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Catcher Jose de la Torre, Pitcher Victor Ilarraza ineligible for SWAC baseball tournament

Southern catcher Jose de la Torre and relief pitcher Victor Ilarraza are academically ineligible for the Southwestern Athletic Conference baseball tournament, which got under way Wednesday at Wesley Barrow Stadium.

Both players are seniors so the ineligibilities, which are related to grades from the recently completed spring semester, end their careers.

De la Torre was second on the Jaguars in batting average (.339) and runs batted in (28).

“It’s hard to replace your senior catcher in such short time,” coach Roger Cador said before the team left Baton Rouge for its 6 p.m. game against Alabama State.

Ilarraza had no decisions and a 9.00 earned run average in 12 relief appearances.

“You just move on and take the kids that you do have and go play and do the best you can,” Cador said. “This team has faced a lot of challenges this season and they’ve grown from it. We’ll see if they can weather this storm.”

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Kiara Suttles, Sydney Andrews named to the All-SWAC softball second team

Two Southern softball players -– catcher Kiara Suttles and outfielder Sydney Andrews -– were named to the Southwestern Athletic Conference second team Monday.

Suttles led the conference in home runs (15) and runs batted in (41) and her batting average (.450) was second to Andrews’ (.461).

Jackson State infielder Canessa Swanson was named Player and Hitter of the Year, Alabama State pitcher Maddie Phelps was named Pitcher of the Year and fellow Hornet Charlene Castro was selected as Co-Freshman of the Year alongside Prairie View A&M’s Shelby Williams. Alcorn State pitcher Paige Breal was named Newcomer of the Year and Lady Braves coach Josef Rankin was named Coach of the Year.

The selections were selected by the league’s coaches and sports information directors.

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Reginald Redding, Jamira Russ named top SWAC field athletes for last week

Southern’s Reginald Redding and Jamira Russ were named Southwestern Athletic Conference Field Athletes of the Week on Tuesday for their performances last weekend.

Redding, a senior thrower from Indianapolis who also was an offensive lineman on the Jaguars football team, had three top-six results in the University of Houston’s Carolyn and Ron Yokubaitis Invitational while setting two personal bests. Redding’s toss of 48.31 meters (158-06.00 feet) in the hammer throw was a career-best mark for him as he claimed third place in that event. He also set a personal best in the discus throw, earning sixth place with a heave of 46.58 meters (152-10.00 feet). In the shot put, he finished fifth with a mark of 14.24 meters (46-08.75 feet).
Russ, a junior from Plaquemine, set a personal-best in the hammer throw, earning third place in the Yokubaitis Invitational with a toss of 50.65 meters (166-02.00 feet). The throw also made her the No. 1-ranked athlete in the SWAC in that event by more than five feet. Russ also finished third in the discus throw with a distance of 42.08 meters (138-01.00 feet).

Texas Southern’s Mykele Young Sanders and Grambling’s Chellane Jones were named Track Athletes of the Week.




Men’s basketball signs its first recruit for next season

The Southern men’s basketball team signed its first recruit of the spring signing period Tuesday, landing Shreveport native Josh “Frog” Robinson.

Robinson, a 6-foot-5 guard, averaged 11.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists last season at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas. He is the all-time winningest player in Trinity Valley history after participating in 62 victories the last two seasons.

He was named the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 14 tournament Most Valuable Player and helped lead his team to a 33-2 record last season, in which the Cardinals won the Region 14 championship to advance to the NJCAA national tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.


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Baseball game vs. Nicholls rained out Wednesday, won’t be made up

Southern’s home baseball game against Nicholls State was rained out Wednesday and won’t be made up.

The Jaguars (8-21) are scheduled to host Prairie View in a Southwestern Athletic Conference series beginning at 6 p.m. Friday. A decision on whether to alter that schedule is expected Thursday.

The Colonels (14-20) host Central Arkansas in a three-game Southland Conference series beginning at 6 p.m. Friday.

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Adrian Rodgers, Britney Washington named first-team All-SWAC

The leading scorers on the Southern men’s and women’s basketball named were named to All-Southwestern Athletic Conference first team Monday.

Senior forward Adrian Rodgers was the second-leading scorer in SWAC play (17.6 points per game) and senior guard Britney Washington led a balanced Jaguars offense (13.4).

Rodgers scored a career-high 30 points in a 79-66 victory at Grambling on Feb. 6.

“I’ve been aware of what she’s capable of doing and she’s definitely a big reason why we’re in the position that we’re in,” coach Sandy Pugh said of Washington and the co-SWAC champions. I’m just really proud of her and where she’s come from and where she’s at now.”

“It’s an honor to get it,” said Washington, who’s from St. Francisville. “There were a lot of players who worked hard this year, a lot of players who could have gotten it easily this year. I think (teammate Briana Green) should have been up there, but it’s an honor to be recognized with all the great players we have in the SWAC.”

Green did get recognition Monday when she was named SWAC Player of the Week for her effort in helping the Jaguars beat Texas Southern and Prairie View with the conference title hanging in the balance.

Texas Southern dominated the men’s awards as they did the regular season, winning its second consecutive title with a 16-2 league record.

Redshirt freshman center Derrick Griffin was named Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year and Tigers coach Mike Davis was named Coach of the Year for the third time in four seasons. The one award that eluded TSU was Freshman of the Year, which went to Grambling’s Nigel Ribeiro.

