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Men’s basketball adds three players from El Paso

The men’s basketball team is proud to announce the signing of three incoming freshmen. Elijah Davis, Colby Borak and Mitchell Martinez will join the Saints in the fall of 2020.

Head Coach Chris Dial said, “The men’s basketball program is excited for these young men to join the Saints family. We are looking forward to their development at OLLU and they have great potential to improve the culture of the team.”

Davis attended Pebble Hills High School. He is a shooting guard, and he also played football while in high school. Davis boasts a 35.5 inch vertical.

Another newcomer to the Saints is shooting guard Colby Borak. Borak will be graduating from Franklin High School. He averaged 3.9 points per game in his high school career and tallied 3.3 rebounds per game during his senior season.

Mitchell Martinez joins the Saints from Eastwood High School. He is a power forward and averaged 9.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Mitchell shot an impressive 57 percent from the field and 33 percent from the three-point line.

Softball welcomes Kaylen Estrada from Waco

The softball team is proud to announce the signing of incoming freshman Kaylen Estrada. She will join the team in 2020-2021.

The softball team’s spring 2020 season was cut short due to the COVID-19 crisis. The NAIA mandated that all spring sports be canceled. The Saints are scheduled to play a limited fall 2020 lineup then get set for their official spring season in February 2021.

Estrada is from Waco, Texas, and attended University High School. She chose OLLU because “OLLU feels like a home away from home.”

Head Coach Bruce Lenington said, “Our first opportunity to evaluate Kaylen was at our prospect camp in November and she really stood out from the crowd. As a catcher, her leadership and volume on the field are big reasons she is a Saint today. I also believe that she can develop into a very good college hitter.”

Estrada’s hobbies include watching Law and Order SVU, being with family and friends and taking naps. Her athletic role model is her brother Juan Salas. She was named to the Second Team All-District and awarded the Clutch Player of the Year award and Leadership Award.  

Baseball earns first-ever ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award

The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) has announced that OLLU has been awarded the 2019-2020 ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award. Teams were honored with this year’s award, which highlights programs coached by ABCA members that posted a GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale for the entire 2019-2020 academic year. The Saints baseball team earned a 3.06 GPA, and this year marks the first time the men have won this award.

Head Coach Bryan Aughney said “I am very proud of our group of players who continued to get things done in the classroom. It was hard to have our season cut short, but that didn’t deter our student-athletes from taking ownership of their academics. It’s something we talk about each day, and I was very pleased with our team as they continued to stay the course. It shows we are not only continuing to get better on the field each year, but we are doing it with the right guys.”

“In light of the challenges faced by so many programs across the country, we are humbled to be able to honor teams for their outstanding academic achievements,” said ABCA Executive Director Craig Keilitz. “It is a testament to the leadership of our member coaches and the commitment of their student-athletes who persevered during an unprecedented academic year.”

Coaches were able to nominate their teams for the ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award following the conclusion of their spring semesters prior to the nomination deadline of July 17. To be honored, teams had to meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a high school or college team
  • Head coach must be a current ABCA member
  • Team must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale during the 2019-2020 academic year (Due to some schools changing to Pass/Fail grading, spring semester grades were not required to be included in the cumulative calculation).

The American Baseball Coaches Association has a long tradition of recognizing the achievements of baseball coaches and student-athletes. The ABCA/Rawlings All-America Teams are the nation’s oldest, founded in 1949, and the ABCA’s awards program also includes the ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Awards, the ABCA/Diamond Regional and National Coaches of the Year and several other major awards such as the ABCA Hall of Fame and the Dave Keilitz Ethics in Coaching Award.

Men’s tennis earns ITA Academic Awards

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) has announced the 2020 NAIA Men ITA Scholar-Athletes and All-Academic Teams. Academia is a key aspect of the college tennis experience. Collegiate tennis players add to the rich intellectual community found on college campuses across the nation. The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) men’s tennis team has been recognized, as well as Gabriel Braga, Artur Etzberger, Caio Ravagnani, Sebastian Rodriguez, Murilo Salviato and Vinicius Silva. This is the first time the Saints have earned ITA academic awards.

Student-athletes continue to exceed expectations in the classroom and on the court. In 2020, 225 NAIA male student-athletes were named an ITA Scholar-Athlete and 44 men’s tennis programs were awarded the All-Academic Team distinction.

To be named an ITA Scholar-Athlete, one must meet the following requirements:

  • have a grade point average of at least 3.5 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year
  • be listed on the institutional eligibility form

To be named an ITA All-Academic Team, programs must meet the following requirements:

  • have a team grade point average of 3.2 or above (on a 4.00 scale),
  • all student-athletes included should be listed on the institutional eligibility form, and
  • all varsity letter winners should be factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year

The Saints men’s team earned a 3.374 GPA. Braga marked a 4.0 GPA, Etzberger, a 3.5, Ravagnani, a 3.8, Rodriguez, a 3.5, Murilo, a 3.7 and Silva, a 3.8.

