the championship seasons completed in the American Southwest
Conference, several teams and individuals have turned their attention
to NCAA Division III national championship preparations. All NCAA
Championships information and results can be accessed at
ASC Champion Hardin-Simmons opened the spring postseason championship
month hosting a regional on May 1. The Cowgirls won two of three
doubles matches against Trinity (Texas), but the visiting Tigers
controlled singles play for a 5-2 win. HSU closes the season 17-2,
with both losses to TU. . . . The national tournament season continues
for the HSU doubles team of Nancy Chandler and Rebecca
Watkins who will compete in the May 15-17 NCAA Doubles
Championship at Rhodes College. Watkins will also compete in the
singles championships. This is the first time an HSU womens
player has been invited to the NCAA-III national singles or doubles
tournament. . . . No ASC teams or individuals qualified for the
national mens tennis championships.
East Texas Baptist opens its third NCAA-III Softball Championship
appearance as the No. 1-seeded team in the 44-team tournament field.
The ASC Champion Lady Tigers (40-3) are in the West Regional at
Chapman University (Calif.) where they face the winner of the LaVerne
- Linfield game in Fridays (May 7) 5 p.m. PDT second round game.
Regional play is scheduled Friday-Sunday (May 7-9). ETBU games will be
webcast at www.tsrnsports.com. The Chapman-hosted
West Region website . . . ETBU is the second conference team to
enter national tournament play as the top overall seed. Hardin-Simmons
enjoyed No. 1 seeding in the 2003 NCAA-III Womens Basketball
Mary Hardin-Baylor and Hardin-Simmons will represent Region 5 at the
May 11-14 NCAA-III Womens Golf Championships at The Golf Course
of Lawsonia in Green Lake, Wis. The two ASC teams will be joined by
Brittany Cary of McMurry who qualified as an individual out of
Region 5. The tournament consists of 72 holes of play over four days
of competition. ASC Champion UMHB finished runner-up in the 2003
Chris Phillips of Hardin-Simmons will be the lone ASC
representative at the NCAA-III Mens Golf Championships May 10-13
in Calimesa, Calif. Phillips qualified as an individual out of the
West Region. The tournament will be played at the PGA of Southern
California Golf Club.
Conference champion McMurry will wait until late May 16 to find out
where and when it will begin play in the NCAA-III Baseball
Championship. The tournament annuoncement and bracket will be posted
Track & Field
The final national competition of the spring will be the NCAA-III Mens
and Womens Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The meets
will be hosted by Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., May 27-29.
Several ASC individuals have recorded automatic qualification
performances with others on the provisional qualification list. Final
selections will be posted at www.ncaasports.com
the week of the meet.