More Mustangs Receive Honors

Midwestern State's Hanna Staley earned first-team Daktronics All-America honors Thursday by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America.
Staley becomes MSU's third first-team All-American joining 1998 NSCAA All American April Lasater and former teammate Kendra Clemons, who also earned first-team NSCAA honors last season.
From her center back position, Staley has led the Mustangs to two of the best defensive seasons in school history.
The junior from Austin helped MSU to nine shutouts while limiting the opposition to a 0.70 goals against average this season while helping the team to its first Lone Star Conference championship since 1998.
Staley, a two-time LSC Defensive Player of the Year, earned Daktronics second-team All-America accolades last season.
The Mustangs posted 10 clean sheets and a 0.75 opponent goals against average during her breakout campaign of 2010.
Staley was the lone player from the South Central Region to garner first-team honors and was one of just four players from the region to gain All-America mention.
Central Missouri's Alyssa Rhodes and Abilene Christian's Andrea Carpenter - the South Central Region and Lone Star Conference Player of the Year - were named to the second team, while ACU's Lyndsey Womack earned honorable mention.
North Alabama's Chloe Roberts earned Ron Lenz National Player of the Year honors after notching 16 goals and 15 assists.
The Ron Lenz National Player of the Year award was named for long-time South Dakota State sports information director Ron Lenz in 2008. Lenz was instrumental in the foundation of the Daktronics NCAA Division II All-America program, which honors outstanding student-athletes across eight NCAA Division II sports.

Montalvo Tabbed LSC Runner of the Year

Midwestern State's Brissia Montalvo was officially tabbed Lone Star Conference Runner of the Year Thursday as announced by league officials.
Montalvo, a senior from El Paso, became the second runner in MSU program history to claim United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association All-America honors after finishing 27th with a time of 22:06.90 at the NCAA Division II Championship last month on a snowy course at Plantes Ferry Athletic Complex in Spokane, Wash.
Montalvo set a school 6K record with a time of 21:40.0 pulling away for an LSC individual championship on Oct. 22 in San Angelo.
MSU's frontrunner led the team to consecutive national meet appearance in her two seasons since transferring from El Paso Community College including a program-high 11th-place finish this fall.
Montalvo finished third while leading the Mustangs to a team championship at the South Central Regional on Nov. 5 in Wichita Falls.
She was the top individual finisher from the region at the national meet.
Texas A&M-Kingsville's Kiya Dandena claimed the men's award earning All America honors after finishing as runner-up at the Lone Star Conference Championships.

Brady Tigert Announces 2013 Softball Signing Class

Midwestern State coach Brady Tigert announced the addition of five signees for the 2013 season Thursday afternoon.
The class features pitcher Kat Batey, infielders Shelby Carter and Allison Piro, outfielder Haley Howerton and utility player Chelsey Wall.
"This is a very athletic class with tons of talent," MSU coach Brady Tigert said. "We're ready to get them and work with them already."
The Mustangs are coming off their first NCAA Division II World Series appearance and have claimed more wins (108) over the past two seasons than any NCAA team in the nation.
"These are the type of kids that will sustain what we've built with the program." Tigert said.
Batey led Plano Senior High to a UIL Texas Class 5A semifinalist showing in her first season as the Wildcats' ace as a junior in 2011. She posted a 38-5 mark with a 1.88 ERA with 216 strikeouts and seven shutouts while earning NFCA first-team All-Region, TGCA and TSWA All-State, Dallas Morning News All-Area and District 8-5A MVP honors.
"Kat is a power pitcher who should be the backbone of our staff," Tigert said. "She has the stuff to keep us in all of our games."
Carter powered Celina High School to a state championship clubbing five homers in 10 postseason games last spring including a walk-off blast in a 4-3 win over Huntington in the state semifinals.
Carter was tabbed TSWA Class 3A and Dallas Morning News Player of the Year in addition to earning Max Prep All American and TGCA/TSWA All-State accolades after hitting .541 with 22 doubles, four triples, 13 homers and 65 RBIs in 2011.
"We look forward to having Shelby as the backbone of our defense," Tigert said. "She is a great hitter and an even better athlete."
Piro was key part of the order for Tomball High School's Region II-5A finalist squad which finished with a 34-6 record and was once ranked No. 3 in Texas and No. 15 national according to ESPN Rise.
"Allie could be one of the best hitters to come through our program," Tigert said.
Howerton is a three-time all-district performer in the outfield at Lewisville High School.
"Haley is very competitive," Tigert said. "She can slap, bunt or hit away. She will steal many bases and put a lot of pressure on the defense."
Wall is a versatile defender who has flashed offensive ability while helping Keller High School to three district titles and a regional finalist showing in 2011.
"Chelsey can play anywhere and is a very good hitter," Tigert said. "We will use her in that role."
Midwestern State leads off its 2012 season at the Ouachita Baptist Tournament in Arkadelphia, Ark. on Feb. 3-5.