The facts are alarming. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the No. 1 medical cause of death in young athletes. Every three days in the United States, a young athlete dies from Sudden Cardiac Arrest, and 60-80 percent of athletes who experience Sudden Cardiac Death do not have recognized warning signs or symptoms prior to their events. Last week, OLLU, in partnership with Wimbledon Health Partners/Wimbledon Athletics, conducted cardiovascular testing of its student-athletes. Medical personnel from Wimbledon, based out of Boca Raton, Fla., travel throughout the country to provide on-site cardiovascular testing at colleges and universities. Representatives perform EKG and Echocardiography testing on student-athletes to help screen for 14 different cardiac conditions, such as sudden cardiac death.
OLLU’s Director of Health Services Nurse Practitioner Dr. Julie C. Stuckey, DNP, ANP, APNP-C, said arranging for Wimbledon to come to OLLU was out of a desire to give student-athletes another tool to keep them healthy for success both in the classroom and on the playing field. “Our goal is to keep our athletes healthy. They must be 100 percent when they are practicing and playing, so this test is critical in ensuring there is nothing preventing them from being 100 percent.”
Wimbledon worked with Dr. Stuckey and her staff to set up their triage center in the University Wellness and Activities Center (UWAC). Wimbledon manages all aspects of the testing including working with the student-athletes’ health insurance companies, which will be billed for the cost of the test. Tests are non-invasive, involve no radiation exposure, and the privacy of the student-athletes is maintained.
In a match dedicated to lone senior Raven Swain, the volleyball team took just a little more than an hour to defeat the Wiley College Wildcats 3-0. The Saints improve to 13-7 overall and 8-0 in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC), while Wiley drops to 7-6 overall and 5-3 in conference. On Saturday, the Saints continued their dominance with a win against the University of St. Thomas. The Celts threatened to sweep the Saints after securing two spirited set wins, but the Saints came back with a vengeance to destroy the Celts in the last two sets and the tiebreaker. The 3-2 win accounts for the Saints’ 21st consecutive Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) win at home. The last time the Saints lost a RRAC match at Mabee Gym was Oct. 14, 2014, against the former University of Texas at Brownsville. The Saints improve to 14-7 overall and 9-0 in conference, while UST drops to 7-11 overall and 4-5 in conference.
Men’s soccer won its sixth game in a row after shutting out Paul Quinn College (PQC) last Saturday. The 2-0 win moves the Saints to 7-5-1, while Paul Quinn drops to 2-9. Head Coach Shane Hurley commented “We did a good job creating some good opportunities, and our defense continued to be stingy.” Scoring both goals for the Saints was Adrian Delgado, who now has 11 goals on the season and leads the conference.
The women’s soccer team shut out Paul Quinn College Saturday in a nonconference game. The 3-0 win moves the Saints to 4-8 overall, while the Tigers drop to 2-8. Head Coach Arthur Salazar commented “It was a good showing to get a much-needed win. It’s been a tough stretch, so for the players to remain focused and take care of business on the second leg of this long road trip is a big plus. Now we have to focus on our upcoming games in hopes of getting some points to help move us up in the conference standings.”
On Saturday, Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach Stacy Stephens was inducted into the University of Texas Athletics Women’s Hall of Honor. Stephens was a two-time Associated Press second team All-American during her decorated career on the Longhorns women’s basketball team from 2000-2004.
Head Coach Christopher Minner, along with Associate Athletic Director Adrienne Rodriguez and OLLU Provost Dr. Marcheta Evans attended the ceremony. Minner commented, “I’m very happy for her. She deserved it and made all associated with her proud of her accomplishment. She gave a great speech, and she continues to show why she is a great role model for female student-athletes.”
Dr. Evans commented, “What a blessing it is to have someone with Stacy’s credentials to be a part of our OLLU coaching staff. She was a phenomenal post player at The University of Texas as well as playing in the WNBA. Beyond those accolades, I have had the opportunity to get to know her as a person. She will be and already is a great role model for our female athletes. One of the greatest moments I witnessed at her induction ceremony was when she took the time to meet with some young middle school girls to sign autographs and take pictures. She is inspiring our future and she realizes the honor it is to serve.”
OLLU athletics is pleased to welcome new “Voice of the Saints” Karl Schoening, who has come onboard after the departure of long-time, in-game announcer Jay Tope. Tope vacated his position at the conclusion of the 2016-2017 season to concentrate on his company, SASports.com, which promotes the positive publicity of high school student athletes and activities. Schoening joined the Saints in August 2017 as the public announcer for Saints women’s and men’s soccer and volleyball. Beginning in November, he will debut as the announcer for the university’s women’s and men’s basketball teams. In January 2018, he will start his in-game announcing for baseball, and in February, he will kick off softball.
A native of Austin, Texas, Schoening has lived in the central Texas area his whole life. He graduated from McNeil High School in Round Rock and Texas State University in San Marcos. After college, he stayed in the central Texas area working for iHeart Media in Austin and San Antonio as a producer for News Radio 1200 WOAI and Ticket 760 in San Antonio and AM 1300 The Zone in Austin. Schoening has nine years of broadcasting experience calling games for high school sports, NCAA D1 athletics and the NBA G-league.
Schoening’ s father, Bill, is in his 17th season as the San Antonio Spurs radio play-by-play voice, and his mother, Gerry, has worked at the Texas Methodist Foundation in Austin since 1996. Schoening joins other “Voice of the Saints” Michael Thompson, who returns for his ninth season as the Saints’ play-by-play live streaming broadcaster. All home games will be livestreamed through the university’s YouTube Channel, OLLUSaints.
OLLU golf Head Coach Alan E. Baxter has announced the starting five for the 2017 Flyer Intercollegiate Tournament hosted by Lewis University at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club. This will be OLLU’s second tournament of the fall season after last week’s tournament at the University of Houston-Victoria was cancelled due to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in the area.
Playing in the 2017 Flyer Intercollegiate Tournament are the following:
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