Small college notes: Tarleton State can clinch share of SLC title in Kingsville

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Tarleton State travels to Texas A&M-Kingsville for its final Lone Star Conference game this season at 7 p.m. Saturday seeking to claim at least a share of the LSC championship for the first time since 2009.

The Texans (5-2, 4-1 LSC) will be trying to snap a two-game losing streak when they take on the Javelinas (2-5, 0-4).

“We have had two heartbreaking losses against two good football teams in the region,” Tarleton State coach Cary Fowler said. “We need this one. This gives us at least a share of the conference championship, and that is what we have been playing for since the start.”

Dropping games to Delta State and Texas A&M-Commerce by four combined points, the Texans fell out of the NCAA Division II Coaches Poll, but were selected 10th in the first edition of the Super Region Four rankings. To be eligible for the Division II playoffs, the Texans would need to reach sixth.

“We are not focusing on where we are in the region right now,” Fowler said. “If we can win the final three games, I don’t know how they could hold us out.”

The Texans close out the season with two nonconference games and will need help from other teams in the LSC to claim an outright conference championship.

Sitting with one loss, West Texas A&M and Midwestern State have an opportunity to claim a shared championship, despite Tarleton defeating both. The two meet Nov. 16.

Tarleton favored

The Texans men’s basketball team was selected the preseason favorite in the Lone Star Conference poll.

Tarleton received nine first-place votes and collected 166 points. Midwestern State received 12 first-place votes, but came in second with 163 points.

The Texans won last year’s LSC tournament championship, while Midwestern State won the regular-season crown.

Tarleton senior Chuck Guy was second in voting for the LSC’s Preseason Player of the Year Award, edged out by Cameron’s Craig Foster by three votes.

Tarleton begins its season Nov. 9 at home against Southwestern Adventist.

TexAnns selected third in preseason

The Tarleton women’s basketball team was selected third in the Lone Star Conference preseason poll.

Tarleton, trailing Midwestern State and West Texas A&M, received three first-place votes compared with 20 for MSU and one for West Texas A&M , which edged the TexAnns by two points (190-188) in the overall point total.

Tarleton’s Kiara Wright was named Preseason Player of the Year. Wright received 18 of the 25 votes. Wright averaged 18.6 points and 14 rebounds per game on the way to being named the LSC Player of the Year last season, as well as the Co-Defensive Player of the Year.

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