OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College women's golf team finished second at the Red River Athletic Conference Tournament hosted by Southwestern College on Tuesday.
UTB-TSC carded a team score of 331 on Day Two, and a total score of 669 during the two-day two-round event on the Par 72 course.
Defending RRAC champion Alainey Muro finished the tournament in second place with a total score of 155. She turned in a score of 80 on Tuesday.
The Northwood University Knights (TX) won the event with a total score of 651.
The Knights Fariza Zain won the event with a total score of 153. By winning, she becomes the 2013 RRAC tournament champion.
Through harsh weather conditions on the course UTB-TSC still managed to possibly play their best golf of the season.
"Today went really well. I'm really proud of the girls the way they hung in there," UTB-TSC coach Anthony Lopez said. "The weather was in the thirties with wind chill in the upper twenties and it drizzled for most of the day. It was really awful out there."
Veronica Vasquez, a top-five finisher in this event, finished with a second-round score of 80 and a total tournament score of 159 (six strokes from the leader).
Angela Zepeda (T12) posted a second-round score of 85 and a tournament total of 169. Christian Lira (24) finished the day with a 93, giving her a total of 186 for the two days. Paulette Tostado (29) rounded it out for the women's team with a two-day total of 202.
"Overall, I am just really proud the way they handled it today," Lopez added. "I am very happy and proud of them. They played like champions today."
Kennedy sparks Vipers amid player loss
Yeah, Rio Grande Valley Vipers guard D.J. Kennedy would like to be in the NBA right now. What NBA Development League player wouldn’t?
But with the Vipers just two wins away from capturing their second league championship in franchise history, Kennedy wants to finish the deal here. Everything else will take care of itself.
“I’m excited, to be honest with you,” Kennedy said. “I know a lot of people are probably not. They want to get to the next level. I think this is a great team. This is just a great achievement for me just to be able to show people that we are able to win and compete for a D-League championship. I’m honored to be doing that.”
The Vipers play the Santa Cruz Warriors in Game 1 of their best-of-3 finals series Thursday in Santa Cruz. The Vipers advanced to the D-League finals Sunday behind a triple-double (28 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists) in a 113-106 victory over the Tulsa 66ers in a semifinal series sweep.
“D.J. is a really, really good player, man,” Vipers coach Nick Nurse said. “The thing I say about him is that he does every single facet of the game way above average. I’m not sure he’s great at anything, but in every phase — defense, rebounding, ball-handing, passing, shooting, driving — he’s good.”
More importantly for the Vipers, he’s been able to help fill the void left behind by the departure of D-League MVP candidate Andrew Goudelock, who signed with the Los Angeles Lakers two weeks ago. In four playoff games, Kennedy has averaged 21.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 6.8 assists.
Kennedy was a late-season acquisition when he was traded from the Erie Bayhawks to the Vipers last month. Kennedy, a second-year pro from St. Johns, averaged 16.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 49 regular season games, which include 14 with the Vipers.
Kennedy’s arrival to the Vipers wasn’t by accident. Vipers general manager Gersson Rosas said the staff had been anticipating a Goudelock call-up, so they searched for someone who could provide some help in his absence. They targeted Kennedy and traded Terrel Harris, forward Wesley Witherspoon and the rights to Mustafa Shakur to acquire him.
“As the season unfolded, Goudelock turned into a key piece for us,” Rosas said. “We felt he was very close to getting an NBA call-up. We were very aggressive in the planning phase in case that happened. That’s why we went after D.J. so hard.”
That intuition is paying off for the Vipers. Kennedy’s numbers are soaring at the right time.
“That’s what you hope for,” Nurse said. “That’s what you got to have when you lose a guy.”
David Hinojosa covers the Rio Grande Valley Vipers for The Monitor. You can reach him at (956) 683-4442, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter : @hinojosa_david
Broncs hire Hipsher as men’s basketball associate head coach
EDINBURG — The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Tuesday that Andy Hipsher, the son of head coach Dan Hipsher, who had been on the staff at the University of South Florida (USF) for the last four seasons, is the new Broncs men’s basketball associate head coach.
Andy Hipsher spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach for the Bulls and served as the Director of Operations for two years before that.
As a first-year assistant with the Bulls a one year ago under head coach Stan Heath, Hipsher played a vital role in helping USF advance to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 20 years. He also played a large role in securing a top 15 recruiting class for the 2012-13 season.
“It’s an extremely unique opportunity to get to work with family in the profession that you love. It’s an opportunity that not too many people are fortunate enough to have,” Hipsher said. “To go along with that, I think I’m working for one of the best coaches in the business. It’s a great situation, especially with UTPA joining the WAC and having the ability to make the NCAA Tournament. I’m extremely excited to come to UTPA to help the basketball program in any way that I possibly can.”
