lamar (April 2-4), followed by a doubleheader against Texas-Pan American (April 7) in Edinburg, Texas. The Islanders will welcome Abilene Christian to Chapman Field for the three-game series April 10-12, followed by a Tuesday night matchup with Houston-Victoria April 14.

The squad will continue Southland play as they head to New Orleans for a three-game series with the Privateers (April 17-19). The Islanders continue action with their return game against the Roadrunners with a Tuesday night game in San Antonio (April 21) before heading home to host Northwestern State in a three-game series April 24-26. The Islanders will wrap up April with a doubleheader against Texas - Pan American on April 28 at Chapman Field.

A&M - Corpus Christi will close out conference play with a three-game series at Sam Houston State (May 1-3) followed by a trip to Incarnate Word (May 8-10) before closing out the regular season at home against Houston Baptist (May 14-16).

Central Arkansas will host the four-day 2015 SLC Tournament at Constellation Field in Sugarland, Texas beginning Tuesday, May 20.

The Islanders' schedule currently stands at 55 games, not including the conference tournament.

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Islanders Secure No. 3 Seed in SLC Tournament With 3-0 Win over Lamar http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-secure-no-3-seed-in-slc-tournament-with-3-0-win-over-lamar/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-secure-no-3-seed-in-slc-tournament-with-3-0-win-over-lamar/ Sports - Islanders Sat, 15 Nov 2014 4:16:48 PM Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Secure No. 3 Seed in SLC Tournament With 3-0 Win over Lamar

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team breezed to a 3-0 win (25-16, 25-17, 25-16) today over Lamar (5-23, 5-11 SLC) on Senior Day to clinch the No. 3 seed in the Southland Conference Tournament. The Islanders have earned their third consecutive appearance in the conference tournament and will make their fourth overall trip. It will mark the highest seed in program history for the Islanders.

Islanders (18-15, 11-5 SLC) will make their third consecutive appearance in the Southland Conference Tournament and their fourth overall appearance. The tournament will take place on Nov. 21-23 in Natchitoches, La.

Seniors Brianna Brink and Ashley Phelps, along with junior Haley Satterwhite Day were honored before the match as part of the Senior Day festivities. Brink had a strong match with 15 kills on .367 hitting while freshman Kristyn Nicholson posted her 12th double-double of the season with 29 assists and 12 digs. The Islanders' defense put together a solid effort, holding the Cardinals to .087 hitting and out-blocking them 8-4 at the net. Freshman Kate Klepetka led the surge with 17 digs, marking her ninth consecutive double-digit dig match.

The Islanders and Cardinals battled early in the first set, which featured eight ties and four lead changes. The two teams stayed even until the Islanders put together a 3-0 run to push ahead for good at 14-11. Following a timeout by Lamar, the Cardinals trimmed the lead to two, but a kill by Ivy Baresh kept the Islanders ahead at 15-12. From there, the Islanders padded their lead to 21-15 after a service error by Lamar and an ace by Gilpin to force another timeout by the Cardinals. A&M - Corpus Christi then closed out the set on a 4-1 run to win 25-16. During the run, Brink put down a pair of kills and Baresh nailed a kill down the line to secure the set. The Islanders hit .290 in the set and held Lamar to .115 hitting.

The Islanders came out strong to start the second set with a 4-0 lead. Lamar clawed their way back to pull within one at 8-7, but from there the Islanders took control of the set to build a 12-8 lead after putting together a 4-1 run. A&M - Corpus Christi then tacked on its biggest lead of the set at 17-10 after Phelps hammered down one of her four kills in the match. The Islanders eventually closed out the set on a 3-0 run to win 25-17. During the run, Brink and freshman Madeleine Doud posted kills. The Islanders hit .194 in the set and held the Cardinals to .103 hitting.

The final set was much like the second, with the Islanders jumping out to an early lead before the Cardinals struck back to tie the set at 6-6. From there the Islanders and Cardinals went neck-and-neck before the Islanders capitalized on a service error by Lamar and back-to-back blocks by Nicholson and Doud to take a 12-9 lead. The Islanders continued to extend their lead and built a 22-15 lead on a 4-1 run. During the run, Nicholson, Baresh and Gilpin each chipped in kills. After a kill by Lamar, the Islanders scored three straight with consecutive kills by Baresh and Brink, and a block assist by Doud and Kirstee McGarva, to win 25-16. The Islanders ignited for a .242 hitting percentage in the set and held the Cardinals to .053 hitting. The Islanders' defense was also impressive as they out-blocked Lamar, 5-1, and posted 20 digs in the set.