Men’s soccer welcomes Orlando Medina and Javier Pena

The men’s soccer team is proud to announce the signings of incoming freshmen Orlando Medina and Javier Pena. They will join the team in 2020.

Medina played for Cypress Ridge High School in Houston and Texas United Real Juniors Club. He earned Academic All-District honors and made it to the second round of the playoffs while at Cypress Ridge. His club team won first place in district and third place in state.

Pena attended John Jay High School in San Antonio and earned All-District honors his sophomore year. He played in a development academy in Mexico and will be majoring in criminal justice.

The Saints will begin their 14th season in August 2020.

Golf adds Raul Gonzalez Jr. from McAllen

OLLU has announced the signing of Raul Gonzalez Jr. to the men’s golf team.

Gonzalez will join the team this academic year after graduating from McAllen Memorial High School in McAllen, Texas.

The golf team had to cancel its official spring 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The men will regroup to play a handfull of tournaments  in the fall land then get set for their spring 2021 season.

Gonzalez plans to major in business at OLLU.

Softball signs Desiree Rojas to 2020-2021 squad

The softball team is proud to announce the signing of incoming freshman Desiree Rojas. She will join the Saints squad in 2020-2021.

The softball team’s spring 2020 season was cut short due to the COVID-19 crisis. The NAIA mandated that all spring sports be cancelled. The Saints are scheduled to play a limited fall 2020 lineup and then get set for their official spring season in February 2021.

Rojas is a San Antonio native and attended the Business Careers High School. She will be majoring in biology. Throughout her varsity career, she has batted .379 at the plate and gathered 99 hits.

Head Coach Bruce Lenington said, “Desiree is a very good softball player who will give us depth on the pitcher’s mound and corner infield. She has pitched in several big games and has an excellent changeup. I believe that she can be one of our better hitters as she has demonstrated a powerful swing in high school and select ball.”

Rojas enjoys watching Netflix and her athletic role model is UCLA softball player Rachel Garcia. Throughout high school, she has been named to second-team all-district and first-team all-district twice for third base.

Softball adds Devan Miller from Ohio

The softball team is proud to announce the signing of incoming freshman Devan Miller. She will join the team in 2020-2021.

The softball team’s spring 2020 season was cut short due to the COVID-19 crisis. The NAIA mandated that all spring sports be canceled. The Saints are scheduled to play a limited fall 2020 lineup then get set for their official spring season in February 2021.

Miller is a native of Marion, Ohio, and attended River Valley High School. Her primary position is first base, and she also plays third base.

Head Coach Bruce Lenington commented, “Devan was our first commit in the 2020 class. She is a powerful corner infielder with great hands and an above-average arm. I saw her in a summer camp in Detroit and am happy that she is coming to OLLU. She possesses a tremendous work ethic that will serve her well at the college level.”

Miller’s hobbies include traveling, working out and spending time with her friends and family. Her athletic role model is professional softball player Jessica Warren. Throughout high school, she earned the Golden Glove Award in 2018, received an honorable mention for All-District in 2018 and was named to the second team MOAC.

OLLU has historic number of conference scholar-athletes, plus best GPA ever with 3.17

Pursuing excellence and coping with changes to spring classes due to COVID-19, a total of 965 student-athletes earned the distinction of Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Scholar-Athlete for the 2019-2020 academic year. OLLU is proud to announce its largest class of scholar-athletes Р147 Рwho have earned Scholar-Athlete recognition.

Each of the individuals on the list achieved a 3.0 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale while competing in one of the RRAC’s sanctioned sports. The total number of honorees reached a higher level than last year’s 938 total.

The cumulative GPA for all 147 OLLU students during the 2019-2020 season is also a historic best at 3.17. See below for a historical overview:

SeasonCumulative Team GPAScholar Athletes (3.0-Above)
2019-20203.17147
2018-20192.94120
2017-20183.0896
2016-20172.81105
2015-20162.8596
2014-20152.8986
2013-20143.0283
2012-20132.8182
2011-20122.8249
2010-20112.9252

Of OLLU’s 147 student-athletes (some played two sports and are counted separately) honored in 2019-2020, 17 earned a 4.0, 70 earned between a 3.5-3.99 GPA and 60 earned between a 3.0-3.49 GPA. 

OLLU had the most scholar-athletes than other members of the conference. After OLLU was the University of the Southwest at 111, followed by LSU-Alexandria with 110, Texas A&M University – Texarkana with 105, Texas College with 98, Jarvis Christian College with 84, Huston-Tillotson University with 83, the University of Houston-Victoria with 77, LSU-Shreveport with 71, Wiley College with 48 and Paul Quinn College with 45.

