Eight competitive sports represented

69 SAGU athletes with 3.0+ GPA

WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The Red River Athletic Conference has released an impressive listing of athletes who made the grade during the past collegiate school year, including 59 from Southwestern Assemblies of God University.

The RRAC has 15 members from four states; Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and New Mexico.

SAGU ranked fourth in the number of student-athletes who achieved a 3.0 Grade Point Average or higher. The only schools ahead of Southwestern were the University of the Southwest (NM), Texas Wesleyan University and Bacone College (Ok).

SAGU is represented by seven sports teams in the Red River; volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and softball.

The Lions had another 10 from the football team, who were previously recognized by the Central States Football League. That gave SAGU 69 scholar athletes, some pictured above (names listed below), who made the grade in the classroom.

Of the eight competitive team sports on campus, the men’s soccer team placed 12 on the All-Academic Team. The baseball and football clubs were next with 10. Each unit was well represented with at least seven on the honor roll. (See the SAGU academic file below)

The entire list, including other institutions in both the RRAC and the CSFL, are available at the following links. www.redriverconference.com and www.centralstatesfootball.com

Last year saw SAGU teams enjoy success on the stage of competition!

The football team was ranked nationally for the first time in the NAIA following their 3-1 start. The volleyball squad relished their seventh consecutive winning record, 23-18, during the regular season, then advancing to the NCCAA nationals in Kissimmee, Florida.

Both soccer teams produced best-ever marks for wins! The men went 10-9-5, making it to the NCCAA nationals in Orlando. It was their initial campaign that finished with a winning ledger. The women’s program, just six years old, racked up four triumphs in 2011.

The Lady Lions basketball team grew through a rebuilding year after averaging 24 wins for the previous three years, qualifying for the NAIA national playoffs, defeating an NCAA Division I team as well as taking third in the NCCAA nationals.

Meanwhile, the Lion hoopsters generated the nation’s biggest turnaround, going 27-11 a year after producing a 12-21 record. Their winning mark was their first since joining the NAIA. The 27 wins equalled the number achieved under former head coach Terry Bryan.

Besides defeating two Top 10 teams during the season, they were ranked in the Coaches Top 25 Poll. Playing before packed home crowds, the team qualified for the NCCAA nationals in Indiana where they took third after defeating two teams from California.

The baseball team won four more games than the year before during an improved transitional season. Following the completion of their new campus ballfield, the Lions will begin playing at home, literally, in January.

SAGU introduced a new sport, women’s fast-pitch softball. The Lady Lions inaugural campaign included multiple wins and the christening of their new on-campus ballpark.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 469-658-2847.

SAGU’s complete academic honor roll is comprised of:

Men’s Soccer (12):
Samuel Cabrera*
William Elliott
Cesar Espana
David Flores
Rolando Hernandez
Brenden Kowalski
Samuel Mills
Erick Quan
Jacques Rogers
Jordan Salvato
Stephen Sturgeon
James Swearingin

Football (10):
Joshua Aldrich
Kendal Evers
Reid Golson
Joshua Harris
Bradley Heathcock
Michael Hendon
Nathan Kallal
Cade Leuschner
Jason Rice*
Ramsey Sanchez

Baseball (10):
Rockie Davis
Jared Denton
Dustin Jett*
Timothy Kolczak*
Nic Morgan*
Michael Reeves
Johnathan Savis
Trevor Schexneider*
Chris Stanley*
Donovan Vess

Men’s Basketball (9):
Caleb Feemster
Samuel Haynes
Michael Nwelue
Clayton O'Neill
James Southerland
Dadrian Taylor
Nathaniel Ward
Jacob Whitman
Christian Wood-Dvorak

Volleyball (9):
Kristina Brown*
Taylor Calverley
Kassy Cox
Carleigh Dollar
Laura Espinoza*
Jessica Giese
Devan Guynes
Alyssa Kirk
Amanda Laney

Women’s Basketball (8):
O'Kevia Bratchett
Kristina Brown
Gabrielle Bruner*
Kassy Cox
Brittany Griffin
Sierra Hankins
Bethany Krock
Sascha Lewis

Women’s Soccer (7):
Kristina Armbrust
Alyssa Christensen
Emily Jones
Kendall Murders*
Jessica Powell
Noelle Pugliese
Haley Shingleton

Softball (7):
Theresa Ballard
Gabrielle Bruner
Shannen Davis
Iliana Jiminez
Cassandra Mata
Tabitha Ray*
Kayla Westbrook

*denotes seniors in that sport

Photo Graphic above shows a representation of the 69 who earned academic honors. First Row: Carleigh Dollar, Mike Nwelue, Kristina Armbruster. Second Row: Nathaniel Duce Ward, Alyssa Kirk, Reid Golson, Keevie Bratchett. Third Row: Shannen Davis, Caleb Feemster, Brittany Griffin, Rockie Davis. Fourth Row: James Swearingen, Jason Rice, Sam Cabrera.

Produced by Steve Patterson of Moving Pictures; Web Site: http://www.movingpictures.photoreflect.com