Hipsher has considerable experience as an assistant coach, having worked on staffs with Hall of Famer Bob Knight and former UTPA and current Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger, who is also a member of the Bronc Athletic Fund.
Hipsher joined USF after two seasons as an assistant coach at Western Michigan from 2007-09, where he helped the Broncos regain elite status in the Mid-American Conference by assisting in back-to-back MAC West titles, 19 conference wins, and coordinating a nationally recognized 2009 recruiting class. In 2007-08, the Broncos posted a 20-12 record, while going 12-4 in league play. They reached 20 wins for the first time since 2004-05 and only the seventh time in school history. In the 2008-09 season, the Broncos defended the title of MAC West champions. Hipsher also spent that season as the recruiting coordinator, spearheading efforts to bring in a Top 25 mid-major recruiting class, according to Rivals.com.
He spent the 2006-07 season as an assistant coach at Utah Valley under head coach Dick Hunsaker. The Wolverines won the United Basketball League Championship with an overall record of 22-7 (the best record by a Division I independent school since Notre Dame went 23-6 during the 1985-86 season). Hunsaker and Utah Valley will be joining the Broncs in the Western Athletic Conference in 2013-14.
Prior to joining the staff at UVU, Hipsher spent three months as the video coordinator at UNLV for Kruger. Even though he was there for just a short time, Hipsher gained valuable knowledge and experience with a staff that led the Runnin' Rebels to the 2007 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.
Hipsher began his coaching career at Texas Tech under Knight, the second winningest coach in Division I history. Hipsher was a graduate assistant coach for two years (2004-06) helping the team to the 2005 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 with wins over UCLA and Gonzaga before finishing the year 22-11.
He also worked as a broadcast analyst for Texas Tech on the Texas Tech Sports Network, an ESPN affiliate for both television and radio.
In nine seasons on coaching staffs, Hipsher’s teams have gone 153-137 (.528).
Hipsher spent five seasons at Akron (1999-2004) playing for his father and became one of the best players in Zips history, despite a playing career that was hampered by three back surgeries.
He finished his career with 1,136 points, which ranks 27th in UA history. Hipsher also ranks fifth in career assists (344) and ninth in blocks (48). Hipsher finished his career shooting .502 (365-727) from the field, .337 (65-193) from behind the arc and .746 (341-457) at the foul line.
A team co-captain each of his last two seasons, Hipsher was a two-time Academic All-MAC honoree (2003, 2004) and was named to the 2000 MAC all-freshman team. He was also a 2003-04 Preseason All-MAC first-team selection.
“It’s always special to be able to work with family, but more importantly, Andy’s not just family, he has been fortunate to work for great mentors like Bob Knight, Lon Kruger and Stan Heath and has grown greatly from his experiences,” Dan Hipsher said. “He also has a deep understanding of our style of play along with a great background in skill instruction and national contacts as a recruiter. Andy is an excellent addition to our staff.”
Prepping at Archbishop Hoban High School, Hipsher was hailed as the Akron Beacon Journal Player of the Year, an award that, over the years, has recognized players such as LeBron James.
The 32-year old Hipsher earned his bachelor's degree in business management with a minor in entrepreneurship from Akron in 2003. He completed his master's in business administration with a concentration in marketing in 2005 from Akron by way of Texas Tech.
Goulding extends hitting streak in loss to UTSA
EDINBURG — Riley Goulding extended his hitting streak to 10 games, but the University of Texas-Pan American Broncs baseball team fell to the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners 2-1 on Tuesday at Edinburg Baseball Stadium.
Goulding went 1-for-3 and is now 12-for-30 (.400) over the last 10 games, during which time the Broncs (19-18) are 7-3.
Goulding helped set up the Broncs’ lone run in the first. After Derek Hagy led off with a single, Goulding laid down a sacrifice bunt. One out later, Alex Howe hit an RBI-single to make it 1-0.
That was it against Wesley Cox, who pitched the first three innings, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out two. Michael Kraft (2-5) got the win in relief with 2 2/3 innings of two-hit baseball. He struck out three and walked three.
Matt Sims pitched two scoreless innings for his fourth save.
The Roadrunners (22-18) got their runs in the second against Matt Daniels (0-4). With Rodney Garza on and two outs, Jesse Baker hit a towering home run over the left-field bullpen and out of the stadium, his third of the season.
Daniels pitched four innings, striking out four while allowing five hits and two walks.
Kyle Tokunaga followed with three scoreless innings of relief, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out one.
Bryan Maxwell pitched a scoreless eighth and La Joya alum Guadalupe Barrera pitched a scoreless ninth.
The Broncs open up a four-game Great West Conference series against the New Jersey Institute of Technology Highlanders on Friday at 7 p.m. at Edinburg Baseball Stadium.