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Men's Cross Country adds fifth recruit

Brookshire Royal H.S. product is accomplished runner

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Southwestern Assemblies of God University’s first-ever men’s cross country team is growing like the summer grass.

New Head Coach Jason Covarrubias secured a well-accomplished, veteran runner in Bradley Junior “B.J.” Hillhouse.

He is a graduate of Class 3A Royal High School in Brookshire, Texas (pop. 4,702), just 34 miles west of downtown Houston.

Hillhouse was a dual member of both the cross country and track teams for the Royal Falcons. His XC Coach was Adrian Rocha, while Robert Weber coached the track squad.

The Cross Country team won their district championship during all four years he suited up for the royal blue and red clad Falcons.

His track & field team was once the regional champs during his tenure.

“We are so fortunate to find a runner like “B.J.” still available so late in the recruiting game,” observed SAGU’s Covarrubias.

“He had been debating between a few Texas schools, including our soon-to-be Sooner Athletic Conference rival, Wayland Baptist (University).”

“It only to took two phone conversations and a lot of prayer and he was completely sold on being a part of the first cross country team in SAGU history,” stated Covarrubias.

B.J. raked in the medallions and honors while at Royal.

He qualified for state all four years and was named All-State the last three seasons. Twice he was selected as the MVP for both the Falcons XC and track teams.

Hillhouse is the school’s record holder in the 1600 (4:32) and the 3200 meters (9:56) as well as the 3 Mile run (15:20). His best in the 5K, the distance in most college cross country meets, is 16:13.

Brookshire is a small town with 4,702 residents. But it is growing rapidly and making a name for itself. Just like Hillhouse!

It has added a few nationally recognized corporations who have chosen its location along the Interstate 10 Energy Corridor and its country living as a place to call home. Igloo built a cooler factory there while Rooms To Go recently constructed a distribution center.

Hillhouse looks to major in Education at SAGU. He is one of five children to John and My-Isha Hillhouse-Lasker. Born in Katy (KAY-tee), His siblings are Jaylynn (15), Nolan (11), Ivory (6) and Allison (5).

He has been involved in the life of his church through the years, including serving on special Sundays, participating in Communion and as a fun-day helper for grandmothers.

SAGU harriers will report to pre-season camp in August before their first meet of the season on September 7. The event will take place 180 miles away in Abilene at McMurry University (NCAA D2).

The team is entered in four meets this fall, two in September and two in October.

Post-season tournaments include the Sooner Conference meet and the National Christian College Athletic Association’s DI nationals near Dayton, Ohio in November.

The current recruiting class includes five members, list alphabetically;

Brad Beimler (Waxahachie, Tx / Waxahachie HS)
Jose L. Campos, Jr. (Luling, Tx / Luling HS)
Bradley Junior “B.J.” Hillhouse (Brookshire, Tx / Royal HS)
Juan Rubio (Rockdale, Tx / Rockdale HS)
Christian Yglecias (Cameron, Tx / C.H. Yoe HS)

Covarrubias is also coaches the Women’s Cross Country team at SAGU. Both squads are still recruiting as well as considering walk-ons for the inaugural season.

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SAGU sports update: March 19, 2014

Mar 19, 2014 - General Athletic News

Waxahachie, Texas — March 19, 2014 — SAGU Men's Basketball team arrived in Kansas City, Missouri, for its third shot at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) ...

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St. Catharine introduces itself to SAGU fans

St. Catharine introduces itself to SAGU fans

Mar 19, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

Patriots meet Lions at 4:30pm, Thursday NOTE: The Sports Information Directors at St. Catharine College and SAGU have exchanged articles to introduce their teams to their opponent's fan. Th...

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Lions arrive in KC for 3rd shot at NAIA crown

Lions arrive in KC for 3rd shot at NAIA crown

Mar 17, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

SAGU Hoops History Lesson: Recalling 2006 Team's first game is Thursday at 4:30pm vs. St. Catharine (Ky) KANSAS CITY, Missouri  --  Southwestern Assemblies of God University h...

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NAIA's No. 5 ranked defense not enough for SAGU

NAIA's No. 5 ranked defense not enough for SAGU

Mar 16, 2014 - Women's Basketball News

Lady Lions basketball falls at NCCAA Regionals Winston, Roberts, Hankins, Lugo close hoops careers Returning players, recruits seek to continue team's ascent NCCAA Women’s/Men...