The Islanders will now await their opponent for next weekend's Southland Conference Tournament that will take place on Nov. 21-23 in Natchitoches, La.

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Isles Lock in 13 For 2015 Class http://www.kristv.com/news/isles-lock-in-13-for-2015-class/ http://www.kristv.com/news/isles-lock-in-13-for-2015-class/ Sports - Islanders Thu, 13 Nov 2014 9:16:41 PM TAMUCC.COM Isles Lock in 13 For 2015 Class

CORPUS CHRISTI - Texas A&M-Corpus Christi head coach Scott Malone announced the signing of 13 players to National Letters of Intent on Thursday. The signing class of eight pitchers and five position players will join the Islanders in the 2015-16 season.

"I'm excited about the whole group, especially since we have 13 seniors coming off the board after this year," said head coach Scott Malone. "When you look at this group of kids, they are going to be asked to make a much quicker impact than any group we have ever had.

"The most exciting part about this group today is we are counting on this group next year so it really makes it fun for us and fun for these guys obviously"

This is the second recruiting class for Brett Gips who is in his second year as the Islanders Recruiting Coordinator. The Islanders currently have the 74th best signing class in the country, according to Perfect Game USA who ranked the top 100 signing classes.

"I can't say enough about how coach Gips has adapted to going out and finding the right kid, building a relationship and figuring out which ones are going to be a great fit for our program; not only on the field but in the community," Malone noted. "He has done an unbelievable job of putting this group together and going after the right guys early. It says a lot about him and our coaching staff to go out and put together such a great class."

Nick Anderson • OF
Kempner, Texas • Rider High School
Top 500 Recruit Nationally; No. 23 OF in Texas by Perfect Game USA

Anderson played at Kempner High School under head coach Marc Jones. He was named first-team all district and second-team All Houston during his sophomore season. Played for the 2012 USA National Team in the Dominican Republic. Anderson was a multi-sport athlete for the Cougars. He played football at Kempner and was named defensive newcomer of the year in 2013 and second-team all district in 2014.

Gips on Anderson: "We think that Nick has the ability to be a power bat in our lineup for years to come. Nick is a multi-sport athlete that will bring a ton of athleticism and speed to both offensive and defensive sides of the game."

Austin Blakely • RHP/UTIL
Hallsville, Texas • Hallsville High School
Top 1000 Recruit Nationally by Perfect Game USA

Has a combined record of 85-22 while at Hallsville High School under head coach Scott Mitchell. Hit for .391 his junior year with three home runs while driving in 49 runs. Blakely was named a first team all-district infielder, first team All-East Texas at third base and third team all-state.

Gips on Blakely: "Austin is a big, physical right-handed pitcher and first baseman. He has a deceptive delivery and is able to spin the breaking ball for strikes in any count. Austin also will have the chance to develop into a middle of the order bat and produce some serious power numbers during the course of his career."

Christopher Falwell • LHP
Round Rock, Texas • Cisco JC

Played one season at the University of Arkansas where he appeared in four games out of the bullpen. Posted a 2.70 ERA in 6.2 innings of work for the Razorbacks. Played high school baseball at Round Rock High School under coach John Carter. Recorded a 1.08 ERA during his senior year when he led the team to the area championships.

Gips on Falwell: "Chris is a mature left-handed pitcher with a strong work ethic that will bring a lot of experience from junior college. We expect to come in and compete for a job in the weekend rotation. He is 6-foot-6 with deception in his delivery and a hard fastball that can break into the low 90s."

Johnny Gonzalez • LHP/OF
Frisco, Texas • Frisco Wakeland High School
Top 1000 Recruit Nationally; No. 6 Ranked 1B by Perfect Game USA

Gonzalez comes to the Island University from Frisco Wakeland High School in Frisco, Texas. He led the Wolverines in home runs with three and RBIs with 30 during the 2014 season. He has compiled 75 team wins over the past three seasons under head coach Barry Rose.

