Small college notes: Tarleton State opens season as Lone Star Conference favorites

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The Tarleton State men’s basketball team opens its campaign as the preseason favorite in the Lone Star Conference.

The Texans, tipping off their season at home against Southwestern Adventist at 7 p.m. Saturday, return five starters and 12 letter winners from a team that finished 20-10 last season and reached the NCAA Division II South Central regionals.

“We have been in the same position for so many years that we have gotten to a point to where we have built a tradition,” coach Lonn Reisman said. “We have a team that is mentally tougher. We are picked to win the conference and have to understand that we are going to face people who will bring their ‘A’ game.”

Chuck Guy, a Fort Worth Eastern Hills grad, is the preseason LSC Player of the Year. He joins Jon Cathey-Macklin, Coleman Furst, Damion Clemons and Davene Carter as major role players.

“We have the skill level and ingredients, but you have to play with a passion and play every possession as hard as you can,” Reisman said. “[Guy] had a very good year for us last year but this time around people are going to be preparing for him. He has improved greatly on defense and has been very unselfish with the ball.”

Tarleton clinches

The Tarleton football team snapped a two-game skid with a 45-20 win Saturday over Texas A&M-Kingsville, clinching a share of the Lone Star Conference football title.

The win helped the Texans move up to eighth in the latest NCAA Division II Super Region Four rankings. The Texans need to move up to sixth to reach the playoffs.

Wesleyan opens 2-1

The Texas Wesleyan men’s basketball team began its season with two wins before falling to Our Lady of the Lake University on Wednesday.

Opening with its first five games at home, the Rams continue their homestand at 7:30 p.m. Monday against Paul Quinn College and face MidAmerica Nazarene University at 6 p.m. on Nov. 16.

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