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Denton HR wins game, 1-0; SAGU takes twinbill

Denton HR wins game, 1-0; SAGU takes twinbill

Mar 15, 2014 - Baseball News

Santiago drives in Threadgill for game-winner in nightcap Lions have big homestand at the WSC on Friday and Saturday OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of Go...

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Baseball Update: March 14

Baseball Update: March 14

Mar 14, 2014 - Baseball News

Lions win today, 1-0, on Denton HR in seventh Pisors, Burt combine for three-hitter; Game 2 underway OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University bas...

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SAGU-MACU switch baseball game to today

SAGU-MACU switch baseball game to today

Mar 13, 2014 - Baseball News

Three-game series set for Thursday and Friday in OKC Ortiz, Cross, Pisors scheduled to pitch Current Standings:  http://www.soonerathletic.org/  (scroll down) WAXAHACHIE, Texa...

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Lions draw St. Catharine in Nationals first round

Lions draw St. Catharine in Nationals first round

Mar 13, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

NAIA 32-team tournament to be broadcast on-line NAIA National Championship bracket  (click here) Complete SAGU Coverage will be provided daily WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The ...

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Winston named to NCCAA All-Region Team

Winston named to NCCAA All-Region Team

Mar 12, 2014 - Women's Basketball News

Senior guard part of 11-person group in Central Region WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Nia Winston, the leading scorer in the Sooner Athletic Conference, was recently named to the National Chr...

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Mathis goes 'yard,' but Lions fall at McMurry

Mathis goes 'yard,' but Lions fall at McMurry

Mar 12, 2014 - Baseball News

Castro, Schneider, Martinez add hits in road loss Team prepares for key series the next two weekends Current Standings:   http://www.soonerathletic.org/ ABILENE, Texas  -...

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Cross, Denton team-up for special triumph

Cross, Denton team-up for special triumph

Mar 11, 2014 - Baseball News

Upending No. 20 Texas Wesleyan a rite of passage? Southpaw addresses the inner-workings of a drought-ending win  WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  It wasn’t just any win...

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Men's Basketball gear up for NAIA 2014 DI Championship

Men's Basketball gear up for NAIA 2014 DI Championship

Mar 11, 2014 - General Athletic News

Waxahachie, Texas — March 11, 2014 — The Lions completed the regular season on March 1 with a 74-68 triumph over John Brown University, ending their first year in the Sooner Athletic Co...

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Missed opportunities cost Lady Lions at SWCU

Missed opportunities cost Lady Lions at SWCU

Mar 11, 2014 - Softball News

Team raps 17 hits, strands 16 runners in two losses Watch SAGU take on No. 3 Oklahoma City on Tuesday afternoon Current Standings:  http://www.soonerathletic.org/sport/0/7.php ...

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NAIA to announce brackets on Wednesday 8pm

NAIA to announce brackets on Wednesday 8pm

Mar 10, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

Top 32 teams will meet in KC, March 19-25 Conference tournament update, some yet to be decided PLUS: News on the NAIA's first-ever All-Star Game, March 22 WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --...

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Baseball Lions prepare for D2 McMurry

Baseball Lions prepare for D2 McMurry

Mar 09, 2014 - Baseball News

Club continues to show gritty, competitive spirit Pitching staff proving the mettle with a 4.88 ERA Current SAC Standings:  http://www.soonerathletic.org/sport/0/6.php Player Stats...

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Softball Lions taking their game to Oklahoma

Softball Lions taking their game to Oklahoma

Mar 09, 2014 - Softball News

Team plays six straight north of the Red River Monday and Tuesday doubleheaders set for Oklahoma City Current Player Statistics  (posted below) SAC Standings:  http://www.soon...

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SAGU falls in OT, 79-78, to #8 seed OBU

SAGU falls in OT, 79-78, to #8 seed OBU

Mar 08, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

Lions still bound for Kansas City despite loss in SAC Tourney Missed chances, free throw shortage contributes to upset Box Score, Play-by-Play links posted below NAIA National Tournamen...

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Women's hoops entered in NCCAA regionals

Women's hoops entered in NCCAA regionals

Mar 07, 2014 - Women's Basketball News

SAGU looks to bounce back after recent narrow setbacks Lady Lions open on March 14 against Oklahoma Christian Brackets for Women’s and Men’s tourney announced WAXAHACHIE, Te...

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