Gips on Gonzalez: "Johnny is a physical left handed bat who has the power and presence to hit in the middle of the order. He is versatile and brings value to the team as a corner infielder/outfielder. Very live arm on the mound and will come in as a two-way guy."

Caleb Hanks • RHP/1B
Lufkin, Texas • Hudson High School
Top 1000 Recruit Nationally; No. 76 RHP in Texas by Perfect Game USA

Hanks finished his junior year with 96 strikeouts to just 25 walks in 60 innings of work for the Hornets under head coach Glenn Kimble. He also hit for a .333 average and one home run in 27 at bats. Earned second team all-district honors. Helped lead the Hornets to district championships during his freshman and sophomore years.

Gips on Hanks: "Caleb is a stout right-handed pitcher who has had a lot of success at the high school level. He is an intelligent pitcher with a fastball that reaches 90 mph, and with his off-speed mix the future will be very bright for him."

Aaron Hernandez • RHP
Corpus Christi, Texas • Moody High School
Top 500 Recruit Nationally; No. 14 RHP in Texas by Perfect Game USA

Hernandez is a multi-sport athlete at Moody High School in Corpus Christi. He played football and baseball for the Trojans. He was named all-south Texas Newcomer of the Year, garnered first team all-district honors and was an all-state honorable mention selection. Hernandez was also part of the Moody High School undefeated district championship and state runner-up team.

Gips on Hernandez: "Aaron is a local star who has wanted to be a part of Islanders Baseball for a long time. He has ample amounts of upside with his frame; matched with an electric fastball that can reach in the low 90s and a wipeout slider."

Harrison Hill • 1B/3B
League City, Texas • Clear Creek High School

Was a three-year letterwinner at Clear Creek High School under coach Brent Kunefke. He led the Wildcats to a 28-9 record and was named the district MVP his junior year. Was first on the team with 50 RBIs and claimed second team all-state honors in 2014.

Gips on Hill: "Harry is a multi-faceted player with the athleticism to play both the infield or outfield. Offensively he has a great line drive approach with power to both sides of the field. His work ethic over the past 10 months has transformed his game into being one of the premier hitters in the state."

Dylan Hutcheson • OF
Wichita Falls, Texas • Rider High School
Top 1000 Recruit Nationally; No. 39 OF in Texas by Perfect Game USA

Hutcheson comes to Corpus Christi from Wichita Falls, Texas. He was named the Rider High School team MVP as well as the Defensive MVP. He earned unanimous first team all-district recognition in both his sophomore and junior years under head coach Josh Bobbitt. Hutcheson tied the Raiders school record for stolen bases his junior year.

Gips on Hutcheson: "The first thing we noticed about Dylan was his leadership skills. He has a strong desire to not only better himself but also better his teammates more importantly. Dylan will have the opportunity to make a big impact in our lineup early in his career, and is the type of 'go get it' defenders that we want in the outfield."

Dustin Lacaze • RHP/OF
Clute, Texas • Brazoswood High School
No. 474 National Ranking • No. 47 overall in Texas by Perfect Game USA

Lacaze played both baseball and football at Brazoswood High School for the Buccaneers. Hit for a .401 average, seven home runs and 38 RBI's his junior year under head coach Bobby Williams. Earned first team all-district honors, first team all-county accolades and an All-Houston area outfielder. He led the Bucs to a 31-11 record during his junior year.

Gips on Lacaze: "Dustin will have the opportunity to both play the outfield and pitch for us next year. We think he has the ability to make an impact on our team early in his career. He has a very athletic arm with a fastball that runs up into the low 90s and excellent command of his repertoire."

Jesse Philp • LHP
Lufkin, Texas • Lufkin High School
Top 500 Recruit Nationally; No. 7 LHP in Texas by Perfect Game USA

Philp comes to the Island University from Lufkin High School where he was a multi-sport athlete. He played baseball for the Panthers under head coach Jason Stanley. During his junior year, he was named the most-improved player and a first team all-district utility player.

Gips on Philp: "Jesse is a physically imposing left hander with a quick delivery and a good firm fastball, but his best pitch is his slider. We really like his competiveness and grit on the mound."

