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MSU's Blackburn Takes LSC Defensive Honor Again

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Midwestern State junior forward Xavier Blackburn garnered his fourth Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week honor of the season Monday afternoon as league officials announced weekly awards.

The 6-4 forward from New Iberia, La. averaged a double-double with 11.5 points and 10.0 rebounds a game to help the Mustangs to critical wins over West Texas A&M and Eastern New Mexico.

Blackburn notched his fifth double-double of the season finishing with 12 points and 12 rebounds in a 74-63 win over West Texas A&M on Wednesday, then had 11 points and eight rebounds with a blocked shot and a steal in an 81-79 overtime victory Saturday at Eastern New Mexico.

Blackburn garnered the LSC's top defensive honor for the second straight week after gaining the honor consecutive times on Jan. 6 and 13 earlier this season.

He continues to lead the LSC in rebounding during conference play grabbing 9.2 boards per game.

Tarleton State's Chuck Guy tallied 18 points per game in wins over Angelo State and Texas A&M-Kingsville last week for the Texans to gain LSC Offensive Player of the Week accolades.

Midwestern State goes for its seventh straight win Wednesday night as the Mustangs play host to Angelo State at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Men's Soccer: 2014 Signing Class Announced

Midwestern State coach Doug Elder announced the signing of a transfer and four prep standouts to National Letters of Intent Monday afternoon.
 
"We are very happy with the commitment of a very strong class to carry on a tradition of great soccer at Midwestern State," Elder said. "This is a very talented group that will compete for time on the field this fall."
 
Call Casarez, a 6-4 junior defender, helped San Jacinto College to an NJCAA national semifinalist appearance and a 20-2 mark last fall finishing third in the final NSCAA national poll.
 
He showed great athleticism and versatility by scoring six goals while starting 19 games for the Ravens. Casarez earned All-American Southwest Conference Freshman of the Year honors as a freshman in 2012 playing for the NCAA Division III Concordia (Texas) Tornados.
 
"Call is a tough as nails defender with great athleticism and aerial presence," Elder said. "We believe he has the capability to fight for a spot right away. We are very excited about his athleticism and having him for the next two seasons."
 
The Mustangs also added a group of four standout prep performers in goalkeeper Isaac Linnabary out of South Grand Prairie (Texas) High School, defender Alex Mullet out of Edmond North (Okla.) High School, forward Thomas Parides out of Jesuit College Prep School of Dallas and midfielder Paulo Sanchez of Little Elm (Texas) High School.
 
Linnabary is enjoying a stellar club career with the Solar Chelsea USSF Academy helping the team to a Developmental Academy League runner-up performance in 2013. The 6-footer earned the starting nod between the posts for the 2012 Dallas Cup.
 
Linnabury was the starting goalkeeper for his South Grand Prairie High squad as a freshman and sophomore earning his district's goalkeeper of the year honors in 2012.
 
"Isaac is a very instinctive and aggressive goalkeeper," Elder said. "We believe his best days are still in front of him. He has the ability to come in and have an immediate impact in the program."
 
Mullet is a four-year starter for the defending Oklahoma state champion Huskies of Edmond North High School. He is the reigning preseason defensive player of the year for the state's top-ranked side and was an all-conference first-team selection last season.
 
Mullet plays at the club level for the Oklahoma Football Club.
 
"Alex has all the qualities you look for in a big time defender," Elder said. "His athleticism gives him the versatility to play anywhere on the pitch. We believe his future is very bright at MSU."
 
Parides has shown his potential as part of the El Salvador World Cup U20 selection camp and is enjoying a solid club career with the Andromeda Academy.
 
He tallied six goals in a 10-match in the USSF Developmental League (U18) in 2013 after finding the net 11 times in the same league in 2012.
 
"Thomas has proven he can score goals against top competition," Elder said. "His versatility and consistency make him a valuable asset to our program."
 
Sanchez helped FC Dallas Premier '96 to Region III Premier and National League championships in 2013 and was a four-year starter at Little Elm High School helping the team to a pair of playoff showings.
 
"Paulo comes from a very professional environment with the FC Dallas Club," Elder said. "We feel he can be threatening on goal from many different positions. He also has the work rate to go along with his attacking flair."
 
Midwestern State advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs for the ninth time in 12 seasons falling in the regional finals last fall. The Mustangs finished the campaign at No. 13 in the final NSCAA Division II rankings with a 12-4-2 record.

Kowalick Leads Mustangs After 1st Round in San Antonio

Paced by sophomore Colton Kowalick's outstanding start, the Midwestern State Mustangs are fifth after the first day of the San Antonio Shootout at the TPC San Antonio.
 
Kowalick, from Wichita Falls/Rider, fired two rounds of 1-over-par 73 on the first day at the AT&T Canyons Course at TPC to sit in a second place tie at 2-over 146 with Johnny Antle of Dallas Baptist and Matt Emery of Lee (Tenn.).  The trio is three strokes off the pace of Mike Hearne of Southern Nazarene (Okla.) who leads the field at 1-under 143.
 
"Colton had a great ball striking day," said MSU Coach Jeff Ray.  "He chalked up seven birdies with no big numbers and never made more than a bogey."
 
Kowalick is joined in the top 15 by MSU junior Derek Oland, who toured the par 72, 7,106 yard Canyons Course at 8-over 152 for the first two rounds.
 
"Derek had a good day striking the ball as well, but struggled on the greens," Ray said.
 
The Mustangs posted a 306 in the first round, but improved to a 304 in the second round of the day.
 
"This is a great golf course," Ray stated.  "When the wind picked up during the afternoon, we made up some strokes under tougher conditions."
 
Senior Julio Gonzales-Galvan is tied for 25th after the opening two rounds after a 78-76—154, while senior Jeremy LeGuen posted an 80-80—160 and freshman Colton Dorion added a 78-83—161.
 
At 610 after the opening day, the Mustangs are 10 strokes behind leaders Lee (Tenn.) and St. Edward's who are tied at 600.  Central Oklahoma is third at 603 and Oklahoma Christian fourth at 605 in the 15 team field.
 
The tournament continues with the final round Tuesday at TPC San Antonio, with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.

MSU to Host Annual Football Tryouts March 8

Midwestern State will host its 13th Annual Football Tryout Day on Sat., March 8 at the MSU Practice across from D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

Participants must register online at MSUMustangs.com (Online Registration) not later than Thursday, March 6.

Pontential student-athletes must bring workout gear, cleats, proof of physical, unofficial high school transcripts, sickel cell results or waiver, a copy of SAT or ACT scores and a highlight tape or DVD.

Please note that all physicals must be within six months of the 2013 playing season. If the potential student-athlete did not play football last fall, the physical must have been performed on or after Sep. 8, 2013.

For more information contact coach Gary McGraw via email at gary.mcgraw@mwsu.edu.