Griffin, who was an All-SWAC wide receiver last fall, set the SWAC single-season record for consecutive double-doubles (12) and most in a season (17). He was the only player in the league to average a double-double throughout conference play with 13.5 points-per-game and 11.3 rebounds-per-game, while also leading the SWAC in blocked shots with 2.3 per contest.

The rest of the men’s first team consisted of guards Chris Thomas (Texas Southern) and Jamel Waters (Alabama State) and forward Ladarius Tabb (Alabama A&M) and Adrian Rodgers (Southern).

Alcorn State’s Norianna Haynes was named women’s Player of the Year after leading the league in scoring (20.3) and double-doubles (12).

The other individual awards went to Keiana Vines of Texas Southern (Defensive Player of the Year), Niya Head of Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Newcomer of the Year) and Jazmin Boyd and Nadine Domond of Grambling as Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectfully.

Joining Haynes and Washington on the first team were guard Brianna Sidney of Texas Southern, forward Britney Wright of Alabama State and Vines.

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Baseball team’s home opener postponed again; no makeup date yet

The Southern baseball team’s home opener against Jackson State was postponed again Wednesday, this time due to unplayable conditions at Lee-Hines Field.

The game originally was scheduled for Tuesday, but it was moved back a day because of heavy rain Monday and the approach of more for Tuesday. No makeup date has been set.

The Jaguars (0-3) don’t have another home game scheduled until March 18 against Selma.

Southern will visit Auburn for a three-game weekend series beginning Friday.

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Southern baseball team picked third in SWAC West; Jose de la Torre, Harold Myles second-team all-SWAC

The Southern baseball team was picked to finish third in the Southwestern Athletic Conference West division, though the Jaguars received the most first-place votes (five) among the five teams in its division.

Texas Southern (53 points) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (50) finished one-two, respectively, and both received four first-place votes in the voting, which was announced Monday.

Southern, which learned last week that it is ineligible for the NCAA tournament because of inadequate Academic Progress Rate scores, received 43 points. Grambling was fourth with 35 points and one first-place vote and Prairie View received 25 points.

Alabama State was picked to win the East, followed by Jackson State, Alabama A&M, Alcorn State and Mississippi Valley State.

Southern placed two players on the all-SWAC second team – catcher Jose de la Torre and right-hander Harold Myles, who was named as a reliever even though he’s scheduled to be a weekend starter.

The SWAC baseball coaches and sports information directors made the selections.

Alabama State’s Joseph Camacho and Chris Biocic were selected as Pitcher of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively. Jackson State’s Jesus Santana was selected Player of the Year.

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Southern baseball team ineligible for NCAA tournament

The Southern baseball team is ineligible for the NCAA tournament for the third consecutive season, Jaguars coach Roger Cador said Saturday.

All Southern programs had been ineligible for NCAA post-season play the last two academic years because the university reported unusable data on student-athletes’ Academic Progress Rates. That sanction was lifted last May, but the latest penalty is a result of the baseball program falling short of the NCAA standard for APR scores.

Cador was scheduled to inform the Jaguars of the latest ineligibility after practice Saturday afternoon.

Southern interim athletic director Roman Banks said he expects the baseball program to incur additional sanctions to be determined.

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Dawson Odums completes makeover of football coaching staff

Southern football coach Dawson Odums has completed his revamped staff with three hires.

Charles Cheek, who worked with recently hired defensive coordinator Trei Oliver at North Carolina A&T, will coach the linebackers; Juan Navarro comes from the University of Redlands to coach the defensive line, and Matt Leone, who was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Webber International University, will coach the Jaguars quarterbacks.

Cheek, who played at Grambling, was an assistant at Benjamin O. Davis High School in Houston last season. Before that he spent three seasons with Oliver at N.C. A&T, the first as a defensive quality control assistant and the last two coaching the inside linebackers.

He played tight end for three seasons at Grambling before switching to running back and becoming a team captain in 2010.

Navarro rejoined the Redlands staff last season after serving as head coach at Los Angeles Valley College for one season. Before that he was defensive coordinator at Pierce College for one season and defensive line coach at Redlands.

Navarro, who played at Redlands, an NCAA Division III program in Redlands, Calif., also was an assistant at Miami and Florida International.

Leone, who grew up in Ocala, Fla., spent the last nine seasons at Webber International University, an NAIA program in Babson Park, Fla. He was offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for the last five seasons.

Under Leone’s direction, the Warriors offense was the most productive in school history. Last season it led the Sun Conference and was ranked fifth in the country in rushing yards per game.

Before taking over as offensive coordinator in 2011, Leone was passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach from 2009-­11 and wide receivers coach from 2007-­2009.

As a player at Webber, Leone was a four-­year letterman at quarterback and was voted team captain.

Odums, who relinquished the defensive coordinator duties to Oliver, fired defensive line coach Myron Jackson, linebackers coach Lorick Atkinson and cornerbacks coach Chris Scott shortly after last season.

Leone takes over the quarterback coach duties from Chad Germany, who was also co-offensive coordinator before resigning in November and subsequently being hired in a similar capacity at Jackson State.

Offensive line coach Chennis Berry, who shared the coordinator duties with Germany, is now the sole offensive coordinator.

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