Below is a complete list of the 2019-2020 OLLU Scholar Athletes:

NAMESPORT
Joey BakerBaseball
Ryan Chapa 
Jorge Collazo Jr. 
Connor Dayton 
Jose Diaz 
Miguel Galindo 
Alex Garza 
Logan Garza 
Adrian Gonzalez Jr. 
Matthew Klar 
Layne Klostermann 
Francisco Martinez 
Daniel Melecio 
Matt Mihalov 
Jacob Mitchell 
Jacob Montejano 
Andrew Ogletree 
John B. Ortega II 
Bryce Putnam 
Jose Ramirez III 
Nico Ybarra 
Ruben MonzonBasketball-Men
Michael Saladin 
Edvin Tedesjo 
Aidan Torres 
Estefan Trevino 
Finn Wilczek 
Tiffany LopezBasketball-Women
Jamia Miller 
Kasey Saldana 
Angeline Sanchez 
Zerina Shatri 
Suzuna Shoji 
Alexandra Strawhorn 
Tani Talamantez 
Natalia Trevino 
Alexis White 
Lena Wilson  
Antonio BustamanteCross-Country-Men
Isaac Martinez 
Andrew Moczygemba 
Hector Puente 
Nathaniel Rodriguez 
Miguel Segura 
Andrea GandaraCross-Country-Women
Lindsey Broussard 
Gloria Cervantes 
Sabrina Garcia 
Peyton Lammons 
Nadia Sifuentes 
Kimber Watson 
Diego GarciaGolf
Raul Gutierrez 
Joshua Sturt 
Kane Ybarra 
Bernard AlvarengaSoccer-Men
Connor Bagley 
Joseph Baker 
Luan Balestieri 
Miguel Barrera 
Carlos Beltran 
Gustavo Borba 
Carlos Cabrera 
Giovanni Cardenas 
Juan Martin Chica 
Scott Couper 
Jose Delgado 
Randy Dominguez 
Charbel Elbayeh 
Mitchell Medrano 
Jack Parker 
Raul Posadas 
Patrick Pye 
Miguel Sanchez 
Guillermo Serrano 
Pedro Tavarez 
Samuel Villegas 
Dawson BrinkleySoccer-Women
Liliana Briseno 
Victoria Castro 
Taylor DeBroskey 
Olivia Eagleson 
Mikaela Gilbert 
Savannah Hernandez 
Sarah Miles 
Sophia Mora 
Emily Morin 
Riley Perez 
Baye Polansky 
Ilaina Brenes Rodriguez 
Jaylin Seto 
Haley Smith 
Brianna Yanez 
Erika Zapata 
Jessica Zapata 
Kayla DreeseSoftball
Katelyn Esparza 
Jennifer Estrada 
Ysa Gonzales 
Kennah Kennedy 
Ciera Martinez 
Jalin Oliva-St. Romain 
Kaitlyn Salazar 
Kelly Anne Salinas 
Alexis Valdez 
Deandra Vera 
Gabriel BragaTennis
Artur Etzberger 
Caio Ravagnani 
Sebastian Rodriguez 
Murilo Salviato 
Vinicius Silva 
Antonio BustamanteTrack and Field-Men
Ryan Fuentes 
Tamaj Gordon  
Isaac Martinez 
Andrew Moczygemba 
Hector Puente 
Nathaniel Rodriguez 
Miguel Segura 
Chandler Sennette 
Clayton Townsend 
Colton Townsend 
Lindsey BroussardTrack and Field-Women
Gloria Cervantes 
Aundrea Culliver 
Amanda Esparza 
Sabrina Garcia 
Peyton Lammons 
Natalie Martinez 
Patience Okpe 
Brianna Pantoja 
Lauren Perry 
Audren Pineda 
Miki Romain 
Nadia Sifuentes 
Amaya Stuefen 
Alondra Toledo 
Kimber Watson 
Sadie BallesterosVolleyball
Valerie Bolanos 
Natalie Fazio 
Ashley Maldonado 
Alyssa Marquez 
Amanda Esparza 
Anyssa Rivera 
Anissa Tamez

OLLU’s Miki Romain and team earn NAIA Indoor Track & Field Women’s All-Academic Team honors

The 2020 NAIA Indoor Track & Field Women’s All-Academic Teams have been announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Senior Miki Romain was named to the All-Academic Team as part of the Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) Women’s Indoor Track and Field team after earning a 3.5 GPA. Only indoor was considered for the award this year due to the cancellation of the outdoor season.

Criteria for the award is a GPA of 3.0 or higher. In addition, winners from the indoor season must have achieved an “A” or “B” standard in a championship event, certified by their place on the NAIA descending order lists on TFRSS for Indoor Track and Field.

In addition, the Saints received the 2020 NAIA Indoor Track & Field Women’s All-Academic Team after earning a 3.4 GPA. Members of the team are listed below:

Broussard, Lindsey
 Castro, Maricela
Cervantes, Gloria
Culliver, Aundrea
Esparza, Amanda
Espericueta, Robbie Sue
Garcia, Sabrina
Joseph, Destiny
Joyner, Peyton
Lammons, Peyton
Martinez, Natalie
Okpe, Patience
Pantoja, Brianna
Parker, Makhayla
Perry, Lauren
Pineda, Audren
Romain, Miki
Sifuentes, Nadia
Stuefen, Amaya
Toledo, Alondra
Watson, Kimber
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