Isaac Schlabach • LHP
Keller, Texas • Keller Timber Creek High School
Top 500 Recruit Nationally; No. 18 LHP in Texas by Perfect Game USA

In his junior year, Schlabach went 5-1 on the mound for the Falcons to go along with a 1.98 ERA. Schlabach was named first team all-district his junior year as he led Keller Timber Creek to a 21-8 record under head coach Derek Watson.

Gips on Schlabach: "Ike has a ton of room to grow, at 6-foot-6 and a fastball in the upper 80s that can touch low 90s. He has great makeup and work ethic with a strong desire to compete."

Landon Shofner • INF
Lubbock, Texas • Coronado High School
Top 1000 Recruit Nationally by Perfect Game USA

A two-year letterwinner at Coronado High School under head coach Gary Hix. Shofner has won 63 games over the last three years with the Mustangs. He was a part of the Mustangs team that won both the district and area championships.

Gips on Shofner: "Landon has the ability to play multiple positions in the infield. He is a right-handed hitter that can really handle the bat and has the swing that could produce some power. He is a good runner and a solid overall player who we have high expectations for."

David Worrell • RHP
Helotes, Texas • Sandra Day O'Conner High School
Top 1000 Recruit Nationally; No. 77 RHP in Texas by Perfect Game USA

Worrell recorded a 6-1 record while striking out 58 batters during his junior year in 47 and a third innings for the Panthers on his way to earning first team all-district honors. Led the Panthers to a district championship before making the region quarterfinals. Helped the Panthers to a 32-3 record in his junior year.

Gips on Worrell: "David has a knack for missing bats and we project him to work into a weekend rotation starter during his career. He can pitch at the bottom of the zone with three good off-speed pitches."

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Islander Women Sign Four Players http://www.kristv.com/news/islander-women-sign-four-players/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islander-women-sign-four-players/ Sports - Islanders Wed, 12 Nov 2014 8:38:28 PM TAMUCC.COM Islander Women Sign Four Players

CORPUS CHRISTI - Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball head coach Royce Chadwick has announced that four high school seniors have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Islanders during the 2015-16 season.

On signing day, the Islanders received letters from Mykayla Flores (San Antonio, Texas/Churchill HS), Aryana Jackson (Richmond Heights, Ohio/Beachwood HS), Urionne 'Uri' Jolivette (New Iberia, La./New Iberia Senior HS) and Maddisen Turner (Houston, Texas/West Side HS).

"We're very excited about this recruiting class," said head coach Royce Chadwick. "I feel like this group is exactly what we needed to add for our program and they fill some huge gaps that we need to fill in an effort to provide our fans with a championship caliber team"

Flores comes to the Island University from Churchill High School in San Antonio, Texas. The 5-foot-5 guard averaged 17.5 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and six steals per game her junior year. She was named first team all-district and team MVP while leading the Chargers to the area playoff finals and a 29-6 record.

"I think Mykayla is going to be a really good player for us," noted Chadwick. "She is a great floor general, she can really shoot it and has all the attributes it takes to be a great quarterback to our team. We are very excited to add her to our family."

Jackson will make her way to the Coastal Bend from Richmond Heights, Ohio. Jackson nearly averaged a double-double at Beachwood High School. The 5-foot-8 combo guard scored 17-8 points per game while averaging 9.8 assists and 7.3 steals per game. She led the Bison to the district championships and collected Chagrin Valley Conference second-team honors.

"Aryana is a very versatile player," noted Chadwick. "She is very athletic and has the ability to get to the basket as well as shoot the ball. She can do it all and we're happy to have her."

Jolivette will join the Islanders in 2015 from New Iberia Senior High School in New Iberia, La. She earned first team all-district honors along with first team All-Teche accolades in 2012-13. The 5-foot-10 guard averaged 12.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game for the Yellow Jackets.

"Uri is a basketball player in the mold of Jasmine Shaw," Chadwick said. "She has a sixth sense about her that makes everyone on the court better. She has been very well coached in high school and she is going to be a very good player for us."

Turner led the Lady Wolves to a 19-6 record while going 10-1 in districts. The 6-foot forward averaged 11.5 points and seven rebounds per game during her junior year. Turner earned first team all-district honors.

"Maddisen is a very multi-dimensional player," said Chadwick. "She can play inside and outside and has a mean streak that helps her be a next-level player. I think she is going to be an instant impact player for us."

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