MSU Roundup: Signings and a Promotion

Midwestern State coach Noel Johnson announced the signings of Hannah Selzer and Jennifer Sissel to National Letters of Intent Friday afternoon.
"This is a really good sign for our program to sign two players of this caliber during the early signing period," Johnson said. "They've had great summers and are having great senior seasons. We're looking forward to having them here."
Selzer, a Keller, Texas native, averaged 12.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.7 steals per game while leading Timber Creek High School to a postseason appearance in its first season of varsity competition.
"We are very excited about Hannah," Johnson said. "She is a high energy two-guard with the ability to finish off of the dribble and she possesses the ability to catch and shoot it. And we're really happy with how active she is defensively. We'll be able to plug her into our system immediately."
Selzer earned first-team All-District 5-4A honors in 2010-11 after competing in her first two prep seasons at Fort Worth Christian where she helped the Cardinals to a TAPPS Final Four appearance.
Sissel, a Wichita Falls native, played a key role in helping the Rider High Lady Raiders to 24 wins and a postseason appearance following her junior season of 2010-11.
"I'm so thrilled to have Jennifer join the Mustangs' family," Johnson said. She's a great all-around student, athlete and role model for the community. She's a versatile forward that we will be able to use inside and out. Her work ethic will help her out tremendously in her four years at MSU."
Sissel earned Times Record News Red River 22 and all-district honorable mention acclaim after averaging 7.0 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game as a junior in 2010-11.
A versatile athlete, Sissel a three-time regional cross country qualifier and advanced to regional three times in the 300-meter hurdles during track season.
Midwestern State is off to its best start since the 2003-04 season at 4-2 which includes a 68-53 win over No. 11 Washburn last month in the Ashbrook Classic.

Golf: Ian Gallagher Signs with MSU

Midwestern State coach Jeff Ray announced the signing of Ian Gallagher to a National Letter of Intent Friday afternoon.
"Ian is an extremely hard worker and will continue to improve," Ray said. "His swing is very fundamental and he has a great temperament for golf. After watching him at the T.O., I was convinced he could be a great college golfer."
Gallagher fought to a sixth-place showing at the annual tournament played on the MSU's home courses at the Wichita Falls Country Club and Champions Course at Weeks Park. He carded rounds of 77-76-74-73.
He claimed wins two high school tournaments last season at the Pecan Valley Tournament (69-74) and Sky Creek Ranch Tournament (67-75).
Gallagher attends Marcus High School in Lewisville, Texas, but chooses to primarily compete in events on the American Junior Golf Association tour rather than in UIL sanctioned events.
He is coming off of a pair of solid AJGA performances last summer at the Lubbock Juniors (70-71-74) and Bob Estes Classic in Abilene (69-72-72).
"Ian comes from the same high school that Jeremy LeGuen is from," Ray said. "Jeremy recommended him very highly, and as a coach that means a lot to me."
Midwestern State has made three NCAA Division II Super Region appearances since bringing back golf in 2006-07.

Carroll Promoted to Associate Head Softball Coach

As Midwestern State's first full time assistant softball coach, Kasi Carroll has played key role in helping to lead the Mustangs to 108 wins over the past two seasons as the program advanced to the NCAA Division II World Series last spring.
For her efforts, Carroll has been promoted to associate head coach as announced by Brady Tigert Friday morning.
"Kasi has done a tremendous job for us," the ninth-year head coach said. "She deserves every bit of the credit for the success of our program."
Carroll's pitching staffs have rated amongst the very best in NCAA Division II.
She has coached a pair of All Americans in Katie Petersen in 2010 and Brittney Tanner in 2011 as well as another first-team all-region performer in Kristina Gutierrez also in 2011.
Under Carroll's tutelage, the Mustangs set a Lone Star Conference standard while leading the nation with 27 shutouts last season.
The staff rated ninth in NCAA Division II with a 1.49 ERA in 2011 after finishing 21st with a 1.78 ERA in 2011. The marks are the two best in MSU's brief, but successful softball history.
Prior to her arrival at MSU, Carroll enjoyed a brilliant collegiate career at the University of Georgia where she posted a 94-29 record with a 1.68 ERA in 791 1/3 career innings from 2004-07.
She garnered All-Southeast Conference honors during her tenure with the Bulldogs and was a two-time first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All American.
Georgia's 2006-07 Joel Eaves Scholar Athlete Award winner also gained mention on USA Softball's Collegiate Player of the Year watch list in 2006.